Villa Collection & Northern European Design Trends (Fall 2010)

September 28, 2010

Hello everyone! I’m packing today (not heat, boxes!) but I was able to escape the sea of brown boxes for a moment to write to you. This is truly my happy space — whenever I need a place to escape, writing here gives me such a boost! How are you today? Yesterday was a very special one for us because we received the shiny new keys to our place and then went out for dinner at one of our favorite restaurants to celebrate. The mood was so perfect too — the air was fresh and crisp, it was slightly foggy, light showers… the smell of wood burning in stoves… so cozy. And dinner by candlelight made it even more memorable and special. More than ever before, I can’t wait to move in a few days!

Villa Collection & Northern European Design Trends (Fall 2010)

My husband and I feel so relieved to have found a place after so many months of intense searching. You know how hard it was for me, especially if you follow me on haus maus. Today I will have an engraved name plate made for our doorbells – yes plural – we have two of them with a fancy intercom and wall phone in the front of the house and in the back – it feels kind of posh to have two but as you get older there is ONE truth you come to realize = time is precious! You have to have at least a few things that you want in life today because mere expectation (all work/no play) can really take its toll on you emotionally.  So yes, we have two doorbells – one for decor8 (ha ha, my blog has a bell!) and one for us – isn’t that cool? This will make it so much easier now for package delivery though because many times people forget to address things with my name on it, only decor8, and because we have several different couriers there is usually confusion. It’s funny how the little things, like a name plate, can mean so much. The comforts of home.

Villa Collection & Northern European Design Trends (Fall 2010)

Speaking of the comforts of home, I must show you some glimpses into the new catalog from Danish brand Villa Collection. These things are available in Germany at shops as well which is good. I own some products from Villa Collection and am very happy with them – I buy them from my friend Daniela at Sommerflugl in Hannover – she is great if you are local, and she can order things for you if they are not currently in stock in her store (like furniture, lighting, etc.).

Villa Collection & Northern European Design Trends (Fall 2010)

Villa Collection has four specific moods this season, all accurately reflect the trends that you see in stores in my part of the world, northern Europe. One of their moods is Hot House, which is Asian minimalism meets industrial elements of the west with dots of fresh, energizing citrus hues. Another mood is called Scandinavia Today and it is a young, fresh trend rooted in nature. It is care-free, modern, minimalistic… Lots of natural wood tones, white and gray with silver accents along with lots of texture so that it feels warm and comfortable. Their next mood is called Pale & Pure which is “soft living with a modern, classy touch”. The foundation colors are dusty, chalky tones… Lavender, coral… along with natural woods and materials like raw silk and wool. It can also be less girly by using tones of green and blue. Their final mood is called Tribal Tasting. This is a colorful, spirited and spicy collection. It’s very bohemian but also quite modern with a focus on fine craftsmanship with indigenous roots. Here are some glimpses below of these moods. The nice thing is that you can mix and match elements from each to create your own custom work – something I encourage to personalize your space.

Villa Collection & Northern European Design Trends (Fall 2010)

Villa Collection & Northern European Design Trends (Fall 2010)

Villa Collection & Northern European Design Trends (Fall 2010)

Villa Collection & Northern European Design Trends (Fall 2010)

Villa Collection & Northern European Design Trends (Fall 2010)

Villa Collection & Northern European Design Trends (Fall 2010)

Villa Collection & Northern European Design Trends (Fall 2010)

I hope that you enjoyed this glimpse into some northern European trends — which one do you connect with the most? Or perhaps you see yourself merging a few and if so, which moods would you mix? Hot House, Scandinavia Today, Pale & Pure or Tribal Tasting? Mine is a mix between Scandinavia Today and Pale & Pure for sure.

(images: villa collection)


  • Reply Ludmila {} September 28, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    wow what a gorgeous post! I guess I’m a mix of Scandinavia today and Tribal tasting, although the other ones are stunning as well! And how amazing that you have the keys to your home, must be a fabulous feeling to know that you’re almost there! Once again congratulations! xo

  • Reply Andreia September 28, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    I like all these moods! Thanks for sharing! Have a nice day!

