From Pinterest With Love: Soft + Pretty

April 28, 2011

I decided to start four new columns on decor8, three that I’ll write and another authored by a dear friend who will join me once monthly for a brand new styling column. Yay! I’ll share them all with you soon but for today I want to get started on the first, my new once weekly post scheduled to run on Thursday called From Pinterest With Love. I know, I’m the queen of corny titles! But I was thinking… as I pin things over on the Pinterest site I see lots of themes in color palettes and vibes as I pin and find myself continuously inspired by the process of it all. However I am saddened at times because I want to do more than pin things, I want to point to the sources in an attempt to introduce you to the talented people + makers who created the beautiful images in the first place. And so with that, From Pinterest With Love has been created to highlight favorite finds with links to their sources so you can learn about new sources of inspiration running around out there. Here are my Pinterest Picks that I’m calling Soft + Pretty, for this week.

From Pinterest With Love: Soft + Pretty

Do you spot a theme? I certainly do! Watercolors, cozy comfort, freshly picked hues, gorgeously soft and natural light and handmade touches. Ah, a soft and pretty springtime vibe.

From Pinterest With Love: Soft + Pretty

Nikki McWilliams, cannelle-vanille, Stevi Savage of Avery House, traveling mama, Sophie Allen, Dottie Angel, happenstance, Old Brand New.

From Pinterest With Love: Soft + Pretty

style me pretty, Marie claire idees, somethings hiding in here, steve steinhardt, scrapbooks etc, tocotoco.

Do any of these images inspire you? How about the colors? Patterns?

View April 28th Pinterest Board Here.

(images linked to their sources above.)


  • Reply Monika April 28, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    these colours are sooo pretty, they are dreamy and sweet.

  • Reply Ashley April 28, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Lovely! I’m waiting for my Pinterest acceptance…

  • Reply Iris April 28, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    Oh yummy, this is already one of my favorite columns!
    x Iris

  • Reply Jem April 28, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    There is something so airy and whimsical about watercolours, they just have that almost translucent quality to them and I love the way the colours are picked out in the styling you’ve chosen! :-)

    Exciting news about the new columns, Holly! Will be looking forward to reading them!

    Jem xXx

  • Reply Shannon April 28, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    I love all of these, especially grouped together. My favorite is the party table because I adore the cake bunting. :)

  • Reply Glenda @ The Paper Mulberry April 28, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    So pretty, so divine!

  • Reply Jana @ the Summer House April 28, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    So lovely! My favorite are the comfy pillow cushions.

  • Reply Cariann April 28, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    What a fantastic idea, so beautifully curated :) I’m such a junkie on Pinterest, its my crack and #1 distraction. Love love love this post!

  • Reply Star Hughes April 28, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    This is one of my favorite posts yet, as I am a huge fan of watercolor hues and the soft, feminine look of these pictures! My favorite pictures (mostly because they seem like something I can try on my own) are the bright, adorable pillow cushions, and the assortment of vibrant paper roses! I also love the font used for “painterly vibes…” – such a cute look!

  • Reply meenal @ maison marigold April 28, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    utterly gorgeous images..and such a cool idea! thanks for sharing holly..xx meenal

  • Reply cindy {milk tea + polkadots} April 28, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    This looks like it’s going to be a fantastic series. I’m looking forward to seeing future posts! These are such beautiful images!

  • Reply EmmaMT April 28, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    I love candles. My favourite is by CIR, a French company that has become very hard to come by in the UK. The ‘Fabricant cirier depuis 1643’ is just heaven. I burnt the candle years ago but have still kept the glass with what little wax is still left as I love it so much. The scent is as strong now as the day I first used it.

    Other than that Max Benjamin are fast becoming my faves as they have great natural scents and last an age!

  • Reply Deirdre April 28, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Oh, Miss Holly! What an excellent idea! I LOVE myself some Pinterest. I can spend hours pinning things to my boards…in fact, I did just that a couple of nights ago! Your color choices here are absolutely gorgeous. Nice and fresh, with a dreamy quality. They make me want to paint! LOVE it!

  • Reply Jen @ Lita's World April 28, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    love, love, love it!! Such a perfect theme to begin with as I think we’re all hoping for a bit more “Spring” wherever we are and these colors certainly do inspire!

  • Reply Marie @ Sally Lee by the Sea April 28, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    Great idea – I love your selections and I LOVE Pinterest…I’m a bit addicted LOL!

  • Reply Sofia på Mokkasin April 28, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    So cute!
    Pinterest is so much fun but I always forget it…

  • Reply carina April 28, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    thos bow ties! how cool. I am saving that picture for future reference :)

  • Reply Emma April 28, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    I completely agree…….A cup of tea does solve everything :-) Beautiful colours and I especially love the mirror, very feminine!

