Meet Me In Stuttgart at Breuninger For Jonathan Adler's Product Launch!

Hello Stuttgart - Do you want to meet me tomorrow, August 31 as I give you a personal tour of the Breuninger pop up design shop where Jonathan Adler will now be stocked? I’ll be there as a fiend to Jonathan and his European team to welcome you to this lovely event where we introduce Stuttgart to who Jonathan is as a designer, what he stands for, and the amazing products that he creates that bring a burst of happiness and glamour to your everyday.

Jonathan won’t be there but his products will be - and I’m happy to help you if you need assistance in shopping for your home in the Brueninger POP UP design shop. It would be fun to help you and to be your personal design assistant in any way that I can! I can’t wait to show you some of my favorite things, take photos together, and just be part of this lovely event centered around my favorite thing - INTERIORS!

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The event begins at 13:00 and wraps up around 17:00uhr (I will leave earlier, so to meet me, it’s best that you arrive between 13-16uhr since I’ll be floating around the store after that to shop and see more of Brueninger since it will be my first time there! I can’t wait, the store seems to be a much loved shop in Stuttgart so I’m naturally thrilled to be invited as a special guest for this event.

When you enter the store, ask for the design POP UP shop, which is on the ground level, and I’ll be there with all of my friends and surrounded by the beautiful designs of Jonathan Adler and the other brands that are part of this fabulous new POP UP concept at Breuninger. I can’t wait to meet you! See you tomorrow!

If you cannot make it to the store, you can also shop for JA products from the Breuninger website here.

Address: Brueninger, Marktstr. 1-3, Stuttgart (Ground Floor at the Concept Store/ Popup Store)

Love,

Holly

(Photo: Jonathan Adler Germany)

Is the Anthurium Flower/Plant Trending?

Have you ever heard of flowers and plants trending? Whether you’ve noticed it or not, flowers and plants certainly do trend just like everything else in the interior world. For instance, we had the monstera trend, we went through a ficus fig leaf phase, then everything seemed to turn into pampas grass - which are still in vogue but lean more and more to the colorful side since people are into dyeing them lately. So what’s next with flowers and plants? Well almost suddenly, I’m spotting Anthurium all over. Have you noticed?

Photography: Luisa Brimble  Production & Styling: Nicole Valentine Don
Photography: Luisa Brimble  Production & Styling: Nicole Valentine Don

I remember this flowering plant so well from childhood because I called them “pinocchios”. You may know Anthurium as tailflower, flamingo, or laceleaf depending on where you live in the world. (Note: In Greek, the name means tail flower, most likely because the flower looks like it has a tail.)

The most common Anthurium that most of us are familiar of here in Europe are the red ones. We have the red anthurium in nearly every garden shop.

But did you know that there are MANY colors? You can even buy the silk version in crazy tones like cobalt blue and neon yellow and some flower companies dye the real ones. But the colors that grow in nature tend to be in the family of red and orange, though you can spot green and cream ones too.

Last month my friend Gabi and I were in Hamburg and she bought a whole box of red ones at the flower shop. She nicely offered me some, but I don’t like red flowers (included red roses!), so I politely declined. I don’t know why, I just don’t enjoy red flowers, not even on the balcony. Anyway, the red anthurium look like plastic to me, and are too shiny. But after some weeks of seeing them popping up randomly in people’s homes, in tones of orange and cream, and on Instagram, in campaigns, I thought HMMMMM…. Could these terrestrial-looking flowers be the next pompus grass? What do you think?

Photography: Luisa Brimble  Production & Styling: Nicole Valentine Don
Photography: Luisa Brimble  Production & Styling: Nicole Valentine Don
Photography: Luisa Brimble  Production & Styling: Nicole Valentine Don

So, tell me the truth - DO YOU LIKE THEM? I have decided that I do, if they are not bright red, and I really do if they are mixed in with a bouquet of different flowers, with a few anthurium popping out here and there. What do you say???

Love,

Holly

Photography: Luisa Brimble Production & Styling: Nicole Valentine Don

10 Interior Design Trends Right Now + a Flower That Could Be The Next "It" Bloom

I love to spot the trends, whether micro or macro, they’re all exciting to me because I enjoy seeing where collective creative minds take us with each new season. It’s not about being lured or forced to buy certain things in my opinion, it’s about keeping things fresh and forward - to get ourselves out of creative ruts and to dream of, “what if?”. What if I tried a palm wallpaper? What if I tried a darker color palette? What if I tried a lamp that looks very Memphis-inspired? What if! What if! That is what trends force us to do - to shake things up, create some fun challenges, to open our eyes.

