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Crush: Multi-colored Hardwood Herringbone Floors

I have a total design crush today on a totally rockin’ floor. My friend, Charlotte, was recently in Thailand and since I follow her on Istagram, I was glued to her photo stream the whole time wondering what she would find. As a designer and owner of Rice, a huge Danish lifestyle brand, I never know what will catch her eye next. One photo that she posted made my heart leap and I thought, OH YES, BABY! It was of a floor at the Stella McCartney shop in Bangkok – multi-colored hardwood herringbone floors.Oh my.

Crush: Multi-colored Hardwood Herringbone Floors

The photo she posted got my creative wheels turning. Why not try a temporary version for a party as an accent using washi tape? I immediately started to tape my floor in my home studio where Steffi and I are hosting a blogger workshop next month. I wanted to see if perhaps I could tape the floors in different spots for the weekend simply to give it a creative touch. I like it and plan to keep going with it in various spots, definitely not the entire floor but here and there… I wish I had the really wide washi tape, doing it in thin strips took about 5 per piece of wood and well, it looked a bit cheesy… So I’m thinking to just do thin strips like this and maybe mix in other colors too – like orange and yellow to match our workshop colors. I love that washi tape is so versatile – it doesn’t ruin your floors if you leave it on temporarily. Over time, I don’t know… But for a weekend, I’m thinking this could be super cute.

Washi tape on my floors

But my goodness, aren’t those Stella floors insane!?

By the way, if you are on Instagram, follow me @decor8! Here is my web page for IS too.

(image: stella mccartney & holly becker for decor8

Posted in flooring on November 15, 2012

Sweet Paul: Holiday Video & Issue

Sweet Paul JUST launched his holiday issue moments ago and it’s just beautiful and very inspirational. I also fancy Paul’s new website, congrats to him and his team! In addition to the mag, he recently pulled together a video showing how a story for Sweet Paul is made – a little behind-the-scenes actions which I think is very cool —  that’s Paul in the plaid with the tattoos!

In this issue of Sweet Paul, there are loads of stories from a vintage holiday meal spread that looks like it was torn from the pages of a 1940’s edition of Gourmet magazine, a Nordic winter food story, a Holiday Brunch collaboration with Matthew Robbins, a blue Christmas piece and a extraordinary Walnut story from Dietland Wolf – one of my favorite stylists in Germany! There are many more but you have to click here to see for yourself because I don’t want to spoil it for you.

Sweet Paul Sneak Peek

Sweet Paul Sneak Peek

Sweet Paul Sneak Peek

Sweet Paul Sneak Peek

Sweet Paul Sneak Peek

Sweet Paul Sneak Peek

Sweet Paul Sneak Peek

Sweet Paul Sneak Peek

Sweet Paul Sneak Peek

sweet paul

For your copy, visit Anthropologie stores, Paul’s website and check out the newstands in Germany because it’s now over here in German, too!

(images: sweet paul)

Posted in inspiration on November 15, 2012

Gretchen Jones & Her Cool Apartment

Make it work! Are you a Project Runway fan? Who isn’t, right? Okay so maybe you know by now that the winner from last season was fashion designer Gretchen Jones (also a blogger!). Her rocker chic bohemian-ness is so cool I think but it goes wayyyy beyond her fashion sense – this lady lives how she feels and dresses – effortless style is just her way of life. I love her Brooklyn apartment, there is a massive spread on Refinery 29 today all about it with 24 photos so this is only a peeky peek. Her moody blue-gray walls make her artwork really stand out. I also like how she uses some of her canvas pieces as mini-ledges to display collected elements.

Boho Rocker Chic

Boho Rocker Chic

Boho Rocker Chic

Boho Rocker Chic

Boho Rocker Chic

Boho Rocker Chic

All of the art and pattern in her apartment is quite cool – very eclectic and anything goes. To see more photos, including her closet and bedroom, click here. These gorgeous photos were shot by Maia Harms.

(images: refinery29 & maia harms)

Posted in designers on November 14, 2012

Trend: Contrast Custom Sofas & Chairs

I’m loving the look of custom furniture more and more lately because fresh designs are popping up to give furniture personality. Gone are the days when you’d reupholster your sofa or chair in a single fabric – lately I’m seeing FUN being brought to design and a lot less stuffy frou frou, starting with the Contrast trend. In fact, while visiting Liberty last week, I noticed several bespoke chairs and sofas in contrasting Liberty prints and my heart went boom! boom! boom! Gorgeous! I love the idea of mixing patterns with solids, especially on sofas and chairs because it really emphasizes the details and differences so you see more of the piece then you may have noticed before had it been in a simple solid or single print.

Trend

Also the idea of a solid fabric (velvet for instance) on a sofa with piping that is patterned gets me a bit hot and bothered. Turned on by a sofa – heck yeah! ha ha! Or a sofa with patterns on back cushions and solid seat cushions… Or, or or… Oh my! The possibilities are endless and I think we should all experiment a little the next time we call up the upholstery shop.

Custom pieces add so much charm to a home because they’re so unique and precious even… one of a kind is such a special feeling in a world of mass production that values quantity of quality. I’d frankly rather save up for a dream chair over buying something I’m half-hearted about just to have it today. Are you with me?

Violet & George’s has a lovely selection of custom furniture and I particularly love how they are keen on supporting up and coming fabric designers. They’ve recently worked on this sofa (shown above) with prints by surface pattern designer Ayme Fitzgerald. All sofas are made to order and take a few months to create but it is well worth the wait – and fabrics can be chosen from their extensive fabric library, along with sofa style and size. Check them out!

Do you dream of designed and owning special furniture like this too?

(images: Violet & George)

Posted in trends on November 12, 2012

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