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DIY Minimalist Paper Christmas Tree For Small Spaces or Tabletops

If you have a small space or simply want to decorate a tabletop in a new way, then this non-traditional Christmas tree just may be your new favorite DIY project. Not only is it super cute, but I have the DIY "recipe" for you below along with very good news -- it's super cheap to make and looks lovely!

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This tree is just so sweet and I like it because my dear friend Leslie Shewring made it for the Scandinavian-inspired decorating story in our book, , and it can be made with paper in any color,  or even a monochromatic theme with the same color or use many colors and turn it into a rainbow tree! You can decorate it as you wish too, perhaps with white twinkle lights, colored lights, ornaments or anything else that catches your eye. You can even make several smaller versions in green and craft a woodland-theme party for a child's birthday - trees are not only for Christmas. Make it your own!

Here are a few simple instructions on how to make this paper fringe tree. This DIY can be found directly in our book in the holiday craft party section, complete with our playlist of songs to put you in a mood that is merry and bright!

DIY PAPER FRINGE TREE

Tools: You will need a hot glue gun, glue sticks, cardboard, black paper, lightweight white paper, black tape, scissors, craft knife.

ROW ONE (left to right)

STEP ONE: Cut the cardboard to your desired triangular tree shape.

STEP TWO: Start about 5cm (2 inches) from the bottom of the tree and cut approximately a 5cm (2 inches) wide strip of white paper to a length just wider than the width of the tree.

STEP THREE: Glue the top edge of the strip of white paper to the cardboard and then trim the width to the angle of the cardboard.

ROW TWO (left to right)

STEP FOUR: Create a fringe along the bottom edge of the white strip of paper you just glued down. Make the cuts about a 1cm (1/2 inch) apart.

STEP FIVE: Repeat with more white strips, making sure to overlap each one over the previous one.

STEP SIX: Finish by adding a black strip of paper to cover the exposed 5cm/2 inches of cardboard along the bottom of the triangle. Use black tape to wrap around the sides of this base, or just wrap the black paper around.

Decorate For a Party , Available in English, German, French and Italian and available where all fine books are sold.

, Available in English, German, French and Italian and available where all fine books are sold.

I love Holly and Leslie’s new book. Page by page with new and chic party ideas, all using inexpensive materials. Happy party everyone!
— Paul Lowe, Founder, SWEET PAUL magazine

Decorate For a Party is available in , and and of course in and also . It also available in Australia via and .

See you again tomorrow everyone with a little decorating project from my home to share.

Love,

Holly

9 Simple Swedish Things For The Home That I Love

Hi everyone, I hope that you are doing good. We've had a lot of snow the past few days and this weekend was filled with rela moments with friends and family and lots of good food. I love this time of the year when everything starts to slow down, don't you? Have you finished all of your holiday shopping yet? If not, I will tell you about a great spot to shop in Europe if you are still on the prowl for nice gifts. I went to in Hamburg earlier this year and now, I've shopped them again for some things to cozy up my home.

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Photo for Granit by n

In fact, I picked up linen cushions, a wooden bank, a zinc plant holder, string lights, a tee-pee for Aidan's bedroom, and a lovely fur throw. Tomorrow here on cattledogs, I'll share how everything looks all set up in his room - I need to take some photos for you because it's very sweet! The tee-pee is his new reading nook and a spot where he can dream and play during these cold, winter months. I can't wait to show you!

But first, here are 9 things from that I love - I consider them all useful and also decorative, and I believe that they will stand the test of time despite how trends come and go. And if you are living in Germany, I have good news for you... This Swedish design staple now has 4 stores here (the closest to me is located in Hamburg, there are two in Berlin (I shopped there over the summer at Granit in Mitte) and also you can go to Granit in Cologne. I hope they'll open in Hannover because it's really the perfect spot for them - fingers crossed!

Granit has an too though so it's easy to buy online and for the rest of Europe, .

1. n / Letterboard, Small (shown above). These are fun to put inspirational quotes on, and to change them up as you need to.

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2. / String of LED Lights - Totally versatile and I like the black mixed with the large bulbs, looks industrial and they're great for indoors or out.

3. / Ivory Teepee - This was so easy for me to set up and it's very sturdy too!

