Finally, the Night Sky!

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starry lampI’m So glad someone finally invented this!

I’ve always wanted a night sky lamp, but they seemed so hard to come by! people would draw on the constellations with paint, and you would get an inverted night sky. It is not subtle, and definitely not the same thing.

I have lived in a city or the pacific north-west all of my life. (sorry Oregon – you’re too cloudy). As a lover of stars this was always a bummer because I would only get to see them when I traveled. It did make the night sky more special when I would actually get to see it, but why should I have to wait for special occasions when this magnificent feat of nature is always above me? At last… a solution for city dwellers (and PNWers) The Starry Light Lamp.

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When in use, the lamp projects a magnificent and exact view of the night sky to the walls.
Thin, subtle lines drawn on the inner surface of Starry Light help users in
the identification of different constellations.

Developed specifically for this collection,
the LED fixture is able to project a strong direct
light downwards, while providing ideal circumstances
for the stars to shine at the same time.

The launch collection of Starry Light Lamps is available with the celestial constellations of the Northern Hemisphere’s two equinoxes and solstices, but as the lamp is manufactured by hand, it is suitable to customizations according to a given date, time and geographical location.

I can’t wait to get one. Online you can choose your colors, (available in 4 colors), and your preferred constellations based on the time of year.

The price might be high, (what isn’t these days), so crack open those piggy banks 😉 the view will be worth it!

But hey, until you can afford your own night sky… a small road trip to the country might be enough satisfaction for now.

Now go get star-gazing, and enjoy your weekend!

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DIY Plant Hanger Craft | How to Hang your Pothos Indoors

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I’d like you to meet my new roommate, “Mr. Pothos.”

After a long four years away at school I got used to having roommates around.. or at least having any one around! But this baby bird flew back to the empty nest I once called home (my two brothers have both moved out). Being an only child in a large house felt strange so I decided I needed a new roommate. And this is why I adopted Mr. Pothos, my pothos plant.

He breathes fresh air into my life for many reasons. Obviously because he’s a plant, but he also provides a pop of brilliant green which matches my emerald accent walls, and it is comforting having his quiet presence hanging at my bedside.

To make this plant hanger you need:

  •  fabric scissors
  • an old curtain, or sheet, or dress, or tshirt, or pillow, or blanket,
  • a plant in a pot

Follow these steps:

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Step 1) Begin by cutting your fabric into strips.  Any woven fabric (not stretchy) is tearable, which will give your look a raw finish.  To do this, snip away at the top in a row, leaving about 2 inches between cuts. Then tear it down until breaking point! (I also recommend doing this step any time you need to relieve stress, tearing fabric does wonders for my nerves #fashionproblems).  If you are using a jersey, (stretchy) make sure the strips are wider and you will not be able to tear them, so cut in a straight line and stop snipping once you have at least 4 feet.

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Step 2) Now that you have your long strips of fabric you get to make your nest. Starting from the bottom and work your way up. The first step is tying all your strips in a big fat knot. I gathered 20 long strips together for my hanger because my fabric was so thin, choose your number accordingly, any even number between 6 and 20 will do.

Plant Hanger DIY

Step 3) Take all of your strips, and start tying! The initial star shape is made from grouping 4 strips together into 5 groups, tie 2 and 2 together… you’re a star!

Plant Hanger DIY

Step 4) Now we continue our web. Keep tying 2 and 2 together, this picture above is 4 knots deep which resulted in 6 final points that I gathered together at the top.

Plant Hanger DIY

Step 5) Place your plant in the center of the web and hang! I trimmed all the extra fabric hanging below the plant into thinner and staggered strips to give it a loftier appearance.

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I hung the plant from my ceiling in the corner of my room next to my bed. I did not want a plant crashing down on me as I slept nor did I want it leaving a pile of soil everywhere… so in order to test the strength of my wall hook I stuffed a carryon with shoes and hung it from the ceiling overnight. Since the weighted carryon did not come crashing to the floor, I knew my plant would be safe.

Now I water Mr. Pothos weekly and have been enjoying watching him grow. He has been a quality companion all summer. My future plans include bringing in more roommates, My goal is to have an entire plant family by the end of summer! (AKA a hanging garden). HANGING POTHOS

More fun facts:

The fabric I used was from sheer silver curtains I purchased from ikea ages ago. These curtains have been a decorative part of my room for the past 10 years – I have used them as drapes, bed skirts, a canopy, and now this! I love the sheer and subtle color, it gives my room a silky and airy feel, and the shiny silver adds a touch of luxury.

The pot I placed my pothos in is a custom ceramic bowl made by my friend Charles Allen. He is an author and artist from my graduating class at George Fox University. I look forward to hearing even more about his successes in the future!

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How to Update Your Space with Outdated Art

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I found this fantastic poster of Velvet Underground album art drawn by Andy Warhol.  Andy Warhol is my favorite artist,  Velvet Underground is a terrific band, I love lips, and old coke glasses… how could I say no?

I wanted to frame it, but not with your typical college frame, I needed something more.

Since I am always on a budget I first sought out frames at Hobby Lobby. Ugly metal frames were going for about $20, I bought one and realized it was too small once I got home.

This is when I realized I was going about it all wrong, I needed a quality frame for my work.  So I went to the Goodwill with a tape measure and searched for art work in frames large enough to hold my Warhol print.  I wanted a metallic polished frame to fit my room, because my favorite colors (or lack of colors) to work with are black, white, and shiny.  Shopping for a frame is similar to shopping for a house: pay no attention to what is inside of it!  Only look at the BONES, the structure that is holding it together.  I came across this metallic and black number for $13 and bought it on the spot.

