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Hot or Not? Beaded + Shell Chandeliers

Okay so maybe since it’s nearly November I shouldn’t be thinking about beaded and/or shell anything because that sounds very boho summer on the beach, doesn’t it? But truthfully I’m imagining them as being just as relevant and gorgeous in the colder months too – like now. I don’t know, I just see them as being so cozy in rooms with lots of candles and smooschy pillows with a chunky cableknit throw. And I suddenly want one, again! Again, you say? Well I wanted this one back in 2012. This actually happens to me a lot. I fall in and out of love with stuff. So here is an example of a beaded light that I love…


This is from a shop that I always visit whenever I’m in Amsterdam called Suhka.

And now that you see a great bead version, let’s talk about shells. I found a shell chandy near my house recently at a store called Looms and it would really work in my living room and introduce a little boho factor. Maybe you can only imagine capiz shell lights as I type this, but let me reassure you that while yes, I love those too, I’m including the mini shells and wooden beaded ones too. So below I’m mixing them all up in some pretty fantastic interiors. And I’d seriously love your opinion -hot or not?

ae7b18c97f14419cf54ec9214d0d4653 The  is a shell light that I saw in a local shop window. Swoon.


This is a super mega capiz shell light from Angelika Taschen’s Berlin home from The Selby. Gorgeous but a bit OTT for my humble home. I think it’s as big as my living room.


These are all cute – not really “me” but cute. Top left: She Made Me // Top right: Wild Poppy Goods // Bottom left: Beach House Lifestyle // Bottom right: Peony Swimwear


I love seeing one set against a natural background of green, this is in Australia found on The Design Files.


Out of all of these, I really can see the one shown top left in my home. Or, the bottom right “baby” version – it would be darling in a beach cottage bathroom! Top left: The Decorista // Top right: Wild Poppy Goods // Bottom left: Euro Style Lighting // Bottom right: Pottery Barn Kids


From the Biskopsgarten shop – swoon! Yes, this is a good one too.


From Barefoot Styling and holy &$% that thing is massive. It’s a real focal point.


From MilK Decoration – petite and understated but classy as all hell. That’s Belgium homes for ya. Always interesting and classy.


From Adore Home magazine – great and very relaxed but not exactly what I’m seeing in my living room. Yet, well… They are nice.


From MilK Decoration – again in a home in Belgium. Love seeing it mixed with that shelving system. This actually looks really Parisian to me.

Beaded and shell lighting – So HOT or so NOT? Do you like BEADS or SHELLS?

(images linked to their sources above)

Posted in Objects on November 02, 2014

Custom Picture Framing by Framed & Matted

Do you remember the beautiful work of Max Wanger that I shared back in August of 2013? Well I got a hold of one of his pieces called Tulum from Framed & Matted over the summer and I’ve been dying to share it. I’ve been super busy but finally got around to snapping some photos today. Would you like to see this pretty beachy scene? I really love the mellow tones of blue and green against the crisp white frame and my gray wall.


I not only adore the print because I’m a total beach babe at heart (I grew up on the beach!), but also love that it’s behind good great quality plexiglas since I’m not a fan of art behind glass these days, especially with a little curious baby boy in the house. Plus, I really like the ease of install with frames that are light and plexi that is also very light – you can install something like this on a single sturdy nail and be done with it. This isn’t the final destination for this piece, I actually imagine it more in my bedroom, but for now I’ve leaned it against the wall in my dining area/work studio. Above the sideboard, by the way, will be the space where I plan to install my salon style art wall which I’ll detail and share on the blog this month, so stay tuned for the before and after of that.



Thank you Framed & Matted for this gorgeous piece! I was given this piece in exchange for a review under the agreement that if I didn’t like it, I would return it and not review it because that’s how I roll – if I don’t like something I am NOT standing behind it by posting it here! But I definitely stand behind this and love it – very pleased!

Hope you are having a nice weekend, it’s been gorgeous and so Fall-ish here, I don’t want it to end. I’m kicking and screaming into winter this year, I’m just not prepared for it! Wahhh! Endless autumn, please!

(images: holly becker for decor8)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on November 02, 2014

Seriously Cool Color Combos For Interiors + Stylist Kate Imogen Wood

Want to see some amazing color combos for interiors today? Kate Imogen Wood is a British stylist from the lakes region now living and working in Copenhagen. She began styling when I started blogging, in 2005, and hasn’t looked back ever since – she is obsessed with Scandinavian interiors which shows in her portfolio which you can view online here. She was nice enough to write to me to introduce herself so I thought, since I really like what I saw when I viewed her work, that I’d choose and share some of my favorites from her work below. I choose these based on primarily the color combinations. They struck me as really current and unusual – lilac with shades of green and apricot with yellow – so good! See what you think.


Kate Imogen Wood decor8

Kate Imogen Wood decor8

Kate Imogen Wood decor8

Kate Imogen Wood decor8

Kate Imogen Wood decor8

What do you think about these color combos? Aren’t they bananas? ** love ** And I’m all for the tropical theme going on at the moment, you too? I predict it will go right into the new year and be a big part of 2015 interiors, what do you think?

(images: kate imogen wood with permission)

Posted in Color Inspiration on October 23, 2014

Gorgeous Design Files + Baby Kisses

Hello everyone! I’ve been totally absorbed in my e-course, Blog Boss, at the moment so I’m sorry if I’m not that active on the blog at the moment. Between teaching, one-on-one blog business consultations via Skype and redecorating some rooms in my home – well I’ve been busy! Plus I take care of my baby full-time and am busy with other work projects too. I have some great things coming up for 2015, including the redesign of decor8 AND a brand new logo.


It’s very exciting to be so busy, especially doing things that fuel me and make life sweeter. My baby boy is really thriving too, which makes me so proud. He is a little over 8 months old and tonight he did something for the first time that was so completely precious that I had tears of joy streaming down my face. I was putting him to bed and I asked him for a kiss. I usually just say “Kiss” or “Kiss mama” and he opens his mouth wide and dives in and plants a wet kiss (mouth open) on my face, somewhere around my mouth. Well tonight it was different. He did that, but then he kept giving me kisses and kisses and more kisses, even moving his little lips trying to make a kissy face… Holding both sides of my face in his little pudgy hands with his bright blue eyes gazing into mine with such joy… And the more he gave me the more he giggled and then I started giggling and we collapsed on the bed in hysterics as he kept kissing me more and more. Tears were streaming down my face because it was this perfect moment when you realize your baby is developing a real personality and is really starting to understand you and your humor and words and wow, it was magic to bond with him like that. I just had to share. He’s so darling.


Aren’t the photos in this post divine? I’ve been pinning like crazy from the new Design Files blog. I’m so impressed by what Lucy has done to revamp her site. Looks gorgeous. She is such an inspirational blogger. I love that it’s so easy now to find all of her beautifully photographed Australian home stories. Whenever I look at pictures of Australia I always think I COULD TOTALLY LIVE THERE. Don’t you?







How are you doing? I hope you are well. Do you have any heart warming stories to share?

(images: the design files)

Posted in inspiration on October 22, 2014


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