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Instagram Fave: Nectar and Stone

Ok so my last post sorta bummed me out so let's talk about creative handpainted gold leaf baked goods before the weekend hits. I don't want to end my blog this week talking about dead birds! Downer! I decided to launch a new column on decor8 that I believe I can actually stick to called Instagram Fave Friday because I find a bevy of great stuff on IG and I feel so limited when trying to share great IGers. And trust me, I find some amazing IG peeps because I have a baby and my iPhone is my best friend when he's asleep in my arms - so I surf and save constantly. I'm an IG machine. So I figured to just devote a weekly column that you can visit on Friday to end each week looking at beautiful things from talented people. Sounds like a plan. nectar7

I was thinking this morning that IG doesn't have a real way to share, does it? I mean, you can see some stuff in that News feed but it's not that great if you follow say, more than 50 people. You miss stuff unless you are refreshing the News feed every 10 seconds and I'm just not into that. Sure, you can fave images but no one can see your faves (which in all honestly I sorta like) but on the other side, when you WANT to share stuff you can either repost or regram it, which I just don't like, or you have to tweet it but still a tweet doesn't have much reach these days like a blog post. I still find that my blog posts go the distance when it comes to shares.

Yeah, so I'm going off topic slightly... But I'm going to take you on a little Instagram Fave Friday, my debut installment, right now. Today I'm highlighting IG extraordinaire, Nectar and Stone, who is Donna-Caroline Khoo a Dessert Designer with dreams to open a cakery someday in Melbourne. All I can say is MY GOD SHE SHOULD. Support this woman, people. If you live down there and have some leads for her, or ideas, or whatever she is someone that I believe could do beautiful things with a brick and mortar bakery. What talent. And hello publishers... Book deal alert!

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On IG Caroline shares the things she makes and bakes, chocolate with gold leaf! Cupcakes! Girly Smoothies! Zebra cookies! Mini ice cream cakes in cones! Ice cream-shaped cookies! I know, I'm really living it up with these exclamation marks but oh! my! so! cute!

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I love what she says about her growing brand, "Nectar and Stone - it's who I am, what I love, my passion and creativity. I tell a story each day with my designs, colours, photography, flowers and style - it's a collection of things from my past, present and future. I'm not here to make a quick dollar - my brand is about building loyal followers who love what I do and believe in me. I encourage people to find new ideas and concepts... " So nicely stated. Makes me want to support her even more. 

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To view her instagram click here, and to check out her website, visit this link.

Yeah, this post is going to blow my diet too.

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Style Me Pretty Living + In The Fun Lane

Have you ever stumbled upon something, discovered that it's actually been around for quite some time, and wondered how you could have missed such a gem? This happened to me today when I came across Style Me Pretty Living. I knew about SMP for years now as founder, Abby Larson, is also a Boston girl like me. But I didn't realize they have a "Living" blog that covers DIY, home tours, party planning, DIY projects and more. I will definitely be checking out this site more in the weeks to come for times when I feel a bit stuck in a rut. hollystylemeprettyliving2

This is a favorite home gallery from Style Me Pretty Living which profiles a blogger that I'd not known about until now either, the lovely Holly and her little girl, from In The Fun Lane blog. Her home was photographed by Jacqueline Elizabeth in Calgary. To pin any of these images below, PLEASE visit THIS page and pin to your little heart's content from there since I've grouped the images in this blog post to discourage pinning from my blog on this particular post since Style Me Pretty Living has their own gorgeous galleries in which you can freely pin, create boards, become a member, etc. I don't want to steal their thunder. But my goodness, this little home is super inspiring to me and really made me happy - so I had to share a brief glimpse.

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To me, Holly's home has so much love, style and great decorating ideas. I love the wire lamps hanging in the corner, the Hell Yeah print, the sweet touches of baby photos above that pretty chair (I don't see a lot of family photos in homes anymore, why is that?), and the branches on the wall are so pretty. If you look at the full gallery for this home, you will see her gorgeous kitchen, daughter's bedroom with the lovely hearts above the bed, and more. This home really made me smile today and I hope that it does the same for you too. Makes me want to redecorate (again).

I hope you are all having a super duper day! The weather is gorgeous here so the baby and I are going out to hang for awhile, run some errands in his stroller, etc. Viva la Summer!

(images: jacqueline elizabeth/style me pretty living)

Mía Maestro's 20th-century Bungalow In Venice, California

With the big FIFA World Cup 2014 starting later today with Argentina facing off against The Netherlands, I thought I'd share a rather lovely home I saw recently in Lonny magazine belonging to 36-year-old Mía Maestro, an actress, singer-songwriter and native of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her beachy residence in Venice, California is a 20th-century bungalow where, "Her prized possessions are treated less like things and more like family members". Her interview on the Lonny site is very interesting so I encourage you to read it  but the intro goes a little something like this, "Actress-musician Mia Maestro battled vampires in Twilight, writes songs in two languages, and conducts a tea ceremony worthy of a Chinese monk. Within minutes of arriving at Mia Maestro’s early-20th-century Venice, California, bungalow—where sun-dappled bougainvillea and an Arts and Crafts stained-glass window greet you at the door—it becomes abundantly clear that this actress, musician and Argentine native is much deeper than your average L.A. starlet." Would you like to take a peek into her world? OQL5YlN1MNBx

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If you'd like to watch her new song, Blue Eyed Sailer, I've embedded it below... You can see more on her music website here.