  • Reply Carrie @ CarrieCan September 28, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    After my visit to Copenhagen this summer, I’m feeling more and more like Scandinavia today :)

    But I agree with Ludmila, it all looks beautiful.

  • Reply laura September 28, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    What a beautiful atmosphere!!! Great feelings!

  • Reply Nataly Nir September 28, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Holly, this is heaven. I’m moving in! It is all things I feel for: colour, texture. Industrial and minimalism made comfortable and soft.


  • Reply juliette September 28, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    I love that your blog has a bell – but I love even more that you’re moving and excited about it! Cheers!

    • Reply decor8 September 28, 2010 at 2:48 pm

      @Juliette – Ha ha, me too. It’s a riot, right!?

  • Reply OrangeFarmhouse - Maike September 28, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Today and Pure are it for me!

  • Reply Sarah September 28, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Hi Holly: best of luck and congrats on the new flat, it sounds wonderful. This is what I love about design…there are so many beautiful choices out there and I really love all of the styles, though I think a mix of Scandinavia Today and the Pale and Pure would be my choices as well…so gorgeous, thanks for sharing and can’t wait for new pix of your “decor8ed” home!! :))

  • Reply Tabitha (From Single to Married) September 28, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    oh, packing… so much fun! Beautiful rooms, as always. Love the clean, white look!

  • Reply tiina { sparkling ink } September 28, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    Oh my, a great post once again, Holly! I agree with you, I’d like to see something between Scandinavia Today and Pale & Pure in my home. Hope your fall has been wonderful – it for sure sounds like it! xx

  • Reply Afi September 28, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    Congratulations Holly! I hope this home brings you lots of happy moments! and it’s so cool to have two doorbells! What a smart idea!

    WOW!!! They have gorgeous stuff! You guys are lucky over there :D My favorite moods are Hot House and Scandinavia Today. And I’m in love with those pink and purple candle holders! And the cactus collection xo

    A question for you Holly: Do you have Calendar Round up this year? I am almost finished with making my 2011 Giclee calendar :)

    • Reply decor8 September 28, 2010 at 2:44 pm

      Afi – Yes I’ll do a calendar round up when I’m back from Africa – so the last week of October! :)

  • Reply dunja September 28, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    dear holly! i love your blog so much! every post is an eye-candy! today the pale and pure style is my favorite, it`s for me “autumn light”. good luck for your new home, that`s very exciting, isn`t it? greets from the taunus, dunja

  • Reply Afi September 28, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Wonderful Holly! Wish you lots of fun in Africa!!! xoxo :)

  • Reply Alicia September 28, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    love it! so happy for you in your new house. i’m with you on the pale + pure.

  • Reply Krystle@CraftyHabit September 28, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Really great themes. I am a mix of Pale and Pure and tribal tasting :) Have a great day and best of luck with the move!

  • Reply Erika ~TiptoeButterfly~ September 28, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    i love the grays and use of wood! – always brings a smile!

    *kiss kiss*

  • Reply Candice@Notes From ABroad September 28, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Congratulations on your soon to be new home, your shiny new keys and your name plates ! :)
    I actually love to move. I enjoy all the aspects of new spaces, new neighborhoods and keeping life an adventure.
    And decorating, I always enjoy decorating!
    The photo with the agua and mocha colors is wonderful ! I have an all white bathroom and this has inspired me ..
    Best of luck with the move .. photos would be nice :)

  • Reply Stephanie Ryan September 28, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    I love the peaceful quality of the pale and pure. The Silver Buddha with light touches of pink and neutrals is so dreamy. Do you think we are seeing a return of pink and gray from the late 80’s?

    My sister still has her gray lacquer bedroom furniture. I will tell her to hold onto it that it may be coming back in style… of not!

    Great post Holly, beautiful.

  • Reply September 28, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    wonderful colours and images

  • Reply griottes September 28, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    Oh my god !!!!!!!!! Its just perfect !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Reply Becky D @ KingsDownRoad September 28, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Gorgeous post!! LOVE that fun pink chair!!

