DIY Striped Midcentury Shell Chair

DIY Striped Midcentury Shell Chair

You guys know our awesome illustrator Lindsey, right? Well girlfriend just got a crazy fun day job working for inmod, an online modern furniture company. And she noticed that when people…

DIY Striped Midcentury Shell Chair

DIY Striped Midcentury Shell Chair

You guys know our awesome illustrator Lindsey, right? Well girlfriend just got a crazy fun day job working for inmod, an online modern furniture company. And she noticed that when people would return purchases the returns would just sit in the warehouse, all sad and begging for some kind soul to take them home and show them some love. So when she sent over this (barely used!) chair and told me to go DIY wild, I about did backflips! I knew right away what I wanted to try and it turns out that you can restyle one of these little babies in about 15 hot minutes. Wanna do it?!

Materials

Make Time: 15 Minutes

DIY Striped Midcentury Shell Chair

Step 1: Cut a length of the vinyl tape, wide enough to span the top of the chair. Smooth the tape on to the top of the back of the chair, being sure it creates a level line.

Step 2: Use the X-Acto knife to slice off the ends of the tape, creating a line that follows the edge of the chair. If you press lightly, you’ll just cut the tape and not do any damage to the chair back.

Step 3: Repeat the process with a stripe of gold tape.

Step 4: Keep adding stripes until you reach the bottom. For the last stripe, you may need to trim your wide vinyl before sticking it on, as the curve of the chair may make it tricky to get it to lay flat. Trim as needed and smooth the tape down so that no bubbles remain underneath.

DIY Striped Midcentury Shell Chair

That’s it! I love this project for so many reasons — it hides any imperfections on the chair back, it adds a pop of color, and you can remove it all if you ever decide you’re over it. (Although I’m pretty sure I’m gonna love it this way for a good long while. This was such a fun one! Have you ever done a little shell chair makeover? I’d love to know what you tried! Leave a link in the comments and share. xoxo

DIY Striped Midcentury Shell Chair

DIY Striped Midcentury Shell Chair

Blue Sky Palm Tree

Why I Love Instagram So Dang Much

I asked recently what you all thought the future held for blogging, and some of the responses were so cool! One in particular had to do with Instagram, and it…

Blue Sky Palm Tree

I asked recently what you all thought the future held for blogging, and some of the responses were so cool! One in particular had to do with Instagram, and it got me thinking about how much I love that platform and exactly why. Because I know that I love to share there, like so many other people, and I know that I especially love to see what everyone else shares there, too. Sometimes even more than reading blogs. And I think I’m figuring out what it is that’s so awesome about it.

For me, it’s like the most beautiful timeline of my life with Ryan (and now Henry!). Ryan did this super fancy, nerdy thing with our tv at home — he set it up so that the screen saver on our tv is a random slideshow of all of my Instagram photos ever. Seriously, it’s one of my favorite things in the house. Sometimes we’ll leave it on and I’ll find myself taking a walk down memory lane just watching different photos slide across the screen. And it’s the best documentation of our lives together. We look back at photos and have the best time remembering things — trips, projects, meals, parties, weekends at home, getting married, bringing Henry home.

But beyond that, I love that Instagram encourages users not just to slap any ol’ photo up there and call it a day, but to be creative and intentional with the memories you make and share. Have you ever taken part in a Weekend Hashtag Project? Every Friday, Instagram encourages users to share a photo with a new, creative hashtag that they’ve made up. And they’re all so thoughtful and they encourage you to look at the world in a new way, which I love. They also have introduced me to so many creative people from all around the world, and I think it’s fascinating to see what other people share and what their version of beauty is.

Not to mention, how much fun is it to live vicarously through people? I love when people take trips and Gram it up — it’s so inspiring on so many levels. I’ve planned trips or outings to so many different amazing places because it looked fun on Instagram. No joke. It’s broadened my world (I truly mean that — no irony or sarcasm!).

