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Brooklyn Townhouse with European + Bohemian Flair: Meet Localhaus

There are a few cities in America that get me every time, a real heart connection, and one is definitely New York City. I spent a lot of my life in New York back when I lived in the states, so I also have a lot of happy memories there. One particular borough that I love is Brooklyn. It’s always been so inspiring to me, so eclectic, so New York.

Today I’m especially excited because I get to take you on a lovely home tour belonging to Lauren & Ben Lindsey in South Slope Brooklyn (@localhaus). Lauren is the Executive Director of packaging at Laura Mercier and Ben is the Managing partner at Localhaus, so both also have a real love for beautiful things. In fact, Localhaus is more than just a home…

Brooklyn Townhouse with European Flair

Lauren + Ben Lindsey

Lauren + Ben Lindsey

This dynamic duo turned a run-down 4 story pre-war Brooklyn townhouse into their home and office where they work with local artists and makers to create photos and content, host projects for brands, or serve as a shoot location for film and photography.

They also rent their Guesthaus apartment whenever you want to visit NYC and if you like what you see inside, you can buy items featured in their home from their web shop! I always find my fellow Americans so clever when it comes to developing small businesses that are fresh and innovative, don’t you?

Are you interested in learning and seeing more? Well, here we go… I even have a little interview with them below since I really enjoy chatting with all of the homeowners who share their spaces with us here on decor8.

Brooklyn Townhouse with European Flair
Brooklyn Townhouse with European Flair
Brooklyn Townhouse with European Flair
Brooklyn Townhouse with European Flair


Hello you two! First, let’s talk about the basics. How big is your space,how many rooms and who lives there?

It’s a 4 story townhouse. We live/work on 3 floors, and the top floor is a guesthouse. We share the space with Hunter (5) and Liam (2).

Ok now let’s talk HOME. What does home mean to you?

 EVERYTHING. We are homebodies through and through, so we spend a disproportionate amount of time fussing over everything from our next renovation project, to the perfect cozy throw for the sofa, to keeping fresh cut flowers in every nook and cranny.

 So, what do you love most about YOUR home?

This pre-war house has some major character! Instead of trying to fix every quirk, we've leaned into the history of the home when making improvements.

Yes but…. Tell us the truth, what would you STILL like to change?

The home was originally used as a multi-family home. Eventually we would like to rethink the flow and layout of the house to reflect our unique use of the space. Right now our living space includes a secondary kitchen which comes in handy for food prep on photo shoots, but we’d love to remove it and build out a floor-through master bedroom with a giant soaking tub.

How would your describe your style?

A little bit Scandinavian, a little bit California, a little bit French. Lots of neutrals, plants, cozy textures. Our style is constantly evolving and changing and we are sort of addicted to the constant refresh.

What is your dream piece for the home?

 A Roly Poly Raw Chair by Faye Toogood. Swoon.

When you have people over, how do you entertain?

We normally order take-out, grab a few bottles of wine and just hang.

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

Comfortable. We regularly host large creative teams for photoshoots so we’ve designed our home to be lived in. We invite guests to kick their shoes off and make themselves at home (actually that no-shoes bit isn’t optional!).

And what may be playing if we dropped by sometime unannounced?

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

Being respectful of their space, and hounding them about sources for our favorite pieces!

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Now let’s play a game of 6 Favorites! Ready?

1 // Favorite meal to cook at home:

Well, Lauren is Italian so our go-to comfort food is fresh pasta with meatballs (and lots of cheese!).

2 // Favorite candle/scents:

Ahh! You can’t have just one, right? We love Diptyque – Figuier and Otherland – Chandelier.

Brooklyn Townhouse with European Flair

3 // Favorite flowers and plants?:

For flowers – anything that lasts longer than a few days, and for plants – anything we can actually keep alive. Right now we are using a lot of Pampas grass inside and some fragrant lavender plants outside in our front courtyard.

4 // Favorite thing to do at home:

Bring out the popcorn (with marshmallows), pile on the pillows and cuddle up for family movie night.

