Domino x decor8

I’ve teamed up with American decor mag Domino, where I once worked as columnist for three years, to create a Domino x decor8 Pinterest board. It’s filled with my inspirations for their readers (and all of you, too!). In return, Domino will work on a special pinboard for decor8 readers HERE.

I hope that you will find some lovely pin-spiration on our boards, so please follow my board, comment on what I post, and share with others.

Right now, my mood is definitely all about Spring! Are you feeling the spring vibes? The snow was falling yesterday (the first snow of the year, and the last), and as it fell I heard the birds singing. It was surreal. But today the sky opened, everything turned blue, and snow stopped falling, and a I felt a wee bit of hope - warmer days are ahead.

Perhaps my board will give you some happy, warm vibes for your interiors today? That’s my goal! Here’s a sampling…

domino x decor8
domino x decor8
domino x decor8
domino x decor8
Domino x decor8


Love,

Holly

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New Concept In Retail: Casa Perfect New York

I remember writing about The Future Perfect, not long after they’d opened when I was still a new blogger up in Boston - which seems like a thousand years ago. I even visited their shop in 2006 and again, in 2009, with my book agent when we were in conversation about my first book, Decorate. I recall being in The Future Perfect, surrounded by the most unusual and hard-to-find objects, thinking of how brilliant the founder must be since it was really break-through to have a shop like this anywhere in the states back then.

Casa Perfect New York

Founded in 2003 by David Alhadeff, The Future Perfect is known today as much more than a design shop, it’s totally next level - it’s a contemporary design gallery. And from the start, Alhadeff’s strong vision and ruthless editing set him apart from the pack. In many ways, he helped bridged the gap for Americans to have access to all of the European trailblazers, trend setters and designers by sharing their work on home soil. People I know personally, have interviewed or even shared dinner with like Piet Hein Eek and the lovely guys from Dimore Studio, along with some of the newer talents he has discovered like Floris Wubben, can all be found at The Future Perfect. (As a side note: I had the pleasure of interviewing Floris Wubben and seeing his new work debut last year - if you follow me on Instagram, you may have caught that during Dutch Design Week.)

Casa Perfect New York
Casa Perfect New York
Casa Perfect New York
Casa Perfect New York
Casa Perfect New York

In addition to European finds, they offer a great mix of finds from all over the world including, of course, the amazing talents in North America. But I guess one cannot stop with being the best in retail, not in these times. It’s always about leveling up, becoming a leader, being the best.

The Future Perfect has gone a step beyond now to open something totally new - Casa Perfect New York (there is already a Casa Perfect Los Angeles, in case you didn’t know). Because the LA Casa was such a success, Alhadeff decided to try the concept in the West Village. This is a gallery showroom set in a residential space - an emerging trend I saw about 3 years ago which, from my perspective, was based off of Milan Design Week darlings Studio Pepe, Dimore, Rossana Orlandi and Salvatori Stone. I’m happy to see this concept expanding to the states because it was needed and it’s a brilliant concept.

The company founder dreamed of an environment where the spirit of a house party is never far from one’s mind.

I love that this townhouse won’t reveal its address unless you book an appointment to see it, which makes it even more special. Very VIP. More and more, consumers want to see how furniture and objects in general fit a real living environment and a showroom can accomplish only so much. For high end consumers, with higher demands, you have to go all out and bring them something that feels extraordinary - the “ultimate” in shopping. This definitely is THAT experience. Could this be the next level, the new concept in retail for interiors? It’s also not something just any retailer can financially pull off, you need to have a name, the right client base, and the revenue to have showrooms and show “houses” on this level. In this respect, it’s a clever way for shops to set themselves far apart from the rest and to really service that niche, high-end/lux market.

I hope that you liked seeing some of the fantastic shots of the townhouse. To see more, please visit their website. It’s fantastic and trust me, you’ll want to go!

Love,

Holly

(Photography by Douglas Friedman)

Travel At Home - With The Perfect Bed: Matri by Fennobed

I can’t wait to show you my bedroom but most of all, to tell you all about MATRI by Fennobed. What a gem I found! But first, a little background… I travel often enough to say that the best bed in the world is truly your own! There is nothing like coming home to sink into your cozy nest, with your familiar surroundings, linens, and the wonderful feel of your own mattress beneath you. Sadly though, a lot of people (including me until last year), don’t find their bed so cozy or their bedroom so nice to be in. Some prefer a 4 or 5 star hotel over their own bedroom because it’s so well designed and the mattress always feels so wonderful. People travel to be comfortable. Travel at home, I say!

Don’t you just want to sleep like a 5-year-old? Like my little boy shown below?

