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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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My Bedroom Redux By Pine Cone Hill and Dash & Albert

February 16, 2016

Hey friends, it’s me Holly and I want to show you what I’ve done with my bedroom this week to turn it more into a cozy nest. I still have some changes to make around the rest of the room, but I’ll show you how I’ve added bedding from Pine Cone Hill and a gorgeous rug from Dash & Albert to kick off the process of redecorating my very boring bedroom. I must highlight that I’m not a bright color person in my bedroom, I tend to take muted tones over saturated and I love neutrals, blues and greens in sleep spaces with a touch of shell pink. I also like deep gray and charcoal which is what I may end up painting my walls in the next few months, I have to think it over first because it’s a big step to go dark in my bedroom but I’m nearly ready and think a good deep gray would look gorgeous and dramatic, so we’ll see… But first, let’s look at what I’ve done.

My Bedroom Redux By Pine Cone Hill and Dash & Albert

Before I got this lovely Chelsea bed from Fashion For Home in Berlin, I had a bed that was basically just a frame and a white headboard – very boring. (Don’t look at the radiator, we can’t do anything about it’s placemat at the moment so we’re just pretending it’s not there.) For the flooring, I have gorgeous hardwood but I still love the feel of a carpet beneath my feet when I step out of bed in the morning so I ordered this gorgeous Moroccan-inspired rug from Dash & Albert. It’s the 8×10 Masinissa Hand Knotted Rug and I just adore the geometric pattern but also the warmth it adds to the space. It’s perfect for year-round use because the palette is neutral but could look very summer-y if I change up the bedding or look cozy and warm for the winter months. This rug is thick, extremely well made, and I enjoy the pile height because it’s thick enough without being so thick that you trip over the edges. It’s also very cozy to step on barefoot.

For the bed, I have three different looks. This is the first look:

My Bedroom Redux By Pine Cone Hill and Dash & Albert

On the bed I have the Queen Esha Sheet Set, 1 standard pair of white classic ruffled pillowcases, 1 Full/Queen Stone Washed Linen Pearl Grey Duvet Cover, and at the foot, the Full/Queen Matte Velvet Glacier Quilt. For throw pillows, I have the Ibiza Shale Decorative Pillow and the 20″ Rajasthan Decorative Pillow. In the basket to the left of the bed, you can barely see it above but I have an extra blanket for cold nights, there is a Full/Queen Gradation Ticking Blanket which you can see below laid out on the bed.

My Bedroom Redux By Pine Cone Hill and Dash & Albert

I love all of the texture. That is a decorating must-have in a bedroom especially. TEXTURE. It’s sensual and inviting. Stacked near the right side of the bed (you can see in the first image at the very top of this post) is a euro-size Nimbus Slate Matelassé Sham and a giant Selke Fleece Slipper Pink Decorative Pillow which my son loves to pull out and lay on (he’s two). Here they are shown on the bed for a good view.

My Bedroom Redux By Pine Cone Hill and Dash & Albert

My Bedroom Redux By Pine Cone Hill and Dash & Albert

A few details above of the bedding, etc. I love having a candle near the bed and some linen spray and a little something natural, a plant or flowers. You too? For the next look, I just made a few subtle shifts in how I’ve dressed the bed using the same pieces.

My Bedroom Redux By Pine Cone Hill and Dash & Albert

For this look, I’ve pulled the Full/Queen Matte Velvet Glacier Quilt over the entire bed to give the bedroom a bit more subtle color and texture. This quilt is absolutely gorgeous, even more so in person, and I adore the color because it reminds me of my favorite place on the planet – the coast! In fact, my bedroom palette is very coastal and I noticed that only after I put everything together and styled it. I stepped back and instantly realized why I’d chosen all of the colors that I did – it’s very natural and coastal without being beach-themed. I just love it. For this look, I also stacked the pillows on top of the other, with the pattern on the bottom and the white crisp pillowcases on top.

My Bedroom Redux By Pine Cone Hill and Dash & Albert

I’m back to reading (and writing) poetry again thanks to a dear friend, so all I do lately is read poems. I’ve become a bit obsessed by it in fact. It makes me feel more alive and in touch with my feelings and that of others. It’s making me more imaginative again too and open to others. Poetry is a beautiful thing to read before bed, don’t get into bed with your phone, get in bed with a book of romantic poetry and a cup of tea, a candle and kick back. That’s such a beautiful way to close the day.

My Bedroom Redux By Pine Cone Hill and Dash & Albert

More detail above. Stitch work, woven carpet, velvet, linen. I love it all. Here is the third look below. Again, subtle but still nice. The framed prints are from Minted and The Poster Club.

