Tabletop

Winter Tabletop Dinner Party Ideas

January 20, 2017

Hello everyone, this is Anke and I thought I’d drop by while Holly’s at the imm Cologne in her decor8 booth to first of all, I am wish you a happy new year and next, bring you some ideas and inspiration for a winterly tabletop. What I did this time was I put every tree-shaped candleholder (plus decoration) I own on our dining table. Admittedly there are numerous in our possession! Imagine my husband rolling his eyes at this point! Of course less will do. (Imagine him nodding!) Moreover, I wanted to catch the beautiful colors one finds outside in the forest here in Germany at this time of the year. Namely shades of grey (sky), brown (wood) and white (snow). I love this natural and fresh color palette at home. Do you?

Winter Tabletop Dinner Party Ideas

It recently snowed heavily outside when I shot these images the other day. Perfect timing for this column! But you can easily let it snow above your table, too! Either you make a garland of white paper dots by using a circle punch and sewing the dots in a row OR you just buy one at the Dille & Kamille online shop, if you are not a DIY kind of person!

Winter Tabletop Dinner Party Ideas

These garlands create a non-kitschy but cheerful and fun decoration. But all regular readers will know that I am generally into paper garlands, I cannot help it!

Winter Tabletop Dinner Party Ideas

In keeping with the chilly season I picked a wreath illustration with bare branches (bought online at Creative Market) for the name tags you see on the plates and attached jute cord loosely.

Winter Tabletop Dinner Party Ideas

As I am a huge fan of hearty soups and stew in winter I cooked one of our family’s favorites – Sweet Chestnut Soup. This one contains chestnuts (surprise!), celeriac, leek, spring onions, beef broth and cream. The topping is made of chopped and roasted chestnuts with coarse sea salt, fresh grounded pepper and maple syrup for a sweet touch. Just the way I like it! An alternative to traditional soup bowls are pretty preserving jars.

Winter Tabletop Dinner Party Ideas

That’s it for now! I will see you again in February when we should definitely have spring flowers for our column, don’t you think? Sending kind greetings – Anke

(Styling, Photography: Anke Illner)






Events + Markets

The Bloggers Trend Show @ imm Cologne + Living Kitchen – Wow!

January 18, 2017

I am typing with excited fingers because the decor8 booth at the imm Cologne + Living Kitchen fair is up and running! The imm is one of the most important interiors and kitchen fairs in the world and certainly, in Europe. If you’re an American, imagine being asked to have your own booth at the ICFF in New York and to share your inspirations and ideas as a stylist and blogger. Well, it’s like that. A big deal. And not just a little booth, an entire 11 x 7 meter space where you can create a kitchen, living room and dining area! You can find me in Hall 4.1 Booth C022 so please stop by all week or come on the weekend to meet me personally all day on Saturday and Sunday – I’ll be there from opening time until the fair closes each day.

The Bloggers Trend Show @ imm Cologne + Living Kitchen - Wow!That’s me chatting with visitors from Dedon, was such a pleasure to have coffee with them and relax.

I was honored to accept the challenge for my first trade show booth and jumped right in. But it’s not just an honor for me but for bloggers everywhere because this could be the start of something new. Imagine more fairs having booths from bloggers + influencers sharing their inspirations? It brings such a fresh flair to an interiors trade show, don’t you think? To see your favorite blog come to life and to get to meet the blogger that you love so much. Perhaps this is the next step for bloggers – to have their own trend shows at trade fairs so they can share what’s happening online and what they, and their readers, are interested in the most at the moment. I actually LOVE this concept!

I’ve done a lot to get to this point of being recognized and I’m proud of this – and also proud of what this means for bloggers globally. I want to do video work and television next. In fact, I would love to have my own show. But I’m proud that bloggers are being seen, no longer invisible. And though print publications still battle their feelings with having us out here, I’m happy to tell them that we must learn to live and work together because bloggers and influencers are not fading out anytime soon. So it’s time to team up or just accept us as being important content providers too.

