As you can tell from our Tinsel and Timber mood boards, we are excited about our Alt Summit event tomorrow. The folks over at Joss and Main are throwing a "Clue"-themed party tonight, and we can't wait to show off our color coordinated outfits!
Not only is "Clue" my favorite board game, but it is such a fun theme for a party. It works well for almost any celebration, as most people get their costume wheels turning instantly. If you couldn't make a cameo at Alt Summit SLC this year, why not play along at home with some decor and wardrobe inspiration?
Here, we're cluing you in on some colorful inspirations:
Mrs. Scarlet & Mrs. Peacock
Diane von Furstenberg dress via Far Fetch
Earrings via Mae Jean Vintage
Red lacquer table via gatherlove.tumblr.com
Feather print skirt via flannels
Our Workshop peacock measuring spoons
Professor Plum & Colonel Mustard
Mustard skater dress by chic nova
Fendi scarf via Pret a Beaute
Home photo by James Geer
Mrs. White & Mr. Green
Marais side chair via Industry West
Jil Sander Purse
White table inspiration from Ikea
Anthropologie Staghorn steak knives
Rope display via houseandhome.com
Weaponswood candle sticks via Anthropologie
Wrench lamp via California rediscover
Red river poster by Jason Munn
Alt Summit: Inspired By "Clue"
Me and my Vecco rug
For this rug I wanted to come up with a design that kept a lot of the clean, white color of the “pudding” rug with delicate lines in the flint stone. I thought the design would complement the soft grey of my tufted sofa perfectly. Since I already have a lot of print in my apartment, and a gallery wall to compete with, I knew the design should be simple and subtle. I drew inspiration from gingko leaves and the romance of art deco designs. I started by doing a sketch directly on the Vecco stencil. When I was happy with it I cut away with an X-Acto knife. I came up with 3 different stencils and got to work. I placed the stencils in random increments across the rug to give it an abstract, carefree feel that looked like hand-drawn doodles.
Cutting the stencil
Scattering the stencils and applying Vecco
One of the scattered vines
Working on the layout
I liked how the thin lines faded away and looked like pencil drawings
I love my Vecco rug!
Scattered vines rug by Brita Olsen
While perusing Pinterest recently I came across this lovely “dollar store candle DIY” By Emily Henderson from HGTV.
99¢ candles get an upgrade with copper leafing
While the copper leafing is extremely gorgeous, I wanted to work with supplies I already had on hand and decided to paint with a tube of red gouache paint. While you could use tape like Emily, I chose a more freehand approach. I love the handmade feel it creates and you can have a little fun with patterns: chevron, dots, or stripes! Since I always keep these simple 99-cent candles on hand for events and parties, it made for a quick project that I could do to make my home a little more festive.
I purchased five pillar candles from my local supermarket. They are even nice unadorned!
Here’s what you will need: a small paintbrush, a small tube of gouache paint in the color of your choice, a dish of water, and newspaper to cover your working area.
Mix the paint with the teensiest bit of water and paint on the glass. I love the look of slightly imperfect stripes. If you mess up, you can wipe off with a paper towel and start over before the paint dries.
Test the paint consistency on the newspaper to be sure it is wet enough. Get creative with your patterns!
The perfect complement to a Charlie Brown Christmas tree!
Light candles and enjoy your handiwork!
DIY Painted Candles
Since the weather is getting a bit cooler, now is a good time to start making your home the cozy sanctuary it ought to be. I love curling up on the sofa with my knitting needles and a cup of hot tea (and perhaps some guilty pleasure TV show playing in the background) Here’s a great knitting pattern for a baby bonnet to get a jump on holiday gifting. If you aren’t a knitter you can still incorporate a little knitty inspiration into your home decor, which is a great way to make your living quarters, feel more seasonally appropriate. This hot trend even works if you are lucky to live in a warmer climate that doesn’t require a hat and gloves to grab the morning paper.
- Photo by Ric Wallis
- New Brunswick sweater via Anthropologie
- Knitted home accessories via Biscuit Scout
- Baby bonnet knitting pattern via Purl Bee
Inspiration: Cozy Knits
Wreath-making has become a yearly tradition among my friends. At some point in early December we get a bunch of girls together to do a craft night and get us in the Holiday spirit. It is so fun to have an activity to do and really bonds people that may not be so well acquainted.
All you need are some snacks (cheese and crackers or a big pot of soup will do the trick).
Get wreathy with your snack presentation. How cute is this olive display? via Birch and Bird
Some festive beverages (how about a harvest cocktail?) and some wreath making supplies:
One double wire wreath frame 18”
22 gauge floral wire in green (on a paddle)
Any assortment of supplies to include any of the following:
Cedar, winterberry, spruce or pine greenery (check your local farmers market)
Pinecones, feathers, bells or ornaments
You’d be surprised what is available at most flower markets and gardening stores. Get inspired!
Keep the greenery on your left (if you are a righty, and wrap as you go).
Everyone’s wreath is slightly different.
The finished product.
Attach wire to the inner crossbar of the frame secure the end with knot.
Place a small bundle of greenery on the form nestled into the valley part of the form and wrap the wire around the bundle and the form tightly three times. Continue in this way working in bundles keeping the fullness consistent and wrapping securely with the wire.
Place each bundle so it covers the last wire wrapping as you go. When the entire form is covered, tie off the wire, leaving a few extra inches before cutting the end.
To make a hanger, form the end of the wire into a loop and twist it around itself. Pinecones or ornaments can be attached at the end using a glue gun or a small piece of cut wire.
Throw a wreath-making party