Contests, Shopping + Products

10 Gifts I Love From Lulu & Georgia

November 16, 2015

I adore shopping so when American web shop Lulu & Georgia asked me to work with them I immediately said yes because I’ve long admired their site and gorgeous products. And I thought, well if I shop there, why not suggest them to all of you? They asked me to select 10 things that I would love to give this holiday season and to host a little Instagram contest, so I have selected the beautiful items for the home shown below.

10 Gifts I Love From Lulu & Georgia


Shopping List: 1. Albany Fur Pillow, Coral $105 || 2. NYC #1 Print $55-285 (depending on size) || 3. Dream a Little Dream Matches $10 || 4. Evelyn Vase, White $130-177.50 (depending on size) || 5. Merry Maker Cocktail Shaker $54 || 6. Delt Bottle Opener, Gold $25 || 7. Taryn Tray $98 || 8. Indigo Extra Long Pillow $260|| 9. Jonathan Adler King & Queen Ornament Set $58 || 10. Garance Dore 2016 Calendar $26

Or for a one stop shop, shop all of my picks here.

About that special Instagram contest… Go to my Instagram to enter (I’m @decor8) when you see the image above, you may win a $100 gift card to Lulu & Georgia so please do check that out and enter today! You can enter until Friday, November 20th – the winner will be announced on Instagram and this post will be updated with the winner’s name on November 23rd.

[Content sponsored by Lulu & Georgia. All product selections and opinions are my own.]


Photography + Styling For Your Blog + Instagram

November 11, 2015

Hello everyone! How are you? I’m going to Hamburg this week to attend a design show, Blickfang, with my new French friend who is also working with me on partnerships and advertising for decor8. Not only does she have the perfect French name, Amelie, but she has the Garance Dore accent and this wonderful, positive spirit. I adore Amelie – we just started to work together a few weeks ago and it’s been great having her around. So yes, I’m off to Hamburg soon and so I wonder, Hamburg experts, any good suggestions for shopping, eating, cafes, etc.? We’ll have 5 hours to burn so we want to burn them wonderfully (wink).

Photography + Styling For Your Blog + Instagram

Okay so onto the meat of this post. Blogging. What the heck is happening with blogs and the internet and what is the future? We can all speculate which is sorta fun but I firmly believe in one thing (the rest is a blur): that the folks behind blogs, Instagram, etc. for lifestyle categories, foodies, design, etc. only have a chance at reaching a certain status or level of success (or earning money) if they have great styling and photography. I could sit around and tell you it doesn’t matter but I’d be a liar. It does matter. When I really put my all into my Instagram account (I’m @decor8 if you are curious and wanna follow me), I get hundreds of new followers overnight. When I flake out, like I have been the past few months because I’m working on my 4th book (I turn it in in Sunday, omg you guys!), my followers massively slow down when it comes to interacting with me, liking my pics… Not to mention how few new followers I see. So yeah, I can bs you and say photography and styling aren’t important, just wing it, but that is not the case at all.

In the Blogging Your Way Instagram e-course earlier this year, I promised a follow-up to that class. In it, we taught the nitty gritty on how IG works from algorithms (yes really) to “the grid” and the importance of this, that and the other. Now it’s time for the follow-up, for you to LEARN how to style (aka arrange stuff in a nice way) and compose your shot (like angles, SO important) and how to take photos way better than you thought you ever could. And we’re not just including Instagram for this class but bloggers in general who want to also style and take better photos for their blog.

I’ve teamed up with Tina Fussell, Jack Fussell and Holly Marder who will tell you everything they know and I’ve already seen their lessons – GUYS YOU ARE IN FOR A TREAT. Take this class!

The e-course is self-paced and runs for three weeks from 15 November until 7 December. Then you have all of the holiday break and new year to practice your new skills on friends and family! Weeeee! You will also walk into the new year with your head high because you have major ammo, mega mojo and monster-size mad skills so you’re not starting the new year thinking, “Oh my god, resolution time, I don’t know where to begin!”, rather you are beginning the year thinking, “I’ve got this, internet WATCH OUT”.

This is the last one we’ll be teaching on these topics until Fall/Winter 2016 so don’t wait another year, too much time to not make any progress! Come learn with us – see you soon!

CLICK HERE for e-course outline and to sign up. It’s like unicorn magic how that works.

(images: holly marder, tina fussell, jack fussell)

Home Tours

Home Tour: Modern Farmhouse with Global Touches

November 5, 2015

Hey everyone, it’s Holly Marder back again this month with another beautiful interior to show you! I have a sneaking suspicion you’ll love this modern home in the country so let’s jump straight in!

Home Tour: Modern Farmhouse with Global Touches

Webshop owner and interior stylist Nicole de Ridder and her partner Michiel Kok live reside in this renovated farmhouse in the Dutch countryside with their baby boy Tyn. After years of remodeling, the results are a calming and contemporary family home that boasts all the characteristics of an old farm.

Michiel purchased the 140m2 property a decade ago prior to meeting Nicole. The building, which dates back to 1922, was in a sorry state of affairs and he commenced reconstruction right away, a job which took him more than six years. After meeting Nicole, they decided to live together however Continue Reading…

Home Tours

Home Tour: Family Friendly Home in Australia

November 4, 2015

Hello friends, how are you today? I received such a nice email from Stella, a blogger and homeowner living along the central coast in Australia with her family, who wanted to share her home with all of us. Yay! It is surprisingly quite rare that homeowner’s contact me, why is this? I don’t get it, I’m not a tiger, I won’t bite. They seem so shy or think I would not be interested for some reason but please don’t be, I love seeing how people live and though I cannot publish all home stories, my goal is one per week so help me people!

Home Tour: Family Friendly Home in Australia

Ok! So come out from hiding you people with your stylish homes, because we want to feature your world on decor8. Continue Reading…


Recipe: Sweet Roasted Pumpkin Cups

October 27, 2015

Hello everyone, it’s Liz and I’m back with another delicious dessert for the month using pumpkin in a recipe I’m calling Sweet Roasted Pumpkin Cups. The last two weekends has delivered the nicest weather here. Sunny blue skies, warm days, cold nights. Yellow and orange leaves are everywhere and I love seeing the pumpkins at the markets – a sign that Autumn has arrived! There are pumpkins everywhere now. On the farmers’ markets, in the supermarkets – and such variety, too.

Recipe: Sweet Roasted Pumpkin Cups

A few years ago pumpkins were a rarity here in Germany, did you know that? I love the hokkaido, because it doesn’t has to be peeled. And since I like easy dinners, using hokkaido in the kitchen is exactly up my alley. It originates from the Japanese island Hokkaido, where it was imported by Americans in 1878. Here in Germany, pumpkin is often eaten as a savory dish: as soup, Continue Reading…

Shopping + Products

Micush Pop-Up Shop For The Tabletop

October 21, 2015

I’m happy to announce my next pop-up shop kicking off today until November 15th! The new designs by my friend Michal Marko from Micush in Tel Aviv are new favorites so I’ve decide to stock some of her new products for a limited time with free shipping worldwide.

Micush Pop-Up Shop For The Tabletop
Micush Pop-Up Shop For The Tabletop
Micush Pop-Up Shop For The Tabletop

You can see Michal in the photo above – she’s a young designer who got started in children’s illustration and has branched out to include illustration for home items. These smooth melamine trays are handmade from renewable forests in birch wood (the backs show the wood pattern) and are dishwasher safe. I hope that you’ll support this amazing artist from Israel (free shipping worldwide!) and check out her beautiful trays for eating and the kitchen.

(Images: Micush)

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