Shopping + Products

Muuto Newbies

February 10, 2015

It’s no secret that I love Danish design firm Muuto and have for several years now. They’ve just launched a new collection including the Base table, and have expanded the colors for the Stacked storage system (I have the stacked system and love it). They’ve also added new colors for their Fiber chairs and those colors are not primary brights but rather understated and mellow hues.

Muuto Newbies
Muuto Newbies
Muuto Newbies
Muuto Newbies
Muuto Newbies
Muuto Newbies

Isn’t that dining room at the very top of this post so pretty? Especially with the cotton candy styled into the shot. Very cute and original. I love examining the details when I see photographs from catalogs and magazines, don’t you?

With interiors, I’ve noticed that happy brights are quickly becoming passé, I don’t see them trending nearly as much for 2015 and even Scandinavia, home of bold patterns and primary hues, seem to have taken a turn for a more grown up, sophisticated interior scheme. Consumers are quickly tiring with primary brassy bolds. I’m all about moody hues, grown up decor, organic shapes and well-crafted handmade items, mixing textures, working with a variety of tints and tones, adding metallics for some flair… But bold brights are but definitely not my thing. Just thinking about bright pure color right now stresses me out. It must be a winter thing. I crave warmth, texture, color that makes me feel more romantic, raw and pure.

(images: muuto)






Inspiration

Dreaming of a Summer Cottage

February 10, 2015

Sometimes I just crave simplicity in my interiors, like this beautiful home in Norway from Boligpluss magazine — a white blank space with loads of natural light near the coast – just as in my childhood days. I often daydream about a coastal vacation home in northern Germany or Denmark so little Aidan can enjoy holidays in a second home, a small and simple one, a place where we can all find comfort and create memories. I wonder if I should start cottage hunting in Denmark? Or perhaps coastal Germany? And I wonder where, what towns I should look at? We live in northern Germany and plan to stay here, and don’t want to drive more than 5 hours to a vacation home. Less is more and I don’t want a weekend trip to be spent with a full day on the road. Anyone have thoughts on this? Know of any charming seaside towns?

Dreaming of a Summer Cottage

This home below is in Norway, and I’m smitten with it. It’s gorgeous. And makes me very happy.

Dreaming of a Summer CottageDreaming of a Summer Cottage

Dreaming of a Summer Cottage

Dreaming of a Summer Cottage

I imagine a cottage much like this one for my very own. Definitely nothing large though it must have a lawn where I can set up an English-style flower garden, herb garden, shed, patio and a sandbox and swing for our little boy. It all sounds so charming as I type this and makes me smile big. I also imagine painting the outside with black paint and leaning a canary yellow bike against the porch. It all sounds so silly, I know. But I’ve been having this vision of owning a small second home for a very long time so perhaps it’s time to stop dreaming. There is no perfect someday, right? You either do things now or you risk never having them at all.

A summer cottage and an office space/shop out of my current home studio. These are my two big dreams at the moment. I’m curious, what are yours?

(images: boligpluss)






Arts + Crafts

Honey & Bloom

February 7, 2015

I just recently came across Becky Hui Chan and her small biz, Honey & Bloom, based out of San Francisco and fell in love with their cards, jewelry, market totes and lovely art prints. Becky once worked as an Art Director and Designer for companies like SYPartners, the former ReadyMade Magazine, and Wired Magazine and was a finalist in Martha Stewart’s American Made in 2014. I thought that during the weekend you may like to check them out too and share them via your social media channels if you like what you see. And like always, click on any image to enlarge.

Honey & Bloom

I find that the more a blog becomes popular, the voice starts to disappear. In comes a bevy of sponsored posts and sponsored everything else really – from Instagram to Pinterest, tweets, etc. and all of that beautiful ‘from the heart’ content and sharing that launched the whole blogging community in the first place, and set it apart from mainstream magazines and media, is slipping away. It worries me a lot, especially since a small business cannot afford to pay thousands for a sponsored post so how can they get shown on popular blogs these days to spread the word?

Honey & Bloom

Honey & Bloom

Honey & Bloom

Honey & Bloom

Honey & Bloom

Honey & Bloom

Hope you have a wonderful weekend! I’m throwing a party tomorrow, so I’m busy prepping the house, decorating, laying the table, cooking and baking! It’s a busy but happy day here today. xo

(images: honey & bloom)






Home Tours

Home Tour: Bright + Cheerful Dutch Row House

February 5, 2015

Hey guys! Are you ready for a gorgeous home tour that I photographed for decor8 this month? Hello, it’s Holly Marder back again to take you through another lovely interior. For February, to chase away those winter blahs, it’s all about this bright, peppy and fun family home, packed with sweet accessories and pops of cheerful color. Are you ready? Let’s go, and remember, you can click on any image to enlarge!

