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8 Ways To Decorate Your Bedside Table

Last year, launched a campaign called in celebration of the personal, sweet differences that makes us all so unique and which serves to unite us.I like how they sum it up, "Difference makes us. Life is beautiful, not because of our similarities, but because of our differences. It’s our mission to celebrate those differences." So true!

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Part of the celebration of this campaign is how our bedside table looks since believes every personality has a quite unique style, different accessories, lighting, etc. which shows the taste and lifestyle of the person who sleeps in that space. No two bedside tables are alike, even in a shared bed - my husband has different things on his bedside table - right down to his lamp!

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Etsy asked me if I wanted to show my bedside table so I agreed and so, here it it is. BUT. They asked me to shop Etsy for some items that I thought could be used to spruce it up and then, they'd offer ALL of the products in a contest on their Instagram (you can enter on or from your app) for one lucky winner. This is a value of €275.00 (not including what you would have paid for shipping) AND you get a bonus of 3 extra cups NOT shown on my bedside table. What???? Yup. You heard me right!

What did I pick from Etsy?

1. from 1220 Ceramics Studio (€34.06) 2. from 1220 Ceramics Studio (I use one for tea, the others are in the kitchen on my shelf, €66.18) 3. (3) from Lysa Creation Design on the wall near my prints and the handprints of my son (€80) 4. that smells like leather and wood from Kaoriko Paris, Portofino in Copper with Soy Wax (€45) 5. from Trend Bolt (sorry, cup wasn't included in shipment, €49)

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8 Ways To Decorate Your Bedside Table:

  1. Use any table, chair, bench, dresser... Anything you like that looks good next to your bed and is not too high. Test first by laying in bed and reach over to the table to see if it's too high. If you have to stretch too high or if it's not feeling practical in any way, it's not the right table.
  2. What are your storage needs? I don't need much near my bed, a few private things and a few books. So the private things are in the box on my bedside table (beneath the lamp) and the basket below is where I store other things by mainly books and magazines.
  3. Take the decor up from the table to the wall. I like to create something that flows down from the wall to the table. Some people like to hang art work directly above their bedside table OR hang a pendant or a wall light. I always feel like there needs to be a little something above the bedside table, even if not DIRECTLY above it. Makes the bedroom feel more cozy.
  4. Flowers. Always. They don't have to be expensive. Or a plant. Also a beautiful, natural piece to add to a bedside table. I love flowers because I can change them often enough to give the bedside table a new look. Tulips, daffodils, sprigs of eucalyptus, pussy willows, roses - the entire look changes with the addition of different flowers.
  5. Vase. I have to have a vase for the flowers! I also like to keep it empty sometimes because this vase is pretty enough to stand on it's own.
  6. Lamp. A good lamp to read by, I like the wooden one I have... But also I like that it's not a typical-looking bedside table lamp with a big shade and ceramic base. It's fun to have something quirky in a bedroom that you may expect on a work desk or credenza, for instance. There are no rules, as long as the light shines in the right spot for reading and fits your style.
  7. Candle. Always a scented candle. In the winter, I like wood and leather or something that smells like a fresh walk in a snowy forest. In summer, I go with Grapefruit or Rose, or something more sensual. Candlelight is rela and romantic, too.
  8. Tray. I love a tray to catch things like a pen, bookmark, remote control (if you have a TV in your room, we do not), wireless speaker remote (which we do have), etc.
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Items also shown, not from Etsy include:

1. is from Bloomingville (It's a kids table but I use it for my bedside since the height and width are perfect) 2. Basket beneath for books and magazines from  3. Wall art (except hand prints) from 4. from Muuto 5. from Fashion For Home 6. from Pine Cone Hill 7. from Pine Come Hill 8. on table from Atelier Sukha.

See this photo below? You will win ALL THIS STUFF if you go to the and enter under the #DifferenceMakesUs photo ( - we decided to move the contest from my IG over to Etsy so sorry for the confusion!).

