This week Electrolux asked me to talk about my dream kitchen. No problem! With the amount of time we spend in the kitchen, it’s a great space to splurge a little on some luxury touches. Re-doing the kitchen is on our long list of things to do in our 1870′s era home. Our current kitchen isn’t big enough for my dream kitchen, but hopefully our next house will have the space build in some of these ideas.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
It’s here! For weeks now I’ve been teasing on my facebook about a big giveaway. Finally I’m ready to share the full prize package with you and show off some of my newest favorite handmade brands.
Spring is here and now that many of us can open the windows and let in some fresh air, it’s a great time to get your home spring-ready. You might already have some store-bought brands you love, but I wanted to share some handmade essentials and extras to add to your arsenal this year.
The natural place to get cleaning is in the kitchen. Let’s start with the basics. I’ve tried a lot of sponges and scrubbers and I’m blown away with these handmade scrubbers from Kari Creates. They are durable, large and they get the job done. And the neon red is right on trend for spring and summer.
I have a weak spot for tea towels. I have tons. When selecting prizes for this giveaway I knew we had to have this tea towel from 618 Love. I love the cheeky quote (“Experiment In Progress: Please Do Not Disturb The Dust”). Perfect for drying dishes and cute enough to hang on your stove. What’s not to love?
Lets move to sink essentials. Every kitchen sink needs a great hand soap. Sure you can just use your dish soap, but why not pamper your hands after scrubbing the stove top or planting spring sprouts. Lemon is one of the freshest smells in the world to me and this Meyer Lemon hand soap from Eucyalpto Organics is so clean and bright. And it makes my hands feel clean and healthy.
Another bonus for your kitchen sink comes from Zinnia Designs. Growing up, I remember my grandma always taking off her rings before working in the kitchen and putting them in a cute china dish by her sink. This chickadee ring bowl is just the right size to keep on a shelf or windowsill to keep your rings safe while you prep food for the grill this summer or wash fresh veggies from the garden.
And now for some fun extras to get you in the cleaning and organizing mood.
To get myself in the cleaning mood on my days off, I like to open the windows, turn on some music and put on my trusty apron. This striped apron from Meyer Textile Company is so gorgeous in person. It’s perfect for women and men. You could use it while harvesting in the garden or dusting the bookshelves.
Spring is the perfect time to get organized too. Why not dress up your canisters and jars with these cute chalkboard labels from Image Fountain Designs. They come ready to stick to any surface and are great for kitchens, playrooms and even closets. The possibilities are endless.
Spicy candles are so warm in winter and fall, but when warmer weather rolls around, I like something that smells clean. This Clean Cotton candle from Recyclights smells like clean laundry with hints of floral and citrus notes. I’ve been using it in our living room where the dogs like to hang out and watch walkers.
And don’t forget to get yourself cleaned up for summer! Lady Gatsby has offered a pair of products from her shop to help get you ready. The Cranberry body scrub is perfect to exfoliate your winter skin and get it glowing before it’s sundress weather. And the Tigerlilly Soap is so feminine and floral.
Prize pack includes:
That’s a prize pack valued over $100! The whole prize will be shipped to the winner in one big package.
Use the widget below (WIDGET NOT VISIBLE ON RSS FEED, CLICK HERE TO VIEW), to enter to win this amazing prize pack! There are tons of ways to enter. Lots of great blogs, facebook pages and twitter accounts to follow. A few of the craftsmen have also asked you to lend a hand with some marketing questions.
This giveaway will end on Saturday, May 4th at 12:00am. That gives you two weeks to enter! Thanks so much to all the vendors participating and all the entrants! Good luck!
Note: I was given some samples of some products as compensation and in order to provide accurate descriptions and photos. However all opinions expressed are my own and I do stand behind each and every one of these craftsmen.
I can do without the cold, but I really do love the way the landscape looks in winter. I don’t care if it’s big fluffy snowflakes or a heavy layer of icy frost, there is something magical about a white winter. The snow here in Ohio gets slushy and dirty after a day, but I love the idea of bringing winter whites into your home and daily life.
Above: Winter Horses by Kevin Russ
Today I would like to introduce you to one of the sponsors who keep Lost & Fawned on the web. It’s been a pleasure to get to know Moe of Five Sixteenths blog this month. Moe is a vintage queen. Her shop, 516VINTAGE is chock full of beautiful pieces. Today she’s going to share some of her tips to incorporate vintage items into your home seamlessly.
Hi there Lost & Fawned readers! Are you enjoying Lost & Fawned’s new design as much as I am? I’m Moe & usually I blog about my creative post grad life over on the Five Sixteenths blog. Five Sixteenths also chronicles my indie biz dreams, creative inspiration, & my love of vintage. Currently, I run a small vintage shop, 516VINTAGE, with my boyfriend Zach. We’ve recently moved into a home of our own & can’t wait to display our personal collections.
Making a living space uniquely yours is top of the list when it comes to calling a house a home. Since our move in October, we’ve been slowly uncovering our vintage finds and planning out where they will finally live once our renovation is done. Zach & I can’t turn down a vintage radio, camera, piece of luggage, or colored glass & we love coordinating pieces that become important parts of what makes our house a home.