  • Reply Kat April 28, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    Oh holly this is a fab idea. I love pinterest and know you do too. These pins all go together so beautifully. That Cup of tea print is cool!
    Look forward to seeing your other new regular posts and who your guest author is??!
    Luv Kat x

  • Reply Jessica April 29, 2011 at 1:10 am

    This is an exciting new blog feature, I’ll look forward to it every week. I agree about Pinterest — it is jaw-dropping and oozing with beauty and inspiration *and* frustration at times trying to find the original sources of the images. If only Pinterest could take the lead and remind people in their little email updates to pin from the permalink, it would be a tiny start. It is really hard when people pin from Tumblr, etc. — I have spent up to an hour combing backwards through a Tumblr trying to find an image in hopes they even noted the source. Lucky we have, although it doesn’t always work.

  • Reply Alysa April 29, 2011 at 3:10 am

    the colors are so crisp and pretty! this inspires me to do a huge spring cleaning in my house. almost ;-)

  • Reply Red Rooster April 29, 2011 at 3:25 am

    Is it really necessary for bloggers to pull from Pinterest for content? Pinterest already does a good job of showcasing talent on its own.

    • Reply decor8 April 29, 2011 at 2:37 pm

      @Red Rooster – Yes, it definitely is. The more viral you make things, the more the people behind the images receive praise and credit!

  • Reply Carol April 29, 2011 at 4:37 am

    Everything is so delicate! Pretty post! Kiss: Carol ( )

  • Reply able mabel April 29, 2011 at 5:30 am

    Dreamy. Yes, very dreamy. I love these choices!!

  • Reply Cristina April 29, 2011 at 9:20 am

    I love this new column!!
    In this palette I see also springtime with a touch of summer!

    (I tried to subscribe Pinterest without success till now :-(

    p.s. = I want “the cup of tea” print!

  • Reply Victoria - A faded palette April 29, 2011 at 9:30 am

    I love the beautiful colors and the softness in the pictures! Pinterest is one of my favorite places for inspiration.

  • Reply montse April 29, 2011 at 9:53 am

    I love the images! Pinterest is such a source for inspiration. And what I love more about Pinterest is that it leads you to the source, it gives credit to the person who made that photo, designed that item you love etc… (at least in most of the cases). Sometimes you find a wonderful thing in a blog or flickr and it’s difficult or impossible to see where it came for.
    Can’t wait to see what the other columns are about!

  • Reply ishtar April 29, 2011 at 10:04 am


  • Reply Urska M. April 29, 2011 at 11:17 am

    I agree, Pinterest is great if you need a good splash of inspiration! So many gorgeous photos to browse and droll on. <3

  • Reply Jesyka April 29, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    I’ve been following you on Pinterest since I got my account, and I love watching you pin things and now I get to see how you use them here on your blog! How exciting for us! <3 I totally noticed a theme going on. :)

  • Reply Traveling Mama April 29, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    I love this new column and I am so honored to be in your first one! Thank you so much!! I am, like some of the others above, a total pinterest junkie. I love it! Now I have yet another thing to look forward to here at Decor8!

  • Reply Sarah April 29, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Thanks for making a pin board with all the pins you used in this post. Love the bow tie one!
    Now off to re-pin!!

  • Reply Jane April 29, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Ah, Holly, I, too, pin from everywhere but often have that empty feeling that the creator isn’t being properly acknowledged. Thanks for giving me food for thought. Oh, and yet another weekly treat to look forward to! J x

  • Reply Melissa Allam April 30, 2011 at 12:40 am

    Very pretty collection here. I just joined pinterest today and am overwhelmed by all the inspiration. I was almost late to work this morning because of it. I couldn’t bring myself to stop.

  • Reply Melissa Mercille April 30, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    what a gorgeous post! makes me want to start redecorating… right now!

  • Reply Jenniah May 2, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    Love this post and I can tell I will love the column. Some of the things on pinterest are so very lovely, it is like a vacation for the eye.

  • Reply linden May 3, 2011 at 3:11 am

    Oh…that first set of images…painterly. I just love all of it. So great!

  • Reply Shu May 27, 2011 at 11:15 am

    loving “somethings hiding in here” – the tones, colours and patterns definitely represents “soft and pretty” – even the name is cute!
    thank you for the gorgeous inspirations! x.Shu

  • Reply Megh August 3, 2011 at 3:40 am

    LOVE Pinterest – as well as those pins and colors!! Had to share mine with you, too!

  • Reply Amelie Hunter March 8, 2012 at 3:49 am

    I am totally clueless about Pinterest and am excited to learn about it and how I can use it.. Thanks for sharing.

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