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Micro Trend: Creative Floors Combining Wood and Ceramic Tile

March 29, 2014

There is so much going on in the field of flooring! Let’s talk about floors. I have seen beautiful ceramic tiles for floors that have become a highly valued option with the much seen white subway tiles, beehive or hex shapes and the herringbone pattern. If you are much more into a material that feels and looks cosy, you’ll probably go for parquet but for those who want to try something new, mixed flooring options such as ceramic tiles AND wood are really trendy now.

Micro Trend: Creative Floors Combining Wood and Ceramic Tile

Est Magazine | Paola Navone

I started seeing this material combo last year when Paola Navone’s residential project in Italy was published. Still until now there is no other space I have seen that beats it. The color and shape remind me of a sea of clouds where the wooden tiles are perfectly cut to fit into the ceramic pieces. The contrast of the warm wood and cooler colors chosen for the tiles is really working here.

Micro Trend: Creative Floors Combining Wood and Ceramic Tile
Here’s another look (above) shown over at 41zero42 in Italy that I love, it’s a beautiful look in a kitchen/dining space. What I like about this trend is you are defining your own style. Combining the two materials in a single room creates a customized look where you can work your design skills and get a unique look & feel. You decide on the shape, colors and pattern.

Micro Trend: Creative Floors Combining Wood and Ceramic Tile
Patrycja Domanska

Kitchens and bathrooms are ideal locations to combine hardwood and ceramic flooring because the materials are durable and easy to match to counters and cabinets. And it looks great!

Micro Trend: Creative Floors Combining Wood and Ceramic Tile

Livingetc | Photography Jake Fitzjones

Micro Trend: Creative Floors Combining Wood and Ceramic Tile

Valvet

And then you have the ‘high traffic’ areas. Hallways and entryways receive traffic that can wear down natural hardwood floors over time. Plus, many times your wipe your (wet) shoes of in this area. It is not just a question of trend but a practical solution for certain areas in your home too.

Micro Trend: Creative Floors Combining Wood and Ceramic Tile

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Micro Trend: Teepees

February 27, 2014

Hello decor8 readers, are you ready for another trend report? I have been wanting to write about this Micro Trend for quite some time already but I thought it could be a nice moment to be shared when little Aidan (Holly’s baby) arrived. So let’s see if we get him a mini teepee when starting his first crawling adventures! What do you think, Holly? Have you noticed too a certain Native American trend on the rise, both in fashion and interior with loads of arrows, feathers and teepees? What do you think about it? I know in fashion, there have been issues raised about whether or not showing a model wearing a headdress is culturally appropriate. What do you think? How about for interiors though? Do you think a teepee is appropriate?

I say let us embrace the latest movement no matter if you consider yourself grown up and prefer to lounge rather on day beds or sofas. The novelty here is that it is not just thought up and designed for your kids. Your inner child will love having a good time with friends and your kids chilling on cushions and throws. I am thinking here about parties, events and picnics – or how about a romantic date? Indoor teepees have grown in popularity and interior designers and boutique owners have seen the potential in it. Let’s start with some playgrounds for adults…

Micro Trend: Teepees

Sukha – I guess we all have seen this white, simple yet wonderful teepee of the must-visit Sukha store in Amsterdam which has been all over the net for a while now. It looks like a perfect DIY idea for any inside or outdoor space to me.

Micro Trend: Teepees

Styling Emma Persson Lagerbers / Photography Petra Bindel for Urban Outfitters: This gorgeous styling has been done by Emma Persson Lagerbers for Urban Outfitters and is a total contrast to the first image. The tribe vibe here illustrates how differently you can create your own teepee world with a wide mix & match of all kinds of fabrics and patterns.

Micro Trend: Teepees

The Handmade Home – The Handmade Home suggests a no-sew totally self made teepee out of fabric samples which takes you not more than one day to fix. You decide on the design, it is a real low cost project and you could plan it as fun family project.

Micro Trend: Teepees

Mary Romneys’ home on Color Issue: And then you have the kids options where I picked some rather monochromatic examples. I love the Scandinavian edge here and how easy they seem to adapt to any space starting with this striped black and white tent.

