18 Favorite Brands From Formland Fair in Denmark

Hello everyone, how are you? Life is fine here, I’m enjoying the beginnings of Fall with hot cocoa, colored leaves and fresh, crisp air. It’s one of my most favorite times of the year, and October is definitely my favorite month - and has been - since I was a teenager. Do you also love sweater weather? Bundling up in warm clothes and taking long forest walks? It’s a special time of the year before the bitter cold and gray days come, so I really cherish it.

Today, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite things at the moment that make me feel good, and they are all from the recent fair I went to in Denmark, called Have you heard of it? If not, here are my top 18 brands from that I really loved. There are more, but these really caught my eye.

TINA MARIE COPENHAGEN
TINA MARIE COPENHAGEN
TINA MARIE COPENHAGEN

- Hand thrown pottery that feels very raw and natural, imperfect, and tactile. Her glazes are so runny and earthy in tone. I really love the look of her objects. Very Japandi/wabi sabi.

HUMDAKIN

All natural cleaning products owned by a new mom who really loves making the home natural and healthy and wants to push better living through products that are safe and healthy for cleaning that also look beautiful in the home, and don’t need to be hidden beneath the sink.

OYOY LIVING
OYOY LIVING
OYOY LIVING
OYOY LIVING
OYOY LIVING

This brand is one I’ve loved for awhile now, and followed since their very beginning many years ago. I remember ordering from them when I was pregnant with my son, and that was 5 years ago already. Such a fantastic brand with so much whimsy and color.

HK LIving
HK LIving


I’ve been a fan of HK Living since I first moved to Germany, and have had their furniture in my home for the past 7 years. I recently acquired a foot rest and some pillows, and also a lamp, from this brand along with some nice 70s style cappuccino mugs. I love pretty things that feel like they have a heart. HK Living products never feel brand new, they always come to me feeling like they had a past and have something meaningful to tell. I really adore this brand and their lovely style mix.

COCOON TEA ARTISANS
COCOON TEA ARTISANS
COCOON TEA ARTISANS
COCOON TEA ARTISANS

The owner of this brand is a really special lady, I met her when I first went to Formland over the winter and again, I saw her recently at the fair again. She is so committed to good health and well made tea. She explained to me how so many teas are contaminated or simply very poor quality. Her tea is made so well, and makes you well, how nice.

MADE BY MAMA
MADE BY MAMA
MADE BY MAMA
MADE BY MAMA

This company has such a passion for the Italian kitchen, but also in cooking very simply, pure and easy with a rustic touch. I love their kitchen pieces like serving spoons and boards, but their products like pasta, cheese and various spreads are just divine. I had a private taste-testing at their booth and fell in love with their truffle spreads and lemon olive oils. It was such a beautiful experience to learn about how this Danish couple relocated to Italy and learned all about the food culture there and then, curated the best of the best and turned it into a gorgeous business for themselves with clean, pure packaging that looks gorgeous on your open shelves.


LIKEconcrete
LIKEconcrete

 I really love these concrete pieces, particularly the trays and pieces for the bathroom. It’s 100% Eco and have a smooth, silky touch. I own a piggy bank and a white tray and really enjoy them in my home. The owner is also a fantastic person - so energetic and loaded with good vibes - and always has nice things to say and is so positive. You want to buy from a guy like him, he’s so sincere and has a really good product too.

Paia Copenhagen

It was such a nice surprise to discover this brand for the first time at Formland. When I stopped by their stand, I was immediately captured by their emotional and imaginative photography along with the scent of their unique candles. It was even more special when the owner of the brand knew all about me and cattledogs, and asked for a selfie to send her daughter, also a cattledogs fan. It really touched my heart. I took a candle home from them that day and now, whenever I light it, I think of nothing but a lovely memory of that surprise meet up.

ANNA BULOW
ANNA BULOW
ANNA BULOW

This artist is so good, I really love prints with women on them, so her work strikes a positive chord with me. I own one and haven’t yet decided where to place it, but when I do, I’ll show you on my Instagram. :)

ANIA DESIGN STUDIO
ANIA DESIGN STUDIO
ANIA DESIGN STUDIO
ANIA DESIGN STUDIO

I love this studio because the colors and shapes are so exciting and fresh to me and her prints are just fantastic - especially the breasts shown above - girl power!

