Trends

10 Rooms With Plants For Minimalists

July 19, 2016

Let’s talk about plants, baby! I have to admit, the indoor jungle trend is lovely but hasn’t (and won’t) hit my home anytime soon because I’m a total plant minimalist. I like plants but not enough to follow the trend the way some of my friends have. Is there anyone out there who is also like me? You love plants but not a ton of them? In this post, I’m gonna show you 10 rooms that show you how to bring plants into your home without them running the show.

10 Rooms With Plants For Minimalists

1. WINDOWSILL. How simple is this? One barely-there little plant friend on a bedroom windowsill. It’s a sweet addition. It is understated. Stadshem

10 Rooms With Plants For Minimalists

2. OFFICE. Here are some nice plants scattered around yet not overgrowing and overtaking the room. Jose Hevia Photography

10 Rooms With Plants For Minimalists

3. GROUPING. A tiny grouping on a sweet dresser. There but also not there, ya know? Holly Marder Photography + Styling

10 Rooms With Plants For Minimalists

4. ENTRY. One big plant in a basket near the front door. That’s it. Not 30 or 20 or 10. One. Nice. Smitten Studio

10 Rooms With Plants For Minimalists

5. BATHROOM. One big plant, again, it’s the best look for some rooms isn’t it? I like this one propped up on a stool near the tub. Inside Out.

10 Rooms With Plants For Minimalists

6. LIVING ROOM. On a coffee table, on a windowsill, then repeated in the patterns on the sofa cushions. LIKE this. Stadshem

10 Rooms With Plants For Minimalists
7. BOOKSHELF EDIT. Mingle books with greens. Just don’t overdo it. Nicole Franzen Photography

10 Rooms With Plants For Minimalists

8. SMALLISH PLANTS. These little guys scattered around are simple and sweet especially since the room is already very natural and minimalist. It works. They look lovely in the room too because of the gorgeous natural light. Small and scattered. Stadshem

10 Rooms With Plants For Minimalists

9. DINING ROOM. Here is that big focal point plant again. I can’t get enough, I really like this look of having one big boy stealing the show – it’s Magic Mike XXL! Inside Out.

10 Rooms With Plants For Minimalists

10. OVER THE TOP. Okay so I have to throw in what I think is over the top to show you a bit of a contrast to the other images… This is too much greenery for me though it’s a beautiful styled shot for Inside Out magazine in an article they wrote about plants. I would prefer only the wall plants with one on the table and nothing in the green floor jug… Or the focus being on the tabletop and one plant in the background, minus that trellis thing. THAT SAID, it’s still pretty… Inside Out.

How do you use plants at home if you take a less is more approach to indoor gardening like me?






From The Heart

Let Us Stay Optimistic

July 19, 2016

Hi friends, sorry I’ve been missing from the blog but I’ve been co-teaching our Instagram, Photography and Styling e-course for Blogging Your Way… I’ve not had much extra head space to think about writing here. This week, another teacher leads our classes for the week and I’m off the hook, so I feel like my head is above water so no more absence from me here! And you know, once my little boy is in school, it will be a manageable again to maintain my blog (and everything else) in addition to e-courses, but right now he is home full-time so it’s a bit of a struggle!

Let Us Stay Optimistic

How are you doing? I’m good, just not so happy with the news lately. It’s draining to wake up to so much hate and anger on the news, isn’t it? When I text my friend after the Nice attack to see if he was okay (he is living in London but is French and so there is always a concern he may be visiting relatives in France) he helped me to regain some perspective. I asked him if he was okay and he said yes, he was in another town celebrating Bastille Day, but not Nice. And then I told him that I thought the attack was horrible and sad and I started to complain a little and he simply said,

“Let us stay optimistic. And enjoy an even better life!”

Maybe when you read that, you can let it sink in a bit.

At first I thought he seemed so incredibly naive! Almost a bit selfish! But then I realized that it’s exactly as we should be living, when bad things happen and we were spared, we should consider ourselves to almost have a right to live an even better life because we are still alive. Why should we live in fear, sadness, in an eternal mourning?

One thing the news and internet does is that it stresses us all the F–k out. Of course we hate what’s happening globally in politics, gun violence, terrorism, etc. Naturally. And Donald Trump. Oh boy, it’s scary as hell.  And to hear about it all day, every day, plus everything else, well it’s stressful. And then there is me, living in northern Germany as an American. So I have equal parts concern over what is happening in Europe and the UK AND in America. Because my family and life is in both. So what happens in America bothers me as much as what happens in Turkey, or in France, which is right over the border, Brexit, etc. It’s kinda overwhelmed me lately.