Bringing together my ideas and inspirations for a trade show booth was one of the most exciting projects I’ve had because it’s totally new. I love a challenge. And to have only started in November, and only finalizing everything a few weeks ago, well… It’s an understatement to say that I worked really hard to pull it off in record time. But I didn’t do this alone. Not at all. I hired Morten Toni Vinther to help me, he helps me on special fair projects and when I travel to do consulting jobs. If you remember, we worked together in Paris a year ago for Maison + Objet and for Merci. This time, I pulled him in to help me with the booth as the Project Manager. I have an enormous amount of respect for this man, an Engineer who comes from the Automotive Industry, who has a rich background also in sales and really understands the importance of building good, but also very sincere, personal relationships with others. He speaks 5 languages, another rich asset, and he loves design and especially details – how something is made, what it is made from – and by whom. He wants to know the story behind the material and the maker. Morten has been the backbone of this project and I couldn’t have pulled this off in record time without him.

I also can’t thank Tinna and Morten Pedersen enough from Agentur Pedersen. Both worked with us very closely to loan out Skagerak and Ferm Living products for the decor8 booth. I also worked closely with Muuto, Connox, Woud Design, Piet Hein Eek, Atelier Suhka, N by Naber, LYS Vintage, Farrow & Ball and Menu to supply the major pieces for the booth which are on loan and to be returned after the fair ends. And of course Eike Fuchs, the Project Manager for Living Kitchen, Judith Mader, Charlotte Guyout, Ann-Christin Mai, Jan Wefelnberg and Markus Majerus. All were tremendously supportive and helpful throughout this project and none of this would have happened without them. And lovely Jenny who helped us build the booth! She was fantastic!

This was the first time the imm has ever had a Bloggers Trend Show, so we all learned so much together on this project and my hope is that the imm will continue to partner with bloggers in the future for more trend shows.

So! here is the booth on Sunday, the day before opening day…

The Bloggers Trend Show @ imm Cologne + Living Kitchen - Wow!

The Bloggers Trend Show @ imm Cologne + Living Kitchen - Wow!

Ann-Christin Mai, Charlotte Guyot and Judith Mader – Charlie’s Angels for sure!

The Bloggers Trend Show @ imm Cologne + Living Kitchen - Wow!

The Bloggers Trend Show @ imm Cologne + Living Kitchen - Wow!

And the floor plan… A rough copy but at least you can get a good idea of the layout and dimensions. I wanted the back wall to be plywood because I see it as great material to use on the wall in the home, particularly in the kitchen, and hope to see it even more in the future.

The Bloggers Trend Show @ imm Cologne + Living Kitchen - Wow!

I’m VERY visual, so I always work off of mood boards. I find a starting point and then work from there. For this project, the starting point was a beautiful scrapwood table from Piet Hein Eek. I have loved his work for eight years and finally had a chance to approach him to work with me on this project and he accepted. From there, I decided on the plywood wall and the color scheme and overall vibe I was going for. Here is my mood board.

The Bloggers Trend Show @ imm Cologne + Living Kitchen - Wow!From this point, I started to make calls and send emails. Because time was so limited and Christmas was coming, it was critical to get all of our big pieces ordered before the holidays and gladly, we accomplished this. After I secured the large pieces, I did more mood boards just to see how the pieces were working together as I worked, you can see these below. I also had a mood board on Pinterest that I kept secret until now – you can see it here.

The Bloggers Trend Show @ imm Cologne + Living Kitchen - Wow!Dining area major pieces: Pause dining chairs from Woud Design, Afternoon Side chairs from Menu, Ply Rugs from Muuto, Waste Scrapwood Table in high gloss from Piet Hein Eek (This isn’t the exact table, I selected one in richer deeper tones and lots of white), Harrison lighting in white from Menu.

The Bloggers Trend Show @ imm Cologne + Living Kitchen - Wow!

Kitchen corner major pieces:
Concept Kitchen (shelves and bar) from n by Naber, Blue Triangles Kelim rug, Triangle rug and Dip mat from Ferm Living, Pause Bar Stools in Light Blue from Woud Design, Collect lighting from Ferm Living, Kuvert Shelving from Skagerak.

The Bloggers Trend Show @ imm Cologne + Living Kitchen - Wow!

Mood board area major pieces:
Lean wall lights in white from Muuto, Vivlio shelving and frame from Skagerak. This area ended up NOT being for the mood board, we moved it to another wall, and instead installed original painting from Sania Pell above the Vivlio shelving instead.

