Archive for the ‘home decor’ Category

12/11/14

A color-filled living room

Soooo...we're finally getting settled into our new place and while there's definitely still a lot to do, we've been crossing things off the list slowly but surely. Starting with the living room.

It's the first room we decided to tackle, since we spend a good amount of time there. And while I'm not quite ready to share the full enchilada, I did team up with PinkLion, an online boutique showcasing independent brands from artists and artisans across the globe, to share what Jeff and I have pulled together thus far...

Hanging artwork

Cool coat rack

Studio Lorier bowl + mug

Neutrals + Color

I should probably tell you that we've tried several different seating arrangements already (verdict is still out on where the couch will end up). But since the holidays are right around the corner, we've been getting things into shape for when family and friends pop over.

We kept our furniture, for the most part, from the move. Which means the big stuff was pretty much taken care of.

But I've been trying to incorporate more color in accessories, which is where PinkLion comes in...abstract paintings from T30 Gallery and some polygon pieces (bowl and mug) from Studio Lorier have helped in that department. And then there are all those little air plant pods from Lemon Cucullu. Now that is a pop of color my friends. Aren't they fun? Each one of these crochet pods are super soft and fuzzy. They come in tons of colors too.

And because I haven't (and probably never will) completely transitioned out of my neutral ways, I found this grey loop pillow from Studio 2, to tie in the grey from the rug.

A colorful living room reveal

Colorful Artwork + Crochet Air Plant Pods

Grey Loop Pillow

Macarons anyone?

I'm not going to lie, it took me a good 30 minutes to get used to all of the color. BUT the cheerfulness totally won me over. Which is exactly what I hope our friends and family will be saying when they come over to check out our new place.

Crocheted Air Plant Wall Pods

Hello

A colorful living room reveal

Photography by Kimberly Murray // Assisted by Linda Jednaszewski // Concept and Styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

So that's what we've been working on so far. Like I said, there's still a lot to do, but it feels good to have the ball rolling already. Ya know?

What about you? Are there any interiors projects that you've been trying to tackle lately?

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This post is in partnership with PinkLion. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep Paper & Stitch running.

12/08/14

Tips for Giving Awesome Gifts During the Holidays

Holiday gift giving really isnt as hard as it may seem. But I totally understand that it can be stressful to find the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday list.

So I partnered with Lindt to share my tips for perfect holiday gift giving and have some specific gift ideas to share, as well, for anyone who may be especially stuck.

So lets jump into my four tips for giving the perfect gift"¦

1. Remember Who Youre Buying For: This sounds like a silly one, but youd be surprised by the number of people who forget this. Example: We all have our own personal style. Right? But, your style is not necessarily everyone elses style.

SO, when youre buying a gift for someone that practically lives in pink flowy bohemian skirts and dresses, you probably shouldnt get her a black t-shirt with biker studs running down the sides. Sure, you may like it, but she may not.

2. Think Hobbies + Interests: Does your mom love to cook? Is your husband obsessed with brewing his own beer? These hobbies and interest will lead you to a perfect gift idea. Just make sure to think back to number one, remembering the particular style that the giftee gravitates toward as well, and youre golden.

3. Listen Up: You know that notoriously hard to buy for person on your list? Well, theyre probably not as difficult to buy for as you think. You just have to listen. Pretty much everyone mentions things that they want to buy or things theyve really been liking lately at some point or another. You just have to pay attention when you hear them speak of an idea that would be gift-worthy. I learned this one from my mom. Thanks Mom!

And if said person legitimately never talks about that kind of thing, you can easily work it into the conversation casually. "Have you seen XYZ that just came out? Man, I want one"¦ Have you seen anything cool lately that I should check out?"

4. Go Undercover: When Im searching for gifts for friends and even some of my family members, I troll their Pinterest boards to see items that theyve most recently pinned. I did that recently with a friend of mine and it turned out great. The giftee gets exactly what he or she wants, and is completely surprised at the same time. Win-win!

You can do this with wish lists on sites like Amazon and Giftry as well, if Pinterest isnt your thing.

And if those 4 tips dont get your gift-giving juices flowing, here are 6 specific + thoughtful gift ideas to get you started"¦

Awesome Holiday Gift Ideas for the Cook

1. Gift for the Cook: Know someone that likes to cook? Put together a little care package with cool kitchen items theyll love, like a giant handmade spoon or a colorful mini strainer.

