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Hi friends how are you today? I want to ask you something. Where do you shop the most for home decor? Do you shop big box mostly? Online? Offline? Handmade? Vintage? I buy mostly from small brands in Scandinavian, and sometimes big box for small decorative items, and I make things and lately, I’m buying more and more vintage. What about you? Well today I’d like to spotlight a special online shop called Mae Woven because it’s a lovely small business based out of Utah that designs and makes special products locally and who work with artisans to design products from other parts of the world.
Here are some things that I found on-trend and just stunning, especially if you love Bohemian Modern style, Natural Style or Global Eclectic. And if you want to support small businesses and artisans, then you have a new shop to fall in love with. :)
Aren’t these textiles and baskets and bags just lovely? I really never tire of this global market style. It’s so stylish and easy going.
Mae Woven on Instagram is also lovely, a fantastic visual diary of their goods with very inspiring lifestyle photography.
It’s so important when you have a small business to use your shop as a platform not only for selling but for educating. Teach your customers about the things they are buying so that an appreciation is laid early on. Then a customer will likely care for the item better and keep it for a longer time. Throw away consumption must end! This has to stop. Create a world where people care about what they buy again and when they don’t mind spending more for something valuable! Do you agree?
Have a lovely day, I’m off to finish a photo shoot for my magazine, the second issue comes out 26 September (eeeee!) and it is so beautiful - I can’t wait to share it here on decor8 in the months to come.
Today is a special day for me, dear readers, because I’m sharing an exclusive chat and home tour with the one and only SFGirlbyBay, Victoria Smith, a creative entrepreneur from Los Angeles with a style that I simply love. I haven’t had her home on my blog since 2008 (see it here), which seems like a lifetime ago. I’m so happy after 11 years, she’s back to tour us of her home again only this time, it’s in a completely different city - LA!
But first, a little background about this lovely lady. Victoria has worked as an art buyer and stylist producing photo shoots for ad agencies (when I met her way back in 2006) but is also a journalism major with an Advanced Arts degree in Interior Design. Once she left the ad world, she started off as a blogger like me and ended up as a content creator/photographer/shop owner with a book (See San Francisco - my review of her book is here) and a beautiful online vintage shop Super Marché (and a loyal following of adoring fans.
Victoria has been blogging for 13 years and was always known as the “San Francisco Girl” because that is where she got her start in social media. However, she’s since relocated to LA and bought a home, so her reach goes beyond the bay area to include inspiration from all over the west coast, her favorite parts of the USA and sometimes even her impressions and inspirations from Europe and Australia, all in the modern Bohemian style that her readers love her for.
Today, we’ll tour the home that she owns in LA and talk to her about what home means to her, what she loves most in her space, the music she’s into at the moment, some of her favorite Instagram accounts, and more.
But first… An overview. Victoria’s home, which she shares with her dog Lucy, is 1,100 Sq. Feet (approx 110m2) with 2 bedrooms (one is used as her home office), 1 bathroom, kitchen and an open plan dining and living space plus a downstairs Rental Studio which she rents on AirB&B in case you want to stay, do it!
Victoria defines home as her sanctuary and as a, “pretty strong creative reflection of who I am.” As a long-term renter, she admits that her greatest joy in life currently is owning her own home (shown throughout this post) and to be able to get as creative as she wants without holding back, “decorating (and redecorating it!) to suit my ever-evolving taste.” Let’s continue my chat with Victoria below…
Hello dear readers, today it’s time to travel back to my home country - particularly to New York City where I spent a lot of time… A city that opened me up to art, pastrami, theater, the food truck culture before it became trend, interior design (and partying very late back in the day at Webster Hall). A place where I worked freelance for TIME Inc. and Conde Nast for years and later, where I returned to work on my first book Decorate.
When the book and I went on tour across the country, New York is where I wrapped up before flying back home to Hannover - and where my friends and fans kept me signing books at Anthropologie. New York is also where taught my first business and creative workshop with my wonderful friend Leslie Shewring. We rented a loft in Soho and just did our thing and it was really something cool back in 2012.
NYC is where I made good friends and memories that will stay forever. It’s no lie, and a bit cliche, but I love New York! There is such a vibe in NY, I can’t find it anyplace else. And the food… And the shopping…
That’s why today I am so proud to share with you today this shop tour belonging to Michelle Varian who has been on my blog radar for over a decade… In fact, I remember mentioning her pillows on my blog here back in 2006. It’s quite amazing how long I’ve been in touch with this special and talented lady.