What are the 10 trends of the moment? Honestly, there are dozens and I would need much more than this blog post to call them all out. But for the purpose of brevity, I would love to share 10 that I’ve spotted and they all happen to also be from the new HKLiving collection, which this is totally NOT sponsored - but I do love them and their gorgeous things, so it made sense to share them all from a single source. I’ve been a supporter of them since they launched many years ago and own so many pieces from them since 2010, when my love affair began… I digress….

Are you ready to see the trends?

10 Interior Design Trends Right Now on decor8

1/ Roman Inspired. Think Greek columns, heads and vases.

10 Interior Design Trends Right Now on decor8


2/ Curvy. Whether it’s women or furniture, curves are being celebrated and are definitely “in” vogue. Especially sofas and chairs.


10 Interior Design Trends Right Now as seen on decor8

3/ Shells. I don’t know why, or what’s driving the shell trend honestly. I have a love/hate with it because I grew up in beach town and shell motifs remind me of coastal style living. But if it’s done right I guess, I think it’s lovely. But “done right” means clean, classy and modern and not like something from the Golden Girls (sorry, Rose!).


10 Interior Design Trends Right Now
10 Interior Design Trends Right Now

4/ Terrazzo and Marble. Still. I was worried these two would go out of style, but they’re not… In fact, they are gaining appeal. Especially marble blocks as coffee and side tables or terrazzo in interesting shapes and applications.


10 Interior Design Trends Right Now
10 Interior Design Trends Right Now

5/ Stripes. I don’t think something as classic as a stripe can really go out of style though, can it? These stripes though are more elegant because they’re not at all coastal inspired - more like circus stripes or something theatrical - velvet in lush colors.


10 Interior Design Trends Right Now

6/ Japandi and black cabinets in the kitchen. Still very in, this handmade look that feels very natural and raw. Particularly trending in the kitchen as mugs, pots and plates. Black cabinets are also all the rage at the moment.

10 Interior Design Trends Right Now

7/ Retro webbing, cane. This seems to be growing in popularity and I couldn’t be happier because I LOVE it.

10 Interior Design Trends Right Now
10 Interior Design Trends Right Now

8/ 70s ceramics and colors. Think of brown tones with lots of orange and rust. Irregular and imperfect glazes and finishes.

10 Interior Design Trends Right Now as seen on decor8

9/ Retro triangular metal shades and pendants. And okay, for the fun of it (and because it’s true, pastel tones are in too!).

10 Interior Design Trends Right Now
10 Interior Design Trends Right Now

10/ Face masks in ceramic for the wall. I see faces in spaces!

Anthurium is the next hot flower

BONUS FLOWER TREND: Could the next “it” flower be the Anthurium? Seems so, I keep seeing them pop up all over.

Which trend is your favorite? And guess what? All of these trends and more are coming up in my next issue of my magazine, which you can follow here on Instagram @hollymagazin (no e) - so when the Instagram account is ready, you will be the first to see it and the new cover.

Love,

Holly

(Photography and Products from HKLiving)

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Photo Competition For Interior Lovers: #BeingAtHome

Hello everyone, I have an exciting announcement to make about a photo competition that I’d love to see YOU enter! ! I am on the jury for a very exciting competition which has been organized by #Zuhausesein, an initiative by the German Furniture Industry e.V. (VDM) here in Germany. This competition is global so anyone can enter (yeah!) AND it combines two of my favorite things – photography and design! No wait, three things… Photography, design and imm Cologne!

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As you know, the imm Cologne is one of THE most important interior shows in the world, so how does all of this work together? If you are an interior enthusiast and love to take photos, please read on…

As mentioned, this is a photo competition and you don’t need to be a pro to enter – just send your BEST photo! There are 10 categories (listed below). You will need to select ONE category and then, submit ONE HIGH RES (300dpi) photo for that category. That’s it! You may submit one photo PER category if you like (so up to 10 photos total) but please enter only one time per category.

Categories: 1. Outdoor Living / 2. Tiny Spaces / 3. The hallway - the ticket to your home / 4. Kitchen Lover / 5. Relaxed sleeping / 6. The living room - my private retreat / 7. The bathroom - the private wellness temple / 8. Living with children / 9. Working at Home 10. Other forms of living (e.g. caravans)

Once the panel of judges (me included!) consider all of the entries, the winner will be chosen at a later day and each winner will be brought to Cologne (two tickets plus one overnight stay with a 500 Euro travel allowance for flight or train) for the imm Cologne fair in January 2020 where the winning 10 photos with the names of each winner be on display in a very prominent location at the fair. PLUS your photo will appear in a book called, “German Design 2020” that will publish at the enter of year by the VDM where you will, of course, be credited.

