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July 2010

Decorating Tips, Inspiration

Inspirational Styling & Ideas

July 21, 2010

Looking through the pages of VTWonen is always a beautiful adventure for me. When I came back from the states, a fresh new issue awaited me in the mailbox and it filled me with pleasure as I examined its contents – so fresh and inspiring! I think the stuff coming out of the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden are super interesting and fresh — VTWonen is a Dutch magazine — and I delight whenever I see the styling work coming out of these countries… their take on interiors and objects is very creative don’t you think? Here are some examples of what I am referring to… I’ll take you through each photo with some of my own notes and ideas for you today.

Inspirational Styling & Ideas

If you carefully cut floral patterns out of your favorite wallpaper, you can adhere them to a cabinet like this one. Lovely! You can do the same with fabric.

Inspirational Styling & Ideas

You don’t always need a proper coffee table, why not use a stool instead?

Inspirational Styling & Ideas

Try using buttons as hooks – this is a sweet idea, isn’t it?

Inspirational Styling & Ideas

Do you knit? Why not knit up some socks for your tables, chairs or stools?

Inspirational Styling & Ideas

Try making (or shopping for) a quilt made out of wool squares? It’s tactile and adds warmth to your home and to you during cold weather. While you’re at it, why not be inspired by the wool squares and build a palette for your room? You can pick up the colors in the throw also on your shelves and throw pillows. Another tip: You do not need to place objects on ALL of your shelves… a little breathing room goes a long way as you can see above.

Inspirational Styling & Ideas

I’m not sure what is on this wall, but upon closer inspection it almost appears to be squares of plywood white-washed. If so, what a lovely idea! But that is not what attracted me to this arrangement — it’s the patchwork throw rug on the floor. I am dying to either make one or buy something similar this winter. I love the idea of using a bunch of vintage kilim rugs in this way.

Inspirational Styling & Ideas

I guess you can call this photo the ultimate chair shot. I mean, c’mon — isn’t this shabby-terrific chair to die for? I love it in all of its raggedy charm.

Inspirational Styling & Ideas

Hello pretty decor idea. Jars on a shelf with little sprigs of lavender, a walnut, some ribbon inside? I mean, this is so sweet, affordable and easy. I use jars for vintage photos of my family (see mine here) but this is a pretty idea, too.

Inspirational Styling & Ideas

A. Love how simple paper is collaged on a wall with a deer head sitting on top of the arrangement. The wall color is gorgeous, too. B. I love this piece of furniture, if you don’t have something like it you can try the idea of simply painting a dresser gray and your drawer fronts in cream for a similar look. C. A branch painted white and used to display your kitchen utensils? BRILLIANT. D. I love the idea of using metal glass cabinets on top of tables to display certain precious things that you don’t want little hands to grab at (or big curious hands to pick up!).

Inspirational Styling & Ideas

E. I really like the whiteness of this dresser with the hardware in white, too. Something about it is soothing… Though I’d have to add some pattern so perhaps I’d line the drawers with colorful wallpaper and paint the exteriors of the drawers in bright yellow so there is a little surprise when you open them. F. What a pretty idea for displaying your cherished jewelry! Put a jewelry tree and a pretty stem in a display box on top of your dresser. Lovely! G. Painting a wall a super electric color like this, then wallpapering a thick border around it like this one in a patchwork style takes a lot of guts, doesn’t it? But with results like this, courage really pays off! H. This sofa almost looks like something a kid would have in a collage, almost futon-like, right? But with a beautiful patchwork wool throw spread across it, and simple surroundings that are quite neutral, it went from collage dorm to casual and chic. There is hope for a futon!

Inspirational Styling & Ideas

I. It can be a lot of fun to play around with scale as this example shows. What makes this arrangement work though is that no single item is the main star, they are all equals, so your eye just follows the arrangement with ease. J. I have come across a ton of these rattan chairs, in natural wood, before but the idea of spray painting one black never crossed my mind until I saw this photo. It really made the lines of this chair so much more pronounced and interesting. The massive rug is lovely too, the pattern is gorgeous in black and white. To create this look on a budget, I saw a round maize rug like this in Los Angeles at the World Market store on Fairfax in green/white, chocolate/white and red/white for only $19.99 and wish I could have fit it in my luggage — gorgeous! K. The massive pleated drum pendant steals the show but it’s the table cover that attracted my attention the most with it’s almost tie-dyed border and uneven hem. Fab. L. Plaid pizza restaurant wallpaper in blue and white? In a bedroom? Why not! This works, doesn’t it?

