Decorating Tips

8 Ways To Decorate Your Bedside Table

February 27, 2017

Last year, Etsy launched a campaign called #DifferenceMakesUs in celebration of the personal, sweet differences that makes us all so unique and which serves to unite us.
I like how they sum it up, “Difference makes us. Life is beautiful, not because of our similarities, but because of our differences. It’s our mission to celebrate those differences.” So true! Part of the celebration of this campaign is how our bedside table looks since Etsy believes every personality has a quite unique style, different accessories, lighting, etc. which shows the taste and lifestyle of the person who sleeps in that space. No two bedside tables are alike, even in a shared bed – my husband has different things on his bedside table – right down to his lamp!

8 Ways To Decorate Your Bedside Table

Etsy asked me if I wanted to show my bedside table so I agreed and so, here it it is. BUT. They asked me to shop Etsy for some items that I thought could be used to spruce it up and then, they’d offer ALL of the products in a contest on their Instagram (you can enter on Instagram.com/etsyde or @etsyde from your app) for one lucky winner. This is a value of €275.00 (not including what you would have paid for shipping) AND you get a bonus of 3 extra cups NOT shown on my bedside table. What???? Yup. You heard me right!

What did I pick from Etsy?

1. Ceramic black and white vase from 1220 Ceramics Studio (€34.06)
2. 4 Cups from 1220 Ceramics Studio (I use one for tea, the others are in the kitchen on my shelf, €66.18)
3. Ceramic flowers (3) from Lysa Creation Design on the wall near my prints and the handprints of my son (€80)
4. Candle that smells like leather and wood from Kaoriko Paris, Portofino in Copper with Soy Wax (€45)
5. Concrete Tray from Trend Bolt (sorry, cup wasn’t included in shipment, €49)

8 Ways To Decorate Your Bedside Table

8 Ways To Decorate Your Bedside Table

8 Ways To Decorate Your Bedside Table

8 Ways To Decorate Your Bedside Table:

  1. Use any table, chair, bench, dresser… Anything you like that looks good next to your bed and is not too high. Test first by laying in bed and reach over to the table to see if it’s too high. If you have to stretch too high or if it’s not feeling practical in any way, it’s not the right table.
  2. What are your storage needs? I don’t need much near my bed, a few private things and a few books. So the private things are in the box on my bedside table (beneath the lamp) and the basket below is where I store other things by mainly books and magazines.
  3. Take the decor up from the table to the wall. I like to create something that flows down from the wall to the table. Some people like to hang art work directly above their bedside table OR hang a pendant or a wall light. I always feel like there needs to be a little something above the bedside table, even if not DIRECTLY above it. Makes the bedroom feel more cozy.
  4. Flowers. Always. They don’t have to be expensive. Or a plant. Also a beautiful, natural piece to add to a bedside table. I love flowers because I can change them often enough to give the bedside table a new look. Tulips, daffodils, sprigs of eucalyptus, pussy willows, roses – the entire look changes with the addition of different flowers.
  5. Vase. I have to have a vase for the flowers! I also like to keep it empty sometimes because this vase is pretty enough to stand on it’s own.
  6. Lamp. A good lamp to read by, I like the wooden one I have… But also I like that it’s not a typical-looking bedside table lamp with a big shade and ceramic base. It’s fun to have something quirky in a bedroom that you may expect on a work desk or credenza, for instance. There are no rules, as long as the light shines in the right spot for reading and fits your style.
  7. Candle. Always a scented candle. In the winter, I like wood and leather or something that smells like a fresh walk in a snowy forest. In summer, I go with Grapefruit or Rose, or something more sensual. Candlelight is relaxing and romantic, too.
  8. Tray. I love a tray to catch things like a pen, bookmark, remote control (if you have a TV in your room, we do not), wireless speaker remote (which we do have), etc.

