There are so many different ways to express feelings of love on Valentine’s Day: some are sweet and sentimental, others are bold and celebratory. For kicks, I’m thinking I might want to surprise my loved one with an amazing and decadent love fort, like this one from designer Justina Blakeney.
Justina is the woman behind the LA-based design and consulting firm Compai Creative. She always shows a fearless use of color and has an amazing talent for mixing print and pattern to produce sophisticated, eclectic designs. You can read more about the making of this project from Justina after the jump, and be sure to check out Justina’s Before & After projects, as well. Thanks for sharing, Justina! — Kate
CLICK HERE for the full how-to after the jump!
In my family, building indoor forts was a weekly enterprise. Once constructed (usually after robbing every bed in the house of all sheets and blankets), we ate snacks, played games, told stories and eventually fell asleep all tucked inside. We thought a fun way to bring back a bit of magic this Valentine’s Day would be to build a (slightly more) sophisticated fort for your loved one. Can you imagine the delight of coming home to find that your amour had constructed an enchanting tent for the two of you to eat, drink, play and tell stories for the night? — Justina
- about 5 sheets, sarongs and/or large pieces of fabric
- a few blankets
- one pole (we used an old shower rod, but a broom stick would do); size will vary based on how large/small you’d like the fort to be
- 4 screw hooks
- 1 spool of twine
- 4 large safety pins
- 1 newspaper
- fishing line
- lots of pillows
- tape measure
- hole punch
For the Fort:
1. Measure the length of the pole. Decide where you’d like to build the fort, and screw two screw-hooks into the ceiling the same distance apart as the two ends of the pole.
2. Cut two, 3-foot long pieces of twine. Tie each piece of twine onto either end of the pole, and tie the other ends of the twine onto the screw hooks.
3. Start with the heaviest sheet, and begin to layer the sheets and fabrics over the pole. that will help maintain a more tent-like shape at the end. Once all the sheets are on the pole, measure about 2-feet down from the pole in front, and hook one safety pin through all of the sheets. Do the same on the parallel side.
4. Cut two pieces of twine about 3-feet long and tie one piece to each of the two safety pins. Screw the remaining two hooks into the ceiling about 2 feet from the pole on either side. (Actual distances will vary depending on how large you make the fort.)
5. Tie the two pieces of twine that are attached to the safety pins onto the two empty screw hooks in the ceiling.
6. Fill the inside will pillows and blankets for extra coziness; add chocolates, champagne and whatever else you fancy!
For the Newspaper Heart Garland:
1. Fold newspaper in half and cut out a half-heart shape from the fold.
2. Keep the hearts folded and punch one hole into the center of the folded heart so that once the heart is open, there are two holes.
3. Weave the twine through the holes in the paper hearts to complete the garland.
For the Pom-Pom Garland:
1. Thread your needle with the fishing line.
2. Thread the pom-poms onto the line, but be careful not to table the wire.