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Tour the Hygge Home of Swantje Hinrichsen

Are you ready for another home tour, as part of the new #mydecor8 series? Remember, if you want your home featured on decor8, tag your favorite rooms with #mydecor8 on Instagram so I can see them and maybe you’ll be next here with your own home story and interview. I’d love to welcome you to my blog!

Today is very special because I asked Swantje Hinrichsen (@swantjeundfrieda on Instagram), someone with a lovely style that I adore, to share her home with us. Eeeeee!

Swantje is a freelance graphic designer, illustrator and interior stylist and her good taste certainly shows in her home. It’s cozy, warm, natural, open, soft tones, charming and definitely has a Scandinavian vibe. It’s so HYGGE! Swantje rents her 1920’s brick house in Münster, Germany, which is 145 m2, and lives there with her boyfriend.

When I look at her home, I see so many nice design pieces as well, some that I want to own. It was also nice to see the new Muuto Pebble rug in her living room - I have the same rug from Muuto in my dining room (mine is pale rose and hers is burnt orange) and it’s a big favorite of mine because it feels so good to walk on with socks, like a little foot massage, and it’s so understated but still very much a design element in the room.

In addition to Swantje’s home tour, I’ve ask her a series of questions to learn a bit more about her likes, dislikes and favorite things from music to Instagrammers. Ready to check out her space? Let’s go!

Tour the Hygge Home of Swantje Hinrichsen on decor8blog.com
Tour the Hygge Home of Swantje Hinrichsen on decor8blog.com
Tour the Hygge Home of Swantje Hinrichsen on decor8blog.com
Tour the Hygge Home of Swantje Hinrichsen on decor8blog.com

What does home mean to you?

Home is where I can fill up my energy, where I can be myself, where my heart is. Since I am a highly sensitive person, my daily routine and work cost me a lot of energy. It happens really fast that my energy level slows down, especially in the evening. Being at home, surrounded by art, music, my interior space… gives back the energy that I need and recharges my batteries. I always say that my home is my filling station.

How would you describe your style?

Graphic, artsy, crafty with a cozy crisp Skandinavian touch. I love furniture and things with history, especially if it’s a second-hand piece or a has a history of good craftsmanship. 

Tour the Hygge Home of Swantje Hinrichsen on decor8blog.com

What do you love most about your home?

The old floor and the stairway (see above photo).

What would you like to change at home?

As much as I love the open floor plan on our first floor, I sometimes would like to have doors in our big kitchen-dining-livingroom area to have more of a cozy feeling in each room. Also, I’m not the biggest „Möbelrücker“ (someone who moves furniture around); when I’ve found a place for the furniture or a furniture for a place, it stays where it is. So in this way, there is nothing I would change concerning the furniture arrangement. But I love to change wall colors because this is an easy way to achieve a whole new atmosphere, especially when you paint all of the walls in a room - and I like to paint drawers and heater in the same color as the wall as well.

Tour the Hygge Home of Swantje Hinrichsen on decor8blog.com
Tour the Hygge Home of Swantje Hinrichsen on decor8blog.com
Tour the Hygge Home of Swantje Hinrichsen on decor8blog.com
Tour the Hygge Home of Swantje Hinrichsen on decor8blog.com
Tour the Hygge Home of Swantje Hinrichsen on decor8blog.com
Tour the Hygge Home of Swantje Hinrichsen on decor8blog.com
Tour the Hygge Home of Swantje Hinrichsen on decor8blog.com
Tour the Hygge Home of Swantje Hinrichsen on decor8blog.com

Favorite thing to do at home?

Just be. In the moment. Relaxed. Aware. Happy.

Your dream piece for the home?

The Spanish Chair by Fredericia Furniture.

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

To feel comfortable.

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

I keep it casual. Mostly we cook, just sit together and talk all night long.

Favorite meal to cook?

It’s mostly my boyfriend who cooks at home, but when I do, I love to make all kind of bowls. (Editor’s note: Bowls in Germany are a big trend at the moment, for breakfast they can be with yogurt, fresh fresh, nuts, seeds and for lunch or dinner, with a base of rice for instance and then toppings like veggies, tofu, chicken, etc. Generally, they are arranged in a very artful way, which makes them different from a normal bowl of yogurt with toppings or a stir fry).

