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September 2012

Home Tours

Now & Then: Home of Stylist Emma Persson Lagerberg

September 11, 2012

These photos made me happy today because I love seeing how stylists decorate their homes and also how they change things up as their needs change and tastes evolve.

Now & Then: Home of Stylist Emma Persson Lagerberg

I found this delightful home on Irene’s beautiful blog and it belongs to interior stylist Emma Persson Lagerberg that was photographed by Petra Bindel and instantly remembered it but noticed immediately that a lot has changed since I last saw it. But first, isn’t this minty green haven so serene and lovely?

What a modern, soft application of pastels applied in a very grown up way – and edited so perfectly. You can see the entire apartment here but a glimpse below. It’s glorious beyond words. At the bottom of this post, you can see the way this space looked before Emma redecorated. It was equally gorgeous then, too.

Now & Then: Home of Stylist Emma Persson Lagerberg

Now & Then: Home of Stylist Emma Persson Lagerberg

Now & Then: Home of Stylist Emma Persson Lagerberg

Now & Then: Home of Stylist Emma Persson Lagerberg

Now & Then: Home of Stylist Emma Persson Lagerberg

Now & Then: Home of Stylist Emma Persson Lagerberg

It looks like Emma’s former dining room is now a kitchen/dining room combo and the lilac accents in the apartment have been replaced with more mint.

Now & Then: Home of Stylist Emma Persson Lagerberg

Now & Then: Home of Stylist Emma Persson Lagerberg

Now & Then: Home of Stylist Emma Persson Lagerberg

Now & Then: Home of Stylist Emma Persson Lagerberg

THEN & NOW – let’s have a little fun now and examine the details, shall we?

Now & Then: Home of Stylist Emma Persson Lagerberg
Now & Then: Home of Stylist Emma Persson Lagerberg
Now & Then: Home of Stylist Emma Persson Lagerberg

I spot the disco ball in the window of the living room now vs. in the center of the space, too. Glad they kept the disco ball, my favorite feature! What an incredible transformation. I spot a new sofa too. It’s looking a bit more elegant, don’t you think?

What do you think?

(Photography: Petra Bindel)






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Inspiring Views From 91 Magazine

September 11, 2012

I’m so happy to see the fresh new issue (No.4) of 91 Magazine that just went live online today. It’s packed with beautiful images (some of my favorites shown below) and inspirational projects along with decorating tips, product highlights, trendy bits and more, including a review of my upcoming book! I loved seeing the neons and pastels feature too. I have a neons and pastels board over on Pinterest if you want further inspiration but my, my, my this is the sweetest work area ever, am I right or AM I RIGHT people!?

Inspiring Views From 91 Magazine

Caroline, who leads the magazine, has a great eye and each issue is getting better and better and BETTER. I love watching her grow and seeing the magazine evolve along with her. Check out the triangle art work over the bed below. How easy is that to try at home with markers, paint or washi tape?

Inspiring Views From 91 Magazine

I’m also so pleased that Caroline is the very first person to have seen the PDF version of my upcoming book that is still being printed on distant shores and that she took the time to review it – see the blurb below on the left side of the page. Yippppeeee!

Inspiring Views From 91 Magazine

She read it and gave it a lovely review in her magazine on page 9 and I’m so appreciative of her glowing review of the UK edition of Decorate Workshop published by Jacqui Small, which is now available for pre-order over at Amazon US from Chronicle Books and Amazon UK. Thank you again Caroline, the first review of a new book is always so exciting for any author so this is extra special news today! In addition to the neons & pastels story and the review of my upcoming book, I loved these color-themed office supply stories – they made me smile big. Beautiful, right?!

Inspiring Views From 91 Magazine

Inspiring Views From 91 Magazine

Inspiring Views From 91 Magazine

Inspiring Views From 91 Magazine

Inspiring Views From 91 Magazine

Inspiring Views From 91 Magazine

91 Magazine is a feminine, eclectic, romantic and altogether lovely digital publication that you simply don’t want to miss so check it out RI Great work, Caroline!

