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January 2013

Etsy Faves

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

January 29, 2013

Ready to get your Etsy fix? Me too! Here are my five favorite Etsy shops this week. Maybe you can help me out by adding some of your favorites to the comments section? I always like seeing what others find appealing. Ready to get started? Great, come shop with me!

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

First is Studio Snowpuppe — who is no stranger to this blog but I have to show them again in case you’ve not seen their fantastic lighting a thousand times already on blogs and Pinterest. I love this company and wish to own a lamp from them eventually – I am a total fan girl of this cool Dutch design studio. Boom! Boom! Boom! (my heart!)

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Next, we’ll check out Kate’s handmade cuties from the Ukraine in her shop, Woodland Tale. Lots of  sweet plush toys that are finished so nicely. I like Kate’s imagination.

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Now it’s time for delicate and beautiful jewelry in the Apple Latte shop. I just adore her fun pieces so much – understated but with personality – like the Batman ring. Don’t you secretly want to be Bat girl?

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Have you heard of Creatiate? If you love to do a lot of DIY, this shop is for you! If you don’t, maybe it’s because you haven’t yet been introduced to the wonderful world of rubber stamps. Creatiate makes her own and you can use them on a plethora of creations from gift wrap to fabric and walls. Fun!

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

What do you think of washi tape? Are you an addict like me? Do you use it often? If not, The Washi Shop may change your life. Ok, maybe not your life but definitely your approach to crafting. So many gorgeous Japanese masking tapes to choose from, oh my!

Thank you for joining me today for Etsy Take Five Tuesdays! Hope you found a few new favorites, too.

(images: linked to their sources above.)






Home Tours

Home Tour: Iris Rietbergen + Her Favorite Corners

January 28, 2013

I was thinking recently about ways in which I can show more gratitude. Then it hit me that as an author, it would be nice to do a personal snapshot on decor8 highlighting homeowners found in my latest book. I read lots of beautiful books that fellow authors have written but I rarely learn much about the people behind the gorgeous rooms shown throughout.  My blog is a great place to begin sharing their stories so I’ll begin with a mini series called Snapshots of Home that will begin with this post!

Home Tour: Iris Rietbergen + Her Favorite Corners

This mini series will appear weekly (or as they are submitted to me) highlighting the beautiful homeowners behind my latest book, Decorate Workshop. I’ve sent each homeowner a list of questions and asked each to snap photos from their home of things that make them happy. The first in my series is Iris Rietbergen, a talented Dutch interiors stylist, web shop owner and blogger and here is her snapshot of home.

Home Tour: Iris Rietbergen + Her Favorite Corners

Hi Iris! First of all, can you tell us what you do for a living?
Iris: I’m working as a freelance stylist. I help people to create their own personal home. This could an entire home from start to finish or to help decorate a specific room. I also love to do photo styling. Especially in personal homes, because they give a lot of inspiration true their own style. I always find them (personalized spaces) the most inspiring in magazines. And since the beginning of October 2012, I’ve started my own little web shop, Visje bij de thee, with a selection of inspiring items that will help you to create your own home sweet home. It’s really great to search for special items! I would also like to do some more renovation projects in the future. I’ve renovated 4 houses myself (well of course with a builder) but it would be great to do this for other people as well.

Home Tour: Iris Rietbergen + Her Favorite Corners

Where do you live?
Iris: I live in Amsterdam in a house from approx. 1900, it’s 105 m2, everything is on one (ground) floor and there is also a large basement for storage. The house has a lot of height and old features. I live with my husband and two children, Merel who is 5 years old and Jip who is three years old and our dog, Guus.

What is your favorite thing about Amsterdam?
Iris: That you can take your bicycle and explore the whole city. In Amsterdam you have such lovely neighborhoods, each of them have their own character. With their own little shops, cafes, restaurants and parks. And it’s quite a safe city. I feel really privileged to live my life here with my family.

What are 5 of your favorite shops in Amsterdam?

Iris: The Weldaad, Sukha Amsterdam, BonBonBoutique, IJM (they are open once a month on the weekend) and Sky Fashion. I must add that there is one shop that is from Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek, based in Eindhoven, that is my favorite favorite shop ever! I’m a big fan of his designs, but I also like the ceramics by his wife Jeanine Eek Keizer very much. The shop and workplace is in an old light factory from Philips. A visit feels like being in a candy shop!

Home Tour: Iris Rietbergen + Her Favorite Corners

Now let’s talk about books!

Is this your first time in a book?
Iris: Yes, this is the first time that my home is featured in a book – Decorate Workshop!

What did you enjoy when Debi and I worked in your home?
Iris: First of all you are both such sweet people! Very relaxed, although I know you had a tough deadline! And I like it when people bring good energy (like you both did). I knew a little bit of the work of Debi before she arrived because of the interior books she did with stylist Emily Chalmers. So it was an honor to meet her in person, this can also be said about you too, Holly. I really enjoy your ideas of sharing and all the lovely things that involve the wide range of interiors instead of keeping everything to yourself. And you bring it with a smile. Interiors are a bit like the cherry on a cake in the daily life. So… I especially enjoyed your company and humor, and the sack full of ‘power’ seeds from Debi, ha ha (munchies Debi brought that we were eating…)!

