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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…






Books + Magazines, Trends

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…






Blogging, Trends

Trends: Organize Your Online Identities

May 4, 2015

I love writing this blog trends column (#20blogtrends) because it forces me to actively seek out what’s hot in our community to examine what’s working for bloggers (and what’s not). I’ve also honed in on how some creatives are crazy good at marketing themselves and others, not so much, which is why I’m spotlighting today’s topic: how bloggers and creatives in general organize their online identities under one umbrella to make it easy for others to find them.

Trends: Organize Your Online Identities
Bree Lena

Problem: You are a blogger but not just any blogger — you have a photography portfolio, you offer workshops, you have a shop, you do consults and you write books – how do you let everyone know all of that the moment they visit your site?

Solution: Create a website with links to all of your sites or revamp your blog to include everything that you do linked in the main navigation of your main page. Having a cover page for instance, can be a terrific idea too.

It’s vital to link everything up and get organized in your navigation so you don’t lose potential readers or customers (or current ones).In my experience, if it takes a reader more than 5 seconds to find your main navigation and your social icons, they can get frustrated and end up moving on. It can often be hard to organize all of these identities under one umbrella online, for instance on your blog, because you don’t know how, you fear having to do it, it seems really hard, or you simply don’t want your readers to think you are pimping yourself out. Fair enough. But this doesn’t mean you still don’t need to do it because you do. And trust me, your fans WANT to know what else you are doing. When I think of some of my favorite bloggers, I definitely want to know if they have other businesses because I will mostly likely want to see and get involved since I already like the blogger.

If you have a blog…

  • Are all of your social media icons linked in one place and in a very visible place (like top right)? Or are they scattered all over? Or worse, not even there or only a few are visible?
  • If you also have other things that you do… Maybe a shop, an e-mag, you write books, you teach, are those things all over your blog in the form of ads, text links, here there and everywhere? Or are they all organized and linked in the main navigation so that they’re easy to find. Note: Even if the content your linking to doesn’t exist on your blog site, but on another site altogether (like your shop on Etsy or Great.ly), you should still be linking it so people know that is your shop.
  • Are you doing work elsewhere worth highlighting (like contributing to magazines or teaching) that isn’t linked on the main page of your blog, but instead, you just talk about it from time to time in a blog post? Or are you only linking to it via a text link or box ad in your sidebar?

If any of the above sounds like you, then spend time over the next month to pull your identities together in one place. I’m currently redesigning decor8 so I’m speaking from experience since I’m in the middle of a relaunch myself.

If you already have a blog, you may need to tweak your template. If your template isn’t that easy to tweak, you may need to hire someone to help you with better organizing things. If you don’t have time for template rebuilds or tweaks because your template is too much of a mess, or you simply don’t like your current blog platform, then one quick, easy and affordable solution is to sign up with a site like Squarespace.

With Squarespace, you can build a website (or blog or shop or whatever) in a day and then link to your other sites from there. You can use their Cover Pages to make a website in minutes. (Psst: If you need help with a logo, they even have a super cool logo maker.) Think of a cover page as a business card. You are at an event, you tell someone that you can be found at mywebsite.com and they check it out and instantly find your books, classes, social media links, etc. How great is that!? Or you may be like me, handing out your Instagram account name at parties. I tell everyone I’m @decor8 on IG.

But how can they find out what else I do from there after the party ends?

On Instagram, in my profile, I link to my blog. In your case, you may want to link to your website, a cover page, or a blog. It’s up to you. But where you link should be like a tree with branches to everywhere else you reside online. Then people can find ALL of your identities quick and easy.

I want to show you a few of my favorite websites that are using Squarespace (one is already shown above) so you can see just how beautiful you can make your site if you choose to go this route.

Trends: Organize Your Online Identities

My name is Weh

Trends: Organize Your Online Identities

Vicki Turner

Trends: Organize Your Online Identities

Sunday Suppers

Trends: Organize Your Online Identities

Hea Eun Grace Han

Trends: Organize Your Online Identities

Allison Arno

Trends: Organize Your Online Identities

T-Raw

Trends: Organize Your Online Identities

Rosemary & Finch 

I hope this post has encouraged you to really think about your online identities and how easy it is (or not) for people to find you. As a special incentive to try out Squarespace, they’re offering decor8 readers a special 10% off – just enter code DECOR8 when you shop on their site.

