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2 Dispatch from L.A. | Planters from HEDGE

It's hard to find planters that fit and actually look good in your home or on your patio or balcony so when we noticed these planters from HEDGE (a kickstarter project), we had to take a better look!  They're the type of planters that would look great anywhere from a wall display to an apartment window, and are also super-easy to hang or wall mount.  Also fun fact:  Each HEDGE planter is named after a pioneer woman of landscape and garden design: Gertrude Jekyll, Beatrix Farrand, Marian Cruger Coffin, and Florence Bell Robinson who defied the male-dominated field and created garden spaces that continue to be celebrated today.

Each planter is crafted in Los Angeles from welded steel wire and is powder coated to bring a vibrant, graphic look to your garden.  They can be preordered here.

0 IKEA Introduces a New Sit/Stand Desk

IKEA introduces BEKANT, a new professional desk/table series replacing the popular GALANT series and featuring a new and innovative option - a sit/stand desk frame.  

"When we designed the BEKANT series our goal was to make flexible desk combinations that encourage collaborations, meetings and creativity,” say the designers, Karl Malmvall and Eva Lilja Löwenhielm. “The desks come in different sizes and shapes – you can use one alone or combine them to suit your needs. And they’re easy to add onto, or change, any time your needs do. Also, this series has been tested and approved for professional use, so it’s perfect in all types of offices."


3 Preview | November (Holiday) Issue of Inside Out Magazine

Styling by Heather Nette King. Photography by Armelle Habib.
Have you been checking out any of the holiday magazine issues yet? It's one of our favorite past times around these parts, (it's like the children's version of a wish book); and today we've got a lovely preview from the folks at Inside Out Magazine. Their November issue which comes out Thursday is filled with festive ideas with an Australian vibe;  modern, colourful and bright!  Managing Editor, Lee Tran Lam fills us in on their holiday issue below:

"Our cover story has some sweet and inspired ideas, such as using a branch for Christmas decorations (good for all the leftover ornaments that you couldn't quite squeeze onto the tree – or if you have a small place, and hauling in a mega-sized tree is definitely out of the question). Sticking up a festive message with cardboard lettering is also a nice idea (and a way to inspire kids to stay on the 'nice' side of the 'naughty or nice' Santa list, hopefully)! Styling by Heather Nette King. Photography by Armelle Habib.

Styling by Heather Nette King. Photography by Armelle Habib.

Our stylists Jessica Hanson and Joseph Gardner take on Christmas wrapping and manage to side-step the red-and-green cliches altogether, with metallics, white on white, and neon brights. Photography by Anna Pogossova.

Photography by Anna Pogossova.

Photography by Anna Pogossova.
Photography by Anna Pogossova.
Our Christmas craft story is by Lulu Lucky, who has come up with lots of cute ideas. I love her take on the advent calendar, but her gift bags, bead garland and banners are cool, too. Styling by Jessica Hanson. Photography by Craig Wall.

Styling by Jessica Hanson. Photography by Craig Wall

Styling by Jessica Hanson. Photography by Craig Wall

Styling by Jessica Hanson. Photography by Craig Wall
And for another twist on Christmas decorating, we asked a range of creative personalities (such as stylist Lisa Koehler, artist and homewares creator Rachel Castle and our style editor Jessica Hanson) for their one-of-a-kind take on festive style. Rachel's rough-around-the-edges garland from fabric cuts is a lovely DIY idea to try. ("The trick here is to just be free and easy – it's chicken soup for crafty people", she says). Production by Sharon Misko. Photography by Nigel Lough.

Production by Sharon Misko. Photography by Nigel Lough

Production by Sharon Misko. Photography by Nigel Lough
Production by Sharon Misko. Photography by Nigel Lough

And lastly, we have Joseph Gardner's styling picks for festive lights – and there's not a single red-nosed reindeer in sight! These lamps could work any time, too, long after the tree has been packed away. Photography by Guy Bailey."

Thank you Lee Tran!

And a fun fact: They also have one of our workshop stars profiled in the mag this month! Brittany Watson Jepsen of The House That Lars Built is their profiled blogger!

The November issue of Inside Out Magazine is out Thursday and is available at newsagents or digitally via Zinio, Google Play, iTunes & Nook


2 10 Awesome DIYs to Try

Happy Monday!  We're kicking off the week with a few DIYs we came across over the weekend. So many amazing projects on the radar these days and these shouldn't be missed!  Check them out!

DIY Danish Modern Coffee Table
by Francois et Moi

Drawstring Shoe Bag
by The Purl Bee

DIY Watercolor Wall Art
by Sugar and Cloth

Dalmation Planters
by Fall for DIY

Homemade Vanilla Recipe with Free Printable Labels
by Tasty Yummies

DIY Rock Collection
by Lay Baby Lay

Refinished Dresser with Copper Drawer Pulls
by Upcycled Treasures

Zippered Dopp Kit
by The Purl Bee

DIY Stacked Plywood Bench
by Vintage Revivals

DIY No Frame Photo Display Ideas
from Photojojo


6 Weekend Project | 10 Beautiful Lighting DIYs

TGIF we say! This weekend's cool and damp weather is rather perfect for an indoor weekend project.  Darker nights also are asking for more light in our rooms, so we've been looking at lighting ideas that we could make ourselves.  We've been collecting a few ideas lately, from hanging pendants to cool floor lamps.  Here's 10 we love!  Happy Friday!

DIY Wood and Brass Hanging Light
by Vintage Revivals

Crochet Seashell Lamps
via IKEA Hackers

DIY Copper and Wood Hanging Light
by Vintage Revivals

Industrial Style Desk Lamp
via Ikea Hackers

DIY $10 Light Fixture
via Style Me Pretty Living

DIY Tripod Lamp
by The Merrythought

DIY Paper Geo Pendant
by Tete D'Ange

Fallen Branch Floor Lamp
via Design Sponge

Miffy Lamp Ikea Hack
via Ikea Hackers

Homemade Rope Light
by A Beautiful Mess