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Herz und Blut Homestorys in Berlin

March 26, 2015

I love a good home tour. Or ten. And Heart and Blood or Herz und Blut (nd of course homestorys are home stories) has some nice ones… And you’ve guessed it, they are home stories with heart for sure. I love the Berlin homes on this German blog because they are so very Berlin, you know? That very cool city definitely has a certain apartment style when it comes to artists, designers, musicians, bloggers and other creatives who live and work there. I want to point you over to Herz und Blut so you can see for yourself. Here are some of my very favorite photos from the site.

Herz und Blut Homestorys in Berlin

Herz und Blut Homestorys in Berlin

Herz und Blut Homestorys in Berlin

Herz und Blut Homestorys in Berlin

Herz und Blut Homestorys in Berlin

Herz und Blut Homestorys in Berlin

Herz und Blut Homestorys in Berlin

Herz und Blut Homestorys in Berlin

Herz und Blut Homestorys in Berlin

Herz und Blut Homestorys in Berlin

Herz und Blut Homestorys in Berlin

Herz und Blut Homestorys in Berlin

Herz und Blut Homestorys in Berlin

 

By the way, you have to see this shop and makers space of fashion designer Lilija Meier. Right here. Click. Go ahead. It’s amazing. It’s called Karakulowa and is located on Graefestraße 65 in Berlin. I am totally going to visit this shop this summer! I am SO inspired by it and all of that tile work.

 

(Photos: Jules Villbrandt)






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23 Great Rooms By Photographer Brittany Ambridge for Domino

February 19, 2015

I’ve had the nicest exchange with photographer Brittany Ambridge this week, who was so pleased that I wanted to feature her on decor8. It’s always a delight when you write to someone looking to run a story about their work and they reply with such heartfelt words of thanks and are genuinely cooperative and nice. In fact, she updated her online portfolio just so I could share her latest so you are able to see some fresh views of gorgeous spaces she has shot from California to France. I also learned something quite interesting when speaking to Brittany…

23 Great Rooms By Photographer Brittany Ambridge for Domino

First, she is the sole photographer for domino magazine since their relaunch and she shoots about 95% of it. Wow, right? She also retouches the photos herself, which is unusual in her industry. If that weren’t enough, she also works closely with Robert Leleux, the magazine’s newly appointed Editorial Director, on every shoot. When it comes to her work she revealed, “I take it from the initial idea, which is brainstormed with the edit team, to shooting, editing, retouching, all the way through to the color proofs for print. That’s never been done before in publishing to have a single person do all of that.” I believe that this is precisely why her work is so beautiful – because she sees it through from beginning to end and she doesn’t have a lot of hands involved in the process – so her work is seen by us in its purest most honest form – from her eye to the pages of the magazine. How nice.

Instead of just showing you some pretty pictures, I wanted to provide some decorating takeaway for you to enjoy. Also, all of the links to these homes are featured at the end of this post so please click around and enjoy yourself. And remember, all photos can be enlarged if you simply click on them and pinned however please ensure Brittany is credited along with domino when you pin (thank you!).

23 Great Rooms By Photographer Brittany Ambridge for Domino

1. Happy, Bright Corners. A really great eating nook that feels very west coast with the blue tones, tile floor and greenery.

23 Great Rooms By Photographer Brittany Ambridge for Domino

2. Splashes of bold color and pattern. Plus, more of that great tile. Love the marble backsplash and the windows painted in bold blue. Open shelving is a wonderful way to open up a kitchen.

23 Great Rooms By Photographer Brittany Ambridge for Domino

3. Coastal photography and and a painting. Brings the beach to the abode. Also, it’s always a nice touch to lean a few photos against the wall using a painting as a mini shelf.

23 Great Rooms By Photographer Brittany Ambridge for Domino

4. Bold art and patterns against white. Always a good idea. Love the botanical prints (good use of symmetry to balance the room), and all of the Swedish throw pillows by Svenskt Tenn and the HAY trays on the coffee table. I loved my visit to their Stockholm shop – such a utopia of color.