Hubsch
Hubsch
Hubsch

This is a happy Danish brand with a German name, along with a lot of style and confidence. I like their overall brand and style direction, and at the fairs, they always have such a nice stand that is designed to look like various rooms of a real home, so it’s easy to see how you can arrange everything in a real life setting.

Aykasa Denmark

These stack-able storage bins are brilliant. They originate in Turkey and this Danish firm hand picks a limited palette of the most on-trend colors and imports them to Denmark and sells them. They come in so many colors and sizes, and they pack flat, which is just great. I want them for my kitchen cabinets to store tea and spices.

About Form and Function
About Form and Function
About Form and Function

These are such lovely glass vessels and all of them are so unique and gorgeous to hold and look at. My favorite was the frosted white orb on a glass base, I used it in one of my displays at the fair in the trend hallway where interiors experts were asked to pull together favorite products from the fair and show them together in a styled space - and I enjoyed working on my mini exhibition very much - and this brand was part of it (along with Oy Oy Living, Hubsch, Ania Design Studio, Humdakin and Cocoon Tea Artisans).

Pernille Folcarelli
Pernille Folcarelli
Pernille Folcarelli
PERNILLE FOLCARELLI

Another great lady and a real talent whom I met at the fair. I like that she takes things that she finds in nature and turns them into prints for the wall (or wallpaper). Her stand at Formland was so beautiful, it looked like a creative studio with paintbrushes, canvas and tools along with well-styled things from nature. I really enjoyed looking at each and every detail.

RIG TIG
Rig Tig
Rig Tig

- I love their colors and shapes and how they take the most basic kitchen things and elevate them through gorgeous design.

ZONE DENMARK
ZONE DENMARK
ZONE DENMARK
ZONE DENMARK

I really adore this brand, their trivets and bath stuff really looked good in person and their colors are just perfect and match my home so well. I liked their soft fluffy bath towels so much and was reminded how I need to get new things for my bathroom! My current towels are depressing!

EDEN OUTCAST
EDEN OUTCAST
EDEN OUTCAST
EDEN OUTCAST

This brand has such a creative flair and the husband and wife duo behind it are just the sweetest couple. I met their new baby at the fair, she was on her mama every moment riding close to her chest in one of those sweet baby slings… And I liked when I asked her about her line, she said she doesn’t design for trend or what others are doing, she just makes things that she likes because she is a true artist. Respect, girl!!!! I really like their big glass prism bookends/paper weights and have a few of them in my cabinet, the way that they reflect light is just otherworldly.

So there you have it, some of my top brands from in Herning, Denmark. I’ll be back at this fair in January 31 - Feb 3, 2019 to give workshops and to report on my favorite brands, so if you are able, definitely make it up for this fair because it’s fantastic. I only go to 4 fairs each year now, I had to really edit my list, and I go to Formland, Habitare, Salone del Mobile and Ambiente - but instead of Ambiente next year, I’ll perhaps visit Maison + Oject in Paris.

that I’m in, hope you enjoy it.

Have a happy and lovely Monday!

Love,

Holly

(Post sponsored by Formland, all words, opinions and selections are 100% my own. If they had told me who to pick and what to write about, I would not be working with them. Formland is a beautiful fair and it’s fairs like them who give me a chance to earn a living doing what I love - to scour fairs to find the best of the best and share these brands with all of you.)

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Essay: I Was Scared Of 4-Year-Olds Today But Learned Something Valuable

I want to write something personal here again because I’ve not done so in months… I guess it’s because something “personal” usually has to be inspired by a certain mood and then, I imagine if it’s really that interesting to belong on my blog or not. Well, I’m not sure how interesting this post will be, but I definitely got inspired by something funny that happened to me today and felt like sharing because I wonder if some of you are out there and can relate in some way to how I feel. Today’s experience was nice though, it resulted in me getting a big invisible hug - a hug that I really, really needed right now, a hug that I’ve craved for months.

Annie Spratt

First of all, I had a great day. It began with a smoothie and rewarding work in my office, then I met a friend and had coffee, and later, I went shopping in the city and got distracted by goddamn Gucci bags again (I can’t explain my sudden interest in Gucci, I’m not even a brand-y person, I blame Instagram), but then… An emergency text arrived.

