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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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7 Great Ways To Display Photos At Home

May 23, 2016

Hi friends! I want to quickly share with you a project that I worked on for Canon Europe in 2013 that I can finally share publicly. It was for an advertorial that was seen in hundreds of magazines across Europe, the UK and Russia. I was asked to comment on and show ways to use photos for decorating the home. And of course, I had to take the photos, print them all out, and then style them in my home in a creative way. The ideas are still very current so I thought to share them with you today.

7 Great Ways To Display Photos At Home

7 Great Ways To Display Photos At Home

1: GRID. I spent a day in the greenhouses at the Berggarten in Herrenhausen located in Hannover taking photos. It was amazing! Their orchid collection alone is one of the best in Europe. After a day shooting, I did some light post-processing in Lightroom and then printed my favorites out on Canon matte photo paper. I cut them all with a paper cutter. Then I pinned them in a grid format onto my mood board in my former work studio (I’ve moved since). This inspired me for a few months, I had my very own indoor botanical garden and it was so nice to look at each day. Continue Reading…






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8 Trendy Pieces For Spring Decorating

March 8, 2016

Today’s post is all about sprucing up my nest for spring and the 8 things that I recently ordered from American online shop, Lulu & Georgia, whom I love because they have the best taste in the world and curate the best products. And I love that. There is little from Lulu & Georgia that I would NOT buy, everything is just lovely. When they went above and beyond and shipped stuff to me in Germany, I was so pleased because lots of American products (like Jonathan Adler, Kate Spade, etc.) are not easy to find in stores here, and are non-existent in my city. If I drive over to Berlin, sure, I can find a few options but still, nothing like the great stuff Lulu & Georgia stocks so it was pure pleasure for me to be able to get stuff from America from one of my favorite web shops. Do you want to see glimpses of these 8 pretty things I have added to my home for Spring?

8 Trendy Pieces For Spring Decorating

But first, I just love to spruce up my home in March to welcome the new season. March is also my birthday month (21st) and so I find it important to my emotional health to do some home detox around my birthday each year. In fact, I’ve been reorganizing a lot, throwing stuff away, donating things and in April, I’m even hosting a ‘hausflohmarkt’ in my home next month – a flea market! I can’t wait.

So… In the process of the detox, I’m also shopping online for replacement pieces. In fact, more than usual, because I find so many great products online. I LOVE that I don’t have to leave the house and carry back bags and boxes from stores. With a two-year-old that I take care of full-time, plus a business, I don’t have a ton of spare time to even shop or run errands during “normal” hours so I shop after he’s in bed each night from the comfort of my computer. It’s the BEST, I never knew how amazing online shopping really is until I had a baby. I have everything delivered from diapers to protein bars, and of course, decor items for my home, gifts for friends, you name it and I’ve most likely purchased it online. Are you shopping more online too because if you’re not, let this post inspire you to go for it!

Alright, so now the big show and tell. Would you like to see what I got from Lulu & Georgia for my Spring spruce up?

8 Trendy Pieces For Spring Decorating
1. Jonathan Adler Horse Head Match Strike, $42. This will go in my living room on the bookcase far away from my little boy of course.

8 Trendy Pieces For Spring Decorating
2. Jonathan Adler Brass Hand Ring Holder, Brass, $128. I love this for my office to hold business cards and my rings since I always remove them when typing.

8 Trendy Pieces For Spring Decorating

3. Kate Spade Acrylic Stapler, $28 and 4. Molli Tray, Mustard Zig Zag, 11×17, $71. I love pretty staplers and trays – they are great for containing clutter in the office.

8 Trendy Pieces For Spring Decorating

5. Mini Dot Dinner Napkins, Deep Sea (set of 4). 20×20, $23. I have 8 of these napkins and plan to use them for my next party. The dots are happy and fun!

8 Trendy Pieces For Spring Decorating

6. Bayala Organic Cotton Tea Towel, 18×24, Deep Sea, $11. I love these tea towels for drying up the dishes and displaying on hooks in the kitchen for some pattern.

