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Homes with Heart: Eclectic Modern Family Home

Hello everyone! It’s Holly Marder back with another inspiring home tour in the Netherlands this month that I photographed for my Homes With Heart column on decor8. Are you ready to be inspired? Great!


“Don’t pin me on to just one type of style, it would kill me,” says Nancy Berendsen, blogger and magazine editor who envisioned a light, bright and airy space when she first laid eyes on the dark and dated house that was to become her home. Located in Oostzaan, the Netherlands, the house had everything that she and her husband were looking for – space, fresh country air and loads of potential to create the ultimate family home for their two children and puppy, Molly.





A full scale renovation ensued, where bringing in natural light was the main priority. Nancy has always been drawn to bright Scandinavian interiors in which natural light plays a crucial role to the home and its inhabitants. Even when the days turn dark, her home is still a cheerful place to be. With the help of an architect, they reworked the combined living, kitchen and dining room to maximize natural light. To achieve this, a section of the roof and exterior wall of the home was removed and replaced with a steel framed glass window that follows the contours of the house. The result gives a greenhouse quality to the home’s exterior, but the light that floods the space is unmatched. Glass sliding doors that run the length of the house leading out onto the patio also worked to open up the space and invite the outdoors in. With views over the neighboring farms and a small stream, the patio is as much apart of the home’s living space as the interior itself during the warmer months.





Nancy is drawn to a mix of designs styles, which she seamlessly combines against the backdrop of her freshly renovated home. Fresh white painted walls and oak floors form the canvas against which she has infused her eclectic sense of style. “I wanted to create a joyful home where family and friends feel welcome, warm and energized,” she says.

Nancy’s keen eye for detail, texture, colour and shape, as well as a love of vintage and preloved treasures, has given her home a sense of joy and optimism. Vintage pieces scoured from markets and online marketplaces remind Nancy of her beloved grandmother, while modern clean-lined design items work to create a space that is sophisticated yet doesn’t take itself too seriously. “I love to play with different materials to create a cozy atmosphere at home,” she says. “I love mixing old with new, such as vintage leather with soft cottons or fluffy sheepskin, to draw the eye in.”










Bright pops of color against pastels and neutrals add to the lighthearted feel of Nancy’s home. “I love colors. They add optimism to a space, but it has to be in a soft, balanced way,” she says. Nancy’s fave color combo? Neutrals combined with greens and a touch of yellow, salmon and pink is always a winning blend.





So what’s Nancy’s (her photo is above, left) trick to finding just the right vintage and secondhand items? “One of my favorite online shopping tricks (I use mostly Marktplaats and eBay) is to simply search a specific material that I am currently swooning over, such as wool or bamboo, and just see what pops up!” And while this method keeps her thrifting fancies satisfied, nothing beats a good old-fashioned treasure hunt. “I love to go thrifting and I’m always on the hunt for simple, strong and beautiful design.” But there’s more to clever thrifting than meets the eye. Nancy takes all things into consideration before bringing scoured treasures home with her, but shape plays a primary role in the selection process. “Shape is incredibly important, whether it’s the curved legs of a chair or the bow of a spoon,” she says. “At the moment I’m deeply in love with old-fashioned candle holders with a handle.”




While an old meets new aesthetic has formed the basis of Nancy’s happy interior, displaying her children’s artwork is closest to her heart and gives her home a personal quality. “Their intuitive feel for colour can be stunning combined with a touch of design,” Nancy says. “Don’t feel guilty about being selective. They will love you for highlighting their art, and it will instantly give your home that personal touch, which is what I search for in decorating.”

