Color Inspiration

4 Color Trends For Interiors 2017

October 10, 2016

Hello everyone, how are you? I hope well! I can’t believe it’s Autumn now and the holidays are only a few months away, and then 2017 is just around the corner! But first, the American election… Wow what an election, right? I honestly can’t believe it when I read the news and Facebook each day. So many different viewpoints and arguments. It’s so heated, I’ve never seen an election quite like this one before in my lifetime. With so much going on right now, I thought today I’d just bring some visual inspiration and keep things light and easy. So much of life is heavy, sometimes you just need to zone out – not because you are ignoring what needs to be done but because you need to rest your brain so you can make the best choices after your break. I particularly need a break now because I’ve been really busy with lots of things in my life. Travel, childcare (we lost our daytime childcare so we are balancing our son full-time until we find a solution), book promotion, new business collaborations, projects, upcoming travel… It’s all very exciting and some of it, stressful, but what keeps me in balance is allowing myself time to take a mental break and zone out a little. Early bedtime when I can. Eating light. Exercising more. These things greatly contribute to my overall well-being.

Today, let’s look at some color forecasts for interiors from Sherwin Williams, an American leader in paint, for 2017. They’ve predicted these 4 palettes to be big in the new year. After looking at them and reading the description, I’d love to hear from you – which one is your favorite? I’ll tell you mine at the bottom of this post.

4 Color Trends For Interiors 2017

Intrepid – The virtual and the real are blurring in the form of seamless commerce and “office anywhere” collaboration. Impatient for social and political change,
we’re reinventing ourselves first. Identity has never been more fluid. “You do you” is the mantra of a generation primed for self-expression, cheered on by their own #squad and tossing aside old categories. There’s a feisty energy to our present moment, arriving in fiery tones and vibrant, kimono colors.

4 Color Trends For Interiors 2017

Noir – It’s among our most precious commodities: night. We’re craving a refuge from urban streetlights and glowing screens, space to turn our gaze inward and recharge the spirit. Mindful melancholy is fueling a new romanticism marked by medieval patterns, revived customs and bittersweet beauty. The Dutch masters knew the secret: dark hues set a dramatic stage for sensuous luster. This palette is rich with vine- ripe fruits, Nordic blues, moody neutrals and golden yellows.

4 Color Trends For Interiors 2017

Unbounded – Global immigration is redefining borderlands, national identity and our sense of coexistence. We’re all citizens of the world now. Brands are becoming more purpose-driven, communities more connected. Design is adapting to more diverse populations. Overconsumption is, well, over. We’re more likely to invest in the best we can afford — crafted and customized — and then keep it forever. Global consciousness is a mural painted in earthy mustards, ocean blues, corals and mud.

4 Color Trends For Interiors 2017

Holistic – Sustainable design and radical transparency are the new standards. As our daily transactions move further into the cloud, acquiring experiences is becoming preferable to buying more things. “Doing good” is the new looking good, and it’s taking the form of “voluntourism,” healing retreats and eco-travel. We’re in pursuit of an elusive ideal: a fair luxury. The roads of this journey are lined with arctic neutrals, blush rose and wild browns.

Which is your favorite? I really love noir. I love how they’ve described it as “Mindful melancholy”. I normally gravitate towards light, soft hues and a more Scandinavian palette, but moody tones are definitely on my radar at the moment and have been for a few months now and I imagine will continue from now into the new year.

(Images: Sherwin Williams)






Books + Magazines

Highlights From London + Amsterdam

October 5, 2016

Hello everyone, how are you? I’m so happy to be back at my desk writing to you today. I am so energized and inspired after my trips to London and Amsterdam, I did so many wonderful things that later, I have to write a post about some of them so you can add to your travel itinerary. But first, how are you? I loved being away again for a book tour. I spent 4 days in London and 3 days in Amsterdam and got to meet so many friends and fans that my head is still spinning from all of the conversations, dinners and meet ups. Here is a photo I took from the stage before my audience at Meet The Blogger (#mtbams) – nearly 170 people! I spoke before them for an hour and after so many years of public speaking, this was one of my favorites to date. I really felt relaxed and I was 100% myself. I think as we grow more confident in our profession and learn more about ourselves, fear seems to slip away and we just OWN the moment and go with it. Don’t you think so?