23 Great Rooms By Photographer Brittany Ambridge for Domino

5. Bookcase as a focal point. Emily Henderson’s built in bookcase came out so nice, the lines are fun and unexpected and everything colorful stands out so nicely against white, right?

23 Great Rooms By Photographer Brittany Ambridge for Domino

6. A relaxing, chic sleep space. I love the colors, so unexpected — and the patterns technically shouldn’t work together but they really, really do. Such a great lesson in mixing things up and decorating from the heart vs. always the head.

23 Great Rooms By Photographer Brittany Ambridge for Domino

7. A big, rustic kitchen. The tiled walls, the mega stove, open shelving, crisp white… The ceiling! The rug! It makes even the non-cook want to rattle some pots and pans and shouldn’t your kitchen inspire you to culinary greatness?

23 Great Rooms By Photographer Brittany Ambridge for Domino

8. Greens. Just add greens to you space already. They are healthy, can be displayed in the most stylish vessels these days, and make a home feel very natural and cozy. Some plants and trees are very sculptural and serious (great for very modern minimalistic homes) whereas others can be very wild or wispy for the more eclectic or romantic at heart. The plants and flowers that you love the most are often a window into our decorating soul. At least according to me.

23 Great Rooms By Photographer Brittany Ambridge for Domino

9. Dark floors. I know everyone and their dog is into white floors or light wood floors but dark flooring can be just as gorgeous. It anchors a space (I love saying that, sounds so professional!) and feels warm and personal too. Dark floors can be very inviting, too.

23 Great Rooms By Photographer Brittany Ambridge for Domino

10. A well-styled mantle. This is such a great example of playing with color, pattern and decorative objects along with gorgeous artwork. You know how much I love flowers, so these sweet peas and dahlias really do it for me. And with flowers the great thing is that this week it’s dahlias and next week, it’s cherry blossoms – you can instantly change a mood with the purchase of a single bundle and a swap out of a vessel.

23 Great Rooms By Photographer Brittany Ambridge for Domino

11. A very sweet child’s room. Gosh what a darling space and a beautiful view to boot. Every kid should be so lucky.

23 Great Rooms By Photographer Brittany Ambridge for Domino

12. Bold prints. This is such a nice use of a bold print paired with a simple bench and lots of books and magazines stacked neatly below. That print really makes the corner come to life. Art is such a great way to instantly lift a space.

23 Great Rooms By Photographer Brittany Ambridge for Domino

13. Patterned backgrounds behind shelving. I don’t know if this is a wall or wallpaper, a wallpapered bookcase, or what really. But I love it. Why not add pattern to the back of a bookcase. You can do it with wallpaper, matte gift wrap, fabric, or if you just want to work with solids – paint it. But my goodness, experiment a little am I right? Fun stuff.

23 Great Rooms By Photographer Brittany Ambridge for Domino

14. Concrete floors. Aside from all of that natural light and the gorgeous window and views, I love this polished concreate floor which is perfect for homes set in warm, tropical climates. NOT Boston.

23 Great Rooms By Photographer Brittany Ambridge for Domino

15. All white styling. White books, white ceramics, a hint of nude. YES YES YES. I really love this. Most of those ceramics are from Astier de Villatte in Paris, a shop I actually worked in for the day a few years ago when I styled it for my book. What a dream come true for me to work with such beautiful things. I wanted to bring everything home with me but I escaped only with a journal, a few candles and a large ceramic fork for my wall. I ultimately want to own this many pieces from them though and style them beautifully like this in my home. Maybe when Aidan gets a little older!

23 Great Rooms By Photographer Brittany Ambridge for Domino

16. Bold patterned wallpaper. Bedrooms can often be super boring and generic, can’t they? I mean, what options do we really have with furniture placement? A bedroom is unlike any other space. The bed is almost always in the middle of the largest wall, flanked by two end tables, two lights and maybe some art work above. The bed is always large and in charge so the focus is always on the bed. One of the best ways to change that up is to remove the headboard and go big and bold with wallpaper like this photo above. Then the bed is sort of an after thought and not the first thing you see upon entertaining, and sometimes that really nice if we’re not fussy about keep the bedding perfectly made and ironed or we don’t have the best looking headboard in the world.

