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2012

Decorating Tips

Rowen and Wren: 10 Favorite Things For The Living Room

July 18, 2012

I was looking over the Rowen and Wren website today and stumbled across 10 favorite things that I thought I’d share… I can see all of them mingling so nicely together in a living room and can imagine the space being such a serene spot for lounging and afternoon tea.

Rowen and Wren: 10 Favorite Things For The Living Room

1. A button-backed sofa in soft grey. Ah….

Rowen and Wren: 10 Favorite Things For The Living Room

2. Perhaps a finch pillow on the sofa….

Rowen and Wren: 10 Favorite Things For The Living Room

3. A lime washed acacia side table with a 4. simple white adjustable floor lamp

Rowen and Wren: 10 Favorite Things For The Living Room

5. Tiny glass button vases on top of a fireplace mantel, 6 in a row…

Rowen and Wren: 10 Favorite Things For The Living Room

Rowen and Wren: 10 Favorite Things For The Living Room

6. Along with some ceramic vases too.

Rowen and Wren: 10 Favorite Things For The Living Room

7. And you always need flicking lights, like these Soy candles… They should add the right mood.

Rowen and Wren: 10 Favorite Things For The Living Room

8. Why not add in a few Esme Winter paper pads for doodling dreams…

Rowen and Wren: 10 Favorite Things For The Living Room

9. Or a limited edition oil painting to pull in a little handmade with some goldenrod yellow, which works so nicely with grey and lavender.

Rowen and Wren: 10 Favorite Things For The Living Room

10. And finally, a simple unexpected touch – this table lamp.

Did you spot a few favorites? This color palette is so soothing!

(images: rowen and wren)

Books + Magazines

Flower Power & Inspired Weddings By Matthew Robbins

July 17, 2012

Last weekend we celebrated our anniversary at home with our family and my husband surprised me with this beautiful and very unique arrangement of flowers from a local florist called Indigo. I found it so unusual, I had to photograph it and share it with you. It’s pretty cool, right!?

Flower Power & Inspired Weddings By Matthew Robbins

Even though I’ve lived in Germany for nearly three years, I’m still surprised by how often I stumble upon things that still feel so new to me. I’ve never seen an arrangement like this before and find the way that some German florists create arrangements to be so fascinating and not at all typical. It’s fun to see such creativity and inspires me to experiment more too and to venture outside of the box.

Speaking of flowers, I was recently sent a copy of Matthew Robbins’ new book, Inspired Weddings, and am completely smitten by it. Everything about his work and his book make me tingle from top to bottom. It’s a masterpiece. Good work, Matthew – you really nailed it and gave us what was missing out there.

Flower Power & Inspired Weddings By Matthew Robbins

Flower Power & Inspired Weddings By Matthew Robbins

If you love party planning, color, flowers and are in need of a fresh perspective then I highly suggest picking up a copy of his book which is currently available on Amazon. Wow, what an unbelievable book, really!

(images: top: holly becker, all others, from Inspired Weddings)

Bloggers

Liz & Jewels Blog

July 17, 2012

I taught a morning session at a food styling and photography workshop recently and it was there that I made several new friends. Two lovely and talented German ladies really stood out as they are both authors, cooks, photographers and stylists (whoa!) and now – new bloggers! They are Liz and Jewels and together they’ve launched a blog and I love their concept. Check it out below…

Liz & Jewels Blog

“Every week, we will come together (virtually!) to challenge each other.  We will both cook the same recipe, then style it and photograph it. But far apart from each other… Liz in Münster (Germany), Jewels in New York. We do expect difficulties: and exactly that tempts us! Will we find the same ingredients, how much does the dish cost in Germany, how much in the US? Will Liz find and use the same brown sugar as Jewels? Will we interpret the recipe the same way? When two people follow the same recipe, will they actually end up eating the same dish? Whatever comes out of it: We will share it with you. And we want you to participate by giving us ideas for recipes. Tell us what to cook or bake next!” – cool blog idea, right? I love it.

