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Judith Dekker Photography

May 24, 2010

Here is a little glimpse into the portfolio of Dutch photographer Judith Dekker today so here you are… a sweet photo or two to inspire you and to also highlight her most inviting portfolio.

Judith Dekker Photography

Judith is also represented by Hollandse Hoogte for archive sales.

Don’t you love the butterfly resting on the hand? Doesn’t it evoke the sweetest feeling — that of connecting with nature and the joy in simple pleasures? The stack of books is another favorite because I love the colors of the jackets and the teacup resting on top, plus the lighting is perfect!

(images: judith dekker)






Inspiration

Stylist Twig Hutchinson

May 19, 2010

London-based stylist Twig Hutchinson never fails to sweep me off of my feet. Whenever I visit her website I feel as though I’ve stepped into a magical book filled with delightful stories set amidst deliciously dreamy surroundings. As you know, I’m currently in London and as I walk around here, popping into stores, visiting with some friends that I’ve made via this blog, I’m reminded as to why so many who live in this gorgeous city as producing equally lovely work — you cannot help but do great things in a place like London!

Stylist Twig Hutchinson

Stylist Twig Hutchinson Stylist Twig Hutchinson

I’m having such a great time, but still reading your comments and tweeting as I am able. There is much happiness in my life currently… I hope that my joy is contagious and that your days are filled with good things too. I wish I could have placed you in my pocket for this fantastic journey, and I can’t wait to tell you more about what I’ve done here in London but this will need to wait until my return on May 21 because I have to run off now to meet a friend in Hampstead. See you! xo, Holly

(images: twig hutchinson)






Inspiration

Bookworm Design: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

May 18, 2010

Hi there! It’s Brigitte again. Apparently my last guest post tricked Holly into thinking you’d enjoy another post. :) Today, I’d like to take on a different topic. You see, I may write about design, but I am a bookworm to my core. And, recently I read a book that drove my mind in a thousand directions. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Have you read it? WARNING: It is not for the faint of heart. Seriously. But…in my mind, the payoff is worth it. Intriguing mystery. Interesting characters. And a little (ok, a lot) of social commentary mixed in. And, the “girl” is pretty interesting. She’s anti-social, a bit punk and generally counter-culture. And the book is set in Sweden. The land of put-it-on-an-alter decor. But this girl, she’s not exactly rich. And she wears t-shirts with messages like “I am also an alien.” Much of her decor comes from a dumpster. Of course I immediately set to designing a living room for this intriguing character which I’m gong to show you now.

Bookworm Design: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

It’s a little punk. A tad bit edgy. And very industrial. And then I noticed, much of the Swedish decor we so admire is a bit industrial — and even a little hard.

Bookworm Design: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Skona Hem

Bookworm Design: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Elle Interior

Bookworm Design: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Hus & Hem

Collage sources from first image: Hemispheric Disconnect Print, Cross the Tracks Print, Rustic Industrial Typewriter Telephone Table, Work Lamp – Gold, Compass Desk Lamp, Sahara Chair, Hundtand Rug and Ikea Leather Sofa.

I like the idea of actively seeking out the outliers in many of the design styles idealized around the world (French decor also comes to mind). And, as a former punk myself, I loved designing an edgier type of room.

Who else harbors these same counter-culture tendencies? Don’t you think it keeps things fresh and interesting? I’d love your thoughts! – Brigitte.

(images: linked to their sources above)






Inspiration

Emily Gilbert Photography

May 10, 2010

Perhaps you are in need of some interior inspiration today? Oh yes, you say. You’d like to escape from your job for just a few moments and slip into the comfortable magical world of interiors. This is no problem and is precisely what I am here for — to inspire and share and make your eyes dance. Thanks to Emily Gilbert Photography in New York we can enjoy a few rooms together right now in fact…

Emily Gilbert Photography

About Emily: After her post collegiate career as a set dresser in the television and film industry, Emily developed a passion for photography. Don’t see a connection? Here’s how you go from a set dresser to a pro interiors photographer, “Her fascination with lines, space, and repetition coupled with her experience as a Set Dresser lead her to the art of Interior & Architectural photography. Her interest in environments both meticulously designed and those that exist in nature is what drives her to capture the essence of each space she sets out to photograph.” Interesting, right?

