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Is the Anthurium Flower/Plant Trending?

Have you ever heard of flowers and plants trending? Whether you’ve noticed it or not, flowers and plants certainly do trend just like everything else in the interior world. For instance, we had the monstera trend, we went through a ficus fig leaf phase, then everything seemed to turn into pampas grass - which are still in vogue but lean more and more to the colorful side since people are into dyeing them lately. So what’s next with flowers and plants? Well almost suddenly, I’m spotting Anthurium all over. Have you noticed?

Photography: Luisa Brimble  Production & Styling: Nicole Valentine Don
Photography: Luisa Brimble  Production & Styling: Nicole Valentine Don

I remember this flowering plant so well from childhood because I called them “pinocchios”. You may know Anthurium as tailflower, flamingo, or laceleaf depending on where you live in the world. (Note: In Greek, the name means tail flower, most likely because the flower looks like it has a tail.)

The most common Anthurium that most of us are familiar of here in Europe are the red ones. We have the red anthurium in nearly every garden shop.

But did you know that there are MANY colors? You can even buy the silk version in crazy tones like cobalt blue and neon yellow and some flower companies dye the real ones. But the colors that grow in nature tend to be in the family of red and orange, though you can spot green and cream ones too.

Last month my friend Gabi and I were in Hamburg and she bought a whole box of red ones at the flower shop. She nicely offered me some, but I don’t like red flowers (included red roses!), so I politely declined. I don’t know why, I just don’t enjoy red flowers, not even on the balcony. Anyway, the red anthurium look like plastic to me, and are too shiny. But after some weeks of seeing them popping up randomly in people’s homes, in tones of orange and cream, and on Instagram, in campaigns, I thought HMMMMM…. Could these terrestrial-looking flowers be the next pompus grass? What do you think?

Photography: Luisa Brimble  Production & Styling: Nicole Valentine Don
Photography: Luisa Brimble  Production & Styling: Nicole Valentine Don
Photography: Luisa Brimble  Production & Styling: Nicole Valentine Don

So, tell me the truth - DO YOU LIKE THEM? I have decided that I do, if they are not bright red, and I really do if they are mixed in with a bouquet of different flowers, with a few anthurium popping out here and there. What do you say???

Love,

Holly

Photography: Luisa Brimble Production & Styling: Nicole Valentine Don

Midsommer Garden Party Must Have: Lemon Tart and These Flowers

Hello dear readers! You know that it is time to shoot your next column when the strawberries taste the sweetest and the roses all around are in full bloom! Hello, this is Anke with a small midsommer table setting for two that could easily be enlarged to fit many friends, or even brought outside into your garden or on the patio.

Ah yes, summer time! And today I have prepared for you a lemon tart with roses and berries for the table. Everyone loves these hings! Sweet fruit and luscious flowers simply stand for summertime and are highly welcome at my home.

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FLOWERS

I brought home bunches of different English roses from the local market the other day. The white ones are from our garden and I love how fragile they are. In addition, you can see pale pink Astilbe as I also wanted something light and fluffy in the big bouquet. There is a recognizable Astilbe trend where I live. You can get the Astilbe perennial plant in a pot in almost every flower shop. And you should know that they do not last very long as a cut flower!

A Lovely Midsommer Garden Party Needs This Lemon Tart and These Flowers

TABLETOP

I chose a linen tablecloth in dusky pink on my small wooden table and the off-white ceramic plates and cups I bought in the Netherlands. The wine glasses have a delicate line of gold on the edge. I’ve also added gold-colored spoons and the bottom of the hanging vase/ candle holder is also gold. I like it when small details repeat such as a color, material or pattern. When I have impressive, voluminous flowers I like to let these be the stars on my table and keep everything around them simple.

A Lovely Midsommer Garden Party Needs This Lemon Tart and These Flowers
A Lovely Midsommer Garden Party Needs This Lemon Tart and These Flowers

CAKE

I made a lemon tart following THIS recipe on Half Baked Harvest. Tieghan Gerard called it, “No fuss lemon tart ... super easy, yet delicious and pretty too“, which says it all! I was also inspired by her beautiful cake styling very much and tried the berry topping that she did by simply adding some cherries to the strawberries and raspberries. Have a look at her blog, it is one of my favorites!