Liz & Jewels Blog

Liz & Jewels Blog

Liz & Jewels Blog

If you think a food blog like this may interest you, make sure to visit Liz & Jewels right here. Congrats on your new blog, ladies!

(images: liz & jewels)

Inspiration

NEW House Doctor Collection for Fall/Winter 2012

July 16, 2012

I love the moody elegance that House Doctor has introduced for their Fall/Winter 2012 Moments Collection. A special thank you to my friend, Tinna Pedersen from Agentur Pedersen, who is the House Doctor agent for Germany, for sending me their new catalog. It’s lovely and inspiring. I’m not quite ready to snuggle in for the winter yet, but seeing this collection already has me dreaming about that cozy feeling that I enjoy creating at home in the winter with candles, throws, and through the layering of rugs and blankets.

NEW House Doctor Collection for Fall/Winter 2012

NEW House Doctor Collection for Fall/Winter 2012

NEW House Doctor Collection for Fall/Winter 2012

NEW House Doctor Collection for Fall/Winter 2012

NEW House Doctor Collection for Fall/Winter 2012

I was reading somewhere that copper and gold will make a come back for Fall/Winter this year. What do you think? I’m seeing hints of that already and look forward to seeing more, especially copper as I have a current crush on copper combined for neon colors and peach. Such a great and unexpected combination of colors!

(images: house doctor)

Color Inspiration

Something Red

July 16, 2012

Hello decor8 readers! It’s me, Emilie, and I’m here to post a little something red for you for my Playing With Food column… A few months ago, I went down to the south of France to the home of my grandparents. They live near the sea Méditteranée, in a region called l’Herault. There, the sun shines almost all year, the weather is warm, the sky is often blue, and the village is surrounded by fields and vineyards. It’s so nice!

Something Red

Going for a walk, we came across a field that was so special as it was a vast field of poppies! Like red paint in the fields, it was magical! The wind blew the flowers and a kind of red wave was rippling in the wind, just amazing!

Something Red

I stopped for a moment, and the next day I returned with a wicker basket. We sat near the fields, we had cookies (shortbread specific region) with strawberries that I had prepared the day before by marinating them in a mixture of thyme and sugar, and we took the time to snack while enjoying the beautiful poppy fields.

Something Red

Something Red

Something Red

Something Red

This visit gave me a new idea for my column on decor8, Playing with Food! Why not occasionally include some articles with colors that inspire me? So I searched red food ideas to add to the theme.

I picked cherries from the garden and I made small meringues, accompanied by a chocolate mousse and a cherry. I also picked a lot of raspberries (it’s finally summer, there are plenty in the garden! YUMMY!), made tarts, and then I ended up with a few cupcakes with red cream icing, of course!

Something Red

All this reminds me of this pretty poppy fields, the one who made me realize that summer was finally here! What color is inspiring you lately? Any colors that you have noticed popping up often in your dishes at home that you’re preparing lately?

(images: emilie griottes)

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New decor8!

July 11, 2012

I’m so happy to share with you the redesign of my blog, decor8! I decided to change it awhile ago but never made the time until earlier this year when I thought, “Enough is enough – time for change!” and have been working with MWA Design in London, Mark Wilson’s firm, along with illustrator Samantha Hahn, to spruce up my site. I’m so grateful to see the completion of this project today and while we’re still building some of the pages, I’m so happy with it. Mark also redesigned my decor8 e-course site so that everything works together and I am so pleased.

New decor8!

I particularly loved Mark’s idea to add a Decorate It! feature (to your right) so you as the reader can customize the background. Try it, it’s fun! I think I’ll change these from time to time but for now, the patterns are really nice I think and the overall site looks and feels like me so I’m very happy with it. I wanted something very easy to navigate, uncluttered and more professional looking without losing the handmade, tactile touches that I love so much.

I hope you like my new logo and the new decor8 blog – I’m so happy to reveal it! Thank you Mark and Simon from MWA Design, illustrator Samantha Hahn and my husband Thorsten who worked closely with Mark and Simon from beginning to end.

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