6 DIY Easter Tabletop Ideas and a Gorgeous Cake Recipe

Hi, dear cattledogs readers. This is Anke, would you like some Easter inspiration for your celebrations this weekend? Great, because I've prepared some easy DIY-ideas for your cherished moments with family and friends that will take you mere moments to pull together.

Easter Brunch Tabletop on cattledogs

1. Branches

A big bunch of branches makes a beautiful eyecatcher on your Easter table. You can decorate them with paper (ornament) hangers or, yes, of course, Easter eggs! Maybe you would like to opt for apple, cherry or peach-twigs. If so and you want them to bloom in time for Easter make sure to cut the ends and change the water every day. I chose velvety willow catkins I found on the farmers' market.

Easter Brunch Tabletop on cattledogs

2. Colored Eggs

The spectrum of possibilities to color eggs is huge. I actually like the natural method using vegetable juice very much and I saw beautiful results on pictures posted on the internet.
But I couldn't resist a tutorial with nail polish in Living At Home Magazine. To get the marbled look one basically drips the polish in a bowl filled with water and lets the blown out eggs turn on the surface. I combined my green-colored Easter eggs with natural brown ones as I find the rich brown color very pretty.

Easter Brunch Tabletop on cattledogs

3. Place Cards

Those of you who have read my column before know that I appreciate decoration ideas that do not consume a lot of time, money and nerves but still impress. This idea popped up in my mind when I was beating the eggs for my Easter cake. Just fill eggshells with paper shreds to kind of create small Easter nests. Print the names of your guests onto paper and cut into narrow strips. Arrange the strips in the nests and finally embellish with a tender twig or flower. Done!

Easter Brunch Tabletop on cattledogs

4. Cake + Recipe

Easter is just the perfect occasion for an opulent cake if you ask me! For my layer cake, I combined two different recipes. I took one from „Style Sweet CA“ for the and one from „Not Without Salt“ for the and I can highly recommend both!

Easter Brunch Tabletop on cattledogs
Easter Brunch Tabletop on cattledogs

5. Cake Top Decor

Though it may not surprise you that decorating the cake with flowers and chocolate Easter eggs was my favorite part. Make sure you only use flowers suitable for foods. I chose ranunculus.

6 Easter Tabletop Ideas

6. Flower Posies

I always love little flower posies scattered around on my tabletop and side tables. Here are simply pussy willows, tulips and ranunculus, but they definitely give a very Easter feeling, don't you think?

Easter Brunch Tabletop on cattledogs
6 DIY Easter Tabletop IDEAS and a gorgeous cake recipe

I am wishing you happy Easter holidays with your loved ones! Hopefully with sunny weather to go for a walk or an Easter egg hunt!

HAPPY EASTER!!!!

Love,

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Mater Design: A Minimalist Danish Brand You'll Love

Hello, friends and happy Monday to you! I want to show you a brand that has inspired me recently, , from Denmark. Have you heard of them? Below, I'll introduce you to a few of my favorite pieces to inspire you and to set the week off right. But first, a little background about this Danish brand.

Mater Denmark

Mater means "mother" in Latin, and was chosen as the brand name by Henrik Marstrand, CEO & founder. Would you like to know why? I was curious too.

"The name [Mater or Mother] is the daily reminder of our small contribution to preventing the challenges ‘mother earth’ faces," says Henrik. Then he continues, "Design influences how we as humans live our lives; it shapes values, culture, and society. "

The conversation around sustainability and products being produced that are environmentally conscious and ethically made has been around for decades, but never more than right now. This is because we are now seeing and understanding the cause of our actions in the western world.

mater factory in india
mater factory in india

launched over a decade ago in 2006, so it certainly has earned its reputation as being a brand to trust. As a company, Mater takes great pride in producing products that are well made, ethically sourced, environmentally conscious and support crafting traditions by those who are making each piece so beautifully. Together with freelance designers with whom they collaborate with, Mater creates minimalist high-end furniture and lighting with a clear Scandinavian influence.

