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Greens, Blues, Yellows…

September 14, 2010

Yesterday was a busy Monday but such a great one. The week started off very well. How about for you? I had to teach the BYW class (we’re having so much fun!) and then needed to sketch lots of floor plans for a project I’m working on.

Greens, Blues, Yellows...

{johnny vintage}

In addition, I was quite busy organizing work things, then I went out for an hour in the forest to just clear my mind and work out which was a real treat. I’m in the process of redesigning the decor8 template and working with a graphic designer on a new logo (and tagline) plus I’m putting a proposal together for my next book to give to my literary agent in October.

Greens, Blues, Yellows...

{dottie angel}

On top of that, I’m going to Morocco in a month for a teaching trip and need to plan out my lessons and handouts — and then in early November I’ll be in Istanbul for a week. I can’t wait to see Turkey! My dear friend will take me to the hidden gems there so that I can share some shopping tips with you upon my return.

Greens, Blues, Yellows...

{nest decorating}

Greens, Blues, Yellows...

{nest decorating}

Greens, Blues, Yellows...

{frau mayer and cat}

Greens, Blues, Yellows...

{ish and chi}

I also move in a few weeks — we went into our new place today to measure the kitchen and bathroom, I drew a floor plan for each, and now I have to get started on the design of it. I counted how many lights we need to install, 15! That breaks down to 11 pendants, 2 sconces and 2 bathroom lights. Oh my! Wish me luck on that, I’ve never had to purchase so many lights in my life in one shot.

Greens, Blues, Yellows...

{gigi melo}

Greens, Blues, Yellows...

{wood & wool stool}

Greens, Blues, Yellows...

{dottie angel}

This busyness is fun though, but sometimes I wonder how I’m not wearing socks that don’t match and how I end up leaving the house with matching earrings on because my brain is all over the place!

Greens, Blues, Yellows...

{paula mills}

Greens, Blues, Yellows...

{Mes petites curiosités}

Greens, Blues, Yellows...

{red jet whistle}

Greens, Blues, Yellows...

{dottie angel}

Greens, Blues, Yellows...

{frau mayer and cat}

Greens, Blues, Yellows...

{the happy home}

Greens, Blues, Yellows...

{lakb design}

I hope you are doing well! In this post I’ve placed some inspiration taken from my Flickr group called Interior Styling. Members are invited to post edited and styled rooms and corners of rooms, it’s a very sweet group and a nice place to take a break during the week to flip through all of the images submitted there. I hope that you’ll bookmark it, or join, and visit regularly.

I see a theme above — lots of greens, blues, yellows… so soothing and cozy.

(images linked to their sources above)


  • Reply laura trevey September 14, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Love the sweet floral arrangements…

  • Reply Courtney Dirks September 14, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    I would love to see the sconces you picked out for your new place. I’d love to replace 2 in our house, but I haven’t come across anything that really jumps out at me yet…I’m hoping to find something modern, yet playful and colorful without breaking the bank!

  • Reply Justine September 14, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    Sounds like you have a lot on your plate but they’re all awesome things! Morocco will be a blast! Watch “Casablanca” on the plane! Haha! Lovely postings :) thanks for getting my Tuesday kick started with some beauty!

  • Reply Seema September 14, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    Vow ! luv the bedroom, bookmarked it.

  • Reply Minnie September 14, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    Wow, those images are fantastic! I am loving all the little details. So cozy and eclectic. And boy do you ever have a busy schedule, but it all sounds so exciting. How wonderful because it’s what you’ve worked for the past few years. :-)

  • Reply Becky D September 14, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    Mmmm – love the top 2 pictures especially. Good luck with your lighting choices!!

  • Reply Keighley@thebellalife September 14, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    AMAZING pictures. I am green with envy hearing about your trips! What a great opportunity for work and play. Take lots of pictures. xoxo

  • Reply Frau Mayer September 14, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Hey, it’s weird to see my modest home here :)
    Blue + yellow seems to be the best colour combo ever. I SO need some yellow in my study (the curtains will be blue, I totally chickened and didn’t take yellow ones).
    I’m sure you’re gonna love Morocco – and it’s too bad you’re going to Turkey in November, I’d love all those secret insider tips before I go (VERY soon) :(
    Thanks for that Paula Mills picture, somehow I missed it – and she has the coolest study ever. Oh, studies, my big big love!

  • Reply Cheryl September 14, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    hey, Holly, your cup over-floweth. Good to take walks in nature and breathe!

    hey, did you make it to West Elm when you were back in the U.S. (July, was it)? bring anything home with you? wondering what items you esp like in their recent catalog?

    I really like some of their rustic decor items in their catalog photos. But they don’t actually sell any of those –like the rustic stools, for example. So I wrote them and got a reply back yesterday and they said that they will pass on my liking them and they only use those items for photo shoots. In my opinion they absolutely make the photo special. Thought you might appreciate this exchange since you’ve been so engaged in photo shoots of late

    do you know where I might look for rustic modern stools, like this one in WE’s catalog?

    Love that basket from the above website’s link too.

    Thanks, Holly!

  • Reply Just September 14, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    keep my fingers crossed for your projects (especially THE BOOK)
    I love the white studio picture and greenish glass in the nest decorating photo:)

    good luck!

