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January 2012

Decorating Tips

NEW: Tine K Home for Spring 2012

January 13, 2012

I recently ordered a few things from Tine K Home and was happy to learn that they are soon to roll out their Spring/Summer 2012 collection at fairs across Europe as I type. I really like this collection because it’s very well curated due to Tine’s expert eye and everything is quite neutral and for me, this provides the perfect base to work off of when I decorate. Don’t you love all of the old books that she uses as props? It looks as though she has raided my husband’s library. I love old books, don’t you?

NEW: Tine K Home for Spring 2012

When it comes to decorating, to some it may seem boring to pattern and color lovers out there to work from a neutral foundation but I prefer a say, gray linen sofa, because then I can pile on decorative cushions and change up the mood of the entire room as it strikes me and it strikes me very often lately since winter is here and I’m home a lot more. I really like a large neutral floor rug (sisal or wool is good, even leather rugs) and wooden floors because I can work up from there to layer in personality as I go.

NEW: Tine K Home for Spring 2012

NEW: Tine K Home for Spring 2012

NEW: Tine K Home for Spring 2012

NEW: Tine K Home for Spring 2012

It’s fascinating how we each have our own system that works for us when it comes to decorating. It’s such a personal process and rightly so, our home is a direct reflection of who we are and if it’s not, most of us are working hard to make it that way because then everything feels just right. There is no single decorating recipe but still we do end up following a certain path each time we redecorate a room, don’t we? For me, I look for my palette and focal point and work from there, being careful to layer in texture and various tones of the same color – even white – because white comes in a millions tints and tones and by experimenting, you create mood and dimension which can help one to avoid that sterile hospital-esque room that using mostly white can result in . Tine has used a lot of white in her latest collection but she’s added chalky, smoky gray and natural wood tones along with hints of blue and violet, stripes and ethnic prints, to give this mostly white collection personality. I think in many ways, her collection allows me to think and be creative. When I look at her items, I imagine them in different rooms with different colors and patterns around them…

The Tine K Home collection for Spring/Summer is very warm, natural and subdued yet there is a certain coziness to it that I find appealing. It’s neither shabby nor chic which white and linen can quickly lean towards — rather it’s clean, wholesome, modern, a little rustic, a tad ethnic and altogether attainable and classy.

NEW: Tine K Home for Spring 2012

NEW: Tine K Home for Spring 2012

NEW: Tine K Home for Spring 2012

NEW: Tine K Home for Spring 2012

NEW: Tine K Home for Spring 2012

I LOVE her new collection of ceramics for the tabletop the most! What do you like? And since I’ve shared a bit of my decorating process, I’m now curious… what is your “process” for decorating or redecorating a space?

(images: tine k home)

Color Inspiration, uncategorized

Color Palettes From Design Seeds

January 12, 2012

When undertaking a decorating project, one of the first considerations is color and what your overall palette will be in addition to floor plan, furnishings, lighting, etc. Color sets the mood. If you need color inspiration, check out Design Seeds founded by color consultant Jessica Colaluca. Here are 8 of my favorite palettes at the moment, all dreamed up by talented Jessica.

Color Palettes From Design Seeds

Fun for a kitchen or living room: Treat Tones.

Color Palettes From Design Seeds

Very relaxed for the bedroom yet also a bit energetic for mornings when you don’t want to get out of bed: Produced Purple.

Color Palettes From Design Seeds

This could be a nice entryway, I see a very glamorous chandelier in silver discs suspended from the ceiling and a huge mirror above a lacquered white entry table: Glamorous Escape.

Color Palettes From Design Seeds

I love this palette – so fresh and inspiring – perfect for a child’s playroom or a crafting space for mom: Boxed Palette.

Color Palettes From Design Seeds

I see this and think of a nursery for the newest gift to the family: Present Tones.

Color Palettes From Design Seeds

A very happy and stylish palette, this looks like the office for a fashion designer or for a magazine editor: Glow Brights.

Color Palettes From Design Seeds

Very cottage in the country, a nice palette for a guest bedroom in your country home: Pink Plans.

Color Palettes From Design Seeds

I imagine a room with super dark walls so this could be charming in a very little nook in your home where you read and relax: Bouquet Hues.

Design Seeds even has lovely color palette books on Blurb and she has a zillion of them that you can view on her blog by color. Her “Creature Color” book is a favorite of mine, combining sweet animal shots with color palette ideas.

Color Palettes From Design Seeds

If you are not interested in using these for your next decorating project, why not think of other clever ways you can put these palettes to good use. If you design websites, these could be a great jumping off point. Perhaps you are a book cover designer? Scrapbook queen? Maybe you can put together a wedding using a palette from Design Seeds? Or compose your next outfit? Maybe plan out how you will wrap presents or something as simple as using one of these palettes to base your own mood board from over your work desk?

Psst: Design Seeds clearly even explains in THIS POST how to use her palettes to match the color and convert them to Pantone colors exactly – brilliant!

This is such a great resource, isn’t it!?

(images: design seeds)

Decorating Tips

NEW: Ferm Living Spring/Summer 2012

January 11, 2012

I’ve been feeling sorry for myself all week as friends write in asking, “So Holly, are you going?!?!”… You see, ALL of the big European design fairs are kicking off this month, with IMM Cologne, Formland, Maison+Objet… and I’m not attending a single one! I was invited to IMM next week to present my book and speak but unfortunately I was unable to accept their lovely invitation since I’ve been very busy scouting locations for my next book. I will begin working with photographer Debi Treloar in a mere two weeks so I about about to be consumed all over again but I love it! I had hoped to attend all of the big fairs this winter because I find them so inspiring but photographs will have to do so here is the upcoming collection from the always gorgeous Ferm Living!

