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Colorful Bohemian Modern Brooklyn Apartment + How To Get The Look

Let’s visit a beautiful bohemian apartment today in Brooklyn, meet the homeowner, and see if there are any decorating ideas that we can apply to our own living space. In fact, I’ll make a little “Get the Look” list at the end of the home tour as a guide. But first, how are you? I’m good, I’m off my juice fast now and feel so nice but the bad side of coming off of a fast is how many cravings you have for things like bread and chocolate. Does anyone have any tips for me to curb these cravings? It isn’t a good feeling to have especially when you want to become more fit! Thinking about ice cream doesn’t help!

So, it’s time to share something special that I love and found on Instagram over a year ago - the Brooklyn home of Mallory Fletchall who runs a small textiles business, Reserve Home, and works as a product stylist.  Her Brooklyn rental is approximately 700 square feet, with 4 rooms plus a kitchen and bath. She shares her home with her fiancé David and their cats Michael and Kiki and describes her personal decor style as, “Modern Bohemian, with a splash of California cool and Mid Century Modern.” Yes, that’s exactly what I see here in her home too… Wanna see it? And then do you want to know more about Mallory and the things she loves (there is a little interview below the photos)? And finally, we’ll wrap this up with a quick guide on how to get this look. (You can even shop her home HERE.) Okay… Here we go!

Living Room

Living Room

Living room

Living room

Living room

Living room

Living room

Living room

View of dining room from living area

View of dining room from living area

Dining room

Dining room

Dining room detail

Dining room detail

Bedroom

Bedroom

Bedroom

Bedroom

Kitchen eating nook

Kitchen eating nook

What does home mean to you?

I’ve always been a homebody, but now that my work is so home-centered, I have to say that home means everything to me.  It’s another family member. 

What do you love most about your home?  

I love the historic detailing in our apartment.  I’m a sucker for decorative moldings, original wood plank floors, and tall ceilings. 

What would you like to change?

We would love a bit more space, as my fiancé is an artist and would love a big painting studio in our home. I also wish our small kitchen was updated.  I’m hoping for all of the above in our next spot! 

Favorite candle/scent?

I love the Pinon reed diffuser from PF Candle Co. I also love anything and everything, Otherland. 

Favorite flowers and plants?

Ranunculus are my all-time favorite flowers. I love how whimsical they look.  As for plants, Ficus Audrey trees are my favorite. They are so much easier to care for than Fiddle Figs and they have such a simplistic beauty to them. 

Favorite thing to do at home?

Re-arrange our rooms! I also love to curl up on the sofa with a book or put a movie on the projector. 

Favorite meal to cook and why?

My Grandma’s lasagna! It takes 7 hours total when making the sauce homemade and every minute of that time is worth it.  It helps me feel connected to my Italian roots and it’s SO delicious. 

What’s on your playlist?  

Joni Mitchell - All I Want

Harry Nilsson - Gotta Get Up 

Jenny Lewis - Do Si Do 

Perfume Genius - Queen 

Middle Kids - Your Love

When you have people over, how do you entertain them?

We usually order in dinner, make cocktails and play board games before putting a movie on in the evening. 

How do you hope your guests feel when they visit your home?

I hope they feel comfortable to be themselves, get cozy and stay awhile. 

What is your dream piece or the home?

The Pop and Scott Dreamer sofa.

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

I like to see their personality shine through in their home. 

Favorite city to shop and why?

I’m biased, but NYC all the way! Although, Paris is high up there. 

Your favorite Instagram accounts are…

@sarahshermansamuel - my favorite interior designer hands down.

@kate.lavie - her aesthetic speaks to me and her home is to die for.

@bleubird - for my fashion and beauty needs. She’s also the coolest.

@sabinasocol - The epitome of Parisian cool.

@designlovefest - I’ve followed her for years and years. She has an incredible eye for design. 

Thank you so much for this lovely home tour Mallory and I wish you a lovely week!

