FEATURES
May 10, 2017

My Favorite Macrame’, String, & Fiber Artists on Instagram

Hi Everyone!

I thought Id do a little something different today friends…a bit of a roundup if you will.  As you know Instagram is my shizz and I pretty much find everything through it.  Its pretty much become my google. If I’m looking for something my first reaction is always “let me check on Instagram right quick”.  And I’ve discovered SO MANY amazingly talented makers that way…including those who can work magic with string.

So confession…Im not THAT into macrame.  I mean I think some of it is just bananas good and I have a massive amount of respect and admiration for the artistry and craft that goes into creating some of the pieces.  I just never was super into wanting some for myself…like, to hang up in my house. Until now. These talents here make me wanna empty my account and clear out wall space every time I see one of their newest creations.  Im still not on #teamimgonnahangmacrameeverywhere, BUT, I can absolutely see one of these beauties being a star in a space. Here are my fave artists killing the macrame game right now:

Boho By LaurenDUH!  yall already knew Lauren was making the list.  I absolutely LOVE her.  Ive loved her for a long time now and Im honored to actually have one of her gorgeous tapestries in our home. Her tapesries are HIGHLY sought after and for good reason.  The amount of thought and time and intention she puts into her pieces is beyond. Shes launching a new line of prints of her tapestries now too.  So if you cant snag an original, you can still get in on her tapestry action.

Mini Swells

Ummmm do yall see that!!  Tell me that isnt talent!!!  I mean gaaaah. The layers and textures Alejandra creates within her pieces are just phenomenal.  I would ABSOLUTELY hang one of these beauties in our home.  She also makes beautiful hanging planters too.

 Luna & BlackShes a bit of a newcomer on the IG scene, but let me tell you, shes about to blow up! I loooove her vivid and bold use of color in per pieces.  I love that shes still in the experimental phase with lots of her work and she ends up making some of the most gorgeous pieces ever!  Also she makes these macara keychains that are so freakin fabulous.  They are what grabbed my attention from her first.  I was so excited about them that I’ve decided to stock them in my new shop!  They are just so fun and boholicious!

Teddy and WoolAnd speaking of bold use of color…Rianne is a boss at vivid color in her wall hangings. However, its not the color of her work, but rather the size and scale of her pieces that is incredibly impressive. She is THE QUEEN of large scale macrame wall screens like this!! I mean seriously guys!!  I cant even. Shes a talent for sure.

The Forest Fern

This list couldn’t possibly be complete without Sara in it.  Her handwork is just plain amazing.  She creates these gorgeous lanterns that are just pure magic…especially when hung grouped together.  I can just imagine some hanging from our big tree in the backyard in the summer.   Just so so good.  Also her macrame garlands are fantastic too!

Alrighty friends.  There you have it!  My list of the top 5 macrame mavens on IG you should definitely know about.  Who are some of your favorites? Id love to go stalk them!

Also Ive got another fun IG giveaway come up this week {not macrame related} during my month of may giveaways! Make sure you’re following me so you don’t miss out!

Until next time…

Xo-Shavonda

HOUSE AND HOME/ THE BUNGALOW
April 17, 2017

Treat YoSelf: Bright Lab Lights

Hi Everyone!

Thank you so much for all the love on Michaels room makeover so far. You guys are so sweet and I had lots of messages and love all over social media.  We are so happy with how the space is coming together and with just a few more touches It will be complete!

One of my fav parts of his room are the fun string lights from we purchased. We loved them so much we were thinking of adding some to Bry’s room too. Luck would have it the kind folks at Bright Lab Lights hooked her up with a set as well.  I was so excited to get a fun punch of color in her room guys.  It was starting to feel super dismal with all the black and white and grey she’s got going on in there. She’s on a mission to strip her room of every bit of color…including her teal ceiling she begged us to paint for her. #nothappening. How long these will last in here I’m not sure, but Ill take this little victory for now. 

And of course I didn’t forget about you guys. Bright Lab Lights is offering 10% off your purchase until Friday Apr 21 with the code SGSTYLE10!  So if you’ve been eyeing some, now’s the time!  Hope everyone is off to a great Monday!

