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Shop My Peaceful, Eclectic Living Room

Hello friends, how are you? I have been very busy with many projects, but the most important and wonderful one was the 5th birthday of my son Aidan! He just turned 5 this past Saturday and I couldn’t be happier or more excited to see him growing up to be a lovely little person! We spent his birthday week in Copenhagen and then on Saturday, we filled the house with kids and had a nice little celebration. It was wonderful!

Holly Becker Living Room inside of magazine, Living At Home + Holly

Did you know that one of my other projects has to do with STARTING A MAGAZINE? Oh yes! And I’m so excited about that because it’s a big project that took all of 2018 to work on, and on January 24, 2019 (just a few weeks ago!) we launched issue one “Living at Home + Holly”, with 100,000 printed copies in German-speaking Europe and now, a digital ENGLISH version! Woo hoo! If you search Instagram for it, look for #livingathomexholly

Anyway, I still can’t believe it when I go to newsstands and see my magazine there, I’m also on the cover so you can’t miss it, and the lovely mag was powered by Living At Home and Editor-in-Chief, Sinja Schütte. She is such an amazing woman, I really love working with her and her brilliant team.

I’ll tell you more about the magazine tomorrow in a post, (BUY IT HERE IN ENGLISH AND GERMAN), but many people have asked me about the rooms in my home from the magazine so I thought I’d create a post first for my living room and how to SHOP THE LOOK.

Holly Becker Living Room from Living at Home + Holly magazine


SHOP MY LIVING ROOM

Rug: Vintage Beni Ourain, The Gardener’s House

Wallpaper: Hornbeam, Farrow & Ball

Linen drapes: Custom, Barn & Willow

Pendant: Feather EOS XXL, Umage

Gray cabinet: HK Living

Rattan mirror: Westwing

Lamp: Cone Lamp Base and Hexagonal Linen Shade, HK Living

Chair: Merci Paris

Side Table: Black Harlekin, Reflections Copenhagen

Plant pot: Bowl XL, Kristina Dam Studio

Sofa table: Syde, White Carrara marble, MYCS

Sofa throw: Twist a Twill, Rose triangle, Silkeborg Uldspinderi

Pillows on sofa: HK Living

Ottoman: Petrol blue, HK LIving

Pillows stacked: HK Living (top), TineKHome (bottom)

Floor lamp: Louis Poulsen Panthella, Connox

Sofa: Rest 3-seater, Muuto

If I’ve missed anything, please comment below and let me know!

Love,

Holly









A Lovely Scandinavian Bohemian Home

It’s Christmas, and I want to wish all of you a happy, restful holiday time with your loved ones. We are enjoying peace and quiet today, and basking in doing a lot of nothing! Playing board games and cards, watching films and eating warm soup and homemade pretzels are part of our festivities. I want to welcome you today with a big hug, in case you are online for a moment, to see the beautiful corners of Anna Kvarnström’s Scandi-Boho home in Örebro, Sweden. I found it so charming and serene that I had to ask her to share it with all of us on decor8. Would you like to chill with me for a moment and see how lovely she makes her space, and after the photos, read about some of her favorite things?

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I found so many fantastic ideas for styling here and I particularly I like seeing the Rilona Amaryllis (which seems to be a big “trend” flower for Christmas at the moment in Denmark and Sweden, have you noticed on Instagram?), pampus grass (still trending), a small fir tree on a table… And dried flowers… It’s all so cozy and natural but most of all, approachable and something we all could both afford and have. When I see this home I instantly think of how easy she makes putting together neutral objects, though in fact, it’s not that easy at all!

Anna Kvarnström's Swedish Home
Anna Kvarnström's Swedish Home
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Anna Kvarnström's Swedish Home

There is the lovely Anna, who owns her 160 m2 home and in addition to obviously being a talented decorator, blogger and stylist, is also a professional marketing consultant and photographer and runs the creative studio, Concept By Anna. If you want to find her on Instagram, she is over at @conceptbyAnna.

