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Shop My Peaceful, Eclectic Living Room

Hello friends, how are you? I have been very busy with many projects, but the most important and wonderful one was the 5th birthday of my son Aidan! He just turned 5 this past Saturday and I couldn’t be happier or more excited to see him growing up to be a lovely little person! We spent his birthday week in Copenhagen and then on Saturday, we filled the house with kids and had a nice little celebration. It was wonderful!

Holly Becker Living Room inside of magazine, Living At Home + Holly

Did you know that one of my other projects has to do with STARTING A MAGAZINE? Oh yes! And I’m so excited about that because it’s a big project that took all of 2018 to work on, and on January 24, 2019 (just a few weeks ago!) we launched issue one “Living at Home + Holly”, with 100,000 printed copies in German-speaking Europe and now, a digital ENGLISH version! Woo hoo! If you search Instagram for it, look for #livingathomexholly

Anyway, I still can’t believe it when I go to newsstands and see my magazine there, I’m also on the cover so you can’t miss it, and the lovely mag was powered by Living At Home and Editor-in-Chief, Sinja Schütte. She is such an amazing woman, I really love working with her and her brilliant team.

I’ll tell you more about the magazine tomorrow in a post, (BUY IT HERE IN ENGLISH AND GERMAN), but many people have asked me about the rooms in my home from the magazine so I thought I’d create a post first for my living room and how to SHOP THE LOOK.

Holly Becker Living Room from Living at Home + Holly magazine


SHOP MY LIVING ROOM

Rug: Vintage Beni Ourain, The Gardener’s House

Wallpaper: Hornbeam, Farrow & Ball

Linen drapes: Custom, Barn & Willow

Pendant: Feather EOS XXL, Umage

Gray cabinet: HK Living

Rattan mirror: Westwing

Lamp: Cone Lamp Base and Hexagonal Linen Shade, HK Living

Chair: Merci Paris

Side Table: Black Harlekin, Reflections Copenhagen

Plant pot: Bowl XL, Kristina Dam Studio

Sofa table: Syde, White Carrara marble, MYCS

Sofa throw: Twist a Twill, Rose triangle, Silkeborg Uldspinderi

Pillows on sofa: HK Living

Ottoman: Petrol blue, HK LIving

Pillows stacked: HK Living (top), TineKHome (bottom)

Floor lamp: Louis Poulsen Panthella, Connox

Sofa: Rest 3-seater, Muuto

If I’ve missed anything, please comment below and let me know!

Love,

Holly









A Lovely Scandinavian Bohemian Home

It’s Christmas, and I want to wish all of you a happy, restful holiday time with your loved ones. We are enjoying peace and quiet today, and basking in doing a lot of nothing! Playing board games and cards, watching films and eating warm soup and homemade pretzels are part of our festivities. I want to welcome you today with a big hug, in case you are online for a moment, to see the beautiful corners of Anna Kvarnström’s Scandi-Boho home in Örebro, Sweden. I found it so charming and serene that I had to ask her to share it with all of us on decor8. Would you like to chill with me for a moment and see how lovely she makes her space, and after the photos, read about some of her favorite things?

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I found so many fantastic ideas for styling here and I particularly I like seeing the Rilona Amaryllis (which seems to be a big “trend” flower for Christmas at the moment in Denmark and Sweden, have you noticed on Instagram?), pampus grass (still trending), a small fir tree on a table… And dried flowers… It’s all so cozy and natural but most of all, approachable and something we all could both afford and have. When I see this home I instantly think of how easy she makes putting together neutral objects, though in fact, it’s not that easy at all!

Anna Kvarnström's Swedish Home
Anna Kvarnström's Swedish Home
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Anna Kvarnström's Swedish Home

There is the lovely Anna, who owns her 160 m2 home and in addition to obviously being a talented decorator, blogger and stylist, is also a professional marketing consultant and photographer and runs the creative studio, Concept By Anna. If you want to find her on Instagram, she is over at @conceptbyAnna.

Anna Kvarnström's Swedish Home
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Anna Kvarnström's Swedish Home
Anna Kvarnström's Swedish Home
Anna Kvarnström's Swedish Home
Anna Kvarnström's Swedish Home
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Anna Kvarnström's Swedish Home
Anna Kvarnström's Swedish Home
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Anna Kvarnström's Swedish Home

I asked Anna a few questions about her life and favorite things, here are her replies:

How would you describe your style?

A Scandinavian style with a bohemian touch.

What does home mean to you, Anna?