Yet I almost think that the negative forces at work in the world – the many ugly people out there behind all of this sickness and sorrow – are winning BIG TIME when we pay them so much credit for ruining our day, our week, or more: Drying up our spirit of hope. And once we lose hope …. Well, one word for ya.

SCREWED.

We are screwed.

In my perspective, my French friend has the right attitude. Sure, you mourn a loss but you have to put everything in perspective. I cried when I thought about the children who were killed in Nice or those who are left without parents and had to see a truck plowing over their family. How can you not feel terrible? Yet, you still have your life to manage and deal with, and that has to come before everything else. Our families need us to be strong, proactive and positive. If we want to fight against something we see as injustice, then take up a stand and actively go out and fight for the rights of the group you want to stand behind. Or put your money into some cause. But complaining endlessly, moping around, saying the world is going to hell… I think it’s only going to make everyone’s life even less meaningful if we collectively turn into one big depressed lump online. Instead of choosing a victims standpoint, let us stand strong as a victor, united in our belief that things will get better. They always get worse before they get better, right? So maybe that can be the candle, the carrot, the hope that we chase… That better days are ahead.

While I support fully acknowledging loss and suffering, I also support even more fully to live better, do better and to lead by example so others can rise up stronger too. Negativity breeds negatively. Let us spread light, love and promote peace.

I’ve decided to stay optimistic and maintain hope. I hope you will to.

WHAT DO YOU THINK? HOW ARE YOU COPING?

(Photographer: Copyright Debi Treloar)






Contests

Giveaway: Win Instagram + Photography e-course! (Updated)

July 9, 2016

Our Blogging Your Way e-course for Instagram and photography just kicked off yesterday with lessons going up on Monday morning, running for two weeks until July 25 with class access until August 1st. That’s why I simply must host a 48 hour flash GIVEAWAY (winners picked and sent login on Monday) so 5 of you can win seats in our classroom valued at $119. In this class, called #Instapower, we have videos, podcasts and over 22 lessons with all new materials never taught before in previous classes, and three teachers — me (naturally), Aussie food photographer Rachel Korinek and Dutch travel writer and photographer Pauline Egge.

Giveaway: Win Instagram + Photography e-course! (Updated)

YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS THIS CLASS. It’s our last Instagram-focused class for 2016!

Here is our course outline if you are curious to see what you will learn. You will walk away with more than you walked in with, that’s for sure. Look at this..

* Branding your Instagram
* Community building
* Branding 101
* How to lose followers, practices to avoid!
* How to grow your audience
* Working with brands (podcast)
* What makes YOU unique? (podcast)
* Earning money on Instagram
* City guidebook info from Pauline
* How to shoot on location, on the street, etc. Including how to shoot in retail spaces
* Stay true to yourself
* Using hashtags
* What makes a photo attract attention on IG?
* Using your smart phone to capture images for IG
* Using your camera to capture images for IG, including transferring to phone and photo editing
* Best practices for shooting with your camera for IG
* How to shoot in Aperture Priority or Manuel Mode
* How to edit your images in VSCO and A Color Story (video)
* Lightroom basics (video)
* Photography techniques to get the most out of your shots
* Common problems you’ll encounter taking photos on location and simple solutions
* Styling and styling tips (video)
* How to use everyday items for styling when you are out and about
* Things to take with you in your handbag to style with when out
* Importance of backgrounds and what to use
* Case studies of 12 Instagrammers
* Curating a gorgeous a IG feed
* Tools to help you curate a gorgeous feed
* 3 videos from each of our teachers explaining their background, passion and how they work

You don’t wanna miss this!

To enter this contest:
* Comment below telling us why you’d like to be in this class
* Follow us on our new Instagram account: @bloggingyourway
* Join our Blogging Your Way mailing list (form below).

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Those are the only 3 steps that you need to take to officially enter. We will draw 5 winners on Monday morning.

Good luck everyone and have a nice weekend!

(Rules: Not transferrable to another e-course, winners will win a spot in current e-course only. One entry per person, per day. Person who wins will be registered, you cannot sell the seat or transfer to someone else unless it is a family member. Value $119. If you have already paid and registered for this e-course, you will receive a full refund for current e-course if you win this contest. Open to all worldwide. This e-course is taught in English only.)