 5 // Favorite city to shop

New York City. What can we say? There’s just the most amazing community of independent makers and creators of home goods here locally. And fashion. And everything else. A walk through just about any neighborhood in NYC is an immediate inspiration to try something new.

 6 // Your favorite Instagram accounts:

 @t_o_o_g_o_o_d – We’re in love with everything Faye Toogood touches. We’d basically like to live in the House of Toogood …

@cntraveler – day dreaming …

@archdigest – one day! …

@label.frei_me – Such a beautiful feed. Nina has a great eye for the intersection of design and life …

@celestebarber – the best thing ever.

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Brooklyn Townhouse with European Flair
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Brooklyn Townhouse with European Flair


Thank you both so much for visiting us today on decor8 and sharing your home and guest loft with us! Have a lovely summer - and P.S. I know where I’d like to stay next time I’m in Brooklyn… :)

Love,

Holly

(PHOTOGRAPHY with permission: CHRISTIAN TORRES)




Tour SFGirlByBay's Gorgeous Bohemian Modern Los Angeles Home

Today is a special day for me, dear readers, because I’m sharing an exclusive chat and home tour with the one and only SFGirlbyBay, Victoria Smith, a creative entrepreneur from Los Angeles with a style that I simply love. I haven’t had her home on my blog since 2008 (see it here), which seems like a lifetime ago. I’m so happy after 11 years, she’s back to tour us of her home again only this time, it’s in a completely different city - LA!

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But first, a little background about this lovely lady. Victoria has worked as an art buyer and stylist producing photo shoots for ad agencies (when I met her way back in 2006) but is also a journalism major with an Advanced Arts degree in Interior Design. Once she left the ad world, she started off as a blogger like me and ended up as a content creator/photographer/shop owner with a book (See San Francisco - my review of her book is here) and a beautiful online vintage shop Super Marché (and a loyal following of adoring fans.

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Victoria has been blogging for 13 years and was always known as the “San Francisco Girl” because that is where she got her start in social media. However, she’s since relocated to LA and bought a home, so her reach goes beyond the bay area to include inspiration from all over the west coast, her favorite parts of the USA and sometimes even her impressions and inspirations from Europe and Australia, all in the modern Bohemian style that her readers love her for.

Today, we’ll tour the home that she owns in LA and talk to her about what home means to her, what she loves most in her space, the music she’s into at the moment, some of her favorite Instagram accounts, and more.

But first… An overview. Victoria’s home, which she shares with her dog Lucy, is 1,100 Sq. Feet (approx 110m2) with 2 bedrooms (one is used as her home office), 1 bathroom, kitchen and an open plan dining and living space plus a downstairs Rental Studio which she rents on AirB&B in case you want to stay, do it!

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Victoria defines home as her sanctuary and as a, “pretty strong creative reflection of who I am.” As a long-term renter, she admits that her greatest joy in life currently is owning her own home (shown throughout this post) and to be able to get as creative as she wants without holding back, “decorating (and redecorating it!) to suit my ever-evolving taste.” Let’s continue my chat with Victoria below…

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Tour SFGirlByBay's Gorgeous Bohemian Modern Los Angeles Home
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Tell us, what do you love most about your home? 

It's up on a hill and I have a really large garden and backyard area with an outdoor dining space. I spend a lot of time out there with friends. I also installed what I call a 'cowboy pool' and when it gets hot in L.A. I float, reading all weekend long. I love it.

What would you like to change?

I'd like to install french doors from my kitchen and from my bedroom out to the garden. I'd especially like those black industrial steel frame doors but I need a fairy with loads of money to afford them.

Favorite candle/scent?

I really love Boy Smells in their Prunas and Kush scents.

Favorite flowers and plants? 

I love my outdoor garden and especially Lemon and Olive trees. And I have tons of Rosemary and Lavender planted all over my hillside. Peonies are a favorite flower, but I absolutely love Cherry and Quince branches when they're in season.

Tour SFGirlByBay's Gorgeous Bohemian Modern Los Angeles Home

Favorite thing to do at home? 

Read in my garden or in my cowboy pool. I also love to host dinner parties.

