Hello everyone, it’s me Holly and I thought I’d pop in for a moment to say hello! I hope you have been enjoying the sweet posts left by some of my contributing guests – it’s been lovely having them. Tomorrow I’ll welcome yet another to inspire you – a stylist living in LA. But first, I thought I’d check in to see how you are, what you’ve been up to lately, etc. I also thought I’d show you a few things that I’ve been loving this week. Twelve to be exact!
1. The new FABRIKÖR cabinet available in green, cream or black from IKEA. This is a must-buy, I have to pick up one for my entryway to display some of my Rosenthal vases.
2. Arne Jacobsen cups – I just bought four with my own letters – what would you spell? The temp+files thought SLOW was a good thing to spell. I agree!
3. A wood table like this one found in a Scandinavian online mag – which I cannot find now to properly link to it (please help me if you know!). I’m thinking to ask a designer here in Hannover to make it for me since I know she would do a great job on something similar. Just a little wider and no shelf. But chunky and thick. I’m in love.
4. Seems like everyone is into Astier de Villatte ceramics all of a sudden. I wonder why? Do you ever wonder that stuff too, like what happens when stuff you’ve known about for years suddenly is all over the place? We photographed vignettes that I styled in their Paris shop in Feb 2012 for my book, Decorate Workshop, which was quite an honor! I walked away with loot too that I love.
5. I’m cRaZy in love with Scandi food blogger, Call Me Cupcake. Look at the cakes she bakes! Oh la la!
6. I want these Folklore window decals from Haijke sooooo much. I have plans. When I order them and stick them up, I’ll share on decor8 for sure.
7. A simple necklace how-to from Tina at Travelling Mama inspired me so much. I want to go back to the craft store to shop for big beads now! I also LOVE her hot pink needle, I have to be on the look out for one of those!
8. Very pale, simple wallpaper like this found on Pinterest first by Wimke Tolsma.
9. Speaking of walls, I also love this pop of peach from Hannas Room. So creative and simple!
10. And I’ve been just a tad bit into (okay more like massive overload obsessed) with the French Carnets Parisians blog lately. Oh it’s wonderful there… H E A V E N L Y.
11. Oh and Carnets Parisians has an etsy shop too called Asleep From Day. Swoon.
See you tomorrow – hope you are having a great week! xo
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Kate Spade stuff is just so cute. Here is my current wish list and yes, it’s obvious I have a thing for watches but when they look this cute, how can you not have a total addiction? What Kate stuff are you wanting for summertime? Have you smelled the new Live Colorfully perfume yet? I can’t find it yet here in Germany so I have to wait until I’m in London so I can sniff around their store there.
I’m still waiting and waiting for them to make stylish camera bags for women… Please Kate, Please.
And I keep meaning to ask, how are you liking their new Kate Spade Saturday brand?
(images: kate spade)
Hello lovely friends. How are you today? I am doing good. I just returned from the flower market which left me feeling very inspired. If you are on Instagram, you can see some of my photos if you look me up and follow me there – I’m @decor8. Flowers are such a lovely and affordable way to boost the spirit, aren’t they? I’m going to spend some time now putting together some arrangements to dot around my home and office. The punchy colors will look nice!
Today I heard from my friend Danielle de Lange, a Dutch blogger, stylist and online shop owner that I’ve been friends with since I began blogging many years ago. Danielle is an amazing woman, we’d traveled together and still keep in touch and try to see each other every year or so. I’m so grateful for her friendship as she has been a lovely support and fellow blogger and friend throughout the years. I thought I’d show some support in return and blog about some of the new products that she has added to her shop, Le Souk. I really love all of these items and I think that you will to. Danielle has a real knack for, “Mixing modern, traditional and handmade, — every product at Le Souk is selected with a lot of care and love.” So true. See for yourself!
About Le Souk: Le Souk is the very best place to discover beautiful and unique products for you and your home. Our collection offers a wide – and still growing- range of home accessories for modern living, as well as personal accessories for you and your kids. Mixing modern, traditional and handmade, every single product at Le Souk is selected with a lot of care and love. Our goal is to make our customer’ life -and home- just a bit more beautiful. Le Souk donates at least 5% of its profits to Women for Women. This nongovernmental organisation helps women in war-torn regions rebuild their lives by providing them with job skills training, rights education, access to capital, assistance in small business development and financial and emotional support.
