12 Inspiring Decor Tips To Try From Restaurants You'll Love

Hello everyone! How are you doing? The Restaurant & Bar Design Awards, now in its tenth year, is a globally recognized competition dedicated to the design of food and beverage spaces. I thought today we could look at some of my favorites from their 2018 entries, and with each, I will give you a tip on how to bring some of the ideas home. So often, I've been out lunching with a friend and spotted a good design idea to apply in my living space. You too?  So let's look at 12 great interior examples below and see what we can learn from the talents firms who designed them.

superbaba
superbaba
superbaba

1// Above: Superbaba (Vancouver, Canada) Studio Roslyn

DECOR TIP: Color Blocking with paint! Be daring!

the budapest cafe
the budapest cafe
the budapest cafe
the budapest cafe

2// Above: The Budapest Cafe (Chengdu, China) Biasol

DECOR TIP: More color blocking with paint on walls and stairs, and sticking to a limited palette.

Sean Connolly
Sean Connolly
Sean Connolly

3// Above: Sean Connolly (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) Alexander & Co

DECOR TIP: Mix in brushed metals for elegance.

4City
4City
4City
4city
4city

4// Above: 4City (Odessa, Ukraine) 2b Group

DECOR TIP: Add texture to the walls

ATX Cocina
ATX Cocina
ATX Cocina
ATX Cocina

5 // Above: ATX Cocina (Austin, United States) Michael Hsu Office of Architecture

DECOR TIP: Mix warm colors and wood with gray for an unexpected mix.

Don Francisco’s Coffee Casa Cubana
Don Francisco’s Coffee Casa Cubana
Don Francisco’s Coffee Casa Cubana

6// Above: Don Francisco’s Coffee Casa Cubana (Los Angeles, United States) Omgivning

DECOR TIP: Add decorative tile as an  accent, not in the entire space.

Le Petite Tree House Cafe
Le Petite Tree House Cafe
Le Petite Tree House Cafe

7 // Above: Le Petite Tree House Cafe (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) Sneha Divias Atelier

DECOR TIP: Work around a theme and build from there.

Mana 75º
Mana 75º
Mana 75º

8 // Above: Mana 75º (Barcelona, Spain) Turell Sorensen Arquitectos

DECOR TIP: Mix nautical stripes with patterns that are unexpected, like from textiles found in Turkey, for instance.

Neobio
Neobio
Neobio
Neobio
Neobio
Neobio

9 // Neobio (Shanghai, China) X+Living

DECOR TIP: When designing a kids' room, mix patterns and colors and have fun first of all. The sky is the limit!

Pot Bellied Pig
Pot Bellied Pig
Pot Bellied Pig
Pot Bellied Pig

10 // Above: Pot Bellied Pig (Dublin, Ireland) Kingston Lafferty Design

DECOR TIP: Grab two colors that work together and experiment with them in different tints and tones.  This lesson in restraint can have lovely results.

Spooning
Spooning
Spooning
Spooning

11 / Above: Spooning (Berlin, Germany) Zentralnorden

DECOR TIP: Pick a main color and add accent colors very sparingly (yellow on counter, blue stools).

Romola
Romola
Romola
Romola
Romola

12 // Above: Romola (Madrid, Spain) Office for Political Innovation

DECOR TIP: Play with shapes, materials, and scale if you are daring enough. Be bold. You only live once, right?

(Photos from The Restaurant and Bar Awards)

10 Must-See Interior & Lifestyle Finds For June

It's official! Summer is here and I, Allan Torp, am back with great new finds and favorites that I'm hoping you'll like as much as I do. Have you made your summer plans already? I just came back from a visit to Lisbon, Portugal, and can highly recommend a visit, definitely check out no. 4 below, which is a few words about my stay at a very homey guesthouse. I will be spending the rest of my summer in Los Angeles working on updating my office and our own guesthouse, which might be listed on Airbnb at some point, who knows... If so, I'll let you know.

1 // FURNITURE:

Honestly, this Danish brand has not been on my mind much for the past years, but just recently  Klip Klap launched three new pieces of furniture, which made their way to my radar. A new console table, a lounge chair, and a bench, all produced with oak and a touch of velvet. Together, you can have a complete lounge arrangement that feels polished but not unrelated to Klip Klap's initial design. Very stylish, minimalistic, and perfectly Scandinavian.

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2 // ART:

I heard that you'll want to book ahead for this one and you should probably expect queues for, 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy. Tate Modern’s first solo Picasso exhibition (VIDEO HERE) is a month-by-month journey through the artist’s prolific, “year of wonders”. The 100-plus works include Girl Before a Mirror, which seldom leaves New York’s MoMA, and The Dream, which has never been shown in the UK before. It also reunites three reclining nudes – of his lover Marie-Thérèse Walter – for the first time in 85 years. The exhibition is open until September 9th, so there is plenty of time to line up.