Today I thought I’d share with you a chat we had recently and also her most recent shop tour (the last one I had here was shot by a freelance decor8 writer in 2012), to give you a big New York vibe today on the blog. I miss New York and it’s where my little boy keeps asking me to take him, so I’m trying to arrange a trip there in October. I think my 5 year old will absolutely love it there with all of the activities, boat rides, big buildings, museums… But I would love tips on where to take him if you feel like leaving a comment under this post!
So now let’s talk to lovely Michelle, she has so much to share (and show) with all of us for this exclusive tour and interview.
What is the concept behind your shop? The shop started with me showcasing just my own designs, which at first was only decorative pillows, wall hangings and mobiles, which I was making in the back room of my first location.
Within the first year, I was carrying product from other designers that I knew, especially jewelry. Now, I'm in a much bigger space and have grown the collections that I design, as well as all other product categories: I now design UL-certified lighting, wallpaper, and furniture, in addition to pillows and home textiles.
I also now carry the work of over 100 other indie or emerging designers. Like myself, most of them have their own in-house or local micro-manufacturing operations, so we are all contributing to the worlds of design and creating local economic growth, which is very important to me.
Because I have no business partners, everything in the shop is something that I love and has a very distinct point of view – mine! I like creating an inclusive environment that my customers can buy into, no matter what their budget is. We have giant nails for $5, and we have furnishings that cost upwards of a few thousand dollars. I like being both accessible and aspirational.
How would you describe your personal style? Eclectic is a very over-used adjective when it comes to design, but it is frequently used to describe my vibe. I like mixing things up, breaking rules and being the first to bring new design to the market. Sometimes it takes a moment for my customers to catch up to where I'm going, but they do, and they keep coming back for that unexpectedness.
Have you ever thought to open other stores and if so, where? I think about opening other stores all the time. I'm currently looking at Brooklyn and considering stores in California, Texas, Toronto and possibly Detroit, which is where I'm from.
Where do your products come from (that you design)? The products that I design are either made in my SoHo shop, which houses a micro-manufacturing studio, or within a few miles. My lighting fabrication studio – the one in the basement of my shop – is now UL certified, so my designs can be included in more commercial projects. We also get custom orders, and because the studio is so close to home, we really enjoy working on those and tweaking existing designs in special ways.
What is a trend right now that you love and support? I'm really loving how many different, beautiful mobiles there are right now. I like them because they move, because they feel like something from nature but on the inside of a constructed space. They also shift the light around when they move, which creates a semblance of more sunlight. And they’re being designed, like we do, as lighting fixtures, but also in wonderful iterations with lots of other different mediums like textiles and metals.
What do you love the most about your shop? My customers! Being a part of a community for nearly 20 years has created deep roots. While SoHo has changed A LOT, there are still a fair number of creative people here. Many who have been displaced by the ever-increasing costs of living here still stop by whenever they are back in the neighborhood, which feels like a constant reunion. (Editor’s Note: She has an ONLINE SHOP if you’re not in NYC anytime soon.)
What is challenging about being a shop owner? Being open seven days a week means that I am pretty much always working – but fortunately, I love what I do!
Do you find social media helpful to your business? If so, why? Social media is both a delight and a drag. It's great to have a platform that reflects what is going on in the shop, but it is also an entire other job, which can be really taxing.
What do you use (for social media) to connect with customers and meet future customers? I'm a fan of Instagram and Pinterest, which I guess is no surprise since they are both visually driven, so they’re great for showcasing design product. (Editor’s Note: You can follow Michelle Varian on Instagram HERE.)
It’s time again for me to go to FORMLAND in Denmark this August to meet up with my good friend Stefan Nilsson (trendstefan) to see the sights and listen in on what the Scandinavians have to say about design up north. I really enjoy this fair and can’t wait until opening day on August 15th. Won’t you join me?
At Formland as a visitor, you can get an overview of the all the latest in Scandinavian design today and in the months ahead under one roof with 450 exhibitors in 10 halls including Hübsch, Normann Copenhagen, Georg Jensen, Kay Bojesen, Lyngby, Kähler, Holmegaard, Stelton, Humdakin, OYOY, Woud, HAY and more. I love meeting with the many exhibitors and agents face-to-face because I spend so much time online and appreciate just hanging out in person with people, listening to their stories and seeing what excites them at the moment.
