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Flower Power

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.

Styled Magazine

Styled Magazine

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

(images: styled magazine)

Posted in inspiration on May 03, 2012
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My Happy Place (on Tumblr via Instagram)

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.

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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)

Posted in inspiration on April 30, 2012

Dreamy Dyes & Dietlind Wolf

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!

Egg dye inspiration

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.

Egg dye inspiration

Egg dye inspiration

Egg dye inspiration

Egg dye inspiration

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)

Posted in food, inspiration on March 22, 2012

Freshly Picked Paper Flowers

It is no secret that I love the things that springtime brings… From cheery blooms to blades of fresh grass, plants on the balcony, flowering branches in a vase — all of these things inspire me endlessly. I passed by blossoming magnolia in a flower shop yesterday and my heart did flip flops as I was reminded of my childhood in South Carolina and how much I anticipated the bloom of the magnolias each Spring during my birthday (I was born on March 21 – tomorrow!). I enjoy bringing nature into the home and since today is the first day of Spring for this year at least, it’s a nice time to talk about flowers isn’t it?

Paper Flowers by Helen Frances

In some parts of the world, a freshly picked daffodil from your garden won’t be a reality for some time. You may (like me) be turning to your favorite flower shop for budding branches and blossoming blooms. There are other options though of the paper kind that perhaps you’ve not given much consideration to. In fact, I encourage you to play with flowers that are fresh and those that are faux – even mix them in your vases, and see what you can come up with that is creative and as fresh as springtime.

Paper Flowers by Helen Frances

Granted, you may find the silk variety a bit ‘grandma’ but have you considered faux outside of silk, namely paper flowers? Whether they be crepe, tissue, scrap, wrapping, vintage or even wallpaper leftovers… you can make your own gorgeous flowers using paper quite easily. There are plenty of kits in craft stores for this with pre-cut blooms or you can try your hand at the myriads of tutorials on sites like Martha Stewart, for instance. There’s a great coffee filter flower how-to currently on their crafting blog that could easily be translated into some kind of fun tabletop arrangement if you’d like.

Paper Flowers by Helen Frances

Paper Flowers by Helen Frances

Paper Flowers by Helen Frances

Another option, especially if you are pressed for time or lack patience altogether to fuss with flower making, is to buy paper blooms pre-made. This is where Helen Frances, illustrator and paper artist for Frances & Francis in London, can help you. She just launched several new paper bouquets in her Etsy shop made of paper mixed with real twigs and branches for the stems. I think they are beautiful and adore that they can be reused, repurposed and can last for years if you need them too. Sure, they may not provide a fresh fragrance to the air, but that’s what room spray or those wonderful Diptyque candles from Paris come in, right? :)

Gorgeous and so inspiring, right!?

(images: Helen Frances)

Posted in inspiration on March 20, 2012

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