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Corners of My Home

I was thinking about what to blog today and all of a sudden I thought that perhaps you’d be interested in seeing a few of my favorite things that are in my work room and living room, which are two rooms near to one another, in my home. I love seeing the details in the spaces of others and know that you do to so perhaps you want to see a little glimpse into my life. These were not styled or shot very well as the lighting in here is rubbish with a storm brewing outside, but they are a genuine reflection of how I live and so I hope that you like them.

Corners of my home

Okay so first, remember this post about looking for storage? Well, after posting that I decided to just buy the dream cabinet that I really wanted instead of settling on something that I didn’t want only because it was a few hundred dollars cheaper. In the end, I’ll end up selling or replacing the one I don’t love so it will cost me more long term so I decided to buy a piece that I will have for the rest of my life. I contacted Lys Vintage and to my surprise, they still had the vintage cabinet from France in the lovely grey-brown that I like so much and even better news – they had a driver who could deliver it the next day. Talk about good timing.

Corners of my home

Corners of my home

Corners of my home

Corners of my home

When I got it home, I put lots of our favorite things in it that my husband and I collected over time. I asked him if I could use some of his antiques to display and he was very willing to share his prized collections, including many antique books – some handwritten dating back to the early 1600′s in which he is very fond. I love all of his collections, combined with mine, and that I have some temporary space for some of my favorite design books. I’ll move my design books into a larger cabinet with all the others still boxed up, but for now at least I have access to the best of the best.

Corners of my home

The first door that you see tilted out slightly is a door and a window leading to the balcony. The other double door leads to a second room as large as this one but I’ve shut the doors because I don’t want you to see the boxes that lurk there. I’m still furnishing my home, it’s taking me forever, but at least I have some corners of my home together while I decide on what to fill all of this space with.

Corners of my home

I wish I could say I cleaned up for your visit today, but I didn’t. I have magazine files on the floor from a project I was working on and on the table, stacks and stacks again of paperwork and things. This room doubles as my dining room currently but we usually eat in here when we have guests, otherwise we eat in our other dining room. Yes, we have three places to eat in our home – a kitchen table in the kitchen, a dining area outside of the kitchen in our very wide hallway and then this room which is a formal dining room. I have to make roman blinds for this room shown above, and get a pendant for over the table, and get some new chairs… but you know, it is what it is and I’m not making excuses for it. I like my home. My windows are not as dirty as they look by the way, though our window cleaning guy is coming over on Monday (thankfully) so they’ll be crystal clear soon enough. :)

Corners of my home
Stacks of magazines and stacks of Japanese craft and interiors books… on an antique Swedish bench that I want to paint, I think I may paint the top a minty green and the legs a matte gray, and then do something else but that is a surprise. When I finish I will show you. My makeshift lighting is a vintage green glass jar from the flea market filled with odd bits because I’m quirky like that… and inside are some Christmas lights because I really like how they look at night.

Corners of my home

I showed you my first wintergarten in this post, here is my second one above. I did very little to it, I have plans… I’ll show you once I set those plans into motion. But for now, at least there is something in there so it doesn’t look lonely. I always try to put something in a room until I am able to do what I really want to do in there because at least I can enjoy it for now.

Corners of my home

I have lots of little stacks in my house – books and ceramics mostly – things that I’m obsessed with!

Corners of my home

Above is a piece of furniture from IKEA that I have in my work room – it’s going to have a facelift though as I’m bored with how it looks and I want to paint it and do something fun, including new “knobs” because the ropes are cute but I’m not in love with them as they are.

SO those are some imperfect corners of my home that I thought I’d share today. I love my home, I’m happy here and cannot wait to get it finished but as it is for now is okay with me until I can furnish it and do the curtains, etc. I can’t wait to show you more as I continue to work on things!

(images: holly becker for decor8)

 

Posted in Home Tours on May 26, 2011

An 1850′s Converted American Farmhouse

As an American living in Germany, I’ve noticed that the longer I’ve lived outside of my home country (it will be two years in August), the more American architecture stands out to me as being, well, really American. I finally “get” what my friends once said to me when they traveled to the states and swooned over every New England style farmhouse that they saw on the way from the airport to my converted circa 1875 carriage house in Hollis, New Hampshire where I lived. And I finally get exactly why they loved my little converted home set on a huge apple orchard complete with a backyard pond. It really was the quintessential New England home but at the time, it was just a cute little house where I lived – I didn’t see it as being so charming…

American Farmhouse

Truth is, New England villages with their farmhouses, carriage houses and dairy farms are quite gorgeous and very, very American and now that I’ve distanced myself from all of that I do see it as very charming, too.

Then you have the gorgeous farmhouses in New York, especially the as you drive north out of Manhattan and just keep going… the land gets greener and more beautiful with each mile. I’ll never forget the summers and winters that I once spent at my friends farmhouse in Granville, New York and also in another small town outside of Lake George, I cannot remember the name of at the moment, but it was so nice there. It’s such an amazing part of the country.

