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Happy Family Decorating From Photographer Hans Mossel

October 19, 2014

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.

Happy Family Decorating From Photographer Hans Mossel

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!

Happy Family Decorating From Photographer Hans Mossel

Happy Family Decorating From Photographer Hans Mossel

Happy Family Decorating From Photographer Hans Mossel

Happy Family Decorating From Photographer Hans Mossel

Happy Family Decorating From Photographer Hans Mossel

Happy Family Decorating From Photographer Hans Mossel

Happy Family Decorating From Photographer Hans Mossel

Happy Family Decorating From Photographer Hans Mossel

Happy Family Decorating From Photographer Hans Mossel

Happy Family Decorating From Photographer Hans Mossel

Happy Family Decorating From Photographer Hans Mossel

Happy Family Decorating From Photographer Hans Mossel

Happy Family Decorating From Photographer Hans Mossel

Happy Family Decorating From Photographer Hans Mossel

Happy Family Decorating From Photographer Hans Mossel

Happy Family Decorating From Photographer Hans Mossel

Happy Family Decorating From Photographer Hans Mossel

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)

Inspiration

Photographer Joanna Henderson

October 13, 2014

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.

Photographer Joanna Henderson

Photographer Joanna Henderson

Photographer Joanna Henderson

Photographer Joanna Henderson

Photographer Joanna Henderson

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.

Photographer Joanna Henderson

Photographer Joanna Henderson

Photographer Joanna Henderson

 

Photographer Joanna Henderson

 

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)

Inspiration

Fantastic Apartments By Fantastic Frank

October 7, 2014

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.

Fantastic Apartments By Fantastic Frank

Fantastic Apartments By Fantastic Frank

Fantastic Apartments By Fantastic Frank

Fantastic Apartments By Fantastic Frank

Fantastic Apartments By Fantastic Frank

Fantastic Apartments By Fantastic Frank

Fantastic Apartments By Fantastic Frank

Fantastic Apartments By Fantastic Frank

Fantastic Apartments By Fantastic Frank

Fantastic Apartments By Fantastic Frank

Fantastic Apartments By Fantastic Frank

 

I love how they are pimping out these places thanks to their team of interior stylists, gorgeous! What a fun job, too right???

(images – fantastic frank)

Inspiration

WhatWeDo Prints + Faunascapes

September 26, 2014

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.

WhatWeDo Prints + Faunascapes

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.

WhatWeDo Prints + Faunascapes

WhatWeDo Prints + Faunascapes

WhatWeDo Prints + Faunascapes

WhatWeDo Prints + Faunascapes

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.

(images: whatwedo)

Inspiration

Happy Friday Everyone!

September 19, 2014

Friday is typically a nice day, isn’t it? There’s a certain magic in the air midday. When I worked in corporate, I’d hang out with my colleagues chatting about weekend plans and discussing our week and silly upper management. We’d disappear for coffee, for that final jolt of caffeine to push us through until 5pm when we’d be free at last like birds.

Happy Friday Everyone!

Now as a freelancer, there is no such thing as the end of a work week. My work is continuous now, always on my mind and I work weekends even when I don’t want to. And yet, Fridays are still magical unicorn kind of days, there is still that Friday feeling buzz. I’d like to wish you a magical Friday and a beautiful evening filled with hope, then promise tomorrow, and the finding of good things on Sunday for you and your family (and little ones, if you have them). For now, I’m leaving you with gorgeous inspiration from a site I recently discovered from one of the founders, Nessa, called Made In You, based in France. Look at their gorgeous event styling… Makes me want to float away.

Happy Friday Everyone!

Happy Friday Everyone!

Happy Friday Everyone!

Happy Friday Everyone!

Happy Friday Everyone!

Happy Friday Everyone!

Happy Friday Everyone!

Have a nice weekend! Oh, and a big thanks to Elle Decoration UK for featuring Decorate With Flowers in their June 2014 issue – I just discovered it yesterday and was so pleased.

Oh! And we’ve added a co-teacher to Blog Boss, Fiona Humberstone, and she’ll be teaching many great topics including full-on blog branding such as the absolute essentials of color psychology, making design decisions that reflect your style and using color psychology to influence your editorial decisions so that you communicate with authenticity and consistency. This class is for ALL LEVELS. Read more here and register before our lovely online class sells out. Also please note that all classes next year will be very different and pricing will change, and none of the current classes from Blogging Your Way will be offered anymore. We are completely changing everything! So if you have been wanting to take a Blogging Your Way e-course, this is a great time to jump on board. This is the last one we’ll be teaching this year and Blog Boss will not be taught again.

Bye everyone, see you on Monday!

