Decorating Tips

Clean, Clear Laid Back Green and Peach Interiors

July 8, 2016

I’m REALLY feeling this laid back summer home style that’s so clear and clean, so coastal, so boho minus the patchouli 60s vibe… It’s just great. Breezy, easy, tactile and lots of pretty green tones and shades of pale orange. So summery and just yum.

Clean, Clear Laid Back Green and Peach Interiors

Clean, Clear Laid Back Green and Peach Interiors

Clean, Clear Laid Back Green and Peach Interiors

Clean, Clear Laid Back Green and Peach Interiors

Clean, Clear Laid Back Green and Peach Interiors

Clean, Clear Laid Back Green and Peach Interiors

Clean, Clear Laid Back Green and Peach Interiors

Clean, Clear Laid Back Green and Peach Interiors

I’ve been thinking a lot lately when I look at the photos I love, reminding myself to stop and consider WHAT I FEEL when I gaze upon a photo that feels as though it’s speaking to me.

  • What is it saying exactly?
  • What do I like about it?
  • How does it make me feel?
  • Do I smell anything?
  • Do I hear a particular song?
  • Or another sound, is there something else coming to my ears when I look at the image?
  • What about the scene is vibing with me, the composition, colors, location?

It’s so important to explore the way work we like is REALLY truly impacting us. We are always so quick to say, ” This inspires me sooooo much!” or “I love this  photo, pin!!!”. But maybe try to think a lot more about what’s resonating with you exactly. This is so interesting and it gives you a real sense of self and can help you to tap into your personal style.

Have a nice weekend!

(Photo credits: Alexandra StrongLine Thit KleinElle Denmark, House of Valentina, Apartment TherapyBonbon Oiseau, Greenbody Greenhome, David Waves, Serax, SFGirlByBay, UO Blog, Cup of Joe, Over The Ocean, The Glitter GuideCarrie Waller, Aww Sam)






Books + Magazines

Decorate For a Party: Cover Reveal + Pre-Order!

July 5, 2016

I’m so happy that today I can finally share the name of my next book, my fourth (!), and it’s called Decorate For a Party: Stylish And Simple Ideas For Meaningful Gatherings! AND…. We have a cover, which I styled and photographed myself. In fact, I took over 100 photos that appear inside of the book, and my co-author Leslie Shewring shot even more along with Janis Nicolay, Holly Marder and Laure Joliet. Girl power for sure! Leslie and I so much fun and loads of help on this project between friends helping us set tables, home owners modeling for photos, friends helping to break down rooms, talented girls doing calligraphy, others running errands, we made huge messes with paper… Our friends appear in this book, my little boy, my home, Leslie’s studio, homes in Europe, California and Canada… Here’s the cover…

Decorate For a Party: Cover Reveal + Pre-Order!

This project means so much to Leslie and I and we are happy to share it with you too. I CANNOT BELIEVE this is happening, another book, and on a topic I’m so passionate about – gathering friends and family at home and how to decorate for your party that is stylish and pretty but not overly time-consuming, very budget-friendly without looking cheesy, and quite easy to pull off.

If there is one thing that drives me crazy, it’s having to worry and fuss when I have people over. I want the parties I plan to feel like I went out of my way, so guests feel special, but I don’t want them to think I went over-the-top which could intimidate them and make them afraid to invite ME over to their parties in return. I hate doing that – setting a scene so perfectly that people are almost afraid to be themselves and relax. I’ve been working on this book for over a year now with Leslie, we teamed up because she is the queen of entertaining with her annual Christmas parties for 25-30 family members and the many birthday parties and fests she throws throughout the year. I have been throwing parties for as long as I can remember too, so to team up was a lot of fun for us because we love the topic.

The cover is embossed with copper foil lettering and cloth and it’s loaded with ideas, full color images, DIY projects, and gorgeous parties that we created and photographed specifically for this book.

Decorate For a Party: Cover Reveal + Pre-Order!

The best part is, you can pre-order the book today! It comes out in September in English in both the UK and North America AND in October it will be available in German. More languages will follow in the months to come.

UK on Amazon
US on Amazon
US at Barnes & Noble
Canada at Indigo
In German at Amazon.de, the title is Feierlaune- Die schönsten Deko- & Food-Ideen für entspannte & fröhliche Feste
#decorateforaparty

What do you think about the cover? Are you excited to see inside? I can’t wait to show you more in the weeks to come and Leslie and I really hope that you love it.

xo,

Holly

 






Decorating Tips

Modern + Clean Rustic Lodge Style

July 4, 2016

Hello everyone and to my American friends, Happy 4th of July! I’d like to be in Boston right now awaiting the big fireworks fest (or in Manhattan) as this was our annual tradition when we lived stateside. To bring a little festivity to my July 4th weekend as an expat in Germany, I went to a Schützenfest parade followed by a large fair. It has nothing to do with American independence day but it felt nice to do something festive and funny as it sounds, I left inspired but in a most unexpected way. As the bands marched by, I couldn’t stop thinking about Autumn interiors.

