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Decorate For a Party Book Trailer + Giveaway

In just a little over two weeks, the new cattledogs book launches called [easyazon_link identifier="1910254290" locale="US" tag="cattledogs09-20"]Decorate for a Party: Stylish and Simple Ideas for Meaningful Gatherings[/easyazon_link] published by and we're so excited! To celebrate, we are giving away 5 copies of the new book to 5 lucky readers. I'm really psyched to present the official book trailer video below.

Holly Becker for cattledogs

Holly Becker for cattledogs

To enter the contest: Watch the book trailer and leave a comment telling us about how you imagine the perfect party at home and let us know what you liked about the video too, it would be so nice to hear your response. Make sure you turn on the sound, the music is so beautiful!

As a bonus, you can also enter on our or on my . See those posts there to learn how. You can enter up to three times (once on this blog, once on FB and once on IG).


Video Credits: Videographer + Director: Koen Folkerts,  // Creative Direction + Styling: Holly Becker // Location: , Hannover, Germany Models: Emma Pedersen, Nora Hartmann, Nanna Eriksen // Music: By Film Composer - Isle (Licensed through )

Contest closes on Friday, September 2 at 11:59pm European time.

Available for pre-order now! US:  //  // UK: // Germany:

*Open to readers anywhere in the world, English version only. Please do not leave your email, home address or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. Winners will be announced here on Saturday, September 3rd AND ed by email once comments close. Good luck everyone!

10 Favorite Rug Sources That I Love

I love throw rugs, in fact I have 11 currently but about 10 more in storage. Yeah, it's a little problem, sort of like my chair fetish and problem with indulging in ribbons and paper products and ceramics. Most decor enthusiasts and stylists and decorators and okay, designers and anyone else who is working in a field that involves the home, develops obsessions / fixations on specific things. What is yours? caitlinwilsondesign1

I grew up with wall-to-wall carpet in every home I'd ever lived in until I was 16. Wood floors only arrived to my living space when my parents moved to Boston, to the Swampscott/Marblehead border, and our beachfront home had wooden floors and it was just surreal to me, at sweet 16, to walk on wooden floors. It felt naked, empty, unfinished. I instantly purchased throw rugs for comfort and texture. So many years later, though I love wood, concrete, tile and anything but wall-to-wall carpet, I still prefer the feeling of a soft rug beneath my feet.

Aside from obvious comfort, I also love how they ground the room and in larger rooms, help to define spaces. For instance, a living/dining room combo in a loft can become two rooms without the expense of addition of walls - just add a large area rug beneath your dining table and chairs and a second rug beneath your sofa and seating area to define each "room". Rugs are really good like that.

If you have wall-to-wall carpet, lots of people still insist on throw rugs to add another layer of comfort but even more, to bring in color and pattern. Some renters have wall-to-wall and don't like it so by adding an area rug they are able to inject some color and a more personal touch to their rental home.


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Where do I buy rugs? I'll list my most recent suppliers below, my current top 10. Some are in Germany or Denmark but most are available and/or based in the USA. I also have a new source that I'm loving that I found while perusing Pinterest this morning, an interiors brand called . LOVE. I really want one of CWD's rugs now and am trying to figure out which one and how I'm going to make this happen. I've sprinkled this post with great rugs from their website - fantastic patterns, right!?


Okay so here are my 10 Great Rug Sources at the moment. 1 /  - Modern, feminine, eclectic, they have it all. 2 /  - More traditional, very well made. 3 /  - They stock many brands from all over Europe, not a lot of rugs in their catalog but what they do carry are really good 4 /  - I love buying and/or drooling at their carpets. When in NYC, I always visit their store to see what's new. They always stock the freshest finds. 5 /  - Danish firm with nice rugs that are geometric, hand woven, and very affordable. 6 /  - Australian firm that has dealers in Europe and now, an American showroom. I love their rugs, I have 3 and find them just wonderful and so natural. 7 /  - They have lots of rugs from Morocco that are quite colorful and fun. 8 /  - More trend-driven rugs, very nice, great quality, love this resource for not only price but selection. 9 /  - I love this Etsy dealer who lives in Morocco and has the best vintage rugs ever. Affordable too and she ships globally. 10 / and...  - Fun colors and patterns, glamorous, girly and preppy.

I also have a little bonus for you today. Have you ever wondered about rug sizing and placement by room? Caitlin Wilson Design has a very informative post on their blog about this with illustrations for living, dining and bedroom.

Where do you get YOUR rugs?

(Photography: Caitlin Wilson Design)

12 Dorm Room + Small Space Decorating Finds

If this post had a hashtag, it would be #dormgoals or #smallspacegoals because this is exactly how I see it - imagine going back to school and decorating your dorm or apartment with these 12 beautiful things!? And a big BY THE WAY.... I clearly remember the good old days of blogging when you'd post something like, "10 things I love from Urban Outfitters" and it wasn't sponsored nor did UO give you a single product in exchange for the post. I miss those days because everything on blogs, and now even Instagram, is sponsored and it sort of makes me think that people don't really blog anymore unless there is some kind of cash incentive in it or something where they can get a kick back. Well, in honor of the good old days, this post (like most all of my posts) is not sponsored and I get nothing from it except that I hope you will pin stuff and share it and maybe you will like my finds. I want most of these things and I'm wayyyy past college years - especially the string clip lights - how cute and original. So... check out my 12 picks and see what you like...