How to get the look

1. Add plants and not just small ones, try to mix in a few large pot plants too. And fresh flowers, always add in those!

2. Pottery and ceramics

3. Warm colors and materials

4. Layering, go for tactile and cozy things - velvet, linen, sheepskin rugs

5. Mix old with new, a new sofa with a vintage Moroccan rug, for instance.

6. Pay attention to details - make sure everything that you display matches the decor and that you truly need/like it.

7. Statement pendant lighting in gold

Readers, did you like this home? Are there any ideas you’d love to try?

(Photography with permission by Mallory Fletchall.)

Lovely Danish Apartment of Designer Nina Bruun + 16 Questions

Hello dear friends, how are you today? I’m great because I’m fasting at the moment (feed me, will somebody feed me!?) and today is day 7. I can’t believe it, a whole week on a juice fast. I’ve never done this before, so it’s a real accomplishment. It’s been a very spiritually uplifting journey over the course of 7 days, and emotionally transformative in many ways. A juice fast really puts you in touch with your emotions and allows you to easily re-frame things so you can begin to look at your world a little different. It’s been a ride, but a good one. Have you ever been on a fast before? What were your results?

Kitchen nook for eating breakfast in Nina’s apartment

Kitchen nook for eating breakfast in Nina’s apartment

Today on decor8, after my rather heavy post yesterday about Fame, Imposter Syndrome and Fear of Intimacy (what a loaded gun!), I thought I’d lift things up and get back on topic with design for today. So how about a quaint little city apartment tour, and a chance to meet Designer Nina Bruun who runs Nina Bruun Creative Consultancy, a multidisciplinary creative consultancy in Denmark. Below the tour is a series of flash questions that I asked her so you can learn who she loves to follow on Instagram and what’s on her playlist, among other things. But first…

Nina owns an 80m2 (approximately 861 sq ft) in the lovely district of Nørrebro in Copenhagen. As mentioned, she’s a designer and runs a company of ten, her consultancy is a leading source on Nordic interior trends, specifically color and design forecasting. Nina has a Master's degree in Furniture and Spatial Design from the esteemed Royal Danish Academy of Design and has received a Red Dot Design Award and has work shown in the permanent collection at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. What an accomplished, amazing woman!


Let’s look at her living, dining, kitchen and bedroom now.

Living Rooom

Living Rooom

Living Room

Living Room

Living Room

Living Room

Kitchen and balcony view

Kitchen and balcony view

Kitchen detail

Kitchen detail

View from the balcony

View from the balcony

Dining Room

Dining Room

Dining Room

Dining Room

Bedroom

Bedroom

Bedroom

Bedroom

Bedroom

Bedroom

Ok, so you’ve seen her home… Now let’s talk to her about it… HOME - The foundation where everything else can begin each day. Here are 16 questions with Nina Bruun.

1 // Who lives with you?

Nina: It’s just me. 

2 // What does home mean to you? 

It means so much to me. It’s where I live, relax and recharge. 

3 // What do you love most about your home? 

The natural light. I live on the 4th floor and the light is always amazing.

4 // What would you like to change at home? 

I would love a little more space in the kitchen. It’s a bit too small when you really love cooking like I do.

5 // Favorite candle/scent? 

Aesop room spray (I use it as perfume as well!!!)

6 // Favorite thing to do at home? 

Either cook, be on my balcony or relax on the sofa. 

7 // Favorite meal to cook? 

Anything by Ottolenghi, but a favorite is his Chicken with arak and citrus.

8 // What is on your playlist?

Fame by David Bowie, Crush by Yuna, Feather by Little Dragon, Help me loose my mind by Disclosure (feat. Little Grammar), You & Me Disclosure (feat. Eliza Doolittle)

9 // When you have people over, how does that usually play out? Do you cook, order out, play games, watch films, etc.? 

I prefer to cook, but my everyday life is super hectic and I often end up buying something simple or buy takeout as I don't have the time.

10 // Your dream piece for the home? 

Clerici Bench by Konstantin Gcric

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

Always to bring flowers, respect the rules of the house, observe and be inspired by the owner’s style.

