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August 2009

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Stylist Meghan Guthrie

August 6, 2009

Hello everyone! We made it to the other side of the pond… London is lovely and the weather is amazing! We just left and now we’re HOME in Hannover — I can’t believe we’re here. We were going to stay longer in London but decided to just come to Germany right away. If felt wonderful to turn the keys to the door of our apartment. Sooo exciting! Everything is so white and clean, just as I left it and the rooms are flooded with sunshine as the weather is absolutely amazing. My mother-in-law prepared a meal for us, and put a welcome wreath on the front door that she made along with a bouquet on our dining room table. She also stocked the house with all the little necessities that she knew we’d need upon arrival. So… all is well. Now to unpack, go through mail, take care of lots of appointments and paperwork, apply for my driver’s license… the list is endless so I’ll be spending the next week or two on these things but of course I’ll still be here blogging from time to time but mostly I’m leaving decor8 in the capable hands of the many lovely friends who have been filling my shoes while I’m out and about. Have you been enjoying them?

So before I head off, I wanted to share Meghan Guthrie with you… She has been popping up all over design blogs, but in case you haven’t seen her work yet let’s take a peek together, shall we? Meghan is a prop stylist and set designer based in NYC and I’m guessing you’ve noticed her work around whether you’ve realized it or not since her touch has graced the pages Natural Health magazine and West Elm (in print). I follow a number of stylists and I’ve added Meghan to my list as I’m certain you will too. Here’s only a smidgen of her genius. To view more, please peruse her online portfolio.

Stylist Meghan Guthrie

Stylist Meghan Guthrie

I’m endlessly inspired by such creative types, I love seeing how they decide to arrange things and I often look at each arrangement, dissecting it and imagining why or how the scene was created. Do you do this too?

(images: meghan guthie)






Guest Bloggers

Melissa Loves: Favorite Things

August 6, 2009

A few of my favorite things: Melissa Loves

Hi there! My name is Melissa and my blog is Melissa Loves… I am thrilled and honored to be a part of lovely Holly’s guest series (how fun!). Here’s hoping you all enjoy a few of “my favorite things.” (cue music) :)

Melissa Loves: Favorite Things

1. My desk. I love the calm colors at my desk and the artwork in and around it. I look at them everyday and they make me happy. I haven’t been able to paint the rooms in my house yet, we have only been here for a few months but I hope to do that sometime in the near future because that always has a huge effect on my feelings in a room.

Melissa Loves: Favorite Things

2. Porch. I have longed for a front porch my whole life and now I sit out there every chance I get! We eat out there, I swing on the swing and just think things over — I love it so very much and am so grateful for it.

Melissa Loves: Favorite Things

Melissa Loves: Favorite Things

3. Playroom. This room is so cheerful and bright and it makes me happy to think my girls can go in here and have fun and play. The room before the door is my littlest one’s room but they share the playroom.

Melissa Loves: Favorite Things

4. Mantle. I love fireplaces and this one is no different…the bird candelabra is one of my favorite things and I like it up there.

Melissa Loves: Favorite Things

5. Photo/art wall. This is a work in progress and is probably not for everyone but I love that I can put up my daughter’s artwork, some of the work by the artists I love and photos of my family all in one spot and that it has room to grow over the years. I would love to paint this room a pale pink! :)

I feel inspired by so many things….beautiful artists, music, books, movies or people that make your heart sing, puts your mind at ease or makes you want to jump around!

People: my husband and best friend Joel. I joke and say he is my anchor and my touchstone…but, it isn’t really a joke. I think he is one of the wisest people I have ever met and he inspires me every day. My two little girls. they see everything in such a different way…fresh and with new eyes and because my goal is for our home to make them feel loved, comfortable and safe, it inspires me to try to create something lovely and happy for them. My closest girlfriends. Annie, Enid, Andrea, Allie and Ez — thank goodness for them when I need a good laugh or to sort out a problem. And my blogging friends and artists. I can’t list them all for fear I would leave someone out…but I don’t know what I would do without their daily inspiration and love.

Music: David Gray (for his beautiful voice and hopeful sentiment), Feist (her gorgeous voice and unusual way of storytelling, Sia (her amazing voice) and Shawn Colvin (wonderful voice and she is also an amazing storyteller).

