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Clean, Clear Laid Back Green and Peach Interiors

July 8, 2016

I’m REALLY feeling this laid back summer home style that’s so clear and clean, so coastal, so boho minus the patchouli 60s vibe… It’s just great. Breezy, easy, tactile and lots of pretty green tones and shades of pale orange. So summery and just yum.

Clean, Clear Laid Back Green and Peach Interiors

Clean, Clear Laid Back Green and Peach Interiors

Clean, Clear Laid Back Green and Peach Interiors

Clean, Clear Laid Back Green and Peach Interiors

Clean, Clear Laid Back Green and Peach Interiors

Clean, Clear Laid Back Green and Peach Interiors

Clean, Clear Laid Back Green and Peach Interiors

Clean, Clear Laid Back Green and Peach Interiors

I’ve been thinking a lot lately when I look at the photos I love, reminding myself to stop and consider WHAT I FEEL when I gaze upon a photo that feels as though it’s speaking to me.

  • What is it saying exactly?
  • What do I like about it?
  • How does it make me feel?
  • Do I smell anything?
  • Do I hear a particular song?
  • Or another sound, is there something else coming to my ears when I look at the image?
  • What about the scene is vibing with me, the composition, colors, location?

It’s so important to explore the way work we like is REALLY truly impacting us. We are always so quick to say, ” This inspires me sooooo much!” or “I love this  photo, pin!!!”. But maybe try to think a lot more about what’s resonating with you exactly. This is so interesting and it gives you a real sense of self and can help you to tap into your personal style.

Have a nice weekend!

(Photo credits: Alexandra StrongLine Thit KleinElle Denmark, House of Valentina, Apartment TherapyBonbon Oiseau, Greenbody Greenhome, David Waves, Serax, SFGirlByBay, UO Blog, Cup of Joe, Over The Ocean, The Glitter GuideCarrie Waller, Aww Sam)






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Modern + Clean Rustic Lodge Style

July 4, 2016

Hello everyone and to my American friends, Happy 4th of July! I’d like to be in Boston right now awaiting the big fireworks fest (or in Manhattan) as this was our annual tradition when we lived stateside. To bring a little festivity to my July 4th weekend as an expat in Germany, I went to a Schützenfest parade followed by a large fair. It has nothing to do with American independence day but it felt nice to do something festive and funny as it sounds, I left inspired but in a most unexpected way. As the bands marched by, I couldn’t stop thinking about Autumn interiors.

Modern + Clean Rustic Lodge Style

I’ll get to that in a moment but first you may be wondering what is Schützenfest? In short, it’s a marksmen’s festival with a target shooting competition popular in both Germany and Switzerland. And don’t worry, no animals were/are harmed! “At a Schützenfest, contestants compete based on their shooting abilities, for example by shooting at a wooden representation of an eagle. The winner of the competition becomes the ‘king of marksmen’ (“Schützenkönig“) until the next year’s competition.” Quite harmless but there is still a big culture around it. Some men that I saw had over 50 badges on their jackets as they proudly marched by in their traditional gear.

Modern + Clean Rustic Lodge Style

I happen to live in the city where they host the largest Schützenfest in the world with over 5,000 marksmen, 250 rides, multiple large beer tents and a parade. This is not your typical parade though with over 13,000 participants from all over the world, 100+ marching bands covering a little over 3 kilometers though the length is nearly 12 kilometers – so it’s the longest parade in the world and takes HOURS to observe – half a day!

As you can imagine, my two-year-old son (he will be 2 1/2 next month) LOVED the parade. As he chomped on a giant pretzel and watched the bands stomp by, his eyes were huge and curious. It was so cute. Later, we took him to the fest with his oma (grandma) and played the typical carnival games and he ran around pointing to all of the fun signs and lights. I saw everything through much younger eyes and it was all really sweet.

But interiors. Somehow I made a connection to home being there. No clue why. Inspiration is like that though isn’t it? No rhyme or reason. Perhaps after being immersed in this marksmen culture seeing all of those traditional costumes, with lots of green, blue and crimson tones, was the jumping off point. I began to think about how these outfits could translate into interior design but in a fresh, light way and not so much the heavy hunting lodge motif that we immediately call to mind. I imagined rooms like these shown below… Modern farmhouses and lake houses with a bit of a lodge vibe.

