DIY with DLD: Colorful Wooden Flatware

I am sure that you have all seen these fun disposable forks, spoons and knives. They are gaining popularity for their eco-friendly and versatile uses. While we LOVE the pre-made designed utensils from shops like Sucre Shop, we couldnt find the perfect colors we were looking for when planning our photo shoot. So with a little creativity we came up with our own designs that fit our color niche.

We can’t wait to share how the final product was used in our hip, on-trend, 3 Blind Mice photoshoot! Stay tuned!

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DLDsupplies

 

 

  • Sucre Wooden Spoons
  • Sucre Wooden Forks
  • Washi Tape
  • Mini Color Coding Labels
  • Modge Podge

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This is pretty much the most simple DIY ever! Take your colored dots and place them onto the wooden utensils. Once you’ve completed the desired pattern, cover the handle of the utensils with a think layer of modge podge to seal. Voila!Colorful Wooden Utensil DIY by Design Loves DetailColorful Wooden Utensil DIY with Washi Tape by Design Loves Detail

To achieve this look, simply place a colorful strip of your favorite washi tape the handle of your spoons and press firmly. Add a think layer of modge podge to seal. Too fun, right! We think these would be so prefect with the right adornment for Easter Brunch! What do you think?
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DaniApril 16, 2014 - 3:45 pm

That IS totally simple, yet I never would have thought of it! You ladies are so darn smart :)

DLD Cribs: Sugar & Spice Nursery Updates

I always change and adjust rooms in my home over time. I think this is because I get bored easily and enjoy the freshness of change. Since I had these lovely images from Aria Photography (who recently photographed my entire house) I thought I’d share a few of the little updates that have been made to the nursery over the past little while. If you follow us on Instagram you probably saw my excited post about finding my unicorn bookends! Well, they’re one of the grand additions to this space & I love their whimsical + eclectic vibe, and the vintage books look perfect between them! I changed up the shelf arrangements because of this and I also found the cutest little pillows to add to the chair. The star one is from TJ Maxx and the cloud one is from Juniper Wilde. The framed prints are ones I designed, and can be found in the Polka Dots & Daisies Etsy shop. I also added the galvanized metal E, which is from Hobby Lobby. And in case you missed the original nursery post, the rug can be found here!

Check out these darling hot air balloon prints & cloud pillow!! click for links to purchase. Love these vintage unicorn bookends! Nursery designed by Mollie Openshaw of DLDThe cutest girls nursery with hot air balloons and all things whimsical! From designer Mollie Openshaw of DesignLovesDetail.comThe cutest girls nursery with hot air balloons and all things whimsical! From designer Mollie Openshaw of DesignLovesDetail.comLove this hot air balloon inspired nursery from designer Mollie Openshaw of DesignLovesDetail.com! Prints available on Etsy. Click for link.

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Heather JenkinsApril 11, 2014 - 3:21 pm

I love it! Those unicorns are the cutest. I’m just in love with your style :)

JessicaApril 14, 2014 - 10:03 pm

So cute and magical! Do you happen to do e-design consults or inspiration boards? I’m on the East coast, but loooove your work!

DIY with DLD: Wood Snail Slide from our Woodland Playroom

As you probably know by now I am totally a daydreamer. Before my kids were even born I had already dreamed up an entire playroom for them– snail slide included! I wanted to create a giant snail (have you ever seen the old Dr. Dolittle? I LOVED that movie as a kid and I think that’s where I became enchanted with the idea of a giant snail!). So I set to work drawing out plans and by plans I mean a 2-minute sketch that I handed to my husband and asked him to build. Yeah, he’s awesome like that. And also, this all happened a few days before Christmas a couple years back and he actually completed this project in time to give it to our son for Christmas! You can imagine my little boy was totally thrilled to find a giant snail slide under the tree. So as many of you requested, here is a brief & hopefully somewhat helpful tutorial of this project. This (like everything we do), is an original idea, so please credit DesignLovesDetail.com if sharing. Thanks!

Snail Slide DIY

DLDsupplies

 

 

  • (2) 2×4′s
  • (1) 2 ft x 4 ft sheet of MDF (used for the part they slide down)
  • (2) 4 ft x 8 ft sheets of MDF (for the 2 snail shaped side panels)
  • Drill
  • Screws or nails (we used screws)
  • Pencil
  • Saw Horses
  • Jig Saw
  • Measuring Tape
  • Circular Saw or Miter Saw
  • Level (to check it steps of ladder are flat)

Great DIY project kids slide from DesignLovesDetail.com! Step by step tutorial & supplies list. Love this.

