Crafty: Rustic Pencil Holder

I was scrolling through my Crafty Pinterest board today when this rustic wood pencil holder caught my eye. It’s a project from arts & crafts blog Strawberry Chic. Blogger Andrea’s husband made it for her out of a piece of wood that his friend found by a river bank. Her husband just added a few holes and sanded down the edges. Think you can do it? In addition to a slice of wood, you’ll need a sandpaper, hand saw, drill, and a 7/16″ drill bit.

If I were so inclined (which I’m not), I have access to pretty much every small sized tool. In my condo! Although we live in the city, my husband insists on keeping fully stocked tool boxes in our storage closet. (Thank goodness we even have a storage closet.) He has explained his four basic kits to me. Ready?

The drill kit has electric drill (not cordless because we don’t actually ever use it; wouldn’t want the batteries to run out in between), a variety of drill bits—wood bits, concrete bits, metal bits, along with a separate  tap and die set.  The socket/wrench kit contains hundreds of pieces, which was a favorite plaything when the boys were younger.  The third is the catchall tool box. It’s got hammers, saws, levels, screwdrivers, clamps, stud finder, razor knife, mallets, and any other tool one needs to fix something around the house. The fourth is the electrical tool box, which contains a volt meter, circuit testers, lineman’s pliers, wire strippers, wire nuts, wire, and a soldering iron. (Seriously. He actually used it to fix our dishwasher.)

I think when he retires he should become a landlord, right? Certainly this is waaay over and above any apartment dwellers’ tool stash. Obviously he could never complain that my shoe collection takes up too much space. You could probably get an  all-in-one tool kit and have everything you need, and more.

Make Your Own Rustic Wood Pencil Holder

For the full tutorial click over to Strawberry Chic.

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ARTmonday: Arts District Printing Co.

Arts District Printing Co. is a collaboration between photographer Jonathan Ventura of  Anon_Y_Mouse and Hammer And Spear, a design collective founded by HGTV’s Kristan Cunningham and husband, Scott Jarrell. Inspired by Ventura’s nostalgic landscapes, the couple invited him to create a series of prints showcasing DTLA’s Arts District. The line was a smashing success, so the trio formed a partnership in 2014 with the goal of bringing their travel-inspired art to a larger market.

Arts District Printing Co. prints are printed in three sizes on either handmade or cotton paper. Prices range from $15 to $40.Here is a sampling of the work.

 

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Arts District Printing Co. Team + Studio

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Sunday Bouquet: Little Daisies In a Pail

Mini Daisies In White Enamel Pail

Mini daisies in a white enamel pail.
Photo by Pascal Bonnet    Marie Claire Maison Italia

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Saturday Say It: Slacking Off

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“Doing real stuff sucks” graphic sweatshirt. 
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Swatching: Bathroom Floor Tiles

We’ve been enjoying the Florida condo immensely. Last weekend, the painter started, and I’ve signed the contract to have very cool (and inexpensive) cork floor tiles put in throughout. Except in the bathrooms. One bathroom is remaining in its pink tile and flamingo wallpaper glory. But the master bath is getting a simple upgrade. (There’s a before photo at the end of this post.)

I’ve already had the pink wall tile and pink tub re-glazed in white. The wallpaper was removed this week, and the walls painted white. The vanity cabinet will be painted white too, and be treated to new brushed chrome knobs from IKEA. The countertop is pink Formica, with an overmount pink sink and awful cheap faucets. I don’t have a plan for that yet. (I’m thinking of tiling the counter since stone is way too expensive.)

Meanwhile, the floor is an easy fix. The pink floor tiles must go! I think they’ll even be able to tile right over them, which will save money. I looked around for inspiration, including Waterworks, Urban Archaeology, ABL Tile & Bathroom Centre, Overstock.comHome Depot, and of course Pinterest.

I might just do a plain white penny tile on the floor. We have that in the boys bathroom and laundry room on the Cape, and I love it. Or, something in an airy green.Here are 22 blue, green, and white tiles that caught my eye, along with my thoughts. Feel free to chime in.

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Interesting mix of materials (metal, concrete, glass), but too busy.

Bathroom Floor Pebble Tiles In White & Blue

Adore these flat ocean pebbles, but won’t work with the overall Scandinavian decor.

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Simple gray penny tile—total contender.

