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Decorating With Roses: On My Wall

Would you like to see a simple floral project that came from discarded roses? Yesterday I was with my baby, mom and husband in the gorgeous Herrenhausen Garden and I came across a most beautiful site that everyone else seemed to walk right by… A massive pile of rose heads that had been trimmed from the Rosengarten and were getting ready to be discarded. The pile was massive, see?

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My husband was sweet enough to venture in to fetch some of the best heads for me. Here are the fruits of his labor here in my hands…

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I decided to take them home, so I tucked about ten of them away from the sun into my cooler bag and, despite knowing we wouldn’t be home for hours, I thought I’d risk it anyway and hope for the best. By the time we arrived back home, they were slightly wilted so we placed them in the fridge in a bowl (without water). Here is what they looked like this morning – plump, perky and lovely! And they smell divine…

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Because they lack stems, and I wanted to decorate with them, I thought to simply tie neon yellow string to them and tape each onto my dining room wall with some Liberty washi tape that I bought at Merci in Paris. They can dry this way but be decorative too.

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It’s always so amazing to me how little things make a big impact – even flower heads found alongside of a rose garden (meant for the trash!) can be a thing of beauty. It’s important to look at everything a little differently, to see the potential in all things, don’t you agree?

(images: third: thorsten becker, all others: holly becker for decor8)

Posted in Decorating Tips, Flowers on June 04, 2014

Interior Trend: Into The Wild

Are you ready to venture into the wild for this trend post? Hi, it’s Gudy again with my June column for decor8. This trend post is different to the ones I have been written so far as you will soon see… Into The Wild is not tangible, it’s not about a piece of furniture or an object you can buy. It embraces a feeling, a way of living, a call back to nature. I’d like to take you on a journey of observing colour, texture and keywords that describe what Into The Wild means to me.

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Photo: Ashley Herrin Photography

Into The Wild describes an urge for taking a break from every day life. It’s about hanging a hammock somewhere outdoors to pause and contemplate. It is a visual response to our need of exploring once again to tap into our inner world, to travel and get lost without wifi and Instagram, no GPS marking our route and plans.

2. into the wild-collage

Photos: Chris Maynard FEATHERS // Aaron Feaver GIRL

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Photos: Dullbluelight BOKEH // GREEN LEAVES // Mokkasin GIRL

There’s romanticism and a strong bohemian vibe underlined by the aesthetics of feathers, flower crowns, French braids, forage materials and tribal patterns. Photos are taken often during the golden hour searching for a softer, blurry look.

4. into the wild-collage

Photos: Kevin Russ Mobile Photography NATIONAL PARK // Taylor Dorrell GIRL WITH CAMERA

Colours are warm and rich, greens, curry, oxid and sunflower yellow, combined with pastel hues such as pale pink and peach. Chocolate brown and black are added to give the right contrast and focus of the ‘wild aspect’ here.

5. into the wild colours

Photos: Andie Speciality Sweets MUSHROOMS // Elizabeth Weinberg HAMMOCK

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Photos: The grower’s daughter LEFT // Parker Fitzgerald Photography RIGHT

One of the micro trends included is the caravan revival. They are made for camping and exploration, used as food trucks (you’ll find them on all cool street events these days) or traveling from here to there selling lovely things. TIP: See and follow stylist Kara Rosenlunds journeys, they are so inspiring!

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Photo: Kara Rosenlund

When it comes to defining materials, they are all very related to nature but do have a lived-in aspect — imperfect and weathered.

8. into the wild materials

Photo: Pamela Schmieder

As for interior design, let’s talk swinging hammocks, hanging wicker chairs and peacock armchairs, all combined with huge lush indoor plants.

9. into the wild furniture

Photos: Siren Laudal Photography / Styling Kråkvik & D’Orazio LEFT // Anthropologie hanging chair // Anthropologie Hammock

I hope you liked the different approach today. Let me hear your thoughts and what your into the wild experience lately has been.- Warmly, Gudy

 

Posted in trends on June 04, 2014

Vote For Your Favorite Domino Mag Home! #sodomino

Hello everyone! I forgot to blog about this great contest, in which I am one of the judges, over at Domino magazine that ends tomorrow, May 28th —  So get hoppin’ and go on over to Domino to vote for one of the four homes that me and Emily, Joy and Joanna voted for. The winner will receive a spread in Domino magazine so go, vote, and help a homeowner get totally famous! I selected Park Collective because I think that home looks totally cozy and great for couples and kids – seems down-to-earth…

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Also, check out the summer edition of Domino magazine available now (cover looks like this) because me and Leslie Shewring are in it – there’s an interview with us and fun stuff about our new book, Decorate With Flowers. I’ve not seen it yet but I’m wicked excited. A big thanks to Domino for not only including me as a judge in their #sodomino contest but for the feature in their mag – very cool indeed.

VOTE HERE

(images: domino)

Posted in contests on May 27, 2014

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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