8 Ways To Decorate Your Bedside Table

Items also shown, not from Etsy include:

1. White Rectangle Table is from Bloomingville (It’s a kids table but I use it for my bedside since the height and width are perfect)
2. Basket beneath for books and magazines from Bitte
3. Wall art (except hand prints) from Minted.com
4. Wood Lamp from Muuto
5. Chelsea Bed from Fashion For Home
6. Velvet quilt from Pine Cone Hill
7. Large Euro cushion from Pine Come Hill
8. Paper box “Joe” on table from Atelier Sukha.

See this photo below? You will win ALL THIS STUFF if you go to the ETSY GERMANY Instagram and enter under the #DifferenceMakesUs photo (details and rules are there – we decided to move the contest from my IG over to Etsy so sorry for the confusion!).

Thank you Etsy for including me in this fun campaign!

(Photography/Styling: Holly Becker)






Blogging

Take Your Blog & Business to the Next Level e-course

February 18, 2017

I’m excited to announce an e-course like no other that you simply cannot miss… So in case you haven’t enrolled yet, the Blogging Your Way blog boot camp is a must-take! It’s all about taking your blog & business to the next level (or how to start it right if you are brand new). From March 3-20 I’m going to help a small group of you online to build the blog (or Instagram or business) of your dreams, and then how to use it once it has grown… So tell me… Are you in?

Take Your Blog & Business to the Next Level e-course

This class will teach you everything you need to know about profitable BOLD blogging and social media that slays. I’ve been supporting myself financially on my blog since I started in 2006. Yes, that’s ELEVEN YEARS. Talk about business sustainability – I will show you exactly how I did it and how I stay relevant in this ever-changing marketplace year after year. NO SECRETS. Come, learn from me.

Have a blog? Want to start a blog? Have a business you want to promote? Do you need help figuring out how to do something with all of the great fans you’ve amassed? Do you feel stale and in need of inspiration and brand new ways to work online?

This class WILL be a game changer for you.

I will solely teach this class and I will dedicate all of my time and attention for three weeks to ONLY you. This means that you will have direct access daily to talk to me online (except on the weekends) to answer your questions. You can even chat live once weekly with me in our mentor chat and ask any question you’d like and I’ll answer it. One or ten, I’ll answer them all.

This class will be like none before it because we are keeping it small and I’m not scheduling any other work or projects for the full duration so this class is the ONLY thing on my mind which frees me up to shoot above and beyond for my students.

It’s also for all levels but if you are a beginner, please note that we will not teach you HOW to set up a blog. So it’s a good idea to set one up first and then we will teach you what you need to know to get rolling with your blog. And for those of you already blogging, it’s time to up your game!

For more information, click here and SIGN UP because I’m only allowing 50 more students into the class and then that’s it – I’m closing registration. I won’t be doing another class like this until late Fall/early winter this year, so if you want it, come and get it!!!!

REGISTER HERE

Take Your Blog & Business to the Next Level e-course
Love,
Holly

(Top photo: Toni Vinther, bottom row all by Holly Becker except 2nd from left, by Martin Wehrmann)






Trends

Interiors Trend: Minimalistic, Mobile, Modular, Flexible

February 14, 2017

Hey everyone! Wooo hooo! I’m back home now after spending a jam-packed weekend in Frankfurt attending the Ambiente as a special guest. It was a stellar time and I was able to meet so many great companies and designers who really take pride in their work. One such company is Chihong from Taiwan. Chuang Chi-Hong studied Industrial Design and is the owner of this brand; he is very imaginative and loves to pull up memories and then, use them to inspire his design work in a special way. Function is important to him but so is the need to give his work a personality and story to create an emotional bond between the person and the product.

Interiors Trend: Minimalistic, Mobile, Modular, Flexible

Some really obvious trends in the world of interiors right now are mobility, modularity, flexibility and definitely minimalism. Less is more. Furniture that can be moved around in the same room to serve several functions. Bookcases that allow you to configure (and change them) as your needs change. Modular sofas that can be moved easily for a film night with a family or to throw a cocktail party or a slumber party for the kids. Built-in furniture is not such a focus, most find it challenging because it doesn’t allow for change and today many people are really looking for flexibility – things that can be conveniently relocated to other rooms or even other homes if you decide to move. I saw so many examples of this at the fair, some obvious and some, less so. I like the flexibility and minimalist approach to the chihong collection. You can use a lot of the products as intended or in a new way, your imagination is the limit.

