I have a GREAT giveaway for interiors enthusiasts out there today. You can win one of FIVE copies of the stunning brand new title by stylist and art director Hans Blomquist, IN DETAIL, from Ryland Peters + Small. Photographed by both Hans and professional photographer (on the world’s best) Debi Treloar, this is THE coffee table book of the moment. Would you like to WIN a copy? C’mon, of course you would! And since it doesn’t release until next week – and I’m kicking off his blog tour online – 5 days, 5 bloggers — I’m also including a book review and some brand new images from the book to feast your eyes upon that you can pin and click on for a larger view.
I’ve snapped a photo of the book on my coffee table above so you can see how lovely it really looks as a decorative object in addition to a learning tool.
About the author: Hans Blomquist is a renowned art director and stylist whose evocative, painterly style is highly sought after by a multitude of prestigious brands. Hans started out working for IKEA in Sweden at the tender age of 16 and ended up art directing their catalogue. He then moved to London, where he was based for eleven years working as a freelance art director for clients such as Harrods, Marks & Spencer and John Lewis. Hans now lives in Paris where he recently directed campaigns for H&M, Monoprix and Zara.
Description: In Detail takes a closer look at the details behind international interiors stylist and art director Hans Blomquist’s unique and idiosyncratic take on the world. In hundreds of ravishingly beautiful, inspiring pictures, he encourages the reader to see the world through his own eyes, revealing the possibilities in even the humblest of items and putting together pieces to create striking, painterly and evocative rooms and displays. Chapter by chapter, Hans focuses on and discusses the key ingredients of his distinctive look: Nature, Texture, Colour, Textiles, Collecting and Display. He explains the creative process, offers up his own treasures and puts inspiring ideas for beautiful interiors within every reader’s reach.
5 Things I Liked About This Book:
- I love that it is split into the very details that make a house a home. Nature, Texture, Color, Textiles, Collections and Display.
- I love the paper quality, the jacket image, the jacket texture, the size, the overall quality of the book makes me happy.
- The moody, gorgeous photography – each photo has a cinematic feel to it – like you are watching a gorgeous film.
- That Hans has a conversation with the reader. He doesn’t ramble on and on. He gives food for thought. Lots of it.
- Hans offers styling tips and ideas throughout. He doesn’t show, he also tells. Often stylists have a hard time putting into words what it is that they do, which often means that books by stylists can lack real advice and are mostly filled with inspirational imagery. These days, we can get all of that on Pinterest and blogs. Content is king. What does the author have to teach? Knowledge is what I think we’re going for when we buy interiors books today. Hans doesn’t show elaborate step-by-step projects for any of his ideas, but he does talk through the images explaining the thinking behind how he has styled it or what you, the reader, could try at home yourself.
5 Things That I Learned By Reading This Book:
- I learned that you can take a large branch and simply prop it against your wall at home or turn it into a lamp by wrapping a long cord around a couple of the stronger branches, adding a decorating light bulb to, “create an unusual and cozy corner” (page 28).
- You can make plant pots for growing cuttings or smaller plants using newspaper. I love this idea! (page 37)
- Vintage wooden clothes pegs can be used to display posters instead of picture frames (page 51).
- Use painted backdrops in a home because they are a, “brilliant way to add interest to an interior, and they can be repainted at any time to ring the changes” (page 87).
- Use luggage labels and rubber stamps to make hand-printed labels to kitchen storage jars. Simple tie them with twine (page 186).
5 Ways I’d Like To Use This Book:
- To wrap in brown paper and give as a gift.
- To showcase on my coffee table.
- And later, to display on my bookcase with his first book, The Natural Home, published in 2012. My review of The Natural Home can be found here.
- To read it from cover to cover and try to apply some of the ideas.
- To identify some of the vintage objects that I like and hunt for them at the local flea market.
Now it’s time for FIVE of you to win a copy of this book! The contest will wrap up on Friday October 17th at 11 am EST and I will announce the winners at the end of the day this Friday. To enter, please leave your first name, blog URL (if you have one) and tell us what 5 things you love about interiors books in general.
UPDATE Oct 18, 2014: Winners have been chosen and will be contacted. Books will be sent to winners directly from Ryland, Peters and Small in London. A warm thank you to all who entered. Comments on this post have now been closed.
On Monday, October 13th you simply must keep an eye on decor8 because I’ll be writing up a book review of the gorgeous new title by stylist Hans Blomquist, In Detail, photographed by Debi Treloar and Hans as well — AND giving away 5 gorgeous copies. It’s part of a blog book tour I’m kicking off for Ryland, Peters and Small. You’ll want to pin ALL of the photos that I plan to show you, I promise — so watch this space!
