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Liberty Heritage Fabrics

June 26, 2014

You know how something comes out and you’re like, “Oh yeah, I want that NOW”, but then you think that maybe you should wait a bit because it’s expensive and you fear that in 6-12 months time you just won’t be into it the same. And then you wait and you’re all like, “Yeah I still love it” (6 months later), or “What, huh? Oh yeah, that… Sooo NOT interesting anymore”. Well when it comes to Liberty Fabrics for sewing, I’ve always had a mega love affair. Their interiors fabrics though, particularly those out since last Fall, I wasn’t so sure I’d be into them down the road. But yeah, I’m still positively smitten by Liberty Heritage Fabrics for interiors, particularly the Jubilee and Nesfield collection, so I have to share a few fave looks below with you today. Just look at these rich, moody and well, decadent fabrics (there is wallpaper too! Swoon!). I’d love to work on an interiors project incorporating these beauties. Perhaps my own home? I have some ideas…

Liberty Heritage Fabrics

Liberty Heritage Fabrics

Liberty Heritage Fabrics

Liberty Heritage Fabrics

Liberty Heritage Fabrics

These prints (especially the photo of the cushion on the white chair above) makes me want to make seat cushions for my white Eames Eiffel chairs for my dining room, and to trim out some linen drapes for my living room, and yes, to maybe make roman blinds (or have them made) for our bedroom. That would be super lux. Now to just find a huge wad of cash laying around so I can throw my money into these projects because the fabric alone would be an investment. And I have an object of desire long on my list: a cozy chair covered in Liberty fabric. Would that not be truly grand? Perhaps once Aidan is older and can understand that no, he cannot jump on mommy’s sacred most holy chair.

Aren’t these prints just the cat’s meoooooow though? Oh my god yes. YES! YES! I’m feeling a Meg Ryan/When Harry Met Sally moment coming on here…

(images: liberty london)






Recipes

Watermelon Jalapeño Salad Recipe

June 26, 2014

Are you ready to watch a quick and inspiring video showing you how to make a refreshing watermelon salad? Hello, it’s Jewels again from Liz & Jewels, here to share another one of my little Food in Motion videos! As you guys know I’m still kind of a new mama. My daughter Clementine is 11 months old now. She just learned how to crawl and is keeping us on our toes! She spoiled us pretty well by starting to get mobile so late. For the first 10 months we didn’t really need to worry about the outlets, the pointy table corners, the remote control, our dog’s water bowl, the bottom drawers, the open dishwasher, etc. Now, many water puddles, a few accidents, and a couple of dog treats in Clementine’s mouth later, we have gotten used to constantly following her every step. If it gets quiet in the bathroom we know: she got tangled up in the toilet paper again.

Watermelon Jalapeño Salad Recipe

I love being a mom but I sometimes miss a night all by myself on the couch, with no one to worry about – just me, myself, and I with my tv show (currently Orange Is the New Black!) and a bowl of food just for me. When I cook for my husband and myself, I try to create a legitimate meal with the usual components. But when it’s just for me, I like a huge bowl of kale salad with parmesan or greek yoghurt with berries or one of my summer favorites is this watermelon salad.

It is so refreshing! The watermelon has such a beautiful sweetness to it, the jalapeño give it some heat, the feta cheese adds the necessary creaminess, and the cilantro adds the special flavor. I sometimes mix in veggie bacon if I have it around and of course you can use real bacon, too! I can eat so much of this salad and then pass out happily with a round watermelon belly.

As you can see in the video, the recipe is super easy:

1/8 of a watermelon
1/2 of a green apple
1/2 of a cucumber
1/2 of a jalapeno (depending on how spicy you like it!)
juice of 1 lime
1/2 block of feta cheese
a few cilantro leaves

Chop up the watermelon, apple and cucumber into bite size cubes. Cut the jalapeno into tiny pieces. Drizzle the lemon juice on top of everything. Finish up with the minced cilantro. Eat all by yourself.- Jewels

(image/video: julia cawley)






Decorating Tips

3 Decorating Ideas With Flowers: Godetia

June 23, 2014

Welcome to a new week everyone! How are you? I love summer because flowers are everywhere and super cheap to buy. I just picked up a bunch of Godetia from my favorite seller who has a weekly stand at the local farmers’ market for only €5! You really can’t go wrong with flowers that cheap. And godetia are nice because they last and as they expire, they open more and more and their paper-like beauty becomes even more spectacular. Mine still look gorgeous and it’s been nearly a week, and I have them in the sunlight too (a mega no-no when decorating with flowers!). Would you like to see three ways to decorate easily with Godetia? Here is what I did with my bunch after plucking them from the market.

3 Decorating Ideas With Flowers: Godetia

1. As a bunch. One easy way is to arrange them in your hand and remove some of the leaves on the lower portion of the stems that will be immersed in water. Tie the bundle with a pretty ribbon. In our book, Decorate With Flowers, we show another version of this on page 43 in the Pastels + Neons section – we simply have one ribbon tied around a single stem and placed into a vase. In the example here, I’m taking it a step further to show an entire bundle. This is such an easy-not-cheesy idea because it’s obvious you put thought into it, choose the ribbon, propped them nicely on an angle in a vase (never upright!), so it looks casual and cool. It’s like you are saying to the world that you’re such a decorating diva, such a total bad ass, that you don’t need to fuss with your flowers – you just tie ’em and plop ’em in a clear glass vase! Boho chic.