It’s funny, daily sightings become so mundane to us — even here as I am surrounded by gorgeous Jugenstil villas and some buildings that are hundreds of years old, I often forget how amazing the local architecture really is. I guess that’s why I want to share this 1850′s American farmhouse in Rhinebeck, NY submitted to me by photographer Emily Gilbert for Rue today. For one, I felt a wave of nostalgia for the American farmhouse the second I saw it and the second reason is because I know that so many Americans dream of living abroad, especially in Europe, but America has so many beautiful things that you’d eventually miss if you relocated elsewhere so I guess you really have to stop and smell the roses. There is so much beauty just around the corner… Take for example this lovely countryside gem…

If this house looks familiar to you, it’s in the current issue of Rue magazine though they gave me a bunch of extra shots to blog about (thanks, Rue!) because they ran out of space to cover the entire house. I’m so happy that they sent this farmhouse for me to publish on decor8 because I think it’s lovely and I really like all of the details inside from the tufted gray chaise to the Madeline Weinrib rug beneath the dining room table, the golden XO stencil detail on the wooden door layered behind the headboard, the adorable dog jumping in to many of the photos (what a little super model!), the painted minty-green legs on the table, the cocktail styling on the credenza complete with a bottle of Bombay Sapphire (a good stylist always uses one bottle of the blue stuff in a shot!) and the basket full of towels in the bathroom — I love the details and the stylist, Meagan Camp, did such a beautiful job in making this home feel cozy and casual.

About the home: This 160-year farmhouse has only had four families living in it – including the current Camp family — since it was built. The previous residents raised six children and, “were host to grand parties that have since become local legend,” says owner Lisa Camp. Lisa found the home in 1999 but sadly the home was near collapse as it had been inhabited, not by people for several years, but by raccoons, snakes and termites. Still, Lisa had vision and recognized it’s potential, especially since, “It reminded me of a house that I grew up in,” she explains. Since her husband, Rod, then living in California, left the house-hunting up to her, she chose the run down farmhouse and got to work. For eight months, the Camps and their three children had to live in the guesthouse on the property during construction but in the end, as you can see above in the gorgeous photos, it was worth the short term inconveniences.

What a lovely home! Do you spot any decorating details that you’d like to try at home?

(images: emily gilbert)

Posted in Home Tours on May 25, 2011

An Inspiring Family Apartment

I love cozy corners and cherish possessions in a home — they are the best parts! I love to see the corners where the home owner reads to her children, where dad relaxes with his favorite novel, where the kids enjoy the company of their best friends… Or simply those moments when the home is silent and there is nothing to be heard except for the purring of Miss Kitty on your lap… Of course, families come in all shapes in sizes, perhaps for you it’s simply your one room apartment with your hamster or your five bedroom house with your partner and three dogs… Or maybe you are still at home with your parents or living in a dorm. The point is, an inspiring home, or “space”,  is one filled with love, warmth, meaningful touches, personalized nooks and an inspiring family (or person) at its core – someone who really cares about their home life – those who live with them and who love being part of a family.

Cozy Spots

The lovely Tina Fussell from the Traveling Mama blog, a lady whom I known know online for several years, has an inspiring family life and an apartment that captures all of these things — she sent in photos of many lovely nooks in her Danish apartment and I thought I’d share them as they have a special feeling of warmth of coziness that I really love.

Tina recently relocated from Morocco to Copenhagen to live in a typical Danish modern apartment that is 1,200 square feet with a large living room in the center with all other rooms off of the living area. She shares this space with her husband and three children, which is amazing because the work involved in maintaining a city apartment with five people must be quite challenging! Imagine?

Cozy Spots

Art by Studio Violet

Cozy Spots

A traditional Moroccan wedding quilt used in a modern home — so pretty and fresh!

Cozy Spots

What I like about Tina’s home is that her decorating style is a reflection of all the places where they have lived throughout the years and that almost everything has a story since moving frequently to distant lands has forced her to edit when packing for the next destination since she cannot take everything with her. She is forced to carry only what they cannot part with — but this has been a good thing for Tina and her family because now each item in their lovingly curated home has meaning and value. It’s something to consider isn’t it – to really keep those things that have meaning…

Cozy Spots

Cozy Spots

Cozy Spots

“I wouldn’t call our home a designer home, it’s my hope to encourage others that a beautiful home can be achieved on a very tight budget and limited resources,” Tina says and I could agree more – one can do a lot with little money, a good eye and a lot of love for decorating and of course, their family life and the dedication they have to making it a nice place to be for themselves and other family members.

Cozy Spots

Cozy Spots

Cozy Spots

I Love You Blogs And Coffee print from Made By Girl.

Cozy Spots

Cozy Spots

Cozy Spots

Tina thank you for this glimpse into your world, I’ve enjoyed it so much and I’m sure decor8 readers do as well.

Psst: Tina takes lovely photos, as you can see above, and also here in her etsy shop.