So what do you think decor8 readers – any ideas from her arrangements that you picked up on and would like to try in your own home? See you again with another Dutch home tour in November! – Holly

(text/photos: holly marder)

Posted in Homes With Heart on October 29, 2013

Microtrend: Let’s Talk About Woven Wall Hangings

Hello decor8 readers, it is Gudy again with another monthly trend report for decor8! I am very happy to report a micro trend that I spotted during my recent trip to Los Angeles. All over LA there is so much wall art with a strong 70’s vibe where macramé, weaving art and yarn banners are on the rise. Once you start researching, you’ll discover that most (not all) of these artists live in California! After visiting many trend shows in Europe, I’m happy to report a trend that I truly believe had its origin on that side of the globe. Today, let’s talk about woven wall hangings and their modern texture combos with chunky thread, exquisite fibers and even some color-blocking to create playful patterns. What I particularly love about this microtrend is the unique combination of fashion and ancient craftwork. I’m totally drawn to everything that is handmade, locally produced and that has history behind it. Since we have seen macramé surfacing around the internet already, I’ll skip that… We will concentrate on hanging woven tapestries and tassel art instead. Ready?

Micro Trend: Let's Talk About Woven Wall Hangings

Micro Trend: Let's Talk About Woven Wall Hangings

Micro Trend: Let's Talk About Woven Wall Hangings

Micro Trend: Let's Talk About Woven Wall Hangings

Micro Trend: Let's Talk About Woven Wall Hangings

Maryanne Moodie began weaving while pregnant, wanting to slow down and decided to take out a small loom that she had not found any use for at that time. Today, she sells her pieces on a commission basis. Maryanne is the founder of Melbourne-based brand House of Maryanne Vintage, and you can learn more about her work in this blog post or link to the photographer who shot these gorgeous photos above, here: Brooke Holm. Please check out her amazing IG feed too. It features some of the most amazing work that I have come across!

Micro Trend: Let's Talk About Woven Wall Hangings

Brook&Lyn was founded by Mimi Jung and Brian Hurewitz in 2009. They moved their studio from New York to Los Angeles in 2012 blending their backgrounds in weaving, installation art, woodworking and art direction.

Microtrend: Let's Talk About Woven Wall Hangings

Microtrend: Let's Talk About Woven Wall Hangings

Microtrend: Let's Talk About Woven Wall Hangings

Next there is Adam Pogue’s downtown LA home. There is so much to discover in his array of fantastic DIY objects such as the wall hanging piece in his bedroom which originally was made as a knotted fleece rug. Don’t you think the blue-green wall color is the perfect backdrop?

Microtrend: Let's Talk About Woven Wall Hangings

If you want to go much for a more sophisticated look, Native Line hanging objects are one of a kind pieces made with gold plated wire, black bamboo thread, metallic gold and silver fibers. I love the more artsy and minimal approach here.

Microtrend: Let's Talk About Woven Wall Hangings

How about this truly amazing tassel art work presented during Justina Blakeney’s popup shop at Platform earlier this month? Of all the pieces I have seen so far, this is one of my favorites!

Microtrend: Let's Talk About Woven Wall Hangings

Microtrend: Let's Talk About Woven Wall Hangings

All Roads Design is Los Angeles-based design duo Janelle Pietrzak and Robert Dougherty who craft one-of-a-kind pieces with natural aesthetics and global influences. By the way, arrows are trending too! I see them popping up on different platforms.

Microtrend: Let's Talk About Woven Wall Hangings

And some final eye candy for you today… This stunning tassel cascade from Creative Bug is a surprisingly easy to make DIY Project.

I hope you liked the wall weaving idea! What do you think? Dated or a happy discovery? Have a wonderful week ahead – Gudy.

(photos linked to their sources above.)

Posted in Top Trends on October 28, 2013

Friday Farewell!

Hello and happy Friday everyone! It seems most of us bloggers have stopped writing our final post for the week on Fridays, have you noticed? I’m guilty of this as well so I plan to begin them again because I miss it plus it’s like NOT saying bye to a good friend and just leaving the room. No more naughty bad-manners here, I’m back to my Friday farewells. What will you do this weekend? I don’t know how exciting this is to share… But we are going to hospitals tomorrow as part of a big “open house tour” so we can choose where I’ll be giving birth to our baby in January. It’s exciting but also very surreal and kind of strange, honestly.