Micro Trend: Teepees

Photo by Rolinda Windhorst, Seen on Stijlbloem: And how about a soft unisex design ready to fit into any corner? The fun thing about teepees is they are perfect for boys AND girls, and you can give them by styling a fun colorful twist or you go for a romantic look with mini flower prints, all up to you, there are so many options on the market.

Micro Trend: Teepees

Mokkasin: Sofia from Mokkasin sells gorgeous pieces in her online shop with a very lovely color range. This would not be the typical teepee but I wanted to show you this design anyhow since the idea and look are so inspiring.

Micro Trend: Teepees

Residence Magazine / Styling Lotta Agaton / Photography Pia Ulin: Lotta Agaton and Pia Ulin have been teaming up here again for another fantastic shooting published in Residence Magazine. The home owners live in Skivarp, Sweden in the middle of nowhere yet in a very stylish way.

Micro Trend: Teepees

MILK magazine: This loft and former warehouse located in Amsterdam gives the perfect scenery for a more industrial feeling with furs to stay cosy and wooden crates as toy storage containers. It’s quite a different child room feeling but that makes it so interesting, don’t you think?

Micro Trend: Teepees

April and May Styling for Zara’s Baby Collection 2014And to finish up, April and May have been styling the last mini and baby look book for Zara and it looks gorgeous. Loving the little flags on the top.

So, if you are now in the search for a teepee, Etsy is a great source, there are some there… I hope I have been able to seduce you a bit or transport you back to your childhood.
Do you believe this could be the summer party trend 2014 for adults?

(text: gudy/editing holly becker, images linked to their sources above)






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IMM Color Trend Report Spring 2014

January 31, 2014

Hey everybody, I’m here with another trend show report, this time from the IMM Cologne in Germany. I have to say, it is a serious design show and very well visited… This time, I’d like to focus my report on color because there is not much going on that I haven’t reported on so far in my previous columns on decor8 when it comes to form, material, finishings, etc. (you don’t want me to write about copper or indoor gardening again, don’t you?), so let’s see what happens with color schemes in the interior design world. Interesting enough, there is not THE color anymore. Yes, you do have pastels, and yes, there is grey, and other colors considered trending right now. Interior trends once relied on a certain Pantone code, or Dulux (and others), but now brands are working within their very own hue interpretation exploring a single color. Let me show you what I mean and share the photos I snapped at IMM.

PINK
Pale pink is still the pastel color! It used to be almost the only one for the past few years. Now we see a bolder pink, we have peach, there is blush, bubble gum, and a long way of other shades. When it comes to pale pink, it is often combined with grey looking for a cooler approach now (see the last report from the M&O).

IMM Color Trend Report Spring 2014

IMM Color Trend Report Spring 2014 Vitra

IMM Color Trend Report Spring 2014

(click collage to enlarge)

Above: Arper | Baxter | GandiaBlasco | Montana | Normann Copenhagen | Pension | Softline

IMM Color Trend Report Spring 2014

IMM Color Trend Report Spring 2014 Vitra

RED
There is no show where you won’t find some red pieces. Seriously. It is probably the color you’ll find literally as a ‘red thread’ through all the interior design events but never considered a true trend. This time, I have seen red allover, probably linked to the burgundy trend we have been observing in fashion this FW 13/14 season. As a statement piece, it will bright any space, you decide if you like it on your side table, armchair or if you’d even go for a bolder sofa. So, are you open to bright red, burgundy, coral, dark orange, oxblood (brownish red)?

IMM Color Trend Report Spring 2014

IMM Color Trend Report Spring 2014

Luceplan

IMM Color Trend Report Spring 2014

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NEW House Doctor For Spring!

January 6, 2014

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.

NEW House Doctor For Spring!

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…

NEW House Doctor For Spring!

NEW House Doctor For Spring!

 

NEW House Doctor For Spring!

NEW House Doctor For Spring!

NEW House Doctor For Spring!

NEW House Doctor For Spring!

NEW House Doctor For Spring!

NEW House Doctor For Spring!

NEW House Doctor For Spring!

NEW House Doctor For Spring!

NEW House Doctor For Spring!

NEW House Doctor For Spring!

NEW House Doctor For Spring!
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?

(images: house doctor)






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Holiday Decoration Trends 2013

December 16, 2013

Do you want to know what some of the hottest Holiday Decoration Trends are for this year? Of course you do! 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?

Holiday Decoration Trends 2013 Agent Bauer, styling work of Tina Hellberg

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.