TREND ZONE LOVE
I am always inspired too by the experts and stylists at the Trend zones. For the August fair, the annual Studio FLYHELSTED Trend Zone I’m excited about is called VÆRKET and will be in HALL D. I love the trend zone these two ladies put on, always so good! It’s about contrasts and the meeting between place between the handmade and the industrial, between global climate awareness and local and close relations. What does that meeting place, that middle point, look like? We’ll see in a few months.
Of course, SELECTED BY in Hall E is back again (I love this hall!) and this time, they have developed a concept where four experts on trends in Denmark will create their own environment showcasing their trend predictions. They all have selected beautiful products from exhibitors of the fair, which they later have styled. I am proud to see this happen because I always thought these stands work best when you can personally experience the creativity of talented trend spotters as they themselves style their own display. I can’t wait to see how this idea transpires.
TREND FOOD CRUSH
I am also excited to see one particular Trend cafe this time called Café Composé in HALL H created in cooperation with HØEG+MØLLER. The inspiration behind the concept is a tendency where anything goes. A composite universe where colors, forms, patterns and materials are being mixed. Eclectic is in! There are other beautiful cafes to eat at at the fair too, in fact this fair as the best spots to eat out of all of the fairs that I’ve been to in Europe because they are all very trendy and themed with great food and lots of healthy, fresh options.
In addition to trend cafes, the trend zone, and all of the great exhibitors, there is also the food hall! Oh the food hall! I go there usually at the end of the day on Saturday before I officially leave the fair. It’s my final treat to myself. I sample licorice, teas, chocolates and a myriad of other things and chat up the vendors. Some offer me some wine, which I always accept gladly on the final day before signing off!
Oh and yes…. Another great pleasure are the talks and panels - I’ll be leading one in English about Trends with a few of my friends. My panel isn’t listed yet on the website, but I think my spot will be on Friday. I’ll let you know on July 31 here on the blog the exact details and who my guests will be. This year I read an English lecture about PANTONE colors will be given, I have to look for the details on that, but I’ll definitely be attending that one.
WE CARE EXPO
There will also be a very special spotlight on sustainability at this fair. “Let us take you on a zero waste journey at the brand new ‘We Care’ expo in hall E.” Doesn’t this sound interesting? Formland has teamed up with selected exhibitors to shine a spotlight on zero waste achieved by sustainable production methods like recycled plastic, glass, paper textiles, etc. I personally want to see an end to the use of SO MUCH PLASTIC. It drives me crazy!!!
PLAN YOUR TRIP
Formland is a closed trade fair for the design and interior industry and reserved for professionals with registered companies. If you are a blogger in the design niche or a journalist, you are most certainly invited to attend. Getting there from northern Germany is very easy, I take the train from Hamburg to Flensburg to Fredericia and then to Herning. I can work on my laptop and chill and I like that. But you can also fly from Germany or from any other point in the world. You can fly to Midtjyllands Airport or Billund.
ME ME ME ME
OKAY so I’ll be at Formland on the 15th, 16th and 17th - speaking most likely on the 16th about trends with my panel guests. I can’t wait to see you - so please try to get there and let’s have coffee or come say hello at my lecture or if you see me walking around!
I thought today would be a nice day for a more local home tour (here in Germany) so let’s jump right in and meet Anna-Lena, who is a teacher by day and on nights and weekends - a real lover of decor and style! She’s from @froehlicheszuhause on Instagram, maybe you already follow her?
Together with her husband, Daniel and their two rabbits Emil and Paula, they have a black and white Scandinavian style 150m2 home in Pfalz, Germany. Their living space is 6 rooms plus a kitchen and bathroom but there’s more… There’s also a 120m2 in an additional building in the garden with 3 rooms plus guest bathroom! What a dream to have so much space!
I’ve asked Anna-Lena some questions about her home and lifestyle below, so as you peek in on her space you can follow along to learn about her favorite things. Maybe you’ll discover a few new ones yourself!
What does home mean to you?
Home is where my loves are and where I feel most comfortable.
What do you love most about your home?
Our big and bright kitchen, our staircase, wooden floors, garden and all the details like our handles, baseboard etc.
