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Jason Grant: Away At Home

I’ve blogged about this styling rock star before but Aussie stylist Jason Grant is the cat’s meow in styling at the moment so I must highlight him again. I heard about Mr. Grant a few years ago for the first time and have been a fan since – I really enjoyed his first book, A Place Called Home, and can hardly wait for his next one, Away At Home, to be published by Rizzoli which will drop this Fall and is a collaboration with photographer Lauren Bamford. I saw it already cover-to-cover and fell in love. In it, Jason talks about how to live everyday like you are on vacation with inspiration and tips for creating a relaxed boho-vibe at home and he provides much insight on a myriad of decorating ideas for creating your own private resort right in your home. Of course, after the babysitter comes to scoop up the children and whisk them away to the nearby playground (wink).

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The above pics are a few that show his carefree beachside apartment in Sydney, as shown in Inside Out magazine.

I recently got to talk to Jason about what’s hot and what’s not, I thought you’d be interested in hearing what he has to say…

First, his 5 favorite things: 1: Favorite look: Relaxed, laidback and casual – nothing too over styled // 2: Favorite trend – nature // 3: Favorite object – something on your wish list // 4: Another favorite object – something you see everywhere at the moment – like yellow (still) – I love it // 5: Favorite miscellaneous - I love to decorate with timber combined with a pop of colour. I think this is my signature look.

Why do you like these five – what attracts you? I’m attracted to colour and nature, happy colours and interiors that reflect the owners personality.

What trends are you tired of? Replica furniture

What do you predict will be hot next? Anything Hawaiian-themed — but no more pineapples!!!

If you’re not familiar with Australian interiors and styling, then here are few spreads from magazines that he has worked for showing his styling work so you can catch a glimpse…

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Jason is such an inspiration and I hope that you get to check out his work, buy his books and tap into this great talented guy.

Are you a Jason Grant fan? If so, why?

(images: inside out magazine, rizzoli books)

Posted in inspiration on June 21, 2014

Stunning German Home + Studio Oink

Hello everyone! Okay so I have to highlight a recent home tour and article that I just found in my inbox from the beautiful Est Magazine because it’s a pretty swank pad based in Germany and as an American living here at the moment, it’s always exciting to see what’s happening in my own part of the world. I feel like everything beautiful and cool that is what I consider tasteful, enviable, drool-worthy… is coming out of Los Angeles or Sydney at the moment. I know that’s NOT the case, as this home clearly shows, so that’s why I really want to highlight it. If you don’t live in southern California or Australia one can feel a bit like they are missing out on all of the interiors fun!

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This home is in Wiesbaden, Germany and is owned by interior designers and stylists Lea Korzeczek and Matthias Hiller of Studio Oink, a design studio focused on set design and residential interior design. I adore their marble floor, which really surprised me because normally I don’t go for tile or marble in living spaces (wet spaces, yes – kitchen, entry, laundry, bathroom, etc.). The marble is so classy I think, and being beige vs. the gray marble you normally see, it is warm and welcoming as marble can often feel very sterile. I wouldn’t go as far to say that this apartment feels “warm” though, it still has a coolness about it but that is obviously what this talented duo was going for – something upscale and posh. Mission accomplished. James Bond could live here.

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I personally like the details, like the texture of the wall behind the art above, the coastal-theme artwork, the soft tones, the lighting, the wooden chairs and the gorgeous sheepskin throw. I, of course, like the addition of fresh flowers – especially the floppy romantic peony. Well done.

Here are some of their other projects below; also quite stunning and minimalistic but with pretty accents that draw you in. Their rooms look like they could be in films. I particularly adore the kitchen below…

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The fresh green plants really call to me, especially the above shot with a peek of greenery through the old wooden windows… These photos are all so light and bright, a big vitamin D injection for sure.

What do you like about these spaces? See anything that calls out to you?

PSST: Studio Oink also has a blog that I just started following called Grand et Petit. Check it out. They have a lovely little online shop too.

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Posted in designers on June 21, 2014

Decorating With Delphiniums

Today at the farmers’ market I couldn’t resist the Delphiniums! I just love their elegant stature and particularly the ones in astounding blue and violet tones! I also enjoy them in white with crisp, black centers. I scooped up 3 stems for €5 (steal!) and as I walked home I kept thinking of where to put them and which containers to use. I knew that I didn’t want them all together in one clump nor did I want to hide their stems in vases that were opaque, so when I got home I opened my gardening + containers cabinet and selected some clear, glass vases, one with a greenish tint to complement the flower stems. I unwrapped my flowers in our formal dining room and did a quick walk-through around the house to see where I best imagine placing my new finds. Would I display them in one space or in different areas?

