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Where Does Your Stuff Come From?

December 21, 2011

I found this ultra helpful and know that you will too… I love that blogger Alaina Kaczmarski tells her readers exactly where things are from her home by tagging as many items as she can in her home tour photos.

Where Does Your Stuff Come From?

Where Does Your Stuff Come From?

Where Does Your Stuff Come From?

Where Does Your Stuff Come From?

While Alaina openly admits that most of these items are no longer available, I still see value in doing this (using mini tags to list resources) on home tour photos because it’s just so darn nice to know where stuff is from. Especially paint colors. Great idea, Alaina.

So tell me, if you were to tag a room in your home what would your things reveal as to where you shop most frequently? Pottery Barn? IKEA? Anthropologie? West Elm? Homegoods? Flea markets/thrift shops? Inherited from family and friends? Yard sales? Think about it – could be quite interesting to learn more about your shopping habits!

(images: Alaina Kaczmarski)

Decorating Tips

So Leb Ich: Decorating in German

December 16, 2011

Hello everyone and happy Friday to you! I’m so glad it’s the weekend because I’m going to some fun markets and will spend lots of time around creative people – what’s not to love about that!? How are you doing? After today, I’ll be taking a few weeks off for vacation until January 2nd but decor8 will still have posts waiting for you each weekday so don’t worry, you’ll have plenty of Holly time to keep you warm, cozy, inspired and creative during the holiday season.

So! I thought for a moment I’d show you a site called So Leb Ich which is dedicated to the German-speaking community online who loves to decorate. You may really enjoy seeing what homes and apartments look like over here, at least some belonging to those who love to decorate! It’s a fun site, I encourage you to check it out whether you speak German or not.
So Leb Ich: Decorating in German

top row and lower left: MiMa9308, bottom right: lulu041283.

At So Leb Ich, you can find photos uploaded by their members showing corners of their home. You can also read articles in German about books, shopping tips, trends and ideas for decorating and home stories. It’s fun to drop by and browse because I like to see if I can spot any spaces I’ve not seen yet in blogland and quite often I do. Here are some photos from homes in Germany uploaded by their members that give you a glimpse into what So Leb Ich is all about, showing real homes for real people in many different styles. If you don’t understand German, open the site in Google Chrome and let it translate the page automatically for you. It won’t be a perfect translation and will read a lot like Yoda speak, but it’s not that bad and you’ll be able to figure it out.

So Leb Ich: Decorating in German

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So Leb Ich: Decorating in German

oceanside

So Leb Ich: Decorating in German

Vinyl-LP

So Leb Ich: Decorating in German

katharinak

So Leb Ich: Decorating in German

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So Leb Ich: Decorating in German

And of course I cannot leave out creative and lovely eva who lives near me, she also has a lovely blog and store in Hannover and she’ll be at Designachten this weekend with a pretty booth selling her handmade things.

I hope that you enjoyed this tiny peek into homes in my part of the world – and remember, to see more visit So Leb Ich. I also have to thank site founder/editor Nicole for reviewing my book in German (here), thank you again Nicole!

(images: so leb ich)

 

Decorating Tips, Rooms

Paintings + Portraits Love You

December 14, 2011

Vintage and reproduction landscape and portrait paintings can be found in so many spaces around the globe from grand castles to tiny city apartments. Thankfully they’ve been popping up more and more (especially portraits) and are being used in fresh ways (on pillows, bags, ceramics) though I still love them installed on a wall in interesting arrangements. Most recently, vintage portrait paintings have made their way to gift wrap… And seriously, this is awesome.

Paintings + Portraits Love You

Wow, right?!? So on trend, too. Above we have the clever and stylish design duo behind Something’s Hiding In Here to thank for this. I love their clever how-to on the Martha Stewart Craft blog – brilliant idea, “You can directly color copy an old portrait or bring a digital file to a copy center to be printed for you.” Oh yes, please!

Paintings + Portraits Love You

These photos show the home of stylist Emily Henderson who shared her California digs with super cool lady Victoria nearly a year ago and I noticed that nearly every room had a portrait or two. Hot!

