DIY

DIY Wallpaper Your Stairs

June 13, 2016

Botanical Style is a big trend in home decorating, from Boho to Country, to Minimalist and Clean, everyone wants to bring in more plants and flowers at the moment – real, faux and through prints and patterns. Some want a ton, some like only a few. Have you thought to bring in floral and plant patterns though? For instance, through wallpaper? And in this case, add it to your staircase? Yes, wallpaper the stairs.

DIY Wallpaper Your Stairs

Why not? It really works in an old farmhouse or country home, but if you go with a more modern pattern, you can apply this look in a more modern city townhouse too. Author Selina Lake visited me this morning in celebration of her latest book, with a great tip shown in new book, Botanical Style, published by Ryland Peters & Small. I’ll share more photos from the book and Selina will be back with more tips later this week but for now, here’s a great project outlined by Selina that you can try at home.

Selina says, “Wallpapering the stairs is a wonderful way to bring vintage botanical pattern to a plain staircase. Rip out any old carpet and remove any tacks or nails, then sand the stairs and paint them with floor paint (I used Farrow and Ball wood primer & undercoat followed by ‘All White’ Floor paint) Gather up a collection of wallpaper offcuts or rolls of the same print for a more uniform look. Measure the top stair and cut out to size using desired paper. Attach using PVA glue or wallpaper paste, starting at the top means you can work your way down while leaving it alone so the glue will set.”

That’s it! Flowers on the stairs! Done! And if you want to see more, you can buy her book here.

(Photography by Rachel Whiting © Ryland Peters & Small)






DIY

DIY Bed Tray

June 13, 2016

Hello everyone. How are you? Hope you had a nice weekend! I think you might agree with me, that Sunday mornings, or afternoons for that matter, feel best when spent in bed. And I don’t mean sleeping, oh no! It’s about having a cozy moment with a favorite book, sweet treats, magazines or a TV series watched on a laptop, while relaxing on soft layers of blankets and comfy pillows. Sounds very tempting, right? In case you wondered what I did yesterday, this is it – I had a little Sunday bed party with peach aperitivo, some good reads…and well yes, my camera to document it for you!

DIY Bed Tray
The crucial item to make this moment perfect is to have a handy bed tray near you, where you can place a little plate with food, reading glasses – to be sure you don’t sit on them or to place your laptop if you want to watch something. I know it’s very mean to speak about lazy, bed moments on Monday but on your next lazy day, this bed tray has to be part of your morning ritual. I can guarantee you that once you have it – you will be wondering how you could have lived without it.

It is super easy to make and doesn’t require advanced any carpenters skills to create it. Now that I (hopefully) convinced you to make it, let me show you how:

SUPPLIES
* a 50 x 40 cm wooden plank
* 2 rectangular shaped wooden sticks – 38 cm long each
* very strong wood glue
* sandpaper
* white wood paint and black permanent marker
* masking tape

DIY Bed Tray

HOW TO
* Start by polishing all the wooden elements with sandpaper, then rinse them with water to wash all the dust off.
* Mark the area you want to paint with a masking tape then paint it.
* When dry, using a black permanent pen draw little dots pattern on it.
* Turn the wood upside down and glue the wooden ‘legs’ to it at the ends using a strong glue.
* Leave the glue to dry well over the night.

DIY Bed Tray

And taaa daaa! Now you can enjoy your Sunday mornings, with a breakfast in bed!

DIY Bed Tray

DIY Bed Tray

DIY Bed Tray

This is my final post on decor8 so I want to say that it’s been a great pleasure to share my DIYs with such a great audience and thank you for all your lovely comments and support! I hope you will keep in touch via my blog (Passion Shake) and social media. Wishing you all a beautiful Summer! – Agata

(Photography, DIY idea, Text, Styling: Agata Dimmich)






Recipes

Recipe: Almond Macaroons

June 11, 2016

Hi decor8 readers. I thought I’d drop in this weekend to give you a lovely but super simple recipe for some extremely yummy Almond Macaroons. They are sweet, nutty, crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. Perfect with a cup of tea whilst having a natter with friends. I’ve always loved baking with nuts and with only a handful of ingredients required for these they hit the spot.

Recipe: Almond Macaroons

I’ve gone for this super simple recipe as by the time you are reading this I will be cuddling my new baby. As I was nearing full term and needing to shoot this, I’ve was finding it harder and harder to bend over a surface to style and photograph.  So I had to come up with something that wasn’t too elaborate but that you would all enjoy to make.

Recipe: Almond Macaroons

In fact, after this post I won’t be back on decor8 so I can spend time with my new baby. But I’ve loved being on Holly’s beautiful blog for the past 1/2 year and hope that some of you will continue to follow me on my own blog so you can meet my little one and see more recipes down the road…

Recipe: Almond Macaroons

Almond Macaroons (Makes approx 20 macaroons)

Ingredients:
2 Cups ground almond meal
1 Cup granulated sugar
2 egg whites
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon icing sugar
20 blanched almonds

Recipe: Almond Macaroons

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 170c. Line two baking trays with baking paper.
2. In a bowl combine the almond meal, granulated sugar, egg whites and almond extract – stir until combined.
3. Roll out 20 balls of the mixture placing them about 2 inches apart on the tray and squash them down a little. TIP: I used a melon ball scoop so that I got more or less the same size balls every time.
4. Dust the macaroon with icing sugar.
5. Press one blanched almond into the top of each cookie.
6. Bake in oven for 10 mins or until the top is slightly golden. Allow to cool on a wire rack.
7. It’s as simple as that …now enjoy with that cup of tea!

