I love reading the vtwonen blog, a Dutch magazine that I’ve been subscribing to for eons now, because I always find some fresh interpretations of trends and themes that I thought had long faded. I also love how the Dutch use lots of older things in very modern interiors – like these oil paintings and this antique cabinet, for instance…
They really seem to have a thing for revitalizing what’s old and grandmotherly and transforming it into a very youthful, energetic new look that often becomes part of a trend movement. Take beige for example. So often disregarded or dubbed BORING. Such a shame! It is a warm and versatile neutral that has loads of potential. If you are really creative, you can work with all colors and create something beautiful I believe. I often wonder why some put beige in the corner with a cone hat on, it’s not naughty in the least. If anything, outside of gray, it’s a perfect neutral. At least that’s my belief. These photos below are such a fitting visual example of what I’m trying to say. Beige can be so warm, relaxed and when paired with various tones of brown and white, can create a most soothing space to find comfort and peace.
I always encourage venturing outside of your own comfort zone, even if it means visiting websites that you think you’d have no interest in, because suddenly you can see something and BOOM, a new world appears before you. It’s super important to go beyond what you know, isn’t it? Your creative ideas can begin to stagnant otherwise.
All of these lovely rooms were shot for vtwonen and now appear in back issues and on their website. Looking to different cultures to see what inspires them can help us all to see our interior world a little differently. I love the style in each of these places and hope that you’ll refer to vtwonen for more inspiration because they certainly have tons of it packed onto their gorgeous site. I love these felted ivory beads shown below. Or perhaps they are wooden? I have the felted version hanging in my living room in a similar fashion, you may have spotted them in my most recent book. I’ve been looking for a new way to use them and this image below gave me a few good ideas. That’s what I mean, keep your eyes OPEN and see what you can find in rooms from magazines that look similar to your current stuff at home – perhaps you’ll discover a new direction for the things that you own. I always do.
What draws me to each of these homes is the naturalness. What draws you? I love the harmony in both palette and material – both are soothing and easy to change up and the natural materials make me feel at one with nature. I can imagine feeling peace and joy in these spaces. Are you attracted to this natural style?
(images: vtwonen magazine)
Let’s delve further into neutral bliss, shall we? After writing a moment ago about Love Warriors I realized that I should shine a special spotlight on their lead photographer and partner, Hannah Lemholt. Hannah shoots most of what you see on the Love Warriors website and, being an accomplished photographer, she also takes on clients and does her own work separate from Love Warriors. Her blog, Honey Pie Living, is my dream space. It’s where I go when I need to clear my mind, replenish my soul and just escape reality. It’s calming, though-provoking and imaginative. Hannah is so talented that her work will leave you breathless, especially if you appreciate a very artistic approach to photography. I refer to Hannah as the Swedish Angelina Jolie. One look at her, and you’ll see why…
What a stunning lady. Her self portraits, shown in abundance on her blog, are pure magic and never feel staged or show off-y like lots of these typical fashion and lifestyle bloggers are these days constantly trying to hard (ha ha sorry, I had to say it). Her presence on her blog is there but quiet and gentle and never screams, “Look at me! Give me attention! Like me!”. It’s natural and graceful, and I love that so much.
And beyond her external beauty, her soul is filled with creativity and passion for finding and creating beauty in the world around her. I can easily get lost in her wardrobe too. There isn’t a single piece that she wears that doesn’t appeal to me on some level. Everything looks so casual, balanced, cozy and feminine with a definite rustic, bohemian spirit.
This photo, above, makes me feel so calm and protected. I guess it’s because I still believe that we all have our own angel. It’s a belief I’ve held since childhood and no matter how many people may feel otherwise, or think it’s crazy, religious, or somehow odd to imagine life beyond what we see – I still believe in the magic and beauty that exists elsewhere and I still, despite how much religion has let me down, believe that there is more to life than the seen – and that belief has held me safe for my entire life – it’s given me hope and above all other things, has given me wings of my own. HOPE does that. And as long as there is hope, there is light and a belief that more can come to us.
This is a glimpse of her home – I’ve seen the entire apartment in a German magazine not to long ago and remember swooning over her personal style and feeling so deeply moved by how much care and attention she gives to every detail. People who are this detail-oriented really move me. I guess it’s because a huge piece of me longs to live this way yet with my brain racing and the attention problems I’ve dealt with since I was a small girl, it’s also a part of me that I may never see truly manifest itself outside of my own imagination. It’s a battle. I wonder if you battle this too?
Hannah (shown above) has the same camera strap that I do from Bloom Theory. It really is this beautiful in person, too. I gave one away not too long ago in a contest I hosted on Instagram (@decor8) and had a ton of entries – my readers love these straps!