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Love the color palette, but a basketweave tile pattern is too traditional.

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Love these skinny gary horizontal tiles. Is the shape too on trend/contemporary?

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Dreamy colors. Definitely a possibility. Possibly perfect.

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Three-dimensional pattern in green concrete. Would work well with plain white tile. Too design-y?

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Gray, clear and white in a mix of materials. Maybe?

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Green and blue glass is fresh and pretty. Too right now? Too sleek? Too slippery for the floor?

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Pretty penny tile in ombre, but the lavender hues are annoying.

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Basic white penny tile. These are kind of small, and marble; I’m thinking glossy porcelain.

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The rest of the condo flooring will be cork. Should the bathroom be cork too?

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I’m so attracted to the blues, but really I want the bathroom to be green.

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Emerald green penny tile. Intense.

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Green penny tile. Perfect.

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More blues.

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Oval white tile. Fresh clean but not too modern.

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Organic white tile. Very pretty, but maybe too fashion-y for such a basic bathroom.

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This is fun. Blue, white, and green together.

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Nah. Too kid-like.

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Beautiful deep celadon green.
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Also love this lighter cleadon green penny tile. Lighter, fresher, better with plain white.

 B E F O R E 

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Here’s the bathroom.  Imagine it in white. 

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Montage: Mother’s Day Tablescape Inspiration

The most recent post I created for luxury bedding brand Matouk’s blog is Mother’s Day Tea. It was fun to do because the elements that go into that kind of event are so pretty. I posted a link on Facebook last night and it got a great response, so I whipped up a corresponding post for you here, featuring  12 Mother’s Day tablescape inspirations.  I would have done more—there’s no shortage of gorgeous table settings for garden parties, bridal showers, birthday celebrations, and wedding—but they require identifying a lot of sources, and I have a ton of work to do today. You can peruse my Table Settings Pinterest board for more tablescape inspiration images.

San Diego Tropical Beach Wedding

Alchemy Fine Events  •  True Photography  •  Isari Flower Studio

Dining Al Fresco With Bright Flowers

Styled by Selina Lake with  items from The Contemporary Home

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Tiered Tray with Fruit And Flowers Garden Party
Gold And Blush Table Setting On Marble
Mothers Day Pink Floral  Tablescape
Mother's Day Picnic Recipes Bea P
Béa  Peltre   •   La Tartine Gourmand
Sitting in a Tree Eclectic Garden Wedding
Flowers in Bottles Hung On Fence
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Garden Party Tablescape Oh Joy! Target
Coral And Pink Cocktails Preppy Party

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Montage: Same Chair, Different Colors

You see a lot of the mismatched dining chair look in magazines and blogs, but really, how many real people do you know that live like that? Even if one half of a couple wanted to curate just the right chairs, the other would likely protest. I suppose there are some quirky beach houses, passed down  and shared with extended families, that cultivate a mismatched dining chair ensemble by default.

One could however, get away with a more streamlined approach by choosing one style of chair, and using them in different colors. I used two each of white, charcoal, and robin’s egg blue Eames chairs for Meredith’s dining room; it looks really pretty and pulled together. It’s a fun look to do with chairs for the patio, where casual and fun are called for.

Mixing molded fiberglass Eames chairs is the most commonly seen execution, probably because they have long been available in a multitude of colors. But there are plenty of other options too. Or you could even start with pale wood chairs, and use paint to accent the legs, for a “dipped” look. Or mix woods or metals. Here are 16 dining rooms that use the same chair in different colors around the table.

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Virginia+Scott-dining Photo – Sean Fennessy

Photographer Sean Fennessy  •  The Design Files

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Ilse Crawford
Photographer Magnus Marding  •  New York Times T Magazine

home of my little day founder  Miluccia and Louise Desrosiers for Milk photo-julie-ansiau

Photographer Louise Desrosiers for Milk

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T O L I X   M A R A I S  A  C H A I R

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Skona Hem

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Hally's, Parsons Green, London

Hally’s Parsons Green
Alexander Waterworth Interiors  •  Photographer Helen Cathcart

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Est Magazine

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H A N S  J.  W E G N E R  W I S H B O N E  C H A I R

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Hecker Guthrie Studio

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M U U T O  N E R D  C H A I R

Pastel Chairs By Muuto

Photographer Petra Bindel

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S O U T H W O O D  F L E M I N G  C H A I R

design sponge Armelle Habib for the photographs and to Catherine and Kate Delves for styling assistance