3 Decorating Ideas With Flowers: Godetia

3 Decorating Ideas With Flowers: Godetia

3 Decorating Ideas With Flowers: Godetia

2. In small cups. I bought these Arne Jacobsen cups last May at Raumformplan when I was working with Leslie on our book. We use these same cups in our book in the Black + White section showing how to decorate for an anniversary party – you know, XOXO, kisses and hugs? Yeah, I’m clever like that. Anyway, I like how the godetias look in something modern and graphic, especially since they are so paper-like and romantic. I like the contrast of hard and soft, don’t you? Against a gray table or on a dark bookcase – really nice.

BONUS TIP: If you don’t have Arne Jacobsen cups, then just use white cups and grab some black (or any color) washi tape and make your own letters or designs on them.

3 Decorating Ideas With Flowers: Godetia

3. Tape ’em to the window. And the third way is to use washi tape and tape these suckers to your window during a party. You can tape dozens and dozens and go crazy over-the-top borderline nutcase or be modest like me and tape 3, 5, 7, 9… Whatever makes you happiest.

BONUS TIP: They’ll die faster without water (duh), so the best way is to tape them up right before the party starts and remove them at the end – they’ll go about 8 hours before wilting. When you remove them, instantly clip the bottoms and place them in cold water with a little sugar in it to liven them up. A little sugary cold water is flower Viagra, y’all.

3 Decorating Ideas With Flowers: Godetia

3 Decorating Ideas With Flowers: Godetia

So yeah, those are some easy, budget-friendly and fun little ways to decorate with flowers… Nice, right? You don’t need to drop wads of cash on flowers or style up something florist-worthy at home. The key is to get creative and do things that take only a few minutes yet add impact and style that gives  you a chance to get creative and use your hands. Once you start decorating with flowers in easy, creative ways you will never go back to the typical pre-made arrangement plopped into a vase. I swear! You’ll really love getting creative with blooms if you give yourself the creative license to just GO FOR IT and not to fuss too much or try to be some flower guru with all the right decor ideas.

3 Decorating Ideas With Flowers: Godetia

They key, like with anything intimidating or new, is to JUST GET STARTED and take the first step. So why not go buy some flowers this week and see what magic you can create? This isn’t rocket science you guys, we’re not putting people on Mars… This is simply exercising the creativity you were born with and having some fun without judgement or having to be perfect because how boring is perfect anyway? I’m so over it.

Do you like Godetia? Have you seen it in your local flower shop or farmers’ market lately?

Love flowers? If you want to see how I Decorated With Delphiniums last week, then by all means, check out this post. I also showed a few weeks before how to Decorate with Roses that I found clipped ready to be discarded at a local garden and I also shared how to Decorate With Anemones last month in another post here.

(images: all by holly becker for decor8 except for image 6, shot by thorsten becker)






Inspiration

Jason Grant: Away At Home

June 21, 2014

I’ve blogged about this styling rock star before but Aussie stylist Jason Grant is the cat’s meow in styling at the moment so I must highlight him again. I heard about Mr. Grant a few years ago for the first time and have been a fan since – I really enjoyed his first book, A Place Called Home, and can hardly wait for his next one, Away At Home, to be published by Rizzoli which will drop this Fall and is a collaboration with photographer Lauren Bamford. I saw it already cover-to-cover and fell in love. In it, Jason talks about how to live everyday like you are on vacation with inspiration and tips for creating a relaxed boho-vibe at home and he provides much insight on a myriad of decorating ideas for creating your own private resort right in your home. Of course, after the babysitter comes to scoop up the children and whisk them away to the nearby playground (wink).

Jason Grant: Away At Home

Jason Grant: Away At Home

Jason Grant: Away At Home

Jason Grant: Away At Home

Jason Grant: Away At Home

The above pics are a few that show his carefree beachside apartment in Sydney, as shown in Inside Out magazine.

I recently got to talk to Jason about what’s hot and what’s not, I thought you’d be interested in hearing what he has to say…

First, his 5 favorite things: 1: Favorite look: Relaxed, laidback and casual – nothing too over styled // 2: Favorite trend – nature // 3: Favorite object – something on your wish list // 4: Another favorite object – something you see everywhere at the moment – like yellow (still) – I love it // 5: Favorite miscellaneous – I love to decorate with timber combined with a pop of colour. I think this is my signature look.

Why do you like these five – what attracts you? I’m attracted to colour and nature, happy colours and interiors that reflect the owners personality.

What trends are you tired of? Replica furniture

What do you predict will be hot next? Anything Hawaiian-themed — but no more pineapples!!!

If you’re not familiar with Australian interiors and styling, then here are few spreads from magazines that he has worked for showing his styling work so you can catch a glimpse…

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Jason is such an inspiration and I hope that you get to check out his work, buy his books and tap into this great talented guy.

