I was really blown away by a few articles that appeared recently in Sweden’s home magazine, Skona Hem. Did you see these two spaces? The first is really amazing… it’s English and Swedish design rolled into one gorgeous package that I could move into tomorrow. Well, perhaps not as a full-time dwelling, I’d prefer something a bit less ornate and more modern, but I could easily take this property as a vacation flat. :)
This home is hopelessly romantic and the bones of each room alone are to die for (moldings, ceramic stove, wood floors, soaring ceilings), but the decor is simply fabulous. I love all of the textiles, this home really feels cherished and lived in but also well edited and designed by someone with an obvious flair for decorating.
This home is a bit different, more modern with cleaner lines… and the Swedish style shines through. I love the mix of artwork, the arrangement of all the prints over the dresser and buffet, and the collection of white ceramics and glass. The freshly picked branches adorned with berries is the perfect touch adding a natural element to warm things up along with a burst of color so that the vases and glassware do not become lost against the white wall. What a dreamy home!
(images: skona hem)
I’m really feeling tones of lusty romantic violets and soft greens right now with black and weathered gray mixed in… all against a white foundation (but of course) with ethnic accents. Here are some current inspirations from my files…
The palette in my bedroom
The Autumn collection at my Noa Noa shop around the corner.
Are you inspired by this palette too? It’s everywhere over here… clothing, interiors, cosmetics, fashion accessories. I think it’s a relaxing, soft mix that takes us into Fall and then nicely into the Winter season as gray is such a great neutral for the cold months… I like pairing gray with black and silver for December, it’s a nice palette to decorate the home with since it’s classy and cozy.
I also love the idea of bringing the outdoors in with natural touches — fallen branches, pinecones, acorns and flowers. Natural wood is another favorite of mine, anything rustic and untreated works very nicely with this palette as it provides a nice contrast while adding warmth as violets and grays can go a bit “cold” otherwise. You can warm up this cool scheme with natural woods, elements from the outdoors, and various textures — crochet, woodgrain, flat weaves, knits, felts, etc.
(images linked to their sources above)
Good morning friends! I hope that you had a nice weekend and that you’re ready for another full week here on decor8! Today I have Leslie’s column, Color Me Pretty, to post in addition to my round up of Etsy Take Five Tuesdays which will resume it’s regular schedule today (yay!). Of course, I have a few other things to share with you so stick around!
These photos above were shot yesterday at a place in my new city where I love to go to collect my thoughts, draw inspiration, and in general do nothing but daydream and observe nature. I tried to give them a bit of a dreamy vibe with Photoshop, though I’m a beginner so go easy on me… Anyway, where I hung out is in this series of gardens that once belonged to the King of England who reigned over this city, and attached to these gardens and parks is the most elaborate, jaw-dropping baroque garden called Herrenhausen. The garden I spent my time in yesterday is called Georgengarten. There’s an illustration museum there with a lovely indoor/outdoor cafe and gift shop (it’s quite romantic I should add), and tons of space to bike, inline skate, picnic and if you’re like me, explore with my camera! Summer is ending here, though the weather won’t seem to let it go (it’s been warm and sunny for a full month!), but the flowers are becoming crispy and withered and things are starting to turn towards the beautiful days of Autumn, my favorite time of the year.
(images: holly becker for decor8)
Thank you for joining me on decor8 this week, I’ve enjoyed sharing this space with you and I hope that you’ve been inspired by all of the things you’ve seen and read. I’m working on an American schedule despite living in Germany so I will observe U.S. holidays and take off on Labor Day. We’ll meet again on Tuesday, September 8th. But first (don’t go!) I have a few things to share…
On Tuesday, Leslie will be back with more Color Me Pretty for you to enjoy — wait until you see what she has in store for you this time — you will LOVE the visual feast she has created. I’ll also resume writing Etsy Take Five Tuesdays and Musical Thursdays as well, starting on the 8th. In October, I’ll have a second editor come aboard alongside Leslie and I, I will reveal who she is when the time comes but she has committed to spending 6 months with me on decor8 and to post biweekly so this will be such a lovely addition.
So… I shall see you in just a few days. Make this weekend a good one! Decorate your car with balloons or something…. This vintage Mercedes was decked out down the street from me this past Sunday – don’t you love it?!
(image: holly becker for decor8)