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AM Radio Vintage Finds

I wrote about AM Radio today over at Real Simple but in case you didn’t catch that… please check ‘em out. They stock some really sweet vintage and industrial goodies for the home. Their product shots are brilliant too.

am radio

That bamboo magazine holder is very Domino magazine, isn’t it?! LOL. It is so funny how that magazine has forever altered how I look at stuff I would have normally discarded as tacky 1980s yard sale finds. Domino always had that special way of presenting everything, that midas touch, even the stuff you’d normally snub was suddenly on your wish list. AM Radio has that same talent. There is real talent in that, an art – don’t you think?

(images: am radio)

Posted in etsy, vintage on September 13, 2010

Cozy Pretty Things

How about a few pretty things to feather your nest this season? I’ve got my eye on these beauties from Cox & Cox. See anything that you like?

Cox & Cox

A. Lacy tape (love this so much, especially on brown kraft paper), B. Lemon Drizzle Cake candle, C. Memo board, D. Magazine holders (I recently read paisleys are the latest “trend” pattern), E. Twinkle light heart and F. Pretty matches to light your fire.

(images: cox & cox)

Posted in shopping on September 13, 2010

Bedrooms: Pure + Simple

Hello and welcome to a new week on decor8! I am so glad that you’ve joined me because I have a lot of nice things to share with you this week! First on my list is this fun contest over at Norske Interior, you can vote for your favorite blogger bedroom. I voted for my favorite, now it’s your turn – you can vote here. I thought I’d include five of my favorites from their entries.

Relaxing Bedrooms
Livs Lyst

Relaxing Bedrooms
Hannes Dagbok

Relaxing Bedrooms
A tiny bit of heaven

Relaxing Bedrooms
Loppe Leah

Relaxing Bedrooms
Fryd + Design

These are all so simple and pure, aren’t they? As much as I love a well designed bedroom I find myself going back time and time again to the simple and pure bedrooms in my design files – the casual, laid back, somewhat neutral and very cozy spaces. Because I battle between thought out and carefully edited rooms and the carefree, romantic spaces I see, I am starting to develop for myself a happy medium and finding yet a new look for my future bedroom.

So often we think we can be boxed into certain looks but our tastes are constantly being influenced — always evolving — and lately I can see mine evolving faster than ever before! I feel like I’m seeing so much living here in Europe now that I’m able to take everything from my life in the states, combine it with what I love here and POOF! I’m eventually going to churn out a very authentic and personal decorating sense that will be much like the former Holly style with a twist. The twist coming from my new experiences living abroad. I’m really loving this process! I wonder if others who relocated to another part of the world went through something similar about a year after they arrived — noticing the “big merge” — everything from their past combining with everything in their present….

This year has been such a life changing experience for me and as I enter my second year abroad I can’t wait to see where I am in another year. For me, my vision just keeps getting clearer and clearer because trends and lifestyle experts don’t influence life so much so you start to tap in more to what YOU yourself love and not what those on the outside, in ads, on television, are telling you to love. There is also the language barrier. I was talking to a new artist friend in Amsterdam this summer when I visited her home and she admitted to not knowing Dutch yet (she is American) yet how she almost likes not knowing is because she is able to clearly see herself more without all of the influence from the outside. I can read a great deal of German, but so much is still fuzzy to me that in many ways I’m still experiencing this period when there is very little outside noise to influence me so I’m able to really hear my own voice and it’s really, really nice.

And so, these bedrooms inspired me today. I can’t wait to see how my new bedroom will look once I move soon. I wonder how this past year of my life spent abroad will shape my choices? It’s so interesting to see these changes — just when you think you know so much about yourself I guess you either have to have a child or move to another country because then you are suddenly asking yourself a million questions and thinking in so many new ways!

(images: linked to their sources above)

Posted in bedroom on September 13, 2010

May Your Weekend Be Sweet…

So it’s the weekend. I couldn’t be happier because I’ve worked so hard this week and need to spend tomorrow just “being”… no deadlines, no emails, absolutely positively responsibility-free. And then maybe I’ll press repeat and do the same again on Sunday morning while my husband goes off to play tennis.

Circle of Life

On Sunday afternoon however, when he gets home, we shall begin packing. One box at a time, weeding through piles — deciding what should join us for the next adventure and what should be donated or recycled. This process can be very time-consuming but rewarding. The reward comes when you unpack on the other side and open your eyes to a delicious mix of things in each box that you actually need and want vs. boxes of random bits that will end up stuffed away in yet another bottomless drawer. Cleaning the clutter is so rewarding. Out with the old, sweep away the past and move confidently into the future. This is what moving gives you a chance to do, which is why I think so many of us can say we enjoy the idea of going into a new space. It’s a clean slate. Why bring boxes of junk to unload. Thoughtful packing is a process… but it’s worth it once you arrive and find yourself carefully placing objects around that you connect to, that you use, that your family enjoys.

What will you do this weekend? Tomorrow I will go with my family to an Autumn-themed garden festival, Germans do these fests so well and beautifully… and with my camera in hand, I’ll seek out some inspiration which will most likely include candy, baked goods, soups, cheese stacked neatly on tables, fresh breads and many pretty plants, containers, gifts and flowers. I’m feeling inspired already!

It is turning into Autumn now…  is this happening where you live too? The crisp weather, cool evenings, a most beautiful and fresh scent in the air (so hard to put into words, but do you know what I mean?), Autumn is my favorite season. Leather coats and knee socks, sign me up! The air is different from Spring fresh air, Fall air has these lovely almost sharp notes of autumn things — fruits and even tart rustic notes. The air is like diving into a huge leaf pile — only sprinkled with cinnamon and nutmeg and tossed with baked apples — one that you leap into over and over again burying your nose in the crunchy, colorful layers… that smell, it’s intoxicating. Autumn is both bitter and sweet, and I just love it. I could never live without four seasons, even during the hardest days of winter I never long to be a southern girl again. Fall is worth those cold months that follow, it’s so worth it. If you love this season and are also preparing for it, welcoming it with great pleasure, then you have a kindred spirit in me. I have the fever, too.

I wish you a weekend that feels very long, creative, emotionally satisfying and restful. A weekend that recharges your batteries so that you can begin again on Monday morning, going straight into a new week to do some of your best work ever.

Much love to you my blog friends. xo

(image: thorsten becker)

Posted in uncategorized on September 10, 2010

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