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Liberty For Anthropologie - Stunning New Home Collection!

If you've been reading this blog for awhile, you know I'm a big fan of in London, in fact I launched my first book there 6 years ago. This iconic British brand has partnered with (another company that has hosted my book launches and tour - what a coincidence!), to create a collection of and it's stunning. Take a look.

This 40-piece selection features 18 of Liberty of London’s heritage vintage prints, and encompasses many different aspects of home decor including kitchen items, bedding, wallpaper, cutlery and more.

My favorite has to be the  Feather Fan Edlyn bed  shown above. And the candles below. I also love the  Strawberry Thief Rivona chair .

My favorite has to be the shown above. And the candles below. I also love the .

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Anthropologie and Liberty are just the perfect partners. I remember walking through Liberty thinking that I wish they'd work with Anthro on a home line, I could really envision their products being used in a different and fresh new way. Did you also imagine this pairing? It's so good to see it happening outside of my imagination. I love what they've done, everything shown above is just dreamy, don't you think?

And speaking of dreamy, has the strongest home collection yet. They've really expanded their home offerings but even more, the styling is fresher and lighter and I simply adore their palette, patterns and textures. They've really revamped their home collection and I just love it.

I can't wait to go to London in the Fall to visit both Anthropologie and Liberty stores again - two of the most inspiring shops in London for me.

Anything you see that you'd love to own?

(Photography: Anthropologie US)

Austere + Delightful: Menu Furniture + Accessories

is a sought-after Danish design company producing some of the best furniture, lighting and accessories in the world, a firm I've long loved and respected. I own some of their things, namely the in oak, , , in white, in white and the in black, which I've collected throughout the years to give my home even more of a Scandinavian touch.

 

Menu has released new items for the Fall/Winter season under the name, Portraits. You can view the 59-page catalog . My favorite from the new collection is most definitely the Eave Modular Sofa. I've been thinking a lot over the past two years to purchase a sectional sofa that is modular and Eave is one I have my eye on. When I go to the big European design fairs over the next 6-7 months, I'll be on the prowl for the Menu booth so I can try out the Eave in person because if it's comfortable, I'll be even that more tempted!

First in this post, I'm showcasing a restaurant in Copenhagen designed largely using Menu products. It's called , and it's beautiful. I love the simplicity and how character is still infused in the space despite how austere it is. It's also quite fascinating to see an Italian resturant in a very Danish style. What a gorgeous balance and lesson in editing but also that you don't have to go with set themes when choosing decor for commercial spaces.

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Next, I'd like to present a fabulous round-up below of some of my favorite products from to inspire you and your home decor. The second image shows their new Eave Modular Sofa. Many of their products would work in an array of home styles, their versatility to me is one of the biggest selling points. Even if your home is not in a Nordic style, their pieces would work so nicely. In fact, I enjoy seeing minimalist, clean styles of furniture and accessories mixed into a home that is more romantic, or traditional... This can add healthy tension making the home even more pleasing to the eye and senses.

Whenever your eye looks at anything, it automatically is drawn to what is different, so if your space is quite Coastal or Country or even Glamorous, a very minimalist piece inserted somewhere can create some sparks because it's unexpected but often a welcome change. It throws off the eye for a moment, you step back and think, "Okay, hmmm, yeah that works!". I find that most people are really enchanted by homes that have personality and spirit, objects that make them pause, rooms they make you feel hugged just by being there.

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I hope you have enjoyed my presentation of inspiring objects and spaces from Menu today. It's nice to drift off into a design dreamland for a moment, isn't it? I like to imagine some of these items in my home and I think about where I'd place them and how I'd use them. I'm always dreaming up a new scheme for my home, I feel as though I could never just decorate and be finished - decorating is an ongoing art project for me, a never ending opportunity to showcase what I care about and an exercise in creativity and also editing, for me. Editing is something I'm currently exploring more than ever. I don't mean storing or throwing things away, I am referring to the display of objects. When do you pull back and say, "Okay, enough!". This is what is the difference, to me, between a professional well-trained stylist and an newbie - how well they edit, when they stop, when they accept the job as complete.

My very best wishes to you for a beautiful, sunny weekend!

(Photography: All by Menu except photo with the "Europe" poster, that one is my own.)

French Design by Harto

I first found out about French interiors brand at the imm Cologne fair in January (remember, I had a booth at the fair!) and thought they had a really unique and quirky style. Their design is fun and definitely very inline with their style sensibility - and I like that, it's not exactly like everything out there yet it still manages to feel very current. I thought I'd give you a little introduction today to Harto by way of some beautiful photos that you may enjoy or want to pin to your Pinterest account. Here are a few of my favorite things from Harto that you may love, too.

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I love the shown above and the mirrors, in fact especially the . I have three of them that I will put in my bedroom as soon as I finish redecorating it. I'll show you how the room comes out in a post at a later date - most likely September when I'm back from Helsinki.