Now, I'd like to show you some photos to show you what they are making... I'm sure that you will love what you see.

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Are all of these pieces lovely to behold? They also create products using dark stained beech as well, but if you've followed my blog long enough and read my books, you know I'm a sucker for a light and airy mood so I naturally gravitate towards the lighter colored woods.

I hope that you've enjoyed learning more about this brand today. I'll be back soon with a home tour from Scotland that, if you love pink, this will definitely interest you!

Love,

Holly

(Photography: With permission from Mater)

 

10 Interiors + Lifestyle Things I Love For March

Hi, it's Allan Torp back again and it is nearly the first day of Spring; not that it feels like it here in the European freezer! Luckily, I spent the most of last month in Los Angeles, so I certainly cannot complain. I am full of energy and bringing you yet another of my favorite things, which takes you on a journey to explore the things that I know, see, visit and really would like to visit. This is my fifth list here on cattledogs, so would love to hear in the comments what you think. Is there anything you would like more or less of? Anything you want me to test out for you? Places you want me to visit? Anything? Let me know. Okay, let's get started with my 10 Things for March.

String Shelf on cattledogs

 1 // FURNITURE:

I love a good shelving system, one that you can restructure over and over again, which quickly allows you to change up the whole look of the room it is in at no cost whatsoever. One of my favorites on the market is Swedish . For many years, they just did the basic frame and shelves in a few different colors and woods, but now, they are finally seeing its full potential and creating new ways making it possible to use in any room. Newest to the String family is a bathroom model. Perfect for a smaller bathroom room, it’s both super stylish and very usable.

Artby
Artby founders

 2 // ART:

is a new art brand – so if you are looking for new contemporary art for your walls you should keep an eye out on their limited editions pieces by carefully selected artists, "Artby is led by Karl Hardell and Sara Hardell Flagge. Apart from sharing a passion for contemporary art, we are interested in juxtaposing heterogeneity with unity. We search for diversity and strong artistic individuality, we also look for a coherent product line with unifying collection themes, special signature papers and uniform frames." The first collection is called FACE, four new artists have created different interpretations of the face and my favorite by Swedish artist Viktor Cole.

Nuura

 3 // DECORATE:

Another new brand from Scandinavia launched at Stockholm Furniture Fair just last month. is inspired by Nordic nature for its four-piece collection. Designer Sofie Refer, alongside co-founders Nadia Lassen and Peter Østerberg, realized a beautiful hand-blown collection that consists of raindrop-shaped pendants, chandeliers, and modern table lamps. It’s definitely a task to find great chandeliers without serious crystal overload, which certainly isn’t the case with Nuura. My favorite is the Miira 4, which is just so simple and timeless, yet very handsome.

NoMad LA
NoMad LA

 4 // SLEEP:

In the midst of a cultural renaissance, Downtown Los Angeles is on the rise. New stores and hotels are popping up in the blink of an eye. Newest to the block is , located on the corner of 7th and Olive Street, and if you are following just a few of the biggest influencers, you’ll know this is the place right now. All the cool kids are hanging out by the rooftop pool with sweeping views of the city and downtown. Designed by French architect and designer Jacques Garcia, each of the 241 rooms at NoMad Los Angeles look to Italy for inspiration – a nod to the building’s storied beginning.

Saveus Sweden

 5 // LISTEN:

Danes might recognize this one, or they might not even be aware of how they recognize him, but his name is Martin and he won the first ever Danish edition of X-factor. Back then, he was just a kid, a very successful kid for sure, but now he is better known under the name Saveus -  and his newest single, is amazing. Turn up the volume and just wait until the choir starts, you’ll be blown away.

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 6 // GROOM:

I am probably not the only one who buys products based on the packaging, all three products this month certainly look great alone or together and do not have to be hidden away in the shower cabinet.

