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Natural + Wild Home Decor Trend

I'm inspired by the current trends in home decor, especially those which feel very casual, harmonious, quiet, neutral, coastal and simple while also being stylish and a bit classy. Think Tulum style - see the Instagram of @passion_shake currently, a glimpse is shown below.

I found the rest of these images (below) today while shopping online at H&M, who have two fabulous collections out at the moment - Wild Wood and Natural Beauty - both really demonstrate a current natural home trend movement in motion. I love how woven things are big at the moment too - like rattan chairs, baskets and the trim on mirrors. I also enjoy seeing lots of natural wood left unfinished, in-the-raw combined with touches of stone and chalky or smooth concrete.

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I was just in Denmark on the coast taking a family holiday. I saw lots of driftwood, whitewashed stones, shells, dried grass from the sea, blue mussels and many other fabulous, natural objects that really left me inspired (and now I long even more for my previous beach life). I once lived directly at the beach - a few times, it was in my backyard growing up. I was on the coast from the time I was little all through my childhood and teen years. In fact, I didn't move away from the sea until I was 31, and even then, I was only 45 minutes away from coastal New England which was gorgeous. Then, moving to Germany in 2009, with a beach drive at least 2-3 hours away, wow - it's been a struggle for me - I won't lie! I often feel like part of my life was taken away. And with a young boy now who also loves the sea like I do, I feel more torn that I'm so far from it because I spent my childhood combing the beach for shells and rocks with my mother - and I want so badly to share this with him regularly too. 

I'm lucky if I get to the coast twice a year for a day trip. However, I have changed my mind about my sea visits and their regularity going forward. I'm either going to relocate further north in Germany to Hamburg or around that area OR I will buy a small home in southern Denmark or northern Germany where we can vacation whenever we wish - and rent it out the rest of the year. I really need my beach life back again. Life is too short to not have what we really want, right?

Ah yes, back to interiors trends. These images and products really show what's trending but even more, what I love currently because natural and wild aren't the only trends out there - yet these are what I keep going back to. Each year, there is always a natural trend for interiors and sometimes, it's hard to find the difference between this natural trend and the previous one. I would say for this year, the look is more refined, a stronger edit, not SO casual, a bit upscale even and definitely has a wild side - think Australian coast, Southern Indonesia, South Africa, Tulum... If anything, the current trend feels like the wild wind-swept coastlines in often exotic destinations has met up with classic, Scandinavian simplicity and this look is the result. 

H&M Home on decor8blog.com
H&M Home on decor8blog.com
H&M Home on decor8blog.com

Here is a short list of the core "ingredients" to this interior recipe:

CORE NATURAL AND WILD HOME DECOR: INGREDIENTS

  • Bamboo
  • Seagrass
  • Natural wood
  • Canvas
  • Linen (not ironed)
  • Baskets
  • Black metal
  • Graphic patterns (and llama motifs - llamas are trending!)
  • Prints and patterns from North Africa (Morocco, mostly)
  • Natural, earthy colors
  • Stripes
  • Ceramics
  • Stone + Cement
  • Plants
  • Natural throw rugs
  • Touches of leather (accents only)
  • Dried foraged flowers, weeds, herbs, pampas grass, anything dead is in! But for good reason, dried things are gorgeous when used sparingly in a minimalist arrangement - a few stalks of pampas in a vase, for instance, not a cramped bunch. See this post, Why Dried Flowers Aren't Just For Grandma, for total dried flower inspo.
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What do you think? Does this look work for you?

Love,

Holly

(H&M Photos: Art Director: Therese Sennerholt, Styling: Lotta Agaton, Photographer: Pia Ulin)

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)

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)

Tour THE HOME of Ferm Living in Copenhagen

This year at Denmark's Annual Design Event, 3daysofdesign in Copenhagen, leading lifestyle and decor brand Ferm Living opened their doors to THE HOME. What's THE HOME? A living showroom, in an apartment, where the public was invited to explore their collection in a real space to get a taste of how products look and feel in a cozy environment. Want to catch some magical glimpses of what it looked like?

THE HOME by Ferm Living

THE HOME by Ferm Living

THE HOME by Ferm Living

THE HOME by Ferm Living

About THE HOME, Ferm Living says, "A home is a feeling and space... You're a collage of everything you've ever experienced and everywhere you ever went. Your home is a mirror of you... THE HOME a mirror of who we are as a brand." Here are some impressions from the space in case you weren't personally able to visit this past weekend in Copenhagen.