Home Tour: Bright + Cheerful Dutch Row House

Pastel hues and quirky pops of neon layered upon a crisp white base have transformed a 1935 Arnhem, The Netherlands, row house into a  home with heart belonging to Antoinette te Pasher partner Henk Jansen and their two sons, Teun and Roef. With a penchant for Scandinavian style, a charming blend of old and new and a feminine color palette, Antoinette has created a happy haven that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Continue Reading…






Contests

WIN! New Farrow & Ball Wallpaper

February 2, 2015

I’m such a fan of Farrow & Ball and I’ve really enjoyed working with them on campaigns over the years. As most of you know, I turn away work frequently because I don’t work with just any interiors brand unless I really love and support what they do. Farrow & Ball is just a great company and they produce beautiful wallpaper and paint. Exquisite really. Half of the rooms in my home have F&B paints. I love their chalky, matte finish and gorgeous hues and that I’m not the only one in love… But that everyone who sees my home raves over the green-blue, very pale paint color in the nursery (Cabbage White) and my gorgeous gray in my dining room (Dimpse) that looks amazing against bright white trim work. Gray and blue-green paint colors are really hard to get right, as any decorator knows, so when you find a paint company that creates such perfect hues you become very brand loyal. Here are some of their patterns from previous collections…

WIN! New Farrow & Ball Wallpaper
WIN! New Farrow & Ball Wallpaper

WIN! New Farrow & Ball Wallpaper

WIN! New Farrow & Ball Wallpaper

WIN! New Farrow & Ball Wallpaper

WIN! New Farrow & Ball Wallpaper

WIN! New Farrow & Ball Wallpaper

WIN! New Farrow & Ball Wallpaper

Their wallpaper looks stunning and works perfectly with their paints. I’ve not yet used their wallpapers, but dream of someday papering a wall in my home with one – for instance the wall behind my sofa in the living room. The wall is so big, so boring, so meh. I love the large-scale patterns in the new F&B 2015 collection. All of their papers are a more modern version of the vintage papers you see in old French and English homes – oh how much I love those! Here are some views of their new collection below, hot off the press!

WIN! New Farrow & Ball Wallpaper

WIN! New Farrow & Ball Wallpaper

WIN! New Farrow & Ball Wallpaper

WIN! New Farrow & Ball Wallpaper

WIN! New Farrow & Ball Wallpaper

WIN! New Farrow & Ball Wallpaper

To celebrate the new wallpaper collection for 2015, I asked them to make one of YOU a very lucky decorator and give you 4 rolls of wallpaper (valued at over $600/540€!) so you can do a small room or a feature wall somewhere in your home. What do you think about that? Oh, yeah! Please see below for details on how you can enter to win. But first, a glimpse of their new collection…


Here’s how to enter:

  • Visit Farrow & Ball and check out their wallpapers here.
  • Return to this post and comment below telling us what your favorite pattern is, and color, and how you would use it in your home.
  • Visit the Farrow & Ball Deutschland (German) Facebook page and also post your answer (in English or German) there and use hashtag #decor8 and add @decor8 to your post on their wall. You can LIKE their page too if you genuinely do, of course!

Note: You must be 18 years old or older to enter this giveaway. Winners receive 4 rolls of in-stock wallpaper, YOUR (the winner) choice of pattern and color, (A roll starts at $152/135€ however some rolls are priced at $181/160€, so the total prize value is over $600/540€) to be selected by winner no later than March 1st or else another winner will be selected. All wallpaper must be selected at once and can only be shipped to the winner. No exchanges or special requests. Wallpaper is for your personal use only and may not be sold online or in-store, or offered as a giveaway on your own blog. You may enter once daily until February 14th. One winner will be chosen via drawing and contacted by email so please use a valid email when you comment below but do not put your email address in the comment – use the appropriate boxes please. This contest is open to readers worldwide. You need to complete all of the steps above in order to qualify, unless you don’t have a Facebook account, then commenting here will suffice.

Thank you Farrow & Ball, and good luck to all of you!

UPDATED: The winner is Maria from Villa Stoff. Thank you for entering everyone and congrats Maria!

