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Clever DIY Display Unit + Lovely Dutch Home

January 4, 2012

There is this amazing space in 101 Woonideeen magazine, a decorating mag out of the Netherlands, that I’ve been dying to share with you ever since I first saw it in their November issue. I love the space for many reasons but primarily, I’m nuts about this amazing DIY wall unit that the homeowner, Tinta, made for her dining area. There is even a DIY tutorial in the issue as well as on their website (in Dutch). I think it’s the absolute best shelving unit ever because of all of the little nooks and the sheer quirkiness of it. I also really like how she has styled it, so many fun things to look at.

Clever DIY Display Unit + Lovely Dutch Home

Sorry the photo below isn’t super clear, it’s all I could find online and the resolution isn’t so hot but at least you can see the display unit that I’m so ga ga over.

Clever DIY Display Unit + Lovely Dutch Home

Do you spot the fun kid’s book on the shelf, There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly? from Chronicle Books? I do, and it’s such a lovely book I highly suggest picking one up for decorative purposes AND to read! I own one and love it.

Clever DIY Display Unit + Lovely Dutch Home

I really like the mood board above that Tinta shared in the issue showing the overall palette for her apartment design. Such a fresh and inspiring mix of color, texture and pattern. She is also a fan of Tara Hogan’s work over at INK + WIT which made me so happy since Tara is a friend of mine. Tara’s work is more and more popular in Europe, I see it in magazines from time to time and hear people talk about INK + WIT whenever they speak of stationery that they love from the US. Go, Tara!

Clever DIY Display Unit + Lovely Dutch Home

Here’s the shelf again, I know, but I’ve added an image from the living room which is laid out so beautifully I think. Ah, what a sweet home.

By the way, I’ll be in their next issue for February so if you get this magazine look for me! :)

(photography: ernie enkelaar)

 

 






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Stylist Lo Bjurulf

December 23, 2011

Talent, style and purely inspirational gorgeousness – BRING.IT. These were all styled by the talented Lo Bjurulf for Agent Bauer and good golly don’t they give you a wave of yum scrumminess?

Stylist Lo Bjurulf

Stylist Lo Bjurulf

Stylist Lo Bjurulf

Stylist Lo Bjurulf

Stylist Lo Bjurulf

Fantastic. I love a little eye candy. Or in this case, a whole lot of it. Perfect way to kick off a lovely and festive weekend. Enjoy your time with family and friends and I’ll see you again soon! xo

(images: agent bauer)






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Beautiful Delicious Marie Claire Maison

December 22, 2011

These images from Marie Claire Maison made me drool like a fool today. The walls! The art! The quirk! The organized chaos! Ah, yes Marie Claire Maison you have once again made me walk away inspired. Hope these images do the same for you today, too. For fans of red and bold color in general, you’ll particularly love these inspiring rooms.

Beautiful Delicious Marie Claire Maison

Beautiful Delicious Marie Claire Maison

Beautiful Delicious Marie Claire Maison

Beautiful Delicious Marie Claire Maison

Beautiful Delicious Marie Claire Maison

Most of these homes display such a clever balance of soothing neutrals and bursts of energetic color, mixed together carefully to form a most delightful cocktail of style. Delish!

(images: marie claire maison)






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The Exchange Hotel: Amsterdam

December 22, 2011

This new Dutch hotel is located in Amsterdam and I can’t stop examining the rooms! It is called The Exchange and I find it as intriguing and a bit creepy therefore I have to share these photos to get your thoughts.

The Exchange Hotel: Amsterdam

The Exchange Hotel: Amsterdam

The Exchange Hotel: Amsterdam

The Exchange Hotel: Amsterdam

The Exchange Hotel: Amsterdam

The Exchange Hotel: Amsterdam

I loved that graduates of the Amsterdam Fashion Institute designed and decorated each of the 61 rooms making each one different and fun. What do you think of it, would you stay in a hotel like this? What do you think?

(photos: the exchange via trendland.)






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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)






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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

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So Leb Ich: Decorating in German

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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)

 






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