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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)






Inspiration

6 Things That Inspired Me This Weekend

August 31, 2014

I thought I’d highlight 6 inspirations since I’m online a little this weekend and had a few moments to check up on my favorites blogs and sites to see what’s new. Please click on all of the links that interest you so you can find out more…

6 Things That Inspired Me This Weekend

6 Things That Inspired Me This Weekend

1. First, the new plant series on Igor’s blog, Happy Home. Gorgeous photographs and his living room is so pretty too, don’t you think? Igor lives and blogs in Munich, Germany.

6 Things That Inspired Me This Weekend

2. H&M Life is a really interesting section on their site. It was cool to find some blogger friends there, too. I really like the Follow Friday series and seeing Laura Bailey and Caroline Issa

6 Things That Inspired Me This Weekend

6 Things That Inspired Me This Weekend

3. I wrote about them last weekend, Saana ja Olli but came across more good pics on Igor’s blog that he just blogged. Really nice rugs.

6 Things That Inspired Me This Weekend

4. A very nice fashion blog called Hello Fashion by a mother of THREE with a new baby and a husband who models cool outfits on the blog too. Some of her photos with her baby boy give me some pose ideas for photos we take of Aidan and I.

6 Things That Inspired Me This Weekend

6 Things That Inspired Me This Weekend

6 Things That Inspired Me This Weekend

6 Things That Inspired Me This Weekend

5. I just love Swedish stylist and photographer Linda and her blog Call Me Cupcake.

6 Things That Inspired Me This Weekend

6. Artist Leigh Viner – I love how she is holding a painting she did – fun!

 What inspired you this weekend? I’m off now to Sip & See party to meet twin boys… See you soon!

(images linked to their sources above.)






Inspiration

Instagram Fave Friday: The Doctors Closet

August 2, 2014

Hey Hey Peeps! And no, you’re not reading the post title wrong, it’s totally Saturday here where I live too despite this being called Instagram Fave Friday. But I’m a little late and I still wanted the post to go up so I could show you guys that consistency means something to me despite how crazy upside down my schedule is since becoming a mom! I wake up not knowing what day of the week it is. I feel a bit like I’m in a dream, on vacation, on a roller coaster and moving in slow motion – all at once and I love it but man, I’m so glad I work from home because I don’t know how working moms who have to leave each day do it. Props. But back to the point of this post — Today let’s drool look at another Instagramer I adore. An inspirational instagramer, so perhaps this is an Inspirgramer? Let’s look at Instagram Fave Friday: The Doctors Closet  About this lady: Monika Hibbs, a Vancouver-Instagram Fave Friday: The Doctors Closet Instagram Fave Friday: The Doctors Closet As I was putting this post together, I saw that she’s a fan of Decorate With Flowers. Makes me proud and happy to see Canadian fans!  Isn’t this all just so pretty? Have a nice weekend everyone. xo (images: monika hibbs)






Inspiration

Are You Using Issuu Clip?

August 1, 2014

You guys. I’ve been a pinning maniac today. I’m finding so much inspiration at the moment using the new CLIP feature on Issuu. Finally I can enjoy and save stuff from digital magazines over to Pinterest. So cool. Have you tried it yet? I hope you follow me on Pinterest so you can see more because I’m totally blowing up my feed. So much fun! Here’s what’s on my radar at the moment… First, lots of blue tones. Links are here. Most of these came from my friend Griottes so I can’t take all of the credit for sourcing them. These have a definite Autumn vibe.

Are You Using Issuu Clip?

Are You Using Issuu Clip?

Are You Using Issuu Clip?

 

This insanely subtle, girly loft in NYC with a sofa to die for from Smitten magazine. The sofa looks like something that came from ABC Carpet + Home doesn’t it?

Are You Using Issuu Clip?

Next, peachy pinks and a very summery bohemian feel. These are from Smitten magazine, volume 11.

Are You Using Issuu Clip?

Are You Using Issuu Clip?

Are You Using Issuu Clip?

And finally a wall of art that made me happy from Anthology magazine, issue 16.

Are You Using Issuu Clip?

Are you using Issuu Clip? You should be!

Happy Friday!