One winner per category will receive:

1.   Outdoor Living: Prize from Janua, bowl "SK 07 Ritual". 


2.   Tiny Spaces: Prize from Bordbar, lighting "Super Light", in black. 


3.   The hallway - the ticket to your home: Prize from Schönbuch, wardrobe “Line” (the winner may choose any color from the photo shown in this post).

4.   Kitchen Lover: Prize from Caussa, lighting "Fabella” in white. 


5.   Relaxed sleeping: prize from Vitamin Design, nightstand "Pfeife”. 


6.   The living room - my private retreat: Prize from Rolf Benz, footstool "Rolf Benz 953" in anthracite.


7.   The bathroom - the private wellness temple: prize from Duravit, wall shelf "L-Cube”. The winner can choose the surface in which the wall shelf is to be produced. 


8.   Living with children: Prize from Hülsta, footstool "Birdy” in blue.

9.   Working at Home: Prize from Tojo, cantilever chair in white/green.


10. Other forms of housing: Prize from Thonet, side table "S18”.

OUTDOOR LIVING PRIZE Janua, bowl SK 07 Ritual

OUTDOOR LIVING PRIZE Janua, bowl SK 07 Ritual

TINY SPACES PRIZE: Bordbar "Super Light" in black

TINY SPACES PRIZE: Bordbar "Super Light" in black

HALLWAY PRIZE: Schönbuch wardrobe “Line”

HALLWAY PRIZE: Schönbuch wardrobe “Line”

KITCHEN PRIZE: Caussa "Fabella” in white

KITCHEN PRIZE: Caussa "Fabella” in white

SLEEPING PRIZE: Vitamin Design nightstand "Pfeife”

SLEEPING PRIZE: Vitamin Design nightstand "Pfeife”

LIVING ROOM PRIZE: Rolf Benz footstool "Rolf Benz 953" in anthracite

LIVING ROOM PRIZE: Rolf Benz footstool "Rolf Benz 953" in anthracite

BATHROOM PRIZE: Duravit wall shelf "L-Cube”

BATHROOM PRIZE: Duravit wall shelf "L-Cube”

LIVING WITH CHILDREN PRIZE: Hülsta footstool "Birdy” in blue

LIVING WITH CHILDREN PRIZE: Hülsta footstool "Birdy” in blue

WORKING FROM HOME PRIZE: Tojo, cantilever chair in white or green.

WORKING FROM HOME PRIZE: Tojo, cantilever chair in white or green.

OTHER FORMS OF LIVING PRIZE: Thonet side table “S18”

OTHER FORMS OF LIVING PRIZE: Thonet side table “S18”

TO ENTER:

Send one email per photo/category to zuhausesein@real-communications.com with the name of the category in which you are entering along with your full name, date of birth, country, telephone, email, your Instagram name (and other social media channels if you have them) AND Please “like” the VDM channels Facebook (@zuhauseseinVDM), Instagram (@zuhausesein_VDM) and Twitter (@zuhausesein).

FINALLY: Please post the photo you’ve entered on your Instagram account using the hashtags #zuhausesein and #beingathome AT THE TIME OF ENTRY, and tag @zuhausesein_VDM

Deadline for all submissions is 18.08.2019 at 23:59:59

TERMS + CONDITIONS: The competition is global; there are no country restrictions. You do not need to be a professional photographer to enter, all experience levels are welcome.' You must be over 18 years of age. If you win, you will need to book your own travel to Cologne, however the VDM will reimburse you. The submitted photo must be high res, 300 dpi so smartphone photos are excluded. Please note that the winner retains copyright of their own image but agrees to VDM using it on their social channels, website or publications for an unlimited period for the purpose of the #Zuhausesein campaign. All sources will be acknowledged. The photo does not need to be new or only made for this contest, however it must be your photo, taken by you. The photo should relate to your home and your idea of #beingathome or #zuhausesein. 

FINAL THOUGHTS: The 10 winners will be announced at the end of this month (August 2019).  If you have won, you will receive an email and later, the VDM will also announce each winner on their social media channels as well as in a press release and the 10 bloggers on the jury (including decor8!) will share the winners on our blogs.

 I wish you lots of luck and I can’t wait to hopefully meet the winners in January since I’ll also be there to congratulate everyone!

Love,

Holly

 (This post is sponsored by the Association of the German Furniture Industry. All words and thoughts are my own and I only work with brands that I love and support whom I think you will too.)

