Monday, December 25, 2017
Thursday, November 30, 2017
The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away
Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity
Love Forever (@ The Broad: Infinity Mirror Rooms)
I’m learning some amazing moves from these guys (@ Wonderspaces)
Tourist trap queen ✌ (@ LACMA Rain Room)
Pammie and I snagged tickets to the last day of LACMA’s Rain Room exhibit on LA’s rainiest day ever and got more wet outside than we did in the exhibit 🌧️🌧️🌧️
Glass beauty (@ Wayfarers Chapel)
I think I might get married in this Lloyd Wright stunner. I just need to find a husband first! Just kidding (they also do baptisms, so a baby daddy will suffice).
Sunday, September 18, 2016
Case Study House No. 8 (@ Eames House)
Leave the keys under the mat. I’ll take this house exactly as it is!
Monday, September 5, 2016
Happy new home to the Lansangs! I hope they’re better at keeping things alive than I am.
DIY Indoor Herb Garden:
- Herb plants, $4.98 each @ Home Depot
- Potting mix, $4.97 @ Home Depot
- Wooden planter, $12.99 @ Wayfair
- Chalkboard stakes (set of 6), $8.14 @ Amazon
- Impeccable penmanship, Priceless
Friday, December 25, 2015
Friday, November 20, 2015
You should be writing this down (@ Whole Foods Market DTLA)
I cropped the meth heads out of this shot (@ MacArthur Park)
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Pumpkin Carving, Level: Expert
Whitewashed (@ Bates Motel)
Did you donate because of the animals or because of my cute packaging, be honest.
I’ve reached 70% of my fundraising goal! Help me get to 100% HERE and receive a bag of these homemade beer bones (they’re dog tested and Rocky approved, if that helps sway you at all).
Thursday, December 25, 2014
…then I googled you (@ Culver City Art District)
Monday, September 29, 2014
Anthony upgraded his second annual shrimp boil with an invite that tested our friendship and a bloody mary bar by me and the girls. All that was missing was some fried chicken!
Winning combo: Zing Zang Bloody Mary Mix + UV Sriracha Vodka + Sriracha Chili Sauce
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Somebody got lei’d last night (@ Santana High School)
Congrats #MrAndMrsOlivar! (@ Estancia La Jolla)
Every time one of us gets married, it’s like a mini reunion. I love that no matter how many days, months or years have gone by, we can all still pick up right where we left off ♥
I built this coffee table in an ongoing attempt to lower my Ikea to non-Ikea furniture ratio. Yes, this area rug is from Ikea, but The Great Pizza Box Fire of 2014 destroyed my non-Ikea rug, and I needed an affordable replacement! One step forward, two steps back…
This coffee table was built the same way I built my mid-century modern side table, but with a few modifications. I used pre-stain wood conditioner this time to prevent streaking and blotching. On a bigger job like this, you won’t be able to hide the ugly parts with succulents and a strategically placed Beyoncé print.
You can follow the same directions I used to build the side table. Just be sure to use these new measurements.
MATERIALS & TOOLS:
- 2 – 1″x12″-6′ common boards – 4 pieces that are cut 36″ long
(the top & bottom boards)
- 1 – 1″x4″-6′ common board – 2 pieces that are cut 22.5″ long
(the side boards)
Since I already had the gel stain and clear coat left over from building the side table, it only cost me $88 to make this coffee table! That’s cheaper than the Ikea rug it’s sitting on…
OH MY GLOB <3 (@ Gallery 1988)
(As featured on Buzzfeed, Elle Greece, Marie Claire France, Diply, How To Build It, Nouvelle Daily, Oh So Lovely Blog, List Inspired, Roomed, and Lighter Side of Real Estate)
I’m obsessed with all things Mid-Century modern, and when I saw this Co-Mod side table, I knew that I needed it in my life. But it was $345. And sold out. And $345. I felt like that needed to be mentioned twice.
