Trends

10 Scandinavian Interiors Trends Fall/Winter 2016

August 30, 2016

For this coming Fall/Winter 2016, I’m seeing so many gorgeous deep colors mixed with brass and copper. Lots of green ranging from emerald to sage and mint. Color on the walls is also back (vs. stark white). You can see some of the trends on the rise in the newest collection of TineKHome which I’m about to present to you for the first time. These are just fantastic views of what you can expect from Scandinavia this year – I’m seeing velvet, glass, brass/gold, copper, loads of texture and glamour!

10 Scandinavian Interiors Trends Fall/Winter 2016
1. Velvet – Texture is definitely IN!

10 Scandinavian Interiors Trends Fall/Winter 2016
2. Brass – Tabletops, candle holders, legs on furniture, trims on mirrors

10 Scandinavian Interiors Trends Fall/Winter 2016
3. Colors of Mint, Eggplant, Indigo, Burgundy, Pale Pink, Emerald Green.

10 Scandinavian Interiors Trends Fall/Winter 2016
4. Linen – Bedding, pot holders, aprons, napkins, table covers, linen is IN!

10 Scandinavian Interiors Trends Fall/Winter 2016
5. Tabletop – Big focus on entertaining and tabletop with a simple, uncomplicated look and lots of natural materials, handmade ceramics, glassware…

10 Scandinavian Interiors Trends Fall/Winter 2016
6. Plants – Greenery is big right now in the home, from the absolute 1970’s jungle look to my favorite –the more minimalist approach shown above.

10 Scandinavian Interiors Trends Fall/Winter 2016
7. Natural materials – lighting, seats, benches in bamboo, cane, rattan…

10 Scandinavian Interiors Trends Fall/Winter 2016
8. Open shelving – Bookcases without sides are big right now for a light and airy feel.

10 Scandinavian Interiors Trends Fall/Winter 2016
9. Daybeds and benches – Either are desirable at the moment, in the entryway, bedroom, living room, even in a children’s room.

10 Scandinavian Interiors Trends Fall/Winter 2016
10. Small – Mid scale prints. Big, graphic patterns aren’t nearly as popular at the moment as the smaller scale patterns.

Love love love!

What do you like from this list?

(images: tinekhome)






Events + Markets

Questions For Massimo Bottura

August 30, 2016

Hi friends! Later this week I will travel to Berlin to meet Massimo Bottura, Italian restaurateur and the chef patron of Osteria Francescana, a three-Michelin-star restaurant based in Modena, Italy that was just named THE best restaurant in the world. I’m very excited to attend his #RespectFood event and have a chance to interview him for decor8 – so to all of you out there who love food and his work, do you have any specific questions that you’d like for me to ask him and I will do my best to share his answers with you either on Facebook live on Friday via my decor8 page OR next week here on my blog…

Questions For Massimo Bottura

Questions For Massimo Bottura

These photos are of his beautiful home with his American wife and business partner, Lara Gilmore, whom I have a girl crush on after watching her in the Netflix show, Chef’s Table, with Massimo. She is such an amazing woman!

Leave your questions in the comments section below please!

(Images: Filippo Bamberghi for Living magazine, Styling: Silvia Valassina)






Contests

Decorate For a Party Book Trailer + Giveaway

August 26, 2016

In just a little over two weeks, the new decor8 book launches called Decorate for a Party: Stylish and Simple Ideas for Meaningful Gatherings published by Jacqui Small / Quarto and we’re so excited! To celebrate, we are giving away 5 copies of the new book to 5 lucky readers. I’m really psyched to present the official book trailer video below.

Decorate For a Party Book Trailer + Giveaway

To enter the contest: Watch the book trailer and leave a comment telling us about how you imagine the perfect party at home and let us know what you liked about the video too, it would be so nice to hear your response. Make sure you turn on the sound, the music is so beautiful!

As a bonus, you can also enter on our Facebook page or on my Instagram. See those posts there to learn how. You can enter up to three times (once on this blog, once on FB and once on IG).

