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I’m Loving: White Brick Walls

Hey everyone! You know, after reading Gudy’s microtrend report (here) about bread and brick, I thought about her closing question when she asked what trends are we spotting…. And I thought about it… And for me, I’m seeing painted brick as trendy, especially painted in white. Have you noticed that too? Seems that lots of people are painting brick walls or brick fireplaces white these days. And though it is HARD (some say nearly impossible) to ever restore the brick back to its original glory, many who do go with painted brick are fine with that – they are content to keep it painted for years to come. Last year, we photographed a loft in SOHO and the homeowner had amazing brick walls that she painted in a very deep eggplant. I’m not a fan of purple walls, but in her home, it looked almost black until the light came in and wow – it was magical. For me, when it comes to brick, I love seeing it painted in black, gray or my favorite, white. Here are some examples of white brick walls that I love. For more inspiration showing rooms with white brick walls and fireplaces, visit my White Brick pinboard!

I'm Loving: White Brick Walls

via: micasa

I'm Loving: White Brick Walls

via: Kevc

I'm Loving: White Brick Walls

via: Parlour Treats

I'm Loving: White Brick Walls

via: Small space living in Japan

I'm Loving: White Brick Walls

via: Dwell Studio

I'm Loving: White Brick Walls

via: Bungalow Classic

I'm Loving: White Brick Walls

via: Fritz Hansen

I'm Loving: White Brick Walls

via: Pretty Stuff

I'm Loving: White Brick Walls

via: the red house

I'm Loving: White Brick Walls

via: 79 ideas

I'm Loving: White Brick Walls

via: home decor obsession

So what do YOU think? Would you consider painting brick walls or is that, to you, the ultimate taboo – like painting an antique piece of furniture? Or have you done it and love the results? Are you a little on the fence? 

(images: linked to their sources above)

Posted in Decorating Tips on July 09, 2013

New! Sweet Paul Kids Issue

I’m was so excited when Paul Lowe asked me to be a contributor to his very special issue for Kids that just released, thank you Paul! Inside this issue, I wrote an article about decorating for kids and how to go about it in an easy and fun way for you and your child. I loved writing the article and included only rooms that I styled for my book, photographed by Debi Treloar, to illustrate some of my tips. It came out so cute, thank you Paul for having me!

Decorating For Kids by Holly Becker

Decorating For Kids by Holly Becker

To read the article and see the rest of his beautiful magazine, please click here and turn to page 49. The image above is from the home of Sania Pell in London, I loved working in that room for my second book, thank you Sania – it was such a sweet little place to play. The other rooms are from homes I styled for Decorate Workshop in Paris, Den Hague, Amsterdam and London.

Congrats Paul on another lovely magazine!

(image: debi treloar)

Posted in Decorating Tips on May 01, 2013

Inspired By Plants

I have been positively obsessed with plants lately, from house plants to the balcony garden and beyond. I don’t know what’s come over me! I’m a fresh flowers girl and okay, total succulent lover, but plants? Plants remind me of the late 70s and 80s when my mother was hanging them around in her macrame holders that she made with her girlfriends. Plants remind me of my years in corporate when a plant was the closest thing we start up geeks ever came to nature. Plants kinda felt dated  over the past ten years or so and it’s sorta sad that our little green friends have gotten a bad rap. NOT anymore. Greenery has pulled out its big guns lately and is popping up all over. I predict people are going to start decorating with plants more and more, are you feeling that too? I have no clue why stuff like this happens but it just does and when I happen to LIKE a trend, I just roll with it. Plus, having plants in the house is totally healthy.

Inspired By Plants

I started a little plants pinboard to fan the flames of desire with hopes it will not only motivate me to water the ones that I have but to also inspire a visit to the garden shop. AND (warning: big plans for this city girl) if it EVER stops being so stupid outside, I’m going to totally go all Isabelle Palmer on you and churn out an actual balcony garden. I met Isabelle, a lovely British author, at my Anthropologie book signing in London recently, and she gave me copies of her new book – The Balcony Gardener – in both English and German (Mein Balkongarten). I’m so inspired by her book – it definitely got me pumped for spring despite that it’s still winter in April. I tell ya though, the second temps rise, I’m going for it and turning my balcony into something that doesn’t look like a scary eye sore.

Inspired By Plants

I love this image from Nicole Franzen that I found on SFGirlByBay. Gorgeous!

Inspired By Plants

Ok and this image from photographer Nicole Franzen, too.

Inspired By Plants

Sorry, last one – but Nicole’s portfolio is stunning and lots! of! plants!

Inspired By Plants

This is from Seesaw and wow, I just loved how they set up this shot by collecting greenery from their backyard.

Inspired By Plants

This indoor/outdoor plant sanctuary shown in Skona Hem makes my heart turn to mush. I love this so so SO much.

Inspired By Plants

The home of Sophie Schellekens as seen on Design Skool is so pretty and casual, but I especially like this relaxed shot in the window with feet up and a big plant nearby.

Until my home has more plants and my balcony is an urban oasis, I always have Pinterest for dreaming and ok, Kinfolk mag because honestly, Kinfolk people are total plant people, right!?

(images: collaged: svermeri, shelterness, a beach cottage, william dangar & associates.)

Posted in Decorating Tips on April 05, 2013

Craft Storage on IKEA RIBBA Ledges

I decided on Monday that I needed to freshen up the picture ledges from IKEA (called RIBBA) in my work studio for Spring so I did a little shuffle around. Now I’m displaying favorite books and prints, ribbons from House Doctor on wooden spools that I use frequently along with washi masking tape. I have more tape but store the extra rolls in the drawers of this cabinet so my shelves aren’t overloaded. I made the inspiration book you see by taping in papers and images from magazines that inspire me. Nothing complicated, just a casual display that is both pretty and practical in a corner of my work studio. Here are the results.

Craft storage

craft room storage as display

craft room storage as display

Craft storage

That pretty yellow butterfly on the doily and papers taped to my wall was made by Leslie Shewring. I made the paper flowers and used thumbtacks that I painted with nail polish as the centers (DIY here).

How do you display your pretty things in your work room?

(images: holly becker for decor8)

Posted in Decorating Tips on March 13, 2013

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