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)

My Royal Copenhagen Holiday Table From Lothar John in Hannover

Hello friends! I’ve planned a simple holiday tabletop in collaboration with Lothar John in Hannover (and online!) and Royal Copenhagen that is very laid back and will take you about 10 minutes to set. I’m also going to give you 7 tips on the perfect entertaining scenario at home…

THE LIST - my top 7 - for creating a great dining experience at home is…

Lothar John and Royal Copenhagen

1/ The food and wine - fresh, great taste and simple but lovely presentation.

2/ Dishware and flatware - must look great but also be something I can reuse because I’m not buying a new set each time I plan a dinner party.

3/ Lighting - Over the table, lighting around the corners of the room and of course, candlelight.

4/ Great playlist

5/ Simplicity - not fussy or fake - I don’t want my dining room to look like a catalog.

6/ Fresh flowers - easy and ones that complement the meal and the colors of the food. Also, not heavily scented, floral scent competes with food and like candles, you want to keep flowers with a strong scent out of the dining room while entertaining. Keep the lily in the entry room instead.

7/ Fast to prepare the overall dining room decor.

For my tabletop below, all of these things are taken care of and that makes me so happy! Because I can focus on the food better when the tabletop looks beautiful but was also simple to plan.

This year, I wanted to finally start a proper grown up collection of tabletop dishes and cups. I felt like it was time, especially now that our little boy is nearly 5 and we have family traditions now together - like special meals. In Germany, it’s common to have a hot meal during the day and at night, a cold meal (or soup) and so during the week, I am no longer cooking at night as I did when I was single. My son eats a warm meal at his kindergarten daily so at night, it’s “Abendbrot” for all of us - usually little sandwiches, raw veggies cut up, soup, salad, light and easy things.

Lothar John and Royal Copenhagen
Royal Copenhagen and Lothar John
Lothar John and Royal Copenhagen

This means that during the week, we eat in the kitchen at our small cafe table. I don’t pull out gorgeous plates and amazing flatware for that. It’s normal and uncomplicated as it should be.

On the weekends, I cook. And on special occasions. That is why I wanted to start a collection of china that I can use for years and years, until I’m old and also, later when my son brings his friends or even a date home to eat with us. I want these plates to also be part of our life together. I kept thinking though, WHAT WILL I GET? You know, because once you decide on a patterned collection, you are stuck with it, so you’d better like it!

After years of looking at everything out there, last year I was a big fair in Frankfurt and spent a full day only looking at proper tabletop settings. It was then that it dawned on me. I wanted something MODERN but also NOSTALGIC and a little old-fashioned. I wanted something versatile. And most of all, I wanted something that also felt fresh and clean.

I also wanted WHITE plates. I didn’t want the dinner plates to have pattern, only the bread plates, bowls, etc.

That’s why the FLUTED collection from Royal Copenhagen became THE collection on my wish list. I couldn’t stop thinking about it. It was in one of the first Danish homes I’d ever visited in 2010 when we were shooting my first book, DECORATE, do you remember that book? I have been thinking of Royal Copenhagen as my potential collection ever since 2010… But back then I was much younger and ate out constantly and also, I wasn’t a mama yet, so I wasn’t sitting around debating whether or not I’d get this plate or that one. It wasn’t on my radar.

Lothar John and Royal Copenhagen
Lothar John and Royal Copenhagen

I recently purchased the WHITE FLUTED plates at Lothar John, my favorite tabletop store in Hannover at the Galerie Luise. Then, they gifted me with 6 bread plates with the BLUE FLUTED MEGA pattern and Royal Copenhagen then gifted me with 6 mugs (no handles, thermo mugs, my favorites) in the BLUE FLUTED MEGA pattern, too. If you don’t put coffee or tea inside, you can use them for flowers and place them down the center of your table.

Lothar John and Royal Copenhagen

But yes, I finally have started my collection. And I’m so happy about it. A box ticked before the new year!

