July 29, 2013
By thesweetbeast in I'm Obsessed, Photos, Styling
Until recently, flowers just weren’t my thing. I appreciated the sentiment whenever flowers were given to me but never sought them out. I associated them with their pollen-y scent (you still won’t catch me voluntarily sniffing flowers) and most of all, bugs. It only took one art conservation class in college to convince me that all plants inevitably lead to insect infestations and ruin.
And while I’m still wary of bugs I’ve come to really, seriously, wholeheartedly love flowers. They’re a stylist’s secret weapon and the key to making any room or vignette brighter and cozier. I try to bring fresh flowers into our home every week; just one little bouquet instantly makes our whole apartment a happier, more finished space. Best of all, my sweet husband always comes home with flowers when I’ve had a bad day or when we’re celebrating good news.
If you follow me on Instragram, you know I’ve been gramming tons of flowers lately. I can’t help it, especially since I’ve been bringing home lots leftover flowers from photoshoots. The. Best. Perk. All of the photos above were taken with my iPhone 5 and edited with VSCO Cam.
Tags: flowers, instagram, iphoneography, peonies, vcso cam
June 4, 2013
By thesweetbeast in DIY, Wedding
It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost nine whole months since the wedding. Even harder to believe, I haven’t shared any pictures of the wedding with you. I think I was just really wedding-ed out by the end of it and needed a break from everything wedding.
Of all the decorations we made for the wedding — and we made a lot — the components for the centerpieces took the most time. And I could have spent another month working on them to arrive at perfection. I even had my wedding party hot gluing paper petals and glittering table numbers at the venue right up until the rehearsal. None of us have been able to look at a glue gun since.
We decided on paper flowers for our centerpieces because there was no room in our budget for fresh flowers. I wrote about making paper flowers and double tetrahedrons in this post last year. Because we were working with paper instead of living things, we were able to make all the components in advance. I glued all the components onto cardboard cake rounds for easy transport to the venue.
Each (round table) centerpiece was made up of:
To assemble, I placed the vase in the middle of the cake round and started gluing flowers and shapes around it. The paper decorations were glued snugly around the vase, holding it in place. I glued flowers hanging a bit over the perimeter of the cake round to cover the raw cardboard edge. To keep the dowel rod and glitter number standing nice and straight in the middle of the vase, I placed a 2″ paper circle into the vase, poked a hole in it, and stuck the dowel through the center.
[photo by Danielle Bouchette]
[photo by Danielle Bouchette]
Tags: DIY centerpiece, gold glitter, paper flower, table number, wedding, wedding centerpiece
May 22, 2013
By thesweetbeast in Roundup, Trends, Want
You’ve probably heard all about JC Penney‘s image overhaul, complete with store renovations and a new business model. They’re shooting for a younger audience, enticing us with brands and designers we recognize and care about. They’re even going by a new, hipper name: JCP. The new stores feel more open, boutique-y and fresh. I had heard about all this and thought it was smart, but none of it drove me to visit a JCP store.
And then I read Maxwell Tielman’s post for Design*Sponge about Terence Conran for JC Penney. It blew my mind. It’s like they’re Target or something, in a good way. I immediately clicked through and found not only Design by Conran, but Happy Chic by Jonathan Adler and Michael Graves Design. There are a lot of solidly cute pieces, some more affordable than others.
Take a look. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.
1. Bleecker Sofa | 2. Bookshelf Clock | 3. Katie Small Canister | 4. Lola Medium Canister | 5. Lucina Table Lamp | 6. Skipper Stool | 7. Elizabeth Square Pouf | 8. Lola Owl Bookends | 9. Charlotte Fabric Picture Frame | 10. Turquoise and Gold Picture Frame | 11. Celadon Candle Holder | 12. Celadon Footed Vase
Tags: Happy Chic, JC Penney, JCP, Jonathan Adler, Micael Graves, Terence Conran
March 27, 2013
By thesweetbeast in DIY, Furniture, I have an opinion
I did it! I finally did it! I bought this chair over a year ago for only $25 with big dreams of dressing it with beautiful, gray wool cushions. After washing the cushion covers and replacing the foam, we lived with the orange, holey and corduroy cushions for over a year. I frowned every time I looked at them but I couldn’t bring myself to spend $40-100/yd for my dream fabric. And then my patience and frugal fortitude paid off when, at long last, I found the perfect black and white slub fabric at a surplus fabric outlet for $4.75/yd. I saved more cash by reusing the old zippers and quickly whipped up new cushions over the weekend. Hooray! It looks seriously handsome.
Wood frame, two cushion lounge chairs are a mid-century furniture staple. They’re fairly easy to come by, even easier to reupholster and certainly worth a little extra effort to restore. If you find one, here are a few things to check before you buy:
- Test the frame for sturdiness. If it wobbles, it probably needs to be re-glued and that’s more work than most of us are ready for.
- Is the wood and finish in good shape? Are there any major blemishes or scratches?
- Remove the cushions (if there are any) and check the seat supports. Worn out jute or sagging rubber straps can be replaced. Rubber straps with metal clip-ends are a cinch to replace but you’ll spend around $50 for 3 straps. If you’re up for it, I recommend Fagas Straps by Evans Inc.
It’s pretty much a given with chairs like this that you’ll need to replace the foam and upholstery. If you know how to sew a zipper, you can make a box cushion. And if you’re extra fancy, you can add piping. Design*Sponge has a great box cushion how-to. The key to buying any piece of vintage furniture is knowing what you can and can’t fix and how much time and money you’re willing to invest. Be honest with yourself and you’ll be rewarded with furniture you’ll love forever.
Tags: furniture, lounge chair, mid-century, reupholstery, sewing, vintage
March 18, 2013
By thesweetbeast in Veganables
I love cake. I would eat cake for every meal if my health would allow it. I like my cake vegan and simple, my ultimate favorite is yellow cake with white icing. But sometimes, to spice things up, I like yellow cake with chocolate icing. And sometimes, when I’m at my most daring, I make yellow cake with chocolate icing + booze.
My all time favorite go-to yellow cake recipe is Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s Golden Vanilla Cupcake Recipe from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. I tried a different cake recipe for the mini 6 inch round cake pictured above and it was a dry disappointment. But the icing was delicious! The recipe below is based on Alisa Fleming’s Amazing Mylk Chocolate Frosting.
Vegan Chocolate Kahlua Frosting
Makes plenty for 12 cupcakes, a 3-layer 6 inch cake, or 1 regular cake layer
1/3 cup Dutch process cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons soy or almond milk
1/4 cup Earth Balance vegan butter
3-4 tablespoons Kahlua, to taste
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
In a large mixing bowl, sift together cocoa powder and powdered sugar. Add soy milk and stir a little bit, this will help keep the powder from flying everywhere. Add the remaining ingredients and mix with a hand mixer on low until well incorporated. Mix on high to make the frosting nice and fluffy.
Kahlua icing is great on cupcakes, too. And I should know because I ate ALL of them.
December 21, 2012
By thesweetbeast in DIY
For our three month wedding anniversary, we had a little Christmas get-together for our wedding party. I made a set of invitations with black and gold washi tape under a triangle tree that swings to the side to reveal all the details. These worked great as invitations but would be equally great as Christmas cards. And if you’re into making cards, you should also check out the last minute greeting cards I made last year.
I made these using supplies I had around. We have so much leftover watercolor paper from making a million paper flowers. My cards are 3 1/2 x 5 inches to fit in the extra envelopes from our response cards but it’s easy to make these any size you want.
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Tags: black and gold, brads, christmas cards, diy, how to, invitations, tutorial, washi tape