It’s moody, it’s edgy, it’s romantic and it’s the book that you’ll want on your coffee table for Autumn!
(image: ryland peters and small)
Hey gang! Want to win a rug? GOOD because this is your chance. Okay, so in addition to my art wall projects around the house, I’m working on window treatments and rugs – one for the entry and one for Aidan’s room to replace the lovely flokati rug that I talked about here. I need to act quickly though because the baby is 4 months old now and I can tell he will be crawling pretty soon! Then it’s zoom! zoom! zoom! all over his room. Recently Armadillo&Co posted on their Instagram that they would send ONE lucky person who comments on this IG photo a rug just for suggesting one for Aidan’s room. Isn’t that nice? So if you could do me a favor and help me pick a rug, then comment below AND on their IG photo here, that would be super great! You have to comment in both places though to qualify.
So this is the deal. I will order a rug for Aidan’s room to replace the fabulous yet impractical flokati – I want the same size and shape (nothing round), just one that will work in his room and will be easy on his knees as he begins to move that little bod around. If you want to help me out, can you look over the Armadillo&Co website and see if you imagine any of those rugs for this space below? Remember, it will replace the flokati and be positioned in the exact same place.
The new rug will need to coordinate with the current scheme and blend nicely but definitely not steal the thunder away from the beautiful window and wallpaper (“Kite” by Ferm Living). The colors in the room are mint, goldenrod, white, gray, black… and some blue. The walls are pale mint (“Cabbage White” by Farrow & Ball). The gumball round felt rug will stay in front of the changing table so the new rug will need to coordinate with it. It is mint, gray, white, goldenrod and beige. You can see more photos of the nursery here.
Here are some stripe-y ones that I’m considering… They’re not too “baby” and can grow with him for years to come. But the colors are right. I’m thinking that MAYBE I can ask them if they’ll create one of these rugs in a mint stripe just for Aidan’s room? What do you think? The charcoal is too graphic/harsh for this space and the duck egg blue will make the mint walls look more blue and I don’t want that… Plus I never imagined a baby blue boy’s room and so I’m trying to do all I can to steer clear from that. But stripes are always nice…
Chevron is nice too… And I do have triangle patterns in the room so it could work… The two colors would need to be pretty close in tone though, not too contrast-y, because I don’t want it to be the focal point in the room… The good thing about the Chevron patterns is you can custom order. In this case, what two colorways would you go with for this space? I am imagining maybe sage and fog…
Persia could be good too, but again, the colors would need to be very same-y so there isn’t a high contrast…
What about Triangles? Not in this colorway but..
Maybe a Ribbon Multi Stripe? Again, not these colors… We are just looking at design and patterns for now…
Lots of people are telling me to just go with the big, round Dandelion Natural rug for this room. This would mean removing the felt ball rug from in front of the changing table and placing it in the corner in front of his closet (not shown). It is also great for little knees as I’m told it is soft and natural.
Or I could go with the Marigold (which I love, but I wanted this one for my office!). But he is a BOY and he will have LEGOS and TRUCKS and stuff, will this open cut out pattern really be practical for a little growing boy? Or will I constantly be picking legos out of it when I vacuum? Or will he constantly be complaining because he cannot get his massive lego towers to stand on it without falling over? For this reason, the Dandelion above may be more practical. Plus Marigold does look a little feminine, don’t you think?
OKAY so what are your thoughts? AND REMEMBER: To win a rug from Armadillo&Co you need to:
1// Comment on this IG photo with your rug suggestion for Aidan’s room.
2// Comment below on this post with your suggestion.
That’s it! But you’ll need to do both!
Contest ends when I choose a rug, which I’m thinking will be within the next two weeks so I’ll most likely close this contest on June 30.
THANK YOU EVERYONE and especially to Armadillo&Co for this amazing opportunity for a lucky reader!
Hello everyone! I forgot to blog about this great contest, in which I am one of the judges, over at Domino magazine that ends tomorrow, May 28th — So get hoppin’ and go on over to Domino to vote for one of the four homes that me and Emily, Joy and Joanna voted for. The winner will receive a spread in Domino magazine so go, vote, and help a homeowner get totally famous! I selected Park Collective because I think that home looks totally cozy and great for couples and kids – seems down-to-earth…
Also, check out the summer edition of Domino magazine available now (cover looks like this) because me and Leslie Shewring are in it – there’s an interview with us and fun stuff about our new book, Decorate With Flowers. I’ve not seen it yet but I’m wicked excited. A big thanks to Domino for not only including me as a judge in their #sodomino contest but for the feature in their mag – very cool indeed.