Summertime DIY Round Up

by Joanna on July 17, 2013

Summer is the perfect time to tackle some DIY projects; the kids are out of school and bored, the days are longer, and it’s just a bit too muggy outside to tend to the garden. I like to think of it as time to finally dig into all those projects I pin! Here are a few easy-to-follow home decor DIY projects sure to inspire and excite.

Up-cycle and update mason jars with the Gold Dino DIY kit from Darby Smart, shown above. I love the idea of making tons of these to hold dried herbs from my garden. Picture them all in a row along a kitchen counter …

Set the table with these two DIY projects: Dip Dye Tassel Napkin Rings from Hank & Hunt and Block Printed Napkins from Everything Golden. Talk about a great way to spruce up any tabletop on a budget!

Lastly, stay connected in style with this Gold Leaf iPhone Case project from Oh Happy Day. This DIY project really takes the whole customized phone case thing to a new level!

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Pantone 18-4525/Caribbean Sea

Happy Fourth of July!

Instead of sharing photos of hot dogs and apple pie with you today, I’m posting a few snapshots in red and blue hues from Paul Octavious’ Pantone Project. The Chicago-based photographer matches Pantone color swatches to real-life scenes. Genius, right? You can view more images—including lots of amazing pictures that aren’t part of the Pantone Project—in Octavious’ Instagram account.

(I hope he eventually sells some of the Pantone photos in his online shop. In the meantime, I may have to pick up one of these “Sandwiches” prints.)

Pantone 1797

Pantone 18-4530/Celestial

{ All images via Paul Octavious’ Instagram }


Meg and I are big fans of NYC-based photographer Michael Mundy and his site, An Afternoon With. AAW focuses on Michael’s “simple, tranquil and sophisticated images of interiors [that] are revealing and resonate with the character of their inhabitants.” (We were fortunate enough to collaborate with Michael for a story in Issue No. 2 of Anthology.) 

Michael has released two limited-edition publications that feature some of the folks he’s photographed for the site. The second issue’s launch last week coincided with the three-year anniversary of AAW. You can purchase both in his shop, along with a small selection of his prints. We’re crossing our fingers that Michael will offer more editions of AAW in the future!

AAW – Issue 1

AAW – Issue 2

{ All images courtesy of An Afternoon With }


Opus Hanging Plants

by Alexis on April 9, 2013

Spring blew into San Francisco yesterday with strong breezes and lots of sunshine. I’m inspired to freshen things up around my apartment and one project I’d love to try are Kokedama, or Japanese-inspired hanging plants. By shaping a ball of soil and wrapping it with moss or other organic matter, you can ditch the traditional containers and pots.

I wasn’t sure exactly how to tackle this project until I came across these beautiful specimens by Opus StudioGreen Renaissance, a film production agency whose mission is to promote green businesses and organizations, put together a film showing the simple steps of this project. If you’re looking for a way to bring some green into your home this spring, join me and give this a try!

{Images from Opus Studio}


More Sleeveface

by Anh-Minh on December 15, 2012

We had so much fun at our Sleeveface-inspired shoot (read more out it here) and thought there were so many good images taken that day, that we put together a special weekend post to share additional photos. Enjoy!

{ All photographs by Thayer Allyson Gowdy }

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