Home means almost everything to me. It's important to have a home that I enjoy. I love being at home, having friends over for dinner or just relaxing with my family.

What do you love about your house?

I love the that our house have such big rooms, high ceilings and that the house is old and charming.

What would you change about it?

Our two bathrooms!

What are your favorite scents for the home?

I have several favorites, Tine K´s Fig scent, Love Warriors Chocolate scent and ERNST ”Tid till ingenting”

What are your favorite things to do at home?

I’m a very creative person I love sitting with my children around our big table and do some painting. Baking is another thing that I love doing at home. I enjoy our fireplace and att good bok and I love having friends over for dinner.

And what’s your favorite meal to cook?

Anything that has to do with pasta!

When you have people over, how does that usually play out?

We love cooking when we having friends over for dinner I also like to do a nice table setting, fresh flowers and all that.

What’s on your playlist right now?

Daya - Safe

Ruin My Life - Zara Larsson

Let you Love me - Rita Ora

Starfish - Rhys feat. Felix Sandman

Flames -David Guetta/Sia

Your dream piece/s for your home are…

New chairs to our dining table, the ”In between chair” from &Tradition.

What is your favorite shopping city and why?

London! I Love that city with all the beautiful buildings and old houses. I want an experience when I shopping, so the environment is very important!

And finally dear Anna, what are your current 5 Favorite Instagram accounts that we should check out too?

@babes_in_boyland

@emmalemholt

@margauxdietz

@diadonna

@krickelin

Thank you so much Anna, and happy holidays to you, your family, and my wonderful decor8 readers!

Love,

Holly

(Photos/Styling: Anna Kvarnström)

Tour a Minimalist Scandinavian Winter White Home

I love an all white and black home, it shows such restraint to not use a lot of color and pattern. I’m always so amazed that people can live in a monochrome home - so much respect! That is why today, before Christmas and the explosion of red and green, I wanted to show you a minimalist Swedish home that you will absolutely love. It’s a new home, built in 2016, in Aneby, Sweden.

Tour a Minimalist Scandinavian Winter White Home

Aneby is a small village in the south of Sweden and this home is owned by Anette Nilsson (known as @whitelivingetc on Instagram) and her husband. It’s 350 m2, and includes the office of their company. She has three children, but they are grown and moved out many years ago - so this lovely space is occupied only by two, and her pets as well.

Tour a Minimalist Scandinavian Winter White Home

To Anette, home is a calming place where you can relax and socialize with friends and family. She loves her living room most for this reason.

Tour a Minimalist Scandinavian Winter White Home
Tour a Minimalist Scandinavian Winter White Home
Tour a Minimalist Scandinavian Winter White Home

She really enjoys her kitchen too because cooking is a real passion, especially making meals for her friends and family.

Tour a Minimalist Scandinavian Winter White Home
Tour a Minimalist Scandinavian Winter White Home

When she’s not whipping up something delicious in the kitchen, she’s enjoying her home - styling, decorating, taking photos for her Instagram and of course other hobbies too. Relaxation is also a big love for Anette, just like the rest of us, and her relaxation ritual usually involves a glass of wine, listening to some classical music and burning her favorite candle, Fig by Tine K Home. Or bathing…

Tour a Minimalist Scandinavian Winter White Home
Tour a Minimalist Scandinavian Winter White Home
Tour a Minimalist Scandinavian Winter White Home



Tour a Minimalist Scandinavian Winter White Home
Tour a Minimalist Scandinavian Winter White Home

When she’s out and about, she loves to go shopping in cities like Copenhagen, Stockholm and Gothenburg. Anette has a beautiful home, I’m so inspired by her Minimalist Scandinavian style!

Anette can be found on Instagram @whitelivingetc and her favorite Instagrammers at the moment are: @elisabeth_heier / @vittvittvitt / @saramedinalind / @saarmanche / and @mija_mija.

Who inspires you on Instagram?

And what about Anette’s home do you like most?

Thank you Anette for joining us today on decor8 with your lovely home and happy holidays to you!

Love,

Holly

(Photos and Styling: Anette Nilsson)

IKEA Wardrobe Hack In Charming Little Girl's Bedroom

I just love this darling little girl's room, it belongs to a friend of mine in the Netherlands and you're going to just love touring it with me today. It definitely transported me back in time to my own childhood bedroom.

