design fix: yarn wreath 19 December, 2010

My ultimate rainy day recipe is finishing all of you DIYs  (that you’ve been putting away till a rainy day) and watching old classics.  Taking into consideration that it’s been raining non-stop for 3 days already, I did just that.sometimes I think we had more rainy days here in LA, I would have been a more productive person overall :)

I’ve been wanting to do a yarn wreath for quite a while now so yesterday I finally sat down to do it over Funny Girl.

it started slowly… about hour and a half later,

I just LOVE the final result! What are you doing on your rainy/snowy days?


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gift wrapping ideas – part 2 18 December, 2010

We are getting down to the wire – one week till Christmas. While I have a few more gifts to buy, I can’t resist the pleasure to browse for some more gift wrapping ideas. I love the budget-friendly wrapping ideas, because honestly, after a shopping spree who wants to go and buy stuff that will be immediately tossed into the garbage after opening the gift, right? So here I’ve gathered ideas that employ scraps and bits of ribbon, paper, textiles as well as natural elements that you can easily pick up while walking a dog.  Simple and adorably cute!

Happy wrapping!

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xmas: bringing the manly back 16 December, 2010

As the last Christmas decor inspiration board I decided to challenge myself with the manly decor. I can totally see all those bachelors out there struggling to bring in the spirit home while keeping it cool. The ultimate key to keeping Christmas decor modern and manly is stepping away from the traditional stereotypes.

Starting with the unconventional Christmas tree – keep the shape but in charcoal gray and sparkle, while bringing the greens in accessories. I love the Embossed Pine Candle from Restoration Hardware, it will also brings a smell of the holidays. Enriching the white/gray/black pallet with metallic sparkle will entail the festive mood and faux fur adds a tad of wintery comfort. And to top it of I added the intellectual games accents, which always make a bachelor look like a good catch :)

1. Three Tabletop Cone Trees – $150; 2. Hour sand glass – $29.95; 3. Spin Ornaments – $35; 4. Bling Domino Set with Silver Croc Case – $19.95; 5. Platinum Horse Head – $195; 6. Frosted Foil Pillow Cover – $29.00; 7. Debut geometric pillow – $295; 8. Faux-Fur Throw – $119; 9. Egg Chair; 10. Gift Wrapping;  11. Holiday Home Embossed Pillar Candle; 12. Fog Linen Napkin – $14; 13. Platinum Drinkware – $70; 14. Chilewich Cubic Placemat – $7.

yarn wreaths 12 December, 2010

I’ve been in a crafty mood lately and I totally see a DIY project coming. What would it be? a yarn wreath, of course. I got so tired of the traditional tree branches look, and the yarn wreaths are so versatile – you can make them sleek and contemporary or go way out with ornaments, feathers and what not. And they are SO easy to do yourself too. Here are a few of my favorites from Etsy.

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And how cute are these yarn balls, such a great contrast with shiny ornaments. 1, 2, 3, 4

wish list 11 December, 2010

I’ve been an awful good girl lately. Seriously, finished the thesis project 3 days before the final day…wow, talking about some holiday magic here. As a reward I decided “to shop around” for a wish list for me which would also fit any other interior design/fashion/beauty obsessed person in your life.

A girl can never have too many accessories. There are so many cutesies this season, so hard to cut down the choices :) And, in case you were interested, I can never resist a good design/arts book or two.

wish list 2010-2011

1. Cashmere shawl popover – $119; 2. Libellule – Brass Necklace – $24.95; 3. Faux Fur Scarf – $38; 4. Striped Sequin Tote – $59.50; 5. Pave Buckle Wrap Bracelet – $38; 6. Multi Chain Flower Choker – $44.50; 7. Chanel black Velvet Nail Polish – $25; 8.  Jeweled elastic flower belt – $49.50; 9. NARS Lipstick in HeatWave – $24; 10. Etcetera: Creating Beautiful Interiors with the Things You Love – $24.20; 11. My French Life by Vicki Archer – $23; 12. John Singer Sargent – $47.