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IKEA Wardrobe Hack In Charming Little Girl's Bedroom

I just love this darling little girl's room, it belongs to a friend of mine in the Netherlands and you're going to just love touring it with me today. It definitely transported me back in time to my own childhood bedroom.

IKEA Wardrobe Hack In Charming Little Girl's Bedroom

I remember how much I loved my room and adored decorating it and like this little one, I was quite active in space doing all sorts of things. Especially playing with my dolls and writing books. I just loved to write (and still do). Lola, who is the daughter of Designer and Blogger , is just the cutest little thing too. I've met her a few times and she's a mini version of her mom all the way.

Want to see her adorable room today? Also, her mom did an amazing job on hacking an IKEA wardrobe, which she has detailed below in case you want to try it.

IKEA Wardrobe Hack In Charming Little Girl's Bedroom
IKEA Wardrobe Hack In Charming Little Girl's Bedroom
IKEA Wardrobe Hack In Charming Little Girl's Bedroom
IKEA Wardrobe Hack In Charming Little Girl's Bedroom
IKEA Wardrobe Hack In Charming Little Girl's Bedroom
IKEA Wardrobe Hack In Charming Little Girl's Bedroom
IKEA Wardrobe Hack In Charming Little Girl's Bedroom
IKEA Wardrobe Hack In Charming Little Girl's Bedroom
IKEA Wardrobe Hack In Charming Little Girl's Bedroom
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IKEA Wardrobe Hack In Charming Little Girl's Bedroom
IKEA Wardrobe Hack In Charming Little Girl's Bedroom
IKEA Wardrobe Hack In Charming Little Girl's Bedroom

IKEA wardrobe hack details, straight from the designer herself, Holly Marder:

When designing this wardrobe, storage and desk area we had one main challenge to contend with. There are two metal heating pipes which are exposed and run down and along the wall, taking up about 10cm of space. This meant that any piece of furniture we placed against that back wall would never have sat flush against the wall. I wanted to create a built-in reading nook that connects to a wardrobe and bookshelf, with a desk area for her to color/draw/do homework one day/stare at the wall. I wanted it to be inexpensive and one way to achieve that is to use cost effective IKEA pieces as the base as opposed to hiring a carpenter. But because of the exposed pipes we ran into a few problems. And as much as I would have liked to, putting the pipes into the wall wasn’t an affordable option. With a bit of mathematics and a lot of time sifting through the IKEA catalogue, we decided to combine two of their popular lines –  +  + a little bit of our own carpentry.

We used a  sideboard along the floor to create the base of the wardrobe and reading bench because each element is 40cm deep and 60cm wide. We then placed a  wardrobe on top of the left-most Besta element because it is 50cm deep and 60 wide. So it basically fit perfectly on top width-wise, but had an extra 10cm behind it to allow space below for the metal heating pipes, but lean flush against the wall from the top of the bench up. Once the Ikea elements were in place, we built a bookshelf to the right using multiplex birch wood. We placed the back panel against the pipes that stick out a bit, and then cut a side panel to size to cover the little gap that left down the right side, and go all the way to the ceiling and sit nice and flush with the wall and ceiling.

We then obviously had a 10cm gap between the wall and the middle Besta units, so we placed a sheet of multiplex on top to hide the gap. I had a custom cushion made for on top upholstered in an old rose linen blend fabric, which completed the picture. 

We built a simple desk with large brackets out of multiplex and painted the desk top and side panel of the bookcase white to blend with the Ikea elements, but left the inside of the bookshelf and edges of the desk unpainted for some contrast. 

The door fronts of the Stuva wardrobe typically come as a set of two, one with a handle cut into it and one without. To make the entire design look and feel uniform, I purchased a second set of doors and used only the two flat doors and finished off all the doors with leather handles in chestnut from . 

IKEA Wardrobe Hack In Charming Little Girl's Bedroom

Isn't this the sweetest little room ever?

(Styling + Photography: )

Why Dried Flowers Aren't Just For Grandma

When I mention dried flowers, what do you picture? Be honest now, are those memories of dried roses that gathered dust on your grandmother’s bookshelf creeping to mind? Or, perhaps you’ve seen a bit of a revival happening on Instagram with that sweet whimsical look? Whatever idea you have about dried flora, I am certain that you’re going to be wowed by the work of , who is pushing the boundaries of dried floral art! Plus, had you been at this weekend with Holly and her panel of professional bloggers, you'd have heard them all unanimously agree in their trend talk show that past season (also known as dead/dried) flowers are a micro trend at the moment.

