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Interiors Trend: Minimalistic, Mobile, Modular, Flexible

February 14, 2017

Hey everyone! Wooo hooo! I’m back home now after spending a jam-packed weekend in Frankfurt attending the Ambiente as a special guest. It was a stellar time and I was able to meet so many great companies and designers who really take pride in their work. One such company is Chihong from Taiwan. Chuang Chi-Hong studied Industrial Design and is the owner of this brand; he is very imaginative and loves to pull up memories and then, use them to inspire his design work in a special way. Function is important to him but so is the need to give his work a personality and story to create an emotional bond between the person and the product.

Interiors Trend: Minimalistic, Mobile, Modular, Flexible

Some really obvious trends in the world of interiors right now are mobility, modularity, flexibility and definitely minimalism. Less is more. Furniture that can be moved around in the same room to serve several functions. Bookcases that allow you to configure (and change them) as your needs change. Modular sofas that can be moved easily for a film night with a family or to throw a cocktail party or a slumber party for the kids. Built-in furniture is not such a focus, most find it challenging because it doesn’t allow for change and today many people are really looking for flexibility – things that can be conveniently relocated to other rooms or even other homes if you decide to move. I saw so many examples of this at the fair, some obvious and some, less so. I like the flexibility and minimalist approach to the chihong collection. You can use a lot of the products as intended or in a new way, your imagination is the limit.

Interiors Trend: Minimalistic, Mobile, Modular, Flexible
Interiors Trend: Minimalistic, Mobile, Modular, Flexible
Interiors Trend: Minimalistic, Mobile, Modular, Flexible
Interiors Trend: Minimalistic, Mobile, Modular, Flexible
Interiors Trend: Minimalistic, Mobile, Modular, Flexible
Interiors Trend: Minimalistic, Mobile, Modular, Flexible
Interiors Trend: Minimalistic, Mobile, Modular, Flexible
Interiors Trend: Minimalistic, Mobile, Modular, Flexible
Interiors Trend: Minimalistic, Mobile, Modular, Flexible

I really loved the chihong collection, including their color palette of Gray, Black, Pink, Dark Blue and Mint green, so I’m introducing it here for you to enjoy. You can see more examples of their work here on their website.

(images: chihong)






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10 Scandinavian Interiors Trends Fall/Winter 2016

August 30, 2016

For this coming Fall/Winter 2016, I’m seeing so many gorgeous deep colors mixed with brass and copper. Lots of green ranging from emerald to sage and mint. Color on the walls is also back (vs. stark white). You can see some of the trends on the rise in the newest collection of TineKHome which I’m about to present to you for the first time. These are just fantastic views of what you can expect from Scandinavia this year – I’m seeing velvet, glass, brass/gold, copper, loads of texture and glamour!

10 Scandinavian Interiors Trends Fall/Winter 2016
1. Velvet – Texture is definitely IN!

10 Scandinavian Interiors Trends Fall/Winter 2016
2. Brass – Tabletops, candle holders, legs on furniture, trims on mirrors

10 Scandinavian Interiors Trends Fall/Winter 2016
3. Colors of Mint, Eggplant, Indigo, Burgundy, Pale Pink, Emerald Green.

10 Scandinavian Interiors Trends Fall/Winter 2016
4. Linen – Bedding, pot holders, aprons, napkins, table covers, linen is IN!

10 Scandinavian Interiors Trends Fall/Winter 2016
5. Tabletop – Big focus on entertaining and tabletop with a simple, uncomplicated look and lots of natural materials, handmade ceramics, glassware…

10 Scandinavian Interiors Trends Fall/Winter 2016
6. Plants – Greenery is big right now in the home, from the absolute 1970’s jungle look to my favorite –the more minimalist approach shown above.

10 Scandinavian Interiors Trends Fall/Winter 2016
7. Natural materials – lighting, seats, benches in bamboo, cane, rattan…

10 Scandinavian Interiors Trends Fall/Winter 2016
8. Open shelving – Bookcases without sides are big right now for a light and airy feel.

