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Style Me Pretty Living + In The Fun Lane

Have you ever stumbled upon something, discovered that it’s actually been around for quite some time, and wondered how you could have missed such a gem? This happened to me today when I came across Style Me Pretty Living. I knew about SMP for years now as founder, Abby Larson, is also a Boston girl like me. But I didn’t realize they have a “Living” site which covers DIY, home tours, party planning, DIY projects and more. I will definitely be checking out this site more in the weeks to come for times when I feel a bit stuck in a rut. Here is a favorite from my site which profiles a blogger that I’d not know about until now, Holly and her little girl, from In The Fun Lane photographed by photographer Jacqueline Elizabeth in Calgary. To pin any of these images below, PLEASE visit THIS page and pin to your little heart’s content since I’ve grouped the images below to discourage pinning from my blog.

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To me, Holly’s home has so much love, style and great decorating ideas. I love the wire lamps hanging in the corner, the Hell Yeah print, the sweet touches of baby photos above that pretty chair (I don’t see a lot of family photos in homes anymore, why is that?), and the branches on the wall are so pretty. If you look at the full gallery for this home, you will see her gorgeous kitchen, daughter’s bedroom with the lovely hearts above the bed, and more. This home really made me smile today and I hope that it does the same for you too. Makes me want to redecorate (again).

I hope you are all having a super duper day! The weather is gorgeous here so the baby and I are going out to hang for awhile, run some errands in his stroller, etc. Viva la Summer!

(images: jacqueline elizabeth/style me pretty living)

Posted in inspiration on July 23, 2014
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Tour Gracias Madre In West Hollywood, California

Hey guys, its Kelly Brown and Holly asked me to stop in from time to time to post tours of beautiful spaces that I shoot professionally so you get to see them first. This is my debut post on decor8 so I hope that you enjoy it! I am so excited to share with you a shoot I did recently at Gracias Madre, a plant-based (vegetarian & vegan) Mexican-inspired restaurant in sunny West Hollywood, California. In my opinion, the only thing better than eating a really, really great meal, is eating it in a beautiful atmosphere. Wendy Haworth and her design team along with patio designer, Scott Shrader, have created just that at Gracias Madre. By the way, you can click on any image below for super large views to ohhh and ahhh over the details and to pin!

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I visited the restaurant during a recent trip to LA and immediately fell in love with the space, not to mention the food! I couldn’t help myself but to walk around the entire restaurant checking out every inch of the space and noting all the amazing design features. Lets just say its on my “must go to” list in LA. The plantain fritters and the sopes, so delicious! Oh, and the drinks! Small batch mescals and tequila with housemade syrups, shrubs, tinctures, and bitters! Yep, I had myself a good time!

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With a Mexican flare, the interior is fresh and bright, perfectly utilizing color and pattern to balance out the large space. Cozy corner nooks and an amazing outdoor patio makes you want to stay there eating and drinking all night. Its no surprise that Gracias Madre received the People’s Choice Award from The American Institute of Architect’s 10th Annual Restaurant Design Awards in Los Angeles.

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Executive Chef, Chandra Gilbert and Beverage Director, Jason Eisner go above and beyond to create beautifully distinct dishes from local and organic ingredients. Here’s what they say about the restaurant: “We first conceived the idea of Gracias Madre while visiting the families of our employees in Mexico. We wanted to both; offer organic Mexican food to the communities we serve as well as honor the mothers who work tirelessly in the kitchens of Mexico and often live without their husbands and children while they work side by side with us in California. Inspired by some of the recipes of these families and the love of their mothers, Gracias Madre serves organic, farm fresh, locally sourced food, full of flavor and love.” So, what do you think? Wouldn’t you love to eat (and drink!) in this beautiful space?! I know I can’t wait to go back! -Kelly

(text/photography kelly brown)

Posted in food on July 22, 2014

Food In Motion: Red Cabbage Smoothie

Are you guys brave foodies? Me, not so much. But sometimes I have my moments. Hello everyone, this is Jewels again from Liz & Jewels with another episode for Food in Motion. Here in New York, I see people on the streets all the time with smoothies in unexpected colors – mostly green. So they must be putting things in there that go beyond berries and bananas. Word on the healthy street is that it’s kale and spinach. I did not grow up putting vegetable in my smoothie, but I am willing to give it a try!

