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DIY Summer Tote Printmaking Tutorial

Over the weekend, I spent a little creative time in my studio! Although, I am constantly designing…it has been a while since the last tutorial and I am excited to share the process.

I plan to showcase my home decor products at the Renegade Handmade Market in downtown Los Angeles July 26 and 27th. Every week this month, I will be preparing my product line and shop!

I thought it would be fun to create tote bags for shoppers. I have been visualizing the design on a large cotton canvas tote bag for quite some time now.

I wanted to do skinny stripes with a bright dip dyed twist!

First, I ironed the bag until it was pretty flat. Then, I sectioned off the stripes in 1″ segments. For this, I simply started at the top edge of the tote and measured 1″ down on either side, placed a mark…then drew a straight line using painter’s tape.

You will need:

  • A ruler
  • Pencil
  • Painter’s Tape
  • 1″ foam brush
  • Container for dye bath
  • Black Textile paint
  • Jacquard Acid Dye (any color of your choice)

 

I decided to do five 1″ stripes in black. I smoothed on black paint with a 1″ foam brush. I experimented a bit first with only four stripes…

I couldn’t choose which one I liked the best four stripes or five…

Then, I hung them all up to dry. I even removed some tape while they were wet…some lines were a bit wiggly, but I think I like the hand printed quality goes well with the dip dye bottom.

I prepared the dye bath by following the directions on the jar. I added boiling hot water and a bit of white vinegar to the powder dye and stirred up the bath.

I was to scared to dip a bag in straight away…so I practiced on some white tea towels to get the hang of the dipping. I hung everything up to dry over some cardboard which drained to the kitchen sink…our kitchen was looking pretty in hot pink!

The next day, I hand washed the excess pigment from the fabrics which lightened them up a bit.

I think this will make a perfect tote to pack to and from design meetings, art classes and fof course trips to the beach!

I will have these totes for sale at Renegade…or you can purchase one in my shop. I would love to see what you make using this printed stripe and dip-dye technique.

Please share your projects and photos with me!

Hilary

 

 

 

 

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Ombre Desk Before and After

My client was inspired by an ombre painted desk that she had seen on this cute furniture blog.

As soon as we knew that we wanted a 6 drawer double sided desk, I began to scour all of my favorite vintage locations around Los Angeles. This desk was in good condition, all the drawers worked properly and ended up being the perfect fit for the space at a little less than 42″ wide.

Admittedly, I like white furniture, but this piece had a few quirks, bumps and scratches in the surface and a less than smooth paint job with drips!

I spent a lot of time just sanding it down, filling dents with wood filler and priming it. Then, I would go back and repeat the sanding step between coats of white paint.

The colors on the desk are completely hand-mixed except for the darkest color, Guava Jam by Benjamin Moore. You can find out more about this process that I did on my Ombre Dresser DIY.

 

Also, the lighting in the photo is making the base color Guava appear more orangey and darker than it really is…the outdoor studio picture in daylight is the most accurate.

After completing this, I can not wait to sand down my own desk in my office…I am considering a 2 tone gray desks with shiny new knobs…I will be sure to post pictures of the process.

Later this week, I will share photos of a mosaic table that I designed with an artist friend, Edy Pickens over the weekend. We were art-making by the poolside and making summer last!

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Home Decor Spring

In Spring, I love to refresh my living space, start a new workout plan, and definitely begin new projects. It’s part of the New Year’s energy, even if it really began a few months ago;)

Over the weekend, I curated this Modern Baby Treasury to help you find all sorts of cool products for Spring.

Next, I hit the ground running last week with a vow to sew one-pillow-per-day. It was surprisingly fun and a challenge to look around my studio and use fabrics to form a collection of pillows that could be used together.

Green Zag Pillow

Waverly Arts and Crafts Pillow

Here is the Tribal Pillow styled with other new products from my line of Interior Home Decor. These rustic walnut  coat racks are something new that I am creating in custom sizes.

You can see these items and more of my week of pillows in my online shop!

For more pretty gifts for birthdays, baby showers, and your home, the Lovely Clusters catalog is here! I am very proud to be a part of this beautifully curated magazine by Rachel Follett.

There are too many great artisans inside to count!

I am looking for quality Home, Decor, and Travel guest bloggers while I am on a vacation this Spring! Please contact me, if this sparks an idea or you have something to share.

In a few days, I will be posting the results of the Beachy Vintage Bath refresh.

 

 

 

 

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Lauren’s Room: Sneak Peak

Are you ready to catch another glimpse of the room that I’ve been working on all Spring?

Here is how it looked before.

Gorgeous architecturally, yet requiring a few touches to make it complete. Here we are taking measurements. I have to say…I love the color pink, as you may have guessed, but we also wanted to tone it down a bit.

We are getting so close to finishing this space for our client, a teenage girl. I feel lucky to be working with this great family.

We found the perfect fabric and had curtains and a cushion made for the window seat. The bed is an antique style Louis XVI reminiscent of the Neoclassical era. The ruffle duvet and bedskirt compliment each other well, and the Louis ghost chair is yet another interesting twist on a classic piece.

The nightstands were custom colored in Dunn Edwards Barrier Reef and the pink bubbled glass knobs are from Anthropologie.

We still have a few choices to make: I am thinking matching crystal lamps, a wide striped rug, and a few accessories will really make the space something any teenage girl would love to relax in.

Which rug do you like for this room and why?

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