Thank you for including me in this fun campaign!

(Photography/Styling: Holly Becker)

14 Stylish Prints For Your Walls at Desenio

I have a great offer for you today from   my 14 favorite prints so if you are a fan of stylish and minimalistic Nordic-inspired artwork, you're gonna love this (scroll to bottom of post for the special offer!) I'm such a fan of beautiful prints and frames and I tend to lean towards nature, women or very graphic prints in my home.

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What about you? What do you tend to see the most in your art collection? What themes do you see in your art that keep repeating room after room? Look carefully, some are obvious and others are not so.

Shown above: , Kate Moss  (I have this and love it,   and .

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Shown above: , ,  Let's Do What We Love And Do A Lot Of It poster and .

In this post, I've chosen some of my favorites from Desenio, some I'll be ordering for my new work studio because yes, I finally have one! I sign the papers next week and I can't wait to tell you more about where cattledogs will be moving next. I've been looking for over 5 years so to finally have something is a dream come true. I CANNOT WAIT.

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Shown above: , , , ,  and  (right).

Are you ready for your fantastic offer from my friends at in Sweden? Great. You can receive 25% off (posters/ only) between now and December 15 ONLY on  in any size. Just use the code holly25 upon checkout (all lowercase). Isn't that a great incentive to deck the halls and decorate the walls?

Note: Discount only on their , not frames or accessories.

Let me know which ones you buy!

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Final Day To Shop My Sale at Westwing!

Hello Friends! Today is the final day to shop my sale, which began on Friday, over at for some fun party goods that I'm sure you will love. I can't wait to see what you think! You can go to Westwing and login and click to see more. Sale ends tonight at 11:00 CET. Hurry!

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My top ten favorites, some of which I've ordered because they're so great, are:

1. Be Happy. Be Bright. Be You. . 2. Palest pinky peach 3. HYGGE . 4. for cake 5. 6. 7. in mint 8. 9. 10. Polka dot 11. Star 12. Spotty 13. Pop Click Fizz 14. Gold pineapple 15. Confetti

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Enjoy and RUN before they sell out! Everything is marked down to a very special price, you won't find elsewhere...

xo

Holly

Win £3,000 Worth of Products From Amara Living

 

It's Autumn, are you ready to redecorate? I am! That's why I'm so excited to share such a MASSIVE GIVEAWAY with my readers today because ONE very lucky winner who comments below will receive £3,000 worth of stock from The Amara Own Collection from (dependent on stock availability) and this contest is open WORLDWIDE. To celebrate the launch of their own label brand The Amara Collection for AW16, they wanted to collaborate with me to give cattledogs readers a chance to redecorate for Autumn/Winter. Imagine winning £3,000 worth of products - your choice?! And entering is so easy, the directions are at the bottom of this post.

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But first, a little about Amara Living. Co-founder Sam Hood has spent considerable time editing and curating a collection of brands which all appeal to the loyal Amara customer, she says, “My team and I have spent the past 11 years bringing together and successfully selling interior brands which we love and have a passion for. We have the knowledge of the industry and most importantly we know what our customer wants. The beauty of an online business is that we can see, in real time, the success of certain brands and products which has allowed us to react with speed to our customers’ needs. We’ve been able to highlight our customers’ buying trends and personal tastes which has in turn helped us to create a collection we know they will love and want to buy.”

By sourcing and co-designing pieces with some of the world’s leading craftsmen, each collection will embrace all that the Amara customer associates with the e-tailer; distinctive design, quality, timelessness, attention to detail and the most exceptional customer experience. Hood adds, “It’s been a great experience to work with some of the most talented and experienced people in the industry-I’m so pleased we’ve been able to bring together all of these beautiful pieces to create the new Amara Own Label brand. By combining our own expert knowledge with our chosen brands and manufacturers, my team and I have selected and created the very best pieces we know our customers will love to have in their homes.”

