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Tour The Cozy Scottish Home of Nina Plummer

Hello friends! I’ve decided for the final month of 2018 that instead of sharing my favorite posts from the year, that I’d instead gather together a bunch of lovely homes and let you tour them to wrap up 2018 with gobs of beauty, inspiration and ideas. How does that sound? For our first home tour to kick off the selection I’ve made, I’d like to welcome Nina from Scotland and share with you her cozy home that is sure to give you a good feeling inside (and some nice decorating ideas, too!).

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Nina Plummer is a lovely creative and shop owner (Founder of Ingredients LDN) from Edinburgh, Scotland whom I follow on Instagram (her account is: @ingredientsldn). I find so much inspiration from her photos and home. She lives in a 2-bedroom home, 120 square meters, that she shares with her husband and her Havanese dog, Milo.

Nina Plummer Home Tour on decor8
Nina Plummer Home Tour on decor8
Nina Plummer Home Tour on decor8
Nina Plummer Home Tour on decor8
Nina Plummer Home Tour on decor8
Nina Plummer Home Tour on decor8
Nina Plummer Home Tour on decor8
Nina Plummer Home Tour on decor8
Nina Plummer Home Tour on decor8

I thought that I’d share her charming space with you today along with some insights into the mind of Nina with all of you based on a series of 16 questions that I’ve asked her. I’ve peppered the questions and answers throughout her home tour below. I hope that you enjoy the photos, the pretty thoughts she’d left, and her fantastic playlist along with some of her own favorite Instagram accounts. Enjoy!

What does home mean to you?

Home is anywhere in the world in the company of my husband.

What do you love most about your home?

The atmosphere. It has a wonderfully calming feeling.

Nina Plummer Home Tour on decor8
Nina Plummer Home Tour on decor8
Nina Plummer Home Tour on decor8
Nina Plummer Home Tour on decor8
Nina Plummer Home Tour on decor8

What would you like to change at home?

We have only just finished renovating, in fact, we are not quite finished yet, so nothing.

Favorite candle/scent?

Anything soulful like tobacco, frankincense or copal for eg. Tobacco Amber Apothecary natural soy scented candle from our homewares store INGREDIENTS LDN.

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Favorite thing to do at home?

Conversations in front of the fire with our dog snuggled up in that ridiculously comfortable way dogs know how to sleep.

Favorite meal to cook?

Homemade dashi ramen broth.

What is on your playlist?

Django Reinhardt - Minor Swing, Nick Drake - Pink Moon, Billie Holiday - Big Stuff, Alexi Murdoch - Slow revolution, Eliot Smith - Between the bars.

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

A home cooked meal and deep conversation. We love to create a seasonal feeling - barbecue outdoors in the summer and candlelit dinners in the winter.

Nina Plummer Home Tour on decor8
Nina Plummer Home Tour on decor8

Your dream piece for the home?

Any object that will look better with time and use. I love when the things we surround ourselves with invite us to use them and the marks and traces they acquire only add to their character - marble is a dream because of this reason. So is linen. 

How would you describe your style?

Natural materials, a neutral colour pallet and objects that come with stories whether it is the stories of the makers who made them, the stories captured in vintage and antique items or the stories of time preserved in materials such as copper or brass.

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

The atmosphere, it's just wonderful when people can create a space that makes you feel relaxed and puts you at ease.

Fresh flowers or a plant?

Both! And dried flowers too.

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Red wine or white?

Ice cold white in the summer, deep mellow red by the fire in winter.

Chocolate or vanilla?

Homemade vanilla with real vanilla seeds that crunch under your teeth.

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Favorite city to shop and why?

Amsterdam - De 9 Straatjes (The 9 Streets) and Grachtengordel area: the sweetest small and independent boutiques, the loveliest vintage and antique stores set in the most magical, beautiful setting. It's like walking through a quaint dream.

Nina Plummer Home Tour on decor8
Nina Plummer Home Tour on decor8
Nina Plummer Home Tour on decor8
Nina Plummer Home Tour on decor8

Your favorite Instagram accounts are…

@local_milk an amazing visual storyteller and teacher who taught me most of what I know about styling.

@devolkitchens just the most beautiful visual aesthetic (and of course the most divine kitchens).

@saintsignora my shop obsession.

@captainsrest another great visual storyteller and huge design inspiration for our brand.

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Thank you so much Nina! If you’d like to be part of our home stories on decor8, or be featured on my @decor8 instagram, simply tag your photos #mydecor8.

