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August 2014

Inspiration

6 Things That Inspired Me This Weekend

August 31, 2014

I thought I’d highlight 6 inspirations since I’m online a little this weekend and had a few moments to check up on my favorites blogs and sites to see what’s new. Please click on all of the links that interest you so you can find out more…

6 Things That Inspired Me This Weekend

6 Things That Inspired Me This Weekend

1. First, the new plant series on Igor’s blog, Happy Home. Gorgeous photographs and his living room is so pretty too, don’t you think? Igor lives and blogs in Munich, Germany.

6 Things That Inspired Me This Weekend

2. H&M Life is a really interesting section on their site. It was cool to find some blogger friends there, too. I really like the Follow Friday series and seeing Laura Bailey and Caroline Issa

6 Things That Inspired Me This Weekend

6 Things That Inspired Me This Weekend

3. I wrote about them last weekend, Saana ja Olli but came across more good pics on Igor’s blog that he just blogged. Really nice rugs.

6 Things That Inspired Me This Weekend

4. A very nice fashion blog called Hello Fashion by a mother of THREE with a new baby and a husband who models cool outfits on the blog too. Some of her photos with her baby boy give me some pose ideas for photos we take of Aidan and I.

6 Things That Inspired Me This Weekend

6 Things That Inspired Me This Weekend

6 Things That Inspired Me This Weekend

6 Things That Inspired Me This Weekend

5. I just love Swedish stylist and photographer Linda and her blog Call Me Cupcake.

6 Things That Inspired Me This Weekend

6. Artist Leigh Viner – I love how she is holding a painting she did – fun!

 What inspired you this weekend? I’m off now to Sip & See party to meet twin boys… See you soon!

(images linked to their sources above.)






Shopping + Products

7 Cool Brands For Baby Boys

August 31, 2014

I thought to quickly pop in this weekend to highlight 7 cool brands for baby boys to check out. Most of these shops have things for baby girls too but it seems like stuff for boys can be harder to find, at least cute stuff, so I want to write these posts from time-to-time to highlight brands I love and use. Here’s the first post I wrote with 5 brands for baby boys that was also super cute, so click here to check out that round up too.

7 Cool Brands For Baby Boys

1. Baby mocs from Hubble and Duke. I have three pairs for Aidan (tan, mustard and gold) and he wore one out the other day and everyone who saw them thought they were the cutest. And they are. I LOVE these mocs sooo much. These shoes are decor8 tested and approved.

7 Cool Brands For Baby Boys

2. A cozy baby blanket (and all of the baby blankets) from Designed By Artists. I especially love that they are dated with the year of birth so I’ll cherish my blanket, And So The Adventure Begins 2014, for years to come. This blanket is decor8 tested and approved.

7 Cool Brands For Baby Boys

3. Zuzii footwear from Los Angeles in suedes and leathers. I know, more shoes. I can’t get enough.

7 Cool Brands For Baby Boys

 

4. Cool clothes from France by emile et ida– so cute! You can get there things here. I really like the little sweater with the mask on it.

7 Cool Brands For Baby Boys

5. Super cool trainers handmade in Spain from MAA. When Aidan is walking around I’m definitely picking up a pair for him because they’re just so unique.

7 Cool Brands For Baby Boys

6. Petit Bateau clothing from France, the iconic label that everyone loves. I have their sleep suits and some rompers and really like them. Clothing from Petit Bateau is decor8 tested and approved.

7 Cool Brands For Baby Boys

7. Mini Boden. I had no clue that Boden had baby stuff until recently. I must order a few things for winter for little Aidan because I love their bright, happy colors and we need that during our gray days ahead. And c’mon, star patches on the knees? Super cute.

Do you have a baby boy (or toddler)? Where do you shop for him? Leave your links and tips below, I’d love to know!

