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Fading Flower Prints By Trine Hisdal

If you are a flower lover like me, you just may love what I’m about to show you since it’s quite a unique take on the typical flower photography that you see on the walls of most homes. Trine Hisdal is a photographer based in Oslo, Norway who has captured flowers dying in a most stunning way through her new series of floral prints. Trine wanted to, “document the fragility of flowers and their short lived beauty, and how they look beautiful even as they start to fade.” This is just so, so pretty. But don’t take my word for it — Take a look, what do you think?
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These limited editions are exhibited and sold at Røst, a design and interior shop in Norway. I’m in love.

(images: via Åshild Røssland by Trine Hisdal)

Posted in Color Inspiration on May 26, 2014
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Marble Trend For Food Photography

I’ve been noticing a marble trend over the past year in both interiors but also food photography, have you slowly noticed it creeping in too? I think it’s a stunning surface to work with at home but also for shooting food and even craft, flowers and more. When I see foodies working with new materials it excites me so much since the same old things do get a bit boring and we just crave newness don’t we? Marble may not be “new” – it’s been around forever – but seeing it pop up in modern homes and in food shots feels very fresh when done right. I think marble looks best in pared-back interiors and with food, it works best with foods that are rich in color like berries and chocolate and citrus fruits (vs. white foods, for instance). Here are some examples of how I’m seeing marble being used in the kitchen…

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(above: a marble island that I’d love to have as shown on Martha Stewart via Elements of Style.)

My friend Susanne in Hannover, Germany writes Milas Deli and she is the first person I spotted regularly using marble as a surface for her food photography. (Her Instagram stream is great – you guys have to follow her.) I love that you can smear berries on it, that liquids stay puddled vs. soak in (as they would shooting on wood or fabric) and that it’s light and bright but still has those gorgeous gray lines running through bringing in lovely random patterning.

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These top three photos are from Susanne at Milas Deli. See what I mean with the smeared food and that lovely faint coffee stain?

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I really like the citrus on the surface shown above in this shot by Alexandra Grablewski, whom I wrote about not too long ago HERE on decor8.

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This shot of fig tarts shown above is by Aran Goyoaga from Cannelle et Vanille. Also a stunner.

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Another shot using marble as a background. This time by the food blog, Oh Ladycakes – a new blog find of mine that is just delightful.

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This one is from Top With Cinnamon – I like seeing the surface from the side don’t you?

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Here is some more drippy yummy goodness from Dash and Bella. Seems like there is also a trend in using red drippy things on marble, too! :)

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(Another view of marble in the kitchen as shown on Martha Stewart.)

I’d love to see marble used for styling flowers against – particularly deconstructing blooms petal by petal to create something artistic and shoot it straight down – wouldn’t that be unique?  I’m convinced I need a slab of it to place on my kitchen counter or on top of my small table so I can roll out dough and use it more for cooking… Some think of marble as a cold surface lacking emotion but I actually see it as one that provides a lot of versatility and is interesting visually – it’s subtle but still present. It’s also a great surface to present food on – particularly dessert cheeses after supper at a dinner party with fruit, jams and crusty bread. Yum.

What do you think of marble in the kitchen? What about having it as a surface for food photography? How else can you see marble being used in a creative way at home?

(images: linked above)

Posted in trends on May 26, 2014

Welcome To My decor8 Great.ly Shop!

Hello friends! Yesterday Great.ly launched and I’m so excited to share my shop with you! Have you heard of Great.ly? It’s an online marketplace where tastemakers and makers team up – so makers share their products and tastemakers (like me!) curate and set up shop. My shop has a focus on decorating (naturally!), personal accessories (totes, clothes, jewelry), office, art and kid’s stuff. I’ll regularly update my selections too so you’ll always find new surprises waiting for you there. Here are a few things that you’ll find currently… Pretty, right!? You can tell I’m into peach, gold, blue and green tones at the moment with shots of black, can’t you?!

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a. silhouette pendant by Vana Chupp // b. Mountain Blossom scarf by Leah Duncan that I’d love to frame! // c. laptop case made in Japan by Hanelca Aya Kawaura // d. lucite necklace by Adelia Mae.
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I love my art selections, I can imagine all of these looking great together on a salon style wall, can’t you? See more of my art picks here. Bow stripe by Monica Lee // To the moon and back by Graphic Anthology // Pink overlapping circles by Britt Castellano // Just Start by Holly Casto // From the valley by Emily Jeffords // Faded beach day no2 by Lisa Golightly Bonjour by Ellie Bradley // As If print by a Sensible Habit // Shade art by Julia Kostreva

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Here are some more goodies for you to buy… Gold heart cake topper by Splendid Supply Co. // black and maple serving board by Araya Jensen // Cocktail coasters by a Sensible Habit // Ceramic Bowl by lookslikewhite Ceramics

I hope you enjoy shopping in the decor8 Great.ly shop!

(images: great.ly)

Posted in shopping on May 23, 2014

Flokati Epic Fail + New Rug Ideas

Okay here’s the situation. The flokati rug in the nursery works. It does. But it also doesn’t. I love it – I really do, but it did shed a hella lot during the first two months and drove me nuts. Now, it’s fine but I really don’t want my baby crawling, drooling or playing on it once he’s off of my lap and racing about. I’m learning as I go with nursery design – totally normal. I think out of everything I got right in his room though, the flokati rug was definitely something I wouldn’t suggest to my clients for the long haul. The first 8 months, fine. I am glad though that my approach to nursery design was, from the start, that if it costs over $50 then it needs to be something I could move to another room and it would still fit in. In this case, I can easily move the gorgeous flokati to our guest bedroom in a few months, no sweat, no loss.

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I’m currently on the prowl for a new rug that is low pile and easy to clean so my son can crawl around on it and eventually race his little cars when he’s old enough. Even still, I want the next rug to be adult-friendly too so we can move it to another room if he decides he wants mommy to change up the color scheme later on. Or I simply decide I want to redecorate. Again.

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As I’m researching rugs, I came across Armadillo&Co on Instagram (of all places) and I found so many that I want to import here to Germany from Australia! They are PERFECT for what I’m talking about – low pile, stylish, modern, fun, easy to care for and can effortlessly blend into grown up spaces as well as kiddie rooms. Oh yeah.

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P.S. // I TOTALLY WANT the Flower Weave Marigold or the Daisy in our entryway now. I adore them so much. The Marigold shown above HAS MY HEART. I’m in the process of decorating our entry way and decided one of these rugs HAS to be in it. Now I just have to figure out how to get it up her from freakin’ Australia.

Love any of these rugs above? Did you think my flokati rug in the nursery was an epic fail, too? After living with it for a few months, it sorta is.

(images: armadillo&co)

Posted in shopping on May 18, 2014

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