Anna Kvarnström's Swedish Home
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Anna Kvarnström's Swedish Home
Anna Kvarnström's Swedish Home
Anna Kvarnström's Swedish Home
Anna Kvarnström's Swedish Home
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Anna Kvarnström's Swedish Home
Anna Kvarnström's Swedish Home
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Anna Kvarnström's Swedish Home

I asked Anna a few questions about her life and favorite things, here are her replies:

How would you describe your style?

A Scandinavian style with a bohemian touch.

What does home mean to you, Anna?

Home means almost everything to me. It's important to have a home that I enjoy. I love being at home, having friends over for dinner or just relaxing with my family.

What do you love about your house?

I love the that our house have such big rooms, high ceilings and that the house is old and charming.

What would you change about it?

Our two bathrooms!

What are your favorite scents for the home?

I have several favorites, Tine K´s Fig scent, Love Warriors Chocolate scent and ERNST ”Tid till ingenting”

What are your favorite things to do at home?

I’m a very creative person I love sitting with my children around our big table and do some painting. Baking is another thing that I love doing at home. I enjoy our fireplace and att good bok and I love having friends over for dinner.

And what’s your favorite meal to cook?

Anything that has to do with pasta!

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

We love cooking when we having friends over for dinner I also like to do a nice table setting, fresh flowers and all that.

What’s on your playlist right now?

Daya - Safe

Ruin My Life - Zara Larsson

Let you Love me - Rita Ora

Starfish - Rhys feat. Felix Sandman

Flames -David Guetta/Sia

Your dream piece/s for your home are…

New chairs to our dining table, the ”In between chair” from &Tradition.

What is your favorite shopping city and why?

London! I Love that city with all the beautiful buildings and old houses. I want an experience when I shopping, so the environment is very important!

And finally dear Anna, what are your current 5 Favorite Instagram accounts that we should check out too?

@babes_in_boyland

@emmalemholt

@margauxdietz

@diadonna

@krickelin

Thank you so much Anna, and happy holidays to you, your family, and my wonderful decor8 readers!

Love,

Holly

(Photos/Styling: Anna Kvarnström)

Tour a Minimalist Scandinavian Winter White Home

I love an all white and black home, it shows such restraint to not use a lot of color and pattern. I’m always so amazed that people can live in a monochrome home - so much respect! That is why today, before Christmas and the explosion of red and green, I wanted to show you a minimalist Swedish home that you will absolutely love. It’s a new home, built in 2016, in Aneby, Sweden.

Tour a Minimalist Scandinavian Winter White Home

Aneby is a small village in the south of Sweden and this home is owned by Anette Nilsson (known as @whitelivingetc on Instagram) and her husband. It’s 350 m2, and includes the office of their company. She has three children, but they are grown and moved out many years ago - so this lovely space is occupied only by two, and her pets as well.

Tour a Minimalist Scandinavian Winter White Home

To Anette, home is a calming place where you can relax and socialize with friends and family. She loves her living room most for this reason.

Tour a Minimalist Scandinavian Winter White Home
Tour a Minimalist Scandinavian Winter White Home
Tour a Minimalist Scandinavian Winter White Home

She really enjoys her kitchen too because cooking is a real passion, especially making meals for her friends and family.

Tour a Minimalist Scandinavian Winter White Home
Tour a Minimalist Scandinavian Winter White Home

When she’s not whipping up something delicious in the kitchen, she’s enjoying her home - styling, decorating, taking photos for her Instagram and of course other hobbies too. Relaxation is also a big love for Anette, just like the rest of us, and her relaxation ritual usually involves a glass of wine, listening to some classical music and burning her favorite candle, Fig by Tine K Home. Or bathing…

Tour a Minimalist Scandinavian Winter White Home
Tour a Minimalist Scandinavian Winter White Home
Tour a Minimalist Scandinavian Winter White Home



Tour a Minimalist Scandinavian Winter White Home
Tour a Minimalist Scandinavian Winter White Home

When she’s out and about, she loves to go shopping in cities like Copenhagen, Stockholm and Gothenburg. Anette has a beautiful home, I’m so inspired by her Minimalist Scandinavian style!

Anette can be found on Instagram @whitelivingetc and her favorite Instagrammers at the moment are: @elisabeth_heier / @vittvittvitt / @saramedinalind / @saarmanche / and @mija_mija.

