bright white canvas. gold foil frames. DIY wine rack. rainbow paintbox. watercolor brush letters. hot glue gun AF. pantone dreams. fat jam packed sketchbook. hand painted plant stand. power tool pegboard. needle and thread. mess making mastermind.
with crunchy leaves season upon us, I wanted to share some of my favorite easy, non-cheesy Halloween DIY ideas. i love a good DIY, but nothing makes me more bummed than when I attempt one and it comes out looking like something I made when I was 12 during the Halloween day at school where everyone came in costumes and got to DGAF around all day gluing stuff and eating candy corn. so i thought i’d round up some of the web’s best DIY Halloween projects that are fun, quick, easy, and sophisticated spooky.
today's color crush post is down to earth AF- literally. i'm so into all of the natural, earthy tones popping up all over the place lately, and terracotta is my current standout fave. it's showing up in home decor, textiles, makeup, and even workout gear right now, and it gives everything such an inviting warmth. another thing i love about this color? it pretty much works all year round, season to season.
when i was a kid, i used to bring a little notebook along on vacation (more than likely it was some super lit Lisa Frank one) and write about all the stuff we did on our trip. i SO wish i knew where those notebooks were. not only does travel journaling help you preserve awesome memories, it also provides a really cool on-the-go creative outlet. i find that when i'm traveling, i don't get as many chances to be creative unless i'm really mindful about it, and this new style of travel journaling that seems to be all over insta just might be the answer. the notebooks are small, easy to pack, and the pages are blank which means endless possibilities. my favorite journals are the ones that combine writing/diary entries, photos, and sketching or drawing.
with spring in full swing, i'm diving deeper than ever into my houseplant obsession. i regularly stress dream about my fiddle leaf fig, and i'm not sure if i should be admitting that on the internet but it's true. plants have brightened up my house so much, and they're kind of like tattoos (strangely addicting) so once you start it's tough to stop. since the weather's getting warmer, i'm also getting ready to outfit my balcony with a few new plant adoptions, and i've been on the hunt for some fun, relatively easy ways to DIY some cool planters. luckily, the internet overfloweth with such ideas.
in the midst of my new year closet cleanout kick, i've recently found that- like probably every chick ever- i own WAY. TOO. MUCH. JEWELRY. jewelry used to be the thing i'd add to my pile of stuff on the way to the register, because when it's inexpensive it feels pretty harmless. but the thing is- now i have tons of those cardboard multipacks of stud earrings still lying around, and the couple pairs that i didn't like as much as the others are still attached to the cardboard and just sitting there. it's driving me nuts and i decided it's time to control it. not just the earrings- ALL of it.
it's the holiday season, and these chilly wintery months are perfect for bold, rich, jewel tone colors. i'm currently obsessing over everything aubergine- a gorgeous, deep shade of violet with a really beautiful blend of both warm and cool tones. it's beautiful on pretty much anything- dresses, shoes, accessories, interiors, exteriors, lids, lips, and just about everything else. i think a bold aubergine lip would be totally amazing for a holiday party, and i'm officially on the hunt for the perfect lipstick in this swoonworthy color. read on for some serious velvety aubergine inspo.
ok guys, it's officially crunch time. for those of us who consistently put everything off until the last minute, including holiday gifts, this week is that week where you realize it's time to get your shit together. i'm a huge fan of holiday gift shopping- it's been really fun to shop some of my favorite local boutiques and small businesses this year, and it's a blast picking out something you know someone you love will love. so, in the spirit of checking everyone off the list this week, we rounded up some of our favorite creative ways to wrap your those awesome gifts you spent so much time selecting this year.
OMGGGG it's already that time of year. and with December only a few days away, i thought i'd round up some of my favorite advent calendar DIYs from around the web. whether you celebrate the advent season religiously or you just think it's fun to count down the days in december with chocolates and other fun little shit in bags and/or boxes, these are fun and look really cute. advent calendars were my favorite thing EVER when i was a kid- i always got one that had chocolates shaped like different woodland animals, and i had a weird reputation for remembering exactly what animals corresponded to what day at the end of the month. i was suuuuuper popular obviously.
it's officially cozy sweater weather out there, and today we're inviting you to share the chunky cable knit vibes with your walls. it seems like woven wall hangings have been all over the place for the past year, and they're such a cool (and easier to hang) alternative to framed art. i love that they can be super neutral and calming or punchy and loud and colorful. while there are definitely pages and pages of gorgeous ready made options floating around on Etsy, I feel like this is a very doable, non-scary project that doesn't involve power tools and would be way more fun to DIY.