(images: 91 magazine)






Decorating Tips

MT Casa: XL Washi Tape For Decorating

September 11, 2012

I’ve got washi tape on the brain now after seeing Tina’s home, don’t you? Do you recall when just last year lots of bloggers were a-buzz with the news that Japanese washi tape company, MT Tape, had launched a line of super jumbo tape called MT Casa that you could use on your walls, ceiling, floor – anywhere and everywhere? I do. Do you remember this post from Hello Sandwich? She really got me exited over it. Then, as quickly as the buzz started, it died… blogs went silent and nothing else was mentioned again. Until now.

MT Casa: XL Washi Tape For Decorating

Seems it was super tricky to find MT Casa in the US and Europe but now that British writer Ellie Tennant visited French design fair Maison & Objet this past week and reported about it on her blog, I have hope that we just may see it becoming trendy (and available) very soon. This is so much fun! I’ve been talking about designing wallpaper for years and years that you can peel and stick for those who rent and this stuff could very well help those who lease property and want to personalize it without begging the landlord for paint and paper. TAPE IT UP!

MT Casa: XL Washi Tape For Decorating

Ellie reports on her blog, “Available in 5cm, 10cm or 20cm widths, the new tape is specifically designed for home decoration and, as if stripes on your surfaces aren’t exciting enough, there are 5cm diameter sticky polka dot spots available, too.” Check this kitchen out below. Wild, right!?

MT Casa: XL Washi Tape For Decorating

That’s a little over the top for me, but in moderation I can see this stuff really working. You can watch this crazy kitchen (above) come to life here via this video that MT Tape put on YouTube. What a riot! Apparently, you can stick it to cabinetry, floors, glass and appliances, too. If it comes in white, I can see applying it together with black for a funky graphic black and white floor. The idea of being able to cover a horrible floor in a rental apartment, like a 1970s avocado lino in a kitchen, is a delight – right!?

MT Casa: XL Washi Tape For Decorating

MT Casa: XL Washi Tape For Decorating

MT Casa: XL Washi Tape For Decorating

MT Casa: XL Washi Tape For Decorating

MT Casa: XL Washi Tape For Decorating

MT Casa: XL Washi Tape For Decorating

MT Casa: XL Washi Tape For Decorating

MT Casa: XL Washi Tape For Decorating

Ellie reports that this will also be on display soon in London at TOP DRAWER. Looks like we’ll be seeing MT Casa in stores soon, exciting!

(images: mt casa, ellie tennant and hello sandwich)






Decorating Tips

Washi Tape Idea For Your Walls

September 10, 2012

I want to show you a cute decorating idea with washi tape but first, I heard from blogger Tina Fussell today from Traveling Mama, who is based in Copenhagen, about the new room for her daughter / guest bedroom that she’s been working on. It’s simply too cute to pass by so I thought I’d share it with you today, especially since I’m fond of how she’s used washi tape in both of these spaces…

Washi Tape Idea For Your Walls

Notice the washi tape and how it is used above? A art/headboard! What a cute way to use tape. You can also make your own affordable artwork and you will see that below in her work studio so watch for it. Super cool.

About this bedroom Tina says, “We just recently bought ourselves a new bed, so our daughter inherited our old bed. We thought it would be a nice treat for her and a great place for guests to stay when they come to visit because everyone wants to visit when you live in a wonderful place such as Copenhagen!”

She continues, “My biggest problem was the fact that I could not find a bed that I liked and after a couple weeks of hitting all the chain stores here and searching the Danish version of Craig’s List, I finally realized that it might take me some time to find something I really love. And I really believe that you should always wait to buy something you love rather than buying something that is convenient! So, I created a temporary headboard with washi tapi and actually, I kind of love it and I think it might have to stay! Her room still shows signs of the fact that she is not quite grown up and as her mom that kind of makes me happy! She was tired of the hot pink and bright colors and was wanting something that felt a little more grown up and soothing.”

Washi Tape Idea For Your Walls

Tina adds, “We put some fun artwork and a few boxes on her dresser. This dresser was originally a pine wood stain (just like the cabinet in our living room shown here) but it got a coat of white paint a while back and I just love it!” I think it’s pretty great also, Tina.

Washi Tape Idea For Your Walls

She also spruced up the hardware, “New knobs did wonders to the piece as well! They are from House Doctor.” Great idea!

