Yearly Archives

2010

Travel

Leaving For Morocco!

October 14, 2010

The time has arrived, I will be teaching for the next week in Marrakesh at the Peacock Pavillions thanks to the lovely Angela at Ace Camps and our hostess with the mostess Maryam from My Marrakesh. I am excited to meet my students and share a week of inspiration, shopping, eating, henna painting, a spa retreat, mani-pedis, story telling, an outdoor movie on the lawn, rooftop dinners and general fun girly stuff with them. I have a small surprise for them – a handmade gift that I created and I can’t wait to share because it meant a lot to me to be able to do something personal for each of my students to make them feel welcome and cared for. I hope that they will like my little gift — and I’ll show you later what I ended up creating but until then it has to be a surprise. :)

Leaving For Morocco!

So! I will be offline for a few days but next week I’ll be blogging from Marrakesh so you can expect to hear from me throughout the week. I can’t wait to share our journey with you (well, not the personal bits but the souks, foods and my experiences in Morocco).

See you next week!

xo,

Holly






Shopping + Products

Evoke Mio by Orla Kiely

October 13, 2010

I already have a lovely radio in my kitchen but after seeing the brand new Evoke Mio radio designed my Orla Kiely my heart started to race. Isn’t this lovely!? I still will stick with mine but this is great.

Evoke Mio by Orla Kiely

Evoke Mio by Orla Kiely

Evoke Mio by Orla Kiely

The digital and FM portable radio features the signature stem print that she is known best for and is finished with a chromed handle and walnut veneered cabinet with cream.The radio has an optional ChargePAK that gives you up to 24 hours to listen to music between charges. “It is packed with features too, including digital and FM radio, an input for your iPod/MP3 player, Intellitext and textSCAN, a striking auto-dimming OLED display, an alarm, a kitchen timer and a USB connector for future product upgrades.”

The EVOKE Mio by Orla Kiely will be available exclusively at John Lewis from early November and at independent retailers from March 2011 — I think you can get it at her Covent Garden store soon too.

Lovely!

(images: orla kiely)






Color Inspiration, Decorating Tips

Feelin’ Blue!

October 13, 2010

Blue is one of my favorite colors, it’s so versatile and soothing but when paired with red or orange it can take on a whole new level of energy. Paired with green it feels quite natural. If blue is teamed up with sunny yellow, it makes you feel happy. When blue is mixed with darker shades of brown, it can become very dressy and classy. Here are some of my favorite blue tones in some great rooms from Style At Home magazine. Style At Home is a Canadian decorating magazine that I wish I had access to here in Germany because it looks just great! Their website is amazing and packed with great information no matter where you live in the world…

Feelin' Blue!

Feelin' Blue!

Feelin' Blue!

Feelin' Blue!

Feelin' Blue!

What comes to mind when you think of the color blue? What thoughts or feelings do you associate with it? Do you use blue in the home?

(images: style at home)






Round-ups

Call For Submissions: 2011 Calendars

October 13, 2010

It’s that time of year again friends! Time for me to present the annual 2011 Calendar Round-Up! I’ve already been receiving lovely submissions so I’d like to put it out there that you can now submit your calendar to me for consideration in the round-up. Not all submissions will be accepted but I’ll try to fit in as many as I can this year. I’ve been rounding up calendars by mostly independent designers now since 2006 so I feel as though I have to keep tradition! :)

Call For Submissions: 2011 Calendars

To submit your calendars for consideration please:

*   Email the link to where your calendars can be purchased to holly AT decor8blog.com

*   Include 5 images of your calendar that are 500 pixels wide (no smaller, no larger please). I’ll select my favorite to use on decor8.

*   In the subject line of your email, please write 2011 Calendar Round-Up

*   Deadline: Saturday, October 23, 2010.

The calendar round-up will appear on decor8 during the week of October 25th so um… mark your calendars! (wink, wink.)

Thank you, I can’t wait to see what you send!

(Image: Shannon Schmidt)






Rooms

The Framed Objects

October 12, 2010

I discovered these great wall objects from The over on Joy’s blog this morning and found the vase particularly fascinating. I’d love something like this on the wall in my kitchen for flowers as I find that kitchens can often lack that certain softness and charm due to all of the shiny, smooth surfaces…

The Framed Objects

The Framed Objects

This is such a great vase and a fantastic idea — you could even use them in a row of 3 for a hallway or with two above and two below over a fireplace mantel. You could even put them on an office wall and instead of flowers, paint a bouquet of rulers or hand craft some flowers using pipe cleaners and fabric. Being creative at home is so much fun!

On another note, aren’t these anti-theft lunch bags a riot!? I love the things that The makes, they are so witty and fresh!

(images: the.)






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