1. Trending Graphics // Black & White Basics

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    I’ve been doing some soul searching trying to ways to bring more of my interests to life on the blog without having to create 100% original content in each and every post. (I’m one busy gal and I think this will help ;)  This past Monday was the first of NEW things on The Veda house with the “In Their Home” feature that gives sneak peeks into bloggers homes. I hope to post one of those posts each week.

    Another new feature will help bring a little more focus to my graphic design side. As someone who lives and breathes graphics day in and out and keeping up with design trends is part of my job, I thought sharing those trends would be a great feature. Even if you’re not a designer, knowing how people communicate with what’s around them is incredibly important.

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    Today’s Trend // Back to Basics with Black & White
    Recently there has been a growing trend to use black and white detailing or photography in graphic design pieces and advertising. The imagery is usually very eye catching and dramatic. I’ve always been in love with the black and white combination and jump for joy if I get the opportunity to design with those two “colors”. I remember back in my design school days that we used to start ALL logo designs in black and white before ever thinking about adding color. The saying was “If it’s working in it’s simplest form (black & white) it will be easy to transform it into whichever color palette you choose.” I truly believe this is the chase and the majority of black & white designs I’ve seen have been quite successful.

    Thoughts? Do you like the stark color palette? Is it effective?  

  2. friday finds & favorites // 36

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    1. This home tour on Smile & Wave this week was pretty grand. I’d love to have the Boyd’s as neighbors!

    2. Are you in love with play cameras? Here’s an amazing site for all you play camera accessories and goodies.

    3. Did you guys see Lackluster Co on Fab.com this week? This gal’s shop has been in my Etsy “fans” for the longest time. Great shop for vintage greatness.

    4. Check out this chicken coop!!!! Like Wow!

    5. Martha Stewart is adding a little bling bling to dollar store toys. I’m totally loving it! (I’m thinking Christmas tree ornaments??)

    6. Yet another Martha Stewart shout out. This woman is killin’ it. These donuts and coffee wedding treats are AMAZING!

    7. Caitlin Moe: Musical Muse on Refinery29. Great photoshoot!

    8. This recipe for spiced popcorn would be a great item to bring to fall get togethers.

    9. Tapestry pillows in great patterns….yes please!

    10. This Pennyweight Pin Board (via Pinterest) is really great for showing how to photography found objects in nature.

    Happy Weekend!

  3. DIY: Doily Printed Dishes

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    I’ve got a long list of DIY project musts, but that list just got one item shorter. I’ve had the Doily Printed DIY sitting in my Pinterest just begging to be done. I finally gathered all the supplies (which are like a handful of things) and went for it. You’d be surprised how hard it was for me to track down some darn doilies!

    OK. so the original DIY was in another language, but with fancy online translation technologies, the directions were easy peezy. Here is the original post–> Below I’ve translated it for you. If you have about $20 to spare, give it a try. Totally worth it.

    *note: these two were my first go at it and I think I made them a bit too thin. I’d suggest rolling out the clay to be thicker than what was in the original directions. Also, try not to mess with the clay too much. My pieces have some indentations that could have been avoided if I would of stopped poking the crap out of everything. ;)

    Materials Needed:
    1. Efaplast or Self Drying Clay (I used a white self drying clay from an art supply store)
    2. Rolling Pin
    3. Large Bowls
    4. Doilies ( I had two different lace patterns)
    5. knife (not serrated)
    6. Cutting board or any other non porous surface
    7. Sand paper, medium grit
    8. Acrylic (white)

    Step – By – Step: (note: there are images to go along with each step in the above link)
    1. Roll out the clay on a  surface (about 3mm thick)
    2. Once rolled out to the correct thickness place the doily on top and use it as a stamp by rolling the doily into the clay with a rolling pin.
    3. Peal doily out of clay. Should come out easily.
    4. Place any size bowl on top of the clay with doily pattern and use knife to cut out the dough (just like making one massive cookie) I used a 6″ diameter and 10″ diameter bowl.
    5. Form the bowl shape by place the cut out piece of clay inside another bowl.
    6. Let dry overnight or longer.
    7. Use sand paper to lightly sand out any imperfections or rough edges.
    8. Optional: Cure the bowl with white acrylic. I left mine without for now.

     I hope you enjoy this EASY DIY as much as I did. I’m thinking great x-mas gifts for the gals in my family :)

  4. from Scandinavia… with love

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    Me and Scandinavian interior spaces/homes are starting to have a love affair. There hasn’t been a space that I’ve come across recently that I haven’t just adored. I love the minimalistic approach to design, where the details are brought out with bright eye-catching colors. All the essentials are there and all the fluff is eliminated. The spaces feel uncluttered, simple, yet extremely homey with that lived in feeling. Who couldn’t love that?