What would you like to change?
A larger entry since it can be quite narrow if people come over to visit us.
My favorite thing to do is to decorate our home :) I love to make everything perfect and I focus on many details.
Favorite meal to cook and why?
I love to cook pasta since its quick and easy after a long day at work and it’s so yummy. Also, there are so many variations you can cook. I never use recipes. :) I also love to bake beautiful cakes, cupcakes etc.
When you have people over, how do you entertain them?
I always cook for our guests and then we usually just talk or play cards.
How do you hope your guests feel when they visit your home?
I hope they feel comfortable, cozy and the warmth in our home :)
My style is a mixture of many styles I would say. There are hints of Boho, like our beni ourain carpets or the tableware of tine k home or things from our Moroccan holidays. Also I love our old house with the old building details like the doors, wooden floors and staircase. But on the other hand, I love our modern kitchen and straight lines and simple design. I prefer to follow a color scheme than a style.
What is important to you when you visit someone else’s home?
I think it’s important to feel comfortable in someone else‘s home and feel the love they put into their home.
Favorite city to shop and why?
I love London since I lived there for a short period of time and know the city very well.
Hello everyone, hope you are doing good! We are enduring a heat wave here in Europe and so today, I spent time outdoors with my son at the playground trying to stay cool with plenty of water and some popsicles. Anyway, hope you are having a good week so far, and it’s not boiling where you live.
Let’s tour a lovely workspace today, ok? Because workspace is always an important topic since our job does a lot to either fuel or drain us, and so much has to do with the actual work environment. When you love your office space, you tend to do much better work. I personally am more proactive and productive because I’m very environmentally sensitive. Things need to be nice (at least according to my standards) or else I have a hard time functioning at 100%. But I don’t think I’m alone in this, a lot of friends feel the same way and if everyone really were to sit down and think about it, I am willing to bet a majority of people prefer to work in a space that they feel is functional AND beautiful. What do you think?
Muuto is a Scandinavian design brand that I have loyally supported for many years, long before I even owned a single piece of furniture from this iconic design house. Today, you will find their stackable shelving system, a floor lamp, sofa and a rug in my home, all of which have brought me and my family a lot of joy and comfort.
Because I’m a Muuto customer, I’m always excited to see them at fairs because love their stand design and enjoy looking at how things have been arranged and which colors are being presented. I find Muuto a true expert when it comes to color (and shape) - I am often in awe of their fresh color combinations.
In addition to seeing them at fairs, I’ve visited their headquarters in Copenhagen a few times too. Their European PR manager, Katrin Fieseler, actually became a friend since we met through Muuto and then learned later that she is actually from Hannover (where I live). In fact, whenever she’s in Hannover (or I am in Copenhagen) we meet up and talk about the things we love.
Recently, their headquarters in central Copenhagen just underwent a total reno. They occupy 1400 m2 on three floors in an old building in the middle of the city that boasts a large roof top terrace overlooking all of the action downtown. It’s a real favorite spot for employees (and Muuto clients) on sunny days and during warm summer nights. Muuto CEO, Anders Cleemann, wanted the new works space to be functional but also it needed to communicate the values and ideas of the Muuto universe, too.
We wanted to explore the blurring of lines between workplace and showroom with the hospitality atmosphere, emphasizing how our designs across furniture, lighting and accessories are suitable for any workplace context, whether it be canteen areas, stationary desk spaces, conference rooms or flexible work zones
— Anders Cleeman, CEO Muuto
Muuto’s Marketing Director, Line Brockmann Juhl, was in on the renovation and she explored how employees work, as well as what visitors do when they are there. She thought it was critical to provide everyone with a space that allowed for a bevy of activities to occur in a single day. She wanted to create a fresh perspective on the modern workplace all under the values and philosophy of the brand.
Muuto decided to call upon the architecture and spatial design agency BRiQ to create “activity-based zones”. It’s been scientifically proven that our senses activate our intelligence, therefore spaces with specific purposes allow people to work more intelligently together. The activity-based zones became quiet rooms, showroom areas, informal meeting spaces, a canteen, conference areas, workstations, etc. and they incorporate their own furnishings and accessories to serve both a functional and aesthetic purpose through color, tactility, materials, shapes, and more.
What do you think of this workspace? Did you spot a corner or room that you could imagine working in very happily? For me, it was images 2 and 8, all the way!