Some sparkling Rosé Secco is a nice companion for the coffee and cake gathering.

A Lovely Midsommer Garden Party Needs This Lemon Tart and These Flowers
A Lovely Midsommer Garden Party Needs This Lemon Tart and These Flowers
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ON THE WALL

The hanging glass vase with golden accents usually hangs on our balcony holding a tea light. I think it is always rewarding to have a close look at the things we already own and use these in different ways, also when it comes to decoration, instead of buying something new. I use all my glasses for flowers, candles, drinks and food.

A Lovely Midsommer Garden Party Needs This Lemon Tart and These Flowers


I hope that you liked this column today, and have a beautiful summertime and enjoy your holidays! I hope to be showing a new column posting around August/ September.

All the best wishes -Anke

(Photography, Styling: Anke Illner)

Boho Style Inspiration For The Home From The Newest Retail Space of Grace Loves Lace

It’s rather unusual to find an Australian brand in Texas, particularly a bridal shop, but that is exactly what Grace Loves Lace is - with their latest flagship store in Dallas (the third in the United States) that opened recently as part of their global expansion. I don’t share bridal shops typically on this site, for reasons I don’t think we need to elaborate on (but normally they are all following the same format), but this one really caught my attention because of its beauty and the history of their lace which is carefully chosen from select mills in Calais, France. I have always had a thing for delicate French lace, it’s so pretty for a special occasion or even to use to embellish something in the home, like the bottom of linen curtains in a little girl’s bedroom, so this shop really spoke to me. I guess I also just like to see something different for a change. This is a shop that worth seeing whether you are getting married or not - it’s so pretty!

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So let’s talk about this shop for a moment and then I’ll give you a peek around along with my very own CREATE THIS LOOK guide at the bottom. The new Grace Loves Lace showroom in Dallas combines locally sourced furnishings with imported foliage, giving it a bit of a boho coastal vibe, which you’ll soon see in the tour.

Founder + Designer Megan ZIems with her children

Founder + Designer Megan ZIems with her children

Inspired by the design and architecture of the founder’s home, Designer Megan Ziems, this space is, “the perfect blend of Australian décor and Southern charm”. You can find plenty of natural light, soaring ceilings, recycled timber, antiques and pottery, custom-made mirrors, and leather and gold accents in this space which is a perfect contrast to the white floors, walls and of course, the lace dresses. The result? Beautiful, warm and inspiring! I love the dark wood with the delicate lace and pottery most of all. It’s so unique.

When doing some research for this story, I learned quite a lot about the business including a fun fact: Grace Loves Lace has the “Most pinned bridal dress on Pinterest”, a dress that the founder designed that woman all over the world fell in love with - this one. The best part (for me) is that it was called the “Hollie” dress (named after the founder’s sister, not me, but still…) And though Hollie sold out, they now have the “Hollie 2.0” which is nearly identical to the original.

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The design brief for my own beach house was for a family space imbued with warmth, comfort and a sense of calm –and I wanted to create a similar look and feel for Grace Loves Lace’s Dallas home too.
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I hope that you enjoyed the interior of this retail space. I find that it’s nice to see how shops are designed because often I get so many ideas for my home from shopping in all sorts of spaces along with museum and cafe visits. Inspiration for the home can come from the most unlikely spots. Even a bridal shop can be a jumping off point for a new design idea for your interiors. Seek inspiration everywhere, through as many channels as you can soak in! It’s really all about exposure to beautiful, well-designed things. The more you train your eye to good design, the better at design you will become. Really!

