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March 2012

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Happy Weekend To You!

March 30, 2012

It has been so nice to visit with you this week through these digital pages — I have enjoyed connecting with each of you so much! It is now time for the weekend and I must sign off and do all of those weekend-y things that need to be done but I wanted to wish you well and hope that you have a very happy weekend!

Happy Weekend To You!

Have a very nice & restful few days until we meet again and loads of love! xo, Holly.

(image: The Shop at Number 57 with permission.)

Inspiration

V.K. Rees Photography

March 30, 2012

Have you ever heard of V.K. Rees Photography out of Brooklyn? I hadn’t until recently and I am smitten by her blog so I’ve decided to make it the decor8 blog of the week. Vanessa Rees, aka V.K.Rees, is a photography studio specializing in food, still life, lifestyle, portrait, fashion, event, and weddings. This talented lady launched her studio only recently in 2010 after completing her MFA and has already made quite a name for herself with clients both near and far. She has shot weddings for clients all over the east coast and has contributed to Food & Wine magazine. I find her blog stunning and I love that each of her posts wraps up with a darling photo of her cat. It’s the little things, right?

V.K. Rees Photography

V.K. Rees Photography

V.K. Rees Photography

V.K. Rees Photography

V.K. Rees Photography

V.K. Rees Photography

What gorgeous photos and I’m sorry, but how cute is it that her cat is involved in her photo shoots? And I like that she sets up her shots near her bedroom window sometimes near to all of that gorgeous natural light. It’s inspiring to see such a simple set up and shows that talent doesn’t have to do with having a massive light studio and a crew, that it really boils down to having a vision and just going for it in any way that you can. What a nice way to wrap up a work week, for me at least…. Animals always make me smile and I love homecookin’, that doesn’t hurt either. I think the egg toast looks like a great Saturday morning breakfast idea for me tomorrow… Yum.

(images: Vanessa Rees)

Rooms

Workspaces That Inspire Me

March 30, 2012

There are so many inspiring spaces to see both online and off in our favorite magazines, books and on blogs. There is no end to the inspiration. As I work on putting the final touches on my work studio before Debi Treloar arrives to shoot it next month, I’m drawing my inspiration from a bunch of beautiful rooms that I’ve been collecting online. It’s a great idea to build these style files so that you can keep all of your room ideas in one place. Here is my work room style file, see if there are any below that you feel a certain connection to.

Workspaces That Inspire Me

Taken this morning with my iPhone of a nook in my office.

Workspaces That Inspire Me

vtwonen can pull together a room like no other. I really like the tones in this room and that bookcase is painted so beautifully.
Workspaces That Inspire Me

frau-p – This lady lives in Germany and really knows how to pull together a bookcase!

Workspaces That Inspire Me

vtwonen – My favorite magazine and it always delivers the best of the best. I really love this glass wall!

Workspaces That Inspire Me

lisa congdon – A kick butt artist in San Francisco with a kick butt space.

Workspaces That Inspire Me

My workspace, at least as it was a year ago. I’ve updated since as I always do. :)

Here are a many more workspaces to inspire you today that I’ve rounded up for you >CLICK HERE<.

It is so important to have a nice work room, at least when you are a freelancer working from home as I do. It’s where everything begins and ends for me each day so I need it to support me. Do you feel the same way? Do you have a room in your home where you can escape? Do you have a creative nook if you don’t have an entire room?

(images: linked to their source above.)

Color Inspiration

Easter Ideas

March 30, 2012

Hello friends, this is Leslie here and for my column this month on decor8 I am using a springtime palette of peaches, pinks, and yellows combined with a soft, putty neutral to inspire you for Easter. After a long, dark winter here on Vancouver Island, I am excited to see all the buds and blossoms on the trees. The soft pink cherry blossoms are incredible and the daffodils, forsythia and hellebores are blooming in the yard.

Easter Ideas

The sweet colors of spring are here, I hope you enjoy these ideas that I’ve pulled together to inspire you for Easter or springtime in general.

Easter Ideas

I have been seeing so many pretty ways to decorate eggs lately. From simple dips in vegetable dyes to using rub on tattoos as décor motifs. I decided to go for a more painterly approach. I did the typical poking of the eggshell on each side, as well as poking the yoke to break it and then blowing out the inside into a bowl (lots of scrambled eggs the other morning). I used Martha Stewart acrylic craft paints from Michael’s to dab on my various floral and confetti patterns. It was so much fun to decorate them!

Easter Ideas

I then hung them on a cherry blossom branch for a festive display.

Easter Ideas

I decided to take some of my ribbons out of their usual storage bin and hang them from pretty blue hatpins on my tack-board. I love looking at all the thin strips of color and it got me thinking about what else I can use them for…

Easter Ideas

Like tying different ones simply around napkins when entertaining…

Easter Ideas

Or bundling a few small bottles together to make a sweet floral arrangement. Sometimes just looking at my craft and art supplies gets me inspired. When they are all tucked away too neatly I forget they are there!

