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January 2010

Color Inspiration, Decorating Tips

Photographer Anitta Behrendt + Turquoise

January 25, 2010

Let’s dive into the week with the inspiring work of photographer Anitta Behrendt who lives in Copenhagen whom I found back in September 2008 in German decorating magazine Living & More (blogged here).

Photographer Anitta Behrendt + Turquoise

I recently saw her on someone’s tumblr site and now I cannot remember who… but anyway if you read design magazines in this part of the world chances are you may be quite familiar with her work already. And if not, perhaps seeing these photos today will be a fresh glimpse into some very lovely interiors shot by a talented lady who makes beautiful rooms even more radiant. While peeking through the photos shown please be on the look out for buttons hand sewn onto a sofa. You’ll want to run home and duplicate the look!

Photographer Anitta Behrendt + Turquoise

With turquoise being the “it” trend color for 2010, some of these rooms may even give you a few ideas on ways to introduce it into your home if you don’t already have this breezy blue… one of my favorite colors. Especially since you will likely find it readily available in most stores so if you’re out shopping it should be easy to find.

Photographer Anitta Behrendt + Turquoise

How can you bring turquoise into the home? You can paint an accent piece, like a cabinet, bookcase or table in turquoise, even something smaller like a picture frame or a stool. Or if you’d like to be subtle, paint the inside of a cabinet with glass doors and inside, place all of your china and/or white porcelain so that the white really jumps out from the turquoise background. You can add a print from Etsy to your walls which lots of turquoise in it, or look for solid or patterned throw pillows to toss on the sofa or bed. Even glass bottles and vases, or pots, turquoise is nice as a bold statement or as a simple accent. You can even use clothes, jewelry and handbags as decorative accessories so pull out those turquoise beads and place them on a hook over your dresser. It goes with so many other colors from red to black, yellow to green, and looks especially nice with chocolate brown though I tend to prefer it with white and black and a touch of lilac and pale lime. In my home, I use turquoise in all of my rooms as an accent, for instance my taper candles are a light shade and my candle holders are white and silver.

Photographer Anitta Behrendt + Turquoise

Aren’t these rooms beautiful? I hope that you’ll take a moment today to look at Anitta’s online portfolio where you can be exposed to more of her lush interiors. Some days I just want to move to Copenhagen because I’ve not been and for a small city it certainly seems to have a lot of talent living there… Perhaps I’ll drive up this Spring or take the ICE. I need a mini break and I just have to see this city to believe all the hype for myself. Since moving to northern Germany I’m exposed to Danish life + culture so much more, time to get up there and shake a tail feather! Ha ha! Does anyone even say that anymore? I feel so behind with American slang it isn’t even funny!

Anyway, enjoy Anitta and I’ll be back with more goodies in a few…

(images: anitta behrendt)

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Happy Weekend!

January 22, 2010

Thank you for joining me on decor8 this week, as always it was nice to play hostess and share inspiration and ideas with you. I have so much going on this weekend, including another place to go see (we’re searching for a new flat) and a lovely little local ladies meeting here in my neighborhood with some designers I admire as I’m baking an idea that I want to share with them to promote creativity and design locally. And to get me in the mood for Spring, I went out and bought some flowers at the market, though tulips are all I could find and a few sprigs or this and that, but they make me happy so I went with them again… I tried to create a little Spring in my home this morning, and thankfully the sunshine is helping me out.

Happy Weekend!

Happy Weekend!

I also have materials to write for week two of the class that I am teaching and a podcast to record, and of course date night with my husband. Like most of us, I’ll be busy again until we meet back on Monday but it is a good busy and fingers crossed that the place we look at is THE place and I can put aside my apartment hunt and get on with my life because really… isn’t it the most consuming task ever? My goodness! So with that, I wish you all a cozy and wonderful weekend and I hope that you can find something that will bring in a little bit of spring to your home this weekend too.

Bis spaeter!

(images: holly becker for decor8)

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Racks + Books

January 22, 2010

From my title you may assume this post will be about some dumb new American reality show where beauty competes against brains to win the bachelor or something. But no, I’m simply pulling together inspiration for my next apartment (we’re currently on the hunt) and I thought I’d share some from Skona Hem in Sweden and they happen to include a rack and some books and I am simply making an attempt at being clever with my quirky title.

