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Moody + Inviting Home Tour Of Designer Tracie Ellis

This home is so gorgeous, I simply must share it as I wrap up a week’s worth of posts on decor8! It’s definitely moody, inviting, warm and very stylish for sure. Owned by Tracie Ellis of the brand, AURA, her country home in Victoria’s Kyneton, Australia, is a real stunner. Especially if you’re a fan of grays and blues and a home that feels like a very sophisticated take on Sherlock Holmes. Maybe actor Benedict Cumberbatch (as Sherlock on the BBC) could live here? (And by the way, are you a fan of Sherlock because I totally am…) Anyway, I digress. Let’s look at Tracie’s fab home, shall we? I also interviewed her for this piece, so you can follow along below to learn more about Tracie and what inspired this space!

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Okay, now that we’ve had time to drool over her lovely home, let’s talk to Tracie a little about it.

What do you do for a living?
TE: I am the creative director for AURA by Tracie Ellis

Tell us more about your company?
TE: AURA is an uninhibited, stylish range of homewares; including bedlinen, cushions, throws and rugs. Designed in Melbourne, Australia and inspired by years of global meandering, AURA is about extravagant colour, grand shapes and daring patterns.

What do you love about your home the most?
TE: The space & the proportions – when we first viewed the house I remember my husband being quite taken aback from the grandness of it all. But now we have created a family house that is warm and inviting. I love that when I arrive I relax straightaway, I don’t do that in the city. I also love my garden, we have a fabulous Veggie Garden & the most beautiful roses.

What are some of the favorite pieces in your home?
TE: The lighting, we have a mix of traditional crystal chandeliers, that where in the house when we brought it, and I have added a Dutch brass chandelier in the entrance hall, the stunning Dutch style glass lanterns, and industrial lighting. Also the Portrait in the Lounge room, titled the Academic by an unnamed artist and The Thonet no.16 Settee in the entrance hall.

What makes a house a home in your opinion?

TE: The family and friends who share your space and the love that is there.

How would you define your personal style?
TE: Elegant, with a modern relaxed aesthetic.

How long did it take you to get your home to where it is today?
TE: It took us 9 months to paint and decorate the house, and we still aren’t finished it is a work in process.

When you begin designing a room, where do you begin and why?
TE: When we began designing the house I made mood boards for each room & the exterior. I don’t think you can do a project without mood boards. I had too many ideas, so I called on my friend and interior designer Amanda Lynn, who helped me turn my ideas into reality.

When was your house built and how many rooms do you have?
TE: The house was built in 1857 and has 12 rooms – happy to send you a floor plan if of interest?

Who lives in this space? Spouse? Kids? Pets?
TE: Myself, my husband David and our spoilt miniature Schnauzer, Max.

Tell us how to mix in color in small doses in neutral spaces… You do it so well with the ottoman, old books, cushions. Etc. Any tricks of the trade?
TE: I’m a colour person, always have been, the colours we have used in the house have been inspired by Belgium interiors. All from the same neutral based palette, we have used tones of the same colour through the house, in and out (all wall paint is from Resene). While we have used quite strong colours in our scheme, it is not overwhelming, and each room flows into the next. We have been able to mix old and new in the same space through light and colour, by using traditional serene colours I believe we have been able to add a feeling of another time to the space.

So decor8 readers, do you have a favorite nook in her home? I really LOVE the rustic, inviting living room and that Thonet settee in the hallway because I’ve always wanted one to pair with my white round table in my workspace.

(images: aura home)

Posted in Home Tours on March 14, 2014
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German Blog Book Tour: Wohnen mit Blumen

I want to pop in to THANK my dear German blogger friends (listed below) for being part of the Wohnen mit Blumen (Decorate With Flowers) book tour this week and next! I’m thrilled to see your reviews and to know that you like the book – it’s always so scary to write a book and launch it, you’re always wondering what people will think, right? You know, it’s such a big deal when you put anything you do out into the world that is considered a creative project – “What will they say?” runs through your head quite a bit initially along with , “How will it be received?”… Especially in foreign markets. Well, Leslie and I are overjoyed to see the German market is very happy with our book. I can’t wait until I go into stores here and see it – that will indeed be a wonderful moment for us both. I’m also hoping to plan a few workshops/parties in Germany, but most likely not until the summer/fall so I can take more time off to be with our baby first. He is so cuddly, I can’t be away from him for long right now without missing him loads. But if I do a workshop locally, I can bring him with me and that would sure be nice.