I look it home, took it apart, painted the matts black, and put it back together.  It took all day (granted I was photographing and video taping along the way) but I am so happy with the result!  Hard work pays off. And I barely paid a thing!

You can watch my video to see the entire process, and check out these pictures below.

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New Perspectives on Design | Dwell on Design 2013 Highlights

Dwell on Design is a modern design trade show.  It took place at the Los Angeles Convention Center this year, June 21-23.  The show room floor was filled with designers and products made and produced by our neighbors across the US and around the globe.  Several of the products ingeniously stood out among the rest, giving us a new perspective on design, helping us see design from a new angle… are you following?  I am going to share with you what was up, and up-side-down, this year at Dwell.

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The Good Flock   Mission Statement  Click through to visit TheGoodFlock.com

These lightbulbs by The Good Flock aren’t hard to look at. I mean that in the most flattering sense, also literally because they have a custom made reflective cap that goes over the light to protect our eyes and still illuminate in a very natural and organic way. I love this simple approach to lighting a room, ideal for small spaces in need of clever solutions. They make lampshades unnecessary and can be mounted to any surface in a home to be both functional and aesthetic.  Their mission statement (right) also expresses the values they hold to quality of sustainable and organic service.  If you are in need of a handmade all-American light, the Aurora lamp is for you.

The Rypen booth displayed a very creative approach to shelving.  This whimsical Equilibrium Bookcase balances your books and knick-knacks in a free standing modular unit with color and poise. A great accessory for any living room or office to show off your creative side, while still keeping your collectibles organized and admirable from all 360 degrees.Dwell on Design AirplantmanIf you thought succulents were the latest trend, think again because they have just been one-up’d by an even greater plant, the airplant! This plant can survive without soil and lives off water and air. It’s blossoms and slim leaves extend in whimsy, as if riding the breeze around them. These plants defy gravity and present a new uncomplicated approach to the love and care of plant life.  One man has decided to become the master of this new element: The Airplantman.  He has chosen this particular plant genus as his obsession because of its intrigue and has made it his goal to craft simplistic holders for these small bouquets to enhance their loftiness and show off their ethereal beauty in these very appropriate handmade AirplantVessels and AirplantFrames.

Each of these new designs express a novel approach to form and function.  The unexpected takes place here with the transformation of lights, the balancing act of shelves, and the surreal gardens that will soon decorate our homes.
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Now Trending: Folding Furniture! Dwell on Design 2013

Viva Los Angeles! I was up and ready with the sun, it was another gorgeous day in downtown LA and I knew the Dwell on Design trade show was as anxious as I was to see the latest trends in modern design this year!  DSCN9365

Though unexpected, Foldable furniture was trending this year. Furniture that folds. I am not used to “foldable” being a modern luxury selling point.  Perhaps a terrific idea, as it makes shipping and storage more convenient, but the luxury factor perplexes me.  However, I will admit they were cool, and cool is an important selling point.

The Spooning Armchair is a magnificent origami feat, or as I should say “ori-polypropylene.”

Spooning Armchair

Even the small Rhino Horn Ottomans are designed to withstand up to 300 pounds. The Paper Bird Armchair (left) and Alcove A la Coque (right) are all a part of the latest collection designed by the talented Roy Kesrouani.  I totally dig this dynamic cardboard aesthetic, but what I’m also ogling is the typeface that Roy designed.  See the alien-esque script in the background?  That reads “Spooning Chair” A close up: Spooning Armchair textI love the play with the fixed angles and triangles, it speaks to the complex design and unique geometry that went into making these pieces.  I’m no graphic artist so I should stop talking before my foot ends up in my mouth, but as a designer and experienced paper-folder I was impressed by his skill.

The other folding furniture, rightfully named “Folditure” was even more quirky, being Luxury folding furniture with a duo function as art. Yes, art.

Folditure

I asked the woman at the booth “so if you had this in your home, how would you use it?” She said “I would hang it on my wall” Ladies and gentleman, I give you art furniture! Don’t let the pieces make a statement in your room, let them make a statement ON YOUR WALL!!!  Yes I am being sarcastic, but I do not completely disagree.

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If I lived in a luxury studio apartment the idea of having extra furniture on display as a conversation starter is enticing. It lives to the minimalist standard.  However I don’t think I am at that level yet. Interior Designers are aware of the furniture riddle “What to do with folding furniture when it is not used,” and “hang it on my wall” is not the expected answer, but I am accepting. Imagine the amazement when my dinner guests realize the chair they are perched on was indeed hanging on my wall earlier that day!  The pieces do look incredible, this image from their website (right) does the design more justice.

I saved the best for last.  Clei’s exhibit spoke perfectly to a studio apartment, or any apartment whose aim is to maximize space and function.

Resource FurnitureI liked these folding furniture pieces the most because of their practical application.  The people at Resource Furniture | Space. Reinvented. have truly reinvented space. Each piece has more than one purpose, and aims to help all types of families and lifestyles in their function.  This video below (7 million+ views!) explains the idea.

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Perhaps the folding furniture is most ideal for people who function in small spaces, but luckily for everyone else, these pieces also have aesthetic value and represent a whole new market that beckons to both our wants and needs!

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