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Transitioning From Crib To Toddler Bed

Hello everybody! Do you remember when I shared the of the nursery I designed for my son? Well, that sweet infant is now nearly 2.5 years old and he's tall (94 cm) so we've already used the converter kit on our bed and now we are ready to get him into a toddler bed because he is ready. I was thinking of buying a bed that he could keep for many years, and that's when I found the by in Copenhagen. So this will be his new bed, in Nordic Oak, I've already placed the order! What do you think??? I am in BIG love. Oliver_Furniture1

Okay so let's refresh your memory on the room renovation I worked on for my son and few things that didn't end up sticking around in the space... Here is a quick before and after. You can see everything with a stocklist, too.

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It looks pretty much the same today minus the flokati rug (can't race his cars on that) and the wood boxes with the faces from Ferm Living went into storage (the storage that is in storage, ha ha) until he is old enough to stop trying to toss them around and/or stand on them to access the window. And of course, any lamps you see on tables or on the windowsill disappeared once he was old enough to get to them and yank them down.... Sigh.

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The thing I love about the Wood Junior Bed is that it grows with your child so once they are bigger, you can add an extension and you have an adult size day bed like the one above. The is also one that can be turned into a bunk bed or either a low or high platform bed in case you want to put a little play area below it or a small work space. I can totally see doing that later since his room has 3.4 meter high ceilings. It would be perfect for that. But for now, I want to start with the Wood Junior Bed and work my way up.

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If you decide to have another kid, you can even transform it into bunk beds in the future AND add a storage drawer beneath. This is such a cool bed for sure!

If all that weren't enough, I like that the bed is a like a day bed, meaning each end is the same height and style. Typically, beds have a headboard and footboard or just a headboard -- or you remove both and just sit the bed on a frame if you want a daybed style but cannot find the right piece of furniture. When you have a room like mine, long and narrow, it's hard to find beds that work in the space because we cannot put the bed beneath the window (heater) and the other wall opposite has the access door and only a small wall space where we've placed his closet. The only options for bed placement are on either of the two walls to the left or right, but having a twin bed shoot out from either wall would look silly because it would eat up so much floor space -- you may not be able to comfortably walk around it to get to the window since the room is kinda narrow...

After my long-winded explanation (I sometimes wish my book editor could also edit my blog posts!!!!), you get the drift right, I had to have a daybed for him. The Wood Junior Bed is my life saver. I've been looking for a bed for him for months so I'm just thrilled that I finally found one and it will arrive next week so I'll definitely get to start working on changing his room from a nursery to a little boy's room. In addition to the bed, I want to change around a few other things... Like he needs proper hooks on the wall for jackets and sweaters, and shelves for his books and I'd love to get him a little teepee he could read inside of on a soft faux fur throw (any suggestions???). I'm also looking for a little table for his currently coloring book and Playdoh obsession to take place. I have my eye on the ... Would fit the room so nicely.

I can't wait to show you the room when I am finished transitioning it from a nursery to a toddler room. Stay tuned!!!

(Photos: Oliver Furniture/Photos of before + after space: Holly Becker)

Transitioning From Crib To Toddler Bed

Hello everybody! Do you remember when I shared the of the nursery I designed for my son? Well, that sweet infant is now nearly 2.5 years old and he's tall (94 cm) so we've already used the converter kit on our bed and now we are ready to get him into a toddler bed because he is ready. I was thinking of buying a bed that he could keep for many years, and that's when I found the by in Copenhagen. So this will be his new bed, in Nordic Oak, I've already placed the order! What do you think??? I am in BIG love. Oliver_Furniture1

Okay so let's refresh your memory on the room renovation I worked on for my son and few things that didn't end up sticking around in the space... Here is a quick before and after. You can see everything with a stocklist, too.

BeforeAfter_ABBNursery

It looks pretty much the same today minus the flokati rug (can't race his cars on that) and the wood boxes with the faces from Ferm Living went into storage (the storage that is in storage, ha ha) until he is old enough to stop trying to toss them around and/or stand on them to access the window. And of course, any lamps you see on tables or on the windowsill disappeared once he was old enough to get to them and yank them down.... Sigh.