Video Credits:
Videographer + Director: Koen Folkerts, Narratief // Creative Direction + Styling: Holly Becker // Location: Morten + Tinna Pedersen, Hannover, Germany
Models: Emma Pedersen, Nora Hartmann, Nanna Eriksen // Music: By Film Composer Steven Gutheinz – Isle (Licensed through Music Bed)

Contest closes on Friday, September 2 at 11:59pm European time.

Available for pre-order now! US: http://amzn.to/2bMTT1n // Barnes & Noble // UK: amzn.to/2bnzPBO // Germany: amzn.to/2bnzAqA

*Open to readers anywhere in the world, English version only. Please do not leave your email, home address or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. Winners will be announced here on Saturday, September 3rd AND contacted by email once comments close. Good luck everyone!






Bloggers

Join Me at Meet The Blogger in Amsterdam!

August 22, 2016

Two great things to share today… First, Meet The Blogger! Next, I feel so good if I just say the word… Suit, Suit, Suitcase! Yes I’m a dork, I know… But I have a lot of travel coming up, including Amsterdam on October 1 for MTB, and I needed luggage so SuitSuit Fabulous Fifties collection in MINT arrived and totally saved the day. Best part… I’ll never miss them on the conveyer belt at the airport because they really stand out. And there are three in the collection so I scooped the smallest one up for my little boy so he can travel with a matching bag to mama. At least we’ll see how long that lasts until he wants his own with cars and trucks on it. :)

Join Me at Meet The Blogger in Amsterdam!

I have so many nice places to visit this Autumn and Winter, and I may be getting back to America, so I’m really looking forward to being on the road seeing nice people and dear friends to give lectures, sign books and just hang out with cool people that inspire me. I love work travel, it hardly feels like work, so I consider myself very lucky in this regard.

So… Are you going to MEET THE BLOGGER in Amsterdam on October 1? Please do! I haven’t been at an event in years – the last was in London in 2012, so this is a big scary step for me to get back out there into the world of blog conferences, speaking engagements and book events. I’m very excited but definitely have shaky knees. I took time off during my pregnancy and the first few years of being a new mom so I could really stay home with him, write books (I finished two since I was pregnant) and focus on re-launching Blogging Your Way and other business-related goals.  I’m glad I did, but now I’m eager to go back out there and meet bloggers and creatives again, see what has changed since I took a leave of absense from it all, and most importantly, to connect and inspire as well as be inspired.

On Saturday, October 1st I will be at Meet The Blogger giving the keynote at 10:15 am – a 45 minute discussion to include q+a about creating content – photography and words – for social media and publications from the heart and with passion and courage. I have A LOT to share that I’ve learned in my 10 years of having a career as a blogger and writer, and I promise it will be a discussion like no other because I plan to share my failings and successes and most importantly, help everyone attending to walk away with a lot more than they entered the room with! It’s going to be a very intimate discussion, that is my goal at least, so I do hope you will be there.

To get your ticket to MEET THE BLOGGER please sign up here for Saturday which includes my presentation along with a bunch of other speakers and workshops. Tickets are nearly sold out to act fast. You have to join us!

SEE YOU IN AMSTERDAM!!!! :)

xo

Holly

(Photograph: Holly Becker for decor8)






Small Business

Create Your Own Creative Space – But How?

August 16, 2016

My husband always says I need to work outside of the house with my own studio OR I need to open a big shop. I can’t say he’s wrong. I have several rooms in our home where I store props, my work, have fixed spaces for workshops and of course, my office… But it’s in our home and so I never feel like there is a disconnect from work, ever. I have another office that I use outside of the house where friends work, it’s like a shared space where I pop in whenever I need to but only my laptop stays there… The stuff I need to do the more physical part of my job is all at home.

Create Your Own Creative Space - But How?

photo: sarah sherman samuel for light lab

Whenever I work on my books (currently, I’m planning my 5th) and shoot for clients, my husband gets stressed because part of the house has days when it turns into a photo studio. Last week, several rooms were used for video work so it was upside down again for a few days. As I’m trying to build my business in new ways, I don’t see this changing anytime soon.