1. You begin by creating the 3-step ladder. Cut your 2×4′s into 3 pieces that are 21 inches long– these will be the steps of the ladder. For the sides of the ladder, you will cut 24 inch pieces that are angled on the top & bottom as shown in the photo.

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2. The 3 step pieces will be screwed into the angled side pieces. We spaced ours with approximately 5 inches between each step and a little extra space between the top step & the slide surface. You’ll want to install the steps so that they are parallel with the ground– so that when they are stepped on they are flat, even though the actual ladder part will be at a slight angle (tilting in toward the slide). We used 2 wood screws on each end, for each step, so there were a total of 4 screws per step to hold it in place.

Make this simple slide! Pin this to make as a summer project for the kids!!

3. Once your ladder piece is complete, you will attach the slide portion to the top of the ladder sides with screws (refer to photo).

Awesome DIY tutorial from DesignLovesDetail.com. Make your own easy & cost effective kids slide.

4. Once the slide portion has been completed you can add the snail shaped sides. You will need to draw the snail. Since it is so large I couldn’t really provide a template. You’ll want to lay the slide portion that you’ve just completed on it’s side on top of the large MDF piece so that you can mark where the top & bottom of the slide hit on the piece of MDF– this will help you know how large to draw the snail. Once the snail shape is drawn, you will need to cut it out with a jig saw.

Love this unique playroom idea from DesignLovesDetail.com. Cutest & most unique ideas. Pin this tutorial to make later!

5. After the snail piece has been cut out, lay it flat on your other MDF piece & trace it, so you can make the other side to match. This piece will then be cut in the same manner as the first.

A great tutorial to make a slide for kids! Can

6. Once you have both sides completed and cut out, set them aside. You will need to add 2 support pieces of wood underneath the slide piece. These will be 2×4′s that are cut to the width of the slide piece. They attach into the bottom of the slide and are hidden from view, but provide a place for the snail shaped sides to screw into. Screw the snail panels into the ladder side & support pieces under slide plane. TIP: You can sink the screws into the snail side panels and then use wood putty to cover them over, then sand for a smooth finish that has no visible screws.

Love this tutorial! One of my favorites from DesignLovesDetail.com. So cute & easy to make.

7. After the slide is completely assembled, just sand for a smooth finish, wipe down with a slightly damp cloth & paint it however you’d like!

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Check out this awesome playroom-- here

Snail slide tutorial from DesignLovesDetail.com!

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EmilyApril 9, 2014 - 9:31 pm

I seriously loved that movie too! I didn’t know anyone else had seen it since it is such an oldie. Lol. This slide is amazing!!!

Heather JenkinsApril 11, 2014 - 3:21 pm

So cute!

JessicaApril 14, 2014 - 10:04 pm

How cool!

DaniApril 16, 2014 - 3:46 pm

I love this idea and it is so unique! Genius, I tell you. ;)

**Winner**

 

Congrats to our winner Janie Terreros! Janie won our $50 gift card to Crate and Barrel.

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March 20, 2014 – 12:27 pm

Love crate and barrel! Pick me ;)

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Cindy EvansApril 9, 2014 - 4:23 pm

You’re amazing! This is so cool.

Sparkling Around the World: DLD Wine Party

We can not wait another minute to share today’s post with you! If you remember back a bit ago, we introduced you to our talented foodie friend, Kelli Nakagama of Random Acts of Kelliness. Kelli is a well known food blogger with exceptional taste and an expanded palate for incredible food. Today, Kelli shares with us information about a recent wine and cheese party she and I collaborated on. I have to tell you guys, this event was truly one of the best parties I’ve had to opportunity to be a part of. Nothing better than great wine, amazing friends and a unique learning opportunity!

We were so lucky to have had Laurin Sundquist of Veritas Funding, as our sponsor and hostess. Laurin and her team have seriously done the loans of half of my family and a I can NOT rave more about her services, professionalism and knowledge of the business. Laurin graciously lent us her gorgeous office to host our fete and we could not have asked for a better sponsor.  Thank you Laurin! But what would be a party with out photos to share with you all? Sarah Knight Photography captured the fun perfectly! We are ecstatic with the result and thank her for her time and out-of-this-world talent!!

So without further ado, I give you Kelli Nakagama with her brilliant insight…….

Wine & Cheese Party by Design Loves DetailFrom Kelli…….Wine and cheese are a duo as iconic as bread and butter, Bonnie and Clyde, black and white.  They complement each other so well that one practically begs to be with the other.  And in my opinion, there’s no better way to spend time with friends than to do so while sipping on wine, munching on cheese and enjoying the simple pleasures of life.  Wine and cheese parties are the perfect way to combine all of those things and, with the thousands of varieties of wine and cheese available, the possibilities for pairings are truly endless.