Photographer Armelle Habib  •  Design Sponge

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P I E T  H E I N  E E K  C H A I R

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Photographer Rene Mesman  •   Dwell

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J E A N  P R O U V É  C H A I R

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Design Sponge

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P H I L I P P E  S T A R C K  M A S T E R S  C H A I R

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Kartell

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A N D  O T H E R  C H A I R S 

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Nuevo Estilo

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Greifenstein Boyce Associates

home of the marketing manager at “Iittala” - Isabel Lundah, residence mag

Stylist Marie Olsson Nylander  •  Photographer Sara Svenningrud
Residence Magazine

For colorful chair ideas, see yesterday’s post:
Get the Look: Colorful Dining Chairs

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Get the Look: 30 Colorful Dining Chairs

Oddly, in all these years, I’ve yet to pull together a roundup of modern dining chairs. I’ve done Get the Look posts for modern patio chairs, modern desk chairs, and modern dining tables, and plenty of other furnishings, but alas, no modern dining chairs. Until now. There’s quite a variety here. There all modern silhouettes, but some are wooden, others acrylic or plastic; only a couple have upholstered seats.

All of these modern dining chairs sport fun colors. There’s a dining room photo by Petra Bindel that I’ve been kind of obsessed with, featuring three Muuto Nerd chairs in pastels around a pale wood table in a white room. When I decorated the dining room in my friend Meredith’s NYC condo, we used Eames chairs in three different colors around a Saarinen pedestal table.

There are more brightly colored modern dining chairs around than you may think. Made.com has several chairs in fun colors, including a hot pink that’d make Barbie blush. Home furnishings site Lulu & Georgia is full of color, with a couple of great purple dining chairs, among others. Crate & Barrel and West Elm sometimes have amazing colors too, but you have to get them quick because they tend to only stock them for a season; and of course, Ikea is worth checking too.

Here are my 30 colorful, modern dining chair picks.

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S H O P P I N G 

1. Stacking Chair by  Lucian Randolph Ercolani 

3. Globus Chair by Jesús Gasca for Stua

4. Yeva Side Chair 

5. Edge Chair by Novague 

6. Cornell Chair

7. Pushpin Chair

8. L’eau Chairs

9. Ruby Chair

10. Dwight Chair 

11. Butterfly Chair by Lucian Randolph Ercolani

12. Ghost Chair by Philippe Starck

13. Isabella Leather Wrapped Side Chair 

14. Nerd Chair by David Geckeler for Muuto

15. About A Chair AAC22 by Hee Welling for Hay

16. Tucker Chair

17. Bleecker Chair by Happy Chic by Jonathan Adler

18. Modern Dining Chair

19. About A Chair AAC12 by Hee Welling for Hay

20. 111 Navy Chair by Emeco

21. Maui Armless Chair  by  Vico Magistretti 

22. Veda Chair 

23. Vintner Side Chair

24. Era Chair by Michael Thonet 

25. Alchemia Side Chair 

26. Eiffel Dining Chair

27. Nadia Side Chair

28. Wishbone Chair by Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen & Søn

29. Kitsch Dining Chairs 

30. J110 Chair by Poul M. Volther for Hay Denmark

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ARTmonday: Meg Lipke’s Colorful Abstracts

I’m not sure where I discovered artist Meg Lipke, probably Pinterest. Wherever it was, her paintings interested me enough to click through and download a bunch, saved for a rainy day. My son informs me that today will be the only nice day of the week in Boston, but I’m hoping the bright colors and vibrant brushstrokes keep me going for the next few days.

Meg Lipke  was born in 1969 in Portland, Oregon and was raised in Burlington, Vermont and Cheshire, England. She went to the University of Vermont for undergrad and earned her MFA at  Cornell. She currently lives and works in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn.

On her website, she divides her pieces into a few groups, including Paper Tapestries, Small Weavings, Works on Paper, and Batik Paintings. Here is a sampling of the Meg Lipke’s abstract artwork.

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Sunday Bouquet: Plain Bottle With Washi Tape (And Flowers)

Summer Wild Flowers Clear Glass Vases

Roses, carnations?, and black-eyed  Susan’s look pretty
clustered in clear vases and bottles,
one with washi tape for extra color.
Passion shake

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