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Gorgeous Rotterdam Home

Do you love open plan living? Then you’ll enjoy this home. It was such a treat to see this space in Rotterdam photographed for Houzz by the lovely Holly Marder, an American living in the Netherlands who writes a blog called Avenue. I don’t read Houzz regularly but I do read Holly’s blog, so I was so excited to see this home pop up today on her site. She is also such a doll, she visited me in Hannover last year and will come again in the Fall, she is my newest blogger pal. I love the dining room that opens into the kitchen, such a light and bright space. I think what really wows me is the overall architecture, I mean look at those windows! To die for!

Avenue

Avenue

Avenue

This three-story, 2,368 square feet, 19th-century home is located in Rotterdam and along with the neighboring row of houses, was awarded the 2012 Rotterdam Architecture Prize for modern urban renewal. Wouldn’t you LOVE to take an old building and gut renovate it? MY DREAM is to do this.

In fact, I am currently on the look out for something in Hannover so we’ll see, perhaps in a year or two decor8 will turn into Holly Becker’s Home Renovation blog. :) Oh boy! I wonder what you guys would think of THAT?

See more on Houzz and on Avenue. Enjoy!

(images: holly marder)

Posted in Home Tours, inspiration on April 17, 2013

Stylist Kim Timmerman

Have you ever been on Pinterest (follow me here!) when, almost suddenly, a bunch of your contacts start pinning the same image, but they aren’t even following each other?!? What??!  You click and click and cannot figure out how or what inspired the massive click-a-thon because it couldn’t possibly be chance… Well, whatever the cause, this happened to me today and though I have no clue what inspired the sudden click fest, I decided to write about the person behind the photo on my blog to shout out their work so they don’t get lost on Pinterest. Today, I’m highlighting Dutch freelance stylist, Kim Timmerman. See what inspires you about her work below – anything stand out?

K.Zimmerman

K.Zimmerman

K.Zimmerman

K.Zimmerman

K.Zimmerman

K.Zimmerman

K.Zimmerman

K.Timmerman

If you missed it, scroll back up and pay particular attention to how she uses plates in her work – on walls, tables, as almost a sort of mood board — really nice! I also like the stitched paper plates in the heart motif (too cute – you could hang a bunch of these on the wall for your next anniversary party!). The white desk (I have the exact same desk) on the concrete floor with the plant chart above it and the wooden industrial stool caught my eye too.

Kim is available for hire – from concept to production and styling, she’s got your covered. You can contact here via her website here: Contact.

Lovely, inspiring work, Kim!

(images: kim timmerman)

Posted in inspiration on April 05, 2013

NEW: Mollie Makes Handmade Wedding Magazine

My friends over at Mollie Makes magazine just announced a special one off magazine they’ve created called Handmade Wedding that will release in the UK on April 4th and it’s just beautiful. I love blogging about inspirational magazines because I want print to stay alive forever and ever! There is a little preview snippet online if you’d like to view it here: Preview Mollie Makes Handmade Wedding. And of course, my wee snippet below.

Mollie Makes Handmade Weddings

Mollie Makes Handmade Weddings

This is a stunning cover, don’t you think? I love the shimmering daylight the layout and various fonts – very pretty.

Mollie Makes Handmade Weddings

Gorgeous table of contents layout, I particularly love the fabric along the bottom edge.

Mollie Makes Handmade Weddings

Really sweet DIY projects from the talented sister duo, Eunice and Sabrina Moyle, over at Hello Lucky. They also happen to author a book under the same name as this magazine, Handmade Weddings. I love their adorable video on YouTube, have you seen it before?

Mollie Makes Handmade Weddings

Oooooh paper flowers. I love paper flowers. My mother and I made a ton of these for my bridal shower before I got married… She is the tissue paper flower QUEEN.

Mollie Makes Handmade Weddings

Super pretty colors!

Mollie Makes Handmade Weddings

Oh my gosh this couple is adorable. Could his suit be any cooler (or MORE British)? A-D-O-R-E.

Mollie Makes Handmade Weddings

More beauty to be inspired by…

Mollie Makes Handmade Weddings

Could Irish homewares designer Abigail Ryan look more gorgeous? I loved seeing her wedding day in this mag. As a side point, I cannot WAIT until she debuts her wallpaper line in May – (see a tiny glimpse on her blog). I’d love that pattern on the wall in my bedroom – gorgeous.

Mollie Makes Handmade Weddings

A gorgeous floral arranging DIY… Never can have enough flowers in our life!

About this magazine, “This beautiful one-off special includes real-life weddings, DIY makes and inspiring themes to help you create your own unique wedding day. It’s out on 4 April 2013″ and will be appearing on newsstands in the UK then.

So what do you think?

(images: handmade wedding)

Posted in inspiration on March 29, 2013

Claire Cottrell’s Serene Home

I really enjoy reading Berlin-based website Freunde von Freunden because they bring you back to the real world without overly styled homes and Pinterest perfection. The homes they feature belong to creatives around the world and it’s pretty inspiring to catch glimpses into so many interesting apartments and homes from Berlin to LA and back again. A home that I really connected with recently belongs to online book shop owner, the talented Claire Cottrell who lives in Los Angeles. Though she had just moved in when her home was photographed for this feature, I loved how things were arranged so simply with gentle, gorgeous light caressing every corner. The plants made me happy too.

Claire Cottrell's Serene Home

Claire Cottrell's Serene Home

I’m IN LOVE with her kitchen. The stove, the mint green cabinets, that PACE monochromatic floral print. Ah. This photo makes me miss America so much.

Claire Cottrell's Serene Home

Claire Cottrell's Serene Home

Claire Cottrell's Serene Home

Claire Cottrell's Serene Home

Claire Cottrell's Serene Home

Claire Cottrell's Serene Home

Take a look at the entire feature here and read the lovely interview with Claire. Gives me a happy, serene feeling. Peace is a good thing. Also makes me want to have a second home in California. :) Gray, white, mint, gray with shots of yellow. Perfect.

(Photography: Jessica Comingore for fvonf)

Posted in inspiration on March 14, 2013

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