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UO_bed 2. , $159 available in 5 colorways




3. , $149


4. , available in two colors, $130


5. , available in 2 colors, $129

34905489_010_b 6. , $28 + 20% off for a limited time

28375079_011_b 7. , available in 2 colors and 3 sizes, $89-110

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39402789_046_b 11. , $14 each

35783802_027_e 12. , $32 each

Don't you love these things? I do!!! Makes me want to go shopping. :) #UOoncampus

(photography: Urban Outfitters)

Nature-Inspired Wallpaper + Wall Stickers

I'm sorry friends for missing a bit on my blog - I've been enormously busy with my that just wrapped up this week so now my focus can return once again to my blog and new book coming out soon with Leslie Shewring. In fact, the first week of August I will be busy working with Koen to shoot a video trailer for it - it will be my first so I'm trying to think of great ideas, the right setting... So much involved and I'm very excited over it. Today I have a few posts to share, this is the first, it's about some lovely wallpaper and wall stickers from . Sian_3

Look how adorable these are for the little cute girl or boy in your life... Some are even grown up enough to put in your own bedroom...




Or a playroom... A nursery... So many sweet spaces where you could apply Sian's creative papers and stickers. My favorite is the tree and the teepee space. It's something I think my little boy would love.

(Photos with permission from Sian Zeng)

Decorate For a Party: Cover Reveal + Pre-Order!

I'm so happy that today I can finally share the name of my next book, my fourth (!), and it's called ! AND.... We have a cover, which I styled and photographed myself. In fact, I took over 100 photos that appear inside of the book, and my co-author Leslie Shewring shot even more along with Janis Nicolay, Holly Marder and Laure Joliet. Girl power for sure! Leslie and I so much fun and loads of help on this project between friends helping us set tables, home owners modeling for photos, friends helping to break down rooms, talented girls doing calligraphy, others running errands, we made huge messes with paper... Our friends appear in this book, my little boy, my home, Leslie's studio, homes in Europe, California and Canada... Here's the cover...

This project means so much to Leslie and I and we are happy to share it with you too. I CANNOT BELIEVE this is happening, another book, and on a topic I'm so passionate about - gathering friends and family at home and how to decorate for your party that is stylish and pretty but not overly time-consuming, very budget-friendly without looking cheesy, and quite easy to pull off.

If there is one thing that drives me crazy, it's having to worry and fuss when I have people over. I want the parties I plan to feel like I went out of my way, so guests feel special, but I don't want them to think I went over-the-top which could intimidate them and make them afraid to invite ME over to their parties in return. I hate doing that - setting a scene so perfectly that people are almost afraid to be themselves and relax. I’ve been working on this book for over a year now with Leslie, we teamed up because she is the queen of entertaining with her annual Christmas parties for 25-30 family members and the many birthday parties and fests she throws throughout the year. I have been throwing parties for as long as I can remember too, so to team up was a lot of fun for us because we love the topic.

The cover is embossed with copper foil lettering and cloth and it's loaded with ideas, full color images, DIY projects, and gorgeous parties that we created and photographed specifically for this book.


The best part is, you can pre-order the book today! It comes out in September in English in both the UK and North America AND in October it will be available in German. More languages will follow in the months to come.

US at Canada at In German at, the title is #decorateforaparty

What do you think about the cover? Are you excited to see inside? I can't wait to show you more in the weeks to come and Leslie and I really hope that you love it.




Faux Tile + Marble Wallpaper

I've been thinking a lot lately about wallpaper that looks like tile or marble. It's been a trend for awhile but often things resonate much later than when the trend hits. Trends aren't always coming at the right moment for me. I often need to let them rest for a bit, observe how they are being used, and then I decide for myself if something trending has legs to stand for a bit longer than a season or two. I want to be more intentional in my shopping decisions and less driven by trend or emotion. wallpapertiles

Let's discuss faux tile wallpaper first... Have you ever thought to use it on stairs, in the kitchen or bath, or perhaps in another room in your home? If not, why? If so, do you have some good resources to share in the comments section of this post? I'm going to share some of mine below in case you would like to try this idea at home.

About the application and use for faux tile, Graham + Brown says, "Tile wallpapers are mainly used in kitchens and bathrooms, as an easy alternative to ceramic tiles. If you have a small room with lots of corners and windows then ceramic tiles can be difficult to apply. Our tiled wallpapers are easy to apply and many provide a splash resistant surface suitable for kitchen and bathroom conditions."

Great option for renters! Honestly though, I'm more keen on the faux tile wallpaper that looks like old Portuguese tile work or something else uniquely European, like floor tiles you may see in or , patterned and definitely not overly modern or clean. Like typical white square tile found in so many rentals.

I also imagine decorative European-inspired tile used on stairs () or perhaps sparingly on a bathroom wall or kitchen backsplash. It would be nice to use it to mimic some of these rooms - the examples below are showing the real deal, ceramic tile, BUT you can imagine using wallpaper tile in the same way, can't you?





Now, let's look at some good examples of faux marble wallpaper. This is extremely interesting because I've never imagined marble on MY walls except for a bit in a kitchen or bath. But even then, I envision a backsplash or marble underfoot. Yet, seeing it in these examples causes me to think more broadly about this application... It's actually quite interesting to behold.





What do you think about this look, faux marble on walls?


Of course, the real deal is always the preference but when renting or on a budget, it's not always possible so you have to find creative ways to still have what you want, just tweaked a bit... And c'mon, how many of us want to invest in real marble from floor to ceiling? It's fun to have creative options.

In my next post today, I want to introduce you to some gorgeous wallpapers from Milan, you will gasp.



PS You may also love this post about other I found in the past.

(Tile photography:  fireplace/, , ,  kitchen)