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Beautiful Ways To Add Fragrance To Any Room

September 16, 2016

Today the weather went from summer to autumn just.like.that. And I am inspired now by the moody things. Moody light, atmosphere, shadows, dark, a little sexy, romantic. Black lace and cigarettes. Leather. Velvet and wood, candles and the smell of the forest in autumn when the leaves are falling and people have their chimney’s on. And so I thought to bring a little bit of my moody mood into these photographs today of the most gorgeous products I recently received, botanical wax curiosities, from the Botanist collection by Peacock Parfumie and candles with packaging designed by Paris-based artist Nathalie Lété.

Beautiful Ways To Add Fragrance To Any Room

Beautiful Ways To Add Fragrance To Any Room

Beautiful Ways To Add Fragrance To Any Room

Beautiful Ways To Add Fragrance To Any Room

Beautiful Ways To Add Fragrance To Any Room

Beautiful Ways To Add Fragrance To Any Room

Beautiful Ways To Add Fragrance To Any Room

Do you remember years ago (maybe you were a child) when potpourri was all the rage? People had bowls of dried petals and spices all over the house and you could find it in every scent imaginable. Then, it became hugely uncool and most of us wouldn’t be caught with a bowl of it in our entryway. That’s why we have room sprays, scented candles and incense, right? Now add these botanical wax curiosities to the mix, they are scented and lay discreetly in your room, and give a lovely smell to the entire space. I placed one of the Bourbon Rose Flowers in the hallway and the room smells just gorgeous now.

“Peacock Parfumerie Botanical Wax Curiosities are handmade objects of art. Each figure is carefully filled with real botanicals and perfumed with our botanist fragrances. Lovely displayed on a dresser, bathroom vanity or placed in a drawer to scent delicate underthings.”

In addition to the pretty forms and nice, natural scents, the packaging is just gorgeous with a black box and illustrated sleeve. These make for the perfect gift. In fact, I gave the Prince Orange Geranium Hand to my dear friend Gabrielle and she has had it for a month now and still raves about how much she loves it.

I also love the tin candles with packaging designed by Nathalie Lété. Cathedral and Apple Tart are my favorites.

Just beautiful, right? Happy Friday everyone!

(Photographs: Holly Becker for decor8)






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Cloud 7: Portraits of Dog Owners & Their Dogs

September 6, 2015

I’ve just returned from Amsterdam where I was working with a few lovely creative women on a book project so it was SO nice to receive a solid submission in my inbox today! It’s easy to feel a bit lazy after returning from a work trip – I have so much on my mind and with looming deadlines, I love it when someone sends me a submission that is as good as if I had sourced it myself. This one comes from Berlin from a new company called Cloud 7 which is completely focused on providing beautiful, quality products for dogs. I don’t usually write about pets and products for them on decor8, but since dog beds are part of a room, it isn’t a bad idea to actually buy one that looks good and fits your decor, right? The ones from Cloud 7 are totally my style – tactical, cozy, natural-looking and discreet – no crazy patterns or something that clashes with my home style.

Cloud 7: Portraits of Dog Owners & Their Dogs
Cloud 7 produces high quality products like beds, bags, bowls, collars, leashes and other accessories for dogs and are produced fair trade from eco-friendly materials. I love their ceramic chalkboard bowls, canvas dog bag, tweed travel bed, and their many lovely dog beds. My little boy will be 19-months-old in a few days and he loves dogs way more than I notice other kids his age do, so it makes me wonder if a little dog is in our future… He runs up to them and wants to kiss and hug each dog he meets, so I’ve naturally Continue Reading…






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Sandberg Raphael Wallpaper + Hehlen Castle

February 16, 2015

On Valentine’s Day we went with our little son to Schloß Hehlen (Hehlen Castle), a very sweet castle built in the 1500’s located about an hour away and enjoyed the most beautiful cakes in their cafe, Kaffeewirtschaft, on the castle grounds. Aidan enjoyed his babycino so much and when I took his little hand and walked him around the cafe, he was thrilled. I was too and I particularly loved the wallpaper near the fireplace, so I snapped it and posted on my IG. Within seconds, the wallpaper manufacturer identified it as the Raphael in Green by Sandberg. I didn’t even tag it! That’s the beauty of Instagram – you can post nearly anything and someone will identify the place, the product, even the person within mere minutes.

Sandberg Raphael Wallpaper + Hehlen Castle

Sandberg Raphael Wallpaper + Hehlen Castle
(my iphone photo above)

Sandberg Raphael Wallpaper + Hehlen Castle

After visiting the Sandberg website I also found it in a few other colorways but the beige instantly resonated with me as the room it’s shown in looks exactly like my living room – the large window to the right, the linen sheer curtains, even a similar pendant light! You can imagine how this reawakened my need to wallpaper a feature wall in living room! Now I’m trying to decide – will it be a Sandberg, Designers Guild or Farrow & Ball wallpaper? Hmmm.

Sandberg Raphael Wallpaper + Hehlen Castle

Isn’t the lovely? I particularly love it with the marble table and the pretty plants and wooden seating. Fresh and simple with a touch of rustic romance.