  • Reply christine, just bella September 28, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    Oh I am loving the pale and pure style – so peaceful and serene. Huge congratulations to you and your new home!! I can feel the excitement through your post!! :)

  • Reply Beth September 28, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    I would say I’m Pale and Pure but I love them all ! Such a great and fun blog. Wishing I could go out to dinner with candle light also :)

  • Reply Lizet September 28, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Love the ceramics! Nothing like pretty things like these to start a potters day.

  • Reply Claudia September 28, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    Wow loVe it all, great selections, especially that dining room with the paper lantern–can’t wait to see what you do with your new space…so lucky to have a blank slate–what color palate will you use in the rugs to cover up the German beloved laminates? Good luck–so happy for you and T!

    • Reply decor8 September 28, 2010 at 8:39 pm

      Claudia – Lucky for us we only have laminate in the guest room, bedroom and in my husband’s office and it actually looks really nice. The rest of the house is original wood, and my office has the original wood, so I am very happy about that. I’m so picky! But of course, I’m “around” design all day – which sometimes makes me TOO concerned!

  • Reply Amanda September 28, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    I love the soft muted color palette… very romantic

  • Reply Kelly September 28, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    It is so hot outside today, but I’m in here with the AC on looking at these peaceful/dreamy palettes. Thank you! I needed that. :-) I think I’ve got to get more pale & pure + scandinavia today in my life. Best wishes for a stress-free move!

  • Reply Marilyn September 28, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Looks like all the colors were frosted…nice touch.
    Looking forward to pictures of your new flat.
    Marilyn in Ohio

  • Reply Charlotte / l'Atelier September 28, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Nice chairs on the first pic !

  • Reply amy September 28, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    you are so right – time is precious – i think i’m slowly learning this one but it’s tough! your candlelit dinner celebration sounds so nice. congrats again on the new place!

  • Reply Ashley H September 28, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    Those little succulents are GREAT! Thanks for all the inspiration, Holly. Your blog is such a pleasure and is a little bright spot for me in every day!

    Ps. The BYW class has been wonderful too.

  • Reply cathy September 28, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    Gray, such a beautiful foundation for simple subtle color. Beautiful pics.

  • Reply Coco September 28, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    Congratulations with THE keys to your new home!
    I’m so happy for you two!

    Hard to pick one when i’m liking three: definitly the first one is Tribal Tasting then Scandinavian and last hot stove, but thats only for the element of industrial coming into it ;-)

  • Reply Lindsey@BetterAfter September 29, 2010 at 12:16 am

    Am I a wierdo because I want to see the nameplates? I am imagining them as very cute!

    • Reply decor8 September 29, 2010 at 8:53 am

      @Lindsay – When I install them I’ll take a photo though I think it’s a bit geeky of me to do that but hey, you asked for it!!!! :)

  • Reply Tiffanys Small World September 29, 2010 at 1:13 am

    I love everything here!I can certainly use these photos as inspiration.

  • Reply Wrenaissance Art September 29, 2010 at 2:04 am

    Just love the cool, northern light in all the photos. The unsaturated colors mixed with gray and white are lovely, too.

  • Reply Melissa Buchanan September 29, 2010 at 3:26 am

    Well, I love everything Scandi so I’ll have the lot please. :)
    I also now have a new ambition in life ~ for my blog to have its own doorbell. :)

    • Reply decor8 September 29, 2010 at 8:52 am

      @Melissa Buchanan – ha ha ha I loved your comment, you made me laugh. Yes, a blog with a doorbell, it’s the funniest thing isn’t it!? :) :)

  • Reply janis - pinecone camp September 29, 2010 at 4:19 am

    Enjoy your splashy new pad, with TWO doorbells!
    this post is soooo lovely. Gray has got to be the best colour to mix with anything. The charcoal gray brick wall, with the two happy purple light fixtures dangling in front….I want that room! The silvery dining room is pretty spectacular too. congrats again on the new home!

  • Reply Pam Holderman September 29, 2010 at 5:36 am

    glad you are finally moving in – can’t wait to see how you make it your own. your blog always gives a lift to my day and helps me just realize how amazing and creative beings there are around the world. thanks for that!

