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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)






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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.)






Inspiration

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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5 Sunday Things That Make Me Happy

November 9, 2014

Sundays are always so pleasant in Germany. I’ve been living here from my native Boston for just over five years and the slowness of Sunday has always inspired me. Most shops are closed except for the flower shops and bakeries, as German tradition dating back many years say that on Sunday you are to visit the ill, your family, and then after the visit, go for a nature walk together. So cake and flowers are certainly mandatory offerings for such visits, which is why these establishments keep their doors open for a few hours each Sunday. I really love a day where you feel like there is a page break between last week and the week ahead. Like Monday begins a new chapter because Sunday concluded the week. While I’m waiting for our family to come by with some cake (the baby gets a visit from grandma/oma each week), I want to share five very random things that made me feel joyful today.

5 Sunday Things That Make Me Happy

1. This gorgeous photo of Amber Rose in celebration of her new book, Nourish: Mind, Body and Soul. I love the basket, her outfit, the color palette. It’s so inviting. There is so much coziness in this single shot. The stunning cover over this book, another favorite thing, is below.

5 Sunday Things That Make Me Happy

2. This print from my class. Tomorrow my month-long e-course, Blog Boss, concludes. We taught 400 students worldwide how to blog like a boss. It was so much fun, I loved all of the hard work of my students. In every class, I hire a graphic designer to design prints themed around the class that students can have to download, print and frame or tack to their pinboard. This is one of them from this class that Corina made for us. She made several more, all of them look quite different, so I can’t wait to show my students all of them tomorrow. But seriously, isn’t this one lovely?

5 Sunday Things That Make Me Happy

3. These holiday orbs filled with cut papers and pretty things are by Ashley Goldberg — I loved them the moment I saw them on her Facebook update today and had to share. I’ve done this before, only with little plastic deer and clippings from pine trees inside, but this is equally darling.

5 Sunday Things That Make Me Happy

4. This book cover. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been on my knees begging politely asking my publisher for a jacket on one of my decorating books like this above. Three books later, I’ve not yet won. Ok so I’m not complaining, I know they have their reasons, but someday I hope I get my dream cover. Patience… I just SO love book covers like this – the simplicity of the words combined with the busy collage of inspiring shots. Do you like this too or are you a fan of the more traditional single shot full page image with a title overlay? I like both but also love experimenting with something that feels fresh that not everyone else has.

5 Sunday Things That Make Me Happy
5. My beautiful son! Look at those feet and his adorableness! He seems to love my camera and lens cap, he is studying it here (right before it went into his mouth since he is teething). Aidan turned 9 months old today and I nearly cried because he started taking his first steps! It was so cute, he was marching around as I held his arms, just like Max from Where The Wild Things Are. So I had to put on his metallic leather crown and let the wild rumpus begin! I kept saying he’d be walking by Christmas because he is such a little overachiever (he started crawling as 6 months to the day) so this came at no surprise when he stood up while I was taking photos of him and boom – one foot, then the other, then the other, forward forward forward. Seriously this is the stuff that nothing materially can give you – it’s a joy I’ve never known. I am so touched by motherhood and the emotional roller coaster of it all.

Why didn’t I just pin these on Pinterest and skip posting here altogether? Isn’t that the trend these days? Pinterest is great but it also has cased a lot of us to stop the conversation. We just post and pin stuff but we don’t take the time as we once did to say WHY we like something, WHY it moves us, WHY we are drawn towards it. These conversations still need to happen. There is more than meets the eye to visuals, no matter how beautiful. The pretty girl isn’t interesting until she has something intelligent to SAY. The handsome man in the corner booth is only as good as he looks if he speaks kindly to others. Pinterest is only skin deep.

Hope your Sunday is slow and meaningful.

xo, Holly

(images linked to their sources above. photo of my son by me)






Inspiration

Gorgeous Design Files + Baby Kisses

October 22, 2014

Hello everyone! I’ve been totally absorbed in my e-course, Blog Boss, at the moment so I’m sorry if I’m not that active on the blog at the moment. Between teaching, one-on-one blog business consultations via Skype and redecorating some rooms in my home – well I’ve been busy! Plus I take care of my baby full-time and am busy with other work projects too. I have some great things coming up for 2015, including the redesign of decor8 AND a brand new logo.

Gorgeous Design Files + Baby Kisses

It’s very exciting to be so busy, especially doing things that fuel me and make life sweeter. My baby boy is really thriving too, which makes me so proud. He is a little over 8 months old and tonight he did something for the first time that was so completely precious that I had tears of joy streaming down my face. I was putting him to bed and I asked him for a kiss. I usually just say “Kiss” or “Kiss mama” and he opens his mouth wide and dives in and plants a wet kiss (mouth open) on my face, somewhere around my mouth. Well tonight it was different. He did that, but then he kept giving me kisses and kisses and more kisses, even moving his little lips trying to make a kissy face… Holding both sides of my face in his little pudgy hands with his bright blue eyes gazing into mine with such joy… And the more he gave me the more he giggled and then I started giggling and we collapsed on the bed in hysterics as he kept kissing me more and more. Tears were streaming down my face because it was this perfect moment when you realize your baby is developing a real personality and is really starting to understand you and your humor and words and wow, it was magic to bond with him like that. I just had to share. He’s so darling.

Gorgeous Design Files + Baby Kisses

Aren’t the photos in this post divine? I’ve been pinning like crazy from the new Design Files blog. I’m so impressed by what Lucy has done to revamp her site. Looks gorgeous. She is such an inspirational blogger. I love that it’s so easy now to find all of her beautifully photographed Australian home stories. Whenever I look at pictures of Australia I always think I COULD TOTALLY LIVE THERE. Don’t you?

Gorgeous Design Files + Baby Kisses

Gorgeous Design Files + Baby Kisses

Gorgeous Design Files + Baby Kisses

 

Gorgeous Design Files + Baby Kisses

Gorgeous Design Files + Baby Kisses

How are you doing? I hope you are well. Do you have any heart warming stories to share?

(images: the design files)






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