Dec 17, 2013

I saw a big tinsel peace sign wreath in some obscure catalog background, and thought, OMG I can totally make that! I might be a designer, but I’m not always the best at making stuff with my hands. But this project is so easy, anyone can do it.

Here’s what you need for the Peace Wreath:

1 wire wreath frame (mine is 18 inches)

2 – 3 sets of 12 ft tinsel garland in any color

1 – 2 sets smaller 8 ft tinsel garland in matching color

Note: You could use 3 sets of the same tinsel, or 2 of the large, and 2 of the small. I did the later, but it would work either way.

Step 1: Wrap your long tinsel all the way around the wire wreath frame. 12 feet should get you half way around a 18in wreath frame. Fasten the ends, buy simply wrapping and twisting through the wire frame.

Step 2: Once your wreath is completely covered with tinsel, use your last piece, or 2 small pieces to wrap around the middle, and create the peace sign. I joined the tinsel in the middle by looping it through a couple times, and looping it around the sides of the wreath. It might take some adjusting to get it right. If you have left over tinsel, just snip it off and fasten by pulling through the wire frame.

Since I used 2 smaller pieces of a different silver tinsel, I wrapped one around the entire wreath first, and then used the second one to create the peace sign.

Voila! Done! And not only is this something you can create in 5 minutes, it won’t break the bank either. Tinsel is super cheap right now. At the Michael’s by my house, it was 70% off! In total, I spent $9.50.

Now if you used something more plain without the baubles and snowflakes, it could be a wreath for all year long, don’t you think? And imagine a super huge one! Or maybe you use traditional garlands to make a peace sign? So many fun possibilities…

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Our Apartment // 1 Year Later

posted by Amanda // Home

Sep 17, 2013

I can’t believe it’s only been 1 year since Matt and I moved into our apartment in North Hollywood. So much has happened in that time. We lived together, got engaged and then got married.

So remember those engagement photos Lukas & Suzy took of us a while back? Well I wanted to show some of the other photos of our apartment that weren’t necessarily in the blog post.

I love our dining room. White walls with a dark gray chair rail. Remember the DIY we did recovering these chairs? And that’s our hansom Dice on the wall back there. More on that later…

This bright yellow accent wall was a big risk, and before we had the art on the wall, I was really not sure about it. But the artwork—mainly neutral colors—tones it down a lot and now we love it. And that book shelf is my pride and glory… All my beloved books I’ve collected over the years, along with our little trinkets and collections. I could stare at this wall all day.

A dia de los muertos skull I picked up in San Diego. I have a small collection going.

Look at our little kitchen! It’s tiny, but it works. It’s actually kind of convenient to turn 180 degrees from the stove to the sink :] I picked up those Warhol prints at the Andy Warhol museum in Pittsburg when we were visiting Matt’s family one year.

And that’s our bubby on the couch with us. He’s such a love.

Unfortunately I didn’t get any pictures of our office or our bedroom. But other than those 2 room, that’s about it! We love our little nest. It’s cozy and it’s ours. Not sure how long we’ll be here, but it’s nice to have a little refuge in this big city to call our home.

Hello everyone, this is Margaux from Harmony Creative Studio. This past week was finally moving day for my husband and I – only 16 months after getting married! And while he is mostly concerned with our kitchen, I have been given free reign over our office/guest bedroom. Since we just moved in to a MUCH larger space, and $$$ is being spent elsewhere, I am going to be putting several projects together over the next month to finish this new room with some pop! while saving some green by doing some simple DIY’s:

– Simple IKEA Hacks: Spray painting the ‘Vittsjo’ laptop desk and bookcase gold, as seen here (insert link: over on Apartment Therapy. Visit the treasure throve over at IKEA Hackers for more awesome ways to trick out that simple Swedish stuff.

– No-Paint Walls: The optimist in me thinks that very soon we’re going to have to turn this into a nursery, so for right now I think some fun patterns and a faux bulletin board made from washi tape are easy, no commitment way to go!  See some washi wall inspiration here on our Pinterest page.

– Statement Necklace Display: There is a walk-in closet attached to the office that I have annexed for all my shoes, accessories and dresses. On the tiny wall between it and the door to the hallway,  I’m going to place some fun knobs or painted hooks here to display all my best baubles. Here is a great simple DIY for attaching knobs straight to your walls if you’re interested in doing the same!

Last but not least, a fun music mix for either moving or DIY projects, enjoy! <3 MX

{Moving Mix 2013}

*Slightly upbeat but not too serious, keep that stress level down!

1) ‘Back and Forth’ Operator Please

2) ‘Down’ Summer Camp

3) ‘Relator’ Scarlett Johansson & Pete Yorn

4) ‘Cecilia’ Simon & Garfunkel

5) ‘A Million Years’ Alexander

6) ‘Bright Whites’ Kishi Bashi

7) ‘Cruel’ St. Vincent

8) ‘Monte Carlo’ U.S. Royalty

9) ‘Sweater Weather’ The Neighbourhood

10)  ‘Wide Eyes’ Local Natives

11)  ‘Greenleaf’ Generationals

12) ‘Everyday’ Buddy Holly

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Jan 17, 2013

My mom decorates for every holiday. Our attic is filled with boxes labled “Halloween”, “Valentine’s Day”, and there’s a whole corner devoted to “Christmas”. I think growing up like this has prompted the opposite response to decorating my own home. Instead of changing things every month, I prefer to keep my home seasonal, changing the bedspread to a light quilt in the summer, and filling the house with flowers in the spring.