Favorite meal to cook and why? 

I make a Mediterranean chicken dish with loads of lemon and tarragon from the Jerusalem cookbook from Ottolenghi that is amazing and everyone loves. I usually serve that with flatbread, grilled artichokes, and an orzo salad with tomatoes, capers and kalamata olives. It's pretty healthy but doesn't taste like it and it's very comforting.

What’s on your playlist right now?

Just Dumb Enough to Try - Father John Misty / The Only Thing - Sufjan Stevens / I Need My Girl - The National

Bad Guy - Billie Eilish / More Than This - Roxy Music

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

Usually, I cook and we eat outdoors in my outdoor dining 'room'. I have a built-in banquette with a pergola over it and it's a nice, cozy spot for dinner. We've just started doing a game night, too playing Cards Against Humanity. It's pretty hilarious! We've also been having an Eastside Supper Club with a bunch of girlfriends and it's a fun potluck where we all bring wine and a dish we've made from a favorite cookbook. 

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

Comfortable and relaxed -- like they don't ever want to leave.

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Your dream piece for the home? 

I'd love an Eternal Dreamer Sofa from Ochre. They're so beautiful!

How would you describe your style? 

Very eclectic and constantly evolving. I dislike matchy-matchy and generally love a mix of lots of vintage and modern paired together for a very layered, unexpected look.

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

I love seeing their artwork, bookshelves, and collections, and I honestly just love seeing how other people live. It's fun to be a voyeur in someone else's home.

Favorite city to shop and why? 

I suppose I'd have to say Paris because I love shopping all the small boutiques in Le Marais and I love the street markets full of vintage finds. 

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Your favorite Instagram accounts at the moment are…

@humansofny - I love reading the personal stories that accompany his photos of random strangers. Sometimes heartbreaking, often very inspiring.

@jessechamberlinmarble - She's a super talented photographer and her photos are just filled with color and joy.

@designlovefest - Bri's a close friend but she also shares so much inspiration. I'm always like "why didn't I think of that?!?". She also shares other people's feeds and I always find someone new to follow.

@c_l_o - Another very unique feed that shares images that are more often than not really inspiring and thought-provoking for me.

@commentsbycelebs - Because it's hilarious to see what celebrities comment on other celebrities' posts. It always makes me laugh out loud.

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Where can we find you online?

SF Girl By Bay

Instagram: @sfgirlbybay

Facebook: @sfgirlbybay

Twitter: @sfgirlbybay

Pinterest: @sfgirlbybay

Wow what a home! Thank you so much Victoria for this home tour and a little glimpse into your thoughts on home and what matters to you.

Love,

Holly

(Photos with permission from Victoria Smith)

 

Visit New York City's Interior Design Haven: Michele Varian Shop

Hello dear readers, today it’s time to travel back to my home country - particularly to New York City where I spent a lot of time… A city that opened me up to art, pastrami, theater, the food truck culture before it became trend, interior design (and partying very late back in the day at Webster Hall). A place where I worked freelance for TIME Inc. and Conde Nast for years and later, where I returned to work on my first book Decorate.

Michelle Varian Shop Tour New York City on decor8

When the book and I went on tour across the country, New York is where I wrapped up before flying back home to Hannover - and where my friends and fans kept me signing books at Anthropologie. New York is also where taught my first business and creative workshop with my wonderful friend Leslie Shewring. We rented a loft in Soho and just did our thing and it was really something cool back in 2012.

NYC is where I made good friends and memories that will stay forever. It’s no lie, and a bit cliche, but I love New York! There is such a vibe in NY, I can’t find it anyplace else. And the food… And the shopping…

That’s why today I am so proud to share with you today this shop tour belonging to Michele Varian who has been on my blog radar for over a decade… In fact, I remember mentioning her pillows on my blog here back in 2006. It’s quite amazing how long I’ve been in touch with this special and talented lady.

Today I thought I’d share with you a chat we had recently and also her most recent shop tour (the last one I had here was shot by a freelance decor8 writer in 2012), to give you a big New York vibe today on the blog. I miss New York and it’s where my little boy keeps asking me to take him, so I’m trying to arrange a trip there in October. I think my 5 year old will absolutely love it there with all of the activities, boat rides, big buildings, museums… But I would love tips on where to take him if you feel like leaving a comment under this post!