IKEA Wardrobe Hack In Charming Little Girl's Bedroom

I remember how much I loved my room and adored decorating it and like this little one, I was quite active in space doing all sorts of things. Especially playing with my dolls and writing books. I just loved to write (and still do). Lola, who is the daughter of Designer and Blogger Holly Marder, is just the cutest little thing too. I've met her a few times and she's a mini version of her mom all the way.

Want to see her adorable room today? Also, her mom did an amazing job on hacking an IKEA wardrobe, which she has detailed below in case you want to try it.

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IKEA Wardrobe Hack In Charming Little Girl's Bedroom
IKEA Wardrobe Hack In Charming Little Girl's Bedroom
IKEA Wardrobe Hack In Charming Little Girl's Bedroom
IKEA Wardrobe Hack In Charming Little Girl's Bedroom
IKEA Wardrobe Hack In Charming Little Girl's Bedroom
IKEA Wardrobe Hack In Charming Little Girl's Bedroom
IKEA Wardrobe Hack In Charming Little Girl's Bedroom
IKEA Wardrobe Hack In Charming Little Girl's Bedroom
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IKEA Wardrobe Hack In Charming Little Girl's Bedroom
IKEA Wardrobe Hack In Charming Little Girl's Bedroom
IKEA Wardrobe Hack In Charming Little Girl's Bedroom

IKEA wardrobe hack details, straight from the designer herself, Holly Marder:

When designing this wardrobe, storage and desk area we had one main challenge to contend with. There are two metal heating pipes which are exposed and run down and along the wall, taking up about 10cm of space. This meant that any piece of furniture we placed against that back wall would never have sat flush against the wall. I wanted to create a built-in reading nook that connects to a wardrobe and bookshelf, with a desk area for her to color/draw/do homework one day/stare at the wall. I wanted it to be inexpensive and one way to achieve that is to use cost effective IKEA pieces as the base as opposed to hiring a carpenter. But because of the exposed pipes we ran into a few problems. And as much as I would have liked to, putting the pipes into the wall wasn’t an affordable option. With a bit of mathematics and a lot of time sifting through the IKEA catalogue, we decided to combine two of their popular lines – Besta + Stuva + a little bit of our own carpentry.

We used a Besta sideboard along the floor to create the base of the wardrobe and reading bench because each element is 40cm deep and 60cm wide. We then placed a Stuva wardrobe on top of the left-most Besta element because it is 50cm deep and 60 wide. So it basically fit perfectly on top width-wise, but had an extra 10cm behind it to allow space below for the metal heating pipes, but lean flush against the wall from the top of the bench up. Once the Ikea elements were in place, we built a bookshelf to the right using multiplex birch wood. We placed the back panel against the pipes that stick out a bit, and then cut a side panel to size to cover the little gap that left down the right side, and go all the way to the ceiling and sit nice and flush with the wall and ceiling.

We then obviously had a 10cm gap between the wall and the middle Besta units, so we placed a sheet of multiplex on top to hide the gap. I had a custom cushion made for on top upholstered in an old rose linen blend fabric, which completed the picture. 

We built a simple desk with large brackets out of multiplex and painted the desk top and side panel of the bookcase white to blend with the Ikea elements, but left the inside of the bookshelf and edges of the desk unpainted for some contrast. 

The door fronts of the Stuva wardrobe typically come as a set of two, one with a handle cut into it and one without. To make the entire design look and feel uniform, I purchased a second set of doors and used only the two flat doors and finished off all the doors with leather handles in chestnut from Design Studio Nu

IKEA Wardrobe Hack In Charming Little Girl's Bedroom

Isn't this the sweetest little room ever?

(Styling + Photography: Holly Marder)

Why Dried Flowers Aren't Just For Grandma

When I mention dried flowers, what do you picture? Be honest now, are those memories of dried roses that gathered dust on your grandmother’s bookshelf creeping to mind? Or, perhaps you’ve seen a bit of a revival happening on Instagram with that sweet whimsical look? Whatever idea you have about dried flora, I am certain that you’re going to be wowed by the work of Mark Antonia, who is pushing the boundaries of dried floral art! Plus, had you been at Domotex this weekend with Holly and her panel of professional bloggers, you'd have heard them all unanimously agree in their trend talk show that past season (also known as dead/dried) flowers are a micro trend at the moment.

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What has touched me the most the past few years in the industry, would have to be the momentum that the maker movement has had. I’d say that the surge in this area no doubt goes hand-in-hand with the slow-living phenomenon. I admit I do yoga, and I’m really working on being more in the moment rather than thinking about next week (anyone with me here?), but most of all, I’m beginning to be aware of the small pleasures in my day-to-day life.

