See You Tuesday!

I'm so glad it's Friday! I've had a hard time getting my internet groove back this week but after writing my lecture for Monday's keynote, I definitely can't wait to go to to present and meet everyone - I'm ready! Bring it! We will have a great round-up of companies and international bloggers in attendance. I certainly hope that if you're attending imm, that you'll stop by and join us for #wearesocial (). It is free to enter our social media love den, so don't worry, we won't be charging you to hang out with us. It would be lovely to welcome you! Photobucket

How has your week been? Lots of my friends had difficulties getting back into the swing of things, are you in that group too?  And how are your new year's resolutions going? I've been so involved in other things that I totally forgot to write a list! My primary goal at the moment is to get through Monday and then I can really focus on the rest of the year because I'm a tad bit nervous (okay a lot!) especially since I'm speaking before such a diverse audience. Perhaps I should spend Monday morning at a good cocktail bar. That would make for a more entertaining discourse, I'm certain. ;)

On Monday, you can follow the lecture and panel online over at by following #wearesocial - and if you have questions for the panel on Monday, I'll check Twitter as we go and if I see yours and if it's relevant, I'll ask our panel and credit you, of course! Our event is from 2-4 pm GMT +1 - not sure how many of my American friends will be up and tweeting then but I'd love to here from those in other parts of the world who are! Until then, be well!

And... If you are looking for decorating inspiration this weekend, be sure to refer to the beautiful . This photos above is from issue no. 4 and it's a stunner. Love Est!

(Photo: via )

Nala Design

I mentioned in a post yesterday that I have a new company to share with you that hasn't been featured online yet so it's time for a little show 'n tell. This was sent over by my dear blogger friend Irene Hoofs from . Are you ready to see something shiny and new? Meet , a new stationery and home decor line from Malaysia founded by Irene's friend .

Her patterns are inspired by Malaysia’s melting pot of Chinese, Malay and Indian culture. Nala means successful in Swahili and is also the name of Lisette’s daughter. Lisette first started her company as a way to revive the forgotten art of letter writing and, "Began modestly with a collection of stationery based on Straits Chinese motifs." She decided to branch out to include homewares (mostly pillows at this point) and this is her debut in the blogosphere so I hope that you'll welcome her with open, supportive arms. I imagine she is reading this thinking, "Wow, there are my products on some blog called cattledogs!". When I'm blogging I always wonder what the people on the other side of the screen are thinking - especially those whom I'm writing about, ha ha!

Irene styled the photo shoot in her home showing the collection and she did a beautiful job showcasing these colorful, happy products. Irene's beautiful styling work looks great - good job, Mrs. Hoofs! As a side note, I saw Irene's home recently in a big magazine, I cannot recall which one, and I nearly died of shock. Irene lives like a celebrity, her home is gorgeous, really! I had major home envy after seeing that feature.

If you like what you see, you can purchase from her and she will ship anywhere in the world.

(Photos: Tian Xing from , Styling: )

Ferm Living Spring 2013

It's always nice to open my inbox in January because I know that companies will start sending in their Spring/Summer 2013 collections for consideration and I find the new offerings so interesting. Some are hits, others I feel are a bit of a miss, but has once again 'hit' it with well designed products that fit nicely with their - and just enough so as to not overwhelm.

I like their new wallpapers and the cute foldaway tent for kid's rooms and of course, one can never have too many storage bins or throw pillows! Take a look at a few of my favorite things in this post but to see much more, please visit them online or click here to so you can drool over the full sha-bang. :)

Nice palette too, don't you think?

If you live in the EU, you can order from Ferm Living online .

If you live in the US, you can order .

(images: ferm living)

Working With West Elm

Hi everyone! I need your help but first, I've been working with recently and it has resulted in being in their current catalog () and a Pinterest board called . I've not seen the catalog yet but I'm told 2.5 million of their subscribers have and it's in all of their stores so I'm waiting anxiously by my mailbox until I have a copy - can't wait!

West Elm has me working with them on their next two catalogs, too. The idea is that I would pick three international bloggers based outside of North America and together in each issue one of those three would give decorating advise in their catalog along with me. For the current issue, I've chosen wonderful Will from (thanks, Will!) and for the next catalog I will be teamed up with the very sweet Irene from (thanks, Irene!) and the final catalog I'll be paired with uber stylish Lucy at (thank you, Lucy!). I am delighted and honored that West Elm reached out to me in the first place and can't wait to see how many of their peeps find Will, Irene, Lucy and I as a result. Exciting stuff - I am so grateful for this amazing opportunity.

See more inspiration from Will and I and . Now... For the part where I need some help. Would you like to help Will and I pin on our Globalist Mix board for West Elm? If so, tag photos on Pinterest in your folders with #WEglobalist and Will and I will look for that tag and pin as many as we can and that are appropriate. Thank you!!!!

