Blogwatch: The House That Lars Built

Blog: The House That Lars Built and The House That Lars Built shop

Girl Behind the Blog: Brittany Watson Jepsen

Occupation: Designer/illustrator/crafter

Where are you from and where do you currently reside?
I am from Southern California and currently reside in a brick house with wonderfully large windows in Copenhagen, Denmark with my Danish husband.

What can Everygirls expect to find when they visit your blog?
Bright, colorful, artistic crafts and design that are usually floral related with a dab of humor mixed in.

What are your 3 favorite blog posts that you have ever written?
Well, I love writing my blog so it’s hard to choose. But, I LOVE my friendship bracelet chevron rug DIY, I’m loving my “This Girl” column, and my clothespin kissing couple DIY.

What inspired you to start a blog? What advice would you give Everygirls looking to do the same?
I started my blog for a school project in grad school. It was for a residential studio class and I wanted a place where my “clients,” a fictitious family that I created, could see the work I was doing for their house. The name of the dad was named Lars and that’s where the title came from. I didn’t start my blog intending to turn it into something bigger, but now I’ve had wonderful opportunities to write for other blogs like design*sponge, Oh Happy Day, Kinfolk Magazine and so I’ve kept up my blog to showcase more projects that I do.

If I were to offer advice it’d be to set up a schedule so that you make time for blogging. Early on I made the goal to blog M-F every day and I’ve been pretty religious about it just to get me in the habit. I’ve started to focus more on original content within the past few months though so sometimes I choose quality over quantity.

What kind of camera do you use?
I wish I knew more about photography and had a fancy camera but I don’t yet. I just have a simple little camera that gets the job done. I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to work with fantastic photographers like Hilda Grahnat who work magic on my projects. My dream is to have a photographer at my side at all times who can capture the things I see around town.

What advice do you have for Everygirls that are trying to figure out what they want to do and who they want to be?
Try it out! If you think you want to go into crafts, try it out consistently. If you don’t like it, move onto something else. Don’t expect your blog to be huge right away. Take your time. You can have time to experiment with what you like and then narrow it down. I definitely did not set out to do DIYs but now that’s mostly what I do on my blog.  

How did you get involved with writing for other sites such as design*sponge?
I knew I was going to spend the summer in Scandinavia so I sent out an email to many different design blogs asking if they would want someone to report about design on their blog. I treated it like an internship. Grace from design*sponge responded back and we developed a column where I would photograph and write about Scandinavian designers in their studio spaces or homes. It was a wonderful opportunity to get inside of some beautiful interiors and have a deadline every week of original content. I also became more familiar with how to blog and the beauty of collaboration.

Blue background headshot by Rachel Thurston
Raffle ticket business cards photo by Hilda Grahnat
Candy Lights  for Oh Happy Day. Photo by Elove photography

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