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Inspired By Birgitta Wolfgang Drejer

I’ve been a fan of Birgitta Wolfgang Drejer for many years now, ever since finding her work in a German magazine while browsing a newsstand in Berlin and I own several of the books that she has photographed. Do you know of her work? I’ve talked about her before but in case you missed it, Birgitta is a talented Danish lifestyle and interiors photographer with a fashion background for over twenty years and her work feels both raw and rustic but also feminine and casual. She is excellent with lighting and creating moods with it, her photos feel so real and not at all staged or pretend. She has photographed a lot of products and stills for lifestyle brand Tine K Home, most of those photographs are very moody and dark while those shown below tend to lean more towards light and bright. I love her for this diversity in moods and find so many others now out there recreating what Birgitta herself is a pioneer of, in my opinion.

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Recently, I was reading Skona Hem and found photographs of her own home and felt so inspired by how very white it is, especially since she’s a busy mother with a booming career. It’s amazing! You can see her entire home on their website, but I’ve included a few of my favorites below so that you can get a sense of her personal style and her love of white.

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She’s a lady after my heart with her love of white with touches of pastels and hints of gray and black! If you’d like to see more inspiring spaces photographed by Birgitta, do visit the French home of designer Jane Whitfield. Oh la la! It’s lovely.

Did you notice the notes on the photos above? It’s a good habit to get into and I talked about this in my book in the mood boards section. As you are collecting inspiration, it’s really important that you identify with post-its or some type of noting system what you like about the image. It could be that you really only like the curtains or the lighting or even the floor. It’s crutical to pinpoint your likes as this helps you immensely when it comes to developing your own personal style. I’ve been doing this since I was a teenager in both fashion magazines and decorating ones, but if you are new to this it’s a fun exercise but also very telling!

Are you a fan of pugs, by the way? The little one on her sofa made me smile today. I have this animal pinboard that I’ve been working on over at Pinterest that, if you’re an animal lover, I do think you’ll like it so please have a visit. I think my many cute creatures will bring a smile to your face and warm your heart.

(images: birgitta wolfgang drejer)

Posted in Decorating Tips on June 20, 2011
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Handmade Home: Creating My Dream Patio

Today decor8 columnist Anna-Malin is back to visit us from Sweden sharing her recently redecorated patio. I love seeing how people treat a patio space – some fancy tables and chairs with a big umbrella, others add a water feature or fire pit and still others incorporate hammocks or even build a koi pond. It’s amazing to see the difference from patio-to-patio as you browse magazines and books for outdoor spaces, isn’t it? I think you’ll love Anna-Malin’s patio because it’s more of a second living room and lounge space for relaxing, reading and entertaining during the warmer months and can take her straight into the Autumn. I’ll let her take it from here…

Patio Inspiration

Hello everyone it’s Anna-Malin! For my June column I wanted to share my newly decorated outdoor patio because I am very proud of it and feel that it could be an inspiration to many of you who are unsure as to how to decorate your outdoor space. Last summer my husband and I built a wooden frame in the backyard to create a room in our garden area (below). Since we have full sun in our yard all day long we needed a place with some shade for relief! On top of the wooden frame we put branches and twigs to create a rustic, natural ceiling. On the concrete wall to soften it a bit visually, we added a shelf and some wood for vines.

Patio Inspiration

This year I bought new furniture — a sofa, a big round table and a chair — all in bamboo. I wanted the feeling to be calm and relaxed
so I added a lot of pillows in a mix of patterns, shapes and colors and I store them when I’m not using the patio to protect from fading and water damage since they are not waterproof. I also bring in the sheep skin when I’m not using my patio. A sheer panel (below – you can’t see it in the photo above) not only looks pretty swaying in the breeze but filters the light as well.

Patio Inspiration

Patio Inspiration

Patio Inspiration

By mixing the bamboo furniture with my old white rattan armchairs and a really old bench from the flea market, I achieved the feeling that I was looking for – rustic, modern, clean and very “me”. I like to have a space that feels very personal, even outdoors. The string of lights were added to the fence to give a warm glow at night and lanterns create a romantic ethnic bohemian vibe in the evening along with some good tunes from my iPod.

Patio Inspiration

Patio Inspiration

Patio Inspiration

Patio Inspiration

Patio Inspiration

With beautiful weather finally here, this my favorite place right now, especially in the evenings with lots of candles, a cup of tea and a good book. I hope my outdoor space inspired you – do you have a place in your backyard to create something similar? Do you already have a patio that you’ve recently redecorated? You can link it in your comment if you would like to show and tell!

I’ll be back in July with another Handmade Home story from you, until then, goodbye! Anna-Malin Lindgren.

Posted in Decorating Tips, guest bloggers, outdoors on June 14, 2011

Gorgeous Grey + Violet Room Scheme

Elle Decoration Norway recently ran a lovely article highlighting a tactile mood board and an inspired room filled with warm grey, hints of violet and beautiful flowers. Of course, this palette is one that I love too so I had to show it to you. I love the combination of grey and violet with rough, natural elements woven in — I don’t see it in these photos, but I’d love to mix in silvered leathers or linens into this mix. This would be a gorgeous bedroom scheme.

Elle Norway

Elle Norway

Elle Norway

The talented photographer is the one and only Trine Thorsen (a personal favorite whom I follow the work of) and the styling was done by Canadian born stylist Tara Ballantyne currently living in Norway who authors this lovely blog. I orginally spotted this gorgeous spread on the pinboard of Radostinka. Enjoy!

(images: elle decoration)

Posted in Decorating Tips, uncategorized on June 09, 2011

Quirky Finds For The Home

I was just tweet, tweet, tweeting when all of a sudden a store I’d not heard of tweeted back to introduce themselves and their shop. They are called Heima Store and are based in the Philippines (I know far from home, über depressing) and I just adore their products and pretty website even though most of it I could never afford to have shipped to me. You have to check out their gorgeous selection – it’s very much my style so of course I fell in love at first click.

Fun Furniture Finds

It’s a little Anthropologie meets Danish design meets Liberty London with a touch of San Francisco if I’m even making sense here! LOL! I love, love, love the Aunt Georgia chair. I mean, I love it. Did I mention I love it?

But the sexy little chair that I lust for even more is the Holly Day chair. Yes, Holly Day! I’m really in to gray with splashes of hot pink right now so Holly Day makes Holly’s Day for sure. I’ve been into hot pink since July of 2010 actually, but the love affair has only intensified as time goes by. Gray + Hot Pink = my current living room that I’m working on. I also love the sweet Ms. Pea, she would be beautiful in my bedroom. She’s a little edgy but still traditional and she minds her manners.

Fun Furniture Finds

In addition to fab chairs, they have other furniture items and interiors accessories as well as a series of sweet e-mags that they create around their shop offerings which seem to change frequently.

Fun Furniture Finds

Fun Furniture Finds

Fun Furniture Finds

These chairs and painted wood things REALLY get my creative wheels spinning… I don’t know about you, but I’m in love with some of this stuff and want to try adding a quirky chair to my living room and a fun painted dresser to my entryway, el pronto!

(images: heima store and spell saab and more product shots here.)

Posted in Decorating Tips, furniture on May 24, 2011

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