When it comes to adding vintage into your home, it may feel awkward blending older items with your modern decor. I’m here today to share with you three easy, non-intimidating ways to incorporate vintage into you home:
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Start with the kitchen – Colorful canisters or vintage dish ware will add a subtle vintage touch to an otherwise modern kitchen. Starting with the kitchen means you’re looking for functional pieces & if you’re looking for functional it means you’re going to be using it everyday. Go bold with something new or find coordinating pieces to fit your color scheme. Our favorite part of the kitchen is our set of mismatched vintage glass canisters. Glass canisters often get accidentally broken & chipped over the years & you’re more likely to find one or two in good condition so don’t be afraid to mix & match! If you’re wary of vintage, finding something interesting you know you’ll use & see everyday will easily make it integral part of your home. Becoming acquainted with vintage in the kitchen will make you comfortable looking for pieces to incorporate in other parts of your home.
add a pop of red with these small bowls
Add a pop of color – If you’re looking to ease in by starting a little smaller add a pop of color with a bright vintage bowl, colorful radio, or tray. Colored glassware is a perfect addition to any room as a decor accent. Throw in a tea light for mood lighting in your living room, use an assorted set of mismatched small dishes on your vanity, or use pretty milk glass in your bathroom. Zach & I often find odd numbered sets of glasses or single interesting glass pieces. An odd set of glasses, a single plate, or mismatched dessert dishes give you the opportunity to repurpose them. If you find a glassware set of seven, keep six in the kitchen & one with a candle in the living room. Look for pieces that coordinate with your color scheme. Collect a few odd pieces to create a one of a kind, colorful vignette.
Incorporate a few old books – Old books give a house character & creating a mini library is a great way to start a collection. If you aren’t so much into color, collect books in neutral tones. If you’ve fallen in love with the idea of color, find books in teals, blues, & oranges. Stack books on end tables or as accent pieces on shelves. It’s even better if you find books on topics you love! Old sets of encyclopedias can come in neutral, collegiate browns or bright colorful yellows with illustrated covers. Books come in all shapes, sizes, & colors so you’re bound to create an interesting part of your home with even a small collection.Because we just can’t seem to turn down a fun vintage item, our growing collection prompted opening the 516VINTAGE shop. More than we love collecting items, we love collecting stories and the 516VINTAGE shop is curated under that idea. We curate items for the shop just like we curate items for our : we want to collect memories & tell stories so that our home (and yours!) has a sense of history and character. Often we head to flea markets & garage sales over the popular thrift store because we like to hear the items’ stories. We want to know who had it first so we feel we can give it a proper home.
If you’d like to follow our creative vintage journey & find other inspiration for living a creative life, please check out the Five Sixteenths blog. I hope these three simple steps help you incorporate vintage into your home without fear.
I love that wallpaper is still sticking around. It can add so much texture and character to a space. But for some, the commitment and cost of papering a room is prohibitive. Queue the entrance of the patterned roller! The Painted House has a stunning collection of patterned rollers and applicators.
Of course my personal favorite is the Deer Pattern pictured above. I would love to roll a whole duvet cover in that little herd, or maybe the inside of my closet.
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I’m almost done with my holiday shopping this year and today I can check 3 more people off my list. Camera phones and digital cameras make it so easy to document all those big and little moments, but there is something to be said for a good old hard copy of a photograph. SnapBox is a great way to take those photos and turn them into a quick, wallet-friendly, custom gift. I gave them a try last week. I selected a mix of new and old photos from my digital collection, hand picked for three lucky recipients.
For my grandma, I selected this photograph I took of one of the roses in our garden this summer. Her name is Rose, which is such a beautiful name. I selected a petite 5×7 framed print since I will be wrapping it and sending it to her tree across the country.
Jared is always tough to shop for. We love taking out dog for hikes, and Logan and Jared are two peas in a pod. So I decided to get a nice large black and white version of one of my favorite photos of the two of them on a hike this past spring. Since it has so much detail, I selected the largest 10×13 size. It looks great with the black frame.
My mom and I share a love of tracing our lineage and we both had a bond with my great grandmother. For her I selected this photo of 4 generations (me, my mom, my grandma and my great grandma) and had it printed and framed 9×9 by SnapBox to surprise her this year.
Ordering was so easy! Just email your photo to email@example.com via your phone, tablet or computer. In a few minutes you will get an email back linking your size options and prices. Add your framed canvas print to your cart and purchase. They arrived within a week and look beautiful, ready to wrap and put under the tree. And at $9.79 to 24.49 each (depending on size) it’s totally affordable.
And here’s a little something to brighten your holiday! This week you can win 3 free framed canvas prints of your own from SnapBox! Maybe use it to frame a beautiful photo of your little one by the christmas tree. Or an instagram from a winter walk. You can use it on any size photo making it a value of up to $74.97! There are plenty of ways to win. Use the widget below to enter (if you are viewing from a RSS Reader, you must visit the page to view the widget)…
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
This week kicks off the “appropriate” time to put up your holiday decorations (though if I had my way I would have a year round tree in our living room). I’ve been gathering inspiration for a few months now and here is a little round-up of some of my favorite ideas this year.