10 Scandinavian Interiors Trends Fall/Winter 2016
9. Daybeds and benches – Either are desirable at the moment, in the entryway, bedroom, living room, even in a children’s room.

10 Scandinavian Interiors Trends Fall/Winter 2016
10. Small – Mid scale prints. Big, graphic patterns aren’t nearly as popular at the moment as the smaller scale patterns.

Love love love!

What do you like from this list?

(images: tinekhome)






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10 Rooms With Plants For Minimalists

July 19, 2016

Let’s talk about plants, baby! I have to admit, the indoor jungle trend is lovely but hasn’t (and won’t) hit my home anytime soon because I’m a total plant minimalist. I like plants but not enough to follow the trend the way some of my friends have. Is there anyone out there who is also like me? You love plants but not a ton of them? In this post, I’m gonna show you 10 rooms that show you how to bring plants into your home without them running the show.

10 Rooms With Plants For Minimalists

1. WINDOWSILL. How simple is this? One barely-there little plant friend on a bedroom windowsill. It’s a sweet addition. It is understated. Stadshem

10 Rooms With Plants For Minimalists

2. OFFICE. Here are some nice plants scattered around yet not overgrowing and overtaking the room. Jose Hevia Photography

10 Rooms With Plants For Minimalists

3. GROUPING. A tiny grouping on a sweet dresser. There but also not there, ya know? Holly Marder Photography + Styling

10 Rooms With Plants For Minimalists

4. ENTRY. One big plant in a basket near the front door. That’s it. Not 30 or 20 or 10. One. Nice. Smitten Studio

10 Rooms With Plants For Minimalists

5. BATHROOM. One big plant, again, it’s the best look for some rooms isn’t it? I like this one propped up on a stool near the tub. Inside Out.

10 Rooms With Plants For Minimalists

6. LIVING ROOM. On a coffee table, on a windowsill, then repeated in the patterns on the sofa cushions. LIKE this. Stadshem

10 Rooms With Plants For Minimalists
7. BOOKSHELF EDIT. Mingle books with greens. Just don’t overdo it. Nicole Franzen Photography

10 Rooms With Plants For Minimalists

8. SMALLISH PLANTS. These little guys scattered around are simple and sweet especially since the room is already very natural and minimalist. It works. They look lovely in the room too because of the gorgeous natural light. Small and scattered. Stadshem

10 Rooms With Plants For Minimalists

9. DINING ROOM. Here is that big focal point plant again. I can’t get enough, I really like this look of having one big boy stealing the show – it’s Magic Mike XXL! Inside Out.

10 Rooms With Plants For Minimalists

10. OVER THE TOP. Okay so I have to throw in what I think is over the top to show you a bit of a contrast to the other images… This is too much greenery for me though it’s a beautiful styled shot for Inside Out magazine in an article they wrote about plants. I would prefer only the wall plants with one on the table and nothing in the green floor jug… Or the focus being on the tabletop and one plant in the background, minus that trellis thing. THAT SAID, it’s still pretty… Inside Out.

How do you use plants at home if you take a less is more approach to indoor gardening like me?






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Interior Trends On My Radar

November 23, 2015

Hello dear friends, how are you today? Would you like to begin the week by seeing a lovely interior “trend” that I’m (and so many of you) are really into right now? Oh good. But first, and wow oh my goodness just wow, I’m so glad to be back on the other side of the glass wall again, in the land of the living! I’ve been buried so deep inside of my book project and had to turn so much off to accomplish everything by deadline. I turned nearly everything in last week and sat back with a glass of wine and just felt accomplished and good. My soul felt full. After taking the weekend to process it all, I’m suddenly eager to move into the final weeks of the year with a renewed energy, to be on the other side of the glass able to see friends again, go dancing, host a few parties, blog more, travel and just surface for air. I also can’t wait for the Christmas markets to begin on Wednesday throughout Germany because I love bringing my little boy and watching his eyes glow as he takes in all of the sights, sounds and smells.

