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January 27, 2011

What a Lovely Kaboodle Feature!

I went on a quick vacation to the lovely sunshine state this week to visit my parents and in my travels back to Snowcago, I mean Chicago, I got a lovely email from Etsy! Imagine my surprise when I saw a picture of yours truly featured on Kaboodle in a Safari trend article. I squealed, realized I was by myself and rushed to share it with you (because as much as my pup likes me, I don’t think she really think she gets it.)  :)

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January 21, 2011

Color, please!

The thermometer says it’s a grand total of -2 degrees in Chicago and I know that I will staying inside as much as possible today. Seriously. But instead of being inspired by cozy and snowy neutral interiors, I’m rebelling and craving a bright and colorful spaces (maybe I’m in a little bit of denial…). I went cruising the web and found some lovelies!

Apartment Therapy

Gemma Ahern – Freshome

Jonathan Adler

Decor Arts

Lonny

Bright, Bold, and Beautiful

Aren’t these lovelies more fun to look at on this dead-of-winter-freeze-your-butt-off-day? Happy Friday!

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January 19, 2011

Swedish at Heart…

I have red hair, freckles and my first name is Margaret…so St. Patrick’s day should be my favorite holiday, right? Yes, if I was Irish, but alas, I am not. I’m a almost 100% Swedish (although my mom would correct me and remind me that I have a chunk of Danish…)! I am a very proud Swede and really, truly love all things Swedish including modern Swedish interiors…they are really swoon-worthy! Take a look at some of my favs and let’s all swoon together…

Kjerstis Lykke

Kjerstis Lykke

Kjerstis Lykke

Kjerstis Lykke

Lunda Gard

Skona Hem

My Scandinavian Retreat

Emmas Blogg

Okay, that’s it! I’m throwing out all color in my house and painting everything white! I’m am swooning…

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January 14, 2011

Blog Love: Studs in Design!

My friend Lauren Thomas wrote me an email out of the blue last week…this girl is so smart and hilarious and has amazing style! So when she told me she was starting her own blog Studs in Design, I knew that it would be fabulous.  She’s featuring White Nest this week and showing a “behind the scenes” for my inspiration. You know that I love checking out blogs& websites and I often save images for my personal inspiration. When I feel like I’m in a creative rut, I’ll scan through the images and I often come away with new ideas brewing in my head…check out her blog and some of my favorite images!

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January 12, 2011

DIY Tutorial: Winter Wreath!

I’m introducing my first DIY tutorial today by showing you how to create a very cool, natural winter wreath! Let’s be honest though, it was supposed to be a Christmas wreath and then a New Year’s Eve wreath and now it’s a Winter Wreath! It’s really simple to do but a little warning: it takes time. A LOT of time, but the end result is a wreath that can last all winter and year after year!

Materials:
1. 11″ Round styrofoam wreath ring  2. Jute twine (standard thick jute)  3. Jute twine (packing jute twine…I got it at Michael’s Craft Store)  4. Ruler  5. Burlap fabric (any color)  6. Metallic embroidery thread  7. White cotton string  8. Pliers  9. Scissors  10. Floral wire (dark green)

Instructions:
1. Measure and cut 4″ strips of floral wire. Cut many (!) strips as these will be the foundation for the mini-twine balls.

2. Fold the 4″ strip in half and tie a knot.

3. Start wrapping the the twine around the knot and continue wrapping around the top quarter of the wire.

4. Wrap the twine into a ball about 1″diameter (feel free to make smaller and larger balls to give the wreath variation!).

5. Cut the twine, tuck the end under a loop and spread the two wire ends slightly apart.

6. And the fun begins…make a LOT of these! Use any type of the string you want…I used cotton string and two types of twine for my finished product. You can also used metallic embroidery thread (shown in first photo) but I changed my mind and decided to keep my wreath more natural. Go crazy and have fun!

7. After making a LOT of these mini-twine balls, start inserting the balls into the styrofoam wreath ring.

8. Cover the entire wreath ring in the mini-twine balls and voila!

9. Take the burlap fabric and cut a 3″ strip as long as desired for hanging length (mine is about 5′ long). Fray the edges of the fabric for a more natural look. It’s worth noting that you can use any type of ribbon or fabric…I just had burlap left over from another project and wanted to use it.

10. Wrap the fabric strip and run the ends through the sewing machine to close fabric strip (you can also hand stitch if you don’t want to drag out the ‘ol sewing machine). Hang the wreath where desired and enjoy your winter wreath creation!

Enjoy!

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January 10, 2011

Spruce it Up!

Happy Monday! I’m going to keep it short and sweet today because my growing To Do list is calling me, but I had to share with you some of my favorite furniture upholstery gals from Spruce! I found their website and blog a few months ago and fell in love with their work. They take those horrible furniture finds from Craigslist or thrift stores and turn them into one of kind, amazing pieces!