Hannah thank you for your endless inspiration – so many people who don’t know about you will now – and so many who already in love with your work, like me, are so grateful for your endless exquisite creativity that inspires us all.
(images: hannah lemholt)
Hello again friends! My last post featured a blogger from Norway but wow, have I got a surprise for you! More Norwegian design inspiration! I found a site called Norske Interior Blogger that recently hosted a “Show us your living room!” challenge. They share all of the entries and link out to some great “real” living room spaces – especially helpful if you have a spruce-up in mind since Fall is on its way. Here is a delightful mix, an interior cocktail, of living rooms from Norway that I hope you’ll enjoy as much I did spending what felt like hours combing through all of the entries. Some of my faves are below. Which one catches your eye, I wonder?
Fru Therkelsen - see the other half of the room below…
Click here to see more gorgeous homes and to find the bloggers behind them all.
So… Do you have a favorite? Which living room do you like best? Why?
(images linked to their sources)
Have you heard of Max Wanger? He’s a photographer based Los Angeles whom I first heard about through Bri over at Design Love Fest and was reminded of him again last week, so I visited his online portfolio. A few minutes into the rabbit hole, I was swept away by his fashion photography and knew I had to feature a few favorite shots because they inspired me so much but even more, that I had to contact him for a little interview. These photos just feel like summer to me but even more, they’re so fresh and invigorating and I just love the color palettes that I can pull from these for projects – like a party or redecorating project. With summer in its final hours, I couldn’t think of a better time to share Max with all of you. Would you like to sit in on our little conversation?
Hi Max! So excited to have you and your work on decor8 today! So tell us, I know you live in LA but where do you work and what is your background?
Max: I mostly work in LA but accept jobs worldwide. I was born and raised by reformed hippies. Educated in Los Angeles, Honolulu and the here and there of Tokyo. I’m a lover of lazy Sundays, mismatched socks, negative space, NYC, soba, green tea, and last but almost certainly first, my wife Margaux & our little boy, Dash.
What landed you in photography?
Max: I’ve loved photography since I was 7 years old. That’s when my interest started and it’s grown from a hobby, to freelance, to now, full-time. After college, I actually spent almost 8 years working in a completely different field, in a very corporate environment. It wasn’t for me and my unhappiness reached it’s peak those last couple of years. Ultimately, the drive to do something I love landed me in the position I’m in today. I’ve been shooting professionally now for about 6 years.
Is photography your day job or do you do something else on the side? If so, what?
Max: Well, my wife and I both work from home and taking care of our 5 month old baby has quickly become our new full-time job. Aside from that, yes, photography is my day job. Although I also have a print shop on the side where I sell some of my work and that’s been taking up quite a bit of my time lately.
What do you shoot with mostly? Do you shoot tethered, wireless, or?
Max: Canon 5D Mark III, 35mm 1.4 & 50mm 1.2. For studio work, both, depending on the type of shoot.
What are you favorite types of jobs?
Max: I love shooting travel stories and look books — I love anything that involves working/collaborating with friends.
What are 5 things that you enjoy about being a photographer?
Max: The people, the travel, the discovery, the independence, the adventure.
Who is your DREAM client/job?
Max: I have to say, shooting for Conde Nast Traveler was a dream job come true. I always wondered how you got to be that photographer who got to travel to amazing places and take photographs. It was surreal when they commissioned me to shoot a story for them. As for a client that I’d love to shoot for in the future? Nike.
Do you also art direct/style your shoots? If so, tell us how you plan things out. If not, tell us some of your favorite stylists with whom you’ve worked.
Max: For personal work, I’ll sketch out and storyboard ideas. Most times I’ll art direct, but sometimes I’ll bring a crew on board and work with them to bring an idea to life. For commercial and editorial work, I’ve had the honor of working with so many talented stylists. But I particularly love collaborating with Jen Gotch. She’s an amazing stylist and creative mind.
Who are some of the best clients you’ve worked for?
Max: Vans, Banana Republic, Martha Stewart, Conde Nast Traveler.
What is the wildest shoot you’ve ever had to do?
Max: I’m not sure I would classify it as wild, but shooting for Vans in Berlin was definitely one of the most exciting shoots. Among the many highlights: Getting to photograph Mos Def who was a part of the trip. There was also that time I fell into a pool while shooting a wedding, but that’s a different, not-so-awesome, kind of wild.
Are you available for hire and if so, how can my readers get in touch with you? Where can they buy some of your prints?
Max: Yes! They can e-mail hello [at] maxwanger [dot] com or visit my website or my online shop. Thank you, Holly!
Readers: Do you have any questions for Max? Please ask him in the comments section below!
Thank you for joining us Max!
(images: max wanger)