Northern Lighting From Oslo Will Expand Into Furniture and Accessories

Have you heard of the Norwegian lighting brand ? They are soon to become known as NORTHERN since lighting will not be their sole concentration anymore, and they will debut their new collection to include furniture and accessories very soon at Stockholm Design Week. I love their lighting and can't wait to see what else is up their sleeve. Some of my favorites in the collection are shown below - stunning, right?

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One of my favorites from their collection is the . Have you seen it before? I just adore the shape and how simple it is while still catching the eye. You can see it below in white.

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Northern Lighting From Oslo Will Expand
Northern Lighting From Oslo on cattledogs
Northern Lighting From Oslo on cattledogs
Northern Lighting From Oslo on cattledogs
 Images created for Northern Lighting. Styling by Per Olav Sølvberg. Photography by Chris Tonnesen
Northern Lighting From Oslo on cattledogs
Northern Lighting From Oslo on cattledogs

If their lighting is THIS good, I can't wait to see what else they will design... We shall see soon enough I'm sure.

(Images: Northern Lighting)

 

10 Interiors + Lifestyle Favorites For January

Happy New Years from me, Allan Torp, to you all. I'm back for 2018 here on cattledogs with my once-monthly column highlighting 10 things I love that I hope are interesting to you too. Anyway... Good to be back.

I like NYE for its many great traditions, or at least our Danish traditions. For one, almost everyone meets early to watch the Queen’s live speech on TV at 6pm, one of the most cherished traditions among the Danes. Another one I really enjoy is that we all jump into the new year, meaning we all stand on a chair or the couch at the time of midnight and when the big city clock (broadcasted live on TV) chimes we all jump to land on the floor and then we sing the national song.

New Year also calls for reflections, not only the year that was, but also what we want to get out of 2018. Have you made yours already? I always make sure that I have a few points that I know will come true and also have a few dream scenarios that I would like to see come true, something that with a bit of hard and clever work will come true.

I will leave you with my 10 favorites – jump to no. 5, hit play and then go through the rest of the list as the song plays. It’s so addictive.

Photo styled by Sundling/Kickén and photographed by Emily Laye

Photo styled by Sundling/Kickén and photographed by Emily Laye

1 // Furniture:

Quality handcrafted furniture is going to be even bigger this coming year. We are finally leaving the buy and get rid off era for good – also when it comes to interiors. Surrounding yourself with long-lasting pieces will only make you happier. One of my biggest crushes right now is Swedish furniture and accessories studio , who craft pristine, handmade pieces to die for. They manufacture all pieces themselves with materials such as leather from the world's only environmentally-certified tanner, , in combination with beautiful lacquered ash. Their trolley (shown above) is one of my favorites. What do you think of it?

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2 // Art

I have been enjoying the works of Danish-based for quite a while and I am also lucky enough to have a few of his pieces in my own home. His geometric mid-century masculine vibe really speaks to me and my aesthetics. He recently collaborated with Danish , whom I also have shown you guys in my November column, which really showcases both brands perfectly.

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3 // Decorate:

The spirit that was created by Peter Bang and Svend Olufsen during the first twenty-five years of Bang & Olufsen’s life has survived until now. The issue with Bang & Olufsen products are, for most, that they do not come cheap. Their obstinate stance to keep producing super overpriced design products where the technology really didn’t keep up with their competitors, almost meant the death of B&O.

Luckily, they came to their senses and have finally begun to produce Bang & Olufsen products where design and technology are on point – like their .

Just released is the limited edition green version (shown above in my home), not environmentally green, but just green as in the color --  a color that really takes the speaker system to new heights, inspired by nature that makes perfect harmony with the décor of 2018.

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4 // Sleep:

Just after Christmas I visited friends in London, and had booked a night at the. I have been following their Instagram account for a while and really wanted to experience it myself. The location is perfect, just a 5 minute walk from Covent Garden and on the tube line going directly to Heathrow. The vibe is phenomenal and I am not sure I’ve ever experienced a livelier lobby before. It seems like locals just drop by to hang out, drink coffee and work on their laptops throughout the day, which I really enjoyed. Nothing worse than a generic and dead hotel. My room was not the biggest, but they had really made the most of it and a huge round mirror made it seem bigger. The oldest trick in the décor handbook. Book on your next trip to London.

5 // Listen:

I have a tendency to replay a good song over and over again, luckily this one, , only gets better the more you play it.

‘Float is about feeling responsible for damaging a fragile person. The video is a disorienting but beautiful piece that shows someone left alone in a cold, harsh environment, while I’m kinda dwelling within my conscience. My mind grows increasingly clouded the more i think about her. I think it really captures the distance and confusion of a first heartbreak.’
— Thomston
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6 // Groom:

I have been washing my face with face wash, ten to seven, for the past month. A product that is all free from bad ingredients and just perfect for the guy who wants well-kept skin without spending a fortune. Extra bonus: it comes in perfect travel size container with smart lock closing, so you don’t end up with a toiletry bag full of face wash and lotion.