I paint the way some people write an autobiography. The paintings, finished or not, are the pages from my diary.
— Pablo Picasso
 Picasso Press View, Tate Modern, 06.03.2018

3 // DECORATE:

An item I’m seeing used more and more, which also has been overlooked in the décor world for a while, is the screen or room divider, which is really making a comeback. They come in many sizes, colors, and materials, one that I really like is the all natural oak screen by Danish brand Hübsch.

10 Must-See Interior & Lifestyle Finds For June

4 // SLEEP:

As mentioned in my opening hello, I went to visit Lisbon recently and loved it. This was certainly not my last visit. We were a group of 16 people and all of us stayed at the wonderfully modern and very homey guesthouse, Mi Casa En Lisbon, nested on the Graça hill overlooking Lisbon. Perfectly located, and within walking distance to all the great sites. It’s a beautiful house designed by Ábaton Architecture with interior design by María Ulecia, creator of the concept, owner, and soul of the place. The house has nine bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms and beautiful common areas to be shared by guests and friends with stunning views to be enjoyed from almost every corner of the house.

10 Must-See Interior & Lifestyle Finds For June

5 // LISTEN:

I am obsessed with the Fab5 on Netflix, and season 2 just launched. Binge watched it yet? It really is some of the only feel good TV on right now, as everything is else is kind of dark. Anyway together with Betty Who the five guys have released a new version of the theme song All Things Just Keep Getting Better, which seriously makes me smile every time I hear it.

10 Must-See Interior & Lifestyle Finds For June

6 // GROOM:

I came across Nimu, an Italian company founded in Rome, and while they produce the most amazing home textiles, I simply needed to try out their handmade natural soaps. In Denmark, we traditionally don’t use soap bars but liquid soaps.  However, I find soap bars much nicer – extra bonus is the great scents you get in your bathroom as well. My favorite is probably the olive oil soap, as it’s basically nothing else than olive oil in a bar – ideal for your freshly tan but dryish skin.

Also this summer I'm packing products by The Lost Explorer, which is also 100% natural skincare. I’ve been using the Oil Free Moisturizer and Volcanic Face Scrub almost every night before bed on my travels which is making my face look clean, fresh and almost glowing in the morning. All of the products come in carry-on travel sizes, so no need to check-in your bags just because you’re bringing nice toiletries.

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7 // READ:

I don’t always love Instagram, most days I do, but sometimes it can feel like a burden. I do look at it like its part of my job to share and curate my feed for all my followers. I sometimes find though that several weeks pass without visiting or seeing anything interesting. I have often asked myself: How many likes will this get? Am I funny enough? Hot enough? Does this look too edited? Or too real?  I am surely not the only one asking these questions! Just a few weeks ago, I came across an article, “ The Dark Side Of Social Media”, written by Emma Hope Allwood, which I really enjoyed, asking the question if Instagram is becoming a trap and seriously harming our mental health.

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

The Dark Side of Social Media

8 // EAT:

I'm always on the hunt for new restaurants, especially in cities I know I’ll soon be visiting. A new Middle Eastern hot spot just popped up in LA’s Arts District called Bavel, with interiors influenced by Morocco and Turkey. Chefs Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis have roots in Israel, Morocco, Turkey, and Egypt, so they wanted to open a restaurant that showcases the cuisine from their family lineage. Who doesn’t love a nicely designed restaurant with equally gorgeous food? I am for sure ordering lots of hummus, baba ghanoush, and flatbread when I arrive soon!

10 Must-See Interior & Lifestyle Finds For June

9 // SHOP:

If you find yourself in Stockholm this summer, drop by the modern family-owned concept store, 28quadrat, located in the center of Stockholm. They carry a cool selection of great designs from all over the world. Their assortment mainly consists of interior design and fashion accessories from contemporary and innovative design brands. They work with well-renowned brands but also with smaller, talented designers. Bonus: The store is always open for an espresso and a chat at around the big table when you stop by.

10 Must-See Interior & Lifestyle Finds For June
10 Must-See Interior & Lifestyle Finds For June

10 // ONE LAST THING:

Do yourself a favor and serve a Ripple Rhapsody – a taste of home according to Danish design brand Ferm Living, who created this amazing, easy to mix, cocktail which is perfect for the summer. Cheers!

Recipe: Ripple Rhapsody Cocktail

See you in July for my favorite things! - Allan Torp

[Editor's Note: All grooming products are gifted as part of reviewing for this column on decor8 in partnership between Allan Torp and the brands. This review is provided by Allan Torp for decor8, any collaborations are his own. All words and opinions are his own.]

