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October 2, 2008

Hello friends! I’m taking off on Friday since it’s a holiday here in Germany, everything will be closed, so we are entertaining relatives in our new flat. That means that my little decor8 blog will be closed! But on Monday morning the door will fly open once again to welcome you with a whole new week of posts and a fun contest so I hope that if you have time you will return on Monday to visit me for another fun week!


A little inspiration for you… color & flowers! I picked these (mostly dahlias) up today at the local farmers’ market and prepared a few arrangements because I can’t entertain without fresh blooms around — it’s just not the same as I’m sure you’ll agree. Here are a few corners of my home to share and hopefully inspire you to treat yourself to some flowers over the weekend…







See you on Monday!



  • Reply Elisa October 2, 2008 at 7:17 pm

    Nice arrangements..plus you also take great pictures of them too.
    Have a great long weekend!

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  • Reply MaritereCR October 2, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    Holly, I love your selection of flowers and combination of colors… such lovely choices! And the arrangements are beautiful! By the way, the throw pillow on your first photograph is great, where is it from??? Have a wonderful time entertaining your friends and family! Happy weekend!

    MaritereCRs last blog post: Houston Architecture III – 8 x 10 Fine Art Photographic Print

  • Reply Liza October 2, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    Gorgeous. Thank you!

    Lizas last blog post: You Know You Want Me

  • Reply Nancy October 2, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    Beautiful flowers Holly, have a great holiday!

    Nancys last blog post: October

  • Reply Ben Rowe October 2, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    Enjoy the weekend Holly!

  • Reply kelly October 3, 2008 at 6:00 am

    the images are drool-worthy. i dig dahlia’s.
    happy weekend!

    kellys last blog post: flaming red rocket….not appropiate for the weak of heart

  • Reply cindy k October 3, 2008 at 8:03 am

    enjoy your holiday! the photos are divine!

    cindy ks last blog post: tunes : estelle

  • Reply Rita Vindedzis October 3, 2008 at 8:45 am

    Beautiful flowers Holly, have a great weekend!!

    Rita Vindedziss last blog post: My First Interview!

  • Reply magikquilter October 3, 2008 at 9:33 am

    Enjoy your weekend ..we also have one here in Australia this weekend. It is VERY hot here at present we have had no spring whatsoever so am afraid we are in for a hot weekend although great for beach goers! Love the photos and the flowers are wonderful.

    magikquilters last blog post: I Finally Did It

  • Reply Melissa de la Fuente October 3, 2008 at 10:08 am

    Love, love how beautiful it all looks Holly! I really adore the purples you are using in your home. Just wonderful! Have a great weekend and have fun with your friends!

  • Reply violette October 3, 2008 at 11:08 am

    lovely flowers! have a great weekend!!!

    violettes last blog post: se?orita | miss

  • Reply Rachel October 3, 2008 at 11:38 am

    Wow, those flowers are fabulous! We’re having house guests this weekend and buying flowers is on my list for today. I can’t wait! These will be my first fall arrangements of the year!

  • Reply Dovely October 3, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    i adore that indian print throw you have on your sofa – where did you get it? probably somewhere local in germany, eh?

    lovely just the same. enjoy your holiday!

    Dovelys last blog post: A Date with Dovely Design

  • Reply Shashi October 3, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    So pretty, where are the vases from? They’re fabulous.

    Shashis last blog post: DWR Score!

  • Reply Jenna October 3, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    Beautiful flowers. Dahlias are my absolute Fav. I really love your vases as well! Happy Holiday! =)

    Jennas last blog post: Music

  • Reply Miss B. October 3, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    Lovely flowers and vase choices (especially the buds and the last face–swoon)! I am so envious of your little European adventure, it seems so glam….sigh….

    Miss B.s last blog post: HAPPY FREEDAY!

  • Reply stephanie October 3, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    Hope you had a nice holiday and your flowers look lovely. Don’t you like the German flower shops on every corner? It’s one of the things that most impressed me when I moved here! I posted some new flower paintings in my shop today too :) Hope the weather in Hannover is better than in Munich this weekend!

    stephanies last blog post: Alpine Wildflowers

  • Reply Tabitha (From Single to Married) October 3, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    wow – beautiful flowers!

