Hello, it’s Lisa here from the red thread. I’m happy to be back this month on decor8 with my Make Me column to share another simple and stylish craft project with you. It’s always lovely to change things up at home and adding colour with new artwork is a great – although not always affordable – way to do that. With this in mind I’ve created a paper patchwork as an inexpensive and fun way to inject some lovely fresh summery colour into your space. Ready? Good!
* Coloured paper- Origami paper and gift wrapping paper are ideal. You could also use images from magazines or thrifted books
* Good quality white heavy weight paper measuring 16 x 19 inches
* A craft knife and cutting mat
* A pencil
Step 1: Cut the coloured paper
Cut the paper into 3 inch squares. You’ll need 10 squares to make the artwork, but cut more than you need and you’ll be able to play around with the placement of colours and patterns to get your design right. Now cut the squares diagonally to make triangles.
Step 2: Design your art
Lay the triangles out on a separate piece of white and move them around until you are happy with the design. It’s easier to design your art and get a good idea of the finished piece if you do it on a white surface. You can lay the colours out in a pattern, or make the placement random like I have.
NOTE: Take a photo of your design for reference when you are happy with it, in case it’s disturbed by a breeze, your child or cat!
Step 3: Assemble the art
Rule a pencil line 6 inches down from the top of the white paper. Start the line 4.5 inches in from the left hand edge and finish it 2.75 inches in from the right. The pencil line indicates the top of the second row of triangles. Begin by gluing on the second triangle in the second row. The left hand point will align with the beginning of the pencil line. Make sure to add glue to all points of the triangles and smooth them down so they adhere. Then add the rest of row two, being careful to align the edges accurately.Now add all the rows underneath, and finally the top row of triangles.
Step 4: Admire your creation and hang it up!
Admire your creation, what do you think? Next, hang it! I love the look of art hung with washi tape, and thrifted frames can look fabulous sprayed white, even without glass.
Have fun creating your own art piece – whenever I make a new artwork I enjoy moving my things around and finding which of my vases and homewares coordinate with it to make a fresh new space in my home. I’ll look forward to returning next month with another fun and achievable craft project. In the meantime take some time out of your week to get creative! – Lisa xo
(images/text: Lisa Tilse)
I’m showing you so many new things on decor8 today! I hope you are having fun looking through my posts. I enjoy sharing them with you. I’m thrilled to now introduce you to a line that Irene Hoofs from the blogs BloesemLiving and B:Kids just launched – it’s called BloesemWear and is mostly jewelry at the moment and my goodness, I am in LOVE. Everything I see in her new online shop makes me swoon. I don’t know which one to order because I want everything. I’m proud of Irene and her new line. I love seeing talented bloggers expand beyond their blogs to introduce their talents and passions in new ways, especially through tangible products that we can use in daily life. Take a look at her entire collection here – in the meantime, enjoy the peek below.
I rarely write about jewelry on decor8 but since I believe necklaces are more than just something to adorn yourself with – you can place them on hooks in your bedroom, lay them casually on a ceramic dish on your dresser, etc. then I can justify blogging something as beautiful as Irene’s creations – they are also very decorative for the home. I imagine when I’m not wearing one, I’d drape it over my mirror so I could simply enjoy it daily as a decorative element. Do you put your jewelry out on display too?
I really can’t stop looking at everything. I wish I owned a shop, I’d love to carry her collection. I hope shops around the world pick up her line and she has massive success with it because I’d love to see someone like Irene go really far with her vision and creativity. Many congrats Irene!
When my dear friend Charlotee from RICE in Denmark sent me previews of her new line for Fall/Winter, I knew I had to share her bright, colorful creations. I love the styling, it’s my favorite styling I’ve seen for RICE yet and I love how fresh and happy everything looks. This is my absolute favorite photo shown below from their upcoming catalog – I adore this old wooden window and how sweetly everything is arranged. Gorgeous!
In addition to RICE, Charlotte is also the lady behind the beautiful new book, Happy Home. You may recall my book review HERE. Her style is definitely on trend being one of the four big interiors trends you’ll see this Fall/Winter – the RICE style definitely falls into the gorgeous CLASH trend that Gudy spoke about in her trends post HERE. Remember that? Gudy told us more about it, “The main message is that we need to be positive. Traditional design shall be reconducted in new colourways. Bold colours are mixed with pastels.” That’s definitely the RICE lifestyle – on trend, positive and colorful as always but also timeless because color never goes out of style, does it?
I love these colorful plastic bags for packing lunches with the dots. And who doesn’t love dots?
Tea towels with pompom fringe make any kitchen feel a little more playful, don’t you think?
These hooks are gorgeous!
I love that in addition to their melamine range, RICE is using more and more pottery. I think it looks so nice.
