Outdoors In: Simply Yvonne

Living room photo by Yvonne Huynh

Graphic designer, photographer, and mom Yvonne Huynh, who blogs at Simply Yvonne where you can find a handful of charming DIYs, is sharing her darling home with us today. I fell instantly in love with Yvonne’s home — it’s sophisticated and warm and the type of space that sparks inspiration. The neutral walls in Yvonne’s home are the perfect backdrop for her bright furniture, her art prints and portraits, and other pops of colorful accents like yellow blooms and other bright plants throughout her home.

An introduction from Yvonne:

HELLO! My name is Yvonne Huynh and I am a graphic designer born in Vietnam, raised in cold, chilly South Dakota. I am currently residing in beautiful Virginia Beach with my wonderful husband, beautiful baby, and our crazy, sassy girl Yorkie and two laid back boy Chihuahuas. I have always been fascinated with all aspects of design, whether it is fashion design, interior design, or web design. After giving birth to my daughter last year, I became very passionate about photography because I wanted to capture the sweet moments of her forever. I work in a corporate world as a web graphic designer, however I also I blog over at simplyvonne.com on simply beautiful things that inspire me creatively. To me though, the most rewarding job is being a mother to our sweet little baby girl.

We purchased our first home 4 years ago and both my husband and I were pretty clueless on how to get started on decorating our home. We have different tastes in style so decorating was a bit of a challenge at first. Luckily we decided on a muted, neutral color scheme with pops of color and texture to create a relaxing but also a welcoming environment.

living room in Simply Yvonne's home

[images above]: Living room

What I love most about our living room is the chandelier decal. It’s the first thing you will see when you walk into our living space. Painting our wall chocolate brown was a risk taking move but with the wall decals, it gives it that chicness and modern look. I love hunting down good deals, my favorite finds was the white chair that we scored through Craigslist.

dining room in Simply Yvonn's home[images to the left] Dining room

Our dining room has a contemporary look but a traditional feel to it. I wanted to make the dining room a cozy space that we would want to use every day.

My parents gave us the two large vases and the Chinese frames were gifts we received from my brother, which help bring out the cultural look we were going for.

Since the room is quite small we don’t have room for a buffet table and using floating shelves is a great way to substitute for it. We found our dining chairs through Craigslist and was fortunately found a matching table through Overstock.

nursery from the home of Simply Yvonne

[images above]: Nursery

The nursery is my favorite room in our home. The style we created for the nursery is modern, fresh, clean and functional. Baby clothes are so adorable, why hide them in a dresser? We have them in an open closet that we simply adore. Surprisingly she is not interested in pulling them off yet! I love adding personal touches to the room by designing different fun artworks throughout.

About Donaville Herrick

Donaville is the Founder of Dearest Nature and also Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hello Hello Hi. When visions of nature and web design aren't dancing in her head, she enjoys spending time with her three munchkins, baking cupcakes, and trying her hand at various crafts. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated with her day-to-day musings.

Outdoors In: Nature-Inspired Accent Decor

Photo by Jane Schouten

For this week’s installment of Outdoors In, let’s take a look at a few interior spaces that display nature in their home through nature-inspired accent decor.

First up is the beautiful home of Netherlands-dwelling Jane Schouten of All the Luck in the World, which was recently featured in the latest issue of Uppercase Magazine. Jane owns a shop on Etsy that’s dedicated to creating vintage-inspired art by recycling or upcycling products.

Jane Schouten's home

[images above]: I love the bright and bold accents in Jane’s home from the floral wallpaper in her kitchen to flea market vintage tins to floral patterned chair and stool.

Next up, let’s take a look at the wonderful nursery in the home of Elizabeth, a piano and violin teacher from Knoxville, Tennessee, who’s hometown is Okinawa, Japan. I’m fond of the color choices Elizabeth chose for her baby Owen’s nursery, all of which are warm, soothing, and complementary.

Owen's Nursery

[images above]: I love the accents Elizabeth placed throughout her son’s nursery with nature-inspired art prints, an origami mobile suspended on a branch, a small stuffed giraffe in a birdcage, and the monkey wall art, which make the space fun and something Owen can grow into.

Lastly, we have the home of Brooke Biette from the seacoast Maine of Apriltwoeighty, who is a seamstress, stylist, decorator and designer, hobby photographer, and sociologist. Brooke has a little destash shop on Etsy, aptly named little destash, so if you’re on the prowl for colorful bits of fabric for your next project, stop by Brooke’s shop.

the interior space of Brooke Biette

[images above]: Nature-inspired decor through art, embroidery hoops, animal figurines, and a pillow.

