Go Big or Go Home: 5 Oversized Holiday Decor DIYS

As much as I’m a fan of miniatures, so too do I love giant versions of things. So I’ve obsessed over this season’s extra large holiday decoration zeitgeist…and those big DIY plush Christmas lights and ornaments! I used to sew stuffed animals as a hobby so I NEED to try these DIYs at some point. One of these years I’ll make time for concocting my own giant something something for the holidays. But anyways, here’s some inspiration for next year. I hope you all have a lovely holiday weekend!

Giant Plush Ornaments from Studio DIY!



A Freespirited Fall: 8 Cozy Boho DIYs

Finally, a new post! The past few months have been spent frantically getting our NEW APARTMENT together, adjusting to San Diego life, and splitting my time between work and school. Life has changed so much lately, and things have been difficult, but as always I’m establishing balance.

And yes, you read that correctly: Max and I have a new studio here in San Diego. It has been surreal moving into our own place, and it has presented its own challenges…but I can’t wait to finally reveal what we’re doing with the place in that cheesy, but quintessential home decor blogger “My Home Tour” post!

For now, Fall is falling–getting colder, pumpkin spicier, and cozier for some, and on the hot and sunny side (with the same long shadows and scent of new Autumn blooms in the air) for us here in San Diego. I haven’t had time to craft anything fall related amidst the chaos of this move, but I’m sure some of you out there do. And there are plenty of cozy, boho DIYs to give your home that Fall feeling. Here are a few:

Yarn Tassel Pillow Tutorial

When I think of Fall, I think of cozy, and when I think of cozy, I imagine pillows! Tassels are an easy way to add a boho feel to those Autumn pillows you’ve tossed onto your sofa or bed.

DIY Wreath

A wreath that will last through the holidays, this DIY combines a bit of textile design and your favorite flora.

DIY Chai Candles in Canning Jars

Candles are a necessity if you’re looking to add more ambiance to your home or if you want a cozier vibe;. I think I’ve mentioned before, but I’m pretty obsessed with them. I have half empty jars everywhere around our apartment. This chai candle DIY is perfect for adding some Fall scents to your home. And it’s candle making with canning jars–what’s more “Fall” than that?

Branch Weaving 101

This is a DIY I would love to try soon–weaving between found branches. These little woven pieces are perfect for hanging on a wall, for displays on a table, or altar embellishments. Oh, and they’re cheap to make!

Felt Flower Bouquet

Personally, I love flowers but struggle to keep them alive. So felt flowers are a fun alternative (and much lovelier than faux flowers, in my opinion). This tutorial gives options for different types of flowers, so creating a Fall felt bouquet is easy.

DIY Fresh Floral Moon Pumpkin

This is one of my FAVORITE DIYs! An effervescent alternative to kitsch Autumn decorating and its oversaturated oranges, yellows, and browns. Somehow, even as more of a chic, floral piece, this pumpkin still feels a bit–witchy?

Boho Fall Wreath

I believe that a principal of bohemian living is working with what’s around you to build your nest. This feather wreath uses pre-bought feathers and raffia, but wouldn’t it be so lovely with found foliage? Feathers this beautiful may be difficult to come by in your yard, but other twigs and branches and such can be substituted for the raffia. I’m really just a scavenger who loves to collect things, so I’m biased!

Mud Cloth Crochet Pillow Pattern & Tutorial

This is a super cozy take on traditional mud cloth pillows! Again, pillows just scream coziness, and crochet and knitting are total Fall activities (speaking of, I need to start crocheting gifts again!). It looks like a simple single crochet pattern with some stitching–so it may not be terrible as a beginner project.

An Ongoing Trend: Sediment, Swirls & Stone

In a post a while back, I discussed a trend I love in interior design, and one that has enjoyed more than a few minutes in the decor spotlight: stone. On the walls, as furniture, or in artwork (or represented as such), I love the organic appeal of stone and its ability to add a sense of opulence to a space.

An speaking of, in general I’ve become quite taken with organic modern design. Maybe it’s that longing for minimalism I mentioned earlier, or the coziness that natural accents, like a woven rug or live edge table bring, but every time I stumble upon a home tour where a room is more or less filled with wooden furniture and layers of natural textiles–and of course, a fuzzy rug or sheepskin–I just want to throw all of my random findings out the window and bring in the neutrals!

Not really…but I do love love love the idea of organic modern and the feeling of calm it gives me. Stone gives me that same sense, with some added glam, and I’ve watched designers and creatives turn the trend into marbled swirls of pattern on walls and floors, and layers of color in artwork.

The first time I saw this sediment wallpaper browsing through Pinterest, I was smitten and knew I would try to recreate it (or find the wallpaper) in my own home (one day…).

Sarah Sherman Samuels’ M.O. is designing bright textiles filled with both geometric and organic patterns. This is from her new series of wallpapers!

This “geode” floor created by Pernille Snedker Hansen is color eye candy and so unique! One of the coolest floor “DIYs” I’ve seen (though really it’s her ow beautiful artwork and process).

When it comes to the agate/geode trend, Anthropologie knows what’s up. Not only do they sell an agate top side table, but they also offer this beauty in a few colors.

I love the bold colors in this painting. Not stone, but the layers allude to something similar.