Holiday Decoration Trends 2013

Walther&Co

Holiday Decoration Trends 2013

Walther&Co

Holiday Decoration Trends 2013

Cathrine Aarsland photography

Holiday Decoration Trends 2013

Kristina Dam

Holiday Decoration Trends 2013

Stilzitat

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.

Holiday Decoration Trends 2013Varpunen

Holiday Decoration Trends 2013 Silje Vaniljeis

Holiday Decoration Trends 2013 Dreamy whites

Holiday Decoration Trends 2013 Tyrifryd

Holiday Decoration Trends 2013 Inspirations Design

Holiday Decoration Trends 2013Lily

Holiday Decoration Trends 2013 Coco Lapine Design

Holiday Decoration Trends 2013 Style me pretty

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?

Holiday Decoration Trends 2013Minted via Sweet Paul Magazine

Holiday Decoration Trends 2013 Free People blog

Holiday Decoration Trends 2013 101 Woonideen

Holiday Decoration Trends 2013 Sköna Hem from Helt Enkelt

Holiday Decoration Trends 2013 Down to the woods

Holiday Decoration Trends 2013 Silvia Radmakers Styling

Holiday Decoration Trends 2013 Kotivinkki

Holiday Decoration Trends 2013 StudioDIY

Holiday Decoration Trends 2013 BijzonderMooi

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.

Holiday Decoration Trends 2013 A beautiful mess

Holiday Decoration Trends 2013 Apartment Therapy (vintage trees)

Holiday Decoration Trends 2013 Ashley Ann Photography

Holiday Decoration Trends 2013 Going home to roost

Holiday Decoration Trends 2013 Going home to roost

Holiday Decoration Trends 2013 Yvestown

Holiday Decoration Trends 2013 Little lovelies by Allison

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!

Holiday Decoration Trends 2013

Gang and the wool

Holiday Decoration Trends 2013
Sweet Paul Mag

Holiday Decoration Trends 2013 Stillblog

Holiday Decoration Trends 2013 Bildschoenes

Holiday Decoration Trends 2013 Styling Marie Delice Karlsson & Johanna Flyckt

Holiday Decoration Trends 2013 Weekday Carnival

Holiday Decoration Trends 2013 Dwell Studio

Holiday Decoration Trends 2013 Wild Ridge Design

Holiday Decoration Trends 2013Thomas J. Story for Sunset

Holiday Decoration Trends 2013Victor Schrager for Country Living

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.

(text: gudy herder/editing holly becker, images linked to their sources above.)






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Trending: Moody Colors

November 21, 2013

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! 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 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.

Trending: Moody Colors

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!

Trending: Moody Colors
Farrow & Ball

Trending: Moody Colors
Farrow & Ball

Trending: Moody Colors

Hannotte Interiors

Trending: Moody Colors
Hans Blomquist

Trending: Moody Colors
Hans Blomquist

Trending: Moody Colors
Johnny Miller photography

Trending: Moody Colors
Robert Holden Photography

Trending: Moody Colors
The Marion House Book

Trending: Moody Colors
Hans Blomquist

Trending: Moody Colors
Gubi

Trending: Moody Colors
Styling Ditte Isager for Fritz Hansen

Trending: Moody Colors
Hans Blomquist

Trending: Moody Colors
Hans Blomquist

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.

Trending: Moody Colors
Little Dandelion

Trending: Moody Colors
Hotel La Maison Champs Elysees

Trending: Moody Colors
Farrow and Ball

Trending: Moody Colors
Fantastik Frank

Trending: Moody Colors
Interior Designer Athena Calderone on Refinery 29

Trending: Moody Colors
Interior Designer Athena Calderone on Refinery 29

Trending: Moody Colors
Styling by Glen Probstel

Trending: Moody Colors La Grange Interiors

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.

Trending: Moody Colors
Stylist Jeroesn van der Spek

Trending: Moody Colors
Vangelis Paterakis Photography

Trending: Moody Colors
Stylist Lucyina Moodie

Trending: Moody Colors
Stylist Lucyina Moodie

Trending: Moody Colors
Joanna Laajisto Creative Studio for Bar & Co in Helsinski

Trending: Moody Colors
Ochre

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!

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

(text: gudy herder/editing: holly becker/images: credited and linked above)






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