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)

Studio & Photographer: Alexandra Grablewski

Hello everyone! How are you today? Let's talk about beautiful photography for a minute and check out an inspiring studio in Brooklyn. If you've already caught the link in my recent post about Sweet Paul's new book (here), then you may have clicked over already and discovered for yourself. If not, you're in for a real treat. After reviewing Paul's book, I wanted to create my own little post highlighting her most gorgeous images because seeing her  made me feel creative and sparked the need in me to start using my Canon 5D more and really LEARN photography and no longer accept being comfortable with the same old settings I often fall back on which produce very mediocre results.

In other words, her work gave me a swift butt kick!  photos are a combination of technique and a clever eye, which to me are the key ingredients in taking photos that stand out from the pack. You can't have one without the other because you can have the best angles, gorgeous subjects, and the awe-inspiring surroundings, but if you don't know how to capture them correctly on a technical level (lighting is key!), then you may never be fully satisfied with your photographs. I must add though that you also need a lot of patience because working with people (especially pets and children) requires a lot of it. We had an infant photo shoot in my home last month 10 days after my son was born (see the results here) and our photography, , was so perfectly patient with our baby despite how she'd position him a certain way and immediately he'd move and she's have to do it all over again and again and again. I observed her patience and it brought baby and child photography up to a whole new level of respect in my eyes. I had no idea how much work it was to get babies posed well for a single image.

For those of you who aren't familiar with Alexandra's , she is professional photographer based in Brooklyn who specializes in food, still life, children, and travel photography. When she's not on location, she is shooting from her home which doubles as her studio space for client work. She recently shot the new book by Paul Lowe called Eat & Make, which you can win a copy of here until April 8, 2013. Here are some glimpses of her home studio below to give you a peek.

 

What an interesting concept to keep your home tidy and spare so that you can use it as your studio space in addition to living. I find it so interesting that she can even live that way, I tend to have so much stuff that is personal that I'd have a hard time loaning my private space out to clients or shooting in all of the rooms in my home. I admire her tidiness and dedication to her work so, SO much. I also love that despite being in New York City, her three-story city home looks like it's located in the middle of a scenic countryside. It has a very Connecticut or New Hampshire vibe - very New England - so charming. All of the white and wood makes for the perfect backdrop for so many different types of photos, too.

Here are some of my favorites from her portfolio. I particularly love the ones that center on lifestyle and children, for obvious reasons given I just had my first child! I also need to get a marble work surface like the one shown in the below photo. I love marble surfaces that are white with gray because you can really let things melt and smear nicely on them and they won't dry as quickly or absorb into the surface as they would if placed on a wooden surface. Truth be told, I've been really attracted to them lately because my neighbor and friend Susanne, who writes the blog , uses one in lots of her photos and I really like how it looks. I'm on the prowl for one to buy for my kitchen now so I can start showing some of my own food photos that I post on with a marble background instead of always relying on my wooden table. It's getting boring. I need to try some new surfaces and experiment a little bit.

So what do you think, gorgeous or what?

(images: alexandra grablewski with permission)

Small Apartment With Great Storage in Pastel Tones

I fell in love with this charming and very graphic little Russian apartment recently on the and I couldn't resist sharing a glimpse of it below. This fabby place is 45sqm (approx. 480 sq.ft.) and was designed by . The pastel hues are a hit as well as the white painted brick, but I also love the room dividers, winter garden, kitchen and storage nooks, and how graphic it is. This is all in all a really clever and fun space and I LOVE that it's so tidy and compact. Gorgeous!

Love: Owl artwork, wood floors, geometric wall hanging

 

Love: chalkboard shelving and minty green stools

 

Love: Numbered wine hold, overhead wine glass storage, overhead lighting

 

Love: Flooring and rug, artwork, pendant

 

Love: Geometric backdrop (not sure if this is tile, wallpaper or painted on but it's pretty cool)

Love: The seating, rug, how the windows are painted pale blue, pendants, white-painted brick and those wall cushions and art aren't bad either.

 

Love: How the shelving fits perfectly in this nook!

 

Love: Beneath the bedroom floor - storage drawers! Also love the divider between the living area and sleep space

 

Love: Raised bedroom and neat little closet area.

Love: It appears as though there is more storage in the floor on the left side of the bed. I also love the pendant. What do you love about this space?

(images: INT2 Architecture)

Pretty Floral Pairings Inspired By Liberty London

Hello everyone! While I wait for our little baby to make his grand appearance into the world (I was due yesterday!), I thought I'd blog a little before hitting the morning farmers' market. How are you? I'm thinking a lot lately about flowers and how excited I am to see them this spring more than ever before because it's been so cold and since Leslie and I have a coming out all about flowers soon and we can't WAIT to show it to you! Flowers are all the rage and have been trending for ages in fashion and interiors but now more than ever before, lots of people are taking a more natural approach to styling them and even going further to experiment with new ideas that include paper and real blooms to create imaginative displays that  break tradition. I love seeing this trend! I spot lots of creatives planning floral workshops this year, flower series on their blogs, and Leslie and I are hoping to teach a color-filled floral arranging workshop in London this May so you can see some of our creative ideas with flowers from and hang out with us for the day. Flower power, baby!

With all of this flower talk, I want to show you some of the spring-y Liberty prints for S/S 2014 that I've paired up with some favorite photos I've found online that make me so happy. I'm particularly in love with and . I hope this mini flower post inspires you today and gets your mind focused on spring and off of the snow and gray clouds. I personally can't wait until I can plant my balcony and decorate with flowers in my home - I'm dying for some cherry blossoms for my dining room table and to style up some pretty arrangements to share here on the blog for you when our book releases to celebrate its launch. Okay, ready for some pretty floral pairings?

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I love writing a post that inspires me and this one totally did that for me today. I want to print all of these out and tape them into my little inspiration  journal. Spring will come soon, I promise! Have a nice weekend everyone and thank you all for your well wishes for my husband and I and our baby-to-be! - Holly xo

(images linked to their sources above)