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Italian Design Preview with DDN Magazine Milan

April 19, 2017

Hi everyone, it’s me Holly and I’m back from exciting adventures in Milan, Portofino and Genoa. I spent a week in Milan on assignment for Kvadrat to attend the wonderful Salone del Mobile. The Salone personally invited me as 1 of 100 journalists globally to attend as a special guest, too (Thank you Katie and Camron!).

If that weren’t enough, I was also invited by Milan’s DDN Magazine to join a tour organized in collaboration with 11 major Italian design brands (listed below). The lovely Francesca Russo of DDN led us, a group of European design bloggers with cameras ready, through stands at Salone del Mobile – you can watch a video of it here (you can see me speaking at 9:10). The day was fast-paced and interesting, so I’ll spare you the details and present you with some of my favorite things from a few of the brands that we visited throughout this post.

Italian Design Preview with DDN Magazine MilanIsola Shelving System from Gallotti&Radice which just won the Wallpaper design award

Okay so, because this is a blog and it’s my space to say whatever I want, I have to be honest here… Before this tour I wasn’t that thrilled to visit Italian home brands because few of them appealed to me – too over-the-top and ornate for my taste. I was reluctant to go on this tour, but my friend Desiree sort of convinced me and because she has great taste and I trusted her I figured WHY NOT? Plus, I wanted to hang out with her and my other friends Agata and Anastasia and going on this tour was a great excuse because they’d all be there!

Italian Design Preview with DDN Magazine Milan

Italian Design Preview with DDN Magazine Milan

Ligomancer Chair from JCP

Italian Design Preview with DDN Magazine MilanCookie table from Gallotti&Radice

As I approached the fairgrounds, I thought that I really need to open up and stop being so stuck on Scandinavian design. This tour didn’t have to ONLY be about being with Agata, Anastasia and Desiree and meeting the DDN team, it could also be so much more — broadening my views in design,

I spent my teens and all of my twenties being positively addicted to French design and fashion and all of the interiors coming out of London. I nearly moved to Paris twice and London three times when I was single. I’ve only been big on Nordic design for a decade now, mostly since relocating to northern Germany where Nordic design was once considered boring but has sense grown to become the leading design style in the northern part of the country.

I love Scandi style, but I felt like I needed to branch out and get back to my roots of mixing and matching themes again to make my home feel more personal but also warmer and more sophisticated. Going on this tour, and to Italy in general, changed the game for me. I’m back to my roots again. I can rock Scandi while bringing in things from all over the world, including the beautiful pieces from Italian designers shown throughout this post.

Italian Design Preview with DDN Magazine MilanSign Filo chairs in gold and copper from MDF

If there is one thing we ALL need to do more of, it’s to pull out of our comfort zone and step wayyyy back and see everything we think we know, again. The last time I really LOOKED at Italian magazines was, well, too long to admit. I’d never been to Italy before last week. I obviously love Italian life and culture, half of my family in the states married into Italian families, my uncle is Italian and my mother remarried an Italian…. Some of my closest friends are Italian. What was my problem then with Italian design? Why did I only regard it as dated, stuffy and distasteful? I was so wrong and I’m glad my week in Milan gave me a brand new viewpoint because it was needed.

Italian Design Preview with DDN Magazine MilanOglof from JCP 

While some of the brands we visited didn’t resonate with me, I was completely transformed not only by the presentation and design overall, but from visiting with the designers and hearing their perspective on what they’d created.

In fact, not only on the tour but also in the many design studios I’d visited throughout the city, the lighting brands, all of it – was really inspiring. And don’t get me started on the Italian bathrooms and kitchens (Salvatori bathrooms left me speechless in Brera, and ask my friend Toni who assisted me on this trip, I am RARELY speechless), they were simply incredible.

Italian Design Preview with DDN Magazine Milan

Cloud pouf from Gallotti&Radice

Italian Design Preview with DDN Magazine MilanCozy sofa from MDF in pink (love!)