(images linked to their sources above)






Decorating Tips

13 Decorating Ideas + Bolia

August 30, 2014

Want to see 13 trendy decorating tips for Autumn/Winter 2014? Danish design brand Bolia has gorgeous furnishings and accessories for interiors but there are also some design tips you can pick up from their deliciously inspiring catalogs that I’ll highlight below… And Bolia has some good news! They’ve only been available to those of us living in Denmark, Germany and Sweden until yesterday. Now they’ve launched an English version of their shop online and will deliver to all EU countries. Also until tomorrow August 31st, you can get 25% off many items in their online shop. Yes, really. A big sorry to my American friends because I know this post is a real teaser but at least you can see the creativity and gorgeous designs coming out of Scandinavia so you can look for similar things stateside to add to your homes for a more international flair. Ready for some decorating ideas?

13 Decorating Ideas + Bolia1. Decorate with flowers, real or faux, stuck to the wall. Or buy this Floral wallsticker.

13 Decorating Ideas + Bolia

2. Decorate with plates arranged a bit imperfectly. I love a simple collection of plates randomly hung on a chalky gray wall, so subtle yet striking.

13 Decorating Ideas + Bolia

3. Decorate with framed artwork tightly arranged. I love concrete exposure on walls and floors, so this image really made me smile. But more interesting is this tight grouping of frames. It looks easy to hang frames touching like this but trust me, it’s not. In the end though it is worth the time and F bombs.

13 Decorating Ideas + Bolia

4. Tape lots of stuff up and mix with framed art. I love all of these things taped and nailed to the wall, it’s a giant mood board really. Of course the furniture and herringbone wooden floors aren’t too shabby either.

13 Decorating Ideas + Bolia

5. Try a high contrast work studio in black and white. In a creative studio, this super large illustration looks totally cool too don’t you think? But check out the contrasting work stations. Luke join me on the dark side.

13 Decorating Ideas + Bolia

6. Decorate with butterflies. This is definitely one of those rooms you’d never have that is purely meant to inspire the viewer. But I do think that chair is gorgeous and the table too. Those butterflies caught my eye, wouldn’t it be pretty to use fishing wire and string up something like it using a simple butterfly shape craft puncher and brown paper from bags you’ve recycled from the grocery store?

13 Decorating Ideas + Bolia

7. Decorate with wall panels and a paint your sideboard in fun colors on the doors only. The sideboard is really the coolest, at least if you intend to keep those colors in your home for a wee bit. And that chair, YES. I do love me a good lounger with a slim profile. I’m a little over the arching floor lamps, I guess I’ve seen them too much. The coffee table must be a bit of a statement or art piece unless perhaps they are trying to make the point to consider childproofing your room before buying that new coffee table. The gold metal backdrop is very cool. I love the idea of adding focal points like this because you don’t have to paint, wallpaper or do whatever to all four walls in a room, heck you don’t even have to do “it” to the whole of one wall. Five panels of whatever works. Wallpaper, metal, wood, stone, whatever. Even the faux equivalent of stone and wood as wallpaper. My final comment is that is it my monitor or is there a ghost in the room? Who ya gonna call?

13 Decorating Ideas + Bolia

8. Do buy a gorgeous sofa that is cozy and good for sinking into. Let’s just get this out of the way (sorry Bolia). I don’t like this bookcase. It feels like the room is slidinggggg. But the rug, though too small for this sofa width, is great as is the upholstery. Looks super duper cozy for window. Side note: I love how the home owner cleverly concealed their wall radiators on the left with those built-ins beneath the window. If I owned my apartment I’d do that too. It’s so much prettier than radiators sticking out unless you have those old gorgeous ones (you know what I’m talking about). But most of us don’t.

13 Decorating Ideas + Bolia

9. Decorate with boxes, stacked, to form a bookcase, credenza or whatever. Secure them to the wall if you have littles. But oh my goodness you guys! Stackable boxes are SO bad a$$ over here. Everyone really likes them. So versatile.

13 Decorating Ideas + Bolia

10. Add greens and flowers to your space and don’t be afraid of a sofa that’s a color but still could pass as a neutral. So let’s talk about this photo for a minute. Sofa. Want. Desk. Yes. Chair. Maybe. Plants and light placement – must be an art statement. Flowers on the wall – in my current book on page 57 in the Market Style section – love that look so much. This clearly isn’t someone’s home or meant to be an example of how to decorate, I know that. It’s funny to see this shot though as an outsider because we often look at catalogs and think everything is in a real room and most of the time, it’s not. It’s furniture dropped into a big light studio with panels brought in and flooring, etc. I’ve never worked on a set like this, but would honestly love to style an entire catalog – perhaps I’ll get around to that eventually.