    Tabitha (From Single to Married)s last blog post: A Little Friday Gratitude

  • Reply Alison October 3, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    Lovely flowers and arrangements. Also lovely vases. Inspiring!

    Alisons last blog post: Style

  • Reply joa October 3, 2008 at 6:38 pm

    this makes me feel happy! :)

  • Reply *Mon* October 3, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    Dahlias are so beautiful- definitely one of my favorites! Those arrangements are absolutely gorgeous. I love the contrast of the bright flowers and white vases- pretty!

    *Mon*s last blog post: *Five. Finds for Friday*

  • Reply Nancy Hanke October 3, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    I want to come to your flat! It looks so beautiful. Very pretty flowers – they really do make it feel like a party! Have a great weekend.

    Nancy Hankes last blog post: New items to list

  • Reply Jennifer October 4, 2008 at 12:26 am

    A breath of fresh air. :)

    Jennifers last blog post: Goodbye Lovely Summer…

  • Reply puglyfeet October 4, 2008 at 2:24 am

    Those are gorgeous!

  • Reply Tanja October 4, 2008 at 6:00 am

    I love these colors ! And the way you’ve photograph them is great! Many regards from Germany


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  • Reply Tahr October 4, 2008 at 9:57 am

    Vibrant colors, your arrangements and photography are amazing. I really like your flower arrangements. Great blog!

  • Reply Simply...Gluten-free October 4, 2008 at 11:20 am

    Your flowers and photos are spectacular! Have a lovely weekend.

    Simply…Gluten-frees last blog post: Mexican Dinner Party Part 4 – Easy Mexican Rice

  • Reply The Style PA October 5, 2008 at 7:55 am

    What lovely flowers. A good bunch always makes me smile, and they really brighten up a room!

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  • Reply Khulood October 5, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    awww, those are just perfect flowers.. I love your pics! seriously.. your blog has been inspiring me for a while to work on my house (was being lazy since its a rented flat, but couldn’t resist!).. I have a question though, how do you manage to keep your whites bright? I want to make a white space and accentuate it with color, but I’ve tried with off-white (ikea shade) and it turned out like a disaster although we don’t have kids at home :S hope you could post advice on that :) — sorry for the long post.

    Khuloods last blog post: I got sick :(

  • Reply decor8 October 5, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    @MaritereCR – Which one are you interested in? I have three on the sofa, I’m happy to share my resources! :)

    @Dovely – It’s my wrap but I use it on my shoulders when I watch television so I’ve been leaving it on my sofa lately. It’s from an Iranian man who sells them in all colors and patterns here at the Thursday farmers’ market for 15,- Euro.

    @Stephanie – Yes, I love all the flower shops here. It’s amazing. And I just learned today that many of them are open on Sundays. Bakeries and Flower Markets on Sundays are really all that IS open… It’s quite special, it encourages people to visit their family members I think.

    @Shashi – The vases are from the local flea market, I paid between 6-8 Euros each for them. The tiny one was 4,- They are vintage German porcelain.

    I hope I didn’t miss any questions. I’m so happy that you all have been enjoying some of my more personal posts. I keep most of them over on my other blog haus maus (http://hollymaus.blogspot.com) but from time to time I feel like sharing here, too. :)


  • Reply Layla Palmer October 5, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    I am SOOOO happy I found your blog.
    I’ll never miss another post!

    The Lettered Cottage

    Layla Palmers last blog post: Room Reveal and a Contest!

  • Reply holly October 6, 2008 at 12:11 am

    that first arrangement looks lovely! good work

  • Reply Amy October 9, 2008 at 4:20 am

    I have not checked your blog since probably last January and I miss it so. I promise to be a better girl and not desert you, decor8!

  • Reply happiez noon October 21, 2008 at 5:32 am

    The flowers are beatiful so much…^ ^.
    The white room look fresh by them……….

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