Awesome Gift Ideas for your Neighbor

Awesome Gift Ideas for your Neighbor

2. Gift for your Neighbor: Not sure what to gift your neighbor this year? How about a box of premium chocolates, like a box of Lindt LINDOR truffles. Chocolates are always a hit! And when theyre packaged with a cool wrapping paper, like this shibori print gift wrap, it makes it all the more special.

Add a holiday ornament gift topper for a two in one gift idea.

Awesome Gift Ideas for the Crafter

3. Gift for the Creative: Creative people can always use another notebook. Sure, they have plenty of notepads stacked up already, but a new one is always better, right?

Add a few other supplies, like decorative washi tape, tiny transparent envelopes, and a fun pair of scissors, and you have a really great gift package to give.

Awesome Gift Ideas for your Hip Friend

Awesome Gift Ideas for your Hip Friend

4. Gift for your Hip Friend: Plants never go out of style, especially succulents, air plants, and cacti. Theyre pretty affordable, so you wont break the bank with this gift idea. Just make sure to snag an interesting vessel, and youre good to go.

I bought this planter separately from the succulents and then arranged them myself in the new container to make the gift a little more special.

Awesome Gift Ideas for your Neighbor

5. Gift for the Coffee Lover: A bag of coffee may seem like a pretty typical gift. But what if its a bag of coffee from the recipients hometown or a city that they love? Now, thats thoughtful!

I checked a few specialty shops in my area before finding a coffee made in Savannah, for my friend who went to SCAD and misses Savannah now that shes moved to Michigan.

Feel like thats not enough? Include a cool coffee mug that suits the personality of whomever youre giving the gift to, and youre in business.

Holiday Bouquet Idea with Pink Ranunculus

DIY Hostess Gift // Tea Towel Wrapped Holiday Bouquet

6. Gift for the Cool Hostess: If youre headed to any holiday parties this year, be sure to try this DIY gift idea. A small bouquet of flowers, like ranunculus mixed with evergreen branches, looks great and is pretty inexpensive. Plus, you can make it yourself, which adds more thought and care to the gift.

Wrap the finished bouquet in a uniquely printed tea towel and this gift pulls double-duty as two gifts in one.

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This post is sponsored by Lindt and originally appeared on Momtastic. Be sure to check out Lindt Chocolate on Facebook  and Lindt.com for more amazing holiday gifts.

12/03/14

DIY // Modern Hanging Holiday Decor

Now that we're settled into our new place, I've started doing some (minimal) holiday decorating around the house. And the first thing I put up was this dip dyed hanging decor piece. It's ombre, it's neon, it's everything the holidays should be. Amiright?

And if you want to make one of your own, I've got you covered. Here's how to make a DIY dip dyed hanging holiday sculpture...

DIY // Dip Dyed Modern Hanging Holiday Decor

Supplies:

paper ornaments (from West Elm) // a bowl // water // black acrylic paint // popsicle stick for stirring // neon string (mine is from Amazon)

How To:

1. This project is really easy. Start by gently pulling the paper, so that the ends come back around to each other and the magnets lock together. Now your paper ornaments are ready for dipping.

2. Mix black acrylic paint with a little bit of water, using a popsicle stick to stir the two together. The more water you add the lighter the dip dye effect will be.

3. Dip each ornament into the mixture and then remove and wait for each one to dry.

4. Once dry, tie a large grouping of ornaments together (I used about 20 ornaments for mine, but you can make yours smaller or larger depending on how you like it). Each ornament has a string attached to it already, so they should be really easy to tie together in a cluster.

5. Then attached several long pieces of neon string to the cluster and it's ready to hang.

Dip Dyed Hanging Holiday DIY

I hung mine over my desk to make things feel more festive in my workspace, but it would also look great hanging by the fireplace or in an entryway.

OR if you don't have a place to hang something like this, you can always create a long (non-hanging) version for the mantle instead.

DIY // Dip Dyed Hanging Holiday Decor

DIY // Modern Hanging Holiday Decor

And if you're in the mood for some experimenting, I'm thinking this would look really cool with some globe string lights attached somehow too, to make it more functional.

Just make sure not to leave it unattended when it's plugged into the wall.

DIY // Modern Dip Dyed Hanging Holiday Decor

DIY // Modern Dip Dyed Hanging Holiday Decor

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

Think you'll give this modern DIY a try for the holidays?