The Bloggers Trend Show @ imm Cologne + Living Kitchen - Wow!

Living room major pieces:
Outline 3 seater sofa covered in Steelcut trio 133 Kvadrat textile and designed by MuutoHAY Tray table in soft yellow from LYS Vintage designed by HAY, Basil cork table from LYS Vintage designed by Petite Friture, Muuto Leaf floor lamp in green (from my home), Visu Lounge chairs covered in Blue Umami 3 743 Kvadrat textile and designed by MuutoVivian Blanket from Atelier Suhka (from my home), Turning Table from Connox designed by Menu (from my home), Alma Sheepskin rug from Lulu & Georgia (from my home), Large 200×300 Black White PLY rug from Muuto, Square Magazine Holder in Black from Ferm Living, Assorted cushions from Ferm Living, Small, Medium and Large Dot Pendants from Woud Design.

Last weekend, we put it all together and on Monday morning, I went live on Instagram Stories to show you how it came out – and the fair officially opened. They’re expecting 70,000 visitors so it’s just a wee bit of pressure when a fair approaches you and asks if you’d like to be part of an international trend show and they’d like to give you a booth to share your personal inspirations in and some of the trends that are on your radar. With only two bloggers participating, it was such an honor to be asked but also to share the project with Desiree from Vosgesparis, a friend and fellow blogger living in Amsterdam whom I’ve known for years. We photographed her home for my first book, Decorate! She has always inspired me with her monochromatic living and tight editing and her eye for raw, edgy and everything graphic. I’m decorating in a different way from her, which was also great that we were both assigned this project because her booth came out so differently from mine. You can see her booth here on her beautiful blog.

Ready to peek in at the booth?

The Bloggers Trend Show @ imm Cologne + Living Kitchen - Wow!

BEFORE, remember?

The Bloggers Trend Show @ imm Cologne + Living Kitchen - Wow!

This is AFTER. Note: I didn’t select the floor, I had to use the standard trade show floor which is black cement. I also did not select the wall height. I had to use what they gave me, the height of 2,5 meters. Everything else though, I selected and nothing is “sponsored” and no one is giving me perks or anything special if I asked them to be part of the booth. Everything was chosen for one reason: I liked it! Also, 90-100 items that you see are from my own home. This makes the booth feel like home to me.

The Bloggers Trend Show @ imm Cologne + Living Kitchen - Wow!

I love the wall decal on the back wall, a tree, by Sian Zeng. She’s lovely. She gave it to me as a gift about a year ago and I was going to put it in Aidan’s room but decided now that the booth was were it needed to go.

The Bloggers Trend Show @ imm Cologne + Living Kitchen - Wow!

I like seeing visitors relaxing and chatting in my space. These guests are flipping through BELONG magazine and Decorate For a Party. I’ve added magazines and books from some of my favorite authors, including Fete Press, KOEL, my four books, Sibella Court, Hans Blomquist, Igor from Happy Interior and Urban Jungle Bloggers with lovely Judith, Kinfolk Home, and many more. The Lyngby porcelain  vases that you see are from LYS Vintage in Hamburg, a favorite interiors shop of mine that I tell everyone who visits Hamburg that they must visit. Those vases are on my wish list for sure!

The Bloggers Trend Show @ imm Cologne + Living Kitchen - Wow!

The Bloggers Trend Show @ imm Cologne + Living Kitchen - Wow!

These pretty ceramic spoons are from my private collection, made by Anna Westerlund.

The Bloggers Trend Show @ imm Cologne + Living Kitchen - Wow!

The Bloggers Trend Show @ imm Cologne + Living Kitchen - Wow!

The Bloggers Trend Show @ imm Cologne + Living Kitchen - Wow!

The Bloggers Trend Show @ imm Cologne + Living Kitchen - Wow!

The Bloggers Trend Show @ imm Cologne + Living Kitchen - Wow!

The Bloggers Trend Show @ imm Cologne + Living Kitchen - Wow!

The Bloggers Trend Show @ imm Cologne + Living Kitchen - Wow!

The Bloggers Trend Show @ imm Cologne + Living Kitchen - Wow!

Don’t worry, I tucked away all of the cords on the floor to the left of the shelving, you can’t see them anymore, they drove me nuts!!!

The Bloggers Trend Show @ imm Cologne + Living Kitchen - Wow!

