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2011

Decorating Tips

Interior Styling Inspiration

February 21, 2011

Whether you are brand new to decorating or an oldie but goodie pro, you’ll be inspired by the interiors over at the decor8 Interior Styling group on Flickr. Why? Because these homes are real homes, not styled to perfection but styled for living. The group has nearly 3,000 members (I’m really hoping you’ll join so we can hit the 3K mark soon!) from all over the globe and I’m so proud of it because each precious member plays a very special part in making it a fun spot to find great decorating ideas that are attainable and beautiful. Here are a few lovely corners from some of the most recent submissions to the group — these homes caught my eye today.

Interior Styling Inspiration

F.Klein | Dora iz Londona | Détailliste| debee_art

Interior Styling Inspiration

wood & wool stool | Virginie Photography

Interior Styling Inspiration

Secrets of a Butterfly | Dottie Angel | herz-allerliebst

There are hundreds of photos to look through over here so make sure you take a moment to see all of the other incredible submissions to the group. Spot any favorites?

(images: linked to their sources above.)






Decorating Tips

Plum Chutney

February 21, 2011

Want to rock a little Bollywood boho chic at home? Newly launched Plum Chutney is a small online home store that contacted me today that just may be what your patio or living room needs for a little kick.

Plum Chutney

Founder Anita MacKenzie lives and works in England but is originally from India and launched Plum Chutney as a, “Very personal attempt to capture the striking imagery of India through quirky and original design. My launch collections explore a variety of themes – Indian royalty, chaotic street life, stunning truck art, beautiful Indian people, traditional motifs, bright tropical flowers and more.” She designs and sources pillows, lamps, art prints and other things for the home.

Plum Chutney

I think some of her products could work wonderfully in a home that has a casual, bohemian vibe. I can see some of these cushions on a sun porch, on the patio in a rattan swing (like this) or on a crisp white sofa (like this).

I have this dream to someday own a summer home on the beach, whether that happens or not — we shall see. But for now, I dream through the pages of magazines that tend to highlight lots of modern coastal style homes like Real Living Australia. That’s why I like Plum Chutney, I can really see some of these pillows above in a Real Living spread – these colors and patterns are fresh, energizing and happy and give a room a lovely feeling of summer, don’t you think?

(images: plum chutney)






Rooms

The Linen House: New Collections

February 21, 2011

It’s always nice to receive a submission that quickens the pulse and this morning The Linen House shared their collection with me and boom! boom! boom! I like it!  The Linen House collection includes sheets, towels and coordinating household accessories like pillows and throws to cozy up your nest. Their design studio is based in Melbourne, Australia where they have a team of 6 designers who pull together a collection each season around several themes. Their 3 new themes are New Baroque, African Chic and Nature. Want a peek?

The Linen House: New Collections

The Linen House: New Collections
The Linen House: New Collections
The Linen House: New Collections
The Linen House: New Collections

The Linen House: New Collections

Any particular pattern/room that you fancy?

(images: the linen house)






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HAPPYsthlm

February 18, 2011

I heard from the girls at HAPPYsthlm (sthlm is short for Stockholm) earlier this week and didn’t want to wait another moment before spotlighting them here on decor8. HAPPYsthlm was founded in a courtyard studio in Stockholm in ’07 by product designer Katarina Andersson, silversmith Caroline Lindholm and textile designer Kajsa Aronsson. Together they create jewelery and accessories for the home like pillow covers, cast iron baking forms, hand blown glassware, stoneware, cast iron trivets in leaf patterns and much more.

HAPPYsthlm

HAPPYsthlm

HAPPYsthlm

HAPPYsthlm

HAPPYsthlm

HAPPYsthlm

HAPPYsthlm

So many sweet patterns and beautifully crafted wares, I hope that you will visit their website and check them out! Also make sure to visit the online portfolio of their photographer Karin Björkquist, too.

(photography: karin björkquist)






Arts + Crafts

Artist Christel Maria Nolle

February 18, 2011

Born and raised in Germany, painter and sculptor Christel Maria Nolle relocated to Denmark in the 70’s where she has lived and worked as an artist ever since. Her work is seriously inspiring today with her gorgeous portfolio of abstract and mixed media work on canvas and paper — she is seriously making me want to paint! I love her lines and shapes and how she uses color to captivate, arouse, distract, and pull in the viewer. Her work makes a very clear statement: Christel is a free spirit who has no problem with expressing her emotion through art. I love how she translates her many travels into her work as well.

Artist Christel Maria Nolle

Artist Christel Maria Nolle

Artist Christel Maria Nolle

“To me, the finished painting is like a woven rug – a pictorial narrative comprising many details”, says Christel. I loved reading about her process and inspirations here and found it both informative and inspiring.

Her work is not only bold but versatile — I can see it in a beautiful country home like the one that BY+FRYD lives in (here) or I can imagine it in a more traditional home like something you’d find in London with a chesterfield sofa in posh digs. I can easily see it working well in a home with a slouchy black leather sofa, white walls with high ceilings and wooden floors like a flat you’d see in Stockholm or Berlin. The key with choosing art, at least for me, is to fall in love with a piece and don’t select fine art based on your decor but based on what speaks to you and what taps into your emotional side like no other piece you’ve seen in a long, long time. If your heart guides you, it will most likely look great in your space and if it doesn’t then perhaps your space doesn’t reflect your true self and lifestyle and so you need to make a few small changes in your decor so that it reflects who you are.

Do you purchase fine art? If so, where – galleries, the artist, exhibitions, auctions? If you’ve purchased fine art before, why did you make the investment, can you go into detail? I’d love to know and I’m sure other readers would enjoy your comment too.

(images christel maria nolle)






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