Visit This Cozy Philadelphia Home of Designer Nicole Cole

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 , Nicole Cole. She lives in her pretty 3,000 sq. ft. home and studio space with her husband, Adam and their beagle, Shelby.

Tour the home of Nicole Cole from Vestige Home in Pennsylvania

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 . 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.

Tour the home of Nicole Cole from Vestige Home in Pennsylvania
Tour the home of Nicole Cole from Vestige Home in Pennsylvania
Tour the home of Nicole Cole from Vestige Home in Pennsylvania
Tour the home of Nicole Cole from Vestige Home in Pennsylvania
Tour the home of Nicole Cole from Vestige Home in Pennsylvania
Tour the home of Nicole Cole from Vestige Home in Pennsylvania
Tour the home of Nicole Cole from Vestige Home in Pennsylvania

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. 

What’s your favorite candle/scent? 

I love anything woodsy.  Local candlemaker makes my favorite candles, I am particularly fond of her scent right now.

Favorite thing to do at home?

A play day, which usually includes planning my next home design project, playing in the garden, snacking, having a beer at noon, reading, and ending the day with a great meal.  

Favorite meal to cook? 

Quiche, with a great salad, made from whatever is in season at the time. 

What is on your playlist?  

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

We usually end up cooking or grill outside (especially in the summer months), enjoy some good beers, conversation, and games. 

Your dream piece for the home? 

Right now, we’re hoping to get our hands on an original Eames chair and ottoman.

How would you describe your style?

Modern mixed traditional with a dash of rustic.  I’m always thinking about how to bring elements of nature into my designs. 

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

Being able to be comfortable and enjoy time visiting with them. 

Fresh flowers or a plant? 

Do I really have to choose? :)  All things green are my favorites 

Red wine or white? 

Both!  Depending on my mood :) 

Chocolate or vanilla? 

Chocolate cake and vanilla ice cream

Favorite city to shop and why?

London.  There are so many great little shops and tons of handmade goods with style.  I love nothing more than bringing back special pieces from traveling. 

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 Private residence in Philadelphia, PA.  For use by Vestige Home ONLY

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 Private residence in Philadelphia, PA.  For use by Vestige Home ONLY

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 Private residence in Philadelphia, PA.  For use by Vestige Home ONLY

Please credit: Rebecca McAlpin when applicable
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Your favorite Instagram accounts are…

- I’ve been a reader of their website for years and always find interiors to be inspired by in their feed. 

- Simplicity and craftsmanship at it’s best!  Devol kitchens have the most lovely unexpected details. 

- In addition to being a wonderful human, I’m in love with everything she creates. Her patterns are soft and bold at the same time and flow seamlessly between textiles, ceramics, and wallpaper. 

- Even if you don’t want a tattoo, you might want one after seeing Alice’s work.  Her floral tattoos are magnificent works of art that leave me gasping every time I see one pop up on my feed.

Thank you so much for sharing your home and thoughts with all of us here on cattledogs today, Nicole! It was a pleasure having you.

(PHOTOGRAPHY (with permission): Rebecca McAlpin)

Midsommer Garden Party Must Have: Lemon Tart and These Flowers

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 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.

A Lovely Midsommer Garden Party Needs This Lemon Tart and These Flowers

FLOWERS

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!

A Lovely Midsommer Garden Party Needs This Lemon Tart and These Flowers

TABLETOP

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.

A Lovely Midsommer Garden Party Needs This Lemon Tart and These Flowers
A Lovely Midsommer Garden Party Needs This Lemon Tart and These Flowers

CAKE

I made a lemon tart following on 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.

A Lovely Midsommer Garden Party Needs This Lemon Tart and These Flowers
A Lovely Midsommer Garden Party Needs This Lemon Tart and These Flowers
Midsommer Lemon Tart

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.

A Lovely Midsommer Garden Party Needs This Lemon Tart and These Flowers


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.