Happy Friday

Picking out a hospital? Thinking about a specific one for very specific reasons? Birth classes? Pregnancy yoga (which I just started doing today with Tara Lee)? There is so much to think about and do but I’m trying to stay zen and just enjoy the process and do only what I need to do and skip the rest. I think intuition has to be the drive in most things parenting-related, don’t you? But picking a hospital is a must, so we’re going to the one where Thorsten was born and to two others that were recommended to us. My husband is quite excited to tour hospitals tomorrow, which hey I’m not going to steal his thunder but I can’t say I share his zeal… YET. Maybe once I see the maternity wards and all of the cute babies I’ll be all up into that.  Another cute thing about my husband lately is that he loves to dance with me in the kitchen when we cook and he rubs my belly several times a day telling me how beautiful I am. It’s like now that I look pregnant since my belly has really popped he’s completely into it. It’s like when cold weather comes, and it snows, and Santa shows up for photos then it FEELS like Christmas. In a way, I guess I’m the merry pregnant lady with rosy cheeks bringing joy in my sleigh complete with a belly that rivals Mr. Claus. Ho Ho Ho.

Aside from hospital tours, we’re also going to look at a new apartment – yes, really and yes, we’re crazy! This would mean that we’d move and renovate BEFORE the baby arrives so it would also mean we’ll be working nonstop from November until January 1st to prep and then, move, unpack and decorate with our baby boy due on January 31st. Am I crazy? Is this baby hormones? Yes and yes. BUT if the apartment is right, we’ve decided to just go for it because it will mean that my baby will have a normal-sized, lovely bedroom vs. the current shoebox he’ll have to occupy for as long as we live here. It also means wayyyy more sunlight since it’s on a higher floor and a private balcony. So we’ll see.

Outside of hospitals and housing (eek) I plan to have a really restful and peaceful weekend. More yoga, more candles and healthy foods, more nesting/organizing and maybe a Barbra Streisand film and a freshly baked cake to finish the weekend off on Sunday.

Next week on decor8, I have a gorgeous home tour for you, a trend report, some news on our apartment and whether we’ll move or not and I have a HUGE surprise to reveal on Tuesday that I am SO PROUD to share that I can hardly wait. How’s that for a Friday Farewell??? Have a wonderful weekend everyone!


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(photo: holly becker)

Posted in uncategorized on October 25, 2013

Sture & Folke: So In Love!

It’s a beautiful moment in my world today because I received a gift that absolutely blew my mind a few seconds ago and made me, for once, speechless. As I opened the package, I gasped upon seeing the most gorgeous baby/toddler blanket ever handmade by Karin Stenmarck, the founder of Sture & Folke, a Swedish designer living in Switzerland. She presented this to me & my growing family and I cannot wait for my son to enjoy this blanket when he arrives in January! I want to watch him play with the tabs and linger on the lush velvet and linen top. I also adore the reverse side of the blanket since it’s a Liberty print and everyone knows about my long running obsession with their fabrics… Want to see my new blanket?

Sture & Folke: So In Love!

Sture & Folke: So In Love!

Sture & Folke: So In Love!

To say this made me happy today is an extreme understatement. I am leaping for joy and while I’m gushing about things less and less the older I get (and the more I see), this is definitely gush-worthy. It’s so well made and special – the materials are of such high quality – so if you are having a baby or know someone who is (they also stock toddler size) then you simply must consider this blanket. Sture & Folke has many to choose from in their small online shop so be sure to check them out. Here are others in their collection for girls and boys. If you want the exact blanket that I have, it’s called the Crowberry comforter and is available here.

Sture & Folke: So In Love!

I really appreciate the combination of soft, natural materials on the front with the tiny florals on the cotton reverse. Such a stunning combination. I don’t know about my baby-to-be but his momma here is already in dreamland…

Thank you Karin for this beautiful gift.


(images: top 3/Holly Becker, others: karin stenmerck)

Posted in kids on October 24, 2013


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