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Hello everyone! I’m quickly dropping in to wish you a happy weekend with hopes that the weather is as beautiful where you live as it is here… Feeling so blessed! I also want to tell you about an exciting online teaching gig.  I thought I’d cast a net to see who replies because we’re currently hiring, yippee!

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But first, some personal updates… We are all doing really well, Aidan will be 4 months old on June 9th so I’m already preparing an outfit for him to wear for his monthly photo shoot because I’m a crazy in love mommy like that! Thing is, he’s such a doll, I’m totally smitten! I’ll write a big post all about Aidan with updates and photos when he turns 6 months old so you can expect that in August, but if you want play-by-play footage until then, please follow me on Instagram @decor8 because I post lots of pics from my daily life there which often includes my little sweetheart baby boy.

Okay, now to the really cool job stuff. I shot this photo of my mood board above just last week after we just wrapped up another Blogging Your Way e-course and it was a huge success – we had lots of fun, I helped design some prints that you can see on my mood board which we gave away to our students that said, “Blog what you love, love what you blog”, and we also had a final exam in which students could earn a bonafide certificate – I know, so cute, right!? You can see mine printed out (top right) on my mood board. Anyway, we’ll be teaching again in September with a VERY SPECIAL and quite famous designer who will solely lead an amazing class for us then in October/November, I’ll lead another blog class online with two guest teachers. Blogging Your Way is the web’s first e-course about blogging and we’ve been growing and going strong since March 2009 when we launched, with over 7,000 students taught worldwide so far. I can’t believe we just celebrated our 5 year anniversary!

If you would love to teach for Blogging Your Way, please write to our project coordinator, Jessy Senti, with topics you’d like to cover and tell us why you’d make a great teacher. You can send a video submission, a sample teaching post, a list of topics you’d love to cover, etc. Her email is jessy [at] decor8blog [dot] com. This is a very well paid opportunity and for the most part, a one-time teaching gig as we like to switch up our teachers with each course, but this doesn’t mean we’d never call you back to work for us again – we always keep the doors open. We are currently seeking teachers for the October/November 2014 intermediate/advanced blogging class in which a co-teacher would teach two Fridays online and you’d need to be available to answer questions in our forum for a two week period. We can give you more information via email… I can’t wait to see who writes in, maybe you?

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

xo
Holly

(photo: holly becker for decor8)

Posted in blogs on June 06, 2014

Homes With Heart: Dutch Design Duo Family Home

Hey guys! Hope you’re ready for some Dutch interior design inspiration because today I (Holly Marder, your Homes With Heart monthly columnist on decor8) am taking you through the home of an inspirational young design couple’s home filled with pastel tones, unique one-of-a-kind finds and lots and lots of heart. Let’s go!

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Design duo Tineke Beunders and Nathan Wierink, behind the Dutch label Ontwerpduo, live within meters of their design studio, making their Eindhoven, Netherlands, family home as practical as it is pretty. With a flair for design in all it’s forms, the couple have infused their modern home with quirky details and pops of colour, exercising restraint when it comes to the details. “We both love a clutter free home. The workshop is already enough mess during the day, so there shouldn’t be too many things in the house,” Beunders says. “We like things that have a function and are beautiful at the same time.”

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The couple began their design label while they were still studying at the Design Academy Eindhoven and having built up a network in an around Eindhoven, they decided to stay put and love the creative energy that surrounds their home town. Having worked together for 10 of the fourteen years they have been a couple, the duo’s home is testament to their refined and perfectly aligned sense of style. “We developed our style more or less together. In fact, design choices at home is something we never argue about,” Beunders says.

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At home, they endorse their own designs as well as the work of fellow designers. “All of our belongings have a story attached to them. Rather than just buying stuff, we have traded work with other designers, searched long and hard for the right pieces on Marktplaats or at second hand fairs, made things ourselves, or had things given to us by friends.”

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When it comes to colour, the couple prefer to go all out in their studio using signature hues of dark grey, blues and pastels in their designs, keeping colour in their home sporadic and spontaneous. “Colour in our home is less important than it is in our work, as our use of colour is something that people recognize us for,” Beunders explains. “The colour in our house is less thought-out than in our work. Of course colour needs to be there, but the house also needs to be light and white.” The couple painted the concrete floors of their newly built home a subtle shade of pink, which slightly offsets the white but doesn’t compromise on the natural light on their interior. In their bedroom, they prefer neutral tones and natural materials, while the children’s bedrooms are a little more outspoken. “We like archetypes, so used reddish/pink for our little girl, and blues for our baby boy.”

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The couple combine their design know how to come up with their own unique ideas at home. “While living in your house, you notice things that would be more convenient, functional, cosy or light, etc,” Beunders says. “And because we can make so much ourselves, we can really make the house work well for us.”

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All over the house are concepts they devised out of a particular need or desire, such as their built-in bed, a favourite for the design duo. “We have a very weird bedroom. The 2×5 meter space was the only room in the house which would accommodate a double bed and a wardrobe, so Nathan built our bed between two walls, with curtains at the end of the bed for privacy and also a kind of luxury,” Beunders explains. “It feels very large, despite the size, but it also turns out to be a very useful bed because the baby can’t fall out of it. In the weekend we love to spend our morning hours all together here.”

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The couple also enjoy meal times together around the dinner table, the Slim Table by Bertjan Pot for Arco, which is surrounded by industrial style dining chairs. When not conceptualizing design at work, Beunders enjoys nothing more than preparing wholesome meals in the family’s contemporary kitchen. “The house came with the kitchen. We are lucky it is white,” she says. Warm wood tones, pops of colour and striking earthenware vessels brighten up the simple, white and grey modern affair.

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A penchant for industrial style continues to the living room, where the couple display all their favourite knick knacks in, on and around a cabinet filled with old zinc boxes from the metal industry in their surrounding neighbourhood. Above the cabinet hangs the couple’s most prized piece of art, a self drawn map illustrating all of the bike routes they have taken together over the years through Europe.

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Quirky and original design combines with vintage and second-hand finds, while products and prototypes from their own collection have also found their way into the savvy young couple’s interior. The coffee table configuration is their own design they came up with for the dutch brand Pode. The rug in the living room was an Etsy find.

In their newly built abode, pastels, muted tones and the odd shock of dark colour breathe life into what is now the warm and bright home of a fun-loving family of four.

So tell me: what did you love about Tineke and Nathan’s home? I always love to read your comments. I’ll be back for another Homes With Heart later this month. See you then! – Holly

(Photographs, styling and text by Holly Marder)

Posted in Home Tours, Homes With Heart on June 06, 2014

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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