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Springtime Entertaining With Pink Confetti + Tulips

Hello everyone! April was a running joke with typical rainy-sunshiny-snowy-icy-rainy weather where I'm at in Germany yet I only had eyes for all the breathtaking "cotton candy trees" around filled with cherry blossoms. This month's tabletop column is a homage to this petal-confetti time of year and though I've not used cherry blossoms, they inspired this overall look for the perfect spring tabletop which is lovely for tea time.

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For my flower bouquets I chose pale pink clove, dark ruby colored peony, white bleeding heart, tulip, fancy frill tulips, parrot tulips and ornamental cherry to bring the eye candy colors from outside to my table.

I have been inspired by cattledogs columnist Anastasia's recent posting so much. You should absolutely take a look if you haven't yet! It made me want to start immediately with arranging spring flowers and cherry blossom branches in the oh so romantic way she did. Thank you for sharing dear Anastasia – you are such a flower poet!

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There is no way around marble currently - it gives your table decoration a noble, trendy look and contrasts delightfully with the playful bouquets. You can do it yourself easily! I took plain glass vases and cut and applied self-adhesive marble foil I bought in the local building supply store. It is typically used to line drawers.

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To go with the confetti theme I decorated the table with punched paper confetti in many shades of pink and different sizes over my table. My little son gave me a laugh when he – after watching for a while – told me not to arrange each dot by itself (more or less). "Just throw it mummy! It'll look much more natural!"... ha ha.... Uhm, yes, right! He knows his mother pretty well I'm afraid. It was a good reminder to not always true to aim for perfection when entertaining.

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As I overdid it a little with punching I had so much confetti that it was enough for another DIY project so I decided to create a (very) long garland out of it by sewing the paper dots in a row with my sewing machine.

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Surrounded by confetti and sweet colors I thought – we should certainly have a suitable cake! Here we go... Rhubarb Lemonade Cheesecake. It is partly my own creation. I chose my favorite cheesecake recipe from (with white chocolate), added a layer of jelly made from organic rhubarb lemonade and rhubarb syrup-infused whipped cream.

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I hope that this tabletop has given you some joy and I wish you all a great month of May! And thank you very much for your sweet words about my last tabletop column with the green theme (), it means a lot to me to read your comments and inspires me to keep creating! See you again on June 6th with another tabletop. -

Note: Please always be careful when arranging flowers with food! Research first. Though I took an image with my cake and a lush flower decoration around you should always check if your flowers are poisonous, in particular when eating together with kids.

(Photography, Styling, Text: Anke Illner/ Editor: Holly Becker)

Home Tour: Colorful + Chic Family Home In Nashville

Hey readers, how are you? I always love when I get fan mail, especially from a part of the world that I know well since I was raised in South Carolina... I heard from a lovely designer from the south, only in Nashville, who wanted to share her home with me and of course, all of you. After checking it out, I instantly agreed because it's colorful, happy, family-friendly and filled with gorgeous pattern and texture. I also spotted a ton of great decor ideas so as you study each photo, try to play interiors editor in your mind and pull out a few ideas that you spot. Principal interior designer Jessica Davis and her team are creative minds behind the thriving  firm, a residential and commercial interior design company with a special focus on creating functional, interesting spaces in chic contemporary and retro styles, blending both style and comfort. If I could put "the south" into a box I would title it "style and comfort" now that I think of it because southern homes are known for being very stylish, whether it be over-the-top old south or a more modern preppy style, it's still got a certain gloss that feels so very southern. Comfort is another hallmark of southern design. Texture, lush materials, squashy seating, lounging on the front porch in a hammock... See what I mean? home_nashville

So let's get started with this ginormous home tour today. I asked interior designer and homeowner Jessica to walk us through each room and share what she loves and so I've inserted her comments below. The photos were all taken by . There are many photos below so grab a cup of tea and relax for a moment as you're about to go on a little journey into a sunny and very charming family space. Oh and make sure you check Jessica out in her roller skates. That is definitely my favorite photo from the bunch!

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"My living room really supports intimate conversation and reading books with the children. I enjoy the slip covered sofa because it allows me to easily wash when needed."

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2nd floor hall "This is actually a shot of an area in our entry. I love having the bench there to catch a jacket or a place to sit and put on my shoes."

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chair2 "It was imperative for me to create family room that we could all enjoy. My boys are very young and I want them to feel like they are welcome to play throughout our home. I needed to mix and balance mature textures like the leather and seagrass and layer those with the more playful patterns and textures found in the hop scotch rug and bright pillows."

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"The blue patterned rug in our dining room was really important to ground the other pieces in the room. The vintage Superman topped it off!"

