Home Tours

Studio Tour: Bloesem Creative Space

February 21, 2014

I have to write a post about a blog colleague, a lovely lady, known as Bloesem but for those of you who really know her, she is Irene Hoofs and is simply a doll through and through. She worked with me on a previous Blogging Your Way e-course and did a bang up job, too. She’s just one of those people that is kind, gentle and is a genuine champion of others and their work. She’s always been so supportive of me and so in return I thought I’d shout her out and share a glimpse into her most recent project – the Bloesem Creative Space in lovely Singapore – part shop, teaching studio and workspace. Love!

Studio Tour: Bloesem Creative Space

Irene is Dutch but lives far away from her home city, Amsterdam, in a beautiful part of the world with her husband and two small boys. To take on a studio space with children, a blog and the other projects she works on (like her online store) is a real undertaking to say the least but she seems quite confident and content so far and I’m so proud that she just opened her doors. (And Irene, you look just wonderful in these photos!)

Studio Tour: Bloesem Creative Space

Studio Tour: Bloesem Creative Space

Studio Tour: Bloesem Creative Space

Studio Tour: Bloesem Creative Space

Above is a glimpse but you’ll need to visit her blog to see more photos and to learn more about this space and her intentions for it.

Irene – my heartfelt congrats to you and your business, your creative space is wonderful and I wish you all the luck in the world! xo – Holly

(photography by Rebecca Toh)






Handmade

Potter Bridget Bodenham – Wow!

February 20, 2014

I have to share the amazing work of potter Bridget Bodenham! I found her on Instagram (follow her here) and have been love struck ever since. She is a potter who makes objects from clay, both functional and non-functional for display only in her studio in Hepburn Springs Victoria, Australia. Below is a glimpse of her studio from Oversize Me and some of my favorite images from her Instagram account that she took of her most recent creations. The first image is by far my favorite – I’d love to own both pieces to serve olives, oil, bread and cheese during a relaxing evening at home with friends – and of course, a bottle of Riesling! The tiny bouquet makes this photo even more appealing, doesn’t it? A touch of pink looks so pretty in this arrangement. Flowers are the best accents when displaying food, at least I think so.

Potter Bridget Bodenham - Wow!

Potter Bridget Bodenham - Wow!

Potter Bridget Bodenham - Wow!

Potter Bridget Bodenham - Wow!

Potter Bridget Bodenham - Wow!

Potter Bridget Bodenham - Wow!

Potter Bridget Bodenham - Wow!

Potter Bridget Bodenham - Wow!

Potter Bridget Bodenham - Wow!

Potter Bridget Bodenham - Wow!

Potter Bridget Bodenham - Wow!

Bridget occasionally hosts open studio days – if I lived in Victoria I would definitely go because it would be such a relaxing and inspiring visit, I’m sure. Ceramics make me feel so cozy – from the way they look and feel to their smell as wet clay is being formed – it immediately takes me back to school when we learned how to use a potter’s wheel in the 6th grade. I used to LOVE the smell of our school art room – the chalky paints and the clay together – and I still do. As far as Bridget’s work is concerned, I particularly like her use of metallics and this stunning chain link piece below is one I covet because I’d love to display it in my own home.

Potter Bridget Bodenham - Wow!

Potter Bridget Bodenham - Wow!

After doing a bit of googling, I found that Lucy had the chance to visit her in 2011 and this interview was the result. Though it’s a few years old, it’s still a great read so please link over and check it out. There’s another great write-up about her on the Broadsheet website, too.

Are you a lover of ceramics like I am? I have an entire cabinet now dedicated to the ceramics that I collect and noticed a few weeks ago as I was unpacking them to place inside that most of my ceramics are white! Do you collect white ceramics too? Are you more into colors? Do you have a favorite ceramicist you’d like to share? Add their link below to the comments section so I can check them out and possibly pin to my Ceramics pinboard on Pinterest. I’d really appreciate it!

Hope you are all doing great! xo Holly

(images bridget bodenham, lucy feegin)






Recipes

Pomegranate Sorbet Sparkling Wine Recipe

February 20, 2014

Hello food lovers! It’s Jewels again from Liz & Jewels with another episode of Food in Motion for decor8. I am super excited to share this months delicious food video and recipe with you – this time it’s for a boozy concoction – yum!

Pomegranate Sorbet Sparkling Wine Recipe

Here in New York City it is covered in snow. The streets are icy and we have to watch our every step. The only way to identify our car is a white silhouette that is roughly the same size and shape. It’s buried. We haven’t used it in weeks! As much as I see the beauty in the white curtain that covers everything, I am looking forward to warmer days. I like hot summers, cold drinks, small clothes, large straw hats, secretly turning the AC off in our living room (my husband likes it cold)… Can’t wait.

Pomegranate Sorbet Sparkling Wine Recipe

So this month’s Food in Motion video is a message from me to the weather gods: Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring! I made a pomegranate sorbet with sparkling wine. It is such a refreshing, colorful summery dessert! I envision myself eating this in a few months on our fire escape that I call the balcony.

Are you guys ready to say goodbye to the winter? If so, try this: 1 pomegranate 1 cup of sparkling wine 1 lemon 4 tablespoons of sugar mint leaves Cut the pomegranate into a couple of large pieces. In a bowl filled with water peel out the little seeds. The water prevents you from having red stains all over your clothes and kitchen. Put all seeds in a mixer and puree them. Pour the pomegranate mash through a sieve to extract the juice and get rid of the larger pieces. Mix the pomegranate juice with the sparkling wine, the lemon, and the sugar, and pour it into a serving bowl. Freeze for at least 4 hours, stirring once after about two hours. Serve with mint leaves.