So what about you? Are you as into it as I am? I know it’s not for everyone — lots of folks find it overwhelming or just plain too much. Why do you love it? Why do you hate it? Tell me your thoughts! xoxo

DIY Giant Embroidery Picnic Blanket

DIY Giant Embroidery Picnic Blanket

There’s this magical thing that happens in the summer where we live. It’s called Concert in the Park, and once a week for six weeks the community puts together a…

DIY Giant Embroidery Picnic Blanket

DIY Giant Embroidery Picnic Blanket

There’s this magical thing that happens in the summer where we live. It’s called Concert in the Park, and once a week for six weeks the community puts together a concert band and the band plays onstage at a park in our neighborhood. Everybody who’s not in the band comes to watch and have picnics. And let me tell you, the picnic game is fierce. You have to go the night before and set out your blanket if you want a spot or it’ll all be taken up. People bring out their best gear — I’m talking white tablecloths on picnic tables, candles lit, the whole shebang. I like to keep it simple but I did want to fancy up a picnic blanket this year, mostly so we would be able to recognize it in the sea of blankets. So clearly a little giant embroidery was in order!

DIY Giant Embroidery Picnic Blanket

We also stocked up on some primo picnic gear from AllModern! (Now I won’t have to feel like a schlub next to the white tablecloths.) Read on for the picnic blanket how-to, and details on our favorite picnicking pieces.

Materials

  • striped blanket
  • yarn
  • large sewing needle for knitting
  • scissors
  • colored chalk

Make Time: 2 Hours

DIY Giant Embroidery Picnic Blanket

Step 1: Sketch out your design on the blanket using the colored chalk. Be sure you make a mark dark enough to remain visible.

Step 2: Thread your needle with the yarn, tying a knot at the end. Begin embroidering at the end of your first word, using a split stitch. This diagram is better than I could ever create — check it out if you don’t know a split stitch! If you run out of yarn, tie a hidden knot behind the blanket and thread your needle with a new piece. Knot it to your old piece and continue your split stitch.

Step 3: When you’ve embroidered your whole design, knot your yarn firmly at the back of the blanket and snip the ends.

DIY Giant Embroidery Picnic Blanket

I love this blanket! We’ve started keeping it in our car just in case — ya know, for picnic emergencies. And when we’re toting stuff to and from the park, that basket with leather handles has been the perfect carry-all. Check out a few more of our recommendations for a perfect picnic!

For cheeses and charcuterie // Cheese Tray + Tool Set
For lounging // Mrs. Pillow + Coral Pillow
For outdoor dining // Retro Glasses Plates
For sharing food // Marble Lazy Susan
For a family-style dish // Oval Platter
For small extras // Buttering Board
For carrying it all // Half Moon Basket

Do you have anything in your town like our Concert in the Park? Do you go? I don’t know what it is but I just love an event that brings the community together like that, especially in the summer. Hope you make yourself one of this fun little blankets and find a place to picnic soon! xoxo

DIY Giant Embroidery Picnic Blanket

DIY Giant Embroidery Picnic Blanket

DIY Giant Embroidery Picnic Blanket

Product for this post graciously provided by AllModern.

DIY Travel Journals

DIY Travel Journals

Hey party animals! In case you missed it, head over and check out the tutorial I created for these DIY travel journals over on Momtastic! I have this habit of…

DIY Travel Journals

Hey party animals! In case you missed it, head over and check out the tutorial I created for these DIY travel journals over on Momtastic! I have this habit of documenting our travels within an inch of their lives when we are out on adventures so I can remember every single thing. So I made myself some new journals to fill up this summer. (And a little zebra print never hurt anybody, am I right?)