DESIGN TIPS TO CREATE THIS LOOK

  1. MIX DELICATE DETAILS WITH RAW, EARTHY PIECES

  2. MIX IN POTTERY

  3. ANTIQUES ARE A MUST

  4. OPEN AND WHITE SPACE WORKS GREAT WITH DARK WOODEN ACCENTS

  5. ADD MATTE GOLD AND BRASS AS AN ACCENT (NOT METALLIC SHINY GOLD)

  6. PLANTS - PLANTS - PLANTS (but more dark green, no light green or lime tones)

  7. TREES in dark green

  8. GROUP LARGE POTS ON THE FLOOR (ANTIQUE OR THAT LOOK OLD AND WORN)

  9. BROWN LEATHER SOFAS AND CHAIRS

  10. BLACK METAL FRAMES FOR CHAIRS

  11. CHUNKY WOODEN SOFA AND DINING TABLES

  12. BLACK AND WHITE ART

  13. CHUNKY FLOATING WOODEN SHELVES THAT ARE RECYCLED FROM A PREVIOUS LIFE AS SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT

  14. DRIED FLOWERS IN EARTH TONES

  15. SHEER WHITE DRAPES ON WINDOWS

  16. TABLETOPS WITH BLACK LINEN

  17. DINNERWARE THAT IS OR LOOKS HANDMADE IN EARTH TONES

  18. PILLAR CANDLES, ARRANGE SOME IN OLD PLANTERS ON TABLES

Have a lovely weekend and thank you to Megan at Grace Loves Lace for sharing her new store with us today.

(Store Photographs by Laning Photography, Portrait of Founder by Libby Dodd. All with permission from Grace Loves Lace.)

Milan Design Week 2019: Spotlight on Italian Brands with DDN Magazine

Hey guys, how are you? I was not able to go to Design Week in Milan this year (boooooo) which meant that I had to use Instagram to follow my friends virtually all last week to see Milan through their eyes. I had total FOMO the whole time, but I felt a bit like I was there which was great - thank god for Instagram and blogs. Anyway, for the past few years, I normally pull together my Milan reviews on decor8 but since I can’t this year, I decided to pull in the big guns… blogger queen Agata Dimmich from Passionshake. She’s here today to show 5 brands that caught her eye from Design Week in collaboration with our client, DDN magazine, as part of the Blog Safari Tour that she went on, and will detail more below. Let’s get started.

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Agata Dimmich reporting from Milan! :)

Agata Dimmich reporting from Milan! :)


Holly: Hey there Agata, thanks for stopping in today. So, tell us about yourself for those who don’t you already, and why do you enjoy Milan design week each year?

Agata: I’m working in the design field as a stylist, blogger and I develop concepts for brands, among other creative projects, which means I’m living a creative life everyday. This also creates a need for me to be on the prowl for inspiration and new ideas constantly - to stay fresh and even to be a step ahead, for my clients. One of the best ways to do that is to explore the latest concepts in design, learn about the new trends, try to spot the trends to come, and to meet current and future clients at Milan Design Week. I have to say, each year I'm blown away by seeing brands come up with spaces that are full of imagination, contrast and unexpected combinations. Just wow! It is the most important week for interior design, in my opinion.

Holly: Tell us about the Salone del Mobile (at the fairgrounds) - what is it and what do you love about this fair?

Agata: Milan is a fantastic place for design because most of the world's best known brands with a long tradition exhibit here. I love that Salone del Mobile is not "just" a fair anymore. In the past years it became the creative hub for all design enthusiasts, where like-minded professionals have a chance to network and meet, where the most innovative concepts are being discussed and shared.

Holly: Tell us about this blog tour from DDN - what is it?

Agata: A great initiative of DDN magazine is to invite a group of international bloggers and organize guided tours through Salone del Mobile each year. They call it the 'Blog Safari' and together with the bloggers, the magazine visits iconic italian brands. It's very exclusive giving us (the selected bloggers) the chance to talk directly to the designers and hear the stories behind their new collections. A real treat for design-enthusiasts like us!

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The bloggers this year were: (top row, left to right): DDN Blog (Rebecca), Interiors Design Blog (Ula), DDN Founder - Francesca, (bottom row, left to right): That Scandinavian Feeling (Ingrid), Italian Bark (Elisabetta) Passionshake (Agata), Trendstefan (Stefan).

Holly: Which brands did you see during Blog Safari this year?

Agata: This year we visited:

Holly: Please tell us what bloggers do on the Blog Safari and how long it takes, etc.

Agata: As design bloggers we enjoy scouting the fairs to explore latest trends and collections. Blog Safari is a perfect place to do that in style. We interview designers and share favourite finds with our followers after the fair, but even during the fair through live videos on Instagram, Insta Stories, and Instagram photos. Different bloggers lend a unique point of view adding variety of what is currently trending. It takes about 4-5 hours including lunch in the VIP Red Lounge.

