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I’m Loving: White Brick Walls

July 9, 2013

Hey everyone! 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)






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New! Sweet Paul Kids Issue

May 1, 2013

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!

New! Sweet Paul Kids Issue

New! Sweet Paul Kids Issue

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)






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Inspired By Plants

April 5, 2013

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.)






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Craft Storage on IKEA RIBBA Ledges

March 13, 2013

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 on IKEA RIBBA Ledges

Craft Storage on IKEA RIBBA Ledges

Craft Storage on IKEA RIBBA Ledges

Craft Storage on IKEA RIBBA Ledges

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)






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First View: House Doctor Spring 2013

December 17, 2012

Ready to see the never-been-blogged House Doctor collection for Spring 2013? Of course you are! My dear Danish friend and neighbor, Tinna Pedersen of Agentur Pedersen in Hannover, Germany also happens to be the rep for them in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. This is why I always give decor8 readers first peeks at their latest collections – yeah, I have connections baby! :)

First View: House Doctor Spring 2013

Anyway, let us explore the pages of their new catalog together, shall we? See if you can spot any trends for Spring! I’m seeing lovely pastel tones punctuated by their more saturated friends like emerald which is the Pantone color of the year for 2013 with shots of fleshy peach tones, mint, indigo, black, gray and loads of white with hints of copper – yum!

First View: House Doctor Spring 2013

First View: House Doctor Spring 2013

First View: House Doctor Spring 2013

First View: House Doctor Spring 2013

First View: House Doctor Spring 2013

First View: House Doctor Spring 2013

First View: House Doctor Spring 2013

First View: House Doctor Spring 2013

First View: House Doctor Spring 2013

First View: House Doctor Spring 2013

First View: House Doctor Spring 2013

First View: House Doctor Spring 2013

I just love House Doctor stuff, they are really a leader when it comes to trends in Denmark – I constantly see their collections first and then notice everyone else jumping on the same bandwagon with similar products – which shows me what a leader of the pack they really are and I love that. I think the House Doctor ladies are such an inspiration.

I’m excited for the things that springtime brings, aren’t you? I can’t wait to pick up a few of those bell jars from House Doctor and some black accessories for my home. I’m looking forward to decorating for Spring, too. I’ve decided to redecorate a few of my rooms in the Spring so I’m starting to think about my plan of action and it definitely includes changing up the colors a bit. I’m excited to start first with a mood board and build from there. I’ll show you the results in March or April.

Have a lovely day! I’ll be back in a moment with a special video we shot earlier this year in NYC of me and my friend Leslie Shewring teaching a Blogging Your Way workshop in Soho and then I’ll be wrapping up for the year since I plan to begin vacation tomorrow until January 7th. Back in a moment with that video. Loads of love! xo Holly

(images: house doctor)






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Decorating Is My Garden

October 11, 2012

What brings you joy in your home? How do you keep it fresh? Where do you keep the objects that speak to you and bring comfort? I have my favorite things mostly on shelves where I can see them or in cabinets with glass doors. I also try to keep my cherished possessions together vs. spread about all over my home because then my house doesn’t become too cluttered or a pain to keep clean.

Decorating Is My Garden

Containing my collections is also good for times when I want a little decorating therapy. What I mean by this is that oftentimes, when I feel stressed, I will ‘tinker’ about with my things much like a gardener will disappear in the yard weeding or tending to plants, picking off dead leaves or snipping away wilted and crusty bits.

I’m not much of a gardener, so I tend to my home. I enjoy playing around with the arrangements of things and like to rearrange often so that the energy is forever flowing. When I keep objects in a single place for too long my space begins to feel stagnant, so I shuffle stuff around to loosen the energy and set things flowing freely — and properly — again.

I don’t like a sluggish vibe at home, it holds me back. When I’m tinkering, I often consider the objects and whether I can edit some things out and mix others in to provide a better energy or a different feeling to the space. I work with color this way, too.

How do you approach redecorating, rearranging, or “tinkering” about in your home? I often wonder if others view decorating as a sort of therapy, do you? Does your home ever feel like it is stagnant and when it does, do you decorate to loosen the soil (so to speak)?

(image: holly becker for decor8)






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