 

 






Inspiration

Covet Garden Home: Special Print Edition

August 1, 2014

Hello everyone and happy Friday! How are you today? I’m feeling great because the heat has lifted and the weather is sublime which greatly impacts how I feel. And now I can take my little one outside – when it’s boiling I have no will and he seems to hate sweating too, so we play indoors and he hangs out in mommy’s work studio. The weekend is here so we’re hoping to hit some flea markets and festivals like the Maschseefest which I just love – it’s a huge open air festival around this massive lake in the center of our city with food and music and this year, they’ve totally changed the format to include foods for more diverse palates like mine, so I’m excited to see what they have. You can follow me on Instagram to check out my fest photos this weekend if you’d like. So, let’s talk about beautiful rooms shall we?

Covet Garden Home: Special Print Edition

I was thrilled (and little Aidan was very curious!) when Covet Garden Home sent a copy of their gorgeous magazine in print. They usually publish online (see all of their issues here on ISSUU), so holding it in my hands was a first for me and a really beautiful moment. I wasn’t into digital magazines at all, I couldn’t connect and couldn’t really save anything from them, so I normally bypassed digi mags for print or just went to Pinterest for inspiration. BUT Issuu has a new “Clip” option for viewing digital magazines, which has totally changed the game for me and I’m suddenly a big fan of digital magazines on Issuu at least. I digress…

Anyway, until now, Covet Garden never hit my radar but now that they’ve released this print issue (below) and Issuu (which is their viewing platform) has Clip, I’m a brand new fan and totally absorbed.

Covet Garden Home: Special Print Edition

As I went through the issue, I fell in love with the home stories that ranged from family nests to small spaces for artists and larger ones for couples who sought peace in the countryside. I found myself drawn to the more natural palettes with quirky handmade touches and a mix of styles, so I asked Covet Garden if I could show some of my favorite rooms for this blog post and to my delight, they were happy to do so.

Covet Garden Home: Special Print Edition

This special print edition is so beautifully done, I’d like to congratulate Lynda Felton (co-editor, content lead, stylist), Jessica Reid (co-editor, creative director), and Rhonda Riche (co-editor, features editor, writer) for pulling this off. With their combined talents and rich professional backgrounds, they’ve managed to pull together a winning piece of quality work. I also LOVE that they were able to make this issue come to life through crowd funding on IndieGoGo where they raised $20,230 (CAD) from friends and fans. I absolutely love the concept of crowd funding GOOD ideas (there is a lot of crap to filter through on these sites more and more but some real gems definitely exist) and adore the thought of having your fans and friends financially back your work, this is a positive and rewarding way to launch a product or service that you may not be able to fund yourself but also it adds that market research component – you get to see if something has legs before you invest in it. If people don’t back you, it may not be the right product, the right timing, or both. Then you have to tweak and try again or move on to another idea. But at least you didn’t go into debt learning your lesson.

Here is another room below from Covet Garden that I love. I think it’s that very industrial architecture combined with a very traditional decor – it’s such an unexpected mix, it threw me off at first – made me look twice, and I like that. It’s daring.

Covet Garden Home: Special Print Edition

This sweet stool combined with that postcard holder for the wall is a sweet duo. I like showing art, postcards, notes, etc. this way – open, casual, creative and gives visitors a chance to touch your beloved favorites – it doesn’t feel too precious.

Covet Garden Home: Special Print Edition

I don’t know if the homeowner painted those crib rails but if she did, it’s a really cool idea. If not, then I guess it’s worth a try if you use non-toxic paint and your baby isn’t a railing chewer as I read some babies can be. I love the naturalness of this nook. Crib bumpers are risky, but it seems in Canadian publications (which this is) crib bumpers are kept in baby room photos (in Germany too), but in the USA magazines have asked me to remove all bedding (I don’t have bumpers) in order for them to run the photo. Interesting isn’t it? Of course, it’s for baby safety and SIDS, but still interesting… Anyway, this nursery is gorgeous and I love it.

Covet Garden Home: Special Print Edition

Yardsticks on the fireplace surround, black matted framed artwork, that cool couch, the tiny rug below the sofa table which breaks ALL of the boring design rules out there about “proper” rug size… What is NOT to like about this tiny living room? It really grabbed my heart. It feels so warm and inviting. The homeowner is clearly clever and creative.

Covet Garden Home: Special Print Edition

Ok I’m going to be adventurous here and say I love this dining room, because I do, but I still am NOT SURE I COULD EAT around all of those insects mounted on the wall in shadow boxes. Could you? Or am I being a wimp here?

Covet Garden Home: Special Print Edition

Are you a fan of Covet Garden Home magazine? If so, get your print edition while it lasts and support this wonderful home-grown business. You will love the issue and home stories (and NO ads!), I promise!

(images: covet garden – Donna Griffith and Jodi Pudge)






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