Hope you make some! xoxo

DIY Travel Journals

DIY Travel Journals

DIY Pineapple Ukulele

This Week + A Ukulele Whirlwind

I’m not gonna lie, my brain is currently in such an overloaded state that I stared at the computer for a good three minutes just trying to figure out the…

DIY Pineapple Ukulele

I’m not gonna lie, my brain is currently in such an overloaded state that I stared at the computer for a good three minutes just trying to figure out the first few words of this post. We’re trying to get ahead because we are heading out of town for a little trip to Denver next week, and a couple of days ago Mr. Lovely got taken out again with a crazy flu/fever situation so we both got way behind with work. So this week didn’t exactly go as planned, but do they ever?!

A fun bright spot in the middle of the week, though, was everybody’s response to our little ukulele video! If you missed it, down below to see how cute it is when Henry tips over in the middle of our song. He just got a little overexcited. Now speaking of the ukulele, I’m thinking we’re going to have some more videos on the way since folks seemed to really dig this one! And I’ve got a question for ya: Because I saw lots of people comment that they want to learn, would it be fun to do some mini ukulele lessons on the blog? Just real simple stuff, the basics. Raise your hand if you’d be into that!

In the meantime, find me on Snapchat (lovely-indeed) for some more uke snippets and us messing around with some tunes. Hope all you kittens have an absolutely gorgeous weekend! xoxo

Where to Eat in Los Angeles

LA Travel // Where to Eat

We had a few days in LA recently where we hit up all of my favorite eateries, and tried a couple of new ones along the way! It ended up…

Where to Eat in Los Angeles

We had a few days in LA recently where we hit up all of my favorite eateries, and tried a couple of new ones along the way! It ended up being a good-food-fest, with one meal after another that was totally bangin’. So if you find yourself hungry in Los Angeles any time soon, I thought I’d share our favorite spots so you can get in on the culinary action.

Where to Eat in Los Angeles

Dinette is just a little walk-up window on the street in Echo Park, but it’s got a short menu full of winners. I can never turn down avocado toast and it didn’t disappoint. Turns out the avocado toast also pairs perfectly with a waffle. You guys know I’m a waffle fiend and this one was the best I’ve had in recent memory.

Where to Eat in Los Angeles

Where to Eat in Los Angeles

LAMILL is the perfect spot if you like to sit with a great cup of coffee or tea. Located in Silverlake, the land of the painfully cool hipster, it’s full of big leather chairs and banquettes and has a beautiful coffee bar. The breakfast menu is pretty great too (I told you I can’t say no to avocado toast — this one is a little fancier than Dinette’s but they’re equally delicious); Mr. Lovely was totally into the Silverlake Breakfast.

Where to Eat in Los Angeles

Where to Eat in Los Angeles

Joan’s on Third (Studio City) is a perfect spot for lunch. This second location of Joan’s is a carbon copy of the first, but slightly larger and way less frantic — there’s more patio seating, too. The space is beautiful and airy and black + white perfection. I love to get a trio of salads from the deli (this winning combo was couscous, kale salad, and tarragon chicken).

Where to Eat in Los Angeles

Lemonade is one of my very favorite spots in LA. And they’re everywhere, so you don’t have to schlep to one part of town to eat there! It’s cafeteria-style California comfort food, and it’s all crazy fresh and flavorful. I usually like to just get a bunch of market side dishes and call it a meal. Mr. Lovely swears by the truffle mac and cheese + the strawberry lemonade mini cupcakes. And if they have watermelon rosemary lemonade when you’re there, you’d be a fool not to get it.

Where to Eat in Los Angeles

Gracias Madre was one of the new spots we tried and it was so incredible I forgot to take any photos except this foot selfie of the tile in the bathroom. It’s actually vegan and organic Mexican food, but don’t let that scare you if you’re a carnivore — it was so filling and hearty and stinking delicious I want to go back ASAP. Our menu recs: the flautas, the bowls, and the margaritas!