One thing that I love, is that with the WHITE dinner plates, I can skip the bread plate and the mug and just serve a meal without a salad or bread, and set the table with any colors or patterns that I choose. Or I can mix in bread plates and bowls from another brand altogether. White is so versatile like this. OR I can go all out with Royal Copenhagen everything. It’s really my choice, but at least it’s a choice I can make and I’m not stuck with all patterned everything.

Lothar John and Royal Copenhagen
Lothar John and Royal Copenhagen

I am so happy with my tabletop and I hope that you also are inspired by the simplicity and beauty of it.

If you like the BLUE FLUTED series that you see from this collection, you can buy it online at Lothar John using this link for a 10% discount for a limited time.

Have a happy Monday!

Love,

Holly

(Photographs + Styling from Holly Becker for decor8)




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My Fair Schedule for Q1 2019 - Let's Meet Up!

Hello dear friends, I want to give you my fair schedule for Q1 2019 so bloggers and clients can meet up with me or arrange to attend some of my lectures, etc. I will also be scheduling video interviews at Formland in Herning, Denmark and at imm Cologne for brands and designers, and bloggers too, so if you’d like to be part of my video interview series, you can email my assistant Jessy@decor8blog.com and she’ll get you on the schedule.

Formland Favorites from earlier 2018

Formland Favorites from earlier 2018

Here is a full run of where I will be between January and April.

Domotex, Hannover

Dates I’ll be there: January 12-13, 2019

At this fair, I will once again welcome some of Europe’s top design bloggers: Desiree from Vosgesparis, Stefan from TrendStefan, Niki from My Scandinavian Home, Igor from Happy Interior Blog and Urban Jungle Bloggers, Mette from Monsterscircus and Agata from Passion Shake. We will also have a special guest, rug expert and blogger Michael Christie (The Ruggist) from Canada.

I will have a stand or “FRAME” showing favorite rugs from vendors and a large moodboard where I’ll show European design influencers and some of their favorite rugs, in collaboration with Steinhoff in Hannover who loaned all of the furniture and the most gorgeous rug for the design I’ve made for the space (A very special thank you to Anard Steinhoff and his fantastic team) and paint for the FRAME walls will by sponsored by Farrow & Ball. You can see the decor8 FRAME during all four days of the fair.

Additionally at Domotex, I’ll be with my expert panel (listed above) to deliver talks both Saturday and Sunday, 12 and 13 January, so please make sure to attend. If you are not a retailer or from the trade and cannot register for a ticket, please email my assistant Jessy@decor8blog.com and we will do what we can to get you in for the lectures/panels.

There will be a BLOGGER TOUR on Saturday, so any bloggers/influencers who are interested in attending should also email Jessy@decor8blog.com to get on the list.

imm, Cologne

Dates I’ll be there: January 14-16, 2019

I will be attending this fair on assignment for Living At Home magazine and also Living At Home x Holly magazine, so this will be a special assignment for me since I’ll be with an assistant from the magazine who will pre-arrange interviews for me and I’ll meet with some of the best and most interesting designers and brands in the world to produce videos and also photo essays from our trip. I will give you more information in the weeks ahead about this special assignment, but I can’t wait!

For the first day, I’ve been invited by special invitation from the Koelnmesse and the Verbandes der Deutschen Möbelindustrie for a special blogger tour and dinner in celebration of 100 Years of Bauhaus. I’m really looking forward to this special day, and to see Niki and Desiree again, too.

Formland, Herning

Dates I’ll be there: January 31 + February 1, 2019

This is a fair where I’ll also have a stand, in the entry hallway, along with 3 other influencers who have strong opinions on trends and interiors like me, including Stefan Nilsson and the ever-inspiring Anette Eckmann. In this stand, I’ll show you more than 40 of my favorite products from the fair so you can visit my stand anytime during the fair to see what I found that may be interesting for you to source during your visit, too.

Happily, I’ll again be working with Formland to produce a lecture and panel, so stay tuned to learn more about that. I’ll be posting again about Formland after Christmas.