Interiors Trend: Minimalistic, Mobile, Modular, Flexible
Interiors Trend: Minimalistic, Mobile, Modular, Flexible
Interiors Trend: Minimalistic, Mobile, Modular, Flexible
Interiors Trend: Minimalistic, Mobile, Modular, Flexible
Interiors Trend: Minimalistic, Mobile, Modular, Flexible
Interiors Trend: Minimalistic, Mobile, Modular, Flexible
Interiors Trend: Minimalistic, Mobile, Modular, Flexible
Interiors Trend: Minimalistic, Mobile, Modular, Flexible
Interiors Trend: Minimalistic, Mobile, Modular, Flexible

I really loved the chihong collection, including their color palette of Gray, Black, Pink, Dark Blue and Mint green, so I’m introducing it here for you to enjoy. You can see more examples of their work here on their website.

(images: chihong)






Events + Markets

5 Eye-Catching Black + White Party Ideas

February 8, 2017

Hello friends, I had a most lovely book party in Hannover before Christmas when I launched Decorate For a Party (or in German, the book is called Feierlaune) in the city where I live with my friends and family whom I love so much. A bonus was that my little boy Aidan Benjamin, who turns 3 tomorrow, was there with me watching mama talk about my book and showing how to create a beautiful party scene using only black and white. There I am below with my little one looking on…

5 Eye-Catching Black + White Party Ideas

I love my son so much and to be “working” with him like this and to have him share in the festivities of my book party gave me no greater joy – in fact, this was such a special time for me to have him there. When I was styling the black and white gift giving party in my book, he was running around the room with me and Holly Marder (the photographer) along with Pamuk and Tinna, and he was so much younger! That was back in September 2014 when he was 19 months old. In this photo above he is already out of the toddler years and is a genuine little boy. The thing is, as he grows and works alongside of me as I produce my books and then, do book parties, I observe his growth and his maturity, how he went from not talking on the photoshoot to now, never being quiet and speaking in two languages fluently!

I’ve launched 4 books and have been to over 40 locations in North America and Europe since my first book came out years back… But never with him until now. He loved the cake pops and enjoyed meeting everyone and in the end, he did great being in a shop with nearly 100% ceramics and glass -he didn’t break a single thing. Good boy! I was so proud and I’m happy I got to finally have a book party in Hannover with him with me –  this is something I’ll never, ever forget.

5 Eye-Catching Black + White Party Ideas

I was so honored to take Decorate For a Party to London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Hamburg, Hannover, Zurich, and even the imm in Cologne where it was proudly on display in my stand. And Leslie launched the book in Victoria, British Columbia. This weekend, I’ll bring the book to Frankfurt to share at the Ambiente Fair in a video that they’ll put on their Facebook page. Book #4 gave me some great adventures and now I’m finalizing the concept for book 5, which I will write as the sole author, and it will release end of 2018 or Spring 2019. It’s going to be something very different from what you’d imagine and I’m breaking the “Decorate” series now so no more “Decorate…” books for the time being. I have decided to take a risk and try something very new. Let’s see what you will think!

5 Eye-Catching Black + White Party Ideas

5 Eye-Catching Black + White Party Ideas

Anke taking a photo for Instagram

5 Eye-Catching Black + White Party Ideas

I’m very happy here to receive flowers styled by local florist Sonja Klein.

5 Eye-Catching Black + White Party Ideas

Now I’ll give you 5 black and white party styling ideas, particularly for the winter months (like RIGHT NOW!). Ready for some tips?