Highlights From London + Amsterdam

I lost my voice shortly after arriving home, it came back on Monday afternoon – ha ha but hey, that’s a great reason to lose your voice – connecting live with inspiring and enthusiastic people. I signed lots of books at both Anthropologie London and at Meet The Blogger Amsterdam. Sometimes I can’t believe how starting this blog has impacted my life and career. I nearly didn’t become a blogger. To think of that truth is scary a decade later.

I have to thank both Anthropologie Europe and Meet The Blogger for receiving me so kindly and rolling out the red carpet, and to my friend and co-author Leslie Shewring for joining me in London for the launch party. It was great having Leslie there. I wish she could have joined me in Amsterdam too but she had to go back to Victoria, BC (where she lives) to tend to family business. Yet, she was still with me somehow – Leslie is always near, good friendships are just like that.

Highlights From London + Amsterdam

(me, @leeuwro from VTWonen magazine (our book will be in their November issue, look for it!!!), Suzanne from @ensuus and Meet The Blogger Founder Liselore of @tulipamedia).

Highlights From London + Amsterdam(Haikje Verberk from Studio Haikje at Meet The Blogger after I signed her book)

Highlights From London + Amsterdam

Anabella from My Washi Tape who flew in from Rome, me, Leslie and wonderful Ishtar Olivera at our book workshop and signing event at Anthropologie on Kings Road in London last Wednesday evening. I was SO HAPPY to see these ladies and everyone else who joined us.

All of these photos in this post are iPhone photos shot in store and conference room lighting, so not the best quality, but I still love having the memories and the chills I get when I see them. Every book still feels like the first time, and now I’m working already on finalizing my concept for the 5th book! Crazy but great!

Highlights From London + Amsterdam(Styling our tabletop to show how to set the table in a creative and fun way for our guests at Anthropologie.)

Anyway, I’m so encouraged by the conversations I had and that I met so many new faces and also saw old friends whom I love dearly. I’ve set new career goals since returning as a result so being with out with my friends and fans was definitely what I needed. Getting out to connect with people in person really touches my heart but also refuels me. I’m such an extrovert in this way. I require outside energy to move forward so traveling and connecting in person with others is absolutely essential. As I was teaching the crafting component of the workshop, I stood there and thought that I have to teach workshops more frequently because it makes me feel so alive and cheerful. It’s also very effortless for me and often, what we do that comes easy we think may not be that important or that what comes harder is the better skill to have, but I’ve read that you have to really let those effortless jobs be part of your life too because what comes naturally to us is something we should embrace and enjoy.

Highlights From London + Amsterdam

(Our book spotted at Anthropologie on Regent Street in London, where I bought both of my dresses that I wore for MTB and the Anthro book launch – links here: )

I can’t wait to plan for 2017, I have many ideas I want to launch next year and am excited to bring you on the journey with me. For everyone I’ve met on the road recently, thank you for your love, support, and for buying our book because supporting authors is how we can keep writing, without that support we really can’t make much of a dent. And to those who are leaving feedback on Amazon (you can leave feedback even if you didn’t buy the book on Amazon, did you know that?), WE REALLY APPRECIATE the feedback left there. It impacts book sales and the success of books, so all the feedback is super essential. So thank you from the bottom of my heart.

You can also buy the book at Anthropologie here. They have some gorgeous photos of Decorate For a Party on their website too. See below.

Highlights From London + Amsterdam

Highlights From London + Amsterdam

Highlights From London + Amsterdam

Highlights From London + Amsterdam

 

I cannot close this post without giving a very special THANK YOU to: JACQUI, LIZ, SAM and KATE  at Jacqui Small Publishing, CHARLOTTE and SOPHIA at Anthropologie London and LISELORE, KIRSTEN and LAURA at Meet The Blogger for ALL of your help with everything! We had a great time launching our book in London and Amsterdam and are so honored to have your support.)