If you like this post, please pin some of the photos to your Pinterest or share on your Instagram or blog, or Facebook! It’s always nice to share what inspires, which is why I’m here today… This office is just so amazing, I think a lot of people would love to work in such an environment, don’t you?
Hello everyone, how are you? I have spent the past 10 days in Romania, Münster and Copenhagen and today, I have two garden parties to attend. I’ve been working (and playing) non-stop. My family and work life though are doing good and I’m very energized because we are nearly finished with ISSUE TWO of my magazine which will be released on September 26, 2019. I can’t wait to show it to you!
Today, let’s travel together to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to visit Owner/ Designer of Vestige Home, Nicole Cole. She lives in her pretty 3,000 sq. ft. home and studio space with her husband, Adam and their beagle, Shelby.
It’s funny but what really jumped out the most as I looked at these photos is that it is so American to me now! Everything looks so much different after living abroad in Europe for nearly a decade. Nicole’s home really feels East Coast American (it could be PA or NY or even in New England so easily) so I had quite a wave of nostalgia wash over me as I looked at each room. Also, I finally understand what friends meant when I first moved here and they explained how American interiors look so different from European ones. I didn’t see that as clearly back then but oh yes, they really, really do. It’s like night and day when I see an American home now, I instantly know it’s from the United States and also, where it is most likely based (at least the region). It’s amazing now to see the obvious differences and also how much I unintentionally merged both worlds into my own interior style to create a life here in northern Germany which still reflects my American roots as well as my European branches.
So yes, let’s look at Nicole’s home but even more… I’ve asked her some questions that I thought would make for an interesting conversation, so sit back, scroll along and read her words to be inspired today and also to learn about some new things (like her playlist and fave Instagram accounts!). Also, you can follow HER on Instagram HERE. Also… make sure you scroll ALL THE WAY down because her bedroom with a sitting area and fireplace is my most favorite spot in her home.
Nicole, tell us… What does home mean to you?
Home is a sanctuary to me. It is a place to find comfort and to share with others. It is also a reflection of our lives, interests, and a place for creative expression.
What do you love most about your home?
I love all of the historic details, especially the stone exterior. To think that the rocks were pulled from the earth to create this structure and shelter is so fascinating to me.
What would you like to change at home?
Ha! So much. We just moved in and this is a project house for us, so lots of changes. The bathrooms will be our first big renovation, hopefully next year.
Hello dear readers! You know that it is time to shoot your next column when the strawberries taste the sweetest and the roses all around are in full bloom! Hello, this is Anke with a small midsommer table setting for two that could easily be enlarged to fit many friends, or even brought outside into your garden or on the patio.
Ah yes, summer time! And today I have prepared for you a lemon tart with roses and berries for the table. Everyone loves these hings! Sweet fruit and luscious flowers simply stand for summertime and are highly welcome at my home.
I brought home bunches of different English roses from the local market the other day. The white ones are from our garden and I love how fragile they are. In addition, you can see pale pink Astilbe as I also wanted something light and fluffy in the big bouquet. There is a recognizable Astilbe trend where I live. You can get the Astilbe perennial plant in a pot in almost every flower shop. And you should know that they do not last very long as a cut flower!
I chose a linen tablecloth in dusky pink on my small wooden table and the off-white ceramic plates and cups I bought in the Netherlands. The wine glasses have a delicate line of gold on the edge. I’ve also added gold-colored spoons and the bottom of the hanging vase/ candle holder is also gold. I like it when small details repeat such as a color, material or pattern. When I have impressive, voluminous flowers I like to let these be the stars on my table and keep everything around them simple.
I made a lemon tart following THIS recipe on Half Baked Harvest. Tieghan Gerard called it, “No fuss lemon tart ... super easy, yet delicious and pretty too“, which says it all! I was also inspired by her beautiful cake styling very much and tried the berry topping that she did by simply adding some cherries to the strawberries and raspberries. Have a look at her blog, it is one of my favorites!
Some sparkling Rosé Secco is a nice companion for the coffee and cake gathering.
ON THE WALL
The hanging glass vase with golden accents usually hangs on our balcony holding a tea light. I think it is always rewarding to have a close look at the things we already own and use these in different ways, also when it comes to decoration, instead of buying something new. I use all my glasses for flowers, candles, drinks and food.