Easter Ideas

I also wanted to share with you some art supplies I have been experimenting with called PanPastels. I know they have been available for a while but I just started using them and love the effect you can get. They are similar to typical pastels but less messy and easier to control. You can apply them with various sponge like applicators and they layer really well. The hardest thing is choosing the colors, as there are so many. I am partial to the “tint” tones right now and I can see myself using them for sketching and collage.

Easter Ideas

Easter Ideas

Easter Ideas

I hope you got some ideas today and thank you for having me here Holly! I will see you all next month. – Take care, Leslie.

(photography: leslie shewring)

Bloggers

Nicky & Max in Berlin

March 29, 2012

Extra! Extra! Photography, recipes and food styling to love straight from Berlin today! I recently heard about Nicky & Max, or Nicola Walsh and Max Faber, from a decor8 reader in Ottawa (thanks Giulia!) and I had to blog about them given that I live so close and of course, Ich liebe Berlin!

Nicky & Max in Berlin

Nicky is a photographer originally from London who relocated to Berlin last year for a different way of life. Max is her work partner who is from Berlin but has lived in France and in many German cities cooking, styling and eating his way around – he started cooking when he was only 17 years old and now he is unstoppable. Together, Nicky & Max work on projects and share a lovely blog written in both English and German that you have to check out. Here are some examples of their work. Try not to drool on your keyboard!

Nicky & Max in Berlin

Nicky & Max in Berlin

Nicky & Max in Berlin

Nicky & Max in Berlin

Nicky & Max in Berlin

Nicky & Max in Berlin

I hope to eventually meet them and learn more about their work but for now, you have an introduction to some more great peeps who are creative that can inspire you today. Enjoy!

(images: nicky & max)

Color Inspiration

Moody Blues Work For Me

March 29, 2012

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the color blue. In my work studio, I have lots of bright colors set against a white, neutral background because it inspires me to mix in color according to my mood, removing those that may not be particularly rockin’ my world at the moment. Currently, I have lots of yellow, orange, red and pink in my studio but a few days ago a more moody mix of emeralds and indigos started to creep in.

Moody Blues Work For Me
Darker tones of blue on the bed paired with brighter ones throughout the room, like light blue walls, make moody blues less so, via: Anthropologie

I’m wondering if this is pointing me towards my eventual Autumn palette as I love warmer, richer hues in cooler months. Or perhaps this is a reflection of how I’m feeling lately — introspective, serious, thoughtful… And the weather has been so completely bonkers bouncing between summery sunny days to ones like today when only a blanket of gray covers the sky and the temps have gone from mid 70s to a murky and cool 40s. Bleh.

I had to put the candles on in my studio today to inspire me because I was ready to hit the garden shop in the morning for the plants and flowers for my balcony and now spring feels so very far away. Instead of caving in to this weather, I decided to round up some moody blues to inspire me so below it my virtual mood board which accurately fits my whole vibe at the moment. It seems a whole slew of artists, designers, decorators, stylists, cooks and photographers share my color fix at the moment, too. See for yourself…

Moody Blues Work For Me

If you only want a hint of blue, try slight additions to your home to try it on for size, via: 79 Ideas.

Moody Blues Work For Me

John Cullen captures blue in one single gorgeous moment.

Moody Blues Work For Me

honey houses shows how to make granny chic a bit more moody.

Moody Blues Work For Me

I love this pairing of emerald green with this gorgeous indigo blue sofa from Anthropologie.

Moody Blues Work For Me

Leslie Shewring always has the best mood boards showing her inspirational palette of the moment.

Moody Blues Work For Me

I’m a huge fan of gallery walls, especially set against deep colors, via: design is mine.

Moody Blues Work For Me

Chris Court & Sibella Court show us how to add some blue to a mostly white bathroom.

Moody Blues Work For Me

Julia Hoersch is a German photographer who really used the light to make this dining room feel very inviting in it’s pretty tones of blue, gray and violet.

Moody Blues Work For Me

I love another subtle hint of blue like those shown on this leather sofa via: Riazzoli.

Moody Blues Work For Me

Deep moody tones of green and blue always work for me, via: Lovely Sweet William.

Moody Blues Work For Me

Leslie Shewring pairs blues with a bit of green a tiny burst of red to add some energy to the mix.

Moody Blues Work For Me

Watercolor blue tones are a pretty addition to any room through paintings, porcelain… These vases are from West Elm.

Moody Blues Work For Me

Leslie Shewring again shows how to use blue with a tiny bit of red to add visual interest.

Moody Blues Work For Me

Chris Court & Sibella Court demonstrate a way to make ethnic prints and fabrics feel fresh and modern by sticking to a set palette, introducing beige for warmth and red for energy and adding a gorgeous accent wall.

Moody Blues Work For Me

Anthropologie is always on trend. This sofa is fun and a great way to introduce blue tones to a room.

I wonder if you did a vibe mood board today, what colors you would use? Care to share?

(images linked to their sources below each shown above.)

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