Paintings + Portraits Love You

Ever since Leslie Oschmann gave me one of her vintage painting bags when I visited her in Amsterdam in 2010, I’ve had vintage paintings on my brain!  We have tons of them at flea markets in Germany selling for nearly nothing. I’ve seen so many of these same paintings adorning walls in numerous homes featured in chic magazines and as props in catalogs throughout the years and I’ve noticed portraits quite often in the homes of stylists, bloggers and my online friends. Above you can see a photo of Leslie’s bags made from vintage landscape paintings that I took. You can lay your sweet little eyeballs on more work that she’s done on her inspiring super fab blog.

Paintings + Portraits Love You

Leslie also designed a series of portrait pillows for Anthropologie recently as well as numerous other things from quirky altered chairs to travel bags and you can view all of Leslie’s work here. The photo of her pillows on that pretty disheveled bed above was shot by Pia Jane Bijkerk.

Paintings + Portraits Love You

See that vase above? Oh yes, of course you do. It’s a beauty. I love the Adam Harvey ceramic collection, I picked up a vase and a bowl at Anthropologie when I was teaching a mood board workshop in their London store this past September. The moment I spotted Adam’s work with the pretty ladies on them I grabbed a vase and a tiny bowl and made a very spontaneous purchase! But I don’t regret it, I love looking at both of my Adam Harvey pieces each day. They sit on my IKEA cabinet – I think they cost more than the cabinet but that’s how I roll… High and low, old and new, I love a good contrast as I’m sure you do as well if you think of how you decorate. Anyhoodle, you can view more of his crazy intricate work on his website. Speaking of modern interpretations of portraits, I also really like this screen printed scarf on the wall as art from Dutch mag VTWonen and this more modern portrait on a kitchen door, also from VTWonen but the poster is from France I believe. It’s not vintage but I still love a good portrait and digital modern work suits me just fine.

Paintings + Portraits Love You

Here’s something else that is quite fresh and modern from Dutch design firm ixxi. I really like what they are doing with the old masters but you can also upload your own image or images to their site and create your own great work of art.

Paintings + Portraits Love You

This is a well composed display of portraits in this photo from Homelife. I’m a fan of this look.

Paintings + Portraits Love You

You can also try some landscape vintage paintings in case portraits creep you out. Seriously, some people don’t like eyes on the wall staring back at them! The above pic is from Better Homes & Gardens and looks sooooo cozy. I want to clear that table and lay out a massive handmade pizza with some red wine and play a little Frank, Dean and Sammy, baby!

Paintings + Portraits Love You

I really love this dining room, looks like something I’d see in Berlin for some reason. Maybe it’s the fact that nothing works but everything works. Berliners are good at that. :) This is from my new favorite Tumblr blog, Convoy. If you know the origin of this photo, please let me know. The downside with lots of Tumblr accounts is the near impossibility of ever finding the owners of the photographs. :( Drives me a bit bonkers.

Paintings + Portraits Love You

How about a little George Washington action from Lonny mag. It’s subtle but obvious at the same time. And yes this room was designed by design giant Jonathan Adler!

Paintings + Portraits Love You

If paintings aren’t your thing, maybe you can try sketched portraits or vintage photographs? I shared this photo before on decor8 but it’s one I keep going back to. You must have rooms that you keep going back to a million times. This one really resonates with me and funny thing is, there isn’t a drop of sweet or cute or girly in it. Telling, I think. Perhaps my taste is evolving as I am? One thing that it is though is quirky and I’ve always been quirky and abstract and quite spontaneous when it comes to decorating…

Paintings + Portraits Love You

Have you thought to add a portrait painting to a kid’s room? What do you think of this idea? Also from Lonny.

Paintings + Portraits Love You

This is quite a fancy writing desk set up, don’t you think? The portrait of the pretty blonde who seems to be gazing outside (certainly not concentrating on her work!) is nicely placed, it tells a bit of a story or it could just be my own imagination….

Are you a fan of vintage landscape paintings, portrait paintings or modern interpretations of them? Where do you display yours if you have them? Where would you like to display them if you currently do not? Do you think they work in a child’s room? Or?

(images linked to their sources above.)

