What we're coveting for Halloween Decor!

It's mid-October and Halloween is nearly here! This weekend, we will be decorating the studio to get ready for all of the trick or treat fun. Below are ideas we found around the web (pun intended) that we love. They are modern and clean but still have the fun, spooky vibe of Halloween. I love the black, white, and gold with hints of orange.


Feathers // Skull // Bats // Cats

And all of these painted pumpkins are making me throw out the mess that is carving. How cute are these?!

Mudcloth // Sequins // Polkadot // Glitter

xo, Vanessa

DIY Macrame Terrarium Workshop at Studio Matsalla

We had the opportunity to host a very special (and fun) evening with The Womens Craft Beer Collective here in San Diego. If you haven't heard of it yet, make sure to check them out and see their upcoming workshops in and around North County. 

Our little shop was packed to the brim with about 30+ women crafting, tasting beer, shopping and enjoying each others company. We were taught how to make the most darling macrame hangers to hold our handmade terrariums. HUGE thanks to Kristine from Culture Brewery for letting us host one of your events. We had an absolute blast!

We'll be hosting a series of DIY workshops at the studio - stay tuned for what's next!

Photo Credits: Molly Jean Studio

Thrifted Bench Makeover

Thrifting is one of those designer duties you have to wear your party pants for. You've got your regular stores, you zip into the parking lot, throw it into park, walk in...take a look at the questionable items (and people) and leave. You leave happy or unenthused. Most of the time, unenthused. This weekend I left with a smile that could have scared small children.

I came across this $12 Hollywood Regency brass vanity bench and did a solo party dance in the back of the antique market. Later that day, I picked up new piece of foam at Joanne's (because who knows what kind of crust lived deep within that existing cushion) and I got to work. I hoard tons of fabric for various projects from all over the globe and this vintage indigo number ended up working beautifully for the end product. I hope you love the transformation.

xo, Vanessa

Shibori Tie Dye DIY

The monstrosity of restraint I've developed as an Interior Designer is MUCH more powerful than my husband believes it to be. I'm constantly surrounded by beautiful home decor and purchasing for clients isn't as exhilarating as it seems, when you're not taking it home for yourself. My coping mechanism? DIY projects that resemble things you see and want that are insanely expensive. This intro rant brings you to my first DIY here on lè blog, Indigo Dyed Napkins, Shibori style.

Shibori is a Japanese textile art & technique dated back to the 8th century. It's beautiful, unique and authentic. Just give Pinterest a few more months and we'll all be Shibori'd to death, but that won't stop me from making napkins, dishtowels and fabric out of it, will it! 

I had a few old West Elm cotton napkins that I wasn't using anymore and decided to give them new life. Once my Indigo Tie Dye kit arrived, I found that it yields 5 pounds of dyed fabric that I couldn't stand to waste. So, I went ahead, re-charged my spendorphins and bought two yards of white cotton fabric, some white feathers AND a stack of white dish towels so I use them as housewarming gifts. Not the feathers, more on that later. This shopping technique is also referred to as hoarding. 

Also note, a little bottle of blue indigo dye is also included in this box, which I so thoughtfully failed to picture*

Also note, a little bottle of blue indigo dye is also included in this box, which I so thoughtfully failed to picture*

If you have a backyard where you can hang a clothesline, I highly recommend doing this depending on the amount of fabric you plan on dying. I hung a twenty foot clothesline across my backyard to account for my hoards before I got started. Also, you'll need a huge bucket with a lid, to keep oxygen from freely flowing around and into your dye. Time to start mixing - make sure you follow the instructions that come along in the box. Once you're done doing a little mixy dance, put a lid on it and step away for about 30 minutes.  When you come back, it will look like this.

While that was busy "cooking", I was busy wrapping all my fabrics and getting them ready to be dipped. I used Pinterest as a resource for various Shibori techniques. I spent a good 35 minutes twisting and prepping my fabrics. When you're done with your twisting party, dunk them in the sink for a few minutes and make sure they're soaked before the dying process starts. It should all look something like this.

And should look like this after dunking...

Now, you can choose to let them air dry like this for a while OR if you lack patience like me, you can unwrap them after ten minutes and hang them dry to oxidize quicker. If you choose the path of less patience, it will look like this.

These make such great gifts. I've already wrapped two up for a sweet housewarming gift!

xo, Vanessa