Recipe: Almond Macaroons

Recipe: Almond Macaroons

Recipe: Almond Macaroons

Recipe: Almond Macaroons

So farewell, thank you Holly for having me, it’s been wonderful! – Emma

(Photography, Recipe, Text, Images: Emma Duckworth)






Decorating Tips

Transitioning From Crib To Toddler Bed

June 10, 2016

Hello everybody! Do you remember when I shared the before and after photos of the nursery I designed for my son? Well, that sweet infant is now nearly 2.5 years old and he’s tall (94 cm) so we’ve already used the converter kit on our Oeuf Sparrow bed and now we are ready to get him into a toddler bed because he is ready. I was thinking of buying a bed that he could keep for many years, and that’s when I found the Wood Junior Bed by Oliver Furniture in Copenhagen. So this will be his new bed, in Nordic Oak, I’ve already placed the order! What do you think??? I am in BIG love.

Transitioning From Crib To Toddler Bed

Okay so let’s refresh your memory on the room renovation I worked on for my son and few things that didn’t end up sticking around in the space… Here is a quick before and after. You can see everything here in detail with a stocklist, too.

Transitioning From Crib To Toddler Bed

It looks pretty much the same today minus the flokati rug (can’t race his cars on that) and the wood boxes with the faces from Ferm Living went into storage (the storage that is in storage, ha ha) until he is old enough to stop trying to toss them around and/or stand on them to access the window. And of course, any lamps you see on tables or on the windowsill disappeared once he was old enough to get to them and yank them down…. Sigh.

Transitioning From Crib To Toddler Bed

The thing I love about the Wood Junior Bed is that it grows with your child so once they are bigger, you can add an extension and you have an adult size day bed like the one above. The Wood Junior Bed is also one that can be turned into a bunk bed or either a low or high platform bed in case you want to put a little play area below it or a small work space. I can totally see doing that later since his room has 3.4 meter high ceilings. It would be perfect for that. But for now, I want to start with the Wood Junior Bed and work my way up.

Transitioning From Crib To Toddler Bed

Transitioning From Crib To Toddler Bed

Transitioning From Crib To Toddler Bed

If you decide to have another kid, you can even transform it into bunk beds in the future AND add a storage drawer beneath. This is such a cool bed for sure!

If all that weren’t enough, I like that the bed is a like a day bed, meaning each end is the same height and style. Typically, beds have a headboard and footboard or just a headboard — or you remove both and just sit the bed on a frame if you want a daybed style but cannot find the right piece of furniture. When you have a room like mine, long and narrow, it’s hard to find beds that work in the space because we cannot put the bed beneath the window (heater) and the other wall opposite has the access door and only a small wall space where we’ve placed his closet. The only options for bed placement are on either of the two walls to the left or right, but having a twin bed shoot out from either wall would look silly because it would eat up so much floor space — you may not be able to comfortably walk around it to get to the window since the room is kinda narrow…

After my long-winded explanation (I sometimes wish my book editor could also edit my blog posts!!!!), you get the drift right, I had to have a daybed for him. The Wood Junior Bed is my life saver. I’ve been looking for a bed for him for months so I’m just thrilled that I finally found one and it will arrive next week so I’ll definitely get to start working on changing his room from a nursery to a little boy’s room. In addition to the bed, I want to change around a few other things… Like he needs proper hooks on the wall for jackets and sweaters, and shelves for his books and I’d love to get him a little teepee he could read inside of on a soft faux fur throw (any suggestions???). I’m also looking for a little table for his currently coloring book and Playdoh obsession to take place. I have my eye on the Oeuf Play Table… Would fit the room so nicely.

I can’t wait to show you the room when I am finished transitioning it from a nursery to a toddler room. Stay tuned!!!

(Photos: Oliver Furniture/Photos of before + after space: Holly Becker)






Shopping + Products

Light + Airy Basket Lighting From PET Lamp

June 8, 2016

In addition to my obsession with pillows, chairs and art, I am obsessed with lighting in all it’s forms. Candles, pendants, sconces, lamps… That’s why when I read about PET Lamp in German magazine Schöner Wohnen, I knew I had to share them with the rest of world who isn’t regularly tuning in to German mags. PET Lamp, based in Madrid, reinvent the way baskets are being used – and remakes them into amazing basket lamps that you will swoon for. Check this.

Light + Airy Basket Lighting From PET Lamp

Aren’t they so light and airy and just drop dead stunning? I have basket lamps in my hallway (not by PET though) and love them. They throw the best patterned shadows onto the walls when illuminated too. Here are some more that caught my eye in different patterns and styles, including the next and final photo as shown in the always-inspiring location of Piet Hein Eek

Light + Airy Basket Lighting From PET Lamp

 

Light + Airy Basket Lighting From PET Lamp

Light + Airy Basket Lighting From PET Lamp

Light + Airy Basket Lighting From PET Lamp

Light + Airy Basket Lighting From PET LampLight + Airy Basket Lighting From PET Lamp

Big love!

Learn more about PET and see their design firm and meet the owner via Pamono/Freunde von Freunden.

(Photos: All: PET, except 2nd Home World Design and Bottom: zilverblauw)






Shopping + Products

Rosenthal Hot Spots Colorful Vases

June 8, 2016

Oh my goodness guys look at these HOT SPOT vases, coming soon from German porcelain giant Rosenthal. Designed by Christine Rathmann, a Frankfurt-based designer, these definitely don’t look like anything you’ve ever seen at Rosenthal. I have many of their vases, both vintage and new, in white and pastel tones but nothing like these…

Rosenthal Hot Spots Colorful Vases

They are stunning but I wouldn’t group them together like this. I’d have one in one room and by done with it. Or 3 of the same in 3 different sizes. Or, if I chickened out on the color and went with all white, I’d group 5 on a shelf. Continue Reading…






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