13 Decorating Ideas + Bolia

11. Decorate with exposed concrete walls or find concrete wallpaper. Not sure if that wall is real or faux but I’m liking it. Yeah, it’s not the warmest room in the world mood-wise but once you add some soft furnishings to the mix and a little color you could add a little heat. That cabinet is sweet.

13 Decorating Ideas + Bolia

12. Decorate with wall illustrations. Oh the time when we had phones with cords… Okay so I’m not even close to ever owning a white sofa like that, even with slipcovers, because I live in jeans and couldn’t bare to ruin my stylish sofa with denim smudges. But that wall illo is very cool. I wouldn’t do it in my living room but I would consider a wall illo in an office or kids room or playroom for sure.

13 Decorating Ideas + Bolia

13. Decorate in this color palette that takes you from Fall to Winter with one simple swap out. I guess you can say I’ve saved the best for last. I am CRAZY about this color palette for Autumn. It’s so nice! You can pull the pumpkin during the winter months, or just slip cover that ottoman in a gray or deeper rose tone and top it with a white lucite tray and a nice little fir tree in a pretty pot to winter it up. I love this unusual color pairing though, what do you think?

And for fun you have to click on the Bolia sofa website called Find True Love At Last, it’s the cutest thing ever. It matches you to the sofa of your dreams.

(images: bolia)






Designers + Stylists

Inspired By Stylist James Leland Day

August 29, 2014

I always like to peek in on what my friend James Leland Day is up to on his website. He has a few new style stories on his site that inspired me today to take a country drive. James is an American professional Style Director and Interior Designer who lived in Paris for years and who now is based in Berlin and has quite an extraordinary eye and vision and is a really lovely person to boot.

Inspired By Stylist James Leland Day

If you were at my book launch in London at Anthropologie on Regents Street awhile back, you will remember meeting him – he was one of my special guests who spoke about decorating. Here are some inspirations from his portfolio to inspire your weekend. I’m feeling Fall-ish after seeing these images and then spending the afternoon in the German countryside picking flowers, pumpkins, squash, sunflowers… So I’m ready to work on preparing the house for more of a Fall mood this weekend to welcome in September. What about you, what will you do? For my friends stateside, have a lovely Labor Day weekend.

Inspired By Stylist James Leland Day Inspired By Stylist James Leland Day Inspired By Stylist James Leland Day Inspired By Stylist James Leland Day Inspired By Stylist James Leland Day Inspired By Stylist James Leland Day Inspired By Stylist James Leland Day   Are you feeling Fall-ish too? (images: james leland day)






Rooms

My Work Studio Redux: Update 01

August 28, 2014

I’m so happy that it’s nearly the weekend because we’ll be visiting the Lüneburger Heide (or heath in English) with the baby. I love it there this time of year, imagine acres and acres of nothing but gorgeously wild heather growing thick all around you with the very rare, local Heidschnucke sheep native to Northern Germany casually grazing here and there. I’m hoping that, like our last visit in 2013 when I was 5 months pregnant, that this year the same big puffy white clouds will hang from bright blue skies in slightly crisp Autumn air. I vowed to return with the baby this year and walk the same path my pregnant feet carried me last year, and so I will. Plus, it’s nearly sweater weather so I’m in love. I picked up a gorgeous navy cashmere sweater the other day and can’t wait to wear it – I just need some Autumn boots. Any tips?

My Work Studio Redux: Update 01 (click to enlarge)