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The thing I love about the Wood Junior Bed is that it grows with your child so once they are bigger, you can add an extension and you have an adult size day bed like the one above. The is also one that can be turned into a bunk bed or either a low or high platform bed in case you want to put a little play area below it or a small work space. I can totally see doing that later since his room has 3.4 meter high ceilings. It would be perfect for that. But for now, I want to start with the Wood Junior Bed and work my way up.

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If you decide to have another kid, you can even transform it into bunk beds in the future AND add a storage drawer beneath. This is such a cool bed for sure!

If all that weren't enough, I like that the bed is a like a day bed, meaning each end is the same height and style. Typically, beds have a headboard and footboard or just a headboard -- or you remove both and just sit the bed on a frame if you want a daybed style but cannot find the right piece of furniture. When you have a room like mine, long and narrow, it's hard to find beds that work in the space because we cannot put the bed beneath the window (heater) and the other wall opposite has the access door and only a small wall space where we've placed his closet. The only options for bed placement are on either of the two walls to the left or right, but having a twin bed shoot out from either wall would look silly because it would eat up so much floor space -- you may not be able to comfortably walk around it to get to the window since the room is kinda narrow...

After my long-winded explanation (I sometimes wish my book editor could also edit my blog posts!!!!), you get the drift right, I had to have a daybed for him. The Wood Junior Bed is my life saver. I've been looking for a bed for him for months so I'm just thrilled that I finally found one and it will arrive next week so I'll definitely get to start working on changing his room from a nursery to a little boy's room. In addition to the bed, I want to change around a few other things... Like he needs proper hooks on the wall for jackets and sweaters, and shelves for his books and I'd love to get him a little teepee he could read inside of on a soft faux fur throw (any suggestions???). I'm also looking for a little table for his currently coloring book and Playdoh obsession to take place. I have my eye on the ... Would fit the room so nicely.

I can't wait to show you the room when I am finished transitioning it from a nursery to a toddler room. Stay tuned!!!

(Photos: Oliver Furniture/Photos of before + after space: Holly Becker)

Decorate With A Tabletop Rod + Clamp

I have a very clever party decoration to share with you today, but first... Hello everyone it's Anke! Peony season is here and is one of the most beautiful times of the year, don't you think? In Germany it's one of our biggest and most celebrated flower seasons (here they are called Pfingstrose with the various shades of pink being the most popular variety found in every flower kiosk for very little money). As long as there are fresh, fragrant peonies in the flower shops, gardens and at the farmers' markets, they'll be in my house too! The same holds true for rhubarb, which is also in season at the moment. Yum!

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When decorating with peonies, my table setting almost always becomes a romantic one in soft colors. Who is playing the leading role in the following picture series is clear -- Miss Peony! For my tabletop, I chose four different types of peonies in shades of white and pale pink, some with yellow inside. I'm not sure of the name of this particular one, but if you have time maybe you can help me. Also, for identifying the various peonies in English.

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As an additional eye-catcher, I ordered a white painted "" (*Dutch for "table clamp") online at – and oh my! How great is this idea? Holly has one of them too, she found the idea first inside of a very famous Dutch design magazine called and vowed she had to have one but hasn't used hers yet.

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Is this something that is available in your country? What would you add to yours? I wonder if you can buy clamps and DIY something like this? Hmmmm. Thankfully, ships to Germany so I ordered mine from their site. There are so many creative ways to use this, it's definitely one of my favorite discoveries when it comes to tabletop decoration.

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Using the table clamp for the first time, I printed some peony images and floral patterns on heavy paper to hang the prints in the rack afterwards (mainly using the napkin pattern by photocopying it). This tiny picture gallery has been joined by a small hanging glass vase with a big peony blossom and some more attached with white raffia at one end of the pole.

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Speaking of pattern, you see one of my favorites on this table. It is called "flora dusty green" from the gorgeous Danish home brand, . I made four napkins by sewing them out of two block-printed kitchen towels. The leaves could almost pass as peony leaves, right?

