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Clean, Clear Laid Back Green and Peach Interiors

I'm REALLY feeling this laid back summer home style that's so clear and clean, so coastal, so boho minus the patchouli 60s vibe... It's just great. Breezy, easy, tactile and lots of pretty green tones and shades of pale orange. So summery and just yum. cleanboho

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I've been thinking a lot lately when I look at the photos I love, reminding myself to stop and consider WHAT I FEEL when I gaze upon a photo that feels as though it's speaking to me.

  • What is it saying exactly?
  • What do I like about it?
  • How does it make me feel?
  • Do I smell anything?
  • Do I hear a particular song?
  • Or another sound, is there something else coming to my ears when I look at the image?
  • What about the scene is vibing with me, the composition, colors, location?

It's so important to explore the way work we like is REALLY truly impacting us. We are always so quick to say, " This inspires me sooooo much!" or "I love this  photo, pin!!!". But maybe try to think a lot more about what's resonating with you exactly. This is so interesting and it gives you a real sense of self and can help you to tap into your personal style.

Have a nice weekend!

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Modern + Clean Rustic Lodge Style

Hello everyone and to my American friends, Happy 4th of July! I'd like to be in right now awaiting the big fireworks fest (or in Manhattan) as this was our annual tradition when we lived stateside. To bring a little festivity to my July 4th weekend as an expat in Germany, I went to a followed by a large fair. It has nothing to do with but it felt nice to do something festive and funny as it sounds, I left inspired but in a most unexpected way. As the bands marched by, I couldn't stop thinking about Autumn interiors. MinimalLodge4

I'll get to that in a moment but first you may be wondering what is Schützenfest? In short, it's a marksmen's festival with a target shooting competition popular in both Germany and Switzerland. And don't worry, no animals were/are harmed! "At a Schützenfest, contestants compete based on their shooting abilities, for example by shooting at a wooden representation of an eagle. The winner of the competition becomes the 'king of marksmen' ("") until the next year's competition." Quite harmless but there is still a big culture around it. Some men that I saw had over 50 badges on their jackets as they proudly marched by in their traditional gear.

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I happen to live in the city where they host the largest Schützenfest in the world with over 5,000 marksmen, 250 rides, multiple large beer tents and a parade. This is not your typical parade though with over 13,000 participants from all over the world, 100+ covering a little over 3 kilometers though the length is nearly 12 kilometers - so it's the longest parade in the world and takes HOURS to observe - half a day!

As you can imagine, my two-year-old son (he will be 2 1/2 next month) LOVED the parade. As he chomped on a giant pretzel and watched the bands stomp by, his eyes were huge and curious. It was so cute. Later, we took him to the fest with his oma (grandma) and played the typical carnival games and he ran around pointing to all of the fun signs and lights. I saw everything through much younger eyes and it was all really sweet.

But interiors. Somehow I made a connection to home being there. No clue why. Inspiration is like that though isn't it? No rhyme or reason. Perhaps after being immersed in this marksmen culture seeing all of those traditional costumes, with lots of green, blue and crimson tones, was the jumping off point. I began to think about how these outfits could translate into interior design but in a fresh, light way and not so much the heavy hunting lodge motif that we immediately call to mind. I imagined rooms like these shown below... Modern farmhouses and lake houses with a bit of a lodge vibe.

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GET THIS LOOK:

COLORS: Green, gray, rust, crimson, black, charcoal, cream, white

KEY ELEMENTS: Woven rugs in natural fibers, sheepskin throws, taxidermy, tools, antlers, images of the outdoors (forests, mountains), plaid throws, wool blankets, black iron, suede and leather, woven hangings on the wall, brass, pendant lights with exposed draping cords. Concrete, Raw, natural wood. White paneling. Reclaimed wood. Cement. Matte paint in natural tones. Linen bedding. Horses and livestock in photography, Ceramic tableware in natural tones. Very little pattern except through texture. Plants and herbs and green wreaths, Stripe and plaid is okay for blankets, throws and rugs. Rough surfaces. Most of the pattern is brought in through texture.

SCENTS: Lapsang souchong, fir, bergamot, tobacco, white tea, cinnamon, pine, sandlewood, by Marie Stella Marais, by Skandinavisk and candle.

AVOID: Glamorous accents that sparkle and shine, jewel tones, white furniture (except like a  or a small stool), Metallic silver, pastels, formal lighting, large area rugs in bold colors, floral patterns, bold geometric patterns. Nothing that feels too special or delicate, roses and delicate flowers, succulents.

What do you think about this look? Does it speak to you?

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Home Tour: Whimsical Pastels + Family

Hello everyone, ready to take another home tour? Today it's a pretty pastel abode located in Amersfoort, The Netherlands. I came across this home on Instagram and quickly reached out to owner Mariët van der Kooij as I just knew you guys would love it. Sweet faded hues with vintage and DIY elements make this home one to pin, for sure!

