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June 2010

Decorating Tips

Olioboard: Moodboard App

June 9, 2010

I wrote about Olioboard today over at Real Simple but in case you didn’t see it I have to show and tell here too! Olioboard is a new web app for creating your own moodboards online that you can save, share and also click on products to shop for them. It’s such a clever app that I’m sure many of you will like. I bet this will be one of those, “Oh why did Holly have to tell me about THIS?” websites though because I imagine it could be a major time robber. But hey, have fun (and free!) and perhaps after trying it a bit you can let me know what you think.

Olioboard: Moodboard App

Note: The above board was not created by me, it was made by a Olioboard member.

I just created an account called decor8, if you want to connect with me there. See you at Olioboard!

(image: olioboard)






Inspiration

Inspired By…

June 9, 2010

How about a little interior inspiration today? I sometimes like to pull some images that get my creative juices flowing and just stare at them — I like to pick out all of the details, wonder what inspired the person to arrange things a certain way, and then I think of how I would edit it if it were my own home, etc. Do you do this too? I found some images mostly from Emma that inspire me and since I don’t intend to steal her thunder please click over to visit her blog. She has curated some gorgeous images over the past few weeks and as I was catching up on all of my blog reading this morning I collected some that stood out the most. A few I found myself by clicking around on some of her links…

Inspired By...

A kitchen photographed by Swedish photographer Per Gunnarsson.

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A yummy bedroom styled by Susanna Vento.

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A sweet spot for sun and warmth from the stove… Via Hus & Hem.

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Living/inspiration nook from A Beautiful Living. I especially like the I Love You poster in many languages. Lovely.

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Art and a pretty shelf from Hus & Hem.

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Inspiring mood board from Ina & Matt in the Netherlands.

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Lovely, lovely! From Hus & Hem.

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I’ve been loving gold accents lately so I found a vintage gold teapot, creamer and sugar bowl to add to my growing collection of gold and gold-rimmed things. :) My love for gold is precisely why this room caught my eye. I also love the frames. This photo is from Hus & Hem.

Are their any rooms above that catch your eye? Why? What do you like about them?

(images: linked to their sources above.)






Stationery

INK + WIT

June 9, 2010

Tara at INK + WIT recently launched so many sweet new things in her collection that I simply must share them briefly with you. Stamps sets, tea towels, posters… it’s all uniquely Tara and I think they would make such grand gift ideas, don’t you?

INK + WIT

INK + WIT

INK + WIT

INK + WIT

INK + WIT

The mobile is very nice – for adults or children – and the rubber stamps can lead to many fun and inspiring craft projects, can’t they? Do you use rubber stamps and if so, what for?

Psst: Tara shared some of her favorite things on decor8 last September, if you missed that post here you go! (images: ink + wit)






Decorating Tips

Nesting Dolls Baby Shower Idea

June 8, 2010

I promise! Just because I said that I want to start planning a family next year does not mean that every post on decor8 is going to turn ga-ga-goo-goo on you! But I can’t resist sharing these photos from a baby shower that Kathleen Kennelly Ullman from Twig & Thistle recently planned for her sister Allison because it’s just too cute. I especially love how the nesting dolls were customized to look like the family — the daddy nesting doll with the beard had me cracking up the moment I saw it!

Nesting Dolls Baby Shower Idea

Nesting Dolls Baby Shower Idea

Nesting Dolls Baby Shower Idea

Nesting Dolls Baby Shower Idea

Nesting Dolls Baby Shower Idea

Nesting Dolls Baby Shower Idea

Some design details that Kathleen has shared on her blog for you to walk away with…

1. She bought nesting dolls in the raw for $10 from Amazon and hand painted them to resemble her sister, husband and baby boy on the way and used them as a cake topper. 2. Each seat at the table had a crossword puzzle based on Allison and Ryan and words related to pregnancy and parenthood. The game helped guests to mingle and have fun. 3. To add a bit of whimsy to the table she found retro gray and white striped straws for the glassware. 4. For favors, she made fabric envelopes inspired by ones that Rebecca Thuss made shown here. Inside she put shortbread cookies and sealed them with a diaper pin. 5. She letterpressed the lovely invites herself!

Isn’t this the most adorable, yet simple, shower idea? I love it. Less is more!

(images: kathleen kennelly ullman)






Books + Magazines

Stylist Lili Diallo

June 8, 2010

New York props stylist Lili Diallo has such an amazing eye, I loved her work in Domino magazine and can’t wait until her new book releases at the end of the year. Have you heard of her? If not, you’ll be happy for the introduction after seeing a few views from her online portfolio…

Stylist Lili Diallo

I caught a peek of her upcoming book on Amazon — it is being published by Clarkson Potter and is called Details: A Stylist’s Secrets to Creating Inspired Interiors. It looks quite juicy — I love the idea of a stylist sharing her secrets in a book! I imagine that so many will really feel inspired after seeing beautiful rooms and reading her tips and inspirations throughout. How can you not be!? Below is a shot of the cover, stay tuned for a review once I get my hands on a copy later this year. I can’t wait to share more!

Stylist Lili Diallo

I’m really looking forward to this book and Lili’s take on interior styling and hope that if you have time today that you’ll pop over to her website to see more of her work. Enjoy!

(images: lili diallo)






Fashion + Accessories

Alphabet Bags

June 7, 2010

I adore the new coin purses from Alphabet Bags, they are so sweet! Each has been screen printed with black ink onto natural white cotton so there is a vintage look to them, especially with the clasp! I also like the black trim and that each purse has been laminated to protect from stains and marks.

Alphabet Bags

Alphabet Bags

Alphabet Bags

Alphabet Bags

Alphabet Bags

Wouldn’t the coin purses look cute displayed in a shadow box — you could have four boxes with four purses to spell something and mount them on the wall over your dressing table or dresser. That would be quirky and sweet! Alphabet bags has totes too as you can see above. Old Bag is my favorite – ha ha ha! Hayley & Lucas did such a sweet job on this collection — congrats you two!

(images: alphabet bags)






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