 (Photos: Nina Plummer with permission)

New Colors by Farrow & Ball

Hello everyone. I’m so happy to share with you the new colors just released today by Farrow & Ball, they are gorgeous and I’m sure you will love them as much as I do. My 5 instant favorites are Jitney, De Nimes, Treron, Sulking Room Pink and School House White. What are yours?

I have F&B paints in nearly every room of my hall, and love them. The colors are exceptional. In fact, I can’t wait to soon paint my hallway, entry room and little boy’s room. I’m already looking through these colors below to see which I’ll choose because I would love something from this collection. I think the School House White for my long hall would be pretty and the Jitney in my big entry room to replace my Pineapple wallpaper. Hmmmm. I am battling with that at the moment, whether or not to replace my gold Pineapple wallpaper. I really feel like I need calm in my home for Fall/Winter and into next year. I’ve had the Pineapple since my baby was born, so for nearly 5 years, so I think it’s okay to try something new.

Here are 9 the new colors.

School House White

School House White

Jitney

Jitney

Treron

Treron

Paean Black

Paean Black

Sulking Room Pink

Sulking Room Pink

Rangwali

Rangwali

Preference Red

Preference Red

Bancha

Bancha

New Farrow & Ball Colors

So tell me - which do you like???

Love,

Holly

(photos: Farrow & Ball)

Tour A Modern Minimalist Apartment in Vienna

Ready to be totally inspired today? I first found Stylist and Blogger Svenja Brücker through blogging and her Instagram, and simply had to invite her to decor8 for a home tour and to speak about her life and style which she describes as, "Airy, light and with love for the detail!". Svenja, who writes Traumzuhause, is German living in Vienna for a little over two years and has a fantastic city apartment that is very modern and minimalist. She works freelance as a blogger and interior stylist and occasionally decorates residential spaces.

Wall Color: "Off Black“ from  Farrow&Ball .

Wall Color: "Off Black“ from Farrow&Ball.

Together with her boyfriend, they share a 4 room, 120 square meter flat with spacious rooms which boast soaring ceilings and a cozy balcony for two with a city view. What made her fall in love with her apartment and decide to move in? It was easy, "the classical details of our apartment like the beautiful herringbone floors, 4 meter high ceilings, double wing doors, huge windows, and tiny details like the light switches and the original brass door and window handles - everything presented together made me fall for this place! For me, it’s the perfect stage for all the furniture that I love!".

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What does Svenja love in her apartment, when it comes to her personal belongings? "A couple of weeks ago did a little hallway makeover and the new round mirror hanging there turned out to be a favorite piece of mine as well as the Saxe chair from byLassen that I got recently. Besides that, I love my white linen sofa and the old workbench that I use as my coffee bar."

Tour A Modern Minimalist Apartment in Vienna

SHOP LIST from photo above - all from Connox: Mirror UMBRA, Chair BYLASSEN, Wall boxes from MUUTO, Table light from LOUIS POULSEN. Wall Color "Chelsea Walk" from the Architects' Finest Collection from Schoener Wohnen.

Rug from  Touda , Sofa "Richard" by  B&B Italia .

Rug from Touda, Sofa "Richard" by B&B Italia.

I had to know why Svenja put her coffee bar in her living room though, so I asked and she explained that it's right near the kitchen, where they work a lot, so having it near to their desk was the perfect solution because the door to the kitchen is almost always open so it feels like one big space anyway. I love this coffee bar, I can't stop looking at it!

Wall color: "Pavilion Gray" from  Farrow&Ball

Wall color: "Pavilion Gray" from Farrow&Ball

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As I looked through her gorgeous home photos, I wondered where she shops. Where does she find all of her lovely things? Here are some stores she highly recommends: Connox, Dopo Domani, Geliebtes Zuhause, The Posterclub and Granit. I can vouch for Connox (they are based here in Hannover!), Granit (big love for them) and The Posterclub, I shop there too. I have to look into Dopo Domani and Geliebtes Zuhause, I've not heard of them but am eager to check them out.

Wall color: "Pavilion Gray" from  Farrow&Ball .

Wall color: "Pavilion Gray" from Farrow&Ball.

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Chair:  Fredericia J64  from Connox.

Chair: Fredericia J64 from Connox.

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Paint color on wall: "Light Gray“ from  Farrow&Ball .

Paint color on wall: "Light Gray“ from Farrow&Ball.

