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Decorating Ideas By Me And Alice

The Me And Alice blog is so charming with a lovely country home as the focus, located in Dalarna, Sweden. The homeowner is Susanne, a talented stylist and writer who infuses her home with many clever ideas that, whether Swedish Country is your style or not, you can still find some great ideas from some of these photos below because many of them can cross over and be applied in a home that looks very different – be it mid century or a modern ranch. If you don’t believe me, I think you’ll be convinced once you’ve had time to see for yourself…

The casual beauty of this scene makes me smile. It’s my favorite of the bunch because it feels so inviting and reminds me of the naps I once took (when I had time!) on Sundays after spending the morning on the beach, coming home for a cool shower, and smelling like coconut and salt as I climbed into my bed for a cat nap. I particularly love the stripey pillows, without them it wouldn’t be the same photo! I also like the black letters on the wall.

This is a vintage mirror from a car that has been repurposed into a makeup mirror. What a smart great idea for something that would otherwise not be used and abandoned in a junk lot!

Just look at these floors! I know they are your standard hardwood but look at that color and texture, it really warms up the all white space and how many of us would love to have them!

Using baskets to store vintage cutlery is a nice idea. You could do the same with your modern tableware too, especially if you have decided to serve a very casual buffet-style meal at home whether indoors or out.

Lovely storage ideas on this kitchen shelf but mostly I am impressed by the styling – very casual yet there was obviously some thought behind it. This is how I style things and decorate my home, casually but at the same time, you know that I put a little effort into the arrangement. :) I also like how there is a chair that tiptoed its way into the table arrangement, hoping no one would notice he has made himself a guest at the family table. Well, we notice him and I think he looks quite smart there, don’t you? I like a little tension in mostly white space, you really need it!

I like the floor plans and various papers that she has framed for this quiet corner. There are many things in this space, but it doesn’t feel cluttered because the tones used are mostly white so the eye perceives this as less busy than say, if there were many colors and patterns used.

So many goodies here, I spot several nice jugs and jars. I think the mostly white palette is a hard one to stick by, but if you love white and really enjoy living in a space with lots of it, then go for it!


Susanne’s writing desk is such an inspirational spot! Storage in glass containers, while nothing new, always looks fresh to me depending on what has been chosen to be on display. From candy to shells, spools of twine to buttons, crayons, and bath soaps… there is no end to what you can collect, store and display! Her yarn basket is lovely on the floor, too.

While in Cyprus, Susanne gathered these beautiful stones and has now arranged them in a few glass jars – a simple, inexpensive yet special decoration because no doubt memories of her trip wash over her whenever she sees them. Much nicer than memories of buying stones at some department store and filling jars, right? I think it’s important to put some extra thought in the way you decorate your home so that objects tell a more personal story. A jar like this also creates lovely conversation opportunities for when guests have stopped by because when they ask you where you found something that you have on display, you can tell them about your little (and big) adventures.

Any ideas above that you’d like to take away and use in your own space? Which ones? Could you live in a white space? If not, why? If so, do you currently?

(images: me and alice)

Posted in blogs, Decorating Tips on July 28, 2010

Blog of the Week: Art as Life

I’ve talked about Art as Life before on decor8 and have had Debee Campos as a Flickr contact foreevah but I thought today I’d give her the spot as blog of the week because her work continuously inspires me… And well, when people give you a positive reaction, share so many great ideas and inspirations and well, make your day so often then it’s not a bad idea to shout them out once in a while, is it?

Art as Life

Art as Life

So Debee this post is for you. Thank you for bringing your art, talent and beauty into the world. You rock, girl.

You can follow Debee’s inspirational blog, Art As Life, for a weekly dose of gorgeousness too. She has an etsy shop under the name Bella Drummer as well. Enjoy!

(images: debee campos)

Posted in blogs, etsy on July 22, 2010

Who Inspired You To Blog?

Hello friends, it is Leslie again here today with some delicious inspiration for you by Aran Goyoaga of the award winning blog canelle et vanille. When I stumbled upon the blogging world in January of 2009 Aran’s blog was one of the first three I fell into. I stared at her work with my jaw open in absolute awe.

I loved Aran’s sense of lighting, use of color and texture, not to mention all the baking wonders she seemed to meticulously whip up in her kitchen. Don’t you think it is a gift when you can find someone who inspires you to try something new? The fact that she was self-taught in photography just blew me away and later inspired me to try taking photographs for my own blog.

Between Aran, Holly and Benita (of Chez Larrson) I knew I wanted to start a blog. I am curious about whom if anyone inspired you to start a blog? Sometimes it can be nice to call out those who inspired you and say thank you. Today I am saying thank you Aran for all the beauty you create and share.

(images: aran goyoaga)

Posted in blogs, inspiration on July 07, 2010

Whole Lotta Lovely: Marie Nichols

I just discovered interior stylist and blogger Marie Nichols from the Whole Lotta Lovely blog and had to make it the blog of the week. Her Sydney apartment is featured in the July 2010 issue of Real Living magazine that just arrived – her place is so sweet.

Whole Lotta Lovely

Whole Lotta Lovely

Whole Lotta Lovely Another moodboard, this time in yellow glossy paint over her desk.

Whole Lotta Lovely

Red isn’t even my thing but her bedroom is so adorable I can’t stop looking at the details – love the dotty bedding and the art over the bed. She is clearly a Rob Ryan fan!

I think my favorite spot is her bedroom and I love her inspiration board next to her sofa, too. I’m so happy I read about this talented lady! Here is a glimpse of the article above, though you’ll need to pick up the issue if you want to see more and read about Marie or pop on over to her blog: Whole Lotta Lovely.

Psst: View her online styling portfolio here.

(images: holly becker for decor8)

Posted in blogs on June 21, 2010

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