Bloggers

Sassy Kitchen Blog

March 26, 2015

I was just dropping some cash at H&M on boyfriend jeans and tunics when I clicked over to their blog and found yummy food recipes by New York-based blogger Julia Gartland, who is the photographer and food stylist behind the Sassy Kitchen blog. I’d not heard of her until now but was excited when I clicked over and found her beautiful gluten-free cooking blog. I’ve often thought to go gluten-free. I don’t have gluten allergies that I know of, but I do love the idea of trying something new and even a bit healthier. Aren’t her photos and recipes just scrummy?

Sassy Kitchen Blog

Sassy Kitchen Blog

Sassy Kitchen Blog

Sassy Kitchen Blog

Sassy Kitchen Blog

Sassy Kitchen Blog

Hope you are doing well, you guys! Sorry I’ve been a little absent lately. I’ll talk about it more on the blog soon.

xo,
Holly






Home Tours

Home Tour: Small + Natural Scandi Style in Gothenburg

March 17, 2015

Hello decor8 readers. This is Emelie Ekborg and this is the first time I’ve ever written a post on decor8 so excuse me if I’m a bit excited! I originally wrote to Holly to inquire about the possibility of her sharing an apartment that I photographed with her readers and she wrote back and offered me more than I’d ever expected – to actually share it with you myself and get paid for it. Sweet! Sooooo here I am to share a small natural style studio flat from the 30s in Gothenburg, Sweden. Ready to see?

Home Tour: Small + Natural Scandi Style in Gothenburg

This space belongs to 28-year-old Fanny Henricson (shown photographed below) who gently decorated it in true Scandinavian style in blue and grey hues on a white base with lots of fresh plants and personal details. The flat is only 37 square meters (398.26ft²) and includes one room for living and sleeping, a kitchen with an eating nook, a very small entry and a bathroom – perfect for a single city girl! Continue Reading…






Arts + Crafts

Buy Some Damn Art

March 11, 2015

I’m always on the prowl for new art to fall in love with. We are exposed to so much these days, aren’t we? When I was a child, I saw art in some magazines, in school books and during any exhibitions that rolled into town at the local museum. I remember seeing it in films in art class. Maybe you were lucky enough to live around artists and got to watch them paint in their studios – my mother painted and my aunt was a fine artist, so I was lucky to have artists in my family. Today, we all have a chance to see art from all over the world simply by sitting before a monitor and jumping online. What a lucky bunch we are.

Buy Some Damn Art

Buy Some Damn Art

Buy Some Damn Art

I love these works above, in fact everything that you see (and more) is available on the Buy Some Damn Art website with works by Dana Robinson, Lauren George, Polly Shindler, Kayleigh Fichten, Sofia Arnold, Wendi Turchan and more. So go on, go buy some damn art!

(images: go buy some damn art)






Shopping + Products

15 Home Things I Love From Japan + Denmark

March 10, 2015

Good morning everyone! I’ve been working diligently on redecor8ing my home and while it’s been fun, it’s always a challenge because I find that most of what I love is either too expensive, not available for months or the shipping and/or installation is a pain or insanely expensive. I guess that’s the problem with good taste and living outside of America where great design is so affordable. In Europe, it’s definitely much more expensive to create a home that you love.

On the brightside, I do find some amazing brands that are exceptional in all areas. For instance, Connox is a local firm with an outstanding website and they are always such a pleasure to work with and they carry stuff that is often hard to source on your own. They not only stock everything that I have on my wish list currently, but they send products quickly and directly to my front door (versus leaving it on the sidewalk which is standard “delivery service” for furniture and larger items where I live. With a baby and living several floors up, it’s tough to deal with furniture orders that are left on the sidewalk!

Since I like Connox so much and have ordered from them several times and am impressed by their products and service, I want to round up of some of my favorite products that they carry on their site so you can see what I mean about their great and varied selection. Funny thing is, all of these things come from either Japan or Denmark. I guess I’m feeling quite Denpanese or Japanmark at the moment.

15 Home Things I Love From Japan + Denmark

Okay first up, these tables. Oh my goodness, I cannot take my eyes off these colorful wooden beauties by Karimoku New Standard. I want one so bad now that I’ve spotted them. This Japanese label is such a winner in my eyes. I’ll show you a few other things from Karimoku that I like below.

15 Home Things I Love From Japan + Denmark

Also from Karimoku New Standard, these stools

15 Home Things I Love From Japan + Denmark

These wooden platters from Karimoku are definitely wish listed. So on point with trends right now, too. I love the hot colors mixed with the more pastel-y ones too.

15 Home Things I Love From Japan + Denmark

The invisible table from Kartell (still have a thing for transparent tables and chairs) because I’d love to stack my design books and a gorgeous plant on top, the HAY strap mirror (mirrors with straps are trending, have you noticed?) for over the dresser in my bedroom, this HAY lounge sofa is still huge on my wish list after a few years already and these HAY trays are still something I covet even though they’re everywhere!

15 Home Things I Love From Japan + Denmark

This concrete vase from Menu A/S because I love the idea of concrete and glass and this new trend of vessels that combine glass with metal, concrete or wood.

15 Home Things I Love From Japan + Denmark

Stacked bookcases in all colors and configurations from Muuto. I have these in my home and LOVE THEM. I cannot tell you enough how sturdy, gorgeous and totally cool they look but beyond that, they are so easy to move around if you want to try a new configuration.

