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Fabric Flowers With Artwork By Puur Anders

I recently came across the fabric flowers and leaves with vintage photographs on them made by Miranda van Dijk of Puur Anders (which means pure and different in Dutch) and though this will be a quickie post, I had to drop by and share it before I run back to caring for our baby while trying to put together our new dining table! I was thrilled to find Miranda’s blog and also her etsy shop and to learn that she recently collaborated with the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam to produce a special collection shown below.

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I would love to have a brooch to wear or a necklace – mesmerizing work! I love this pansy printed with the Rijksmuseum painting ‘Jongen en meisje in het duin’ by David Adolph Constant Artz. I really love the idea of art being used in modern day accessories in such a creative way – I would wear any of these flowers (if they were just a tad bit smaller) on the lapel of a velvet blazer with a pair of jeans anytime. But of course, they are gorgeous as they are – elegant works of art that you can frame in a pretty shadowbox.

What about you, do you spot a favorite?

(images: puur anders)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on March 10, 2014

Blogger’s Favorites: The Style Files

Hello everyone! Last Friday I launched a mini series called Blogger’s Favorites on decor8 devoted to my love of blogger’s and their amazing sense of style – they always seem to know what’s current and this is the main reason why so many of us love and follow blogs, right? So to continue with my series, Blogger’s Favorites, I’m going to share with you our next blogger spotlight on Danielle DeLange from The Style Files who lives in a gorgeous country home just outside of Amsterdam. Here is Danielle in her home with her darling son, Kick. Danielle is a good blogger friend of mine, we met in person in 2006 when I was assigned to write about Dutch Design Week for Domino magazine and a few years later, we traveled together to Stockholm for a mini getaway. Since, I’ve seen her at various events and we’re still in touch despite our very busy schedules. Danielle is such a talented and sweet person – I’m so happy that she is one of the bloggers I’ve been honored to meet and know more personally.

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Name: Danielle de Lange / Blog: The Style Files / Online Shop: Le Souk / City+Country: Amsterdam, The Netherlands / Pinterest account: @TheStyleFiles / IG account: @danielledelange

Five favorite things:

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1: Favorite look- my favorite interior style is a modern bohemian look with natural materials such as wood as you can see above.

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2: Favorite trend- I like the trend that house plants become styling objects. On blogs and on Pinterest I see a lot of images of beautiful interiors styled with plants. Personally I don’t have many plants in my home as we have a large garden in which I spent a lot of time but I do like that people use nature to decorate their homes.

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3: Favorite object - my favorite object at the moment is my new coffee table which you can see in my home shown above. I have searching for the perfect table for years and I just found one that is perfect for home, which is an old farmhouse outside of Amsterdam. It is made of a piece of wood and it has a rustic look. I am very happy with this find!

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photo: le souk (danielle’s online shop)

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The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose

 

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4: Favorite object that you see everywhere at the moment – I love my vintage kilim rugs and I do see a lot of vintage rugs such as kilim rugs, beni ourain rugs and boucherouite rugs being used in interiors. I love to use rugs because they can give a room instant style and color. They have an immediate effect and give a space a lot of character.

5: Favorite miscellaneous - My 3 year old son is very happy with his new gardening tools (for kids). We spend a lot of time in the garden (when weather permits) and he can now help me with tending the plants. We also made a small vegetable garden where he can grow his own vegetable.

Why do you like these five – what attracts you?
I am usually attracted to natural materials. I also like when a item has a story. For example with a beautiful 50 year old vintage rug from Turkey I wonder about the people who have used the rug before me.

What trends are you bored with? I don’t like marble so I don’t understand the current marble revival. It is now not only used for bathrooms or floors but also for home accessories. The look is just too cold and classic for my taste.

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What do you predict will be hot next? I think various blue hues such as indigo will be hot this season. We have already been seeing these colors in fashion (denim on denim) but I now see lots of blue for interior accessories as well.

Thank you Danielle for your list of faves! More Blogger’s Favorites will post this week, stay tuned!

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Posted in blogs on March 10, 2014

UK Blog Book Tour: Decorate With Flowers, March 10-21, 2014

Hello friends! Today begins the UK blog book tour of Decorate With Flowers, the brand new book that Leslie Shewring and I produced that is now available for pre-order online in the UK, North America and Germany. In fact, if you order now via your local Amazon store online, you’ll get the book at a reduced price and it will arrive as soon as next week (I’ve been told) so you’ll have it before anyone else – in Germany you will have it this week if order here. I wanted to shout out the wonderful bloggers who will be sharing their reviews of our book beginning today through the release date of the book, March 21, which also happens to be my birthday. The lovely team at RED magazine in London will finish up the book tour on the 21st with a post on their blog, too. I’m a huge RED fan and specifically requested them to wrap up our tour, so I’m thrilled they’ve agreed!

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LONDON: Leslie and I will be in London during the week of the Chelsea Flower Show (end of May, date to be determined soon) to do a very special flower party at one of our favorite places, so stay tuned for the date which we’ll blog about soon!

Here’s the book tour line-up, starting today. I want to thank each of these wonderful ladies personally for supporting Leslie and I and our first book together. We’ve been wanting to do a book for a few years now as a team so this is a very special moment in time for us both.

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Again, many heartfelt thanks to these wonderful magazines, bloggers, stylists and other pros who are sharing their reviews of our new book over the next few weeks.If you want to follow the book tour, here is the schedule below:

Monday 10th March Flowerona | Twitter @Flowerona

Tuesday 11th March Trend Daily | Twitter @Trend_Daily

Wednesday 12th March Curate & Display | Twitter @TiffGrantRiley

Thursday 13th March Sania Pell | Twitter @SaniaPell

Friday 14th March Fabric of my Life | Twitter @fabricofmylife

Monday 17th March Heart Home Magazine | Twitter @hearthomemag

Tuesday 18th March Lobster & Swan | Twitter @lobsterandswan

Wednesday 19th March Bodie and Fou | Twitter @BodieandFou

Thursday 20th March Arianna Interiors | Twitter @Arianna_Trapani

Friday 21st March Red Magazine | Twitter @RedMagDaily

Thank you everyone! xo, Holly

(image: photo by leslie shewring)

Posted in Books + Magazines on March 10, 2014

Weekend Inspiration in Green

I just have to show you a few rooms in this home shot by Lina Ostling, a Scandinavian photographer who has a knock-out blog. I just LOVE the first room shown below. It’s so, so lovely and gave me a big shot of inspiration for the weekend. I adore green in all of its shades, I find it so pretty – especially this time of the year. I hope these rooms do the same for you, too – inspire!

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The above home is from a feature shot for Hus&Hem magazine in Sweden. Love it!

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Posted in Color Inspiration on March 08, 2014

Books:

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Further editions available: Decorate published by Murdoch Books for AU/NZ, Decorar BR, Alt om indretning DK, Inspirace pro váš byt CZ, Dekorácie SK, La décoration FR, Lust auf Wohnen DE, Sisusta tyylillä FI and Sztuka aranżacji wnętrz PL.

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