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Happy Friday Everyone!

Friday is typically a nice day, isn’t it? There’s a certain magic in the air midday. When I worked in corporate, I’d hang out with my colleagues chatting about weekend plans and discussing our week and silly upper management. We’d disappear for coffee, for that final jolt of caffeine to push us through until 5pm when we’d be free at last like birds.

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Now as a freelancer, there is no such thing as the end of a work week. My work is continuous now, always on my mind and I work weekends even when I don’t want to. And yet, Fridays are still magical unicorn kind of days, there is still that Friday feeling buzz. I’d like to wish you a magical Friday and a beautiful evening filled with hope, then promise tomorrow, and the finding of good things on Sunday for you and your family (and little ones, if you have them). For now, I’m leaving you with gorgeous inspiration from a site I recently discovered from one of the founders, Nessa, called Made In You, based in France. Look at their gorgeous event styling… Makes me want to float away.

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Have a nice weekend! Oh, and a big thanks to Elle Decoration UK for featuring Decorate With Flowers in their June 2014 issue – I just discovered it yesterday and was so pleased.

Oh! And we’ve added a co-teacher to Blog Boss, Fiona Humberstone, and she’ll be teaching many great topics including full-on blog branding such as the absolute essentials of color psychology, making design decisions that reflect your style and using color psychology to influence your editorial decisions so that you communicate with authenticity and consistency. This class is for ALL LEVELS. Read more here and register before our lovely online class sells out. Also please note that all classes next year will be very different and pricing will change, and none of the current classes from Blogging Your Way will be offered anymore. We are completely changing everything! So if you have been wanting to take a Blogging Your Way e-course, this is a great time to jump on board. This is the last one we’ll be teaching this year and Blog Boss will not be taught again.

Bye everyone, see you on Monday!

(images via Made In You)

Posted in inspiration on September 19, 2014

4 Affordable DIY Home Decorating Projects For Autumn

Looking for some Fall-ish DIYs for your home and patio? I used to LOVE when Anna Malin Lindgren was writing for decor8. Her DIY column was one that I looked forward too and even though it’s been forever ago, I still miss her posts! Since so many of them were warm and cozy, and Fall is but a week away, I thought I’d highlight 4 of my favorites in case you are in need of Autumnal decorating inspiration on a budget.

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1 — Branch Pendant DIY

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2 — A quick office nook transformation

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3 — Creating a cozy dream patio

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4 — Handmade fabric wall hanging

Would you like to try any of these?

(images: anna malin lindgren)

Posted in diy on September 18, 2014

12 Fall Favorites For The Home From Anthropologie

I love it when my favorite design gurus talk about what they’re loving for the season! It’s fun to peek into someone else’s shopping bag when you admire their style so much. Would you like to see my 12 favorites for Fall from Anthropologie? I don’t get to their stores much these days – they don’t have any in Germany and up until now they were only in England (but soon to open in Paris), so unless I travel there I’m rarely able to play in their fashion and interiors wonderland for adults. I do shop them online though since they have a German store, but it’s not the same as being immersed in that lush brocante chic experience that is Anthro. Oh well, I’m due a London visit soon anyway. Until then, here is my shopping list for the months ahead…

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1.Garden Buzz Shower Curtain, 2. Field Harvest Dinner Plates, 3. Wildlife calendar 2015, 4. Zoology oval rug.

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5.Openhouse magazine Volume 1, 6. Waved spectrum coaster, 7. Handwoven Arrow Tapestry, 8. Alicia Galer Barbican Palm.

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9.Botanical Print, Ostrich, 10. Bee Colony Wallpaper, 11. Meadow Dusk Duvet and 12. pillows.

Spot any new faves?

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Posted in round-up on September 18, 2014

5 Things I Look For When Shopping For Throw Pillows

We could all use a little interiors inspiration for Autumn/Winter 2014, don’t you think? What are you planning to do to add warmth and a fresh touch to your rooms once Fall kicks in? I’m still on the fence, but I’ll definite add new drapes for my living room (I’ll share the before and after next month) and I plan to hang some art over the sofa and buy a new coffee table as I attempt to baby proof things around here since our crawler is super active and pulling himself up on everything at only 7 months old. And of course, a good throw pillow or ten! Here are some from Lauraloves, designed exclusively by Laura Nicolson in England who so nicely reached out to me today. I love the peacock silk cushion and the olivia silhouette with that chic herringbone pattern. That looks so Fallish.

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Since so many of you enjoy it when I share decorating tips, here are five things I look for when I’m shopping for cushions:

1. Zippers! They need to have them so I can easily swap out the cushion covers with each season and rotate through my favorites year round without having to store bulky cushions.
2. The fillers definitely need to be down or down-like because I love a relaxed look – they can’t be overly plump – they need to be squishy
3. Natural materials… Silk is great for a glam look, cotton for a bit more of a natural, relaxed home and you can even go with texture like leather, wool, knit, etc. For spring I like cotton and linen and for cooler months I’m a lover of leather, wool, knit and nubby linen. Silk is nice for all seasons but not so much to lounge on, they’re meant to be more decorative I think and to simply sit on a sofa and look good.
4. Something fresh and trendy. I know, lots of you don’t like the word trend but honestly, I really love trends as long as I have some balance and don’t go overboard. I really enjoy wearing trends from time to time (Birks were trending this summer, did you notice? We can thank Jenna Lyons and J.Crew for that I think) and I love adding stuff to my home that is trendy because I feel it freshens the space and adds a different vibe. Sometimes I can get really same-y same-y with my interiors – I think lots of us can when we decorate for years and years – and trends pull me out of that and force me to try something I may not have attempted before. Like adding a certain color, motif or texture to my space. And cushions are perfect for adding a bit of trend into a room because they’re not that expensive and they can easily be swapped out when you tire of them, stored easily and reused later or you can donate them or sell them on eBay or your next garage sale or something. In fact, I think the easiest way to experiment with a trend is through soft furnishings, particularly cushions, as they are small enough and can be budget-friendly.
5. I need to love it. This point should have been first maybe? But yeah, I have to love it. Even something as seemingly mundane as a cushion. I need to feel a bit of excitement when I see it and when I bring it home, it needs to give the space that needed touch.

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What do you think of these throw pillows by Lauraloves? Do you look for anything in particular when you shop for pillows?

Please Note: I do not own nor have I experienced this product in person so my opinion is based upon what I saw on her website and lookbook only.  Products that I own and use will be noted going forward with “decor8 tested and approved” at the end of the post to help you to better find products that I personally love and recommend for purchase.

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Posted in uncategorized on September 18, 2014

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