8 Things I Found This Past Weekend

There are often so many things that I do or see during the weekend that never make it to my blog or even to Instagram. I often wonder why don't I share on cattledogs as freely as I once did, why do I think everything needs it's own post and tons of hours devoted to pulling together a review? When I got started as a blogger 9 years ago, I blogged so frequently and my recipe was usually that I'd produce a few big stories each week, a few mid-size ones, and then a bunch of quickies here and there. While everyone else is talking about slow blogging at the moment, I just want to go my own way and blog more frequently and share what I see, but not necessarily make every post one that took me a day to pull together. So in honor of the blogger I once was, who I now want to become again, I'm going to blog daily and just follow my heart. Not every post will be something major, but at least I can use this space to do what I do best - spotlight all of the things that I love and to do it freely and somewhat easily. Here are 8 lovely things that I found this weekend:

1. jewelry. I was sent a beautiful necklace, , as a gift and wore it with my new oversized beige cashmere sweater, a pair of jeans and my with neon indigo blue trim. I felt like a million bucks in this necklace. I truly love it.

2. A stack of that I was missing in my collection. Gosh I love this magazine so much.

3. These fun little from are finally unpacked and ready to put somewhere in my home. They are so sweet and bouncy. One is definitely going into the baby's room for his shelf (the ones he cannot reach yet!).

4. A from always inspiring . I love laying out everything and just looking at it. Ahhhh.

5. My quilt is finished! I've been working on this quilt for an embarrassingly long time. I decided to send it out to be quilted after I put it all together and it came back looking gorgeous. I'm so happy because this was a lot of work. Now I want to make more. Thank you , you did a gorgeous job!

6. I'm prepping a "foodie" shoot for the . Here you can see some of the things I'll soon feature above like the gorgeous is from Arayna Jensen, from Colour Moon and these gorgeous from Celina Mancurti that are to die for. I'm so proud that I stock handmade products that are made so beautifully.

7. I started looking through my catalog, choosing my plan of attack for hacking my IKEA cabinets in my office. I'll let you know what I decide upon. All I can say is that rocks.

8. Flipping through magazine, given to me by my friend who just returned from France. I'm so glad this was part of my weekend. So inspiring.

And finally, because I haven't blogged about him in so long... Here is my little Aidan with his daddy. He turned 8 months old on October 9th. He is such a darling boy. He started crawling at 6 months and is standing too but hasn't walked on his own yet - we're thinking he'll start walking at 10 months. He's so close!!!

So those are 8 things that I found this weekend. I hope you had a nice weekend and found some good stuff too. - Holly

(images: holly becker for cattledogs)

Happy Family Decorating From Photographer Hans Mossel

I found lots of fun family homes recently in the photography portfolio of  and couldn't resist sharing some because they represent how lots of us really want to live - a bit cluttered, personal, a little messy, creative and unapologetic. Polished-perfect spaces in all of their gorgeous unattainableness just isn't cutting it for most of us anymore. At the end of the day you, especially if you have children, you simply want a home that feels like YOU and allows your family to feel supported, cozy and genuinely at home without having to fight with them over keeping it super tidy or free from fingerprints.

And sure, it can be beautifully decorated, no shame in that, but I find casual creative homes have so much more life - so much more appeal - than slick glossy pads with expensive furnishings that lack personality. Maybe that's a life phase that we go through when we're single and young, when impressing others is at the top of our list. But as you enter your thirties and beyond, you just want to be comfortable at home. I've always said this, on my blog and in my books but now with an 8-month-old who has been crawling for two months and is trying to walk, well, you can imagine that my decorating style is evolving still and I love it. These fun and quirky spaces, I hope, will inspire you just as they did me. These rooms are happy and family-friendly. Enjoy!

I love the photography of , who is located Groningen, Netherlands and shoots for some of the country's best publications, like magazine VTWonen where I've spotted his work before since I've been a subscriber for over 5 years. What I've shown you is a mere snippet of his work - for more inspiration visit his vast and beautiful portfolio online . You can also follow him on and   too.

What lovely homes with so many details to absorb and try in your own home. Did you spot anything that you liked? I loved the colors - mint, pinky peach, bold orange, blue - so fun!

(images:hans mossel)

Kauniste Textiles From Finland

Wow, I'm finding so many cute home labels out of Scandinavia + the Nordic countries lately but this one has real legs, it's a company I can see doing extremely well not only in Europe but Japan, Australia and beyond. I can see my LA friends really getting into this stuff too. is an independent textile company in Helsinki, who work with illustrators and artists to combine fresh patterns with good design using traditional manufacturing techniques. I want every pillow and that fab blanket shown in the first photo!

I love the festive colors and patterns and seriously, I would love to own everything I see. It's all totally my style. What is also good is that everything is affordable AND you can buy lots of the patterns you see by the meter so you can turn anything into a roman shade, cover a headboard or bench, make a table cloth, etc. for your home. You could even make a pretty A line dress!

I really love what I'm seeing here, don't you?

(images: kauniste)

Norwegian Home Products By FunkyDoris

It's always fun sharing products from small labels, like which was founded in 2012 by two Norwegian textile designers, Grethe Bjørk and Tove Trydal. Inspired by what they call the best decades of Scandinavian design (1950s-1970s), their core products are pillows, poufs and pendant lamps along with kitchen products such as tea towels, potholders, aprons and birch veneer trays. They've recently added a new range of handmade bowls, candle holders and pendant lights. These are great for adding shots of color in your home and of course, in the typical Scandinavian way of adding color against a neutral background - always a winner!

 

I rather like the idea of hopping on my scooter and taking off for a picnic in the countryside right about now, don't you?