Books: Memoirs of a Geisha (for the romantic and intriguing story and for a story you can get lost in), To Kill a mockingbird (my little one’s middle name is Atticus after Atticus Finch), The Joy Luck Club.

Movies: Raise the Red Lantern (for the gorgeous scenery), Shawshank Redemption (for the beautiful and hopeful ending), To live (for the struggle & courage).

I am inspired by a cool breeze on a warm day, a wonderful day at the beach, ordinary people’s smiles (and how it completely changes their faces) or small acts of kindness, courage, honesty, the romantic ideals I hold in my heart, animals (particularly dogs, whales and elephants), gorgeous smells (the beach, lavender, gardenia, honeysuckle, fresh cut grass and my little one’s skin). Could someone bottle all that for me, please? :)

My favorite advice: “Just love them” and “just be yourself”. Harder to do than say but when I succeed in doing both I am so happy and content.

Thank you so much for having me Holly, this was so much fun to do! I hope your journey to your new home and a new country goes beautifully! — xo, Melis

(images: melissa loves)






Guest Bloggers

Yvestown: My Favorite Things

August 5, 2009

A few of my favorite things: Yvestown

Hello it’s Yvonne Eijkenduijn from The Yvestown Blog here and I’m dropping in to show you some of my favorite things while Holly is moving across the big pond to set up home in Germany. My husband, the one with the golden hands a.k.a. Boris, and myself are in the middle of a drastic renovation. We bought a double fronted house from 1896 in a Belgian border city of The Netherlands exactly a year ago. As I type this I find myself in one of the rooms that we use as our living room, my office, book storage and the electrical and plumbing transit. You can imagine it looks lovely here. I’m going to share some photos of the things that give me a homely feel in a house that still doesn’t feel like a home yet.

Yvestown: My Favorite Things

The inside of my desk drawer is white, my primary decorating color, and holds all my geek things like Apple docks, headphones, a dictaphone, my National Trust handbook (which I should toss out and replace with a new one) and my notebooks full of scribbles and plans. It makes me happy when I open this drawer as the contents tell a lot about my personality, it’s a little bit like coming home.

Yvestown: My Favorite Things

I’m a blanket person, it’s something I inherited from my mother as she’s one too. There are always baskets full of folded blankets everywhere in my house. Often when I have friends over we sit under blankets on the sofa with our feet up. As I’ve always lived in old houses with high ceilings it can get rather cold and blankets provide such instant coziness, warmth and comfort. And it looks incredibly cute when we’re all huddled up under them.

Yvestown: My Favorite Things

The sunroom is the one room in my house that is actually almost done. I don’t like it yet and there’s still a lot of decorating needed, like finding prints for the frames above the Swedish kökssoffa and a bigger rug. It’s also the one room in the house that we’re not going to use. Maybe when the old barn outside is gone and when there will be a garden to look at, we can sit in this room. But we’re not much of a ‘sit around and do nothing couple‘  — rooms need to be functional and this one isn’t for sure.

Yvestown: My Favorite Things

There is a super functional room in my house, tucked away downstairs, and it is my sewing room in one of the cellar rooms. Although it still needs proper paint that keeps mold out, it’s pretty perfect as everything is in place and it’s my crafter’s paradise.

Yvestown: My Favorite Things

When I’m not spending time with my elbows covered in paint I’m cooking. I strive to cook a homemade meal at least 5 days a week even when it’s just me and that’s quite often. My cooking style is quite fusion as I love to mix different food cultures together. My big cooking influences are Donna Hay and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall from the River Cottage. In a couple of years, when the barn goes down, I want to grow my own fruits and vegetables and have a couple of chickens. I’ll be an urban farmer!

I want to wish Holly and Thorsten a good move and lots of joy, happiness and good health in their new home country. We’ll definitely get to see each other more :o) – xox Yve

(images: the yvestown blog)






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Kamel

August 5, 2009

Good morning everyone! I’m leaving today for London – yay! I can’t believe today is my last day in the United States as a resident here — I’m nearly an official expat. I can’t wait to arrive to Germany and begin my new life. I hope you have been enjoying my guests, I’m still monitoring the blog each day and reading your comments, replying to some emails as I can, and even writing a few posts here and there so I’m not 100% offline. I’m also on Twitter if you want to be my “friend” over there, just click here. It’s the best way for us to stay in touch while I’m traveling. So! I’ll be jumping back on the blog again in London tomorrow from some random cafe so I’ll see you again then… – Holly

If you ask me whether or not I’d like some letterpress stationery and drink coasters from Kamal I’d most likely reply: Yes. Yes. Yes. And yes, please. See why?

