Brittany Jepsen

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Brittany Watson Jepsen is an American designer and crafter who just returned to America after 2 1/2 years in wonderful Copenhagen, Denmark. Her motto is "a creative mess is better than tidy idleness" and she lives each day accordingly. During graduate school for interior design she spent one summer working for designers Jonathan Adler and Celerie Kemble and another summer studying textile design at the Danish Design School. She created her blog, The House That Lars Built, as a way to keep her designing and crafting. She currently runs her blog and her etsy shop, where she sells her home accessories and paper flowers.

Recent Posts by Brittany Jepsen

9 Ways to Brighten Your Space With Yellow Chairs

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Sometimes you just need a dose of happiness in your space, right? A fun and low-commitment way to achieve that is by painting some chairs yellow. It’s instant brightness without breaking the bank. Here are some of my favorite environments to place yellow chairs and why they work so well.

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5 Creative Ways to Hang Your Lamps

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One of my favorite interior design elements is lighting. Lighting can make a big difference in the way one feels and interacts in a space. I think it’s one of the most underused and underutilized elements when designing a room because it can be tricky to set up and know what the best configurations are. However, if lighting was more fun looking and accessorized the space well, I think we would be more apt to focus on it. One of my favorite ways to do this is through a hanging light source. Hanging lamps draw focus to a space and add another accessory that can play with the rest of the room. There are many ways to display a hanging lamp so that it feels fun and thoughtful, here are some of my favorites:

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7 Clever Ways to Color Block Your Home

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I love a bright and cheery home! It’s welcoming as a guest and delightful to live in. One of my favorite ways to achieve a colorful home is the color blocking technique where you work with bright patches of color. This can be achieved in a number of ways, but here are some of my favorite ways to do it.

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7 Clever Ways To Use Reclaimed Wood

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I love the look of reclaimed wood. It has a rough, rustic look that creates a homey yet raw feel in a space. The best part about reclaimed wood though is that it’s…reclaimed! Any time you can re-use materials rather than send them to the dump, you’re doing a massive favor to the earth. But even then, I would use it whether it was good for the earth or not—I love it that much! There are a variety of ways to use it. Let’s take a look!

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How to Design in an A-frame Home

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I love the challenge of interior design. If there’s something that makes the room less than optimal, I like to take that and run with it. I’d much prefer an obstacle in my way versus a large square box. I think it makes it more interesting. A-frame homes are much the same way—challenging. They can be gorgeous and charming, but also hard to design for and make efficient use of space. Here are some of my tricks for designing for a-frame interiors.

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Desert Living Style

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I’ve lived in a number of states and countries now and wherever I go, my style adapts to my locations. This is partly based on my new influences but also by the furniture and décor that’s available to me. I’ve moved to a place that’s more desert in feeling and once again, my taste buds have changed to reflect more of that arid feeling. What is desert style? Take a look below to see what it is and how to get it!

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9 Ways to Maximize Your Space With Ladders

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There are a number of tricks to use your entire living space to its full potential. Oftentimes we don’t think to use the full wall because it doesn’t seem like an obvious or helpful solution, but that is exactly what you can do to take advantage of the real estate you have. When you think up, you’ll be exposed to a whole new world of storage and décor. In order to truly use the space, however, you’ll need a gateway and that portal comes in the form of a ladder. Here are some ways to maximize your space with the use of ladders.

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8 Ways to Make Beige Not Boring

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Beige has a reputation for being boring. In fact, my apartment has a major dose of the borings with every wall painted beige as well as beige carpeting. It’s not typically a color associated with excitement or refreshment. That said, it’s a neutral that is easy to sell, easy to live with, and easy to pair up with other colors. However, there is an interesting way to use beige. Here are some of those ways to transform your beige interior and make it into something exciting.

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How to Design a Dream Library

Design a Dream Library

For me, bookshelves will always be a requisite to any living space I have. Aside from the practicality of holding some of my favorite things in the world, they’re a great décor feature. Books atop a shelf add in texture and variation, which help keep a space from looking one-dimensional. Much like Disney’s Beast who has an opulent collection and space, there are a number of gorgeous libraries that are perfect inspiration in creating a home library. But sometimes we can’t afford that dream library or don’t have the space to do so. Here’s how to create a dream library in any circumstance.

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Make a Bohemian Bedroom in 8 Easy Steps

Make a Bohemian Bedroom in 8 Easy Steps

Image: Urban Outfitter  If I had all the money in the world and all the houses I could get, one of them would definitely be a bohemian styled cottage. I love all the textures, patterns, and greenery it takes to create the layered and worn look. Mastering the style in your own home is achievable  Continue Reading »

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