What do you think of Mia's bungalow? Could you live here? And her music? Did you like it?

(Photographed by Jessica Sample)

Jason Grant: Away At Home

I've blogged about this styling rock star before but Aussie stylist Jason Grant is the cat's meow in styling at the moment so I must highlight him again. I heard about Mr. Grant a few years ago for the first time and have been a fan since - I really enjoyed his first book, A Place Called Home, and can hardly wait for his next one, Away At Home, to be published by Rizzoli which will drop this Fall and is a collaboration with photographer Lauren Bamford. I saw it already cover-to-cover and fell in love. In it, Jason talks about how to live everyday like you are on vacation with inspiration and tips for creating a relaxed boho-vibe at home and he provides much insight on a myriad of decorating ideas for creating your own private resort right in your home. Of course, after the babysitter comes to scoop up the children and whisk them away to the nearby playground (wink). Screen Shot 2014-06-21 at 11.30.35 AM

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The above pics are a few that show his carefree beachside apartment in Sydney, as shown in Inside Out magazine.

I recently got to talk to Jason about what's hot and what's not, I thought you'd be interested in hearing what he has to say...

First, his 5 favorite things: 1: Favorite look: Relaxed, laidback and casual - nothing too over styled // 2: Favorite trend - nature // 3: Favorite object - something on your wish list // 4: Another favorite object - something you see everywhere at the moment - like yellow (still) - I love it // 5: Favorite miscellaneous - I love to decorate with timber combined with a pop of colour. I think this is my signature look.

Why do you like these five - what attracts you? I'm attracted to colour and nature, happy colours and interiors that reflect the owners personality.

What trends are you tired of? Replica furniture

What do you predict will be hot next? Anything Hawaiian-themed -- but no more pineapples!!!

If you're not familiar with Australian interiors and styling, then here are few spreads from magazines that he has worked for showing his styling work so you can catch a glimpse...

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Jason is such an inspiration and I hope that you get to check out his work, buy his books and tap into this great talented guy.

Are you a Jason Grant fan? If so, why?

(images: inside out magazine, rizzoli books)

My Current Interior Inspirations

If you follow me on Pinterest, you may be curious as to why I've been madly pinning to my "Inspirations For Joss & Main" pinboard. Well... I've been selected to host a curated Joss & Main event on their site from July 8-15 and I'm feeding them imagery that inspires me at the moment, including colorways I'm really into, so that they can work their magic and pull together a sale full of items that decor8 readers will love. They're using these images as their jumping off point...

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I've not dome anything like this before so I'm curious to see how it goes. Also, the sale on their site in July will be a paid gig for me which helps with a new baby in the house plus I totally wanted to experiment a little with other revenue opps since I'm accepting less advertisers on decor8 because I want the best ads on my site going forward. I've grown tired of seeing billons of ads on blogs and I just want decor8 to have less than 10 at a time and eventually, my goal is to have less than 5 - then I can really hand pick them and work with my advertisers in creative ways. I'm branching out and moving things forward. Plus, I like to try new stuff and am open to partnering with companies that I believe in so I thought I'd give this Joss & Main thing a go-go. I honestly didn't follow Joss & Main until they reached out to me, but after checking out their site and what they do, I think it could be a good partnership and since it's only for a week I really have nothing to lose so why not? db5b271e99266821dcecb46dd93fa287 6c839ebbd991a61d5d3398ff6b9cd353 39fdec823f5b485841a29850c2a047de

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Above are just some of my inspirations for Joss & Main. I thought they may inspire you too. To see more, visit my pinterest board HERE. (Images: linked above. Note: This post is NOT sponsored or paid for or anything sneaky.)

OYOY Living

There are so many great interior firms in Denmark, which sometimes makes me wonder how those Danes do it in such a small country - there are so many collections! I came across OYOY Living recently, based in Copenhagen, and since I've not seen them blogged anywhere yet in my travels, I thought I'd share them with you guys. Check out their product line, simple yet bold. F9LIBRJQUHGq9Wz16KEReY-DC33PurcdmzSsH85QTkA

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About OYOY, "The name OYOY is inspired by the letters OY, which since 1929 has been written on every Danish aeroplane regardless of where in the world it may be located. The letters indicate that we are a Danish company. OYOY creates high-quality products focussing on form, function, colour and exquisite materials. We are inspired by the classic, Scandinavian style, adding undertones of simple, Japanese design and a passion for combining colour and materials. The result is a unique blend of simplicity and colourful design. The primary designer of OYOY is Lotte Fynboe, who was educated at TEKO in Herning with a speciality in interior and furniture design. At times OYOY has an external designer - for example Kristina Dam, who has designed the Nordic print series. Shape, graphic, colour and clean materials inspires Lotte Fynboe and her motto is “less is more”. A lot of the products are redesigns of childhood memories."

A few of my favorites from their product line include: leather trays, "knut" polar bear cushion, Japanese cushions, penguin, step cushion in neon orange, bobbels mini candleholders, button cushion and the bobbel high candleholders.

I think this line is really pretty, the only thing that is starting to bug me in Denmark about design there is how so many of the brands look the same these day. Like OYOY Living looks a lot like Ferm Living. Which makes me confused because why does everybody have to look the same? Let's hope that Danish firms start to value more their individuality and style again as they did years ago, which put their design on the map in the first place and later, made it so enviable worldwide. But for now, we have to just wait and see I guess - wait and see what the future holds for design in Denmark.

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