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Good Design by Lassen

November 20, 2014

Have you ever played “Spot the ____” when you look at blogs, on Pinterest, or in deco mags? Oh my god, try it sometimes, it’s such a riot! Like try “Beni Ourain Rugs” or “Jonathan Adler pottery”, “Eames chairs” or “Tulip Tables”! Trust me, it’s addictive. One thing you’ll see in almost every Danish home mag, and you can definitely play this game when you flip through one, is “Spot the Kubus 4!”. I swear almost every Danish home has the iconic Kubus 4 candle holder from by Lassen. And now, the matching bowls (I want!) as seen in the window below… For fruit, for plants, for your keys, etc.

Good Design by Lassen

I was gifted by a German PR company with a gorgeous copper one after Aidan was born (what a seriously cool baby gift!) and I’ve used at every dinner party or cake and coffee party I’ve hosted since and I’m not even Danish – I just love it! Another Danish trend that could be part of your Spot The… game are boxes stacked and used to store or display things. It seems everyone is making them now and I love the variations on the design by company. For instance, by Lassen has a great collection of them called Frame that have a black outline and come with the option of a black metal base. I find this look very, very cool. Here is the Kubus 4 I was talking about that is available in black, white, copper and some other colors. I just love it. This is my copper one shown in my dining / work studio space.

Good Design by Lassen

Good Design by Lassen

And more furniture and decorating items from by Lassen below… Like these great stools. And there are those Kubus candle holders again, this time in white and the matching Kubus bowls, too.

Good Design by Lassen

Good Design by Lassen

Good Design by Lassen

They also have this wallpaper pattern in 3 different colorways, which is very nice…

Good Design by Lassen

Good Design by Lassen

Good Design by Lassen

Good Design by Lassen

So let me ask you, when you are looking at interior spaces, do you ever spot things that seem to be in everyone’s home? If so, what is it? I’d love to know!

(images: all by lassen except 2nd image, by holly becker)






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Beautiful Barn & Willow Drapes

November 15, 2014

Hello friends! Do you remember how I recently blogged about how I needed something to lightly frame my windows and provide some warmth at night? Well I went for it, I ordered new Belgium-grown flax linen drapes, also woven in Belgium, then sewn to my specs thanks to the lovely Trisha at Barn & Willow and her artisans who did a gorgeous job on my massive windows and double doors leading out to the wintergarten. I can’t wait to redecorate this room now – so I started with my drapes and I’m going to work from there.

Beautiful Barn & Willow Drapes

Beautiful Barn & Willow Drapes

Beautiful Barn & Willow Drapes

I love how they puddle lightly on the floor and the oyster sheer linen is just gorgeous for letting in light but also, at night, this window becomes a big black box so when I close them, the room is cozy and feels so home-y and nice. I wish I could have taken better photos but the house has been so dark for the past few weeks (particularly in the living room) since winter is swiftly approaching and Germany goes under a blanket of gray from now until next March. Thrilling! NOT! So it’s time for candles, good music and decorating the home as this gets me through the dull months.

I love my drapes, don’t you? They are just perfect. They don’t take away from the gorgeous 115 year old doors and windows and they add a beautiful airy vibe. They looked particularly lovely a few weeks ago when it was still sunny and I opened the doors to let the sunlight and breeze from the forest in. I loved the way the linen danced in the air.

Please note: This post is NOT a paid post but was sponsored by Barn & Willow who supplied the drapes with the agreement that if I liked them, I’d install and if not, they’d be returned – no hard feelings. Lucky for us all, I really love them. I’ve been looking for the right drapes and these definitely fit the bill. The rod and rings, in gold, were found on Amazon.de – if anyone living local wants to know more, ask me in the comments section and I’ll leave the link.

(images: holly becker for decor8)






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Kauniste Textiles From Finland

October 17, 2014

Wow, I’m finding so many cute home labels out of Scandinavia + the Nordic countries lately but this one has real legs, it’s a company I can see doing extremely well not only in Europe but Japan, Australia and beyond. I can see my LA friends really getting into this stuff too. Kauniste is an independent textile company in Helsinki, who work with illustrators and artists to combine fresh patterns with good design using traditional manufacturing techniques. I want every pillow and that fab blanket shown in the first photo!

Kauniste Textiles From Finland

Kauniste Textiles From Finland

Kauniste Textiles From Finland

Kauniste Textiles From Finland

Kauniste Textiles From Finland

Kauniste Textiles From Finland

Kauniste Textiles From Finland

Kauniste Textiles From Finland

Kauniste Textiles From Finland

Kauniste Textiles From Finland

Kauniste Textiles From Finland

I love the festive colors and patterns and seriously, I would love to own everything I see. It’s all totally my style. What is also good is that everything is affordable AND you can buy lots of the patterns you see by the meter so you can turn anything into a roman shade, cover a headboard or bench, make a table cloth, etc. for your home. You could even make a pretty A line dress!