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Having fallen for a similar home the same week Mariët and her husband Tim viewed this one that sold before they had a chance to jump on it, they didn’t waste any time in sealing the deal on what is now a spacious home for their growing family. “It wasn’t exactly love at first sight - a lot had to happen before we could feel at home,” admits Mariët. “One thing we did love about this house was the large, light living space with sliding doors to the garden, and the spacious kitchen at the front. Upstairs, we were taken by the exposed beams. We haven’t looked back since! We spent six weeks renovating and were able to transform the interior into a space that really reflects us and who we are.”

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Dated floor tiling and old fashioned wooden panelling was swiftly removed, walls were freshly plastered and painted and a brand new kitchen was put in place where a tired old kitchen once stood. The goal was a light, fresh interior, which the couple achieved in six weeks, filling their finished home with characteristic furniture, each piece with a story. “I love collecting pieces that come with a story.”

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A new home also meant a fresh new style for Mariët, who favored a more monochrome palette that relied on basic black and white. “At a certain point, I was bored of that style and found my home to be a little cold, and I needed a creative outlet and a monochrome home wasn’t allowing that.” Slowly, she began infusing her new home with color, mainly her favorite color pink, adding also more warm wood tones too to add texture and cosiness. “I like it when colors return throughout the interior - I would never have just one random color that doesn’t return elsewhere,” says Mariët. “This might be less exciting, but I seek balance in my interior. If I am styling with one particular color, I will often use varying shades of that color to keep things from being boring.”

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“My own style can be described as a combination of budget and DIY pieces with vintage here and there, a primarily white base layered with light and soft pastels,” she says. Much of Mariët’s inspiration is found on Instagram. “I love seeing how others style their homes. I also follow interior boutiques and magazines and get a lot of inspiration from their feeds too.”

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Styling and decorating at home is a hobby that brings Mariët - whose day time occupation is working with young children - immense joy. “I regularly shift things around the house, styling and restyling vignettes with new accessories and different combinations. Every now and then I find something I have stored away and it feels like new again!”

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A favorite piece is the couple’s vintage pharmacy cabinet from the 1950s. “It’s a unique piece that you aren’t likely to see anywhere else, and I love that about it.” The decorating enthusiast clearly has a soft spot for vintage cabinets, because another favorite is the old ‘biedermeier’ wardrobe in the couple’s baby room. “It gives so much more character to the space than a modern wardrobe would have done.”

Downstairs, the couple enjoy a spacious living area that relies on a white basis, with characteristic half-painted pale green walls a pretty addition to the room. The dining area boasts a whimsical mix of materials and styles, both old and new.

The chairs around the table are all replica design pieces. “I don’t ever really by the ‘real thing’ but rather go for the less expensive option, which gives me the freedom to swap and change things around without feeling the heavy price tag,” Mariët admits. Both the wire chairs as well as replica Eames chairs were found at . The Panton chair was a Maarktplaats (a Dutch secondhand online marketplace) score, while the table was custom made by out of a slab of solid oak with a white airbrushed metal base. The collage behind the table is by and is called ‘Sweet Poetry’.

“I have a thing for chairs - I can never have enough! I often repaint my replica Eames chairs in colors I am loving at the moment, which I did more recently with my army green chair - it was ocher yellow before that. Spray painting is a great solution for those who love change!”

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In the living room, a large and functional grey sofa contrasts with pastel colored pillows (, ) and a black and white . On a round, army hued , Mariët displays favorite cards and artworks - a personal and low budget focal point for an otherwise empty wall behind the sofa. A String ‘pocket’ shelf on the adjacent wall displays favorite objects, artifacts and a hanging plant.

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Upstairs, the master bedroom is a fresh and tranquil space which features a DIY wooden headboard, crisp white linens, a hint of purple and a playful lamp from . 

With a well frequented Dutch interior blog, Mariët is always on the lookout for new interior ideas and regularly changing things up in her home as a way to stay current, unique and surprising. “I like trying out new trends at home, but always try to give it my own spin,” she says.

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Home for Mariët, Tim and their new son Peppe is all about family and enjoying time together. “We enjoy our home immensely as a family, with the recent addition of our new son. It is a spacious home that allows us each to have our own space while being cosy and inviting at the same time.”

So guys, what do you think? Do you love Mariët and Tim’s pretty pastel interior? What were some of your favorite elements? Mine is the hint of army green - it adds some contrast and shakes things up little bit! See you here next month for another fab interior - .