So now let’s talk to Michele, who has so much to share (and show) with all of us for this exclusive tour and interview.

Michelle Varian Shop Tour New York City on decor8
Michelle Varian Shop Tour New York City on decor8

What is the concept behind your shop?
The shop started with me showcasing just my own designs, which at first was only decorative pillows, wall hangings and mobiles, which I was making in the back room of my first location.

Within the first year, I was carrying product from other designers that I knew, especially jewelry. Now, I'm in a much bigger space and have grown the collections that I design, as well as all other product categories: I now design UL-certified lighting, wallpaper, and furniture, in addition to pillows and home textiles.

 I also now carry the work of over 100 other indie or emerging designers. Like myself, most of them have their own in-house or local micro-manufacturing operations, so we are all contributing to the worlds of design and creating local economic growth, which is very important to me.

Because I have no business partners, everything in the shop is something that I love and has a very distinct point of view – mine! I like creating an inclusive environment that my customers can buy into, no matter what their budget is. We have giant nails for $5, and we have furnishings that cost upwards of a few thousand dollars. I like being both accessible and aspirational.

Michelle Varian Shop Tour New York City on decor8
Michelle Varian Shop Tour New York City on decor8


How would you describe your personal style?
Eclectic is a very over-used adjective when it comes to design, but it is frequently used to describe my vibe. I like mixing things up, breaking rules and being the first to bring new design to the market. Sometimes it takes a moment for my customers to catch up to where I'm going, but they do, and they keep coming back for that unexpectedness.
 
Have you ever thought to open other stores and if so, where?
I think about opening other stores all the time. I'm currently looking at Brooklyn and considering stores in California, Texas, Toronto and possibly Detroit, which is where I'm from.

Michelle Varian Shop Tour New York City on decor8
Michelle Varian Shop Tour New York City on decor8
Michelle Varian Shop Tour New York City on decor8

Where do your products come from (that you design)? 
The products that I design are either made in my SoHo shop, which houses a micro-manufacturing studio, or within a few miles. My lighting fabrication studio – the one in the basement of my shop – is now UL certified, so my designs can be included in more commercial projects. We also get custom orders, and because the studio is so close to home, we really enjoy working on those and tweaking existing designs in special ways.

What is a trend right now that you love and support?
I'm really loving how many different, beautiful mobiles there are right now. I like them because they move, because they feel like something from nature but on the inside of a constructed space. They also shift the light around when they move, which creates a semblance of more sunlight. And they’re being designed, like we do, as lighting fixtures, but also in wonderful iterations with lots of other different mediums like textiles and metals. 
 
What do you love the most about your shop?
My customers! Being a part of a community for nearly 20 years has created deep roots. While SoHo has changed A LOT, there are still a fair number of creative people here. Many who have been displaced by the ever-increasing costs of living here still stop by whenever they are back in the neighborhood, which feels like a constant reunion. (Editor’s Note: She has an ONLINE SHOP if you’re not in NYC anytime soon.)

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What is challenging about being a shop owner?
Being open seven days a week means that I am pretty much always working – but fortunately, I love what I do!
 
Do you find social media helpful to your business? If so, why?
Social media is both a delight and a drag. It's great to have a platform that reflects what is going on in the shop, but it is also an entire other job, which can be really taxing.
 
What do you use (for social media) to connect with customers and meet future customers?
I'm a fan of Instagram and Pinterest, which I guess is no surprise since they are both visually driven, so they’re great for showcasing design product. (Editor’s Note: You can follow Michele Varian on Instagram HERE.)

Michelle Varian Shop Tour New York City on decor8
Michelle Varian Shop Tour New York City on decor8
Michelle Varian Shop Tour New York City on decor8


Are you inspired by your city and if so, why?
I love NYC. The best part is the concentration of incredibly talented and ambitious people. Both professionally and socially, the number or people here who are involved in art and design is amazing. Everywhere I go, I end up meeting people I admire.
 
