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2011

Decorating Tips

Anthropologie: New For Spring!

February 2, 2011

I was at the London Anthropologie shopping drooling on Monday and spotted pieces from their Spring collection trickling in, they have a rather modern African theme in housewares currently… I felt both inspired and mesmerized by the patterns and saturated colors with all the ethnic influence though I’m more about small doses and definitely not into overdoing things… I love dots of color splashed against a neutral background, but some of you love a bright, saturated background with more color layered on top and lucky for all this line satisfies all. This season at Anthro African prints and patterns are all the rage along with  animal motifs but in addition to their pieces with African influence, they also have some industrial pieces and lots of flea market-inspired finds as they are best known (and loved) for. Here is a glimpse of a few of my favorite things.

Anthropologie: New For Spring!

Animal wall hooks in white ceramic

Anthropologie: New For Spring!

Block Begonia Wallpaper– I am dying to order 4 rolls of this for a wall in my dining room… I guess I should just go for it but I need samples first before I take the leap!

Anthropologie: New For Spring!

Safari Study Pillow, Gazelle

Anthropologie: New For Spring!

Flights and fancy salad plate, On-a-whim dinner plate, Wanderlust Journal – Chevron, Recipe bookmarks.

Anthropologie: New For Spring!

Decker bookshelf

Anthropologie: New For Spring!

Ethnic rugs – love that magenta one, perfect with a gorgeous black leather sofa or a sumptuous linen one.

Anthropologie: New For Spring!

Coralie bed, Lunet chair and stackable animal pots.

Spot anything that speaks to you? What? Why? Do you like their modern safari style, industrial inspired finds and the overall eclectic, well-traveled look?

(images: anthropologie)

Etsy Faves

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

February 2, 2011

Ready for Etsy Take Five Tuesday for this week? Posing pup, old cups, curious characters, cheeky beaks and edgy seats… my quirky round up this week should satisfy you and make you smile. Enjoy!

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

If you love photos of dogs (and cats), you’ll adore the animal portraits by Sibling Rivalrie. These are so cute, oh my goodness I want a pet again soooo bad. I have a pug crush (they are called “mops” in Germany) at the moment. Any pet crushes you’d like to share?

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

I’ve talked about the Mincing Mockingbird before, but I have to remind you to visit this great shop again in case you’ve not stopped by in awhile. I love these serene blue and green hues and sweet little birds — though the shop still stocks plenty of cheeky beaks, too!

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

The vintage goods (not to mention the pretty product shots) in the 5 Gardenias shop may catch your fancy (and possibly be worth a bookmark). If you love old-fashioned charm that includes old cups, lovely glassware, vintage sheers and colorful spools then this shop is one to frequent for new, errr old, finds.

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

The whimsical illustrations by illustrator Tracey Long in London, also known as Chasing The Crayon on Etsy, has a fantastic imagination and a great eye for color — I adore her whimsical characters as well.

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

German etsy shop ShowRaum (showroom) has several fantastic designers who combine vintage materials to create edgy and new products from furniture to lighting and beyond. If in Berlin, you can visit this cool new shop in Berlin’s hip Kreuzberg district at Schönleinstrasse 3 or visit their website for more information.

Hope you liked my round up, see you tomorrow with more bloggy finds for you to enjoy!

(images: linked to their sources above.)

Decorating Tips

NEW! Bolaget Inspiration

February 1, 2011

I have a hugely inspiring website to tell you about that JUST launched that hasn’t hit the blogosphere yet (not English blogs anyway) called Bolaget Inspiration based in Sweden and oh my! It’s delightful! I have my lovely blog collegue Frida to thank for sharing it with me today via email. Thanks, Frida!

NEW! Bolaget Inspiration

Bolaget is managed by a dedicated team in Malmo, Sweden. It is the mission of Bolaget to find and sell some of the best properties in Malmo, and thanks to their team of interiors professionals, they can evaluate your property and decorate it (also known as home staging) in order to boost the value of your home. They have gorgeous places for sale, you simply must check it out but more than that, they just launched an inspiration site for those who want to see past properties.

NEW! Bolaget Inspiration

NEW! Bolaget Inspiration

NEW! Bolaget Inspiration

NEW! Bolaget Inspiration

By the way, if you don’t know what home staging is, also referred to in the UK as property styling, it is defined this way by wikipedia, “Home staging is the act of preparing a private residence for sale in the real estate marketplace. The goal of staging is to make a home appealing to the highest number of potential buyers, thereby selling a property more swiftly and for more money. Staging techniques focus on improving a property’s appeal by transforming it into a welcoming, attractive product that anyone might want.” This is a smart approach to selling homes and has been around for years now, but Bolaget has a very nice touch that sets them out from the pack.

NEW! Bolaget Inspiration

NEW! Bolaget Inspiration

I don’t know about you, but this is the type of home staging that I love. I’m not so keen on the ordinary staging that I see out there and I’m sure you know what I mean, the cookie cutter look that almost always includes a stack of books with a shell on top or overly home staged to look like a model home or catalog spread. Bolaget seems to have a real knack for styling in a lovely, appealing way that feels fresh, casual and livable. I like that. These homes speak to me — I want to buy and live in them because they feel inspiring, eclectic, and perfectly imperfect.

What about you? How do you feel about the typical “staging” work you see where you live? Is it still popular where you live or not?

(images: bolaget)

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Press Event For Decorate In London!