I hope that you liked this column today, and have a beautiful summertime and enjoy your holidays! I hope to be showing a new column posting around August/ September.
Hi everyone, how are ya? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve mumbled the F word under my breath working from home. It’s so hard with a 5-year-old! My husband also works from home, so if I need privacy, forget it - never happens! This is why I need my own space for photo shoots, to record my podcasts and videos for my online classes, etc. But sometimes, I honestly don’t need privacy at all. I need other women to network with. I need to be around others like me who are really trying to make good things happen in their work life each day. So when I heard about Maison in New York through a friend, I had to learn more.
Maison is a private club designed for women where members can focus on work, relaxation, learning, and connection. This is the ultimate co-working space because not only is it very female-friendly, but it’s beautifully designed as you will see below. I really love this concept…
I also wish we had something like this locally. Sure, we have Hafven in Hannover, but it’s 85% male - from the design, architecture, decor, even the people who are using the space are men. The only people who work there who are female are in the kitchen. The rest of the space is for men, by men. I certainly don’t mind, they have the right to do as they please with their business, but before they opened I was SO excited because I really thought it would be a place where women could work too. Sadly, all of the women I meet who have gone there never return. They feel uncomfortable and also don’t like the atmosphere. It’s just not a place where women want to be and I imagine it’s because we usually get more energy (creatively speaking) from inspiring environments and from other women who are dealing with the same struggles and challenges, who are also entrepreneurs, and who really “get” what it’s like to be a female trying to work independently for a living.
We need a place like Maison in Hannover. If anyone wants to work with me on developing this, please let me know. :) I’m 100% up for the challenge! I can design it and pull together a concept that will be 100% design-focused, beautiful, and women-friendly.
But aside from that, Maison is special because it goes beyond just offering a co-working space. That’s a bit past-trend by now, to have simply a co-working space. People want more than desks and chairs and some outlets and a cafeteria. For instance, Maison offer members exclusive benefits in wellness, travel, fashion, food and beverage, beauty, and more. In addition to a gorgeous space to work, socialize, or relax – Maison curates programs that offer insights into the worlds of art, fashion, entertainment, parenting, wellness, business, and current events.
Maison is a 3400 sq ft multi-purpose space located on the second floor of a mixed-use building, a little bit above the everyday chaos of NYC. We have a kitchen stocked with healthful snacks and beverages, desk space to plug in and get to work, private booths to take a call or just meditate for a few minutes, and comfortable lounge areas to curl up with a book and a coffee. Created for the multi-faceted woman with an ever-evolving schedule, Maison can be used how it suits you on any given day.
— Ashley Wu, Founder
Founder, Ashley Wu, opened Maison because she couldn’t find what she was looking for in her local co-working spaces, "I found myself looking for a place to regain my balance and reconnect with the part of myself that isn’t a mother, wife, or caregiver. A private place to write, work, read, or just meet up with a friend I haven’t seen in awhile. I looked around my neighborhood and found there wasn’t a space that addressed the specific needs and desires of myself and others like me, so I created one." I love this can-do attitude. You want it, you do it yourself!
At Maison, you can also order meals and snacks. They offer a light menu from brands like Daily Dose, Magic Mix, Pilot Kombucha, and The Real Coconut. They also offer Intelligentsia coffee and teas from In Pursuit of Tea.
Isn’t this a gorgeous space and concept? What do you think, would you work in a space like this?
I’m off to Copenhagen to shoot a story for my magazine, which will be out again in September. I can’t wait to show you highlights from the road on my Instagram, so please go follow me there at @decor8.
Hey guys, happy Friday to ya! How was your week? I was in Romania for the past four days on an influencer trip but now I’m home just relaxing and decided to blog a little because I have such a special interview to share with you today.
You know, I’m VERY inspired after seeing the beautiful Transylvanian countryside, visiting the city of Sibiu, and the number one highlight - visiting the beautiful TISCA rugs and their manufacturing facility. Have you ever been to Romania? I will talk all about my experience there and what it was like on Monday, but I really was impressed… Transylvania was such gorgeous area to explore.
So! Today I want to share corners of the beautiful home and work “house” belonging to Interior Stylist Pella Hedeby from Sweden because a little Friday interiors inspiration is always a good thing, right?!
