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)

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7 Favorite Things For Christmas From Martha Stewart (+ 3 Cookie Recipes!)

Around the holidays, I used to love when my mother sang, “Cream colored ponies and crisp apple strudels, doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles, wild geese fly with the moon on their wings, these are a few of my favorite things,” from the Sound of Music. It was always such a comforting and loving song to hear as a young girl. Do you have a favorite holiday song, too?

Each year around this time, I’m thinking a lot about my favorite things, especially family and friends - the people I love, the wish lists and the many hopes we each have of getting something new to cherish from someone we care about.

For my second and final post about The Martha Stewart Collection created for Macy’s, I’m sharing a few of my favorite things from her holiday collection around the theme of EATING. If you remember from Friday, my first post from the collection centered around SLEEP. Now that you’re awake, it’s time to eat, so below are 7 things for mostly the kitchen, and yes the wreath again because the second one I have is on the door and I wanted to show you how it looks, and - the bonus - 3 cookie recipes from Martha!

Favorite Things From The Martha Stewart Collection created for Macy's

Here are my “things” but do allow me to geek out a bit, because details make me deliriously geeky when they are done right. BUT I honestly can’t stop looking at my new cast iron dutch oven (below) in raised letters “MARTHA STEWART” on the lid, I mean, no one in Germany has that on their stove this holiday season but me (and maybe you too if you order from Macy’s, they ship overseas now). I wish I had ordered more, because I know at least a few of my foodie girlfriends over here are going to want one too.

Favorite Things From The Martha Stewart Collection created for Macy's
Favorite Things From The Martha Stewart Collection created for Macy's
Favorite Things From The Martha Stewart Collection created for Macy's
7 Favorite Things For Christmas From Martha Stewart (+ Cookie Recipes!)
Favorite Things From The Martha Stewart Collection created for Macy's
Favorite Things From The Martha Stewart Collection created for Macy's

These are my 7 favorite things from The Martha Stewart Collection created for Macy’s BUT they are selling out quickly so you better watch out, you better not cry, you better click fast, I’m telling you why….

1/ 24" Lightly Frosted Wreath with Mercury Glass Balls

2/ Tree Bowl

3/ Grey Plaid 2-Qt. Enamel Cast Iron Dutch Oven - also available in red in two sizes

4/ Stainless steel bottle/thermos (we are taking ours over the weekend to the mountains for a snowy hike, and filling it with hot cocoa!)

5/ Tree s+p shakers (Update: Sorry they just sold out).

6/ Cookie cutters and tray (Update: Sorry, they also just sold out.)

7/ Martha Stewart Tea Kettle

Now, how about 3 lovely Christmas Cookie recipes from MarthaStewart.com? You can view more on her website HERE. I found these, and I’m definitely baking the gingerbread this weekend with my little boy + friends. Nom Nom Nom.

I hope that you have lovely plans lined up for the holidays. What will you do? My last day of work for this year will be this Thursday, then I’m off until 2 January. BUT, I have good news for you… I have home tours lined up from tomorrow until the first week of January, so I’ve scheduled them to all run while I’m away… If you want to see what I’m up to over the holidays, I’ll definitely be posting on my Instagram and Instagram Stories (@decor8), so please stay in touch with me there.

I’ll be back tomorrow with a gorgeous home tour - TO DIE FOR - stay tuned friends!

Love,

Holly

(WERBUNG/AD: This post was sponsored by Martha Stewart and The Martha Stewart Collection created for Macy’s. All thoughts, words, photos, styling and product selection is my own, and none of these products were selected for me or recommended. That you for supporting my site by reading and sharing my posts on your social media, it’s because of you and my occasional sponsors that I can keep decor8 up and running for nearly 13 years!)

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