Sooo over the weekend something pretty exciting happened. With the help of B, my dad and some friends, we moved everything into the new studio! Because my lease doesn’t officially start until tomorrow (which also happens to be my birthday) I won’t be in there getting settled until a little later in the week, but I couldn’t resist sharing another batch of photos showing off the blank space now that it’s finished. (You can see all the very frightening before photos here and here.) I’m so thrilled with how it turned out. Although I did some debating about color, I’m glad I stuck with my gut and went with a clean, blank canvas all the way around. It’s going to make the perfect backdrop for working and creating.
To refresh your memory, after much ado I went with Designer White from Clark + Kensington for the walls. This was the first time I used the Clark + Kensington line so I was excited to check it out. They have some seriously lovely shades and this white feels just right in the space.
For the floors, which to remind you were beyond refinishing, I went with one of my favorite go-to gray colors. It’s Stonington Gray by Benjamin Moore, kind of a perfect soft gray in my opinion. It’s not too light as to be confused with white but it’s not too contrasty against the white walls. Overall I was going for something that was subtle, muted and would allow me to brighten things up with a big area rug and accessories over time. Seriously. It’s a pretty far cry from how it was looking a month or so ago!
Here’s where we’re at as of Saturday when we finished loading everything inside. Off the the left of this photo the whole wall is literally stacked full of boxes. DIY supplies, bins full of fabric, ribbon, stacks of paper, boxes of office supplies, and crates of glassware. Eventually I’d like to get a cozy arm chair for a corner of the room for those times I feel like writing from a comfy perch instead of at my desk. I’ve still got to pick up things like a mini fridge so I can bring lunches and snacks to the studio with me and keep everything cold. Those old blinds will probably get swapped out for something else at some point, too. Overall there’s a lot to do but I’m excited to get started!
[Photos by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]
Approximately 100% of the time you’ll find me sporting bare nails. Between crafting, working with power tools and, as of late, painting what feels like around the clock, I’ve kind of resigned myself to the fact that my nails just aren’t cut out to look pretty. Also, I have freakishly long fingers and sometimes I feel like nail polish makes me look like a drag queen. (Which is kind of awesome in it’s own right, only not really when you’re a lady.) That said, tomorrow B’s sister and I have a mani/pedi date and I am all levels of obsessed with soft pastel, glittery nails for spring. I just think the look is really fun! So maybe I’ll give it a try? (Although that pretty much guarantees I’ll be removing it by, oh, about noon on Saturday when it’s inevitably already chipped or looking a fright.) If you’re loving glitter nails, too, check out these fun tutorials!
[Glitter Nail Tutorials | 1: Creature Comforts | 2: Creature Comforts | 3: Charles Vintage | 4: Love Maegan |5: Makeup Savvy | 6: Hello Giggles.]
Ever since lamenting about how Radiant Orchid is very definitely not my favorite color, I have to admit that it’s totally growing on me. Especially as we head into spring months, it feels like such an easy way to add a little pop of color to your home or to your outfit. If you’re like me and you’re not so sure about this color just yet, try wearing it as a cute cotton tank to freshen up your workout gear. If you’re loving this hue and feel like going bold, definitely give a dramatic eyeshadow or a punchy shade of lip gloss a whirl. And when in doubt, a fun pair of Converse sneakers is always an acceptable way to give a new color a try for those casual outings where your outfit just needs a little something-something. Ok. ‘Fess up. Is Radiant Orchid growing on anyone else yet?
[Shop | 1: Cotton tank | 2: Crossbody bag | 3: Converse sneakers | 4: Ikat pillow | 5: Lip gloss | 6: Keychain | 7: Eyeshadow quad.]
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I’m a day late with this week’s color palette, but I personally think it may have just been worth the wait. This is like the perfect dose of bright and happy if you ask me! Can we pause for a hot second and discuss this amazing zebra printed fabric? I don’t even know where, but I feel like I need it somewhere in my life. Maybe on a couple of throw pillows? Paired with loads of citrus inspired colors and those gorgeous flowers, this palette is a like an explosion of pattern and color in the best possible way. We’re channeling spring all the way here with this one, even if spring is entirely AWOL at the moment.
[Photos, from top: Erin McGinn from Style Me Pretty Living | Julia Stotz | Alexander Henry Fabrics.]
I’m so excited today to have Aimee of Made In the Fold back with us, sharing the loveliest Easter eggs! These natural dyed Easter eggs have the softest, prettiest look that feels just so organic and lovely. Aimee created them with ingredients such as blueberries and red onion skin and then went back with a simple paint technique that definitely challenges ever buying one of those store bought dye kits ever again.
- Boiled eggs
- Blueberries, red onion skins, coffee beans or other natural dye ingredients
- Slotted spoon
- Paint brushes
- Watercolor paints
Begin by gathering your ingredients. Aimee used blueberries and red onion skins for the eggs shown here, but there’s loads of plants that will produce really pretty colors when used as a dye. Think beets, turmeric, coffee and red cabbage. Get creative and play around!
Place each of your dye ingredients in individual pots and add water to the pot until just covered. Bring to a boil and allow to simmer for 30 – 40 minutes. Add your boiled eggs and allow them to hang out in the dye liquid until your desired color has been achieved. Then remove from the water with a slotted spoon, place on a cloth or paper towel and allow to dry completely.
Once your dyed eggs are dry, use a paint brush to splatter the eggs with watercolor paint to create the speckled effect. Allow the paint to dry completely and then do the other sides if you’d like, repeating the speckling and drying process as you go. And that’s it! Super simple and super pretty Easter eggs created without any harsh chemicals or dyes.
I love the way Aimee styled these eggs to create a rustic Easter place setting, featuring her gorgeous hand lettering on little place cards. You can find similar berry baskets to hold the eggs at Garnish. A paint pen or marker on cardstock will help you recreate the place cards, too. So pretty! Thanks for sharing, Aimee!
[Photos by Aimee Strickland for The Sweetest Occasion.]