12 // Fresh flowers or a plant? 

Fresh flowers during winter, my balcony plants during summer.

13 // Red wine or white? 

White

14 // Chocolate or vanilla? 

Vanilla 

15 // Favorite city to shop and why? 

I have so many favorite cities but I especially love to shop in Milan, London, Stockholm and New York for many different reasons! I like to buy things locally when it comes to ingredients, design and fashion. 

16 // Your favorite Instagram accounts are…

@nicole_franzen - US photographer and friend. I just love to follow along, it's a pleasure to see everything she sees and captures.

@Kvadrattextiles - I love their products and visual universe.

@elledecoration_nl - Great inspiration for colorful homes and a great mix of art and design.  

@majesticdisorder - You feel like you're on a trip around the world when you follow this account. It’s just an endless source of inspiration.

@wedopatterns - A new site that we just started in the company, for a upcoming project.

Note: Readers, you can follow Nina Bruun on Instagram here: @nina_bruun

Thank you so much Nina, was a pleasure to have you here today on decor8!

See you tomorrow readers, I’m off to be a podcast guest on a show so I need to run!.

Love,

Holly

(Photography: With permission by Nina Bruun)

The Jaw-Dropping Interiors of Sé Collections From Milan 2019

When you step inside of the perfect interior, how does it look? For me, it has at least once piece from Sé Collection, and I’m about to show it to you but first, do you recall a few years back when I was in Milan and I interviewed Pavlo Schtakleff from Sé Collections? (If not: LINK HERE). Last year, I returned again to see his collection and shared in on my Instagram, but this year sadly, I couldn’t go to Milan so I asked a friend to scout out Pavlo’s lastest at Rossana Orlandi’s Gallery.

The moment I saw some photos, well, FULL STOP.

I knew I’d have to share on decor8. But photos are never enough, so I scheduled an interview with Pavlo that you can relax and read below. But first, the DREAM sofa, the one that would exist in my perfect interior…

The Salon

The Salon

Isn’t it fantastic? This was my favorite corner at the Sé Collection “Maison” at RO Gallery this year for OBVIOUS reasons having to do mainly with the dreamy new Oschun sofa. I simply had to ask Pavlo about it but then I lost myself as I admired each new piece, and out spilled 100 questions more. Typical me.

Holly: Hello Pavlo, so nice to chat with you for a moment, it’s been a year since I last saw you so it’s nice to have time to talk. I’ve quite keen on your new Oshun sofa. Can you tell me about the inspiration behind it and a little about the new collection overall?

Pavlo: All the furniture presented within Maison IV forms Part II of Sé’s Collection IV by Ini Archibong (Readers: You can read a little background to the collection here) – Ini is an emerging designer with whom I felt an immediate kinship; he has an intuitive understanding of luxury and materials. 

Collection IV is entitled ‘Below the Heavens ‘ in reference to the threshold between earth and heaven: a place Archibong feels encompasses the spirit of Sé: that of sensual beauty and sensitive fragility. The Oshun Sofa is named after an ‘Orisha’ or deity, invoking the goddesses of the West African Ifá and Yoruba religions. Like a grounded cloud and befitting to an homage to a deity of love, luxury and pleasure, the Oshun Sofa offers a heavenly landing on earth.

“I think of it as a seat for reposing, thinking and fantasizing,” says Archibong, “a place for personal escape.” 

Holly: And the table?

Pavlo: The Gaea Coffee Table is part of Gaea family, all of which feature ceramic beads. Ceramic as a material is part of Sé’s heritage whilst the beads are part of Archibong’s DNA. 

Sé Collections From Milan 2019
Sé Collections From Milan 2019

Holly: I can’t forgot to ask who designed the mint rug, it’s exquisite.

Pavlo: Both rugs in Maison IV were made by artisanal producer La Manufacture Cogolin (represented in the UK by Sé through our London gallery ) who have been weaving high relief patterned rugs on original looms from a village just outside St.Tropez since 1924. The Azur Athis rug is from the Nord/Sud Collection by Stephane Parmentier.