Layers of fringe and fiber? Yes, please! This woven wall hanging from a home tour on The Design Files is stunning and a wonderful example of how organic design moves across mediums. It was created by the home’s owner and a co-founder of this workshop on The Windsor Workshop! Personally, I hope to be able to create pieces like these someday.

A Mild Tassel/Pom Pom Obsession

For a while I’ve been seeing blankets embellished with huge pom poms and tassels and I can’t help but want to go out and thrift a blanket and a few rolls of bright yarn (as if I don’t have enough) to make one! The weather here in San Francisco has been a bit nippy and I’m jonesing for more ways to stay warm, and what better way than a cartoony throw?

This DIY has been around for a few years, yet I continue to see it in styled spaces and shops, so I thought I’d do a short round-up of ways to add these poufy poms to a blanket:

  1. DIY Giant Tassel Throw via Bre Purposed


2. DIY Chunky Tassel Blanket via Design Sponge


3. Tassel Throw Blanket DIY via Tidbits


4. DIY Anthro Inspired Tassel Throw via Sarah M. Dorsey Designs


5. Pom Pom Blanket DIY via Better Homes and Gardens


Thank goodness I actually do have more yarn than I know what to do with! Time to start planning for Winter # 2 and of course, Fall 🙂


Re:Make 2015

Re:Make 2015 on The Tufted BlogEvery year Brit + Co hosts a creativity and tech summit featuring talks by modern makers and vendors dedicated to selling their craft. This year, Ban.do founder Jen Gotch, Microsoft Chief Experience Officer Julie Larson-Green, and Adobe VP of Community Scott Belsky were among the many speakers invited to the Re:Make 2015 conference.

Normally passes for the conference portion of Re:Make are pretty hefty (and no wonder, these are some top tech industry folks!), but I was scheduled to work both days and got to enjoy most of the event from the Brit + Co “pop-up” shop. It was two days of hanging out with my coworkers, talking to other design and tech obsessed festival goers, and finding time to weave in and out of the plethora of vendors and their crafts.

Re:Make 2015 on The Tufted Blog

Re:Make 2015 on The Tufted Blog

Re:Make 2015 on The Tufted Blog


imageAside from craft vendors and DIY stations, tech startups and bigger businesses designed their own creative booths complete with some great displays–i.e. Hershey’s chocolate 3D printer and candy bar and Izze’s chic soda lounge–and awesome freebies (I snagged a super nerdy camera lens mug from Bevy!).

One of my absolute favorite booths belonged to Blurb, a website that helps you publish your own book or magazine. They set up the ultimate bohemian camping tent (not your average REI tent), complete with modern tufted sofas, kantha throw pillows and poufs, leather butterfly chairs, and a geometric rug I would totally have rolled up and escaped with.

Re:Make 2015 on The Tufted Blog

Re:Make 2015 on The Tufted Blog

Re:Make 2015 on The Tufted Blog

Re:Make 2015 on The Tufted Blog

Re:Make 2015 on The Tufted Blog

Re:Make 2015 on The Tufted BlogFriday was filled with free food and pastries, (including some “homemade” cookies by cookie delivery service Doughbies), and the chocolate and soda bars I mentioned earlier. I wish I would have taken more photos but I was too busy enjoying the festival and working.

Brit + Co’s pop-up was adorable, and I spent most of my time stationed in the Bake & Brew corner (fate often places me amongst food), watching snippets of the online cake decorating class, and explaining to people that we just added a beer brewing class and that our bourbon marshmallows would probably taste really good in hot chocolate. I was also able to spend time with my co-workers, some whom I hadn’t seen in weeks, and swoon over the products we don’t have at the actual B+C shop (but really, I just wanted those marshmallows).

Re:Make 2015 on The Tufted Blog

Re:Make 2015 on The Tufted Blog

Re:Make 2015 on The Tufted BlogI didn’t get a chance to take photos of the vendor booths, but they were filled with everything from handcrafted backpacks using imported textiles to hand poured soy candles in reusable cocktail glasses. I couldn’t leave those crafters empty handed, so I ended up buying a “cocoon” (what I referred to everyone as a shawl sweater) from Bodhi Swag, an LA based fashion company run by two sisters.

My beautiful, flowy cocoon will arrive Friday, just in time for the return of Karl the Fog and the San Francisco cold. Hopefully, I’ll end up purchasing more from the talented makers featured at next year’s Re:Make and have more time to chat with them!

For the Love of Fjellse

When I can’t shake an idea or project that’s been brewing in my head, I hold on to it until I’ve seen it through. Finding and staining a Fjellse was one of those projects.

It was a simple DIY really. I researched IKEA’s cheapest bed frame and the fabulous ways you could hack it, and found there weren’t many examples of stained Fjellses on the web (not even Pinterest!), so I wanted to document my own project.


DSC_0066I managed to find mine in perfect condition, with slats, for way less than it was already worth, and my boyfriend Max and I picked it up and brought it to his house. I used a quart of wood stain (“Early Amerian” Minwax brand stain specifically–my first stain was too orange) and a simple brush, and for the love of Fjellse, it sure looks great now.


DSC_0140I only used stain and a brush I bought for about 7 bucks at Home Depot and let the pieces dry over night. If I had stained each piece on the same day, it would have taken under two hours to complete.

DSC_0177Also, Max felt the need to stage me like this after I was finished, like a Fjellse staining boss. I’ll add the end result soon!

Photos by Max Krongaus