These are so precious and special to me, on loan from my friend Dietlind Wolf in Hamburg.

The Bloggers Trend Show @ imm Cologne + Living Kitchen - Wow!

The Bloggers Trend Show @ imm Cologne + Living Kitchen - Wow!

Morten Toni Vinther, who managed this project for me (to the far left), speaking with a booth visitor.

So! that is the decor8 booth! Since the fair is still on, you can also come by and see it live and visit Desiree’s booth too! At the fair, you can find some of the best brands in the world of interiors and kitchen exhibiting their new collections AND the small makers too at the Blickfang designers market which is also part of the imm this year for the first time.

imm Living Kitchen – decor8 BOOTH – HALL 4.1 – STAND C022 (near escalators)

All week at the decor8 booth, we have a wonderful hostess there, Ayse Alkan (@missmorpho on Instagram) to make you a coffee, help you pin to the pinboard in our booth (you can win prizes!) and to answer your questions… Then, I’m back on Saturday and Sunday to be in the booth all day myself – I’ll be there with Morten and Ayse from opening to closing hours both days but away for lunch. If you stop by and I’m not there, ask Morten or Ayse to text me and I’ll come back to see you – I may be chatting to someone in another booth, etc. But I’m there!

On Saturday, we have a blogger tour and lots of my blogger friends are coming to see me and participate in my growing mood board project in my booth. We have cappuccino, expresso, etc in my booth too -so stop by and sit at the bar and relax with us. There is wifi, plenty of books and magazines to peruse and a very laid back and relaxing environment that I’m sure you will enjoy so definitely spend some time with us.

Thank you again to the imm and Living Kitchen for having me. From Friday-Sunday please watch my Instagram and hashtag #immspired to see my trend repots from the fair and I’ll see you on Saturday and Sunday in my booth too!

Bye! xo

Holly

 






Events + Markets

decor8 Booth at imm and LivingKitchen Fair in Cologne!

January 6, 2017

Hello everyone and a very happy new year to you! I’ve been trying to blog less over the past month to focus my energy on a big project coming up AND to spend more time with my little boy who will turn THREE next month. We are doing well and he is such a wonderful child, I couldn’t be happier as a mom and definitely had such a nice time with him during our pause time. My husband and I really enjoy him – he is a super energetic, a comedian and already speaking in sentences in both German and English, so he’s definitely keeping us on our toes.

decor8 Booth at imm and LivingKitchen Fair in Cologne!
(my imm mood board above, to give you a general idea of the decor8 booth concept)

Okay, so! I have to tell you about this very exciting and a very big FIRST TIME project I’m currently assigned to by the imm and LivingKitchen fair (more info here and here). But first…Do you know about the imm and LivingKitchen?

If not, it’s one of the largest fairs in the world, and certainly most influential, for home and kitchen. It’s THE fair to attend if you want to catch all of the largest trends from the leading companies plus, to see all of their brand new collections before anyone else. What is even MORE special is that this time, they are including a special hall just for Blickfang, which is an International Fair for independent designers, so they are giving small brands a chance to be seen and experienced by their visitors. I find this very fresh and inspirational.

But that’s not all… They have partnered with me and also Desiree from Vosgesparis, so we each were assigned a booth in one of the halls to present our own trend show. This is so exciting for us both, I’m certainly looking forward to it! The theme for our booths is “immspired – the bloggers’ trend show” and we were asked to design a booth from the ground up and source and order in all of the products we’d need to loan from some of our favorite companies, and we had about 6 weeks (including the holidays) to do it. This proved to be challenging but exhilarating because I was traveling for my European book tour during the planning stages AND since it landed right during the same time as my family “pause” time for the holidays among a thousand other things I have going on in my business!

So far, so good! Thing is, it was nice to work on something like this with such little planning time because I had to just make FAST decisions, improvise, and not over-think anything. For a creative/perfectionist/semi-control freak like me (at least for work-related tasks, definitely not in my private life), it was nice to have a very short planning and execution time because I would have doubted and revised and perfected to death every step along the way. The pace of this project has been intense and quick, but I’m still confident the results will be very nice and the fair will be so pleased with the results, as well as our guests. I really hope you will come to meet me and see the booth in person if you can! I feel so relaxed, not nervous at all, though with an estimated 70,000 people flooding to this influential fair, you think I’d be a wreck but I’m surprisingly so chill about it because this is something I love so much – combining my vision with meeting people and being immersed in a beautiful setting with inspirational people and products. HELLO HAPPINESS.

