Are you ready to venture into the wild for this trend post? Hi, it’s Gudy again with my June column for decor8. This trend post is different to the ones I have been written so far as you will soon see… Into The Wild is not tangible, it’s not about a piece of furniture or an object you can buy. It embraces a feeling, a way of living, a call back to nature. I’d like to take you on a journey of observing colour, texture and keywords that describe what Into The Wild means to me.
Photo: Ashley Herrin Photography
Into The Wild describes an urge for taking a break from every day life. It’s about hanging a hammock somewhere outdoors to pause and contemplate. It is a visual response to our need of exploring once again to tap into our inner world, to travel and get lost without wifi and Instagram, no GPS marking our route and plans.
There’s romanticism and a strong bohemian vibe underlined by the aesthetics of feathers, flower crowns, French braids, forage materials and tribal patterns. Photos are taken often during the golden hour searching for a softer, blurry look.
Colours are warm and rich, greens, curry, oxid and sunflower yellow, combined with pastel hues such as pale pink and peach. Chocolate brown and black are added to give the right contrast and focus of the ‘wild aspect’ here.
One of the micro trends included is the caravan revival. They are made for camping and exploration, used as food trucks (you’ll find them on all cool street events these days) or traveling from here to there selling lovely things. TIP: See and follow stylist Kara Rosenlunds journeys, they are so inspiring!
Photo: Kara Rosenlund
When it comes to defining materials, they are all very related to nature but do have a lived-in aspect — imperfect and weathered.
Photo: Pamela Schmieder
As for interior design, let’s talk swinging hammocks, hanging wicker chairs and peacock armchairs, all combined with huge lush indoor plants.
I hope you liked the different approach today. Let me hear your thoughts and what your into the wild experience lately has been.- Warmly, Gudy
Hello everyone! I forgot to blog about this great contest, in which I am one of the judges, over at Domino magazine that ends tomorrow, May 28th — So get hoppin’ and go on over to Domino to vote for one of the four homes that me and Emily, Joy and Joanna voted for. The winner will receive a spread in Domino magazine so go, vote, and help a homeowner get totally famous! I selected Park Collective because I think that home looks totally cozy and great for couples and kids – seems down-to-earth…
Also, check out the summer edition of Domino magazine available now (cover looks like this) because me and Leslie Shewring are in it – there’s an interview with us and fun stuff about our new book, Decorate With Flowers. I’ve not seen it yet but I’m wicked excited. A big thanks to Domino for not only including me as a judge in their #sodomino contest but for the feature in their mag – very cool indeed.
If you are a flower lover like me, you just may love what I’m about to show you since it’s quite a unique take on the typical flower photography that you see on the walls of most homes. Trine Hisdal is a photographer based in Oslo, Norway who has captured flowers dying in a most stunning way through her new series of floral prints. Trine wanted to, “document the fragility of flowers and their short lived beauty, and how they look beautiful even as they start to fade.” This is just so, so pretty. But don’t take my word for it — Take a look, what do you think?
These limited editions are exhibited and sold at Røst, a design and interior shop in Norway. I’m in love.
(images: via Åshild Røssland by Trine Hisdal)
I’ve been noticing a marble trend over the past year in both interiors but also food photography, have you slowly noticed it creeping in too? I think it’s a stunning surface to work with at home but also for shooting food and even craft, flowers and more. When I see foodies working with new materials it excites me so much since the same old things do get a bit boring and we just crave newness don’t we? Marble may not be “new” – it’s been around forever – but seeing it pop up in modern homes and in food shots feels very fresh when done right. I think marble looks best in pared-back interiors and with food, it works best with foods that are rich in color like berries and chocolate and citrus fruits (vs. white foods, for instance). Here are some examples of how I’m seeing marble being used in the kitchen…
My friend Susanne in Hannover, Germany writes Milas Deli and she is the first person I spotted regularly using marble as a surface for her food photography. (Her Instagram stream is great – you guys have to follow her.) I love that you can smear berries on it, that liquids stay puddled vs. soak in (as they would shooting on wood or fabric) and that it’s light and bright but still has those gorgeous gray lines running through bringing in lovely random patterning.
These top three photos are from Susanne at Milas Deli. See what I mean with the smeared food and that lovely faint coffee stain?
This shot of fig tarts shown above is by Aran Goyoaga from Cannelle et Vanille. Also a stunner.
Another shot using marble as a background. This time by the food blog, Oh Ladycakes – a new blog find of mine that is just delightful.
This one is from Top With Cinnamon – I like seeing the surface from the side don’t you?
Here is some more drippy yummy goodness from Dash and Bella. Seems like there is also a trend in using red drippy things on marble, too! :)
(Another view of marble in the kitchen as shown on Martha Stewart.)
I’d love to see marble used for styling flowers against – particularly deconstructing blooms petal by petal to create something artistic and shoot it straight down – wouldn’t that be unique? I’m convinced I need a slab of it to place on my kitchen counter or on top of my small table so I can roll out dough and use it more for cooking… Some think of marble as a cold surface lacking emotion but I actually see it as one that provides a lot of versatility and is interesting visually – it’s subtle but still present. It’s also a great surface to present food on – particularly dessert cheeses after supper at a dinner party with fruit, jams and crusty bread. Yum.
What do you think of marble in the kitchen? What about having it as a surface for food photography? How else can you see marble being used in a creative way at home?
(images: linked above)