5 Ways To Create a Mindful, Minimalist Work Space

Hello dear cattledogs friends, how have you been? It's me Agata, I hope you had a great and inspiring start of the year. January to me is the month of new beginnings and major resolutions like work space organizing, often easier said than done!

5 Ways To Create a Mindful, Minimalist Work Space on cattledogs

A minimal work space is definitely a thing of beauty, we like to see it in the pages of the magazines, thinking it would be hard to achieve in our own home, am I right? Growing up in a world where we are constantly being persuaded to have more, own more and buy more, the idea of intentionally living with less seems almost impossible. It seems to be an approach we are never introduced to, turns out it's not the matter of, "where would I keep all my things" but, ‚"do I really need all my things?" Do I need all of those plastic pens and papers on my desk? How about keeping only what we truly need and truly want to see? Sounds tempting?

5 Ways To Create a Mindful, Minimalist Work Space on cattledogs

Don't be scared, it doesn't necessary mean to empty the room (not at all!) at least not to me. I believe in surrounding myself with the objects I find inspiring: the magazine cut out I could look at all day, a calendar with handmade calligraphy, a favorite lamp, 3 pairs of scissors (because I love each design!). There is no rule as long as the object makes us happy each time we look at it.

5 Ways To Create a Mindful, Minimalist Work Space on cattledogs
5 Ways To Create a Mindful, Minimalist Work Space on cattledogs

Work space is our work and concentration zone, it is important to make it uncluttered, functional but also inspiring and visually interesting, especially for those of us working in a creative field.
The creative minds know that is important to stay inspired during the working hours. Whether you are an artist, painter, graphic designer, interior stylist, writer, photographer, visual stimulation is what motivates us and gives us the creative power, so here are 5 tips to style your desk in an inspiring yet minimal way:

5 Ways To Create a Mindful, Minimalist Work Space on cattledogs

1. Interior style

In order to make your work space truly inspiring, make sure it is in line with your personal style. If, for example, you don't like the look of the big, black, leather chairs don't get them for your home office, it is not a corporate desk, it's your home, so your work space should represent you.

2. Essentials

Think about each tool you have in your work space, staplers, hole puncher, dozens of pens (though when needed, impossible to find!) Eliminate the unnecessary. Make sure that what is left is not only functional but makes you happy. Pens and scissors can be pretty too! Here are 3 questions which can help you determine what you should keep:

  • How often will I use it?
  • Do I want to keep it?
  • How does it affect my mood?

3. Inspiration

Mix essentials needed for your job (computer/camera/paints) with daily inspiration so your mind does not drift somewhere else every time you sit down to work, but stays right where you are. Try to come up with creative ways to surround yourself with items that make you feel inspired and motivated. It can be anything from mood boards to photos of your dream home.

4. Less is more

A minimalist approach helps to create a space with less distraction, more freedom, and more time to focus on our work.  When considering office furniture, opt for clean lines which aid in concentration.

5. Styling

A little bit of thoughtfulness in your arrangements through styling helps to display your inspiration and essentials in a pleasing way. Play with what's on your desk to create a nice composition. Just make sure you still have a little bit of space to actually work *wink*.

What do you think? Do you like the minimal approach?

See you again in February everyone! -

(Photos, Text, Styling: )

8 Fantastic Rug Dealers From Domotex Hannover 2018

Hello everyone! When I was at , I saw a TON of rug dealers but today I want to show you 8 that I really loved and think you will like too. Two days at the fair just wasn't enough time. Next year, I will definitely go for three days. It's really an impressive rug show. I couldn't believe this was the first time I'd been, given that I've lived in Hannover for over 8 years and I'm so involved in the design world. Glad to say, this won't be my last visit to - I already have it on my calendar for January 2019 because it was just so impressive and focused. I loved that the most, the focus - to just be absorbed all day long in flooring. 

If you missed it, here is a post about my experience speaking at Domotex and what we discussed in our panels too, so visit this page for more on that because you may find it all quite interesting to read.

Here are 8 of my favorite Rug Dealers who were at #Domotex.