1. & 6. Handmade throw: These one-of-a-kind plaids are hand made in a small workshop in Northern Africa by skilled craftsmen. The throws are made according to traditional techniques but have a modern color scheme. No two plaids are identical! Gorgeous bold colors! Available in sizes: 150x200cm and 215x240cm.
3. Handmade kilim runner in black & white: This unique kilim runner rug is handwoven by three skilled weavers in Tunisia using a traditional wooden weaving loom. The rug is made according to traditional techniques but the design is modern which give the rug a very unique character.
4. Wooden beads chandelier: This large white chandelier is absolutely stunning. It is made of hundreds of chunky wooden beads. The ethnic shape and the use of natural materials make this a true eye-catcher.
5. Handmade kilim runner in bold colors: this unique kilim runner rug is handwoven by three skilled weavers in Tunisia using a traditional wooden weaving loom. The rug is made according to traditional techniques but the design is modern which give the rug a very unique character. Very beautiful color combination!
7. Handwoven tablecloth/bedspread: This beautiful handwoven cloth can be used as a tablecloth, throw or as a bed cover. The stunning colors will brighten up any corner! Made from wool and woven by skilled craftsmen in a small weaving workshop in North Africa.
8. Bamboo pendant lamp: The organic shape and the use of bamboo give this pendant lamp a beautiful natural and unique look.
9. Handmade kilim cushion: This colorful striped cushion is handwoven by skilled weavers in a small workshop in Tunisia using a traditional wooden weaving loom. The cushions are made according to traditional techniques but have a modern color scheme.
Beautiful, I’ll have one of everything please! Especially the chandelier. Do you remember when I blogged about my obsession for the Mud Studio chandy awhile back? If not, you can see them here and now you can buy one like it at Danielle’s shop. Weeee!
(images: le souk)
I’ve been thinking about rugs a lot lately because I want a few for my home so I’ve been on the prowl… What’s currently on your wish list of things you’d love to add to your nest? For me, it’s a dresser for my bedroom, end tables, wallpaper for my bedroom and two rugs. Rugs add an important layer to a room. They can define a space, add comfort, bring in color or pattern (or both!), provide warmth, add texture, they can even be a focal point. Throw rugs are also very easy to relocate to other rooms. I recently got tired of seeing one of my rugs in my bedroom so I moved it to the entryway. In a few minutes, my entryway was transformed simply by “shopping” from another room.
I want to return soon to Istanbul because I love the rugs that I find there. I also adore the more modern and graphic patterns that you see by American designers like Madeline Weinrib (huge fan) and Jonathan Adler. Here are some rooms with very smart and grown up rugs…
The room shots shown above are from the lovely Lonny magazine, a mag that always seem to have rooms with the best rugs – have you noticed that? It seems all of the Lonny homes ooze with layered rooms with throw rugs being a must-have element for every room in the home.
I am loving these rugs as seen on the blog, Identical Eye. Wow, right?
If you tend to like rugs that are a bit more bold, floral and colorful, seek out Amy Butler rugs. Aren’t these pretty?
Do you fancy vintage rugs? Try Loom for these over-dyed vintage rugs. I have two that I bought in Turkey and LOVE them.
If all of this rug talk has you inspired, I’ve rounded up 8 lovely rugs from One Kings Lane that I like though this comes with a warning, I can’t actually afford any of them though perhaps you can so have a peek.
Another rug suggestion is to shop Anthropologie because they always have a beautifully curated selection.
If those beauties are a bit out of your budget, opt for West Elm rugs – they’re gorgeous and a bit lower in price. Check these out…
Another more budget option is to check out Urban Outfitters. See any below that you fancy? You can find them all online here.
Or if you are REALLY on a tight budget (or not because it’s great for ANY home) here is one rug that I keep going back to time and time again. It’s this one from IKEA. I owned it once and want to buy another eventually… I see it in so many great rooms – it’s a real favorite of mine.
With so many choices out there – where do you usually shop for rugs? Any secret sources?
(images: one kings road and lonny mag)