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10 Scandinavian Interiors Trends Fall/Winter 2016

For this coming Fall/Winter 2016, I'm seeing so many gorgeous deep colors mixed with brass and copper. Lots of green ranging from emerald to sage and mint. Color on the walls is also back (vs. stark white). You can see some of the trends on the rise in the newest collection of TineKHome which I'm about to present to you for the first time. These are just fantastic views of what you can expect from Scandinavia this year - I'm seeing velvet, glass, brass/gold, copper, loads of texture and glamour! tinek_05 1. Velvet - Texture is definitely IN!

tinek_01 2. Brass - Tabletops, candle holders, legs on furniture, trims on mirrors

tinek_09 3. Colors of Mint, Eggplant, Indigo, Burgundy, Pale Pink, Emerald Green.

tinek_10 4. Linen - Bedding, pot holders, aprons, napkins, table covers, linen is IN!

tinek_08 5. Tabletop - Big focus on entertaining and tabletop with a simple, uncomplicated look and lots of natural materials, handmade ceramics, glassware...

tinek_02 6. Plants - Greenery is big right now in the home, from the absolute 1970's jungle look to my favorite --the more minimalist approach shown above.

tinek_06 7. Natural materials - lighting, seats, benches in bamboo, cane, rattan...

tinek_04 8. Open shelving - Bookcases without sides are big right now for a light and airy feel.

tinek_03 9. Daybeds and benches - Either are desirable at the moment, in the entryway, bedroom, living room, even in a children's room.

tinek_07 10. Small - Mid scale prints. Big, graphic patterns aren't nearly as popular at the moment as the smaller scale patterns.

Love love love!

What do you like from this list?

(images: tinekhome)

Interior Trends On My Radar

Hello dear friends, how are you today? Would you like to begin the week by seeing a lovely interior "trend" that I'm (and so many of you) are really into right now? Oh good. But first, and wow oh my goodness just wow, I'm so glad to be back on the other side of the glass wall again, in the land of the living! I've been buried so deep inside of my book project and had to turn so much off to accomplish everything by deadline. I turned nearly everything in last week and sat back with a glass of wine and just felt accomplished and good. My soul felt full. After taking the weekend to process it all, I'm suddenly eager to move into the final weeks of the year with a renewed energy, to be on the other side of the glass able to see friends again, go dancing, host a few parties, blog more, travel and just surface for air. I also can't wait for the Christmas markets to begin on Wednesday throughout Germany because I love bringing my little boy and watching his eyes glow as he takes in all of the sights, sounds and smells. abc1

For book number 4, I ended up at the last minute becoming a co-photographer and so it was a challenging last few months for me to say the least. I have a high end Canon camera with some gorgeous lenses but that doesn't make me a qualified-for-books photographer. I see some invest in expensive cameras and have no clue what they are doing, don't really care to learn, yet call themselves professionals because of owning professional equipment. I'm not being negative about them, they can do as they wish, but I didn't want that "type" to end up being me. It's like claiming you're an athlete because you own the best workout clothes and shoes. I really want to get the most from what I own though it was hard for me because I have such little patience with myself when it comes to technology. So little. I want everything to just work with little explanation or practice. I often wonder if this is characteristic of my generation - wanting everything fast, now, sooner, better, bigger... Harder, better, faster, stronger... Isn't that how the song goes?

Yet, despite the fight I had with the tech side of my brain, I forced myself to learn more about photography as I took photos for this project... I continually referenced books and asked friends, I talked a lot to my husband, I shot more, I bought a different lens, I kept asking questions, I kept trying more more more... Sometimes a single photo took a few hours to compose and shoot because of low light levels and my inability to capture light and turn the photo into something lovely. Yet I tried and just kept at it. I learned Lightroom really well too and improved my Photoshop skills like I never thought possible. And now, I can proudly say that over 120 of my photos will be in book 4 (title is a surprise) which will release in September 2016 in English and German simultaneously. I'm not super pro or anything, god no, but I'm proud of the skills I'm developing as I go and super pumped to learn more by broadening my education so I can continue to supplement stories on decor8, and even future books, with my own photos. I've hired a professional photographer from The Netherlands to spend a few days with me next month for one-on-one training. She shoots for clients and her work frequently appears on the wedding blog, Style Me Pretty. I'm taking my photo studies very seriously and I'm willing to invest to get the results I want for the new year. It's my resolution in fact. I'm not going to title myself professional photographer, most likely never, but I will gladly shoot for projects and do so with passion and joy because I've realized what a great asset it is to be able to write, style and shoot in some instances. Not in all, because I believe collaborative projects often result in far better work, but for blog posts and client work, it definitely will help tremendously.

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So yes, I'm on the other side of the glass now, no more book writing for another year, and now I'm ready to share things that have been on my radar, particularly trends, styles and products that I've been seeing like crazy in Europe and parts of North America and are inspiring me a lot. Let's get going now with this lovely, light handmade look that feels very global. This look that I love currently has some pieces in the curated product selection, Passage of Light, over at ABC Carpet + Home in New York City. (I also adore the New Neutrals round up.) ABC is the hub of destination for interiors in New York, that's for sure. Look at this rug below and tell me it doesn't make your eyes roll out? Delightful, right?