Oh and by the way, tomorrow I’m off to Münster for 24 hours (overnight) for the Garden & Home Blog Awards 2019 where I’ve been on the jury now for three years (such an honor!) selecting the winning German blogger from several categories in this lovely niche of interior and garden bloggers. I can’t wait to see everyone again and enjoy a night in a beautiful hotel, too. It’s always such a treat to stay in beautiful places, isn’t it?
So…. It’s time for a home tour!
This one is located in the countryside just south of Stockholm and inside, lives Pella Hedeby - a real interiors dynamo (known for her gorgeous styling and decorating at Lotta Agaton Interiors). She shares the space with her boyfriend Andreas along her kids Leo 14, Viggo 11 and daughter Filippa 14. Together, they own a 3 bedroom 110 m2 home that Andreas drafted and built right before they met over 7 years ago.
Along with some photos, would you like to learn more intimately about Pella? I had the pleasure of meeting her personally over a year ago here in Hannover but had already been following her Instagram @pellahedeby for years. Now, you can also “meet” her since she’s about to share her philosophy on home along with a few of her favorite things, including the types of plants and candles that she loves, her playlist, her one dream item to own, Instagram accounts that inspire her and more. I especially loved the two singer/songwriters that she mentioned - I’d not heard of them before and wow - really great stuff!
CORNERS OF PELLA’S HOME
Pella, what does home mean to you?
It’s my personal hideaway. The place where I can relax and just be. With a house there is also a lot of work and we always have projects underway. But I love staying at home; the garden is an ongoing favorite project and one of my greatest interests.
How would you describe your style?
I am a minimalist wannabe, but my home ends up more cluttered and cozy. A kind of soft minimalism where textiles and texture adds a natural warmth to modern clean lines.
What do you love most about your home?
The calm and peaceful location in the countryside with nature just around the corner.
What would you like to change?
For the floor plan, we really need an extra bedroom for my boys since they are getting on eachother’s nerves sharing the same room lately. We do have a small studio house, but it functions as my workspace and guest house, though that would be perfect for one of the kids when they grow a bit older..
For the interiors, I wish the house wouldn’t have white wooden panels on the walls indoors that my boyfriend selected for a “New England” style. I would prefer chalk painted walls and a more modern look. It really is a superficial thing though and I really enjoy the atmosphere of the house in general. (but a couple of walls I have actually recently plastered and painted with lime paint which creates a little balance in style).
THE STUDIO HOUSE
(Below) located off of the main house where Pella does her work.
Pella’s Studio House
Pella’s Studio House
Pella’s Studio House
Pella’s Studio House off of of the main house where she works
What is your favorite thing to do at home?
I love to be outside and work in the garden. I also enjoy my morning yoga on the warm patio during summer which is my absolute favorite thing.
Favorite candle and/or scent:
The Bohemia candle from BYREDO is my long time favorite but recently I discovered Quod. They are organic scented candles in beautiful ceramics jars, handmade in Sweden. The Bouquet no 1, Black wood smells so good and is currently on my wish list!
Some of Pella’s favorites from her yard
What are your favorite flowers and plants?
I like to keep my interior calm and low-key. Using beautiful twigs from the garden to enhance the natural look. For the garden I prefer grayish green plants and white flowers for a toned down and serene look. Olive trees, lavendula and thyme are my all time favorites together along with sea buckthorn with its silver green leafs.
What’s your favorite meal to cook and why?
I try to eat more vegetarian and love meals that feel complete with few ingredients. My favorite is pasta with homemade pesto. I can eat that everyday...
Patio where Pella loves to entertain her guests in the Summer
How do you entertain guests?
We like to invite people to watch films in our garage where we have a movie screen. Then we bring some finger food, wine and light candles. It’s really cozy. But in summertime the best thing is to sit out on the patio until sunset, talking about life.
How do you hope your guests feel when they visit your home?
I want my home to feel welcoming and undemanding. Both for us and everyone that visits.
What is important to you when you visit someone else’s home?
The person that lives there. That’s it!
What’s your dream piece for the home?
I think that I have everything that I could ever wish for and more than I need. But one can always dream, right? Then I’ll admit that I have the Roly Poly armchair from Driade by Faye Toogood on top of my dream wishlist.
Favorite city to shop?
Your favorite Instagram accounts are...
There are so many accounts that really inspires me, but here are some of them.