The best part of spring cleaning is the fun part that follows it: decorating! Replacing old decor with fresh new accents with new energy for the changing season is a fail-proof way to get your creative gears going again, if you found yourself in a winter rut in the darker months. I know I did!
So when an email landed in my inbox showcasing an amazing handmade tie-dye tablecloth, I fell for it instantly… and naturally, clicked through to see what other gems I could find. Bomisch is an online shop with a simple, chic, modern approach to home decor and living. The e-market exists alongside a curated journal full of ideas for adding touches of personality and beauty to your home. Check out the aforementioned tablecloth and some of my other favorite items.
Below, dandelion pinks organic cloths
* These are technically burp cloths for babies, but they’re so gorgeous, they could be used any way!
I can almost feel the air changing as I daydream about decorating for spring.
Shop these and other beautiful items at Bomisch.
Boho babe alert! Planet Blue released their 2015 festival season collection and lookbook, featuring whimsical floral prints, strappy closures, bell sleeves, fringed kimonos and romantic hues. It’s one of those lookbooks that makes you want to drop everything and twirl your way right into summer, arm candy and flawless brimmed hat included.
Images via Planet Blue—follow the link for more.
Pretend it’s summer and wear toe rings. Decorate your desk with bright springy office supplies. Treat yourself to a Paloma cocktail after work. DIY a pretty pastel accessory. Fill the wine bottles you emptied all winter with fresh flowers. Get an at-home hair color refresh (if your friend has a stylist license, hee hee). Update your Etsy shop. Burn some delicious incense. Explore new neighborhoods. Learn a new language. Buy some bright, colorful shoes to frolic in…
How do YOU celebrate spring?
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Brooklyn weekends are getting all the more lovely thanks to sun staying up in the sky longer… but it’s still chilly outside. Lately I’ve been draping myself in a ridiculously cozy scarf and big cushy knit cardigan when I want to soak in some sun in the evening (and resist suiting up in my winter coat… can’t wait to put that thing away).
One of my favorite scarves all winter long was this pink and black plaid printed wrap by Free Endearment. Dubbed the Nori scarf (click if you want one!), it’s nice and big at 85″ x 29″, so there are endless ways to wear it. It’s also acrylic, so you can toss it in the wash or spot treat it worry-free.
I don’t benefit from any click-through or purchases, but I highly recommend this cozy accessory for the end of winter and early spring—and I bet you’ll get some use out of it during nighttime campfires at the beach this summer, too.
Hopefully soon I’ll be talking about tank tops… come on, spring!
P.S. Once again, thanks to Cat for these photos!
Transition style can be such a difficult code to crack, especially as winter turns into spring. Finding clothes and accessories that keep you warm but emit a fresh spring vibe through color and texture, and layering it all so you can lighten up your look at the day gets warmer, can be a tricky process.
I love shopping winter sale racks for things I can modify to fit that description, like sweaters to cut the shoulders out of, or jeans to slash at the knees and wear leggings under. One of my favorite recent buys is a mint green winter hat from H&M, which I attempted to infuse some new life into via flat back gems.
The result is a new hat that I’m totally in love with, and the whole process only took me about 45 minutes.
What you’ll need:
A knit beanie-style hat (or any hat you like)
Sew-on flat back gems (be sure they have the small holes for sewing—glue works on stiff woven fabrics, but for knits you’ll want to sew to prevent the embellishments from popping off).
Basic sewing supplies like a needle and scissors.
Thread that accents or matches your hat (I chose an electric neon yellow, because I love the combination of that color with mint and off-white),
Step 1: Lay the hat out on a flat surface, and lay out the gems in a motif that you like. Snap a picture of your ideas with your phone, so you can reference it as you’re working.
Step 2: Once you’ve settled on a layout, start from the bottom center and add your first gem by tacking it on from the back, threading through the sewing holes and back into the fabric.
Hint: With knit you’ll have the slightest bit of wiggle room to correct a crooked gem by guiding it with a correcting stitch and pulling the thread taught, but be careful as this may cause a pull in the fabric.
Step 3: Work your way up the center of your design. This will provide you with a guide for staying symmetrical as you add the other gems. It may also save thread.
Hint: Make small double stitches as you go to prevent the whole design from falling off if you happen to snag and rip the thread at some point.
Your thread should look something like this as you stitch your gems up the center. For extra security, you can sew each individually and knot them off… but I definitely don’t have the patience for that. ;}
Step 4: Once the center is done, work your way out on each side, double checking the design as you go, to ensure everything is aligned.
Attn perfectionists: It might make you more confident to mark off your pattern with a white chalk pencil before you begin sewing the gems that are further away from the center (or you can just eyeball it—clearly I’m not a perfectionist!).
In the end, you’ve got yourself a lovely spring hat that looks almost good enough to eat. Yep, I said it. It reminds me of candy. Mmm.
Step 5: Resist eating your delicious new hat, and take it for a spin!
Big smiles from sunny Brooklyn! I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial. If you make something similar, I want to see it! Leave a comment to your blog or instagram post below.
P.S. Many thanks to my friend Cat for snapping the photos of me!