 

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"I love the clean white palette in our kitchen and unexpected pops of color and mmix of materials like the butcher block island and glass globe fixtures."

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"In the bathroom, I love the contrast between the rustic vanity and chic fixtures and finishes."

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"I love having the antique pieces in my bedroom that tell a story from my family’s history. The rocker and the vanity are both heirlooms."

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"I like to do neutral/ monochromatic for children, especially when they are young. I find it helps create a calming environment and promotes sleep. My son and I enjoy a book before bed each night in the rocker in his room".

Davis has been featured on , and and for good reason, what lovely glimpses of her well curated and very organized and chic home! Thank you for sharing this tour with us today on cattledogs!

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Decorate With Spring Green + White Luncheon With Friends

April is here! Hello dear cattledogs readers, this is with some fresh tabletop ideas for you today. I am already dreaming of rela on a green summer meadow which is why I've decided to create a green garland for my table theme this month. Everything else was inspired by my garland which was made using several branches of my all-time favorite eucalyptus and shepherd's purse along with white wax flowers and tender pink flowering boronia anemonifolia (called "Duftsternchen" here in Germany).

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But first things first – I wove a long braid out of raffia which served as a basis. Next, I attached the shorter branches and flowers in small bundles, overlapping them as I secured to the raffia with wire. I suggest choosing flowers that can do without water for a few hours, otherwise your garland may look wilted once guests arrive! This is one reason why I use and suggest eucalyptus as a base. In the image above I have shown it on my wall but you can also lay it down the center of your table as you can see below.

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I've used large, flat bowls from Nordic Sand series because I love their surface, rustic look and organic shape. In my opinion, they are just perfect to beautifully present food especially pasta but also lush green salads! Just in time for spring, I served a lukewarm pasta salad made using chopped smoked salmon, green peas, sliced baby pickles, chopped apple, sour cream dressing and a lot of dill! This delicious recipe comes from magazine. Just my taste!

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As a Welcome to my guests (and to the brand new month of April) I placed small printed, green marbled cards on everyone's plate. Tender patterned napkins (from ) took my garland theme up a notch and the trendy brass cutlery added a little glamour to the decoration.

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Finally, a promise – no more eucalyptus when I see you again in May! Instead, I'll develop a tabletop theme focusing on color and lush blooms. I'm looking forward to this already! I'll meet you back here with that column on May 2 so stay tuned.  Have a beautiful and hopefully sunny month of April everyone! Love -

(Photography, Styling: Anke Illner. Editor: Holly Becker)

Wallpaper By Bien Fait + Parisian Home Of Cécile Figuette

I love wallpaper! All who know me well knows that is a fact. That's why I'd like to tell you about my little visit to French wallpaper atelier ("well made" in French) in Paris recently. It was such a nice time spent chatting one-on-one with owner and founder, Cécile Figuette, while my assistant, Toni Vinther, chatted with her partner Nicolas. Together, we learned so much about their special process in creating over-scale patterned wallpaper made to order.  This means that it is 100% bespoke if you need it to be. Some elements of the pattern can move around according to the wishes of the homeowner or designer. For instance, if you want a bed in a certain place in a room, you can ask Cécile to create the paper so that the pattern fits around the bed... Maybe you want a tree a little to the left or right so that it can be viewed clearly on one side of the bed versus hidden behind the headboard. Now that's amazing service right there. I love the idea!

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Holly Becker for cattledogs

Cécile designs nearly all of the patterns herself, and whenever they are printed (she prints everything locally at the moment) she goes to personally check to see that everything is up to spec. This lady is so inspiring to me because she is not only a remarkable business woman with a great head on her shoulders for running a wallpaper firm, but she is a creative, artistic soul who loves to do work that speaks to her heart. And she's a mom!!! That's even more impressive to me now when I meet women with kids than it was before I became a mom.

Cécile clearly has a genuine passion for interiors, in fact I'll share some photos from her home at the bottom of this post so you can see what I mean. But first, a few photos that Toni and took in her 70 sq meter studio located in Village Saint Paul that opens onto the street and boasts a sunny courtyard.

By the way... In the photo above, you can see the wildly popular  pattern that my friend has in her son out in LA. This is a Bien Fait wallpaper that Emily had ordered and shipped all the way to California because she loved it so much. Whenever I see this pattern, I immediately think of Emily and sweet little Charlie!

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Cécile Figuette for Bien Fait

This over-scale geometric pattern shown in their studio above is one of their bestsellers and is called . It's also available in either a stronger or a more muted colorway -- in  and versions. Soft is definitely my favorite of the three, though.