THE HOME by Ferm Living

THE HOME by Ferm Living

THE HOME by Ferm Living

THE HOME by Ferm Living

You’re a collage of everything you’ve ever experienced and everywhere you ever went. Your home is a mirror of you.
— Ferm Living
THE HOME by Ferm Living

THE HOME by Ferm Living

THE HOME by Ferm Living

THE HOME by Ferm Living

THE HOME by Ferm Living

THE HOME by Ferm Living

THE HOME by Ferm Living

THE HOME by Ferm Living

THE HOME by Ferm Living

THE HOME by Ferm Living

THE HOME by Ferm Living

THE HOME by Ferm Living

THE HOME by Ferm Living

THE HOME by Ferm Living

THE HOME by Ferm Living

THE HOME by Ferm Living

THE HOME by Ferm Living

THE HOME by Ferm Living

Also, Ferm Living recently launched a beautiful (and free to peruse) home magazine online if you'd like to see it. You can link to it here. A few glimpses from spreads I liked are shown below.

Welcome Home Magazine by Ferm Living

Welcome Home Magazine by Ferm Living

Welcome Home Magazine by Ferm Living

Welcome Home Magazine by Ferm Living

Welcome Home Magazine by Ferm Living

Welcome Home Magazine by Ferm Living

Hope this inspired you today as much as it did me.

Love,

Holly

(Photography: Ferm Living)

5 Home Decor Ideas To Steal From This Vintage Dutch Shop

Hi everyone, it’s Holly Marder again and this time I have a beautiful shop tour to share with you! Vintage Curators is a Haarlem (Netherlands) based sustainable clothing boutique with maker and entrepreneur Marije Cnossen at the helm. I shot this tour for a magazine before the shop moved to its new and current location, but Marije has carried her signature aesthetic with her to her new digs and it's every bit as lovely.

Marije Cnossen

Marije Cnossen

The way she has styled her shop and atelier for both function and aesthetics, her carefully curated eye for vintage and the vision behind what and how she sells her products is truly refreshing. Let’s jump into the full shop tour, and when you’re finished, we share five clever ideas you can snag from this shop tour for your own home. 

5 Home Decor Ideas To Steal From This Vintage Dutch Shop
5 Home Decor Ideas To Steal From This Vintage Dutch Shop

Located in charming old downtown Haarlem, Vintage Curators offers a colorful and skillfully curated collection of vintage clothing - much of which has been lovingly altered and carefully embroidered by Marije’s expert hand - original designs as well as organic skin care and children’s garments. 

5 Home Decor Ideas To Steal From This Vintage Dutch Shop
5 Home Decor Ideas To Steal From This Vintage Dutch Shop
5 Home Decor Ideas To Steal From This Vintage Dutch Shop

She also alters some of the vintage clothes in the shop in a portable house-shaped sewing atelier crafted out of multiplex plywood, adding a quirky and approachable quality to the space for shoppers.

5 Home Decor Ideas To Steal From This Vintage Dutch Shop
5 Home Decor Ideas To Steal From This Vintage Dutch Shop
5 Home Decor Ideas To Steal From This Vintage Dutch Shop

With an aim to supply exclusively sustainable, natural and organic goods and garments to her clientele, Marije has created a suitably authentic backdrop against which her pieces truly do shine. Here are some of our favorite elements from this shop tour, and how you can implement them at home.

5 Home Decor Ideas To Steal From This Vintage Dutch Shop

Five Ideas to Steal at Home

Five Ideas to Steal at Home

1. Decorating with dried flowers and foliage

Much of the charm of this urban vintage haven lies in the abundance of dried flowers dotted throughout the shop. Marije cleverly displays a hanging flower display using a simple hanging frame, to create a striking yet whimsical feature to greet shoppers.

5 Home Decor Ideas To Steal From This Vintage Dutch Shop

2. Open clothing displays

It’s not for everyone, but if you love clothes and you love to see them on display, a simple hanging rack will not only offer you a practical easy-to-grab clothes storage solution, but with the right amount of editing down to just the best and most complimentary pieces, it will be a visual statement in your space and one that communicates your personal style too. Marije has created simple clothing racks out of wood for her shop but Ikea also has a lovely white one which I have also used in my own home here.

5 Home Decor Ideas To Steal From This Vintage Dutch Shop

3. Portable workstation

If space is an issue, why not create a workstation that is as functional as it is quirky! Marije has crafted a house shaped sewing ‘atelier’ on wheels that can easily be moved around when necessary but has all the practicalities she needs to store her sewing machines, threads and various other supplies, while creatively dividing the space and creating a talking point. What’s even more clever is that by adding a mirror to the back panel, shoppers also have a large surface to admire themselves after trying things on. Making use of every surface and opportunity for a function is what makes this design so good.