Modern + Clean Rustic Lodge Style

Modern + Clean Rustic Lodge Style

Modern + Clean Rustic Lodge Style

Modern + Clean Rustic Lodge Style

Modern + Clean Rustic Lodge Style

Modern + Clean Rustic Lodge Style

Modern + Clean Rustic Lodge Style

Modern + Clean Rustic Lodge Style

Modern + Clean Rustic Lodge Style

GET THIS LOOK:

COLORS: Green, gray, rust, crimson, black, charcoal, cream, white

KEY ELEMENTS: Woven rugs in natural fibers, sheepskin throws, taxidermy, tools, antlers, images of the outdoors (forests, mountains), plaid throws, wool blankets, black iron, suede and leather, woven hangings on the wall, brass, pendant lights with exposed draping cords. Concrete, Raw, natural wood. White paneling. Reclaimed wood. Cement. Matte paint in natural tones. Linen bedding. Horses and livestock in photography, Ceramic tableware in natural tones. Very little pattern except through texture. Plants and herbs and green wreaths, Stripe and plaid is okay for blankets, throws and rugs. Rough surfaces. Most of the pattern is brought in through texture.

SCENTS: Lapsang souchong, fir, bergamot, tobacco, white tea, cinnamon, pine, sandlewood, No.92 Objets d’Amsterdam candle by Marie Stella Marais, SKOG candle by Skandinavisk and Diptyque Feu de bois candle.

AVOID: Glamorous accents that sparkle and shine, jewel tones, white furniture (except like a Ghost sofa or a small stool), Metallic silver, pastels, formal lighting, large area rugs in bold colors, floral patterns, bold geometric patterns. Nothing that feels too special or delicate, roses and delicate flowers, succulents.

What do you think about this look? Does it speak to you?

(Photo credits: Vogue Living Australia, The Estate TrenthamKara RosenlundAirows, Disc Journal, Baobab Interiors, The death of cool, Stitch & Hammer, Kinfolk, Ultralinx, Gracious Home)






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Faux Tile + Marble Wallpaper

July 1, 2016

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about wallpaper that looks like tile or marble. It’s been a trend for awhile but often things resonate much later than when the trend hits. Trends aren’t always coming at the right moment for me. I often need to let them rest for a bit, observe how they are being used, and then I decide for myself if something trending has legs to stand for a bit longer than a season or two. I want to be more intentional in my shopping decisions and less driven by trend or emotion.

Faux Tile + Marble Wallpaper

Let’s discuss faux tile wallpaper first… Have you ever thought to use it on stairs, in the kitchen or bath, or perhaps in another room in your home? If not, why? If so, do you have some good resources to share in the comments section of this post? I’m going to share some of mine below in case you would like to try this idea at home.

About the application and use for faux tile, Graham + Brown says, “Tile wallpapers are mainly used in kitchens and bathrooms, as an easy alternative to ceramic tiles. If you have a small room with lots of corners and windows then ceramic tiles can be difficult to apply. Our tiled wallpapers are easy to apply and many provide a splash resistant surface suitable for kitchen and bathroom conditions.”

Great option for renters! Honestly though, I’m more keen on the faux tile wallpaper that looks like old Portuguese tile work or something else uniquely European, like floor tiles you may see in Barcelona or Berlin, patterned and definitely not overly modern or clean. Like typical white square tile found in so many rentals.

I also imagine decorative European-inspired tile used on stairs (like this) or perhaps sparingly on a bathroom wall or kitchen backsplash. It would be nice to use it to mimic some of these rooms – the examples below are showing the real deal, ceramic tile, BUT you can imagine using wallpaper tile in the same way, can’t you?

Faux Tile + Marble Wallpaper

Faux Tile + Marble Wallpaper

Faux Tile + Marble Wallpaper

FAUX TILE SOURCES

Graham + Brown

Zoffany Spark Wallpaper

Better Homes + Gardens shop

Burke Decor

Now, let’s look at some good examples of faux marble wallpaper. This is extremely interesting because I’ve never imagined marble on MY walls except for a bit in a kitchen or bath. But even then, I envision a backsplash or marble underfoot. Yet, seeing it in these examples causes me to think more broadly about this application… It’s actually quite interesting to behold.

Faux Tile + Marble Wallpaper

Faux Tile + Marble Wallpaper

Faux Tile + Marble Wallpaper

Faux Tile + Marble Wallpaper

What do you think about this look, faux marble on walls?

SOURCES

Tapeten web shop

Ferm Living

Lime Lace

Of course, the real deal is always the preference but when renting or on a budget, it’s not always possible so you have to find creative ways to still have what you want, just tweaked a bit… And c’mon, how many of us want to invest in real marble from floor to ceiling? It’s fun to have creative options.