Emily Gilbert Photography

Do any of the spaces above speak to you? I want the pink bathroom! And I love the idea of wallpaper on the ceiling — the black and white stripe wallpaper is fresh!

(images: emily gilbert photography)






Inspiration

IKEA Family – LIVE Inspiration

April 26, 2010

Hungry for some budget interiors inspiration today? Well, here you go! IKEA Family has a website called LIVE that launched awhile ago and it is such a fun place to play peeping Tom and to view some nice spaces from around the world in their home stories section. I’ve been watching it grow and waiting until more content was added before writing about it, but now I think there is enough on the site that you will really like visiting it for decorating inspiration. There are so many fun homes there, particularly the compact Berlin apartment by a very cute couple here and as shown briefly below. I think their style is so sweet, I really like how their kitchen looks like a cafe — I don’t think I’d ever have to leave the house!

IKEA Family - LIVE Inspiration

IKEA Family - LIVE Inspiration

IKEA Family - LIVE Inspiration

IKEA Family - LIVE Inspiration

IKEA Family - LIVE Inspiration

IKEA Family - LIVE Inspiration

And the adorable designer Nina van de Goor is on the site too. Here is the full story but some glimpses are below…

IKEA Family - LIVE Inspiration

IKEA Family - LIVE Inspiration

IKEA Family - LIVE Inspiration

IKEA Family - LIVE Inspiration

IKEA Family - LIVE Inspiration

IKEA Family - LIVE Inspiration

And some more views of various homes featured on the LIVE site include…

IKEA Family - LIVE Inspiration


IKEA Family - LIVE Inspiration

IKEA Family - LIVE Inspiration

IKEA Family - LIVE Inspiration

IKEA Family - LIVE Inspiration

IKEA Family - LIVE Inspiration

And to break up all that white… this charming entry!

IKEA Family - LIVE Inspiration

About IKEA Live: “Our new website LIVE is the place to go for tips, ideas and inspiration for your home. A place where you meet others around the world sharing the same interest.”

Aren’t all of these rooms great!? Which ones do you like the most? Any preference?

(images: IKEA)






Books + Magazines, Inspiration

Flowers: Chic & Cheap

April 26, 2010

I just received the most beautiful floral design book called Flowers Chic & Cheap by Carlos Mota who is the Elle Decor editor at large. There are so few “good” floral arranging books and magazines on the market in the US — my friends and I always comment that such a huge hole exists in the bookstores when it comes to floral design books that are modern, fresh and well… not kitschy or packed to the gills with silk flowers. Flowers Chic & Cheap is a beautiful book and it came at the perfect time as I just picked up bunches of ranunculus, freesia and bi-colored carnations today at the flower shop after being so inspired yesterday by my visit to the Herrenhauser Garten. I’ll take some photos of this beautiful book later this week and share a proper review of it then but for now I’ll leave you with some floral inspiration with photos that I took yesterday at the garden.

Flowers: Chic & Cheap

Flowers: Chic & Cheap

Flowers: Chic & Cheap

Flowers: Chic & Cheap

Flowers: Chic & Cheap

Flowers: Chic & Cheap

All of these colors and patterns really make me feel energized and inspired – and I hope my snapshots inspire you as well. Please note I do not use a digital SLR camera and I have little clue what I’m really doing with camera settings but I think these photos came out nice considering all of that — and so perhaps if you feel up to it maybe you can find a park or garden in your local area, bring your camera and find some memorable shots for yourself too. Nature always has such a perfectly composed palette, doesn’t it? Flower gardens never clash and patterns always look so fresh and lovely together no matter what the scale or shape. And nothing goes out of style – imagine that! There is so much for us all to learn from the examples provided in the natural world around us. And another big thing to consider with flowers is the broad range of color. Of course, I always lean towards the pinks (you know me!), yellows and violet tones but there are also oranges, reds… the colors are endless so the bottom line is really this: don’t be afraid of color!

Next week I’ll give you a full review of Flowers: Chic & Cheap!

(images: holly becker for decor8)






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