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I decided to place them together on the table in our second eating area, which was formerly a very dark and boring hallway that I turned into an eating nook since it’s directly off of our kitchen. It has new flooring (hardwood), the walls were resurfaced (old wallpaper stripped away) and was painted crisp white. This space (below) still needs work (like art work and the rug needs to be pulled away from the wall, also I will have a simple radiator cover made so I can remove the leaning mirror, etc. etc. etc. BUT for now this space was the chosen area for my delphinums. It needed color and life! I decided to go with 5 arrangements and used little scrappy spares in a porcelain Rosenthal vase and others in a simple brandy glass and grouped the larger ones in big vessels across the tabletop. I am very pleased with the results. I walk through this area constantly to Aidan’s nursery, so seeing these gorgeous blooms will definitely perk up my travels back and forth. Quite a statement maker, too – aren’t they!? Love it!

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Note: I mixed in a few spare godetia flowers (they look just like paper!) with the delphiniums because I wanted the arrangement to be quirky and imperfect, which I achieved. Decorating with delphiniums really made this area look great. Now I’m motivated more than ever to really decorate this hallway space and show you how it looks when I finish in the next month or so… Wish me luck!

But seriously, see how easily you can transform a space with flowers that cost so very little yet add such a massive impact?

(images: holly becker for decor8)

Posted in Decorating Tips, Flowers on June 18, 2014

Review: Evomove Nomi Highchair

Looking for a high chair for baby with an infant seat attachment? Look no further! Recently Evomove, who are fans of decor8, contacted me since they’d heard I was looking for a high chair. They’d recently worked with designer Peter Opsvik (he designed the iconic Tripp Trapp chair) to create a chair for them called the Nomi. Since the Nomi just won the “Red Dot: Best of the Best 2014” award, a prestigious international design award only given to 1% of 5,000 competing products, I was interested in receiving and trying out the chair and if I liked it, I would keep it and if not, I’d give it to a friend. My neighbor is expecting twins in August!

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Well, from these two photos it’s evident that I am KEEPING THIS CHAIR. I love the Nomi but more importantly SO DOES AIDAN. That should win an award on its own because Aidan is VERY fussy about where he is placed. He only falls asleep in his Stokke stroller, his car seat, his bed at night, or on one of our shoulders. That’s IT.

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Until today. He passed out in his Evomove Nomi Chair and that was enough convincing for me – in fact, it made me SO HAPPY that I snapped a few photos then ran over to my computer to write this post. When your baby falls asleep without any props, singing, rocking, motion, etc. it’s like OH MY GOD what did I do to deserve this? Did all of the volunteer work I did for years at Habitat For Humanity finally pay off? Because my baby fell freaking asleep ON HIS OWN.

A little about the chair… The Nomi can be used from birth until the teenage years (so from the time they want you around every second until they can’t wait for you to leave the room/house/this planet) because it has a fixed ‘stem’ with interchangeable sitting and lying elements. I selected the white version with the white oak stem and the Nomi Baby recliner (for babies up to 6 months) in sand AND later, I have the Nomi Mini restraint for when he is able to sit up on his own. This chair looks beautiful in my home and is so lightweight and easy to move around from room to room – it’s pretty awesome. My four-month-old son thinks so too… Just look at this face. TOTAL CONTENTMENT.

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Any negatives? Yes*. The first is that because it’s on wheels, you really shouldn’t pull the baby up to the table if his legs can touch the side because there is a chance that your baby could “push off” the sides of the table with his feet, and if he is a strong baby like our little guy, this could be a bad thing. So just be mindful of that. I wish the wheels locked. The only other negative, which is a really BIG negative so PLEASE don’t order this chair unless you read this… But the Nomi Baby Recliner has instructions on how to mount it on the stem but the actual cushion with the “T” strap on top with the belt does NOT have instructions. Not on the website or in the boxes, so BEWARE. If you put the straps in the belt once, the belt is not secure enough and the baby can EASILY slip right out onto the floor. It’s really dangerous. The trick is, and we had to spend over an hour just trying every possible idea to secure the belt/strap, is to loop the belt through on each side twice and really pull it through super tight so that it’s as strong as steel. I honestly think the design of this strap could have been better and when I looked at lots of the EvoMove pictures on Instagram from their customers, it looks like lots of the parents just sort of “winged it” and looped the belt through only once and that is super duper dangerous. My husband wasn’t pleased with this at all. So please, if you buy the Nomi with the baby recliner for the chair, make sure you really make sure that belt is secured well.

In the end, we are so happy with this chair and thank EvoMove for sending it to us. By the way, this is not a sponsored post. I didn’t promise them to blog about it – that’s not my thing, I don’t play that way… and I didn’t even plan to blog it – but Aidan is always so happy in this chair , we are finally able to eat at the dinner table again after 4 months AND well, seeing him passed out and happy in the chair today for the first time inspired me to blog it. I figure if it can make Aidan happy, it can most likely make lots of little cuties out there (and their parents) happy, too.

(images: holly becker for decor8)

*UPDATE June 19, 2014: Evomove now has manuals on their website and that will be included in their boxes which have specific instructions on how to mount the cushion and secure the belt. I’m very pleased by this. Also, the wheels on the chair have been tested and are indeed safe, another very good thing. See comments on this post for details. Thank you Evomove for making sure our children are happy and safe in your chairs!

Posted in baby on June 18, 2014

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