The decor8 space is planned at 11 meters by 7 meters, so it’s a decent size spot with a small kitchen nook, dining area, seating area and a fun Instagram printer for you to use, free coffee, wifi and a big mood board project where you are invited to take part. I’ll have tools for you to use AND we’ll be posting on Instagram (you too!) where we will have a winner who will get special prizes from me shipped in the mail after the fair that you will love from my favorite companies.

decor8 Booth at imm and LivingKitchen Fair in Cologne!

I’ve finished my booth design (at least the major pieces), so I will show you more in the days to come… Then, during the fair on Instagram, I’ll show you on Instagram Stories (@decor8) with live video AND with photos on my stream so you can see the booth. I have a bunch of bloggers visiting me at the booth too, so I’ll be sure to share them with you when they stop by on my Instagram feed. You can follow the fun on Instagram with hashtag #immspired. Come visit me and if you want tickets at a special rate, click here, so you can come during the second weekend between January 20-22. I will be at my booth to meet my visitors on Monday, January 16, Saturday, January 21 from 11-and Sunday, January 22 from 11-4. If I’m not there when you stop by on those dates, just ask the person who is in my booth (we have a host present at all times) to send me an SMS so I can come by to meet you – I may be off touring the fair or working elsewhere for a bit. If I know you have come to meet me, I’ll do my best to see you so please do stop by.

For now, I want to thank some of the companies in advance who are lending me products for this wonderful project. They include:
FERM LIVING – Lighting and accessories
SKAGERAK – furniture
MENU A/S – furniture, lighting and accessories
WOUD – furniture and lighting
PIET HEIN EEK – furniture
N BY NABER – kitchen
CONNOX – furniture
ATELIER SUKHA – accessories
FARROW & BALL – paint

I will also have special paintings from SANIA PELL and small ceramics from DIETLIND WOLF along with magazines to read and enjoy as you lounge from KOEL, FETE PRESS and BELONG.

I expect to add a few more collaborators our list above in the next 48 hours, so I’ll update this post when I do to share them with you.

TO ATTEND AT A SPECIAL PRICE (8 Euro for the entrance on the private visitor days including free train ride) CLICK HERE and enter this code at checkout: 2017lk+imm

I’m so happy to share this project with you… More to come in the next days, so stay turned and again, a very happy new year to all of you.

Love and peace,

Holly






Round-ups

14 Stylish Prints For Your Walls + 25% off at Desenio

December 13, 2016

I have a great offer for you today from Desenio plus my 14 favorite prints so if you are a fan of stylish and minimalistic Nordic-inspired artwork, you’re gonna love this (scroll to bottom of post for the special offer!) I’m such a fan of beautiful prints and frames and I tend to lean towards nature, women or very graphic prints in my home. What about you? What do you tend to see the most in your art collection? What themes do you see in your art that keep repeating room after room? Look carefully, some are obvious and others are not so.

14 Stylish Prints For Your Walls + 25% off at Desenio

Shown above: Ink Circles, Kate Moss Life Is a Joke (I have this and love it, Tove Frank Feathers  and Tove Frank Shells + Feathers.

14 Stylish Prints For Your Walls + 25% off at Desenio

Shown above: Tove Frank Balleria, The Dream, Marc Jacobs Let’s Do What We Love And Do A Lot Of It poster and Black Lake.

In this post, I’ve chosen some of my favorites from Desenio, some I’ll be ordering for my new work studio because yes, I finally have one! I sign the papers next week and I can’t wait to tell you more about where decor8 will be moving next. I’ve been looking for over 5 years so to finally have something is a dream come true. I CANNOT WAIT.

14 Stylish Prints For Your Walls + 25% off at Desenio

Shown above: Sailor, Monstera illustration, Evening Zebra, Pink Mountain, Eyelashes and Origami elephant (right).

Are you ready for your fantastic offer from my friends at Desenio in Sweden? Great. You can receive 25% off (posters/art prints only) between now and December 15 ONLY on graphical prints in any size. Just use the code holly25 upon checkout (all lowercase). Isn’t that a great incentive to deck the halls and decorate the walls?