(images: farrow & ball)






From The Heart, Ramblings

From The Heart: Motherhood, Messy Homes + Inspiring Interiors

January 30, 2015

Let’s talk about messy homes and motherhood. But first, I find the most interesting people via Pinterest. But the thing is with Pinterest, to reap the real benefits of using is, you need to click on the images you like and link out to the sites where they’ve been pinned from. It’s easy to habitually repin what you see on others’ boards or in your feed, but the beauty of Pinterest is that it also connects you to new people which is exactly how I found author Annika von Holdt. Annika is such an interesting woman! She splits her time between island life on Harbour Island in the Bahamas and her home in Copenhagen, and not only does she style interiors but she is a bestselling novelist, writing professionally for nearly 15 years – the same amount of time that she spent as a fashion model. You can learn more about her four thrillers, The Mummers Play, Sleep Like the Dead, The Night Hour and The Haunted, here (in her left menu click on Books).

From The Heart: Motherhood, Messy Homes + Inspiring Interiors

I also found Annika on IG yesterday and immediately followed her – I love her aesthetic despite how different it is from my own. Her style is very popular in northern Europe and Scandinavia at the moment – very graphic, a little dark, edgy, just all around rock star cool. I also love that her home is so posh and clean although she has an 11-year-old son – mothers often tell me that it’s not possible to have a child and a beautiful home and I’m always so quick to defend how I feel which is that you really can have it all. Most mothers then say, “Well you’ll see after the baby is born”. My son will turn one in 10 days and he’s running all over the house now, opening cabinets, the typical toddler routine… Yet I’m still a decorating fanatic and a clean freak. Annika must feel the same way as I do because she pays a lot of attention to her interior world.

Some mothers are quick to think that those of us who are so devoted to our interiors after we have children are simply plagued with this disease called perfectionism or are even a bit strange or “troubled”. I’ve heard this quite often, especially online where mothers tend to voice their opinions without holding back. But I believe differently – that some women require total life balance in order to be the best mom that they can be. Some of us simply cannot turn our homes into a giant playground and be happy with that, and I’m that kind of mom. And for those mothers who don’t mind, well that is wonderful because honestly, it’s less stressful if you aren’t the type to be bothered by sticky surfaces and sofa stuffing tumbling out onto the floor. I often wish I didn’t care so much. I may be able to relax more and spend less of my free time tidying up.

From The Heart: Motherhood, Messy Homes + Inspiring Interiors

I don’t think either approach is wrong – being attentive or inattentive to housework and decorating – whatever a mother chooses is how it should be for her and her family. And of course, dad should be included when it comes to chores because not everything can fall on the mother, right? Yet, no one can judge how you manage your home unless it’s so unsanitary that it’s not fit for human life. But it is a mistake to look at those who have immaculate interiors and assume children are being neglected or brought up unable to be kids simply because their mother loves to keep her home nice. Personally, I spend a lot of time when Aidan is napping or asleep at night to tidy the house or work on a decorating project. And I have a cleaner for 4 hours who, before my son, came once biweekly and the moment he arrived, she is with us once weekly – and it’s wonderful and I just cut back in other areas to be able to afford little luxuries.

From The Heart: Motherhood, Messy Homes + Inspiring Interiors

From The Heart: Motherhood, Messy Homes + Inspiring Interiors

 

From The Heart: Motherhood, Messy Homes + Inspiring Interiors

From The Heart: Motherhood, Messy Homes + Inspiring Interiors

From The Heart: Motherhood, Messy Homes + Inspiring Interiors

From The Heart: Motherhood, Messy Homes + Inspiring Interiors

From The Heart: Motherhood, Messy Homes + Inspiring Interiors

From The Heart: Motherhood, Messy Homes + Inspiring Interiors

From The Heart: Motherhood, Messy Homes + Inspiring Interiors

But back to Annika. I’m so inspired by women with children who are also invested in their interiors. Because sometimes, I really have wondered if I am crazy or if my decorating bug should be stamped out for awhile until my son is older. But I just can’t imagine my life without loving my home and I only love my home when it is clean, organized and looks appealing to me. I must add though that my home is not photo-worthy at the moment, it’s a bit upside down since we moved in a year ago because our baby arrived a month after we moved in so some things are still boxed up in our spare room. And I need to finish decorating my home – something I’m currently working on slowly. Because with a baby, you aren’t able to keep your same pace so what would have taken me a week before takes me a few months because I can only work on a project an hour here, and hour there. Yet, it feels good to not be sacrificing part of my life or what I value because I had a baby. I really didn’t want to lose that part of myself just because I became a mother.

What are your thoughts on motherhood, messy homes and keeping your interiors inspiring despite sticky fingers? And how great is this space from Annika?

(images: annika von holdt)






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