What are 5 places in your city that you suggest for a tourist to visit for hotels and food?

For hotels, I'm partial to 11 Howard and The Crosby Hotel, which are beautiful and right near my shop in SoHo. They are both members of the Design Hotels group, so you know you’re in for a visual treat when you’re there. For food, the Lafayette block between Broome and Prince is amazing. We go to Ed's Lobster, Sant Ambroeus, La Roso, Cafe Select and La Esquina at least once a week. I admit, I love my local establishments! These spots are all festive and neighborhoody, too.
 
Tell us how you imagine your business in 5 years, what are some goals?
I would love to have five retail locations across North America in the next five years, and have an even more comprehensive collection of my own designs. Being UL listed for my lighting, producing and manufacturing hyper-locally, and doing custom projects are all areas that ready my design practice for even more growth. Perhaps I’d even expanding into clothing!

Michele thank you so much, what a pleasure to be with you today here on decor8. I’ve really enjoyed catching up and I hope to see you in October since I will definitely stop by your shop. :)

Love,

Holly

(Michele Varian photos with permission)

 

A Lovely Scandinavian Boho Mix In Germany

I thought today would be a nice day for a more local home tour (here in Germany) so let’s jump right in and meet Anna-Lena, who is a teacher by day and on nights and weekends - a real lover of decor and style! She’s from @froehlicheszuhause on Instagram, maybe you already follow her?

Together with her husband, Daniel and their two rabbits Emil and Paula, they have a black and white Scandinavian style 150m2 home in Pfalz, Germany. Their living space is 6 rooms plus a kitchen and bathroom but there’s more… There’s also a 120m2 in an additional building in the garden with 3 rooms plus guest bathroom! What a dream to have so much space!

I’ve asked Anna-Lena some questions about her home and lifestyle below, so as you peek in on her space you can follow along to learn about her favorite things. Maybe you’ll discover a few new ones yourself!

German Home with Scandinavian Flair
German Home with Scandinavian Flair
German Home with Scandinavian Flair
A Lovely Scandinavian Boho Home In Germany
A Lovely Scandinavian Boho Home In Germany

What does home mean to you?

Home is where my loves are and where I feel most comfortable.

What do you love most about your home?

Our big and bright kitchen, our staircase, wooden floors, garden and all the details like our handles, baseboard etc.

What would you like to change?

A larger entry since it can be quite narrow if people come over to visit us.

Favorite candle/scent?

Diptyque Bais or byredo bibliotheque

Favorite flowers and plants?

Peonies, ranunculus and eucalyptus.

A Lovely Scandinavian Boho Home In Germany
A Lovely Scandinavian Boho Home In Germany
A Lovely Scandinavian Boho Home In Germany

Favorite thing to do at home?

My favorite thing to do is to decorate our home :) I love to make everything perfect and I focus on many details.

Favorite meal to cook and why?

I love to cook pasta since its quick and easy after a long day at work and it’s so yummy. Also, there are so many variations you can cook. I never use recipes. :) I also love to bake beautiful cakes, cupcakes etc.

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

I always cook for our guests and then we usually just talk or play cards.

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

I hope they feel comfortable, cozy and the warmth in our home :)

A Lovely Scandinavian Boho Home In Germany
A Lovely Scandinavian Boho Home In Germany
A Lovely Scandinavian Boho Home In Germany
A Lovely Scandinavian Boho Home In Germany
A Lovely Scandinavian Boho Home In Germany
A Lovely Scandinavian Boho Home In Germany

Your dream piece for the home is…

My dream piece was a mater bowl table which I got last week, also I am dreaming of a Louis Poulsen lamp :)

How would you describe your style?

My style is a mixture of many styles I would say. There are hints of Boho, like our beni ourain carpets or the tableware of tine k home or things from our Moroccan holidays. Also I love our old house with the old building details like the doors, wooden floors and staircase. But on the other hand, I love our modern kitchen and straight lines and simple design. I prefer to follow a color scheme than a style.