15 Home Things I Love From Japan + Denmark

I want to eat more healthy and these Georg Jensen salad bowls would be a great start.

15 Home Things I Love From Japan + Denmark

The Skagerak pots for my kitchen to grow herbs, I have this tea pot and warmer but I’ve not ordered the coffee pot yet but it’s the best tea pot I’ve ever purchased, and I have the Ferm Living brass salad servers on my wish list.

15 Home Things I Love From Japan + Denmark

I bought this multi-basket awhile ago from Connox and put it next to my stove and I store all of my oils and my popular cooking spices and cooking wines inside, and it’s great. It is one of of the best ways to organize everything while still looking stylish and it’s easy to clean, too.

15 Home Things I Love From Japan + Denmark

The lovely leaf light from Muuto – I have a green one and find it so nice to look at and the perfect size and I love reading beneath it late at night once my little one is asleep.

So what do you think of my wish list? Any of these items also on yours?

This post is brought to you in collaboration with Connox because I’ve shopped them and love their products and site so I approached them to work together. All products shown are my own picks and none of them were given to me in exchange for this post.

(images: connox)






Books + Magazines

Decorate With Flowers For Spring!

March 9, 2015

Hello everyone! I want to begin the week with a post that simply oozes springtime cheer! We had beautiful weather for the past few days, sunny and nearly 60, so I have a mega dose of spring fever all of a sudden!

Decorate With Flowers For Spring!

We’ve had a very gray few months and though we didn’t get snow this winter, the gray days are super draining. These colorful photos are out takes from Decorate With Flowers (a list of the current 8 language editions with 2 more on the way at the end of this post), which is my latest book authored alongside of lovely Leslie Shewring. If you don’t already have a copy, it’s truly the perfect title for easter, Mother’s day and all of the spring, summer and early autumn gatherings you’ll host when flowers are a must. You can read the 5 star reviews here if you’re on the fence. Jump off and order! :)

Decorate With Flowers For Spring!

In our book, we show so many ideas for flowers and their containers inside and really teach you flower basics in such an easy way that you’ll be styling your own gorgeous arrangements in seconds, really! We also break the book up into 8 styles showing 8-12 homes that we worked in to style up our ideas from Canada to Germany and California. We also included a mood board for each style to show you how we translated what was in our heads for each look. There are even break downs for how-tos from arrangement making to container creation. We wrapped up with our little black book showing you were to find the best of the best floral products and vessels and a summary of our favorite flowers.

Decorate With Flowers For Spring!

Decorate With Flowers For Spring!

Decorate With Flowers For Spring!

Decorate With Flowers For Spring!

Decorate With Flowers For Spring!

Decorate With Flowers For Spring!

Decorate With Flowers For Spring!

Decorate With Flowers For Spring!

US English – Decorate With Flowers
UK English – Decorate With Flowers
Asia – English – Page One
French – Fleurs et déco
Dutch – Bloemen In Huis
Italian – Decorare Con I Fiori
German – Wohnen mit Blumen
Japanese – 花と雑貨で楽しむナチュラルインテリア (I will show you in another post because this edition looks so beautiful!)

Denmark + Mexico Coming soon!

Shown: Leslie Shewring and Jessica Senti (my assistant).

(Photos: Janis Nicolay)






Recipes

Recipe: Slow Sunset Cocktail

March 9, 2015

Hello everyone and happy Monday, this is Liz & Jewels again! You might have missed us, we took a little break from our Food in Motion series. It ended up being a lot of work producing food videos, to be honest, and with both of us being so involved in book writing, teaching and our small children, it’s simply not possible to produce videos too. We’ve decided that for now, we’ll discontinue Food in Motion and go back to straight up, pinnable, yummy recipes.

Recipe: Slow Sunset Cocktail

I know this is a funny post for the first thing on a Monday morning BUT hey, it’s never to early to think about cocktails right? :) And when it comes to cocktails, we are such girls! We like sweet, fruity, light, creamy… Not so much smoky, bitter, and strong. We like when our cocktails tastes like a drinkable dessert. When we have friends over, we like putting on a little show by making something memorable. For instance, these super cute berry ice cubes. They are incredibly easy to make but the result is nice because as they melt in the cocktail, they change the color of the drink – like a slow sunset. So lovely… This is the perfect drink to start a fun evening with your friends.

Slow Sunset Ingredients (for 2 servings):

Fruity Ice Cubes

  • 1 cup of frozen blueberries, raspberries, or even sliced mango
  • a few mint leaves
  • water
  • ice cube tray

Put the frozen berries into a food processor with a little bit of water (about half a cup). Puree until smooth. Pour into an ice cube tray and cover each cube with one mint leaf. Freeze for at least 3 hours.

Recipe: Slow Sunset Cocktail

Cocktail

  • 1 cup of sparkling water
  • 1 cup of rum (I like the sweeter kinds, even the Malibu Rum with Coconut Liqueur)
  • juice of 3 limes
  • 4 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • mint leaves

Recipe: Slow Sunset Cocktail

Stir everything together. You don’t want to shake it because you would lose the carbonation. Serve with the berry ice cubes and enjoy with a friend! If you try this recipe, let us know what you think and how you modified it at all, we always love to see how people recreate cocktails to their liking. Perhaps a shot of vodka would be nice in this also?

Enjoy!

(images & text: liz and jewels. editor: holly becker)






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