I’ll be back to share some of the highlights from my trip which include great shopping and eating tips in London and Amsterdam. But for now, I wanted to simply pop my head in the say hello and give you a big hug and let you know I am back and blogging!

xo,

Holly

 






Tabletop

Late Summer Tabletop Style In Rich Colors

September 28, 2016

I hope all of you had a great summer season, soaked up a lot of sun and enjoyed long warm days. This is Anke and I am back from my month-long summer break with a new table styling for you while Holly is away this week in London and Amsterdam launching her new book, Decorate For a Party. Are you ready for autumn? I guess I am a bit ambivalent (as every year) as on the one hand I love autumn with its rich colors, warm light, fruit and veggie crop, then again I don’t really want to let go summer.

Late Summer Tabletop Style In Rich Colors

Happily there is the wonderful month of September which is actually always sunny and warm in Germany and makes the goodbye to summer easier. For this month’s table I ordered a white chain of lights, a typical decoration for a garden party and I think also a matching tool for a late summer gathering inside. This one comes from Granit (Sweden) and can be used inside and outside.

Late Summer Tabletop Style In Rich Colors

To attach the chain, which is very light and for that reason easy to hang, I used two parts of a table clamp from DEENS.nl. I continued with this simple and natural look by using Ball Mason glasses as flower vases and filled them with different kinds of dahlias, chrysanthemum, white bush roses, Astrantia and rosehip twigs.

Late Summer Tabletop Style In Rich Colors

Late Summer Tabletop Style In Rich Colors

On the plates are mint green linen napkins and tiny blossom bowls.

Late Summer Tabletop Style In Rich Colors

The green tumblers made of cut glass are my favorite souvenirs from our summer vacation in the Netherlands! I found them at Sissy Boy shop and they are not only good looking but also a delight in the hands. In German we say “Handschmeichler” which I think is the perfect word to describe it. :-)

Late Summer Tabletop Style In Rich Colors

Another discovery recently was Bernadette Wörndl’s cookbook “Obst” (= fruit). I knew immediately that I would have to bake one of her delicious fruit cakes for this shoot! My choice fell on her Upside-Down Plum Cake and oh my! – it just tastes of late summer! No wonder as the recipe includes olive oil, blossom honey, vanilla and semolina. I served it with some crème fraîche which I sometimes prefer with cake instead of whipped cream.

Late Summer Tabletop Style In Rich Colors

And while we’re on the subject book recommendation… I am waiting in suspense for my copy of Holly and Leslie`s new book “Decorate for a Party”! Do you already own one?
Without having seen it I know it is a firework of beautiful ideas, images and inspiration! Hopefully it arrives… delayed… next week so I can find inspiration for my next column’s theme for October. :)

With this in mind, I am looking forward to see you again next month and wish you a great start into a golden October! – Anke

(Photos, Styling and Text: Anke Illner)






Contests

Win £3,000 Worth of Products From Amara Living

September 26, 2016

It’s Autumn, are you ready to redecorate? I am! That’s why I’m so excited to share such a MASSIVE GIVEAWAY with my readers today because ONE very lucky winner who comments below will receive £3,000 worth of stock from The Amara Own Collection from Amara Living (dependent on stock availability) and this contest is open WORLDWIDE. To celebrate the launch of their own label brand The Amara Collection for AW16, they wanted to collaborate with me to give decor8 readers a chance to redecorate for Autumn/Winter. Imagine winning £3,000 worth of products – your choice?! And entering is so easy, the directions are at the bottom of this post.

Win £3,000 Worth of Products From Amara Living

But first, a little about Amara Living. Co-founder Sam Hood has spent considerable time editing and curating a collection of brands which all appeal to the loyal Amara customer, she says, “My team and I have spent the past 11 years bringing together and successfully selling interior brands which we love and have a passion for. We have the knowledge of the industry and most importantly we know what our customer wants. The beauty of an online business is that we can see, in real time, the success of certain brands and products which has allowed us to react with speed to our customers’ needs. We’ve been able to highlight our customers’ buying trends and personal tastes which has in turn helped us to create a collection we know they will love and want to buy.”