A Lovely Scandinavian Boho Home In Germany
A Lovely Scandinavian Boho Home In Germany
A Lovely Scandinavian Boho Home In Germany

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

I think it’s important to feel comfortable in someone else‘s home and feel the love they put into their home.

Favorite city to shop and why?

I love London since I lived there for a short period of time and know the city very well.

A Lovely Scandinavian Boho Home In Germany
A Lovely Scandinavian Boho Home In Germany
A Lovely Scandinavian Boho Home In Germany
A Lovely Scandinavian Boho Home In Germany


Your favorite Instagram accounts are…

@svenja_traumzuhause because her style is just perfect, a real traumzuhause (dream house).

Karlas_view love her individual home and the wooden floors and stair

@Skovbon love her patio it’s so cozy

anordicmoment love her home with a lot of white and some black, her decoration is just perfect, love every detail

Thank you so much for sharing your home with us today on decor8! So nice to have you!

Love,

Holly

(Photographs with permission from @froehlicheszuhause)

Jaw-dropping Redesign of Muuto Headquarters in Copenhagen

Hello everyone, hope you are doing good! We are enduring a heat wave here in Europe and so today, I spent time outdoors with my son at the playground trying to stay cool with plenty of water and some popsicles. Anyway, hope you are having a good week so far, and it’s not boiling where you live.

New Muuto Headquarters in Copenhagen

Let’s tour a lovely workspace today, ok? Because workspace is always an important topic since our job does a lot to either fuel or drain us, and so much has to do with the actual work environment. When you love your office space, you tend to do much better work. I personally am more proactive and productive because I’m very environmentally sensitive. Things need to be nice (at least according to my standards) or else I have a hard time functioning at 100%. But I don’t think I’m alone in this, a lot of friends feel the same way and if everyone really were to sit down and think about it, I am willing to bet a majority of people prefer to work in a space that they feel is functional AND beautiful. What do you think?

Muuto is a Scandinavian design brand that I have loyally supported for many years, long before I even owned a single piece of furniture from this iconic design house. Today, you will find their stackable shelving system, a floor lamp, sofa and a rug in my home, all of which have brought me and my family a lot of joy and comfort.

New Muuto Headquarters in Copenhagen

Because I’m a Muuto customer, I’m always excited to see them at fairs because love their stand design and enjoy looking at how things have been arranged and which colors are being presented. I find Muuto a true expert when it comes to color (and shape) - I am often in awe of their fresh color combinations.

In addition to seeing them at fairs, I’ve visited their headquarters in Copenhagen a few times too. Their European PR manager, Katrin Fieseler, actually became a friend since we met through Muuto and then learned later that she is actually from Hannover (where I live). In fact, whenever she’s in Hannover (or I am in Copenhagen) we meet up and talk about the things we love.

Recently, their headquarters in central Copenhagen just underwent a total reno. They occupy 1400 m2 on three floors in an old building in the middle of the city that boasts a large roof top terrace overlooking all of the action downtown. It’s a real favorite spot for employees (and Muuto clients) on sunny days and during warm summer nights. Muuto CEO, Anders Cleemann, wanted the new works space to be functional but also it needed to communicate the values and ideas of the Muuto universe, too.

New Muuto Headquarters in Copenhagen
We wanted to explore the blurring of lines between workplace and showroom with the hospitality atmosphere, emphasizing how our designs across furniture, lighting and accessories are suitable for any workplace context, whether it be canteen areas, stationary desk spaces, conference rooms or flexible work zones
— Anders Cleeman, CEO Muuto
New Muuto Headquarters in Copenhagen

Muuto’s Marketing Director, Line Brockmann Juhl, was in on the renovation and she explored how employees work, as well as what visitors do when they are there. She thought it was critical to provide everyone with a space that allowed for a bevy of activities to occur in a single day. She wanted to create a fresh perspective on the modern workplace all under the values and philosophy of the brand.