(Styling, Photography, Text: Holly Marder)

7 Easy Ways To Create Botanical Style At Home

Hello everyone! I'm so glad that you've visited today because plants and flowers are such a big trend in home decor and today we have a special guest with us, British Author and Stylist , who is giving us 7 tips for decorating at home to create a style she's called . In fact, you can see this style in her beautiful new book under the same title published by . I've photographed some spreads at the end of this post -- each page is one beautiful example after another of how to live with plants and flowers and it's as intoxicating as it is informative and idea-packed. Would you like to see some of my favorite rooms from the book and hear some of Selina's decor advice especially for cattledogs readers today? Good!  All 7 tips below are based on the photos directly above them, each tip is from Selina and the styling in the photo is also her own work. Let's see what she has in store to inspire all of us today, shall we?

RPS1833_SELINA_SITROOM_05_lowres 1. Bring the plants to the mantel I’ve styled my marble mantlepiece using some key accessories to create the botanical mood. Vintage botanical prints are a great starting point, here I used a Marcus Ward & Co plant print by F.Edward Hulme, which I bought from a vintage fair to hang in the centre of the chimney breast wall. A great tip for hanging old prints is to use wooden trouser hangers, I buy mine online.

To add some pattern I have placed a large round tray adorning a Fennel & Dill design from adjacent to the print. I love scented candles so I always have a couple ready to burn on my mantel, my favorites are and Moroccan Rose by .

Finally I add the botany, a Fittonia plant sits happily in its own microclimate under a glass dome. A lofty penstemon with coral pink flowers that I will plant out in my garden after a few days sits alongside lacy delta maidenhair ferns, with a faux tropical leaf stem from and fresh cuttings from my garden arranged in jam jars.

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2. Don't paint over the shabby and worn There’s something really romantic about the bringing together something old with chipping paint or peeling vintage wallpaper and combining with beautiful botanical blooms. Here an amazing wall in a charming Swedish Farmhouse has been left with layers of old wallpaper visible in patches.

When restoring old buildings its tempting to rip out everything and start again but to save the vintage appeal and character of a space theres a fine balance between modernizing and making a space livable while still maintaining the glorious patina and charm. I’ve used cool blue hydrangeas along with flowering horse mint and displayed the stems in a array go simple glass vases.

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To recreate a full on industrial botanical display at home, your need an old piece of furniture which was once used in a factory, school, shop or a place of work. Think old wooden display cabinets, metal trollies and rough wooden tables with metal legs, then start collecting a variety of plants and use the surface of your industrial piece of furniture to create the display. Use concrete and metal pots to house the plants to keep the industrial theme coherent throughout.

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4. Be dramatic The trend for all things dark and floral has migrated from the fashion catwalks into our homes. In the living room of this London townhouse owned by Florist Nikki Tibbles, ‘Dark Floral’ wallpaper by makes a dramatic statement. The large-scale floral is inspired by the still life paintings of the Dutch Golden Age, Its majestic with its rose and peony cascade and showy background. There’s no need for blousy, fresh flower arrangements in this room as the walls do the talking. The modern copper table lamps establishes a modern feel while pops of color ensures the room isn’t gloomy with the botanical green cushions and colorful tapestry pouffe by . RPS1833_CAROLE_SITROOM_03_lowres

5. Create a natural look that is still well-planned This multi functional living space in London apartment has been carefully divided into zones that are united by houseplants, poppy seed heads and foliage. The low white display cabinet on the right separates the dining areas from this end of the room, where a daybed loaded with cushions and throws provides a cosy spot for relaxation. The book cabinet and desk on the left make a compact home office area. Unite your own open plan space with botanicals by choosing a selection of houseplants which suit your furniture pieces. Use trailing plants up high on the top of tall cupboards or bookcases and gather small pot plants together in another area maybe on a coffee or side table.

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6. Cover Your Headboard (and footboard) Botanicals make an appearance in this glam London bedroom on the bed! It’s been upholstered in a digital print floral fabric. To try something similar in your own room, recover a padded headboard with a bold floral fabric or choose a full on floral quilt. The cushions have a luxury feel and are made from vintage silk scarves. Placing fresh flowers next to your bed is always a good idea, especially if they are scented like these roses.

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7. As a Bold Pattern In a White Room I love this Castanea wallpaper by which I have on one wall of our otherwise white bedroom. My tip here was I positioned our bed against the wall so it sill felt like a calm sleep space, while keeping a fun element. I’m normally not one for the ‘matchy matchy’ look but I’m such a fan of this particular design I needed the matching linen cushions to complete the look. A simple filament bulb with black flex makes a great bedside light and there's always a suitable corner for a potted palm.

Wow, thanks Selina for those tips... So readers, here are some shots of the book from my personal copy so you can get a sense of what it looks like inside...

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Thank you so much for visiting us today on cattledogs Selina with your great tips for bringing to our homes. It was such a pleasure having you and I've loved looking at your book so far, it's gorgeous and I wish you all the best with it!

(Photography: © Ryland Peters & Small - Book spreads photographed by Holly Becker for cattledogs)

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)