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Project 62: Target's Newest Furniture + Accessories Collection

As an American living abroad, you'll hear me pine away for at least a few times a month. I also miss having a on every corner (gasp!), something I used to complain about back home, "Ugh, Starbucks is everywhere!!!". We only have TWO in our entire city (and my city is larger than Boston, imagine that). I digress... Point is, I miss some of the comforts that came from living in the United States.

That's why when I saw the press release that will launch a new furniture and home accessories collection called Project 62, I got just a tad bit envious of my American friends and family who live over there and have full access to one of the best big box stores in the world. Here's a first peak at some of the things you can expect from the new Target collection. Woo hoo!

Sideboard with brass accent, ceramic vases, lamps, brass mirror and the Plymouth chair in blush pink.

Sideboard with brass accent, ceramic vases, lamps, brass mirror and the Plymouth chair in blush pink.

Solene pale mint dinnerware.

Solene pale mint dinnerware.

Royal blue tufted velvet chair

Royal blue tufted velvet chair

Throw pillows also from the collection.

Throw pillows also from the collection.

Grey modular sofa and ottoman, Arc Globe floor lamp, Sayer coffee table.

Grey modular sofa and ottoman, Arc Globe floor lamp, Sayer coffee table.

My favorite: Brass side table with marble top. Also the vase is from the collection.

My favorite: Brass side table with marble top. Also the vase is from the collection.

A mix of rugs from the collection - beautiful!

A mix of rugs from the collection - beautiful!

Over the next 18 months, we’re introducing four new Home brands with distinct aesthetics, starting with Project 62. We created Project 62 for people who are passionate about modern design at a great value, with thoughtfully designed, approachable pieces for everyday life.
— Mark Tritton, EVP and Chief Merchandising Officer, Target

And in case you're wondering... Project 62 won't be replacing any of their current lines, like the lovely things from . Who can live without fabulous , am I right?

Hungry for more? Check out .

(Photography: John Day for Target)

New Fall/Winter 2017 Ferm Living Collection

I really love being an American in Europe, because I get to be your scout and source for European trends and design. I plan to show you much more of what's what in Europe in the months to come, as I have plans for cattledogs to showcase even more of what you want to see from Europe. This morning, I want to show you inside of the newest collection from (also available in the USA) as they just released these images last night to the press. This may be your first view, so please pay attention because you're going to be totally inspired by the new Ferm Living collection. I'm including some pieces from Ferm Living Kids too.

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By merging the essence of a graphic Nordic design identity with an allure of understated sophistication we have created a vibrant and bold collection in which the richness of materials, volume and textures finds its balance among clean shapes and soft lines.
— Ferm Living

When I was in Milan this past April, I felt like many of the colors and patterns I saw would start to creep into interiors trends and so far, my predictions were correct. Milan Design Week inspired so many designers, and I'm so glad that it did because I loved what I saw in Milan. If you missed my trend post from the work I did for in Milan, you can read the entire report here.

This collection from Ferm is beautiful and I can't wait to see it in person in the upcoming months as I start to visit the top European design fairs. I'll definitely keep you posted both here on cattledogs and over on my Instagram @cattledogs during my travels.

Happy Friday!

(Images: With permission from Ferm Living)

HAY Designs for IKEA (and so will BYREDO!)

Esteemed Danish brand is on the brink of rolling out a very much-anticipated collection for IKEA called and I can't wait to see it in the flesh at my local . Until then, we can all drool over the sneak peeks they've sent to the press for a glimpse of what we can expect in stores this October.

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Lovely, isn't it? I can't wait to see the entire collection. I anticipate it will sell out quickly!

With 72 pieces in the YPPERLIG collection, it's clearly clean minimalism and technical innovation meets perfect editing. Shelving, mirrors, day beds, sofas, candle holders, cushions, even an updated version of the big blue IKEA shopper bag.

And did you also hear that IKEA has teamed up with Ben Gorham, founder of Stockholm-based perfumery ? Oh yes. They are hush hush about exactly what they are developing together for the home, but they do tease that it's scented... Let's hope candles! Please! More on that collaboration e.

(Images: IKEA)

 

Skagerak Furniture Nominated For 5 German Design Awards!

Do you know about ? If you live in Europe, I'm sure you've heard of them by now as they are making quite a big splash in the world of design over here. They're a family-owned Danish brand that designs and makes furniture for the home and patio along with beautiful interiors objects.

I have their in my home and just love it - my guests always comment on how good looking my bookcase is. When I had my own cattledogs booth earlier this year at the imm Cologne, I used their in blue which my visitors loved along with many of their accessories that I styled into the rooms I'd created there. As a fan of this brand, I was excited to read this morning that they've been nominated for 5 ! What a high honor this is.

DO Shelf System

DO Shelf System

Would you like to see some of my favorite pieces styled and arranged in beautiful spaces this morning? Then you can also dream alongside of me to own a cottage by the sea outfitted with these lovely things? I love their STORIES catalog, photographed on the island of Gotland in Sweden. I was in Gotland a year ago for midsommer and loved it (remember?) so this catalog really touched my heart since that was such a special place for me.

Gotland

Gotland

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Honestly, their collection is tops in my book. One of my dearest friends , a Creative Director and Stylist based in London, frequently styles campaigns for companies (like ) but also is a regular contributor to and I'll never forget a term she coined called "Scandinese". It's Scandinavian meets Japanese style and when I see Skagerak, I see Scandinese so clearly. It really does feel like the perfect edit. East meets West.

In German-speaking Europe, please Morten and Tinna Pedersen from for more information, or to shop online try my friends at in Hamburg or in Hannover.

Have a lovely day, I'll be back with a home tour in Paris!

(Images: Skagerak)

 

 

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.)