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Whenever I'm home, I make it a point to go to ABC. I find their trends directly inspired and influenced by what's happening in Europe; I often wonder if their buyers are over here more than over there because what I see so closely resembles what's hot at fairs and the best design sources on my side of the world. For instance, all of these things below are so European to me yet, combined, have a very American sensibility too.

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This look that I see as trending includes peachy pinks and pink in general, very watercolor-y painterly motifs on fabrics, glass and wall coverings, chalky matte surfaces on plates and candle holders, cement, chunky wool anything that is handmade, copper copper copper (still!), handmade & fine ceramics (Astier de Villatte is gaining more popularity again lately) and beautiful blown glass vases, rugs from Turkey, Morocco... But in fresh-picked colorways, this is a definite trend just as was the case last year. I like seeing it leaning even more this year into the world of handmade and organic shapes - things that are less perfect looking in form.

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As for a product trend, I'm crazy about the French perfumer Mad et Len, and encourage you to check them out too. Hot hot hot. They are making (surprise!) potpourri (of all things!) which is quite good. In fact, I predict potpourri will make a comeback but in new and interesting ways and forms (in the shape of rocks, crystals, etc. more cool). You say I'm crazy but I don't think so... Check out their products here and see for yourself. On the ABC website they brag about this brand and explain a bit of their process, "Each scent is hand-formulated in a small village near Grasse, France by a chemist using undiluted flowers, wood, spices, and house-aged essential oils: Moss, mushroom, violet, soil, oak, eucalyptus, cypress, and mint are just some of the notes present and accounted for in these intense, fragrant blends. These vegetable wax blends are then hand-poured into blackened iron vessels forged by hand by the town’s local blacksmiths (might we note they’re just as beautiful and functional with or without wax)." How nice.

I'll share some more trends this week that are worth checking out too in lighting, food and another style that has its origins on the west coast (USA) and is creeping slowly but surely into Europe in countries like Germany and Denmark.

See you tomorrow!

(images: abc carpet + home)

 

Trends: Creative Cooking + Food Trucks

A few years ago I spotted a micro "foodie" trend in Germany and today it's slowly starting to take off - food trucks! Today I have a book to share with you all about them and where you can find the best ones in the country. As an American, food trucks are as common to me as the corner coffee shop and went from trend to a staple in mainstream American culture many years ago. It never dawned on me when I moved to Germany that, outside of festivals and Christmas markets, food trucks run by creative cooks were not common at farmers' markets and rare sights in cities. The food trucks at events were (and largely still are) very typical serving beer, bratwurst, pommes and the typical German festival foods which are great but offer little to those longing for a culinary adventure. FoodTruck2

Germany is slowly but surely becoming a big foodie culture, especially among young people with the over 35 crowd also catching on. I'm starting to see food trucks pop up in my city and even the typical fests with the typical foods are slowly starting to change with new foods being offered that cater to vegans and others who are just looking to have their tastebuds tickled. That's why I was so excited when my contact at Prestel, a German book publisher, sent me a copy of their newest book called Food Trucks highlighting some of the best of Germany. I think they'll need to do several follow-ups very soon, because we have some great food trucks popping up in Hannover and I hope many more. These mobile kitchens offer a chance for locals to meet cooks, experience the process, meet people, explore different recipes and venture outside of the typical ingredients and the more traditional foods.

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In Hannover, we have a food truck called Food Lovers with a couple who have grandchildren running it - she is Japanese and he is Jewish. Together, they fuse their two cultures into their recipes (I snapped a photo on IG here). Each week when I visit, they offer me something new they've just experimented with. Last week it was a new rice pilaf and the week before, a seaweed-flavored salad made only with carrots! Food trucks offer a wonderful way for cooks to do what they love without the overhead and the sheer time commitment of running a restaurant full-time. They also make for great test kitchens for exploring new recipes. Another food truck we have that I love is called Soup Sisters. In fact, their truck has become so popular that they have opened a brick-and-mortar cafe downtown with two more in the work.

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On of the sad things about Hannover is our decision-makers over at city hall are not innovative or fresh and are seriously boring. They sink a lot of money into things that are standard and cater to their age group (50+) but little goes to the rest of us, and not into fresh new ideas. For instance, they make it very hard for food trucks to obtain licensing and have a bunch of guidelines that really hold back a lot of people from starting their own food truck business here. I hope that this changes because, as this book clearly shows, the food truck culture in other cities (especially Berlin where I will be traveling to next week with a blog post about my finds), is growing and will quickly leave Hannover in the dust yet there is so much potential in our city as our creative scene is starting to really expand and experiment with new things.

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I really like the Food Trucks book because it shows some of the best food trucks currently in Germany with a bio of each along with plenty of mouth-watering photos. It's great to have a book like this in Germany because it sheds light on the food truck industry in general because so many people living here aren't really in tune with this culture of meals on wheels. I also like seeing the trucks bustling with people and conversation throughout the book, it makes me long to be a part of the atmosphere since I find it so inspirational to be around people who love what they are cooking and eating, and sharing meals together. One of my great passions is to come together with those I love to share food, wine and laughter in a relaxed casual environment sans attitude and overly decorated tabletops.

By the way, did you watch the film Chef? It's great, I highly suggest it!

If you would like a copy of this book, it's only available in German but it is available on Amazon.de or any good book store in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

(images: Book cover on table: Holly Becker, all others: Toby Binder, Henning Kreitel, Birgit von Bally, Richard Pflaume)