Inspirational Styling & Ideas

1. I like the idea of displaying only white objects like this – it is very attractive and makes for a interesting, soft focal point. And if you happen to have a lot of white ceramic pieces like I do, it can control the clutter of having them spread all over the home by grouping them in a single space. 2. You barely notice a sofa with an outstanding throw laid on the sofa like this one. So if your sofa is a bit blah, try placing a gorgeous throw, scarf, or blanket on it neatly to draw the eye away from the couch and onto the bright, happy fabric that you love. 3. Show of hands, how many of you own this shelf/ledge from IKEA? I do! Most people tend to keep it white but this one is the hottest pink in the world and well, it’s fun and interesting. So why not paint your shelf in a complementary color that will add a little spark to your space? 4. I really love it when people adhere their favorite fabric to those boring white pull-down plastic shades. It is so pretty to have pattern on the windows like this, especially for those who rent and cannot add color to the walls. It’s a good way to bring pattern to eye level.

Inspirational Styling & Ideas

5. While finding a fabulous drum pendant like this one may be a chore, you can easily duplicate the look of this table by simply painting your tabletop in a rad color that makes you happy. 6. Do you have pillows and blankets that you could fold neatly and stack near your sofa or fireplace? If you never thought about it before, this pile of pretty things may inspire you. 7. If you want to add storage to your workspace, try arranging boxes and bins on a wall in a similar fashion as shown above. It’s interesting to look at and will help you to enjoy work a lot more when you know where everything is! 8. A bright bowl with some favorite photos and postcards inside against a lovely tablecloth is sometimes all it takes to give a kitchen a boost!

I hope that you have enjoyed some of my decorating and styling ideas today as I was quite inspired by VTWonen and wanted to share some of my own thoughts with their gorgeous photography. Now I’m curious though, out of all of the ideas above, what stands out the most to you? What would you try at home? What have you already tried?

(images: vtwonen)






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Hello Friends!

July 21, 2010

Hello friends! It’s Holly back in action once again! I’m so sorry for not being around much to talk to you for the past two weeks, I tried to pop in when I had time but I’ve been working very hard in both NYC and Los Angeles on shoots with Debi Treloar – I am styling homes and she is shooting them for the Decorate book that I’ve been working on as some of you already know. It’s been a great deal of fun and I’ve learned so much in the process, I can’t wait to share more about the things I’ve learned in the weeks to come because I think they may interest you — but I’m still recovering from the flight back to Germany from LA so I’m a bit slow mentally right now – lol – and cannot find words as I would like to. To summarize my time away though – it was just grand!

Hello Friends!

It’s funny, my friend Ingrid told me that when I finish this process that I will be a different person. I didn’t know what she meant when she said it, but the skeptic in me highly doubted any part of this process would change me. But it has in ways that I did not expect and I will reveal those as I go because some of it is a bit emotional and I’m too tired to go into it today.

I am happy with the work I’ve done and proud of myself, but also very excited to share the homes with you in the book that I scouted because they each have such unique styles and personalities that inspired me quite a lot. Being out and inside of homes, moving around personal belongings, examining details on a cabinet or inside of a bookcase, just being “in” a space like that felt wonderful and I hope that images reflect my passion for this project when you see them. It also gave me a lot of fuel and excitement for future book projects and even projects that I have planned to show on decor8 in the months to come — I feel like I am ready to blossom into other areas and experiment more on decor8 as well so stay tuned for some new features that I will launch on this blog in the winter that will no doubt excite and inspire you, too. My goal is always to keep things fresh and forward because I think in a world as saturated as our online one has become that we, as blog authors, want to keep our loyal readers happy and stimulated but most importantly fill our emotional glass FIRST — so I will continue to work on giving you some happy content to enrich your day and hopefully, even make your life a little happier too. I feel I have so much more to offer you as readers now more than ever before and that is a really good feeling for me to have. I still have more traveling to do — to London, Belgium and the Netherlands — but my days away will not be as long as before so I’ll be blogging quite regularly going forward.