Home Tour: Iris Rietbergen + Her Favorite Corners

What do you love about interiors books in general?
Iris: That they give inspiration. I like to see all the different houses/interiors that show the own creative style of the residents.

What do you think of Decorate Workshop after you saw it?
Iris: What I really like about the book is that it takes you step by step through different homes and rooms but also gives you smart tips and tricks and how you can decorate your home in many different ways. The book also helps you to find your own style and to help create your own space. What fits with you as a person. I especially like the part about layering pattern. I find that the most inspiring part because a lot of people find that difficult, but actually it’s the most fun!

Home Tour: Iris Rietbergen + Her Favorite Corners


What is one of your favorite photos of your home that Debi took?

Iris: The photos of my kitchen with the dining table (page 108/109) – the dining table is shown above. It’s the heart of my house… Where we cook, eat, play and enjoy a good coffee, tea or glass of wine.

What are some of your favorite blogs and magazines?
Iris: Funny enough they are mostly magazines and blogs about FOOD! I have a soft spot for good food (I like to cook), all kind of fabrics, cutlery and tableware. For instance, Donna Hay magazine, What Katie Ate, Carline van Oel, and Studio MHL.

What attracts you to blogs the most?
Iris: When you can see their own style in the different items/features they collect for their blog. The love for pattern, colors, design mixed with vintage, etc. I’m quite a visual person.

Home Tour: Iris Rietbergen + Her Favorite Corners

What is your passion and what inspires you?
Iris: I’ve always loved to create little homes since I was child, that I call a nest. I think it is so important to live in a surrounding that reflects who you are. It should be warm and safe place to grow (in as a person). I’m not someone who follows trends simply because they are a trend but I do believe that an interior will always grow, becoming more and more a reflection of you, because you are always learning as a person. That’s the pretty thing of life! I like to show that also with the products in my shop. They are not very trendy but they are mostly handmade products that have their own unique value.

And what about inspiration…
Iris: For inspiration I just open my eyes and look at the world… I love the architecture from different cities to a humble little barn in the French countryside. In Amsterdam, a lot of people live here from different cultures so they bring their own colors, patterns and food. I see it as privilege to be part of such a diverse city. Though, more specific, I love colors, fabrics and patterns… I find those things all around me — On a little vintage cup and saucer, paint on a wall in a cafe, fashion, or in nature. I’m grateful that I live in a country where we have four beautiful seasons. If you really look hard there is so much to enjoy.

Home Tour: Iris Rietbergen + Her Favorite Corners

What are some favorite things in your home currently?
Iris: I’m a bit of “in love” with my vintage bowls with little flowers (shown in the photo above). I’m also very fond of the color, like I call it, red cabbage/deep eggplant. It is such a beautiful “accent’ color in a bowl, a cup or a chair. Love to mix it with pale blue/grey and a touch of ochre… And I’m enjoying my dinner table with a large wooden bench, pale grey, from Piet Hein Eek. I’ve had them now for 5 years and I’m enjoying them more every day, really! Also a plaid blanket from Scholten en Baijings. It was a present from my husband and it was on my wish list for a long time, I just love the bright funky colors!

What are some dream items you’d love to own?

Iris: I would love to own one day the fixed lounger of Floris Hovers in grey. Some more tableware from Jeanine Eek Keizer. There is a very special story behind this by the way. Jeanine collects all different old tableware, cup and saucer, plates etc. They are not matching (complete) anymore and a lot of people are not interested in them. She will give them a special color bath and they become matching again true their new colors. It is such a great idea and really pretty!

Home Tour: Iris Rietbergen + Her Favorite Corners

Home Tour: Iris Rietbergen + Her Favorite Corners

When it comes to colors, what palette are you drawn to for decorating currently?
I always like a neutral basis, but then I love my colors like deep eggplant, ochre, deep green, pale grey and some pink. I have a crush for the colors of IJM by stylist Frank Visser. He is such an inspiration.

So nice to share a little bit about you today on decor8, Iris! And thank you so much for being a part of my 2nd book! xo, Holly

(images: Iris Rietbergen and Debi Treloar)






Blogging

Blog Tip: Got Vine?

January 28, 2013

I’ve heard a lot of buzz about Vine all of a sudden so of course, I joined, and of course, I gave it a try. It’s a bit like the Tout app (I told you about Tout already here) but you can stop and start your video several times during recordings which gives you the added bonus to experiment with your very own stop motion video creation – which I think is fun!

Blog Tip: Got Vine?

I also like that the Vine format is nearly one-to-one with Instagram and though I do not like seeing sameness on one hand, yet on the other it works because now I don’t have to learn how to navigate yet another app that I use. Here is an example of what you can do on Vine below if you’re a blogger, for instance. You can share things that you love quickly and easily…

I uploaded the little clip above of some of my current favorite books (your Vine videos are saved in your camera roll) to Vimeo but you can also look at the source code of your Vine video in a browser if you don’t feel like doing it that way and simply copy the Mp4 file, paste the link of the file into a new browser window and download it, then upload to Vimeo or YouTube or where you personally like to host your video files. Easy!