(images: tina fussell)

Posted in Home Tours on May 23, 2011

A Delightfully Danish Home

I thought I’d introduce you to my new online friend, Anita Schytte, who is the Tine K Home sales and brand manager in Denmark. She lives in the port town of Korsør which is not far from Odense so she’s close to the sea and lots of lush, green forests. Anita also write articles about interior decorating for Danish financial newspaper Borsen in their Friday magazine about glamorous villas, castles and manor houses. She also speaks Danish, English, Hungarian and German! It really is true about Europeans, most over here do speak several languages fluently. Yes, it’s intimidating as I’m still learning German!

danish

Anita is such a sweetheart, I’m sure if I met her I’d love her. I’m sure you’ve had that experience with different people that you’ve met online – you just click! I really like Anita and after she sent in some photos of her home I thought showing a glimpse of it would be such a treat for those who love a clean, simple home that is well edited and fresh. It’s a delightfully Danish home I think. But I’ll let you decide…

Pretty Danish Home


I love her white Tine K Home lamp. Pretty Danish Home

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I like the sofas, chairs, pillows and lighting in her living room, don’t you? They’re all from Danish brand Tine K Home and I find them just so lovely! I want two of those chairs for my own living room and the lamps too! I have to put in an order soon, I have a bit of a procrastination problem at the moment I think!

Pretty Danish Home

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I love the shelving in her kitchen to the right and those huge windows. What a nice spot for cooking. If you look over to the left you can see her living room so you can see that it’s very accessible to the living space.

Pretty Danish Home

Okay that dog is too sweet, right? Look at that cutie on the Fatboy with the bone motif on the side. My goodness, what a show stealer that little dog is.

Pretty Danish Home

Gorgeous Tine K Home glasses also work nicely as tea light candle holders.

Pretty Danish Home

I love that table to the right of her sofa in green. I have this mild obsession for Thai furniture at the moment painted in fun colors like turquoise but I also love certain pieces in lacquered white or striking black. I’ve actually been into it since I saw a few pieces in Tine’s house last year when I was visiting her to style her home. She had a lovely low bookcase that I couldn’t take my eyes off of in white and to this day, I’ve been unable to find anything like it.

Pretty Danish Home

Pretty Danish Home

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This bathroom is so modern and lovely, it reminds me of bathroom styles in Germany that are very common. Clean, modern, high end gorgeous bathrooms Love the skylight and that deep tub. Imagine taking a bath there by candlelight in the evening as you sip champagne and look at the stars? Oh yes.

Pretty Danish Home

Here’s another angle of the gorgeous master bathroom. I love the shower stall – it’s perfect. I dream of having a shower stall completely free of of tile – just a stone shower. That would suit me very well – I love how natural and simple it is.

I thought I’d ask Anita a few quick questions about her home to wrap up because seeing photos isn’t always enough for me, I like to know a little bit more about the person who occupies the space – their passions, favorites, inspirations… So let’s learn a little about Anita.

What do you love about living in Denmark? Both of my parents came from Hungary back in the 50′s and found their new home in Denmark. It is close to their homeland and I’m close to all other European countries which are just around the corner. I have always felt home no matter where I am, and I could quite easily move, except that my family and all my beloved friends would not move along… so the best part of living here is my relationships with so many dear people! I also live next to the sea and the forest and enjoy the northern light from all windows in my house.

What do you love about your home? The size – I love the space and all the possibilities! I get to live out my crazy decorating ideas (I’m an interiors freak!) day and night and my house is constantly evolving.

What makes a house a home? Collections of personal things – constantly changing things around and welcoming new possibilities within the borders of money of course! Also to have your kids tell you never, never even think of moving anywhere else – then you have the right place, that is what makes a house a home so I think I stay where I am.

What do you like to do the most at home? On Sundays I’m constantly walking along the kitchen table – all day long – making and serving everything from roasts to baked goods. All day I’m cooking, baking, blending, mixing and lining all of the ingredients up in beautiful bowls. After having cleaned and redecorated my house that is – I cannot relax and enjoy a Sunday meal  until housework and decorating is finished!

What inspires the way that you decorate? I have a long time passion for design, preferably Northern style such as Arne Jacobsen and Poul Kjærholm but I mix many designers and periods with eclectic accessories in my home. One day I’m interested in pink acrylic and another, loads of natural materials – or soft dark velvets. Then perhaps I’m interested in Tricia Guild and lots of color… I could go on and on because I have no particular references as I consider myself to be quite open. Right now I am dreaming of Dutch style and chalky matte paint on walls (I wish I had an old manor house to paint!).
What are your favorite Danish interiors blogs? Danes have no tradition of blogging – like the way the rest of Europe does.

What is one dream item for your home on your wish list? I would love to have an old big greish cabinet in my dining room to contain my plates, dishes and all of my favorite glassware.
What is your favorite thing in your home and why? I love the design of my Thomas Pedersen Sting Ray chair. That will never leave the house – but also the lamps of Danish designer Birgit Østergaard that look like pillows (you can see them in the kitchen). Also my XL TineKHome lamp is an absolute favorite and the table made of old Balinese teak wood (from a hut) to the because it looks like a tremendous piece of driftwood and I love to pile all my interior design books on top  of it.

(images: Anita Schytte)

Posted in Home Tours on May 18, 2011

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