Italian Design Preview with DDN Magazine MilanPapillon wall lights from Arflex

Italian Design Preview with DDN Magazine Milan

Chair and pouf from Roberto Cavalli Home

Italian Design Preview with DDN Magazine Milan
Corolle chairs from Arflex

Italian Design Preview with DDN Magazine Milan
Kartell by Laufen mirrors and shelves

Italian Design Preview with DDN Magazine MilanFlow Color chairs from MDF

Here are the brands that we visited, linked below:
JCP Design
Gianfranco Ferrè Home
Roberto Cavalli Home
Arflex
Annibale Colombo
Gallotti&Radice
Poliform
MDF
Natuzzi
Kartell
Artemide

I’m still not completely sold on the over-the-top luxury brands that just drip with luxury and look better suited to a hotel or casino than my humble home, but just as German design has evolved over the years, and American styles too, Italian interiors are experiencing a metamorphosis as well. I could feel a rumble beneath the surface while in Milan that the smaller design communities there are making – the shift – and I feel Milan is only going to get better and better in the years to come – stronger and stronger. I’m curious to see where the years ahead will take the fair and Design Week in general and I’m definitely going back to Milan next year because that was truly the best interior design fair and citywide design event I’d ever visited – five stars!

Holly






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4 Interiors Trends + Why We Follow Trends

March 31, 2017

I find trends fascinating in the world of interiors because on one side, your home is a deeply personal space — yet on the other, the more you entertain at home or share your space with the photos you share online, your interest in trends is definitely sparked. Decor hunter gatherers, at our core, delight in freshening our nests on a regular basis and trends seem to be at the core of that. But why?

4 Interiors Trends + Why We Follow Trends

It is only human nature to want to impress (for lack of a better word) those who are looking in on your life. It sounds icky to say that, I know, but I’m comfortable with that because it’s part of our nature. It’s not bad or wrong to care about how others perceive us. It’s strange to wonder if how we (or our homes) look truly represent us because we want to send the right message out…

Today, our home is no longer reserved for the eyes of close friends and family – the entire internet can be involved if you choose. We DO care about our style because partly, it makes us HAPPY to share ourselves so openly, but we also care about what others think. There is nothing to be ashamed of here, this all begins in early childhood and continues on. It’s just life.

With that being said, we share our personal style on the streets every single day, yet those on the train have no clue how we live. We may wear Versace but have a one room apartment above a gas station with 5 roommates. Our entire paycheck may have gone on that dress (a month’s salary!).  This is perhaps not the best choice in spending a limited income but it does prove a point. You can’t judge a book by its cover. The way we dress is not an indication of how we live and how big our home is.

BUT.

When we are using the web to share our life – whether it is fashion or our homes, cooking or our children, people do see glimpses of how we live. Take Instagram for example. Most of my friends are sharing how they live whether they realize it not. A selfie shot in their bathroom gives you insight into how their home looks and how they decorate. You get a sense of how they live. Others are baking and share glimpses of their kitchen. Same thing. You can see how they live.

Of course, you have others like me who post their entire home on Instagram. With the opening of doors done so freely, and daily, it’s only natural that trends in decor and/or lifestyle are becoming more and more of a focus. We want to be part of a group. We want to find like-minded friends. We care about what others think — but is it entirely for our ego?

I don’t believe so. At the core, we simply want to find common ground and friendship and if it is through showing our black and white Berber carpet that is on trend and everyone cool seems to have one, then post the damn rug. Give yourself a break. You’re not being egocentric or materialistic. You are just trying to connect with others who share your style.

There are hashtags for people who decorate in that typical “Kinfolk magazine” style. You may know about those. What was once indie and unique, is mainstream and not unique anymore. Kinfolk is mainstream pop decorating. Large big box stores copy the Kinfolk slow movement style. Interior designers are copying it. What was once interesting is less so.

People get bored with what they see and wish to expand and find what is fresh. Trends help them to do this when they have a hard time expressing themselves naturally through their own personal style. They want to keep the conversation going online.