Okay so I’m officially back to blogging on a daily Monday – Friday schedule. Leslie has been so kind as to cover for me while I was away (thank you, dear Leslie). Did I tell you that we were able to meet? Oh yes! We actually worked together a full day and then in the evening, she and her lovely husband took us out to this hip sushi place on Hollywood and Vine where we ate and laughed and enjoyed the whole virtual-to-reality bit of going from virtual friends to “real life” friends as Leslie and I have done. It was so much fun to finally meet my contributing editor here on decor8 – we’ve been working together for a year as she has done an exceptional job producing her color me pretty columns – and she has been a very strong addition to my Blogging Your Way e-courses as a co-teacher, so meeting up was absolute perfection. I can’t wait to teach alongside her again in our next class coming up in September (registration will begin in August, to get on the mailing list please click here). Leslie dear, thank you for everything! You really made my trip to LA shine! Oh and she even came with me to a shoot one day to “assist” though it was more like her just hanging out with Debi and I as I moved and shuffled things around. Leslie was great to have there on a shoot as she was so encouraging and engaged, it really made things so nice for me and to spend an extra day with her was an absolute honor for me.

I’ll be back in a moment with some posts for today – see you in a moment dear friends!

(image: holly becker for decor8)






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Heidi Lerkenfeldt Photography

July 20, 2010

Hello Friends, it is Leslie again filling in for Holly while she is getting settled back at home after her trip to the US (she will be back with you on a regular schedule tomorrow). But first, I put together a few of my favorite photographs by the incredible Heidi Lerkenfeldt to inspire you today. I was reminded of how beautiful her work is from a recent UK Elle Décor magazine. You can view more of Heidi’s work on her site Lerkenfeldt Photography. Have you heard of her before?

Heidi Lerkenfeldt Photography

There are some nice ideas for summer decorating in these images. The blooms in that interesting striped bowl are a pretty idea for a low table arrangement. The pale colored wood boards with tones of light citrus, barely there pink and powder blue could be potential paint chips for an interior project.

Heidi Lerkenfeldt Photography

I have yet to get into edible flowers, but those dainty sandwiches look amazing! The touches of pink, lavender and lemon yellow in these rooms look really fresh and elegant without being too girly.

Heidi Lerkenfeldt Photography

I like the use of the same chair in different colors around the dining table don’t you? I think summer is here for some of us with perfectly painted toenails, fancy sandals, embroidered tunics, white sofas and rooms washed with light…a girl is allowed to dream right? – Leslie.

(images: heidi lerkenfeldt)






Etsy Faves

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

July 20, 2010

Hello Friends, it is Leslie here with another collection of Etsy finds for you. The picks are quite summery because it’s warming up here in Los Angeles and it is hard for me to think about anything else. I hope you enjoy browsing through these wonderful shops.

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

1. Mincing Mockingbird 5×7 Print. This shop has an incredible collection of fine art prints and cards. I especially love this little 5 by 7 print that I purchased.

2. Gallant and Jones Caligata Garden Deckchair. Beautifully handmade chairs and stools finished in all sorts of fabrics.

3. OliveManna Hand-Dyed Jute Twine. A few items are featured from this store today and I could really do an entire post on this store as it is a dreamy place for me!

4. OliveManna Hand-Dyed Twill Tape Fabric Ribbon. Gorgeous ribbons and the product shot is perfect!

5. The Wild Plum Japanese Wood Serving Bowls. These bowls are elegant and and would look beautiful on an open shelf in the kitchen.

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

6. Atelier Pompadour Paper Globe Ornament. I could imagine these hanging in a child’s room instead of a mobile or possible off some branches in a vase. 7. Prince Design bird bowl. This shop has such pretty patterns and sweet pieces like this can really brighten up any tiny corner of your home. 8. This and That From Japan elephants fabric in green. A fun fabric I have in my collection. 9. Leah Giberson Caravan Series. I really enjoyed browsing through Leah’s stunning artwork. 10. Jill Bent Grain Sack Pillow. These pillows are casual and sophisticated!

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

11. Peeko Apparel Canvas Tote. It seems we cannot get enough of stripes this summer and this bag looks really functional and well made of reclaimed cotton fabric. 12. Fishbone Deco Retro Fan. It is a feat when you can find a fan that looks this good. 13. OliveManna Jute Twine. More twine for a summer project. 14. Spinthread Cubic Bracelet. I just love this bracelet and am having to really hold myself back from buying it right now! 15. Extraseed Eco Friendly Leather Flat. There are many pretty flats to check out in this shop.

