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NEW House Doctor For Spring!

Want to catch a glimpse of what’s on trend for Spring/Summer 2014 here in Europe? My lovely friend and neighbor, Tinna, just rang my bell to give me some design magazines and to let me know that the new House Doctor catalog is now available (here). This is such an exciting time of the year, when companies roll out their newest collections! As their rep for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, Tinna is always on the front lines when it comes to trends and style. I love having her as a my friend and neighbor. I’ve been a big House Doctor fan for the past five years – their product offering get stronger and stronger with each new collection. I have several House Doctor pieces in my home and now my husband has been converted – he loves their style and has a gorgeous black wooden locker and a dresser with a shelf from them in his office. It’s a great company for both men and women who love a stylish yet practical interior since so many pieces work nicely for couples sharing a space. Would you like a peek at some of my favorites from their new collection? I took some notes as I went along that you can read below on each image.

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One thing that surprised me the most about this collection is that it’s in MY NEW APARTMENT COLOR SCHEME! My kitchen walls are blue (like the color shown above) with white tile work and black accents, my entryway is a peachy-pink like the color shown above, we have copper lighting in the hallway, the baby’s room is mint, black, goldenrod, blue and gray, my workroom is black, gray, white, blue, peachy-pink and mint with cooper and neon orange accents – it’s actually pretty cool to know that the design I’ve been putting together for months now (we painted end of November/early December), is the same scheme as this gorgeous catalog and I didn’t even know it until today! Some told me that I was crazy for painting my kitchen blue (“But Holly blue is for baby rooms and bathrooms!”) but I really wanted to rebel and try it and I’m so glad that I did. (Our kitchen is Borrowed Light from Farrow & Ball.) And my entry is a pinky peach and some thought it was a bit out there. But I love it. And I’m glad I went for it. I can’t wait to show you when we move in! Here are some more gorgeous photos from the new House Doctor catalog for S/S 2014, complete with some of my notes…

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What do you like about this collection? Spot any pieces that make you go WOW? Is this color palette on trend where you live for Spring, or not?

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Posted in trends on January 06, 2014

Holiday Decoration Trends 2013

Do you want to know what some of the hottest Holiday Decoration Trends are for this year? Of course you do! Hello, it’s Gudy visiting today with another trend report, this time for the month of December. To finish off this year with a trend post, what better than to talk about the current five decoration trends of this festive season? I’m going to highlight branches, wreaths and 3 different kinds of trees! Ready?

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1. Branches: There’s a lot more than Christmas trees to decorate now such as lovely branches! When added to large jars and vases, they make a great holiday display! Natural wood, white and black, add a real Scandinavian style and radiates quite a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere. If it feels a bit minimalist and you find that you crave more color then just add red berries or colorful ornaments to hang.

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2. Mini Trees: I have never seen so many small Christmas trees as this year and I love the idea of putting them in a glass jar and also that you can plant them again after the holidays. Holly had a row of them down the center of her table last year when I visited her home in Hannover, each wrapped in burlap. Stylish yet sustainable – a great way of decorating! Their main characteristic and the trend is that they are not adorned (well, maybe one or two small ornaments!) and just stand as a statement by themselves. You might want to give a little festive twist when displaying them in different jars, ceramic pots, buckets, crates or whatever you feel like.

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3. Faux Trees: Last year we discovered some nice alternatives to the traditional Christmas tree by creating several designs directly on the wall. I have loved observing how so many people get creative and come up with different designs for their faux trees. It’s a nice way too to work with your children and create something together, right? I believe this will be an on-going trend for years to come, there is such a wide possibility of working on designs with different materials, shapes, sizes and colors, don’t you agree?

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4. Bottle Brush Trees: If you have the time to create some fun DIY Christmas decorations, this is your trend! You can reproduce these using a very mundane kitchen utensil – the bottle brush! Simple give them a hair cut and dye to resemble a Christmas tree. If you want to make it look even more authentic add some glitter, stars, ornaments or vintage figurines.

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5. Wreaths: Is there a hotter trend right now than crafting your own wreath? Use unexpected materials foraging your local farmers market, pluck pictures from a family album, add paper elements or whatever you feel like. These kind of wreaths offer a more personal way to celebrate the season. We have even started to spot oval, drop, heart and square shapes this season!

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I have worked this year mainly with several wreath and different natural branches storing my usual ornaments away.What is your favorite trend of these five? Have you seen anything else that might be on raise this season? I have truly enjoyed your thoughts and comments over the past month and wish you a merry and mindful Holiday season. – Warmly, Gudy

(images linked to their sources above.)

Posted in trends on December 16, 2013

Trending: Moody Colors

Hello everyone! Moody, dramatic and captivating – these are the characteristics for this season’s wall colors and so I’d like to highlight the current trend: moody colors! This is Gudy and I’m back with a new trend report. When stylists like Maria Grossmann, Hans Blomquist and even the queen of white walls, Lotta Agaton, start to work into their projects misty blues, different shades of grey and darker greens, you know we are talking about a trend on the rise. For my trend post this month on decor8, we’re going to examine 3 different moody colors with a focus on walls. I am personally working with moody colors this month – here is my current mood board in my studio here in Barcelona.