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Morten Toni Vinther for cattledogs

This is one of my favorite patterns by Bien Fait, it's called . I love how bold it is!

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Holly Becker for cattledogs
Holly Becker for cattledogs
Holly Becker for cattledogs

Cécile and her team are directly inspired by, "Scandinavian and Japanese culture, travel, ethnic and folk culture and graphic design," which was apparent to us the moment we stepped in to their studio but even more, once they presented the entire collection to us on a large wall I could see their inspirations even more. I loved how they are set up to show their papers, you can see above... There are these multiple pull-down electric panels that rise and lower with the click of a remote. In the image above, you can see the  pattern on the wall in black and white and  in green on the panel. Nicolas told us that they present their papers this way because they are so large-scale that it's the only way clients can really view them to get a sense of scale.

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Holly Becker for cattledogs

The black "Typologie" mural is by ceramist . It is shown on Bien Fait's wallpaper in their little lounge area.

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Holly Becker for cattledogs

As mentioned, Cécile is also a mom like me and so she has kids at home and all the fun (!) that goes with maintaining a stylish, creative home while also one where children can live and roam freely. I'm still learning the balance when it comes to this but French parents seem to have the knack hard-wired into their DNA. Parisian parents seem to always have the most stylish living spaces.

Now are you ready to see Cécile's beautiful family home in Paris? It's jaw-dropping, colorful, well curated and just amazing in every way. I cannot stop looking at it to be honest, it's lovely. I like seeing how she incorporated her own wallpaper patterns throughout in small doses and I really love the black and white animal print on the wall in her living room next to that lush green velvet sofa. Try to see if you can spot the many wallpapers as you look at these photos below taken by photogapher  for  found via the beautiful  blog.

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Julie Ansiau for Elle France

First, that's Cécile in her home shown top right.

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Julie Ansiau for Elle France
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Julie Ansiau for Elle France
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Julie Ansiau for Elle France
Julie Ansiau for Elle France

There isn't much about this home I don't love. It's inspiring to me because it feels very lived in and loving but also so chic and graphic, interesting, and of course, so very French - at least in my opinion as an American. I love her clever mix of vintage pottery, mid century furniture, Berber rugs, artwork... It's all so fantastic.

What a pleasure to meet and mingle with Cécile in Paris, I'm so thankful that I got an intimate glimpse into her creative world and hope to be back in Paris soon again to meet more inspiring and imaginative people who are getting some great work done! Thank you Bien Fait for welcoming us to your studio, hope to visit again very soon!

 

Home Tour: Cool, Calm and Collected Bachelor Pad
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Holly Marder for cattledogs

Hey everyone, it’s back again with another beautiful interior to inspire you this spring! Step inside a cool, calm and collected bachelor pad located in Haarlem, the Netherlands, belonging to Alexander Nijmolen, musician, entrepreneur and the owner of a bright blue vintage food truck. Alexander bought the double upstairs 100 square meter apartment - a former cheese warehouse - in the summer of 2013.

“I fell for the windows, with architectural style elements of the Amsterdam school. It’s nice to have so much natural light.” A city dwelling was high on his search criteria, making the location of this apartment a deciding factor for Alexander. “I really love to live in the city and to be surrounded by other people. Haarlem truly is my city, I have been born and raised here.”

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Holly Marder for cattledogs

When Alexander took over the apartment, the interior was entirely different, clad in cheap pine wood in varying colors and all round dated. First on the list was removing the wood, remodelling the kitchen and changing up the layout on the second floor to create a more spacious bedroom and bathroom. Original wooden beams were revealed, walls were plastered and the whole house received a fresh coat of paint. The works took just a few months until Alexander felt completely at home in his open and light Haarlem abode.

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Holly Marder for cattledogs

Alexander takes his decor cues primarily from the pages of magazines, as well as shops and interior boutiques. A favourite haunt for items for the home is . When it comes to buying new things, quality is high on his list. “I’m selective and strongly believe in the concept ‘less is more’.” Alexander mixes varying decor styles in his home including retro, industrial and modern elements.

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Open and light, white floors and walls provide a high contrast yet calm backdrop for Alexander’s eclectic array of furniture and objects. A mix of chairs surrounding a solid oak dining table create a playful dining space, with chairs from , and . An eye-catcher in the dining room, the petrol colored print of the Italian illustrator Gino Boccasille called ‘La voce che incanta Irradio’’ was a gift. The industrial lamp above the dining table from Blood New Label was originally from a German steel processing company. Simplistic styling comes easily to Alexander, with greens being the main ingredient for the minimalistic vignettes to be found around the house. Alexander buys his plants and flowers from a local favourite, .

