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8 Things I Found This Weekend

There are often so many things that I do or see during the weekend that never make it to my blog or even to Instagram. I often wonder why don’t I share on decor8 as freely as I once did, why do I think everything needs it’s own post and tons of hours devoted to pulling together a review? When I got started as a blogger 9 years ago, I blogged so frequently and my recipe was usually that I’d produce a few big stories each week, a few mid-size ones, and then a bunch of quickies here and there. While everyone else is talking about slow blogging at the moment, I just want to go my own way and blog more frequently and share what I see, but not necessarily make every post one that took me a day to pull together. So in honor of the blogger I once was, who I now want to become again, I’m going to blog daily and just follow my heart. Not every post will be something major, but at least I can use this space to do what I do best – spotlight all of the things that I love and to do it freely and somewhat easily.

Here are 8 lovely things that I found this weekend:

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1. Me&Mats jewelry. I was sent a beautiful necklace, Mister Grey, as a gift and wore it with my new oversized beige cashmere sweater, a pair of jeans and my new boots with neon indigo blue trim. I felt like a million bucks in this necklace. I truly love it.
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2. A stack of Anthology magazines that I was missing in my collection. Gosh I love this magazine so much.

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3. These fun little Hoptimist figures from Concept Room are finally unpacked and ready to put somewhere in my home. They are so sweet and bouncy. One is definitely going into the baby’s room for his shelf (the ones he cannot reach yet!).

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4. A kit from always inspiring Studio Calico. I love laying out everything and just looking at it. Ahhhh.

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5. My quilt is finished! I’ve been working on this quilt for an embarrassingly long time. I decided to send it out to be quilted after I put it all together and it came back looking gorgeous. I’m so happy because this was a lot of work. Now I want to make more. Thank you Brigitte, you did a gorgeous job!

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6. I’m prepping a “foodie” shoot for the decor8 shop. Here you can see some of the things I’ll soon feature above like the gorgeous serving board is from Arayna Jensen, the print from Colour Moon and these gorgeous linen napkins from Celina Mancurti that are to die for. I’m so proud that I stock handmade products that are made so beautifully.

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7. I started looking through my Superfront catalog, choosing my plan of attack for hacking my IKEA cabinets in my office. I’ll let you know what I decide upon. All I can say is that Superfront rocks.

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8. Flipping through Milk Decoration magazine, given to me by my friend who just returned from France. I’m so glad this was part of my weekend. So inspiring.

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And finally, because I haven’t blogged about him in so long… Here is my little Aidan with his daddy. He turned 8 months old on October 9th. He is such a darling boy. He started crawling at 6 months and is standing too but hasn’t walked on his own yet – we’re thinking he’ll start walking at 10 months. He’s so close!!!

So those are 8 things that I found this weekend. I hope you had a nice weekend and found some good stuff too. – Holly

 

Posted in inspiration on October 20, 2014

Happy Family Decorating From Photographer Hans Mossel

I found lots of fun family homes recently in the photography portfolio of Hans Mossel and couldn’t resist sharing some because they represent how lots of us really want to live – a bit cluttered, personal, a little messy, creative and unapologetic. Polished-perfect spaces in all of their gorgeous unattainableness just isn’t cutting it for most of us anymore. At the end of the day you, especially if you have children, you simply want a home that feels like YOU and allows your family to feel supported, cozy and genuinely at home without having to fight with them over keeping it super tidy or free from fingerprints.

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And sure, it can be beautifully decorated, no shame in that, but I find casual creative homes have so much more life – so much more appeal – than slick glossy pads with expensive furnishings that lack personality. Maybe that’s a life phase that we go through when we’re single and young, when impressing others is at the top of our list. But as you enter your thirties and beyond, you just want to be comfortable at home. I’ve always said this, on my blog and in my books but now with an 8-month-old who has been crawling for two months and is trying to walk, well, you can imagine that my decorating style is evolving still and I love it. These fun and quirky spaces, I hope, will inspire you just as they did me. These rooms are happy and family-friendly. Enjoy!

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I love the photography of Hans Mossel, who is located Groningen, Netherlands and shoots for some of the country’s best publications, like magazine VTWonen where I’ve spotted his work before since I’ve been a subscriber for over 5 years. What I’ve shown you is a mere snippet of his work – for more inspiration visit his vast and beautiful portfolio online right here. You can also follow him on Facebook and Instagram @hansmossel too.

What lovely homes with so many details to absorb and try in your own home. Did you spot anything that you liked? I loved the colors – mint, pinky peach, bold orange, blue – so fun!

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Posted in inspiration on October 19, 2014

Photographer Joanna Henderson

I heard only recently that photographer Joanna Henderson has her own website, so I had to peek around. I remember writing about her work first in 2007 and since, think she has developed a really nice body of work – mainly interiors and lifestyle based. I’d like to share with you two “stories” that I particularly enjoyed with my cup of tea this morning. The first was shot by Joanna with stylist Sania Pell and focuses on paint and paper. Although this was shot last Autumn, the look is so timeless that it applies beautifully today. I love these warm, matte neutrals right now, don’t you? They really bring in a spirit of calm and comfort. And of course, the styling work and art direction of Sania is consistently impeccable these days.

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The next story features the photography again of Joanna Henderson only this time, showcasing the styling work of Lisa Brown. This time the focus is on moulds, of all things. It took me by surprise that you could produce such a lovely visual story around such a mundane object. This color palette is truly beautiful. I particularly like the white ceramic moulds but also fancy the vintage tin ones and the stunning cooper mould shown below.

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To see more of Joanna’s photographer and view the work of other stylists with whom she has worked, visit her website here.

What a nice way to begin the week! Now I’m off to teach two classes – one is all about writing a great bio and the other is about how to turn blogging into something that you love again.

See you later today with a big book giveaway!

(images: joanna henderson)

Posted in inspiration on October 13, 2014

Fantastic Apartments By Fantastic Frank

Are you guys frequenting real estate websites like I do? It’s been an obsession of mine for years and years. Ever since the internet was invented. And seriously it’s so fun, it’s like playing House Hunters International from your desk. I love to dream about my alter ego and her life with 5 apartments and homes scattered all over the globe. The beachfront house in LA, the NYC townhouse, the Sydney surf shack, the hideaway in some tropical destination (Bali sounds nice) and the London home away from home. Where would you have homes? Do you dream big like I do, too? For all of the dreamers out there may I suggest visiting Fantastic Frank. This agent has great apartments for sale in mostly Stockholm and Berlin (and coming soon, Munich!) and man,they are sweet. Here are a few impressions to linger over.

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I love how they are pimping out these places thanks to their team of interior stylists, gorgeous! What a fun job, too right???

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Posted in inspiration on October 07, 2014

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