1. Mariantonia Urru

is both a company and the name of its founder, who started the workshop in Sardinia fueled with a passion for traditional motifs and weaving techniques along with bringing these techniques into modern homes to create a beautiful, inspiring setting. In addition to their own designs in-house, they have collaborated with Patricia Urquiola, Paulina Herrera, PLS Design, Carolina Melis, Silvio Betterelli, Antonio Marras and Caterina Quartana.

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I loved their fish patterns and overall, the colorways as they were so soft and had a unique coastal vibe that reminded me of my childhood on the beach. I particularly loved how tactile they were, and that they are going even beyond rugs to upholster furniture and create floor cushions too.

2. Rug & Kilim

wasn't so new to me because we share a common bond. The owner is the brother of Jason from , who advertised on cattledogs for years and years when I was living in the United States and still had ads on this blog. I have a special spot in my heart for Nazmiyal, so when I learned Rug & Kilim was in Hannover at Domotex, I knew I had to go meet them.

Rug Dealers That I Loved At Domotex 2018
Rug Dealers That I Loved At Domotex 2018

I was so surprised by what I found! They are taking motifs from traditional Scandinavian rugs and reinventing them in new, subtle and simple colorways and the quality was just beautiful. I really loved these kilims - so fresh and modern. I could have taken several with me, in fact, I still wish I had ordered one but there is always Domotex next year!

3. Sania Pell for Unlimited Style Rugs

One big highlight for me was to see the rugs that were designed based off of the paintings of my dear friend, London stylist and art director, for .

 Rug in the center, Sania Pell

Rug in the center, Sania Pell

Rug Dealers That I Loved At Domotex 2018
Rug Dealers That I Loved At Domotex 2018
  Here is Niki Brantmark from  My Scandinavian Home , who loved the blush rug most!

Here is Niki Brantmark from My Scandinavian Home, who loved the blush rug most!

I met the owner, Sushma Arora, and her lovely daughter, a, and had such a nice time celebrating the launch of Sania's rugs with my friends , and . I am really proud of my friend Sania and think these rugs are so on-trend and beautiful.

4. Tisca

Had it not been for the styling job by and , who spent a few days in Hannover at Domotex creating a beautiful booth for , I may have passed them by. At a rug show, after a while you start to fade. It's like smelling perfumes for hours, everything starts to smell the same. That's why you need something to shake you up and get your attention.

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Seeing the gorgeous rugs of Tisca in context drew me in like a moth to a flame. I didn’t even really know or follow Lotta and Pella so religiously before, I knew of Lotta but sadly, I don’t have a lot of time to follow everyone’s work on Instagram or blogs these days with a small child, work and all of the travel that I do.

However, when I arrived at the fair and Lotta and Pella attended my lecture, I was thrilled they knew who I was and introduced themselves and told us they’d styled a stand for Tisca. Of course, I had to see what they were talking about, so here are a few photos that I took to share with all of you today. I just loved seeing the rugs from this Transylvanian rug company and was happy to see their products in context.

I hope that we will see more and more stylists creating booths for brands because I know so many firms design in-house, but to have someone come from the outside to style your stand, that can really elevate your brand. Upon observation, I noticed during my two days at Domotex that Tisca always had people lingering around their stand looking at the styling work of Lotta and Pella, taking photos, and looking quite interested and inspired.

5. Bazar du Sud

These guys, straight from Marrakesh, were so friendly and welcoming, it was a pleasure to not only see their beautiful rugs but to talk to them. I don't have much to say other than I loved their rugs, they were affordable, varied, and beautiful and their customer service was unbeatable.

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I found out later that won an award from the fair for being the friendliest at the show and I can believe it!

6. Natur Pur

This the cutest story ever. I was having lunch with Agata at Domotex when the cutest little girl and mom duo came up to me and asked if I was Holly Becker. "Yes", I replied, and they begin to explain how they're fans and how excited they were to meet me and that they come from Austria with their rugs and would love to welcome Agata and I to their booth for coffee and marzipan. In fact, the little girl was in charge of making coffees for their clients and was very excited to have me stop by. Of course, I couldn't refuse a darling child with a hot cup of coffee - never!

