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feeling dotty

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polka-dots have been EVERYWHERE recently, and as much as i love the print, i never feel like i can pull it off without looking too “five-year-old girl in a dress that her mom made her wear.” some of these photos definitely give some ideas of how to dress up the dots (in neutrals? mixed with neon?), but i’ve been thinking that the best way to get in on the trend is in the home decor arena, where the pieces can be the star of your scenery now, and a cute quirky twist once we all decide to get serious and return to the real world.

here are a few of my favorite ideas that i’ve rounded up, mostly DIY, some purchaseable, ALL allow you to take the dot trend as far as you feel comfortable.

looking past this man’s overly-suave smile, i LOVE this idea of putting polka-dots all over your walls and floor for a party, and then leaving them up forever. best part? use metallic contact paper and you can take these down with no paint damage! perfect for polka-dot commitment-phobes and those with landlords who just never understand your desire to personalize. martha, you always know how to solve our problems…

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dotted wall art, made using either gold and glittery cardstock or a home-made potato stamp, lets you pick your colors, the size of your dots, the arrangement, there are almost too many options! not to mention it’s a super quick project. anyone have 20 minutes this weekend?

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once you have that art up on the walls and you want to show it off to all of your friends, why not emphasize les pieces de resistance with some dotted drinkware? whether you’re going for big-girl glam or home-grown quirky, here are two options to fit the bill. now if you don’t feel like buying the glasses in #1, i think that recreating them using the methods of #2 on clear plastic glasses with gold paint would look great too. OR, use leftover contact paper from the wall dots above to spice up your own glasses for an evening. mix it up!

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while we have the ball rolling, why not make your invites dotted too? and how about some good old fashioned outdoor games? i’m always down for lawn twister. bonus – customize the colors to match your party!

somehow this turned into a party-planning post, i really was thinking home decor at first, i swear. but what can i say? the dots are just so festive!

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aha! a clue!

do you ever wonder where certain words came from? like why butterfly has the word butter in it? or how the english language evolved to be so damn wordy? i certainly do, and sometimes i feel like the questions eat away at my brain, mostly while i have more important things to get done.

this morning i came across this short film by Jessica Oreck, a documentary film maker, and it seems that in her worldly travels she has had many of the same linguistic questions. she created this clip, part of a future series, to discuss the origin of the word clue.

what do you think? i’m excited to see what she has planned for future episodes!


temporary living

i’m moving! though it’s a very temporary spot, i hope that it will be a jumping off point for a more permanent situation as soon as i can get myself really settled in san francisco. the house is very nice, and in a cute area (though a little out of the way), but my main concern is how to personalize my space without putting in too much effort for the 3 months i plan to live there.

i am definitely the kind of person who is hyper-aware of their environs, and i like things to look nice and neat. in college i was not able to study at all until my desk area was clear of clutter and there was a candle lit/flowers displayed/a pretty painting in my view. to that end, i don’t think that i will be able to exist happily in a room that doesn’t jive with my design tastes. am i too picky?

the space comes furnished, and is not what i would usually choose for myself, but i have been brainstorming ways that i can make it feel as homey as possible. luckily, a lot of decor modifications are easily removed and transfered, perfect for when i move on to the next place!

here are some of my ideas, easily modified to fit apartments, dorms, bedrooms if you have particularly picky parents etc…

hanging photos and art is a surefire way to make a place your own. without drilling any holes, here’s how to get some pictures on those walls!

and easy art you can make yourself…

flower DIY here      heart DIY here

tissue paper flowers in any color and a wooden heart, what more could a girl want? but seriously, i have had these flowers in my room in so many different forms, hanging from the ceiling, making a shape on my wall, scattered above my desk, the possibilities are endless. they will definitely be in my new room.

i am a huge fan of candles. my mom always said that it is because my sign is lacking fire (right…), but i do find that they help me work and make me feel more cosy on the gloomiest of days. here are two ideas that i have seen floating around that i would love to try. i think that the muffin pan candles could be improved upon by adding a few drops of essential oils into the cups without candles. it should work as a diffuser right? and the second, with the coffee, perfect for those rough mornings. a double-whammy of invigorating odor and candle warmth. original inspiration here and here.

and one of my favorite easy decor tips is find large paintings or mirrors and just lean them against the wall! so little effort!  anything that large is bound to make a statement. i’ve been doing this with a full length mirror, but i would love to add some large art pieces to my collection. this one in particular. flea market anyone?

wouldn't this make getting dressed so much more fun? painting by Michael Carson

i’m sure with some of these ideas i will feel comfortable in my new place. then i can move on to the fun stuff, entertaining!


local happenings

check out some of these cool looking events this weekend if you’re around the Bay Area — it’s time to get out and about!

 
Year of the Dragon Celebration
Sunday, February 5th, 11:00AM
Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
http://www.asianart.org/helios/events/index.php?com=detail&eID=2781
 
Golden Glass 2012
A Slow Food San Francisco Event
Saturday, February 4th, 1-5PM
Herbst Pavillion
http://thegoldenglass.com/
 
Why Paint a Landscape? Current Views & Perspectives
All Weekend, 12-6PM
ArtZone 461 Gallery
http://www.artzone461.com/gallery_/home.html
 
San Francisco Childhood: Memories of a Great City Seen Through the Eyes of Its Children
Saturday, February 4th, 12-1:30PM
San Francisco Public Library: Koret Auditorium
http://www.sfpl.org/index.php?pg=1009776501
 
Conservation Photography Workshop
Sunday, February 5th, 1-4PM
California Academy of Sciences
http://www.calacademy.org/events/photography/
 
Rachel Bertsche: MWF Seeking BFF
Sunday, February 5th, 4:00PM
Books Inc. in Opera Books
http://www.booksinc.net/
 
Adriane Colburn’s “Of Darkness”
Friday, February 3rd, 6-9PM
Luggage Store Gallery
http://www.luggagestoregallery.org/
 
Masters of Venice:Renaissance Painters of Passion and Power from the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
Through Febuary 12, 2012
de Young Museum
http://deyoung.famsf.org/deyoung/exhibitions/masters-venice-renaissance-painters-passion-and-power-kunsthistorisches-museum-v