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Beautiful Easter Cake + Easter Tabletop Decorations

Hello everyone, with Easter approaching fast, I will quickly show you my table decoration for this year plus a delicious cake that you’ll love. But first, hi, this is Anke Illner back with another column for everyone who loves to set a table (and eat!). Let’s get started, shall we?

Delicious Easter Cake + Easter Tabletop Decorations

FLOWERS

I combined long birch branches with dried hydrangea from our garden. When my husband cut back the hydrangea bushes the other day, I saved some twigs as I like the tender and fragile look of the faded tiny flowers so much. It turned out they look beautiful in my floral wall hanging (scroll down for that). Also, you can see some white and greenish ranunculus mixed in on the table.

Delicious Easter Cake + Easter Tabletop Decorations

TABLEWARE + MATERIALS

My white tableware teamed up with some pieces from the Lyngby Rhombe Collection such as the tall vase, porcelain Easter eggs, platter and candle holder. In my opinion the delicate rhombe relief pattern suits perfectly on festive occasions like Easter and adds some elegance to your table.

Instead of a tablecloth. I used long sheets of transparent white paper on top of my white tabletop giving the overall style a look of lightness even on such a long table. White baking parchment is a good choice as it comes rolled up and you can cut it exactly the size needed. Also I like an irregular arrangement of the paper on the table, playing with the lengths.

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Each linen napkin is decorated with a small birch twig and a tiny white blossom made of flower tissue paper. The blossoms are easily made by simply cutting round shapes out of the paper, forming a blossom and „turning“ a little stem between your fingers. So make some more paper flowers and spread them on the table!

Delicious Easter Cake + Easter Tabletop Decorations

EASTER CAKE

Easter Sunday without a sweet treat? No way! I made a Pistachio Cake following a recipe by Sally/ sallysbakingaddiction and I can highly recommend it! You will be rewarded with the most delicious, moist pistachio sponge. I enjoyed making this cake very much.

On top, I’ve decorated it with ground and chopped pistachios and chocolate Easter eggs. It may be nice to note that I did not use any food coloring but took the pistachios you find on the supermarket shelf with the baking ingredients because those are extremely green!

Delicious Easter Cake + Easter Tabletop Decorations
Delicious Easter Cake + Easter Tabletop Decorations

FLORAL WALL PIECE

First I thought about making a classic wreath but decided upon imperfection instead. For a wall hanging like mine take one long branch, attach a string to both ends and tie twigs of different lengths onto the branch. Then attach Easter eggs or other pendants of your choice. Finally, add the voluminous pieces like ranunculus and dried hydrangea. I use raffia to tie.

Delicious Easter Cake + Easter Tabletop Decorations

I hope you like my Easter table 2019, maybe you found inspiration for your celebration next weekend. Many of the ideas shown can be realized almost last minute if you ask me.

HAPPY EASTER to all of you, dear decor8 readers! Love, Anke

(Photography/Text/Concept + Styling: Anke Illner)

Tour a Hygge Minimalist Attic Apartment in Hannover, Germany

I am so excited today to share the home of a lovely new friend of mine here in my very own city of Hannover, Germany. Her name is Sandra and her Instagram account is called @Karlas_view. I have followed her on IG for over a year now and love her posts, usually of her home, but also some with her wedding day and the lovely trips that she and her husband take together.

Sandra is not a designer (shocking to me, she is a pure natural talent at design!) and doesn’t even work in the design industry, yet she lives like a designer would - in a home that is so carefully edited and just beautiful. I’ve actually been to her house (just last week), so I can tell you that she really does live this way, it’s not just “Instagram Perfect”, her home is so organized and nicely styled. It was great to be inside the space and also to meet Sandra in person. Now, let me show you her fabulous home at the top of an old building, where she and her husband have the “attic” with two floors of light-filled living space. Imagine soaring ceilings, exposed beams painted in white, concrete floors in the bathroom and kitchen, natural hardwood throughout the rest of the house, a balcony overlooking the city, skylights, and a big kitchen that opens into the dining area.