In addition, I also am a fan of the Harto Leon because they strangely remind me of paint lids and I've always loved the insides of paint lids. I wouldn't mind having a set of these for my dresser to place my jewelry.

What do you think about Harto? I am impressed by their quality and style. It's nice to see a company creating furniture with a Scandinavian flair but still retains it's own style - so when you see a Harto product you may assume it's Danish but after second glance, you think, "What a minute, this style is much more curvy and humorous than what I see coming out of Denmark. There must be a French designer behind the scenes!" But seriously, I thought that when I saw their brand at first. I wondered if it could be Danish but then I thought it had to be French because of the playfulness. I love that about French design - from fashion to interiors - it's a serious face with a slight smirk. ;)

(images: with permission from harto)

 

Boho Style Home Accessories You'll Love

Hello everyone - I hope you are doing great! You may have noticed something different when you visited the blog today - it's all new! We have a brand new cattledogs with lots of content living on the front page now that is not only very visually rich, but helps you to navigate the site better. I'll detail in a later post about why we changed platforms, the experience of moving 11 years worth of blog content over, and lots of other details that may interest you. But first, let's talk about this lovely little company I found in Scotland called .

Bohemia was founded by Jenny Lockton over a decade ago after she'd spent years working globally with artisans. Combined with her excellent design eye and love for quality, Bohemia Design was launched in 2006 so she could collaborate fairly with these artists and designers while also serving her clients with only the best products for the interior, as well as some fashion accessories.

About their small company based in Edinburgh, Jenny says, "We design unique collections of fashion and home accessories and work in ethical partnership with artisans in Morocco, India and Turkey to produce contemporary handcrafted goods with an authentic soul."

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I recently had a chance to obtain some products from Jenny's company for review under the agreement that if I loved them, I could review them on my Instagram (and keep them). If I didn't, no worries, I would return them and never share on my social sites. Well, I liked what came in the post so much that I decided to review on my blog and Instagram because if you love Boho Style, you need to know about this shop.

First let me say that good quality is not so hard to find, but superior quality is. There are tons of shops selling Moroccan leather pouffes and slippers so I was hoping that Bohemia Design was a step high above the rest because the last thing we need is more of the same.

Happy to say, when the in soft pink, the and the arrived, I was overjoyed. The pouffe (I ordered two for my living room) is my favorite - the leather smells so good and nothing like the smell of the ones I've sourced in the past where the leather was such poor quality that the smell of it was horrible. I ordered pouffes from Egypt once on eBay in 2007 and they made my house stink so bad for so many months (I was waiting for the smell to go away, it never did) that I had to throw them away. 

Another important point about the pouffe is the color. I opted for the soft pink which is the prettiest pale pinky peach ever. I've never seen a pink pouffe in this exact share. I'm very particular when it comes to pink. You must know what I mean. It's one of those colors that can go wrong in the home very easily (outside of kid's room decor). This pink is just gorgeous.

Needless to add, but happy to say so again, I really love Bohemia Design and their products. Jenny was so nice to email and so friendly. Their is loaded with fashion and home accessories so you really should check them out. Maybe you'll want a pouffe like mine, too.

(Images: Bohemia Design)

 

Mapiful: Beautiful + Meaningful Wall Decor

I'm sure you've seen on blogs and Instagram because this small Swedish start-up has really made a name for themselves in the social media and design world! Not only are their black & white designs the perfect minimalist addition to any home, but their theme satisfies the explorer in us all - whether you're dreaming of a destination, you live in a spot you love or you have been to a special place that forever stays in your heart (like where you had your honeymoon). Mapiful lets you showcase that favorite place in your home through their customized posters.

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If you’re familiar with the expat life, then you probably have a few favorite places. I'm an American expat living in northern Germany and next month I celebrate 8 years (!) of living full-time abroad, 10 years total if you include the first two years where we lived in both the United States and Germany (we had two residences) before we made the big jump.

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A decade of life in Europe changes you. As any expat will tell you, you're not the same person once you leave your home country and make a life in an entirely new culture, speaking a different language each day. I arrived with an open heart and dreams of what my life could become and living abroad has changed my life completely - and I surpassed all of the dreams that I had, quicker than I'd imagined, and now I'm dreaming of what's to come. I've also had some unbelievable challenges and moments when I felt very much like an outsider; it's not all been perfect.

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Yet, I'm so happy that I relocated and I just love the access that I have to other countries and cultures here because Europe allows you to be in so many different places in such a short time, and is very affordable, so I can drive to places like Denmark, the Netherlands and Poland in just a few hours. I take a train to Paris when I feel like I need to relax in one of my favorite cities. It's a total luxury if you love (or like me, crave) adventure, to live in Europe. On Friday morning, I'll be in Spain for holiday. Then, I'm off to Finland in September. Yet, I can't put my finger on a "favorite" spot in Europe. I tried to, but failed because I enjoy so many different cultures and cities for so many different reasons. That's why I wanted my Mapiful poster to feature all those places- it doesn’t center on one spot, but on all of Europe instead.

