Decorating Tips

Minimalist Maps From Mapiful: Decorate Your Walls!

August 25, 2015

I can’t wait to tell you about Mapiful because I just love maps and minimalist black and white street maps are very much trending for interiors. Plus, decorating with maps has long been a favorite of designers worldwide. Thing is, when you live outside of a mega “cool” city, it’s often impossible to find maps for your spot, and if you do, even harder to find something you like. I’ve found several of my current city that are either ornate and vintage from flea markets (and expensive) or are designed by the town for our travel and tourism shop and are very generic and boring.

Minimalist Maps From Mapiful: Decorate Your Walls!

Another dilemma is when you find a map of a city that you love that is a popular destination, but it is in color or the typeface is all wrong. Which is often the problem I’ve run into when searching for maps.

That’s why Swedish firm, Mapiful, is the solution for me! They give you the chance to print minimalist black and white maps of any location in the world, pan and zoom, customize the text and they will print it out, mail in a sturdy tube, and ship at no cost no matter where you live. You pay only $60 for your custom map (BUT Continue Reading…






Recipes

Recipe: Summer Lemon Tart

August 17, 2015

Hi! It’s Liz and this month on decor8 I’d like to invite you to an all-girls picnic with a delicious lemon tart recipe for you today! What a fun way to celebrate summer! We were on vacation in Bavaria, where I got to see my cousin and my daughter loves spending time with her, too. Nothing like having an older girl to worship… Both kids helped me with the baking in the kitchen, and while the tart was in the oven, we sat down together and painted flower name-cards with watercolors. The girls had it all planned out.

Recipe: Summer Lemon Tart

It was so fun to see how everyone was enjoying the idea of having lemon tart and lemonade outside, and how we all worked together to make it a nice event. Somehow the feeling of having a picnic under a shady tree and eating something sweet is different than sitting down at a table. It was hot the day we planned the picnic, and we stayed indoors most of the day to avoid the heat. But the kids wanted to decorate, so they set out to find some pretty flowers in the meadow in front Continue Reading…






Home Tours

Home Tour: Natural Living in Finland

August 10, 2015

I came across the most beautiful Finnish home and blog over the weekend while my little one was napping, called No Home Without You, based just outside of Helsinki. First, I adore the blog name because it’s just so true. Many overlook this very simple truth about ours homes while installing new drapes and cushions: Interior objects don’t make a home, people (or pets) whom you love, who live there with you, make it a home. The material “stuff” just makes it pretty and allows you to express your creativity while also creating a space that functions well enough to serve your needs.

Home Tour: Natural Living in Finland

Of course, in addition to those you love, many of us are very proud of our domestic skills and have decorating high up on our favorite things to do list. I certainly do. The blogger behind No Home Without You, Kaisa Palomaki, also loves to decorate which is evident in the photos she shares on her blog that you will see below – it’s so serene, natural, inviting and beautiful. Kaisa has such a knack for pulling together a wonderful space with a very clear style that is all her own. I also love her DIY projects like this yarn art that she calls an Aztec Wall Hanging shown above her bed. Continue Reading…






Arts + Crafts

BIG Art From Minted

August 6, 2015

Have you heard the great news that Minted has gone BIG time? Minted (they even ship outside of the U.S.) now offers very large sizes of their art and I had to learn more. Like most of you, curiosity killed the cat and I ended up “learning” so much that I landed smack dab in the middle of the photography of Qing Ji which then ended up in my shopping cart. I just knew I had to own A Bunch Of Wild Flowers because it’s different but also so cheery and bright. Minted stocks photographic prints but also illustration, prints of collage and paintings — all framed if needed — up to size 44″ x 60″. Will you just look at this beauty in my home…

BIG Art From Minted

Art is a never-ending spiral for me, I love it and like filling my home with pattern and color through creative work. I’m not big on a patterned sofa or patterns on drapes, I am more interested in seeing it on walls, floors and through small accessories like pillows and throws. I like something with wow appeal on the floor, then a gentle rest on the eyes for the middle of the room (where throws and pillows are) and then towards the mid to top of the room I like color and/or pattern.

When I decorate a room, I always take a photo of the space from the main entry point and then I divide the photo into 3 parts, lower, mid section, top. From there, I split into 3 more sections – left, middle and right side. This way, the room has 6 parts or squares. In all 6 of those parts, I make sure there is a good flow between all from pattern and color to the recurrence of a repeating color or pattern I’m going with if that’s what I want. I know it’s a bizarre and very unconventional way to see a space but it’s always how I’ve seen rooms since I was a child and though I abandoned this way of decorating for a few years, I’ve decided to go back to it and see how I can use it as I work through my upcoming decorating and styling projects. I feel like I need to make some changes and continue improving instead of going with what is comfortable or text book.

Do you have any unconventional ways to approach a space? Oh, and do you have any large art in your home and if so, what and where is it placed? I think the above print may end up in my bedroom or hallway next week…

(image: Holly Becker for decor8)






Decorating Tips

Painting My Workspace Pink Ground!

August 5, 2015

So I had this idea before Aidan was born to paint my entryway pink. I ordered Pink Ground from Farrow & Ball and hired a painter. The second he swiped it on, I grew more skeptical with each stroke. I needed to be a believer and 100% on team pink before allowing him to go any further and I just wasn’t. It was definitely the wrong choice for the space and I realized that it was because the entry has no windows and the color looked quite muddy there and absorbed the little light I had instead of reflect it. I needed something bright, even a bit flashy and shiny to bring in the natural light from the surrounding rooms, so I went with an over-the-top gold pineapple wallpaper (post here) by Aimee Wilder instead and never looked back. I love it.

Painting My Workspace Pink Ground!

But I still have two massive buckets of Pink Ground paint and it’s been bugging me for months that it’s just sitting in storage. It’s too good to waste Farrow & Ball paint, it’s such a gorgeous brand and their colors are so bomb! That’s when I had this idea while redecorating my office that I’d paint one entire wall pink. The room needs something to bring in color but also fun. My work room is flooded in sunlight from sunrise to sunset, so it’s also the perfect room for pink – it won’t turn too muddy or orange as it would in a room without windows. With paint, it’s all about which direction you’re windows are facing and if you even have windows or natural light at all. Also a major consideration.  Continue Reading…






Arts + Crafts

KULOR Ceramics

August 4, 2015

Like most of you, I get crazed, borderline obsessed, with certain objects for the home and those things are all I that I see and think about. That’s a big reason why I began this blog in the first place, to document my obsessions. For instance, I’m currently hooked on ceramics and cutlery that have a unique vibe to them that are also functional for daily use because I don’t want ceramics as only art, but to be practical too. I’ve recently discovered German studio KULOR, by ceramicist Sabrina Kuhn based out of Karlsruhe, on Instagram and thought I’d write about her work today because it deserves to be placed before your very curious eyes. Just look at these pieces of beauty…

KULOR Ceramics

Clearly inspired by Danish design, these vessels are not only pretty but the patterns, shapes and color palette has my heart. I’d love to mix in a little cherry red and some copper – perhaps put them on a copper tray and incorporate red in a small way, perhaps a few red poppies in a vase? I love unexpected color mixes! I find Continue Reading…






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