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5 Things I Look For When Shopping For Throw Pillows

We could all use a little interiors inspiration for Autumn/Winter 2014, don’t you think? What are you planning to do to add warmth and a fresh touch to your rooms once Fall kicks in? I’m still on the fence, but I’ll definite add new drapes for my living room (I’ll share the before and after next month) and I plan to hang some art over the sofa and buy a new coffee table as I attempt to baby proof things around here since our crawler is super active and pulling himself up on everything at only 7 months old. And of course, a good throw pillow or ten! Here are some from Lauraloves, designed exclusively by Laura Nicolson in England who so nicely reached out to me today. I love the peacock silk cushion and the olivia silhouette with that chic herringbone pattern. That looks so Fallish.

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Since so many of you enjoy it when I share decorating tips, here are five things I look for when I’m shopping for cushions:

1. Zippers! They need to have them so I can easily swap out the cushion covers with each season and rotate through my favorites year round without having to store bulky cushions.
2. The fillers definitely need to be down or down-like because I love a relaxed look – they can’t be overly plump – they need to be squishy
3. Natural materials… Silk is great for a glam look, cotton for a bit more of a natural, relaxed home and you can even go with texture like leather, wool, knit, etc. For spring I like cotton and linen and for cooler months I’m a lover of leather, wool, knit and nubby linen. Silk is nice for all seasons but not so much to lounge on, they’re meant to be more decorative I think and to simply sit on a sofa and look good.
4. Something fresh and trendy. I know, lots of you don’t like the word trend but honestly, I really love trends as long as I have some balance and don’t go overboard. I really enjoy wearing trends from time to time (Birks were trending this summer, did you notice? We can thank Jenna Lyons and J.Crew for that I think) and I love adding stuff to my home that is trendy because I feel it freshens the space and adds a different vibe. Sometimes I can get really same-y same-y with my interiors – I think lots of us can when we decorate for years and years – and trends pull me out of that and force me to try something I may not have attempted before. Like adding a certain color, motif or texture to my space. And cushions are perfect for adding a bit of trend into a room because they’re not that expensive and they can easily be swapped out when you tire of them, stored easily and reused later or you can donate them or sell them on eBay or your next garage sale or something. In fact, I think the easiest way to experiment with a trend is through soft furnishings, particularly cushions, as they are small enough and can be budget-friendly.
5. I need to love it. This point should have been first maybe? But yeah, I have to love it. Even something as seemingly mundane as a cushion. I need to feel a bit of excitement when I see it and when I bring it home, it needs to give the space that needed touch.

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What do you think of these throw pillows by Lauraloves? Do you look for anything in particular when you shop for pillows?

Please Note: I do not own nor have I experienced this product in person so my opinion is based upon what I saw on her website and lookbook only.  Products that I own and use will be noted going forward with “decor8 tested and approved” at the end of the post to help you to better find products that I personally love and recommend for purchase.

(images: lauraloves)

Posted in uncategorized on September 18, 2014

I Heart Skandinavisk Candles

I’ve been curious about Skandinavisk candles because I’ve seen them a lot online and wondered if they are as good as they look. I’m a terribly picky candle person because I have these weird allergies and some candles leave me with Kanye West style migraines that make me want to head for the ER. I’m not even kidding. You can’t put me around a Yankee Candle store because I’ll have a massive headache all day long. And you can forget any candles that are “affordable”. They usually make my throat close up and my head pound within minutes after lighting them.

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So yeah, if I’m going to talk about scented candles you can believe I’m only going to brag if they are quality, good for sensitive people like me and they look great. This is why Skandinavisk candles are among the small but special group of my favorites currently on the market. I tried KØBENHAVN, HYGGE and KOTO and love all three despite how very different their scent. There they are above in my home. I’ve already gifted my husband with Koto, he liked that scent best. The other two are for me.

  • KØBENHAVN is very fresh, it’s a minimalist apartment in the city, a glass of white wine. My husband says it reminds him of the flower stands as he walked by Bryant Park in New York. It’s refined. It’s very metropolitan.
  • KOTO is heady, evening perfume, Kyoto 京都市, in the evening during cherry blossom season. A Buddhist temple, incense burning in a Shinto shrine at dusk. A holy place, a place of peace, harmony, security.
  • HYGGE is very cozy, smells a bit like Lapsang souchong (Chinese black tea) so it is a bit smokey, combined with wildflowers growing by the sea. A magical place where forest meets sea. Salty air. A vacation you never want to leave. Wrapped in a cozy sweater sitting on sandy banks facing deep blue waters.

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In summary, I’m really impressed with these candles and plan to buy some for friends and to continue using them in my own home. In fact, now that Autumn is on it’s way, I can’t wait to change up my decor a bit to cozy it up for the cold days ahead and that always includes a few new candles – so I’m definitely going to use these for the months ago.

Please note: All products in this post are decor8 tested and approved.

(images: first, holly becker – all others, skandinavisk)

Posted in shopping on September 17, 2014

5 Things I Admire Greatly For Back To School

Gold foil is so hot right now, have you noticed? And bold contrasts too, like black and white stripes. And don’t get me started on totes with upbeat girl power phrases. I think every now and then we need to treat ourselves so with back to school here and with lots of us taking online classes or who know teens going back to high school or have college pals heading back in, etc. I found 5 things that you may like for yourself or to give as a gift. These are all handmade, high quality and decor8 tested and approved from Great.ly makers that fit MY version of what back to school means to me at the moment – a hint of glam!

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1. 13″ Macbook case in black white stripe Japanese canvas by Hanelca/Aya Kawaura 2. Gold Foil lip print by Becky Lord 3. Gold anchor note cards by Taylor Henderson. 4. Swiss dot patterned gold foil pencils by Splendid Supply Co. 5. Stay Awesome tote bag custom made for decor8 readers by Toodles Noodles.

Aren’t these handmade items just the best? Which ones do you like the best?

Please note: All products in this post are decor8 tested and approved.

(images: holly becker)

Posted in round-up on September 16, 2014

Awesome DIY Projects From Vintage Revivals

Hello and happy Friday everyone! I came across this rad blog recently and had to share it with you today because I’m just so impressed by the DIY projects on it. Some of them really speak to me. Here is a glimpse of this blog, called Vintage Revivals, authored by Mandi Gubler in Utah. What a creative lady! I’m particularly interested in how she is overhauling “The Nugget” which is a 1972 Bell Travel Trailer. You can follow that series here, the transformation is super fun to watch. This lady can also do just about anything with a Sharpie. Some of her rooms have the coolest walls that she simply used a Sharpie on and the whole time I thought it was expensive wallpaper…

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What I love about her room reduxs is that everything is so affordable – she makes a good chunk of the cool things that you see in the images above – from the lighting to the wall treatments, plant holders, even a leather sling sofa that I fell in love with. She buys old leather sofas for their leather and turns it into pillows and more. Mandi is one cool lady.

(images: vintage revivals)

Posted in blogs on September 12, 2014

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