With each new season, the Amara Collection will share new collections that will embrace the latest trends. The season currently focuses on Fantasy, Heritage, Graphic and Luxe. You can visit their current .

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GRAPHIC - This monochromatic mix allows for shapes and patterns to take the spotlight. Sleek, modern geometrics and smooth materials.

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FANTASY - A delicate mix of gentle grey tones and pastels, this look is feminine and elegant with contemporary details.

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LUXE - Old Hollywood glamour inspired this look which mixes bold tones with lush texture such as silk and velvet. Luxe works well in urban dwellings and country hideaways by a cozy fire.

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HERITAGE - This collection mixes glam with country. Rich colors and tones add warmth. Checks, plaids, furs and gold add a richness that is both classy and casual.

A Giveaway With Amara Living - To enter you need to do the following: 1. Comment below and tell us which is your preferred look from the collection (Heritage, Graphic, Luxe or Fantasy)

2. Follow and on Instagram. When a winner is selected, we will verify the above before announcing.

*This giveaway is open to readers located worldwide. £3,000 total value per winner. This is for £3000 worth of stock from The Amara Own Collection. Do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. Our winner will be ed by email and announced at the bottom of this post. Contest closes October 10, 2016.

Good luck everyone!

Beautiful Ways To Add Fragrance To Any Room

Today the weather went from summer to autumn just.like.that. And I am inspired now by the moody things. Moody light, atmosphere, shadows, dark, a little sexy, romantic. Black lace and cigarettes. Leather. Velvet and wood, candles and the smell of the forest in autumn when the leaves are falling and people have their chimney's on. And so I thought to bring a little bit of my moody mood into these photographs today of the most gorgeous products I recently received, botanical wax curiosities, from the by  and candles with packaging designed by Paris-based artist . peacockperfumerie_06

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Do you remember years ago (maybe you were a child) when was all the rage? People had bowls of dried petals and spices all over the house and you could find it in every scent imaginable. Then, it became hugely uncool and most of us wouldn't be caught with a bowl of it in our entryway. That's why we have room sprays, scented candles and incense, right? Now add these botanical wax curiosities to the mix, they are scented and lay discreetly in your room, and give a lovely smell to the entire space. I placed one of the in the hallway and the room smells just gorgeous now.

"Peacock Parfumerie Botanical Wax Curiosities are handmade objects of art. Each figure is carefully filled with real botanicals and perfumed with our botanist fragrances. Lovely displayed on a dresser, bathroom vanity or placed in a drawer to scent delicate underthings."

In addition to the pretty forms and nice, natural scents, the packaging is just gorgeous with a black box and illustrated sleeve. These make for the perfect gift. In fact, I gave the to my dear friend Gabrielle and she has had it for a month now and still raves about how much she loves it.

I also love the with packaging designed by . Cathedral and Apple Tart are my favorites.

Just beautiful, right? Happy Friday everyone!

(Photographs: Holly Becker for cattledogs)

Decorate For a Party + Olive Box!

Great news for those of you who cannot come out to our book events... Leslie and I have partnered with Grace Kang from  in New York City to offer you a very special box-of-the-month on her website! You can order exclusive signed copies of our book (not available anywhere else online) as part of the Lifestyle Box subscription. You can and each month, you will get a beautiful box of goodies but your first book will contain a signed copy of Decorate For a Party from Leslie and I - we hope you love it! imgp2025

Thank you Grace for your support and to all of you who would like a signed copy, remember to order from Olive Box because we won't have signed copies available online elsewhere, only if you come to our in-person events.

Upcoming event locations:

London, 28 September at Anthropologie (, includes a workshop with us!)

Amsterdam, 1 October at Meet The Blogger (, includes a 45 teaching lecture from me!)

Victoria, BC in October, date TBD, with Leslie Shewring

Berlin in November for (date TBD)

Zurich, 26 November at Blickfang (, includes a workshop with me for )

Hannover in December (date TBD)

If you can't make these events above, you can get your signed book copies through Olive Box and she will ship to you right away. xo

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