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Gift Guide: 20 Under $50

I thought I’d jump on the gift guides bandwagon and do a few gift guides in case you need some inspiration! I know when it comes to shopping, I love to see what my fellow bloggers are giving (and receiving!) because oftentimes, I spot stuff I wouldn’t have noticed otherwise. So whether this guide serves as help for your holiday shopping or simply a gift for someone that you love after the holidays have passed, I hope that you enjoy my roundup of 20 faves under $50.

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1/ Animal rubber stamp that doubles as a decorative object from Anthropologie 2/ J.Crew playing cards 3/Library of Flowers bubble bath from Terrain 4/Jonathan Adler elephant match strike 5/Liberty Print wallet case for iPhone from J.Crew

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6/ snow globes from West Elm 7/champagne pop candle in copper by Jonathan Adler 8/2014 Kate Spade agenda 9/Decorate Workshop (my book!) Kindle or Print Edition 10/phone cases from Rifle Paper Co.

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11/Holiday card set 12/Oyster print  13/Plated Glass ornaments 14/Liberty print handkerchief 15/Serena & Lily set of belly baskets

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16/ Garance Dore print 17/Bake something delightful, then fill these Peppermint Winter Cupcake Boxes by Martha Stewart 18/geometric pillow handmade by Nirwa 19/twin triangle necklace from artsy modern 20/German glitter ornaments from Pottery Barn

Fancy anything for yourself, too? I bet you do!

(images linked to their sources above)

Posted in shopping on December 10, 2013

GIVEAWAY: Win Blogger Decorating Book, “Wohnideen Aus Dem Wahren Leben”!

Hello everyone! Are you ready to win a beautiful book during this special 3 day FLASH Giveaway? You only have between now and Thursday to enter to win this beautiful blogger book (only available in German)… So get hoppin’! Earlier this Autumn, my German publisher Callwey, published the first ever book written by a team of European design bloggers along with Petra Harms. I was asked to write the foreword and also write the section about storage and to shoot and include photos from my home for this project which I gladly did. The book, “Wohnideen Aus Dem Wahren Leben“, launched this past Fall and has been a real hit here in Germany. In the midst of moving, I’m trying to clear out extra books that I have so I’d like to giveaway 5 copies of this book (29.95€ value each) to 5 winners. I will sign and dedicate each copy, beneath my foreword, if you would like otherwise your copy will come shrink wrapped.

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To enter:

1. Tweet “I’ve entered to win blogger decor book “Wohnideen Aus Dem Wahren Leben” on @decor8 from @callwey”

2. Then come back to this post and comment below with your email address, country, and twitter handle and of course, why you’d like a copy of this book. 

That’s it!

This contest is only open to those living in Europe and the UK since I don’t have time right now with my move and a baby on the way to fill out customs forms and ship overseas (sorry, guys). I will choose 5 winners at random on Thursday, December 12 at 5:00 pm GMT +1 time (I will close comments on this post at that time) and all books will ship on December 13, 14 and 16 (only on those dates – I cannot ship books after that so if you win, you need to send me your mailing address ASAP). This way, you can receive your copy in time for Christmas too!

GOOD LUCK!

(images from Wohnideen Aus Dem Wahren Leben with permission from snug studio)

Thank you ALL for your lovely entries! I’m sorry to say that COMMENTS HAVE NOW BEEN CLOSED on this giveaway because it has ended. THE FIVE WINNERS ARE: 1 Frau Schmitt, 21 Aga/Passion Shake, 28 Midsommarflicka, 86 Sabrina/Mikrogluck, 89 Jasmin/Life Design.

Posted in contests on December 10, 2013

I Love Oliver Furniture

I can’t wait to show you the dresser we’ve decided on from Oliver Furniture in Denmark! But first… I’ve been doing a lot of sorting through, pinning, mood boarding (is that a word?) and the usual process of elimination as I decorate our baby boy’s nursery. It’s been a lot of fun and since it’s such a personal space, I want everything to be just right. Not perfect but right – not too over the top, not too minimalist, just a fresh slate for him to build upon as he grows and develops his own tastes and interests. One thing that has been super duper important to me from the start has been furniture selection. I didn’t want to choose throwaway pieces that couldn’t stick around for years to come. I’m done with the throwaway mentality when it comes to bigger pieces that I buy for the home or the more common, “If I don’t like it, I’ll sell it in a year” mindset that I once wholeheartedly embraced.