  1. PATTERN MIX. Black and white can go super clinical or super minimalist and modern – not so much playful or fun, right? But if you mix and match patterns you can definitely insert the fun factor. I’ve chosen linens and ceramics from Marimekko and made hostess gift boxes for each plate which double as a place card since everyone has their name on a box. The boxes were simple white boxes but I used black washi tape to create a “ribbon” and black dot stickers from the stationery aisle in the local drug store to add a pattern.
  2. NO TABLECLOTH. I like the way a table can look without a table cloth, especially if you have a beautiful wood or simple white table. For a black and white party, especially if you have a white table, use a patterned runner to warm up the table with fabric and leave the rest bare for a more modern Scandinavian look.
  3. CHINESE TAKE AWAY BOXES. I love these boxes, you can get them everywhere it seems lately and the solid white without any writing are the ones I go for. I like to fill them with nuts, candy and crackers. You can embellish with black washi tape or just leave them plain.
  4. SPRIGS OF GREEN. Every black and white party needs a natural element to warm it up. Because it’s from nature, the color of it doesn’t disrupt the flow of your monochromatic scheme. Add sprigs of pine to clear glasses vases (or in this case Finnish champagne glasses) or add other greens like Eucalyptus or potted plants. The key is to use only one type of green down the table center so that it creates interest without becoming a focal point or cheap looking.
  5. NO PLACEMATS. I like placemats but honestly, it’s refreshing to drop them every once in awhile. Use large patterned napkins or solid black to give your plate something to rest against until guests take their seats.

5 Eye-Catching Black + White Party Ideas

5 Eye-Catching Black + White Party Ideas

Here I am receiving so much warmth and love from my dear friend Dietlind Wolf.

5 Eye-Catching Black + White Party Ideas

I had to create a place setting for my little boy!

5 Eye-Catching Black + White Party Ideas

5 Eye-Catching Black + White Party Ideas

5 Eye-Catching Black + White Party Ideas

I made Finnish himmeli and hung them in the shop window using birch-patterned straws. The DIY project is in the book!

5 Eye-Catching Black + White Party Ideas

Thank you to beautiful Eghlima Kiaei from Mundus for your bright and energetic spirit and your delicious cakes and cake pops – we love what you do and appreciate so much all you did to make this party so nice for us! Also many, many thanks to Hannover-based Photographer Martin Wehrmann for these lovely photographs and your happy nature and big smile. With special thanks to Imke Isermann at Kukkamari for allowing us to use this beautiful space for the afternoon. Finally, thank you to our German publishers, Random House/DVA, for giving Feierlaune to German-speaking Europe!

Oh and of course, thanks to everyone who came to celebrate with us (Anke, Gabi, Kerstin, Esra, Annette, Claudia, Kristina, Sean, Guru, Dietlind, Gundi, Anna, Sonja, Mary, Tinna, Sara, Emma, Jan + Wiebke, Berit + Heiko) and so many others for making this event so meaningful to me.

Love,

Holly






Events + Markets

Live Trendspotting from Ambiente: February 11 + 12

February 3, 2017

I am thrilled to announce my newest partnership with one of the most important trade shows in the world, Ambiente Frankfurt, where I will be reporting to you live on Saturday, February 11 and Sunday, February 12. I’ll tell you more in a moment, but first, how are you? It’s Friyay and I hope that you have some nice plans for the upcoming weekend. If you don’t, try to make some because it will make you feel better if you have something to look forward too. So…

Live Trendspotting from Ambiente: February 11 + 12

Reporting and trend scouting are double passions of mine and fairs give me a great way to do that, plus it’s always so special to meet those whom I admire behind some of my favorite interiors and lifestyle brands. Working with Ambiente will be the perfect partnership because I can share two days of live coverage on Instagram through IG Stories, flash interviews and photos with all of you and later, a full report on my blog. You don’t have to leave the house, just follow me on IG and you’re going on a blog tour with me from your sofa.