About Donaville Herrick

Donaville is the Founder of Dearest Nature and also Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hello Hello Hi. When visions of nature and web design aren't dancing in her head, she enjoys spending time with her three munchkins, baking cupcakes, and trying her hand at various crafts. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated with her day-to-day musings.

Outdoors In: Mundo Flo

A shot of Adriana’s studio

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This week’s Outdoors In feature is from Portugal-based artist and maker Adriana Oliveira of Mundo Flo, whose indoor space that I happened upon recently via her flickr stream is nothing short of lovely. Adriana’s home is furnished with many pieces from Ikea (a store that I could easily see myself working and living in) that she’s added personal and homey touches to.

An introduction from Adriana:

I’m Adriana, I live in Leiria, a small city in the center of Portugal. I have a day job, but my passion is photography and my brand of handmade bags, Mundo Flo. I live in a rented house, with my boyfriend and a cat. It’s a big apartment very near the center, in a nice and calm neighbourhood. It has lots of natural light, and there are some wild green spaces around that I can see from the window, and birds singing all day. It is decorated mostly with furniture from Ikea, some vintage and natural elements.

My favorite rooms are:

My studio, where I make my crafts. It is my creative space, my laboratory of ideas and inspiration. It is decorated in white and has lots of sunlight and a special scent of wood that has persisted since I bought the furniture (maybe because the door is often closed to keep the cat away). It has tables and shelves, inspiring objects and pictures on the shelves and hang on the wall.

The living room, which is also the dining room. It is where I spend the most time with my boyfriend and friends, where I eat, and where I relax at the end of a working day, watching tv, knitting or sketching. It gets sunlight almost all day, has a balcony where we eat and read when the weather is nice, and a fireplace for colder days. It is decorated in white and birch (my favorite combo), in a very natural mood. We have an inspiration wall, with photos and postcards by some of our favorite photographers, and a bunch of simple decorative objects we display and change from time to time, according to our mood and season of the year (mostly things we find in nature, like rocks, branches and pinecones).

Adriana's Studio

[images above]: Adriana’s Studio

  • shelves and drawer are from Ikea where I store my supplies. a collection of objects found in nature (branches, rocks and pebbles, pinecones and seedpods
  • some vintage cups and test tubes holder that I use for pencils
  • my current inspiration wall (see others here): leaves postcard by Bruno Côrte
  • sheets from Country Living magazine, crochet doilies made by me for color study, clock by DecoyLab, small tree sketched by me in a vintage frame, big tree sketched by my brother in Ikea frames, and branches.
  • The window with a succulent, lots of rocks from our favorite beaches, at the Southwest Coast, and a doily which is a crochet sample made by me grandmother.

Adriana's Kitchen
[image to the left]:

The kitchen with some herbs at the window, and hydrangeas from my mom’s garden. Vases are made of repurposed cans, table and chairs are from Ikea.

 

Adriana's bedroom

[image above]: My bedroom, which is very minimalist, like a peace sanctuary for resting. Canvas with photos taken by me, from a series called Pousio (Fallow). Furniture is from Ikea and the cushion was made by me.

Adriana's living room

[images above]:

  • cabinet and frames from Ikea, lamp from A Loja do Gato Preto, pouf made by me, a trunk I found at the beach and Elffie, the cat
  • inspiration wall: top left 2 photos by Jennifer Causey, bottom left 2 by Béatrice Lechtanski, top middle 2 and bottom right by Tina Crespo, bottom middle by Abby Powell, top right by Hilda Grahnat.
  • Our Christmas decoration last year, over the fireplace. A photo by me in a frame from  Ikea, a clock made of schist by a friend, lantern by Ikea full of Christmas lights candles and a rock.
  • Again, the fire place on another day, with a photo by me from Pousio (Fallow) series and the a bottle of La Trappe beer as a jar with a branch.
  • Our dining table (by Ikea, as well as the chairs), with a rock on it, and a couple of frames we found in the street and recovered, with a branch.

About Donaville Herrick

Donaville is the Founder of Dearest Nature and also Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hello Hello Hi. When visions of nature and web design aren't dancing in her head, she enjoys spending time with her three munchkins, baking cupcakes, and trying her hand at various crafts. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated with her day-to-day musings.