(images: FunkyDoris)

In Detail Book Review

I have a GREAT giveaway for interiors enthusiasts out there today. You can win one of FIVE copies of the stunning brand new title by stylist and art director , , from Ryland Peters + Small. Photographed by both Hans and professional photographer (on the world's best) , this is THE coffee table book of the moment. Would you like to WIN a copy? C'mon, of course you would! And since it doesn't release until next week - and I'm kicking off his blog tour online - 5 days, 5 bloggers -- I'm also including a book review and some brand new images from the book to feast your eyes upon that you can pin and click on for a larger view.

I've snapped a photo of the book on my coffee table above so you can see how lovely it really looks as a decorative object in addition to a learning tool.

About the author: Hans Blomquist is a renowned art director and stylist whose evocative, painterly style is highly sought after by a multitude of prestigious brands. Hans started out working for IKEA in Sweden at the tender age of 16 and ended up art directing their catalogue. He then moved to London, where he was based for eleven years working as a freelance art director for clients such as Harrods, Marks & Spencer and John Lewis. Hans now lives in Paris where he recently directed campaigns for H&M, Monoprix and Zara.

Description: In Detail takes a closer look at the details behind international interiors stylist and art director Hans Blomquist’s unique and idiosyncratic take on the world. In hundreds of ravishingly beautiful, inspiring pictures, he encourages the reader to see the world through his own eyes, revealing the possibilities in even the humblest of items and putting together pieces to create striking, painterly and evocative rooms and displays. Chapter by chapter, Hans focuses on and discusses the key ingredients of his distinctive look: Nature, Texture, Colour, Textiles, Collecting and Display. He explains the creative process, offers up his own treasures and puts inspiring ideas for beautiful interiors within every reader’s reach.

5 Things I Liked About This Book:

  1. I love that it is split into the very details that make a house a home. Nature, Texture, Color, Textiles, Collections and Display.
  2. I love the paper quality, the jacket image, the jacket texture, the size, the overall quality of the book makes me happy.
  3. The moody, gorgeous photography - each photo has a cinematic feel to it - like you are watching a gorgeous film.
  4. That Hans has a conversation with the reader. He doesn't ramble on and on. He gives food for thought. Lots of it.
  5. Hans offers styling tips and ideas throughout. He doesn't show, he also tells. Often stylists have a hard time putting into words what it is that they do, which often means that books by stylists can lack real advice and are mostly filled with inspirational imagery. These days, we can get all of that on Pinterest and blogs. Content is king. What does the author have to teach? Knowledge is what I think we're going for when we buy interiors books today. Hans doesn't show elaborate step-by-step projects for any of his ideas, but he does talk through the images explaining the thinking behind how he has styled it or what you, the reader, could try at home yourself.

5 Things That I Learned By Reading This Book:

  1. I learned that you can take a large branch and simply prop it against your wall at home or turn it into a lamp by wrapping a long cord around a couple of the stronger branches, adding a decorating light bulb to, "create an unusual and cozy corner" (page 28).
  2. You can make plant pots for growing cuttings or smaller plants using newspaper. I love this idea! (page 37)
  3. Vintage wooden clothes pegs can be used to display posters instead of picture frames (page 51).
  4. Use painted backdrops in a home because they are a, "brilliant way to add interest to an interior, and they can be repainted at any time to ring the changes" (page 87).
  5. Use luggage labels and rubber stamps to make hand-printed labels to kitchen storage jars. Simple tie them with twine (page 186).

5 Ways I'd Like To Use This Book:

  1. To wrap in brown paper and give as a gift.
  2. To showcase on my coffee table.
  3. And later, to display on my bookcase with his first book, , published in 2012. My review of The Natural Home can be found here.
  4. To read it from cover to cover and try to apply some of the ideas.
  5. To identify some of the vintage objects that I like and hunt for them at the local flea market.

 

Visit the rest of my blogger friends this week to see their reviews too. You can stop by , and all this week.

Now it's time for FIVE of you to win a copy of this book! The contest will wrap up on Friday October 17th at 11 am EST and I will announce the winners at the end of the day this Friday. To enter, please leave your first name, blog URL (if you have one) and tell us what 5 things you love about interiors books in general.

UPDATE Oct 18, 2014: Winners have been chosen and will be ed. Books will be sent to winners directly from Ryland, Peters and Small in London. A warm thank you to all who entered. Comments on this post have now been closed.

WINNERS: #23 , #36 , #44 , #151 , #189 ,

xo,

Holly

Photographer Joanna Henderson

I heard only recently that photographer  has her own website, so I had to peek around. I remember writing about her work first in 2007 and since, think she has developed a really nice body of work - mainly interiors and lifestyle based. I'd like to share with you two "stories" that I particularly enjoyed with my cup of tea this morning. The first was shot by Joanna with stylist  and focuses on paint and paper. Although this was shot last Autumn, the look is so timeless that it applies beautifully today. I love these warm, matte neutrals right now, don't you? They really bring in a spirit of calm and comfort. And of course, the styling work and art direction of Sania is consistently impeccable these days.

The next story features the photography again of only this time, showcasing the styling work of  This time the focus is on moulds, of all things. It took me by surprise that you could produce such a lovely visual story around such a mundane object. This color palette is truly beautiful. I particularly like the white ceramic moulds but also fancy the vintage tin ones and the stunning cooper mould shown below.

 

 

To see more of Joanna's photographer and view the work of other stylists with whom she has worked, visit her website .

What a nice way to begin the week! Now I'm off to teach two - one is all about writing a great bio and the other is about how to turn blogging into something that you love again.

See you later today with a big book giveaway!

(images: joanna henderson)