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2010

Rooms

Bedrooms: Pure + Simple

September 13, 2010

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.

Bedrooms: Pure + Simple
Livs Lyst

Bedrooms: Pure + Simple
Hannes Dagbok

Bedrooms: Pure + Simple
A tiny bit of heaven

Bedrooms: Pure + Simple
Loppe Leah

Bedrooms: Pure + Simple
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)

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May Your Weekend Be Sweet…

September 10, 2010

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.

May Your Weekend Be Sweet...

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)

Rooms

More Kitchens To Love

September 10, 2010

Weeee! I have to tell you the good news. We get the shiny new keys to our place on Tuesday and our names are already on the doorbell. And the moving company brought over all of our boxes this morning. It feels so real suddenly – we move in 3 weeks!

More Kitchens To Love

I wonder what it will look like now that the bathrooms and kitchen are renovated? We have white tiles on the wall and a white tile floor and the bathrooms are both totally white but hey, I think it’s a great base to work from and gives us loads of options for the space, so I won’t complain. It’s a brilliant rental until we buy, so most likely our last rental, and I plan to enjoy it quite a lot. My husband is already talking about potentially buying it someday, he loves it and we’ve not even moved yet. It’s nice to see him so excited and cute about it, that is how you want a move to be — full of excitement and new possibilities…

More Kitchens To Love

If the light is good on Tuesday I’ll snap some photos and show you the space if you’d like to see it totally empty. I don’t want to bore you with this stuff…. but if you really care to see it then just let me know. Say the word and I’m ON IT.

More Kitchens To Love

More Kitchens To Love

With moving on the brain, I thought we’d continue talking about kitchens. I’ve collected some more inspiration… This time from Sköna Hem magazine, a Swedish decorating magazine that I love and have been enjoying for several years now. Perhaps these beautiful Sköna Hem kitchens will spark some of your own ideas. I loved reading through your comments on my last kitchen post — it was so encouraging and you have some great tips.

(images: Sköna Hem magazine)

Stationery

Rifle Paper Co.

September 9, 2010

I keep seeing Rifle Paper Co. popping up around blogland and I’m loving their stuff. And well, like all things I love, they end up right here on the blog as they should! Rifle Paper Co. has the best product styling and the photography is just divine — so fresh and clean. I really like what they design — the colors are so vibrant against crisp white. From cheerful cards to playful posters and recipe boxes (my favorite), it’s hard to not fall in love with something on their website.

Rifle Paper Co.

Once I move and come out from under this packing cloud (ha!), I can finally think about things like buying pretty paper again. I really look forward to that because my stationery supply box is looking soooo lame. I opened it the other day looking for a suitable card and nothing worked so I had to make one — I had about 5 minutes — and then I raced out to give it to my friend. I still wonder if she opened my card once she got home to view my cut and paste Holly version and thought, “I thought this girl had taste!”. Moments like that one, scrambling to find a card, reminded me of the importance of keeping stock as I did in my more organized days, which I really want to get back to once I have a dedicated office space again. Chaotic work spaces are such downers, man!

(images: rifle paper co.)

Objects

Greg Hatton Handmade Furniture

September 9, 2010

I just heard about Australian furniture and landscape designer Greg Hatton because one of his photos popped up on the main page over at Pinterest.

Greg Hatton Handmade Furniture

Side note: I love seeing birch logs in fireplaces stacked, standing… it’s gorgeous. I keep thinking that I need to buy a “faux” fireplace so I have an excuse to display birch logs. :) But it needs to be vintage or something like this (though I’d need to tile it or paint it inside to give it a more authentic vibe). I digress…

Now back to the wonderful world of Greg Hatton. Once you start browsing his website, you may recognize his willow bench and birch headboard from Sibella Court’s recent book, Etcetera Etc. Greg also goes by Twiggy, a name that is not only very sweet I think but best describes his rustic furniture and lighting.
Greg Hatton Handmade Furniture

Greg Hatton Handmade Furniture

I know it’s just a close up of wood, but I had to include this picture – to me it’s just gorgeous. I’d love to tack this on my inspiration board. The texture is lovely – so simple and pure.

His work is very casual and free-spirited which, I think, best highlights the natural materials that he uses. I’ve shown just a tiny glimpse of his work, you can see more on his website or in his Flickr album maintained by his studio assistant, Leila. So inspiring!

(images: greg hatton)

Rooms

Kitchen Inspiration

September 8, 2010

After writing my last post about kitchens, I tried to quickly collect some images to inspire me. You see, what I’m hoping for here is that seeing them will kick my rear into gear as I embark on putting mine together before the big move.

Kitchen Inspiration

Truth is, kitchen design intimidates me so I need to see some nice (affordable) ideas that can help put me in the You Can Do This mood. I want stuff I can’t afford! My husband wants me to do it in one day and just be done with it! I want to spend 3 months finding the perfect solution! The things I love are too expensive here! I don’t know where to find vintage cabinetry and old farmhouse sinks! Eek, eek and more eek. Well, I think I’ll do what I always do when overwhelmed… run screaming towards a pile of neatly stacked magazines (like Livingetc where I grabbed the images you see in this fine post) and books and try to see what my options are.

Kitchen Inspiration

Love me some open shelving but could not live with it under the counter because I’d always be dusting and washing everything. I currently have open shelving over my sink and I’m not such a fan of the dust so I’ve only placed things on it now that I use daily. Wine glasses are in the glass cabinet now — those little dustaholics!

Kitchen Inspiration

More inspiration that makes me swoon. I love the toaster and blender…. and the counter is just grand. I can see myself plopping toast onto that beauty, buttering it, sipping a big glass of OJ as the morning sun streams in… Wait! What happened to the cookies in my clear glass cookie jar!!!!

Kitchen Inspiration

My new kitchen is no where near this size so having a bar with stools will remain a dream. BUT I don’t like this as much as I dig the more rustic kitchens, it’s a bit too sleek for my taste. What do you think?

Kitchen Inspiration

This is styled so nicely. And that tilework is full on rad. But could I ever commit to tile that is so bold and graphic? No way. I sometimes envy people who can make long term decisions, and be happy with this, like the folks who own this kitchen. I just don’t have THAT gene. You know, the completely organized I always know what I want one.

Kitchen Inspiration

Maybe this is a bit wonky, I don’t know, but the idea is cute. I just don’t know about the frame around it, it looks too fancy for me. I’d dig this frame-free and mounted on the wall. I love the thought of having all of these perfect squares to put things in. I could waste hours rearranging and arranging these babies.

Kitchen Inspiration

How delicious is that tile? I think there is just too much white in here for even me though. I need some natural wood. But hey, if someone gifted me with this exact kitchen I would be such a show off nah nah nahhhhhing it to everyone. Nah, nah nah nah my kitchen is awesomerrrr….

So yes, kitchen design. I know about the triangular work flow thing that all kitchens must have, I know where I want my sink, oven, stovetop and fridge… but what I don’t know is how to find what I see in my mind’s eye over here. Back home, I’d know exactly where to drag my patient husband. I guess it’s time for me to stop whining and start working. I have a long way to go…

(images: livingetc)

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