Tour a Hygge Minimalist Attic Apartment in Hannover, Germany
Tour a Hygge Minimalist Attic Apartment in Hannover, Germany
Tour a Hygge Minimalist Attic Apartment in Hannover, Germany
Tour a Hygge Minimalist Attic Apartment in Hannover, Germany
Tour a Hygge Minimalist Attic Apartment in Hannover, Germany
Tour a Hygge Minimalist Attic Apartment in Hannover, Germany
Tour a Hygge Minimalist Attic Apartment in Hannover, Germany
Tour a Hygge Minimalist Attic Apartment in Hannover, Germany
Tour a Hygge Minimalist Attic Apartment in Hannover, Germany
Tour a Hygge Minimalist Attic Apartment in Hannover, Germany
Tour a Hygge Minimalist Attic Apartment in Hannover, Germany
Tour a Hygge Minimalist Attic Apartment in Hannover, Germany
Tour a Hygge Minimalist Attic Apartment in Hannover, Germany
Tour a Hygge Minimalist Attic Apartment in Hannover, Germany
Tour a Hygge Minimalist Attic Apartment in Hannover, Germany
Tour a Hygge Minimalist Attic Apartment in Hannover, Germany
Tour a Hygge Minimalist Attic Apartment in Hannover, Germany
Tour a Hygge Minimalist Attic Apartment in Hannover, Germany
Tour a Hygge Minimalist Attic Apartment in Hannover, Germany

I just love Sandra’s home. One day if she ever moves out, I have to beg her to let me move in so I can have my office there and also a place for my guests to stay when they visit Hannover. I would love to rent this space so Sandra, no pressure but when you move out one day, pleaseeeeeee rent this to me!!!! :)

But one can dream…

What I loved

I love the bathroom so much, the exposed wall near the bathtub and the big rectangular tub itself is just so lovely, and the spaciousness of the bathroom was also impressive. I liked the general open feeling to the living space, and that on the 2nd floor, her husband has his own loft area for working where his office is.

What I found

What you don’t see is the hidden walk-in closet behind her bed (genius idea!), I found it because I was looking for an iron and ironing board and imagined it must be in her bedroom closet - what a nice surprise to find this “hidden room”. Then when I text her, “Help, I cannot find the iron!”, she directed me to another “hidden room” that you cannot see in these photos where I found a massive space nearly 1/3 of the size of her whole apartment where there was a washer/dryer, clothes line, storage area, ironing board and iron, and lots of space to store things - so it helped me to better understand how she is able to keep her general living area so tidy and minimalist - she has these two hidden spaces where she keeps things like clothing and shoes and things that maybe she keeps from her childhood or earlier years.

What I learned

It really made sense to me all of a sudden how people really can live with so little around them - they all must have a secret room where they keep the hand-downs from oma, the clothes for winter or summer, the wetsuit, the workout gear, etc. This made me aware that I need to do this now in my own home. Turn my guest bedroom into a organized storage space and reduce the visual clutter in the other rooms so I can breath again and not feel so overwhelmed by having so much “stuff” filling each room.

Well, that extra room AND a hausflohmarket (home flea market) would be nice to set up in March/April. Then I can sell/giveaway beautiful design and decor things that I don’t use anymore or that were sent to me for free for review purposes. Give them to a new home that will love them and enjoy them.

Do you like this home? What do you like about it? I really love it and hope it inspires you today.

Thank you Sandra for the lovely home tour and remember everyone, you can follow Sandra on Instagram each day at @karlas_view.

Love,

Holly

Shop For a Beautiful Bedroom at Westwing Plus My 5 Styling Tips

I’m so happy to show you this lovely collaboration with Westwing that launched last Friday, and ends in just 23 hours, so please hurry up and run to THIS PAGE for more info… BUT They have officially launched the news about my new magazine with Living At Home (Germany) and show it on their site along with this special sale for creating a wonderful bedroom with my 5 styling tips. AND I cannot forget this… IF you order a 12 month subscription to Living At Home magazine, you will get a free copy of my debut issue, “Living At Home + Holly” and a 30 Euro gift card to Westwing - CLICK HERE to buy this special “Abo” now because this sale ends in 23 hours.

Some of my favorite things from the sale below, great for cozying up your bedroom:

Favorite Book
Favorite Pillow
Favorite Overhead Light
Favorite Trays
Chair I Love
Lamp I Love
My magazine

Thank you so much to Delia, Johanna and the Westwing Team for this amazing chance to launch my magazine in a very public space like your amazing website and newsletter. And thank you to everyone else for your interest in my magazine - I’m so happy to launch this - it will be on newsstands January 24!

Love,

Holly

Visit This Warm, Natural Boho German Home For The Holidays

I can’t believe the Holidays are coming to a close and soon we’ll be entering 2019. Whoosh! This year seemed to fly once October came. We can still hold on to Christmas a little longer though, thanks to today’s home tour coming from Monika Abts (Moni) in Odenthal, Germany which is about 20 minutes from Cologne. She shares her 200m² home with her husband, two children (boy 14, girl 11) and her dog, Liz. She’s a textile engineer by day, but also writes a blog called Lady Stil, which focuses on interiors and DIY projects.