 

UPDATED July 11: We have chosen our 5 winners and they are: Marianne, Kim Byer, Melinda, Amreta, Pamela






Decorating Tips

Clean, Clear Laid Back Green and Peach Interiors

July 8, 2016

I’m REALLY feeling this laid back summer home style that’s so clear and clean, so coastal, so boho minus the patchouli 60s vibe… It’s just great. Breezy, easy, tactile and lots of pretty green tones and shades of pale orange. So summery and just yum.

Clean, Clear Laid Back Green and Peach Interiors

Clean, Clear Laid Back Green and Peach Interiors

Clean, Clear Laid Back Green and Peach Interiors

Clean, Clear Laid Back Green and Peach Interiors

Clean, Clear Laid Back Green and Peach Interiors

Clean, Clear Laid Back Green and Peach Interiors

Clean, Clear Laid Back Green and Peach Interiors

Clean, Clear Laid Back Green and Peach Interiors

I’ve been thinking a lot lately when I look at the photos I love, reminding myself to stop and consider WHAT I FEEL when I gaze upon a photo that feels as though it’s speaking to me.

  • What is it saying exactly?
  • What do I like about it?
  • How does it make me feel?
  • Do I smell anything?
  • Do I hear a particular song?
  • Or another sound, is there something else coming to my ears when I look at the image?
  • What about the scene is vibing with me, the composition, colors, location?

It’s so important to explore the way work we like is REALLY truly impacting us. We are always so quick to say, ” This inspires me sooooo much!” or “I love this  photo, pin!!!”. But maybe try to think a lot more about what’s resonating with you exactly. This is so interesting and it gives you a real sense of self and can help you to tap into your personal style.

Have a nice weekend!

(Photo credits: Alexandra StrongLine Thit KleinElle Denmark, House of Valentina, Apartment TherapyBonbon Oiseau, Greenbody Greenhome, David Waves, Serax, SFGirlByBay, UO Blog, Cup of Joe, Over The Ocean, The Glitter GuideCarrie Waller, Aww Sam)






Books + Magazines

Decorate For a Party: Cover Reveal + Pre-Order!

July 5, 2016

I’m so happy that today I can finally share the name of my next book, my fourth (!), and it’s called Decorate For a Party: Stylish And Simple Ideas For Meaningful Gatherings! AND…. We have a cover, which I styled and photographed myself. In fact, I took over 100 photos that appear inside of the book, and my co-author Leslie Shewring shot even more along with Janis Nicolay, Holly Marder and Laure Joliet. Girl power for sure! Leslie and I so much fun and loads of help on this project between friends helping us set tables, home owners modeling for photos, friends helping to break down rooms, talented girls doing calligraphy, others running errands, we made huge messes with paper… Our friends appear in this book, my little boy, my home, Leslie’s studio, homes in Europe, California and Canada… Here’s the cover…

Decorate For a Party: Cover Reveal + Pre-Order!

This project means so much to Leslie and I and we are happy to share it with you too. I CANNOT BELIEVE this is happening, another book, and on a topic I’m so passionate about – gathering friends and family at home and how to decorate for your party that is stylish and pretty but not overly time-consuming, very budget-friendly without looking cheesy, and quite easy to pull off.

If there is one thing that drives me crazy, it’s having to worry and fuss when I have people over. I want the parties I plan to feel like I went out of my way, so guests feel special, but I don’t want them to think I went over-the-top which could intimidate them and make them afraid to invite ME over to their parties in return. I hate doing that – setting a scene so perfectly that people are almost afraid to be themselves and relax. I’ve been working on this book for over a year now with Leslie, we teamed up because she is the queen of entertaining with her annual Christmas parties for 25-30 family members and the many birthday parties and fests she throws throughout the year. I have been throwing parties for as long as I can remember too, so to team up was a lot of fun for us because we love the topic.

The cover is embossed with copper foil lettering and cloth and it’s loaded with ideas, full color images, DIY projects, and gorgeous parties that we created and photographed specifically for this book.

Decorate For a Party: Cover Reveal + Pre-Order!

The best part is, you can pre-order the book today! It comes out in September in English in both the UK and North America AND in October it will be available in German. More languages will follow in the months to come.

