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I have recently received a few emails about how we created the pencil globes that were in one of the photos from the Trohv DC grand opening post that I did a few months ago. So here is my how to, you will need to gather the following items.

Sharpen all of your pencils. You will need tons, and tons. The size of the styrofoam globe will dictate how many pencils you will need. I think that there are upwards of 400 pencils on each of our spheres. If you will be hanging your globes tie some heavy twine around them a few times. Make sure that it can hold a lot of weight as these will get heavy.

Make a small pool of hot glue on a piece of paper, and dip the tip of a sharpened pencil into it. Immediately plunge the pencil tip into the styrofoam globe. I prefer to work in a grid, but you can be a little less retentive, and place the pencils as you like. The results will be about the same. You can always go back in and fill in holes at the end.

That’s it! Nice and simple.

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mythic paint

I was in Ace hardware yesterday and found myself staring at the wall of Mythic paint cans. Have you seen them? They are gorgeous. I was immediately inspired to find something else to paint in my house. After a day of thinking I remembered that all of my favorite people are coming to visit next month and I would really like to get our guest room tidied up for their visits. The guest room is the last major room in our house to have not received a makeover since we moved in. I am not sure yet what I am going to do, but I here are some colors that I am thinking about.

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D*S book tour

So I am sure that all of you already know that the Design Sponge book, Design Sponge at Home is out, and the book tour is getting started. The fourth city of the tour is DC, just down the road from me, and where I work most days. I set two alarms on my phone to make sure that I was in front of the computer and ready to click away when the tickets were released earlier this week.

The Saturday event, which I am going to, is being held at the Anthropologie in Georgetown. I worked at this store years ago as the Visual Manager for Home, and am excited to see it again. Sadly the team that I worked with has all moved on, but it will still be nice to be back for a visit. Hopefully the trip will also include a trip to Georgetown Cupcake!

 

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trohv DC grand opening

Saturday was the grand opening party for the new Trohv store in DC. We had a great time getting the store ready for the big night and adding a few extra details to make the evening extra special.

1. Pencil displays that used an alarming amount of pencils. 2. Hand glittered T cupcake topper. 3. Flagged paper straws

I almost forgot about these gems. 1. Tissue banner to spice up the kitchen 2. The summer window finds a new use  3. The balloons found a new home above the register in the new store

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double it up

I am always on the hunt for rugs. Primarily because I can’t face spending $1,000 on something that will have dirty dog paws, trampling across it. Coffee and food spilled on it, and lord knows what else. Perhaps one day, but today is not that day. I was thrilled when I found this rug from Urban Outfitters for $69. It is probably a bit small for most rooms, but you can easily purchase two, attach them, and still have a rug for far less than most other options.

Urban Outfitter Zig Zag Rug

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up, up and away

April has somehow flown by. Does anyone else feel this way? I thought that I would share a window display that went up at the beginning of the month. I fell in love the with balloons and thought that they would be the perfect welcome to spring. They are also extremely inexpensive to make, and are a fabulous family project.

hot air balloon

photo by Katie McDonough

hot air balloon

photo by Katie McDonough

hot air balloon

photo by Katie McDonough

 

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