Books + Magazines

10 Styling + Photography Tips For Decor + Food

April 20, 2016

Hi readers, I can’t wait to share the words and photos in this post today because I’ve got the fabulous Leela Cyd stopping in to teach us her tips and tricks on styling and photographing decor and food at parties. Are you ready to hear her 10 tips? Take it away, Leela!

10 Styling + Photography Tips For Decor + Food

Hi decor8 readers, Leela here. The most important thing hosting a fete, be it for 2 or 20 people, is to remember that it’s just really all about the company you keep — not the perfection of the food or styling, so relax a little, embrace imperfections and make time just to enjoy the conversation and connection. So here are my tips for styling a party and photographing food! For all of these and more ideas on styling, pulling together your table to already create beautiful food moments, plus 85 easy recipes that celebrate friendship and fun, please check out my book — FOOD WITH FRIENDS. Continue Reading…






Flowers

How To Style a Cherry Blossom Spring Bouquet

April 19, 2016

I am so excited to share this arrangement with you because slowly flowers are starting to bloom here and spring is slowly coming! I am working already on the flower bed in my garden which is the reason why I’m so excited for warmer months… But I will stop indulging right here as we have the VERY BEST that spring has to offer for you today: cherry blossoms!

How To Style a Cherry Blossom Spring Bouquet

Anastasia Benko for decor8

Flower bouquets are the perfect finishing touch of any interior setting, don’t you think? Of course I can drop by the local florist and buy the most beautiful arrangement – but I find it more rewarding to make one of my own. It adds personal touch to interiors, just like I did with a personal favorite image that I took in Paris of a merry-go-round as you’ll see below. I love adding personal touches to my home, don’t you? And with flowers, you are the artist! Continue Reading…






Recipes

Recipe: Chocolate Rolls With Roasted Strawberry Sauce

April 13, 2016

Are you ready for a delicious breakfast or brunch recipe? Hi everyone, it’s Gintare here with a new recipe for you to indulge in. I suppose after a festive period like Easter, where chocolate is the key player, something healthy should be in order, but these breakfast rolls are just a little too good not to share, and I can promise they will soothe your soul. I have been traveling like mad recently with quite a few journeys still planned in the coming months. As much as I love and thrive during travels, I have been longing for the comfort of my own walls and have been savoring every minute I get to be home these days.

Recipe: Chocolate Rolls With Roasted Strawberry Sauce

Gintare Marcel for decor8

Very few things make me feel at home after travels more than the scent of fresh pastry, slowly finding it’s way to every corner of the house. Whenever I’m back, I spend every morning baking. These chocolate rolls have become sort of a tradition to be the very first thing I make, but then again chocolate is the answer to everything in my world. The weather has also been very generous of late and we got to have our first “al fresco” breakfast this weekend, dipping hot chocolate rolls into roasted strawberry sauce with a wonderful mountain view. If there is a breakfast heaven, I’m sure this was pretty close to it. Continue Reading…






DIY

DIY Candle Holders From Furniture Legs

April 11, 2016

I’m particularly excited to share a fun DIY project with you today, to kick off the week, because it’s a quick and effective one… You can’t go wrong! In fact, the results are also comparable to what you can find in the design stores. I’m always on a look out for interesting objects that could be repurposed and transformed into something else. I look at everything with curious eyes, “Hmmmm… What could this become?”. This time I tried using my imagination with wooden furniture legs. I spotted them in a local hardware store and instantly fell in love with their shape. I knew they could become something fun and useful and then, the idea of candle holders came to mind.

DIY Candle Holders From Furniture Legs

Agata Dimmich for decor8

What I really like about them is that they are stylish but don’’t try to look too fancy. They are great both for special occasions like holidays and birthdays, and casual Saturday dinners with friends. I like the look of raw wood, however if you prefer more finished look, you can paint them in your favorite colors. I kept two raw and painted one with white paint. Continue Reading…






Recipes

Recipe: White Chocolate + Passionfruit Cheesecake

April 6, 2016

Hi everyone! It’s Rachel and this month I’m sharing a super simple, but impressive White Chocolate and Passionfruit Cheesecake. This recipe was inspired by my recent trip to the Sunshine Coast in Queensland (on the East Coast of Australia) a couple of weeks ago with my family. We stayed right on Marcoola Beach and enjoyed a week that felt much like summer. The sun in the Northern parts of Australia rises and sets quite differently to how it does in Melbourne, and it would poke its rays above the horizon just a little after 5.30am. I am usually not a morning person, but the lure of golden rays dancing over the breaking waves at dusk was just too enticing. Every morning I strolled down to the beach with my camera in hand and soaked up the sun as it shone on my face. I watched the surfers catch a break or two before they headed to work, fisherman trying their luck knee deep in the surf and others just simply there to enjoy the sound of the ocean.

Recipe: White Chocolate + Passionfruit Cheesecake

Rachel Korinek for decor8

This recipe was inspired by that and I’d like to show you how to make it. But first, for the passionfruit topping, you can either use fresh passionfruit, (maybe you even have some growing in your garden?), or you can opt for the quick and dirty passionfruit pulp with syrup in a can. The tinned variety will spread easier onto the top of the cake, however a little bit of orange juice added to fresh pulp should help break it up a little. A thin layer will look more appealing for serving. Continue Reading…






Home Tours

Home Tour: Colorful + Chic Family Home In Nashville

April 5, 2016

Hey readers, how are you? I always love when I get fan mail, especially from a part of the world that I know well since I was raised in South Carolina… I heard from a lovely designer from the south, only in Nashville, who wanted to share her home with me and of course, all of you. After checking it out, I instantly agreed because it’s colorful, happy, family-friendly and filled with gorgeous pattern and texture. I also spotted a ton of great decor ideas so as you study each photo, try to play interiors editor in your mind and pull out a few ideas that you spot. Principal interior designer Jessica Davis and her team are creative minds behind the thriving JL Design firm, a residential and commercial interior design company with a special focus on creating functional, interesting spaces in chic contemporary and retro styles, blending both style and comfort. If I could put “the south” into a box I would title it “style and comfort” now that I think of it because southern homes are known for being very stylish, whether it be over-the-top old south or a more modern preppy style, it’s still got a certain gloss that feels so very southern. Comfort is another hallmark of southern design. Texture, lush materials, squashy seating, lounging on the front porch in a hammock… See what I mean?

Home Tour: Colorful + Chic Family Home In Nashville

So let’s get started with this ginormous home tour today. I asked interior designer and homeowner Jessica to walk us through each room and share what she loves and so I’ve inserted her comments below. The photos were all taken by Leslee Mitchell. There are many photos below so grab a cup of tea and relax for a moment as you’re about to go on a little journey into a sunny and very charming family space. Oh and make sure you check Jessica out in her roller skates. That is definitely my favorite photo from the bunch! Continue Reading…






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