UK on Amazon
US on Amazon
US at Barnes & Noble
Canada at Indigo
In German at Amazon.de, the title is Feierlaune- Die schönsten Deko- & Food-Ideen für entspannte & fröhliche Feste
#decorateforaparty

What do you think about the cover? Are you excited to see inside? I can’t wait to show you more in the weeks to come and Leslie and I really hope that you love it.

xo,

Holly

 






Decorating Tips

Modern + Clean Rustic Lodge Style

July 4, 2016

Hello everyone and to my American friends, Happy 4th of July! I’d like to be in Boston right now awaiting the big fireworks fest (or in Manhattan) as this was our annual tradition when we lived stateside. To bring a little festivity to my July 4th weekend as an expat in Germany, I went to a Schützenfest parade followed by a large fair. It has nothing to do with American independence day but it felt nice to do something festive and funny as it sounds, I left inspired but in a most unexpected way. As the bands marched by, I couldn’t stop thinking about Autumn interiors.

Modern + Clean Rustic Lodge Style

I’ll get to that in a moment but first you may be wondering what is Schützenfest? In short, it’s a marksmen’s festival with a target shooting competition popular in both Germany and Switzerland. And don’t worry, no animals were/are harmed! “At a Schützenfest, contestants compete based on their shooting abilities, for example by shooting at a wooden representation of an eagle. The winner of the competition becomes the ‘king of marksmen’ (“Schützenkönig“) until the next year’s competition.” Quite harmless but there is still a big culture around it. Some men that I saw had over 50 badges on their jackets as they proudly marched by in their traditional gear.

Modern + Clean Rustic Lodge Style

I happen to live in the city where they host the largest Schützenfest in the world with over 5,000 marksmen, 250 rides, multiple large beer tents and a parade. This is not your typical parade though with over 13,000 participants from all over the world, 100+ marching bands covering a little over 3 kilometers though the length is nearly 12 kilometers – so it’s the longest parade in the world and takes HOURS to observe – half a day!

As you can imagine, my two-year-old son (he will be 2 1/2 next month) LOVED the parade. As he chomped on a giant pretzel and watched the bands stomp by, his eyes were huge and curious. It was so cute. Later, we took him to the fest with his oma (grandma) and played the typical carnival games and he ran around pointing to all of the fun signs and lights. I saw everything through much younger eyes and it was all really sweet.

But interiors. Somehow I made a connection to home being there. No clue why. Inspiration is like that though isn’t it? No rhyme or reason. Perhaps after being immersed in this marksmen culture seeing all of those traditional costumes, with lots of green, blue and crimson tones, was the jumping off point. I began to think about how these outfits could translate into interior design but in a fresh, light way and not so much the heavy hunting lodge motif that we immediately call to mind. I imagined rooms like these shown below… Modern farmhouses and lake houses with a bit of a lodge vibe.

Modern + Clean Rustic Lodge Style

Modern + Clean Rustic Lodge Style

Modern + Clean Rustic Lodge Style

Modern + Clean Rustic Lodge Style

Modern + Clean Rustic Lodge Style

Modern + Clean Rustic Lodge Style

Modern + Clean Rustic Lodge Style

Modern + Clean Rustic Lodge Style

Modern + Clean Rustic Lodge Style

GET THIS LOOK:

COLORS: Green, gray, rust, crimson, black, charcoal, cream, white

KEY ELEMENTS: Woven rugs in natural fibers, sheepskin throws, taxidermy, tools, antlers, images of the outdoors (forests, mountains), plaid throws, wool blankets, black iron, suede and leather, woven hangings on the wall, brass, pendant lights with exposed draping cords. Concrete, Raw, natural wood. White paneling. Reclaimed wood. Cement. Matte paint in natural tones. Linen bedding. Horses and livestock in photography, Ceramic tableware in natural tones. Very little pattern except through texture. Plants and herbs and green wreaths, Stripe and plaid is okay for blankets, throws and rugs. Rough surfaces. Most of the pattern is brought in through texture.

SCENTS: Lapsang souchong, fir, bergamot, tobacco, white tea, cinnamon, pine, sandlewood, No.92 Objets d’Amsterdam candle by Marie Stella Marais, SKOG candle by Skandinavisk and Diptyque Feu de bois candle.

AVOID: Glamorous accents that sparkle and shine, jewel tones, white furniture (except like a Ghost sofa or a small stool), Metallic silver, pastels, formal lighting, large area rugs in bold colors, floral patterns, bold geometric patterns. Nothing that feels too special or delicate, roses and delicate flowers, succulents.

What do you think about this look? Does it speak to you?

(Photo credits: Vogue Living Australia, The Estate TrenthamKara RosenlundAirows, Disc Journal, Baobab Interiors, The death of cool, Stitch & Hammer, Kinfolk, Ultralinx, Gracious Home)






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