Cupcake Cases DIY: Wall Decoration For Christmas

I love trying fun new ways to decorate for every season, and in winter there are so many options for the holidays and also because you are indoors more during the cooler months. I don't know about you, but being inside more puts my focus on how my home is looking. I start to notice the curtains that no longer look so good or the boring tabletop arrangement, or that I really should water my plants more regularly! Today, I want to show you a really fun and clever little craft idea for your holiday decor that will take you maybe 10 minutes or less!

 My friend  Pamuk  shown above.

My friend shown above.

This idea can be found in the Scandinavian-inspired decorating story in, , and it can be made with cupcake cases or small candy cases in any color or pattern. To keep it very simple, we went with white. You can use white ones and paint the rims in metallic gold if you like, or inside of each case, place a colored dot, or a circular photo of a family member (like your kids). I like - they'd be perfect for this project if you want a more traditional, festive look in red and white. 

Here are a few simple instructions on how to make this easy little tree for your wall.

DIY CUPCAKE CASES WALL DECORATION

Tools: You will need approximately 34 cupcake cases, double-sided tape, 1 long dark string, washi tape for the star.

STEP ONE: Start with the top case and stick to the wall using double-sided tape. Drop a dark string below it using a piece of tape to use as a guide to keep your rows straight as you work. Cupcake cases should go on each side of the string, for instance.

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STEP TWO: Beneath the single top case, you should begin to create rows using double-sided tape, cases and space them evenly from one to the next. I started by using the string in the center and put cupcake cases to the left and then to the right, of the string, to keep them neat and even.

To create rows like mine, here is the recipe: Top case, row 1: 2 cases, row 2: 4 cases, row 3: 6 cases, row 4: 8 cases, row 5: 10 cases.

STEP THREE: Once all of your cases are in place, remove the string you'd used as a guide. Now add your tree base using 3 cases.

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STEP FOUR: Finish with a washi tape star. Cut 4 strips of equal length and hang from the side of the table. Directly above the top case, place the first strip of tape. You will be making a cross shape. Next, place another piece of tape over the first one to create a cross. Next, tape your 3rd piece of tape and place it on a diagonal to create an "X" on top of the cross shape along with the final piece of tape. Now you have your star.

  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 .

Love,

Holly

(Photos and Text: Holly Becker)

Modern Paris Apartment with a French Country Twist - Home Tour

Ah, French home decor - especially Parisian apartments... Can you get enough? I can't! If you want to see a lovely little Paris apartment decked out in a beautiful, clean style to inspire your own decor, then this home tour is just what you need to see today. I just love it and you won't find it anywhere else on the web yet so for the moment, it's for your eyes only. Of course, feel free to change that by pinning the photos below to your boards on Pinterest. I certainly plan to!

Paris Apartment Home Tour on cattledogs

There are so many inspiring features in this newly renovated apartment by agency and the apartment is located on the rive droite of Paris, in the south of the fashionable ‘Marais’ district,

s had a few major design objectives: to optimize space and to improve flow in this very rectangular 78m2 (approx. 800 square feet) space.

The traditional tomette tile flooring inspired the architects to bring in a more contemporary edge to an overall country decor style through the addition of bold colors and modern patterns.

TIP: TOMETTE TILE - Traditional terra cotta tile, hexagonal in shape, eco-friendly and a symbol of Provence and traditional French country homes.

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Atelier-style windows were installed to separate the entrance to the living room which was a great idea because before, the front door opened directly into the living room which felt very impersonal.

Paris Apartment Home Tour on cattledogs

I love the style of this space, it's definitely country but with a major twist so it feels very current and even more, young and fresh. I like how clean and bright that this space feels. It's not minimalistic, which I also love because I am so bored seeing 3-4 things in a room - that's not decorating or design to me, that's 3-4 things in a room! Sorry, but it's how I feel.

A home is where you read books and show your art collection and jump on the sofa with your children and throw big cocktail parties where someone is always going to spill a gin tonic on your rug. This apartment feels like you can relax and enjoy being home. It also feels very welcoming and cozy with the soft, inviting seating that still has clean lines but also a sofa you can really sink into and relax upon. I am also very tired of seeing sofa after sofa at fairs that look beautiful but feel like rocks when you sit on them. I don't get it! I don't want to pay to be uncomfortable.

I really love the built-ins in this space for books and objects to display, but also in the hallway, I noticed a built-in wall unit which I imagine holds scarves, mittens, hats, boots, and coats. It's such a clever thing that these architects did, to add these glass doors and windows to separate the living from the entry area.

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On the other side of the living room is the dining area and to the right of it, a few stairs take you up to a cozy sleep space.

Paris Apartment Home Tour on cattledogs
Paris Apartment Home Tour on cattledogs

This is the perfect nook for guests to sleep, or if you have a child, for them to sleep and play. It also is a great TV room for when you want to cozy up and watch a film since the main living room doesn't have a TV.

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I really love the different tones of white, gray, blue, green and pink in this space that range from soft, pastels to bold, rich jewel tones. Punctuated with mustard yellow in the living room, and with a tomato red in the bedroom. 

Paris Apartment Home Tour on cattledogs

Another door off of the living/dining room takes you to the gorgeous kitchen with beautiful custom wooden cabinetry. Pay attention to the skylight and how they framed the ventilation above the stove in glass cabinetry. I found it so interesting...

Paris Apartment Home Tour on cattledogs

In this space, I almost wonder if they intentionally painted on the floor to make it less orange, keeping that single tile different? It seems so, doesn't it? The rest of the house has the very orange tile but it works because of the rugs. In this space, with all of the wood, the orange tile may have been too strong, so perhaps washing it out a bit was a good design solution? In any case, I love it.

Paris Apartment Home Tour on cattledogs

Next, is the bedroom and bath. This seems to be located on the other side of the entryway, perhaps the front door is on the other wall? I love looking at home tours like this because it's fun to try to figure out where all of the doors lead. Also in this photo, pay attention to the gorgeous blue built-in cabinetry in the bedroom - it's gorgeous right? When I think of Paris, I always think of blue and green tones like this. I want to try to bring this vibe to my home in 2018 so I need to think about how I can do it...

By the way, what do you think about the glass window to the bathroom? I love this! It's such a growing trend in Europe in hotel design to have glass walls in the bathroom, and some people really hate it - but I don't mind if it's in an en-suite bathroom - but I think I would have the lower glass panels be frosted so natural light still flows into the windowless bathroom while you still maintain your privacy. I don't care how "married" you are, I like my private moments.

Paris Apartment Home Tour on cattledogs

The bathroom is tiny but so well done! I like the shelf above the tub for storage and the storage beneath the sink. I also love the tile because it is in the same hexagon shape as the terra cotta flooring throughout the house.

Paris Apartment Home Tour on cattledogs

And I guess you can say that I saved the best for last with this gorgeous bedroom! I love this space - it feels so fresh and all of the built-in cabinetry is just divine and such a clever use of space in a small city apartment. I would love to hire architects to do this in my own home someday if I ever decide to stay in one place...

Finally though, the light. We need to discuss this light! I instantly know who designed it,  for . When I was in Milan this past April, I had lunch with the founder Amélie Du Passage, and she was just amazing and such an inspiration to me. This light, has become quite trendy here in Europe and comes in two sizes, this is the largest one. It makes such a statement while being light, airy and a bit humorous - I love it.

Did you enjoy this home tour today? I hope that you did. It was so fun to share it with you!

(Photography with permission: )

 

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.

  Photo for Granit by  Seraina Silja Hürliman n

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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