Anna Gillar Blog

October 1, 2012

I’m always so inspired when I come across the blog of a talented interior stylist. I love seeing work that I may have missed otherwise since there are so many magazines that I’ll never come across and work that I wouldn’t see as a result. I like when a stylist shares the work of others in addition to their own – a good mix of what they love, who they admire, coupled with some of their own work – this makes a good mix in my opinion. It feels right to me, because too much me me me can be a drag on any blog. What do you think? Out of all the stylists and designers that you follow, who do you wish had a blog?

Anna Gillar Blog

I’ve been to some blogs and it seems at times like they are only pushing their work to the forefront and nothing more. How do you feel about blogs like that? I believe that it is important for creatives to make a genuine effort to connect with whomever stumbles upon their blog and this is done through sharing – always sharing – not simply to use the blog as a platform to market their work. That is a bit boring, don’t you think? I love it when talented people are sharing everything that is influencing them, even abstract things (those are often the BEST posts) and both related to and unrelated to their work. I like to see what comes across their desk, what matters to them and what is meaningful at the moment to them. I want opinions and openness.

Anna Gillar Blog

Anna Gillar Blog

I like the blog of Anna Gillar in Sweden, who is both an interior designer and stylist. She writes an inspiring blog because… She shares what she does for work, but also what and whom she simply loves – what catches her creative eye and what calls to her heart. I adore seeing what is on the radar of style experts and trend ‘watchers’ out there. Her blog works for me because it’s like having Anna as a friend and she’s simply sharing what she finds interesting with me as we’re hanging out having tea or something… That is what makes a bog inspiring to me, when I sense a kindred spirit from a faraway place!

Anna Gillar Blog

Please check out her blog and see what you think. I’ve chosen some shots for this post that I think best represent her blog & style – hip, cool, clear, clean, graphic and artistic. Also not very colorful, but that’s okay, it’s nice on the eyes now and then to rest on simple charcoals and creams. Serene and perfect for Autumn planning… A base like this gives you so many options to mix in color if you like, as it hits you. A little mustard, a hint of orange, a bit of copper… With a simple base you can really explore.

(images: anna gillar’s blog)


  • Reply Glenda Childers October 2, 2012 at 12:02 am

    I enjoy some variety in a blog as well.


  • Reply Tish October 2, 2012 at 5:45 am

    Funny, I thought you were describing your own aesthetic :)

    We see only what we already know for ourselves…or something like that I’ve been told.

  • Reply Decofairy October 2, 2012 at 6:31 am

    What a nice blog! Thanks for sharing :)

  • Reply design elements October 2, 2012 at 7:51 am

    wonderfully written, Holly! I’m waiting to receive your book from amazon. So excited. big hugs to you

  • Reply Andreia October 2, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Thank you Holly for sharing. One more blog to follow.
    About blogging, I wish I could have more time to invest on my blog, sharing other things, making some research to publish good and interesting content, but unfortunately, between being a mom of four children, and working for my online shops (which haven’t reached yet the break even point) there’s no the time I wish to have to my blog…or at least I haven’t found the formula yet

  • Reply Dennies John October 2, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    what an awesome blog is this :) really good designs.

  • Reply optometrist October 2, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Nice blog! Nice post!
    Total impact!.

  • Reply Kathleen October 2, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    I really enjoyed your comments today on blogging and what it is becoming. I agree that most of what I look for is what’s going on with that introspective person today. Is it similar to me? Is it thought provoking? The fact that it has pictures of something that I also like is the big plus that adds the smile to the content.

  • Reply Heliumhead October 2, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Just wanted to point out that “gillar” means “to like” in Swedish, so the blog’s name actually means “Anna likes” and the stylist’s name is Anna Marselius according to her contact info! This can be a great plug for another stylist, so having her actual name out there will hopefully be helpful!

    • Reply decor8 October 4, 2012 at 11:31 am

      Helium head: thank you for pointing that out!!!!

  • Reply Seema October 2, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Thanks for sharing! lovely blog

  • Reply lavannya October 3, 2012 at 5:07 am

    I love her blog! really nice work

  • Reply BohèmeCircus October 3, 2012 at 11:54 am

    You are right, when we like the work of a designer or a stylist, their creations are even closer to us when we can have the feeling to share a few moments of them reflections and searches by seeing his inspirations, what catches his eye. It also allows us to understand(include) better how we can create our own approch with colors and forms which attract us.

    I think that sharing is essential to communicate. It is the source of the communication and a blog should not be a simple showcase, a blog is to open a door to welcome and receive ‘friends’, people who have had affinities.

    Thank you very much for this post and for your blog !

  • Reply Ruthie October 3, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    I completely agree, Holly, a blog is much better when there is a variety of posts. I get very bored with blogs that are simply there to put their own products on show. One of my favourite designers is Amy DiGregorio and I really wish she had her own blog. Her jewellery designs are scrumptious and I was fortunate enough to buy a couple of her earliest designs! I treasure them.

  • Reply Anna Mårselius October 3, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Thank you so much for these words, Holly!! I can´t express enough how much that means to me. As you know sometimes we are running low of energy and inspiration and when seeing this I had one of those days and this completely turned everything around and made me feel so very inspired again. The reminder of that people actually see and share what you are doing is very inspirational in itself and your words where the very kindest and best. Thank you! Axx

    • Reply decor8 October 4, 2012 at 11:30 am

      Anna: You’re welcome – and I’m sorry I got your last name wrong as a reader pointed out in the comments – I don’t speak Swedish – again sorry for that!!!

