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Domino Magazine Returns October 8th!

October 4, 2013

I’m so thrilled that Domino magazine has been relaunched and my hope is that it’s better than ever before! It already looks quite promising based on the website alone (love this gift guide!) — with their first print issue returning to newsstands October 8. I’m certain it will perform amazingly well given that no other magazine was able to successfully replace it since its demise four years ago. So many of us missed this publication!

Domino Magazine Returns October 8th!

I was once an online columnist for Domino and for several years I helped produce trend reports and round ups under my editor, Cathy Halley. I was at a loss for words when my job was cut and they folded which was during, at least I thought, a time when they were the most popular ever. To this day, it remains a mystery why Conde Nast made that decision but I’m so glad that things have turned around for the better and that Domino is back to show us what the next face of the mag will look like.

Domino Magazine Returns October 8th!

Domino Magazine Returns October 8th!

Domino Magazine Returns October 8th!

Domino Magazine Returns October 8th!

Under the lead of editor-in-chief Michelle Adams, who will fill the shoes of the former EIC Deborah Needleman, Michelle has some great ideas on how to merge new media with print by taking the magazine in a fresh direction — including the ability to shop directly from its pages. That was always something that I felt was sorely lacking with the original Domino because I wanted to buy so many things that I saw yet it was extremely challenging to source them. Michelle was the former founding editor of Lonny, a successful digital decorating magazine that is still going strong, but left Lonny to pursue a new direction – to lead Domino!

Domino Magazine Returns October 8th!

Domino Magazine Returns October 8th!

Domino Magazine Returns October 8th!

Here’s to a successful relaunch of Domino and I wish Michelle the absolute best with her magazine – and hope so badly that some of the original staffers return, too. I would simply love the return of Tori Mellot (who has since had twin daughters and is the design editor for Traditional Home magazine) because I adored her trend reports.

Domino Magazine Returns October 8th!

Domino Magazine Returns October 8th!

Domino Magazine Returns October 8th!

What do YOU think? Are you happy with this news? What would you like the NEW Domino to include?

-Holly

(photos: domino mag)






Inspiration

Interior Inspiration From VTWonen

September 27, 2013

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…

Interior Inspiration From VTWonen

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.

Interior Inspiration From VTWonen

Interior Inspiration From VTWonen

Interior Inspiration From VTWonen

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.

Interior Inspiration From VTWonen

Interior Inspiration From VTWonen

Interior Inspiration From VTWonen

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.

Interior Inspiration From VTWonen

Interior Inspiration From VTWonen

Interior Inspiration From VTWonen

Any impressions so far that give you a dose of inspiration? I’m in love with this house and with this house, both are located in Amsterdam. They are my two favorites from the batch.

Interior Inspiration From VTWonen

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)






Inspiration

Swedish Photographer Hannah Lemholt

August 29, 2013

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…

Swedish Photographer Hannah Lemholt

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.

Swedish Photographer Hannah Lemholt

Swedish Photographer Hannah Lemholt

Swedish Photographer Hannah Lemholt

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.

Swedish Photographer Hannah Lemholt

Swedish Photographer Hannah Lemholt

Swedish Photographer Hannah Lemholt

Swedish Photographer Hannah Lemholt

Swedish Photographer Hannah Lemholt

Swedish Photographer Hannah Lemholt

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?

Swedish Photographer Hannah Lemholt

Swedish Photographer Hannah Lemholt

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)






Inspiration

Norwegian Living Rooms: Which is YOUR Fave?

August 23, 2013

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?

Norwegian Living Rooms: Which is YOUR Fave?

Spirello

Norwegian Living Rooms: Which is YOUR Fave?

mamma tamo

Norwegian Living Rooms: Which is YOUR Fave?

Fru Therkelsen – see the other half of the room below…

Norwegian Living Rooms: Which is YOUR Fave?

Fru Therkelsen

Norwegian Living Rooms: Which is YOUR Fave?

Mrs Handy

Norwegian Living Rooms: Which is YOUR Fave?

Fjeldborg

Norwegian Living Rooms: Which is YOUR Fave?

antonshome

Norwegian Living Rooms: Which is YOUR Fave?