Isn’t that sad, to think about this, that people escape home to be in a nice surrounding, to feel good?

Matri by Fennobed

Shouldn’t YOUR HOME be better than any hotel, spa, or “retreat”? YES! Even if you aren’t rich (who really is!), it’s so important to put aside money until you can afford the bed of your dreams and the bedroom style and design that you love because you know what - WE HAVE ONE LIFE! It’s not to be wasted or to sit around hoping for “some day I will…”. It’s also silly to take vacations when your own bedroom isn’t a personal oasis. Stay home and skip the summer vacation if it means you can use the same money to make your sleep room amazing.

The time is now. Always NOW.

OH, LATTENROST

For several years, since I left the states and my boxspring bed system behind, I have been sleeping on the famous German lattenrost system. It’s a mattress about half the thickness of a US one, on top of wooden slates. They snap at times, and you have to replace the slates. You can break them from all sorts of things, your child decides to jump on the bed, you have a really wild night with your partner (!), you simply get into bed too fast or fall in on the “wrong” angle, like with your knee, and CRACK.

Sure, you can get varying degrees of "lattenrost”, the cheap college version are ones you can order at IKEA or Amazon, but you can level up to get systems that are not made of wood at all but of flexible plastic lattenrost. And okay, those are fine and lots of people are having great times on the high quality lattenrost. BUT, at the end of the day, they are still NOT a boxspring with a mattress on top which is, to me, the ultimate, superior, sleep system. Plus, when you grow up used to a boxspring, there is no going back.

WHY LATTENROST?

Funny fact, in Germany at most hotels, it’s always a boxspring system that you sleep on. Why? I asked around and found out that it is because they last the longest, are the most durable and definitely give the best sleep. So why are German homes filled with lattenrost? Honestly, I think it comes down to affordability FIRST and what you’re used to using SECOND. It’s cultural, like beer and currywurst, and you usually don’t question something that people have been doing and using for a million years because, well, it works.

MY “DUH” MOMENT

But for me, this sleep system did not work for my back or my posture. I woke up a lot of mornings with numbness in my legs or feet. I thought I was getting some major illness. I dealt with back pain on and off since I moved to Germany but it didn’t occur to me that it was the support system BELOW the mattress. DUH. I bought new mattresses several times, blaming the mattress over and over again. It wasn’t ever the mattress. It was the lattenrost system in general. I started with the wooden ones and graduated to the plastic, more designer kind… But it still didn’t do anything. My back health still suffered.

Last year, I was in Finland at a big design fair called HABITARE and I saw a bed by MATRI that I loved and noticed it not only had a gorgeous headboard called LEMPI but an actual BOXSPRING system. I got a little giddy and definitely, excited. I stood there thinking, “Why don’t we have this brand in Germany, and why don’t I have a boxspring system in my home, how do I get one!?”. You can import them, at least last I checked, or buy them in Germany at some stores, but they are usually like 6 figures and that is, well, expensive even for someone like me who will save for months or years for something that I truly love or need.

PLEASE SAVE ME, FINNS!

Anyway, I loved the bed so much that I wrote to them to ask for a collab. They wrote back and before I knew it, they accepted. Matri is an original Finnish bed brand founded in 1986 and the beds are made in mainland Europe by skilled workers but, the best part for me is that the model I wanted was 100% eco-friendly, no harmful glues or anything at all, so completely allergy-free. I have allergies to glue and all of the stuff most beds are packed with (harmful chemicals, etc.) so I was so happily shocked. But the biggest shock was when they told me that they have a store IN HANNOVER under the name MATRI by Fennobed which is the name the company goes under in Germany. In Finland, they are just known as MATRI.

And yes, what are the chances that their shop where I could giddily bounce on mattresses (to test them), was only 5 MINUTES BY CAR FROM MY HOUSE.

I missed this store somehow in my daily life, but instantly I went and was greeted by the most caring and kind store manager, Basil Mahjoub, who explained all of the bests to me and what was best and what to look for and then we decided on a topper and a headboard… I could even pick the type of legs that I wanted and the height of the legs, and the bed skirt (length, style and color!). And only a few WEEKS later, the bed was IN MY HOME, installed by their team, looking better than I had imagined. But most of all…

GOODBYE FOREVER, LATTENROST

The medieval horror, the lattenrost system, is gone from my life forever. POOF. Never again will I have a bed that makes me sick.