(images: sandberg //the snap of me and my little one by his papa)

 






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New Home Collection By The Novogratz

September 25, 2014

Want a little color in your home on a budget, a little zing for Fall, a little fun? I was recently in touch with the Novogratz family about a new line they’ve produced for the home – colorful, budget-friendly and perky… And we all love fun interiors bursting with personality, don’t we? They wanted me to review some of their new things but I was hesitant since I hadn’t seen any of it in person and 1) I don’t feel comfortable reviewing products unless I’ve experienced them and 2) I am so picky when it comes to soft furnishings because stuff close to my skin has to feel GOOD. That’s why I asked for 4 of my favorite pillows from their collection agreeing that if liked them I’d post and if I didn’t, I’d simply return to sender and move on.

New Home Collection By The Novogratz

Thankfully, they passed my critical eye and I’ll end up keeping at least one for my home (I’ll give the rest to my friends, I don’t have much space left in my house!). But the pillows really are great because they are priced between $15-20 bucks a piece and they look really good in person — you really can’t go wrong. You can buy them, along with matching bedding and other goodies, like shower curtains, right here. And yeah, okay, if they were more expensive, I would expect zip-cases and goose feather inserts, but for this price range you really have to appreciate the quality that you’re getting for such rock bottom prices. You can easily wipe them clean, they aren’t such an investment that if your kids ruin them you’re going to freak and they work in all sorts of rooms – the office, kid’s room, play area, living room – anywhere.

New Home Collection By The Novogratz
I put the #9 numbers cushion in Aidan’s nursery…

New Home Collection By The Novogratz
And the Count Your Blessings and Color Wheel cushion on my chair in my living room for now – but the color wheel may end up in my new office  – and a big P.S. — it’s not silk but looks just like it and the colors really shine against the pure while background.

New Home Collection By The Novogratz

The Love Letters cushion is another favorite, shown above.

New Home Collection By The Novogratz

So let me quickly tell you about the Novogratz family shown pictured above. You can see their website for the full scoop, but they are a creative family of 9 (Yes, my jaw dropped too), first is Bob and Cortney Novogratz followed by their 7 children. YES, you heard me right. S E V E N. I have ONE and struggle at times with my schedule so to have 7 completely blows my mind. To be as cool as this family to run a design firm producing collections for huge stores (like Walmart, Macy’s, CB2), developing and designing property, writing books, designing interiors, living in the big city (Manhattan), it seems like a total dream slash fantasy life. I think they need a reality show because I’d tune into that just to get the scoop on how they balance everything. Very inspiring…

(Brought to you by decor8 + The Novogratz. Photography in my home photographed by me. All words are my own.)






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Textiles From The Amsterdam Studio of Mae Engelgeer

August 25, 2014

I really like the work of Mae Engelgeer who is a Dutch textile designer located in Amsterdam. Her blankets, weavings, placemats and tablecloths are just lovely. See what you think…

Textiles From The Amsterdam Studio of Mae Engelgeer

Textiles From The Amsterdam Studio of Mae Engelgeer

Textiles From The Amsterdam Studio of Mae Engelgeer

Textiles From The Amsterdam Studio of Mae Engelgeer

Textiles From The Amsterdam Studio of Mae Engelgeer

Her bio is too lovely to chop up so I think I’ll share it with you in part, “One thing immediately stands out in Mae’s approach to design: she isn’t afraid to show color. Her approach to design and her working method is really instinctive, sensory and natural. Her work can be described as fresh, modern and eye-catching. For her it is really about the ‘feel’ of a fabric and she tries to ‘bring a fabric to life’. Mae Engelgeer has a background in fashion (Amsterdam Fashion Institute) and autonomous arts and design (Sandberg Instituut), which adds up to a versatile education. Underneath this diversity runs a very clear thread, a heartbeat of ikat patterns, a close collaboration with the TextileLab, and of course the baseline of pop coloring. All of those elements emerge from Mae’s intuition, ultimately coming together into a unique sensible whole.” I can definitely see the ikat inspiration, can’t you?

(images: Mae Engelgeer via Passion Shake)






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nani IRO Fabrics From Japan

August 4, 2014

Hi friends, it’s Monday! A brand new week of inspiration and ideas, plans and dreams and hopefully progress! Let’s get started with a quick bite of inspiration. Are you familiar with nani IRO fabrics? These gorgeous fabrics are like paintings and really make me smile. I found out about this Japanese label designed by Naomi Ito a few years ago and have been a fan ever since. Here is a lovely photo showing her more popular patterns that I found on HI(NY) below. I have so many ideas for my home when I see these. I’m currently redecorating my work studio – I’ll show you the before and after on my blog this Autumn, so I’ve been mood boarding like a man woman! These are definitely part of my scheme.

nani IRO Fabrics From Japan

You can buy these fabrics here:
If you’re in Europe at Mondays Milk, Or buy directly from Tokyo at the etsy store of Miss Matatabi for US, Europe, etc. I just threw down a chunk ‘o change for some of these beauties from Miss Matatabi, I can’t wait to get them in my hot little hands and turn them into something pretty.

Please note: All products in this post are decor8 tested and approved.

How are you today?

(image: hiny)






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