4. / Large Rubber Container - I like these rubber containers for plants or to use as paper bins for the office.

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5. / Cement Flower Pot with base - Gorgeous for bulbs this time of the year.

6. D / Twinkle LED light string - I like these in white and the fact that their are 80 of them, wow!

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7. / Wooden bench with black metal base (you can paint the wood any color you wish!)

8. / Black plant holder - I love seeing these with glass pots for plants, looks so unique!

9. / White linen cushion (other colors are available). I like these because the quality of the linen is so, so good and the fillers are great too - they are big and cozy to cuddle with.

And to "wrap" up this post, I need to show you some very simple Scandinavian ways to wrap your holiday presents, and everything you see can be purchased in the office supply section of Granit in-store or online . I love how they've used sprigs of fresh greenery too. It's so easy and uncomplicated to wrap beautiful gifts this way!

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I'll be back tomorrow to show you how I've created a cozy corner for my son's bedroom using things I found at Granit in Hamburg. See you soon!

(This post is sponsored by Granit. All words are my own.)

 

 

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10 Interiors + Lifestyle Things I Love For December

Ready for a little holiday shopping with me today? Hi there, it's Allan and can you believe that it is the last month of the year? Are you excited for the holidays? I know I am because I will be celebrating Christmas with my entire family, which hasn't happened since I was 8 or 9.

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Photo: Ann Ringstrand

I love this season because spending time finding the perfect gift for everyone and to just take my time with shopping makes me happy. I hate stressing, so if I don’t find everything on my list, I don’t sweat it. I’ll try it again next year. I am currently in Los Angeles, until mid-month, then I'll take a quick trip to Mexico before heading back to Copenhagen. It’s nice to get a few drops of the sun in before the long months of darkness.

I really hope that you enjoyed last months' "10 Favorites" list. I've received a bunch of very nice comments, so please keep it up – and feel free to recommend your favorites, maybe you know of brands and products that I don’t. This month, I have once again collected some of my favorites. Really pay attention to the art section, as these iconic photos are perfect for the wish list this year.

I also want to highlight the grooming sections, which are so much fun, I really am testing every product too, only the best for you guys!

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1 // FURNITURE:

If you follow me on Instagram, you would have noticed I just purchased the bench designed in 1946. The ash seat has been on the top of my wish list for years, and just a few weeks ago it was finally delivered. I use it as a coffee table, as the width is just perfect in my narrow living room. It comes in two different lengths and the clean linear aesthetic lines make it perfect if you want a simple look in your home.

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2 // ART:

I just love the old Hollywood glamour and I am such big fan of those great actors. Some of my favorites are Paul Newman, James Dean, Harrison Ford, Sean Connery and Roger Moore. has made it their sole mission to make iconic photographs available in super high quality perfect for any gallery wall. They are not only able to deliver magnificent photos of great actors, but also some of the most historic moments in sports and unique moments of some of the greatest musicians of our time. Check out among hundreds of photos in the Sonic Edition collection.

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 3 // DECORATE:

It is the season of lamps though finding the right one(s) is never easy. One thing is certain, you can (almost) never have too many, and most importantly choose lamps that give a warm, soft light. There is nothing worse than a harsh bright glare. For perfect ambiance, you need lamps in every corner, and you certainly do not have to go big, but a small lamp is perfect for a subtle cozy feeling on rainy, dark winter nights. I really recommend the new small, ripped table lamp , which is just so perfect in any corner of your home.

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4 // SLEEP:

Just a short train ride from Copenhagen you can check-in to the perfect spa hotel, . A former hospital now transformed into a beautiful spa retreat with a massive spa and sauna area, state of the art fitness facilities, multiple restaurants and amazing rooms. The junior suites have just been updated with new interior – and the views from the balconies are the best overlooking the Baltic Sea.

5 // LISTEN:

What can I say; it’s the holiday season. Just be happy I didn’t choose Jingle bells, jingle bells. Get out your Christmas cards, the stereo and start writing those cards to all your loved ones. It's Mariah Carey, All I want for Christmas is you! Classic.

By the way, what's your favorite Christmas song?

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6 // GROOM:

I am over the moon. We finally got our very own store in Copenhagen. I quickly dropped by to snatch some of their new men’s grooming collection, including great beard oil and face bronzer, which is just perfect to get you a little bit of a sun-kissed face.