I’ve already put together a company list charting my adventures into interiorsland and am looking forward to tuning you in on Instagram @decor8 all day Saturday and Sunday, so mark your calendars for 11 and 12 February for the latest and greatest collections because if you are into interiors like I am, this show is one that you can’t miss, and it’s also so important for you to follow what’s new so you can pass your inspirations to your own clients, fans, readers, etc. You can count on me to find everything that is worth your attention, trust me, because I’ll sniff out the best of the best and provide you with links and photos on Instagram during those two days so that you can find new companies and be in the know at the same time that I am.

Live Trendspotting from Ambiente: February 11 + 12
Live Trendspotting from Ambiente: February 11 + 12

REMEMBER: Follow @decor8 on Instagram!

I wish you a lovely weekend, I’ll be back on Monday to talk about more partnerships and fun things that I’ve been up to and also to tell you about a big project that you may be able to actually be a part of (I would love that).

Live Trendspotting from Ambiente: February 11 + 12

Oh and don’t miss this…. We are now enrolling for the always inspiring Blogging Your Way e-course which begins in just FOUR WEEKS from now so you have to register before spaces sell out. I have so much to share with you that will go beyond the curriculum, so brace yourself for a great class!!!

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

Love,

Holly

(Fair photos from 2016 by Leelah Loves and Modernus, all others are my own.)






Color Inspiration

18 Interiors Trends for 2017 “Fashion Comes Home”

January 25, 2017

I have great things to share with you now that I’m back from the imm Cologne and Living Kitchen after spending two very full weekends there. I worked with a film crew to do videos for the fair which has become my new favorite thing to do! But of course, my focus was my booth and in presenting a decor8 styled space to visitors and to tell them about me and what it is that I do. I feel in many ways, I accomplished this but so many things I would change but now I know for next time so even though the stand was a success and the fair had 150,000 visitors, I have learned so much from this experience and can’t wait to work on my next fair stand. If you want to see before and after photos, click here.

Are you ready to see what I saw at the fair and to do some trend spotting with me?  Here’s my list of 18 interiors trends for interiors that I spotted. If I had to summarize the direction of interiors in Europe at the moment I would simple say, “Fashion Comes Home”. I really see fashion making its way into the home sector with the revival of individualism, texture, fabric and luxe materials and patterns.

18 Interiors Trends for 2017 "Fashion Comes Home"

18 Interiors Trends for 2017 "Fashion Comes Home"

1. Antique-effect mirrors that are not Shabby Chic, but very moody and dramatic. Studio Pulpo and Ferm Living come to mind.

18 Interiors Trends for 2017 "Fashion Comes Home"

2. Grouping pendant lights instead of hanging just one. Grouping definitely creates a mood as well as impact. The lighting above shown was in the stand of &Tradition.

18 Interiors Trends for 2017 "Fashion Comes Home"

3. Velvet seating is experiencing a big comeback. I saw examples of this all over the fair, sometimes using just a chair as an accent, other times an entire room. The purple seating above was in the stand of Woud Design.

18 Interiors Trends for 2017 "Fashion Comes Home"

18 Interiors Trends for 2017 "Fashion Comes Home"

4. Curtains. I saw lots of stands using lengths of fabric as room dividers to mimic curtains. Semi-sheers and some very lightweight that almost looked like netting. Others more dramatic and bold in lush materials. There is a huge revival in fabrics for interiors at the moment. Example above as shown in Muuto stand and &Tradition.

18 Interiors Trends for 2017 "Fashion Comes Home"

18 Interiors Trends for 2017 "Fashion Comes Home"
5. Painted walls.
White is definitely not trending right now on walls here in Europe. Walls need to be in color – and mostly bold moody tones. Examples above as seen at Harto and Muuto stands.

18 Interiors Trends for 2017 "Fashion Comes Home"

18 Interiors Trends for 2017 "Fashion Comes Home"

18 Interiors Trends for 2017 "Fashion Comes Home"

6. Multi-colored walls. Individualize your home. This stood out to me the more I browsed the fair. One way was repeated throughout the fair and it was through color. One color on the walls in an entire room feels dated to me after visiting the imm. The new goal is to use different colors on your walls or paint the walls in unique ways with more than one color (such as 3/4 of the way up, one color, and the top, another). Being playful but still maintaining a sophisticated vibe.