Visit This Warm, Natural Boho German Home For The Holidays

You can also find Monika on Instagram @lady_stil, where I first discovered her home. I hope that you find some inspiration here, there are so many decorating ideas in this home tour, you may find something that sparks your creativity and gives you a new project idea at home. I like the dried flowers in the glass vase on the floor, the giant wreath hanging above her dining table, her many throw rugs because they are very natural looking, and black bulbs hung over her window in the bedroom. In fact, that is one idea I’d like to try in my wintergarten since I already have the bulbs from Granit, still in a box!

Here is her home, and below, an interview that I had with Monika about her style, what’s on her playlist, and more! Enjoy!

Visit This Warm, Natural Boho German Home For The Holidays
Visit This Warm, Natural Boho German Home For The Holidays
Visit This Warm, Natural Boho German Home For The Holidays

 What does home mean to you?

I’m not stuck to a special house or a place. Home is where beloved things and people are and where I can be myself.

How would you describe your style?

I could never decide on a particular style and so I like to mix them together. My interior hast o be individual and reflects my personality. That´s why it changes more often within a year. What always stays ist the natural aspect and color scheme. I love the contrast between nordic and other cultures.  I could never give up beautiful memorabilia, but I also love modern things.

What do you love most about your home?

That is in a constant change due to lifestyle changes, feelings and how my taste changes over time. As for objects, at the moment I love my desk, which I built out of an old door and left the original hinges on.

What would you like to change at home?

My kitchen! Definitely! A dream of mine is to have white kitchen fronts, but the manufacturer changed the hinges, so no chance until we can afford a completely new kitchen. I also thought about having a new floor in the kitchen/dining and entry. Some kind of resin floor.

Favorite candle/scent?

Snö by Scandinavisk.

Visit This Warm, Natural Boho German Home For The Holidays
Visit This Warm, Natural Boho German Home For The Holidays

Favorite thing to do at home?

Being creative or just relaxing and cuddling with Liz (my dog).

Favorite meal to cook?

Lucky me, we all love pancakes!

What’s on your playlist? 

Darude, Sandstorm

Keane, Everybody’s Changing

AJR, Weak

Imagine Dragons, Demons

The Chainsmokers, Sick Boy

Visit This Warm, Natural Boho German Home For The Holidays
Visit This Warm, Natural Boho German Home For The Holidays
Visit This Warm, Natural Boho German Home For The Holidays
Visit This Warm, Natural Boho German Home For The Holidays
Visit This Warm, Natural Boho German Home For The Holidays

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

Sometimes we cook, but sometimes we also order something. It depends on how spontaneous the invitation is. But we always talk and laugh a lot until the next day… And we always look shocked when someone tells us the time!

What is your dream piece for the home?

A white kitchen!

What is important to you when you visit someone else’s home?

I like houses which are well designed and when the interior matches, but that isn’t really important to me while visiting someone. It’s ultimately the people that I’m there for!


Visit This Warm, Natural Boho German Home For The Holidays
Visit This Warm, Natural Boho German Home For The Holidays

Fresh flowers or a plant?

Both! I love fresh flowers for the weekend, but I also love my cactus gang in the bathroom and upstairs on the windowsill.

Red wine or white?

Neither! I don´t drink any alcohol. I’ve tried so many times and so many different things, but I don’t like the taste. I drink my Pina Colada without alcohol!

Chocolate or vanilla?

Vanilla

Favorite city to shop and why?

I have BIG Amsterdam LOVE! They have the BEST interior shops for my style! love the Dutch way of life and the decor of their homes.

Your favorite Instagram accounts are…

That is very difficult for me, because I could list at least a hundred accounts which I adore and they all have so many different styles. If I had more than one house, each of them would have a different style.

But okay, here we go:

@tatjanas_world_  - I love the mix of rustic elements with bohemian accessories.

@skovbon - Kirsten’s style is black and white, a gorgeous mix of modern Boho and Nordic.

@anitaeedelbloedt - I would change houses with her immediately.

@tthese_beautiful_thingss - If I were a child I would like to live in one of Viktoria’s kidrooms!

@kimklassen  - Pure inspiration!

 Thank you so much for visiting us today, Monika and happy holidays to you and your family! It was so nice to peek inside of your home and your mind! :)

Love,

Holly

(Photography: Monika Abts)

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)