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.

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7 Ways to Design with Blue

7 Ways to Design with Blue

Blue continues to be the color of choice for many home interiors. The soothing and relaxing color is perfect for creating a refuge in one’s personal space. To me, there’s nothing more satisfying than seeing an all blue interior done well. There are a few tricks to accomplish the look. Here are some of my favorite ways.

(top image). One of my all time favorite ways to do an all blue interior is to mimic the Gustavian Swedish look. Use a variety of ginghams in various sizes to accomplish the look. The larger blue check on the chairs contrasted with the smaller blue check on the drapes and accented with the decorative blue plates on the table ties the room together without being so in your face about the color.

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9 Ways to Display Your Books

9 Ways to Display Your Books

Nothing gets my heart racing more than books on a bookshelf. There’s something so comforting, curious, and beautiful seeing hundreds of books waiting to be read. I like to display books front and center but there are a number of ways to store them to make them easy and accessible. Here are some of my favorite ways to do it.

Above, I love a gold old-fashioned book shelf. These were used in bookstores and libraries to display and hold books temporarily but I love the way they look. The angle of the shelf itself is gorgeous and architectural. This is great if you have plenty of table space.

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8 Kitchen Shelving Ideas

8 Kitchen Shelving Ideas

I have dreams of creating the most gorgeously efficient kitchen. To me, the most ideal kitchen is one that is one, beautiful two, practical and when it happens it’s heavenly! In order to work in the practical party, shelving is absolutely number one on my mind. Here are 8 different shelving ideas to help master the art of creating a practical and beautiful kitchen.

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Industrial Lighting in the Kitchen

Industrial Lighting in the Kitchen

No matter how fancy a kitchen is, I always like to see industrial lighting as a part of it. It gives such a solid foundation: hearty, serious, and functional. Though industrial lighting may seem heavy and bulky, it can be lightened up by paying attention to scale or changing the color. Here are some of my favorite ways to use industrial lighting in the kitchen.

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8 Ways to Organize Your Walls in 2015

8 Ways to Organize Your Walls in 2015

A new year means a new stab at getting organized, am I right? And there are so many easy and cheap ways to get organized that there’s sure to be one idea for everyone out there! To get the messes off the ground or desk, try bringing it up and up onto the walls! Here is a collection of some of my favorite clever ideas to help you get organized for the New Year.

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Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year: Marsala

Pantone's 2015 Color of the Year: Marsala

Every year color trend forecaster, Pantone Color Institute, predicts a color of the year. This year, the color was decided as Marsala, or Pantone color 18-1438, from the earthy wine color it is named after. From the Pantone website, “this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while it’s grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness.” Can you feel that earthiness yet sophistication? I find that it’s a perfect color for creating warmth and moodiness both in fashion and in spatial design. Here are some images to inspire you this year.

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9 Inspiring Wall Murals

9 Inspiring Wall Murals

A little paint or decoration on a wall can totally transform the energy and feeling of a room. Sometimes all it needs is an easily applied piece of vinyl or a customized painting by an artist, or even just a black Sharpie. There are a number of ways to add pizzazz to your space by focusing on an accent wall. Here are some of my favorite murals to inspire your next home project!

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11 Colorful Kitchens

11 Colorful Kitchens

I’ve dreamed of white kitchens for years now, but as they become more and more in style I find myself being drawn to pops of colors. The right shades of colors in the right location can totally transform a space. Here are my tips on how to do it right!

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9 Unique Office Supplies

9 Unique Office Supplies

There are so many beautiful objects out there to transform a ho hum work space to one brimming with gorgeous accessories. Why use a plain industrial stapler when you can use a colorful green one? Or why use plain pens when you can use all the colors of the rainbow? Here’s a collection of some of my favorite unique office supplies.

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8 Ways to Brighten Your Space with Gold

8 Ways to Brighten Your Space with Gold

To me, the return of metallic gold means a return to luxury and patina. I love the feel gold accents make on a space. It takes a boring space and adds in brightness and depth to create a refined and pulled together look. To achieve the look you don’t need a lot of gold, you just need a few strategic pieces that will go a long way. Here are some of my favorite ways to do it.

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