Hello lovely decor8 readers! It’s Rincy again with another Simple Times post. How have you all been doing? While the year started off slowly for some of us, life is well and truly catching up this month. Cherry blossoms, florals and herbs are bursting on the scene with such humbling beauty it’s impossible not to be infected with that spring spirit. A few weeks ago, one of our friends broke the mould of a seasonal gathering and led us out for an afternoon of foraging wild garlic. What followed thereafter was six hours of real conversation, a shared meal over bread and dips and that feeling of ‘why didn’t we do this sooner’? There really is something about breaking bread together that draws friendships closer.
Here’s hoping that this encourages you to do the same this month. This bread recipe is one of the simplest to put together and a complete treat to accompany any meal.
Wild Garlic Bread – Recipe courtesy of Jette Virdi (adapted from Ballymaloe)
450g plain flour
12-14fl oz butter milk [if you don't have butter milk: try regular milk with juice of 1 lemon squeezed in, stirred and left for a little. should go a little thicker/lumpier]
pinch of salt
big handful of wild garlic
Preheat oven to 230C, Mix flour, salt and wild garlic. Add half milk and mix in circular motion. Then add remaining milk in stages. Once it comes together turn out dough onto lightly floured surface then make it round. Try not to play around with it too much as it will lose it’s ‘rise’. Cook for 15mins at 230C then turn oven down to 200C and cook for roughly 30-40mins. To check if cooked, turn upside down and tap the bottom, should sound hollow if cooked.
Hello everyone! I’m so happy to announce that Livingetc and I have teamed up to offer decor8 readers a special chance to not only receive free tickets to their prestigious home tour event on May 9th in Notting Hill BUT also five 6-month subscriptions to the Livingetc iPad edition. It will work like this: those who win the tickets should be living somewhere nearby to the event since the magazine isn’t paying for travel. However, each ticket is valued at £75 and since their are only a limited number of them, whoever wins is sure to have a lovely time at a very special event. Livingetc and decor8 will give away 2 tickets to 2 winners and 5 subscriptions to 5 additional winners so we’ll have 7 winners total for this contest.
More information about the event: On May 9 from 10am-4pm, join us for an exclusive and inspirational visit to four homes you’ve seen in Livingetc, plus explore our pop-up Livingetc House – a first for us – full of the latest ideas and new directions in interiors, styled by our very own creative team. Listen to a talk on how to shape and style ideas for your own space, given by the team at Livingetc at the nearby iconic Electric Cinema, then wander around the Notting Hill area, making the most of our special shopping offers at local stores.
If you win, your exclusive Livingetc House Tours Plus ticket includes:
* Access to four stylish houses in Notting Hill, previously featured in Livingetc
* NEW! Tour of the specially curated Livingetc House
* PLUS! An inspiring design talk at the Electric Cinema
* Exclusive offers at local stores
* FREE! A three-month print subscription to Livingetc (this can added to the end of any existing subscription)
Five Runner’s Up:
* 6-month iPad subscription to Livingetc
TO ENTER, please comment below and let us know if you want to attend the event OR if you want the iPad subscription. Giveaway closes at midnight Eastern Standard Time on Thursday, May 1st. We will hold the drawing this Friday, May 2nd and winners will be posted on decor8 at that time. Good luck you guys!!!!
May 6, 2014: The winners have been chosen and contacted by Livingetc directly. They are:
The winners for the tour:
Would you like to tour a Natural Nordic-inspired home that I photographed for you guys this month? Good! It’s Holly Marder with another Home With Heart to show you. This month, I’m taking you on a tour of the home of Wendy, the photographer, stylist and blogger behind beeldSTEIL. If you follow Wendy’s blog you’ll know she oozes Scandinavian style, and her promises nothing less than cool, calm, natural Nordic inspired gorgeousness. Step inside and see for yourself!
Wendy van Woudenberg spent her childhood exploring the mountains and forests of Scandinavia, and has always been fascinated by the mountainous Norwegian landscape. So it’s little wonder that her Soest, Netherlands, home’s interior echoes the Northern way of life and its rugged landscape. In the home she shares with her two children, natural tones, materials and textures combine with tough industrials and graphic elements, resulting in a stylish space that is every bit as serene as it is edgy.
The living room features a mix of industrial and Scandinavian finds, from vintage to design pieces, while maintaining the natural aesthetic the couple wanted to give the space using wood and natural products that reflect nature. Wendy’s first impression of the room inspired the final design. “It instantly reminded me of a Scandinavian cabin with the wooden ceilings.”