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MOODY BLUES
Deep, dark blue tones are taking over currently in the interior color scheme. I’d describe it as greyish-petrol. Blue is considered a cold color but this hue embodies a wonderful moody atmosphere inviting you to read, sit by the fireplace, gather around table for hours and to relax. I never quite know how to name colors but Farrow & Ball helps out this time calling it Stiffkey Blue in honor of the mud found at Stiffkey beach, Norfolk. The first two interiors shown below have Stiffkey Blue on the walls. As you scroll down, notice the the other moody blues and click on the links I’ve left so that you can visit some pretty amazing websites and portfolios while you’re at it!

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Hannotte Interiors

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Johnny Miller photography

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The Marion House Book

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Hans Blomquist

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Styling Ditte Isager for Fritz Hansen

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MOODY GREYS
Moody greys can be comforting and are very much in vogue this season in textiles such as thick knits, crumpled linens and tactile fabrics adding a wonderful link to walls painted in a similar shade. Colors range from warm pearl grey to an intense matte charcoal. If you are not too much into a single tone color palette or believe these are too dark for your taste then opt for contrasts with some accent colors in mustard, pink or pops of gold. Teal and grey are beautiful color combos too.

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Little Dandelion

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Farrow and Ball

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Fantastik Frank

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Interior Designer Athena Calderone on Refinery 29

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MOODY GREENS
Moody moss green is probably the least seen and used domestic wall color so far and mostly applied in styling projects. Pantone called the jewelry tone Emerald the color of the year and we have been observing a flawless transition towards a more moody and richer green inspired by the huge indoor gardening and local farming trend.

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Vangelis Paterakis Photography

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These three moody colors have a common base holding some mystery, they are rich and sophisticated in their darker and deeper shade. So, are you moody? How do these colors make you feel? Could you paint your walls in these deep hues? Have you?

Wishing you all a nice Christmas season to come! – Warmly, Gudy

P.S. If you want some more moody inspiration, follow the decor8 MOODY pinboard here.

(images: credited and linked above)

Posted in trends on November 21, 2013

Microtrend: Let’s Talk About Woven Wall Hangings

Hello decor8 readers, it is Gudy again with another monthly trend report for decor8! I am very happy to report a micro trend that I spotted during my recent trip to Los Angeles. All over LA there is so much wall art with a strong 70’s vibe where macramé, weaving art and yarn banners are on the rise. Once you start researching, you’ll discover that most (not all) of these artists live in California! After visiting many trend shows in Europe, I’m happy to report a trend that I truly believe had its origin on that side of the globe. Today, let’s talk about woven wall hangings and their modern texture combos with chunky thread, exquisite fibers and even some color-blocking to create playful patterns. What I particularly love about this microtrend is the unique combination of fashion and ancient craftwork. I’m totally drawn to everything that is handmade, locally produced and that has history behind it. Since we have seen macramé surfacing around the internet already, I’ll skip that… We will concentrate on hanging woven tapestries and tassel art instead. Ready?

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Micro Trend: Let's Talk About Woven Wall Hangings

Micro Trend: Let's Talk About Woven Wall Hangings

Micro Trend: Let's Talk About Woven Wall Hangings

Micro Trend: Let's Talk About Woven Wall Hangings

Maryanne Moodie began weaving while pregnant, wanting to slow down and decided to take out a small loom that she had not found any use for at that time. Today, she sells her pieces on a commission basis. Maryanne is the founder of Melbourne-based brand House of Maryanne Vintage, and you can learn more about her work in this blog post or link to the photographer who shot these gorgeous photos above, here: Brooke Holm. Please check out her amazing IG feed too. It features some of the most amazing work that I have come across!

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Brook&Lyn was founded by Mimi Jung and Brian Hurewitz in 2009. They moved their studio from New York to Los Angeles in 2012 blending their backgrounds in weaving, installation art, woodworking and art direction.

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Microtrend: Let's Talk About Woven Wall Hangings

Microtrend: Let's Talk About Woven Wall Hangings

Next there is Adam Pogue’s downtown LA home. There is so much to discover in his array of fantastic DIY objects such as the wall hanging piece in his bedroom which originally was made as a knotted fleece rug. Don’t you think the blue-green wall color is the perfect backdrop?

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If you want to go much for a more sophisticated look, Native Line hanging objects are one of a kind pieces made with gold plated wire, black bamboo thread, metallic gold and silver fibers. I love the more artsy and minimal approach here.

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How about this truly amazing tassel art work presented during Justina Blakeney’s popup shop at Platform earlier this month? Of all the pieces I have seen so far, this is one of my favorites!

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Microtrend: Let's Talk About Woven Wall Hangings

All Roads Design is Los Angeles-based design duo Janelle Pietrzak and Robert Dougherty who craft one-of-a-kind pieces with natural aesthetics and global influences. By the way, arrows are trending too! I see them popping up on different platforms.

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And some final eye candy for you today… This stunning tassel cascade from Creative Bug is a surprisingly easy to make DIY Project.

I hope you liked the wall weaving idea! What do you think? Dated or a happy discovery? Have a wonderful week ahead – Gudy.

(photos linked to their sources above.)

Posted in trends on October 28, 2013

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