By sourcing and co-designing pieces with some of the world’s leading craftsmen, each collection will embrace all that the Amara customer associates with the e-tailer; distinctive design, quality, timelessness, attention to detail and the most exceptional customer experience. Hood adds, “It’s been a great experience to work with some of the most talented and experienced people in the industry-I’m so pleased we’ve been able to bring together all of these beautiful pieces to create the new Amara Own Label brand. By combining our own expert knowledge with our chosen brands and manufacturers, my team and I have selected and created the very best pieces we know our customers will love to have in their homes.”

With each new season, the Amara Collection will share new collections that will embrace the latest trends. The season currently focuses on Fantasy, Heritage, Graphic and Luxe. You can visit their current look book here.

Win £3,000 Worth of Products From Amara Living

GRAPHIC – This monochromatic mix allows for shapes and patterns to take the spotlight. Sleek, modern geometrics and smooth materials.

Win £3,000 Worth of Products From Amara Living

FANTASY – A delicate mix of gentle grey tones and pastels, this look is feminine and elegant with contemporary details.

Win £3,000 Worth of Products From Amara Living

LUXE – Old Hollywood glamour inspired this look which mixes bold tones with lush texture such as silk and velvet. Luxe works well in urban dwellings and country hideaways by a cozy fire.

Win £3,000 Worth of Products From Amara Living

HERITAGE – This collection mixes glam with country. Rich colors and tones add warmth. Checks, plaids, furs and gold add a richness that is both classy and casual.

 

A Giveaway With Amara Living – To enter you need to do the following:

1. Comment below and tell us which is your preferred look from the collection (Heritage, Graphic, Luxe or Fantasy)

2. Follow @decor8 and @AmaraLiving on Instagram.

When a winner is selected, we will verify the above before announcing.

*This giveaway is open to readers located worldwide. £3,000 total value per winner. This is for £3000 worth of stock from The Amara Own Collection. Do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. Our winner will be contacted by email and announced at the bottom of this post. Contest closes October 10, 2016.

Good luck everyone!

 






Color Inspiration

9 Decorating Ideas From J.Crew Ready-To-Wear

September 21, 2016

I don’t know about you, but I’m currently so inspired by the recent J.Crew ready-to-wear show that had social media all a-buzz. Yeah, of course I love that they skipped hiring fashion models to walk their runway using everyday beauties instead… but the clothes. Oh the clothes! Everyone was wearing just the smartest looks in this presentation of beauty – so radiant. I love the color combinations, the feminine touches, the combination of a beige work shirt with a very sweet pink hand embellished skirt, it’s all such a great combination of contrasts — and I love contrasts in interiors and fashion so much. I have used the olive with pale pink, bright pink and champagne tones in projects before and even in my new book for one of the party scenes; I really love it for interiors so seeing it in fashion gave me goosebumps. Here are 9 ideas that I had as I looked through these images that you may be able to apply to your home.

9 Decorating Ideas From J.Crew Ready-To-Wear

  1. Unexpected color scheme. Olive green, champagne, gray, nude and bright pink.

9 Decorating Ideas From J.Crew Ready-To-Wear

2. Mix materials to add dimension and warmth – cotton, linen, satin, netting, cement, tulle, canvas, leather, metal, wood.

9 Decorating Ideas From J.Crew Ready-To-Wear

3. Be playful. Pink loves copper. Pink also loves plaid and cargo shorts and cement floors and nautical stripes and big floppy flower brooches and olive satin ponies. See how playful and fun this is?

9 Decorating Ideas From J.Crew Ready-To-Wear

4. Don’t fear a good ruffle and a bright accent – perfect in a space that has a lot of clean lines and is very spare. Adds an element of fun and surprise.

