I’d like to wish you all a wonderful weekend! I’ll see you on Monday and then I’m off to London until next Friday so I’ll be blogging from my hotel next week. I’m looking forward to the trip, a little work and a little pleasure… but I’m bringing my laptop and plan to work in my room at night so I can stay in touch with everyone here on decor8. Until Monday, I’d like to encourage you to check out the decor8 Interior Styling group on Flickr with over 3,700 global members and nearly 7,000 photos of homes submitted by group members – bloggers, decorators, designers, budding stylists and everyone else – it’s a great group and I invite you to check it out! In case you need encouragement, here is a sneak peek of some of the most recent member photos submitted to the pool.
Lovely colors for Spring, right? The bursts of yellow, pink and orange caught my eye. What do you see that resonates with you?
Have a nice weekend and I’ll see you again on Monday. xo, Holly
Are you expecting? I’m not, but one look at this nursery and I stopped dead in my tracks. It’s the first nursery that I’ve seen in a really long time that actually spoke to me because it’s very simple but with great attention to detail and I adore how neutral it was kept. I know what “studies say” about kids and color but I honestly would have a subtle nursery just like this one in a second and simply bring color in through books, dolls, craft supplies and clothing… There are ways to still have color without painting the walls bright yellow – unless of course that is your thing and if so, go for it!
The key to making a mostly neutral palette work is to vary the tints and tones and texture to add warmth and dimension. I love the striped ceiling!
This room was designed by Sissy + Marley and they sent it in because they thought decor8 readers would really like it. So, do you? What do you think of this color scheme and overall design?
I recently received a most lovely friend request on Facebook from London-based photographer Julia Bostock. Have you heard of her before? When I clicked over to her website to view her portfolio I was captivated by the things that I saw.
Julia has an incredibly sensitive eye when she shoots, from the way she captures light so softly to how natural the children look that she shoots (never stiff or catalog-y), I am really keen on her work and wanted to point you over to this talented photographer today. Though her work is primarily based on children and lifestyle, I couldn’t help but think it fits decor8 nicely given the moods of those I’ve selected as some of my very favorites. I hope that you enjoy them too.
It’s nice to see how the pros are photographing children these days, isn’t it? There are so many variations, some approach it very naturally while others meticulously pose their subjects perfectly. I imagine those of you out there who are mothers have already found your photographic style when it comes to taking shots of your little ones. What is your style when shooting? Have you ever given it much thought? Are you children often posing or looking into the lens or do you tend to sneak up on them and catch moments as they occur, when the child is playing or dancing around – perhaps without even noticing that you are there capturing their very special magic?
I often wonder how I’ll photograph my future kids and I imagine most likely like I style interiors – with a very spontaneous, casual approach without a great deal of planning. I like to capture the moment as it is and not go through a lot to ‘create’ the moment. It’s interesting to think about though, isn’t it?
Have a lovely few hours, I’ll be back a bit later today with a few more posts before the weekend! xo, Holly
I was so happy to learn that La Tartine Gourmade blogger Béatrice Peltre has a book out since February under the same name, La Tartine Gourmande, and though I don’t have a copy I’m sure it’s truly inspiring and delicious in every way. How could it not be? Béa is superfab. One look at her photos below and if you don’t already know her you will definitely want to…
If you’re not familiar with Béa, she works out of her home studio as a blogger and freelance food writer, food stylist and photographer in Boston. I wish I had known about her before I moved away from Boston in 2009 as I would have enjoyed meeting up with Béa. I’m always keen on meeting stylists as I find their creative perspectives rich and interesting. Her work has been covered in a slew of great publications including The New York Times Dining Journal, Food and Wine, the Washington Post, Saveur, The Chicago Tribune and the Boston Globe along with a bevy of blogs. Just look at her work — my goodness, no wonder she’s so well known.
What I admire about Béa is how organic and artistic her work looks and feels. It seems to come very naturally to arrange her handmade creations onto pretty plates set against floral textiles with a sprig tossed here, a cracked shell there, a piece of crusty bread off to the side… I love the perfect little imperfections in her styling as that is very close to my own work and heart and what I admire more than the perfectly perfect styling that I see in lots of magazines where nothing feels casual and you know a ton of work, conversations and equipment went into a single image – and the photo almost feels watered down and uptight as a result. This isn’t the case here with Béa. Her photos do not feel labored over (though I’m guessing they are!) and that is a beautiful, delicate art – and to me, what makes a good stylist amazing, inspiring and one to follow.
Again, this isn’t a book review as I don’t have the book (yet!) but if you are looking for gorgeous food, stories and recipes then visit La Tartine Gourmade, the book or the blog – and her blog just-so-happens to be the decor8 blog of the week so definitely check it out!
Hello friends! I’m back from a mini time off – Easter weekend here in Germany is equivalent to Christmas so things completely shut down for days and you are forced into down time whether you want it or not. Personally, I needed it. I have been working non-stop on several projects lately so I had to turn off and step away from the internet for a bit. I missed you though! It’s always so hard to step away, because one always feels like they are missing out. Do you ever feel this way?
I’ve been writing online now for quite awhile and so I’m locked into a routine and just go, go, go and push, push, push! It takes a holiday, getting ill, working on a shoot or something like that to push me away from my desk. I’m glad I took the extra long weekend off but my inbox didn’t seem to slow down and my work has piled up so it’s time to pay for my absence. Oh dear, right? You must relate to this. We have to pay for our freedom in one way or another and if a full inbox is my only stress then I consider myself lucky.
I’m so happy to be back to blogging again though, and though this week and next will be super light with posts because Debi Treloar is coming to work with me on this in my home next week for a few days and I’m busy preparing for her visit, I’m still around and will pop in throughout this week to keep you posted.
How are you? Did you take time off for Easter? What did you do? Are your jeans tight from all of the chocolate? Mine are. I started detoxing today. I’m sure to be a total crab/pain in the butt for the next few days… ha! Do you get crabby when you detox? Oh my goodness it’s not a fun time for me but I’ll be better off for it!
I’ve inserted a darling video above from kids company bla bla. I love their soft toys and I thought it was so precious. I also inserted a video about a cat that also caught my eye and made me smile. After a long weekend I find a little humor is needed because really, breaking back into a routine is no fun is it?
See you soon! Smile and tell me how you are if you have a moment….
The new April issue of Matchbook mag just went live and I’m loving the bright bursts of color and the fashion spreads. They’ve totally energized me today – hope that they do the same for you. What colors are you into at the moment anyway? I was just thinking about how much I want to work with peach, copper, mint and neon orange so I think I’ll put something together around that palette. Any color crushes that you’ve having lately?
Beautiful spreads, Matchbook girls! Juicy fruity colors definitely work on this gray Spring day for me…