 

California Eclectic Living on the Australian Coast, Meet Stylist Mandy Hart

Let’s visit Interiors Stylist Mandy Hart in her Australian home today for a little tour, shall we? You may know her as @by_hart_ on Instagram but let’s step away from the ‘gram for a moment to dig deeper and learn more about Mandy, tour her home, and see what’s on her mind lately on the subject of home and nesting.

California Eclectic on the Australian Coast, Meet Stylist Mandy Hart

Mandy, her husband and their two children occupy this gorgeous 5 bedroom (450sqm) space on the NSW coast of Australia. Coming from the UK, Mandy confesses that the main reason they chose this house was to be close to the water in order to live their version of the Australian dream. In fact, what she loves most about her home is the view, “Luckily for us this house even came with a little boat and the creek leading to the ocean is right at the end of the garden!”, Mandy happily shared with me just recently when we set up this tour.

For everyone, home means something different, doesn’t it? For Mandy, it’s a sanctuary, a place to make memories. It also doesn’t mean a perfect space with no sign of life, “I adore a tidy, organized home, but I never want the children to feel constrained by that – they are forever moving chairs around to make cubby houses, there is always craft going on and Lego all over their lounge and that’s what makes these rooms more than just a house, they are our home."

How does Mandy describe her interiors style? “California Eclectic”, she explains, “I love layering textiles and playing with scale though I believe the key to my aesthetic is blending old and new - I love the challenge it presents and how placing a precious old piece on a modern glass table or a matte white shelf, can really highlight its beauty.” It’s so interesting how a UK native living in Australia sees her style as California Eclectic, isn’t it? I guess it shows we can do and decorate as we wish, taking inspiration from anywhere on earth. I love this about design, the versatility of it all - like with anything artistic, most boundaries only exist in the mind. Remove the limitations to create a home that you simply love - that’s my motto.

With every space however, no home owner is ever 100% convinced that they truly have it all. We all love to make improvements, and this carries over into our living space as well. As for Mandy, she’d like to add a swimming pool to their home. While they swim in the creek from time to time, since their are rumors of bullsharks there, a pool is at the top of their wish list. A second dream? Micro-cement the tiled floors as they did in their vacation home in Cyprus. A third? Mandy confesses, “I’m desperate for Sharlene Kayne (@skaynedesigns) to start shipping to Australia so I can own a piece of her incredible artwork!”

Now dear readers, let us indulge for a moment and scroll through her home together… Ready?

California Eclectic on the Australian Coast, Meet Stylist Mandy Hart
California Eclectic on the Australian Coast, Meet Stylist Mandy Hart
California Eclectic on the Australian Coast, Meet Stylist Mandy Hart
California Eclectic on the Australian Coast, Meet Stylist Mandy Hart
California Eclectic on the Australian Coast, Meet Stylist Mandy Hart
California Eclectic on the Australian Coast, Meet Stylist Mandy Hart
California Eclectic on the Australian Coast, Meet Stylist Mandy Hart
California Eclectic on the Australian Coast, Meet Stylist Mandy Hart
California Eclectic on the Australian Coast, Meet Stylist Mandy Hart
California Eclectic on the Australian Coast, Meet Stylist Mandy Hart

Did you see a room or an object that caught your eye? What was YOUR favorite?

Speaking of favorites, I love to play a game of favorites with my home tour guests on decor8 and Mandy was up for it so here we go. It is possible that you’ll find some new favorites for yourself, too…

Favorite candle/scent:

I’m a huge fan of Palm Beach candles, my favorite is Gardenia - my husband knows that’s always a winner and chooses it every time!

Favorite flowers and plant:

Since moving to Australia, my taste in flowers and plants has completely changed, because I love the range of tropical and native foliage that I can trim from the garden. The house’s high ceilings mean I’m embracing huge branches and long Birds of Paradise stems still seem so exotic to me coming from the UK!

Favorite thing to do at home:

Blast the music and watch my kids dance like crazy around the lounge!

Favorite meal to cook:

I used to live in Japan and became totally hooked on sushi, so we make it a lot at home and the kids adore it too.

Favorite playlist songs:

Favorite way to entertain guests:

Good question, we cook! In summer, I’ll make a few huge salads (a Sri Lankan eggplant one is our current fave), my husband will BBQ & friends will bring dessert … we open the gate to the creek at the bottom of the garden and the kids will all run free looking for sand crabs, fishing and taking turns in the kayaks. In winter, we’ll light the fire and I’ll prepare a couple of fish pies, which I always find so comforting and a real taste of home, everyone pulls up a chair, we put a movie on for the kids and we keep it pretty casual!

