Would you like to see a lovely Norwegian home today? I was so excited when fellow design blogger, Siw Haveland of Design Shimmer in Norway, wrote in to ask if she could share 12 corners of her home with decor8 readers today. Of course! Of course!
My favorite corner – this is so charming! Everything about it speaks to me…
I’m always keen on sharing inspirational, cozy spaces that ooze with charm and creativity — so let’s see what Siw’s gorgeous home looks like. This was shot by Oslo-based photographer Sandra Aslaksen and some of these images recently appeared in Norwegian design magazine, Bonytt but other than that, they’re pretty new to the web so we’re all pretty lucky to have this pretty place to check out today. Thank you Siw for sharing your home with us…
Her floors look a lot like mine, I have these amazing chevron-patterned wooden floor myself (called technically, herringbone floors). I like the fresh green accents, unexpected and great in a mostly neutral space.
What a clear, modern entryway. This is such a great welcoming space, don’t you think? The twinkle lights were the perfect addition. I love how everything Siw does is super affordable and creative. With very little, she does so much!
I adore this dressing table, the gorgeous high heels lined up on the floor, the white wooden floors, the mirror, the lamp… okay, ALL OF IT. It’s one of those spaces that makes me feel like it’s just the best thing in the world to be a girly girl.
Her tactile, feminine bed covers have to be the most beautiful ones that I’ve ever seen in my life. I’m not even exaggerating when I say that. I have a crochet coverlet, a vintage one, in white but it’s no where are detailed and amazing as Siw’s cover. I also love that big creamy beige throw on top. It’s such an inviting spread. The rug is perfect as well, I have 3 of them in my home — I love warm, cozy rugs. I also like her closet-as-headboard. Very different and this works perfectly if you have lots of pretty clothes like she does in many different colors and patterns.
I like her use of linens and the wooden “DS” for the name of her blog, Design Shimmer, on her inspiration board. I also have a board in the same size that I’ve leaned against the wall in my new workspace too, I have to show you it when I finish my workspace. I’m getting there! Soon!
And here is the pretty homeowner and her great glasses. I just love her look, she matches her home I think – don’t you?
If you didn’t catch this arrangement of jewelry above her dressing table a few images above, then you can see a closer view… this is a simple wire hanger transformed into a place to display her necklaces. Now this is absolutely budget-friendly!
Siw is not scared to mix high and low – in this example an IKEA cabinet with a mid century classic chair and a Kartell Bourgie lamp.
And here’s a view of the entire room where that lovely Kartell lamp is on the IKEA cabinet. It seems she used three of those lockers to form a credenza of sorts – what a clever idea!
Here’s a view of her very, very white kitchen. Wow!
Do you spot anything above that you are particularly drawn to? Anything you’d like to try at home?
I’m always looking to share inspirational homes on decor8, so if you have one — send some photos to me (decor8blog at yahoo dot com) and I’ll check them out for sure! :)
(images: sandra aslaksen)
Would you like to experience another fab interiors e-magazine? Of course you would! We can never get enough of all of these fabulous online magazines can we? I love flipping through their digital pages to see what’s on the design radars of people from around the world. This time we’re peeking in on Ivy & Piper, a new online mag from an Australian interior design duo, Melanie and Elizabeth, who met at design school and realized they shared an aesthetic and now years later, decided to launch a magazine together. They also have a line of pillows, lighting and table linens that you can purchase on their website, too. I love that! Want to check out some of their pages? Here’s a glimpse…
(images: ivy & piper)
How truly amazing are the Petit Trianon and Grand Trianon lights from Dutch artist and designer Paula Arntzen? They are available through Artecnica and their list of exclusive retailers — I’m hoping they have one in Germany because I am dying to buy one for my office or living room because it’s exactly what I’ve been looking for. Have you heard of Artecnica before? If not, they are a design company in L.A. that collaborates with both emerging and established international designers and together they create inspiring decorative objects for the home and workplace. Can you imagine this light in your home office? I can! Totally!