I came across all natural unisex skincare brand, , which claims to be perfect for skin that faces the city, so I snatched up their city set #2, which includes a face mist that works perfectly for a quick fix up when on the go. I also enjoy the energizing face cream; it seems to really boost and revitalize your skin.

Finally, I have been washing my hair with products by Australian brand . Honestly, I don’t really wash my hair too often, so when I do, I do like nice products and the Stimulate-Me wash really spoke to me. And while I won't admit it just yet, I am getting older, which you can see on my fast retrieving hairline, so I had to try the thick.again spray. So far all I can say is that I really like the scent, does it work? I don’t know yet, but keep following me on IG and you might see me rocking a full-on mullet next year.

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 7 // READ:

has a new book out, a companion to their new website. This compact tome shows how to accomplish an unencumbered life in a home that makes us happy, with more than 100 simple and stylish tips, each clearly presented and accompanied by full-color photographs that are sure to inspire. A really nice book for the coffee table and a great source for updating your home in 2018.

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Photo: Rose cafe

8 // EAT:

One of the most iconic restaurants in Venice, LA, and one of my all-time favorites is . They recently did a major makeover making the outside restaurant even more perfect. The 5-course tasting menu is amazing and lets you taste more or less everything on the menu, and a few you won't find on the menu. Skip the butcher’s board, but do order the ravioli with braised pork. It is to die for.

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9 // SHOP:

As you are probably all shopped out after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and slowly regaining your strength for the Christmas shopping, I’ll make it easy for you this month. If you are in Europe, check out one of my favorite online shops for great design,  Rosborg. is just a great site to source those presents – and if you are in the US, you have to check out , which is ultra-curated designer furnishings and decor that are simply chic. 

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10 // SMELL:

Scented candles are everywhere. The trick is to choose the ones that don’t smell too much unlit, as the oils will really send out the scents when heating up. A new one on my radar is founder , who has started a new brand in her own name. I love the style and scent of the candle in the reusable ceramic cup by Gustavberg. Just perfect as a treat to yourself or perfect on your Christmas wish list.

Happy holidays and I will see you next year. -

(Text, Photos by unless otherwise noted)

[Editor's Note: Le Labo, Surface, Kevin Murphy, Skodsborg Hotel and Sonic Edition are part of an "in kind" partnership between Allan Torp and the brands. The lamp was part of a paid collaboration between Allan Torp and Lyngby Porcelain for Bungalow5. This review is provided by Allan Torp for cattledogs, any collaborations are his own. All words and opinions are his own.]

6 DIY Scandinavian Style Holiday Napkin Ideas

Would you like to learn how to make lovely stamped napkins for your holiday table this season? Well first, hi everyone and a very Happy Friday to you! Today is the 1 Advent and whether you celebrate the holidays or not, no doubt you will entertain this month in some way.

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These patterns are very holiday-neutral I guess you can say, yet if you tie them up with pine or something Christmas-y, they instantly look very much in the Christmas spirit. I love these napkins because Leslie made them for our book, , and they can be used for all types of parties, year round.

Imagine stamping them in different colors for a playful birthday party, in pastels for a kids' party, or in white against deep blue linens for a more boho look? The great thing about crafting and making by hand is that the sky is the limit - your creativity can take you where you'd like to go. 

Putting together a party can be overwhelming, especially when you have no idea where to start. Decorate for a Party breaks it down both logistically and visually and helps you decipher your party style. Whether planning a big bash or an intimate gathering, it’s an essential to have on hand for all your upcoming festivities.
— Joy Cho, OH JOY!

Here are a few simple instructions on how to make each napkin that you see above. This DIY can be found directly in our book in the holiday craft party section, complete with our playlist of songs to put you in a mood that is merry and bright!

White Napkins 6 Ways:

ROW ONE (left to right)

1. SINGLE TRIANGLES - We used sticky-backed foam sheets from the craft store for our stamps. Simply cut out your desired shape, then peel back the covering and stick it to another piece of foam that is slightly larger than your stamp shape. We started with a triangle in a random pattern. (Note: You can also stick the foam to wooden blocks or use a potato to cut your shape, but we found the foam worked best for this project.)

