Archives for the month of: January, 2012

Every once in a while you’ll come across a company that really seems to get you. For me, such is true with Alice Supply Co., whose brightly hued housewares were created from the “concept of taking mundane household items and giving them a little personality.” Um did they make this brand especially for moi??!

The California-based company also has killer marketing, featuring fun, retro-inspired lifestyle shots.

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“Giving a nostalgic nod to the Brady Bunch’s witty housekeeper, Alice Supply Co. has even the domestically challenged sweeping and plunging. Alice has injected a fashionable dose of color and humor into the bleached-out abyss of household cleaning supplies, hopefully making chores a little less laborious.” -Alice’s about us

Even their website’s interactive home page is fun to play with! Damn Alice, you’ve totally sold me.

{homepage static screenshot. I love the catch phrases displayed when you hold your mouse over the green girl! Play with it here}

I definitely want some Alice gear in my life, yet I my small-budget-oriented brain can’t justify spending $26 on a dust pan or $30 on a broom. (Maybe with some spray paint or patterned contact paper I could update my own set?)

Fear not, I believe my Alice cravings may be fulfilled in the form of this plunger, who manages to make a utterly unglamorous bathroom necessity look stylish and fun. And for $20, how can you beat that? (FYI basic plungers are $5-30).

{available here}

Have you ever seen such a hip housewares-oriented brand? I certainly haven’t. Great work, Alice!

Lately I’ve been daydreaming about wallpaper, yet its hefty price tag (and my rental situation) has kept such a project at bay. And what if I eventually grew tired of the bold look I thought I was obsessed with? This fear of commitment got me thinking–there must be a way to temporarily incorporate a print into my home décor.

When I stumbled upon this leopard-print fuzzy paper at the craft store last week, I knew I had found my solution. The lush, yet completely affordable pattern would be the perfect backdrop for my bookcase-turned-tv-stand I’ve been dying to revamp!

{Anna Griffin Peyton Collection- Flocked Leopard, $1/sheet at Michael’s}

I got this bookcase at the Christmas Tree Shop last year (I believe it was about $30? So cheap!), since I loved the lines of the piece. What I was not so enamored with, however, was its baby blue color. The eyesore recently moved to front-and-center of my living room, so it was time to perform a furniture facelift.

All I did was paint the shelf and attach 6 sheets of the leopard paper using double-stick tape. Such a huge difference, right?! I love how the animal print draws your eye down from the blackness of the television, plus creates contrast that emphasizes the great shape of the bookcase.

Lessons learned:

  1. Wallpaper does not have to be reserved for walls; instead, think outside of the box! Consider adding a print to a dresser, lining your closet/cabinets/drawers, framing a bit as art, or backing a shelf like I did.
  2. The application does not have to be permanent. There are tons of adhesives that will get the job done that are completely removable, so you can change your print with your mood/if you move. Renters rejoice!
  3. Finally, any sort of paper (or fabric) can do the trick. Traditional wallpapers are worth the investment if you’re a homeowner, yet smaller pieces can be transformed using any sort of paper, giftwrap, corkboard, fabric, ribbon….you’re only limited by your imagination.

I’m quite enamored with this transformation, especially considering its barely-there price (I spent about $10).  And the best part is that the commitment-phobe in me can relax knowing that the leopard can be swapped out as quickly as it was taped in.

I know animal prints aren’t for anyone, so here are a few more inspiring nontraditional uses of wallpaper.

{pink wallpaper unifies the bookcases & furniture,  via}

{wallpaper defines a home office space, via}

{closets get  pop of print, via}

{surprise! a mix of prints lining the bottom of a tall shelving unit, via}

I’m currently taking a few interior design courses, one of which assigned the task of measuring my entire apartment (in anticipation of creating a digital floor plan). Easy enough, right? Only problem was that I didn’t own a tape measure…err to Home Depot I go!

I walked in with high hopes of scoring a cheap, yet chic measuring tape, but instead found 1/2 an isle’s worth of industrial-strength, manly man tools. So I stood there, staring…scheming…..till (ding!) I remembered this croc-embossed black felt I recently bought.