Outdoors In: Irideeën

My cup of tea by Iris of Irideeën

I’ve never been a fan of stark, unpainted white walls because I’ve always thought they were drab and lacked life. But lately I’ve been keeping an open mind about them. Iris of Irideeën (which translates to “Iridieas”) makes white walls look fabulous. Her entire home is a testament to the fact that white walls are not boring. Graceful and airy, Iris’s house has wonderful accents of vibrant color that really pop off the bright and clean white walls.

I’m quite taken with her workspace and her inspiration board — it’s rendered me speechless. So much beauty to behold in her home. Be sure to check out Iris’s blog for even more photos of her interior spaces.

Iris' daughter's room

[image above]: This is my daughter’s room (she is almost 4). I wanted to add a bit of quirkiness to her room, hence the small antler, the mushroom (which is actually a lamp) and the plastic rabbit (which is very kitsch, but I like it!). I painted the base of the antler in the same color as the cabinet (Charleston gray by Farrow & Ball) to let it blend in with the rest of the room.

mimosa flowers

[image above]: These are mimosa flowers, I bought them at our local flower store. I am fortunate to live in a country where flowers are available throughout the year for reasonable prices. I really need to have fresh flowers in our home (nomen est omen when you are named Iris), so buy a few bunches every week.

Bookshelf from Irideen

[image above]: I bought the rabbit for Easter last year. It is a candle and I liked it so much I kept it on display for the rest of the year. The two little bronze birds were a gift from a sweet friend. I bought the deer in Vienna last year. The white bird has a little led-light in it, I bought it at the very Dutch store Hema. The upside down cup is by one of my favorite Dutch designers Lenneke Wispelwey. 

animal and flowers from Irideeen

[image above]: I like to place little animals throughout the house. This one has a temporary spot at the base of the lamp, but it can have a different home next week. On this cabinet I placed some hyacinths, a small white spray painted branch and some blossoming branches. I like a single variety of flowers in a vase or pot, I find they are often more powerful together than if they are used in a bouquet with many other flowers. I am not a big fan of traditional bouquets and I always remove the green leaves many florists put in to add volume. Let the flowers speak for themselves!

butterfly and feather from Irideeen

[image above]: I bought the ceramic feather in Vienna, it is actually a Christmas ornament. I like the softness and delicate structure of it. The butterfly is made of feathers too, it is so light and ready to air.

Iris's workspace

[image above]: I change my inspiration board once in a while, to have a different view while I am behind my computer. This time, I used the bird poster by Chacha as a base, and added some cards, magazine clippings and small items in the same color scheme. There is also a picture of my bridal bouquet, some cards by Het Bos and many bird items; I use them a lot in my styling.

Living room mantle from Irideeen

[image above]: This is the mantle in our living room. I created this display last Christmas. I taped and spray painted different jars and also painted some dried branches in the same gold. I added a vintage bird poster, some ceramic animals and mushrooms and a birch log. And voila; a gilded forest!

Wall graphics in Iris' son's bedroom

[image above]: This is my son’s bedroom. We added two wallpaper animals by Inke. They are available many animal shapes and in all kinds of different vintage patterns. The rocking moose is by Ikea and a big hit with the children. 

About Donaville Herrick

Donaville is the Founder of Dearest Nature and also Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hello Hello Hi. When visions of nature and web design aren't dancing in her head, she enjoys spending time with her three munchkins, baking cupcakes, and trying her hand at various crafts. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated with her day-to-day musings.

Outdoors In: JooJoo

A table setting for Persian New Year / Photo by Afsaneh Tajvidi

For today’s Outdoors In feature, we’re highlighting the indoor space of Afsaneh Tajvidi who hails from Toronto, Canada, and is a maker of many lovely things including jewelry, prints, and the most darling of clay figurines.

I fell in love with all of the personal touches of Afsaneh’s space and how she has decorated her space with many of the unique items and art she creates.

[image above]: Afsaneh uses a shadow box from Mr. Tom’s vintage shop to organize and showcase her clay figurines.

[image above]: Bright and fun objects that pop against the grey walls in Afsaneh’s bedroom. The little ceramics were purchased in China Town in Toronto by Afsaneh’s mother.

Joojoo's indoor garden

[image above]: Afsaneh’s little indoor garden which includes three cacti that were given to her as gifts from her brother and a miniature jade bonsai. Read more about Afsaneh’s little garden here.

About Donaville Herrick

Donaville is the Founder of Dearest Nature and also Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hello Hello Hi. When visions of nature and web design aren't dancing in her head, she enjoys spending time with her three munchkins, baking cupcakes, and trying her hand at various crafts. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated with her day-to-day musings.