Blickfang, Hamburg

Dates I’ll be there: February 2, 2019

This is a fair I’ve been attending and supporting for quite awhile because it centers on young design and new talent and I love the inspirational atmosphere and the overall energy from the exhibitors. I also launched my 4th book at this fair in 2016.

BUT.

This time, I’ll be launching something else - the debut issue of Living At Home x Holly. It will release to the public on January 24 but at Blickfang, I will personally be there to show my magazine, sign copies if asked, and to welcome the press and bloggers/influencers to a very networking/meet and greet event (details to follow here in early January).

I can’t wait to tell you more… I would love to meet you there!

Salone del Mobile, Milan

Dates I’ll be there: The full week

I will definitely be back in Milan in April, just not sure who I’m working for there yet and what I’ll be doing. And I have NO CLUE where to stay overnight. Ugh. Milan is always a big headache when it comes to finding a hotel. If you have suggestions, please let me know! Just NO Air B&B, I have had too many friends book Milan dates with Air B&B only to have properties cancel the night before or the day of their trip. Anyway, I love being at the fair and seeing my friends and spending a week totally inspired by design and art. It’s fantastic!

Okayyyy so my dear friends, those are my fair dates for Q1 2019.

Love,

Holly

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Tour This Colorful + Cheerful Dutch Home

Hello lovely friends and happy Friday! I can’t wait to spend the weekend with my little boy, I want to play games with him and take him to the Christmas markets again, and invite his friends over to play. It’s such a magical time of year. What will you do this weekend?

Home Tour: Zilverblauw for decor8

Today, I want to inspire you with another home tour from the #mydecor8 series. You can follow more beautiful homes as part of this tour on Instagram by looking up hashtag #mydecor8.

This colorful, cheerful nest belong to Anki Wijnen from Zilverblauw who lives in Oisterwijk, the Netherlands. She owns this home, which is 175 m2, along with her husband, two sons, and a siamese cat named Pjoes, also known as #rotsiamees on Instagram. Below are photos from her home along with a flash interview, so you can learn more about Anki and her favorite things.

Home Tour: Zilverblauw for decor8

Anki, what does HOME mean to you?

A place where we can be ourselves, a reflection of who we are.

How do you describe your style?

Light, bright, with graphic elements.

Home Tour: Zilverblauw for decor8
Zilberblauw for decor8
Home Tour: Zilverblauw for decor8
Home Tour: Zilverblauw for decor8
Home Tour: Zilverblauw for decor8
Home Tour: Zilverblauw for decor8

What do you love to do at home?

Sit by our fireplace.

What do you love to cook?

Mexican food.

What is your favorite candle and scent for the home?

Skog and Fjord by Danish fragrance brand Skandinavisk.

Home Tour: Zilverblauw for decor8
Home Tour: Zilverblauw for decor8
Zilberblauw for decor8

What is on your playlist?

Lots of Christmas music, at the moment. I love Christmas. We have a radio station that broadcasts only Christmas songs and I listen to it almost 24/7 from November until the new year.

What do you love most about your home?

The old, authentic details.

What would you like to change?

We still need to renovate our studio, the former owners used it as a private pub and it still looks like that. It’s dark, with small windows. We want to turn it into a white, bright space, but I’m afraid it will take some time since we’ve just finished renovating the living room and are in desperate need for a break after all the renovating.

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

Nothing really. I just hope they are happy living there.

Home Tour: Zilverblauw for decor8

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

We have a large garden with a pizza oven (the outdoor oven from Dutch design brand Weltevree) so usually we make and bake our own pizzas. We even use the outdoor oven to bake pizzas in winter. It’s so cozy and warm around the fire of the oven and nothing tastes better than homemade pizza.

What is your dream piece to buy for the home?

I would love one of these wood burning stoves for in our studio from EPS Collection.

Fresh flowers or a plant?

Fresh flowers, although this plant is high on my wish list from WOUT.

Red wine or white?

No wine at all, I rarely drink alcohol, although my last name is Wijnen, ‘wines’ in Dutch. What’s in a name, right? 

Chocolate or Vanilla?

