From The Heart, Ramblings

From The Heart: Do Happy People Notice The Weather?

March 26, 2015

I’ve been so busy lately with work and play (my birthday was last weekend), my little boy running everywhere and organizing play dates (he has more of a social life than me), it’s all exciting but also tiring because of the stupid weather. It continues to drag on in this dull and gray depression and my goodness do I need the sunshine. This morning I woke up, after it was sunny and in the 60s yesterday for the first time in forever and looked out the window and was like WHUUTT. Because yesterday I stayed home all day working and reasoned that the good weather would continue today (I’m an optimist) so I could go out today. NOPE. Didn’t happen. I saw a quote yesterday on the beyond lovely IG account of @verdenius (who works for Jamie mag in the Netherlands) that read, “People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy”. I wonder if this is really true. Is noticing the weather a sign that you’re in some kind of misery?

From The Heart: Do Happy People Notice The Weather?

Maybe it’s just young people or people who just sorta coast who don’t notice. Like me in my twenties. I never thought about the weather. I never sat around wondering what will happen this weekend OUTSIDE. Will it be sunny? Warm? Cold? WHO CARED when I was 22. I only cared about boys and clothes and work. Now I’m a million years older and the weather forecast is ALL I THINK ABOUT.

From The Heart: Do Happy People Notice The Weather?

Why do we get old and talk about the damn weather so much? I’m not bored. I’m very busy. Life is good. Yet the weather is something I think about more than the stuff I should be thinking about. Perhaps we think about the weather when we live in shitty weather places. Yeah, that must be it. I grew up on the beach in sunny South Carolina. I moved to Boston after high school and back then, I don’t remember 100 feet of snow in the winter. It was different weather-wise in New England when there was four distinct seasons. At least I think. When I left New England in 2009, the weather was extreme. Nor’easter (is that how you spell it?) every dumb day until like May. I got the heck out and thought Germany would be the promise land because there is so little snowfall over here and I reasoned anything is better than opening your front door to a wall of snow that reaches your neck.

From The Heart: Do Happy People Notice The Weather?

Wrong.

We don’t get much snow, this winter none at all. But we do get dark angry clouds that pee on us constantly and frown down in their big gray stinky moods. And then they disappear in seconds and it’s sunny and perfect. You are tricked and so you jump into something cute to wear and run outside and boom! The big gray master of disaster cloud guy is back looking down, only this time shooting lightening bolts and laughing in his best brew-ha-harrrr voice. So then you ditch the idea to go lay on the grass in the park or chase your kid at the playground because it’s pissy again and you just feel super annoyed and wonder what has made you such a weather freak anyway? Like who cares, can’t you still lay in the grass in the park with rain pouring down on you and lightening bolts dancing in the skies? Not unless you want to die.

From The Heart: Do Happy People Notice The Weather?

So that’s how weather is here. It’s moody and annoying. It’s kind of like that Laurel character on The Arrow, Katie Cassidy, who is constantly like “Dad” insert uncomfortable long pause “Dad, I’m sorry”. And is acting like she is such a sweet sort of lost girlfriend type who is suddenly studying how to become a ninja and then begins bashing people over the head, while all of the time, being all sensitive to her father and nearly crying whenever Arrow tells her she can’t fight. The weather here is very Laurel. Annoying. By the way I only watch The Arrow because I’m blown away by the amazing acting (not), incredible fight scenes (no) great storyline (ah, no again) and Stephen Amell (yes!).

From The Heart: Do Happy People Notice The Weather?

Ok so now it’s your turn, what are you guys doing? I’m actually prepping for a shoot this weekend. With a photographer, makeup artist, models, props and everything! Weeee! You can follow that chaos and adventure on my Instagram @decor8 if you feel a tad interested. I’ll be grammin’ on Sunday and Monday to show you a few behind-the-scenes. The photos will end up being used in a few projects, the most significant for my newly designed e-course site that we’ll be launching in April.

From The Heart: Do Happy People Notice The Weather?

Hope you are all doing good!

How’s the weather?

(photos: Marieke Verdenius)






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 bright side, 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)






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