Stagnant decor and yesterday’s movements are not interesting, especially online where the speed of movements is sometimes baffling – one minute a trend is in and the next minute, totally stale. This saturation in content has created an insatiable craving to stay “fresh” and “relevant” online. No one wants to be seen as boring or dare I say, OLD. That is why they look to trends and even start movements of their own.

4 Interiors Trends + Why We Follow Trends

When I was at Ambiente, a massive consumer goods fair in Europe based in Frankfurt, I was hired to go check out what’s new and give my opinion on not only 2017 interiors trends but also on the fair in general. I also did some video work for them, you can see one of them HERE where I share the trends at the bottom of this post (I did another video here if you are curious to see me live in action). You can also read a blog post I wrote for them on their blog a few weeks ago about how I feel about trends – you may link to that here.

4 Interiors Trends + Why We Follow Trends

(Me with Ben Wilson, Industrial Designer from Braun by day and moderator on the weekends. We want our own design-focused internet show by the way, there we are shown above right, in our video for the fair)

Naturally, what I’ve said above is my opinion but it’s also what I believe to be the truth. In the end, let’s all be open to trends and let them inspire us. Look at what’s out there objectively and see what others are doing with these trends. What can you can do to mix them up with your own personal vision? If you want to share your trendy new shelf or chair online, do it because there is no shame in that, it’s fun and can connect you to others who also like similar things. It doesn’t make you vain or shallow. TREND is not a dirty word to me.

But on the other side, trends are not to be taken too seriously, either. Don’t deny yourself the things you love to be trendy or to fit in.

Look at what’s other there and see if any of these trends interest you and then, add your own twist. If you dislike something, don’t be afraid to voice it because I think the internet (especially blogs and Instagram) have become so fluffy and loaded with cheerful boastings of what! we! love! that we forget to talk about some of the things that we aren’t finding so interesting at the moment. Discussing trends that you don’t like can lead to movements and new trends, ones that don’t aren’t coming from large companies but from all of us who are out here experimenting with products each day.

So with that, I’m going to briefly highlight 4 key trends Ambiente shared in an exhibition space at their fair. They hired external agency bora.herke.palmisano to show these trends so guests could admire, walk through, photograph and be inspired by what they saw. Ready?

4 Interiors Trends + Why We Follow Trends

4 Interiors Trends + Why We Follow Trends

4 Interiors Trends + Why We Follow Trends

4 Interiors Trends + Why We Follow Trends

4 Interiors Trends + Why We Follow Trends

4 Interiors Trends + Why We Follow Trends

4 Interiors Trends + Why We Follow Trends

TREND 1: DELICATE STRUCTURES
This was my favorite of the four because I loved the clean and clear feeling – very delicate and feminine, tactile, soft colors and nature materials. Very sensual. The lamp shown above had a “shade” shown that was made with a 3D printer. I really can’t wait to see what we can do with these printers in the near future.

4 Interiors Trends + Why We Follow Trends

4 Interiors Trends + Why We Follow Trends

4 Interiors Trends + Why We Follow Trends

4 Interiors Trends + Why We Follow Trends

TREND 2 – HONEST MATERIALS
Form meets function. High-quality craftsmanship coupled with great design. Keeping traditions alive, just reinterpreting them. Products that are unobtrusive. Durable, beautiful, sensible, aesthetic. Cement, ceramic, leather, felt, steel.

4 Interiors Trends + Why We Follow Trends

4 Interiors Trends + Why We Follow Trends

4 Interiors Trends + Why We Follow Trends

4 Interiors Trends + Why We Follow Trends

Trend 3: JUMBLED PATTERNED
Child-like, whimsical, quirky, loads of pattern. Together, these objects didn’t work for me as shown. Separately, or grouped in a more minimalist environment, I can see them working beautifully. Jumbled pattern was my least favorite of these three trends. I like the use of neon yellow but only as a small accent, not as a wall color. I think patterns have to be balanced to work in a room. What I took away though from this installation was that less is more and you need only a few whimsical pieces to make your point.