I really love what I’m seeing here, don’t you?

(images: kauniste)






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12 Fall Favorites For The Home From Anthropologie

September 18, 2014

I love it when my favorite design gurus talk about what they’re loving for the season! It’s fun to peek into someone else’s shopping bag when you admire their style so much. Would you like to see my 12 favorites for Fall from Anthropologie? I don’t get to their stores much these days – they don’t have any in Germany and up until now they were only in England (but soon to open in Paris), so unless I travel there I’m rarely able to play in their fashion and interiors wonderland for adults. I do shop them online though since they have a German store, but it’s not the same as being immersed in that lush brocante chic experience that is Anthro. Oh well, I’m due a London visit soon anyway. Until then, here is my shopping list for the months ahead…

12 Fall Favorites For The Home From Anthropologie

1.Garden Buzz Shower Curtain, 2. Field Harvest Dinner Plates, 3. Wildlife calendar 2015, 4. Zoology oval rug.

12 Fall Favorites For The Home From Anthropologie

5.Openhouse magazine Volume 1, 6. Waved spectrum coaster, 7. Handwoven Arrow Tapestry, 8. Alicia Galer Barbican Palm.

12 Fall Favorites For The Home From Anthropologie

9.Botanical Print, Ostrich, 10. Bee Colony Wallpaper, 11. Meadow Dusk Duvet and 12. pillows.

Spot any new faves?

(images: anthropologie)






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I Heart Skandinavisk Candles

September 17, 2014

I’ve been curious about Skandinavisk candles because I’ve seen them a lot online and wondered if they are as good as they look. I’m a terribly picky candle person because I have these weird allergies and some candles leave me with Kanye West style migraines that make me want to head for the ER. I’m not even kidding. You can’t put me around a Yankee Candle store because I’ll have a massive headache all day long. And you can forget any candles that are “affordable”. They usually make my throat close up and my head pound within minutes after lighting them.

I Heart Skandinavisk Candles

So yeah, if I’m going to talk about scented candles you can believe I’m only going to brag if they are quality, good for sensitive people like me and they look great. This is why Skandinavisk candles are among the small but special group of my favorites currently on the market. I tried KØBENHAVN, HYGGE and KOTO and love all three despite how very different their scent. There they are above in my home. I’ve already gifted my husband with Koto, he liked that scent best. The other two are for me.

  • KØBENHAVN is very fresh, it’s a minimalist apartment in the city, a glass of white wine. My husband says it reminds him of the flower stands as he walked by Bryant Park in New York. It’s refined. It’s very metropolitan.
  • KOTO is heady, evening perfume, Kyoto 京都市, in the evening during cherry blossom season. A Buddhist temple, incense burning in a Shinto shrine at dusk. A holy place, a place of peace, harmony, security.
  • HYGGE is very cozy, smells a bit like Lapsang souchong (Chinese black tea) so it is a bit smokey, combined with wildflowers growing by the sea. A magical place where forest meets sea. Salty air. A vacation you never want to leave. Wrapped in a cozy sweater sitting on sandy banks facing deep blue waters.

I Heart Skandinavisk Candles

I Heart Skandinavisk Candles

I Heart Skandinavisk Candles

In summary, I’m really impressed with these candles and plan to buy some for friends and to continue using them in my own home. In fact, now that Autumn is on it’s way, I can’t wait to change up my decor a bit to cozy it up for the cold days ahead and that always includes a few new candles – so I’m definitely going to use these for the months ago.

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

(images: first, holly becker – all others, skandinavisk)






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5 Things I Love For Back To School

September 16, 2014

Gold foil is so hot right now, have you noticed? And bold contrasts too, like black and white stripes. And don’t get me started on totes with upbeat girl power phrases. I think every now and then we need to treat ourselves so with back to school here and with lots of us taking online classes or who know teens going back to high school or have college pals heading back in, etc. I found 5 things that you may like for yourself or to give as a gift. These are all handmade, high quality and decor8 tested and approved from Great.ly makers that fit MY version of what back to school means to me at the moment – a hint of glam!

5 Things I Love For Back To School

5 Things I Love For Back To School

5 Things I Love For Back To School

5 Things I Love For Back To School 5 Things I Love For Back To School

1. 13″ Macbook case in black white stripe Japanese canvas by Hanelca/Aya Kawaura 2. Gold Foil lip print by Becky Lord 3. Gold anchor note cards by Taylor Henderson. 4. Swiss dot patterned gold foil pencils by Splendid Supply Co. 5. Stay Awesome tote bag custom made for decor8 readers by Toodles Noodles.

Aren’t these handmade items just the best? Which ones do you like the best?

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

(images: holly becker)






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