Interior Trends On My Radar

For book number 4, I ended up at the last minute becoming a co-photographer and so it was a challenging last few months for me to say the least. I have a high end Canon camera with some gorgeous lenses but that doesn’t make me a qualified-for-books photographer. I see some invest in expensive cameras and have no clue what they are doing, don’t really care to learn, yet call themselves professionals because of owning professional equipment. I’m not being negative about them, they can do as they wish, but I didn’t want that “type” to end up being me. It’s like claiming you’re an athlete because you own the best workout clothes and shoes. I really want to get the most from what I own though it was hard for me because I have such little patience with myself when it comes to technology. So little. I want everything to just work with little explanation or practice. I often wonder if this is characteristic of my generation – wanting everything fast, now, sooner, better, bigger… Harder, better, faster, stronger… Isn’t that how the song goes?

Yet, despite the fight I had with the tech side of my brain, I forced myself to learn more about photography as I took photos for this project… I continually referenced books and asked friends, I talked a lot to my husband, I shot more, I bought a different lens, I kept asking questions, I kept trying more more more… Sometimes a single photo took a few hours to compose and shoot because of low light levels and my inability to capture light and turn the photo into something lovely. Yet I tried and just kept at it. I learned Lightroom really well too and improved my Photoshop skills like I never thought possible. And now, I can proudly say that over 120 of my photos will be in book 4 (title is a surprise) which will release in September 2016 in English Continue Reading…






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Trends: 8 Leaves To Love + Tropical Leaf Decor Ideas

July 27, 2015

I’m loving the current tropical leaf trend, aren’t you? From clothing patterns (I have a pair of tropical print camouflage pants that I adore) to patterns for parties, the home and beyond, it’s such a fresh and inspiring take on greenery that veers a little away from the paired-back Kinfolk lifestyle which incorporates lots of houseplants to something more tropical and vacation-like. I love seeing leafy greens used as decoration in unique ways outside of the typical potted plants, too. And of course, you can bring this trend into your home outside of the obvious through leaf patterns, a single palm frond in a vase, leaves on the table, as wallpaper and more. A simple leaf can add so much life to your rooms and wardrobe.

Trends: 8 Leaves To Love + Tropical Leaf Decor Ideas
(lovely leaf backdrop from Almost Makes Perfect)

I thought one helpful tip to share with you today would be to provide a leaf chart so you know the actual names of the most popular ones out there currently. Even if your local florist doesn’t stock them, you can intelligently name them and request they order some for you if they’re willing. You earn so much more respect from the pros when you’re armed with correct names! You also get what you want. Of course, you can also go to craft stores and find faux versions which can be almost as nice though I always prefer real over faux when it comes to plants and flowers. However, if can’t get real or real is too rare or expensive where you live, then opt for a little plastic fantastic. Since they’re not fragrant, no one may even notice. So… Would you like to see the chart?  Continue Reading…






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Trends: Creative Cooking + Food Trucks

July 21, 2015

A few years ago I spotted a micro “foodie” trend in Germany and today it’s slowly starting to take off – food trucks! Today I have a book to share with you all about them and where you can find the best ones in the country. As an American, food trucks are as common to me as the corner coffee shop and went from trend to a staple in mainstream American culture many years ago. It never dawned on me when I moved to Germany that, outside of festivals and Christmas markets, food trucks run by creative cooks were not common at farmers’ markets and rare sights in cities. The food trucks at events were (and largely still are) very typical serving beer, bratwurst, pommes and the typical German festival foods which are great but offer little to those longing for a culinary adventure.

Trends: Creative Cooking + Food Trucks

Germany is slowly but surely becoming a big foodie culture, especially among young people with the over 35 crowd also catching on. I’m starting to see food trucks pop up in my city and even the typical fests with the typical foods are slowly starting to change with new foods being offered that cater to vegans and others who are just looking to have their tastebuds tickled. That’s why I was so excited when my contact at Prestel, a Continue Reading…






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