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Crushing On The Tweetable Birdcage

I want to show you guys this really cute birdcage/tabletop display thing-y. I really dig it. It is sorta perfect for social media addicts like most of us because it’s called the Tweetable Birdcage and with one glance, you’ll see why it is indeed tweetable. Designed by Alessandro Dubini, mine came from KOMDO.DO but I imagine if they don’t ship to where you live, you can find it in your country too if you google. This porcelain and metal birdcage isn’t really a cage for feathered friends at all but rather, to use as an unusual display peice. So you can put anything you want inside. Flowers in multiple vases, a fern or another plant, a group of succulents, prized possessions from the flea market, picture frames, food… Anything decorative that fits inside could be fun.

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If you recognize this cage, it was displayed prominently in my new book, Decorate With Flowers, in the home of Bri Emery from Design Love Fest – it’s in a few photos on pages 122 and 123 in the Girly Glam section. Here is one below. After seeing it on her dining table, I just had to have it so KOMDO.DO and their PR agency hooked me up and I’m so glad they did because I didn’t realize I could get it here in Germany. Swoon and score! In my cage, I displayed something a bit unusual… straw flowers that I let dry. I snipped off the stems and just laid them on the bottom of the cage. I like it because you don’t really know what it is until you get a little closer and it’s quite unexpected and I like that sometimes, I’ve always liked to color outside of the lines I guess you could say.

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What do you think, is this your style or not?

Please note: This product is decor8 tested and approved.

(images: holly becker + laure joliet)

Posted in Flowers on September 02, 2014

Thoughts On Styling + Studio Besau-Marguerre

Studio Besau-Marguerre is design duo Eva Marguerre und Marcel Besau, a talented couple who founded their studio in 2011 in Hamburg, Germany. Their projects include visual communication, interior design, editorial design and styling. I’ve seen their work before in German interiors magazines, such as in Living At Home and fashion mag, Brigitte. Here are some photos that I find best represent what they do on the styling side. Or maybe it’s that I find these the most appealing because they are a bit “less is more” than their other projects, which I like. Check them out…

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I really like the color palette in this image. It’s a bit odd but in a good, quirky odd way. That table is rather interesting too with all of those legs, isn’t it?

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I really love the color palette here. Reminds me of what I’m going for with my new work studio.

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Everything about this image speaks to me, it’s not really the individual pieces as much as the sum of all parts – what they are sharing together, a sort of crazy harmony that manages to be relaxing and warm. And okay I really like the lampshade, a lot actually. Plus the peek through into the next room is always a nice touch when you are styling interiors. It adds interest.

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Seeing a herringbone natural wood wall is such a creative idea in my opinion, because I’d actually love to see that applied to a lake house or country cottage. It’s such an imaginative way to make wood walls cool again.

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I love seeing rolls of wallpaper falling out of windows. Of course, it’s only for a photo and only for a few hours, but the idea of it is so appealing to me. It makes me wish you could buy patterned wooden shutters to add to the outside of your home and have a big white house like this with patterned shutters and a bold blue or canary yellow front door or something. I often wish I lived in a world that was more experimental. So many people claim to be but in the end, most of us just conform. It’s a shame. Because I bet lots of us would have way cooler houses – I’m talking about exteriors – curb appeal.

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I’d really like to know more about this X panel with lights. I wonder how they made it. I missed the issue of Living At Home that it was in so I missed the project. But it looks funky and affordable, too.

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I was just picking flowers in a field nearby to Hannover, where I live, and while there I met the owner and she went bonkers when she learned of who I was and what I do. She loves flowers. So she instantly wanted to know everything about me. And I told her what I could. While there, I imagined going back and shooting a field scene similar to this one, so maybe I will next Spring.

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Maybe these candles were drawn on with markers? I can’t tell. But you know what I really love about this photo? I love that smoke. I just do. It really adds atmosphere and imperfection in a good way.

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This looks like a really fun and happy corner of someone’s creative studio, doesn’t it? I love that acid yellow too. It makes me happy.

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I imagine the word YES was made from washi tape? If so, YES YES YES! Good idea!

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 Drawing on cups and pots? Sounds (and looks) like a great idea and something you could do with the kids, too.

These are all nice and interesting concepts, don’t you think? I especially like the series on cross stitch and applying the look of it to objects like ceramics and lighting. What I find so interesting about styling overall is when you are given a project, you can have so much fun developing whatever theme you either pitched or were given by the firm who hired you. Many times, though the sky is the limit, you also have to consider what is practical and functional depending on the client and their market. I honestly love the work of magazine styling and also book styling, though I find magazine styling such a different field altogether because you really have to pitch, develop, order product, make, pull everything together, etc. so it’s such a reflection of YOU. Interior styling for books, like the line of work I’m in – well, it’s just different though the title is the same. I’m thinking to add magazine work to my resume, I’d love to work on location and pull together something I’ve envisioned. I was able to this with my new book that just came out, Decorate With Flowers, because it required my co-author Leslie and I to brainstorm all of the ways we do and would use flowers and then create stories around themes and colors for each, plus add DIY projects… So it was really my big break into doing a book that required a lot of careful planning.