Thank you for joining me for another edition of Etsy Take Five and I will see you back here in a moment with another post to inspire you — Holly is back in Germany now and will be with you again tomorrow. – Leslie.

(images linked to their sources above)






DIY, Inspiration

8 Summery DIY Ideas

July 15, 2010

Hello Friends, it is Leslie here with eight summery DIY ideas I found. Even if it is winter where you are I hope you find some of these ideas inspiring.

8 Summery DIY Ideas

1. Lots of quick and easy ideas for cleaning up your home’s entryway can be found at Real Simple like this one or this one. I love the painted on floor mat in this front hall!
2. Check out the directions on how to use colorful dyes to brighten up any basic canvas shoe on Martha Stewart Living.

8 Summery DIY Ideas

3. Benita of Chez Larsson shares her fabulous organization tips for her home office here and here.
4. Benita also explains about how she organizes her photographs in this post. There are lots of really good home improvement projects and ideas that Benita shares at Chez Larsson, I am sure you will enjoy reading more once you visit her!

8 Summery DIY Ideas

5. Even though it is Winter in Australia, Donna Hay still has some beautiful summer entertaining recipes and ideas here.
6. I think poufs are everywhere because they are an easy way to add color or update a sitting area. Here is a pattern to make your own by Amy Butler. You can find more information about the pattern and how much fabric you will need on Amy’s gorgeous site right here.

8 Summery DIY Ideas

7. Isn’t this DIY chevron rug project amazing? Please visit the Little Green Notebook Blog by Pearl Street Interiors to read about how to make an inexpensive Ikea rug not something fabulous all by yourself.
8. I had to end with this delicious looking cherry crumble cake as it would be perfect for a picnic or with tea while doing a little reading. Mowie of Mowielicious is always whipping up something incredible and I am sure you will enjoy checking out his beautiful blog.

I hope you have found a project or two that may spark your creative energy this week. I will see you back here soon, until then take care and thank you. — Leslie.

P.S. Holly and I spent the day together, she says hello to all of you! xo






Etsy Faves

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

July 14, 2010

Hello Friends, it is Leslie here with another Etsy Take Five Tuesday or rather “Take Fifteen”. I hope you enjoy visiting these artists’ shops as much as I did. Even though I am showing lots of turquoise and golden yellow there are many colorful pieces to be found in each fabulous shop. Are you ready? Let’s get started!

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

This beautiful 8×8 Fine Art Photograph by Jessica of Sweet Eventide could brighten up any room in your home. 2. A fresh ironing board cover by City Chic Country Mouse could really help motivate me to iron or at the very least make my laundry room look a whole lot prettier! 3. I just love the pattern on this mouse pad by shim and sons. Check out their shop for other great patterns. 4. The Citrus Ruffles necklace designed by Danni of oh hello friend could be a lovely birthday present for someone special.

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

5. I love the “Its whats inside that counts” handprinted screenprint handprinted by Hazel Nicholls of Reapwhatisew. 6. The Blue Dream Charm Necklace by Tamar of Nest Pretty Things is sweet, romantic and just perfect for summer. 7. Thet “love birds” design card by truth.be.told out of Australia would look good framed! 8. I am a huge fan of this illustration titled,“Penny Peacock” — actually I love all of Merilee’s work, the artist behind Tuesday Mourning. 9. A fun print on a piece of fabric for sale at Pink Polka Dot Studio.

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10.The Marilyn Necklace is another oh so pretty piece by Tamar of Nest Pretty Things. 11. “Ellen” print by Tuesday Morning again -amazing! 12. “When Will It Stop” by Laura Amiss, the doily clouds are perfect, this piece would be awesome in my niece’s room. 13. I really like this Goldenrod retro tea set at Gathering Vintage because I could use the cream and sugar pieces on their own and then all the pieces would make great holders for flowers, anyways, check out their great shop for more sets. 14. Trays like this hand painted metal one from Modish Vintage are really functional as you can use them, hang them on the wall as art or gift them. 15. This ginko pattern fabric comes in many colors and I think you will enjoy seeing all the fabrics featured in Frumafar as it is a visual treat.

Tomorrow I’m hanging out with Holly for the day while she is in L.A. but I’ll be posting again so stay tuned!!!

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