Wednesday Inspiration


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Spotlight on: Artist Chloe Fleury

Last week, Refinery29 S.F. posted about paper illustrator Chloe Fleury, and I just had to share the love!

First of all, her studio is amazing — particulary her use of a wooden dowel to keep her washi tape and ribbon in an easy-to-access place, and how saturated with color and textures it is. Not to mention, Chloe is adorable, and her work is so detailed and unique. Head over to Refinery29 to see the full tour!

Make sure to check out Chloe’s studio, hopscotch design — her commissioned pieces are seriously jaw-dropping.

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My favorite pieces are her S.F. neighborhood posters (I’m so curious about what North Beach would look like…)

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I think I may need to treat myself to the DIY Paper Rabbit Bust kit…

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SO amazing.

[All images via hopscotch design & Refinery29.]

DIY: Dish Towel turned Pillow Case

One of my weaknesses is throw pillows — I am obsessed with them (seriously, I have about 10 on my bed right now). Anthropologie, Pier 1 Imports, Pottery Barn, West Elm, Target and Etsy are some of my favorite places to find beautiful pillows. But no matter how much I love pillows in all textures, sizes and colors, I just can’t justify paying $50+ for one.

I picked up this dish towel at Anthro a few months ago and have just been holding onto it because I don’t want it to get dirty in kitchen (I can’t imagine ever actually using it on dishes). Sooo I decided to turn it into a cute pillowcase!

It was pretty easy — just a little time consuming because I sewed it by hand.

All you need is:

— A dish towel, tea towel or any fabric of your choice
— A sewing kit (needle, thread, pins)
— Pillow stuffing (You can buy polyfill at any fabric store or rip open an old pillow that you’re not in love with anymore and borrow that stuffing)

This is the dish towel — so cute, right?

First, fold the pillow over and place a few pins at the corners and around the edges, then start stitching. I chose to use colored thread because I thought it would look good with the multicolored pillows.

Once you have securely sewed the pillow case on three edges (the two longer sides and one of the shorter sides if your pillow isn’t a square), you’re ready to start stuffing. Put as much in as you want, depending on how fluffy you want the pillow to be. Sew the remaining side shut.

Ta da! Your brand-new “Anthropologie” pillow.

I had a lot of fun making the pillowcase and I’m looking forward to making more. Let me know if you try this DIY — I’d love to see how you put your own spin on it!

DIY: Mason Jar Glitter Globes

I went to a White Elephant gift exchange last week and could not decide what I wanted to bring as a gift. I didn’t want to spend a ton of money, didn’t want it to seem cheap and wanted it to feel special.

I ended up deciding to make two snow globes out of mason jars to give as my gift. You can buy these at Anthropologie for $12-28, or make them yourself for around $7! I have made a couple of these before, and they’re really easy. It only takes about 15 minutes (including the glue drying time) so these would also be a great last-minute holiday gift.

All you need is:

– A mason jar (or two!)
– Some hot glue or super glue – whichever you prefer
– Glitter — I think it’s best to use a mixture of chunky and finer glitter
– I picked up some pinecone ornaments at Walgreens, but you can use anything you want
– Glycerin

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First, attach the pinecone (or mini tree, disco ball, candy cane…whatever) to the lid of the mason jar. I used hot glue just because that’s my glue of choice — I seriously use it for everything — but you could also use super glue if you have that lying around.

Attach the Pinecone

Pour the glitter into jar. I put a healthy mixture of colors and sizes (big gold flakes, white, bright fuchsia, teal, etc., etc., etc.,) My favorite glitter is the Martha Stewart collection that you can get at Michaels, and Spectra gold glitter that you can get at any craft store.

Glitter!

Fill the jar with water up to about half an inch from the top, and then pour in a DROP of glycerine. Literally — just a drop. If you put in more, your glitter will be too float-y (is that a word? I don’t know…) and clump together. The glycerine is what makes the glitter gently float down to the bottom and swirl around.

Sidenote — I have yet to find a tutorial for these globes that tells you where to find glycerin/what it is used for. So, I’ll tell you. Glycerine has a wide variety of uses, but the main one (and the section of the drugstore that you’ll probably find it in) is as a laxative. Be sure to buy the pure liquid glycerine, not the pills, so you can just put a drop of it into the water. It was just slightly awkward standing in line at the crowded Walgreens on my way home from work buying laxatives, but whatever — there are weirder things in San Francisco I guess!

Fill 'er up

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Place the top on (given that the glue has dried) and then screw the lid on. Make sure it’s tight, and shake it up!

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Ta da! Beautiful mason jar glitter globes!

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I spray painted the lids of a few of the other ones I made gold but decided to leave these ones silver. I think it’s nice to see something pretty when you turn it upside down to shake it.

Let me know if you decide to give these a try. I’d love to see how yours turn out!

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Escape to: Morocco

I have always been fascinated with Morocco. I imagine stretching out on a jewel-toned rug under the warm desert sun after a long day shopping in the souks (and probably scoring some amazing silver rings). Also, they have elephants there. Done and done.

I love artists that incorporate the North African sparkle into their interiors and designs, and I try to incorporate that into my own aesthetic. The bright colors, traditional rugs and wedding blankets and the way that Moroccan design incorporates bold geometric shpaes and decorative adorments are so beautiful to me. Morocco is definitely high on my list of dream destinations and I can’t wait to visit and bring back some goodies for myself…but until then, maybe I’ll DIY this pouf! 

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Sidenote — today, at I was shopping around at Anthropologie and found these beautiful placements and matching table runner. They kind of remind me of the Moroccan wedding blanket with the cream color scheme and silver metallic woven in. I love ’em!

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[Images found at ELLE Decor, Design*Sponge, HGTV, Marrakesh by Design, Anthropologie]

Target + Neiman Marcus + CFDA = match made in shopping heaven

Well, since I’m trying to live frugally until the holidays to save money for prezzies, I guess i’ll just have to dream of all of these amazing goodies from Target and Neiman Marcus’ collab with the CFDA. I’m so excited it’s all finally out — although I do hope that all of those weird commercials during Revenge are coming to a close soon…I am so not into it! Maybe someday i’ll be able to pedal around on an Alice + Olivia bike and bake hipster cookies…

 

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[Altuzarra Double Old-Fashioned Glasses, $49.99 (set of 4); Band of Outsiders Hats, $29.99 (set of 2); Alice + Olivia bike, $499.99; Band of Outsiders cookie cutters, $29.99; Marc Jacobs Pouch, $69.99; Alice + Olivia luggage, $179.99]

10 Things To Love

I just want it all! Winston in particular…I think we could be very happy together.

[one: Futura on Silver Lake Gray, $30; Charcoal Gray Infinity Scarf, $25; Ben Giles “Muscles” print, $179; The Winston, $170; Sam Edelman “Penny” boot, $150; Square Reclaimed Boat Coffee Tables, $480; Kate Spade “Play the Angles” bangle, $78; The New York Times 36 Hours: 150 Weekends in the USA and Canada, $40; Confetti System Tassel Garland in Limon, $130; Set of Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopedias; $90]