Blogging

The Best Instagram Online Class Ever!

June 17, 2016

Wow that’s a big statement, a very big claim! But this class is really going to be the best ever! But first, I want to know… Do you feel sad when you see your Instagram pics compared to those you follow? Do you feel like you can’t ever get anywhere with it? Do you wonder how people are creating such great photos? Do you wonder how to make money using Instagram? Have you ever considered turning your Instagram into a booklet that you can sell in an online shop? Are you just plain curious about how to make your Instagram experience better?

Do you want to save yourself TIME and FRUSTRATION by learning all you can about Instagram in TWO WEEKS that would otherwise take you a year or more on your own?Click To Tweet

The Best Instagram Online Class Ever!

YES. Of course!

We will answer those questions, save you tons of time and frustration and more, make Instagram FUN, in our BIG BOLD INSTAGRAM #Instapower e-course. Seriously, you will take it and say it was the best class you’ve taken online about IG, we really believe that.

The Best Instagram Online Class Ever!

First, meet your teachers. I’ll be involved in the class, naturally. But I’ve invited two shining stars who are professionals at what they do and can really help you. You will be studying under RACHEL KORINEK from TWO LOVES STUDIO. This Aussie photographer and stylist REALLY KNOWS HER STUFF. She also has been formally trained as a teacher, so her videos and written lessons will provide you with a ton of terrific knowledge. Rachel is awesome at teaching and explaining otherwise complicated subjects (like photography) and is one of the best food photographers I’ve seen, her light and bright images are just gorgeous – so clear and lovely.

The Best Instagram Online Class Ever!

Next, we have PAULINE EGGE, the author of PETIT PASSPORT and a series of gorgeous travel booklets that she’ll detail in class along with how she monetized her Instagram through the creation of those booklets… Pauline is a photographer and travel writer, a lover of all things pretty and trendy, which she sniffs out as she travels and shares the best of the best on her blog with photos she takes herself – hotels, boutiques, coffee shops… Nothing is out of reach if it brings her joy and is something she knows her readers must absolutely check out. I love Petit Passport, which is why I had to hire her to teach this class with us.

How it works:

For two weeks, during the weekdays, we will post lessons each day according to the outline below. Look at what you are going to learn in just two shorts weeks… It would take you at least a year on your own to learn this stuff and with guided learning, you can ask questions and get answers right away from teachers and other students who are genuinely interested in your progress.

What you will learn:

WEEK ONE – Pauline Egge + Holly Becker
July 8 – Intro to class, welcome video from Holly
July 11-14 Below
01: Welcome video from Pauline + Branding Yourself and/or Your Instagram
02: Community Building – Networking, Growing Followers, Gaining More Likes, Best Times To Post, etc.
03: Working With Brands + Monetization. Special focus on how to make and sell guides like the ones Pauline creates and sells on her website. Also information on working with brands for profit using Instagram, what to charge, etc.
04: How to shoot on the street, in cafes, shops, permissions needed, how to style and work with your natural environment, etc.
05: To Be Added

WEEK TWO – Rachel Korinek
July 18-22 below
06: Welcome video from Rachel. Using Your Smart Phone to Capture Images for Instagram: Taking photos using your phone, best practices, apps to use to edit and create.
07: Using Your Camera to Capture Images for Instagram: Taking photos using your camera, Best practices, How to get the shots onto your computer and then phone, Editing on computer/phone, sizing for optimization.
08: Photography Techniques to Get The Most Out of Your Shots. Lighting, angles, negative space, tips for shooting, shooting multiple angles, tips and tricks and problems you may encounter.
09: Styling Your Instagram Images: Styling and Styling Tips (with video how-to), How to find Everyday Items to Use, Importance of Backgrounds and what to use, Tips for Styling when you are out and about, Things you can take with you in your handbag to style when out.
10: Curating a Gorgeous Instagram Feed: Tools, apps to help you curate your feed, How to Stand out and Disrupt Your Feed, Case Studies.

+ BONUS CONTENT taught in our previous IG class.

NOTE: If you took our IG class last year, this is 100% NEW, DIFFERENT and FRESH. It’s not the same material pre-canned and spun out in a new way. It’s NEW. Everything we produce, podcast, video, lessons – all of it – NEW.

July 8-25. Beginner to Advanced, all are welcome!

For $119 you really can’t beat it. And if you want to sign up to be an affiliate, you can learn all about our program here (make money by referring your friends).

ENROLL TODAY

I’ll be back in a moment to post a lovely giveaway from one of my favorite shops in Amsterdam. Hold on tight!