4 Interiors Trends + Why We Follow Trends

4 Interiors Trends + Why We Follow Trends

4 Interiors Trends + Why We Follow Trends

Trend 4: NOTABLE SHAPES
Glamorous and clear with classic elements you can easily recognize. Strong silhouettes. Sculptural form, monolithic, structure, beauty, moody, upscale, desirable. Lots of metal and glass.

SO! Which trend collection from the four shown above, resonated the most with you and why?

On Monday, I am driving to Milan and will spend a week there working on assignment for Kvadrat and their brand, Kinnasand, and I was hired by Salone del Mobile so you can follow me @decor8 and @kinnasand all week next week to see what I’m finding at Milan – uncovering trends and beauty from all over the world of interiors. I can’t wait to show you. I also can’t wait to see if the trends shown above from the Ambiente in Germany will carry over into the Milan fairs and installations. I’ll definitely be on the look out for that.

xo

Holly

(Photography: Holly Becker, Morten Toni Vinther, Erik Schumacher Photography)






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Interiors Trend: Minimalistic, Mobile, Modular, Flexible

February 14, 2017

Hey everyone! Wooo hooo! I’m back home now after spending a jam-packed weekend in Frankfurt attending the Ambiente as a special guest. It was a stellar time and I was able to meet so many great companies and designers who really take pride in their work. One such company is Chihong from Taiwan. Chuang Chi-Hong studied Industrial Design and is the owner of this brand; he is very imaginative and loves to pull up memories and then, use them to inspire his design work in a special way. Function is important to him but so is the need to give his work a personality and story to create an emotional bond between the person and the product.

Interiors Trend: Minimalistic, Mobile, Modular, Flexible

Some really obvious trends in the world of interiors right now are mobility, modularity, flexibility and definitely minimalism. Less is more. Furniture that can be moved around in the same room to serve several functions. Bookcases that allow you to configure (and change them) as your needs change. Modular sofas that can be moved easily for a film night with a family or to throw a cocktail party or a slumber party for the kids. Built-in furniture is not such a focus, most find it challenging because it doesn’t allow for change and today many people are really looking for flexibility – things that can be conveniently relocated to other rooms or even other homes if you decide to move. I saw so many examples of this at the fair, some obvious and some, less so. I like the flexibility and minimalist approach to the chihong collection. You can use a lot of the products as intended or in a new way, your imagination is the limit.

Interiors Trend: Minimalistic, Mobile, Modular, Flexible
Interiors Trend: Minimalistic, Mobile, Modular, Flexible
Interiors Trend: Minimalistic, Mobile, Modular, Flexible
Interiors Trend: Minimalistic, Mobile, Modular, Flexible
Interiors Trend: Minimalistic, Mobile, Modular, Flexible
Interiors Trend: Minimalistic, Mobile, Modular, Flexible
Interiors Trend: Minimalistic, Mobile, Modular, Flexible
Interiors Trend: Minimalistic, Mobile, Modular, Flexible
Interiors Trend: Minimalistic, Mobile, Modular, Flexible

I really loved the chihong collection, including their color palette of Gray, Black, Pink, Dark Blue and Mint green, so I’m introducing it here for you to enjoy. You can see more examples of their work here on their website.

(images: chihong)






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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)






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10 Rooms With Plants For Minimalists

July 19, 2016

Let’s talk about plants, baby! I have to admit, the indoor jungle trend is lovely but hasn’t (and won’t) hit my home anytime soon because I’m a total plant minimalist. I like plants but not enough to follow the trend the way some of my friends have. Is there anyone out there who is also like me? You love plants but not a ton of them? In this post, I’m gonna show you 10 rooms that show you how to bring plants into your home without them running the show.

10 Rooms With Plants For Minimalists

1. WINDOWSILL. How simple is this? One barely-there little plant friend on a bedroom windowsill. It’s a sweet addition. It is understated. Stadshem

10 Rooms With Plants For Minimalists

2. OFFICE. Here are some nice plants scattered around yet not overgrowing and overtaking the room. Jose Hevia Photography

10 Rooms With Plants For Minimalists

3. GROUPING. A tiny grouping on a sweet dresser. There but also not there, ya know? Holly Marder Photography + Styling

10 Rooms With Plants For Minimalists

4. ENTRY. One big plant in a basket near the front door. That’s it. Not 30 or 20 or 10. One. Nice. Smitten Studio

10 Rooms With Plants For Minimalists

5. BATHROOM. One big plant, again, it’s the best look for some rooms isn’t it? I like this one propped up on a stool near the tub. Inside Out.

