Going To Helsinki and Speaking at Habitare!

Hello friends. I've been wanting to tell you the good news for months, but I'm giving a lecture at Finland's largest design show, Habitare. I can't wait. If you plan to attend, please sit in on my discussion which will focus on creating content for Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and your blog. My lecture is at 11:30 am on Thursday, September 14, 2017. You can find more information about it here. If you need tickets, you can get them here. I'm also part of a jury who will be selecting favorite designs from the show, which will be a lot of fun. I can't wait to visit this fair!

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Do you have any tips for me with things to do in Helsinki? I will have a day off, so all suggestions are welcome. I love shopping for pretty clothes and shoes, great home interiors products, ceramics, drinking great coffee in pretty cafes, and definitely going somewhere to relax and take some photos - like a botanical garden, greenhouse or park. I'll be in Helsinki from 12-17 of September. I already know I am eating with a group at Grön, have you been? These photos in this post are from their website. It looks FANTASTIC.

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I can't wait to post again when I'm back with a list of all of the things I did and saw and to tell you about the people I met. I'll make sure to take lots of photos but also, please remember to follow me on Instagram @decor8 because I'll do live Insta Stories from the fair and I'll post photos of the fantastic design I'm seeing. I'll even take you with me on Instagram while I'm hopping around the city, so please do come along! If you are based in Finland, please visit my lecture and introduce yourself - I'd love to meet you!

I also can't wait to hang out with my blogger colleagues also invited on this trip like Monsters Circus, My Scandinavian Home, Trend Stefan and Home for Soul.

I am so excited to have been invited by Habitare and would like to thank my good friend Desiree from VosgesParis for helping me get this fabulous opportunity (she went last year and referred me) so thanks Desiree!

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Visit my lecture at

Habitare on September 14, 2017 at 11:30 am

So design junkies, any tips for my first trip to Finland?

Holly

(Photographs: Grön)

Project 62: Target's Newest Furniture + Accessories Collection

As an American living abroad, you'll hear me pine away for Target at least a few times a month. I also miss having a Starbucks on every corner (gasp!), something I used to complain about back home, "Ugh, Starbucks is everywhere!!!". We only have TWO in our entire city (and my city is larger than Boston, imagine that). I digress... Point is, I miss some of the comforts that came from living in the United States.

That's why when I saw the press release that Target will launch a new furniture and home accessories collection called Project 62, I got just a tad bit envious of my American friends and family who live over there and have full access to one of the best big box stores in the world. Here's a first peak at some of the things you can expect from the new Target collection. Woo hoo!

Sideboard with brass accent, ceramic vases, lamps, brass mirror and the Plymouth chair in blush pink.

Sideboard with brass accent, ceramic vases, lamps, brass mirror and the Plymouth chair in blush pink.

Solene pale mint dinnerware.

Solene pale mint dinnerware.

Royal blue tufted velvet chair

Royal blue tufted velvet chair

Throw pillows also from the collection.

Throw pillows also from the collection.

Grey modular sofa and ottoman, Arc Globe floor lamp, Sayer coffee table.

Grey modular sofa and ottoman, Arc Globe floor lamp, Sayer coffee table.

My favorite: Brass side table with marble top. Also the vase is from the collection.

My favorite: Brass side table with marble top. Also the vase is from the collection.

A mix of rugs from the collection - beautiful!

A mix of rugs from the collection - beautiful!

Over the next 18 months, we’re introducing four new Home brands with distinct aesthetics, starting with Project 62. We created Project 62 for people who are passionate about modern design at a great value, with thoughtfully designed, approachable pieces for everyday life.
— Mark Tritton, EVP and Chief Merchandising Officer, Target

And in case you're wondering... Project 62 won't be replacing any of their current lines, like the lovely things from Nate Berkus. Who can live without fabulous Nate, am I right?

Hungry for more? Check out Architectural Digest.

(Photography: John Day for Target)

Renovated French Chateau For Green + Plant Lovers

I've been wanting to share this home tour from France with you all week! Yesterday, I shared a small family apartment in Paris but today, we are traveling back to France to see a renovated chateau in gorgeous greens that you are going to absolutely fall in love with. I found Interior Stylist and Event Planner Isabelle Dubois-Dumée, on Instagram who has a shop I follow called les petites emplettes - and now you get to see her fabulous home which is about 2 hrs and 30 minutes outside of Paris in Dirac, France. Do you know her IG account and online store, too? Oh, it's so dreamy - you'll love it.

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I was so happy to see that Isabelle and her partner run a food truck service too. You can see more of it here. I need to take a drive over to France to check this out next time they have an event. It looks dreamy and so inviting. Isabelle's life looks so enchanting, what I think we all aspire to live like - in beautiful surroundings doing what we love. Isn't that the best life to live?

(Photos: Isabelle Dubois-Dumée and Inside Out)

 

New Fall/Winter 2017 Ferm Living Collection

I really love being an American in Europe, because I get to be your scout and source for European trends and design. I plan to show you much more of what's what in Europe in the months to come, as I have plans for decor8 to showcase even more of what you want to see from Europe. This morning, I want to show you inside of the newest collection from Ferm Living (also available in the USA) as they just released these images last night to the press. This may be your first view, so please pay attention because you're going to be totally inspired by the new Ferm Living collection. I'm including some pieces from Ferm Living Kids too.

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By merging the essence of a graphic Nordic design identity with an allure of understated sophistication we have created a vibrant and bold collection in which the richness of materials, volume and textures finds its balance among clean shapes and soft lines.
— Ferm Living

When I was in Milan this past April, I felt like many of the colors and patterns I saw would start to creep into interiors trends and so far, my predictions were correct. Milan Design Week inspired so many designers, and I'm so glad that it did because I loved what I saw in Milan. If you missed my trend post from the work I did for Kvadrat in Milan, you can read the entire report here.

This collection from Ferm is beautiful and I can't wait to see it in person in the upcoming months as I start to visit the top European design fairs. I'll definitely keep you posted both here on decor8 and over on my Instagram @decor8 during my travels.

Happy Friday!

(Images: With permission from Ferm Living)