(images via Made In You)

Decorating Tips, Inspiration

Thoughts On Styling

September 2, 2014

Studio Besau-Marguerre is design duo Eva Marguerre und Marcel Besau, a talented couple who founded their studio in 2011 in Hamburg, Germany. Their projects include visual communication, interior design, editorial design and styling. I’ve seen their work before in German interiors magazines, such as in Living At Home and fashion mag, Brigitte. Here are some photos that I find best represent what they do on the styling side. Or maybe it’s that I find these the most appealing because they are a bit “less is more” than their other projects, which I like. Check them out…

Thoughts On Styling

I really like the color palette in this image. It’s a bit odd but in a good, quirky odd way. That table is rather interesting too with all of those legs, isn’t it?

Thoughts On Styling

I really love the color palette here. Reminds me of what I’m going for with my new work studio.

Thoughts On Styling

Everything about this image speaks to me, it’s not really the individual pieces as much as the sum of all parts – what they are sharing together, a sort of crazy harmony that manages to be relaxing and warm. And okay I really like the lampshade, a lot actually. Plus the peek through into the next room is always a nice touch when you are styling interiors. It adds interest.

Thoughts On Styling

Seeing a herringbone natural wood wall is such a creative idea in my opinion, because I’d actually love to see that applied to a lake house or country cottage. It’s such an imaginative way to make wood walls cool again.

Thoughts On Styling

I love seeing rolls of wallpaper falling out of windows. Of course, it’s only for a photo and only for a few hours, but the idea of it is so appealing to me. It makes me wish you could buy patterned wooden shutters to add to the outside of your home and have a big white house like this with patterned shutters and a bold blue or canary yellow front door or something. I often wish I lived in a world that was more experimental. So many people claim to be but in the end, most of us just conform. It’s a shame. Because I bet lots of us would have way cooler houses – I’m talking about exteriors – curb appeal.

Thoughts On Styling

I’d really like to know more about this X panel with lights. I wonder how they made it. I missed the issue of Living At Home that it was in so I missed the project. But it looks funky and affordable, too.

Thoughts On Styling

I was just picking flowers in a field nearby to Hannover, where I live, and while there I met the owner and she went bonkers when she learned of who I was and what I do. She loves flowers. So she instantly wanted to know everything about me. And I told her what I could. While there, I imagined going back and shooting a field scene similar to this one, so maybe I will next Spring.

Thoughts On Styling

Maybe these candles were drawn on with markers? I can’t tell. But you know what I really love about this photo? I love that smoke. I just do. It really adds atmosphere and imperfection in a good way.

Thoughts On Styling

This looks like a really fun and happy corner of someone’s creative studio, doesn’t it? I love that acid yellow too. It makes me happy.

Thoughts On Styling

I imagine the word YES was made from washi tape? If so, YES YES YES! Good idea!

Thoughts On Styling

 Drawing on cups and pots? Sounds (and looks) like a great idea and something you could do with the kids, too.

These are all nice and interesting concepts, don’t you think? I especially like the series on cross stitch and applying the look of it to objects like ceramics and lighting. What I find so interesting about styling overall is when you are given a project, you can have so much fun developing whatever theme you either pitched or were given by the firm who hired you. Many times, though the sky is the limit, you also have to consider what is practical and functional depending on the client and their market. I honestly love the work of magazine styling and also book styling, though I find magazine styling such a different field altogether because you really have to pitch, develop, order product, make, pull everything together, etc. so it’s such a reflection of YOU. Interior styling for books, like the line of work I’m in – well, it’s just different though the title is the same. I’m thinking to add magazine work to my resume, I’d love to work on location and pull together something I’ve envisioned. I was able to this with my new book that just came out, Decorate With Flowers, because it required my co-author Leslie and I to brainstorm all of the ways we do and would use flowers and then create stories around themes and colors for each, plus add DIY projects… So it was really my big break into doing a book that required a lot of careful planning.

My decorating books before that were a little different since I styled homes on location and for the most part, I only brought and styled flowers for the rooms and then styled the rooms channeling my vision and aesthetic, which I felt was important to not only apply that but to maintain the homeowner’s voice too. It was a challenging balance but I achieved success with those books and the homeowers felt delighted to be a part of those projects.

I’m developing concepts now for books 4 and 5, and I’m thinking of mixing interiors with my own styling but also to add interesting projects and things that can, like Decorate With Flowers, give me a chance to really show my more artistic and creative talents. But yes, back to styling and images above, I really did enjoy them and also liked that they are doing so well here as a creative design firm. I often feel this market has so many gaps and there are so few “names” when it comes to interiors. I cannot think of anyone in particular that is a household name in Germany when it comes to interior design or styling. It’s so different where I come from. In America we are just saturated with names and talent in this field. I wonder if Germany will ever see that? I would be happy to step up and nominate myself but in many ways, I’m unsure what people here would think or how they would react to an American being one of the voices of German interiors?

I’m thinking out loud. I need to get some work done around the office today, some consulting for a NYC startup, but I’ll be back online a little later with some more finds and words to share.

(images: Silke Zander and Peter Fehrentz)

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