    I bet you guys are starting to wonder why I post about interior spaces all the time. Truth is I love interiors, interior design, space design, styling, or maybe I was some great stylist in another life. Or maybe I just love it because it’s pretty. Whatever it is…it’s here to stay, so I hope you approve.

    *click images to go to original source

  5. Yummo on a plate

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    Last night I made dinner. If you know anything about me, this rarely happens and when it does, it’s super simple. I’ve been pinning really yummy looking recipes on pinterest and I finally had  a little extra time to try one. It’s still simple with “picky eater” ingredients, but hey…it didn’t come from a box.

    If you interested in getting the recipe, stop by SkinnyTaste.com for this yummo Spaghettic with Sauteed Chicken and Grape Tomato recipe. Of course I put my little spin on things because I watch the food network and feel like I know how to “wing it” ;)

    Stop by my pinterest boards and see what other yummy goodies I’m going to make. (warning/ I pin a lot of sugary things)

  6. In Their Home // Annaleena Karlsson

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    Welcome to a new feature post here on The Veda House called “In Their Home”.  As a blogger I am constantly on the hunt for things that inspire me and interior spaces is on the list of top 5 inspiring things to look at. On most days I stumbled across a really great interior space and most likely there is a creative soul residing within. I know there are blogs out that that mainly post about creatives in their workspaces (and I LOVE those), but I’m more interested in where those creatives get away from their work.

    I’m going to post one of these features once a week and hopefully their spaces will inspire your nest. If you know of any home that I MUST SEE, please let me know.

    *Warning…I’m a lover of danish modern and scandinavian design aesthetics, so you’ll most likely see a lot of homes in this style. I’m also a big fan of rustic detailing, classic furniture names, minimalism, and a little bit of whimsy along the way (odd combination right?) 

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    This first home belongs to Annaleena Karlsson, a blogger, interiors photographer, DIY crafter, and home owner. Her blog is place where she frequently showcases her own work as well as spaces that are inspiring to her.  Her home is all about the small details. Nothing is overlooked.

    * all photos in this post were taken from Annaleena’s blog and were photographed by her. Click any image to be redirected to her blog!

  7. Herriott Grace: Kitchen Eye Candy

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    I’ve noticed I’m quite attracted to food blogs that show beautifully photographed food on pretty plates with amazing silverware and garnishes. This is odd coming from one of the pickiest eaters you’ll ever meet. So, today I give you food/ kitchen eye candy. Enjoy!

    I totally forget how I stumbled upon Herriot Grace’s online shop / blog , but OMG am I glad I did. Its absolute eye candy! In the shop you can buy beautiful kitchen items at a decent price (think Holiday gifts guys!). All of the products are made from 100% salvaged wood! No two pieces are exactly alike, so you’ll get a piece that is completely unique. (I love that!) Her blog is just as beautiful and gives her readers the inside scoop on what’s going on. Please stop by and ohhh and ahhh. I know you won’t be disappointed!

    *all images are pulled from Herriott Grace Online Store // click images to go to store!

  8. for the love of graphic design

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    Graphic designer, Laura Javier took on the challenge of finding out a way to visually capture “life” and how people’s occupations influence how they go about living. Can a happy life be captured in numbers and diagrams? I’d say she was successful in telling the story of many “Elements of Happiness” in her recent book design project that mixes research with typography, infographics, and image collages. You can download the full book project in PDF form, or just read it like an online magazine. I spent quite of bit of time looking over her work and falling in love with how she shares such common information.

    The images above are just a few of the pages that stood out to me. Enjoy!

    Download the whole PDF here and read more about the project here.

  9. friday finds & favorites // 35

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    1. Read the story behind this collection and see more behind the scenes.

    2. So last weekend I bought a really great silk scraf while out thrifting. Would this look stupid on my tiny pea sized head of mine?

    3. A great blog to peruse to find inspiration for creative workspaces.

    4. I will make this orb lantern out of wire. I will! (thanks HOMEMAKER!)

    5. Looking for a small compact camera case with some style? I found it for you!

    6. Mattias sketches some pretty amazing things. Check out his latest sketch of the “current city”.

    7. I’m a big fan of She & Him and this polaroid picture of the two of them is just perfect. Love everything about it!

    8. What’s polagraphing you ask. Check out this feature on Notcot to learn more. Beautiful form of art.

    9. I think this chicken and pasta recipe is happening this weekend, and maybe even these home made toasted raviolis

    10. And this….this magnificent thing is happening this weekend if everything works out as planned. This beauty will be covering have the surface of my new desk. haha. Go large or go home people!

    * I wanted to thank all of you who visit  my blog on a daily/weekly basis. If you’re a blogger yourself, you all know blogging takes a lot of time and energy and when you know others appreciate what you have to say/share, it makes the whole experience that much better. So thanks to all of you. :)