Oslo in Chanel

Norwegian Living Rooms: Which is YOUR Fave?

an-magritt

Norwegian Living Rooms: Which is YOUR Fave?

mamma tamo

Norwegian Living Rooms: Which is YOUR Fave?

kross myra

Norwegian Living Rooms: Which is YOUR Fave?

Sans for sant

Norwegian Living Rooms: Which is YOUR Fave?

Penelope Blog

Norwegian Living Rooms: Which is YOUR Fave?

svart pa vitt hemma

Norwegian Living Rooms: Which is YOUR Fave?

bratte bakka

Norwegian Living Rooms: Which is YOUR Fave?

marsipanog smile fjes

Norwegian Living Rooms: Which is YOUR Fave?

signe pling

Norwegian Living Rooms: Which is YOUR Fave?

Fjeldborg Look! She has my book. :)

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)

 






Inspiration

Meet Photographer Max Wanger

August 20, 2013

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?

Meet Photographer Max Wanger

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.

Meet Photographer Max Wanger

Meet Photographer Max Wanger

Meet Photographer Max Wanger

Meet Photographer Max Wanger

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.

Meet Photographer Max Wanger

Meet Photographer Max Wanger

Meet Photographer Max Wanger

Meet Photographer Max Wanger

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)






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Paris Apartment & Photo Styling Secrets (via Rue mag)

August 15, 2013

I was just flipping through the new digital issue of Rue magazine (August 2013) and came upon two great features that I wanted to share with you since one has to do with photo styling with a focus on food and the other, a small Paris apartment owned by an American expat. And we all know that Paris is always a good idea. First, photo styling.

Paris Apartment & Photo Styling Secrets (via Rue mag)

Ok so lets talk about styling. Secrets of a Food Stylist: Aiala Hernando is the first article that caught my eye and appears on pages 32-39 – though truthfully I could have easily read an entire magazine on this topic alone. I’m not so interested in food styling for my own work (I’m definitely fixed on interiors) yet many of these tips can still be applied interiors so I had to share them with you being the decor enthusiasts that you are! Aiala Hernando – the woman behind these words – runs creative direction for a luxury Spanish gastronomic tourism firm based in San Sebastián, Spain called San Sebastián Food. She also teaches food styling and photography workshops. You can learn more about those here. I love how she talks about food styling, “A food stylist makes you want to eat a dish just by looking at it…” That’s SO the truth! Here are some of her top tips below for working with food for the perfect photo.

Paris Apartment & Photo Styling Secrets (via Rue mag)

Paris Apartment & Photo Styling Secrets (via Rue mag)

The next article, La Vie En Bleu, explores the life of 25-year-old California expat Haleigh Walsworth (her blog is called Making Magique) and her 40 square meter Paris apartment located in Le Marais district. Haleigh is a freelance digital strategist and content producer for large brands like Condé Nast, Lancôme, Perrier-Jouët, Nina Ricci and Hermès and since moving to Paris when she was in college, she’s managed to learn the language and buy an apartment all by the time she turned 25-years-old! What an inspiration to young women to get your life started at an early age and not waste time.

Being an American expat in Germany, I always love reading stories about how Americans make their life in another culture – it’s fascinating to me as I know that behind the curtain there is a lot of work and many challenges that go into the process of starting anew in a foreign country. Haleigh seems to be in it for the long term too – though she does find herself frequently traveling between LA and Paris for work. Below are some glimpses of her lovely space (more are found in Rue magazine on pages 116-1129). As you can see, she has a real affinity for Tiffany blue!

Paris Apartment & Photo Styling Secrets (via Rue mag)

Paris Apartment & Photo Styling Secrets (via Rue mag)

Paris Apartment & Photo Styling Secrets (via Rue mag)

Paris Apartment & Photo Styling Secrets (via Rue mag)

Paris Apartment & Photo Styling Secrets (via Rue mag)

Paris Apartment & Photo Styling Secrets (via Rue mag)

Paris Apartment & Photo Styling Secrets (via Rue mag)

 

So! Those are my two numero uno inspirations from Rue – anything seen or heard above resonate with you? Any favorite articles you’d like to share?

(images: rue magazine)






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