My son’s pre-K needed me to watch the kids to fill in for my husband since he couldn’t do it. (There was a teacher’s meeting and parents volunteer to help at the school we belong to.) Anyway, I was feeling tired and not so keen on going in, mostly because I hadn’t planned on it and had a 4pm conference call with a brand I freelance for, so I knew being with kids from 3-4pm would be tough.

Thing is, I care about my son and I want the school and the kids to like me, because then he is treated well too. I also reasoned that if I timed it right, I could do the call on the way home from the school anyway, so everyone wins. The school, my client, me.

I rushed in panting a bit from running up 3 flights of subway stairs (which made me very aware that I have to work out more), literally dropped my shopping bags on the floor (H&M, not Gucci), and said hello to all of the cute little 4-year-old faces greeting me. They didn’t really know what to expect from me because this was my first time watching them. I usually go in and out of the school quickly to pick up my little boy, so they know me but they have no clue what my personality is like.

BUT I had a strange first thought when I saw them.

I’m embarrassed to admit this.

I was worried they wouldn’t LIKE ME. (I want to not publish this post after writing that.)

I was actually SCARED they wouldn’t like me.

Had my son been there, I wouldn’t have given it much thought, but he was already home with his father. So it was just me and 12 kids and another parent volunteering whom all of the kids seemed to know and love. But yeah, I was scared of these kids.

I didn’t know why I was scared and even intimidated by them, but I turned that mental switch off and smiled, delivered a good time to them, was totally myself and got them cracking up and some were even on my lap by the time I left. We danced and later, played on the floor with plastic animals. When their parents came to collect them, they didn’t jump up and run off, instead they made their parents WAIT until they were finished with me. Some asked what certain German words were in English and also taught me some new German animal names when I got stuck on a few of them (like Chimpanzee / Schimpanse - more or less the same word!). It was cute and very special.

When I walked home, I had my conference call and by the time I turned my key in the front door, I felt DAMN GOOD. No, actually, I felt GREAT.

After getting home and sorting through a few emails along with the dinner and bedtime routine for my little boy, I thought more about my feelings and tried to get to the heart of WHY I was initially so scared of a pack of kids. What was at the root of this?

The more I thought, the more I realized something. 1. You can’t bullshit kids. You can bullshit adults and they can bullshit you right back. With kids, they see YOU. It’s intimate. You cannot pretend to be happy or feel good if you don’t. You can’t pretend much of anything with kids because they see through it all and even call you out on it. 2. I often second-guess what people’s reasons are when they REALLY like me. Like, I think it’s because they need something FROM me, not because they just like me for me.

I didn’t realize the 2nd part of that until today, but when I think about it, I really, truly do get worn out by this - not ever knowing if people like you for you.

I never did this before I was in a position in my career where I was able to really influence and help other people as I can and do in my current role. When you have a job with a certain measure of fame and success, you sometimes DO wonder if people like you for YOU or do they like you for what you are able to give to them. Whether it’s in your company, your position in another company, or on the internet, sometimes a job can make you feel that way.

Even family. My little boy doesn’t mean to, but every day he asks that I buy him toys, or give him candy, or let him please please please watch a show on television… And when I say no, which I do a lot of, he gets so pissed and suddenly mama is no longer cool or special - mama is the bad one. This goes on all day and ranges in intensity, but I heard this continues for as long as your kids live at home with you, so this is something I need to learn how to manage emotionally (any tips?). I guess this is just normal family dynamics and a case of being married for a long time, because I often feel my husband doesn’t even “see” me anymore. Like what I do is just expected.

I hear a lot of women feel this way, especially mothers but few people talk about this stuff on the internet - because on the internet, your home has to look perfect, you have to look perfect, and your family life has to look like The Stepford Wives Instagram edition.

During my hour spent with kids who needed NOTHING from me but to give them a warm, happy feeling and to be playful - not to buy them something, manage something, sell something, hustle something for them… well it was BEAUTIFUL.

It made my heart feel bigger and fuller than it has in a really long time, to sit on the floor with those cute kids today. It was a wonderfully warm feeling to really experience unconditional love and I wondered about how to get this more in my life - not just sporadically but regularly.