 

Decorating Tips

Friday Interior Inspiration

December 2, 2011

Looking for a little Friday inspiration for the home? Before I sign off for the weekend, I thought I’d point you over to some very inspiring spaces in the decor8 Interior Styling group on Flickr. There are so many great spaces their that I curate each week from submissions that are sent in from all over the world. So many diverse spaces and inspiring places!

Friday Interior Inspiration

Dottie Angel

Friday Interior Inspiration

Top and bottom left: Debee Campos, bottom right: Jasna Janekovic.

Friday Interior Inspiration

top: Susana Oliveira, bottom: Iris.

Friday Interior Inspiration

Yvonne Eijkenduijn, Dottie Angel, Brooke and Jane Schouten.

Friday Interior Inspiration

Haust, A few things from my life, Jan Skácelík, Rebecca.

Friday Interior Inspiration

A few things from my life, Nadine, Lisbeth, Isis.

Friday Interior Inspiration

top: Elisa, bottom: Isis.

See anything that you fancy? I hope that decor8 has inspired you this week… I’ll be back again on Monday but until then, have a delightful weekend and much love to you!

(images: linked to their sources above.)

Decorating Tips

Verde Azul

December 1, 2011

Speaking of natural decorating, I heard from Lina María from Verde Azul earlier this week and had to dedicate a post to their lovely interiors products. Verde Azul is a design studio based in Medellin, Colombia that was launched four years ago by siblings Lina Maria and Juan Jose Rincon who happen to both be designers and illustrators. I love their wooden bulb lighting called Globo (so fun!) and faux bois cushions, don’t you? They make wall canvases too.

Verde Azul

Verde Azul

Verde Azul

Triangles, birds, branches, deer… all popular motifs that we love!

(images: verde azul)

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Natural Look: By Nord

November 30, 2011

I find the natural, rustic look so appealing especially this time of year when the air is crisp and the smell of hot mulled wine fills the air from the many wooden glühwein huts dotted around town for weihnachtsmarkt. It’s such a gorgeous time! I love the coziness of it all. The products sold by Danish brand, By Nord, come to mind when I think about seasonal winter decorating in a very natural style – I just love their products and I’m crazy about their shower curtains and simply must order one because it’s rare that I find a shower curtain that I like — most do nothing for me! Do you have that problem as well?

Natural Look: By Nord

But yes, back to winter and why freezing cold weather doesn’t have to fill one with absolutely dread! My co-author Joanna was just here to visit me for two days from London and she felt inspired by the spirit in the air as we sat outside around a cozy fire last night enjoying dinner. It’s quite crisp outside yet the smell of burning wood and the sheer ambiance an outdoor crackling fire brings is so comforting — especially when huddled around an old wooden table with friends, noshing on good food and sipping hot mulled wine with both mittens firmly holding the cup to enjoy the heat. This traditional German outdoor market “experience” got me to thinking about the sheer joy that comes from doing the most down-to-earth (primitive even) of activities – sharing conversation, looking for a heat source to be warmed by, cooking outdoors, eating well prepared and nourishing food and a crackling fire casting a warm glow while creating a special mood that only gathering around a fire can bring. I think the photo below is a gorgeous example of natural style and I imagine having a fire outdoors at a home like this would be magical at night, don’t you? And how many of us would love to live like this?

Natural Look: By Nord

So simple, so pretty… Some of the best things in life really are the simplest of things. This makes me think more and more about decorating the home for winter and how we don’t need to spend a lot of money to create a little magic. Pine cones, branches, handmade objects, simple bowls and vessels, cheap pillar candles, twigs, pine, twine… Anything can change the look of a room so simply while adding warmth and beauty.

Natural Look: By Nord

Natural Look: By Nord

Natural Look: By Nord

Natural Look: By Nord

I recently found a pretty branch in the nearby forest and put it in my entryway in a large green vintage jug on the floor and decorated it with a few special things and it isn’t for any particular holiday or reason, just because it adds warmth to my entryway along with a bit of personality and natural style. Have you down anything lately in your home to bring in nature? I’d love to know!

By Nord is available in England here or in their online shop here. They are also available in other parts of the world so email them for their nearest retailer: info [at] bynord [dot] com.

(images: by nord)

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