“I love the minimalism of Scandinavian design,” explains Wendy. “It’s very quiet yet stylish, and so clean. It’s all in the details, and there’s always a story in the designs. But what I most love is the way nature plays such a prominent role in Scandinavian design.”
As many as three to four times a year, the family escape their busy lifestyles to their second home in the Norwegian mountains, where they indulge in photography, hiking, visiting family and exploring some of the larger cities. It is here, in the solitude of nature that Wendy finds true inspiration.
“Nature has always been a big inspiration for me,” she says. “I feel at home in the forest and mountains where I can breathe the fresh air.” Part of what inspires Wendy most about the nature are the vastly changing seasons, particularly the winter with its snow and ice. It’s no doubt that the colour scheme in her home is reminiscent of the changing colours of the seasons.
The family’s dining room is situated in an extension built by the previous owners. The tired wooden floor that was there when the house was purchased was replaced with concrete look tiles. During the winter months, a rug is added to the space to add coziness and warmth underfoot. “I wanted to bring a Scandinavian atmosphere to this room, with the wooden ceiling and concrete tiles on the floor,” Wendy says. Piet Hein Eek scrapwood wallpaper makes a striking statement behind an existing built-in cabinet, which was painted white along with the rest of the space.
The house has three bedrooms upstairs, all with grey marmoleum floors and fresh painted white walls. “The bedrooms are quite small because they all have slanted ceilings, but they are very cozy,” says Wendy. The master bedroom features a self designed bed that Wendy had custom made out of steel pipes from a local metal farm.
Wendy snapped up her 1930s home in 2011. “I had to sift through a lot to see the underlying beauty of the home,” Wendy says. “But the house had a few lovely details, which reminded me of the Scandinavian way of building, such as high ceilings with exposed wooden beams, plenty of wood and bright natural light, and of course the shed in the backyard.”
Creating a home that reflected her laid back, nature inspired style started with a lot of white paint. “We painted all summer long after we purchased it, until everything was white,” Wendy says. A visually larger and brighter interior ensued. In the living room, more emphasis was placed on the exposed wooden beams and leaded glass panels on the original doors, which were Wendy’s favourite features. The room’s oak floors were originally coated in varnish which had yellowed severely with age. In contrast to the bare white walls, and to tie-in with the industrial references seen throughout their home, The floors were given a coating of ‘concrete grey’ paint. The kitchen and bathroom also got an update to reflect her clean, fuss-free sense of style.
Wendy’s son Mees (12) is as inspired by nature as his mother, and his room is testament to this. In his bedroom, which he prefers to be sparse and minimalistic, he displays some of his favourite animals and nature inspired artwork. His desk, which was a gift from his parents after starting his first year of primary school, is a personal favourite item.
Wendy’s creative studio for blogging, styling and photography for her blog beeldSTEIL is situated in a sizable garden shed. “It was on my wish list just to have a little cabin in the garden,” says Wendy. “This one is bigger than the one in my dreams! It was a huge selling point.” Originally bright yellow with green window frames, the studio underwent a makeover in 2012, when the entire interior was painted white, the roof was replaced and heating installed. Last summer, plywood floors were installed along with a gas fireplace and an Ikea kitchenette.
Above all, home for this nature-loving family represents a safe haven to unwind at the end of a busy day, a calm environment that promotes relaxation and creativity.
“I do like my home to be stylish, but it has to be liveable too, a place where everybody feels comfortable, where it’s quiet and calm, white and bright,” says Wendy.
So what do you love about Wendy’s home? I hope you enjoyed this tour, and I look forward to seeing you back here next month! Holly
(images/text: holly marder)
Are you interested in seeing 6 hot interiors trends straight out of the recent Salone Del Mobile in Milan? Hi, it’s Gudy for another monthly trend report and I am just back from the best interior design event that took place in Italy earlier this month. If you can make it, please try to visit the Salone next year, it is utterly inspiring! It was a good show this year. I have never seen Milan that packed during the event and the exhibitions downtown and at the fairground were super interesting. For me, it was THE best show of the past three years that I’ve visited. It seems the industry is getting back slowly to its former glory, which is wonderful news for us all. The so-called Off-Salone was my favorite playground this year. Brera, Ventura Lambrate and Tortona are the three districts were I spent most of my time strolling through hidden courtyards and discovering both new and familiar spaces again. In these areas you’ll find young talents and established brands who prefer the cool and laid back atmosphere against the business style of the fairgrounds. Looking back at my trends, most of them I’d spotted at the Off-Salone which confirms these areas are the hot spots right now. You know when an area is the place to be when Li Edelkoort decides to have her exhibition there. But let’s look now at what I’m calling my 6 micro trends, some are new, others are just evolutions of existing movements such as b&w or marble.