 Agata and I with the sweetest little girl!

Agata and I with the sweetest little girl!

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When we went to visit their booth a little later on, we were both very pleasantly surprised. Their brand, , is a family-owned company and they have a real passion for working with makers in countries like Peru to produce ethical, beautiful rugs that are free from dye. The colors are straight from the animal and 100% natural. I feel in love with a few of the rugs cannot suggest them highly enough - the quality and beauty is just outstanding the family was just the nicest, most warm and passionate family, that I'd met at the fair.

7. Hossein Rezvani

is both a rug designer and firm based in Hamburg, and was simply the best in show in my book due to the outstanding craftsmanship and beauty of his rugs. Half Iranian, half German, it was so impressive to meet him and hear him speak about his rugs with such conviction, and to explain how they are made and the time that goes into a single rug.

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I was deeply impressed by the intricacy and how he takes traditional Persian rug motifs and reinterprets them into new, modern patterns and colors. I also was impressed by the silk, some of the rugs had such a gorgeous sheer to parts of them, they were stunning to look at and to also run your hands across.

8. Edelgrund

I liked the colors, the kilims, the quality, and the owner of , also based in Hamburg, who was quite passionately sharing her opinions about Domotex! I left with my head spinning, but I still really liked her rugs and found the booth gorgeous and inspiring as it was so spacious, airy and the rugs really stood out in their gorgeous, rich colorways. I can't wait to spend more time at this booth next year at Domotex and bring my professional camera next time so I can take better images. I'm so disappointed in the photos I've taken, shown throughout this post (not all but most) because they aren't up to my high standards - I used an Olympus Pen and it's a great camera for outdoors but I had a hard time using it inside with all of the natural light mixed with the synthetic light - my Canon 5D Mark III is my baby - I definitely have better control with lighting when I shoot at fairs using my Canon despite the massive body and sheer weight of it.

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I can't wait to see what you think of my selections, so comment below if you have a moment.

I have to note that I easily could add 20 more dealers to this list, but I have to stop at 8 for lack of time and lack of photos! But next year when I return to Domotex, I definitely will add a day to go in stealth mode (maybe a disguise will help so no one stops me to chat) and just look at all of the stands and absorb more of the beauty there. I know that I missed SO MUCH.

Love,

Holly

(Photos: My iPhone 6+)

Hello dear readers! I AM OFF TO IN DENMARK now by train. SEE YOU TOMORROW IN DENMARK ON MY ! IF YOU ARE COMING TO FORMLAND, PLEASE VISIT MY TREND LECTURE AT 2:30 THIS THURSDAY AT THE SPEAK UP STAGE. .

 

IKEA Wardrobe Hack In Charming Little Girl's Bedroom

I just love this darling little girl's room, it belongs to a friend of mine in the Netherlands and you're going to just love touring it with me today. It definitely transported me back in time to my own childhood bedroom.

IKEA Wardrobe Hack In Charming Little Girl's Bedroom

I remember how much I loved my room and adored decorating it and like this little one, I was quite active in space doing all sorts of things. Especially playing with my dolls and writing books. I just loved to write (and still do). Lola, who is the daughter of Designer and Blogger , is just the cutest little thing too. I've met her a few times and she's a mini version of her mom all the way.

Want to see her adorable room today? Also, her mom did an amazing job on hacking an IKEA wardrobe, which she has detailed below in case you want to try it.