I know my fellow creative friends like Sarah, Victoria, Emily, PaulJoy deal with constantly taking their neat creative studios and homes and turn them on their head for shoots and clients… I often wonder how their families deal with it and their colleagues… But more than that, I wonder how to deal with it in my own life — how I can perhaps find some peace within all of this creative, exciting madness!? Well let me rephrase that… I have plenty of peace with it, but with a little boy and a husband, something has to change when your man isn’t enjoying the chaos as much as you do. My toddler stormed into my studio yesterday with a black magic market and immediately grabbed a brand new book and colored all over the cover in mere seconds. It’s impossible to work the same way with a little child around, so I have to get a system in place asap.

Create Your Own Creative Space - But How?

photo: sarah sherman samuel for light lab

I’ve been looking for a creative space here in Hannover, Germany for nearly 6 years, actively for 4 years. Still nothing. I see a separate work space as the only solution – so if you know of anything in Hannover, Germany that I can transform into a large studio space where I can also invite others in to share the space from the time-to-time, please let me know. Because I would love to create my own Light Lab Space and have had a business plan in my hand for this idea for years. I want it so badly and I have faith that someday I will get it but until this happens, I need to create realistic, workable ways to deal with my work at home.

Create Your Own Creative Space - But How?

photo: sarah sherman samuel for light lab

By the way, you can see more photos of the space shown in this post here.

So! Do you have tips and ideas on how to manage working from home – I could use some creative suggestions. Specifically, how do you handle prop storage, and management after you no longer need the props… And how do you handle working at home when you have photo shoots and people coming in and out of the house when you also have a husband and toddler at home? How do you manage it all?

(All photography: Sarah Sherman Samuel)






Travel

Magical Midsommer In Gotland Sweden

August 15, 2016

Good morning friends, I hope that you had a very nice weekend. I spent time in the countryside which was refreshing and relaxing – picking flowers, walking through the vast fields, taking photos and enjoying time with my little boy. I woke this morning to realize that I’d not shared many photos with you from my trip to Gotland. If you recall this past June, I was on a styling and photography retreat taught by German Artist Dietland Wolf in Sweden… And do to begin the week here is my Midsummer photo story with a strong focus on the land where we stayed and the golden sunlight.

Magical Midsommer In Gotland Sweden

All of these were taken on the last evening of my stay on Gotland when the sun bathed the island in the most radiant golden, warm light. When I first started taking photos, the light was more clear and white… Then it slowly became more and more golden. You will notice this in the photos I think. It was surreal to experience the sunset there; I’d not experienced light quite like this before, it was magical and left me in love with Gotland even more. I felt like the island was a special place for not only its natural beauty and stillness, but for the light quality. I noticed it constantly no matter how clear the skies – the island always had the most beautiful light quality so taking photos was a dream come true for me.

Magical Midsommer In Gotland Sweden

Magical Midsommer In Gotland Sweden

Magical Midsommer In Gotland Sweden

Magical Midsommer In Gotland Sweden

Magical Midsommer In Gotland Sweden
I hope you’ve enjoy these photos as much I enjoyed taking them. As I was roaming the property where we stayed to capture my surroundings, I felt overwhelmed with emotion as I knew the next morning I would fly home and I didn’t want the magic to end. I could have easily spent a month on that island (or the entire summer) if my little boy could have been by my side. I kept thinking that the island was perfect for children and families because there was so much to explore and was like going back in time – everything there was so simple, fresh and connected to nature. The bakeries, the farms where we ate, even the little gift shops – simple and authentic in every way.

Magical Midsommer In Gotland Sweden

Magical Midsommer In Gotland Sweden

Magical Midsommer In Gotland Sweden

Magical Midsommer In Gotland Sweden

If you ever get a chance to vacation to the island of Gotland, or take a workshop with Dietlind, don’t even think twice about it – go – and bring your camera!
(Photography: Holly Becker for decor8)






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