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Homes & Gardens: Details, My Dear!

I felt inspired by a few rooms found in Homes & Gardens today and thought I’d share 6 of my favorites with some notes as to where you can locate some of the things that you see. I think it really is all in the details when it comes to decorating and making a house a home and not a boring box showroom. One thing I am learning all over again through new eyes while working in homes of those whom I admire is how much attention to detail they really paid when decorating their rooms. No stone is left unturned. In some homes I’ve styled, I’ve unearthed some treasures in boxes and even closets that made me drool — so many little things that homeowner’s have, each with a story, is really what makes a home a meaningful, supportive space. Maybe some of these images below will give you some inspiration, decorating ideas, or just a deeper appreciation for what I’m talking about. And maybe, while looking at them, you can think of some of the little things you have around you at home and remember why they are there and what memories they bring.

Homes & Gardens

Window film on glass (better than soap film!) with lettering from Brume.

Homes & Gardens

Curtain in Circolo 2220-01 by Ulf Moritz at Sahco Hesslein, chair cushion in Nabucco Rosefrom Designers Guild.

Homes & Gardens

Fabric on the wall by GP & J Baker.

Homes & Gardens

Birdhouses by Tamar Mogendorff.

Homes & Gardens

Magnetic lining under wallpaper by Magscapes. Wall flower magnets from Umbra.

Homes & Gardens

Oratoria wallpaper from Osborne & Little resembles distressed plasterwork on stone.

House & Garden

Beata natural linen shade from Pinch. Itia wooden screen Lombok. Bowls from Daniel Smith at Eskandar.

Spot a photo that makes you think, “Hmmmm…. I can try that!” Or? Your thoughts?

(images: homes & gardens UK)

Posted in Decorating Tips on June 14, 2010

Martensen Jones Interiors

I recently had a chat with Jan from Martensen Jones Interiors and she arranged to have all of these beautiful images from their portfolio sent my way to inspire decor8 readers today. I also asked her a few questions about Martensen Jones in Dallas, which has been in practice for four years, to learn more about this design studio and so you can find my questions and her replies below.

Manny Rodriques

Manny Rodriques

First, a little about the lovely ladies behind the firm. “Lisa Martensen and Jan Jones have each worked in the advertising, editorial, and retail industry for over 25 years as make-up, fashion, and interior stylists. Lisa has a degree in Interior Design and Jan has a BFA in Art History.”

Steve Karlisch

What inspires you both? FASHION! Also movies, travel… staying in beautifully designed hotels, museums, architecture, nature: the colors of the sky and water. Who are some of your favorite interior designers? Vincente Wolf, John Saladino, Susan Ferrier, Suzanne Kasler, Thomas O’Brien, David Hicks, Billy Baldwin, Michael Taylor and John Dickinson.

Steve Karlisch

Steve Karlisch

What are some quick design tips you can give decor8 readers today?

  • Go with white slipcovered sofas… the easiest to maintain because they don’t fade and can be laundered and bleached.
  • Every room needs black and punches of WHITE.
  • Every chair needs a place to set a drink.
  • If you can’t afford good art, buy a great mirror.
  • Never buy an antique unless you can use it.
  • Seagrass is like a classic pair of khakis.
  • Never underestimate good accessories…they are like a great pair of shoes!
  • Skirts on upholstered furniture make a room less nervous.
  • Even a period room needs a mod piece to shake it up.
  • Buy good quality and buy once.
  • Educate yourself.

“They attribute their vision and sense of style in their design of interior spaces to their extensive travels, passion for found objects, and experience behind the camera.”

Steve Karlisch

Steve Karlisch

Ladies can you please give us a list of trends that are currently hot…

  • White French plaster
  • Wallpaper
  • Brutally modern lighting
  • Cerused oak
  • Modern wicker
  • European rustic
  • Jade green
  • Bollywood glamour
  • Navy blue
  • All shades of pink
  • All shades of gray

“Their eclectic approach is classic, contemporary, global, and comfortable which often results in pairing a pedigreed antique with an economical piece. The final product can result in rooms that are timeless, have style and are fresh and personal.”

Manny Rodriques

Manny Rodriques

Manny Rodriques

Manny Rodriques

Manny Rodriques

Manny Rodriques

Manny Rodriques

Manny Rodriques

Thanks for visiting us today on decor8 and thank you for the tips and the gorgeous glimpses into your portfolio.

(images: blue/green kids room: Manny Rodriquez and all others: Steve Karlisch)

Posted in Decorating Tips, designers on June 10, 2010

Olioboard: Moodboard App

I wrote about Olioboard today over at Real Simple but in case you didn’t see it I have to show and tell here too! Olioboard is a new web app for creating your own moodboards online that you can save, share and also click on products to shop for them. It’s such a clever app that I’m sure many of you will like. I bet this will be one of those, “Oh why did Holly have to tell me about THIS?” websites though because I imagine it could be a major time robber. But hey, have fun (and free!) and perhaps after trying it a bit you can let me know what you think.


Note: The above board was not created by me, it was made by a Olioboard member.

I just created an account called decor8, if you want to connect with me there. See you at Olioboard!

(image: olioboard)

Posted in Decorating Tips on June 09, 2010

Stylist Lotta Agaton

Today I am inspired by a few views from the portfolio of Swedish interiors stylist Lotta Agaton and I think you may enjoy roaming her portfolio today too… Isn’t the first image in all this orange-y goodness so refreshing? It’s how I want to spend afternoons all summer long…

The cabinet made from salvaged wood is gorgeous. I also like seeing the famous cow parsley wallpaper in bold black and white in the bedroom. Black and white never goes out of style, does it?

What a curious arrangement of things. I love examining collections that I see in photographs to try to piece together why the homeowner has arranged them in a certain way, I wonder if there is a story that they are trying to communicate or? I like the LOVE letters, they appeared to be hand carved which is a really nice touch.

This laundry room is so fresh and inspiring, it makes me want to do laundry which is usually something I try to put off doing until the last possible moment. I love that Lotta even coordinated what is on the television with the room when styling this shot. Clever!

Any specific shots that you like? Why? Identifying why you are drawn to something is a first step in composing your own personal style at home. Once you know what you like and why, you are on your way to shopping better (and with a purpose!) and having more fun when it comes to decision-making in regards to furnishings and accessories.

(images: lotta agaton)

Posted in Decorating Tips on June 01, 2010


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