Anyway, I wanted to write this because I had no idea how much it affected me, how much it was draining me, to not feel needed for just me being me. It reminded me of how basic humans really are, how at the end of the day, we really just want to feel needed. To make someone laugh. That’s it.

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Artist Raven Roxanne + Seashore Birds

Good morning friends, how are you? Autumn is definitely here, in full swing actually… But I’m still dreaming of all the days spent on Danish and north German beaches and imagining my next trip to the coast again. Seeing the work of in my inbox recently gave me some good energy, since her made me smile and think of happy times chasing my little boy with his sandy blonde hair and bare bum down pristine beaches. And always chasing seashore birds.

  Raven Roxanne

Raven Roxanne

roxanne raven artist

I wrote about 8 Southern (United States) artists four years ago here and one of those artists was abstract and impressionist painter Raven Roxane located in Charleston, South Carolina. I never forgot about her.

“My artistic practice is a response to the colors, energies, textures, and composition of my life,” Raven says. I can see that in her work, which is why I believe I’m drawn to it in the first place.

Raven continues, “I have created a lifestyle surrounding my work, thriving on the strength of women, the beauty of imperfection, and the harmony of mental and physical well-being of the figure.”

This is such a lovely statement. I had to sit with it for a moment and let it sink in…

Through my work, I hope to invoke a connection for my viewers while representing the truest version of myself.
— Raven Roxanne, Artist
Roxanne Raven Artist
Raven Roxanne Artist
 My personal favorite,  Fly Away , limited edition print.

My personal favorite, , limited edition print.

Roxanne Raven Artist
Raven Roxanne Artist

I’m so inspired by her artwork, it’s dreamy and feminine and the colors are always such a delight. I particularly connect to Seabirds though because of the overall theme but also the muted colors are much more soothing to me and what I would use in my home.

I want to call attention to a really HELPFUL blog post that Raven wrote recently because I believe it will be interesting for many of you to read. It’s called, . In the piece, Raven gives some solid advice to artists and anyone really who wants to grow their business.

Most of the photos in this post were shoot by , so be sure to check out her portfolio online because it’s just stunning - and also her ‘journal’ has loads of fantastic photos. Also, check out for more about Raven and her fantastic life as an artist.

If you’d like to own a print or an original of her work, please visit her website or her directly to talk about it. Her prints are available online and also some of her original paintings too, or I’m sure you can commission a piece if you have a special project in mind.

Have a lovely Wednesday!

Love,

Holly

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Etsy Home + Wellness: Collection 02

Are you ready for my next curated collection from Etsy? My first Home + Wellness collection is here if you haven’t seen it yet, please do check it out because it has so many beautiful things. You know, it is so important to help yourself first but if you can help others WHILE helping yourself, that’s even better and that’s why I love Etsy. Shopping small and handmade helps others and it helps me because I can find beautiful, unique things. Here are my finds from Etsy sellers for collection 02. The first one below comes with a special discount code for cattledogs readers so if you need gorgeous linen for your bed, take advantage of the offer. Enjoy.

SeaMe Linen
SeaMe Linen
SeaMe Linen

are just gorgeous. I have the and love them. You can own sheets from them as well, but lucky you, for a discount! You can take 10% off of your order until October 1, 2018 if you enter DECOR8 upon checkout.

Lamour Fou Print Shop

- Fantastic print shop, I love nearly all of them.

Dreamy Moons
Dreamy Moons

- Especially their poster.

Forge Hardware
Forge Hardware
Forge Hardware

- I am always looking to pimp my cabinets and drawers so I like these options.

- This is one of those shops you almost don’t want to share because you know you’ve struck gold and you just want to keep it all to yourself. THESE TURKISH PILLOWS THOUGH.

Bohong Craft Tea
Bohong Craft Tea
Bohong Craft Tea

- Gorgeous wabi sabi aesthetic to some of her pieces, I really love them.

The Goodies Wallaper
The Goodies Wallaper
The Goodies Wallaper

- These removable wallpapers are gorgeous, I cannot stop looking at them.

Double Bubbles Soap
Double Bubbles Soap
Double Bubbles Soap

- These look quite special and charming and I bet they really smell amazing.

That wraps up my column, dear friends. I really hope you’ve enjoyed my column. Have any Etsy faves links that you’d like to share? Comment with the links below and they may get featured in a future collection of mine here on cattledogs!

Love,

Holly