My Bedroom Redux By Pine Cone Hill and Dash & Albert

For this look, I exposed the linen duvet again, put the velvet cover back at the foot and placed the patterned pillowcases in the front and added the pillows stacked by the right side of the bed onto the bed – so you can see the pillow and slate pillows there. I didn’t add the striped pillow or the patterned pillow to this look. I kept it very simply and relaxed. I love the drama from the big gray pillow, it feels very dominant but also quite masculine and cozy.

My Bedroom Redux By Pine Cone Hill and Dash & Albert

So here are those three looks again. Which one do you like? I like the middle one best, but I do love the addition of that slate sham to the far left. All looks are very subtle but I like that you can just switch up so little but give the room a fresh look. When I finished dressing the bed this morning, my little boy came in and started stroking the velvet cover on the bed and laid on it and said, “Pretty, mama, prettttty”. He really liked it and kept touching everything, he was so appreciative of the bedroom redux, too.

By the way, if you see anything that you’d like to buy shown above, their Presidents’ Day sale for 20% off is valid through midnight PST tonight only and free shipping. So don’t delay! Also, visit the Fresh American blog from Annie Selke, the lady behind these brands.

(Photographs: Thorsten Becker, Holly Becker. Styling: Holly Becker. Text: Holly Becker)

This bedroom redux was brought to you by Pine Cone Hill and Dash & Albert. All opinions and product choices are my own.

 






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Tabletop: Early Flowering Spring Party Ideas

February 10, 2016

Hello dear blog readers, this is Anke with my monthly tabletop column for decor8. How are you? I hope 2016 started off well for all of you! Are you enjoying wintertime or longing for spring like I am? 
At our home, it has been the same process as years past. I cannot replace the glitzy Christmas decorations with plain elements and early bloomers quick enough. So, here are some spring tabletop ideas for you!

Tabletop: Early Flowering Spring Party Ideas

My table is set in bright colors with white tulips, hyacinths, and snowdrops. Light-colored wood, glassware, and straight, clean shapes give your table decoration a modern, Scandinavian look. 
The great thing is that one doesn’t have to spend much money on it! Jam and preserving jars in different sizes will act perfectly as flower vases, and there is good news for those who like the tablecloth. It’s from IKEA from their 365+ collection.

Tabletop: Early Flowering Spring Party Ideas

I chose small enamel cups to plant the snowdrops. Look for similar vintage ones at the flea market. Enamelware from Falcon would be just as beautiful, as would their mugs or mini tumblers.

Tabletop: Early Flowering Spring Party Ideas

Of course I had to put something playful on the wall again. Keeping up with the latest trend I went with a pennant wall hanging. There is special t-shirt transfer paper that allows you to print text or an image of your choice and iron it onto fabric. Check your local craft store – just ask one of the employees for fabric transfer paper. Easy-peasy! For the next step I cut the fabric to size, created a fold at the top and stitched, then folded in the bottom edges and ironed it, then sewed the hem at the short end of the pennant. To finish this DIY, just thread a wooden stick or even a cooking spoon through the hole you’ve created. Add baking string to the top to hang.

Tabletop: Early Flowering Spring Party Ideas

The small culinary delight on each guest’s plate was juicy lemon-rosemary-cake. If you like the combination of fruity cake and sweet garden herbs you should definitely have a look at the Lemon & Thyme Syrup Cake from Holly’s new columnist Emma. I will be giving it a try soon, that’s for sure!

Tabletop: Early Flowering Spring Party Ideas

Tabletop: Early Flowering Spring Party Ideas

Tabletop: Early Flowering Spring Party Ideas

I wish you all a beautiful month of February! I am looking forward to meeting you here again on decor8 at the beginning of March! – Anke

(Photography, Styling, Text: Anke Illner. Editor: Jessica Senti)






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Tabletop: Ideas For An Elegant Holiday

December 21, 2015

Hello dear decor8 readers, how are you today, right before Christmas? This is Anke visiting you while Holly is recovering from eye surgery while simaltaneously finished her fourth book with Leslie Shewring. Yeah, really. So I’m back today with my monthly tabletop inspiration column. I don’t know about you, but I’m in countdown mode with a long “to do” list to handle but what about you – are you rushing around too or are you laid back with all preparations done already? While enjoying a rare break on my sofa the other day I discovered a beautiful DIY story with embroidery frames in Living at Home Magazine. At that moment I knew how my December table decoration for decor8 should look like. So here I am with a festive tabletop idea for you!

Tabletop: Ideas For An Elegant Holiday

I chose the Christmas rose (Hellebore) to be the picture motif for the frames. I like this white blooming plant a lot and here in Germany you can buy them almost everywhere in a pot at the moment. I took three different pictures of my Hellebore, printed the images in different sizes on a paper with a linen structure (bought in a shop Continue Reading…






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