(image: west elm)

Meet Me & Friends at We Are Social / imm Cologne

We are social! Yes we are! Tweet me, like me, rah, rah, rah! Okay, social media cheerleading aside, I want to invite you to imm cologne, where more than 1,250 exhibitors from more than 50 countries come face to face with over 140k visitors from all over the world to present 100k+ pieces of furniture and other decorating items -- and a big bonus for visitors is that about one third of these exhibitors are totally new. But that's not all...

The most exciting part for me is that I'll be there to speak on Monday, January 14th from 2-4 on, “Blogging Your Way To Success - 8 tips on how others can find success through blogging and social media” and lead a panel composed of 6 social media and blogging experts for, , where we will explore the benefits of social media along with plenty of ideas for all who want to use social media platforms and their blogs in ways that can yield rich results.

Dr. Frank Huber from organized this event for imm and asked me to select 3 bloggers that I thought would be a great fit to the panel that he had already begun to pull together when he approached me last year. Dr. Huber selected Costas Voyatzis from , Ferdinando Napoli from and Micle Mihai-Cristian from because those are sites that he reads and admires and whom he regards as social media experts and success stories.

When it was my turn to choose my three panel experts, I wanted to go with a diverse group with different backgrounds so I selected Will Taylor from , Frederik Frede from  and Stefanie from the OhhMhh blog. Each of our panelists will give a 10 minute presentation so you will get to learn more about them and what they do along with their inspirational story and background. After that, we will break for some mingling and then everyone will be invited to take their seats as we'll then begin the panel -- I'll ask questions so that everyone in attendance can learn from these inspirational people. My goal as the moderator will be to keep it REAL and RELATABLE. I want everyone in attendance, no matter how big or small your blog is, to walk away with plenty of ideas and creative fuel and most importantly, to feel inspired by all of us and our stories. Because really, our stories are your stories. We are a community. We are social!

If you cannot attend, please follow us on January 14th on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and by following us at #wearesocial Location: imm Cologne Congress-Centrum Ost 4. OG, Congress-Saal Sektion 3, Koelnmesse 2:00-4:00

Following the event, I'll be at the Koelnmesse Passage Hall 3/ Hall 11 signing books at 4:45 (both English and German copies will be available for sale).

For more information, please check out the - this event is completely free of charge so please come, bring a friend, and enjoy a few hours of learning, mingling and fun because we plan to make this an event that is not only worth your time but that can be enjoyed by all.

See you soon!

(image: imm cologne)

Flaws Make Us Loveable

Hello, hello! I'm back from my holiday break but oh no! Please forgive me! I'm not feeling very motivated to get back to work though I've heard I'm not alone... You too? Hopefully with this first post I'll be feelin' my flow again. I need to get back into the game!

It's like anything... Mind over body. I want to feel the groove but my body is a bit like "bleh". So first thing I did on Monday morning was to make small but positive changes. I decided to drink more green tea and water, eat mostly salads and go on daily walks (Currently I'm doing 3.1 miles/5km). It's time to get that energy back, focus and start planning ahead because this is going to be a very big year since I'm going on another book tour in May to North America hitting more cities this time and extending certain parts of my journey to teach a workshop, visit family and work on my next book when I'm out on the west coast. Must. Reboot. Mojo.

So! Did you have a nice holiday? What did you do? I didn't really DO anything but that was sort of the point. It was healing to go into a fox hole and hideaway for three weeks. It allowed me time to think which sounds silly but stopping to really THINK isn't something we find ourselves doing often, is it? I believe that is why topics like Slow Living and Mindfulness have become more and more a part of daily conversations happening around the world. We need to be asking ourselves questions like, "Do I want to be doing what I'm doing today by this time next year?" and "What changes do I need to make in my life now?" along with "Am I really happy and if not, what do I need to change to get more HAPPINESS into my life". Oh yeah and of course the most important thing to ask is, "Ryan Gosling?".

Okay maybe that one isn't a question but it most certainly is always the answer (smile). I saw Drive over the holidays and though it's one of those revenge action flicks (not really my thing), Ryan was so charming and authentic in his performance that I finally GOT why so many women are lured in. It's not just the abs, really. If you've seen Drive, you will immediately know what I mean - the boy can act. You know what really struck me though about Mr. Gosling in that film? He comes across like the real deal and aren't we all so much more attracted to people who are authentic? I think sincerity really goes the distance.

You don't have to be perfect to succeed but wow, being genuine can make or break so many of us. In a funny way, watching Drive really highlighted that fact to me because his character was flawed but real and it made me think that all of us are flawed but often that's what attracts us to one another so much. Flaws, imperfection, not being 100%. It's relatable and we want relatable don't we? It's often that slowing down that we do mentally around the holidays that allows us room to think and for me, I have been thinking so much about the importance of being sincere, standing up for what we believe in, owning up to every piece of ourselves (even the flawed bits) and embracing imperfection, individuality and love for self.

I digress...

I'd like to welcome you back to a new year of cattledogs and wish you all a very happy new year. I'll be back in a moment with a post showing products photographed in the home of one of my favorite bloggers featuring newly designed products not shared yet online - in fact the photo above is a glimpse of what is to come. Stay tuned!

- Holly