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What else? Yes – a sweet rhubarb dish for the guests invited! For my June table (aka my family and neighbors after the shooting) I made "Coconut Cheesecake in a jar". I crumbled coconut rusk/ zwieback, mixed it with melted butter and pressed it into small heatproof preserving jars. I filled in with a cheesecake mixture of your choice (maybe use a little coconut syrup?) and baked according to the recipe (mine went into the oven for 20 minutes/ 180° top and bottom heat). Nigella Lawson's Rhubarb & Ginger Compote (from the book Simply Nigella) was my choice of topping together with some zwieback crumble and fresh mint! Bon appétit! :)

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I wish you beautiful, warm and colorful first days of summer and I am already looking forward to see you again in July here on cattledogs! -

(Photography, Text and Styling: - table clamp photos from VTWonen and Deens)

7 Great Ways To Display Photos At Home
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Hi friends! I want to quickly share with you a project that I worked on for  in 2013 that I can finally share publicly. It was for an advertorial that was seen in hundreds of magazines across Europe, the UK and Russia. I was asked to comment on and show ways to use photos for decorating the home. And of course, I had to take the photos, print them all out, and then style them in my home in a creative way. The ideas are still very current so I thought to share them with you today. Canon_09

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1: GRID. I spent a day in the greenhouses at the in Herrenhausen located in Hannover taking photos. It was amazing! Their orchid collection alone is one of the best in Europe. After a day shooting, I did some light post-processing in Lightroom and then printed my favorites out on Canon matte photo paper. I cut them all with a paper cutter. Then I pinned them in a grid format onto my mood board in my former work studio (I've moved since). This inspired me for a few months, I had my very own indoor botanical garden and it was so nice to look at each day.

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2. CIRCLE. I thought that it could be fun to try using a wooden hoop from the craft store in a fun, new way other than for needlepoint. I took some of my photos and used double-sided tape on the back to fix them to the wooden hoop. I then hung the hoop on my wall and there you have it, a sweet display that you can easily update with new photos, too.

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3. IN GLASS VESSELS. I started doing this with photos in 2006 using canning jars. On this fireplace mantle, I printed out photos I'd taken in London onto paper and just inserted them into vessels in various sizes. I don't suggest doing this with precious photos (vintage family stuff) because the photos will curve over time, but if you've printed them out yourself from your digital camera, there is no worry because you have the photos on your computer.

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4. ON A DOOR FRAME. If you have a series of photos in a specific color or theme, you could try this by just tacking them up with double-sided tape, but keep them in a straight line and color match them to the nearest piece of furniture or colors in the existing room.

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5. INSIDE OF WASHI TAPE FRAMES. This is such an easy way to show photos, and looks especially cute in a kid's room. Here, I printed out photos and used double-sided tape and fixed them to the wall, then used strips of washi tape from to frame them. I tried to coordinate the washi tape with the things on top of the dresser to keep everything color coordinated. I also mixed and matched the patterns on the tape and for some frames, I used wider tape and for some, I used two frames around one photo. It's fun to keep things interesting. I also printed out one photo and hand cut it "Polaroid Style" and used a single strip of tape to stick it on the wall (above the bird in the glass dome).

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6. INSIDE OF FRAMES (no glass). I had fun with this project because I got to use some ugly old frames in a new way. I first removed the back and the glass, then lightly sanded and washed them well, then once dry, I painted them in Farrow & Ball "". It's the best green ever, seriously, so cool! Once they were dry, I hung them on the wall and just taped photos inside that I printed out.

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7. ON CLIPBOARDS. I picked up these nine clipboards from my friend years ago and put them above a makeshift desk I'd made using a deep shelf from Ikea. I printed out 2 photos from my 2nd book, , taken by along with some photos I'd taken, and just clipped one to each. Pretty, right?

Hope you like my ideas! I cannot believe how many years ago I styled this story, but it still feels fresh and I'm so happy I can finally share it with you.

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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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