INT: Penelope's Bedroom

One important thing to know about me is that I love movies. A second thing to know is that I love interiors. So, I thought I would combine those two loves and start this INT series! Every so often, I'll post about a specific setting in a film or television show and ways to interpret them into your home!

To kick things off we have Penelope, a little movie from 2006 about a girl cursed with a pig nose. She searches for someone of royal blood to love her and break the curse. The film is incredibly visual. The costumes, the characters, and the sets all work together to bring this modern fairytale to life. Honestly speaking, as adorable as the film is, it is a little forgettable. What makes it stick out to me, is Penelope's incredible bedroom.

From her muted green walls to her bed nook, Penelope's bedroom is almost a world all its own. And since she has never left her house, it would have to be. Elements of nature are brought in (albeit fairytale versions) with the red tree, butterflies on the wall, and landscape curtains. She's even got a fake grass rug.

1. One of the most prominent features in Penelope's room are her terrariums. They both symbolize her caged life and show her love for botany. Apartment Therapy, Insideways, and I Spy DIY all have tutorials on making your own terrariums.

2. Another feature all over her room are her pop surrealism paintings. This art movement is actually one of my favorites because I like weird things. Mark Ryden is probably the most well-known artist of this movement. You could easily find similar, affordable art browsing Etsy.

3. Penelope's giant, ornate chalkboard is easily replicated with this tutorial from HGTV. Just fill it with botanical drawings!

4. Her red tree, however, is a little bit more difficult. If you're really innovative and dedicated you could make your own. For the rest of us, there's wall decals.

5. Penelope leaves all her art supplies out and on display. I really love the spools of thread on Penelope's post in the third still. Make your own thread rack with this DIY on Festotu.

Apartment Therapy and Jo Writes The Blog both have more stills from the film and details of the room for inspiration.



DIY Light Box

Hello! Today we have a little weekend DIY for you photographers. After seeing so many tutorials for it, we decided to take a stab at making our own light box. The process is really simple and I can see this is going to come in handy for photographing future small projects.

>> This is the basic template for how the pieces will fit together.

You'll need: 4 pieces of foam board and 2 large pieces of paper. Tracing paper is best, but I only had drawing paper on hand.

1. Cut 2 of the foam board pieces into squares using the short side of the board for measurement. 2. Cut the middle so you are left with a square border. My border is 1.5 inches in width. I found cutting with an Xacto knife was easiest for this. 3. Glue the squares to the base. 4. Glue the paper to the square frames. 5. Glue the back to the base and sides. After attaching the sides to the base, the back just slid right into place for me.

To use this light box, just drape a piece of tracing paper over the top and set up 3 lights: one shining through the top and two through each side. For a clean white background, I just used a large piece of paper.



DIY Shark Studs

Happy Shark Week! Despite your views on the rebranding of Discovery Channel or those "mockumentaries" (ugh) we have a special, simple shark DIY for you as this ichthyology week closes. We've used shrink plastic many times before but only recently realized we never shared about it on the blog! Well, I decided I wanted a pair of shark stud earrings because why not, and shrink plastic was the perfect material! So *dramatically drags nails on chalkboard* let's catch this bird.

You'll need some shrink platic, some studs (I used some old earrings), and this template you can download right here. Make sure to set the scale to 100% when you print. I also threw in a bigger shark for whatever your shark purposes may be.

1. Cut out two small sharks from shrink plastic. 2. Shrink 'em! Set the oven to 275-300° F and bake it for 2 minutes. FYI shrink plastic curls up then flattens out again so don't be scared if your sharks look all warped. They'll be fine. 3. Paint 'em! I went with gold spray paint because I liked the idea of golden sharks. 4. Super glue your studs to the back of the shark. Make sure they're turned in opposite directions.

That's it! This took me maybe 10-15 minutes then I let the glue set overnight.
If this doesn't satisfy your shark needs then check out Discovery's 100 shark facts and let us forget their megalodon "documentary."

Fun fact: I went to Sea Camp in San Diego when I was 14, and we swam with sharks in La Jolla. It was super cool and one of my favorite memories.