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Shop For a Beautiful Bedroom at Westwing Plus My 5 Styling Tips

I’m so happy to show you this lovely collaboration with Westwing that launched last Friday, and ends in just 23 hours, so please hurry up and run to THIS PAGE for more info… BUT They have officially launched the news about my new magazine with Living At Home (Germany) and show it on their site along with this special sale for creating a wonderful bedroom with my 5 styling tips. AND I cannot forget this… IF you order a 12 month subscription to Living At Home magazine, you will get a free copy of my debut issue, “Living At Home + Holly” and a 30 Euro gift card to Westwing - CLICK HERE to buy this special “Abo” now because this sale ends in 23 hours.

Some of my favorite things from the sale below, great for cozying up your bedroom:

Favorite Book
Favorite Pillow
Favorite Overhead Light
Favorite Trays
Chair I Love
Lamp I Love
My magazine

Thank you so much to Delia, Johanna and the Westwing Team for this amazing chance to launch my magazine in a very public space like your amazing website and newsletter. And thank you to everyone else for your interest in my magazine - I’m so happy to launch this - it will be on newsstands January 24!

Love,

Holly

Visit This Warm, Natural Boho German Home For The Holidays

I can’t believe the Holidays are coming to a close and soon we’ll be entering 2019. Whoosh! This year seemed to fly once October came. We can still hold on to Christmas a little longer though, thanks to today’s home tour coming from Monika Abts (Moni) in Odenthal, Germany which is about 20 minutes from Cologne. She shares her 200m² home with her husband, two children (boy 14, girl 11) and her dog, Liz. She’s a textile engineer by day, but also writes a blog called Lady Stil, which focuses on interiors and DIY projects.

Visit This Warm, Natural Boho German Home For The Holidays

You can also find Monika on Instagram @lady_stil, where I first discovered her home. I hope that you find some inspiration here, there are so many decorating ideas in this home tour, you may find something that sparks your creativity and gives you a new project idea at home. I like the dried flowers in the glass vase on the floor, the giant wreath hanging above her dining table, her many throw rugs because they are very natural looking, and black bulbs hung over her window in the bedroom. In fact, that is one idea I’d like to try in my wintergarten since I already have the bulbs from Granit, still in a box!

Here is her home, and below, an interview that I had with Monika about her style, what’s on her playlist, and more! Enjoy!

Visit This Warm, Natural Boho German Home For The Holidays
Visit This Warm, Natural Boho German Home For The Holidays
Visit This Warm, Natural Boho German Home For The Holidays

 What does home mean to you?

I’m not stuck to a special house or a place. Home is where beloved things and people are and where I can be myself.

How would you describe your style?

I could never decide on a particular style and so I like to mix them together. My interior hast o be individual and reflects my personality. That´s why it changes more often within a year. What always stays ist the natural aspect and color scheme. I love the contrast between nordic and other cultures.  I could never give up beautiful memorabilia, but I also love modern things.

What do you love most about your home?

That is in a constant change due to lifestyle changes, feelings and how my taste changes over time. As for objects, at the moment I love my desk, which I built out of an old door and left the original hinges on.

What would you like to change at home?

My kitchen! Definitely! A dream of mine is to have white kitchen fronts, but the manufacturer changed the hinges, so no chance until we can afford a completely new kitchen. I also thought about having a new floor in the kitchen/dining and entry. Some kind of resin floor.

Favorite candle/scent?

Snö by Scandinavisk.

Visit This Warm, Natural Boho German Home For The Holidays
Visit This Warm, Natural Boho German Home For The Holidays

Favorite thing to do at home?

Being creative or just relaxing and cuddling with Liz (my dog).

Favorite meal to cook?

Lucky me, we all love pancakes!

What’s on your playlist? 

Darude, Sandstorm

Keane, Everybody’s Changing

AJR, Weak

Imagine Dragons, Demons

The Chainsmokers, Sick Boy

Visit This Warm, Natural Boho German Home For The Holidays
Visit This Warm, Natural Boho German Home For The Holidays
Visit This Warm, Natural Boho German Home For The Holidays
Visit This Warm, Natural Boho German Home For The Holidays
Visit This Warm, Natural Boho German Home For The Holidays

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

Sometimes we cook, but sometimes we also order something. It depends on how spontaneous the invitation is. But we always talk and laugh a lot until the next day… And we always look shocked when someone tells us the time!

What is your dream piece for the home?

A white kitchen!

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

I like houses which are well designed and when the interior matches, but that isn’t really important to me while visiting someone. It’s ultimately the people that I’m there for!


Visit This Warm, Natural Boho German Home For The Holidays
Visit This Warm, Natural Boho German Home For The Holidays

Fresh flowers or a plant?

Both! I love fresh flowers for the weekend, but I also love my cactus gang in the bathroom and upstairs on the windowsill.

Red wine or white?

Neither! I don´t drink any alcohol. I’ve tried so many times and so many different things, but I don’t like the taste. I drink my Pina Colada without alcohol!

Chocolate or vanilla?

Vanilla

Favorite city to shop and why?

I have BIG Amsterdam LOVE! They have the BEST interior shops for my style! love the Dutch way of life and the decor of their homes.

Your favorite Instagram accounts are…

That is very difficult for me, because I could list at least a hundred accounts which I adore and they all have so many different styles. If I had more than one house, each of them would have a different style.

But okay, here we go:

@tatjanas_world_  - I love the mix of rustic elements with bohemian accessories.

@skovbon - Kirsten’s style is black and white, a gorgeous mix of modern Boho and Nordic.

@anitaeedelbloedt - I would change houses with her immediately.

@tthese_beautiful_thingss - If I were a child I would like to live in one of Viktoria’s kidrooms!

@kimklassen  - Pure inspiration!

 Thank you so much for visiting us today, Monika and happy holidays to you and your family! It was so nice to peek inside of your home and your mind! :)

Love,

Holly

(Photography: Monika Abts)

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)

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)

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.

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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.

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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)