Muuto decided to call upon the architecture and spatial design agency BRiQ to create “activity-based zones”. It’s been scientifically proven that our senses activate our intelligence, therefore spaces with specific purposes allow people to work more intelligently together. The activity-based zones became quiet rooms, showroom areas, informal meeting spaces, a canteen, conference areas, workstations, etc. and they incorporate their own furnishings and accessories to serve both a functional and aesthetic purpose through color, tactility, materials, shapes, and more.

New Muuto Headquarters in Copenhagen
New Muuto Headquarters in Copenhagen
New Muuto Headquarters in Copenhagen
New Muuto Headquarters in Copenhagen
New Muuto Headquarters in Copenhagen
New Muuto Headquarters in Copenhagen
New Muuto Headquarters in Copenhagen
New Muuto Headquarters in Copenhagen
New Muuto Headquarters in Copenhagen
New Muuto Headquarters in Copenhagen
New Muuto Headquarters in Copenhagen
New Muuto Headquarters in Copenhagen
New Muuto Headquarters in Copenhagen
New Muuto Headquarters in Copenhagen

What do you think of this workspace? Did you spot a corner or room that you could imagine working in very happily? For me, it was images 2 and 8, all the way!

If you like this post, please pin some of the photos to your Pinterest or share on your Instagram or blog, or Facebook! It’s always nice to share what inspires, which is why I’m here today… This office is just so amazing, I think a lot of people would love to work in such an environment, don’t you?

Have a lovely Tuesday everyone!

Love,

Holly

(Photography with permission from Muuto)


Visit This Cozy Philadelphia Home of Designer Nicole Cole

Hello everyone, how are you? I have spent the past 10 days in Romania, Münster and Copenhagen and today, I have two garden parties to attend. I’ve been working (and playing) non-stop. My family and work life though are doing good and I’m very energized because we are nearly finished with ISSUE TWO of my magazine which will be released on September 26, 2019. I can’t wait to show it to you!

Today, let’s travel together to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to visit Owner/ Designer of Vestige Home, Nicole Cole. She lives in her pretty 3,000 sq. ft. home and studio space with her husband, Adam and their beagle, Shelby.

Tour the home of Nicole Cole from Vestige Home in Pennsylvania

It’s funny but what really jumped out the most as I looked at these photos is that it is so American to me now! Everything looks so much different after living abroad in Europe for nearly a decade. Nicole’s home really feels East Coast American (it could be PA or NY or even in New England so easily) so I had quite a wave of nostalgia wash over me as I looked at each room. Also, I finally understand what friends meant when I first moved here and they explained how American interiors look so different from European ones. I didn’t see that as clearly back then but oh yes, they really, really do. It’s like night and day when I see an American home now, I instantly know it’s from the United States and also, where it is most likely based (at least the region). It’s amazing now to see the obvious differences and also how much I unintentionally merged both worlds into my own interior style to create a life here in northern Germany which still reflects my American roots as well as my European branches.

So yes, let’s look at Nicole’s home but even more… I’ve asked her some questions that I thought would make for an interesting conversation, so sit back, scroll along and read her words to be inspired today and also to learn about some new things (like her playlist and fave Instagram accounts!). Also, you can follow HER on Instagram HERE. Also… make sure you scroll ALL THE WAY down because her bedroom with a sitting area and fireplace is my most favorite spot in her home.

Tour the home of Nicole Cole from Vestige Home in Pennsylvania
Tour the home of Nicole Cole from Vestige Home in Pennsylvania
Tour the home of Nicole Cole from Vestige Home in Pennsylvania
Tour the home of Nicole Cole from Vestige Home in Pennsylvania
Tour the home of Nicole Cole from Vestige Home in Pennsylvania
Tour the home of Nicole Cole from Vestige Home in Pennsylvania
Tour the home of Nicole Cole from Vestige Home in Pennsylvania

Nicole, tell us… What does home mean to you?

Home is a sanctuary to me.  It is a place to find comfort and to share with others.  It is also a reflection of our lives, interests, and a place for creative expression.

What do you love most about your home? 

I love all of the historic details, especially the stone exterior.  To think that the rocks were pulled from the earth to create this structure and shelter is so fascinating to me. 

What would you like to change at home?