Who inspires you on Instagram?

And what about Anette’s home do you like most?

Thank you Anette for joining us today on decor8 with your lovely home and happy holidays to you!

Love,

Holly

(Photos and Styling: Anette Nilsson)

IKEA Wardrobe Hack In Charming Little Girl's Bedroom

I just love this darling little girl's room, it belongs to a friend of mine in the Netherlands and you're going to just love touring it with me today. It definitely transported me back in time to my own childhood bedroom.

IKEA Wardrobe Hack In Charming Little Girl's Bedroom

I remember how much I loved my room and adored decorating it and like this little one, I was quite active in space doing all sorts of things. Especially playing with my dolls and writing books. I just loved to write (and still do). Lola, who is the daughter of Designer and Blogger Holly Marder, is just the cutest little thing too. I've met her a few times and she's a mini version of her mom all the way.

Want to see her adorable room today? Also, her mom did an amazing job on hacking an IKEA wardrobe, which she has detailed below in case you want to try it.

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IKEA Wardrobe Hack In Charming Little Girl's Bedroom
IKEA Wardrobe Hack In Charming Little Girl's Bedroom
IKEA Wardrobe Hack In Charming Little Girl's Bedroom
IKEA Wardrobe Hack In Charming Little Girl's Bedroom
IKEA Wardrobe Hack In Charming Little Girl's Bedroom
IKEA Wardrobe Hack In Charming Little Girl's Bedroom
IKEA Wardrobe Hack In Charming Little Girl's Bedroom
IKEA Wardrobe Hack In Charming Little Girl's Bedroom
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IKEA Wardrobe Hack In Charming Little Girl's Bedroom
IKEA Wardrobe Hack In Charming Little Girl's Bedroom
IKEA Wardrobe Hack In Charming Little Girl's Bedroom

IKEA wardrobe hack details, straight from the designer herself, Holly Marder:

When designing this wardrobe, storage and desk area we had one main challenge to contend with. There are two metal heating pipes which are exposed and run down and along the wall, taking up about 10cm of space. This meant that any piece of furniture we placed against that back wall would never have sat flush against the wall. I wanted to create a built-in reading nook that connects to a wardrobe and bookshelf, with a desk area for her to color/draw/do homework one day/stare at the wall. I wanted it to be inexpensive and one way to achieve that is to use cost effective IKEA pieces as the base as opposed to hiring a carpenter. But because of the exposed pipes we ran into a few problems. And as much as I would have liked to, putting the pipes into the wall wasn’t an affordable option. With a bit of mathematics and a lot of time sifting through the IKEA catalogue, we decided to combine two of their popular lines – Besta + Stuva + a little bit of our own carpentry.

We used a Besta sideboard along the floor to create the base of the wardrobe and reading bench because each element is 40cm deep and 60cm wide. We then placed a Stuva wardrobe on top of the left-most Besta element because it is 50cm deep and 60 wide. So it basically fit perfectly on top width-wise, but had an extra 10cm behind it to allow space below for the metal heating pipes, but lean flush against the wall from the top of the bench up. Once the Ikea elements were in place, we built a bookshelf to the right using multiplex birch wood. We placed the back panel against the pipes that stick out a bit, and then cut a side panel to size to cover the little gap that left down the right side, and go all the way to the ceiling and sit nice and flush with the wall and ceiling.

We then obviously had a 10cm gap between the wall and the middle Besta units, so we placed a sheet of multiplex on top to hide the gap. I had a custom cushion made for on top upholstered in an old rose linen blend fabric, which completed the picture. 

We built a simple desk with large brackets out of multiplex and painted the desk top and side panel of the bookcase white to blend with the Ikea elements, but left the inside of the bookshelf and edges of the desk unpainted for some contrast. 

The door fronts of the Stuva wardrobe typically come as a set of two, one with a handle cut into it and one without. To make the entire design look and feel uniform, I purchased a second set of doors and used only the two flat doors and finished off all the doors with leather handles in chestnut from Design Studio Nu

IKEA Wardrobe Hack In Charming Little Girl's Bedroom

Isn't this the sweetest little room ever?

(Styling + Photography: Holly Marder)