These bowls are so cute and I love that they are melamine because then you can prepare a mixed salad in a big plastic bag or large tupperware bowl, then go to the park and pull out these adorable bowls and serve your salad without worrying about anything getting broken – yet not sacrificing on style or resorting to paper or plastic bowls from the supermarket (which I really dislike!). I also think melamine is super practical with children for soups and cereals. Although honestly, I’d eat my morning muesli out of these bowls – no problem. They are cheerful!
These plates are super cute and fun!
I REALLY like these bento box-style containers shown above. Such a great way to pack a lunch without having to bring a bunch of little containers.
Don’t you love these colors? Any favorite products that you spot? See the entire catalog here.
Beautiful things, Charlotte – congrats on your new line and your beautiful book and its success all over the world!
Hello friends and welcome to a new week with me and my columnists here on decor8. I hope you are doing well! I thought I’d kick things off by telling you about the new IKEA Paper Shop that recently launched here in Europe in select stores and if all goes well, the concept may spread to all stores eventually.
Kollo put together a range of paper products to include giftbags, giftwrap, paper clips, boxes, notebooks, cards, etc. and they designed the section of the store where these products would be on display with a focus on bright patterns and colors placing the department in the market hall section on the lower level. So far in Britain and Sweden it has gained attention and they’re hoping it will catch on and spread to all IKEA stores. I think the idea is GREAT – definitely. I already see the products on the German IKEA website and in stores over here, so it seems to be catching on. Is it in your country yet, too?
The products look nice BUT (and I hate to be critical) I really don’t feel a connection like I wish I did – the collections do not feel that cohesive with the exception of the palettes – black/white, green, blue and pink. I’m not keen on Victorian motifs sprinkled throughout each collection because they don’t feel fresh to me, but I do think that over time that this collection has enormous potential to evolve and become something great. I have an entire concept that I think would work for IKEA so if anyone wants to hire me I can tell you exactly what would set this paper shop on fire (in a good way!) :) But for IKEA this is a great start and I’m happy to learn about this! I do love the effort, the possibilies and of course some of the products like the boxes, tapes and giftwrap I would definitely buy now. In fact, I’ve cut and pasted my favorite products below for you to see.
I like some of the SÄRSKILD stuff, HISTORISK number tags and these tags too, and I really like the cute DATERAD patterns – especially their bags. The VÄLBEKANT note blocks are cute too! I think my favorite collection though is the FRAMSTÄLLA series. It really speaks to me with the dots and stripes! I adore these boxes, I could really use them!
What do you think of this concept and these products? Do you like it? Do you like the products?
(images: mobilia artica, maedchenwahn and Inter IKEA Systems B.V. 2013 and Kollo)
Heart Home magazine just released their summer edition a few minutes ago so it’s fresh off the press and looking lovely. Heart Home is an online shelter magazine run by two lovely ladies who live in England and Italy and bring such a sweet mix of styles and features each quarter. In their summer issue, their are many articles that highlight decorating as well as hot travel spots in Europe and lots of fun things to shop for in their market picks. Here is a fresh glimpse into their summer issue…
A pretty peek into some magic Jeanette Lunde made with flowers appears in this issue too.
Look at this living room, it’s very simple and pretty. It’s where blogger Travelling Mama from Flying House lives at the moment in Copenhagen. Her home story is in this issue, too.
A glimpse into the home of blogger Emily Henson in London.
Emily made what you see above her bed using wire and wire cutters. Pretty decorative touch, don’t you think? “All that now exists was once imagined”. What a nice thought, and perfect for the bedroom since it is there where you can dream the biggest! In case you’re wondering, it’s a quote taken from Dr. Wayne W. Dyer’s book, “Wishes Fulfilled”.
Cute styling tip – flowers in a paper bag which is both simple and easy. My tip would be to place them in a vase and then place the vase inside of the bag so don’t skip that step!
Washi tape above a bed in a kid’s room. What a nice idea, right?
In the master bedroom, a simple iron clothes rack becomes a decorative element when filled with beautiful clothes that just-so-happen to complement the interior. The homeowner seems to be discovering her personal style through her ever-evolving home that she loves to decorate and redecorate often. It’s true, the more you practice at decorating, the better you will become until it’s just purely instinctive.
A quick spruce-up can be to simply paint a piece of furniture in a room in a very bold color. Imagine if this cabinet were simply white? It wouldn’t have the same presence. This color is fabulous.
Adding a fresh bouquet to your home can not only bring in a touch of color, but also a beautiful fragrance that can scent your home naturally…
Click here to check out Heart Home magazine and tell me what your favorite feature was from this issue – I’d love to know!
(images: heart home contributors)