Tour the Hygge Home of Swantje Hinrichsen on decor8blog.com
Tour the Hygge Home of Swantje Hinrichsen on decor8blog.com
Tour the Hygge Home of Swantje Hinrichsen on decor8blog.com
Tour the Hygge Home of Swantje Hinrichsen on decor8blog.com
Tour the Hygge Home of Swantje Hinrichsen on decor8blog.com
Tour the Hygge Home of Swantje Hinrichsen on decor8blog.com

What is on your playlist?

Anemone by Slenderbodies

Slip Of The Tongue by Flora Cash

Seafarer by Tennis

Hold on by Alabama Shakes

Tennis Court by Lorde

Fresh flowers or a plant?

Both, but I always prefer just green or dried flowers instead of colorful ones.

Favorite candle/scent?

Skog by Skandinavisk, it smells like pine trees, which are my favorite ones!

Tour the Hygge Home of Swantje Hinrichsen on decor8blog.com
Tour the Hygge Home of Swantje Hinrichsen on decor8blog.com
Tour the Hygge Home of Swantje Hinrichsen on decor8blog.com
Tour the Hygge Home of Swantje Hinrichsen on decor8blog.com
Tour the Hygge Home of Swantje Hinrichsen on decor8blog.com

Red wine or white?

None. I don’t drink that much alcohol.

Chocolate or vanilla?

Definitely Chocolate.

Favorite city to shop and why?

Copenhagen, forever. I always feel so comfortable, inspired and welcomed in that beautiful city. 

Your favorite Instagram accounts?

@herz.und.blut - For that special dose of inspiration and the best content every single day.

@billie_and_i - I just love everything about Ulrikas style and photos. And the kids are the sweetest.

@annacate - I was following Catarina’s instagram for years and this year I got to know her in person: we immediately felt connected, she’s a very special friend.

@emmawallmen, @idalauga and @elinodnegard - My favorite interior stylists.

@presentandcorrect - For my daily dose of Graphic Design, stationary and color.

That’s already 7, I could name so many more!

Thank you so much Swantje for sharing your lovely home with us today on decor8. Happy Holidays!

Love,

Holly

(Photography + Styling: Swantje Hinrichsen)

Tour The Home Of Jason Grant, One of Australia's Most Beloved Stylists

I’m so happy to welcome the ever fabulous Jason Grant to my blog today as part of the month-long #mydecor8 series of home tours on decor8 (and Instagram - add your home using #mydecor8 to take part!). I remember writing about THE Mr. Grant many moons ago after first discovering his work in some of the Australian home magazines I’ve been reading for the past 15 years. He is such an inspiring man - not only is he a leading stylist in Australia, but has authored several bestselling books, designs products and paint collections, and works for some mega brands on campaigns and catalogs. Yet, while he’s quite a design star, he manages to keep it real and to stay in close touch with his friends and fans which is one of the best things about Jason - his fame didn’t turn him into someone you don’t really enjoy hanging out with anymore. He’s still mega cool and down-to-earth and so his personality, along with his beautiful sense of style, makes him someone special. No wonder why everyone loves Mr. Grant.

Anyway, I’m honored and flattered to have him here on decor8 today to show you his home and to meet all of you.

Tour the home of stylist Jason Grant on decor8blog.com

Jason lives in Byron Bay NSW Australia and rents a fabulous 160 sq m flat, which you will soon see below. He shares his space with Sophia, his sweet Boston Terrier who you will find often in his photos and books. She’s so cute!

So friends, I had a flash interview with Jason which is below, so that you can learn more about him like what’s on his playlist and his 6 favorite instagram accounts at the moment that you simply MUST follow!

What does home mean to you?

Home is my sanctuary and my creative space.

How would you describe your style?

Eclectic, creative not always neat, I love mixing new with old, designer with vintage finds and adding finds from nature, its always evolving.

What do you love most about your home?

It’s a huge open warehouse space combining home and studio with super high ceilings and heaps of space and best part of it its 5 minutes to the beach.

What would you like to change at home?

I wish I had swimming pool!

Tour Jason Grant's Home on decor8blog.com
Tour Jason Grant's Home on decor8blog.com
Tour the home of stylist Jason Grant on decor8blog.com

Favorite thing to do at home?

Create and relax in equal measures.

Favorite meal to cook?