All the best wishes -

(Photography, Styling: )

Maison: A Private Club For Women To Work, Relax and Network

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 in New York through a friend, I had to learn more.

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…

Maison Club for Women in NYC

I also wish we had something like this locally. Sure, we have 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.

Maison Club for Women in NYC

We need a place like 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
Maison Club for Women in NYC

Founder, Ashley Wu, opened 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!

Maison Club for Women in NYC
Maison Club for Women in NYC
Maison Club for Women in NYC
Maison Club for Women in NYC
Maison Club for Women in NYC

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 , 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 .

Love,

Holly

(Photos with permission from Maison)




Meet Stylist Pella Hedeby and See Her "Soft Minimalist" Home in Sweden

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 rela 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 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 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 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!

Meet Stylist Pella Hedeby

This one is located in the countryside just south of Stockholm and inside, lives - a real interiors dynamo (known for her gorgeous styling and decorating at ). 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 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

Living Room

Living Room

Dining Room

Dining Room

Kitchen

Kitchen

Meet Swedish Stylist Pella Hedeby on cattledogs
Meet Swedish Stylist Pella Hedeby on cattledogs
Bedroom

Bedroom

Bathroom

Bathroom

Meet Swedish Stylist Pella Hedeby on cattledogs

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

Pella’s Studio House

Pella’s Studio House

Bathroom

Bathroom

Pella’s Studio House off of of the main house where she works

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 from BYREDO is my long time favorite but recently I discovered . They are organic scented candles in beautiful ceramics jars, handmade in Sweden. The smells so good and is currently on my wish list!

Some of Pella’s favorites from her yard

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

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.

What’s on your playlist?

goes on repeat at the moment, and all songs by .

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 from by on top of my dream wishlist.

Favorite city to shop?

Definitely Copenhagen.

Your favorite Instagram accounts are...

There are so many accounts that really inspires me, but here are some of them.

Inspires with the beauty of simplicity.

Photographer Maureen M. Evans shares her beautifully curated images.

A Danish architect’s pure and perfect sense of style inspires in every way.

The co-founder of We Make It last () inspires with a sustainable style.

The Swedish movement that discuss and gives tips on how to live a more environmentally friendly life.

Thank you so much Pella for this lovely chat and also for sharing your home with all of us, and to everyone else please have a wonderful weekend!

Love,

Holly

(Photography: With permission from Pella Hedby)

European Design Bloggers in Transylvania: Follow Our Adventures On Instagram @cattledogs All Week!

Hello dear friends! How are you? Yes, you read the post title correctly - I’m going to Sibiu, Bogatu Român, Bran and Avrig in Transylvania, Romania tomorrow morning for 4 days with some good blogger friends (, , , and ) sponsored by rugs!

TISCA is an Austrian rug company that has a factory there that we’ll tour and, a very exciting part for me is this: we each get the chance to weave a small rug on the loom! Yippee! That is one of the best parts of the trip for me - to be in the factory and to experience rug making personally. I hope to do a good job and craft something nice enough to display on the wall in my home vs. a total eyesore. :) I would really love to make something special that I can cherish and say, “HEY I MADE THAT!”. There is no better feeling than to display something at home that you, or someone you love, made with their own two hands.

TISCA rugs on floors and walls at Domotex 2018

TISCA rugs on floors and walls at Domotex 2018

A little back story about and how this whole thing started… I met the TISCA team at Domotex in Hannover this past year (and also last year too), through my job at the fair. Also, the other bloggers coming met them at the fair too so I am so happy to be reunited soon with my European blogger pals on this great trip.