Racks + Books

I love the pendant above, though I wonder if little Greta is missing her ballet tutu and hasn’t thought to look up? And I’m digging the clothes rack in the home below, not because I’d ever consider doing it now (my clothes are not nearly as hip as this homeowner), but because I had one from an old store in my bedroom in Boston for years and my friends would laugh at me for not having a proper closet. They thought it was so tragic that I had a vintage rolling clothes rack in my bedroom. I wish I could have pulled out this exact photograph below to prove to them that I wasn’t only too broke to afford a proper closet, but apparently I was hip and cool to have even used one in the first place. Plus we all know that once the Swedish give something their stamp of approval that things we once saw as strange suddenly become Oh My God desirable.

Racks + Books

Racks + Books

What do you think of books with pretty covers displayed as art? I see this idea in lots of decorating magazines here where a series of 3 shelves are installed, usually slim ones with lips created specifically for leaning art against the wall, and instead of photos and prints you see cookbooks or artsy books. I loved this idea when I first spotted it a few years ago and the more I see it lately I’m considering the idea for my kitchen. Would you do it? Anything in these images that catches your eye?

(photos: skona hem)

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I Heart Shannon Fricke

January 20, 2010

I’m so star-struck by stylist and author Shannon Fricke in Australia. I wait for her posts in my inbox and the very second I see one I immediately click over and fall in love. Take this gorgeous image she posted below for example, this is something that she recently styled for a magazine… how beautiful.

I Heart Shannon Fricke

Her blog and all three of her books have had a tremendously positive influence on me since the first time I discovered them. And you know what she did one time? She sent me one of her books with a lovely note that I will always cherish, it is what drew me to her right away — she’s not only talented and successful (you can read her column in Inside Out magazine, one I subscribe to just to read her words) but she’s really down-to-earth and sweet.

It’s been awhile since that lucky day when I received her gift, but I’ve not forgotten the kind gesture and so Shannon, this post is a little shout out to you and the magical work that you do. From your writing to your styling and photography, it has all touched me so greatly and in addition, has provided the total escapism that I sometimes need during cold winters as I watch this lady style gorgeous settings in sunny Australia.

I Heart Shannon Fricke

Before I wrap up this post, Shannon found a gorgeous photo from Anthropologie (above) that I know I’ll keep and post to my inspiration board because I love a good butterfly print and these absolutely have my heart. What a lovely room. Shannon sure knows how to pick the best spaces for sharing on her blog.

Shannon, you’re the best!

(image t0p: shannon fricke and bottom: anthropologie)

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Rooms of Blooms

January 20, 2010

I’m glad that you enjoyed my flower power post from earlier today. Seeing beautiful floral arrangements never ceases to put a smile on my face. Let’s look at some rooms with a floral theme to keep the beauty flowing, shall we? I’m all about the eye candy today, I find that bright colors and bold patterns are preparing me for Spring and helping to clear away those cloudy skies outside.

Rooms of Blooms

Bed of Flowers B&B

Rooms of Blooms

Domino magazine

Rooms of Blooms

Dottie Angel

Rooms of Blooms

House Beautiful

Rooms of Blooms

Anna Spiro

Rooms of Blooms

Vogue Living

Rooms of Blooms

Linda Barker Bedding

Rooms of Blooms

An floral inspiration folder that I created.

Rooms of Blooms

Art and Ghosts

Rooms of Blooms

Amy Butler

Rooms of Blooms

Shannon Fricke

Rooms of Blooms

Tracy Lorna Nors

Rooms of Blooms

Tanya Whelan

Rooms of Blooms

Anna French Wallpaper

Rooms of Blooms

Elle Decoration South Africa

Whether you choose just a touch, through a pillow or a painting, or bold blooms spread over an entire wall, florals can be the perfect touch to any home no matter what style – modern, minimalist, romantic, eclectic. Aren’t these spaces so alluring?

(images linked to their sources above)

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