Category Archives: design

  Guest Post // Zach Christy

Hey CLE, “boy” do I have a treat for you today! I don’t know if you remember or not but at the beginning of this year I put out to the universe a few goals for this blog and today I’d like to officially kick off the new i heart cleveland “man friend” series!

Not that I don’t write about things for both women AND men, but sometimes my sparkly, cupcake-filled, fashion-minded me overtakes and it’s always good to included a view from the other team…so here we go…

Today I’d like to introduce you to a friend of a friend (and now my friend too) Mr. Zach Christy. Zach seems to have his hands in some wildly creative projects around town and so when I approached him about his favorite hots spots  he really gave me lots of “to-do’s” to add to my own personal list. I know you will all be pleasantly surprised by some of his favorite foodie hot spots and I don’t know about you but after you finish reading his wise words, if you want to call me for tacos and guac…I totally have a craving.

Thanks so much Zach for kicking off this series! Cheers to a great year of spicy Mexican, antiquing adventures and more creative play. To follow Zach and see some of his work check out his vimeo site here! Take it away Zach…

“I moved to Cleveland in 2009. I moved here for a job and really didn’t think I would be staying for too long.  I met a girl and we dated for a little bit, but that’s beside the point.

Almost. 

We shared a mutual appreciation; let’s call it love,  for Mexican food.  Pretty early into our dating life we decided that we were going to try and go to every Mexican restaurant within the greater Cleveland area.  And, I am pretty sure we managed to get to most.  All of this is beside the point, other than the fact that it really allowed me to discover some of the great places that Cleveland has to offer that I would have never found.  It doesn’t hurt that my dad and I also deal antiques on the side. So, the willingness to go into places off the beaten path has been built into my nature from the start.

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  Bridal fun!

While the holiday decorations may be coming down and being packed away for next year, I am sure a few lucky ladies out there are still rocking their new super shiny bling…happy engagement to all of you lovers who said “yes” over the holiday season, let the fun planning begin!

Don’t know where to start? Not to worry I have two free tickets to give away to this years second annual Boutique Bridal Bazaar, Sunday January 20th, 2013!

The girls over at Something White Bridal do such an amazing job organizing this event it truly is the coolest bridal show probably in the midwest! They showcase local photographers, designers, musicians and bakeries that cater to the cool CLE brides (& grooms!) Get your ticket ($5) here ($10 day of)and grab your wedding party…the event is going to be beautiful in the smART Space at the 78th Street Studios.

To win the tickets just tweet me @iheartclev and let me know you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn at random by Friday, January 18th. Happy wedding planning to all!

  countdown garland

Happy Friday all you CLE crafters! Today I bring you my last and final holiday decor idea. Nothing too fancy or especially new, but it’s just a way to tell that special someone you care. A holiday countdown garland made especially for your loved one. It’s easy with a few simple steps. MORE! →

  illuminated artwork

Hey CLE…did everyone run out and raid their garage for a shiny tomato cage last night? I’m glad so many of you liked the simple idea of how to add a touch of holiday flair to any room.

Picking up on the holiday craft ideas, today we are going to make illuminated artwork for any space in your pad.

If you’re just not in the mood for the traditional stockings hanging on your mantel this year, then these illuminated paintings might just fit the bill. It’s an easy project to complete with just a few simple steps. MORE! →

  Week of holiday crafts!

As most of my readers know by now, not only am I a blogger, but I am also a passionate designer, pug lover, Cleveland cheerleader as well as a craft and holiday enthusiast.

A few months ago I was approached by Moen, a global faucet and accessories company based here in Northeast Ohio, to help out with a project that they felt might be a fun partnership.

Moen was looking to create a series of holiday decor ideas and home crafts to include in their stylish and informative e-newsletter. They were looking for fun and easy projects to make during the busy upcoming holiday season, and of course I was up for the challenge.

Over the next few days you will find a series of five home decor and crafting ideas that might inspire you to head to your local craft supplies store and dive into the holiday Cleveland style!

First up: A modern decor twist on the tomato cage. MORE! →