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One standout for me is enjoying my morning cup of tea in an earthy mug that was made by a favorite ceramicist of mine. When I look around my apartment, I can find other examples of that simple joy that a handmade, or small-scale object brings me. With that in mind, makers from Sweden, and when the opportunity arises, from abroad, will be my focus here on decor8 for all of 2018 and I hope you will enjoy discovering them here with me.

Mark Antonia Dried Flora

So, back to dried flowers. When I stepped into the Mark Antonia studio, in Auckland, New Zealand, I was naturally expecting to see a lot of dried flowers; but I never imagined the sheer volume that was actually there. The raw plywood was the perfect backdrop to display the array of drying branches and flowers that will soon see Antonia’s magic hand.

Mark Antonia Dried Flora

Antonia De Vere works beside, Mark Seeney, (hence the namesake) whom she met at art school. The couple combines their talents with floristry and hand-poured candles by Antonia, along with custom industrial furniture, homeware, and retail fit-outs by Mark.

Mark Antonia Dried Flora
Mark Antonia Dried Flora

I had been a fan of her custom arrangements for some time after admiring them in some of the coolest stores and commercial spaces in Auckland. I even owned a small one myself. There was just one small detail that I failed to notice in her minimalist creations; that all this time, she has actually been recreating Mother Nature. I'll explain what I mean.

Mark Antonia Dried Flora
Mark Antonia Dried Flora

The idea struck Antonia when she saw the waste left behind from her fresh floral commissions. She experimented with the scrap flora she dried, until she found her signature minimalist style, treating each consignment as a sculpture. Watching her at work is simply mesmerizing.

Mark Antonia Dried Flora

Each leaf, berry or bud is painstakingly clipped and glued onto a twig and done to such meticulous perfection, that you might be mistaken, like I was, and assume that the variety already existed in nature. That's what I meant when I said earlier that she is, "recreating Mother Nature".

Mark Antonia Dried Flora
Mark Antonia Dried Flora

Antonia has taken dried floral art to a whole new level, suggesting an almost Japanese Ikebana feel. Not only do these arrangements look stunning on display, the bonus is that it stays looking like that for a long time to come.

Have a great day everyone!

(Article + Photography: Mel Chesneau except for bottom grid by Mark Antonia)

Tour This Colorful Georgian Home In Edinburgh

Today I would like to show off a home in the city of Edinburgh, a UNESCO world heritage site that has been fiercely preserved, with the result that, unusually, for a capital city, many of the most desirable homes are right in the center. Wondering around the Georgian masterpiece of the New Town, you really have to pinch yourself – yes, people actually live here!

Tour This Colorfulful Georgian Home In Edinburgh on decor8

And by the way, hello everyone, it's Alison again with another home tour from Scotland for decor8 readers! Let's visit the home of Architect and Designer, Roddy Murray and his partner, Andrew Keith, President of Lane Crawford & Joyce, a fashion retail and brand management group in Asia.

Together, Roddy and Andrew took the shell of a magnificent Georgian townhouse and restored it to a gorgeous contemporary home. The property was a lawyers office for sixty years and in a tired state. Resisting the temptation of either a radical update or a faithful preservation project, instead, subtle layers of the best of both Scottish and international design have been applied, resulting in a colorful reinvention of this classical building.

The work of Scottish designers, makers, and artists is in evidence throughout the house, from the lanterns in the entrance hall, which were made by a local blacksmith, and fabrics manufactured at the mills in the Scottish Borders, to the couple’s art collection, much of which is by alumni of the Glasgow School of Art, where Roddy studied.

The work of Scottish designers, makers, and artists is in evidence throughout the house, from the lanterns in the entrance hall, which were made by a local blacksmith, and fabrics manufactured at the mills in the Scottish Borders, to the couple’s art collection, much of which is by alumni of the Glasgow School of Art, where Roddy studied.

The work of Scottish designers, makers, and artists is in evidence throughout the house, from the lanterns in the entrance hall, which were made by a local blacksmith, and fabrics manufactured at the mills in the Scottish Borders, to the couple’s art collection, much of which is by alumni of the Glasgow School of Art, where Roddy studied.

The pair lives much of the year in Hong Kong, where Andrew is president of the fashion retailers Lane Crawford and Joyce, the world-famous department stores recently overhauled and redesigned by Italian Designer Paola Navone. Roddy has a design practice RJMD that spans architecture and interiors with clients all over the world.