1. MINI SHELVES – Mini shelves are hot! It’s not exclusively about storing anymore but the shelf becomes an art object or displays just one or two pieces. It’s meant to be an eye catcher, a way of showing your favorite piece, a plant, or whatever treasure you want to highlight. Any material is allowed, there has been a stronger focus on metal though. Image 1: HAY, Pivot by Lex Pott for HAY, Moustache, Bouroullec for Vitra. Image 2: Petite Friture Image 3: HAY.
2. GLASS FUSION – Glass blowing has always been a beautiful handcraft and is kind of evolving towards a fusion with other materials now. You’ll find often round blown glass bodies combined with wood, cork and metal but there are interesting designs too for furniture and lighting. Below: Image 1: Hopf Nordin, Ruben der Kinderen, Giorgia Zanellato and Daniele Bortotto for Moroso, Lee Broom Image 2: Muuto Image 3: krehky
3. MIRRORS – I’ve loved seeing this new trend. Mirrors have been the star of all accessories this year. They can be completely tarnished, spread with paint, shapes are different, they hang or can lean towards walls. Mirrors have lost their mere function and become little art objects to be displayed by themselfs or hanging as an ensemble together. My favorite trend of all! What do you think? Below: Image 1: HAY, Petite Friture, Moustache, Petite Friture Image 2: Lex Pott Image 3: Charming Reflections by Rooms Image 4: HAY
4. BLACK + WHITE - B&W was everywhere in Milan, at the show and in the fashion retailers, in all possible patterns from stripes, to chevron, tartan, dots and herringbone. The interesting part was that even colorful trendsetter brands such as Missoni and Roche Bobois had a large range of black and white backgrounds mixed with bold colors. B&W patterns are designed for fabrics, ceramics, metal, wallpaper and many other surfaces. You’ll soon see a lot of b&w/gold combos coming up for a more sophisticated taste. Below: Image 1: Missoni Home, Paola Navone for Gervasoni, Missoni Home, emanuel ungaro, de rosso Image 2: Paola Navone for Gervasoni Image 3: Jaime Hayon for Bosa Image 4: Kose Image 5: de rosso
5. MARBLE – Ok, I’ve been seeing now marble on this fair for the past two years. In 2012 only Italian brands would come up with tabletops. There is quite some tradition and local quarries in Italy. Last year marble and already other stone qualities had been shown by other labels too, and in 2014 noble stones are now used in smaller sizes to make them more accessible for a wider public. Tableware, lamp feet, side tables, or smaller furnitures, there is such a wide range of possibilities. My guess is that marble will stay for quite a while. Below: Image 1: Heatty by Claudio Larcher for Clique Editions (marble fan heater), Earnest Studio, Tord Boontje for Moroso, Echo by Claudio Larcher for Clique Editions (bookcase with integrated marble bluetooth speaker), Lens Boxes by Thomas Jenkins – Wrong for HAY Image 2: Earnest Studio and Dana Cannam Design.
6. YELLOW METAL - Good news for all of you who are a bit tired of copper: brass seems to be a nice successor. Yes, there still have been many designs in copper but the yellow metal or similar finishing are getting stronger, and even the copper king Tom Dixon appeared to show a larger palette at his stand. Matte and shiny, both options work, and if not on metal, ceramic glazes are another much seen material. Most of the brand nevertheless offer the three options of white, yellow and rose finishings on metals. I guess it’s a way to have something to offer to all types of clients. Below: Image 1: Form by Tom Dixon, Dante, Jaime Hayon for Bosa, Flexform Image 2: Seletti Image 3: Maskhayon by Jaime Hayon for Bosa Image 4: Mass by Tom Dixon
What is your favorite of the trends and is there anything that you spot about that you could easily see integrated in your home? Wishing you a wonderful April, I’ll see you again in May with another trend report from Europe! Warmly, Gudy
(text/images: gudy herder)