Chocolate

Favorite city to shop for home and fashion and why?

Den Bosch is a nice city with lots of design shops, pretty restaurants and creative places.

Favorite Instagram accounts?

@wowncrew @enigheid @ohmariemag @cristiankiesling @middleclasswhitegirl

Thank you so much Anki for this lovely tour!

(Photographs with permission from Anki Wijnen)

 

Tour The Cozy Scottish Home of Nina Plummer

Hello friends! I’ve decided for the final month of 2018 that instead of sharing my favorite posts from the year, that I’d instead gather together a bunch of lovely homes and let you tour them to wrap up 2018 with gobs of beauty, inspiration and ideas. How does that sound? For our first home tour to kick off the selection I’ve made, I’d like to welcome Nina from Scotland and share with you her cozy home that is sure to give you a good feeling inside (and some nice decorating ideas, too!).

Nina Plummer Home Tour on decor8

Nina Plummer is a lovely creative and shop owner (Founder of Ingredients LDN) from Edinburgh, Scotland whom I follow on Instagram (her account is: @ingredientsldn). I find so much inspiration from her photos and home. She lives in a 2-bedroom home, 120 square meters, that she shares with her husband and her Havanese dog, Milo.

Nina Plummer Home Tour on decor8
Nina Plummer Home Tour on decor8
Nina Plummer Home Tour on decor8
Nina Plummer Home Tour on decor8
Nina Plummer Home Tour on decor8
Nina Plummer Home Tour on decor8
Nina Plummer Home Tour on decor8
Nina Plummer Home Tour on decor8
Nina Plummer Home Tour on decor8

I thought that I’d share her charming space with you today along with some insights into the mind of Nina with all of you based on a series of 16 questions that I’ve asked her. I’ve peppered the questions and answers throughout her home tour below. I hope that you enjoy the photos, the pretty thoughts she’d left, and her fantastic playlist along with some of her own favorite Instagram accounts. Enjoy!

What does home mean to you?

Home is anywhere in the world in the company of my husband.

What do you love most about your home?

The atmosphere. It has a wonderfully calming feeling.

Nina Plummer Home Tour on decor8
Nina Plummer Home Tour on decor8
Nina Plummer Home Tour on decor8
Nina Plummer Home Tour on decor8
Nina Plummer Home Tour on decor8

What would you like to change at home?

We have only just finished renovating, in fact, we are not quite finished yet, so nothing.

Favorite candle/scent?

Anything soulful like tobacco, frankincense or copal for eg. Tobacco Amber Apothecary natural soy scented candle from our homewares store INGREDIENTS LDN.

Nina Plummer Home Tour on decor8

Favorite thing to do at home?

Conversations in front of the fire with our dog snuggled up in that ridiculously comfortable way dogs know how to sleep.

Favorite meal to cook?

Homemade dashi ramen broth.

What is on your playlist?

Django Reinhardt - Minor Swing, Nick Drake - Pink Moon, Billie Holiday - Big Stuff, Alexi Murdoch - Slow revolution, Eliot Smith - Between the bars.

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

A home cooked meal and deep conversation. We love to create a seasonal feeling - barbecue outdoors in the summer and candlelit dinners in the winter.

Nina Plummer Home Tour on decor8
Nina Plummer Home Tour on decor8

Your dream piece for the home?

Any object that will look better with time and use. I love when the things we surround ourselves with invite us to use them and the marks and traces they acquire only add to their character - marble is a dream because of this reason. So is linen. 

How would you describe your style?

Natural materials, a neutral colour pallet and objects that come with stories whether it is the stories of the makers who made them, the stories captured in vintage and antique items or the stories of time preserved in materials such as copper or brass.

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

The atmosphere, it's just wonderful when people can create a space that makes you feel relaxed and puts you at ease.

Fresh flowers or a plant?

Both! And dried flowers too.

Nina Plummer Home Tour on decor8

Red wine or white?

Ice cold white in the summer, deep mellow red by the fire in winter.

Chocolate or vanilla?