Where to Eat in Los Angeles

Sockerbit is an old fave but I had to go back to stock up on my very favorite sour cola chewy candy. This place is just the most beautiful candy store you could hope for, with all kinds of crazy Swedish candies. Get a bag and try one of everything. You think I’m kidding but I’m totally not.

Are any of your favorites on our list? I’d love to know if you’ve ever ended up at one of these spots! Happy eating, Angelenos! xoxo

Pink Flamingos

How to Spruce Up Your Backyard on a Budget

When we moved into our home last year, the backyard was an enormous lot of packed dirt. Mr. Lovely worked and worked and worked and now we have lawn and…

Pink Flamingos

When we moved into our home last year, the backyard was an enormous lot of packed dirt. Mr. Lovely worked and worked and worked and now we have lawn and plants and things growing! It’s been so fun getting our backyard into shape and we have a ton of ideas that we’ll be sharing with you all summer so you can do the same. But for reals, all of this backyard mumbo jumbo can get pricey.

So! I thought it could be cool to put together a little inspiration for sprucing up your backyard on a budget. It can feel overwhelming and totally out of reach to refresh such a large space, but really all you need are a few touches to make your yard feel new again. I’m loving all of these colorful, fun pieces from AllModern for summer — and you can get this whole look for under 250 buckaroos. Pick and choose your faves and it’ll be even less!

Spruce Up Your Backyard on a Budget

Lantern. Yellow planter. Green planter. Cushion. Garden stool. Mat. Flamingos.

Isn’t it funny that pink lawn flamingos used to be totally tacky and horrible and now they’re having a heyday? I love it! I think they’d look so fun sticking out of planter pots filled with succulents. And I’m such a fan of the pattern on that mat — the black and white is such a great combo with a few colorful pops. Add a new cushion to your backyard seating and throw a lantern on your patio and you’re good to go!

So are you spending lots of time in your backyard this summer? Can’t wait to share the rest of what we’ve got coming up, and I hope it inspires you to get outside and enjoy! xoxo

This backyard summer series is brought to you in partnership with AllModern.

DIY Painted Pineapple Ukulele

DIY Painted Pineapple Ukulele

Trivia time! Did you guys know that my major in college was music? Yup, I’m a music nerd to the core. And after college, I taught high school choir for…

DIY Painted Pineapple Ukulele

DIY Painted Pineapple Ukulele

Trivia time! Did you guys know that my major in college was music? Yup, I’m a music nerd to the core. And after college, I taught high school choir for a few years and then made a living as a musical theatre performer for another few years before making my way into the world of blogging. Music still is a huge part of my life — I play a whole mess of instruments and I sing, too. So today we kind of have two parts of my world colliding with this little painted pineapple ukulele project! Ryan and I pull out the uke all the time to play and sing for Henry, and I kind of had an itch to make a cool little uke that we could have just for him. And here it is!

Materials

Make Time: 5 Hours (Plus Drying Time)

DIY Painted Pineapple Ukulele

Step 1: Your kit should come with all of the uke pieces you’ll need. Start by masking off the sides of the body with painter’s tape and painting the front of the uke yellow. It may take a couple of coats.

Step 2: Once the yellow is dry, paint a lighter shade of yellow along one side of the body to give some dimension.

Step 3: Use a ruler to create a criss-cross pattern over the yellow once the paint is thoroughly dry. Add a dot to the center of each square that you create.

Step 4: Paint a random leaf pattern in a light green on the headstock of the uke. Once the light green is dry, outline the leaves with a darker green.

Step 5: Allow all the paint to dry and put your uke together according to the directions on your specific packaging.

Step 6: If necessary, sand any rough spots on the uke. Cover with a sealer and let cure.

DIY Painted Pineapple Ukulele

Now invite some friends over and have a good ol’ fashioned sing-a-long! I was too shy to put a video of me playing and singing here, but word on the street is that you’ll find one on my Facebook page, and maybe Instagram or Snapchat (@lovely-indeed) later today. Eeeek!