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When it comes to the design, you can choose from several different layout options- Modern, Pantone, Strict or Clean. Modern is the classic style, and highlights your beloved place in bold. Pantone, Strict, Clean are for the minimalists out there looking for clean lines and subtle details. If you have a special neighborhood you want to highlight, then you can zoom in and add houses/buildings to your map. You can even zoom out to feature not just one city, but entire countries (or in the case of my map, an entire continent)!

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If you want to create a Mapiful poster of your favorite place (or places), you can easily design one by visiting . For a flat rate of $60, they will ship it in a tube anywhere in the world, no shipping fees and you will have within a week or even less.

I just love Mapiful and I hope that you have fun designing a poster on their site. If you order before July 30, 2017, they will give you 15% OFF of your map if you use the discount code DECOR8.

(Photography: Holly Becker for cattledogs)

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Mapiful. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep cattledogs blogging for over 11 years. :)

Farrow & Ball Wallpaper In My Living Room

I'm off to Hamburg today but first, I have to show you something that I'm very excited about! My wallpaper! I worked on a beautiful project for  that gave me a chance to select any wallpaper for my home that I wanted for one room, so I scooped up the Hornbeam pattern shown below. Why? It's neutral, understated and just so pretty - I kept going back to it again and again. I love that it goes with anything. I wanted time to live with the wallpaper before reviewing it here on my blog to see how it would look over time - would it stand up, would it peel, would it fade, could I still even live with it after time passed...

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In fact, that was always my decorating fear. Choosing a pattern and then feeling stuck with it or getting sick of it in a month. Luckily, I chose the perfect pattern for me because I actually like it more today than I did when we had it installed - and I loved it then!

When I was looking for the right pattern, I made of short list of what I wanted. First, it needed to have a natural, organic pattern. We live on the border of a massive forest in the city, so it needed to feel urban enough but also forest-y. I also didn't want anything geometric and whatever pattern I went with had to complement the ginko leaf stucco on the ceiling. Another essential was that it needed to be strong and somewhat thick because the walls are 117 years old and not perfectly smooth. We smoothed them out but still, you can't get perfect in a home this old. I also wanted it to feel a bit feminine and curvy. I know that sounds strange, but the windows and the room itself has a lot of lines. The room itself is a massive rectangle. That's why I went with a soft, feather pendent light to work with the wallpaper and soften the lines of the room too. Another must was that it can't fade and in this spot in my living room, wallpaper is prone to fading because it's in the sun all day long (I never close my linen curtains). Hornbeam ticked off all the boxes, so I ordered it!

After two years the wallpaper looks the same as it did the day we installed it - the color and pattern are still perfect.But the wallpaper did exactly what I set out for it to do.

 is a gorgeous company through and through but keep in mind that it's not budget. It will not be at the same price point as something Made in China or in some massive factory. I toured their small but mighty workshop in southern England (), met their Head of Creative, Charlotte Crosby and watched their elaborate process for both making paint and producing wallpaper - it's intensive, expensive to manufacturer, and they have to employ true experts to work on every part of the process. I met many workers in the factory and all were like a part of the F&B family; their pride was evident. I left with nothing but respect for the brand.

Thing is, when you make something time-consuming, beautiful and of quality, and have to pay experts to make it, your products will not (and should not) be at the same price as what is cheaply made in sweat shops. That is the beauty of Farrow & Ball, it is a pure luxury to have them in your home and you take pride in that ownership. It's not just wallpaper or paint, it's Farrow & Ball wallpaper and paint produced in England by a company who really, truly loves what they do.

Here is the wallpaper in my living room, shown throughout this post. While I'm currently on the hunt to add-in some art and a few pieces of furniture, I am very happy with how the wall looks. It's just the right amount of pattern without overwhelming my moody and calm living room.

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If you have a copy of my latest book, , this room may feel familiar to you. You can see it in the book only not as a living room. For the party theme in the book, I transformed this space =into a dining room and worked the theme around the Hornbeam-patterned wallpaper. This paper works beautifully in any room of the home.

I hope that you like my choice, it was definitely a great pick and came out exactly how I had envisioned it. My next goal: Add color to the room through accessories. I really want a cozy new sofa, more comfortable chairs, a large round white marble coffee table, art for above the sofa, new table lighting, new sofa side table. What will I do with everything currently here? Move it to another room and use in other ways, of course. But the wallpaper STAYS.

Thank you for the beautiful wallpaper, what a truly lovely statement it makes in my space.

(Photography: Holly Becker for cattledogs)