Favorite city to shop:

Paris forever. As a child, my mum took me there each year for the fashion shows and I have so many happy childhood memories of the Left Bank and going out to Les Puces (flea-markets) at Porte de Clignancourt. Bliss!

Favorite Instagram accounts at the moment:

@amberinteriors – Amber Lewis is an incredible inspiration to me, as a woman, as a designer and as an entrepreneur, she is always moving forward and pushing boundaries.

@eholmes – a former Wall Street Journal reporter, voices her SMT (So Many Thoughts) on the Royal Family, in particular Meghan and Kate, discussing the branding, strategy & messaging behind their wardrobe choices in a relevant and hilarious way.

@mariefeandjakesnow – Aussie guy and German girl whose love and openness has seen their travel account inspire a community of half a million in under 3 years. Their photos are stunning, their stories are gorgeous to watch and their vision of the world is uplifting.

@cestedesign – Carol is a supremely talented interior designer, with the most incredible eye for detail

@carlaypage – Carley Summers is a gifted photographer and stylist – her use of natural light is phenomenal and her style is a thoroughly elegant combination of warm tones & boho layers.

Thank you so much Mandy for joining us on decor8 today, was a pleasure to “meet” you and I wish you a lovely and inspiring weekend - and to all of my readers, enjoy your weekend too!

Love,

Holly

(Photographs: With permission from Mandy Hart)

 

 

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MYCS Furniture Makes My Home More Beautiful

Hello friends and happy Friday! I was talking to my friend Agata this morning because she’s looking for a marble surface in her home and she loves my coffee table. And of course she asked me where I got it and I happily told her MYCS, a company in Germany that I just love and would shop from again and again. MYCS worked with me in 2018 on a little collaboration in which I received a lovely closet for my hallway to store jackets and things and my favorite piece of all - my white Carrara marble sofa table in my living room, shown below. Have you seen it!?! It’s one of my favorite pieces in my home at the moment.

MYCS sofa table

I really love this sofa table, it’s beautiful and big, I can even shoot on it when my clients ask for something to be shown on a marble background so it doubles for work and for play. It’s also very sturdy and looks so pretty when I’m entertaining, especially if I lay out all of my pretty things on it - candles, string of lights, nuts, fruit, cheese, prosecco, stemware… THE perfect table for an girls party that okay, you always want to Instagram because everything looks so damn pretty when combined with white marble! Yes?!

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AND good news for YOU. At the moment, this table “Beistelltisch” is 30% off and you can get it in many different variations, including brown and black marble, glass, wood, or 18 different solid colors and the base can also be changed to suit your wishes. I honestly want to buy extra tops in different colors so I can use it more for flat lays and shoots because the dimensions of this table are just perfect for photography and I take a lot of photos over the past two years than ever before.

As for the company itself, MYCS is just great - friendly, fast, their setup and delivery service is 100% professional and great, and I really like their price point and also how you can customize many of their products to suit your design and lifestyle. It’s affordable, functional, beautiful design for all budgets, but definitely NOT IKEA, it’s extremely well made so it’s perfect for when you are ready to graduate from IKEA systems and furniture and purchase lasting pieces that you’ll keep a lot longer. For instance, my IKEA closet is falling apart so I won’t replace it with an IKEA closet… When I am ready, I’ll replace it with a system like those that MYCS carries.

This is my exact closet from MYCS below (photo/room not mine):

MYCS Closet

I am so happy with my MYCS experience from start to finish and highly recommend this company to shop from for your home, it has my official Holly stamp of approval. :) ha ha. They also have 5 showrooms in Germany, one in Paris and another in Zurich. You can also shop their online site in the UK - or buy online from other European countries, of course.

In other news… It’s boiling hot in Germany right now, it was 104 yesterday, so I’m indoors blogging and working on a photo shoot for issue two of my magazine, out 26 September on news stands all over German speaking Europe and not long after, a digital English version will be available to buy online. It’s a lot of work to make magazines, but it’s the most exciting project I’ve ever been on, and I’m loving every minute of it. As I finish up the magazine in boiling weather and no A/C, I am reminded that I must really love my job. :)

I’ll be back later with a lovely home tour.

Hugs,

Holly

(Images: Holly Becker except of closet.)



[SPONSORED by MYCS however ALL opinions and words are my own. I am never paid to “like” something. If I don’t like it, I won’t write about it and the products get returned. With this collaboration, I was only gifted with product, not compensated to write about it. I love the product and am happy to share this brand with my fans and friends.]