Kamel

Yummy, am I right? I love the metallic accents and the fresh, modern designs along with the fact that they are eco-friendly using 100% cotton paper, post consumer kraft envelopes and chipboard.

(images: kamel)






Guest Bloggers

Simplemente Blanco: My Favorite Things

August 5, 2009

A few of my favorite things: Simplemente Blanco

Hello! I am Fernanda Bourlot from Simplemente Blanco in Boston and I’m visiting while Holly is moving as part of her August guest series, “A few of my favorite things”. I am an interior designer and also own a small company that makes products and objects that are usually used in interior design projects. Almost everything is made by hand, carefully done and with lots lots of love! Here are a few of my favorite things…

Simplemente Blanco: My Favorite Things

Simplemente Blanco: My Favorite Things

Our bedroom. I love the tranquility that gives me when I am exhausted and I like the lilac and the pillows with our own initials (M and F). I also love the writing on the wall which is a piece of a Poem of William Blake (who I adore for the sweetness and kindness of his poems).

Simplemente Blanco: My Favorite Things

Our half bathroom is very masculine with simple lines — it’s very serious and minimal. I like the little glass tiles on floor and wall but I mostly love my rectangular sink from Duravit.

Simplemente Blanco: My Favorite Things

This is a stack of guest towels, soap bars and soap petals on the sill of the main (and absolutely white) bathroom.

Simplemente Blanco: My Favorite Things

Simplemente Blanco: My Favorite Things

A typical winter (from earlier this year) around the table, our special Sunday 5 o’clock tea at home (we love to have people over during the winter time when there is no any other place to go).

Simplemente Blanco: My Favorite Things

As I already mentioned, my husband and I love to entertain a lot and enjoy a good Argentinean wine on Saturday nights so this is how the dining room sometimes looks when we have dinners at home.

Simplemente Blanco: My Favorite Things

This is a view into my work room at home (it’s one of my favorite places in the house because it’s incredible sunny even when it’s cloudy outside! I have to admit it doesn’t look this clean neat and organize very often!

Simplemente Blanco: My Favorite Things

Simplemente Blanco: My Favorite Things

One of the things that I mostly do at home is gardening. This is what I learned from my mother who is an avid florist and gardener in Buenos Aires so.. this is part of my equipment to plant on my tiny deck and the building front garden where we live.

Simplemente Blanco: My Favorite Things

This is Martin’s (my husband) reading chair. A little background story — he once asked if he could have a his own comfortable chair that could be only “His” chair for reading, so here it is. :)

Simplemente Blanco: My Favorite Things

This is one of the shelves on the right side of the fireplace that keeps all the stuff that probably would be disposable for almost everybody else, but to me has special meaning. An example is the wooden stick that I brought all the way back to Boston from Argentina because I picked it up on one of the bays in our weekend home along the river where we spent a big part of our childhood. This is where we still enjoy summers when we go back there (someday I’ll write a special review about Buenos Aires and house on the river for decor8). Back to our shelf… it also has wooden blocks with initials, pieces of rope from our canoe, very old laboratory flasks from Argentina plus candles and vases and a vintage video recording machine from the 40’s (or something like that).

Simplemente Blanco: My Favorite Things

A big part of my life happens in my showroom Boston’s South End where I have a studio space. Here is a compilation of things I like from collection, Simplemente Blanco. Knitted pillows and throws, organic bags all together on an antique weathered ladder.

And finally to wrap things up, other things I love include the inspiration I get from movies, like “Chocolat”. I love everything — all the beautiful little places and her store and even more all those huge bowls full of chocolate that look as if you can almost taste it! I love to watch very carefully the process of making those spectacular cakes and bars going from cacao seeds passing through all those magical blends arriving to those wonderful packages and then seeing them being displayed on those magical shelves – I love love love that movie! The Sound of Music is one of my favorites too because it makes me dream about having that home with those incredible gardens and most of all having the little lake with a row boat!