  • Reply Maria September 29, 2010 at 6:41 am

    Those photos are sublime! You always have such lovely photos on your blog. I’d say I’m a mix between Scandinavia Today and Tribal Tasting. That first photo with the gorgeous light tan chairs and white setting with hits of pink and lilac caught my eye – is this Scandinavia Today mood?

  • Reply Julie the Alkaline Sister September 29, 2010 at 8:28 am

    Wow it’s really happening for you. Good luck with the move! Sounds like you and me both have a huge marathon to complete before hitting Marakesh in October- I’ll be so glad to be sitting on the plane after my next couple of heavy weeks closing out my retail store! I’ll be comforted thinking of you, knowing you are working just as hard!

  • Reply flowing moments September 29, 2010 at 8:41 am

    I share your choices Holly, “Scandinavia today” allows a background for many possibilities and the feeling of being so relaxing and grounding (a mixture of earthy, watery and ethereal) and “Pale and pure”, such beautiful, poetic names and tones ! it echoes Leslie’s selection of her last post :) j’adore !!

  • Reply Sanda September 29, 2010 at 9:43 am

    I know the feeling of moving it, did it 2 time since I live in Lisbon. You must be full of expectations, plans, ideas…Smell of new house ,coloured walls..I love it. I hope everything goes ok on Friday and I wish you all the best!!!


  • Reply Diana September 29, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    For me, it’d definitely Scandanavia Today and Hot House. Love those looks!

    Good luck with the rest of your packing, I’m so excited for you to be moving into such a great space!

  • Reply Pat G September 29, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    Holly – I have enjoyed your blog over the years. I remember a couple of years ago you did a few blogs about Stockholm. I was wondering if you could tell me anything about the Interior Design Show held there next month – HEM. I will be there next week during the show and would love to go – I can’t believe my timing is so good!

    • Reply decor8 September 29, 2010 at 11:10 pm

      Pat – Yes, go to it! It’s worth it- you just take the train straight to the fairgrounds from central Stockholm and it’s about a 20 minute ride! Have fun!

  • Reply Laura Gaskill September 29, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    Good luck with all of the packing and moving, Holly! How exciting the day is finally here – yippee, I am so happy for you!! The photos of your new place via haus maus look beautiful, and I know it will be even more amazing filled with your personal style, that Holly stamp, lol!

    …and these products have me drooling, big time! I think it is probably best they are not in the States, because my wallet does not need the abuse! xo Laura

  • Reply hena tayeb September 29, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    a gorgeous soft color palette

  • Reply Tamara September 29, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    Same as you, Scandinavia Today and Pale & Pure. Oooh so lovely! I feel almost like I am already doing this in my current home, but I have seemed to bring in a lot of red as an accent color. Pale, notsomuch!

  • Reply Piper September 29, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    I think I’m a complete Scandinavian gal with a touch of the Pale & Pure – so pretty!!

  • Reply Kaho September 30, 2010 at 3:27 am

    I like scandinavia today and pale&pure. I love the soft colors and the scandinavian style in general. How interesting you have two doorbells! It’s good that you’ll no longer have problems with postman not delivering your parcels. Good luck with the move. I hear that moving is one of the biggest stresses in our lives. I look forward to seeing photos of your new home at house mouse!

  • Reply Jess (Where My Heart Is) September 30, 2010 at 4:20 am

    Holly – I’m in love with the very first image of the post. This tablescape and room is just so lovely. I love the mirror leaning against the wall and the wall candle. It all just works!

  • Reply Jan September 30, 2010 at 5:45 am

    Gorgeous. I just love the delicate greys and little floral touches that make this look both earth simple and not overly feminine.

  • Reply Rambles with Reese September 30, 2010 at 10:15 am

    Congratulations on your new place sweetie!

    I, honestly, can’t choose between any of the trends. I love them all! Perhaps that’s why my flat looks like a mish-mash of everything. I can’t make up my mind.


  • Reply jjones444 October 4, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    Congratulations on the move! I love your details of the celebration dinner. Crisp, slightly foggy air and the smell of wood burning stoves sounds like bliss! You really have two doorbells at your new place? Keep celebrating your great find with this house!

  • Reply christelle is flabbergasting March 28, 2011 at 4:47 am

    I am so in love with these colors!

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