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Flower Power & Inspired Weddings By Matthew Robbins

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!?

Flowers from Thorsten

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.

Inspired Weddings

Inspired Weddings

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)

Posted in Books + Magazines on July 17, 2012

Liz & Jewels

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 and Jewels

“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 and Jewels

Liz and Jewels

Liz & Jewels

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)

Posted in blogs on July 17, 2012

NEW House Doctor Collection for Fall/Winter 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.

House Doctor F/W 2012

House Doctor F/W 2012

House Doctor F/W 2012

House Doctor F/W 2012

House Doctor F/W 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)

Posted in inspiration on July 16, 2012

Playing With Food: Something Red

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!

Playing with Food

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!

Playing with Food

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.

Playing with Food

Playing with Food

Playing with Food

Playing with Food

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!

Playing with Food

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)

Posted in Playing With Food on July 16, 2012

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