In my next post today, I want to introduce you to some gorgeous wallpapers from Milan, you will gasp.

xo

Holly

PS You may also love this post about other faux wallpapers I found in the past.

(Tile photography: My Domaine fireplace/Tessa Neustadt, Rug Knots, Design Milk, My Domain kitchen)






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Ellie Cashman: Her Process, Her Floral Wallpaper

June 15, 2016

Wow. wow. wow. Just wow. I first saw it last year on Instagram in American restaurant Finca in Salt Lake City. This dark and lovely Ellie Cashman wallpaper shown below. Edgy, moody, overscale, smoky, floral. Love. It.

Ellie Cashman: Her Process, Her Floral Wallpaper

Ellie Cashman: Her Process, Her Floral Wallpaper

Both: CityHome Collective

It’s intoxicating and beautiful. In fact, we wanted to order and install it in my home to create a room “look” for my next book coming out in the Decorate series, which will release in just a few months in September (I’ll tell you more about book number 4 very soon!). We didn’t end up having the time or the budget, but I still wanted to talk about it publicly. That’s why I had to share it from Selina’s new book yesterday on one of her pages. And this is why I have to share more impressions of it in lots of different spaces around the room to inspire you. All of this is Ellie Cashman wallpaper, not all the same pattern, but the same moody large blooms that designers and decorators all over are raving about.

Ellie Cashman: Her Process, Her Floral Wallpaper

Top L: Ellie Cashman Top R: Cupcakes and Cashmere Bottom L: Ellie Cashman Bottom R: Pinterest

But first, WHO IS ELLIE CASHMAN? She is an American artist with a Master of Fine Arts from New York University and was born in the same state as I was, Rhode Island, and like me, she expatriated to Europe (she moved to the Netherlands in 2007, I moved to Germany in 2009). Her current largest influence is the still life paintings from the Dutch golden age. She decided to turn her influence into patterns and created hyper realistic, over-scale wallpaper and it went viral on Pinterest in 2013 and since… well, her brand has become a major player in the world of wallpaper. Here is more about her humble beginnings as told by Ellie herself…

“When I designed my ‘Dark Floral’ wallpaper, I imagined it being used on an accent wall. I mocked it up in Photoshop as the backdrop for a rustic wood table and an Eames chair. What happened next, I hadn’t imagined at all! That mockup went viral on Pinterest, and e-mails began to pour in from all around the world. People wanted to know where they could buy the wallpaper. This gave me the guts to go out on my own and find a partner to produce ‘Dark Floral.’ We were shipping the wallpaper around the world even before the web shop went live. And now, just a short time later, ‘Dark Floral’ has appeared on the pages of Vogue and Elle. So, real life has exceeded the capacity of my imagination. I feel truly lucky. This little wallpaper that could has had quite a journey so far, and it feels like it’s just getting started.”

I love stories like this! Ohhh the internet is so good to so many of us! She has since expanded her wallpaper collection into cushion covers, fabric and scarves.

Ellie Cashman: Her Process, Her Floral Wallpaper

Top L: Sarah Sherman Samuel. All others: Ellie Cashman

Ellie Cashman: Her Process, Her Floral Wallpaper

Styled by Selina Lake, Photographed by Rachel Whiting for Ryland Peters and Small/Botanical Style

Ellie Cashman: Her Process, Her Floral Wallpaper

Top L: Goop Pop-up shop, Chicago Top R: Jaimee Rose Interiors Bottom L: Pinterest Bottom R: Lucky Miam

Ellie Cashman: Her Process, Her Floral Wallpaper

Florist Nikki Tibbles Home in London via Dear Designer via Domus Nova

Do you wonder how she makes the patterns you see? I did too. Ellie explains below,

“To create my large-scale floral prints, I use a combination of traditional and digital art media. I start with a rough pencil sketch on paper, which I photograph and import into Photoshop. Using customized brushes, a Wacom tablet and pen, I then color and paint on a series of layers, building up from that original sketch to a finished design. This part of my process usually takes me about 6 months to a year. Once a print is complete, a new process begins: sourcing materials and applying it to different products. In this way, a design can evolve over a period of years.”

Wonderful! All of these papers can be purchased online in Ellie’s shop.

What example above do you like the most? Why? Would you use a dramatic wallpaper in your home like this? Where?