Because I’ve mastered the art of assembling Ikea furniture (and tested many friendships along the way), I thought that I should try building this side table myself. I went to Home Depot, showed them a photo on my phone and was basically like, “HOW YOU DO DIS?” If you act like you don’t know what you’re doing (or you’re like me and you legitimately do not know what you’re doing), the good people at Home Depot will help you. They will tell you what paint brush you should use to apply clear coat. They will tell you what clear coat is. They will even cut your wood down to the exact size that you need at no extra charge.
Building this side table was easier than assembling an Ikea sectional sofa!
MATERIALS & TOOLS:
- 1 – 1″x8″-10′ common board ($14)
- 1 – 1″x6″-6′ common board ($4)
- Wood Stain – I used Minwax Gel Stain in Hickory
Clear Coat – I used Minwax Polycrylic in Clear Satin
16 – 1.75″ nails
4 – Mid-Century modern legs – I used 12″ hairpin legs ($61)
- 1″x8″-10′ common board – 4 pieces that are cut 20″ long
(the top & bottom boards)
- 1″x6″-6′ common board – 2 pieces that are cut 14.5″ long
(the side boards)
- Sand your boards. I used 150 grit sandpaper and sanded in the direction of the grain until it felt smooth. After your boards are sanded, wipe them down with a damp cloth to remove excess sawdust before staining them. This is probably something you should do outdoors in a well-ventilated area and not inside your 500 square foot studio during the only weekend it rains in Los Angeles. I still have sawdust in places I didn’t know I could get sawdust.
- Stain your boards. Use gloves unless you want to have to keep explaining to everyone why your hands are brown for the next three days. You can use an old t-shirt, or if you’re a hoarder like me and can’t bear to part with your ‘I ♥ Haters’ shirt, you can get a pack of paint rags from Home Depot for $4 and use those instead. I used one to apply the stain to the wood and one to wipe off the excess. It dries pretty fast, so I was able to coat all sides without waiting. I only applied one coat, but you can apply more if you want it darker. Let the boards dry completely.
- Apply clear coat. I applied it to one side of the boards using a synthetic paint brush. Give it a couple hours to dry, then turn your boards over and apply it to the other side.
- Assemble your side table. Use two 20″ boards for the bottom, two 20″ boards for the top, and the remaining 14.5″ boards for the sides. Here’s a helpful diagram:
- Nail the two top boards to the long edge of the side boards, and repeat on the bottom. Use two nails on each end of each board as pictured. I had someone hold the boards together for me while I hammered away.
- Mount the legs. I set the legs 2″ from the edges and marked where the screws would go. I pre-drilled pilot holes and screwed the legs on with sixteen 3/4″ screws. Depending on what kind of legs you buy, you might have a different method for attaching them.
You can build your own Mid-Century modern inspired side table for roughly $78 (for just the wood and the hairpin legs, if you happen to have the other materials). You really can’t beat that price or the sense of accomplishment you’ll feel after building something with your bare, wood-stained hands.
Other things pictured:
Painted succulent pots designed by me (DIY tutorial here)
Task lamp from Target
Beyoncé print designed by me (sold on Etsy)
Bedding from Anthropologie
Bed from West Elm (discontinued!)
DIY: Painted Succulent Pots
What you’ll need:
Clay pots in various sizes
Acrylic spray paint
Clear sealant (optional)
Spray the clay pots with acrylic paint. I used Krylon spray paint in Mambo Pink, Flat White and Sea Glass.
Let them dry completely before taping off whatever pattern or shape your heart desires and painting them with an accent color. I used Krylon’s Gold Metallic spray paint for the triangles.
If you plan on keeping your clay pots outdoors, make sure you weatherproof them with clear sealant. Otherwise, you can go ahead and plant your succulents!
This is an easy way to add some color to your home. The hard part (for me anyway) is keeping the plants alive!
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Trader Joe’s tissue, you my only friend.
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Partly to fund my Amazon addiction, but mostly because I hate myself, I picked up some freelance work designing eblasts for a cooking website during the holidays. I can feel my stomach eating itself looking at all this food porn right now…
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
All I see is ‘wonton soup’. God, I’m so hungry. And Asian.
Trying to stay awake while looking through hot model pics on my new iMac for this microsite I’m designing at work.
My life is so hard sometimes.