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Amanda and I threw a wine and cheese party focused on sparkling wine from different regions, dubbed Sparkling Wines Around the World.  Amanda provided her incredible talents with the decor, set up and design aspects of the party, Mollie supplied her graphic design expertise on our information card/menus, while I covered the wine, pairings and research and the lovely Sarah Knight was there to capture it all in photographic form.  The event was sponsored and hosted by Laurin of Veritas Funding at their beautiful office space in Sugarhouse.

The first thing about planning a wine and cheese party, like any party, is picking the theme.  Start with the wine and build your theme around what you want to drink.  There are a million possibilities, but some are ideas are: a regional tasting (a wide range like “wines of Italy” or specific like “wines of Sonoma”), variety (different brands and prices of the same type of wine), New World vs. Old World (like Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs vs. Burgundy Pinot Noirs), linear tasting (different years of the same exact wine), winery-specific (the different types of wine from the same winery) or have everyone bring their favorite bottle.

I wanted to explore how sparkling wine (commonly and incorrectly referred to as “Champagne”) is called something different depending on where it’s made and see how the taste differs from region to region.  We tasted five wines: an Italian Prosecco (2013 Adami Garbel Prosecco Brut), Spanish Cava (2009 Raventós i Blanc L’Hereu Reserva Brut), a Tasmanian rosé sparkling wine (non-vintage Jansz Premium Brut Rosé), a Sonoma sparkling wine (non-vintage J Cuvée 20 Sparkling Wine) and a French Crémant (non-vintage Lucien Albrecht Crémant D’Alsace).

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Sparkling Wine and Cheese Pairing Party by Design Loves Detail & Random Acts of Kelliness 03Tip: To determine how much wine you’ll need, a good rule is about 1/2 bottle per person.  You’ll only pour about 1/2 of a glass of each wine per person, so for 8 people you’ll need about five bottles.

The second thing was picking the pairings.  The easiest way to pair food with any wine is to remember that region goes with region, which was the exact point of our party!  I enlisted the help of my friend Jess who works for Beehive Cheese(and has a Master’s in cheese chemistry) for our pairings, but if you aren’t lucky enough to know Jess, the people at Liberty Heights FreshCaputo’s Market or Whole Foods can help you.  I’ve even taken a bottle of wine to the cheese counter at Caputo’s and asked for help with a pairing.  (Bringing tasting notes also works.)  Keep in mind that a lot of things besides cheese pair with wine, too, so get your imagination going!

Sparkling Wine and Cheese Pairing Party Ideas by Design Loves Detail 05Sparkling Wine and Cheese Pairing Party Design Loves Detail & Random Acts of KellinessSparkling Wine and Cheese Pairing Setup Ideas by Design Loves DetailSparkling Wine and Cheese Pairing Party Ideas by Design Loves Detail 04Sparkling Wine and Cheese Pairing Party by Design Loves Detail & Random Acts of Kelliness 05Sticking with our Sparkling Wine Around the World theme, Jess and I paired our Prosecco with a creamy La Tur cheese from Piedmonte, Italy (served on baguette), a buttery Manchego from Spain with our cava, 1655 cave-aged Gruyere from Switzerland with our Tasmanian rosé (we strayed regionally with this one but this pairing was one our favorites!), a deliciously rich Mt. Tam Triple Cream from Northern California with our Sonoma sparkling wine (also on baguette) and for our final pairing with French Crémant, fruit tarts.  We also had artichoke and sun dried tomato dips, pretzels, grapes and strawberries, figs and salami to munch on.

Sparkling Wine and Cheese Pairing Party Decor Ideas by Design Loves DetailTip :  The point of the party is not to get drunk, it’s to explore the pairings, so make sure your guests have plenty to eat!

Next, I researched, researched, researched!  I wanted to provide my friends with some take-away knowledge of what we were eating and drinking, so I looked up information on each wine region, winery and cheese and had Mollie print out a fact sheet.  Most importantly, I wanted them to know what they were eating/drinking, how much it was, what it was made out of (grape breakdown for wine, milk composition for cheese) and where it was from.  Of course this is optional but always appreciated if you’re friends are really into food and wine.

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Whatever you do, don’t be intimidated by the whole idea of a wine and cheese party.  The whole idea is to have fun!  While some pairings are better than others, bad pairings aren’t usually gross and the point of the party is to enjoy food and drinks and time with friends.

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CindyApril 9, 2014 - 4:25 pm

What a fun party! You all look stunning too. I bet it was fun to get dressed up for a fancy little get-together like that :)

MikelApril 11, 2014 - 3:23 pm

this looks like so much fun! I love how it is so fancy!!