I am spoiled with access to so much produce from the local farmers’ markets - I love simple healthy meals and am working towards becoming vegan and literally everything comes with a side of hummus at the moment.

Favorite candle/scent?

I’m currently working on a signature candle collection - launching in 2019!

What is on your playlist?

Rita Ora - her whole new album Phoenix - its fun and upbeat!

Tour the home of JASON GRANT on decor8blog.com
Tour the home of JASON GRANT on decor8blog.com
Tour the home of JASON GRANT on decor8blog.com
Tour the home of JASON GRANT on decor8blog.com
Tour the home of stylist Jason Grant on decor8blog.com

Your dream piece for the home?

I have my eye on the mags sofa from Hay.

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

Everything is super casual, late afternoon usually aperitivo after a swim in summer, I’m a fan of a signature cocktail of the season (summer) currently a pineapple margarita or a pomegranate negroni, music, conversation and shared snacks hanging out in my outdoor courtyard.

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

To bring a gift, usually flowers or wine or maybe a candle, fresh flowers or a plant? I love house plants and fresh flowers and often have both but I am also a recent convert to dried flowers too (but done well).

Red wine or white?

Rosé always in summer!

Tour Jason Grant's Home on decor8blog.com
Tour the home of stylist Jason Grant on decor8blog.com

Chocolate or vanilla?

And strawberry! But made from coconut not dairy!

Favorite city to shop and why?

Byron Bay - I love to shop local and support the place I live, its filled with many clever creatives and heaps of great places to shop.

Tour the home of JASON GRANT on decor8blog.com
Tour the home of stylist Jason Grant on decor8blog.com
Tour the home of JASON GRANT on decor8blog.com
Tour the home of JASON GRANT on decor8blog.com
Tour Jason Grant's Home on decor8blog.com

Your favorite Instagram accounts are…

Well, besides yours of course! @wearepampa - Beautiful thoughtful wares from Argentina (think handmade rugs, amazing photographic prints and other authentic pieces run by two equally lovely humans.

@nikau.store - Small but mighty plant and ceramics emporium run by two awesome woman in Byron Bay.

@riverhawkranch - My friend Kim has the best eye, natural style and is super creative and the mother of three.

@kellywearstler - I love clever, strong creative woman and she is a power house.

@theshop_keepers - Always inspiring!

@mategallery - I love their cool edit of seaside, vintage and retro wares.

Thank you so much JASON for this fantastic peek into your mind and world. BIG FAN over here!!!!

Wish you a wonderful holiday and happy new year Jason, and to my friends here at decor8, enjoy the day but first, don’t forget to FOLLOW JASON on his instagram - it’s beautiful!

Love,

Holly

(Photos/Styling: JASON GRANT)

Artist Raven Roxanne + Seashore Birds

Good morning friends, how are you? Autumn is definitely here, in full swing actually… But I’m still dreaming of all the days spent on Danish and north German beaches and imagining my next trip to the coast again. Seeing the work of Raven Roxanne in my inbox recently gave me some good energy, since her Seashore Birds paintings made me smile and think of happy times chasing my little boy with his sandy blonde hair and bare bum down pristine beaches. And always chasing seashore birds.

Raven Roxanne

Raven Roxanne

roxanne raven artist

I wrote about 8 Southern (United States) artists four years ago here and one of those artists was abstract and impressionist painter Raven Roxane located in Charleston, South Carolina. I never forgot about her.

“My artistic practice is a response to the colors, energies, textures, and composition of my life,” Raven says. I can see that in her work, which is why I believe I’m drawn to it in the first place.

Raven continues, “I have created a lifestyle surrounding my work, thriving on the strength of women, the beauty of imperfection, and the harmony of mental and physical well-being of the figure.”

This is such a lovely statement. I had to sit with it for a moment and let it sink in…

Through my work, I hope to invoke a connection for my viewers while representing the truest version of myself.
— Raven Roxanne, Artist
Roxanne Raven Artist
Raven Roxanne Artist
My personal favorite,  Fly Away , limited edition print.

My personal favorite, Fly Away, limited edition print.

Roxanne Raven Artist
Raven Roxanne Artist

I’m so inspired by her artwork, it’s dreamy and feminine and the colors are always such a delight. I particularly connect to Seabirds though because of the overall theme but also the muted colors are much more soothing to me and what I would use in my home.