Modern + Clean Rustic Lodge Style

I’ll get to that in a moment but first you may be wondering what is Schützenfest? In short, it’s a marksmen’s festival with a target shooting competition popular in both Germany and Switzerland. And don’t worry, no animals were/are harmed! “At a Schützenfest, contestants compete based on their shooting abilities, for example by shooting at a wooden representation of an eagle. The winner of the competition becomes the ‘king of marksmen’ (“Schützenkönig“) until the next year’s competition.” Quite harmless but there is still a big culture around it. Some men that I saw had over 50 badges on their jackets as they proudly marched by in their traditional gear.

Modern + Clean Rustic Lodge Style

I happen to live in the city where they host the largest Schützenfest in the world with over 5,000 marksmen, 250 rides, multiple large beer tents and a parade. This is not your typical parade though with over 13,000 participants from all over the world, 100+ marching bands covering a little over 3 kilometers though the length is nearly 12 kilometers – so it’s the longest parade in the world and takes HOURS to observe – half a day!

As you can imagine, my two-year-old son (he will be 2 1/2 next month) LOVED the parade. As he chomped on a giant pretzel and watched the bands stomp by, his eyes were huge and curious. It was so cute. Later, we took him to the fest with his oma (grandma) and played the typical carnival games and he ran around pointing to all of the fun signs and lights. I saw everything through much younger eyes and it was all really sweet.

But interiors. Somehow I made a connection to home being there. No clue why. Inspiration is like that though isn’t it? No rhyme or reason. Perhaps after being immersed in this marksmen culture seeing all of those traditional costumes, with lots of green, blue and crimson tones, was the jumping off point. I began to think about how these outfits could translate into interior design but in a fresh, light way and not so much the heavy hunting lodge motif that we immediately call to mind. I imagined rooms like these shown below… Modern farmhouses and lake houses with a bit of a lodge vibe.

Modern + Clean Rustic Lodge Style

Modern + Clean Rustic Lodge Style

Modern + Clean Rustic Lodge Style

Modern + Clean Rustic Lodge Style

Modern + Clean Rustic Lodge Style

Modern + Clean Rustic Lodge Style

Modern + Clean Rustic Lodge Style

Modern + Clean Rustic Lodge Style

Modern + Clean Rustic Lodge Style

GET THIS LOOK:

COLORS: Green, gray, rust, crimson, black, charcoal, cream, white

KEY ELEMENTS: Woven rugs in natural fibers, sheepskin throws, taxidermy, tools, antlers, images of the outdoors (forests, mountains), plaid throws, wool blankets, black iron, suede and leather, woven hangings on the wall, brass, pendant lights with exposed draping cords. Concrete, Raw, natural wood. White paneling. Reclaimed wood. Cement. Matte paint in natural tones. Linen bedding. Horses and livestock in photography, Ceramic tableware in natural tones. Very little pattern except through texture. Plants and herbs and green wreaths, Stripe and plaid is okay for blankets, throws and rugs. Rough surfaces. Most of the pattern is brought in through texture.

SCENTS: Lapsang souchong, fir, bergamot, tobacco, white tea, cinnamon, pine, sandlewood, No.92 Objets d’Amsterdam candle by Marie Stella Marais, SKOG candle by Skandinavisk and Diptyque Feu de bois candle.

AVOID: Glamorous accents that sparkle and shine, jewel tones, white furniture (except like a Ghost sofa or a small stool), Metallic silver, pastels, formal lighting, large area rugs in bold colors, floral patterns, bold geometric patterns. Nothing that feels too special or delicate, roses and delicate flowers, succulents.

What do you think about this look? Does it speak to you?

(Photo credits: Vogue Living Australia, The Estate TrenthamKara RosenlundAirows, Disc Journal, Baobab Interiors, The death of cool, Stitch & Hammer, Kinfolk, Ultralinx, Gracious Home)






Shopping + Products

8 Exotic Wallpapers I Love

July 1, 2016

Okay onto some very lovely wallpaper patterns from Milan today… I’m a bit into wallpaper at the moment so indulge me please. These are from Wall & Deco. I really love how exotic and moody these patterns are. Swoon.

