Posts in Inspiration
Jason Grant: Away At Home

I've blogged about this styling rock star before but Aussie stylist is the cat's meow in styling at the moment so I must highlight him again. I heard about Mr. Grant a few years ago for the first time and have been a fan since - I really enjoyed his first book, A Place Called Home, and can hardly wait for his next one, , to be published by  which will drop this Fall and is a collaboration with photographer . I saw it already cover-to-cover and fell in love. In it, Jason talks about how to live everyday like you are on vacation with inspiration and tips for creating a relaxed boho-vibe at home and he provides much insight on a myriad of decorating ideas for creating your own private resort right in your home. Of course, after the babysitter comes to scoop up the children and whisk them away to the nearby playground (wink).

The above pics are a few that show his carefree beachside apartment in Sydney, as shown in magazine.

I recently got to talk to Jason about what's hot and what's not, I thought you'd be interested in hearing what he has to say...

First, his 5 favorite things: 1: Favorite look: Relaxed, laidback and casual - nothing too over styled // 2: Favorite trend - nature // 3: Favorite object - something on your wish list // 4: Another favorite object - something you see everywhere at the moment - like yellow (still) - I love it // 5: Favorite miscellaneous - I love to decorate with timber combined with a pop of colour. I think this is my signature look.

Why do you like these five - what attracts you? I'm attracted to colour and nature, happy colours and interiors that reflect the owners personality.

What trends are you tired of? Replica furniture

What do you predict will be hot next? Anything Hawaiian-themed -- but no more pineapples!!!

If you're not familiar with Australian interiors and styling, then here are few spreads from magazines that he has worked for showing his styling work so you can catch a glimpse...

Jason is such an inspiration and I hope that you get to check out his work, buy his books and tap into this great talented guy.

Are you a Jason Grant fan? If so, why?

(images: inside out magazine, rizzoli books)

My Current Interior Inspirations

If you follow me on , you may be curious as to why I've been madly pinning to my "" pinboard. Well... I've been selected to host a curated event on their site from July 8-15 and I'm feeding them imagery that inspires me at the moment, including colorways I'm really into, so that they can work their magic and pull together a sale full of items that cattledogs readers will love. They're using these images as their jumping off point...

I've not dome anything like this before so I'm curious to see how it goes. Also, the sale on their site in July will be a paid gig for me which helps with a new baby in the house  I totally wanted to experiment a little with other revenue opps since I'm accepting less advertisers on cattledogs because I want the best ads on my site going forward. I've grown tired of seeing billons of ads on blogs and I just want cattledogs to have less than 10 at a time and eventually, my goal is to have less than 5 - then I can really hand pick them and work with my advertisers in creative ways. I'm branching out and moving things forward. Plus, I like to try new stuff and am open to partnering with companies that I believe in so I thought I'd give this Joss & Main thing a go-go. I honestly didn't follow Joss & Main until they reached out to me, but after checking out their site and what they do, I think it could be a good partnership and since it's only for a week I really have nothing to lose so why not?

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Above are just some of my inspirations for Joss & Main. I thought they may inspire you too. To see more, visit my board . (Images: linked above. Note: This post is NOT sponsored or paid for or anything sneaky.)

OYOY Living

There are so many great interior firms in Denmark, which sometimes makes me wonder how those Danes do it in such a small country - there are so many collections! I came across recently, based in Copenhagen, and since I've not seen them blogged anywhere yet in my travels, I thought I'd share them with you guys. Check out their product line, simple yet bold.

About OYOY, "The name OYOY is inspired by the letters OY, which since 1929 has been written on every Danish aeroplane regardless of where in the world it may be located. The letters indicate that we are a Danish company. OYOY creates high-quality products focussing on form, function, colour and exquisite materials. We are inspired by the classic, Scandinavian style, adding undertones of simple, Japanese design and a passion for combining colour and materials. The result is a unique blend of simplicity and colourful design. The primary designer of OYOY is Lotte Fynboe, who was educated at TEKO in Herning with a speciality in interior and furniture design. At times OYOY has an external designer - for example Kristina Dam, who has designed the Nordic print series. Shape, graphic, colour and clean materials inspires Lotte Fynboe and her motto is “less is more”. A lot of the products are redesigns of childhood memories."

A few of my favorites from their product line include: , , , , , , and the .