Homemade vanilla with real vanilla seeds that crunch under your teeth.

Nina Plummer Home Tour on decor8

Favorite city to shop and why?

Amsterdam - De 9 Straatjes (The 9 Streets) and Grachtengordel area: the sweetest small and independent boutiques, the loveliest vintage and antique stores set in the most magical, beautiful setting. It's like walking through a quaint dream.

Nina Plummer Home Tour on decor8
Nina Plummer Home Tour on decor8
Nina Plummer Home Tour on decor8
Nina Plummer Home Tour on decor8

Your favorite Instagram accounts are…

@local_milk an amazing visual storyteller and teacher who taught me most of what I know about styling.

@devolkitchens just the most beautiful visual aesthetic (and of course the most divine kitchens).

@saintsignora my shop obsession.

@captainsrest another great visual storyteller and huge design inspiration for our brand.

Nina Plummer Home Tour on decor8

Thank you so much Nina! If you’d like to be part of our home stories on decor8, or be featured on my @decor8 instagram, simply tag your photos #mydecor8.

 (Photos: Nina Plummer with permission)

Table For Two: Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake

Hi there, this is Anke with a new tabletop idea for you, dear decor8 blog readers. “Think big” is a popular motto in this day and age and there’s nothing wrong with it, but sometimes it can be relaxing and quite inspiring to think in a smaller dimension. For instance, what if you celebrate the holidays with only your very small family or just one other person. Is it not worth a celebration when less are involved? Do we need to set a lovely table and make something nice only when many guests will join us? Of course not! Why not do something nice for just you and someone you love? That’s also a beautiful moment, but even more, a last memory.

That is why I would like you to enjoy my TABLE FOR TWO story today. Maybe this is something you can do with a single friend who may be lonely this time of year, or maybe your elderly neighbor who has no one during the holidays. Invite her by for cake and coffee and make things look special.

Table for two

The wall decoration

I can’t help decorating with paper. I know I’ve made a lot of leaf-shaped paper table decorations in the past, whether it was a garland or confetti-like sprinkled across the table. This time I cut out big leafs using recycling print paper. It is was easy!

I did not even make a template as it is rather nice when the leafs turn out unique and freestyle. Fold the paper sharply and cut it so that it results in a leaf when unfolding. Afterwards I arranged the leafs on the wall with masking tape on the reverse sides starting with the largest ones.

Flowers

The flowers

I shopped for these flowers at the farmers’ market recently and I went home with sunflowers, dahlias, chrysanthemums, asters and straw flowers. And though the sunflowers and giant chrysanthemums are the eye catcher in the bouquet, especially from a distance, I do have a crush on the little luminous yellow straw flowers looking like little stars. I guess I am trying to hold onto Fall. And for Americans who celebrate Thanksgiving this month, this palette is still on your minds so it may inspire you a lot to see the lovely oranges and golds.

Cake recipe

The cake

This cake screams EAT ME! I loved it and my family did, too. Even the neighbors got a piece. It’s a Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake and the recipe comes from Julie Gransee’s blog Lovely Little Kitchen. The cake is moist and heavenly aromatic and simply soul food. Same with the cream cheese frosting. As an add-on I topped it with a crunch made of roasted seeds with maple syrup and coarse sea salt! Try it!

Roasted seeds

The colors & props

Warm earthy shades are beloved companions in fall/ autumn and rightly so. I ordered a beautiful beige colored tablecloth which sadly did not arrive on time for the shooting and picked my white linen one instead. At least the curry colored napkins looked particularly beautiful forming a contrast with the white surface. Besides my plain white tableware I decorated with a wooden cake plate, a  stone-grey ceramic candle holder and amber colored tiny jar.

I hope you like this slightly different column story of mine and see you again before Christmas, maybe back on the big table then!

With a glass of sparkling prosecco I am saying cheers to Holly celebrating her fantastic magazine news! I am looking forward to the first issue of Living At Home x Holly in January so very much!

Love, Anke

 (Text, Photography & Styling: Anke Illner)