Oh and now music…Clair de lune by Debussy makes me feel I am in heaven and even being able to touch the moon with my own hands.

Also places in the world… many, many are my favorites but the most wonderful is for me the Luxembourg gardens in Paris because is the most perfect example of happiness on earth (place that reminds me Buenos Aires a lot especially when I feel homesick.)

Thank you for having me today on decor8, Holly! – Fernanda.

(images: simplemente blanco)






Guest Bloggers

Chocolate Creative: My Favorite Things

August 4, 2009

A few of my favorite things: Chocolate Creative

Hello everyone! I am Margarita from the Chocolate Creative blog and I am visiting today while Holly is moving as part of her August guest series, “A few of my favorite things”. I’ll be sharing a few of my favorite things with you from my place here in London so here I go…

Chocolate Creative: My Favorite Things

This picture is about my love for vintage things, I can’t help to go into junk, second hand, vintage shops, and markets, and always walk away with something special. Everything in this picture is dear to me, the old locks box, the vintage rent book, card game, and the little Scandinavian vase from the 50’s. This gathering is in my studio at home.

Chocolate Creative: My Favorite Things

I love my reading corner, when I get in, tired from work, or on a Saturday morning I sit here by the window with my magazines and coffee This is where I start day dreaming and looking for inspiration for my textiles… my mind is always working. The lamp is probably one of the most expensive things I own. I got the deer recently, the mirror very cheap from Greenwich market, and the crochet sitting on the sofa arms are made by my mother so that makes me feel like being back home in Spain. This place comforts me, especially in Winter as it is by the radiator as well, so all I need is a blanket, my cat, a hot drink, magazines and a nice movie!!

Chocolate Creative: My Favorite Things

This small simple corner is about having people around for dinner, I love cooking for my friends, we normally eat a lot and end up sitting on the sofas laughing and talking too much. I have gathered a good mix of chairs over the years, I am obsessed with them — different periods, shapes, colours, materials. My favorite is the tea pot and the laces, made by my mother, and some others vintage finds from London and Brazilian markets, plus a gorgeous Victorian wood cover I got from Ebay and even and IKEA lamp.

Chocolate Creative: My Favorite Things

Missi, my cat is the my most valuable thing is this house, and as such needs to be mentioned here in my favorite things list! My bedroom is very simple and comfortable, the bed is so good that I have problems getting up in the morning… This room is the best in the house, it is where I rest and dream, and it is full of my cushions and other quirky things such as the old dresses hanging on the walls. I feel very safe in this room.

Chocolate Creative: My Favorite Things

When I bought this house, I found the small doll in one of the kitchen drawers, it was left by the previous owner, so it feels like it was left behind therefore I feel very special about her. She is so cute and smiles! And the vintage black cup and saucer are from Bavaria Germany, a rare pattern that I fell in love from the moment I saw it.

A few more views of my home…

Chocolate Creative: My Favorite Things

Chocolate Creative: My Favorite Things

Holly asked me to share where it is that I gain inspiration. Well I look for inspiration in traditional craft, embroidery, stitching, old linens, vintage textiles, art, museums, (V&A in London), design, interiors, old objects that has got a story to tell, places I visit. My most recent travel was to Brazil, I fell for the country, the people, the music, the landscape, etc… especially Salvador de Bahia, with its historic old churches and colourful decayed buildings. I love the English countryside, so beautiful and full of amazing things, such as houses, lakes, kind people, old markets, shops, etc… I like mixing the old with the new and that is what I try in each design, to bring a bit of tradition into a contemporary piece. When working I tend to listen to Bosanoba, Cuban classics, and good chill out music.

Chocolate Creative: My Favorite Things

People who have achieved their dreams, follow their passions and are true to themselves inspire me the most though. Especially those who manage to get all this without being overly aggressive or too ambitious. My main source of inspiration comes from people and actions that show spirituality, kindness and honesty. I had and still have a lot of good advice from many different people in my life, such as my brother, my dear friends, and people in general. The piece of advice that has helped me the most and that I pass on to you all is: “Be true to your heart, believe in yourself and follow your dreams” and last “Respect and treat people the way you want to be treated”.

I hope you have enjoyed visiting with me today and seeing some of my favorite things! – Margarita.

(images: chocolate creative)






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