My home is my shelter and also the place where I can do whatever I want to do and where I can surround myself with all the things I like the most.
— Svenja Brücker

With every apartment though, there are things that we don't like and wish to change. I asked her about that too. "I would love to change the bathrooms and the kitchen. Not because I don’t like them, but because there are so many more interesting and more beautiful options out there. Being surrounded by all those perfectly designed kitchens and everything else on a daily basis is sometimes really hard and creates a lot of desire. I guess everyone working in the design field knows what I’m talking about!". Yes, absolutely!

Now for wish list items. We all have them! I asked Svenja and she reveals, "That’s a tough one! I got a thing for outstanding lighting, so I always have a new lamp on my mind and also on my wishlist. At the top of it is the Vertical Globe lamp from Atelier Areti and also the Oda lamp from Pulpo right now. I would really love to own those! Besides that, I have a white or light grey Gervasoni Ghost sofa on my wishlist (but need a second living room for that)."

I always have a new lamp on my mind and also on my wishlist. At the top of it is the Vertical Globe lamp from Atelier Areti.
— Svenja Brücker
Svenja Brücker

Svenja Brücker

We also talked about her Instagram photos because, in addition to her apartment, she shows a lot of fantastic travel destinations from her many, often exotic, adventures. I was curious how these locations have inspired her interior style so we chatted about this and she revealed, "Every beautiful place that you see affects the way you look at things. Traveling definitely inspires me a lot but I don't try to recreate a style from a travel destination at home." She continues, "What works for your home often has to do a lot with the design of the apartment itself and also where it is located. I really like the easy-going modern Balinese style but I would never try to recreate this in my Viennese apartment because that would be not authentic to me or to the property or location."

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Santorini: We celebrated my birthday in Santorini last year and stayed at this magical little boutique hotel called „Charisma Suites“.

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Australia: What inspired me most about this country was the amazing energy that I felt in the big cities like Melbourne and Sydney. I have never seen so many unique places for food and coffee with outstanding quality everywhere. I felt that especially in Bondi Beach and Byron Bay, people were super laid back but also full of energy at the same time, I really loved this special vibe. 

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Bali: A lot of Aussies live on this island and you can see it everywhere because they took their relaxed, inspiring lifestyle to Bali. Other than the many creative cafés and beautiful beach clubs, I also love the pure beauty of the country itself. I still remember the first time I saw one of the big rice paddies. Bali is pure heaven to me!

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Joshua Tree National Park: Last summer we took a road trip from Las Vegas to Palm Springs and spent one day at the gorgeous Joshua Tree National Park. Definitely worth a visit!

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San Luis Hotel Südtirol: One of the most relaxing places I’ve ever been to is this little gem in South Tyrol called, "San Luis Lodges Hotel“ some weeks ago. You can sleep in a tree house and watch birds and deer in the woods surrounding you while sitting in a hanging chair. Talk about a perfect getaway!

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and Vienna (where I live!): Jonas Reindl, which is my favorite coffee shop that I visit almost daily, Volksgarten (especially when the hundreds and hundreds of roses are blooming), Lunch at Erich and strolling through the nice little streets surrounding this place afterward, the magical Palmenhaus at Schönbrunn and Lamée Rooftop Bar to enjoy the view above the city in summer.

Thank you so much for this wonderful tour and your insights into home and travel, Svenja. Was lovely to have you here today on decor8!

(Photos by Svenja Brücker, with permission.)

Tour This Fun Eclectic Family Home in Scotland

Would you like to see a lovely Scottish home to brighten your day today? You'll see why I say, "brighten" in a moment! This is decor8 columnist, Alison Gibb, reporting in from Scotland today and I am here to share the beautiful space of designer, Donna Caira. She lives in Fife with her husband, Anthony and their two daughters, Julia (20) and Olivia (17). Donna runs a fine art print and interiors business called We Are Amused with a friend, Susan, who lives nearby.

The chimney wall is painted in ‘Downpipe’ by Farrow & Ball

The chimney wall is painted in ‘Downpipe’ by Farrow & Ball

Donna trained as a lawyer originally, but when she started her family she found she enjoyed staying at home and looked for a career with more flexibility. Interior design was an obvious choice, Donna being both practical and creative in huge doses.

The framed print on the mantelpiece is a classic image of a Burmese Girl, by sir Gerald Kelly. 

The framed print on the mantelpiece is a classic image of a Burmese Girl, by sir Gerald Kelly. 