I’ve also been enjoying the newest , Another 13, which until recently was exclusively sold in Colette, but with them closing their doors for good, is now available worldwide. It’s composed of ambroxan, a synthetic animal musk, making Another 13 an addictive dirty potion blended with twelve other ingredients such as jasmine, moss and ambrette seeds absolute - which gives it spike and shine.

Finally, I am showing you guys the shower essentials at Hoxton hotel in Holborn, London, (photo above) which is nicely illustrated by London-based – and can currently only be purchased at the reception shop at the hotel.
 

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7 // Read:

Written by the authors of Oak the Nordic Journal, is a compendium of more than 200 objects of Nordic design. Every classic you can think of from Marimekko, Iittala, and Fritz Hansen, and objects such as the blue and white Royal Copenhagen porcelain and the most recognizable pair of scissors, the orange Fiskars, are all born out of the Nordic countries and can be found in this book.
 

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8 // Eat:  

I recommend this restaurant solely because I love their name, , which means love in Danish. It is based in Chicago and named one of the best new restaurants opened in the US in 2017, so it must be good right. I certainly would “elske” to jump into the 8-course menu at $85. Anyone want to join me?

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9 // Shop:

A favorite among many Scandinavian interior bloggers and stylists, Gothenburg-based shop and their sister shop next door, Artilleriet Kitchen, is full of one-of-a-kind finds and many other great décor products. Holly just went there back in September with the West Sweden tourism board so she'll tell you all about it soon on cattledogs. Remember to check out their sample sale section online where you can with a bit of luck make some very good bargains.

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10 // One last thing:

announced the color of the year. Ultra Violet. I am not sure what to think, I am pretty sure I won't be filling my home with a violet color palate anytime soon. What do you think? Hmmmmm......

See you next month, everyone! -

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[Editor's Note: Le Labo, Myego and Bang & Olufsen are gifted as part of reviewing for this column in partnership between and the brands. This review is provided by Allan Torp for cattledogs, any collaborations are his own. All words and opinions are his own.]

19 Ways To Grow Your Pinterest Account Fast + Easy for 2018

Hello friends and a very happy new year to all of you! I am so glad to be here writing again, it's been a few weeks but I'm happy to be back on the blog. I have a million posts to write, a lot to tell you about and share, but first I thought since lots of you are thinking about your business and goals for the year at the moment, I'd post this great file in my shop - but I warn you, it's very expensive. It's ONE DOLLAR.

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This one page PDF is the ultimate cheat sheet for anyone looking to grow their PINTEREST account. All of these tips are fresh and current for 2018 and have allowed me to increase my followers to nearly 370,000 with 5.9 MILLION monthly views. You will definitely learn a lot, quickly, that you can apply to your Pinterest account TODAY.

This PDF will definitely be a big help to your Pinterest account and for only $1.00, it's cheaper than any book, class or the time that it would take for you to learn these 19 tips through trial and error as I have. Thank you in advance for your purchase!

I want to get back to posting some good solid business tips for my fellow entrepreneurs and those of you also using social media daily like me so this is my first attempt at getting some business posts back on the blog again that can be helpful to others like me who are working hard online each and every day (it can be so exhausting!).

I wish you all a wonderful new year, I'm back to blogging again weekly starting now and will begin to share all of my news, travel highlights, trends for 2018, home tours, posts from my contributors, with you starting now. Time to get back to blogging for 2018!

Love,

Holly

P.S. I'm on Martha Stewart giving mood board advice! .

Tour This Colorful Georgian Home In Edinburgh

Today I would like to show off a home in the city of Edinburgh, a UNESCO world heritage site that has been fiercely preserved, with the result that, unusually, for a capital city, many of the most desirable homes are right in the center. Wondering around the Georgian masterpiece of the New Town, you really have to pinch yourself – yes, people actually live here!

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And by the way, hello everyone, it's again with another home tour from Scotland for cattledogs readers! Let's visit the home of Architect and Designer, Roddy Murray and his partner, Andrew Keith, President of & , a fashion retail and brand management group in Asia.

Together, Roddy and Andrew took the shell of a magnificent Georgian townhouse and restored it to a gorgeous contemporary home. The property was a lawyers office for sixty years and in a tired state. Resisting the temptation of either a radical update or a faithful preservation project, instead, subtle layers of the best of both Scottish and international design have been applied, resulting in a colorful reinvention of this classical building.

The work of Scottish designers, makers, and artists is in evidence throughout the house, from the lanterns in the entrance hall, which were made by a local blacksmith, and fabrics manufactured at the mills in the Scottish Borders, to the couple’s art collection, much of which is by alumni of the Glasgow School of Art, where Roddy studied.

The work of Scottish designers, makers, and artists is in evidence throughout the house, from the lanterns in the entrance hall, which were made by a local blacksmith, and fabrics manufactured at the mills in the Scottish Borders, to the couple’s art collection, much of which is by alumni of the Glasgow School of Art, where Roddy studied.

