Posts Tagged ‘pink’
Once November rolls around, I tend to get pretty excited about the upcoming holiday season. But I have to admit, I generally error toward the 'not overly holiday' side when it comes to decorating this time of year. So I'm bringing in some alternative holiday cheer early this year with the help of the folks at Framebridge. And focusing on cool artwork with a twist on the traditional Christmas color scheme to bring it all together.
So what did I end up doing? I rounded up artwork that was in the red and pink color family and used that as my base. Then added a couple of holiday decor accents (with a pop of green in there to tie in the color combo), along with a holiday scent (candle or infuser) and this little entryway is good to go for the holidays. So quick and easy.
Here's the breakdown for 3 ways to refresh your entryway for the holidays (without trying to hard or spending a ton of time laboring over it)...
I purchased prints from Leah Reena Goren and Kiki and Polly a while back, but they were still without frames. And Rachel and I made the pie chart art and the SUPER DUPER pieces together with a little bit of acrylic paint and some heavy paper from the art store.
If you're not familiar with how the Framebridge process works, I can tell you its insanely easy. It works like this...measure your artwork (approximate sizes are fine) and choose your frame and matting styles. I did a floating mat for 3 of the 4 pieces and would highly recommend it if you have a signed piece where the signature is at the very bottom or you want to show off the edges of the artwork. The pie chart art, for example, is on BFK which means it has a deckled edge, so I wanted to show that off. And then the fourth piece is just a standard mat, so you can mix and match for a completely custom look.
After your order is placed, you'll get your packing supplies shipped to your door. Then you just ship your artwork back in the tubes and/or flat packs they sent to you and wait for your framed pieces to come back. Easy peasy.
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2. Small holiday decor touches
I didn't want to go overboard in this department, so I added two decorative bottle brush trees in alternative colors (dark grey and teal) to play things down. Then hung a wreath over a piece of artwork to keep things casual. And tossed in a couple of gold accents to add a little more glitz.
3. Candles or oil infusers
I keep an oil infuser hidden in that white hexagon container and just remove the lid when I want a refresher. I like to keep it concealed because I have yet to find one that I actually like the looks of. Plus, it keeps the entryway table more minimal looking.
Photography by Amelia Tatnall
Styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
That's it for my entryway tips for the holidays. If you're interested in trying out Framebridge yourself (which I highly recommend if you have any custom framing that needs to be done), be sure to use the discount code PAPERSTITCH20 at checkout for 20% off your first Framebridge order (offer expiries 1/31/16).
Have you started decorating for the holidays yet? Have any DIY ideas you're hoping to try this year?
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We had a whole bunch of leftover Halloween candy sitting around the studio last week, so I figured I might as well make some kitchen sink Halloween bark to pass the time. And wanted to share it with you too, just in case you need another reason to eat candy this time or year.
This would be a good one to bookmark for after Halloween actually hits and you have a pillowcase full of candy (or a plastic pumpkin container, depending on how you do things) to get rid of. The basic gist involves just kind of tossing all your Halloween candy into melted chocolate (or almond bark, if you prefer), but I did come up with two variations for an actually 'recipe' if you're curious to know what I thought tasted the best. Hint: They both involve tossing some pretzels into the mix...
Ingredients for Bark #1:
- 3 to 5 large handfuls of candy corn
- 5 large handfuls of pretzels, that are then crushed into smaller pieces
- 1 12-16 oz bag of chocolate chips or almond bark (I went with vanilla)
This is a bark I could eat year round (or at least through the rest of fall). If you like candy corn, which I realize isn't for everyone, you'd love this. And the pretzels add a really nice salty crunch. Highly recommend it.
Ingredients for Bark #2 (this is more in the kitchen sink realm):
- 3 to 5 candy corn
- 4 to 5 handfuls of crushed up pretzels
- 5 to 7 gummy Halloween 'teeth'
- 1 large handful of banana runts
- purple sugar sprinkles
- 1 12-16 oz bag of chocolate chips or 1 lb of vanilla almond bark (that's what I went with)
This was a pretty good combo too, even though it sounds really weird. The odd parts of this mix (gummy teeth and banana runts) actually worked pretty well to provide a little bit of a different taste and consistency overall.
If you're making one of these barks BEFORE Halloween, this one is definitely far more festive and fun.
Alright, so now that you have the ingredients list, how do you make these things?
It's super easy! Just melt the chocolate or almond bark in the microwave (30 second intervals until completely melted, stirring in between each interval). Then mix in 1/2 to 3/4 of the other ingredients and stir into the melted chocolate. Pour onto alined baking sheet (or in my case, a large paper plate to make it even easier). Wait for the chocolate or almond bark to completely harden. Break up into pieces and enjoy. That's it!
Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
So, those are the two options, if I could only choose 1, the bark with the fewer ingredients is my fave. But they're both really good. And option #2 is much more Halloween-y if you're throwing a party between now and then.
Think you'll give one of these barks a try? What else would you throw into these bark recipes? Any other candy favorites you'd add in?
A while back, I picked up a couple of basic dining table chairs that were in need of a little extra love. I liked the spindles and the overall shape, but they were in danger of looking a little bit granny-ish, for lack of a better term.
So, with the help of Valspar and their new line of Furniture Paint, I was able to transform my thrift store find into an ombre statement chair in under an hour (not including drying time).
Valspar just launched both a Furniture Paint and Cabinet Enamel, two new products ideal for furniture and cabinet DIY projects. With all the projects I have coming up with the studio, I have a feeling I'll be hitting this paint up over and over again.
Materials-wise, all you'll need is a can of Valspar Furniture Paint and a good paint brush. That's it! This particular paint doesn't require much prep (depending on the piece you start with), for mine, I just had to wipe them down! Which I was pretty excited about given the amount of projects we've been adding to the growing list lately. The faster I can cross another DIY off the list the better.
Click through to the video below for the full tutorial for the DIY ombre statement chair...
Quick Tip: At first I thought I wasn’t using the ideal brush when I could see the brushstrokes while painting, but when the paint dried, the surface was completely smooth- so don’t fret when you see brush marks on yours. They'll smooth out and look really professional, like it was always ombre. Yay! I love this paint.
I used Warm Pink 1006-2B for the paint color and was pretty happy with how it turned out. Pastels are my fave. And actually, I'm thinking about trying to find more chairs like these and doing each chair in a different color. Picturing something like a pastel rainbow of chairs.
For more DIY ideas like this one, be sure to check out Valspar's new series of “Rehab Project" videos, spotlighting mini-makeovers using the new paints and project overviews that detail each tutorial from start to finish. The mid-century bar cart makeover is my fave from the recipe card section.
Think you might try this technique on a piece of furniture that needs a little love? I feel like this look would be perfect for an old dresser or buffet. But I'd love to hear your thoughts on furniture pieces that would be good for a little ombre makeover.
P.S. My apologies if I got a Hole song stuck in your head after reading the title. I couldn't help it.
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