18 Interiors Trends for 2017 "Fashion Comes Home"

7. Luxe materials and texture. Marble and colored glass are definitely on trend. Velvet, leather, linen, crystal, wool, anything that makes you want to touch it. Example above from Scavolini.

18 Interiors Trends for 2017 "Fashion Comes Home"

8. Colored surfaces. White and wood are classics, but companies are asking us to live a little. Buy a dining room table with a navy blue top or a kitchen unit in pale blue. Or maybe an emerald green side table? A coffee table in pale yellow? Try to break away from the classics at the moment and be more open to mixing color into your foundation pieces, not just your accents.

18 Interiors Trends for 2017 "Fashion Comes Home"

18 Interiors Trends for 2017 "Fashion Comes Home"

18 Interiors Trends for 2017 "Fashion Comes Home"

9. Colored frames. Or mix the frame colors. Skagerak offers this with their new Vivlio frame and I love it.

18 Interiors Trends for 2017 "Fashion Comes Home"

10. Layering rugs. This is popular too. Lay down a rug and add another rug on top, and maybe another trailing off, and create a patchwork of rugs if you like. It’s also a practical solution if your table is larger than your rug. Just add more rugs.

18 Interiors Trends for 2017 "Fashion Comes Home"

18 Interiors Trends for 2017 "Fashion Comes Home"

11. Pastels with black. Grounding pastels with black is very important and I saw lots of examples of this – black seems to bring pastels into the adult zone and out of the teen zone. Also, mixing in red or bright orange. Great example of this was spotted in the Petite Friture stand.

18 Interiors Trends for 2017 "Fashion Comes Home"

12. Bold lighting. Lighting that makes an impact is very important right now. Nothing above your table should be boring! I saw examples of this over and over again. Lights that make you stop and stare. Go for those. Same for floor and tabletop lights. The sky is the limited!

18 Interiors Trends for 2017 "Fashion Comes Home"

13. Kitchens that bring chef’s technology to your home. I saw so many examples of this with integrated stovetop ventilation, vacuum-pack drawers in ovens, appliances that use voice command, coffee makers with wifi, black stainless steel, mobile kitchens, rethinking your refrigerator (built in under counters or in the wall vs. huge free standing unit), touch activated faucets, Alexa-enabled appliances, faucets in bold colors, you name it. You can live like a professional chef at home with the options that are out there right now. Kitchen above is from Scavolini, notice the raised sink, so interesting right?

18 Interiors Trends for 2017 "Fashion Comes Home"

14. Modular and multi functional furniture. Sofas, tables, it should all have more than one way to use and enjoy it. It can be repositioned, used to work, to play, to sleep, to accommodate guests, etc. Desiree had a great sofa in her stand that shows how nicely this can be accomplished.

15. Metal. Metal is huge, it’s everywhere. Frames, legs, lighting, kitchens, everything – but way more understated and matte than before, not so much bling.

18 Interiors Trends for 2017 "Fashion Comes Home"

16. Mirrors. MIRRORS are BIG right now. Especially round ones and those that are shaped a bit unusually. I love mirrors in the home, so this is a trend that never goes out of style to me.

17. Bold Tones. Color is big right now but not the typical saturated hues like pure red, blue, violet… The colors are definitely more moody and shaded. Imagine adding black to pure red, or black to blue… Or adding gray to yellow or green. Cozy colors are what I predict we’re moving towards for the year.

18 Interiors Trends for 2017 "Fashion Comes Home"

18. And a micro trend… Air plant holders! People were going crazy for these over at the imm Designers Market and Desiree even had them in her booth. Air plant holders are seriously all the rage at the moment, particularly the ones from Studio Carolijn Slottje.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my trend report from the imm Cologne and Living Kitchen. Which trends do you like most???

(Images: unless otherwise noted, Holly Becker/iPhone)






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