2. SQUARES - This is a quick design to execute. Use a small square cut from the foam sheet and repeat.

3. STARS - A soft matte fabric paint is used to create these designs as the paint washes nicely and has a softer feel. Be careful not to use the harder dimensional fabric paints. A star is cut from the foam and repeated. We used a square-edged paintbrush to touch up in a few places.

ROW TWO (left to right)

4. BARS - Create this fun linear design by placing four foam strips together on one stamp.

5. SPOTS - For this design, we’ve used a round sponge stamp from the craft store.

6. DOUBLE TRIANGLES - We created two stamps and each had two different triangle foam shapes. Don’t be afraid to touch up your design with a small square-edged paintbrush to sharpen some of the edges of the design when necessary.

NOTE: For some of these patterns, you can make them more holiday-themed by altering the designs just a little bit. For instance, the triangles could be stacked to look like Christmas trees by stacking 3 on top of each other from example 1. The spots, example 5, could be stacked in threes to form a snowman. You can also mix and match prints. The bars and spots together could be created to read Ho Ho Ho.

Decorate For a Party , Available in English, German, French and Italian and available where all fine books are sold.

, Available in English, German, French and Italian and available where all fine books are sold.

Decorate For a Party is available in , and and of course in and also . It also available in Australia via and .

Have a lovely weekend everyone, I wish you a wonderful start to December!

Love,

Holly

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10 Interiors + Lifestyle Things I Love For November

Hi cattledogs readers! I am so excited to be part of cattledogs starting with this column, and am so happy to be taking my own “10 Things I Love” post to all new heights here for all of you! So first thing first: My name is (read my bio here), and on a daily basis I run Denmark’s leading blog on interior, design and lifestyle called Bungalow5 and will from now on, also share my favorites monthly here on cattledogs.

The concept is pretty simple, 10 more or less an identical set of categories where a few might change accordingly. I will focus mostly on what I know best, Scandinavian design, however, I am traveling quite a lot, so international things might show up and I will make sure, that you can order all items online for delivery wherever you are.

I hope you like what I share in my columns, you might find it a bit to the masculine side, but hey, I am a man. Plus, Holly loves my style so I think she knows her readers well enough to know that you will all find my angle interesting and fun to read. So let us begin!

1 // Furniture:

THE PENGUIN CHAIR. To me at least, this is a relatively unknown Danish design chair, which I recently saw on a visit at the in New York. It was designed by Danish designer In Kofod-Larsen. Even though Ib achieved international success in the 1950s, and his became one of Denmark’s best selling pieces in the US, he is almost nowhere to be found – and I hadn’t heard anything about him or his chair before I saw it in New York. Luckily for us, it is back in production by Brdr. Petersen and sold world wide.

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2 // Art

I am always looking for new and more art for my white walls. A new favorite of mine is , a Danish online gallery where all prints are super high quality and made-to-order in the size you want. I just brought home Bjarke Johansen’s cowboy to add a bit of the modern wild west to my Scandinavian modern, mid-century home.

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3 // Decorate:

I am a collector. I have things everywhere. I am not a classic Scandi minimalist. Sometimes I have a hissy fit and get rid of a bunch of things, but magically, shelves, corners and side tables get packed very quickly again. This month I have my eye set on a few items from the newly opened one-of-a-kind objects shop . I really like the very unusual yet charming stoneware candle holders by Malwina Kleparska and the petrified wood trays that I am sure will be the next big thing. From Danish Menu, I really love the new , Designed by Aleksandar Lazic, it is even beautiful on its own without flowers and not too girly (nothing wrong with girly, just not my style, sorry). I simply had to bring home a bit of the new collection on a recent trip to Paris, too.

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4 // Sleep:

As a design capital, Copenhagen has really been lacking on proper, nicely decorated design hotels. Luckily that is changing rapidly. Skt. Petri finally got upgraded, SP34 has been among the favorites for a long time, but now both , , and opens their doors to beautiful interiors and very well-designed hotels. I cannot wait to be a tourist in my own city.

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5 // Listen:

While we wait for the long anticipated new Sam Smith album, I am very happy with his latest single release, .