5 Home Decor Ideas To Steal From This Vintage Dutch Shop

4. Make a statement with lighting 

Lighting is always a great place to flex your style muscles and make a statement. Though the shop has a feminine, whimsical quality to it, Marije uses two large vintage industrial lamps and a contemporary leather pendant to create focal points, interest and draw the eye lower. Don’t be afraid to mix styles, but remember contemporary lighting compliments most styles and will create balance. 

5 Home Decor Ideas To Steal From This Vintage Dutch Shop

5. Creative storage

I love the way Marije has used every opportunity to display items in creative ways. She cleverly creates storage and tabletop real estate using a pile of palettes as a thrifty way to display slippers. Palettes have a raw, industrial quality to them and when done right (cleaned up, painted/stained, topped with a piece of glass cut to size) works perfectly in this more feminine environment, creating a central focal point, grounding the space and providing useful storage and a pretty display all at the same time. Everyday items in the shop’s kitchenette also go on display with clusters glass jars of varying sizes filled with daily necessities. And when things get a little busy, a curtained-off cabinet is a cost-effective way to hide clutter and offer extra storage.

5 Home Decor Ideas To Steal From This Vintage Dutch Shop

We hope you loved today’s shop tour! Those who live in The Netherlands or Belgium should pop in and say hello to Marije and admire the new shop located at Kleine Houtstraat 20 in Haarlem.

See you next month for another beautiful tour, this time of a home you’re going to love.

Love,

Holly Marder

Photography and Text | Avenue Design Studio

6 DIY Easter Tabletop Ideas and a Gorgeous Cake Recipe

Hi, dear decor8 readers. This is Anke, would you like some Easter inspiration for your celebrations this weekend? Great, because I've prepared some easy DIY-ideas for your cherished moments with family and friends that will take you mere moments to pull together.

Easter Brunch Tabletop on decor8

1. Branches

A big bunch of branches makes a beautiful eyecatcher on your Easter table. You can decorate them with paper (ornament) hangers or, yes, of course, Easter eggs! Maybe you would like to opt for apple, cherry or peach-twigs. If so and you want them to bloom in time for Easter make sure to cut the ends and change the water every day. I chose velvety willow catkins I found on the farmers' market.

Easter Brunch Tabletop on decor8

2. Colored Eggs

The spectrum of possibilities to color eggs is huge. I actually like the natural method using vegetable juice very much and I saw beautiful results on pictures posted on the internet.
But I couldn't resist a tutorial with nail polish in Living At Home Magazine. To get the marbled look one basically drips the polish in a bowl filled with water and lets the blown out eggs turn on the surface. I combined my green-colored Easter eggs with natural brown ones as I find the rich brown color very pretty.

Easter Brunch Tabletop on decor8

3. Place Cards

Those of you who have read my column before know that I appreciate decoration ideas that do not consume a lot of time, money and nerves but still impress. This idea popped up in my mind when I was beating the eggs for my Easter cake. Just fill eggshells with paper shreds to kind of create small Easter nests. Print the names of your guests onto paper and cut into narrow strips. Arrange the strips in the nests and finally embellish with a tender twig or flower. Done!

Easter Brunch Tabletop on decor8

4. Cake + Recipe

Easter is just the perfect occasion for an opulent cake if you ask me! For my layer cake, I combined two different recipes. I took one from „Style Sweet CA“ for the Vanilla Bean Butter Cake and one from „Not Without Salt“ for the Blood Orange Buttercream and I can highly recommend both!

Easter Brunch Tabletop on decor8
Easter Brunch Tabletop on decor8

5. Cake Top Decor

Though it may not surprise you that decorating the cake with flowers and chocolate Easter eggs was my favorite part. Make sure you only use flowers suitable for foods. I chose ranunculus.

6 Easter Tabletop Ideas

6. Flower Posies

I always love little flower posies scattered around on my tabletop and side tables. Here are simply pussy willows, tulips and ranunculus, but they definitely give a very Easter feeling, don't you think?

Easter Brunch Tabletop on decor8
6 DIY Easter Tabletop IDEAS and a gorgeous cake recipe

I am wishing you happy Easter holidays with your loved ones! Hopefully with sunny weather to go for a walk or an Easter egg hunt!

HAPPY EASTER!!!!

Love, Anke

(Text, styling, photography: Anke Illner)