10 Rooms With Plants For Minimalists

6. LIVING ROOM. On a coffee table, on a windowsill, then repeated in the patterns on the sofa cushions. LIKE this. Stadshem

10 Rooms With Plants For Minimalists
7. BOOKSHELF EDIT. Mingle books with greens. Just don’t overdo it. Nicole Franzen Photography

10 Rooms With Plants For Minimalists

8. SMALLISH PLANTS. These little guys scattered around are simple and sweet especially since the room is already very natural and minimalist. It works. They look lovely in the room too because of the gorgeous natural light. Small and scattered. Stadshem

10 Rooms With Plants For Minimalists

9. DINING ROOM. Here is that big focal point plant again. I can’t get enough, I really like this look of having one big boy stealing the show – it’s Magic Mike XXL! Inside Out.

10 Rooms With Plants For Minimalists

10. OVER THE TOP. Okay so I have to throw in what I think is over the top to show you a bit of a contrast to the other images… This is too much greenery for me though it’s a beautiful styled shot for Inside Out magazine in an article they wrote about plants. I would prefer only the wall plants with one on the table and nothing in the green floor jug… Or the focus being on the tabletop and one plant in the background, minus that trellis thing. THAT SAID, it’s still pretty… Inside Out.

How do you use plants at home if you take a less is more approach to indoor gardening like me?






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Interior Trends On My Radar

November 23, 2015

Hello dear friends, how are you today? Would you like to begin the week by seeing a lovely interior “trend” that I’m (and so many of you) are really into right now? Oh good. But first, and wow oh my goodness just wow, I’m so glad to be back on the other side of the glass wall again, in the land of the living! I’ve been buried so deep inside of my book project and had to turn so much off to accomplish everything by deadline. I turned nearly everything in last week and sat back with a glass of wine and just felt accomplished and good. My soul felt full. After taking the weekend to process it all, I’m suddenly eager to move into the final weeks of the year with a renewed energy, to be on the other side of the glass able to see friends again, go dancing, host a few parties, blog more, travel and just surface for air. I also can’t wait for the Christmas markets to begin on Wednesday throughout Germany because I love bringing my little boy and watching his eyes glow as he takes in all of the sights, sounds and smells.

Interior Trends On My Radar

For book number 4, I ended up at the last minute becoming a co-photographer and so it was a challenging last few months for me to say the least. I have a high end Canon camera with some gorgeous lenses but that doesn’t make me a qualified-for-books photographer. I see some invest in expensive cameras and have no clue what they are doing, don’t really care to learn, yet call themselves professionals because of owning professional equipment. I’m not being negative about them, they can do as they wish, but I didn’t want that “type” to end up being me. It’s like claiming you’re an athlete because you own the best workout clothes and shoes. I really want to get the most from what I own though it was hard for me because I have such little patience with myself when it comes to technology. So little. I want everything to just work with little explanation or practice. I often wonder if this is characteristic of my generation – wanting everything fast, now, sooner, better, bigger… Harder, better, faster, stronger… Isn’t that how the song goes?

Yet, despite the fight I had with the tech side of my brain, I forced myself to learn more about photography as I took photos for this project… I continually referenced books and asked friends, I talked a lot to my husband, I shot more, I bought a different lens, I kept asking questions, I kept trying more more more… Sometimes a single photo took a few hours to compose and shoot because of low light levels and my inability to capture light and turn the photo into something lovely. Yet I tried and just kept at it. I learned Lightroom really well too and improved my Photoshop skills like I never thought possible. And now, I can proudly say that over 120 of my photos will be in book 4 (title is a surprise) which will release in September 2016 in English Continue Reading…






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