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These days, I’m purchasing pieces that will last and if they don’t always last in his room, I can repaint and use in another room. I want some furniture with staying power. That is why the first thing I did was to hunt for a dresser with a changing table “topper” so that after diaper days are over, his dresser can grow with him for the years that follow post-diaper. I didn’t want to buy a separate changing table because then what? It’s not like I’m going to repurpose it later as a stylish bar cart for the dining room!

I also wanted a piece made from solid wood so we could paint it and do whatever he fancies as time goes by. I wanted something with clean lines and simple hardware that could be painted or replaced too – again, so that we could change the look of the piece whenever he felt like redecorating his space. That is why the Dresser with Nursery Top from Oliver Furniture, handmade and designed in Denmark, was the perfect piece. Here are two photos of it below shown with and without the topper. Later, in another post (most likely in January) I will show you a pic of how it looks in his new room. Here it is with the nursery topper…

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And what it will look like after he is out of his diapers and we remove the top…

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And down the road, if I wish to put it elsewhere in the home, I can reuse it in any room – also I can switch out the hardware, paint it, etc. With different styling, it fits a grown up space as well…

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And about this lovely company… They design for kids and adults with old Scandinavian furniture traditions in mind. Their lead designer, Søren Rørbæk, has been working on this collection since launch in 2003 and today, they have had great success in mostly Scandinavia and Germany and now, the rest of Europe. My dresser arrived last week and I AM IN LOVE with it. It’s so beautifully made. I can’t wait to show it to you in the space. Here are a few of my favorite pieces from this gorgeous collection… I’m thinking to order either the first or second glass cabinet for my hallway…

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I also love this sweet cradle and this pretty book rack…

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See what I mean about paint? A lick of a lovely matt-finish latex can make a world of difference.

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A pretty kitchen nook and a great bed with storage for a kid’s room or guest bedroom… I also love their new alphabet cushions!

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Can you see why I love this collection? It feels very Scandinavian coastal or countryside to me, too. But of course, that’s only because of the way these pieces have been styled above and due to the spaces their in. If you add paint or even keep them white, they can be mixed into many different decor styles. This is also something that I look for when buying pieces that I plan to keep for many years – they need to be versatile. Of course, I don’t put this much thought into the standard IKEA table or file cabinets that I buy, or a fun stool from Target or even a daybed from West Elm – none of these things are such an investment that I need to be concerned about how long they’ll last. Though I’ve had some pieces from these stores that have lasted for ten years or more… But when it comes to a kid’s room, or any piece that will be used frequently and could potentially ruin quickly, I’m all about investing in something special. What about you?

(images: with permission from oliver furniture)

Posted in furniture on December 09, 2013

Inspiration Monday

Good morning readers, I hope that you are all doing great and are ready to begin a new week with me here on decor8! I came across this thought-provoking quote earlier so I’m allowing it to guide me throughout the week, “Stop being who you were and become who you are.” – Paulo Coelho. I think this is an especially lovely thought if you are climbing out of a rut or a period of darkness or stress in your life. It’s a nice reminder that things do not always need to be hard or that your life cannot be turned around for the better. Today I want to share a few inspiring things I came across recently, one being the Anthropologie blog and some of the inspiring stories and imagery there. Since flowers always make me happy, I’ll begin with these images from prop stylist and wedding designer Rebecca Gallop of the blog A Daily Something in collaboration with Sweet Root Village.

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I’m since always applying fashion ideas to interiors, I also find loads of inspiration by simply the tulle of this skirt and in the second photo, seeing it paired with those stunning wine booties. I love the combo of salty and sweet, soft and rocker chic, it’s how I imagine a perfect room to be and the look I’m trying to capture as I decorate my new apartment. I also see this combo as a winning color palette for a living room… The wine leather purse would be the perfect sofa.

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And of course, I’m all about gift wrap! I love these ideas from Anthropologie shown below.

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Do you remember when I taught a gift wrapping class two years ago for Anthropologie when they had their pop-up shop in Berlin around the holidays? It was so much fun (I posted about it here), I will definitely host another in 2014 but from my own studio here in Hannover or perhaps locally at a small shop. I love teaching and just being creative and working with others. Such a thrill! Here are a few examples of the boxes I taught students how to wrap and decorate using torn papers, napkins, washi tape and torn pieces of fabric.

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Now it’s time for me to get a little lost on the Anthro site and do some shopping for my friends in the UK, US and Germany. :)

(images linked to their sources above. Bottom two images: holly becker)

Posted in inspiration on December 09, 2013

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