IKEA Wardrobe Hack In Charming Little Girl's Bedroom
IKEA Wardrobe Hack In Charming Little Girl's Bedroom
IKEA Wardrobe Hack In Charming Little Girl's Bedroom
IKEA Wardrobe Hack In Charming Little Girl's Bedroom
IKEA Wardrobe Hack In Charming Little Girl's Bedroom
IKEA Wardrobe Hack In Charming Little Girl's Bedroom
IKEA Wardrobe Hack In Charming Little Girl's Bedroom
IKEA Wardrobe Hack In Charming Little Girl's Bedroom
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IKEA Wardrobe Hack In Charming Little Girl's Bedroom
IKEA Wardrobe Hack In Charming Little Girl's Bedroom
IKEA Wardrobe Hack In Charming Little Girl's Bedroom

IKEA wardrobe hack details, straight from the designer herself, Holly Marder:

When designing this wardrobe, storage and desk area we had one main challenge to contend with. There are two metal heating pipes which are exposed and run down and along the wall, taking up about 10cm of space. This meant that any piece of furniture we placed against that back wall would never have sat flush against the wall. I wanted to create a built-in reading nook that connects to a wardrobe and bookshelf, with a desk area for her to color/draw/do homework one day/stare at the wall. I wanted it to be inexpensive and one way to achieve that is to use cost effective IKEA pieces as the base as opposed to hiring a carpenter. But because of the exposed pipes we ran into a few problems. And as much as I would have liked to, putting the pipes into the wall wasn’t an affordable option. With a bit of mathematics and a lot of time sifting through the IKEA catalogue, we decided to combine two of their popular lines –  +  + a little bit of our own carpentry.

We used a  sideboard along the floor to create the base of the wardrobe and reading bench because each element is 40cm deep and 60cm wide. We then placed a  wardrobe on top of the left-most Besta element because it is 50cm deep and 60 wide. So it basically fit perfectly on top width-wise, but had an extra 10cm behind it to allow space below for the metal heating pipes, but lean flush against the wall from the top of the bench up. Once the Ikea elements were in place, we built a bookshelf to the right using multiplex birch wood. We placed the back panel against the pipes that stick out a bit, and then cut a side panel to size to cover the little gap that left down the right side, and go all the way to the ceiling and sit nice and flush with the wall and ceiling.

We then obviously had a 10cm gap between the wall and the middle Besta units, so we placed a sheet of multiplex on top to hide the gap. I had a custom cushion made for on top upholstered in an old rose linen blend fabric, which completed the picture. 

We built a simple desk with large brackets out of multiplex and painted the desk top and side panel of the bookcase white to blend with the Ikea elements, but left the inside of the bookshelf and edges of the desk unpainted for some contrast. 

The door fronts of the Stuva wardrobe typically come as a set of two, one with a handle cut into it and one without. To make the entire design look and feel uniform, I purchased a second set of doors and used only the two flat doors and finished off all the doors with leather handles in chestnut from . 

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Isn't this the sweetest little room ever?

(Styling + Photography: )

Fashion Designer's Quirky Colorful Home

I love a good, quirky home! I feel like with all of the cookie cutter "sameness" we see each day on many social media platforms, it's nice to see a real home for once that is highly personal, creative and shows a real joy and passion for living. This is the way Australian fashion designer lives and I find it really refreshing. Have a look and see her sunny, happy home below.

Fashion Designer's Quirky Colorful Home

Arabella comes from a family of artists and creatives, but it was her mother who loved sewing when she was a child, that inspired her the most to be a fashion designer. After years spent in the industry amassing quite a following in Australia, Arabella and her family relocated out of the city to live in a colorful home with their two little girls. She also opted out of the fashion industry for awhile so she could focus her energy on parenting, but also, to accept only small, special projects. She was able to keep this pace for some time, however, fashion called to her once again so she launched a line, this time with her illustrator father, called .

Fashion Designer's Quirky Colorful Home
Fashion Designer's Quirky Colorful Home
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Fashion Designer's Quirky Colorful Home
Fashion Designer's Quirky Colorful Home

Aside from the North African touches combined with the obvious Aussie coastal flair, I like that Arabella's house is so special to her and her family because it's unique. It's personal and interesting to look at and I like that. Sometimes I find magazines and the internet to show a lot of the same things - Instagram has become almost cookie cutter - so many people are starting to look and decorate and take photographs in the same way. It's refreshing to take a step away from all of that for a moment to see something totally different. Don't you think?

(Images: INSIDE OUT)