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Alexander enjoys nothing more than to relax on his Geoffrey Harcourt chair, also from , in front of the wide living room windows. The cognac leather sofa he purchased at makes a masculine yet modern statement in the eclectic space. The sleek surface is softened nicely with textiles from and scatter pillows mostly from , and complemented by a worn vintage carpet rug from . An old yellow chest adds a quirky touch to the space.

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Beyond the living room, Alexander’s kitchen features a robust concrete counter top, with Portuguese tiles he found second hand a feature on the kitchen floor.

Upstairs, Alexander’s bedroom is a calming and light attic style space featuring exposed wooden beams, a custom built in wardrobe, and textiles from . Breaking up the simplicity in the space, Alexander’s signature industrial elements such as the black Muuto harmonica wall sconce and vintage stool as a nightstand add a masculine touch.

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With his apartment a popular choice for Airbnb patrons, Alexander often stays at Monique’s place while his home accommodates international travellers. “It’s a beautiful way to get in touch with people from all over the world. They always love the apartment.” And though Monique shares a vast majority of her time with Alexander in his Haarlem abode, the interior decor is all the work of Alexander, who decorated it before meeting Monique in 2014. Together, the couple own a bright blue food truck called , making and selling organic spelt pancakes at various festivals and events. “Though a musician at heart, I realized I really love working in the catering industry. Soon after meeting, Monique and I decided to start a food truck. Monique is a star in baking pancakes and I wanted to offer something healthy, so we combined forces and started making pancakes made from spelt flour. We drive our Renault Estafette every other weekend to different places and meet new people. Besides that, it’s entrepreneurship pureblood and that really suits me.”

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So guys, do tell me: what do you love most about this home? I love the striking contrast that the white floors lend against his masculine furniture and all the beautiful textiles he has brought into his home like that amazing overdyed vintage rug in the living room. Looking forward to seeing you guys again next time! -

(Photography & styling: / Assistant styling & editorial: Lotte Herink)

Easter Sunday Tabletop Decorating Ideas

Hello and happy Monday dear readers! This is with some March-inspired ideas for your coffee table, Easter gathering or any upcoming celebration with family and friends. This year still seems so very young to me – but Easter holidays are already in sight. Easter is a big deal in Germany and aside from its traditional meaning, it also makes us feel excited because when Easter comes we know that SPRING is in sight, which is so exciting, isn't it?

 

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Easter lends a pretty good reason to set a Spring-like table in tender colors. And speaking of color, did you read that rose quartz is one of the two for 2016? Their website said something rather interesting about their reasoning behind their pastel color choices, "As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent." I have to agree, rose is such a serene color and perfect for the spring tabletop. Leave your stress and worry behind, sit down, relax and enjoy... In fact, I did not hesitate to use rose quartz in my Easter tabletop shown below. I hope that it inspires you to try a little rose quartz at home, too.

As you notice in my columns each month, I always decorate this little corner in my dining room near the pocket doors where the bench is. I like to make that corner fit the decor I have on the table for a cohesive look. For this look, I've styled some pretty flowers, hard-boiled eggs and a simple handmade wreath on the wall. The giant pleated vase was given to me by a dear friend to use for this setting, my ultimate favorite --  such an eye catcher, don't you think? It was on the table when guests arrived, but to make room for serving, I moved it over to the bench as decor. I created a loose arrangement of ranunculus, tulips, pussy willow, white anemones, wax flowers, eucalyptus and catkin branches.

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While creating this look, I discovered that wax flower is a dream candidate when it comes to crafting with flowers. The fine branches are very flexible and the flowers durable. You will find them in white and pink and in my opinion, nothing is easier than making tiny wreaths out of wax flowers! I've even used them to embellish the breakfast eggs on each guests' plate.

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As Easter breakfast may be more opulent than usual I thought Raspberry-Cream and Almond Sponge Cake might be a good idea! On top you see fresh raspberries and sugar-coated nougat eggs. This candy is very popular in Germany at Easter, they are called Möveneier (seagull eggs) and I love their speckled surface. The plates are simple white ceramic, topped with speckled gray plates from House Doctor to mimic the speckled chocolate egss on the table. For an simple, quick and classy Easter decoration I placed some edible white eggs over a simple white linen tablecloth. The eggs are hard-boiled and I cleaned the shell with pure household vinegar.

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How will you spend your Easter holidays, dear readers? I'm afraid I will be away from home working, but hey – I had some Easter spirit already when decorating this table for cattledogs, right? ;) Have a beautiful month of March and I will see you again on April 4th with another entertaining at home idea for your tabletop! -

(Photography, Styling and Text: . Editor: Holly Becker)