January 29, 2011

Hello friends, are you doing well this weekend? I hope so! I am packing for a quick trip to London, I fly out tomorrow and back home on Monday so it will be a real whirlwind for sure. Lucky for me, the flight is only 45 minutes from where I live so I don’t have to go that far… My publisher in London has arranged for a lovely press event where I’ll meet journalists and some UK bloggers to show them my new book, Decorate, and discuss it with them… I’m really honored and look forward to it as making connections in person means so much to me and it’s not often that someone throws you a press event, is it?

Press Event For Decorate In London!

I’m also going to discuss with my publisher the idea to have a book launch party in London sometime mid April, so if you’d like to come (or host it in your shop?) please email me at holly AT decor8blog.com and I’ll put you on my guest list so if/when it happens, you’ll be the first to receive an invitation. It will be a book party/reader meet up so we can all get together and have some fun because I’m dying to meet so many of you and know that it would be nice to do something like this to get us all in the same room.

So! I will be back on Tuesday to tell you all about the press event and to share some photos… I wish you could all attend with me, but maybe next time if we do a fun party in April. Yay!

See you soon… xo

P.S. That is the US version of the book shown above, to be published my Chronicle in May. I haven’t seen the UK one yet, but I’ll photograph it on Monday!

(image: holly becker for decor8)

Etsy Faves

Uncommon

January 28, 2011

Uncommon is the design studio of Vincent and Jessie Leman, a husband and wife duo who run their creative business together full-time. “Put together a classically trained mechanical engineer and a dabbling graphic designer and what you get is, well… uncommon”, says their bio, which explains better the reason they selected uncommon as the name of their brand. With modern lines and beautiful silhouettes, they create interior accessories and furniture in soft, modern colors that really speak to me.

Uncommon

Uncommon

You can find their work on etsy — my favorite products are the square doily coasters, modern numbers clock in white and their fancy chandelier in white. What are yours?

(image: uncommon)

Decorating Tips, Fashion + Accessories

A Alicia + Styling Ideas

January 26, 2011

I was out in twitterland chirping from my nest when I heard a distant tweet from blogger Erin at Kind and learned about A Alicia Handmade. This eco fashion and home brand is small and sweet, and though I’m not turning into a fashion blogger anytime soon, I do love to share what inspires me outside of home decor from time to time because so much of this fuels my passion for interiors even more.

A Alicia + Styling Ideas

The things I see in the fashion world tend to creep into my home in other ways, for instance a skirt may inspire an idea that I have for a patterned shower curtain in my bathroom or the trim on a sweater makes me think of how I should add some trim to my guest towels. I would love to execute more of my creative ideas at home for this year, it is part of my resolve as the clock struck twelve on January 1st. So far, so good — I made a curtain for my office out of Liberty fabric and I am soon to wallpaper my hallway. I also bought a ton of beautiful beads from my last two trips to Morocco and Turkey and now they are displayed on gorgeous hooks on the wall because jewelry so beautiful shouldn’t be hidden away in a drawer and most of these necklaces I won’t wear on a daily basis (especially the large felted beads from the medina in Marrakesh).

Displaying fashion and accessories in the home is also a huge trend in styling and has been for a long time now. You must notice the occasional flowy dress hanging from a closet door or the beads on hooks in some of your favorite books and magazines? Of course, a handbag over a chair and high heels on the floor are common styling tricks of the trade as well.

Why?

Because they warm up interior photographs and bring a certain feeling of home to a shot. You frequently see these tricks more in magazines than in books though but they’re still there and if styled casually they can add warmth and life to a room. If styled perfectly however, they can make a shot seem lifeless because then the room looks like a catalog or the focus can be on the items and not the room, giving the appearance of a product shot.

You see, styling is an art just like anything else and though I do not consider myself an expert in this area I did learn quite a bit last year while I was traveling around styling rooms for my book. One thing I learned is that to make a room come to life — well, it requires a special awareness in my opinion at least — for instance, when you style a room for a book you have to not only think of the editorial angle but also what feeling you want to bring to the reader while still making sure that home reflects the personal style of its inhabitants. You have to consider the senses and how you can help the reader to tap in to some of them. Food stylists know the art of making the viewer’s mouth water because they introduce certain elements to a shot — steam, the bubbles in foam, drips, smears, all done expertly to make you crave what you see. You have to capture that same craving with the photos that you style for interiors — the viewer should want to live there.

But back to fashion and accessories to use in the home as decor. Yes, it’s a great idea and an affordable way to change up a room – your coat rack in the hallway, if better organized, could serve as a beautiful display of coats, bags and scarves in addition to providing a practical storage space. Why not pretty up functional storage areas in your home so that these otherwise mundane areas can look nice and inspire you?

Now back to the talented A Alicia. About A Alicia her bio says, “Anna Alicia took a round-about route to accessory design, via a degree in Art History at the University of Kent and an MA in Fine Art at Central St Martins, London. Her background in Art History and her practice as an artist play a huge role in inspiring her collections, as do the travels of her childhood, and the buzz of living and working in London. Alongside these influences, Anna Alicia also explores a fascination with historical craft and particularly Japanese craft and design. Ethical and environmental concerns are central to her collections – all A Alicia accessories are made by hand in Anna Alicia’s London studio, using fair trade organic cotton and vintage elements wherever possible. Far from finding it restrictive, Anna Alicia feels that working with limited materials inspires her to make the most of their possibilities.”

Psst: She has a second shop for wedding accessories and she is on Etsy.
(images: Anna Alicia)

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