Until next time friends…

Xo-Shavonda

Sources

Bed-West Elm

Mirror-Ikea

String Lights-Bright Lab Lights

Light Fixture-Sazerac Stitches

Juju-Hoardaculture (launching soon!)

 

HOUSE AND HOME/ SMALL SPACE LIVING/ THE BUNGALOW
April 11, 2017

Michael’s Room Makeover: Progress

Hi Everyone!

So way back at the beginning of LAST year I made a list of home goals I hoped to accomplish and the top of the list was focusing on my sons room makeover. Fast forward another year and we are FINALLY making good on that.  Up until a couple weeks ago his room looked like this..

Poor kid.  Those paint swatches had been hanging out on the ceiling since the day we got keys.  Literally. At one point we were thinking some shade of green for the ceiling…almost 3 years later we’ve gone in a slightly different direction.

I finally got my life together and decided Id seen those random paint swatches and tent bed for the last freakin time. He turns 10 this year so we wanted to give him a space that felt a bit more preteen and a lot less little boy.  We asked him what he’d like his room to look like and he only asked for 3 things…a black ceiling, grey walls, and rollercoasters.  With this in mind we got to work.

We are working with a really tight budget in here because we have several areas of the house we are trying to squeeze in this year.  I also didn’t want to make any major physical changes to the space because his room is one that may be eventually affected by the addition.  So it was all about working with the space we have. I pretty much wanted to start completely new with the room and only planned to keep the vintage mid century dresser. Here’s what things are looking like in here so far…

First things first his walls and ceiling got a fresh coat of paint.  We actually had the paint on hand left over from other projects so that cost us nada.  The ceiling is painted the same as the living room walls: Martha Stewart Francesca color matched in Behr Marquee formula and the walls are Smooth Stone by Glidden, the same color as the kitchen.  He also got a VERY much needed new bed, and the ceiling fan went sayonara. We purchased this light from Ikea before we moved in and it has sat at the top of his closet all this time.

We replaced the generic and non-functioning, might I add, mini blinds with these custom bamboo shades from Blindster.

 I partnered with Blindster a while back on our blinds in the living room and I loved them so much that we’ve since outfitted pretty much every room in the house with their bamboo shades.  They are such a great company with a great product and we are really happy with these as well.  We actually got these blinds a few months before we even started conceptualizing his room.  Since I believe every space needs a little some thing black I added this black fabric trim to the edges thinking this would be my bit of black for his space. I love the way they look with all the other elements in here, especially the black ceiling I didn’t anticipate happening.

I’ve been crazy about Bright Lab Lights for a while and knew I wanted some somewhere in the house when I first discovered them,  and what better place than a kids room! I ordered the 48 strand Build Your Own custom color set and chose a mix of indigo, black, olive, steel blue and orange.

They’re so much fun and cast the softest glow at night.

Finding a rug we liked for his room was tricky.  His room is small and kind of awkward so going with a traditional rug was proving to be a headache.  When the amazing people over at FLOR reached out about giving their carpet squares a try I was all in…kinda.  I had my reservations.  Especially about whether or not they would look and  feel super commercial.  But the fact that they could be customized to the awkward shape of his room, and their kid friendly nature made them appealing. And man are they goooood!!  We love, love, love them!

The quality is amazing and they are so so soft!!! We chose the style option in Dilinger. I wanted something that felt very tailored and timeless and I love this pinstripe look.  We laid it in a parquet style to give it some interest.  Its hands down my favorite element in the whole room. Callie loves it too and we find her napping in here all the time now!

We still have a bit more to do in here, but its a far cry from where it was. Still to do:  bring in some art and build a mixed media gallery wall around the floating shelves, a night stand and reading lamp, some floor poufs for space saving seating, camouflage the cords in the media center, and find some pots for his cacti.

It feels great to be making good progress in here. More updates to come.

Until next time friends…

Xo-Shavonda

Sources

Light-Ikea

Bed-Wayfair

Bedding-Pillowfort for Target

Tapestry-Boho by Lauren

Dreamcatcher-brought home from Sayulita, MX

*This is not a sponsored post, however, Blindster and FLOR did provided the window coverings and rug for this space.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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