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Kinfolk Workshop / Natural Holiday Decor

18 Dec

Last Friday, I had the privilege of attending my first Kinfolk event. They provide different themes for each month’s gathering and December’s workshop theme was Natural Holiday Decor. Kinfolk’s website describes the event as follows:

We are looking to good old-fashioned nature to creatively refresh us, as well as to provide the materials needed for bringing something fresh indoors. The earth’s widespread palette of color and texture are a tried-and-true source for creating unique decor not merely for the holiday season.

Rebecca Gallop, my dear friend who I met in college and has since become a well-known blogger, prop styling, and wedding designer, hosted this particular event. She, along with the ladies of Sweet Root Village, taught us how to bring the outdoors inside and make them into beautiful decorations for the holiday season.

I’m excited to show you some pictures I took from the event! It was a great workshop where fellow creatives came together, ate a great meal, and made beautiful wreaths and garlands.

The location was just around the corner from the National Portrait Gallery and the Spy Museum and is called the Loft at 600 F. You’ll see how beautiful this space is in the next few pictures!

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Here is what the entrance to the building looks like. Rebecca had set up this sign to direct us upstairs.IMG_4526

What did I tell you? This loft is darling and super classy! I can’t wait to host the Gathering Project’s first workshop here in January.
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They decorated with natural greenery and those glass balls hanging from the rafters have tiny candles in them.IMG_4541

This was the workshop space where we crafted natural greenery in to holiday decor for our homes. IMG_4535 IMG_4537 IMG_4539

The natural light in this space was gorgeous!IMG_4540 IMG_4542

Rebecca shared with us a way to make beautiful greenery imprints on cloth! (this project featured: hammers and strong arms)IMG_4543 IMG_4547 IMG_4548

Favors at our lunch spots! Such beautiful taper candles by Talia Olmstead and a forage guide to greenery by Jennifer Olmstead.IMG_4549

Lunch showcased amazing soups, accompanied by a mixed greens salad and hearty bread. IMG_4550 IMG_4551 IMG_4555 IMG_4557 IMG_4561

After lunch, we started the wreath and garland making! I couldn’t help but snack on some fresh pomegranate and delicious chocolate cake while listening to Lauren teach.IMG_4563 IMG_4565

They brought so much fresh greenery from the generous Wollam Gardens. I used cedar branches for my wreath.
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Finished product!IMG_4569

By the afternoon, the entire loft smelled of the natural outdoors.
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As soon as I got home, this wreath went up on my front door. Such a nice touch to the apartment!IMG_4578 IMG_4581 IMG_4582If you ever get the chance to attend a Kinfolk event, I would highly recommend you do. It was so much fun to taste amazing food, learn a new skill, and meet other creative types! You won’t be disappointed.

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Apartment Design / Christmas Decorations

4 Dec

apartment design logoBradley and I just decorated our apartment last night. Our place always feels more cozy when we have those white twinkly lights, green boughs, and brown pinecones scattered about. Since our place is the size it is, we don’t need that many decorations for the holidays, just some here and there to bring life into our home.

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Most of these decorations I made last year. This one is from a stencil (lettering) and two pieces of card stock, strung together with black and white baker’s twine.

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Since our tree is so small, we have to pick just a few ornaments to display. Mom gave this one to us last year.

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I love having a shelf to decorate.

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Favorite decor spot!

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New office: The Desk

25 Jan

A few days ago I mentioned about how I’ve moved I’ve recently moved into a new office. Today, I am going to show you my desk! My entire office is 8’x 14′ (so small!) so I needed to arrange my furniture in such a way that would be both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

I thought about this for days before moving in, because I love coming up with creative solutions and brainstorming. I wanted to include a spot for two chairs and a side table, like a sitting area. The only other piece of furniture that had to fit in was a large book-case. More on these two items later. Today I will show you my desk!

I was looking to create a feeling of warmth, burlap and subtle plant life, inviting and open. I wanted to reference the outdoors without actually building a garden in my office. I wanted to make it a place that people would want to gather without sticking a sofa and bag of Cheetos on the couch. I wanted it to be a peaceful and calm haven in an ever-moving office full of excited individuals with constant trails of ideas.

I love what I’ve created. In the last few days, it has exceeded my expectations. I love my new work space, both quiet and lively, fun and inviting.

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I added succulence to this wood slab that I got from Olive box this month. My pencil cup is made of glass covered in burlap. (A cheap find at Marshall’s!)IMG_5294 IMG_1619

This is the other burlap covered vase that I found at Marshall’s. It is large enough to hold a bouquet!IMG_1793

The burlap lamp on the left side of the picture is my favorite. It’s a perfect compliment to the natural plant and pencil cup.IMG_1822 IMG_2060Stay tuned for more New Office pictures!