This week they gave a worn-down, dirty sofa and gave it an amazing face lift! Check it out…

Before…

After! Love, love. Check out the full story!

They also filmed a television pilot that they are hoping gets picked up…the pilot captures the “Sprucettes” (as they coined themselves) during their day-to-day life as furniture upholsterers. I love it! It’s a great pilot and makes me very envious of their work…I just wish they local to Chicago so I could take a class from these fun ladies! Check out the pilot here

Also, I’ll be bringing you my first DIY tutorial this week…stay tuned!

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January 5, 2011

Cool Calendars…

Everyone needs a new calendar for the new year, but how cool are some of these calendar ideas??

Jonathan Davies
Simple Shapes – This calendar is a dry erase board wall decal…how cool is that??
Takeshi Nishioka
Magnetic Calendar
PicoCool
Oscar Diaz
Status Calendar – Love this idea…how fun would it be to read this in a few years?

LOVE.

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January 3, 2011

Happy 2011!

It’s a new year!! I realize this is not news to anyone since it is January 3rd (it wouldn’t be me if I wasn’t a little late), but seriously, how did 2010 fly by so quickly? Every new year makes me reflect on the past year and I thought I would share a little of my goals & hopes for 2011.

 

2010 was really a roller coaster for me. The first half of the year was filled with developing a new business while coming to the conclusion that I needed to leave my full time job (for many reasons, oh for MANY reasons and I’ll keep it at that). The last half of the year was filled with dreams coming true…many of the dreams that my husband and I longed for came true for us. It’s like the puzzle finally fell into place after the economy took its toll on us. We really are living our dream right now…

So as I look ahead at the new year, I have some goals. Some of them are boring (hello, taxes 101) and some of them are typical (yes, like everyone else out there I will put “losing weight” on my list…), but some of them are just little reminders that will make me happier…

 

1. Don’t sweat the small stuff. I tend to put my bury my head in things and rarely take a step back and take a look at the big picture. (Shyeah, and as I type this, I go through 10 different colors before I decide on the color of the text for each goal! I think I’m going to have to really work on this…)

2. Be happy with what I have. Since I work from home now and I am an interior designer, I really need to STOP analyzing our condo. The list of To Do’s keeps growing and I need to be happy with what I have. (I only want to get a few more key pieces and then I promise to leave my husband alone for a long time…maybe six months.)

No, this is no my condo…but a girl can dream, right?

3. Purge, purge, purge. It’s time to get rid of half of my clothes and organize my closet. Embrace craigslist and maybe even attempt my own garage sale…of course I’d half to borrow a garage since we live in a condo.)

4. Slow down. I really have this problem…I can’t turn my thoughts off and actually relax. I’m sure I’m the only that has this problem. :)

I hope everyone had a great start to the new year! Take a little time to reflect on your hopes for 2011…meg

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December 13, 2010

Neighborly Love

As I’ve gushed (and gushed), I had an amazing time at the One of a Kind Show last weekend, but what made it truly special were all the neighbors I was lucky to be surrounded by. My booth was located in the Etsy pavilion, which was an area dedicated exclusively to Etsy sellers. And as the weekend wore on, we were able to share our stories and advice about being in this special DIY craft industry. Some of them really made me laugh as the hours passed…

My “next door” neighbor was the VERY talented artist Brandy Johnson with her amazing jewelry line, Blush Envy. Some of her pieces are made from clay, but her other pieces were made from PAPER! Really, I could NOT believe it when she told me. She individually cuts out each leaf with scissors! Her pieces are amazing…you need to check them out. I ended up getting a ring and have been wearing…it really is industructable because of her glazing process. She was there with her mom and sister and there were the sweetest next door neighbors!

My neighbor across the way was Vince from Uncommon…I’ve been a fan of him and his wife for quite a while. They actually live in the small town that I grew up in, so I have a soft spot for them. They make home accessories and their craftsmen ship is amazing!

Saul from Bare Tree has awesome screen printed clothing…my husband and I met him at the Renegade Craft Fair in Los Angeles. His designs are awesome and really detailed. He’s great and my husband personally owns some of his t-shirts and LOVES them!

Elaine from So Silly is one of my favs! I met her at my first show in Indianapolis and she is truly one of the sweetest people. I’ve been lucky to participate in many of the same shows and I always make sure I stop by because she is lovely! Her children’s clothing is also lovely…you need to check them out!

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December 9, 2010

One of a Kind Blog Love

It’s been way too long…I survived my first four-day show and it was amazing! For those who aren’t following, I participated in the One of a Kind Show at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago. There were a lot of special moments and great people that I met (including some amazing neighbors that I’ll highlight in another post!). Some of the highlights was winning an award from Chicago Magazine for the “Best of Fiber Art”!! Amazing…it was a golden moment…truly special.

I’ve also received some blog love from a couple of well-known bloggers: Chicago Home & Garden as well as Bourdon Design. Check out the posts!

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