DIY Painted Pineapple Ukulele

Do you play any instruments? If you’re dying to put together this little uke but don’t play, my favorite ukulele website is Ukulele Underground. They have fantastic tutorials and you’ll be strumming a tune in no time. Have fun, lovelies! xoxo

DIY Painted Pineapple Ukulele

DIY Painted Pineapple Ukulele

DIY Painted Pineapple Ukulele

Vanilla Waffles with Dark Chocolate Drizzle

Father’s Day Recipe // Vanilla Waffles with Dark Chocolate Drizzle

Ever since Ryan got me a waffle maker a few Christmases ago, waffles have been our weekend thing. Ya know, #wafflesindeed. He usually beats me to it and mixes us…

Vanilla Waffles with Dark Chocolate Drizzle

Vanilla Waffles with Dark Chocolate Drizzle

Ever since Ryan got me a waffle maker a few Christmases ago, waffles have been our weekend thing. Ya know, #wafflesindeed. He usually beats me to it and mixes us up a batch of waffles for us to share. I had the idea to do a waffles-in-bed type of thing for him for his first Father’s Day, until I realized we’ll be out of town! So I surprised him the other day with a new waffle recipe and it was a major hit. And these ain’t no ordinary waffles, guys — they’re packed with protein and nutrients and good-for-you stuff (but they’re so delicious Mr. Lovely didn’t even notice how healthy they are).

Ingredients

The secret to this little recipe is the Vanilla Protein from ALOHA. When I found this stuff I was so  excited — protein powders usually taste like chemicals to me but this stuff just tastes delicious. It’s all vegan and organic, and has so many nutrients it’ll make your head spin. It also made this batch of waffles totally filling and didn’t leave us with that shaky sugar high an hour later.

Vanilla Waffles with Dark Chocolate Drizzle

Mix the protein with your usual waffle mix in a large bowl. Add egg, oil, and your milk of choice. Stir gently until the mixture is smooth. In the meantime, heat up your waffle iron. Once heated, drop a large dollop of mix into each section of the waffle iron and cook as usual.

Once your waffles are made, roughly chop up two sections of the ALOHA Superfood Chocolate. And how brilliant is it that by adding chocolate to these bad boys you’re actually adding more nutrients?! The Superfood Chocolate is made with fruits, veggies, fair-trade cacao, coconut sugar, and contains a whole slew of antioxidants. Also, I was pumped to find out that it melts like a dream. Put your chopped chocolate in a small bowl and microwave for about 30 seconds. Stir to smooth it out and drizzle it on those waffles like a professional. Finish the plate with a little dusting of powdered sugar if you’re into that sort of thing.

Vanilla Waffles with Dark Chocolate Drizzle

Vanilla Waffles with Dark Chocolate Drizzle

Vanilla Waffles with Dark Chocolate DrizzleI asked Ryan if he’d lend me his hands to get a photo of the waffles, and after I took the photo he literally took the plate and ate them all before I even realized what was happening. Soooo — I guess they’re pretty good. And I couldn’t get too upset with the guy, I mean they’re Father’s Day waffles, after all!

Vanilla Waffles with Dark Chocolate Drizzle

Vanilla Waffles with Dark Chocolate Drizzle

Have you tried any of our waffle recipes? What’s been your fave so far?! xoxo

This post is created in partnership with ALOHA. All concepts and opinions are my very one. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking! xoxo

Disco Balls

This Week + A Freebie

Hey hey it’s Friday! Ahhhh, I always feel so festive on Fridays. Even if I have a big pile of work on my desk and a zillion projects awaiting me…

Disco BallsHey hey it’s Friday! Ahhhh, I always feel so festive on Fridays. Even if I have a big pile of work on my desk and a zillion projects awaiting me over the weekend, which I totally do. But who cares because it’s Friday!

