04/24/14

Modern pastel interiors

This week, I’m dreaming of pastel interiors, which is admittedly a little bit out of the ordinary for me. I blame Easter.

But seriously, there are some amazing spaces out there that have hints of pastels here and there. And they don’t even look especially girlie, which is where my mind usually goes when I think of pastels.

Here are some modern ways to use pastels in your home…

(above) love that grayish-blue accent wall

Love this pop of pastel in the bedroom

a pastel pink blanket at the foot of the bed

pastel cabinets in the kitchen

pastel blue cabinets in the kitchen

pastel pink pillows in the bedroom

pastel pink pillows in the bedroom

Pastel touches in the bathroom

pastels in the bathroom - love that light celery color

Love that Pastel Pop in that Chair

pastel green accent chair, almost mint in color

Which one is your favorite? The first interior and the last one are my favorites.

04/23/14

DIY Clay Ring Project

It’s been a while since I’ve worked with clay, so I thought it was time to give it another go. I ended up making these super simple kidney shaped clay rings and the minimalist in me is jumping for joy right now. Of course, the other side of me is screaming, “Add a tiny painted pattern or do a color block kidney ring“. But I do like the simplicity of these guys. Maybe next time on the patterns and color blocking? What do you think?

Here’s how to make your own clay jewelry…

Jewelry DIY // Clay Kidney Shaped Ring

Materials: Sculpey Oven Bake Clay // Ring Blanks // Craft Glue

How To: Warm up a small ball of clay in your hands and break off a small piece about the size of a dime. Roll it out with your finger to a cylindrical shape. Bend over the ring blank to get the proper curve. Bake in the oven according to instructions on the packaging. Glue the clay pieces to ring blanks. And enjoy! Super easy.

How to Make Minimal Clay Rings

Take it Further: If you’re looking to make a version of these a little less plain, here are some ideas…Mix several different colors of clay together for a super easy marbleized look. Or paint patterns, like polka dots or stripes, on the finished kidney shapes before glueing them onto the rings blanks.

Clay Kidney Shaped Ring DIY

DIY // Kidney Shaped Ring made of Clay

Concept, styling, and photography by Brittni Mehlhoff // Modeling by Jordan Brantley

What do you think? Will you be making any of these little bean rings?

04/22/14

Easy Watercolor Meringues with Gel Food Coloring

I’m not 100% sure, but I may have a thing for decorating sweet treats. First it was the ombre + color block donuts and now it’s watercolor meringue cookies!

These would be a perfect addition to a Mother’s Day care package. And super affordable too! All you need to make your own are some meringue cookies (store bought  or homemade) and gel food coloring.

Well…there are a couple of additional supplies, actually, but those are the main ingredients. Full supply list and tutorial here.

Watercolor Meringue Cookies DIY

Since I used food coloring, instead of real watercolor paint for these cookies, they’re 100% food safe. AND they taste exactly the same as they wood without the added food coloring. No difference in taste…believe me, I taste tested a lot of these.

DIY // Watercolor Meringues

DIY Watercolor Inspired Meringues

DIY Watercolor Meringue Cookies

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

Check out the full tutorial right here on Project Wedding.

Think you’ll try these for a Mother’s Day treat? Or maybe just as a fun snack/ dessert at a dinner party?

P.S.  Today is my brother’s birthday! And I kind of think he has the coolest birthday ever…being born on Earth Day and all. Happy 27th birthday Brandon!

04/21/14

Adventures in Ventura + LA

Good morning! I hope you had a happy Easter yesterday! I’m back at it this morning, sharing some photos from a recent trip, but I hope you’re having a relaxing start to your week…

A couple of weeks ago, I flew into LAX and headed down to Ventura with Kelly and Kelly (Studio DIY and Design Crush) to speak at Craftcation. It was such a nice day for a drive AND I got to sit next to buckets of fresh flowers because that’s how I roll, apparently. Actually, I taught a flower workshop at Craftcation and Kelly was SO amazing to pick up all the flowers I needed from the LA flower market before picking me up from the airport. Is she the best or what? I can’t even begin to tell you what a huge help that was!

Once we got to the hotel and settled into our rooms we had a work powwow, which may or may have included pizza and a whole lots of giggles.

The next day, I taught a crash course styling workshop and a flower workshop. Emily, the photographer behind Anna Delores, taught the photography portion of the crash course and I set up some mock styled vignettes for students to photograph and play around with afterward. Like this Easter-inspired one, below, featuring a DIY letter shaped box that Kelly made…

Alphabet Candy Styled for Craftcation

photo by Anna Delores

Immediately after the styling workshop, I taught a flower workshop, which was probably my favorite part of the trip. I had 30+ students in the workshop and every single one of them created something completely unique from the next. It was great.

We made fresh flower rings, like these, and hair accessories – with ranunculus, peonies, roses, thistle, and more.

Flower Workshop at Craftcation

More Flower Workshop from Craftcation

Floral Headpiece Workshop

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Flower Workshop Craftcation

first three flower photos by Matthew William Photography

That night, we went to the opening party and Lisa Congdon was the keynote. Loved her talk.

The next day, pretty much flew by – I spoke on two panels with friends (which is the best), had an awesome picnic lunch, and went to a crazy Mexican restaurant for dinner (complete with bras hanging from the chandeliers and a very drunk girl wielding a trophy). It was great!

Speaking at Craftcation 2014

photo by Matthew William Photography

The next morning, we drove back to LA. Brittany, Kelly, and I squeezed in a little shopping (Heath Ceramics + Garde) before attending the Oh Joy + Land of Nod product launch.

The launch was held at The Fig House, which is absolutely gorgeous. And Joy’s new line with Nod is so cute. If I had a kid, I would be all over it.

Heath Ceramics LA

Garde Shop in LA

Oh Joy + Land of Nod

The Fig House

All and all, it was a short trip BUT packed with fun + friends. Couldn’t have asked for anything more.

And I’m hoping to get back on the travel wagon again soon, only this time it will not be a work trip. Yay for a real vacation, in the not so distant future.

04/18/14

DIY Easter Roundup //

So…the day after tomorrow is Easter. Which is kind of crazy. I swear EVERY holiday sneaks up on me. BUT the good news is, there are still two days to get some DIYs crammed in for this egg-hunting holiday. And I have rounded up a whole bunch of them for you to make things a little easier…

1. Portrait Artist Easter Eggs DIY

2. Fresh Flower DIY Polka Dot Easter Eggs

3. Handmade Easter Carrot Cupcake Toppers

4. Bejeweled Easter Egg DIY

5. Teeny Tiny DIY Easter Bouquets

6. Thumb Tack Polka Dot Easter Eggs DIY

7. Easy Easter Cake Topper from a Recycled Cereal Box

Easter DIY Roundup // 8-13

8. DIY Bouquet Bombing Surprise

9. Painterly Easter Eggs DIY

10. Graffiti Inspired Easter Egg DIY

11. DIY Sharpie Easter Egg

12. Tiny Easter DIY Baskets

13. Faceted Easter Egg Planters DIY

P.S. Those abstract expressionist portrait Easter eggs (#1 on this roundup) are in the running for Martha Stewart’s Good Egg contest. I’d love for you to vote for me in the best use of color category, if you feel so inclined.

Hope you have a great weekend and a Happy Easter!

-Brittni