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DAY Birger et Mikkelsen Home

This is such a gorgeous autumn color palette! DAY Birger et Mikkelsen is a Danish label known for their amazing fashion but did you know that they also have a well-curated collection of goods for the home? Their current campaign is called Quirky Autumn and I just love it with the smokey shades of blue, gray…. vintage charm, extremely tactile, a few classic designs from the 60s, some ethnic “raw” pieces made of wood, silhouette art work, embroidery, lots of handmade charm — we all are so drawn to these things because they feel so real and in some ways connect us back to our childhood…

DAY Birger et Mikkelsen Home

DAY Birger et Mikkelsen Home

DAY Birger et Mikkelsen Home

This is definitely a look/palette that many designers are gravitating towards right now — Sibella Court, TineK Home, House Doctor, DAY Birger et Mikkelsen, West Elm, Anthropologie, etc. The mix of high and low, old and new is currently popular but I believe that it has real staying power — like denim jeans — in the sense that you can see a living room in these colors, in this style, in 5 years and it would still be just as lovely and cozy and not at all appear dated or, “Sooooo 2010″ as I imagine some current trends will look and feel years from now. Like denim, this look is clean, natural, casual and lasting since it is a mix of periods, cultures, and mostly neutral tones which you really can never go wrong with.

What do you think of these colors, textures and combinations?

(images: DAY Birger et Mikkelsen)

Posted in Decorating Tips, trends on September 16, 2010

House & Home Design Contest 2010

Canadian House & Home (a lovely magazine that I miss since moving to the other side of the world!) is hosting their annual Design Contest once again. This is one winning entry from last year that I loved – the bathroom is gorgeous, don’t you think? I adore the graphic floral wallpaper in black and white, so fresh and clean, with that red chair adding just the perfect bit of color to break things up. It’s a truly lovely space. And the tub! Oh how nice to paint it black and to use those gorgeous tiles on the floor. I think the bathroom is the one room in the house that I don’t mind looking absolutely catalog-perfect. I don’t know, I expect other rooms in the house to feel lived-in, but the bathroom I always expect to be simple, clean, spa-like and styled perfectly. I don’t like a lot of clutter in a bathroom, less is more! That is why this space appeals to me.

House & Home Design Contest '10

If you feel you have what it takes to enter their design contest this year, why not click here to learn more about it and to see what you could win. Go for it, why not? You may walk away with a nice prize and a feature in their smart magazine.

House & Home Design Contest '10

Simply take a photo of any space you have renovated or decorated yourself and enter it into any of the six categories that it would fit in — like the best use of color, kitchen, best budget style, small space, best house and best decorating, Remember, read the contest rules first and note: you must enter and submit your photos online by October 13th and the contest is open to only residents of Canada. That means the rest of us have to simply wish our Canadian friends the best of luck and wait for the big reveal online! Until then, here are some more smart rooms from the magazine that I found interesting enough to share today. Do any of these rooms speak to you?

House & Home Design Contest '10

House & Home Design Contest '10

Bold never grows old, does it? Above I’m seeing a little Palm Beach, a little Morocco, some coastal blues, and some over the top graphics. It’s all so, so good.

Do you ever watch House & Home TV online? It’s great, especially when you don’t have design television (me!) and only have the web to turn to for design programs. I love their design editor and host Cameron MacNeil — I’ve followed his work for years now since he was super young and love watching him now on video, he’s even better than I had imagined!

(images: house & home)

Posted in Decorating Tips on August 24, 2010

All In The Details!

I was just talking about how I want to decorate my bedroom first when I move over on haus maus since I’ve been pulling together interior inspiration in binders and in file folders on my desktop…. You know, all of the beginnings of any decor project! And I was thinking about all of the little details that really MAKE a room. It’s so exciting to move and have all of these visions in my mind soon to be realized but it’s funny, when I think of decorating I do consider foundation pieces (sofa, flooring, window treatments) important but above those, I consider the little details even more so. The sofa matters (it’s the most important piece of furniture in the living room just as the bed is the key piece in the bedroom), but it’s what I have around the sofa and on it (a soft throw, some pillows) that I delight in hunting and gathering as I begin a decorating project. I love the details, right down to the fine stitch work on a cushion or the beads carefully sewn around the edges of a curtain. It’s all in the details, baby!

All in the details

While searching for interiors inspiration I came across the home of Ingrid and Vidar from the Fjeldborg blog and fell in love with her space because she is detail-oriented too. I found Ingrid via Jeanette who runs the lovely Fryd+Design blog and well, I fell in love with the sugar sweetness of Ingrid’s decor. I have a bit of a different direction in mind for my own space, but there are definitely parts of this home that inspire me. I hope it inspires you today, too.

All in the details

About her home Ingrid says, “I like both the one and the other: white and shiny, rough and worn, black, pastel, retro, real wood floors, painted panel… I love flea market finds and painting projects, and at times I am good friends with the sewing machine.”

All in the details

Bonus: Like what you see? Jeanette photographed this home for her upcoming second issue of her e-mag so watch this page for that issue to appear around September 1st. I can’t wait! I love Jeanette’s online magazine soooo much.

