All posts tagged: DIY

Gingerbread houses à la moderne

You might recall that last year I was swept up in the Pinterest graham cracker gingerbread house frenzy and made my first house ever. It was a solid first attempt, but I realized afterwards that given my inclination for more modern design, I could probably create something more interesting in future iterations. Fast forward a year and here we are, smack in the middle of the 2015 holiday season. A close friend and her children came to spend the weekend with us and we decided to make gingerbread houses with the kids. Real ones, with legit gingerbread and a modern twist. We made a larger one for the kids to decorate and then I made a smaller one with crazier angles that I could tinker with. The larger house was just a design I rough-sketched just before cutting and shaping, with basic straight sides and a sloping roof. The kids were quite enthusiastic in the decoration so it’s hard to see some of my painstaking attention to architectural details, but that’s part of the fun, …

Dressing up your sofa (or table, or chair, or…)

Right now we are smack in the middle of a year-long spell of temporary living, somewhere between the designed-it-myself happiness of our old loft in the city and the excitement of a big, new house in the quasi suburbs. We’re in an apartment, decently sized for city-living standards, and located in an awesome neighborhood we knew nothing about, but at the end of the day, it just doesn’t feel like home. I’ve spent some time trying to fix that, adding curtains here and there, making sure all our artwork is on the wall, insisting on using our rugs even when rooms have carpet (much to my partner’s chagrin)… and little by little we are creating a space that feels less like a hold-over and more like an enjoyable space. But between you and me, if you care at all about design, living in a temporary space isn’t really all that appealing. It’s frustrating because the spaces aren’t designed the way I would like them to be, there’s no overhead lighting, the walls are this bizarre almost-but-not-quite …

Those little gingerbread houses on Pinterest

I succumbed to the pressure of Pinterest this weekend and decided to make those little ginger bread houses that have been showing up in everyone’s Pinterest feed. I thought that since they’re really graham cracker houses that it would be a pretty straightforward project for me and the kid to try while we had four days of fun without the husband.  It certainly wasn’t as straightforward as I anticipated (boiling sugar syrup isn’t exactly super toddler friendly) but on balance it was really enjoyable and an entirely worthwhile project. We ended up making a whole village, but alas I only have two of the houses left to share with you since a large furry natural disaster (read: our big friendly Akita) made a meal of the rest of the village when our backs were turned. Anyway, as I created gummy bear wall patterns and tiled roofs with twizzlers, it dawned on me that with a little imagination I could have been making modern masterpieces à la Dwell Magazine. I’m pretty excited about the prospect and while it might just …