  • Reply Sara October 3, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    @Andreia: Andriea, I hear ya. I think it can be very difficult for artists/designers/creative people to maintain a blog, especially when we are starting out. Everything I read about having an online business stresses the need for a blog, but between making the art, maintaining the site, and holding down a full-time job until the creative business can take off, I think it’s very difficult for a lot of people to go out and create really good blog content, myself included. It seems a bit of a catch-22 — a blog will help drive traffic to your product and create a community, but if I have use the 3-4 hours after work to create awesome blog content, then no art gets made. Since I make art because I love to do it, and blog mainly because I’m “supposed” to do it, the choice is usually art, which doesn’t make for a great blog. I’ve pretty much decided that until I have the time/energy to devote to making it great, I’ll stick to just enjoying other people’s awesome blogs, such as this one!

  • Reply Pilar October 3, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    “Smile, you are designed to”, so funny and so true! love it! and love the colors: great and peacefull! :)

  • Reply Maike - MoodKids October 3, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Oh no! an other great blog to follow…. so many beautiful blogs and people to follow, even nicer when you meet them in person like I did on Meet the blogger or the woonbeurs A’dam. Lovely to see and talk to all that are creative!

  • Reply Sandra October 3, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    “Holly writes an inspiring blog because…”

    …she has MASTERED the ability to provide information and “takeaways” while still being authentically “her”. I don’t know if it was that summer break or something else but whatever it was, you are taking it to an even higher level.

    Can’t wait for Blogging Boot Camp!

    • Reply decor8 October 4, 2012 at 11:25 am

      Sandra: Goodness, thank you!!!! :)

  • Reply robin jurovich October 3, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    thank you for your insight. It was very helpful.

  • Reply Molly October 4, 2012 at 3:32 am

    i love her aesthetic, and also the way you paired the photos together. the black and white buildings side by side are stunning.

    • Reply decor8 October 4, 2012 at 11:36 am

      @molly – thank you- nice to know that you notice these little things, I often wonder if others notice the collages I do and if they add more to the post or not – I believe that they do add a lot!

  • Reply Jason Watkins October 4, 2012 at 7:12 am

    Really very informative post..Keep up the good work..!!

  • Reply October 4, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    love it

  • Reply Tina Ramchandani October 4, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Gorgeous pictures, Holly. Thanks for sharing. I love finding new, inspiring things to keep my spirits lifted.

  • Reply how2home October 5, 2012 at 12:21 am

    Just hopped over to Anna’s blog. Love the look and content of her blog.

  • Reply gonnabe40 October 5, 2012 at 1:53 am

    i love your blog and chose it as one of my favorites!
    you can see more in my new post
    happy weekend

  • Reply Ella October 5, 2012 at 3:48 am

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful inspiration! :D

  • Reply Yes Spaces October 5, 2012 at 4:13 am

    You are so right! I always share information but I never thought to share the random things that spark my creativity and now that you say this it is so obvious. I am so glad to have read this today – a whole new spark of inspiration!

  • Reply Alison @Brocantehome October 5, 2012 at 9:29 am

    I do think so many bloggers remain absolutely terrified of opinion and openness… still too frightened to rock their safe, professional boat. Thank heavens for those willing to lay their thoughts on the line: to say out loud what is their truth, and to share what truly matters to them.x

  • Reply lookslikewhite October 5, 2012 at 10:03 am

    wonderful blog. Thanks for sharing. xx

  • Reply Claire October 5, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Hi Holly,
    I really agree with your words here. My absolute favourite blog by an interior stylist is ‘Whole lotta lovely’ by Marie Nichols. I always find it so inspiring as she has a style that I love but don’t necessarily have in my home – if that makes sense? I feel like I’m learning new things when I visit her blog. She’s hasn’t blogged for a while but I’m hoping she will soon! Check it out if you have time:
    I should probably get some sort of PR commission from her! Seriously though, I think it’s important to support and celebrate the talents of others which is a feature that I enjoy seeing on your blog and which I try to do on my own too.

    • Reply decor8 October 5, 2012 at 3:25 pm

      @Claire – LOVE Marie – I know her too and have blogged about her work in the past when she was still living in AUS but now she’s in the UK again. Thank you for dropping by and sharing who inspires you Claire!!! xoos

  • Reply Anouk October 9, 2012 at 5:07 am

    Thank you so much, you reminded me why I started blogging

  • Reply Angel October 10, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Thanks for introducing me to Anna Gillar, I really like her style and will definitely be checking out her blog.

  • Reply Hollie @ I'm Busy Procrastinating October 17, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    I agree … let’s share the love. Not only do we make connections with others that way, but also I love coming across something new on a blog that I would not have known about if it weren’t for that person sharing. For instance, you wrote about watercolors by Miss Capricho several months ago and I simply fell in love and purchased one myself. Had you not shared her work, I may never have stumbled upon it on my own.

    On the flip side, I don’t like when bloggers ONLY blog about other people’s work. The blogs that just feature pretty photos but don’t give credit or links to the sources, designers, stylists, whatever, are doing nothing more than what I could find on Pinterest. Tell me who did it, and what you like about it. I promptly leave those blogs for others more isnpiring.

  • Reply travel photography October 29, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    I enjoy reading through a post that can make people think.
    Also, thanks for permitting me to comment!

  • Reply Fjola Dogg November 1, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Great Blog you have here! I found it through my roaming of the internet and this Anna gillar blog really caught my eye, especially the black light above the dining room. If anyone knows what it is called, then I would really appreciate knowing too. It would fit perfectly in my home.
    I will otherwise definitely be following this blog in the future :)
    Best wishes from Iceland :)

  • Reply Sarah January 24, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    So happy to visit this blog. Thanks for sharing this content

  • Reply Srikant January 30, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Great post.. very happy to find it.

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