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What has touched me the most the past few years in the industry, would have to be the momentum that the maker movement has had. I’d say that the surge in this area no doubt goes hand-in-hand with the slow-living phenomenon. I admit I do yoga, and I’m really working on being more in the moment rather than thinking about next week (anyone with me here?), but most of all, I’m beginning to be aware of the small pleasures in my day-to-day life.

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One standout for me is enjoying my morning cup of tea in an earthy mug that was made by a favorite ceramicist of mine. When I look around my apartment, I can find other examples of that simple joy that a handmade, or small-scale object brings me. With that in mind, makers from Sweden, and when the opportunity arises, from abroad, will be my focus here on cattledogs for all of 2018 and I hope you will enjoy discovering them here with me.

Mark Antonia Dried Flora

So, back to dried flowers. When I stepped into the Mark Antonia studio, in Auckland, New Zealand, I was naturally expecting to see a lot of dried flowers; but I never imagined the sheer volume that was actually there. The raw plywood was the perfect backdrop to display the array of drying branches and flowers that will soon see Antonia’s magic hand.

Mark Antonia Dried Flora

Antonia De Vere works beside, Mark Seeney, (hence the namesake) whom she met at art school. The couple combines their talents with floristry and hand-poured candles by Antonia, along with custom industrial furniture, homeware, and retail fit-outs by Mark.

Mark Antonia Dried Flora
Mark Antonia Dried Flora

I had been a fan of her custom arrangements for some time after admiring them in some of the coolest stores and commercial spaces in Auckland. I even owned a small one myself. There was just one small detail that I failed to notice in her minimalist creations; that all this time, she has actually been recreating Mother Nature. I'll explain what I mean.

Mark Antonia Dried Flora
Mark Antonia Dried Flora

The idea struck Antonia when she saw the waste left behind from her fresh floral commissions. She experimented with the scrap flora she dried, until she found her signature minimalist style, treating each consignment as a sculpture. Watching her at work is simply mesmerizing.

Mark Antonia Dried Flora

Each leaf, berry or bud is painstakingly clipped and glued onto a twig and done to such meticulous perfection, that you might be mistaken, like I was, and assume that the variety already existed in nature. That's what I meant when I said earlier that she is, "recreating Mother Nature".

Mark Antonia Dried Flora
Mark Antonia Dried Flora

Antonia has taken dried floral art to a whole new level, suggesting an almost Japanese Ikebana feel. Not only do these arrangements look stunning on display, the bonus is that it stays looking like that for a long time to come.

Have a great day everyone!

(Article + Photography: except for bottom grid by Mark Antonia)

Tour This Colorful Georgian Home In Edinburgh

Today I would like to show off a home in the city of Edinburgh, a UNESCO world heritage site that has been fiercely preserved, with the result that, unusually, for a capital city, many of the most desirable homes are right in the center. Wondering around the Georgian masterpiece of the New Town, you really have to pinch yourself – yes, people actually live here!

Tour This Colorfulful Georgian Home In Edinburgh on cattledogs

And by the way, hello everyone, it's again with another home tour from Scotland for cattledogs readers! Let's visit the home of Architect and Designer, Roddy Murray and his partner, Andrew Keith, President of & , a fashion retail and brand management group in Asia.

Together, Roddy and Andrew took the shell of a magnificent Georgian townhouse and restored it to a gorgeous contemporary home. The property was a lawyers office for sixty years and in a tired state. Resisting the temptation of either a radical update or a faithful preservation project, instead, subtle layers of the best of both Scottish and international design have been applied, resulting in a colorful reinvention of this classical building.

The work of Scottish designers, makers, and artists is in evidence throughout the house, from the lanterns in the entrance hall, which were made by a local blacksmith, and fabrics manufactured at the mills in the Scottish Borders, to the couple’s art collection, much of which is by alumni of the Glasgow School of Art, where Roddy studied.

The work of Scottish designers, makers, and artists is in evidence throughout the house, from the lanterns in the entrance hall, which were made by a local blacksmith, and fabrics manufactured at the mills in the Scottish Borders, to the couple’s art collection, much of which is by alumni of the Glasgow School of Art, where Roddy studied.

The work of Scottish designers, makers, and artists is in evidence throughout the house, from the lanterns in the entrance hall, which were made by a local blacksmith, and fabrics manufactured at the mills in the Scottish Borders, to the couple’s art collection, much of which is by alumni of the Glasgow School of Art, where Roddy studied.

The pair lives much of the year in Hong Kong, where Andrew is president of the fashion retailers and , the world-famous department stores recently overhauled and redesigned by Italian Designer Paola Navone. Roddy has a design practice that spans architecture and interiors with clients all over the world.