Holly: Which brand or brands that you visited most reflects your personal style?

Agata: That’s a hard choice but if I had to pick just one I think it would be Boffi and DePadova this year. The showroom was gorgeously designed, celebrating functionality and simplicity from floor to ceiling which resulted in minimal chic which very much reflects my personal style as you might know.

Holly: Is there anything you'd LOVE to own that you saw on this tour?

Agata: Oh yes, so many things! The round armchairs from Poliform, the lava coffee table from Flou, table and bed frames from Boffi and DePadova, the modular garden furniture from Nardi and of course the first AI chair from Kartell, just to name a few!

So, now it’s time to see what you saw, what you loved, and why. Let’s go. First up….


POLIFORM

Poliform: I loved the fluid, soft forms and materials because they gave a sense of perfect relaxation and provided a sanctuary. There was no harsh angles or vibrant colors. Poliform presented not only furniture but a way of living.

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DDN Blog Safari 2019 Milan - POLIFORM
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DDN Blog Safari 2019 Milan - POLIFORM

FLOU

Flou: The lighting and the new system Leonardo really caught my eye this year. Lighting is what defines spaces and sets the mood, marking the transition from an intimate, peaceful atmosphere to a more vibrant one.

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DDN Blog Safari 2019 Milan - FLOU
DDN Blog Safari 2019 Milan - FLOU

BOFFI + DE PADOVA

Boffi & De Padova: I really liked the Erei day bed and sense of harmony across the showroom overall. Soft, sculptural features and a perfectly minimal chaise lounge which represents harmonious design.

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DDN Blog Safari 2019 Milan - BOFFI + DE PADOVA
DDN Blog Safari 2019 Milan - BOFFI + DE PADOVA

NARDI

Nardi: What was so nice about Nardi was to see the outdoor furniture in pretty pastel shades. The colors are eye-catching and playful just like the overall system itself. The furniture is modular - a big trend at the moment so it was designed in a way to be very easily moved around and transformed to fit every situation – garden party, apertitvo with friends, relaxed moments alone… It will only take few seconds to adjust the set to customize your outdoor “experience”. More and more, people want customizable options with design to fit their lifestyle.

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DDN Blog Safari 2019 Milan - NARDI

KARTELL

Kartell: The very visual, styled spaces at “Kartell Windows” really stood out for me. KARTELL WINDOWS” is a project that transformed the stand into a walk through experience with 22 windows, each showed products displayed that mixed historical pieces with new additions. Each window gave us great ideas for our own home.

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DDN Blog Safari 2019 Milan - KARTELL
DDN Blog Safari 2019 Milan - KARTELL

Thank you Agata for your summary on decor8 about your blog tour with DDN Magazine. Please check out Agata’s other post on her own blog about this same tour, only it spotlights the top 5 trends that she saw while on the blog safari.

Have a great day, everyone and thank you so much Agata for stopping by!

Love,

Holly

(Photography: Agata Dimmich)

Editor’s Note: This post is co-sponsored by DDN Magazine in connection with Passionshake. All photos, thoughts and the overall review is based on the reportage of Agata Dimmich. Everything shown was her my choice, and everything stated was based on her personal experience. Thank you for supporting the brands and partners who collaborate with decor8 to bring interesting, truthful content to this blog.

March Dinner Party Inspiration in Blush Pink Linen + Fresh Flowers

SPRING IS IN THE AIR! (At least in Germany it is!) So let us welcome tender blossoms and sofa shades at home, what do you think? This is Anke, back with a new tabletop column for you after a winter break. I hope you are well, dear readers! Are you ready to be inspired for your next dinner party?

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MATERIALS

The materials and props that I chose this time around are glass, vases and tealight holders, as it helps to create a light and fresh feeling, which is exactly what we want after dark winter months, right!? You will also see fine linen.

These beautiful blush pink linen napkins (Serviette Leinen) are from Holly’s exclusive and limited edition for DEPOT (Germany, Switzerland and Austria) that is available only until 21 March, 2019 - and definitely my favorite styling item on the table. Besides the color, they are quite impressive with their wonderful texture.