Ha!  So much.  We just moved in and this is a project house for us, so lots of changes.  The bathrooms will be our first big renovation, hopefully next year. 

What’s your favorite candle/scent? 

I love anything woodsy.  Local candlemaker Zoet Bathlatier makes my favorite candles, I am particularly fond of her Spruce and Grapefruit scent right now.

Favorite thing to do at home?

A play day, which usually includes planning my next home design project, playing in the garden, snacking, having a beer at noon, reading, and ending the day with a great meal.  

Favorite meal to cook? 

Quiche, with a great salad, made from whatever is in season at the time. 

What is on your playlist?  

Andra Day - Rise Up

Trombone Shorty - Hurricane Season

Norah Jones - Come Away with Me

Residente - Guerra

The Beatles - Imagine

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

We usually end up cooking or grill outside (especially in the summer months), enjoy some good beers, conversation, and games. 

Your dream piece for the home? 

Right now, we’re hoping to get our hands on an original Eames chair and ottoman.

How would you describe your style?

Modern mixed traditional with a dash of rustic.  I’m always thinking about how to bring elements of nature into my designs. 

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

Being able to be comfortable and enjoy time visiting with them. 

Fresh flowers or a plant? 

Do I really have to choose? :)  All things green are my favorites 

Red wine or white? 

Both!  Depending on my mood :) 

Chocolate or vanilla? 

Chocolate cake and vanilla ice cream

Favorite city to shop and why?

London.  There are so many great little shops and tons of handmade goods with style.  I love nothing more than bringing back special pieces from traveling. 

 Private residence in Philadelphia, PA.  For use by Vestige Home ONLY

Please credit: Rebecca McAlpin when applicable
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 Private residence in Philadelphia, PA.  For use by Vestige Home ONLY

Please credit: Rebecca McAlpin when applicable
Copyright 2018 Rebecca McAlpin.  All Rights Reserved.
 Private residence in Philadelphia, PA.  For use by Vestige Home ONLY

Please credit: Rebecca McAlpin when applicable
Copyright 2018 Rebecca McAlpin.  All Rights Reserved.
 Private residence in Philadelphia, PA.  For use by Vestige Home ONLY

Please credit: Rebecca McAlpin when applicable
Copyright 2018 Rebecca McAlpin.  All Rights Reserved.
 Private residence in Philadelphia, PA.  For use by Vestige Home ONLY

Please credit: Rebecca McAlpin when applicable
Copyright 2018 Rebecca McAlpin.  All Rights Reserved.
 Private residence in Philadelphia, PA.  For use by Vestige Home ONLY

Please credit: Rebecca McAlpin when applicable
Copyright 2018 Rebecca McAlpin.  All Rights Reserved.
 Private residence in Philadelphia, PA.  For use by Vestige Home ONLY

Please credit: Rebecca McAlpin when applicable
Copyright 2018 Rebecca McAlpin.  All Rights Reserved.
 Private residence in Philadelphia, PA.  For use by Vestige Home ONLY

Please credit: Rebecca McAlpin when applicable
Copyright 2018 Rebecca McAlpin.  All Rights Reserved.
 Private residence in Philadelphia, PA.  For use by Vestige Home ONLY

Please credit: Rebecca McAlpin when applicable
Copyright 2018 Rebecca McAlpin.  All Rights Reserved.

Your favorite Instagram accounts are…

@remodelista - I’ve been a reader of their website for years and always find interiors to be inspired by in their feed. 

@devolkitchens - Simplicity and craftsmanship at it’s best!  Devol kitchens have the most lovely unexpected details. 

@carlajweeks - In addition to being a wonderful human, I’m in love with everything she creates. Her patterns are soft and bold at the same time and flow seamlessly between textiles, ceramics, and wallpaper. 

@alicerules - Even if you don’t want a tattoo, you might want one after seeing Alice’s work.  Her floral tattoos are magnificent works of art that leave me gasping every time I see one pop up on my feed.

Thank you so much for sharing your home and thoughts with all of us here on decor8 today, Nicole! It was a pleasure having you.

(PHOTOGRAPHY (with permission): Rebecca McAlpin)