Tour This Colorfulful Georgian Home In Edinburgh on cattledogs

Both Roddy and Andrew are from Central Scotland originally and were looking for a Scottish base where they could spend more time with family. The wanted something more character-filled than their 1960s Hong Kong apartment, and the Georgian architecture available in the center of Edinburgh proved irresistible.

Tour This Colorfulful Georgian Home In Edinburgh on cattledogs, Photography Douglas Gibb

The property is listed, which meant that they were not allowed to knock down walls, ‘we had to respect the bones of the house,’ Roddy explains, ‘but we didn’t want to live in a museum. During the renovations we found a 200-year-old marble fireplace behind some boarding and the original wooden flooring under the knackered office lino which was in brilliant condition, so we knew we had the perfect base to fulfill our vision.’

Tour This Colorfulful Georgian Home In Edinburgh on cattledogs, Photography Douglas Gibb
Tour This Colorfulful Georgian Home In Edinburgh on cattledogs, Photography Douglas Gibb
Tour This Colorfulful Georgian Home In Edinburgh on cattledogs, Photography by Douglas Gibb

The combination of old and new extends to the decoration, which deftly combines pieces spanning several centuries of style. In the first-floor sitting room, for example, gold Kartell lamps have been placed on top of an antique Chinese console table.

Tour This Colorfulful Georgian Home In Edinburgh on cattledogs, Photography Douglas Gibb
Tour This Colorfulful Georgian Home In Edinburgh on cattledogs, Photography Douglas Gibb
Tour This Colorfulful Georgian Home In Edinburgh on cattledogs, Photography Douglas Gibb

They laid out the interior to suit their lifestyle. The dining room and kitchen are on the first floor, double doors connect the kitchen to a light-filled drawing room creating a large, open living and entertaining space at the heart of the house.

dining room mixes a Georgian chandelier with mid-century Knoll furniture and edgy Damask wallpaper by the Glasgow-based design duo Timorous Beasties.

The dining room mixes a Georgian chandelier with mid-century Knoll furniture and edgy Damask wallpaper by the Glasgow-based design duo .

Tour This Colorfulful Georgian Home In Edinburgh on cattledogs, Photography Douglas Gibb
Tour This Colorfulful Georgian Home In Edinburgh on cattledogs, Photography Douglas Gibb

The cozier, downstairs sitting room, houses an astonishing sculpture between the windows, a hollowed out marble bust by Edinburgh-based artist, .

When we finished the house, we had 60 people round for a party, which was the first time it had been used as a residential house for probably over 60 years. It felt like the house was coming back to life.
— Andrew Keith
Tour This Colorfulful Georgian Home In Edinburgh on cattledogs, Photography Douglas Gibb

The gorgeous master bedroom is also on the ground floor and there are three further guest bedrooms at the top of the house.

The house is utterly rooted in its Scottish setting and enjoys a strong sense of place, while contemporary furniture and lighting by iconic designers such as Tom Dixon, Arne Jacobsen, and Paola Navone, add international verve. Rugs throughout the house have been designed by Roddy himself, a new venture for him, his beautiful designs can be found at .

dining room mixes a Georgian chandelier with mid-century Knoll furniture and edgy Damask wallpaper by the Glasgow-based design duo Timorous Beasties.

A recent trip to India clearly had an influence, particularly when it came to choosing the rich turquoise and salmon-pink paint colors for the ground-floor sitting room and master bedroom. In the sitting room, a classic Berber rug is dazzlingly layered over a one-off design by Roddy, inspired by a trip to Jaipur. ‘In terms of interiors, there’s been a lot of grey over the past 10 years,’ says Murray, ‘but we wanted to use bold colors. Because of the size of the rooms, we knew it would work.’

dining room mixes a Georgian chandelier with mid-century Knoll furniture and edgy Damask wallpaper by the Glasgow-based design duo Timorous Beasties.
dining room mixes a Georgian chandelier with mid-century Knoll furniture and edgy Damask wallpaper by the Glasgow-based design duo Timorous Beasties.

These joyful splashes of bright shades, combined with the mix of patterns, textures, and displays of art throughout the house, both celebrate and update the Georgian structure, resulting in a lively home that was made for entertaining. ‘As we don’t live in Scotland all the time, it’s great to have a place where we can get everyone together,’ says Keith. ‘When we finished the house, we had 60 people round for a party, which was the first time it had been used as a residential house for probably over 60 years. It felt like the house was coming back to life.’

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