For winter I scattered evergreens, pinecones and white candles on tables to bring the feeling of snowy woods into my Southern California bungalow. And I think it worked! This has been quite a cozy winter. The best part is that this cozy, homey feel can stick around until the temperatures start to rise.

What about you? Do you celebrate the holidays or the seasons, or maybe a bit of both?

all photos by me

Dec 05, 2012

I inherited my grandmother’s dining room table and chairs when M and I moved into our apartment. It’s solid wood, and very classy, but I wanted to update the seats with fabric that was more “us” and complimented our new home. We fell in love with this colorful stripe fabric at Ikea and reupholstered the chairs ourselves. It’s a fairly simple process, but I definitely needed M to help me with the staple gun.

What you need: staple gun with staples, scissors, screw driver, enough fabric for the chairs (be generous), and an extra piece of fabric to make a template from (not pictured).

Step One // Remove Seat

Our seats were just screwed down and very easy to remove. This might be harder depending on how your seats are fastened to the chair.

Step Two // Create A Template

This was M’s genius idea. We took a spare piece of fabric, folded it around the seat cushion and cut it to size. Then we cut the real fabric based on this pattern. We decided we wanted all the seats to have a vertical stripe. Keep your pattern in mind when you’re cutting.

Step Three // Cover Cushions

Pull the fabric tight and staple gun to the seat. Start with front and back, then fold in the corner fabric. We experimented with many different folds, and they all looked pretty good so I don’t have a technique for you. Just keep the folds neat and the fabric as tight as possible.

Step Four // Secure Seat

Screw the seats back on the chairs and you’re finished!

We had been talking about moving in together the whole summer, but just couldn’t find a middle ground. I had to be on the west side, and M wanted to be anywhere else. So we put it off. And then I got laid off, and I didn’t have to be on the westside. We applied for the first apartment we looked at, and signed a lease on August 31. It was perfect—hard wood floors, 2 bedrooms, old and charming, in a perfect, central location. Also, half the price I was paying in Mar Vista.

But the best part? Sharing a space with my man. He works 12 hour days and crazy shifts sometimes, so it was always a bummer being so far away. Now we share an office, a house, and everything in it. Going from not much to constant contact has taken some getting used to, but it’s wonderful. I have really enjoyed decorating our new space, cooking meals for us, and calling No Hollywood home. I hope we’re here for a long time.

I am so thankful for the perfect timing of it all and for M’s continued guidance and support as we start this new chapter together.

Nov 08, 2012

It seems like forever since I posted about our new apartment. That might be because we’ve kind of hit a wall with all the improvements. M and I both got really busy at the same time, and since the bare necessities were unpacked, we focused on more immediate worries, like work.

However, a couple weeks ago when I was home alone one night I tackled the bookcase. This is a big feature of our living/dining area because it takes up half of a large wall. The bookcase itself is the IVAR system at IKEA. Our friend’s have this in their house, and we really loved the simplicity and utilitarian, industrial design. It’s just plain pine wood. We decided to leave it natural, but I might decide to paint it in the future. Here’s the before and after:

When we unpacked, everything got shoved into the bookcase. And then it sat for a long time. It took a couple hours to alphabetize all our books and DVDs, but it was worth it. I love a well organized bookshelf, don’t you?

Styling the shelves is my favorite part. I wish I had more pictures to share, but the lighting isn’t great today, and most of them came out too dark.

The rest of our apartment might be a mess, but I love looking at this bookcase and seeing all my cherished books and objects. It inspires me to keep working on the rest. Next task, reupholstering the dining room chairs! If everything goes as planned, I’ll have a DIY for you next week (fingers crossed).

Oct 25, 2012

I hardly ever need to get dressed now that I’m freelance, but after a couple days in sweatpants staring at a computer screen, I long for fresh air and human interaction. I might run to the grocery store, grab a coffee, or just take a walk. So it’s important for my work outfits to be comfortable and convertible.

On any given day, my uniform consists of yoga pants, a tank top and a sweater. Our apartment doesn’t seem to be well insulated, so I wear big wooly boots too. It’s really comfortable and if I need to leave the house I can easily pull on some jeans and scarf.

The coffee, candle, notebook, chapstick and lotion are items found on my desk. I simply could not work without them.

Do you work from home too? What’s your daily outfit look like? What are your desk essentials?

Outfit curated on Polyvore.

Urban Apartment //

posted by Amanda // Collections, Home

Oct 10, 2012

Right after I found H&M’s home line, I stumbled across Urban Outfitter’s Apartment line (available in the US)! And wow. So much “mid-century” furniture, native and geometric prints, turquoise, and metal… I’m in heaven! It’s super cheap (which means it probably won’t last) but also means you can afford to cycle things out.

And that raises a great question. Do you splurge on a few good pieces that you can hand down to your kids? Or do you prefer to buy cheap and buy often? For the most part, I think I’m a quantity over quality kinda girl. I buy and purge seasonally, saving up for one or two big purchases. What about you?

No. 1   //   No. 2   //   No. 3   //   No. 4   //   No. 5   //   No. 6   //   No. 7   //   No. 8

Home Sweet Home //

posted by Amanda // Home

Oct 05, 2012

We’re slowly settling in. We assembled our sweet couch last weekend, and set up the TV a couple nights ago. Now we’re starting to hang art and organize bookshelves. This is the fun part, and I’m excited to see it all come together. I’ll be posting more pictures as the various rooms get put together so stay tuned.

In the meantime have a wonderful weekend!