Summerfield Delight

Musings of a graphic designer, wanna-be-chef and forever crafter.

Essential Oil Facial Serum

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Summerfield Delight | Essential Oils

I have been struggling with finding the right product for my face lately, and I have been missing the extremely expensive serum that the lady at Nordstrom gave me a sample to try. I knew that the sample I was given, wasn't the right fit, but something organic, something with essential oils and pretty (duh!) was in order. 

When Carbon Beauty helped me find these little gems I was thrilled. My favorite is the Rose Serum, but the Frankincense and Immortelle are also come highly recommended. I am currently doing some research about essential oils, and how you should really be using them in your daily routine. Note that you can't apply essential oils directly without a carrier oil, so it comes recommended to try something out like these from Carbon. 

I have to say, I don't mind keeping these out on my perfume tray, especially since I am down to two perfumes I need some new pretties for the tray. The packaging is absolutely beautiful and can't wait to try out more products to round out my skincare routine!

DIY Headboard Update

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Summerfield Delight | DIY headboard

When I first moved into my lovely little loft, I had these GIANT walls that felt empty without a headboard. The "diy headboard movement" (is that really a thing?) was just getting started and I ran out to the store, grabbed some mattress foam, and 2 yards of this fabulous, but super bright fabric. I get a little excited in the fabric store, and always end up coming home with material that I don't actually go out looking for, usually its MUCH brighter than what I would prefer. 

So now more than two years later, I decided to take the plunge and update my bedroom with a few small diys to keep it soft, and neutral and more industrial, like the rest of the space. The one qualification was that it needed to stay "light and vintage" so that my soft vintage bedding I have collected over the years still matches. I scored some great Threshold bedding for a special treat, to keep the floral feeling, and bring in soft grays and greens.

DIY #1 - paint the bright turquoise lamps green. I have a rainbow of valspar testers that I can use, and mixed up a nice sage green for the lamp.

DIY #2 - recover the headboard. I used Ikea's BJÖRNLOKA fabric, which is used in the link as a duvet cover, but I bought by the yard. You literally CANNOT beat ikea's prices on upholstery fabric by the yard. Just be flexible and open to whatever they have in stock. Sometimes the new season's pattern is sold out super quick.

I am not going to bore you with the DIY headboard tutorial, since there are 1,001 different ways of going about it. I like to keep it simple, just a simple staple gun and one or two seams of fabric. This literally took me tops 2 hours the first time around and 20 minutes to change out the fabric, so there are no excuses!

Do you diy your headboards?

Summerfield Delight | DIY headboard

Note on the before images: for some reason, I forget to take REAL nice before images, so these are courtesy of my instagram feed. Left = painting the lamps aqua, bright floral headboard, pairing them sage green.

Summerfield Delight | DIY headboard

PS. I cleaned my room mom!

Wordsmith - Petrichor

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SummerfieldDelight | Wordsmith - Petrichor

Petrichor. The smell is recognizable as desert rain, the absence of the rain in the air, but the fresh scent of rain that has fallen in the heat of summer. The end of summer has arrived and it is quite sad that we will have to wait for that sweet smell till next summer. Maybe on vacation I will experience this without waiting until at least next June? Let's hope that's true. 

Meet the Artist: Letters from Rita

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Summerfield Delight | Meet the Artist - Letters from Rita

I am currently in the process of doing a bedroom makeover, taking bright and saturated color I loved in bedrooms in my early twenties to a bit more of a subtle and sophisticated chic bedroom. There are a few ongoing projects, including a new headboard, a small gallery wall, repainting furniture, new dresser knobs... 

One of the projects I wanted was to keep the art in the bedroom personal, I love photos of family, and inspiration for starting the day, I have a few items that I want to hang, but alone they would feel uninspiring... I was perplexed. Then I met Stephanie from Letters From Rita and knew her calligraphy was the answer, something that went with some of the other pen work I have from my own framed around the apartment.

1. When did you get started?

What is your artist background?

My love of doodling (flowers, mostly) started in the margins of my 8th grade history notebook. Throughout high school I took every art class possible; painting, photography, sculpture, everything! I transferred that love of art to Syracuse University to study graphic design. That's where I learned the amazingness of typography and letterforms, and over 4 years really honed my design skills. Ultimately, photography won the "what are you going to do with your life" contest, but I could never shake the need to be around letters! That's when I started Letters from Rita. 

2. Favorite type of project to work on?

Custom art is the majority of what I do. I love being able to create an heirloom piece for someone. I recently lettered a quote from one of my photography clients' wedding ceremony, which was fun because it combined both my little businesses! Never thought that would happen!

3. Favorite snack while lettering?

I always have coffee nearby! And to eat, granola bars or fruit. Or Oreos, depending on the day :)

Make sure you check out Stephanie's amazing work in her Etsy Shop HERE!