Embroidery Hoop & Dogwood Wreaths // via Under the Sycamore
Pinecone Garland // via Bebeh Blog
Greens Atop your Frames // via Dear Lillie
Simple Garland in the Guestroom // via likanien parketti
Bayleaf EVERYTHING // via William Sonoma
We’ve been super busy this autumn, but somehow I have managed to find time to give the living room a much needed facelift. it all started when I finally got the piano from my childhood out of storage (at my Dad’s house) and into our living room.
The process snowballed from one project to another. The piano only fits on one wall in our little living room, so that is where it now sits. I had to take the art down on that wall which left it full of holes, so I figured it was as good a time as any to put up a fresh coat of paint. Then I needed new art to go above the piano. Then we went to Ikea and we got a new sofa cover. Then I needed a new rug to go with it. My poor husband.
Regardless, this week’s project was tackling the big empty wall behind the piano. Since the opposite wall will have a pretty large scale piece (which is on the way and I can’t WAIT to share!), I figured a collection of some of my favorites would balance the room out nicely.
I went with my large letterpress drawer (found at an estate sale for $15), 2 small frames with family photos ($1 each at a garage sale) and a medium sized frame with a print by Kevin Russ (Virserum Frame on sale at Ikea for $12.99 and print from Society 6 for $19).
It wasn’t terribly difficult to put together. I laid it all out on the floor to make sure I could space it correctly, used painters tape to set up a center line and used the toothpaste trick. I’m pretty pleased!
The rest of the room is coming along. I still need to paint the ceiling and trim (blegh). The art is on it’s way and I still have to edit to the accessories a little. I think it will be very cozy by the time winter rolls in. I’m looking forward to decking it out for the holidays.
Pillows are so darn expensive. As I was gathering pieces for our living room makeover, this is probably the item I struggled with the most. To build a comfortable, full looking sofa you need about 3-4 pillows, and at $40-60 a pop, that quickly adds up. To top it off, I had a specific scheme in mind and couldn’t find anything this time of year that fit the bill. So I took my old worn out pillows and made some covers myself.
This was my first adventure in dip-dying. Ombre of course has been huge this year and I’ve been meaning to give it a go. This seemed like the perfect project to try it. I used just about the cheapest material available, a raw canvas drop cloth. They are about $20 at any home improvement store and you get yards and yards of material. I cut it down to roughly the size I would need before dying it.
I started my soaking the whole piece of material in water thoroughly. I mixed (but didn’t measure) the dye into water in a stainless metal mixing bowl in the sink. I knew I wanted pink, so I used Rit Scarlet Red and used less than recommended. I rolled the material into a very loose tube and dipped it halfway into the bowl, let it sit in the dye mix for 30 seconds to a minute and lifted it out to take a peek at the color. It was a nice pink, so I hooked it over the faucet, leaving the end in the dye mix as evenly as possible. Then I just let it sit for awhile.
The water pulled the due nicely up the fabric. I wasn’t sure how the canvas would take dye, but I was surprised to find it help the color quite well. Once it had a nice deep pink, even ombre effect, I pulled it carefully out of the bowl and rinsed it, making sure to rinse down so the dye would not color the top of the fabric.
The color was lighter after I washed it with detergent, but still held a nice pink tone. I’m very happy with how it turned out. I did have to use a bleach pen to clean up a few pink finger prints from the dying process, but they bleached right out.
In hindsight, I should have steamed the pillow before taking these photos. That’s the one downside to canvas, but they do steam up nicely. I used linen on the back since it’s a nice neutral texture and I usually have a few yards laying around the house.
The other pillow pictured is Stockholm Blad from Ikea. It’s a great deal at just $12.99 (for the case AND the pillow form!). Stick around to see the whole sofa and living room all put together. We’ve made a lot of changes.
Decorating for the holidays with tinsel and fake snow isn’t for everyone. One of my favorite decorating details is as simple as switching out the art in your favorite frame. I leave my holiday prints in the frame behind the year-round art. When it comes time to make the house festive, I take the frame down and swap the prints around. Instant cheer!
Here are some winter prints (and some original editions) that are singing to me this year.
Clockwise from Top Left: 1. Reindeer by Sharon Montrose $25 // 2. Midwinter Daydream by Elle Moss $18 // 3. LOVE from The Calm Gallery $55.66 // 4. Mr. Frostie from The Calm Gallery $71.57 // 5. Original Etching of Deer by Fleurografie $119 // 6. Winter by Irene Sophia $16 // 7. My Heart by Bold & Noble $69 // 8. Bearly There by Hisss $14 // 9. Winter Horses by Kevin Russ $15 // 10. Winter is Coming by Gabriella Barouch $22.88 // 11. Deer Lady! by Sandra Dieckerman $18 // 12. Howard the Christmas Elf by Lost & Fawned $16