how to pull a color story from a photograph video tutorial by bonnie christine

hey guys! i can’t even begin to tell you how excited i am about my upcoming creativeLIVE course (you can read more about it here). it starts in just about 3 weeks! ah! to help me prepare and share with you a little of what i’ll be covering in design surface patterns from scratch, i’m starting a countdown to creativeLIVE. this video tutorial on how to pull a color story from a photograph is where we begin!

this method of creating a color palette is so fun and easy to do. pulling colors from a photograph is one of my favorite ways to create a color story. nature has a way of always having the perfect balance of hues and they always look good together. who would have thought?!

this is just a quick example of the things i’ll be sharing during the 3 day course on how to design surface patterns. if you’re into this kind of thing, you can RSVP for the course here IT’S FREE to watch live!

course details:

what: design surface patterns from scratch
when: august 13th, 14th & 15th from 9am – 4pm each day
cost: the course is FREE if you watch it live, and available for purchase for on demand access anytime for $59. click here for details.
RSVP here!

p.s. we’re looking for a few people to be a part of the live in-studio audience in san francisco. if you’re interested, click here to apply!

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a garden party

July 22, 2014

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garden party garden parties, firefly nights and a freshly picked bouquet of flowers. that’s what a garden means to me! i hope a few of these products will inspire you to enjoy your garden this year. head on over to my latest houzz ideabook to read more and grab the sources to these beautiful products!

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party planning 101 by erin godbey (2)

oh man. you guys are going to LOVE this ebook (going out to the roost tribe this friday!). erin godbey is a master party planner, maker and founder of the indie craft parade & the makers summit (more on that in a minute). in her e-book, Party Planning 101: Simple steps for celebrations she breaks down the various parts of party planning into steps, from party ideas and themes to menu planning and decorations. and, to get you in the party planning mood, she’s created a special pinterest board just for you with her favorite party recipes, decor, and party planning resources.

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in addition to being a master party planner, erin is also the founder of the indie craft parade and the maker’s summit. i’ve attended both and can personally attest to how incredible these events are! if you’re a maker, attending these two events will be the highlight of your year.

the indie craft parade is a celebration of handmade art and will take place september 12th-14th in greenville, south carolina. it’s held in the most beautiful historic mill and will be featuring 80 of the most talented makers from all over the south.>

the maker’s summit is a one-day business conference for the art, craft, and design world. during the conference, you’ll learn how to start or grow your business alongside fellow creatives and hear practical advice from industry leaders and peers during keynotes, workshops, panel discussions and one-on-one time with experts. i was delighted to attend this year and it was absolutely sensational.

erin elsewhere: pinterest | twitter | instagram |

so come join the roost tribe and get your learn on! join anytime this month to receive erin’s e-book, Party Planning 101: Simple steps for celebrations

roost tribe

what is the roost tribe?

in a nutshell, it’s a direct extension of going home to roost. members receive weekly premium content delivered straight to their inbox. you’ll get adobe illustrator tutorials, printables, illustrations, digital papers and repeating patterns, exclusive articles from industry experts, recipes and loads of other creative goodies. members also connect with each other for creative support, feedback and fun in private facebook group. and the best part? all of it costs less than a latte. click here for more information.

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dahlhaus ceramics studio

July 18, 2014

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dahlhaus ceramics studio. what a most lovley place!  filled with pretty ceramics, sweet hues and subtle patterns, artist heather braun-dahl created dahlhaus out of a love of creating beautiful objects to be cherished and used in the home. i love how she uses color, texture and pattern to bring each piece to life. it’s like she knew all of my favorite colors!