I think this line is really pretty, the only thing that is starting to bug me in Denmark about design there is how so many of the brands look the same these day. Like looks a lot like . Which makes me confused because why does everybody have to look the same? Let's hope that Danish firms start to value more their individuality and style again as they did years ago, which put their design on the map in the first place and later, made it so enviable worldwide. But for now, we have to just wait and see I guess - wait and see what the future holds for design in Denmark.

(images oyoy)

My Top 14 Favorite Floors

I'm floored! I wanted to pull together my top 14 favorite floors because I love flooring and think it's totally worth the investment. In fact, I know it's worth it because we recently had hardwood flooring installed in the back of our house and it made a HUGE difference in our life and also in our heating bill already! Here are some floors that I'm into at the moment, I'm curious to see if any of these appeal to you or if you already have one of these looks at home?

1. Floral floor tile? OH YES PLEASE. This is just the cutest, I'm in love. And check out the tile in the adjacent room too in those sexy hexy shapes. Now I want to see all of the other rooms in this home, the beauty must just go on and on and on... In fact, did you check out the doorways - each trimmed inside with black paint? Pinch me. via:

2. Washi tape as rug. I love how this rug outline was taped beneath the table. You could go nuts with this idea if you have solid flooring (meaning, pattern-free). It may not last forever, but who needs it to? Who cares about forever, my god, just get me through today. I personally love changing things up so this is a great option for the non-committal types. Via: .

3. High gloss grey wood. This is such a modern, clean look. You can't drop anything on it though so this is definitely a good look for clean freaks. So shiny and pretty but also very classy. Via:

4."Escher-esque" tiles. This is just TOO MUCH SEXY in one space. I love it. It's very graphic so it must be easy to keep clean since I imagine the pattern makes you a bit too dizzy/loopy if you stare toooo long - unlike my white tile bathroom floors that I have to constantly wipe down! White tile in the bathroom only works if every member of your household is blonde - otherwise dark hairs are a royal pain to constantly scoop up with kleenex (I hate seeing hairs on bathroom floors, I know hair happens but it's a pet peeve). Photographer:

5. Dark Polished Cement Floors - This is in a house outside of Paris that we nearly shot for my second book, but we couldn't budget in the extra shoot day. Too bad. I love the floors! via:

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6. Rustic wide plank floors in black, gray and brown - love! This just screams, "I am one HOT bachelor and this is where I impress the ladies", right!? This is a floor I want to get on top of! I'd like to add a black worn leather sofa to this space, an art wall and a big flokati rug on the floor so I can get cozy because that sofa, though cute, is NOT curl-up-able.

7. Diamond Patterned Wood - More wooden floors, this time in a very cool diamond pattern that looks washed out in a grey-brown. Would we call this Grown, like Frown? Again, a floor can really make a room, right? Via:

8. Stenciled rustic wooden floors. This is a great look for a porch or kitchen because it has this whole boho vibe. I imagine this floor in a room oozing with plants and stuff from Anthropologie. Via: .

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9. Wood laid many ways -  I adore this stylish way to install a wooden floor, don't you? Really amazing. Definitely on my love list! I love the whole apartment too though, I mean wooden paneling on the walls, that sofa, the high ceilings, it's definitely a hot property.

10. Old European tiles: Particularly those from Portgual, Spain, France, Belgium and Germany. This kitchen and the tiles have been a major LIKE of mine for a long time now.  via:

11. Wood + Tile Combo - I know it's pretty mainstream to see natural wooden floors but I still ADORE them. Especially when they're matte and not super shiny. What I really love about this hallway though is the tiles at the entrance. This is a favorite look of mine that I would LOVE to have in my home someday.  via: .

12. Hardwood painted mint (or any gorgeous color): This is such a serene and pretty floor. I like seeing wood painted, white, mint, gray, black... It's all good to me. via:

 13. Tinted wood flooring (in indigo): I've never laid eyes on a wooden floor quite like this. It's so unique and breathtaking but also very subtle and natural. I can imagine a tinted wooden floor in so many different colors. I personally would love a silver tinted wooden floor, that would be so amazing as I've not yet come across metallic wooden floors before but imagine they'd look stunning. via:

 14. Painted rug on concrete floors: This is such a great look, don't you think? Placed a painted rug beneath that table really gives such a large area a defined eating space. Clever and affordable. via: .

Okay, it's your turn? What are YOUR top favorites from my finds above? Any that made your knees buckle?

(images linked to their sources above)