Note: Discount only on their posters online, not frames or accessories.

Let me know which ones you buy!

(images: desenio)






Decorating Tips

Relaxing + Cozy Tabletop Decor Inspired By Finland

December 12, 2016

Hello decor8 readers, this is columnist Anke with my monthly column so please have a look at my recent dining room tabletop styling if you’d like. I have been inspired recently by a short trip to Finland. While doing window shopping I spotted interior design in moody colors like bordeaux, masala, dusky pink, mossy green, grey and black everywhere. Though this isn’t your typical Christmas motif, and now Finland is decked out in the most traditional holiday colors, my trip last month still left an impression on me. I really enjoyed to see these dark shades in combination with plain Finnish design — they just know how to create a relaxed and calm atmosphere, right?

Relaxing + Cozy Tabletop Decor Inspired By Finland

I thought to bring my impressions onto our tabletop at home by using candle and tea light holders in different shapes and sizes, made of glass and wood. Furthermore on my table – this season’s most popular ceramics – tableware in black, the “black coal” series by Broste Copenhagen. I found it at my dear friend’s online shop Wunderschoen Gemacht.

Relaxing + Cozy Tabletop Decor Inspired By Finland

Instead of flowers, I decided on different branches which I will now use for making Christmas wreaths. I picked eucalyptus, olive, pine and twigs with tiny acorns and pale pink berries and I liked having them in a vase until I have to cut them into small bunches for the wreaths.

Relaxing + Cozy Tabletop Decor Inspired By Finland

Relaxing + Cozy Tabletop Decor Inspired By Finland

Relaxing + Cozy Tabletop Decor Inspired By Finland

When it comes to trends, I usually need some time until I give an interior trend a try. This “boho” Woven Wall Hanging for an example! A “Dust catcher” was my first thought. But well, you see, I obviously changed my mind. The best about this DIY was spending two snugly evenings with my boys who keenly wove their own ones with me. Now I know why we send them to Waldorfschool! ;-)

Last but not least, a salted dark chocolate tarte with whipped cream and red berry sauce went on the table and made me happy. I am really into sweets with a salty twist and love dark chocolate desserts combined with red berry anything! The berry sauce you see on one of my pictures is the easiest ever. In Germany we have a classic called “Rote Grütze” which is a compote of red berries you can buy ready to eat in every supermarket. I just put this one into my blender and mix it until smooth, that’s it. Sometimes one is allowed to take the easy way out, agree?

Relaxing + Cozy Tabletop Decor Inspired By Finland

It’s impossible to finish this post without giving thanks to Holly for my highlight this month! Your book party launching “Decorate for a Party”/ “Feierlaune” ($12 on Amazon this week only!) in Hannover with so many inspiring guests, a beautiful table decoration and those blissful cakes by Mundus was such a treat, dear Holly! It was so great to have spent time with you and I enjoyed very much!

Have a wonderful start into the month of December and make yourself comfortable at home, dear readers! I hope to see you again soon with some Christmas decoration for the table! – Anke

(Styling, Text and Photography: Anke Illner)






Events + Markets

Final Day To Shop My Sale at Westwing!

November 21, 2016

Hello Friends! Today is the final day to shop my sale, which began on Friday, over at Westwing for some fun party goods that I’m sure you will love. I can’t wait to see what you think! You can go to Westwing and login and click on this link to see more. Sale ends tonight at 11:00 CET. Hurry!

Final Day To Shop My Sale at Westwing!My top ten favorites, some of which I’ve ordered because they’re so great, are:

1. Be Happy. Be Bright. Be You. Glassware.
2. Palest pinky peach flatware
3. HYGGE candle.
4. To go boxes for cake
5. Water glasses
6. Vase set
7. Wood flatware in mint
8. Gold paper cups
9. Party hats
10. Polka dot wood flatware
11. Star candle holder
12. Spotty gold plates
13. Pop Click Fizz napkins
14. Gold pineapple plates
15. Confetti balloon set

Final Day To Shop My Sale at Westwing!Enjoy and RUN before they sell out! Everything is marked down to a very special price, you won’t find elsewhere…

xo

Holly






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