(Photos credited above)






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Transitioning From Crib To Toddler Bed

June 10, 2016

Hello everybody! Do you remember when I shared the before and after photos of the nursery I designed for my son? Well, that sweet infant is now nearly 2.5 years old and he’s tall (94 cm) so we’ve already used the converter kit on our Oeuf Sparrow bed and now we are ready to get him into a toddler bed because he is ready. I was thinking of buying a bed that he could keep for many years, and that’s when I found the Wood Junior Bed by Oliver Furniture in Copenhagen. So this will be his new bed, in Nordic Oak, I’ve already placed the order! What do you think??? I am in BIG love.

Transitioning From Crib To Toddler Bed

Okay so let’s refresh your memory on the room renovation I worked on for my son and few things that didn’t end up sticking around in the space… Here is a quick before and after. You can see everything here in detail with a stocklist, too.

Transitioning From Crib To Toddler Bed

It looks pretty much the same today minus the flokati rug (can’t race his cars on that) and the wood boxes with the faces from Ferm Living went into storage (the storage that is in storage, ha ha) until he is old enough to stop trying to toss them around and/or stand on them to access the window. And of course, any lamps you see on tables or on the windowsill disappeared once he was old enough to get to them and yank them down…. Sigh.

Transitioning From Crib To Toddler Bed

The thing I love about the Wood Junior Bed is that it grows with your child so once they are bigger, you can add an extension and you have an adult size day bed like the one above. The Wood Junior Bed is also one that can be turned into a bunk bed or either a low or high platform bed in case you want to put a little play area below it or a small work space. I can totally see doing that later since his room has 3.4 meter high ceilings. It would be perfect for that. But for now, I want to start with the Wood Junior Bed and work my way up.

Transitioning From Crib To Toddler Bed

Transitioning From Crib To Toddler Bed

Transitioning From Crib To Toddler Bed

If you decide to have another kid, you can even transform it into bunk beds in the future AND add a storage drawer beneath. This is such a cool bed for sure!

If all that weren’t enough, I like that the bed is a like a day bed, meaning each end is the same height and style. Typically, beds have a headboard and footboard or just a headboard — or you remove both and just sit the bed on a frame if you want a daybed style but cannot find the right piece of furniture. When you have a room like mine, long and narrow, it’s hard to find beds that work in the space because we cannot put the bed beneath the window (heater) and the other wall opposite has the access door and only a small wall space where we’ve placed his closet. The only options for bed placement are on either of the two walls to the left or right, but having a twin bed shoot out from either wall would look silly because it would eat up so much floor space — you may not be able to comfortably walk around it to get to the window since the room is kinda narrow…

After my long-winded explanation (I sometimes wish my book editor could also edit my blog posts!!!!), you get the drift right, I had to have a daybed for him. The Wood Junior Bed is my life saver. I’ve been looking for a bed for him for months so I’m just thrilled that I finally found one and it will arrive next week so I’ll definitely get to start working on changing his room from a nursery to a little boy’s room. In addition to the bed, I want to change around a few other things… Like he needs proper hooks on the wall for jackets and sweaters, and shelves for his books and I’d love to get him a little teepee he could read inside of on a soft faux fur throw (any suggestions???). I’m also looking for a little table for his currently coloring book and Playdoh obsession to take place. I have my eye on the Oeuf Play Table… Would fit the room so nicely.

I can’t wait to show you the room when I am finished transitioning it from a nursery to a toddler room. Stay tuned!!!

(Photos: Oliver Furniture/Photos of before + after space: Holly Becker)






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Tabletop: Decorate With A Table Clamp + Rod!

June 7, 2016

I have a very clever party decoration to share with you today, but first… Hello everyone! Peony season is here and is one of the most beautiful times of the year, don’t you think? In Germany it’s one of our biggest and most celebrated flower seasons (here they are called Pfingstrose with the various shades of pink being the most popular variety found in every flower kiosk for very little money). As long as there are fresh, fragrant peonies in the flower shops, gardens and at the farmers’ markets, they’ll be in my house too! The same holds true for rhubarb, which is also in season at the moment. Yum!

Tabletop: Decorate With A Table Clamp + Rod!

When decorating with peonies, my table setting almost always becomes a romantic one in soft colors. Who is playing the leading role in the following picture series is clear — Miss Peony! For my tabletop, I chose four different types of peonies in shades of white and pale pink, some with yellow inside. I’m not sure of the name of this particular one, but if you have time maybe you can help me. Also, there is a list here for Continue Reading…






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