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0 Dispatch from London | Knitted Fruits from Donna Wilson and Smug

Across the pond this month comes the London Design Festival and we came across the most adorable knitted fruits from one of our favorite UK designers, Donna Wilson. This year you'll find Donna Wilson and long-time friend and stockist, Smug in Islington's Camden Passage at the Islington Design District's kickoff event. Smug will be launching exclusive products including Donna Wilson knitted fruit,  and they'll be offering up fruity cocktails from Kamm & Sons and delicious canap├ęs at Cafe Smug, and have your fruit portrait drawn by illustrator Ruby Taylor! The event happens Tuesday, September 16th - 6:30-9pm. More info here.

Related:  Donna Wilson also has a pop-up at the London Design Festival - click here for more info.


5 Before and After: Vintage Desk

Guest post by Nicole Phillips of Visual Heart

This vintage desk was such a fun project, it was a free desk passed to me from a family friend. I’m the second owner of it and it was in the worst possible shape. Chipped laminate and veneer, rough plywood edges and chewed up legs. I could see past all of this stuff, I saw awesome legs, great hardware and so much potential.

I knew I could give it a new life with a little bit of sanding and a few coats of paint. The thing with vintage pieces is that you have to accept the bits of character you can’t change, even after patching and sanding there still may be some bumps and dents, but again it’s all part of the character of the piece.

I started by patching any obvious holes, then sanded them down. I find even after doing an initial patch and sand, you still can’t see all of the scratches on the surface, so I usually do a thin coat of primer on the entire piece and this brings out any defects. Once the primer is dry, I go back in and patch any areas that are really obvious, sand them down and apply another 2 coats of primer.

Once the surface was dry, I applied 2-3 coats of Benjamin Moore Advance in Mantis Green and Snowfall White.

The legs are stained using Danish Oil, because I wanted to see some wood grain and have more of a natural look to the piece. Plus you can’t go wrong with mint green, white and wood!
Here’s a few shots of Andrew sanding the legs down to raw wood so they could be coated with Danish Oil.

I dipped the tips of the legs in the same Mantis Green paint I used on the drawer fronts to add a little bit of fun to the overall look, plus the plated brass feet were in horrible shape so it was necessary to do something to them because they couldn’t be saved.
Here’s the final result:

About the contributor:
Nicole Phillips is a Vancouver based Graphic Designer and blogger.
You can learn more about her at visualheart.com or follow her creative side:

1 8 Rad DIYs to Try

A few cool projects we've come across this week.  From a few IKEA hacks to a pretty free printable, check out our finds!

1) Bleach an IKEA Pillow!
Bleach and embellish an the LAPPLJUNG pillow. From House That Lars Built. Click here for the how-to.

2) Free Art Printable
A pretty printable from Creature Comforts.  Click here for the free printable art template.

3) DIY Tree Slab Side Table
A cool project from Emily Henderson.  Get the how-to here!

4) IKEA Clock Hack
A paint job updates an IKEA clock. Visit The Paper Mama for more info.

5. DIY Giant Frames and Prints
Learn how to make your own frames from Yellow Brick Home.

6. Ink-Dyed Clutch
Inspiration to make something similar. From The House That Lars Built.

7. DIY Clay Ring Dishes
Make these catchalls using air-drying clay. Click here for the how-to.

8. DIY Agate Cabinet Door Pull
A simple project, yet stunning result. Get the how-to at The Merrythought.


1 Etsy (Canada) Road Trip Video

This summer Etsy embarked on it's first-ever roadtrip in Canada stopping in Ottawa, Montreal, Kingston and Toronto over the course of five days. With a custom airstream behind them they pulled up to each destination to feature one-of-a-kind pop-up markets featuring local Etsy sellers (unique to each location). During it, they made this sweet souvenir video.  

Visit and share your road trip memories from the event and/or vacation photos on Instagram or Twitter using the tag #etsyroadtrip.

Click here for more information.


2 Tech | Instagram launches Hyperlapse

Instagram launched Hyperlapse today: a new app that lets you capture high-quality time lapse videos even while in motion. Time lapse videos traditionally depend on holding your phone or camera still while you film. But as the folks from Instagram tell us, "Hyperlapse from Instagram features built-in stabilization technology that lets you create moving, handheld time lapses that result in a cinematic look, quality and feel—a feat that has previously only been possible with expensive equipment."

Cool Story!

For more information, check out the following:
- Read more at: blog.instagram.com
- Visit Hyperlapse from Instagram FAQ: help.instagram.com/hyperlapse
- Download Hyperlapse for iOS here: itunes.apple.com/app/id740146917