See you next month with another recipe and a video! – Jewels

(video/text/photo: julia cawley – music: Volcanoes in the Kitchen “Running Around”)

 






Press

Thank you Apartment Therapy

February 20, 2014

We are so honored that Apartment Therapy asked us to show Aidan’s nursery as part of a room tour on their site yesterday. I’ve been an AT reader since 2004 so whenever they feature me I always feel a warm and fuzzy glow. :) Thanks Maxwell and Lauren for this!

Thank you Apartment Therapy

And thank you Thorsten for taking such beautiful photos of his room!

(image: screenshot from AT)






Rooms

Little Update From Baby Land

February 17, 2014

Hello everyone, how are you doing? I’m checking in to say hi and let you know that though I’m busy at the moment with our newborn, that I’m still online posting pics on Instagram (@decor8) if you want to follow along until I’m back to blogging regularly again… But seriously you guys, life is so good for us at the moment – we are tired (I’ll tell you more about why in a few days when I post my birth story) but other than that, we are full of love, peace and contentment here in baby land and it’s unbelievable how good this feels.

Little Update From Baby Land

Yesterday, we celebrated Aidan’s first week of life together by taking him for a long forest walk in his new Stokke stroller and it was just the greatest little adventure (photo here and here). We ended up in two cafes, grabbed lunch, and went back home after a few hours to prepare for visitors who came by last night including Thorsten’s parents. This week, we have a baby photo shoot and I can’t wait to show you those once they’re ready – we’ve hired this very special local photographer to work with us and simply can’t wait to capture these cherished moments during the few few weeks of his life because really, you can never buy back this time again, can you?

Little Update From Baby Land

Above: Little Aidan, our sweetheart, taken on my iPhone.

In between our appointments and visits (my midwife also comes daily), we are resting as much as possible and enjoying our son so so SO much. I instantly bonded with him and feel really close – like he’s always been here with us.  I love his expressions, big eyes, button nose and how sweet he is in general. It’s also wonderful that we have him on a feeding schedule so he only wakes up at night around 3:30 to be fed and then he’s back to sleep until 6 or 7 and we lay around and get cozy and read, talk, eat, etc. in bed until my midwife comes by which is usually around 11. It’s such a carefree little schedule to be in our baby cocoon with him. We enjoy all of this cuddle time because it’s really so precious and lasts only so long before our schedules no longer allow for us to linger in bed until lunch time each day! It’s truly been the best week of our life.

Little Update From Baby Land

Little Update From Baby Land

Flowers have been coming in for the past week in a steady stream, which is so nice because who doesn’t love some beautiful flowers to welcome a baby? So yes, I hope you are all doing well – I’m in baby la-la land at the moment but as soon as I come out from under his spell I’ll be back here with some posts and to share a new website that we’re launching in the next few weeks – nothing major but still very good… Yay for new stuff!

(photo: holly becker for decor8)






Rooms

Our Baby Aidan Benjamin Is Here!

February 14, 2014

Oh my goodness you guys… I’ve been wanting to write this post ALL WEEK LONG! Our baby boy, Aidan Benjamin Becker, has arrived!  Aidan means fiery (pronounced with a long A – din) and my husband and I both chose this name without the other one knowing and so when we shared it one morning over breakfast when I was newly pregnant, we were shocked that we had selected the same name and not only that, but because neither of us had ever brought the name up before in our life. It was the most unique experience to have that happen so we knew Aidan was it! He was born this past Sunday, February 9th in Hannover, Germany and is the most darling little bundle ever. I know every mother says that but this little guy is absolutely beautiful and so sweet.

Our Baby Aidan Benjamin Is Here!

My husband and I had a very rough start to his birth, but in the end the prize of the fight was worth it when I gave birth to Aidan with my husband by my side. It was an amazing moment in our lives and I’m so happy to share this arrival news – it has forever changed our life and we’ve been in a total baby bubble since last Friday when I was admitted to be induced (41 weeks + 3 days overdue), hence the delay in this post… But oh wow, have I got a birth story to share with you next week once I am able to get on track again with blogging. I’m thinking it will really inspire you all so much whether you have children or not because my story is one that all women share because it’s truly a story of having FAITH – in yourself, in what you are doing (or about to do) and in body confidence – knowing you CAN do it.

Our Baby Aidan Benjamin Is Here!

So these photos above are a few iPhone snapshots of baby Aidan and our birth announcement that I worked with my good friend Tara Hogan to design, which will be letterpress and sent to our family and friends – so of course I had to share them with you, too!

Okay, so I’m going to get back to our baby now but I wish you all a beautiful weekend (this is quite a lovely date to post the birth of a baby, don’t you think – February 14th?) and I’ll try to blog again next week as time permits to share some wonderful things with you.

Much love from our family to all of you,

Holly, Thorsten & Aidan Becker

(images: iphone by holly becker)






Scroll Up

SUBSCRIBE - IT'S FREE!

Hello! Do you want to gain IMMEDIATE access to my exclusive content, DECORATING TIPS, TREND reports, HOME TOURS + more? Sure you do! SIGN UP today!


Email address
Secure and Spam free...