23 Great Rooms By Photographer Brittany Ambridge for Domino

17. Mood boards. I know, we all hate the name but they are so practical for designers and so fun for creatives to share what’s on their mind in a very visual way. And a mood board makes such a statement, when composed, it becomes it’s own work of art and focal point. I love them in any room of the home though they tend to work best in the office where most creative ideas blossom.

23 Great Rooms By Photographer Brittany Ambridge for Domino

18. Newspaper-as-art. I never in my life thought of or saw this before and I’ve dealt with a ton of interiors during the past decade. This Kate Moss piece, framed, is lovely. I wish I knew more about it but it’s very cool framed like that above the fireplace, don’t you think?

23 Great Rooms By Photographer Brittany Ambridge for Domino

19. Masks and mood boarding for kids. Okay, those masks on the animals sitting across the bed made me laugh out loud. I love the sense of humor here. But what caught my eye at first, aside from that gorgeous map, are the photos tapes to the wall. Such a great way to encourage your child to decorate and also share what they are inspired by at the moment in addition to pop stars and baby animal posters.

23 Great Rooms By Photographer Brittany Ambridge for Domino

20. String art. Be creative and unusual and do something whimsical like this string art by Berlin-based artist Nike Schroeder. This work was commissioned by stylist Emily Henderson and came out so pretty – I love the softness and splash of color. I’m sure it cost her a fortune, but it’s worth it when something like this literally makes the room.

23 Great Rooms By Photographer Brittany Ambridge for Domino

21. Splash of color and throws. This always works for me. If you put your finger over the painting and imagine the chairs sheepskin throw-free, well it’s not the same room. The power or texture and color!

23 Great Rooms By Photographer Brittany Ambridge for Domino

22. Bold closet doors. This is the best. I can’t embellish here. If you are bold enough just make this happen on your closet doors somehow, someway.

23 Great Rooms By Photographer Brittany Ambridge for Domino

23. An organized work studio with style. We all need a place where we can create from an honest place while also finding our stuff! I really love how this artists’ studio is decorated. Makes me want to run in there and paint something which is exactly what a creative space should do – motivate you to get your hands busy!

Homes shown above are from the following lovely homeowners. Please click on each link to view their entire property. Chay Wike’s Hollywood Hills home, Austyn Zung’s SoHo apartment, Heather Taylor’s West Hollywood home, Ariel Ashe’s Greenwich Village townhouse, Sally King Benedict’s Atlanta home, Anne Ziegler’s Laurel Canyon home, Emily Henderson’s Los Angeles home, Andrea Krueger’s Paris apartment.

Thank you so much Brittany for allowing us a peek into your stunning world, your beautiful work and the homes of so many stylish people you’ve had the pleasure to work with. And a special thanks to domino magazine for sharing photography from previous issues with us, too.

(Images: Brittany Ambridge)






Inspiration

Sara Svenningrud Photography

February 17, 2015

Good morning friends. Hope you are doing well and for those of you getting hit by snowstorms, keep warm and read blogs! So let’s get started with some inspiration for you today. I really like the interiors shot by Swedish photographer Sara Svenningrud. After living in LA and London, she’s now back in Sweden working with clients for magazine and catalog work along with ad campaigns. She’s also produced fashion shows! Her photos are always quite obvious to me when I see them in Scandinavian and even German interiors mags – I think it’s because she’s photographed a lot of homes like Marie Olsson Nylander (whom has also worked with her as an interiors stylist) and I’m quite a fan of Maire’s work combined with Sara’s magical eye.

Sara Svenningrud Photography

Marie’s signature style includes loads of soft and creamy hues, yummy texture, fresh greenery and a flea market meets global industrial vibe and Sara’s photos are all about achieving perfect composition, drawing you in and allowing for a lot of natural creamy light to illuminate everything very evenly. Here is a glimpse from her portfolio below. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.