9 Decorating Ideas From J.Crew Ready-To-Wear

5. Beige is NOT boring. I am so tired of hearing people say that about beige but perhaps vision is needed because beige can be a great base for fun things to happen. Think about your face. Your foundation/skin tone is beige or a tone of beige and then you add shine, sparkle, color, etc. It works. Your face isn’t boring! Same with a room with lots of beige. With texture, a variety of tones and mixing in a strong navy, some olive and accents of bright pink and orange – well, beige is still the most dominant color in this palette but it comes across as anything but boring now!

9 Decorating Ideas From J.Crew Ready-To-Wear

6. Dress up the casual with accessories and attention to detail. Jeans with satin heels. A stripe shirt worn off shoulder. A lace up a-line skirt. Wild beautiful hair. A big black flower on a skirt waistband. Ruffles, fringe… A very calm palette with natural materials suddenly feels very new and fresh through a good attention to detail and lovely accessories.

9 Decorating Ideas From J.Crew Ready-To-Wear

7. Combine “grown up” with sweet. Try to drop the idea that grown up spaces have to be very, well, grown up. Add some sweetness. This salty caramel work shirt with a very sweet and over-the-top skirt creates tension that ends up balancing this look out so well that it matches beautifully.

9 Decorating Ideas From J.Crew Ready-To-Wear

8. Do use classic prints. Stripes and checks and dots. Classic prints that never go out of style in fashion also look great in the home. I can see this translated into a room scheme or party, can’t you? Or a little nursery? Perhaps an office for you or your partner? A three-season-porch? Your beach house?

9 Decorating Ideas From J.Crew Ready-To-Wear

9. Messy is good. A perfect house with no sign of personality or life is super boring and nowadays, dated too. Update your home by allowing your personality to shine. Those pants and that shirt both look like someone’s toddler had fun with a can of white paint. But it’s so good looking, right? I mean, I would wear these looks, no problem. So why not add your kids art to frames and put on the wall? Or your own? It doesn’t have to be perfect to look good. Notice the shirts have tucked in? This look has been around for a bit, but it has staying power because it looks quirky and cute. The modern woman is WAY to busy to fuss like the ladies from the Mad Men era. Slouchy cushions, a worn leather sofa, handmade elements in the room, and most of all TOTAL ROOM CONFIDENCE. That’s how you pull it off. You love your home and well good, who gives a damn what anyone else thinks. And with THAT attitude, everyone magically loves your room. The end. :)

Imagine these outfits as room schemes or as party decor in your home. How would you translate these runway looks into the home?

PS: View the entire ready-to-wear collection on Vogue here.

(Photos: J.Crew and Daisy Chaussée)






Events + Markets

LONDON Meet Me Next Week : RSVP Here

September 21, 2016

Hello friends! I have very exciting news. In exactly ONE week from today, on September 28, 2016, Leslie Shewring and I will be in LONDON at ANTHROPOLOGIE on KINGS ROAD from 7-9pm for a very special meet up, book presentation, styling and DIY workshop all in celebration of Decorate For a Party. If you want to attend, since it’s after store hours and a private event, you have to register here to be on our guest list.

LONDON Meet Me Next Week : RSVP Here

 

 

Together we will:

  • Show you 6 Ways To Set a Table
  • Make a project together from the book that you can customize and take home
  • Have a group photo with us showing your finished projects
  • We’ll talk about the book and share some special highlights
  • We will have a book signing pause so you can buy a copy and we’ll sign and add any special messages, etc. We are happy to sign and dedicate books to your family, friends, customers, etc. for holiday gift giving, too.
  • You can meet up with other bloggers, journalists and our families and friends and enjoy some snacks and drinks
  • LIMITED SEATING + SUPPLIES so please register here. Note: Tickets cost £10, which is redeemable against purchases of £20 and over. If you only want to come to meet us quickly (or if you are a journalist and want to take photos or do a quick interview) and won’t be staying for the workshops, please send me a private email (holly [at] decor8blog [dot] com) and I can put you on a separate guest list so you can still obtain entrance at the front door.

Because this is a private event, your name has to be on our guest list to get in to the store since it’s to be held after store hours.

Please register here to attend.

See you next week, LONDON!

FOR ALL WHO ATTEND please tag your photos #decorateforaparty

xo

Holly






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