Books + Magazines

7 Easy Ways To Create Botanical Style At Home

June 14, 2016

Hello everyone! I’m so glad that you’ve visited today because plants and flowers are such a big trend in home decor and today we have a special guest with us, British Author and Stylist Selina Lake, who is giving us 7 tips for decorating at home to create a style she’s called Botanical Style. In fact, you can see this style in her beautiful new book under the same title published by Ryland Peters & Small.

I’ve photographed some spreads at the end of this post — each page is one beautiful example after another of how to live with plants and flowers and it’s as intoxicating as it is informative and idea-packed. Would you like to see some of my favorite rooms from the book and hear some of Selina’s decor advice especially for decor8 readers today? Good!  All 7 tips below are based on the photos directly above them, each tip is from Selina and the styling in the photo is also her own work. Let’s see what she has in store to inspire all of us today, shall we?

7 Easy Ways To Create Botanical Style At Home
1. Bring the plants to the mantel
I’ve styled my marble mantlepiece using some key accessories to create the botanical mood. Vintage botanical prints are a great starting point, here I used a Marcus Ward & Co plant print by F.Edward Hulme, which I bought from a vintage fair to hang in the centre of the chimney breast wall. A great tip for hanging old prints is to use wooden trouser hangers, I buy mine online.

To add some pattern I have placed a large round tray adorning a Michael Angove Fennel & Dill design from Hus & Hem adjacent to the print. I love scented candles so I always have a couple ready to burn on my mantel, my favorites are Diptyque Bais and Moroccan Rose by True Grace.

Finally I add the botany, a Fittonia plant sits happily in its own microclimate under a glass dome. A lofty penstemon with coral pink flowers that I will plant out in my garden after a few days sits alongside lacy delta maidenhair ferns, with a faux tropical leaf stem from Abigail Ahern and fresh cuttings from my garden arranged in jam jars.

7 Easy Ways To Create Botanical Style At Home

2. Don’t paint over the shabby and worn
There’s something really romantic about the bringing together something old with chipping paint or peeling vintage wallpaper and combining with beautiful botanical blooms. Here an amazing wall in a charming Swedish Farmhouse has been left with layers of old wallpaper visible in patches.

When restoring old buildings its tempting to rip out everything and start again but to save the vintage appeal and character of a space theres a fine balance between modernizing and making a space livable while still maintaining the glorious patina and charm. I’ve used cool blue hydrangeas along with flowering horse mint and displayed the stems in a array go simple glass vases.

7 Easy Ways To Create Botanical Style At Home
3. Plants work great in an Industrial space 
This fabulous plant shop is part of The Fresh Flower Company in East Dulwich, London and doubles as a workshop space were floral and plant demonstrations and botanical crafting take place. The rough brick walls of the former industrial space make the perfect backdrop for all the leafy plants, succulents and cactus that are for sale.

To recreate a full on industrial botanical display at home, your need an old piece of furniture which was once used in a factory, school, shop or a place of work. Think old wooden display cabinets, metal trollies and rough wooden tables with metal legs, then start collecting a variety of plants and use the surface of your industrial piece of furniture to create the display. Use concrete and metal pots to house the plants to keep the industrial theme coherent throughout.

7 Easy Ways To Create Botanical Style At Home

4. Be dramatic
The trend for all things dark and floral has migrated from the fashion catwalks into our homes. In the living room of this London townhouse owned by Wild at Heart Florist Nikki Tibbles, ‘Dark Floral’ wallpaper by Ellie Cashman makes a dramatic statement. The large-scale floral is inspired by the still life paintings of the Dutch Golden Age, Its majestic with its rose and peony cascade and showy background. There’s no need for blousy, fresh flower arrangements in this room as the walls do the talking. The modern copper table lamps establishes a modern feel while pops of color ensures the room isn’t gloomy with the botanical green cushions and colorful tapestry pouffe by Frédérique Morrel.
7 Easy Ways To Create Botanical Style At Home

5. Create a natural look that is still well-planned
This multi functional living space in Carole Poirot’s London apartment has been carefully divided into zones that are united by houseplants, poppy seed heads and foliage. The low white display cabinet on the right separates the dining areas from this end of the room, where a daybed loaded with cushions and throws provides a cosy spot for relaxation. The book cabinet and desk on the left make a compact home office area. Unite your own open plan space with botanicals by choosing a selection of houseplants which suit your furniture pieces. Use trailing plants up high on the top of tall cupboards or bookcases and gather small pot plants together in another area maybe on a coffee or side table.

7 Easy Ways To Create Botanical Style At Home

6. Cover Your Headboard (and footboard)
Botanicals make an appearance in this glam London bedroom on the bed! It’s been upholstered in a digital print floral fabric. To try something similar in your own room, recover a padded headboard with a bold floral fabric or choose a full on floral quilt. The cushions have a luxury feel and are made from vintage silk scarves. Placing fresh flowers next to your bed is always a good idea, especially if they are scented like these roses.

7 Easy Ways To Create Botanical Style At Home

7. As a Bold Pattern In a White Room
I love this Castanea wallpaper by House of Hackney which I have on one wall of our otherwise white bedroom. My tip here was I positioned our bed against the wall so it sill felt like a calm sleep space, while keeping a fun element. I’m normally not one for the ‘matchy matchy’ look but I’m such a fan of this particular design I needed the matching linen cushions to complete the look. A simple filament bulb with black flex makes a great bedside light and there’s always a suitable corner for a potted palm.

Wow, thanks Selina for those tips… So readers, here are some shots of the book from my personal copy so you can get a sense of what it looks like inside…

7 Easy Ways To Create Botanical Style At Home

7 Easy Ways To Create Botanical Style At Home

7 Easy Ways To Create Botanical Style At Home

7 Easy Ways To Create Botanical Style At Home

Thank you so much for visiting us today on decor8 Selina with your great tips for bringing Botanical Style to our homes. It was such a pleasure having you and I’ve loved looking at your book so far, it’s gorgeous and I wish you all the best with it!

(Photography: Rachel Whiting © Ryland Peters & Small – Book spreads photographed by Holly Becker for decor8)






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)






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