Holly: What a beauty, I really can’t stop staring at that sofa though, and the minty rug really works so well with it. I also have to see where the sculpture came from…

Pavlo: Of course, the sculpture is by artist Alicja Podgorska Birkner, a Polish artist based in Germany. Part of Sé’s raison d’etre is to find artists who share our aesthetic and sense of craftsmanship. 

The rug is by La Manufacture Cogolin

The rug is by La Manufacture Cogolin

Holly: The lamp is also worth highlighting, it’s very unique.

Pavlo: Yes, the Moirai floor lamp is a new iteration of the large Moirai Chandelier which we launched in Milan last year, ‘a constellation of hand blown crystal clouds’. We developed several new bespoke colors for Salone including this amber crystal. 

Holly: And behind the lamp, what is on the wall, is that paper or metal? 

Pavlo: This particular piece is a wall sculpture in lacquered aluminum entitled ‘Mon Coeur’ by Studio Earle. Within Maison IV we tried to bring together several artists who share an emotional sensitivity to Sé. 

Holly: Please tell us about the chair…

Pavlo: It is part of the same family as the Oshun Sofa - it’s big enough for two people to sit intimately on. 

Sé Collections From Milan 2019

Holly: I love the curves! In fact, your collection has always been very sculptural…

Pavlo: From the very beginning we have always tried to produce sculptural curvilinear pieces that are characterful yet still timeless and serene. The need for this type of aesthetic was one of reasons I started Sé. 

Holly: You definitely spotted a trend before its time, because today these sensual curves for interiors are everywhere. You were right that we needed more sensual curvilinear pieces in the home. Why do you think people are drawn to these pieces, that are almost each like their very own work of art?

Oshun sofa

Oshun sofa

Pavlo: I can only speak for myself, but I have always been drawn to more curvaceous, organic forms. Curved forms are naturally pleasing and tactile and allow you to create a universe which is inviting and beautiful. According to a particular theory of aesthetics the ‘line of beauty’ is curved; part of being human is to seek out beauty. 

Holly: When I studied Interior Design, the focus was always on creating a focal point in the room, no matter what, that was something each room we designed as part of our projects had to have. Years later, designers still stick by this rule but I believe that a room can have a focal point only more understated - it’s not screaming at you when you enter the space. I believe people are after more harmonious interiors right now because they are comforting, they welcome you in and invite you to stay, look around, and chill out. I’ve observed that lots of the interiors I see lack an obvious focus point - you really have to look for it. What are your thoughts on this?

Pavlo: Personally, it’s important that every Sé peice has a little detail that elevates it, draws your gaze and creates an emotional connection. It’s perhaps less about creating a focal point and more about surrounding yourself with pieces you love. 

Holly: What inspired this collection overall, is it just a feeling or was it a trip you took or? 

Pavlo: Ini Archibong and I took several road trips together to immerse Ini in Sé’s world and ways. We visited our European manufacturers so he could gain an insight into how we collaborate and their capabilities. And then we went to Paris; the galleries, architecture, style, culture were all very influential to me growing up (I was French educated) so I also took him to all my old haunts so he could get a feeling for where the creative idea for Sé started and be inspired from a similar place. 

The concept ‘Below the Heavens’ as well as his personality and heritage also shaped the designs; I think the result are pieces that marry together his bold style with Sé’s timeless aesethetic in a very harmonious way.

I honestly don’t follow trends; my aim to create pieces which will be just as relevant in 100 years’ time. If longevity is a trend, then that’s the one I subscribe to. 
— Pavlo Schtakleff
Sé Collections From Milan 2019

Holly: How do you see your collection? I think of it as minimalist with a maximalist twist and very luxurious.

Pavlo: I wouldn’t consider Sé to be minimalist; the combinations of textures and materials is intended to be rich. Having said that amongst our interior design clients we see a great variety of styles and Sé designs work equally well as stand alone sculptural pieces as they do in a highly layered interior.  