We have so much fun stuff coming up here, though, and I’m itchy to share everything that we’re putting together. Suffice it to say that it’s gonna be pretty summery up in here very soon and I’m very stoked on it. We’re working on some large-scale projects that are sort of outside our usual thing and it’s been so fun to stretch a little bit!

But today, I’ve got fun news for ya! Society 6 is running a little free shipping special until tomorrow, so you can order Lovely Indeed prints and get them shipped for free! Head right over here to take advantage of the free shipping and lovely up your walls a little bit. I’m also pumped to say that Society6 featured three Lovely Indeed prints in their own shop this week — check out Waimea, the Bike, and the Ferris Wheel!

So what are you kittens up to this weekend? Leave a comment and let me know your plans. I’m nosy. And if you’re bored, a few fun links are below for ya! xoxo

All the donuts, please.
I really need to get my photos backed up better — anybody tried this?
Candy as art. YES!
Didja see some of our new faves in the shop?
Fascinating to read about Megan and Mike planning their studio!
Dye your own shoes. Brilliant.
Henry’s been cruising around in this stroller lately, and Ryan and I are big fans.

DIY Chinese Checkers

DIY Chinese Checkers Game

Here it is, gang! The grand finale to our DIY game series! I don’t know why I chose Chinese Checkers for the grand finale but it just felt right. Maybe…

DIY Chinese Checkers

DIY Chinese Checkers

DIY Chinese Checkers

Here it is, gang! The grand finale to our DIY game series! I don’t know why I chose Chinese Checkers for the grand finale but it just felt right. Maybe I just love how organized and symmetrical it is. That’s probably it. In any case, I hope you’ve had fun with the series and maybe even made a game or two of your own! We’ll be featuring a few of these games in some of our other upcoming summer projects, so stay tuned for lots more summer fun. In the meantime, let’s make Chinese Checkers!

Materials

  • 3/4″ round balls (60)
  • 18″ wood round (find it in the lumber section at Home Depot or Lowes)
  • 5/8″ drill bit with drill
  • circular saw
  • sander
  • ruler and pencil
  • washi tape
  • craft paint in 7 colors
  • paintbrush

Make Time: 4 Hours (Plus Drying Time) 

To make the board:

1. Draw a hexagon on the board. Use your circular saw to cut off the edges of the circle and make it a hex.
2. To draw all the dots for the holes on the board, draw a dot one inch in from each point of the hex. Connect the dots to create a six-point star. Make a dot at each intersecting point. Start filling in the dots along the lines. You should have a dot every 1 1/8″. Keep filling in, using your ruler to keep the dots in straight lines.
3. Drill a hole at each dot, placing the drill bit carefully centered on the dot. Drill about halfway through the wood.
4. Give the entire board a good sanding and brush off all dust.
5. Choose 7 paint colors. Paint the inside of the holes. Each point of the star and its corresponding 10 holes should have its own color, and all of the center holes can be another color. Allow the paint to dry completely.

To make the game pieces:

1. Wrap a piece of washi around a wooden marble at the halfway point.
2. Apply a thin layer of paint on the unmasked part. Use the washi to stand the marble up while drying.
3. If desired, add a second coat of paint. Remove the washi tape and set the marbles in the board to dry and cure.
4. Repeat the process with 60 marbles, 10 in each color. Make the colors correspond to the colors you chose for the points on the board.

DIY Chinese Checkers Steps

Eeeeee I love it! This one turned out so cool that we leave it out on our coffee table! (At least, we will until Henry can walk around and then we’ll have to put it some place where he can’t eat the marbles.) Guys, I hope you’ve loved all the games! Did you have a favorite or try any of them? Leave a comment and let me know! And if you did put some together, be sure to share on Instagram with #thelovelysquad. Have fun! xoxo

P.S. See all of our past game night DIYs right here!

DIY Chinese Checkers

DIY Chinese Checkers

DIY Chinese Checkers

Tutorial photos by Lovely Indeed. All other photos by Scot Woodman.