Do You Recognize This Photo?

Ok so you know how you see something once that makes your heart flutter and you tell yourself that if you see it again, and are still all aglow, that you simply must have it? A person, a place, a thing? In this instance, it's both a place and a thing because it's a photograph of a city and though I'm unsure if it's Brooklyn or another favorite place of mine -- well I can't be sure. But I've seen it a few times in the styling work of , who I've been following for years. Here's the photo. Do you know who the photographer is and is it available for purchase?

(images: petra bindel)

Apartment Therapy's Room For Color 2014 Contest

I was so honored to have been asked to be a judge for the Apartment Therapy Room For Color 2014 contest sponsored in part by . There were so many colorful entries. It was also so great when I saw that Janel over at AT put together a post announcing my participation (), it really made me happy. One of the questions that she asked me about color was fun to answer so I thought I'd share that with you now. She basically asked me what my thoughts on color are at the moment - what palette I'm digging. This is the collage I created below followed by my thoughts.

I love these four images and this fun, colorful palette – but the draw to me is that navy has replaced black as a strong accent color. Black and white is such a huge trend at the moment, yet I feel like I’m seeing it too much now and its losing it’s appeal. That’s why a nautical deep navy is a nice replacement and break from black while still keeping things deep and dark and providing a nice contrast amongst all of the light colors and brights that are trending at the moment. Plus navy (not cobalt or any other blue – strictly navy) and crisp white look stunning together, so a deep navy wall with white trim – well, you can’t go wrong!

Here were some of entries in Warm, Cool, Light, Dark, International that I found really interesting. Apartment Therapy readers judged what they liked the most (there were so many entries!) and the judges were sent the 5 most voted for rooms per category and each of us voted for our favorite without knowing what the other judges were voting for. It was done very fair and square which I appreciated. You view all of the homes . And guess what Germany? One of won the International submission!

So much fun!!! And thanks again Apartment Therapy for having me. , but in my eyes everyone won the moment they submitted their entry because that takes major courage.

I think I need to team up with some big company and have a decorating contest for cattledogs readers, right!? Wouldn't that be fun???

(Images in the top collage: , , , . Single image: in Delaware (winner!). Bottom collage: top left: in Montana (winner!), top right: in Ohio (winner!), bottom left: in Germany (winner!), bottom right: in the UK.)

Fantastic Apartments By Fantastic Frank

Are you guys frequenting real estate websites like I do? It's been an obsession of mine for years and years. Ever since the internet was invented. And seriously it's so fun, it's like playing from your desk. I love to dream about my alter ego and her life with 5 apartments and homes scattered all over the globe. The beachfront house in LA, the NYC townhouse, the Sydney surf shack, the hideaway in some tropical destination (Bali sounds nice) and the London home away from home. Where would you have homes? Do you dream big like I do, too? For all of the dreamers out there may I suggest visiting . This agent has great apartments for sale in mostly Stockholm and Berlin (and coming soon, Munich!) and man,they are sweet. Here are a few impressions to linger over.

 

I love how they are pimping out these places thanks to their team of interior stylists, gorgeous! What a fun job, too right???

(images - fantastic frank)

Marble, Snakeskin + Mini Trees

is already trending and only growing in strength, at least in my part of the world, but have you seen snakeskin making an appearance? I just noticed it being used as a pattern on pillows and tea cosies over at and was impressed. I REALLY like it which surprised me because snake isn't usually on my radar. I also like the appearance of mini trees again or at least, smallish ones vs. the massive standard American version I grew up around. Seems a smaller tree just may be a big holiday decoration trend again for 2014 as it was last year (remember this post?). What do you think, does marble, snakeskin and mini trees do it for ya? How about pine branches in vases? Thoughts?

For inspiration, visit my .

(images: by nord)

In Detail By Hans Blomquist: Giveaway On October 13th!

On Monday, October 13th you simply must keep an eye on cattledogs because I'll be writing up a book review of the gorgeous new title by stylist , In Detail, photographed by  and Hans as well -- AND giving away 5 gorgeous copies. It's part of a blog book tour I'm kicking off for . You'll want to pin ALL of the photos that I plan to show you, I promise -- so watch this space!

It's moody, it's edgy, it's romantic and it's the book that you'll want on your coffee table for Autumn!

(image: ryland peters and small)

Studio Tour: Designer Leslie Shewring in Victoria, BC

As I am walking down a small alleyway in the heart of Victoria, British Columbia's , I am amazed as I step into this beautifully bright and open, perfectly simplistic yet creatively rich studio space. Hey guys, its and I am back to share with you a favorite here at cattledogs, studio. You probably know Leslie from her and Holly's book, and now you can see the place where her creativity comes to life.

Her studio is like a crisp, white canvas, constantly changing and evolving depending on what projects she is working on. A woman of many talents, Leslie uses her studio for photography, styling, floral design and painting. Many of her paintings have been turned into and made into dresses, blankets, bags and adorable stuffed animals.

If you just can't get enough of this woman's style, you are in luck! Leslie is always posting to her so check it out for a daily does of inspiration.

Even more exciting, Leslie will be teaching a photography and styling workshop with Ace Camps in Mexico next month and there are a couple spots left. For more information and to register visit

Thanks for sharing your gorgeous studio with us, Leslie! xo - Kelly

(images/text: Kelly Brown)