So let’s talk about decorating (always a fave topic around here!). I’m pulling together my new work studio because I realized when I had the baby that my studio isn’t really working for me and until I can find space outside of my home to work (I’m currently looking in Hannover for a office with a storefront to rent in List or Oststadt), I have to make THIS space work for me and my baby who spends a lot of time with me while I’m working from home. We don’t have childcare or send him to a crèche, so we’re doing 50/50 parenting and it’s working out great so far. Aidan will be 7  months old September 9 and life is pretty good despite how many people warned me that the first year with a baby is both heaven and well, hell. I’m having a hard time balancing things out, my roots are showing, my nails are screaming for some polish, I am still wearing my pregnancy jeans (yeah, I’m not proud of that but I’m also not ashamed), and with my window cleaner not showing up last week and my house cleaner being on vacation for a month now, the house isn’t looking so shiny lately and my work studio is littered with two monstrosity Fisher Price things that entertain my little boy while I write blog posts and sing him nursery rhymes simultaneously so he doesn’t feel dissed by the computer. Yet all of this seems so fun and natural and I could never go back to my old life. I thought my old life was so fancy and free but honestly, being on the other side of it with a baby, it was lonely and me-centric. I like having a baby to remind me that more important things exist and that very basic things are often the most important ones. When I watch his eyes light up as he does some crazy air tap dancing moves in his high chair as I introduce him to a new food (avocado yesterday, which he LOVED), I am reminded that even eating a simple piece of food should be pleasurable and worthy of a little tippity tap dance.

But back to the point. Decorating. My Studio. My color palette is above. What do you think of it (see above mood board)? I love it.

Colors: Mint, Nude, Blush, Coral, Shots of red, Shots of neon yellow, black, gray

Materials/Etc.: Natural wood, white glossy furniture, marble, metallic gold, lucite, glass, lots of pattern and fun!

Mood: Quirky, fun, a bit fashion, feminine but not little girl, artsy without the fartsy, bold yet soft, clean, functional.

I’ve been eyeing this palette since I was in Paris working a few years back. I was with my team and I was doing some styling work at My Work Studio Redux: Update 01 My Work Studio Redux: Update 01Some of the art will have natural wood frames and other, white. The art will go above this sideboard from Fashion For Home, Sideboard Helvig I. Most of you LOVED the sideboard I originally thought I’d go with, but then I decided that a few of you who loved this one below had some good points about the drawers and storage in general, so thank you for that. So I’m going with the Sideboard Helvig I. I can’t wait for it to arrive so I can show you how the art and the sideboard work together. Not ALL of the art will go over the sideboard, I have other walls in my room reserved for it as well as the adjacent workspace where I host workshops, so it will be evenly dispersed.

Okay so that’s where I’m at. I’ve ordered the sideboard and the art. Trust me, this took for damn ever. But I can’t wait to pull it all together. So now I’m on the prowl for a little two-seated sofa, a round sofa table, MAYBE a rug though I may just use the flokati that I no longer am using in Aidan’s room (unsure), and a new bookcase. I also plan to disassemble my work station (see my current work studio disaster here) and reconfig my desk. I have some cool stuff planned for the walls too.

And yeah, here is a Pinterest board where you can follow my office redux progress… And here is a post with my floor plan and before shots.

(images: fashion for home, griottes, minted, nordic leaves, breakfast at yurman’s, fab sugar, est magazine)






Objects

Textiles From The Amsterdam Studio of Mae Engelgeer

August 25, 2014

I really like the work of Mae Engelgeer who is a Dutch textile designer located in Amsterdam. Her blankets, weavings, placemats and tablecloths are just lovely. See what you think…

Textiles From The Amsterdam Studio of Mae Engelgeer

Textiles From The Amsterdam Studio of Mae Engelgeer

Textiles From The Amsterdam Studio of Mae Engelgeer

Textiles From The Amsterdam Studio of Mae Engelgeer

Textiles From The Amsterdam Studio of Mae Engelgeer

Her bio is too lovely to chop up so I think I’ll share it with you in part, “One thing immediately stands out in Mae’s approach to design: she isn’t afraid to show color. Her approach to design and her working method is really instinctive, sensory and natural. Her work can be described as fresh, modern and eye-catching. For her it is really about the ‘feel’ of a fabric and she tries to ‘bring a fabric to life’. Mae Engelgeer has a background in fashion (Amsterdam Fashion Institute) and autonomous arts and design (Sandberg Instituut), which adds up to a versatile education. Underneath this diversity runs a very clear thread, a heartbeat of ikat patterns, a close collaboration with the TextileLab, and of course the baseline of pop coloring. All of those elements emerge from Mae’s intuition, ultimately coming together into a unique sensible whole.” I can definitely see the ikat inspiration, can’t you?

(images: Mae Engelgeer via Passion Shake)






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