Atlas Chairs

Atlas Chairs

Sé Collections From Milan 2019
Sé Collections From Milan 2019

Holly: Okay so back to some of your new pieces. Let’s talk about your the Atlas chairs, I’m not sure how I feel about them yet, so I’d love some more background to understand them better.

Pavlo: The Atlas Chairs take their inspiration from standing stones; this part of the collection is more monolithic and terrestrial reconciling the heavenly and early spheres. The chairs each feature a small gold node around which the pieces seem to balance, playing with ideas of weight and weightlessness, fragility and strength. They might not be for everyone but that is part of what I love about them; uniqueness is increasingly difficult to achieve. Each chair is made in France by a team of craftsmen; the wooden parts are solid oak in a range of new stains chosen specifically for these pieces. 

Sé Collections From Milan 2019

Holly: Okay, now I must know more about this desk and light! Wow! In fact, tell me everything!

Pavlo: That’s a wonderful reaction! The Atlas Desk is a command centre! It is carved from Carrara marble, whilst the lacquered wooden boulder houses the drawers. While a symbol of strength, the desk also shows a material interplay between its two asymmetric supports to communicate both delicacy and power. The Moirai Desk Light is another new variation of the chandelier. The blue is one of four new crystal colours including amber, grey and purple. 

Sé Collections From Milan 2019
The Circe Sofa

The Circe Sofa

Holly: Thanks for being such a good sport Pavlo with all of my questions. Next, let’s learn about the sofa, especially those little cushions all over the back…

Pavlo: The cushions on the Circe Sofa are fun and provide an opportunity to experiment with colour.  The sofa and its matching Armchairs can also be modified for the outdoors. For the upholstery we selected a high performance velvet from Perennials which is resilient but remains luxurious. Many of our clients are blurring the lines between indoor and outdoor furniture and we’ve adapted several Sé designs to work in both settings. 

Holly: Only a few more questions left Pavlo and then I’ll give you a rest. What are you proud about concerning Sé?

Pavlo: When I started Sé, my aim was always to be able to provide a platform for emerging designers, to give them an opportunity to showcase the breadth of their skill in luxury design. It may seem a risky thing to do but when you discover great talent it becomes hugely exciting. I’m proud to have been able to realise this ambition with Ini Archibong. It has been challenging at times and some of the pieces have pushed us to the limit in terms of production and sanity – but the fact that we managed to complete a very cohesive collection, and one which seems to have been well received, gives me great satisfaction. 

Sé Collections From Milan 2019
Sé Collections From Milan 2019
Sé Collections From Milan 2019
Sé Collections From Milan 2019

Holly: Where do you see the brand in a few years, are you looking to grow or add new designers?  

Pavlo: Fast forward three years and we’ll be considering Collection V but for now we are working on some internal projects and have an exciting partnership in the pipeline which we’ll reveal in September. In addition, our focus is on growing the business internationally and finding exactly the right partners to do this with. 

Holly: What is your favorite interiors trend at the moment and why? 

Pavlo: I honestly don’t follow trends; my aim to create pieces which will be just as relevant in 100 years’ time. If longevity is a trend, then that’s the one I subscribe to. 

That’s a lovely thought to end on, what a pleasure to speak with you Pavlo and thank you so much for taking time out to chat with me on decor8 today.

Readers, if you want to follow Sé Collections on Instagram, you can do so here: @Se_collections

(Photography: With Permission from Sé Collections by Andrea Ferrari)

Peek Inside The Lovely Swedish Home of Interiors Author Ida Magntorn

Who doesn’t love a charming Swedish home, particularly when it is lived in by an interiors author with a eye for style but also in comfort and in making sustainable choices? This old house is the dwelling of author, journalist, and photographer Ida Magntorn, and comes complete with an apple tree garden, in Lund (south of Sweden). Would you like to learn more about Ida and her home? See her favorite Instagram accounts? Learn more about her favorite things to do at home? I’ve made a little interview below with lovely Ida, so please do follow along…

Tour the home of Interiors Author Ida Magntorn
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As mentioned, Ida is deeply involved in the world of interior and lifestyle, she works for interior magazines such as Elle Decoration, and has written many books in Swedish that have also been published in English and German. I have, HOME STORIES, and it is just a delight.