I have to comment on this image above because where I live, it’s very easy to find old school charts with these beige linen-like backs. You can even source them on eBay. I’ve flipped over one of mine before and used it over my desk as a mood board, but I also love using it as a backdrop for showing some of your favorite artwork with simple black tape too. It’s so imaginative and a nice change from showing art on walls with tape.

Sara Svenningrud Photography

Sara Svenningrud Photography

The chandelier is so very delicate and pretty and I love the lightbulb-esque table lamp and the contrast between the gold table and the modern elements around it. Also, every home needs a big round frameless mirror, right?

Sara Svenningrud Photography

Love this loo! What a sweet little bathroom and that graphic, bold floor set amidst all of that blackness, it’s just the best. The wire basket filled with toilet paper is a good one, I’ve been seeing this for years but like it best in a black/white bathroom like this one. It works.

Sara Svenningrud Photography

Gosh that leather sofa on the right is so interesting, almost seems to transform into a bed, am I right? Who makes that thing, is it a classic piece or? I’m stumped for the first time, I usually identify every piece in a room but this sofa – nope!

Sara Svenningrud Photography

Sara Svenningrud Photography

Sara Svenningrud Photography

Sara Svenningrud Photography

 

How stunning, right? Hope you are doing well today.

(images: Sara Svenningrud/styling + home: Marie Olsson Nylander)






Inspiration

Dreaming of a Summer Cottage

February 10, 2015

Sometimes I just crave simplicity in my interiors, like this beautiful home in Norway from Boligpluss magazine — a white blank space with loads of natural light near the coast – just as in my childhood days. I often daydream about a coastal vacation home in northern Germany or Denmark so little Aidan can enjoy holidays in a second home, a small and simple one, a place where we can all find comfort and create memories. I wonder if I should start cottage hunting in Denmark? Or perhaps coastal Germany? And I wonder where, what towns I should look at? We live in northern Germany and plan to stay here, and don’t want to drive more than 5 hours to a vacation home. Less is more and I don’t want a weekend trip to be spent with a full day on the road. Anyone have thoughts on this? Know of any charming seaside towns?

Dreaming of a Summer Cottage

This home below is in Norway, and I’m smitten with it. It’s gorgeous. And makes me very happy.

Dreaming of a Summer CottageDreaming of a Summer Cottage

Dreaming of a Summer Cottage

Dreaming of a Summer Cottage

I imagine a cottage much like this one for my very own. Definitely nothing large though it must have a lawn where I can set up an English-style flower garden, herb garden, shed, patio and a sandbox and swing for our little boy. It all sounds so charming as I type this and makes me smile big. I also imagine painting the outside with black paint and leaning a canary yellow bike against the porch. It all sounds so silly, I know. But I’ve been having this vision of owning a small second home for a very long time so perhaps it’s time to stop dreaming. There is no perfect someday, right? You either do things now or you risk never having them at all.

A summer cottage and an office space/shop out of my current home studio. These are my two big dreams at the moment. I’m curious, what are yours?

(images: boligpluss)






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12 Creative Things To Make & Do – Sei kreativ

December 16, 2014

I’m working with the new Pinterest headquarters in Berlin (weee!) on an amazing campaign and it includes putting together some pinboards for them. One is all about Creativity and it’s called Sei kreativ. You can see it here but I want to share 12 creative things to make and do below. These are definitely some creative and inspiring ideas. I really love the twinkle twinkle hand lettering on the glass cabinet. I have some white glass markers and a glass cabinet so I’m going to totally try that this week and Instagram it for ya (Follow me if you’d like @decor8).

12 Creative Things To Make & Do - Sei kreativ
1. Writing on cabinet doors with white glass markers – Dutch photographer Ernie Enkelaar

12 Creative Things To Make & Do - Sei kreativ
2. Installing a wall of empty frames and vintage mirrors. This is photographer Mari Eriksson’s home.