Tour This Colorfulful Georgian Home In Edinburgh on decor8

Both Roddy and Andrew are from Central Scotland originally and were looking for a Scottish base where they could spend more time with family. The wanted something more character-filled than their 1960s Hong Kong apartment, and the Georgian architecture available in the center of Edinburgh proved irresistible.

Tour This Colorfulful Georgian Home In Edinburgh on decor8, Photography Douglas Gibb

The property is listed, which meant that they were not allowed to knock down walls, ‘we had to respect the bones of the house,’ Roddy explains, ‘but we didn’t want to live in a museum. During the renovations we found a 200-year-old marble fireplace behind some boarding and the original wooden flooring under the knackered office lino which was in brilliant condition, so we knew we had the perfect base to fulfill our vision.’

Tour This Colorfulful Georgian Home In Edinburgh on decor8, Photography Douglas Gibb
Tour This Colorfulful Georgian Home In Edinburgh on decor8, Photography Douglas Gibb
Tour This Colorfulful Georgian Home In Edinburgh on decor8, Photography by Douglas Gibb

The combination of old and new extends to the decoration, which deftly combines pieces spanning several centuries of style. In the first-floor sitting room, for example, gold Kartell lamps have been placed on top of an antique Chinese console table.

Tour This Colorfulful Georgian Home In Edinburgh on decor8, Photography Douglas Gibb
Tour This Colorfulful Georgian Home In Edinburgh on decor8, Photography Douglas Gibb
Tour This Colorfulful Georgian Home In Edinburgh on decor8, Photography Douglas Gibb

They laid out the interior to suit their lifestyle. The dining room and kitchen are on the first floor, double doors connect the kitchen to a light-filled drawing room creating a large, open living and entertaining space at the heart of the house.

dining room mixes a Georgian chandelier with mid-century Knoll furniture and edgy Damask wallpaper by the Glasgow-based design duo Timorous Beasties.

The dining room mixes a Georgian chandelier with mid-century Knoll furniture and edgy Damask wallpaper by the Glasgow-based design duo Timorous Beasties.

Tour This Colorfulful Georgian Home In Edinburgh on decor8, Photography Douglas Gibb
Tour This Colorfulful Georgian Home In Edinburgh on decor8, Photography Douglas Gibb

The cozier, downstairs sitting room, houses an astonishing sculpture between the windows, a hollowed out marble bust by Edinburgh-based artist, Jonathan Owen.

When we finished the house, we had 60 people round for a party, which was the first time it had been used as a residential house for probably over 60 years. It felt like the house was coming back to life.
— Andrew Keith
Tour This Colorfulful Georgian Home In Edinburgh on decor8, Photography Douglas Gibb

The gorgeous master bedroom is also on the ground floor and there are three further guest bedrooms at the top of the house.

The house is utterly rooted in its Scottish setting and enjoys a strong sense of place, while contemporary furniture and lighting by iconic designers such as Tom Dixon, Arne Jacobsen, and Paola Navone, add international verve. Rugs throughout the house have been designed by Roddy himself, a new venture for him, his beautiful designs can be found at Boxer Rugs.

dining room mixes a Georgian chandelier with mid-century Knoll furniture and edgy Damask wallpaper by the Glasgow-based design duo Timorous Beasties.

A recent trip to India clearly had an influence, particularly when it came to choosing the rich turquoise and salmon-pink paint colors for the ground-floor sitting room and master bedroom. In the sitting room, a classic Berber rug is dazzlingly layered over a one-off design by Roddy, inspired by a trip to Jaipur. ‘In terms of interiors, there’s been a lot of grey over the past 10 years,’ says Murray, ‘but we wanted to use bold colors. Because of the size of the rooms, we knew it would work.’

dining room mixes a Georgian chandelier with mid-century Knoll furniture and edgy Damask wallpaper by the Glasgow-based design duo Timorous Beasties.
dining room mixes a Georgian chandelier with mid-century Knoll furniture and edgy Damask wallpaper by the Glasgow-based design duo Timorous Beasties.

These joyful splashes of bright shades, combined with the mix of patterns, textures, and displays of art throughout the house, both celebrate and update the Georgian structure, resulting in a lively home that was made for entertaining. ‘As we don’t live in Scotland all the time, it’s great to have a place where we can get everyone together,’ says Keith. ‘When we finished the house, we had 60 people round for a party, which was the first time it had been used as a residential house for probably over 60 years. It felt like the house was coming back to life.’

(Text: Alison Gibb, Photography: Douglas Gibb)