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So for this culinary experiment I’ve mixed red cabbage, cucumber, pear, pear juice, mint, and for optional seasoning I’ve added lime. As I was making this I kept thinking, “This will NOT be good. Colorful. Photogenic. YES. But not good (to taste). Why am I doing this.” I had a childish “gross-face” on when I finally tried it. But luckily my narrow-minded taste buds were happily surprised because this smoothie actually tastes AMAZING. I promise you: it is sweet, refreshing, minty – basically everything you expect from a smoothie!

This time I was having a little fun making the video by trying out stop motion for the very first time! Yay! Another first!!

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And for those who still need a recipe after watching, here we go:

A large handful of chopped up red cabbage
1/3 of a cucumber, sliced
1/2 a pear, sliced
1 cup of pear juice
a few mint leaves
lime for decoration
ice cubes

Throw everything in the mixer. Add some ice cubes. Be creative with the decoration. Enjoy! – Julia

(Video and text: Julia Cawley)

Posted in Food In Motion on July 21, 2014

Micro Trend: Pineapples

Hello friends and happy Saturday to you all! My lovely columnist and dear friend Gudy Herder will no longer cover trends on decor8 since she’s decided to take a leave from traveling to trend shows as regularly, so I’ve decided to go back to producing my random trend posts based on what I see online and during my travels locally. I will miss Gudy but I’m sure she’ll come back and visit us again soon. So let’s talk about a trendy little motif that you’ll see dotted about in the fashion and interiors world right now, particularly in parts of the world where it’s summer. PINEAPPLES! 3aa9a744c9473bbd15d20e251e6e2307 pineappletrenddecor8

Pineapple feet print (bottom left) by Kim Fearheiley.

You either love ‘em or hate ‘em. In celebration of this trend, I had a virgin piña colada for lunch with my girlfriend yesterday which helped reiterate the fact that I’m a pineapple fan to the core. As a motif and food! I believe its popularity and whether YOU like it or not has to do with where you live. Like if you’re in the middle of Ohio this motif may not speak to you as much as if you live in Miami or LA. I grew up on the South Carolina seacoast so I can totally imagine working pineapples into our family home back in the day or running around with a pineapple clutch under my arm. But in northern Germany, not so much. For me to hop on this trend, I’d have to work it in subtlety at home or include it in a summer party theme. I remember as a kid we always had a golden pineapple on our bookcase. It symbolized hospitality. And of course, one on our doormat. Maybe that was just a southern thing growing up in South Carolina. I remember seeing pineapples more commonly there, especially as brass door knockers. So tell me, where are you based, would a pineapple motif fit your world? Or would it feel out of place? So, let’s look at some fun pineapple-y things that I found online that may inspire you. I personally LOVE seeing all of the yellow and citrus hues – it makes me happy!

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Pineapple Love print from Hard to Find.

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DIY pineapple ring dish by Jade and Fern.

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Pineapple t-shirt from The Working Girl.

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Pineapple pattern from we heart it.

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Pineapple wallpaper designed by Rifle Paper for Hygge & West.

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Gold pineapple wall decals by Empire Lane.

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DIY Pineapple piñata by Studio DIY.

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Pineapple straws DIY from Sugar and Charm.

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Pineapple art print by ez pudewa, print by Grace, tribal pineapple print by sunkissed laughter, The Gilded Pineapple by Amy Lowry.

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Free printable gift wrap at  Whimsy Box.

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Mint green resin pineapple, white pineapple lamp from Horchow, pineapple accent lamps from Horchow, Pineapple poster from French Blossom.

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Print from Letters on Love on Etsy.

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iPhone cases by Field Trip: pink blushmint, blue, black.

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 A more grown up take on this trend is the Pineapple print by Kara Rosenlund.

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Pineapple cookie jar as seen on the Hunted Interior.

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Great art in the home and one with a pineapple! Fun! As seen on room gallery.

 So what do ya think? Are you in love or not? Psst: Looking for pineapple print fabrics? Visit spoonflower here. Or are you feeling hungry after seeing these lovely prints? Try this pineapple skinny smoothie…

Have a lovely weekend everyone, see you next week!

(images linked to their sources above.)

 

Posted in trends on July 19, 2014

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