I want to call attention to a really HELPFUL blog post that Raven wrote recently because I believe it will be interesting for many of you to read. It’s called, What I Learned Along The Way. In the piece, Raven gives some solid advice to artists and anyone really who wants to grow their business.

Most of the photos in this post were shoot by Elizabeth Ervin, so be sure to check out her portfolio online because it’s just stunning - and also her ‘journal’ has loads of fantastic photos. Also, check out VE magazine for more about Raven and her fantastic life as an artist.

If you’d like to own a print or an original of her work, please visit her website or contact her directly to talk about it. Her prints are available online and also some of her original paintings too, or I’m sure you can commission a piece if you have a special project in mind.

Have a lovely Wednesday!

Love,

Holly

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My Chat with Jonathan Adler and his Launch Party at KaDeWe Berlin

Hello friends! I have a very special guest today on decor8, Mr. Jonathan Adler himself! Swoon! I had the pleasure of working with Jonathan and his team recently because he officially launched Jonathan Adler Germany and I got to be a part of that, which was an absolute honor and career highlight for me. 

My relationship with the brand started in 2006, when JA advertised on decor8, which really helped me to quickly gain credibility as a new journalist and blogger. I will always be grateful for his support. Later, I asked if I could work in his home for a day in 2011 to style and photograph it for Decorate, and he accepted gladly, another special moment in my career.

KaDeWe - Event: Jonathan Adler - 17.01.2018

I’ve been around his products for years, I’ve watched how his collections have evolved, and I even own a lamp, serving dishes, Christmas ornaments, candles and bookends. I also have most of his books too, and last month, he signed one for me which made me so happy.

If you’re like me and don’t live near a JA retail store, you may have also only shopped his collection online, but good news for me now! He has a concession in nearby Berlin in one of the oldest, most famous and decadent department store in Germany called KaDeWe. In fact, last month he was in Berlin to launch his collection and I was there to meet him and see his latest creations up close and personal and it was great.

KaDeWe - Event: Jonathan Adler - 17.01.2018

But first, the pre-party. I met JA the night before the KaDeWe launch at a swanky French bistro with a small group of journalists and friends/colleagues of his in Germany, including Dag, his new German distributor, and Micah, from the New York office. With us was also his London-based PR firm who were in charge of organizing the pre-launch and launch. Naturally I have to shout them out because they are the reason I got this spectacular invitation to work with his team in the first place.

Because it was Fashion Week in Berlin, the restaurant was filled to the gills with fashionistas wearing very expensive, and expressive, frocks. It was fun to be immersed in this gigantic French-inspired restaurant, eating schnitzel, sitting across from Jonathan discussing the horrors of nudity in German saunas, and general people-watching in this beyond loud hot spot, but the buzz and energy was just fantastic.

KaDeWe - Event: Jonathan Adler - 17.01.2018

At his KaDeWe launch the next day, many of his fans showed up and all eyes were on Jonathan. A few were quite star struck, three of my friends’ hands were shaking when they walked up to him, because it was a big deal for them to meet their interiors idol. Luckily though, he’s a nice guy, grounded and funny, so the evening felt very relaxed and friendly.

KaDeWe - Event: Jonathan Adler - 17.01.2018

I also respected so much that he offered to sign ceramics for his guests who purchased them during the party – I was so impressed and regret that I didn’t think to ask him for a signed piece. I was so caught up in the moment that it didn’t occur to me until I was on the train ride home that I’d missed out on such a special opportunity.

KaDeWe - Event: Jonathan Adler - 17.01.2018

I must confess, I’m even more endeared to his collection than before I met him. Something clicked when we spoke, in the sense that I felt like he really works hard for his success, earned everything he has, and continues to show commitment to his brand, team and products. JA is involved in all aspects of his business and has a very close relationship with his staff but also with his workers abroad who are dispersed all over. He visits them, watches them make his products, inspects, gives his opinions, he's present and involved. Respect.

KaDeWe - Event: Jonathan Adler - 17.01.2018

When I interviewed Jonathan, one of my first questions was, "Since you are always on the go, when do you even have the time to design new collections?", and he explained that while on the road, he’ll have an idea and immediately, he'll call his team and/or sketch the idea out. He also added a good point that I often think about a lot, "We are all very lucky to live in this age because the internet makes it so easy to get our work out there but also to run and manage a business, you can text or phone your staff instantly!", and from there, at least for him, it's done!