(Photography: Rachel Korinek and Pauline Egge)






Travel

Gotland Sweden: Travel Tips?

June 16, 2016

Hello friends! I’m excited because I’m leaving in a few days for the island of Gotland, Sweden! You can travel with me via my Instagram @decor8 all next week to see what we do, where we shop, eat, etc. I won’t be bombarding IG with posts but I’ll definitely get some Gotland content up there for sure — all beautiful and inspiring things for you to see in case you want to travel there too. Gotland is an island in the Baltic sea off the coast of Sweden and I am so happy that I can escape from the responsibilities of work and family life to just think, collect flowers, make salads from our garden and take in fresh salty air along with my travel partner, Leslie Shewring.

Gotland Sweden: Travel Tips?

My question to you is, dear friends, what are some must-see places? It can be anywhere on Gotland, we have a car. We love the idea of group dinners, eating outdoors, eating on organic farms, rustic bakeries, shopping in pretty lifestyle stores, seeing beautiful windmills, old homes and the beach… I want to walk the beach for hours… Our goal is really to soak in the natural surroundings and be immersed in Swedish island living for a week.

Wanted: Travel tips for Gotland, Sweden!Click To Tweet

Anything you can imagine. We would love it. I’ve already done a ton of research but before I put my finds on decor8, I want to travel to Gotland first and see them first hand. As I go, I’ll Instagram them, and when I return from Gotland, I’ll blog my travel tips during the first week of July here on decor8.

So, loves… Any good ideas for Leslie and I?

Back soon with a fun contest for you to win pretty stuff for your home from Sukha in Amsterdam. One moment please!

(Photography: The Waves We Make – you gotta go to this blog, it’s amazing)

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Recipes

Recipe: Summer Berry Pies

June 16, 2016

Hello everyone, are you ready to celebrate summer? A proper summer in my book requires a few elements. Number one is for this dreadful rainy weather to end where I’m living and for some sun to come out! Second is to bake plenty of fresh berry pies and serve still bubbling out of the oven, with the scent of melting berries within crusty pastry to die for.

Recipe: Summer Berry Pies

I have been on a roll lately with pies I suppose, having recently came back after spending a week in Lyon, otherwise known as the French culinary capital, and trust me folks it deserves this title every bit. I was staying just across the corner of Pâtisserie l’Ourson qui Boit (which comes highly recommended if you are in the area), where they make tarts with luscious yuzu filling, black sesame and raspberries or an incredible miso and vanilla marriage. When treasures like that are at your doorstep, it is quite appropriate to have more than one breakfast a day, starting with a tart then moving to the traditional French croissant, etc.

Recipe: Summer Berry Pies

Back home, I wanted to make something a little more traditional with fresh blueberries, strawberries and raspberries, the perfect summer berry pie that is easy for you to make as well. If you feel uneasy about making pastry at home, you can also use a store-bought one, but I wholeheartedly recommend giving this homemade version a try.

My secret to any good berry pie is crème de cassis liquor, which is a worthy ingredient to have at home at all times. If you are not familiar with it, crème de cassis is a blackcurrant liquor that is not only my favorite aperitif for making kir (1 part crème de cassis, 4 parts wine or even better use prosecco), but anytime you are making a dessert with berries or rhubarb it will add a wonderful flavor boost. Try it!

This berry pie is pretty good just on it’s own or with coffee for breakfast, but as with any pastry and berry concoction, whipped cream or ice cream is most welcome. The recipe will make 2 small pies for very greedy eaters or can serve four people if you’d prefer a half each.

SHORTCRUST PASTRY
200g flour
1 tbsp sugar
pinch of salt
90g cold butter, cut into cubes
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tbsp ice cold water

FILLING
1/2 kg berries (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries)
2 tbsp crème de cassis
1 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

EGG WASH
1 egg
1 tbsp water

INSTRUCTIONS
For the shortcrust pastry, in a food processor pulse together flour, sugar and salt, then add butter and continue to blend till it resembles breadcrumbs. Then pour in egg and water and continue to blend till the dough comes together, about 5-10 seconds. Divide the pastry in 3 parts and wrap each in cling film. Allow to rest in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.Preheat the oven to 190C/372F. Toss all ingredients for the filling, set aside.

Recipe: Summer Berry Pies

Roll out two pastry parts on a flour dusted surface and press each into a tart case. Then roll out the last piece of pastry and slice it into strips. Fill each tart case to the top then criss cross the pastry strips on top. Beat the egg with water and brush on top of the pastry. Bake for about 50 minutes – 1 hour. Let it cool a little, then serve!

