Good morning readers and happy Monday! I have a morning flight to catch in a moment, but I wanted to jump online and share a space with you in southern Germany owned and decorated by blogger and married mother of two boys, Nadine from Herz Allerliebst. She is inspired by the brightness and easiness of homes in Northern Europe but also love ethnic touches from places like Asia and Northern Africa and a good mix of old and new. She loves a simple, clean style with mostly white and a hint of color along with bold black so the look doesn’t appear too sweet. Some of the best designers working today swear by adding black (or a dark gray) whenever you notice your palette has become a bit too soft – it definitely works.
It’s important that we decorate our home with heart and when it comes to the homes of others, while we have opinions, it’s not our place to judge them as being “good” or “bad” in my opinion — unless they are asking for advice of course and then it’s always kind to use tact and motivate them to decorate from the heart a little more. But this “decorating from the heart”, what does that really mean, anyway? To me it means to avoid the ever popular “all or nothing” mentality — try to avoid feeling a rush to get everything finished the moment you embark on a decorating project. Decorating should be an organic process, it takes time, just as falling in love with a person takes time. You have to learn how you’ll use each room, see where you tend to gravitate to the most, what you use the space for (it can change according to the season), etc. Allowing our home to grow along with us and our unique personality and needs is so important. Decorating with heart means that you want to infuse your space with your life and passions and not simply copy what you’ve seen elsewhere or buy everything from a single catalog or store. It’s curating, collecting, cherishing, editing, upcycling, recycling, and most of all — being kind to yourself and have confidence in your decisions because if you are overly critical about your choices you can quickly lose the joy that should go into decorating.
Nadine loves to decorate and is inspired by other blogs, magazines and books on the subject, “There are so many wonderful ideas which inspire me but I’m also inspired by my boys (they like painting and tinkering and I like decorating our home with their work), nature (each season has its special items and it is wonderful for me to fill our home with nature) and my mum (we are both a bit crazy about decoration),” says Nadine. I asked her a question though that I always love to ask home owners, what makes a house a home, and she told me, “When you can feel that the people living there put their thoughts and heart into it and this has nothing to do with style or money. It is important to feel comfortable with your style.” Ah yes, feeling comfortable with your style, in other words decorating takes confidence. That is a great reminder, Nadine!
What does decorating with heart mean to YOU?
To see more of Nadine’s home, visit her blog and enjoy!
(images: herz allerliebst)
Would you like to see a lovely Norwegian home today? I was so excited when fellow design blogger, Siw Haveland of Design Shimmer in Norway, wrote in to ask if she could share 12 corners of her home with decor8 readers today. Of course! Of course!
My favorite corner – this is so charming! Everything about it speaks to me…
I’m always keen on sharing inspirational, cozy spaces that ooze with charm and creativity — so let’s see what Siw’s gorgeous home looks like. This was shot by Oslo-based photographer Sandra Aslaksen and some of these images recently appeared in Norwegian design magazine, Bonytt but other than that, they’re pretty new to the web so we’re all pretty lucky to have this pretty place to check out today. Thank you Siw for sharing your home with us…
Her floors look a lot like mine, I have these amazing chevron-patterned wooden floor myself (called technically, herringbone floors). I like the fresh green accents, unexpected and great in a mostly neutral space.
What a clear, modern entryway. This is such a great welcoming space, don’t you think? The twinkle lights were the perfect addition. I love how everything Siw does is super affordable and creative. With very little, she does so much!
I adore this dressing table, the gorgeous high heels lined up on the floor, the white wooden floors, the mirror, the lamp… okay, ALL OF IT. It’s one of those spaces that makes me feel like it’s just the best thing in the world to be a girly girl.
Her tactile, feminine bed covers have to be the most beautiful ones that I’ve ever seen in my life. I’m not even exaggerating when I say that. I have a crochet coverlet, a vintage one, in white but it’s no where are detailed and amazing as Siw’s cover. I also love that big creamy beige throw on top. It’s such an inviting spread. The rug is perfect as well, I have 3 of them in my home — I love warm, cozy rugs. I also like her closet-as-headboard. Very different and this works perfectly if you have lots of pretty clothes like she does in many different colors and patterns.
I like her use of linens and the wooden “DS” for the name of her blog, Design Shimmer, on her inspiration board. I also have a board in the same size that I’ve leaned against the wall in my new workspace too, I have to show you it when I finish my workspace. I’m getting there! Soon!
And here is the pretty homeowner and her great glasses. I just love her look, she matches her home I think – don’t you?
If you didn’t catch this arrangement of jewelry above her dressing table a few images above, then you can see a closer view… this is a simple wire hanger transformed into a place to display her necklaces. Now this is absolutely budget-friendly!
Siw is not scared to mix high and low – in this example an IKEA cabinet with a mid century classic chair and a Kartell Bourgie lamp.
And here’s a view of the entire room where that lovely Kartell lamp is on the IKEA cabinet. It seems she used three of those lockers to form a credenza of sorts – what a clever idea!
Here’s a view of her very, very white kitchen. Wow!
Do you spot anything above that you are particularly drawn to? Anything you’d like to try at home?
I’m always looking to share inspirational homes on decor8, so if you have one — send some photos to me (decor8blog at yahoo dot com) and I’ll check them out for sure! :)
(images: sandra aslaksen)