Bright Side: You can use Vine to give your fans a glimpse into your day, show a very quick DIY project, share a quick book review, try stop motion animation and share other things that your readers may enjoy. It’s very easy to use which is both good and bad – as a blogger, you really need to consider that your image can be impacted in a positive or negative way by the content you are pushing out there. My advice is to avoid using it for just anything – put a little thought into it – allow it to push you in a creative sense – what could you do with it that would be fun and exciting for you and to your fans?

Dark Side: This could potentially become a playground for amateur p*rn vids or ones featuring violence, drug use, etc. The volume of obscene videos are on the rise so I’m concerned especially since some of it involves minors. Just be careful because there is no adult content filter – most of us are used to being able to have a choice as to whether or not we come across nudity (or other) on photo sharing sites – not on Vine. You most likely won’t find this stuff though unless you search for it.

Note: Vine only gives you 6 seconds of video making time and Tout gives you 15 seconds only Tout doesn’t (yet) give you the ability to stop and start video during recording, so you can get as much done in 6 seconds on Vine as you can on Tout if you record your video with a little thought. Also, Vine was purchased by Twitter so that is why you can easily tweet your videos using Vine.

Will you use Vine? How will you use it for blogging? Any ideas as to how you see it being used by bloggers? Would love your feedback. More and more I think video will blow up online but in ways we may not expect… And with the rise of these micro-video apps I think my predictions are slowly coming true.

(video: holly becker for vine)






Designers + Stylists

Coming Soon: Kate Spade Saturday

January 28, 2013

I’ve heard a faint buzz over the past few months that Kate Spade will soon launch a new lifestyle brand called Kate Spade Saturday – have you heard this too? Then recently the rumors were confirmed in Elle magazine and it’s true –Ohhhh, exciting!

Coming Soon: Kate Spade Saturday

According to Elle, “Kate Spade is bringing a bit of weekend fun to your wardrobe and home decor with its new lifestyle brand, Kate Spade Saturday. The line will first debut in Tokyo in February and then in the U.S. for Spring 2013.” This looks like Kate’s hip little sister, doesn’t it? Very fresh and energetic and BRIGHT! I’ve read in other spots around the web that the line will priced a bit lower, too. Sounds good to me.

Coming Soon: Kate Spade Saturday

In addition to fashion, they’re also planning a home and tabletop collection. I’m really looking forward to seeing it. From the photos I’ve seen online, the collection is very bold, graphic and mostly primary colors like yellow, red and blue but also tons of monochromatic love mixing crisp white with bold black.

Coming Soon: Kate Spade Saturday

Coming Soon: Kate Spade Saturday

I can’t wait to find out more about this collection and to finally SEE with my own eyes what all the fuss is about… What do you think based on what you’ve seen and heard so far? 

Speaking of Kate Spade, have you seen the shoes for Keds they are doing? Super cute and available in February. Also, do you own a copy of their new book, “Things We Love“? It just arrived from Amazon today, I’m in love with it! Check out my Instagram stream to see picks from inside.

(images: kate spade saturday)






Color Inspiration

Pops of Yellow with zEST

January 24, 2013

Est magazine is zESTY! I went through a bunch of their gorgeous issues recently and found the most delicious tones of yellow! I’ve collected some of my favorites below to show a little love for yellow today simply because I need this color currently  – it’s been so gray and miserable outside for several weeks – where is the sun? Where is that golden orb that gives me so much energy!? I can’t wait until the sun shines again but until it does, let us focus on the color yellow hoping it does the trick. :)

Pops of Yellow with zEST

Pops of Yellow with zEST

Pops of Yellow with zEST

Pops of Yellow with zEST

Pops of Yellow with zEST

Pops of Yellow with zEST

Yellow in small doses can really lift a room visually but most importantly, lift the emotions. Yellow is energizing and optimistic. It can also be mellow and relaxing depending on the tone. It’s a fun color to experiment with in the home and in your wardrobe. Mix in a little metallic while you’re at it too – brass and gold is a great start.

I added a bunch of yellow tulips to my desk today and it definitely improved my mood in addition to watching The Lumineers sing Ho Hey though I always want to call the song, “Hey, Ho!” just for giggles. :)

(images:est mag)






DIY

DIY Paper Wall Hanging

January 23, 2013

It’s rare these days to come across ideas not seen yet when it comes to decorating, isn’t it? Yet, I managed to find one despite how saturated the web is with images of cool ideas. I found this very cool paper wall hanging a moment ago via 101 Woonideeen and I just love it.

DIY Paper Wall Hanging

This gorgeous paper wall hanging was made mostly by using a single roll of drawing paper, 120 gr., 1 × 10 m and a circle cutter from the art supply store! Here is how you make it and a list of supplies here.

(image: 101 woonideeen)






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