My decorating books before that were a little different since I styled homes on location and for the most part, I only brought and styled flowers for the rooms and then styled the rooms channeling my vision and aesthetic, which I felt was important to not only apply that but to maintain the homeowner’s voice too. It was a challenging balance but I achieved success with those books and the homeowers felt delighted to be a part of those projects.

I’m developing concepts now for books 4 and 5, and I’m thinking of mixing interiors with my own styling but also to add interesting projects and things that can, like Decorate With Flowers, give me a chance to really show my more artistic and creative talents. But yes, back to styling and images above, I really did enjoy them and also liked that they are doing so well here as a creative design firm. I often feel this market has so many gaps and there are so few “names” when it comes to interiors. I cannot think of anyone in particular that is a household name in Germany when it comes to interior design or styling. It’s so different where I come from. In America we are just saturated with names and talent in this field. I wonder if Germany will ever see that? I would be happy to step up and nominate myself but in many ways, I’m unsure what people here would think or how they would react to an American being one of the voices of German interiors?

I’m thinking out loud. I need to get some work done around the office today, some consulting for a NYC startup, but I’ll be back online a little later with some more finds and words to share.

(images: Silke Zander and Peter Fehrentz)

Posted in inspiration on September 02, 2014

6 Things That Inspired Me This Weekend

I thought I’d highlight 6 inspirations since I’m online a little this weekend and had a few moments to check up on my favorites blogs and sites to see what’s new. Please click on all of the links that interest you so you can find out more…

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1. First, the new plant series on Igor’s blog, Happy Home. Gorgeous photographs and his living room is so pretty too, don’t you think? Igor lives and blogs in Munich, Germany.

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2. H&M Life is a really interesting section on their site. It was cool to find some blogger friends there, too. I really like the Follow Friday series and seeing Laura Bailey and Caroline Issa

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3. I wrote about them last weekend, Saana ja Olli but came across more good pics on Igor’s blog that he just blogged. Really nice rugs.

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4. A very nice fashion blog called Hello Fashion by a mother of THREE with a new baby and a husband who models cool outfits on the blog too. Some of her photos with her baby boy give me some pose ideas for photos we take of Aidan and I.

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5. I just love Swedish stylist and photographer Linda and her blog Call Me Cupcake.

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6. Artist Leigh Viner – I love how she is holding a painting she did – fun!

 What inspired you this weekend? I’m off now to Sip & See party to meet twin boys… See you soon!

(images linked to their sources above.)

Posted in inspiration on August 31, 2014

7 Cool Brands For Baby Boys

I thought to quickly pop in this weekend to highlight 7 cool brands for baby boys to check out. Most of these shops have things for baby girls too but it seems like stuff for boys can be harder to find, at least cute stuff, so I want to write these posts from time-to-time to highlight brands I love and use. Here’s the first post I wrote with 5 brands for baby boys that was also super cute, so click here to check out that round up too.

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1. Baby mocs from Hubble and Duke. I have three pairs for Aidan (tan, mustard and gold) and he wore one out the other day and everyone who saw them thought they were the cutest. And they are. I LOVE these mocs sooo much. These shoes are decor8 tested and approved.

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2. A cozy baby blanket (and all of the baby blankets) from Designed By Artists. I especially love that they are dated with the year of birth so I’ll cherish my blanket, And So The Adventure Begins 2014, for years to come. This blanket is decor8 tested and approved.

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3. Zuzii footwear from Los Angeles in suedes and leathers. I know, more shoes. I can’t get enough.

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4. Cool clothes from France by emile et ida- so cute! You can get there things here. I really like the little sweater with the mask on it.

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5. Super cool trainers handmade in Spain from MAA. When Aidan is walking around I’m definitely picking up a pair for him because they’re just so unique.

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6. Petit Bateau clothing from France, the iconic label that everyone loves. I have their sleep suits and some rompers and really like them. Clothing from Petit Bateau is decor8 tested and approved.

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7. Mini Boden. I had no clue that Boden had baby stuff until recently. I must order a few things for winter for little Aidan because I love their bright, happy colors and we need that during our gray days ahead. And c’mon, star patches on the knees? Super cute.

Do you have a baby boy (or toddler)? Where do you shop for him? Leave your links and tips below, I’d love to know!

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Posted in baby on August 31, 2014

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