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Pinspiring Pins

May 29, 2012

Hello friends! It’s a new week and I have a ton on my plate work-wise but I’m feeling so great and ready for the many challenges I have before me. I think this past weekend was a real breakthrough for me in many ways because I actually did nothing in the office. ZERO work. As a result, I feel so refreshed and happy today. I think I’ve been working too much and it’s been draining me. I’ve decided to give myself the weekends back and to work on being more productive M-F so I can take Saturday and Sunday off. I went to several music fests, went dancing several nights with friends, and in general I let myself go and dropped the whole work stress stuff. If you are overdoing it with work I REALLY suggest letting go for a few days and doing some things you may not have done in a while. I’ve not gone dancing in months (shame on me) and I’m glad I changed that. I’m really to make some big changes in my personal life this summer so this past weekend was a major start for me. How are you doing? Any changes in your life currently?

Pinspiring Pins Hannah Lemholt via this pin.

I was looking through a bunch of my Pinterest pins recently (love Pinterest) and noticed that when I pin things there is always a theme to them that develops without being consciously aware of it. Have you noticed that with your own pins? It’s kinda fascinating to look back and see those themes, they are very interesting – how we sometimes are so blind to our unique internal process of sorting. It’s good to pause from time-to-time though to become more aware of how we collect things, what we are collecting, what these things are telling us about ourselves. Here are some of my most recent pins and what they seem to reveal about what’s on my mind. :)

Pinspiring Pins

A love for fruity sorbet tones, flowers, and a whimsical endless summer is revealed… 1. artpixie via this pin, 2. Lafayette lamp via this pin, 3. Jose Villa Photography via this pin, 4. All washi tape via this pin, 5. HS via this pin, 6. Audrey Jeanne print via this pin, 7. Amy Osaba via this pin.

Pinspiring Pins

Next, I’ve been pinning lots of German-Irish actor Michael Fassbender right now. Not sure what this really says about me though except that I have exceptionally good taste when it comes to handsome dreamy actors. 1. MF site via this pin 2. PABlog via this pin, 3. Flicks and bits via this pin, 4. Flicks and bits via this pin.

Pinspiring Pins
I love these very graphic spaces that mix old and new and the lovely shine of floors, tiles, glass and mirrors. 1. Alexander White Photography via this pin, 2. Marthe Armitage wallpaper photographed by Paul Massey via this pin, 3. Barn Raising article found in the NYTimes via this pin, 4. source unknown via this pin, 5. Skona Hem magazine via this pin, 6. source unknown via this pin.

Pinspiring Pins

vtwonen magazine via this pin reveals my obsession with medical cabinets and polished cement floors, still, years after my initial crush developed.

Pinspiring Pins
Color blocking and dots is such a blogger trend, right!? Who doesn’t love these looks right now? 1. eat drink chic via this pin, 2. Photography by Jean-Marc Wullschleger via this pin, 3. Family Living magazine via this pin, 4. source unknown via this pin, 5. Inspiration Ave via this pin, 6. Julien Fernandez Photography via this pin, 7. source unknown via this pin, 8. Nuevo Estilo magazine via this pin.

I hope that you’ve enjoyed these lovely pinspirations!

(images credited above)






Inspiration

Flower Power

May 3, 2012

I love flowers but seriously, who doesn’t and how can you not? I’ve been playing with them all week at home doing arrangements and particularly am fond of the big French tulips I found yesterday at the Wednesday farmers’ market. They are to die for! While thinking about flowers and dreaming of ideas for arranging them a little differently at home, I came across the new issue of online magazine, Styled, and found these two spreads particularly inspiring to my process.

Flower Power

Flower Power

You can see the entire issue here for loads of flower power loveliness. Congrats, Victoria on Issue No. 6!

(images: styled magazine)






Inspiration

My Happy Place (on Tumblr via Instagram)

April 30, 2012

Hello everyone and happy Monday to you! I’m not so keen on Mondays but I thought to inspire myself this morning that I would drink a few cups of Mate tea for energy and then snap some photos around my home and work studio using the Instagram app on my iPhone to push me in a positive direction. Taking a few photos never ceases to get me going — and Instagram makes it so easy that I’m using it more and more to capture stills of my life to not only share with others looking for inspiration but to, at times, inspire ME and to serve as motivation. Have you ever tried it? For me, it really works! Here are some views from my morning and a few snaps from my weekend.

My Happy Place (on Tumblr via Instagram)

If you want to follow me on Instagram (or Followgram on the web), you can simply look for ‘decor8’ and connect with me via the app OR if you don’t use Instagram that’s fine too because I post some of my better photos over on my Tumblr site, Happy Place. I’m not a big fan of Tumblr for posting others’ photos because rarely can you track the original source, but I made a pact with myself that if I only use it to share my Instagram photos, ones I’ve taken myself, that I could use it with a clear conscience.

I hope that you had a really nice weekend. I did some decor8-related work, went to an outdoor fair, walked for miles, caught up on some reading, had a friend over, watched a film and a few episodes of SMASH (oh my gosh the dreamy Brit!) cooked, bought a few bunches of flowers and did some work around the house. It was relaxing  – no stress – this is my motto for the weekend because we need a break don’t we?

What did you do this weekend? How do you inspire yourself on Monday mornings? I often wonder how you motivate yourself because sometimes it’s just so hard, isn’t it? Any creative routines or things in general that you do to motivate yourself to get your rear into gear??? :)

(images: holly becker)






Inspiration

V.K. Rees Photography

March 30, 2012

Have you ever heard of V.K. Rees Photography out of Brooklyn? I hadn’t until recently and I am smitten by her blog so I’ve decided to make it the decor8 blog of the week. Vanessa Rees, aka V.K.Rees, is a photography studio specializing in food, still life, lifestyle, portrait, fashion, event, and weddings. This talented lady launched her studio only recently in 2010 after completing her MFA and has already made quite a name for herself with clients both near and far. She has shot weddings for clients all over the east coast and has contributed to Food & Wine magazine. I find her blog stunning and I love that each of her posts wraps up with a darling photo of her cat. It’s the little things, right?