    • Reply decor8 September 14, 2010 at 9:10 pm

      @Just – Thank you so much! I can’t wait to see it too.

  • Reply Mary September 14, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    My goodness, you are busy! But it’s good to be busy with such creative and exciting projects. I’m sure you will look back on this time in your life and smile in amazement at what you’ve accomplished and the adventures you’ve had. Morocco and Turkey – how wonderful! Can’t wait to see what you find there. Love the bedroom corner shot from Dottie Angel and the workspace shot from Paula Mills.

  • Reply Jacquelynn September 14, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    I love so many of the pieces in this blog (especially the chandelier in the last photo). Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Christine September 14, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Wow, you have so much going on, but some many wonderful things!! I love how you retreat to the forest to clear your mind.. it’s amazing how much an hour away can help you focus!

  • Reply Mitali September 14, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    I loved the very first image of the bed….it is so pretty and delicate and then as I scrolled down to the last image I found one of my throw pillows on “lakb design’s” couch ! Beautiful :)

  • Reply Traveling Mama September 14, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    I love all these images! I was just thinking about your trip to Morocco and kicking myself for not signing up. I really miss Morocco. You must take at least one extra bag to bring home all your finds!

  • Reply Kat September 14, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    I love the group it’s one of my favourites. I always love what Nest and Dottie Angel share. I wonder if you’d share some photos from your forest walk sometime.
    I would so love to be well enough to go to a wood, but I haven’t in a long long time. So if you shared what you see, it’d be like I’d walked with you…

    I started a theme of posts called Enchanted Wood, so that I can imagine being in nature. It was inspired by The Faraway Tree a favourite book from childhood.
    Love kat x

    • Reply decor8 September 14, 2010 at 9:09 pm

      @Kat – I always think I will bore people to TEARS with that stuff. You’ve inspired me to go for it so next time I’m walking in the forest, I’ll snap photos and post them over on Haus Maus. :)

  • Reply OrangeFarmhouse - Maike September 14, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    Love Wood and Wood Stool, Ingrid’s products and pictures are great!

  • Reply ines September 14, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    So funny! We had the little dog on one of the photos as kids. I thought just my parents saved it for beeing trash. My kids are playing now with it as well. Lovely to see it here. Thanks for sharing all the fab stuff. I love to read or more look at your blog. ines

  • Reply simone leblanc September 15, 2010 at 12:41 am

    fantastic love wood and wool stool!

  • Reply jennifer ramos September 15, 2010 at 1:12 am

    Sounds like us…to save $ we decided to make a pendant for the entryway/foyer. It saved us like $1000 Anyway, I’m trying to be creative because the place is about 2798 sq ft. A bit bigger then what I’m in now. I’m being told the moving date is Oct. 1st. Crossing my fingers just like you are I’m sure. Good luck with everything, its’ so exciting!!

  • Reply sarah September 15, 2010 at 1:25 am

    I am love, love, loving some of these rooms you’ve shared with us today Holly. I especially love the little deer pillow in the first photo!

  • Reply Deb September 15, 2010 at 3:28 am

    That deer pillow in the first pic looks like a book I had as a child. Good luck with everything! Exciting times for you..Deb

  • Reply Sarah September 15, 2010 at 3:48 am

    Holly, you have such an exciting life…its great to hear all your news…I love the frau mayer and cat picture with the white sofa and that sparkly rug – that really caught my eye…looking forward to your new blog design too :))

  • Reply Megan {Honey We're Home} September 15, 2010 at 4:00 am

    Wow! What a lot on your plate! But you seem to be taking it all in stride- that’s great:) I also had to choose lighting for our entire house in one afternoon- I made some mistakes, but got the perfect kitchen pendant lights and I love the chandelier I chose for my closet. It feels so good when you get it right:)

  • Reply Emma September 15, 2010 at 4:48 am

    15 lights is a lot to choose but kind of amazing at the same time…imagine how much fun you will have picking them all out!

  • Reply Randiga Tråden September 15, 2010 at 10:19 am


  • Reply Ingrid Jansen September 15, 2010 at 11:28 am

    paula mills deks is a wonderful and inspriring desk! i could work there

  • Reply Jonnie Andersen September 15, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    I noticed my flickr suddenly jumped and was searching for the source, when I clicked on one of my favorite blogs only to see my own photo right there at the top. So exciting. Ever since I found your blog a year ago, I’d had hopes of one day seeing my photo here… thanks, dream come true :) I’m always inspired when I visit.

  • Reply Cindy Buehler September 15, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    Wonderful flower arrangement and slipware jug.

  • Reply Piper September 15, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    I’m living vicariously through you right now…I’ve always dreamed of going to Morocco!! I can only imagine how amazing that will be!! And seriously, I can’t WAIT until your book comes out :)

  • Reply paula Mills September 16, 2010 at 2:08 am

    Thanks for posting the shot of my my studio. : )

  • Reply Shell September 16, 2010 at 3:22 am

    Teaching in Morocco for a month sounds like the best teaching gig ever! My mom came back from Turkey in August. She said it was lovely, I know you’ll have a wonderful time. Enjoy this productive time, make sure to build in pockets of relaxation daily to refuel your creative energy.

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