4 Simple Ways To Decorate for a Garden Party at Home

Would you like to see 4 very easy and affordable ways to create an indoor garden dinner party for summer? Hello, this is Anke with another tabletop-column, cherishing the month of June and the color green! I love the rich green outside that come with summer season! Most of us like to spend as much time as possible outdoors during this time of the year, right? But as not all of us has a garden so thought about bringing the garden-party theme inside.

Indoor Garden Party Theme on decor8
Indoor Garden Party Theme on decor8

1/ Start with Flowers & Branches

First for this theme, I cut wild Mock Orange Bush (which is known under the name „Farmer ́s Jasmine“ in Germany because of its stunning citrus fragrance) and arranged the branches in a tall glass vase. The smaller vases on the table are filled with white Peonies, Nigellas, Grasses and Matthiola.

Indoor Garden Party Theme on decor8

2/ Simple Tableware & Linens

For a very natural look, I opted for plain white plates, small water glasses, and green linen napkins. Crystal glasses for the summery aperitif add a little nostalgic glamour. In addition, I decorated with just a few green accessories -- like a dark green little bowl with a floral decor and a rose-shaped candle holder.

Indoor Garden Party Theme on decor8

3/ Affordable & Pretty Wall Decoration

Another idea that is easy, quick and affordable is this wall decoration. I searched through all of my favorite magazines for green, garden, and countryside-themed pictures and attached them to the wall in my dining room using masking tape. The result is a big green mood board which beautifully emphasizes the theme of my indoor garden party.

Indoor Garden Party Theme on decor8

4/ A Signature Summer Drink/Aperitif

Next, how about a toast with a Peach, Thyme & Elderflower Cooler? You can pour some elderflower syrup in a carafe, then add just-sliced peaches, thyme twigs and fresh elderflowers. Top with sparkling wine and some sparkling water. Cheers to summer!

Indoor Garden Party Theme on decor8
Indoor Garden Party Theme on decor8

Let me wish you a beautiful summer season with many memorable moments with your loved ones outside in the garden, on the balcony, at the lake, by the sea or indoors in your dining room!

I will see you again here at deco8 in August when I return from our annual family vacation!

Love, Anke

(Photography, Styling, Text: Anke Illner)

RICE Introduces Everyday Magic Porcelain Collection

What a difference a good friend can make! About 8 years ago, I met Charlotte Gueniau, the Founder and Creative Director of RICE Denmark. I was working for a day in her gorgeous lakeside home in the Danish countryside as Interior Stylist along with Photographer Debi Treloar, and we were shooting for my first best-selling book, Decorate. At that time, I was so green, so young, so new to everything and the industry in general. I was also new to Europe, I had just immigrated here less than 8 months prior. I also had NO CLUE that my first book would become such a success story, so you can imagine a younger, very naive me on one of my first photoshoots EVER. I was confident and excited, but also very nervous!

When I met Charlotte though, my anxiety melted away. She was this ray of love and light, but also a real powerhouse, an unstoppable creative force, and I had nothing but heart eyes and respect for her. So many years later, I still feel the same way. She's a real go-getter and has so much power inside - she's been nothing but a role model to me. Over the years, we've met up many times, she's been to Hannover, I've visited her in several cities (she's always on the go) and we even did a girl's weekend in London years ago that left me inspired and feeling quite empowered. She also gave me so much support when I wanted to have a baby - after our conversation about family, I made it happen and the result is that I had my beautiful son Aidan. A good friend can really impact your life.

RICE everyday magic porcelain collection

That's why when I heard she was launching the EVERYDAY MAGIC porcelain collection, made in Portugal, I wanted to share it here on decor8. To show support for all she's done for me AND to share these lovely tabletop pieces that I am sure many of you will like and enjoy to set your table with - they are whimsical and fun!

RICE everyday magic porcelain collection
RICE everyday magic porcelain collection
RICE everyday magic porcelain collection
RICE everyday magic porcelain collection
Our wish is to surround you with objects that are down to earth but still funky, fun and functional.
— - RICE

Rice is a Danish homewares and accessories company known for colorful melamine, baskets, party goods, and storage. With this new collection, they've expanded into Portuguese porcelain and it's, in my opinion, a great new direction. Some of my favorites from this collection include the watercolor floral plate shown directly above, the marbled motif in pink and the leopard and cockatoo motifs on plates and mugs. The leopard mug is definitely my favorite of them all! Do you see anything that catches your eye?

VIEW THE CATALOG SHOWING THIS COLLECTION HERE

Thank you, Charlotte for inspiring me throughout the years, and all the best on your new collection!

Love,

Holly

(Photography with permission from RICE DK)