8 Trendy Pieces For Spring Decorating
5. Alma Sheepskin Rug, White, 2×3 (shown above on my sofa) and 6. Tinke Rug, Ivory & Charcoal, 8×10 (in LOVE!). I really like putting sheepskin on the sofa, even in the Spring since it still gets so cool at night. Plus texture just is the best thing to integrate into a space when decorating – adds dimension and warmth without cluttering up a space. This rug is the bomb. I really cannot stop gushing over it. I never will replace this thing, it’s plush and I mean look at it, how gorgeous against hardwood floors?

8 Trendy Pieces For Spring Decorating

8. OOH LA LA Tray, $74 – This tray is great for a coffee table because it can be a nice spot to lay the remote, though I removed the remote for the photo of course. :)

How do you like these things and even more, how do you imagine them in your home? Have you checked out Lulu & Georgia lately online? They are just beautiful. I will definitely shop with them again, I’m smitten for real.

Have a lovely day, I’m off to take my little boy to music class – bye!

(Photography & Styling: Holly Becker for decor8)

(Note: This post was sponsored by Lulu & Georgia. All product choices are my own. All opinions are my own.)






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Tabletop: Easter Dinner Decorating Ideas

March 7, 2016

Hello and happy Monday dear readers! This is Anke with some March-inspired ideas for your coffee table, Easter gathering or any upcoming celebration with family and friends. This year still seems so very young to me – but Easter holidays are already in sight. Easter is a big deal in Germany and aside from its traditional meaning, it also makes us feel excited because when Easter comes we know that SPRING is in sight, which is so exciting, isn’t it? Easter lends a pretty good reason to set a Spring-like table in tender colors. And speaking of color, did you read that rose quartz is one of the two Pantone colors of the year for 2016? Their website said something rather interesting about their reasoning behind their pastel color choices, “As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent.” I have to agree, rose is such a serene color and perfect for the spring tabletop. Leave your stress and worry behind, sit down, relax and enjoy… In fact, I did not hesitate to use rose quartz in my Easter tabletop shown below. I hope that it inspires you to try a little rose quartz at home, too.

Tabletop: Easter Dinner Decorating Ideas

As you notice in my columns each month, I always decorate this little corner in my dining room near the pocket doors where the bench is. I like to make that corner fit the decor I have on the table for a cohesive look. For this look, I’ve styled some pretty flowers, hard-boiled eggs and a simple handmade wreath on the wall. The giant pleated vase was given to me by a dear friend to use for this setting, my ultimate favorite —  such an eye catcher, don’t you think? It was on the table when guests arrived, but to make room for serving, I moved it over to the bench as decor. I created a loose arrangement of ranunculus, tulips, pussy willow, white anemones, wax flowers, eucalyptus and catkin branches.

Tabletop: Easter Dinner Decorating Ideas

While creating this look, I discovered that wax flower is a dream candidate when it comes to crafting with flowers. The fine branches are very flexible and the flowers durable. You will find them in white and pink and in my opinion, nothing is easier than making tiny wreaths out of wax flowers! I’ve even used them to embellish the breakfast eggs on each guests’ plate.

Tabletop: Easter Dinner Decorating Ideas

As Easter breakfast may be more opulent than usual I thought Raspberry-Cream and Almond Sponge Cake might be a good idea! On top you see fresh raspberries and sugar-coated nougat eggs. This candy is very popular in Germany at Easter, they are called Möveneier (seagull eggs) and I love their speckled surface. The plates are simple white ceramic, topped with speckled gray plates from House Doctor to mimic the speckled chocolate egss on the table. For an simple, quick and classy Easter decoration I placed some edible white eggs over a simple white linen tablecloth. The eggs are hard-boiled and I cleaned the shell with pure household vinegar.

Tabletop: Easter Dinner Decorating Ideas

Tabletop: Easter Dinner Decorating Ideas

Tabletop: Easter Dinner Decorating Ideas

 

How will you spend your Easter holidays, dear readers? I’m afraid I will be away from home working, but hey – I had some Easter spirit already when decorating this table for decor8, right? ;) Have a beautiful month of March and I will see you again on April 4th with another entertaining at home idea for your tabletop! – Anke

(Photography, Styling and Text: Anke Illner. Editor: Holly Becker)






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