At Home with Eero

We moved back home to Detroit late last year, and one of the most exciting things for us was the fact that we were going to be living in a historic Victorian home built in 1895. A four-bedroom, 2-story house, with gorgeous brick exterior and hardwood floors throughout. After living in our tiny Venice bungalow for nearly 6 years, it feels surreal to have so much space.

The one concern I had with so much space though, was WiFi – and more specifically, how on earth were we going to get our WiFi to be available throughout the entire house? With a traditional router back in our Venice home, it was nearly impossible to have more than one device be connected to WiFi at any given time, which as you can imagine, became quite troublesome.

Enter eero. I’m not exaggerating when I say that their smart WiFi system has completely changed our lives and the way we live in our home. It all comes down to the technology that’s housed in these aesthetically beautiful, simple pods.

Eero utilizes TrueMesh™ technology, allowing WiFi hops between eeros to travel down hallways or go around walls. Unlike other WiFi systems that only allow for one hop in any direction, eero allows for more hops with less speed degradation. How cool is that?

Now when Chris watches cycling recaps from races like Le Tour de France via YouTube on our smartTV downstairs, I can be upstairs in my studio working from the computer, prepping new items for our vintage shop, all while streaming music. We no longer have to bicker at one another to “get off the WiFi” – it’s truly glorious!

The design of the eero is elegant and unassuming, so it fits in perfectly with our home decor. We currently have an eero in my studio room, which is an on-suite from our bedroom. Another one is in Chris’ music studio which is also upstairs but on the opposite side of the house down a long hallway. Together, they provide incredible coverage for our entire second floor, which includes our guest room.

Downstairs, we have an eero Beacon in the kitchen, which despite being only half the size of the original eero, it actually performs 30% better since it’s a full-fledged access point. It also acts as a handy LED nightlight, perfect for late night snack rendezvous with the fridge. Our final eero is in our DJ/ record room, which is adjacent to our dining room and living rooms.

Having a reliable WiFi system that allows us to focus on life and the things we love has been liberating. Days of worrying about buffering, dead zones, spotty connections, etc. are gone forever. Now that’s the key to a happy life!

Want reliable WiFi coverage in your own home? Get free overnight shipping on any eero WiFi system with code LALOVETTA at checkout when you purchase from eero.com – trust me, it’ll be THE BEST purchase you’ve made all year!

This post was sponsored by eero. All ideas + opinions expressed are my own as reliable Wi-Fi coverage at home is so essential to living a happy life!

DIY Marbled Leather Coasters

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The holidays are in full swing, and if you’re anything like me, you’re scrambling around trying to figure out a last minute gift for friends & loved ones. This year, I decided to get messy and try out a project I’ve been itching to do for quite a while now! I love the marble trend that’s happening in home decor and the simplicity of veg tan leather, so combined both of them in this fun + simple DIY.

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What You’ll Need:

leather rounders
carrageenan
alum
acrylic leather paint
– shallow dish ( i used an old pyrex pie dish )
– spray bottle
plastic droppers
– toothpicks
method hand soap
– sink/water
– towel

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How To Make It:

The first step in marbling any kind of surface ( paper, fabric, wood, leather ) is creating a “size” (thick cellulose type solution) for the paint you’re working with to float on. I tried marbling with straight up water, and while it kind of works, the results are not as vibrant and the paint tends to sink rather than float like oil on water. The folks over at Dharma Trading are a great resource and have some useful tips if you end up having trouble, or would like to try a different marbling technique!

Step 1: In a blender, slowly add 1 TBS of carrageenan (seaweed derived gelling agent) to 3 cups of warm water and blend until fully dispersed. Pour mixture into a plastic container and let sit for at least 1 hour so that all the bubbles dissipate. If you are hand mixing, allow up to 12 hours for bubbles to settle and powder to dissolve.

Step 2: Dissolve 1 TSP of alum into a cup of warm water, then transfer into in a small spray bottle. Spray leather rounders to “pretreat” and let air dry. The alum helps the paint adhere to whatever surface you’re working with, so it’s an important step!

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Step 3: Pour carrageenan “bath” into a shallow pan or container, such as a pyrex dish (about 1/2″ – 1″ deep)

Step 4: Use a plastic dropper to drop in acrylic leather paint, then use a toothpick to help create a swirl, or pattern that you desire. Add in additional colors as desired, and repeat swirling motion with toothpick. This is where you can get creative! You can add in as many colors as you’d like, or stick with just one. Totally up to you! I stuck with two colors as I wanted to create a bright, yet simple marbling effect.

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Step 5: Once you are happy with a pattern that you’ve created, simply take your leather rounder and dip it flat into the bath, and slowly lift up. Voila! Don’t be afraid to experiment and get messy – have fun with it and let your creativity go wild!

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Step 6: You’ll notice that your newly marbled leather coaster is covered in paint + is a bit slimy. Let it sit for about 30 seconds, then gently rinse off the leather coaster with cool water. The process can get pretty messy, but I recommend using method hand soap to clean up when you are done. I love that their products are biodegradable, made from recycled materials and 100% recyclable. They’re also animal and human friendly. Plus, they come in such fun colors!

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This post was sponsored by method. All ideas + opinions expressed are my own as I love to create! Thank so much for supporting the brands that keep LA LOVETTA going!

 

Meet The Maker / 01: Melanie Abrantes

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Meet Melanie Abrantes. A designer and maker by trade, the bubbly Texas-native is one of Los Angeles’ rising talents – a real hidden gem! Trust me – she’s one to watch for! Charming, perpetually happy, and just a complete pleasure to be around – Melanie has an energy about her that translates into both her work and craftsmanship. The idea of quality and taking time to hand make something worthy of passing down through generations, is the premise behind her thoughtful creations. A true labor of love.

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Over the past year at the studio, I’ve watched Mel hone her skills in woodworking with the first cake stand that she made for a secret santa gift exchange, and now explorations into cork-based pieces – a material that has roots in her Portuguese heritage. After debuting her California Tree Series in Crafting Community’s One King’s Lane Artisanal Sale last year, Melanie is now selling her one-of-a-kind bowls, vases, planters and stands alongside local LA makers Hedley & Bennett and Dominik Woods on the much-coveted marketplace now through Jan 31st.

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1. As a product designer, what drew you to work with wood and cork as materials? I loved the look and feel of both materials. You get such rich colors in the grains of wood and such a simplicity in the cork. I am such a tangible person, and being drawn to the feel of an object is always something that entices me. I am also the first one to get kicked out of a museum because I always have the urge to touch the sculpture, I KNOW it’s wrong….but I cant help it!

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Design of Illustrator Olimpia Zagnoli

Oh hello there, boobies! This was my first reaction when I came across the illustration Olimpia Zagnoli did for 55DSL (shown above) as I scrolled through her portfolio the other day. I came across her work on none other than Pinterest and was immediately sucked into the bright colors and starkness of her shapes and overall design. It’s brilliant, right? Olimpia has collaborated with the best of the best brands and publications including The New York Times, Google, Levi’s and many more. Below are a few of my favorites but you can see more of her work + read her bio here. Needless to say, I am obsessed!

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