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plant based dinner ideas

hello, friday! summer veggies are in full swing and we couldn’t be enjoying them more. we’ve been eating most of our meals outside and it feels so good to take in the fresh and sights over a good meal. our favorite meal this week would probably have to be the vegan risotto. it was creamy and delicious!

monday: healthy hashbrown casserole
tuesday: triple stacked quesadillas
wednesday: fresh grilled veggie tacos
thursday: borlotti bean mole (we used sweet potatoes)
friday: vegan asparagus risotto

what was on your plate this week? any favorite recipes you’d like to share?

we follow a whole foods, plant based diet. the dinner ideas posts are a way for me to log our dinners, how we make eating this way easy, and hopefully inspire you to try some new things as well. they are always meat free, dairy free and often gluten free. you can follow the posts here, and i encourage you to share your favorite recipes with us as well!

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point and shoot 7.17.14

July 17, 2014

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a few pictures from our life lately. :)

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a few more snapshots of my latest garden DIY.

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a much needed bar stool update!

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sweet bear baby.

love, bonnie

do you have a favorite photo from your life this week? post a link to it in the comment section so we can see!

this post was made possible by the lovely iphone app, instagram. you can follow me here or find me by searching for @goinghometoroost. all photos by yours truly. :)

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today, i’m loving the simple beauty of THISISPAPER.  with an eye for design and a heart for craftsmanship, their products represent simple living at its best. be sure to also check out their print magazine for an inside studio glance of several inspirational artists.

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replacing the legs on our ikea karlstad sofa

after falling in love with these pretty pegs, i was a little heartbroken. at that price, there was no way i could afford a set of 12 (twelve!) new legs. i wanted to revamp the look of our ikea karlstad though, so i was determined to find a solution. with just a little paint, elbow grease and diy spirit i was able to change all 12 legs on our sofa for under $70 (that sounded much better than $360!). yay!

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upon a quick visit to lowes, i quickly found these  mid-century modern style tapered sofa legs. i jumped for joy! priced at only $3.98 a piece i thought, ‘oh, i can do this’. after a small amount of research, this is what i figured out i needed:

- 12 tapered sofa legs
– 12 table leg plates (use the angled plates if you’d rather the angled look!)
– my favorite gold spray paint (already had some leftover from this project)
– painter’s tape
– electric screwdriver
– sample sized regular paint in your preferred color (i used valspar)

i already had the last four above supplies in our diy stash, but if you don’t they’ll only add a minimal cost.

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sidenote #1: i think bear approved of the update! sidenote #2: you can see the ‘old’ legs in this picture behind bear!

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first, paint the wooden part of each leg in your desired color. they were easy to paint by holding on to the metal ends and just working in a circle. i then punched 12 holes in the bottom of a cardboard box and stuck the end of each leg into the box in order to let them dry standing up.

after the legs are dry, grab some scrap paper and painters tape. cover the freshly painted surface and line the painters tape up exactly with the line of the metal ends.

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next, spray paint the bottoms gold! because of the taper, i could easily just set these down to let them dry without scuffing up the new gold paint.

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next, you’ll have to use a little elbow grease. first things first, flip your sofa upside down (ha!). then, unscrew and remove each leg, then remove the black plastic plate underneath the leg. (i forgot to photograph this piece, but you’ll see it, i promise! you can see a faded outline of it on the picture above). this was the hardest part of the entire diy, but i did it all by myself in a single afternoon. just in time to surprise the hubby when he got home! (he was so impressed.)

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next, install the table leg plates. i tried my best to line up the hole in the center with the original sofa leg hole, and it ended up working out really well. attach these using the four screws included in the package. using an electric screwdriver here is a must!

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next comes the fun part- simply screw in the brand new legs! yay!

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flip your sofa back over (ha again!) and marvel at your new beautiful legs. *note: be careful as you flip your sofa over! i was so determined to do this solo, that the weight of the sofa flipping over bent one of the leg plates and i had to replace it. next time, i’ll just wait for david to get home!

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i’m so happy with the way they turned out, and i think they really give ol’ karlstad a more modern look. they’ve been installed for about 6 weeks now and are holding up nice and strong. yay for a successful diy! also, hi toaster!

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