A.  is perfect for the everyday use, face wash, and moisturizer, you really don’t need much more. For the past month, I have been smiling every morning in the shower, as the coconut and pomegranate face wash brings me to a beach in paradise. The moisturizer is perfect for the busy guy, as it keeps your skin hydrated and doesn’t leave your face greasy. I really love that the bottle is an 'airless' dispenser to ensure that you get 100% of the product from the bottle, meaning zero waste and less mess.

B.  A good hand cream to me is a cream that absorbs quickly, I hate having to walk around with greasy hands for too long. It also has to smell good, a masculine scent is best, nothing worse than too much lavender, I mean, I really do not want to smell like an older lady. I came across , a black and white tube full of a subtle hint of vanilla and orange peel scents. Nothing grandma about that.

C.  I’ve grown my hair an inch longer, which also means I use a bit more product in my hair, so I wash my hair more often than usual. I've been using Nounou shampoo lately and honestly, I picked it because I liked the name and the color. It is actually meant for damaged or processed hair, I believe mine is neither, nevertheless, it leaves my hair smelling nice and feeling soft.

Design Hotel Book

7 // READ:

If you love traveling as much as I do and appreciate a nice design hotel upon arrival, you’ll love this book. Every year, launches a beautifully curated catalog of all their member hotels and it’s pretty enough to have on your coffee table. It features 295 handpicked properties with glorious photographs and behind-the-scenes stories of the Original Hoteliers who brought them to life.

La Rambla Hong Kong

8 // EAT:

I've just booked my first trip to Hong Kong, going in May, so I am very curious to hear if you guys have any suggestions on where to eat. I have bookmarked , a new restaurant that’s getting top reviews and was named one of 14 hot new restaurants in the world. So I am guessing it is pretty good. It is Spanish style with Chef in the kitchen, who formerly worked at the legendary under José Andrés, so all plates and ingredients are as authentically Spanish as they come. Again, do let me know if you have any other suggestions.

Everclassic Denmark
Everclassic Denmark

 9 // SHOP:

You probably already know I love my mid-century designs. I like a mix of new and modern designs too. In my LA house, I just added two Eames LCW lounge chairs, which I found in a vintage store. Finding great vintage mid-century is not always easy, and I would encourage you to go to trusted dealers, so you don’t end up with a paying a bunch for a replica piece. In the UK I suggest you check out and in Denmark a store called (they just opened up for international buyers) shown in the above photos. Both are great sites for making a good purchase, especially if you are not up for roaming flea markets yourself.

QUEER EYE cast on Netflix

 10 // ONE LAST THING:

I often struggle with finding good interior television shows, very often they are over the top, badly styled or on a tight budget so everything ends up being made out of MDF. New on is , and if you are my age, you might remember the show first aired in 2003, but now Netflix is airing it with a whole new cast – including Bobby Berk, who has taken on the role as the interior dude in the show. And I have to say, in 7 out of the 8 episodes of season 1, he is actually doing a pretty great job. As for the rest of the guys in the show, some are a bit over the top for my taste, but I still binged season 1 in a day.

See you soon again, in April! -

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

5 Things I'd Love To Own From Ire Furniture, Sweden

I'm currently looking for new furniture for my living room. My god, it's hard as hell because so many choices exist. What do you look for when shopping for sofas and chairs? What I really need and love about chairs and sofa has to be comfort combined with beauty. Beauty, for me, is when design is clean and simple and honest materials are used that make you just stop and say, "Wow". Are these traits also important to you?

So many that I've tested while perusing fairs and showrooms are gorgeous to look at BUT horribly uncomfortable to sit on for more than 10-15 minutes, especially unbearable for a cuddle session or to binge watch Netflix with your friends. I'm a sofa person, I rarely use our living room chairs, so I'm definitely more concerned about the comfort of our sofa over the chairs in the same space. Most of the time, our guests end up on large cushions laying on the floor or in the kitchen cooking with me anyway.