All in the details

I’m on deadline all week with the Decorate book so blog posts will be a bit more tortoise-like and less hare-like, but I’ll be doing my best to get up a post or two each day between now and Friday. Bare with me! :)

(images: ingrid from fjeldborg blog)

Posted in Decorating Tips on August 24, 2010

We’re Movin’ On Up

The movers came! The movers came! They gave us an estimate on our October 1st move and I’m thrilled because it’s a little under budget and that is always a good thing. So it’s done, we are packing during the month of September and heading around the corner to our new place. I can’t wait. Okay that’s the understatement of the year. I CAN’T WAIT. That’s better. It needed to be all in caps because I’m in an all caps mood today. I feel like screaming from the rooftops, but I’ll scream out into blogland instead — I’m moving! I’m moving! Yay, yay, yay! Are you moving soon too? Are you equally thrilled?

Interior Styling Group on Flickr

{images: ethanollie, mes petites curiosites, jessalyn hope (notice the kitty on the bed? cute!), a few things from my life, jardino Me and Live Bohemian}

It feels so good to know that I’ll be living in my big new pad soon with lots of decorating projects to work on, a shiny new office to call my own, and a guest bedroom and guest bath for friends — I feel like my life is starting to come together after living in Germany for a year now and being a bit in limbo. I am not homesick at all, but I am tired of living in our former vacation apartment because it was never meant to be our full-time digs. I furnished it for vacation purposes only, so lots of IKEA and stuff from big box stores, and then flea market finds and things from local shops but still — it’s mostly IKEA and though I don’t mind a piece or two, I really miss the feeling my former home had because I had accumulated lots of mid century pieces and some pretty Room & Board stuff over time, along with Eames chairs and lots of art and stuff… So my home felt more like home, with feeling and warmth because it took time to pull it all together and lots of searching for the “right” piece. In my next place, I plan to take time to furnish it and slowly sell off the IKEA stuff from this vacation flat and slowly build my life back up again — my home decor life anyway. It took us a little longer than I expected to find the perfect place to move into, but the wait and frustration are over and the time has come to start packin’ (insert celebratory gesture, like a fist pump, here) and plannin’,and  decoratin’ and shoppin’ (mostly flea markets and eBay)… we’re movin’ on up people!

Interior Styling Group on Flickr

{images: Kristena Derrick, Studio Meez, Les Tissus Colbert, Dottie Angel, l’aria and Mundo Flo.}

If you’ve followed this blog for some time you’ll recall that back in June of 2009, I packed an entire house in New Hampshire, minus the furniture which I sold, to relocate to Germany and my boxes arrived in October 2009 and guess what? Those boxes are still waiting in our basement to be unpacked. I don’t even know what is in them anymore, I mean I know my wardrobe is down there, and my art work, and all the things that I love and need — but I badly want to open them and organize my life because I crave to have places to put everything and to have some kind of inventory system. When I need a stamp and envelope, I want to go to my mail drawer. When I need supplies to make cupcakes, I want to refer to my baking cabinet. When I need to find a back issue of Domino magazine, I want to go into my office, open a cabinet, and find them neatly cataloged there. Are you with me on this? It’s nice to know where your stuff is!

Interior Styling Group on Flickr

{images: Les Tissus Colbert, Les Tissus Colbert (what can I say, I love Karin’s work!), Emma Lamb and Jutta.}

So yes, very soon my chaotic two room apartment lifestyle with both of us working full-time from home will come to a happy ending. My office is currently in the living room, his is in our bedroom – a real romance killer all around because candlelight dinners have been replaced with my laptop and piles of paperwork! Today is a very good day friends because of those darn movers — the move is on – and I say bring it!

Interior Styling Group on Flickr

{images: ish & chi, ish & chi, wood & wool stool, Facily Sencillo, Miss Vu, jardino Me, ATLITW and Wood & Wool Stool.}

Okay so what is this post really about anyway, besides me, me and more me? Ha! I know, right? Well it’s about home and the importance of feeling at home, having a space that supports you and your lifestyle, and being productive at home — which usually involves being organized because the more organized you are, the less time you spend wondering where something is and the more time you spend on using it to create stuff (a shelf, a piece of art, a cake).  Do you agree?

In this post, I’ve rounded up some spaces from the many creative contributors to my Interior Styling group on Flickr (over 2,350 members!) to share some inspiring rooms and nooks with you today. Perhaps these corners will get your wheels turning for the weekend — a new project to try, a cabinet to organize, a flower arrangement to pull together as a centerpiece for your table. No matter what little improvements you make at home, they all add up and serve as real well-being boosts so why not make some time this weekend to give your home a chance to make you a bit happier? I have about 10 minutes to myself this weekend, but I plan to sit down and draw up some floor plans for my new place so I can get a sense of what I have, what I need and just so I can have crazy fun playing around with ideas because isn’t it exciting to move and decorate? Weeee!

(images linked to their sources above)

Posted in Decorating Tips on August 20, 2010

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