Decorating Tips, Tabletop

Tabletop: Ideas For An Elegant Holiday

December 21, 2015

Hello dear decor8 readers, how are you today, right before Christmas? This is Anke visiting you while Holly is recovering from eye surgery while simaltaneously finished her fourth book with Leslie Shewring. Yeah, really. So I’m back today with my monthly tabletop inspiration column. I don’t know about you, but I’m in countdown mode with a long “to do” list to handle but what about you – are you rushing around too or are you laid back with all preparations done already? While enjoying a rare break on my sofa the other day I discovered a beautiful DIY story with embroidery frames in Living at Home Magazine. At that moment I knew how my December table decoration for decor8 should look like. So here I am with a festive tabletop idea for you!

Tabletop: Ideas For An Elegant Holiday

I chose the Christmas rose (Hellebore) to be the picture motif for the frames. I like this white blooming plant a lot and here in Germany you can buy them almost everywhere in a pot at the moment. I took three different pictures of my Hellebore, printed the images in different sizes on a paper with a linen structure (bought in a shop Continue Reading…






Recipes

Recipe: Mulled Spiced Christmas Wine

December 8, 2015

Hello decor8 readers, do you want to learn how to make mulled Christmas wine, which in Germany is called glühwein? But first, as the year draws to a close it’s time for me to say farewell to the readers of decor8. I started here two years ago with the little Food in Motion films and continued this year with monthly recipes. I’m happy and grateful I had the opportunity to share my passion for cooking, baking and food photography with you. You’ll still find me over on my blog. Okay, so onto the recipe!

Recipe: Mulled Spiced Christmas Wine

In many German towns you know that Christmas is on its way when the scent of spices, roasted almonds and baked waffles floats through the streets. People visit the Christmas markets and enjoy the lights and decoration, food, sweets, seasonal knick-knacks and especially the mulled wine. I enjoy making it myself, because I love Continue Reading…






Contests

12 Days Of Giveaways + 12 Gift Lists

December 3, 2015

Are you ready to win GORGEOUS (and I mean amazing) things from some of my very favorite brands? I’ve curated a stellar group of companies to work with which is why I’m so excited to announce the #12daysofgiveaways promotion this year! Also, instead of putting these giveaways on decor8, I’ve moved them over to the @decor8 Instagram account. That means that you’ll need to comment over there daily to win beautiful prizes and gift cards from &TraditionOsborne & Little for Ruark Audio, Made In Design, The Poster Club, ByLassen, Stelton, OYOY, Joules, Bloomingville, Sukha, Rosenthal, and Waterford

12 Days Of Giveaways + 12 Gift Lists

Oh la la, how nice are these brands, right? The giveaways began on December 1st so run over to Instagram and comment to win – and follow each of the brands on Instagram (their IG links appear under each photo). That’s all you have to do to enter! I’ve gone a step further to Continue Reading…






Recipes

Recipe: Chocolate Babka

November 26, 2015

Would you like to learn how to make the ultimate holiday comfort food, a chocolate babka? Oh yes! Hello everyone, this is Liz and I’m back with another delicious recipe for the month. Only a few days until first Advent! Slowly I’m getting into the mood. As the days grow shorter and the leaves have been blown from the trees completely, now I like thinking of cozy December weekends.

Recipe: Chocolate Babka

A few weeks ago my newest book (Available only in German) that I co-authored  Continue Reading…






Trends

Interior Trends On My Radar

November 23, 2015

Hello dear friends, how are you today? Would you like to begin the week by seeing a lovely interior “trend” that I’m (and so many of you) are really into right now? Oh good. But first, and wow oh my goodness just wow, I’m so glad to be back on the other side of the glass wall again, in the land of the living! I’ve been buried so deep inside of my book project and had to turn so much off to accomplish everything by deadline. I turned nearly everything in last week and sat back with a glass of wine and just felt accomplished and good. My soul felt full. After taking the weekend to process it all, I’m suddenly eager to move into the final weeks of the year with a renewed energy, to be on the other side of the glass able to see friends again, go dancing, host a few parties, blog more, travel and just surface for air. I also can’t wait for the Christmas markets to begin on Wednesday throughout Germany because I love bringing my little boy and watching his eyes glow as he takes in all of the sights, sounds and smells.

Interior Trends On My Radar

For book number 4, I ended up at the last minute becoming a co-photographer and so it was a challenging last few months for me to say the least. I have a high end Canon camera with some gorgeous lenses but that doesn’t make me a qualified-for-books photographer. I see some invest in expensive cameras and have no clue what they are doing, don’t really care to learn, yet call themselves professionals because of owning professional equipment. I’m not being negative about them, they can do as they wish, but I didn’t want that “type” to end up being me. It’s like claiming you’re an athlete because you own the best workout clothes and shoes. I really want to get the most from what I own though it was hard for me because I have such little patience with myself when it comes to technology. So little. I want everything to just work with little explanation or practice. I often wonder if this is characteristic of my generation – wanting everything fast, now, sooner, better, bigger… Harder, better, faster, stronger… Isn’t that how the song goes?

Yet, despite the fight I had with the tech side of my brain, I forced myself to learn more about photography as I took photos for this project… I continually referenced books and asked friends, I talked a lot to my husband, I shot more, I bought a different lens, I kept asking questions, I kept trying more more more… Sometimes a single photo took a few hours to compose and shoot because of low light levels and my inability to capture light and turn the photo into something lovely. Yet I tried and just kept at it. I learned Lightroom really well too and improved my Photoshop skills like I never thought possible. And now, I can proudly say that over 120 of my photos will be in book 4 (title is a surprise) which will release in September 2016 in English Continue Reading…






Decorating Tips, Tabletop

Tabletop: Ideas for Holiday Parties

November 19, 2015

Looking for simple yet beautiful decorating and tabletop ideas for the holidays? Hello dear decor8 readers, this is Anke back again with my monthly installment of tabletop ideas. This time I’m focusing on November to help prepare you for the holiday season with some simple yet classy tabletop ideas for a late November dinner party that feels a little bit like Christmas. For all of Holly’s American readers, this could be a lovely presentation for your Thanksgiving holiday.

Tabletop: Ideas for Holiday Parties

Christmas Season is just around the corner. Looking at magazines and blogs I am amazed every year anew at all the creative activities. Personally, I’m a late starter when it comes to Christmas preparations (I fill the Advent calendars for my boys usually in the night of November 30th to December 1st!) But… I’m totally ready for an almost winterly table covered in green, white and natural shades right now – no need to wait for a little holiday preview on my tabletop.

I went with a fir tree theme as I like the beautiful forest designs of the Swedish brand Fine Little Day so much! Their cute tray was used toput my menu card on the wall and give my guests an overview of dinner. If you want to try this yourself, just attach a poster-hanger on the Continue Reading…






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