Recipe: Summer Berry Pies

Recipe: Summer Berry Pies

Recipe: Summer Berry Pies

This is my last post for decor8, it has been a lovely journey sharing recipes here with you, but don’t forget to come back daily for more posts from Holly and her wonderful team! – Gintare

(Photography, Recipe, Styling, Text: Gintare Marcel)






Decorating Tips

Ellie Cashman: Her Process, Her Floral Wallpaper

June 15, 2016

Wow. wow. wow. Just wow. I first saw it last year on Instagram in American restaurant Finca in Salt Lake City. This dark and lovely Ellie Cashman wallpaper shown below. Edgy, moody, overscale, smoky, floral. Love. It.

Ellie Cashman: Her Process, Her Floral Wallpaper

Ellie Cashman: Her Process, Her Floral Wallpaper

Both: CityHome Collective

It’s intoxicating and beautiful. In fact, we wanted to order and install it in my home to create a room “look” for my next book coming out in the Decorate series, which will release in just a few months in September (I’ll tell you more about book number 4 very soon!). We didn’t end up having the time or the budget, but I still wanted to talk about it publicly. That’s why I had to share it from Selina’s new book yesterday on one of her pages. And this is why I have to share more impressions of it in lots of different spaces around the room to inspire you. All of this is Ellie Cashman wallpaper, not all the same pattern, but the same moody large blooms that designers and decorators all over are raving about.

Ellie Cashman: Her Process, Her Floral Wallpaper

Top L: Ellie Cashman Top R: Cupcakes and Cashmere Bottom L: Ellie Cashman Bottom R: Pinterest

But first, WHO IS ELLIE CASHMAN? She is an American artist with a Master of Fine Arts from New York University and was born in the same state as I was, Rhode Island, and like me, she expatriated to Europe (she moved to the Netherlands in 2007, I moved to Germany in 2009). Her current largest influence is the still life paintings from the Dutch golden age. She decided to turn her influence into patterns and created hyper realistic, over-scale wallpaper and it went viral on Pinterest in 2013 and since… well, her brand has become a major player in the world of wallpaper. Here is more about her humble beginnings as told by Ellie herself…

“When I designed my ‘Dark Floral’ wallpaper, I imagined it being used on an accent wall. I mocked it up in Photoshop as the backdrop for a rustic wood table and an Eames chair. What happened next, I hadn’t imagined at all! That mockup went viral on Pinterest, and e-mails began to pour in from all around the world. People wanted to know where they could buy the wallpaper. This gave me the guts to go out on my own and find a partner to produce ‘Dark Floral.’ We were shipping the wallpaper around the world even before the web shop went live. And now, just a short time later, ‘Dark Floral’ has appeared on the pages of Vogue and Elle. So, real life has exceeded the capacity of my imagination. I feel truly lucky. This little wallpaper that could has had quite a journey so far, and it feels like it’s just getting started.”

I love stories like this! Ohhh the internet is so good to so many of us! She has since expanded her wallpaper collection into cushion covers, fabric and scarves.

Ellie Cashman: Her Process, Her Floral Wallpaper

Top L: Sarah Sherman Samuel. All others: Ellie Cashman

Ellie Cashman: Her Process, Her Floral Wallpaper

Styled by Selina Lake, Photographed by Rachel Whiting for Ryland Peters and Small/Botanical Style

Ellie Cashman: Her Process, Her Floral Wallpaper

Top L: Goop Pop-up shop, Chicago Top R: Jaimee Rose Interiors Bottom L: Pinterest Bottom R: Lucky Miam

Ellie Cashman: Her Process, Her Floral Wallpaper

Florist Nikki Tibbles Home in London via Dear Designer via Domus Nova

Do you wonder how she makes the patterns you see? I did too. Ellie explains below,

“To create my large-scale floral prints, I use a combination of traditional and digital art media. I start with a rough pencil sketch on paper, which I photograph and import into Photoshop. Using customized brushes, a Wacom tablet and pen, I then color and paint on a series of layers, building up from that original sketch to a finished design. This part of my process usually takes me about 6 months to a year. Once a print is complete, a new process begins: sourcing materials and applying it to different products. In this way, a design can evolve over a period of years.”

Wonderful! All of these papers can be purchased online in Ellie’s shop.

What example above do you like the most? Why? Would you use a dramatic wallpaper in your home like this? Where?

(Photos credited above)






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)






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