V.K. Rees Photography

V.K. Rees Photography

V.K. Rees Photography

V.K. Rees Photography

V.K. Rees Photography

V.K. Rees Photography

What gorgeous photos and I’m sorry, but how cute is it that her cat is involved in her photo shoots? And I like that she sets up her shots near her bedroom window sometimes near to all of that gorgeous natural light. It’s inspiring to see such a simple set up and shows that talent doesn’t have to do with having a massive light studio and a crew, that it really boils down to having a vision and just going for it in any way that you can. What a nice way to wrap up a work week, for me at least…. Animals always make me smile and I love homecookin’, that doesn’t hurt either. I think the egg toast looks like a great Saturday morning breakfast idea for me tomorrow… Yum.

(images: Vanessa Rees)






Inspiration

Dreamy Dyes

March 22, 2012

With Easter on the horizon, these egg dyeing ideas seemed appropriate to post today, especially with Spring in the air and because these are not your typical ways to use dye for Easter. As a side point, I was so thrilled to learn yesterday that I’ll soon be having lunch with the Dietlind Wolf, as arranged behind-the-scenes by a good friend of mine here in Germany so I was taken by surprise and I can’t wait. I’ve been a fan of this German stylist for ages so to meet her soon in person makes my heart leap. We’ve been in contact for awhile now but never met in person so this will be an absolutely lovely moment in time for me. Plus, I hope to convince her to work with me on a project here in Germany so I’ll let you know of my idea very soon!

Dreamy Dyes

In thinking about delightful Dietlind today, I found these gorgeous images from her blog that appear in the April issue of German interiors magazine, Schoener Wohnen. Aren’t these incredibly inspirational? She is responsible for the concept and styling while the photography was done by the great Julia Hoersch.

Dreamy Dyes

Dreamy Dyes

Dreamy Dyes

Dreamy Dyes

I love that Dietlind explored the idea of dyeing Easter eggs and thought to not stop with only the eggs but to dye the dinnerware and tablecloth as well to give the table a more watercolor-y look, almost like a spring dress off of a Parisian runway. This is completely brilliant!

(photographer: Julia Hoersch)






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Springtime Desserts

March 22, 2012

Hello everyone! I’m Emilie Guelpa from Paris and I’m one of Holly’s brand new columnists on decor8. I work as a freelance stylist, photographer and cookbook author and maintain a blog called Griottes. I love food so it was only natural that I met up with Holly recently at a cafe in Paris. We became fast friends and it was decided then that I would write once monthly on decor8. Today is my debut and I hope what I’m about to share makes you smile big. But first, a bit about my column…

Springtime Desserts

Once a month, around the third week, I’ll be popping in to share my column: Playing With Food. I won’t be providing recipes or step-by-step instructions on how to make anything because my column isn’t about holding your hand and telling you how to do stuff, rather this column is meant to inspire you, to build your color confidence and to show you alternate ways to look at things and how to think of ways to translate the things you see around you into the kitchen or next dinner party and to have some fun while doing it, careful not to take yourself toooooo seriously. I love to laugh and so I wish to inject some of my more quirky thoughts into the mix, too.

Springtime Desserts

Spring has Sprung! In the streets of Paris all of the cherry trees are in bloom and the days have begun to lengthen. I felt inspired by the color of cherry blossoms so I took that inspiration into the kitchen and thought to pull together a quick trio of desserts meant to invite you to embrace spring’s arrival. With March being the third month, three seemed like a good number to work from.

Springtime Desserts

First, I made a small pink Bavarian torte with a light meringue on top, as fragile as the petals of flowers.

Springtime Desserts

To invite spring to the table I brought in a few Persian buttercups along with ranunculus, pretty pastel ceramic cups, fresh pink, mint green, and a bit of Liberty fabric which is always inspirational to me. Then I decided to add some element of fun to the table, something with a little humor because this comes each and every Spring – rain! But…

Springtime Desserts
These cloud shaped cookies twirl around the table and the rain is much prettier with blossoms and tiny pompoms.

Springtime Desserts

These cookies landed gracefully upon a soft minty green plate…
Springtime Desserts
then chewed and enjoyed. :)

Springtime Desserts

The final dessert in my trio is this grapefruit sherbet which gives a soft and happy ending to this tabletop and adds something refreshing and cool. Cake has a completely different texture than a cookie and sherbet is an entirely different sensation from there.

Springtime Desserts

Springtime Desserts

You can serve sherbet (or sorbet, ice cream, frozen yogurt – whatever makes you happy) in a cone or in a cup topped with pretty sprinkles and mini flower-shaped cookies or serve both ways (in a cone and in a cup) to vary the height of your tabletop arrangement of pretty desserts and to suit the desires of your guests as some prefer being offered a choice.

Springtime Desserts

Have you heard of the poem, Spring has sprung? It is a short English poem that my friend Judikaela sent me. I find it perfectly sums up the return of spring, “Spring has sprung, the grass has ris (risen), I wonder where the birdies is. Some say the bird is on the wing, But that’s absurd, from what I’ve heard…The wing is on the bird.” So cute!

Springtime Desserts

Note: If this is all a bit too pastel for you, don’t be afraid to work in brighter pinks and greens as shown above! Play with color and play with your food, always!

See you next month! – Emilie.

(photos: Emilie Guelpa text: Holly Becker & Emilie Griottes)






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