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Japanese Magnolia Blooms

If you happen to live in Charlotte, North Carolina, have you noticed the gorgeous pink Yoshino Cherry trees in full bloom? It's something I just noticed this week on Valentine's Day...everywhere I looked I saw shades of Pink. Maybe it's always been this way, but I am finally putting two and two together...only took me 40 years! ;)

Even neater to me was that my favorite Japanese Magnolia blooms opened on...you guessed it, Valentine's Day!

The bright Fuchsia color has certainly inspired me and I can't wait to see what Jewelry comes from this beautiful nod to Nature, one of my largest sources of inspiration.

How about you? Had you noticed the pink blooms coinciding with the month of Love? 

Another reason I have flowers on the bloom is the fact that this season it's all about Floral. You'll see it in boutiques and online, just as I reported earlier the Sag Award dresses hinted of the trend. I couldn't be more thrilled. My inner Flower Child is even making a flower crown as we speak ;).

Here's to Spring!

Laura

Sag Award Jewelry + Fashion 2017

FLOWER POWER

Sag Best Dressed List 2017

It's safe to say that FLORAL is in the air for Spring, seeing as so many stars were sporting flowers on their gowns at last night's 2017 Sag Awards.

Floral trend at 2017 Sag Awards last night

And our fave best-dressed star absolutely goes to Nicole Kidman...as a Parrot. LOVE!

Nicole Kidman Parrot Dress at the Sag Awards

Fave jewelry of the night? Kate Hudson rocking the "Huggie" diamond earring (they literally "hug" the lobe) -in several ways. The diamonds had an edgier appearance set in rhodium, and I loved every minute of them.  I've been waiting for this style to make a comeback for some time now...Huggies are not (typically) heavy plus they are a perfect alternative to the tried and true Stud earring. 

Kate Hudson in Diamond Huggie Earrings at the Sag Awards 2017

Dana Rebecca Huggies

Now, I am off to dig out my own Huggies from the Jewelry box...
xox- Laura James

 

Photos: People

Huggies: Dana Rebecca Designs

Door Jewelry Has Arrived!

 

Since the Holiday wreaths are off (most of) the doors...my front door has never looked so bare! Now what?

Bee Door Knocker Design Sponge on the Laura James Jewelry Blog

Well....what more perfect way is there to announce the fabulousness within your home than with an eclectic door knocker (door jewelry, in my mind!) like one of these pretties? I must, must have the Bumblebee!

Eclectic Door Knockers I Laura James Jewelry Blog

Now off to paint my door pink :). Valentine's Day is on the horizon, right?!

xox,

Laura 

p.s. grab your own Bumble Bee here for under $50 :)

 

photo cred. of bee by design sponge

 

A NEW Home for Laura James Jewelry

Laura James Jewelry new location in Cotswold Marketplace

I am so excited to announce that Laura James Jewelry has a brand new sparkly home! Located inside Cotswold Marketplace in Charlotte, our jewelry is back on display and available for purchase in person. It will be updated weekly with new designs, so check in often to see the latest! See you soon :).
Our new address:

Laura James Jewelry at Cotswold Marketplace
200 N. Sharon Amity Road
Charlotte, NC 28211
704.365.3111
Wallpaper How-To Tutorial

Wallpaper How To on the Laura James Jewelry Blog

I LOVE Wallpaper. Love it. The idea of transforming a single wall, small space or even a shelf with a fun pattern just makes me smile.

However, the idea of installing it myself has been too daunting to put into words. Then, Remove-able Wallpaper came out and I thought, this is PERFECT for me! But, the patterns are not as diverse at the moment so...I thought, the time is now to find out just how to install my own Wallpaper so that I CAN when I WANT to at some point in the near future!

Luckily, I found a fabulous tutorial online- so, here ya go!

Wallpaper Installation by Lovely Indeed:

Start by trimming the white edges at the printed trim lines. It helps if you have a nice wide open space, so clear out the floor or a large table in the room where you’ll be working. Then flip your first wallpaper panel over and dampen the back side with a wet sponge. You’ll want to hang it after about 10 minutes of being damp.

DIY Wallpaper Installation from Lovely Indeed on the Laura James Jewelry blog

While the wallpaper is sitting and soaking the water, start applying your wallpaper adhesive to the walls. (Here’s where the process differs from lots of other wallpapers we researched — the adhesive goes right on the wall.) Roll or brush on a coat of adhesive in the area where your panel will go up. When the adhesive is on, apply your first panel to the wall. Be careful that you hang your first one (especially) straight — use a level or a plumb line to ensure that you’ve got it nice and even. Smooth the wallpaper on the adhesive. The Murals Wallpaper pieces come with some extra pattern printed on all sides for overlap, so once the first piece is hung use a razor blade to cut into the corners and cut away the excess. You can use a straight edge like a yardstick or a ruler to press the paper into a corner while you cut. Also cut away any paper that is covering light switches, etc.

 

Lovely Indeed Wallpaper Installation on the Laura James Jewelry Blog

Once the first panel is up and trimmed, use a squeegee or a similar flat-edged tool to smooth out any air bubbles. Smooth them toward the outside edges of the wallpaper. If any excess glue seeps out, wipe it away quickly with a damp cloth. Start the process again with your next panel. When you’re hanging your next panel on the wall, you’ll have to make sure that the patterns match up as you hang. There will be some overlap in the pattern; this is okay. Get this next panel hung and adhered. If you’re hanging around a window or a closet, it’s easiest to hang the full panel and then trim the general window area with scissors, being careful not to leave a couple of extra inches around the window frame to work with. Once the paper is adhered, use the same razor technique as you did in the corners to trim around the window.

Lovely Indeed Wallpaper Tutorial on the Laura James Jewelry Blog

Then you’ll need to go back and trim your overlapped spots. Use a straight edge and cut the two overlapped papers, being careful not to cut too far to one side or the other — you want to cut in the middle of where they’re overlapped. Remove the excess paper from both sides. Then use a seam rolling tool (we used a brayer) to roll over the seam and ensure that it’s nice and flat. Repeat the process with every new panel of paper until your wall is covered!

 

Tutorial by Lovely Indeed. Murals Wallpaper featured. 

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