12 Creative Things To Make & Do - Sei kreativ
3. Make some colorful trivets. Sugar & Cloth and their super awesome DIY Colorblock Trivet diy.

12 Creative Things To Make & Do - Sei kreativ
4. String some ornaments grouped by color. Sugar & Cloth *I love her blog*

12 Creative Things To Make & Do - Sei kreativ

5. Use a wall-mounted kraft paper holder. So good for busy families or a cafe seen on Design Milk. You can buy this beauty by George & Willy here.

12 Creative Things To Make & Do - Sei kreativ
6. Make your own gift wrap using photos you’ve taken. Fall for DIY *awesome blog, must read* I love this photo gift wrap.

12 Creative Things To Make & Do - Sei kreativ

7. Get craftin’ and make some candlestick holdersDIY candlesticks from Design For Mankind by Laura Parke.

12 Creative Things To Make & Do - Sei kreativ

8. Make some cardboard playhouses for your kids. I saw this on BKids and went bonkers. So sweet.

12 Creative Things To Make & Do - Sei kreativ

9. Think of a word and put it on your cozy sweatshirt. This sequin sweatshirt diy is from A Beautiful Mess. Oh yeah.

12 Creative Things To Make & Do - Sei kreativ

10. For your next party, make up some glittery ice cubes with edible glitter. A Subtle Revelry has a great diy up so check it out.

12 Creative Things To Make & Do - Sei kreativ

11. Make some massive tissue paper flowers for a celebration. These are from Mokkasin *the world’s most amazing mother of a small tribe and small biz owner to boot*.

12 Creative Things To Make & Do - Sei kreativ

12. Create a lovely jewelry display above a dresser in your bedroom. This is a mere branch cleaned down to the bones, photographed by Garance Dore.

Aren’t these great ideas? I thought so too. Tomorrow I have a lovely share for you from a student that my friend met in one of her classes recently far, far away. I can’t wait to introduce you to this very creative, amazing woman and her photos and a short interview, too. See you tomorrow.

(images: linked to their sources above.)






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13 Creative Christmas Ideas + Recipes

November 26, 2014

If you celebrate Christmas, you will love this board that I put together to inspire you on Pinterest – though I must confess that lots of the ideas are versatile enough that you can tweak them to fit your style, your religion, your life. There are lots of pretty decorating ideas to be found and some recipes, too. Here is but a glimpse below…

13 Creative Christmas Ideas + Recipes 1. giant diy balloon ornaments from studio diy.

13 Creative Christmas Ideas + Recipes 1. pine tree cookies from natalia from blog fotograficzny.

13 Creative Christmas Ideas + Recipes

3. diy ornaments with paint and paper from knot magazine.

13 Creative Christmas Ideas + Recipes 4. diy tree cards by cecilieslykke.

13 Creative Christmas Ideas + Recipes

5. A gorgeous table setting that is delft blue inspired by holly marder, photography by anouschka rokebrand.

13 Creative Christmas Ideas + Recipes 6. A simple wreath made from colored string lights on 101 woonideeen.

13 Creative Christmas Ideas + Recipes 7. trees on tin cans for wrapping gifts and 8. hand painted ornaments by cecilieslykke.

13 Creative Christmas Ideas + Recipes

9. golden walnut placecard holders from knot magazine.

13 Creative Christmas Ideas + Recipes 10. socks in all sizes as an advent calendar by cecilieslykke.

13 Creative Christmas Ideas + Recipes
11. yummy spiced advocaat custard recipe from what’s for lunch honey.

13 Creative Christmas Ideas + Recipes

12. A washi tape snowflake diy from knot magazine.

13 Creative Christmas Ideas + Recipes
13. A delicious and beautifully decorated gugelhupf german winter cake recipe by lebenslustiger.

So many festive ideas, don’t you think? I hope you like looking through my board on Pinterest for more beautiful ideas, too. xo, Holly

(images linked to their sources above.)






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