Tiny three-footed pottery coasters (Untersetzer Holly) are on trend with a handmade look, also from the same collection, and hold coarse sea salt next to each guest’s plate.

And there is my white tableware of course, the perfect pieces which complement almost any tabletop theme.

March Dinner Party Inspiration With Pale Salmon + Fresh Flowers
March Dinner Party Inspiration With Pale Salmon + Fresh Flowers

FLOWERS

A large glass vase is holding flowering quince while smaller vases are filled with Ranunculus, Tulips, Cloves and delicate blooming twigs.

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March Dinner Party Inspiration With Pale Salmon + Fresh Flowers

FOOD

Matching to the season, a delicious and eye-catching appetizer for guests is this Blood Orange and Fennel Salad with Buffalo Mozzarella, Pomegranate Seeds & Smoked Almonds. It is beautiful to arrange on a big plate and heavenly aromatic. I served fresh baguette with it.

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WALL DECOR

As mentioned above I like the linen napkins a lot. It made me think how I could possibly use them apart from their intended purpose. I tried with knotting them together to a linen garland and was quite happy with the result!

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I hope one or other of my springlike tabletop ideas is inspiring for you and if so would love to know which one! Have a good and pleasant time, dear decor8 readers!- Love, Anke

(Styling/Photography: Anke Illner, Fantastisch)




Table For Two: Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake

Hi there, this is Anke with a new tabletop idea for you, dear decor8 blog readers. “Think big” is a popular motto in this day and age and there’s nothing wrong with it, but sometimes it can be relaxing and quite inspiring to think in a smaller dimension. For instance, what if you celebrate the holidays with only your very small family or just one other person. Is it not worth a celebration when less are involved? Do we need to set a lovely table and make something nice only when many guests will join us? Of course not! Why not do something nice for just you and someone you love? That’s also a beautiful moment, but even more, a last memory.

That is why I would like you to enjoy my TABLE FOR TWO story today. Maybe this is something you can do with a single friend who may be lonely this time of year, or maybe your elderly neighbor who has no one during the holidays. Invite her by for cake and coffee and make things look special.

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The wall decoration

I can’t help decorating with paper. I know I’ve made a lot of leaf-shaped paper table decorations in the past, whether it was a garland or confetti-like sprinkled across the table. This time I cut out big leafs using recycling print paper. It is was easy!

I did not even make a template as it is rather nice when the leafs turn out unique and freestyle. Fold the paper sharply and cut it so that it results in a leaf when unfolding. Afterwards I arranged the leafs on the wall with masking tape on the reverse sides starting with the largest ones.

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The flowers

I shopped for these flowers at the farmers’ market recently and I went home with sunflowers, dahlias, chrysanthemums, asters and straw flowers. And though the sunflowers and giant chrysanthemums are the eye catcher in the bouquet, especially from a distance, I do have a crush on the little luminous yellow straw flowers looking like little stars. I guess I am trying to hold onto Fall. And for Americans who celebrate Thanksgiving this month, this palette is still on your minds so it may inspire you a lot to see the lovely oranges and golds.

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The cake

This cake screams EAT ME! I loved it and my family did, too. Even the neighbors got a piece. It’s a Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake and the recipe comes from Julie Gransee’s blog Lovely Little Kitchen. The cake is moist and heavenly aromatic and simply soul food. Same with the cream cheese frosting. As an add-on I topped it with a crunch made of roasted seeds with maple syrup and coarse sea salt! Try it!

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The colors & props

Warm earthy shades are beloved companions in fall/ autumn and rightly so. I ordered a beautiful beige colored tablecloth which sadly did not arrive on time for the shooting and picked my white linen one instead. At least the curry colored napkins looked particularly beautiful forming a contrast with the white surface. Besides my plain white tableware I decorated with a wooden cake plate, a  stone-grey ceramic candle holder and amber colored tiny jar.

I hope you like this slightly different column story of mine and see you again before Christmas, maybe back on the big table then!

With a glass of sparkling prosecco I am saying cheers to Holly celebrating her fantastic magazine news! I am looking forward to the first issue of Living At Home x Holly in January so very much!

Love, Anke

 (Text, Photography & Styling: Anke Illner)