About these lovely Trianon lights Artecnica explains, “Named after the palace of King Louis XIV, Grand Trianon is a large, lightweight chandelier made of post-consumer coated Tyvek. When lit up, the Grand Trianon emits a soft checkerboard glow from behind its surface of folded slits.” The Petit Trianon is a smaller, detailed version with identical texture and pattern.
Paula says of her inspiration behind these lights, “Both lights are a result of a unique experience I had at the Palace of Versailles combined with my love for this elegant material”. What a lovely design, I can’t wait to get my hands on one someday, what a lovely score that would be!
(images: paula arntzen)
I just shared the decor8 book of the week, Romantic Style, so now I’d like to highlight the blog of the week, Sweet Paul. This is one heck of a blog to read if you are dieting, so calorie counters beware! But it’s just too yummy to pass by and reading and looking at gorgeous imagery is fat-free, so I guess that’s fair enough. Feast your eyes!
Sweet Paul is a delicious blog authored by stylist/crafter Paul Lowe, who develops recipes and crafts for editorial and commercial projects. Can you believe that he has published 22 cookbooks in 12 languages? Amazing! He also has an online magazine (here) that is gorgeous and on his Sweet Paul blog he publishes inspiration and new recipes several times a week! How’s that for an all-star blogger?
Paul Lowe is a huge inspiration to me personally which is why I wanted to talk about his work today — I find his blog and magazine a delight and I think that you will to if you haven’t already heard of him. His eye is amazing, and his styling work always feels modern and clean while also being quite soulful, welcoming, calming and crafty.
Originally from Oslo, he moved to New York and now works with some of the best photographers and clients in the industry and his prop styling is nothing short of perfect. I was reading that he started out as a florist and now here he is today. I love this interview with him on the Spoonful Blog, it’s amazing to read about this bloggers experience attending a shoot that Paul directed and styled, so I encourage you to read more about her experience along with an interview, here.
(images: paul lowe)
I’ve been wanting to review this book ever since it released but between traveling, teaching online and off, moving, working on my own book — there hasn’t been a lot of time for me to sit down and read the book and then pull together a proper review! Today I vowed to write one, even though it’s not as thorough as I would have liked — for a simple reason: I adore Selina’s latest book, Romantic Style, and I want to show my support. Selina did a fantastic job on this title and I feel like shouting it from the rooftops, I am proud of her and her accomplishments. I also just-so-happen to love her photographer Debi Treloar because she and I worked together this year to shoot Decorate and Debi is a real gem. Anything Debi does, it comes out so, so nice. And so, this book review is to celebrate Selina’s new book and to give a high five to her great photographer, Debi and fantastic writer, Sara Norrman!
Romantic Style is a beautiful book published by Ryland Peters & Small with luscious images, lots of them full bleed (which I love), and I really liked how Selina groups Romantic Style into specific categories because I’ve not seen that done really before. Usually people just call Romantic Style, “Frilly, girly, sweet, pink Shabby Chic”, when really there are many different types of ways to bring Romantic Style into the home without buying a big white slipcovered sofa and a worn chippy sofa table! Of course, that is what most people associate with Romantic decor, but Selina was clever enough to show Romantic Style in many different ways through her styling work, Debi captured it perfectly with her camera, and the text which was written by Sara Norrman, supported the visuals so well. With every paragraph I found myself wagging my head in agreement as the imagery around the text fit so expertly. I love how well Sara captured Selina’s vision, it is a joy to read.
And so, with that, I encourage you dear readers to take a look at Romantic Style online (a sneak peek can be found here) which is also the decor8 book of the week. If you already have a copy, please tell me what you think (Selina will be reading your comments, too!) because I’d love to know what you thought about the book overall. If you don’t already own it, you can purchase it online at Amazon — if you’d like to order through me (I am an Amazon affiliate) you can click here and if you purchase the book 6% of the total sale goes to me so I can keep buying beautiful books to review on decor8. Fun stuff!
(images: ryland peters and small – photography by debi treloar.)