In her latest book, ETT HEM MED OMTANKE, Ida focuses on how to focus a bit more on sustainability and environmental thinking while still creating a beautiful home. 

In addition to her journalistic work, she exhibits her fine art photographs (shown above) in galleries in both in Sweden and internationally, including Seoul, South Korea, and her latest exhibition in Paris. You can learn more about Ida and her work in this lovely interview HERE made by V Söderqvist.

Now let’s get back to Ida and her home. She lives in a 180 square meter home, which she owns with her husband Erik, our youngest son Olle, 5 years, and their two older children Mira and Måns who are away at school and stay with then from time to time. They also have two cats Tusse and Lakrits. 

Ida magntorn fine art
Ida Magntorn
Tour the home of Interiors Author Ida Magntorn
Tour the home of Interiors Author Ida Magntorn

Here are few questions with Ida that may be of interest to you, I was so curious to hear her reactions to my questions.

What does home mean to you? 

Home for me is a peaceful yet creative place, were I love to be with my family. 

What do you love most about your home? 

I love the light, the air, the atmosphere, the old windows, and all the green outside. 

Tour the home of Interiors Author Ida Magntorn
Tour the home of Interiors Author Ida Magntorn
Often it is better to put away things than to add. If you do add something let it be plants, they give a room life, energy and comfort. Try to have open areas to let air and energy circulate. Create a comfortable place where it is easy to meet, to sit down together.
— Ida Magntorn

Favorite candle/scent? 

Right now I have the scent Grapefruit from L:A Bruket

Favorite thing to do at home? 

Sitting around the table with my family discussing and listen to all their thoughts and dreams. 

Favorite meal to cook? 

I do not cook very often, my husband does. I do the cakes. 

When you have people over, how does that usually play out? Do you cook, order out, play games, watch films, etc.? 

Since we just moved home from quite a long time in Paris, I think we will try to keep our French tradition apéro dinatoire -  wine and something small to eat rather than a big dinner. 

Tour the home of Interiors Author Ida Magntorn
Tour the home of Interiors Author Ida Magntorn

How would you describe your style? 

My style is Scandinavian with kind of a bohemian touch. A lot of light and an airy atmosphere. I like furniture with history and character. 

Fresh flowers or a plant?  

I think green plants brings a very good atmosphere to a room, but I also love fresh flowers. 

Red wine or white?  

Red wine in the winter and white for summertime. 

Chocolate or vanilla?  

Chocolate 

Tour the home of Interiors Author Ida Magntorn
Tour the home of Interiors Author Ida Magntorn
Tour the home of Interiors Author Ida Magntorn
Tour the home of Interiors Author Ida Magntorn
Tour the home of Interiors Author Ida Magntorn
Ida Magntorn

Favorite city to shop and why? 

Paris is my favorite town in all categories, when it comes to shopping.  There are so many second hand shops with wonderful high quality stuff.  Also, great for the environment!  


Your favorite Instagram accounts are…(Please list 4-5 and state why) 

@fehrenbachsophie - beautiful hidden corners in Paris  

@diadonna – always food that I love 

@themalinpersson – her wonderful home 

@valdirose – lovely atmosphere in Italy 

@ettrumtill – lots of inspiration in her home 

Ohhh and….
Ida’s Instagram is worth a follow for sure - so pretty!

Thank you so much for joining Ida and I today on decor8. I am so pleased and honored to have Ida stop by and visit. I do hope you’ve enjoyed her home and if you did, please pin, like and share this post and also share on your Instagram and tag us @decor8 and @idamagntorn with #mydecor8

Have a lovely weekend!

Love,

Holly

(Photographs: Ida Magntorn with permission)

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