You may also remember the name of this brand from my blog when, in 2018, TISCA appeared in a roundup of my favorite stands at . In fact, that very year, they had one of the most photographed stands at Domotex thanks to the design talent of and from Sweden (Pella’s home tour and an interview will be on cattledogs this Friday, June 14th so stay tuned!). Do you remember this post? That is the TISCA stand designed by Lotta and Pella…


Live sustainability, take on social responsibility and create jobs where for decades there have been none. Although these may be empty phrases elsewhere, they are a way of life at TISCA.
— TISCA

I have no clue what to expect in Romania as far as life and culture - but I’m about to find out and you can follow along on my Instastories and on my Instafeed starting tomorrow, 10 June until Friday the 14th of this week. All of my content this week on Instagram will be about my travels to Romania with my blogger friends so please follow me on Instagram to see more (especially follow my stories there because I’ll put all of the behind-the-scenes stuff there, including our tour of the famous Dracula Castle and also Brukenthal Castle.)

TISCA rug samples on the wall, aren’t they beautiful?

TISCA rug samples on the wall, aren’t they beautiful?

TISCA rugs, established in 1963, are all handmade, which is something I’m very proud to journey all the way to Transylvania to witness firsthand. “From 26 structures and 96 colours, skilled weavers create a collection for individualists. High-quality new wool from New Zealand sheep, custom sizes, durability as well as reversibility are further specialities of TISCA Austria.”

I want to wish you all a fabulous start to a new week and again, follow me on Instagram this week to see the things we see and do in Romania with TISCA.

Love,

Holly

(Photography: Holly Becker)

Let's Get Interiors Inspiration From Morris & Co SS19 Collection

I think it is pretty funny that I didn’t really catch onto William Morris (of fame) until I was in Sweden visiting a wallpaper shop in 2007. I’d seen the prints before in design school, but mostly in historical homes and very traditional decorating magazines and books, and I didn’t take time to admire them because I’m not such a lover of super traditional decor in my own space.

Seeing William Morris in Sweden though, particularly in Swedish magazines showing home tours of lovely country spaces with a splash of William Morris wallpaper across an entry way wall or bedroom, or in a somewhat contemporary urban apartment, I was a changed woman. My mind opened to this whole new world of mi periods and furnishings that is so typically European (in 2007 American decor was just becoming more “mixed”, people still stuck very closely to a specific style like Shabby Chic or Industrial.)

Ever since, I really love seeing their traditional prints in contemporary spaces or country homes with lots of white walls and painted floors, and mid century furnishings in wood tones, mixed with clean Scandinavian furnishings (like Danish design from Muuto or Menu). I think you can really mix their prints so well in any type of decor setting if you have a good eye for color and if you just have a good feeling for design and what pairs well together, which may not be something you are born with BUT over time - with experience - you can pick it up. to see Morris & Co. prints in various interiors that may inspire you…

My Pinterest Board showing Morris & Co in various interiors

Are you familiar with the brand? Oh of course you are, you’re a design fan too. Traditionally speaking, they are known for their prints and patterns in the home - as upholstery, wallpaper and as curtains, pillows and custom bedding. Most recently, they with , I bought a blazer, and they’ve worked with to create washi tape with their prints which I have and love… They also worked with Anthropologie on some some furniture.

Their current SS19 collection showcases the talents of May Morris, the daughter of William and one of the most influential women in English embroidery with her flawless techniques and a distinctive style from the Arts & Crafts movement. Here is a glimpse of their new collection, do you see anything that catches your eye?

Morris & Co SS19 Collection For Interiors
Morris&Co SS19 Collection
Morris & Co SS19 Collection For Interiors
Morris & Co SS19 Collection For Interiors
Morris & Co SS19 Collection For Interiors
Morris & Co SS19 Collection For Interiors
Morris & Co SS19 Collection For Interiors
Morris & Co SS19 Collection For Interiors
Morris & Co SS19 Collection For Interiors
Morris & Co SS19 Collection For Interiors
Morris & Co SS19 Collection For Interiors

What do you think? Is this something that you can imagine in your own home? If so, how and where?

Have a lovely and restful Sunday.

Love,

Holly

(Images with permission from William Morris & Co)