[This edition of #20blogtrends is in partnership with Squarespace. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the companies that allow me to do work that I love that is informative, inspirational and authentic.]






Trends

Trend: 3D Artwork To Wallpaper Design

April 3, 2015

Would you like to see your favorite artist with a line of wallpaper? Technology has allowed us to do so much in the world of interiors. In fact, I love seeing how artwork can be translated into wallpaper, as in actual paintings, mixed media pieces, etc. I see this as a micro trend at the moment with real growth potential. Common surface materials such as wood, tile, tin, concrete and brick are still trending on wallpaper creating faux finishes but because this is no longer considered “new” anymore, trends are moving us forward in new ways.

Trend: 3D Artwork To Wallpaper Design
Biblioteca wallpaper by Russian artist Ekaterina Panikanova

For instance, I can see actual artwork by mixed media artists and painters coming to the surface (pun intended!) as the next wave of wall-covering trends. It’s been done before but I’m hearing about it more and more and I’m liking what I see so far though I imagine a lot more room for more diversity and fun. I imagine though that it must present a significant challenge to translate a painting or collage to a repeat wallpaper pattern. I would think a lot of the challenge is just getting an artist to feel comfortable enough to agree to it! Here are some examples of what I’m seeing.

Trend: 3D Artwork To Wallpaper Design
Remixed Wallpaper by Dutch artist Arthur Slenk

Trend: 3D Artwork To Wallpaper Design

Biblioteca wallpaper by Ekaterina Panikanova

Trend: 3D Artwork To Wallpaper Design
Remixed Wallpaper by Dutch artist Arthur Slenk

Trend: 3D Artwork To Wallpaper Design

Remixed Wallpaper by Arthur Slenk

Trend: 3D Artwork To Wallpaper Design

Jessica Zoob wallpaper

Trend: 3D Artwork To Wallpaper Design
Remixed Wallpaper by Arthur Slenk

This is such a outside-of-the-box way for fine artists to showcase their work in a new yet still very special and meaningful medium. I think this works best if the wallpaper is done very well and sold at a medium to high price point in limited runs to maintain that special quality to the work. I can’t see this working on the mass market because I think most fine artists wouldn’t want to see their work on just any wall of any residential or commercial space. I imagine some of my favorite artists and can really see their work showing up on wall-coverings or even large murals – wow – it would be so stunning.

I hope to see more and more of this micro trend, don’t you? Do you know of any artists who have done this successfully? If so, I’d love if you could tell us in the comments section. I’d like to see what you’ve been seeing out there!

(images linked to their sources above)






Trends

Micro Design Trend: Factory Windows

January 28, 2015

I’m forever spotting things that I think could be the next trend, like decorating with plants, taking a slower approach to living, brick walls painted white, adopting a more laid-back approach to flower arranging, and of course, Nordic design taking over Europe (and it truly has). All of these trends not only arrived but have stuck around, almost becoming a part of the bigger picture, of a more established design. But every now and then, I spot micro trends, and that is how I see factory windows, also referred to simply as black metal-framed doors and windows, — a micro trend yet a trend indeed. They are making a real comeback in both commercial design but also residential spaces – not just vintage ones but faux versions, too. And I think they’re all quite fabulous.

Micro Design Trend: Factory Windows

Home of fashion fashion designer Naja Munthe via Mad & Bolig

If you follow industrial design, you’ll note that concrete floors, soaring ceilings, brick or stone exposure, metal with raw wood furnishings and large bell-shaped pendant lights, also in metal, are hallmarks of industrial style. And of course, black-framed metal windows and doors with their grid-like patterning and squares, or rectangles, of glass. They are a great solution for when a homeowner or office places priority on creating a space with multiple functions without losing natural light.