well guys it's officially October, and that can only mean one thing: everyone's Pinterest feed overfloweth with ridiculously elaborate pumpkin decorating ideas. the last time i checked, decorating pumpkins involved laying down some newspaper, carving out a face that doesn't end up looking much like a face because wielding that knife thing is actually really hard, shoving a candle in it and calling it a day. turns out shit has gotten REAL since my pumpkin carving days- people are going all out.
absolutely loving seeing Jordan Sondler's work everywhere right now! her style is so playful, and i'm completely obsessed with her maps. she's done some really badass collabs with everyone from urban outfitters (she designed super cute candles for them) to Minted (find some of her awesome prints here), and we're big fans of her bold, super fun vibe:
at WTD, we are all about finding new favorite artists and telling everyone how awesome they are. today i'm sharing three of my favorite ceramic artists- Rae Dunn, MQuan, and Honeycomb studio- who all have their own beautiful, minimalistic aesthetic that I'm totally in love with.
i'm not sure how many skillshare classes related to hand lettering i've signed up for in the past year, but it's a lot. as a former art student and general doodling enthusiast, i absolutely love that hand drawn letters are having such a massive moment in design. and i think they're here to stay for good, because no matter how many handletter-y fonts come along (and we do have our faves) there's just nothing cooler than a totally original, custom made typeface.
nothing amps me up for a new project like a beautifully executed mood board above my work space. i could honestly scroll through #moodboardporn for DAYS. though i'm obviously a huge fan of wasting hours of my life pinning on Pinterest in bed, glass of wine in hand, i'm also a very firm believer in cutting shit out of magazines and making real, live pin boards. i try to switch my real live mood board up a couple times a year whenever i feel like i need a refresh, and i gotta tell you, it's kind of like changing the background pic on your phone or your laptop- simple, pretty quick, yet LIFE CHANGING. all of a sudden i start seeing things from another angle and i'm off to the races with creative vibes and ideas.
well you guys it's officially MAY and that's super exciting. the sun's out, the days are longer, and Justin Timberlake himself even tweeted about it. though i'm personally a huge fan of these sunny days, the star of today's post (awful celestial pun intended) is the MOON. the moon has been having a moment for a really long time, but it's still very much in the spotlight and all over home decor. the geometric lunar shapes are super versatile and look great in a variety of materials, and i don't think they're going away anytime soon. i'm looking for a fun spring DIY project and currently loving these six relatively easy DIY phases of the moon ideas.
peacock blue - the color i'm currently obsessing over - seems to already be a hot hue for 2017. lately i feel like this incredibly gorgeous shade of blue/green is EVERYWHERE and i'm so into it. peacock blue is such a perfect mix of cool blues and cozy greens and it works for everything from kitchen cabinets to date night eye makeup to living room walls. this color can be rich and make a giant statement or it can be surprisingly fresh and calming. not to mention, its namesake bird is pretty incredible. apparently there are tons of them in southern california, because literally everyone but me has seen one running around somewhere, but i have yet to stumble across any LA native peacocks. here's hoping.
if you guys haven't already noticed, i am a relatively lazy DIYer. don't get me wrong, i totally love a good DIY project, but i tend to stick to the two extreme ends of the spectrum. which is to say- i'm totally down to spend an entire weekend at home depot buying tons of supplies to make a sick new industrial coffee table from scratch, or i'm diving into something that's gonna take me about a glass of wine to complete. i don't do too well in that middle territory where a project involves a bunch of crazy steps just to create one pot holder, you know? so i figured with valentine's day already hovering in the near future (2017 you can sloooooow down now thanks) i'd share some of my fave easy ideas for fun DIY gifts.
our first artist spotlight of 2017 is on Brooklyn-based leah reena goren, an awesome illustrator i discovered while wandering through some of New Orleans' coolest boutiques last week. chances are you've already seen her work all over the map (she counts anthropologie and ban.do as clients among many others) and it's not hard to see why. i love her unique perspective, especially the way she portrays portraits and people. also i'm completely in love with the way she mixes different hues of pinks and reds. i picked up one of her prints at Saint Claude Social Club in NOLA last week and I can't wait to add to it my studio gallery wall. check out some of our fave sketches and projects from her archives: