Posts Tagged ‘home accessories’

Easy DIY Curtains (VIDEO) + GIVEAWAY!

Posted by

Easy DIY Curtains (VIDEO Tutorial) | Live Colorful

Curtains are a great way to add color and pattern to your home, and they are so easy to make!

When we moved, my baby was so little that I really didn’t want to work on many projects for the home, so I left the ugly gray-green curtains that were in the house when we moved for months. Until I started this fun collaboration with Digital Fabrics thanks to the recommendation a great friend, Jocelina Paixao from Pink Chocolate Break.

Digital Fabrics is an online fabric shop where you can design and print your own fabric. I have to say that my favorite part was their range of fabric that goes from chiffon, matte lycra, fleece, cotton linen, wattle and many other options for the fashion and home decor industry, and of course, the fact that you can create and print your own designs.

I knew that I wanted to make something for the home since I haven’t been able to find prints that I love. Inspired by that, I created LIVE COLORFUL collection with bright and happy prints that would look amazing for curtains, pillows, bean bags, upholstery, baskets and many other projects.

Easy DIY Curtains (VIDEO Tutorial) | Live Colorful

When the fabric arrived, I knew exactly what to make with it, new curtains!

Here is a video tutorial with the step by step to make simple DIY  curtains.

MATERIALS:

  • Approximately 2.5 meters of fabric. I used one of LIVE COLORFUL collection named “lemonade”. The fabric is waratah 100% polyester.
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Iron

Easy DIY Curtains (VIDEO Tutorial) | Live Colorful

Easy DIY Curtains (VIDEO Tutorial) | Live Colorful

Easy DIY Curtains (VIDEO Tutorial) | Live Colorful

I also have something for you. I’m giving away 2 yards of this fun print below for your next DIY project. To enter the GIVEAWAY visit us on Instagram here, tag a friend and tell us, what would you like to make with this?

GOOD LUCK!

GIVEAWAY! Win two yards of this fabric design for your home decor projects! | Live Colorful

Interior Designer-in-a-Box and Right to Your Doorsteps

Posted by

These gorgeous spaces and inspiration from SwiftDecor.com | Live Colorful

Some of you might know already that I went to school for Interior Design. I had always been obsessed with home accessories, paint colors, wall finishes, wall patterns, textures and all those beautiful elements that create a perfect space.

So when I received Carolina and Martha’s email from swiftdecor.com, I was intrigued. I really needed to know more about this interior design-in-a-box service and I really wanted to see what they had to offer.

Martha and Carolina are two sisters living in South Florida. Their business idea sparked after Carolina started decorating her home. She had zero artistic ability, a busy career in Finance, in the midst of finishing her MBA and a new baby at home. One day she came home frustrated after a trip to different home decor shops. She showed her sister what she had bought and as a good designer, Martha told her that the things she bought didn’t match at all. She felt overwhelmed. That night Carolina started looking for home decor sets online. She wanted to find quality sets that include everything she needed, curtains, curtain rods, throw blanket, pillows, wall art, table accents, etc. She couldn’t find anything. So they decided to join forces and with Carolina’s business knowledge and Martha’s understanding of the interior design industry started Swift Décor.

Interior Designer-in-a-Box and Right to Your Doorsteps | Live Colorful

I have to say that I really like their curated collections, they look really cohesive and have their own vibe and feeling. My favorite decor set is the bold collection, and that’s because, well, I can’t say no to bold colors!

They will be launching new collections this summer in collaboration with other designers and online curators so stay tuned.

As a surprise for all of you, Swift Décor. is offering a special $50 OFF coupon using the code: LIVECOLORFUL. So now you know, decorating can be easier than this! And prettier as well.

*All images courtesy of  Swift Décor. Check out their adventures hunting trends and inspiration on their Instagram account.

Talking about Inspiration with Nika Martinez

Posted by

Celebrating color with Nika Martinez. Surface Pattern Designer  | Live Colorful

I meet Nika through a creative class we took together a few years ago. We connected quickly and started sharing tips about life, business and creativity. Since we met, I have been wanted to share more about her work. I’m a huge fan of her intricate and powerful designs. I owned one of her gorgeous phone case designs and I’m a huge fan of her mandalas prints and cool jewelry design.

Nika Martinez is a surface pattern designer in love with design and colors. She studied photography, but somehow fell in love with patterns. That’s when everything started. Now her designs can be found in many products, such as homeware, electronic devices, fashion and stationery products.

In case you have never heard of this creative field, a surface pattern designer is someone who licences artwork to companies to place on products such as textiles, homeware, toys, jewelry, shoes, clothing, tech accessories, etc.

Celebrating color with Nika Martinez. Surface Pattern Designer  | Live Colorful

I wanted to asked her a few question about her daily routine, inspiration and of course, favorite color combination so you get to know her better and you get to know more about the life behind cool creative people like her. Enjoy!

Where do you find inspiration for your designs?

A lot of my inspiration comes from my mediterranean culture and it’s variety of influences. I can say that we are a mix of beautiful cultures. I’ve also always been curious about other ethnicities. I like to use that bold inspiration and influences and mix them together in my own designs.

I get inspired by Mallorcan textiles, blankets from Alpujarras, Morocco, and therefore by other indigenous cultures, especially from the women of these cultures, that inspire joy, strength and character, a mixture of wild innocence, independent women.

 

What’s your favorite color combination?

Orange, pink, purple and mint. I used these colors in one of my favorite designs, my native bandana.

 

How is a normal day in Nika’s life?

I have really organized weekdays. I get up very early, at 7.30 am. I have breakfast, read mails, check out Facebook, Twitter, Keep.com, Pinterest and Wanelo. I answer emails and write down in my diary the list of “to do” things for the  day. Ok, I usually do that the day before, but there is always something to add or remove in the morning as well. Then I take some art classes and I work until 5 pm. I eat something quick while watching a tutorial or socialize on Facebook. From 5 pm to 9.30 pm I’m dedicated to things around the house and my girls. Then I have dinner while I try to study something or take a course until I get sleepy. If I have a deadline, I continue working on that.

I’m usually pretty busy, I guess. But weekends are sacred for me. I love going to the beach, especially during summer. I need make space in my agenda to practice yoga or some kind of meditation, the body is asking me for that!

 

Nika loves to collaborate with other artists and companies, so if you have a project in mind just drop her an email to: [email protected]

Find out more about her work on her website. You can also find her on Instagram.
Do you know someone in a creative field that would love to share more about his/her life? We want Live Colorful to be a place where others find inspiration and support, so please send us an email at [email protected].We would love to feature more about their work and products!