{on sale here for only $.55 a sheet!}

With a makeover plan in mind, I settled on a 25-foot $3 tape. It most definitely does the trick for my assignment, yes, but for my style? Hell no. Who says everyday objects have to be mundane, anyways?

Supplies:

  • a measuring tape (duh!), preferably with plastic sides
  • felt (or fabric, or leather, or ribbon, or contact paper…)
  • sharpie
  • a piece of paper
  • spray adhesive (I used this), or any suitable craft glue
  • scissors
  • screw driver
  • (optional) chain or leather cord

I used these oh-so out of my price range Jimmy Choo wellington boots as my inspiration: crocodile-print, black, with gold hardware. (I know, I need to branch out of my black & gold-ness). Anyways, here we go…

  1. Remove side hardware. (I decided since I’m not a handyman by trade, I’d opt to keep the belt clip off)
  2. Create a pattern for your felt, covering as much plastic as you can.
  3. Measure twice, cut once! (doesn’t this look like a cute tape measure ear muff? tehe)
  4. Color in any exposed plastic bits with black sharpie, plus any edges that could peek out from behind the felt.
  5. Carefully adhere your felt to the plastic.
  6. If you’d like, cut off the plastic strap, yet keep the connecting loop intact. (I had some leftover chain from my diy camera strap, so I weaved some felt through it to make a new wrist strap)
  7. Attach your new strap, tie & trim your string as necessary. Now go measure something!

Every once in a while designers come out with limited editions of chic tapes, yet they’re usually expensive, hard to come by, and more stylish than fully functional (aka 8″ long). I’m surprised there aren’t more readily available for all the lady designers of the world!

{marc by marc jacobs}

{coach}

{cynthia rowley}

In all seriousness, I prefer my diy creation over all of these designer variations. And if you pick up some materials that speak to your style, I’m sure you could also become infatuated with a tasteful measuring tape of your very own!

Have a great weekend, and thanks to everyone for your overwhelming support and encouragement this past week ♥

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Lately my watch-clad wrists have been feeling rather lonely, so I’ve been searching (with little luck) for bracelets to keep them company. The hunt stops at honestly…wtf, a serious a goldmine for jewelry tutorials (and more!) that are cool as all hell.  First up? A quick & easy hex nut bracelet.

{tutorial here}

Nuts braided into string or leather?? So genius! Here a few more of my favorite diy ideas from honestly…wtf (♥ the name, btw).

{diy braided bead bracelet}

{diy chainmail necklace: I’d love to make this in a shorter version}

{Miu Miu-inspired heels: if only I had somewhere fab to wear these…}

I love how their jewelry (and glitzy shoes) look polished and store-bought, even when working with such basic supplies. Now off to the hardware store I go…

Twinkly string lights (done right) add a warm, romantic glow to any space. Plus, you probably have a few strands left over from the holidays, so you might as well use what you’ve got! To avoid a Christmas decoration-esque look, steer clear of framing doors and ceilings with lights. Instead, try one (or more) of these year-round approved styles.

{lights emphasize this beautiful bed frame & exposed ceiling}

{for those with a glass table: wrap lights around frame & cover with a sheer cloth.}

{diy light embellishments: cut egg cartons into flower blooms! Via here & here}

{these illuminated jugs would look great in a bookcase or grouped on a desk. You could also add a sheer fabric to the outside of the glass for more visual interest.}

{poke holes through canvas to brighten a print you’ve grown tired of, or create your own twinkly design! Via here & here}

{dress up your mirror. After all, everyone looks better in soft lighting.}

{diy paper cubes: Don’t these totally remind you of your childhood? I love the way they look on this headboard. Also, these would be fun in a patterned paper.}

{hung in rows behind a sheer curtain: a soft & inviting technique that could be used as a room divider or as a backdrop to a couch or bed}

Most of these looks use mini christmas lights, which are available here. If you’re feeling flush and have a worthy project, you could  also spring for these Restoration Hardware lights.

The fine wires that power these strings give the illusion of floating lights. So pretty.

Happy decorating! xox

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