In her home, Donna likes to mix things up. Her eclecticism has resulted in a bohemian vibe. Not afraid to experiment, Donna has created unpredictable choices to every room, from the shocking pink paneled wall in the traditional Victorian kitchen to the faded floral sofa and raspberry toned armchairs in the more severely decorated drawing room. The occasional ‘pink moment’ comes as a refreshing surprise in this edgy home. "I think I have a bit of Rock Chic in me", she admits.

The shocking pink MDF paneling is painted in ‘Flamingo’ by Dulux. The pendant light above the island unit was an investment buy from Best Lite.

The shocking pink MDF paneling is painted in ‘Flamingo’ by Dulux. The pendant light above the island unit was an investment buy from Best Lite.

They bought the house in 1999 and their daughters grew up here. The large Victorian house is located on a beautiful leafy street. The décor, when they bought the house was tasteful, but over coordinated and too chintzy for Donna’s taste. They undertook the transformation slowly, knowing that it takes time to get things right. "A house needs to evolve", Donna believes, "especially if you want the resulting scheme to be really individual".

Cabinet painted in Purbeck Stone by Farrow & Ball.

Cabinet painted in Purbeck Stone by Farrow & Ball.

The large kitchen is Donna’s favorite room, the wall dividing it from the dining room had been removed by the previous owners, but the results were uneven and needed resolving. "We got a quote from a plasterer to smooth the wall but we were shocked at the amount, so we came up with the idea of MDF paneling, surprised at how much cheaper this option was." Once complete, Donna knew that she wanted to paint it bright pink. "It was the perfect contrast to the black Ikea units.

A selection of prints from We Are Amused are artfully arranged, unframed, held up by white tack, bulldog clips add a functional, decorative note.

A selection of prints from We Are Amused are artfully arranged, unframed, held up by white tack, bulldog clips add a functional, decorative note.

The fun, retro Smeg dishwasher was a much-wanted replacement when the original, integrated model broke down, "unfortunately, it did not fit under the worktop, but we were able to insert it into the original Victorian press, which we then paneled over, giving it a semi-fitted home after all", Donna recalls.

Tour a Bright Eclectic Family Home in Scotland

In the bedrooms, just like the public rooms, occasional luxury purchases are cleverly combined with funky, junk shop finds, bargain buys and homemade solutions. The antlers above the master bed are from Cox & Cox. Anthony’s sister, another creative wing of this talented family, made the bedside lampshades. Donna made the upholstered headboard herself. The luxurious, grey velvet throw is from H&M Home.
 

I never normally buy from interior chains, but I do love a rummage around TK Maxx. Great style does not have to cost a fortune!
— Donna Caira
Tour a Bright Eclectic Family Home in Scotland
Tour a Bright Eclectic Family Home in Scotland
Two prints sit atop the mantelpiece, one is from We Are Amused, the other is an enlargement of a gorgeous photograph of Donna’s father as a child.

Two prints sit atop the mantelpiece, one is from We Are Amused, the other is an enlargement of a gorgeous photograph of Donna’s father as a child.

Tour a Bright Eclectic Family Home in Scotland
Tour a Bright Eclectic Family Home in Scotland
Tour a Bright Eclectic Family Home in Scotland
Trust your instincts when you are decorating, you will grow in confidence.

— Donna Caira
Tour a Bright Eclectic Family Home in Scotland
The orange wall is painted in Mustard by Dulux.

The orange wall is painted in Mustard by Dulux.

The whole house is bold, dramatic, moody and fun. Random salvaged pieces of furniture, vintage treasures and bargain buys have formed a happy collective in this characterful home. Not a fan of symmetry, Donna prefers unpredictability and always looks for solutions that are quirky rather safe. Her natural wit and spontaneity ensure the results are always successful. There is an air of Alice In Wonderland in this dwelling - expect the unexpected when you enter!

MDF painted in ‘Clunch’ by Farrow & Ball.

MDF painted in ‘Clunch’ by Farrow & Ball.

3 Ideas To Steal:

1. Wall paneling in MDF can be done very cheaply – it covers a multitude of sins and can be painted any color you like.

2. Hang artwork simply with bulldog clips or white tack – it does not have to be framed.

3. Breathe new life into old furniture by giving it a lick of paint.

What do you think of this home, any touches that you love? - Allison

(Photography: Douglas Gibb / Text: Alison Gibb for decor8)