KaDeWe - Event: Jonathan Adler - 17.01.2018
You should surround yourself with stuff that means something to you. Sometimes people just get things that are fine, and “will do”, and I feel like you should never settle, you should always seek the sublime.
— Jonathan Adler

I find it worth mentioning a little about his background, since we always tend to judge someone successful as having had it all handed to them somehow. Jonathan openly shared that he grew up on a farm in southern New Jersey, definitely not in a hot spot for design. He explained that this somewhat mundane environment fueled his creativity because he aspired for more - to dream and design.

KaDeWe - Event: Jonathan Adler - 17.01.2018

I asked him about what he thinks when young people come from similar places, not from the hot spots like New York City where he has lived now for many years, and he responded without hesitation that he actually worries about the kids in NYC that he knows, because they are growing up so privileged with everything handed to them, and he wonders what they will have to look forward to someday. I was touched by his honesty, because often when you are flying among the stars all day, you lose touch with reality and forget how most of the world lives. I can tell Jonathan has never lost touch with his roots and that he is relatable and genuine and this made me see him and his work in a whole new way. For me, it gave me a clearer picture of who he really is and before, that was always missing.

We are all very lucky to live in this age because the internet makes it so easy to get our work out there but also to run and manage a business...
— Jonathan Adler
KaDeWe - Event: Jonathan Adler - 17.01.2018

We also chatted about his overall line, as it has evolved since years back. He has grown it in a more sophisticated direction, which I like, because it fits his products and price point much better, while still retaining his tongue-in-cheek wit that made him famous in the first place. I believe that his sense-of-humor (combined with his obvious talent) really put him on the map because he came into design with his unexpected and eccentric pieces at a time when design was still pretty serious business in the United States. Vases were meant to be beautiful objects of art at the price point in which he sells at. But he challenged how we see objects. He made things that were cheeky and today, he still does. His humor is his strongest selling point, and it runs through everything that he designs, and I believe JA will be embraced by Germans since, once you really have a German friend, you learn quickly that all of the serious professionalism that they show publicly is often just one face; behind closed doors they are fun-loving, warm and quite funny.

KaDeWe - Event: Jonathan Adler - 17.01.2018

I asked Jonathan to articulate how he personally sees his collection because I enjoy listening to how someone defines their own work. He explained, “I call it Modern American Glamour. Modern in the sense that I always try to make things that are new, creative and have never been seen before. American, as I feel like my stuff has an American-ness, which is impossible to define, but you can see it in my collection, an optimism, the freedom in America, so my work feels American. And Glamour, it’s another tough word to define but to me Glamour is about making stuff that is bold, memorable and shiny.”

KaDeWe - Event: Jonathan Adler - 17.01.2018

We also discussed his philosophy when it comes to the home and how he feels about the things we bring into it and he explained, “Your home should make you happy and should be eccentric and personal. You should surround yourself with stuff that means something to you. Sometimes people just get things that are fine, and “will do”, and I feel like you should never settle, you should always seek the sublime.”

KaDeWe - Event: Jonathan Adler - 17.01.2018

We spoke briefly about his line in Germany, since it just officially launched here, and how it’s been received so far by consumers. He remarked, “Luckily it’s been really well received, thank God, and gives me an excuse to always come back here… I think that to me a lot of contemporary German homes are quite minimal and in that sense my stuff works perfectly because my actual objects are minimalist.”

I thought about that for a moment, because I never in my life would have thought of anything from him as minimalist, but stepping back I believe what he meant was that you could take a lamp from his collection, or a vase, or a single object and place it in a more minimalist environment and it would still work and fit nicely. His objects only become "maximalist" when you place them all together or in spaces that are already very full-on and decorated.

Your home should make you happy and should be eccentric and personal.
— Jonathan Adler
KaDeWe - Event: Jonathan Adler - 17.01.2018

If you live (or are visiting) Germany, please visit the official Jonathan Adler shop within KaDeWe on the 4th floor or visit Coop Raum Werk in Munich or The Interior Club in Dusseldorf to experience his products in person.

Jonathan, it was an honor and pleasure to meet you, and thank you so much for signing my book and for the time that you spent with me – it was a very nice few days in Berlin with you and Team JA! All the best, and welcome to Germany!

(Photos: With permission from the KaDeWe Group)