Washi Tape Idea For Your Walls

This decorating project was also affordable as Tina explains, “The best part about this updated tween/guest bedroom is that it didn’t cost a single penny! I either grabbed something from a different room, incorporated what I already had, or more importantly, removed a lot from the room and simplified things! I was surprised by how much it made what we already had look so different, which is kind of awesome!”

Isn’t this a sweet room?

In addition, Tina has a lovely space for blogging and sewing in her Danish apartment that I have to share with you as I think it’s so light, bright and pretty. Check it out below…

Washi Tape Idea For Your Walls

Washi Tape Idea For Your Walls

Washi Tape Idea For Your Walls

Washi Tape Idea For Your Walls

Notice the washi tape art?!?!

So cute! Would you try this idea with washi tape?

(images: tina fussell)






Travel

Style Guide To Hamburg, Germany

September 10, 2012

Several months ago I was approached by RUE magazine to spend the day with them shopping in a city of my choice in Germany. I thought to bring them to Hannover or nearby Hamburg or Berlin but since I was under deadline with my book, I sadly had to decline their lovely offer. Then I thought to refer them to Steffi from OhhhMhhh, a Hamburg-based blogger. I knew that Steffi was the lady for the job with her magazine experience.

Style Guide To Hamburg, Germany

This post is a bit belated as her style guide to Hamburg appeared in the last issue, number 12, but I still have to highlight it because she did a bang up job and well, Steffi is a good friend and I love to shine the light on her whenever possible because she is a tremendously supportive friend and all around total “it” girl – she rocks.

Style Guide To Hamburg, Germany

Style Guide To Hamburg, Germany

Style Guide To Hamburg, Germany

Style Guide To Hamburg, Germany

Style Guide To Hamburg, Germany

Style Guide To Hamburg, Germany

This Friday and Saturday I’ll be hanging out in Hamburg for a few days, I have a business meeting and I’ll be seeing my good Danish friend Charlotte and also Steffi, so I’m looking forward to being there and putting Steffi’s guide in RUE magazine to good use.

Style Guide To Hamburg, Germany

Style Guide To Hamburg, Germany

Style Guide To Hamburg, Germany

Style Guide To Hamburg, Germany

Style Guide To Hamburg, Germany

Style Guide To Hamburg, Germany

Style Guide To Hamburg, Germany

If you’re ever in Hamburg, definitely don’t miss this article which appears in issue 12 on pages 40-46. Lovely work, Frau Luxat!

(images: Felix Matthies)






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In The News…

September 10, 2012

It can be such a lift to hear that a magazine has written about what you do, am I right? I’ve been lucky because I regularly receive some of the most beautiful press mentions and I feel the exact same excitement when my name is in print now as I did when all of this first started happening to me in 2006.

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REAL LIVING, Australia (also online here)

It’s a beautiful thing to be loved by others and appreciated. It makes life very sweet and certainly helps me to rise above the hard times. In fact, whenever I feel sorry for myself or down in general, I open this cabinet in my office and look through the stack of magazines where I’ve appeared and I think that I’m far to lucky to be sad. If you have been mentioned on blogs, in magazines, on television or in books like I have then you know that it is something to be cherished. I cherish everyone who has taken the time to feature me or my blog or classes – it is the warm, validating hug that I sometimes need so much!

Here are a few recent articles that I’m very appreciative for that brought new readers my way and gave me such a tremendous lift.

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ROCO magazine, Ireland

In The News...

ROCO magazine, Ireland

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ROCO magazine, Ireland

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N.E.E.T. magazine, Australia

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N.E.E.T. magazine, Australia

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INSIDE OUT magazine, Australia

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STYLE AT HOME magazine, Canada (online interview here).

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DECO HOME magazine, Germany

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SCHOENER WOHNEN, Germany

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101 WOONIDEEEN, The Netherlands

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101 WOONIDEEEN, The Netherlands

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101 WOONIDEEEN, The Netherlands

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WOHN IDEE, Germany

I plan on trying to be a bit better about posting my press mentions again on a regular basis, perhaps one time each month. I stopped for a long time because I thought it may come across as bragging but then I realized that it could equally come across as being unappreciative so I think I’d rather show appreciation over fear offending someone who may think my ego is inflated. For those who know me, you know I’m far from that. ;)

Other great mentions include:

Many thanks to all who took the time to speak about me and my work. xo, Holly






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