I'd like to share with you today a company in Sweden called , which is under the expert eye of Creative Director, , who was asked to take on this important role in 2016. Because I love comfort and beauty, some of their chairs caught my and eye and definitely their sofas. Today, I'm going to share with you 5 of my personal favorites.

Ire
  Designer and Creative Director at Ire, Emma Obers

Designer and Creative Director at Ire, Emma Obers

In addition to Ire, designer Emma Olbers has a studio in Stockholm's Södermalm district where she has worked for nearly two decades designing everything with such honest simplicity while simultaneously honoring the environment. Everything she works on for Ire is produced in Sweden in compliance with Swedish laws for emissions.

  Agnes, Agda, Eva and Estrid chairs created by Front, Broberg & Ridderstråle, Andreas Engesvik and Emma Olbers for Ire.

Agnes, Agda, Eva and Estrid chairs created by Front, Broberg & Ridderstråle, Andreas Engesvik and Emma Olbers for Ire.

also collaborates with other distinguished Scandinavian designers, for instance Andreas Engesvik, Jesper Ståhl, Broberg & Ridderstråle, Carl-Henrik Spak, Mattias Stenberg, Josefine Alpen, Ellinor Eriksson, and design duo Anna Lindgren and Sofia Lagerkvist of Front. In addition to Emma, Mattias Stenberg is another favorite of mine. Maybe you've heard of some of them and follow their work?

Now it's time to show you some of my favorite pieces from Ire. Here are my top 5:

1. ESTRID

One design that launched recently at the Stockholm Furniture Fair was , designed by  Emma Olbers for Ire. It's such a lovely armchair (shown above) that looks so warm and soft, with its inspiration found in mid century classic armchairs that perhaps your grandfather would sit on, only it was re-imagined with clean lines, a more modern simplicity, lovely silhouette and a touch of elegance.

Estrid is also beautifully handmade, the hallmark of all furniture from Ire, with natural materials and the best part, it's comfortable! The proportions are generous enough to tuck your legs beneath you when you read (like I do) or to invite your little one to share storytime with you (also something I love to do, spend moments with my son).

  Estrid chair designed by Emma Obers for Ire

Estrid chair designed by Emma Obers for Ire

2. AGNES

is an informal chair designed by Andreas Engesvik that was made to fit a variety of homes, from the urban residence to the beach cottage. The frame is very traditional, however the upholstery looks very relaxed and invites you to do the same. 

  Agnes designed by Andreas Engesvik for Ire

Agnes designed by Andreas Engesvik for Ire

3. HANNA CHAIR

I love white-pigmented and waxed oak frame silhouette and that you can choose your own fabric cover. I would definitely opt for something in a neutral quilted fabric, linen or vegetable-tanned leather.

  Hanna designed by Emma Olbers

Hanna designed by Emma Olbers

4. COMO

Ohhhh the ... It's a sofa, but here's the end piece shown in this gorgeously dilapidated old home. It consists of four parts which you can combine, a corner part, 1-part without armrest, 1-part armrest left and 1-part armrest right. I love that you can also choose to order it with our without decorative stitching (shown in black below). I'd take that WITH, please. 

  Como designed by Mattias Stenberg for Ire

Como designed by Mattias Stenberg for Ire

5. HANNA SOFA

I'd love the Hanna sofa for a guest bedroom or a sitting room. Again, that white-pigmented oak frame steals the show for me.

  Hanna sofa by Emma Olbers

Hanna sofa by Emma Olbers

Ire Moodboard

I love their use of honest materials coupled with such a vast array of colors and fabrics that customers can choose from to create the perfect piece. Customizing is such an important thing, isn't it? I'd never buy a sofa nowadays without some tweak, I'm too particular!

 

I wish you a lovely day and remember, if you want to see regular content from me multilple times a day, you can visit my Instagram and Instagram Stories because I'm quite active over there. Big hug to you all, so glad to see you are still reading blogs and showing up when I post, it makes me super happy.

Love,

Holly

(Photographs: Ire Furniture, Sweden)