6 // Groom:

As it gets darker and darker and the days gets shorter, I find it even more necessary to take good care of myself and my skin. This month I’ll make it goal to do a weekly facial with the new Masculinity series for men by , give my hands a daily rub with the salvia, rosemary and lavender hand crème, old lady like I know, but I like it anyway, and of course I am over the moon about the new unisex Hwyl eau de parfum -- smokey, woody, rich, perfect for a winter scent.

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7 // Read:

First, my own book - my debut title, ", published by . Holly will be reviewing it on cattledogs soon, but I had to share it in a photo I took in my home, below. I hope that you will order it, too!

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Aside from my own book, I cannot wait to dive into the new . As an entrepreneur myself I am really looking forward to reading and being inspired by others around the world.

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"Entreprenuer" Photos by @Holly Becker as my copy hasn’t arrived just yet.

8 // Eat:  

Right now I am working on making a menu at the Copenhagen restaurant , a newly opened restaurant owned by design hotel Skt. Petri. I am of course working closely together with the head chef Patryk Stafin, who used to work at Noma. Including in the menu are both a pre-dinner and after-dinner drink, just as I like it. So if you are in Copenhagen between end of November to mid February, you should really book a table. I promise you, it is delicious. Keep an eye out for the P Menu, which will be my menu. And promise me you’ll go all out, with drinks, wine and the entire menu – that’s how I designed it.

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9 // Shop:

I am a frequent traveler to Los Angeles, and at the end of November I’ll be going again for three weeks. Once in LA, I’ll head straight to Main Street in Venice for the new From the looks of it, a calm cool space with a curious mix of far-flung and homegrown fashion and objects, I'll love it. I already love their shop in Silver Lake, so I am sure I’ll enjoy shopping in their new shop just as much. And I love Venice too, so mega win win.

10 // One last thing:

I have really been searching for the perfect office chair, right now, I have stolen one from my dining room, not ideal, but it works until I find the right one. I really like the look of , the all black version would be amazing, and they promise amazingly comfort.

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Hope you have a great day, see you in December with my next installation of "10 Things I Love". - Allan

8 Plant Shops You Need To See

Hi friends! I'm in Helsinki at the moment shopping, touring a design fair and hanging out with new friends and bloggers who are touring along with me. It's really nice and a lot of fun to be in Finland for the first time - it's all just wonderful. While I'm out and about shopping (follow me on Instagram to see what I see along the way), I've been thinking about how much shops inspire me when I travel and how they give you a real sense of the city and those who live there, don't you think?

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Today I thought we could go shopping together, only for plants. I think the plant trend finally got the best of me because I never cared to have many in my home before, but now I have more than ever before in my life! Like maybe 20 and for me, that's a collection!

My mother with her macrame planters would be so proud of me! I finally like plants and have learned to care for them. I can't believe I typed that.

Here are some charming plant shops around the world to check out for inspo today. I wonder if Helsinki has some good plant (or flower) shops? Do you know? Hmmmm....

1. Kaktus København, Copenhagen ( and ). I hope to catch a peek at this store when I go to Copenhagen next May. Will be fun to finally see it in person. Looks so cute. I love the idea of an entire shop devoted to cactus! Click on any of the photos above to enlarge or save. And don't the shop owners look so cute?

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2. Botany, London (e and ). I'll be back in London in November so I plan to definitely hit this shop up! I love their pots, too!

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3. Plant Shop, Seattle ( and ). For those on the west coast USA, this looks like quite a heavenly spot for plant shopping, doesn't it? Anyone been before?

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4. Wildernis, Amsterdam ( and ). I found these guys on Instagram and have been following them ever since. What a sweet shop. I will go when I'm in Amsterdam for in November.

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5. Forest London, London ( and ). This place looks so nice and classy for a plant shop, doesn't it? And they carry Aesop. I'm such an Aesop fan lately, you too?

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6. Plant By Packwood, Fitroy, Australia ( and ). Oh Australia. I love how many things from your country impress me and beckon me to come visit....

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7. The Green Depot, Western Australia ( and ). How cute is this??? Seriously!

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8. Niche, Boston ( and ). Sometimes I miss Boston with it's sweet shops and great places to eat. I have a lot of memories there! I never shopped Niche before, but it looks like a great plant shop to visit if you're in the neighborhood!

What is your favorite plant store and where is it? Please leave a link in the comments section below!

(Photography: Linked to shops above except for , and .)