Hello everyone! We made it to the other side of the pond… London is lovely and the weather is amazing! We just left and now we’re HOME in Hannover — I can’t believe we’re here. We were going to stay longer in London but decided to just come to Germany right away. If felt wonderful to turn the keys to the door of our apartment. Sooo exciting! Everything is so white and clean, just as I left it and the rooms are flooded with sunshine as the weather is absolutely amazing. My mother-in-law prepared a meal for us, and put a welcome wreath on the front door that she made along with a bouquet on our dining room table. She also stocked the house with all the little necessities that she knew we’d need upon arrival. So… all is well. Now to unpack, go through mail, take care of lots of appointments and paperwork, apply for my driver’s license… the list is endless so I’ll be spending the next week or two on these things but of course I’ll still be here blogging from time to time but mostly I’m leaving decor8 in the capable hands of the many lovely friends who have been filling my shoes while I’m out and about. Have you been enjoying them?
So before I head off, I wanted to share Meghan Guthrie with you… She has been popping up all over design blogs, but in case you haven’t seen her work yet let’s take a peek together, shall we? Meghan is a prop stylist and set designer based in NYC and I’m guessing you’ve noticed her work around whether you’ve realized it or not since her touch has graced the pages Natural Health magazine and West Elm (in print). I follow a number of stylists and I’ve added Meghan to my list as I’m certain you will too. Here’s only a smidgen of her genius. To view more, please peruse her online portfolio.
I’m endlessly inspired by such creative types, I love seeing how they decide to arrange things and I often look at each arrangement, dissecting it and imagining why or how the scene was created. Do you do this too?
(images: meghan guthie)
Hello everyone! I spent a fantastic day out and about in Boston where it is sunny and hot, hot, hot outside. We just returned to our hotel and I found a gorgeous bouquet of flowers in our room from a couple of friends of mine – how nice, huh? The room smells fantastic and our view of the Charles River and the skyline is a fantastic back drop. We’ve been here since Saturday and things have been non-stop between visits with friends and family coming in to the city to see us off… I’m tired! And most of all, I’m tired of saying goodbye because I am not too keen on goodbyes — it’s hard to say to those you love. Okay, I’m going off track because this post isn’t about me — it’s about Leslie Shewring from A Creative Mint, a guest writer on decor8 who will post two Mondays each month (1st and 3rd Mon.) – her column is called Color Me Pretty and officially kicks off right now… Here is Leslie’s current color inspiration — I hope that her palette inspires you, too!
Colors Selected: Blues, Aquas, Whites and a little Sand
Inspiration: Making sun prints and playing at the beach with my kids
Ideas on using these colors at home: Even though blue and white is a traditional color combination you can freshen the look in your home by adding more variations of blue to your palette, like throwing in some aqua. I love water pictures from past family vacations so I framed a series for my bathroom all using similar frames. Sun prints are another way to bring a great bold blue into a room as they are an inexpensive way to create art for your walls. I used lots of found objects from around the house to make a little series that would have a nice impact if hung together as a group. Of course collecting patterns with similar colors always makes a nice statement too, like my blue patterned Japanese bowls stacked on a shelf. I hope you enjoy this series and I am still staring at my long lasting blue hydrangeas! – Leslie
(images: leslie shewring)
I briefly mentioned interiors stylist Lucyina Moodie several months back (here) but had you blinked, you may have missed it so I’m devoting a proper post to this talented lady… Lucyina is a freelance stylist working in the UK who has been on her own for about 9 years (go freelance!), prior to that she was a contributing stylist at BBC Good Homes magazine. Here’s a tiny peek into her online portfolio below.
To view more, please visit her gorgeous rooms right here. Don’t you just love viewing work like this? Oh I do… so, so much.
(images: lucyina moodie)
Forgive me, but I’ve been on a wedding kick lately. I promise, it’s nearly over! :) My anniversary was on the 14th but I’m still thinking about weddings and I’m guessing it’s due to all the photos I’ve been looking through lately as I prep for our move. Last night I pulled out our wedding and reception DVD and my husband and I watched it on his laptop — we recently had the video tape transferred to DVD with all these special features added like short clips and a image album so it was fun to look at. I promise, this is the last wedding-ish post!
Have you heard of The Wedding Chicks before? No? Oh you will love me for sharing these ladies with you today! This is such a beautiful place on the web to visit for wedding inspiration. I must confess though, that even for us married girls it’s a great spot for simply viewing lovely things and dreaming up ideas on how we can use some of the ideas and color schemes in a non-wedding sort of way.
They also have some great DIY projects that you can certainly use whether you’re about to wed or not. Enjoy!
(photos: the wedding chicks)