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Here is a round-up of our wonderful blogger friends supporting us on this tour: Ricarda at 23qm Stil // Inga at GlomeryLane // Danny from Cozy and Cuddly // Yvonne von Fräulein Klein // Anna von AnnaSterntale // Caro von Sodapop Design // Bine von WasEigenes // Igor von Happy Interior Blog und Elodie von Madame Love. A million thanks for your love and support, you guys!!!

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Also, thank you to our German publisher, Callwey Verlag, for this and this. So… I’m currently listening to Billy Jean/Michael Jackson with my baby boy (he so far loves R&B music – not at all interested in classical or folk/indie stuff, seems he loves bass!) and having a wonderful day as we prepare to go out for a few hours to enjoy the warm sunshine in the park because it’s mid to high 60s here right now and so, so beautiful outside – plus the cherry blossoms are in bloom! Hope you have a happy Friday too! I’ll be back with a home tour to wrap up the week, so stay tuned!

xo, Holly

(photos: inga from glomerylane)

Posted in Books + Magazines on March 14, 2014

Inspiring Images You Can Use!

Hello everyone! I just uploaded some more gorgeous photos to our online gallery at DecorateWithFlowers.com for those of you who want to blog about our book – feel free to use them as long as you credit and link decoratewithflowers.com. I hope you love the images that you see below and on our website. Here are the latest that I’ve uploaded, you may recognize the home of Bri Emery from DesignLoveFest and Victoria Smith from SFGirlByBay, who are just two of the lovely homeowners we visited and photographed for our new book.

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I also MUST shout out Leslie Shewring, who shot tons of gorgeous photos for the book in her studio space and to our two interiors photographers, Laure Joliet and Janis Nicolay, who photographed all of the interior shots in the book (except for those in my own home, which were photographed by Thorsten Becker). Janis and Laure did SUCH A GORGEOUS job, Leslie and I are both so grateful to you! We also want to shout out Leslie’s sister, Diane, and my assistant, Jessica Senti, who assisted on styling in the LA and Vancouver locations.

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A few of the shots above are more detailed in our book as part of a full-on DIY story – so you can learn how to make these things in our book. We are so proud to be part of such a wonderful team of creative women who pulled together Decorate With Flowers!

(images: decoratewithflowers.com)

Posted in Books + Magazines on March 14, 2014

Decorating With Anemones

We were out with the baby today at the farmer’s market and I felt so inspired by the sunshine, mid 60s temps and gorgeous flowers everywhere on the market that I had to select some blooms for my home to bring a little springtime indoors. Plus, we’re having guests this weekend so flowers are a must. I came across two bundles of fuchsia anemones and couldn’t resist for only 6 Euros. We went home and I instantly selected some of my favorite white vases from my cabinet, snipped the stems and added them to the vases arranging them down the center of the table. I’m not one who likes to “fuss” with flowers and definitely go for a more relaxed vibe when I work with them, so here is what my dining room looks like after a few pretty anemones.

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By the way, this is the dining room in December before we moved in and had the room painted with Farrow & Ball “Dimpse” gray and added my furniture along with a gorgeous overhead light. Pretty dismal right?

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With a little spruce-up it’s already looking worlds better and wayyyy more “me”. This room doubles as my work studio where I teach classes, so it’s a room where I frequently get creative – I really love the natural light in this space.

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Here are some more pics of the lovely anemones in my home. I hope this little post inspires you to go out, find some pretty springtime blooms, add them to a space in your home in a very simple way and just ENJOY the beauty of nature.

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(images: Holly Becker except image #3, taken by Thorsten Becker)

Posted in Decorating Tips, Flowers on March 13, 2014

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