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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

Small Apartment With Great Storage in Pastel Tones

I fell in love with this charming and very graphic little Russian apartment recently on the my paradissi blog and I couldn’t resist sharing a glimpse of it below. This fabby place is 45sqm (approx. 480 sq.ft.) and was designed by INT2 Architecture. The pastel hues are a hit as well as the white painted brick, but I also love the room dividers, winter garden, kitchen and storage nooks, and how graphic it is. This is all in all a really clever and fun space and I LOVE that it’s so tidy and compact. Gorgeous!

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Love: Owl artwork, wood floors, geometric wall hanging

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Love: chalkboard shelving and minty green stools

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Love: Numbered wine hold, overhead wine glass storage, overhead lighting

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Love: Flooring and rug, artwork, pendant

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Love: Geometric backdrop (not sure if this is tile, wallpaper or painted on but it’s pretty cool)

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Love: The seating, rug, how the windows are painted pale blue, pendants, white-painted brick and those wall cushions and art aren’t bad either.

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Love: How the shelving fits perfectly in this nook!

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Love: Beneath the bedroom floor – storage drawers! Also love the divider between the living area and sleep space

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Love: Raised bedroom and neat little closet area.

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Love: It appears as though there is more storage in the floor on the left side of the bed. I also love the pendant.

What do you love about this space?

(images: INT2 Architecture)

Posted in inspiration on March 11, 2014

Fabric Flowers With Artwork By Puur Anders

I recently came across the fabric flowers and leaves with vintage photographs on them made by Miranda van Dijk of Puur Anders (which means pure and different in Dutch) and though this will be a quickie post, I had to drop by and share it before I run back to caring for our baby while trying to put together our new dining table! I was thrilled to find Miranda’s blog and also her etsy shop and to learn that she recently collaborated with the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam to produce a special collection shown below.

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I would love to have a brooch to wear or a necklace – mesmerizing work! I love this pansy printed with the Rijksmuseum painting ‘Jongen en meisje in het duin’ by David Adolph Constant Artz. I really love the idea of art being used in modern day accessories in such a creative way – I would wear any of these flowers (if they were just a tad bit smaller) on the lapel of a velvet blazer with a pair of jeans anytime. But of course, they are gorgeous as they are – elegant works of art that you can frame in a pretty shadowbox.

What about you, do you spot a favorite?

(images: puur anders)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on March 10, 2014

Blogger’s Favorites: The Style Files

Hello everyone! Last Friday I launched a mini series called Blogger’s Favorites on decor8 devoted to my love of blogger’s and their amazing sense of style – they always seem to know what’s current and this is the main reason why so many of us love and follow blogs, right? So to continue with my series, Blogger’s Favorites, I’m going to share with you our next blogger spotlight on Danielle DeLange from The Style Files who lives in a gorgeous country home just outside of Amsterdam. Here is Danielle in her home with her darling son, Kick. Danielle is a good blogger friend of mine, we met in person in 2006 when I was assigned to write about Dutch Design Week for Domino magazine and a few years later, we traveled together to Stockholm for a mini getaway. Since, I’ve seen her at various events and we’re still in touch despite our very busy schedules. Danielle is such a talented and sweet person – I’m so happy that she is one of the bloggers I’ve been honored to meet and know more personally.

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Name: Danielle de Lange / Blog: The Style Files / Online Shop: Le Souk / City+Country: Amsterdam, The Netherlands / Pinterest account: @TheStyleFiles / IG account: @danielledelange

Five favorite things:

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photo: romain ricard

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1: Favorite look- my favorite interior style is a modern bohemian look with natural materials such as wood as you can see above.

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2: Favorite trend- I like the trend that house plants become styling objects. On blogs and on Pinterest I see a lot of images of beautiful interiors styled with plants. Personally I don’t have many plants in my home as we have a large garden in which I spent a lot of time but I do like that people use nature to decorate their homes.

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3: Favorite object - my favorite object at the moment is my new coffee table which you can see in my home shown above. I have searching for the perfect table for years and I just found one that is perfect for home, which is an old farmhouse outside of Amsterdam. It is made of a piece of wood and it has a rustic look. I am very happy with this find!

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photo: le souk (danielle’s online shop)

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4: Favorite object that you see everywhere at the moment – I love my vintage kilim rugs and I do see a lot of vintage rugs such as kilim rugs, beni ourain rugs and boucherouite rugs being used in interiors. I love to use rugs because they can give a room instant style and color. They have an immediate effect and give a space a lot of character.

5: Favorite miscellaneous - My 3 year old son is very happy with his new gardening tools (for kids). We spend a lot of time in the garden (when weather permits) and he can now help me with tending the plants. We also made a small vegetable garden where he can grow his own vegetable.

Why do you like these five – what attracts you?
I am usually attracted to natural materials. I also like when a item has a story. For example with a beautiful 50 year old vintage rug from Turkey I wonder about the people who have used the rug before me.

What trends are you bored with? I don’t like marble so I don’t understand the current marble revival. It is now not only used for bathrooms or floors but also for home accessories. The look is just too cold and classic for my taste.

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What do you predict will be hot next? I think various blue hues such as indigo will be hot this season. We have already been seeing these colors in fashion (denim on denim) but I now see lots of blue for interior accessories as well.

Thank you Danielle for your list of faves! More Blogger’s Favorites will post this week, stay tuned!

(images linked to their sources above)

Posted in blogs on March 10, 2014

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