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Howcast {diy videos}

I heard from Howcast today and after spending time on their website watching a bunch of diy videos, I thought you may really dig it. I love a good how-to video and see this as the next big thing on the web for all the design addicts out there – professional videos showing us how to do really cool things that design blog followers would actually want to make. Some of the videos out there are really boring and the projects are quite dreadful, but Howcast seems to have lots of videos that are very informative and well produced.

Here’s a shot from How To Re Cover A Lamp Shade by the
Home Refiner. How cute is this wallpaper?

Some of my personal picks from Howcast: All of Elfya’s videos, aka the Home Refiner. She’s not only real cute and wears great clothes, but the laundry/craft space where the videos are shot are so Blueprint magazine. Love it. Elfya is a New York-based Interior Designer with her own website so you’re dealing with a pro here. Then there’s The FlowerGod – this guy really knows how to arrange flowers. How To Understand a Work Of Art,, How To Pretend You?re a Real New Yorker, How to Blog Using WordPress (helpful stuff), even videos on wardrobe styling from Ford Models. re both pretty good too. I can’t wait to watch Howcast grow – I’d love to see some more professional how-to videos on the web like these!

Psst: Boston locals, don’t miss the Garden Girl over in Roxbury. What an inspiration this lady is!

Want to link up with me on Howcast? Here’s my page if you’d like to add me as your friend or share some of your videos with me. :)

(image from howcast)

Posted in diy on February 22, 2008

Malinki Design {dress forms}

I spotted Malinki Design in the February issue of LivingEtc and had to learn more. Seems they are in the business of creating elegant mannequins out of funky florals and feminine silks, including custom designs (bespoke). I like the idea of owning a lovely French mannequin and though the intention I assume is to use it for tailoring, they also make a great accent in the home because you can drape them with accessories (handbags, brooches, a scarf, etc.) so that they’re functional. You can even use them as an inspiration spot for pinning fabric swatches, magazine clippings, etc.

If you’d like to learn more, you can contact owners Fiona and
Lucy though LivingEtc tells us that these start at around $1,300 USD.

On a budget? If you’re feeling creative you can buy a dress form with a wooden base for only $60 from vendors like Only Mannequins and customize it yourself. Try a patchwork technique or decoupage if you cannot sew. Paint the base in a fun color or hand paint it with a motif you love. You can also find vintage dress forms on sites like Craigslist and eBay. Search: mannequin, vintage dress form, dress form, it’s super easy to find these things on the web.

Here’s a dress form that I love from the wardrobe
remix
queen herself, Tricia Royal aka BitsandBobbins on Flickr.

An Anthropologie store window photographed by Skitzo Leezra. By the way, when is Anthropologie going to give us a book? I mean seriously. I think about this all the time, why don’t they have a book compiling images of their store displays with how-to’s on exactly the materials used to make each display? They pull together some of the best DIY projects and then, a few weeks later, they disappear forever. They need a book. I digress…

I took this photograph through the window of boutique
in Hannover, Germany back in 2006.

Here’s a pretty form from Impressionen.

Display your vintage brooches like Lannon787 does.

A 1950′s dress form found on Craigslist by Jessica in Portland, Oregon also known on Flickr as ThriftCraft. Wow. This is a great piece, I especially like how the breasts are so worn — those have seen a lot of action in their day I guess! :)

Or if you prefer the look of a wire dress form, try Ballard Designs.

Click here for some more dress form inspiration. Do you decorate using a mannequin? Do you sew or just use it to display things? Care to send in any photos? :)

(images linked to sources above)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, diy, trends on February 14, 2008

Fun Blanket Idea {Ariadne At Home}

Danielle posted this image from a Dutch design magazine Ariadne At Home that I completely fell in love with (and if you love vintage blankets don’t miss her Suzani post). It’s a basic white IKEA Kastanj blanket with wool pom-poms and some decorative trim added to spruce it up. Isn’t this a sweet idea?


You can whip up a fun blanket like this in single afternoon using your favorite trim. And while you’re at it why not try to make your own pom poms, something I learned in school as a kid but I’m still in need of a tutorial because I have no clue how to make them now. I’m totally into customization these days so I’m willing to learn. Anything to be original and beef up a budget find like this blanket, I’m all over it. If you don’t want to commit to a large blanket, why not a throw for the sofa?

Psst: If you can read Dutch Ariadne At Home has lots of great DIY projects right here on their website.

(image from the style files via ariadne at home)

Posted in bedroom, diy, textiles on February 01, 2008

Fun Fabric Idea

Want to take fabric (or pretty paper) and give it a whole new purpose? How about applying it to the front of a dresser as shown here in 101 woonideeen magazine date November ’07? I’ve had this on my inspiration board for a few months, I’m dying to pick up a piece like this and experiment with some fabric and spray adhesive.


I’d also like to try cutting out floral patterns from fabric, stitching the edges, and doing some furniture applique work… Maybe apply a floral cutout up the side of a cabinet in an entryway for instance. Imagine painting a dresser like the one shown above in red lacquer or teal and then up one side, apply a large floral motif cut from fabric? Wouldn’t that be wonderful? Maybe only to me because I’m a little left of center sometimes, but I think it would look great.

I’d like to start collecting issues of 101 woonideeen but cannot find them in the states. It’s the best magazine ever, and I do mean ever. Even better than Livingetc and Elle Decoration because the things featured are so attainable, it’s packed with DIY projects that don’t involve Chex cereal boxes, pipe cleaners, or tin cans but really chic things that give you a chance to put on your pink toolbelt and have some fun. I wish we had a magazine just like it here – we really need something like this. Badly.

(image from 101 woonideeen.)

Posted in diy, furniture, textiles on January 30, 2008

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