The work of Scottish designers, makers, and artists is in evidence throughout the house, from the lanterns in the entrance hall, which were made by a local blacksmith, and fabrics manufactured at the mills in the Scottish Borders, to the couple’s art collection, much of which is by alumni of the Glasgow School of Art, where Roddy studied.

The pair lives much of the year in Hong Kong, where Andrew is president of the fashion retailers and , the world-famous department stores recently overhauled and redesigned by Italian Designer Paola Navone. Roddy has a design practice that spans architecture and interiors with clients all over the world.

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Both Roddy and Andrew are from Central Scotland originally and were looking for a Scottish base where they could spend more time with family. The wanted something more character-filled than their 1960s Hong Kong apartment, and the Georgian architecture available in the center of Edinburgh proved irresistible.

Tour This Colorfulful Georgian Home In Edinburgh on cattledogs, Photography Douglas Gibb

The property is listed, which meant that they were not allowed to knock down walls, ‘we had to respect the bones of the house,’ Roddy explains, ‘but we didn’t want to live in a museum. During the renovations we found a 200-year-old marble fireplace behind some boarding and the original wooden flooring under the knackered office lino which was in brilliant condition, so we knew we had the perfect base to fulfill our vision.’

Tour This Colorfulful Georgian Home In Edinburgh on cattledogs, Photography Douglas Gibb
Tour This Colorfulful Georgian Home In Edinburgh on cattledogs, Photography Douglas Gibb
Tour This Colorfulful Georgian Home In Edinburgh on cattledogs, Photography by Douglas Gibb

The combination of old and new extends to the decoration, which deftly combines pieces spanning several centuries of style. In the first-floor sitting room, for example, gold Kartell lamps have been placed on top of an antique Chinese console table.

Tour This Colorfulful Georgian Home In Edinburgh on cattledogs, Photography Douglas Gibb
Tour This Colorfulful Georgian Home In Edinburgh on cattledogs, Photography Douglas Gibb
Tour This Colorfulful Georgian Home In Edinburgh on cattledogs, Photography Douglas Gibb

They laid out the interior to suit their lifestyle. The dining room and kitchen are on the first floor, double doors connect the kitchen to a light-filled drawing room creating a large, open living and entertaining space at the heart of the house.

dining room mixes a Georgian chandelier with mid-century Knoll furniture and edgy Damask wallpaper by the Glasgow-based design duo Timorous Beasties.

The dining room mixes a Georgian chandelier with mid-century Knoll furniture and edgy Damask wallpaper by the Glasgow-based design duo .

Tour This Colorfulful Georgian Home In Edinburgh on cattledogs, Photography Douglas Gibb
Tour This Colorfulful Georgian Home In Edinburgh on cattledogs, Photography Douglas Gibb

The cozier, downstairs sitting room, houses an astonishing sculpture between the windows, a hollowed out marble bust by Edinburgh-based artist, .

When we finished the house, we had 60 people round for a party, which was the first time it had been used as a residential house for probably over 60 years. It felt like the house was coming back to life.
— Andrew Keith
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The gorgeous master bedroom is also on the ground floor and there are three further guest bedrooms at the top of the house.

The house is utterly rooted in its Scottish setting and enjoys a strong sense of place, while contemporary furniture and lighting by iconic designers such as Tom Dixon, Arne Jacobsen, and Paola Navone, add international verve. Rugs throughout the house have been designed by Roddy himself, a new venture for him, his beautiful designs can be found at .

dining room mixes a Georgian chandelier with mid-century Knoll furniture and edgy Damask wallpaper by the Glasgow-based design duo Timorous Beasties.

A recent trip to India clearly had an influence, particularly when it came to choosing the rich turquoise and salmon-pink paint colors for the ground-floor sitting room and master bedroom. In the sitting room, a classic Berber rug is dazzlingly layered over a one-off design by Roddy, inspired by a trip to Jaipur. ‘In terms of interiors, there’s been a lot of grey over the past 10 years,’ says Murray, ‘but we wanted to use bold colors. Because of the size of the rooms, we knew it would work.’

dining room mixes a Georgian chandelier with mid-century Knoll furniture and edgy Damask wallpaper by the Glasgow-based design duo Timorous Beasties.
dining room mixes a Georgian chandelier with mid-century Knoll furniture and edgy Damask wallpaper by the Glasgow-based design duo Timorous Beasties.

These joyful splashes of bright shades, combined with the mix of patterns, textures, and displays of art throughout the house, both celebrate and update the Georgian structure, resulting in a lively home that was made for entertaining. ‘As we don’t live in Scotland all the time, it’s great to have a place where we can get everyone together,’ says Keith. ‘When we finished the house, we had 60 people round for a party, which was the first time it had been used as a residential house for probably over 60 years. It felt like the house was coming back to life.’

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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