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Lauren Winter

Lauren Winter is the talented lady behind formerly-known-as Etsy shop Blooming Leopold, which i have featured a couple of times on the blog. her label is now known simply as Lauren Winter – check out her wonderful new collection. but today i’d like to focus on the stylishness of Lauren herself, who is a talented DIYer and all-round creative person. she’s dyes her own fabric (!) and regularly shares some pretty kick-ass sewing projects over at Drifter & Gypsy. she also takes beautiful photographs! so be sure to add her to your blog roll, cause you’re gonna want to keep track.

all photos c/o Lauren Winter.

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Behind the Bed

we currently have this huuuge expanse of white wall behind our bed that’s so bare and sad. i’m just glad i can’t see it when i’m actually lying in bed. but we all know it’s there. what do do? hang a huge painting, perhaps? or lotsa little paintings? or drill some holes and put up a shelf? or a tapestry? or some cool wall sconces? or ALL OF THE ABOVE? we only have one bedroom, so we’re going to have to choose carefully…

source: hus & hem

source: phorm design life

source: objets mécaniques

source: atlanta homes & lifestyle

source: simon james design

source: des chaises en couleur

source: stadshem

source: sally england

source: my scandinavian home

source: david + sarah

source: joanna lavén

source: bolig

source: schoolhouse electric

source: elina dahl

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UNIQLO Hairdo

i LOOOOOOVE Uniqlo. every time i saw one in New York i’d turn to Anton and say, UNIQLO! i first discovered them in London many years back, and i still have some of their lovely woollen cardigans that i bought about 7 years ago in my cupboard. they’ve just launched this sweet series of how-to hairdos, pairs with new looks from their winter range. you can see them on their website or pinterest.

A variety of do-it-yourself hair styles paired with looks from the 2013 Fall & Winter collection, based on UNIQLO’s LifeWear philosophy. Capturing the step-by-step process of creating each hair style, Uniqlo HairDo is where style meets utility.











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Handmade in Moste

Klara and Klemen are students of architecture who live in an old house in Moste, Ljubljana, the capital city of Slovenia. they regularly walked past the once grand villa hidden amongst the trees in this old neighborhood, and wondered about the abandoned looking apartment inside – which, it turned out, had been sitting empty for 20 years. after tracking down the owner and making a deal to fix up the flat in exchange for rent, they got the keys and started renovations. you can read the story of the apartment on their blog Handmade in Moste.

In truth, the flat did not look inviting at first glance; the paint was falling apart, plumbing and electricity wires suspiciously battered and the floor was very damaged in some parts. There was no central heating and all other modern commodities. But it had promising qualities such as high ceilings, big rooms with lots of windows, it was classically built out of brick and had a cooking furnace that was so inviting, that we almost smelled wood burning…

they designed and made many of the built-in components in the house themselves – including (but not limited to) a beautiful work light; all the shelving in their studio, bathroom & kitchen; a sturdy coffee table and the sweetest log rack. you can see all their projects on their blog, and read about their philosophy of handmaking items of quality & simplicity.















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Nice Things No.16

here are ten nice things for the home: to buy, to DIY, or just to sigh (at)…

sweet little bowls by Fine Little Day:

porcelain serving boards by honeycomb studio:

unbelievable textiles by Mae Engelgeer, via gimii:

the awesome project is awesome:

Pennyweight Goods presents the Southern Lights Electric x Pennyweight wall lamp:

Bindle is a sweet gifting idea:

a DIY embroidery kit by Lisa Grue:

a faceted wall clock by Raw Dezign:

a DIY kitchen towel rack made from a brass rod, by Bambula:

and, pretty things inside tape:

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Green Renaissance

Green Renaissance is a film production company based in Cape Town that specialises in green content creation – helping environmentally conscious organisations to develop creative content that promotes green and conservation initiatives. they have released some really sweet little films that encourage people to be green at home.

i especially loved the story about Gary ‘The Mushroom Guy‘ who started picking & eating wild mushrooms on his walks in the forest after suffering a heart attack. eventually he started growing his own shiitake mushrooms at home – and he shows you how you can also do it using a log and some mushroom spores. they also collaborated with Marisa from Opus, who all Capetonians will know for her gorgeous plant creations – she shows you how you can make your own hanging plant at home.

also check out how to make your own home made cleaner using lemons, using recycled tyres to grow artichokes, making real vitamin water, and picking & roasting wild chestnuts. explore all their clips on vimeo.

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She Lets Her Hair Down

the one thing i’m pretty sure about re: the wedding is that i don’t want to hire a hair / make-up artist. i’m not high maintenance when it comes to these things, and besides getting the right primer & foundation i think i’ll be okay following a couple of youtube tutorials (practice makes perfect, right?). same goes for the hair, which i’d like to wear in a simple up-do or some kind of a pretty braided style (that’s where my bridesmaids and sisters-in-law come in).

i love looking at tutorials for DIY hair on the internet, so i was excited to discover Paris based hairstylist Rubi Jones through film company Lumineux. Rubi has a blog called She Lets Her Hair Down where she often shares hair tutorials on how to style your hair like a pro. she has done a number of wedding hair tuts which look super helpful.

seen any hair and make-up tutorials you’d like to recommend?

i’m also looking forward to seeing the video that Lumineux did on Rubi, as their body of film work is very beautiful. keep an eye on their Vimeo page for that.

 screencaps courtesy of Lumineux, tutorial images courtesy of Rubi Jones

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Leah & Dylan

you will know Leah Goren from her beautiful illustrative work, her clothing & accessories line and the amazing collaboration she did with Anthropologie. i check in on her shop all the time, and love sharing her new work here whenever i can. one thing i didn’t know, and i’m surprised by this considering how much i stalk cool people on the internet, is that she has a blog with her graphic designer boyfriend Dylan called A Future Present where they share bits & pieces from their lives in Brooklyn, including snaps of gorgeous devon rex Moses, and chronicle the ongoing DIY projects that make their little home look so cool.

also read more about Leah’s work at the Etsy blog.

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