NEW: Ferm Living Spring/Summer 2012

NEW: Ferm Living Spring/Summer 2012

I loved seeing their wall lights for kids because I spotted them in person and thought they were just great and made so well… The deer (top right) was designed by my good friend Anne Wendlandt from enna. I am so happy to see her work for Ferm Living and hope she does more for them in the future as I can see her deer, trees and other designs working brilliantly in their collection for bedding and cushions, too.

NEW: Ferm Living Spring/Summer 2012

I love their new wallpaper! It’s adorable. I have my eyes on that rug too, though it’s not from Ferm Living. I wonder where they got it!? It looks like a vintage kilim (I’ve been obsessed since 2008).

NEW: Ferm Living Spring/Summer 2012

NEW: Ferm Living Spring/Summer 2012

NEW: Ferm Living Spring/Summer 2012

NEW: Ferm Living Spring/Summer 2012

NEW: Ferm Living Spring/Summer 2012

Ferm Living is located in Denmark with a second office in San Francisco so their products are available all over as they continue to expand their brand into new countries. Their upcoming mix of things for Spring/Summer is very strong – they keep getting better and better and in Germany, their brand is really catching on. My friend carries their line in her Hannover store (and online) called RaumFormPlan in case you live in Germany and have an interest in purchasing things from this line.

See any favorites??? I want the tray, the pillow shown above on that sofa and some of their wall boxes along with this neat corkboard that they sell shaped like a house with neon pink edging. Yeah, that’s quite a wish list!!!

(images: ferm living)

Objects

Dot Carpet by HAY

January 9, 2012

I have a total carpet crush and can’t wait to share my latest design obsession… I’m currently smitten with the Dot Carpet in 100% wool made of felted balls, over a thousand of them, per rug! Created by Scholten and Baijings for HAY in Denmark, I really love the one shown below with the hot pink balls in the grid pattern and the gray and white version – so stunning – I imagine walking on one would feel like a mini massage.

Dot Carpet by HAY

Dot Carpet by HAY

Dot Carpet by HAY

Dot Carpet by HAY

Such a pretty piece for any home, any style. Available in three sizes, I imagine these will fly out of shops the moment someone steps on one and sees how well they are made and how subtle yet “there” they really are. I love the bold neon colors especially as an accent right now as we all do, so these are right up my alley. Lip smackin’, am I right?!

(images: hay)

Inspiration

German Stylist Dietlind Wolf

January 9, 2012

I am so excited to share one of my very favorite stylists with you today… Her name is Dietlind Wolf and she lives in Hamburg, Germany and works as a props stylist and maker of pretty porcelain things to adorn yourself with (like these).

German Stylist Dietlind Wolf

German Stylist Dietlind Wolf

German Stylist Dietlind Wolf

Her collections and arrangements are simply stunning, fresh and very forward. Dietlind possesses an amazing eye and you can sense her connection to the things that she uses to compose a visual story because everything from the materials used to the composition and overall vibe seems so deeply personal. I am smitten by her food styling and consider myself a very big fan and feel she is one of Germany’s greatest talents. Here are some breathtaking views from her portfolio — pay close attention to the details…

Dietlind does a lot of work for Brigitte, Essen und Trinken and Living At Home magazines, some of Germany’s top lifestyle, food and home publications, which is how I first discovered this talented lady. I would LOVE to see her style a cookbook, she could do such an amazing job especially if she were given loads of creative freedom. I’d love to work with Dietlind someday, even just to observe her, it is women like her who inspire me so, so much… They are not copycats but trendsetters. I love and admire this SO MUCH.

Psst: Isn’t her jewelry lovely?

(photos: julia hoersch, walter cimbal, thomas neckermann)

Objects

Statement Pieces at Spruce Home

January 9, 2012

We all need a little fun in our life and nothing says FUN more than this quirky sofa from Spruce Home in Austin. It’s a one-of-kind upholstered piece that they are selling on, get this, Etsy! I really love it in all of its big bad boldness! If I went into a home and spotted this baby in the living room, I’d definitely credit the homeowner for having a great sense of humor and style.

Statement Pieces at Spruce Home

Sure, it’s large and in charge but the beauty of it is that you can place it against a muddy gray matte wall and add two big canary yellow ceramic lamps on either side in order to enhance its beauty without competing with it. It’s such a statement piece, this sofa is art! Here are some more exciting pieces from Spruce to get you in the mood to add color and pattern to your home, perhaps for Spring? These surely put me in the Spring mood and if you don’t need a piece of furniture, Spruce carries cushions, lamps and a new how-to video so you can learn exactly how the pros upholster furniture.

Statement Pieces at Spruce Home

Statement Pieces at Spruce Home

Statement Pieces at Spruce HomeChairs are the best way to ease into bold or bright patterns and solids if you don’t ordinary use them on pieces of furniture with the exception of throw pillows, of course. A seat cover in a loud pattern or wild and crazy slipper chair next to a “normal” beige or white sofa can really add personality to a room without committing to something as large and expensive as a brightly patterned sofa. If you want to learn how to reupholster things in your own home, Spruce owner Amanda Brown has a new video where she’ll show you how to set up your work space, share what you’ll need to get started and then how to actually strip furniture and upholster them with tight seats and backs. The video is available here.

Do you have any statement pieces in your home? If so, what are they? Where are they? Any links to share with photos of your statement pieces? Please share those links below!

(images: spruce home)

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