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Beautiful Barn & Willow Drapes

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.

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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)

Posted in uncategorized on November 15, 2014

Apartment Therapy’s Room For Color 2014 Contest

I was so honored to have been asked to be a judge for the Apartment Therapy Room For Color 2014 contest sponsored in part by Sherwin Williams. There were so many colorful entries. It was also so great when I saw that Janel over at AT put together a post announcing my participation (read it here), it really made me happy. One of the questions that she asked me about color was fun to answer so I thought I’d share that with you now. She basically asked me what my thoughts on color are at the moment – what palette I’m digging. This is the collage I created below followed by my thoughts.

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I love these four images and this fun, colorful palette – but the draw to me is that navy has replaced black as a strong accent color. Black and white is such a huge trend at the moment, yet I feel like I’m seeing it too much now and its losing it’s appeal. That’s why a nautical deep navy is a nice replacement and break from black while still keeping things deep and dark and providing a nice contrast amongst all of the light colors and brights that are trending at the moment. Plus navy (not cobalt or any other blue – strictly navy) and crisp white look stunning together, so a deep navy wall with white trim – well, you can’t go wrong!

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Here were some of entries in Warm, Cool, Light, Dark, International that I found really interesting. Apartment Therapy readers judged what they liked the most (there were so many entries!) and the judges were sent the 5 most voted for rooms per category and each of us voted for our favorite without knowing what the other judges were voting for. It was done very fair and square which I appreciated. You view all of the homes here. And guess what Germany? One of your own won the International submission!

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So much fun!!! And thanks again Apartment Therapy for having me. Here are the winners, but in my eyes everyone won the moment they submitted their entry because that takes major courage.

I think I need to team up with some big company and have a decorating contest for decor8 readers, right!? Wouldn’t that be fun???

(Images in the top collage: Johan Rosenmunthe for Bolig Liv magazine, Lys Vintage, Dust Jacket Attic , Smitten Studio Online. Single image: George in Delaware (winner!). Bottom collage: top left: Amanda in Montana (winner!), top right: Jessie in Ohio (winner!), bottom left: Katharina in Germany (winner!), bottom right: Jo in the UK.)

Posted in uncategorized on October 09, 2014

The Most Gorgeous Interior Palette For Fall 2014

I’m really feeling green lately you guys! I thought I would share some beautiful finds from Instagram that inspired me this past weekend. Things that really made my heart feel full of joy and loaded with interior inspiration. And perhaps it’s the coming of the holiday season with its evergreen overload, but I adore everything in many shades of green at the moment from pale mint to the deepest emerald. Here are some gorgeous and happy inspirations to encourage you along in the same green direction with a shot of coral, pink and black, and of course, loads of bright clear white. This embodies the perfect interior palette at the moment in my opinion.

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This is all so crazy pretty right? And be sure to click on all of the links above to discover a ton of great Instagrammers that I follow. And now that I have a new iPhone 6 Plus, I can actually SEE the stuff people post a lot better – so if you’re on the fence about the new 6 Plus then yeah, I can say it’s a big phone BUT if you’re a blogger using it for Pinterest, Instagram and Skype like I do, it’s the bomb diggity!

Hope you are all doing well. xo Holly

Posted in uncategorized on September 30, 2014

5 Things I Look For When Shopping For Throw Pillows

We could all use a little interiors inspiration for Autumn/Winter 2014, don’t you think? What are you planning to do to add warmth and a fresh touch to your rooms once Fall kicks in? I’m still on the fence, but I’ll definite add new drapes for my living room (I’ll share the before and after next month) and I plan to hang some art over the sofa and buy a new coffee table as I attempt to baby proof things around here since our crawler is super active and pulling himself up on everything at only 7 months old. And of course, a good throw pillow or ten! Here are some from Lauraloves, designed exclusively by Laura Nicolson in England who so nicely reached out to me today. I love the peacock silk cushion and the olivia silhouette with that chic herringbone pattern. That looks so Fallish.

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Since so many of you enjoy it when I share decorating tips, here are five things I look for when I’m shopping for cushions:

1. Zippers! They need to have them so I can easily swap out the cushion covers with each season and rotate through my favorites year round without having to store bulky cushions.
2. The fillers definitely need to be down or down-like because I love a relaxed look – they can’t be overly plump – they need to be squishy
3. Natural materials… Silk is great for a glam look, cotton for a bit more of a natural, relaxed home and you can even go with texture like leather, wool, knit, etc. For spring I like cotton and linen and for cooler months I’m a lover of leather, wool, knit and nubby linen. Silk is nice for all seasons but not so much to lounge on, they’re meant to be more decorative I think and to simply sit on a sofa and look good.
4. Something fresh and trendy. I know, lots of you don’t like the word trend but honestly, I really love trends as long as I have some balance and don’t go overboard. I really enjoy wearing trends from time to time (Birks were trending this summer, did you notice? We can thank Jenna Lyons and J.Crew for that I think) and I love adding stuff to my home that is trendy because I feel it freshens the space and adds a different vibe. Sometimes I can get really same-y same-y with my interiors – I think lots of us can when we decorate for years and years – and trends pull me out of that and force me to try something I may not have attempted before. Like adding a certain color, motif or texture to my space. And cushions are perfect for adding a bit of trend into a room because they’re not that expensive and they can easily be swapped out when you tire of them, stored easily and reused later or you can donate them or sell them on eBay or your next garage sale or something. In fact, I think the easiest way to experiment with a trend is through soft furnishings, particularly cushions, as they are small enough and can be budget-friendly.
5. I need to love it. This point should have been first maybe? But yeah, I have to love it. Even something as seemingly mundane as a cushion. I need to feel a bit of excitement when I see it and when I bring it home, it needs to give the space that needed touch.

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What do you think of these throw pillows by Lauraloves? Do you look for anything in particular when you shop for pillows?

Please Note: I do not own nor have I experienced this product in person so my opinion is based upon what I saw on her website and lookbook only.  Products that I own and use will be noted going forward with “decor8 tested and approved” at the end of the post to help you to better find products that I personally love and recommend for purchase.

(images: lauraloves)

Posted in uncategorized on September 18, 2014

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