Are you a Jason Grant fan? If so, why?

(images: inside out magazine, rizzoli books)






Designers + Stylists

Stunning German Home + Studio Oink

June 21, 2014

Hello everyone! Okay so I have to highlight a recent home tour and article that I just found in my inbox from the beautiful Est Magazine because it’s a pretty swank pad based in Germany and as an American living here at the moment, it’s always exciting to see what’s happening in my own part of the world. I feel like everything beautiful and cool that is what I consider tasteful, enviable, drool-worthy… is coming out of Los Angeles or Sydney at the moment. I know that’s NOT the case, as this home clearly shows, so that’s why I really want to highlight it. If you don’t live in southern California or Australia one can feel a bit like they are missing out on all of the interiors fun!

Stunning German Home + Studio Oink

This home is in Wiesbaden, Germany and is owned by interior designers and stylists Lea Korzeczek and Matthias Hiller of Studio Oink, a design studio focused on set design and residential interior design. I adore their marble floor, which really surprised me because normally I don’t go for tile or marble in living spaces (wet spaces, yes – kitchen, entry, laundry, bathroom, etc.). The marble is so classy I think, and being beige vs. the gray marble you normally see, it is warm and welcoming as marble can often feel very sterile. I wouldn’t go as far to say that this apartment feels “warm” though, it still has a coolness about it but that is obviously what this talented duo was going for – something upscale and posh. Mission accomplished. James Bond could live here.

Stunning German Home + Studio Oink

Stunning German Home + Studio Oink

Stunning German Home + Studio Oink

Stunning German Home + Studio Oink

I personally like the details, like the texture of the wall behind the art above, the coastal-theme artwork, the soft tones, the lighting, the wooden chairs and the gorgeous sheepskin throw. I, of course, like the addition of fresh flowers – especially the floppy romantic peony. Well done.

Here are some of their other projects below; also quite stunning and minimalistic but with pretty accents that draw you in. Their rooms look like they could be in films. I particularly adore the kitchen below…

Stunning German Home + Studio Oink
Stunning German Home + Studio Oink
Stunning German Home + Studio OinkStunning German Home + Studio Oink
Stunning German Home + Studio Oink
Stunning German Home + Studio Oink
Stunning German Home + Studio Oink
Stunning German Home + Studio Oink

The fresh green plants really call to me, especially the above shot with a peek of greenery through the old wooden windows… These photos are all so light and bright, a big vitamin D injection for sure.

What do you like about these spaces? See anything that calls out to you?

PSST: Studio Oink also has a blog that I just started following called Grand et Petit. Check it out. They have a lovely little online shop too.

(images: studio oink)






Decorating Tips

Decorating With Flowers At Home: Delphiniums

June 18, 2014

Today at the farmers’ market I couldn’t resist the Delphiniums! I just love their elegant stature and particularly the ones in astounding blue and violet tones! I also enjoy them in white with crisp, black centers. I scooped up 3 stems for €5 (steal!) and as I walked home I kept thinking of where to put them and which containers to use. I knew that I didn’t want them all together in one clump nor did I want to hide their stems in vases that were opaque, so when I got home I opened my gardening + containers cabinet and selected some clear, glass vases, one with a greenish tint to complement the flower stems. I unwrapped my flowers in our formal dining room and did a quick walk-through around the house to see where I best imagine placing my new finds. Would I display them in one space or in different areas?

Decorating With Flowers At Home: Delphiniums

Decorating With Flowers At Home: Delphiniums
Decorating With Flowers At Home: Delphiniums

Decorating With Flowers At Home: Delphiniums

I decided to place them together on the table in our second eating area, which was formerly a very dark and boring hallway that I turned into an eating nook since it’s directly off of our kitchen. It has new flooring (hardwood), the walls were resurfaced (old wallpaper stripped away) and was painted crisp white. This space (below) still needs work (like art work and the rug needs to be pulled away from the wall, also I will have a simple radiator cover made so I can remove the leaning mirror, etc. etc. etc. BUT for now this space was the chosen area for my delphinums. It needed color and life! I decided to go with 5 arrangements and used little scrappy spares in a porcelain Rosenthal vase and others in a simple brandy glass and grouped the larger ones in big vessels across the tabletop. I am very pleased with the results. I walk through this area constantly to Aidan’s nursery, so seeing these gorgeous blooms will definitely perk up my travels back and forth. Quite a statement maker, too – aren’t they!? Love it!

Decorating With Flowers At Home: Delphiniums

Decorating With Flowers At Home: Delphiniums

Decorating With Flowers At Home: Delphiniums

Decorating With Flowers At Home: Delphiniums

Note: I mixed in a few spare godetia flowers (they look just like paper!) with the delphiniums because I wanted the arrangement to be quirky and imperfect, which I achieved. Decorating with delphiniums really made this area look great. Now I’m motivated more than ever to really decorate this hallway space and show you how it looks when I finish in the next month or so… Wish me luck!

But seriously, see how easily you can transform a space with flowers that cost so very little yet add such a massive impact?

(images: holly becker for decor8)






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