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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!

(images:hans mossel)

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

WhatWeDo Prints + Faunascapes

Plywood is trending at the moment in home interiors, have you noticed? That’s why I have to show you something very cool that I came across called WhatWeDo in the online shop of Lys Vintage, which I frequent on a regular basis since first meeting Simone (the owner) many years ago. I love the style of her shop because her interiors taste is really great and current — I get excited to see what she’s stocking next.

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That’s why when I came across Copenhagen-based multidisciplinary design studio and product agency, WhatWeDo, in her shop before I had Aidan well I had to learn more. So I wrote to WhatWeDo and placed an order so that I could experience their products for myself.

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This design duo is Hanne & Tobias Scheel Mikkelsen, with backgrounds in both architecture and graphic design, which is super apparent the moment you see their work. I love their posters – I have “Now” shown a few images above — and they also do these great designs printed on plywood called Faunascapes, and I have the fox on the hexagon because my little son’s “animal” has always been a little fox since he was born. When I get them up in my new work studio, I’ll show you how they look. I think the fox will end up in his room eventually though…

I love interesting art and when I find something that feels fresh and unique I get goose bump-y even still after all of these years of writing about interiors and products for the home. I come across so many thousands of things that often the sameness gets on my nerves but WhatWeDo is an inspiration because prints like these aren’t being done on plywood by a million companies already. It’s nice to still be able to find products that feel different and stand out from the pack.

Are you loving these too?

Please note: Products in this post are decor8 tested and approved.

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Posted in inspiration on September 26, 2014

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