MY HONEST TO GOD REVIEW

I sleep like an angel now. I feel great when I get into bed at night, I read books in bed again, I cuddle my son and read to him there, I even chat on Whatsapp in my bed while using one of those sheet masks on my face while I’m waiting for my toes to dry (pedicure). My room is my cuddle zone, my day spa, it’s where I love to be! I think the danger with loving my bed so much is that I don’t always want to LEAVE IT and “adult” each day, but that’s not a bad problem to have. Getting up each day refreshed and energized feels great, versus with sore legs and a headache or a bad shooting pain in my back like before. And those days of horrible sleep nights and waking up sore are gone now and I’m so happy.

WANNA SEE?

Here is my bedroom below. I want to paint the walls and change the colors and the pendant and add blinds and change the rug, you know because I am ready to imagine the room differently now that I have a new bed to sleep on. I love my nightstands, lamps and my bed - those elements will stay for years and years. Especially that bed, OH YES. It’s all MINE. Travel at home!

My Bedroom and the Matri by Fennobed Headboard and Bedding System
Matri by Fennobed bedding system in the home of Holly Becker, decor8

PLEASE REPEAT AFTER ME…

If I can say anything about having a quality bed it is this, repeat after me, SAVE UP AND BUY A DAMN GOOD BED. Don’t settle. Even if you have to save up for a year, do it. It’s an investment, because you can keep a good mattress and boxspring like mine for 10 years - maybe more if you take good care of it.

Make your home, and especially your bedroom, a haven. And with a bed like this, you really can. The downside is… 4 and 5 star hotels don’t impress me anymore because I prefer my own bedroom better. That’s rather nice though, isn’t it?

LEMPI headboard, rattan, by MATRI
LEMPI headboard Matri by Fennobed
Matri by Fennobed
Matri by Fennobed
Matri by Fennobed

MY BED RECIPE:

  • HILJA Continental 180x200 cm / FIRM / Matratze + Unterbett

  • Lempi headboard 190x65 Rattan, Massiv Esche

  • Mio Plus Topper 180 x 200 cm

  • ALASKA skirting - HALF - 180 x 200, 100% Baumwolle, Farbe 11311, Höhe 33 cm

  • Bed feet - Quader light, Birke, 15 cm

Thank you Matri by Fennobed for giving me a 5 star sleep system at home, I love it!

(Photographs: Holly Becker)

This post is sponsored by Matri by Fennobed. All words, photos, thoughts and the review is my own opinion. Everything that I selected for my bed was 100% my choice, and everything I said about the bed is the truth, you can believe it! I would never partner with or share a product that I don’t love. Thank you!





March Dinner Party Inspiration in Blush Pink Linen + Fresh Flowers

SPRING IS IN THE AIR! (At least in Germany it is!) So let us welcome tender blossoms and sofa shades at home, what do you think? This is Anke, back with a new tabletop column for you after a winter break. I hope you are well, dear readers! Are you ready to be inspired for your next dinner party?

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MATERIALS

The materials and props that I chose this time around are glass, vases and tealight holders, as it helps to create a light and fresh feeling, which is exactly what we want after dark winter months, right!? You will also see fine linen.

These beautiful blush pink linen napkins (Serviette Leinen) are from Holly’s exclusive and limited edition for DEPOT (Germany, Switzerland and Austria) that is available only until 21 March, 2019 - and definitely my favorite styling item on the table. Besides the color, they are quite impressive with their wonderful texture.

Tiny three-footed pottery coasters (Untersetzer Holly) are on trend with a handmade look, also from the same collection, and hold coarse sea salt next to each guest’s plate.

And there is my white tableware of course, the perfect pieces which complement almost any tabletop theme.

March Dinner Party Inspiration With Pale Salmon + Fresh Flowers
March Dinner Party Inspiration With Pale Salmon + Fresh Flowers

FLOWERS

A large glass vase is holding flowering quince while smaller vases are filled with Ranunculus, Tulips, Cloves and delicate blooming twigs.

March Dinner Party Inspiration With Pale Salmon + Fresh Flowers
March Dinner Party Inspiration With Pale Salmon + Fresh Flowers

FOOD

Matching to the season, a delicious and eye-catching appetizer for guests is this Blood Orange and Fennel Salad with Buffalo Mozzarella, Pomegranate Seeds & Smoked Almonds. It is beautiful to arrange on a big plate and heavenly aromatic. I served fresh baguette with it.

March Dinner Party Inspiration With Pale Salmon + Fresh Flowers

WALL DECOR

As mentioned above I like the linen napkins a lot. It made me think how I could possibly use them apart from their intended purpose. I tried with knotting them together to a linen garland and was quite happy with the result!

March Dinner Party Inspiration With Pale Salmon + Fresh Flowers

I hope one or other of my springlike tabletop ideas is inspiring for you and if so would love to know which one! Have a good and pleasant time, dear decor8 readers!- Love, Anke

(Styling/Photography: Anke Illner, Fantastisch)