I like them, not just because they bring a hint of nostalgia, even a bit of “edge”, to a space but also because they are practical. How so? First, they act as terrific space definers if you’re using them to divide a space. Next, they really let the light in. They’re also great for allowing privacy without sacrificing a sense of space – a room divided by glass still feels spacious – a wall wouldn’t accomplish that. Finally, paned windows and doors are quite practical because if you break one, you only need to replace a small panel of glass e vs. an entire sheet as in windows without panes. Maybe that’s why they were popular in factories years ago? If a metal part flew through the window off of a machine, only a panel needed to be replaced.

Whenever I see factory doors and windows, I think of the homes I’ve worked in while in Paris for my books. I think of old factories. I think of some of the restaurants I’ve been to in New York, London, Amsterdam and Copenhagen. I think of vintage schoolhouses. I remember some of the restored lofts in Lowell, MA that we toured back in 2006 (and almost purchased but, being in Lowell, we politely passed). I also think of creative spaces because I imagine lofts in cities that were only used in the flower power era to house artists. I remember seeing them in Sonoma at some of the wineries we toured or in LA at the stunning home of Amy Neunsinger when I worked on my first book.

I’ve also spotted more modern versions in Denmark when decor8 was invited to visit the home offices of Muuto so I sent my roving reporter, Emilie Gupta, to attend and photograph it for me.

Micro Design Trend: Factory Windows

Micro Design Trend: Factory Windows

The Copenhagen home of music producer Jon Oron as photographed by Pernille Vest for Elle Decoration UK

Micro Design Trend: Factory Windows

The Copenhagen home of music producer Jon Oron as photographed by Pernille Vest for Elle Decoration UK

Micro Design Trend: Factory Windows

The Copenhagen home of music producer Jon Oron as photographed by Pernille Vest for Elle Decoration UK

Micro Design Trend: Factory Windows

Heidi Lerkenfeldt for Still Stars, Munich, Germany

Micro Design Trend: Factory Windows

©Renee Arns styling & photography

Micro Design Trend: Factory Windows

©Renee Arns styling & photography

Micro Design Trend: Factory Windows

Fab Showroom Amsterdam by Bricks

Micro Design Trend: Factory Windows

Photography: Armelle Habib

 

I’ve created a Pinterest board to share examples of rooms globally with black-metal framed doors and windows if you’d like to see it – click here.

What do you think? Do you like this look? Would you like them in your own home or office?

(images: source linked below photos)

 






Trends

Micro Trend: Dipped Paintings

December 17, 2014

Dip, baby dip! Dipping anything from forks to baskets, glassware to plates, is most definitely a trend when it comes to decorating. I’m not sure if you noticed it yet in your part of the world, but to add to the dip trend I’ve been seeing more and more dipped paintings – where paintings (usually thrift shop finds) are literally dipped into enamel paint revealing only a small part of the original work. Some handpaint, but the results aren’t the same. And while it’s a micro trend now, this definitely has legs to become more common in certain parts of the world. Have you noticed this? What do you think about it? And I wonder where it originates (Oliver Jeffers maybe?) because it’s quite clever and it must have gotten it’s start from one brilliant mind out there. Do you know? Here are some that I’ve seen and liked. Please click on their links below to view more.
Micro Trend: Dipped Paintings

Oliver Jeffers dipped paintings and details about his gorgeous work and process here. Breathtaking.

Micro Trend: Dipped Paintings My Dear art shop, “Dipped Girl“. Also stunning.

Micro Trend: Dipped Paintings
Inside Closet – Fun and creative.

Micro Trend: Dipped Paintings

Around the web from bloggers…. 1. Brit & Co DIY dipped frames – not the same but sort of an inspired by idea. 2. This one was made by Something Savage. 3. Another DIY for dipped artwork, this time from DIY Candy — and look! There’s my book Decorate! 4. More dipped art DIY’s on Homeedit by Francesca Stone from Fall For DIY.

What do you think? Do you like dipped art? Would you try this at home?

I’d like to try this with old photographs that I find at the flea markets here in Germany. I know, I know… Lots of vintage fans would HATE that thought but in my opinion, some photos are just not that pretty for display and are being stored in bins and drawers anyway so why not give them a new spin so you CAN display them again… Hmmmm. Makes me think about a little craft project I could try now. :)

(images linked to their sources above)






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