8 Exotic Wallpapers I Love

8 Exotic Wallpapers I Love

8 Exotic Wallpapers I Love

8 Exotic Wallpapers I Love

I like these patterns but the leaf print top image to the right, in white and green, speaks to me the most. I imagine it in a very big room with polished concrete floors and large windows paired with contemporary Danish furnishings. It would be on a focal wall to provide depth and interest to the room, to really draw in the eye. I’d love to bring in some boho vibes too through texture like rattan, macrame and ceramics.

Ciao bella!

Holly x






Decorating Tips

Faux Tile + Marble Wallpaper

July 1, 2016

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about wallpaper that looks like tile or marble. It’s been a trend for awhile but often things resonate much later than when the trend hits. Trends aren’t always coming at the right moment for me. I often need to let them rest for a bit, observe how they are being used, and then I decide for myself if something trending has legs to stand for a bit longer than a season or two. I want to be more intentional in my shopping decisions and less driven by trend or emotion.

Faux Tile + Marble Wallpaper

Let’s discuss faux tile wallpaper first… Have you ever thought to use it on stairs, in the kitchen or bath, or perhaps in another room in your home? If not, why? If so, do you have some good resources to share in the comments section of this post? I’m going to share some of mine below in case you would like to try this idea at home.

About the application and use for faux tile, Graham + Brown says, “Tile wallpapers are mainly used in kitchens and bathrooms, as an easy alternative to ceramic tiles. If you have a small room with lots of corners and windows then ceramic tiles can be difficult to apply. Our tiled wallpapers are easy to apply and many provide a splash resistant surface suitable for kitchen and bathroom conditions.”

Great option for renters! Honestly though, I’m more keen on the faux tile wallpaper that looks like old Portuguese tile work or something else uniquely European, like floor tiles you may see in Barcelona or Berlin, patterned and definitely not overly modern or clean. Like typical white square tile found in so many rentals.

I also imagine decorative European-inspired tile used on stairs (like this) or perhaps sparingly on a bathroom wall or kitchen backsplash. It would be nice to use it to mimic some of these rooms – the examples below are showing the real deal, ceramic tile, BUT you can imagine using wallpaper tile in the same way, can’t you?

Faux Tile + Marble Wallpaper

Faux Tile + Marble Wallpaper

Faux Tile + Marble Wallpaper

FAUX TILE SOURCES

Graham + Brown

Zoffany Spark Wallpaper

Better Homes + Gardens shop

Burke Decor

Now, let’s look at some good examples of faux marble wallpaper. This is extremely interesting because I’ve never imagined marble on MY walls except for a bit in a kitchen or bath. But even then, I envision a backsplash or marble underfoot. Yet, seeing it in these examples causes me to think more broadly about this application… It’s actually quite interesting to behold.

Faux Tile + Marble Wallpaper

Faux Tile + Marble Wallpaper

Faux Tile + Marble Wallpaper

Faux Tile + Marble Wallpaper

What do you think about this look, faux marble on walls?

SOURCES

Tapeten web shop

Ferm Living

Lime Lace

Of course, the real deal is always the preference but when renting or on a budget, it’s not always possible so you have to find creative ways to still have what you want, just tweaked a bit… And c’mon, how many of us want to invest in real marble from floor to ceiling? It’s fun to have creative options.

In my next post today, I want to introduce you to some gorgeous wallpapers from Milan, you will gasp.

xo

Holly

PS You may also love this post about other faux wallpapers I found in the past.

(Tile photography: My Domaine fireplace/Tessa Neustadt, Rug Knots, Design Milk, My Domain kitchen)






Shopping + Products, uncategorized

Tables With Porcelain Legs In Barcelona

June 30, 2016

I came across this gem of a collection in Milk Magazine (France) by Barcelona-based designer and potter, Xavier Mañosa, and just had to share it. His tables are made with oak tops and legs from porcelain and stoneware. Excuse me while I geek out but his work is amazing in my eyes. I love the simplicity, clarity, texture, use of natural elements, and the overall idea of it. Also the colors, wow, great palette right?

Tables With Porcelain Legs In Barcelona

Xavier is part of Apparatu which is a design studio, pottery workshop and family business which sounds like such a nice place to spend your days as a designer, doesn’t it? They work on commission and also develop in-house projects. They also have an online shop.

Tables With Porcelain Legs In Barcelona

Tables With Porcelain Legs In Barcelona

Tables With Porcelain Legs In Barcelona

These tables and ceramics are from the Fang collection offered through b.d. Barcelona.

(Photography: bd Barcelona via Milk Magazine)






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