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Permanent Press Editions - Gorgeous Photography For Your Home

When I first laid eyes on the photography of , I was smitten. My favorite collections, instantly, were the more abstract pieces, particularly Editions (a monochromatic study molds delicate materials in translucent sculptural forms), (flat botanical prints are reanimated as dimensional geometric compositions), and (defined by the weightless shells they inhabit, everyday products become luminous, delicate volumes). In fact, I loved them so much that I'm now the proud owner of a print from , "". I shared it on my Instagram last month, you can see it in case you missed it.

Permanent Press Editions

So who is behind the brand? Americans Shana Faust and Alexa Mulvihill founded s in 2014 based on their love of photography, fascination with visual narratives, passion for interior design and obsession with details - which paved the way for their current collection of meticulously crafted and archivally printed original photographs. They frequently work with designers on both residential and commercial commissions in the states, and they have an where you can custom order prints in the size of your choosing, along with a frame that best fits your home.

Permanent Press Editions
Permanent Press Editions
Permanent Press Editions
Permanent Press Editions
Permanent Press Editions

Permanent Press Editions ships worldwide and, if you scroll down to the bottom of their , and subscribe to their newsletter, you currently will get 15% off of your order. 

So....I'm back from MILANO everyone... If you've been following me on , I hope you've enjoyed my Insta Stories and Photos - more still to come - so much inspo in Milan. I'm still coming down from the high of it.

Love,

Holly

(Photography: Permanent Press Editions)

 

8 Ways To Decorate Around a Flat Screen TV

Let’s talk about your television for a moment, the pink elephant in the room of every interior design book… It is always there but please don’t look at it! I’m willing to bet that the rooms on websites and apps that you’re saving rarely show a – am I right? It’s just one of those things that stylists and photographers work hard to hide in photos, along with the other deadly sins of interior photography: most electronics and cords, oh the horror!

As you know, I’m one of these people who hide when I’m working on a styling assignment or producing content for my books or online content. But in my daily life, a TV is actually essential because I’m an American expat living in Germany since 2009; TV is a direct connection to my home country. If I had to live in Germany without access to American TV (Netflix?!), I’d be heartbroken. Seriously. I love hearing the latest American slang, seeing how people dress, overall trends (from wardrobe to set, theme, camera angles, etc.), and to simply feel like I’m still, “in the know” when it comes to my homeland and culture. It’s a bit of a portal for me to climb into whenever I need to. I also love watching music videos as much as I did when I binge-watched MTV as a teenager. Then there is YouTube, also a fun thing to lose yourself to now and then. I enjoy a good film and rela with my family and friends now and then too.

I thought that since I love TV but I'm also one of those people who hide in the interior books that I write, that I should challenge myself and inspire all of you with a very uncommon partnership with one of my favorite electronics brands, .

I’ve owned a for twelve years, I’m very brand loyal to electronics and cars, but never anything quite like the one the TV that Samsung sent over. Holy Smokes. It’s a beauty. I now live with a beautiful wall-mounted, flat-screen, ! It’s nothing I care to hide in photos because it’s so slim and well-designed – and it looks really nice in my room. See for yourself...

8 Ways To Decorate Around a Flat Screen TV

INSTALLATION

Let's talk about installation before I get into my 8 tips for decorating around a flat screen. It was about 5 minutes to unpack and another 10 minutes to lay out all of the pieces for the back panel. Then we quickly put the easy wall mount piece on the back (a breeze!). After finding the right spot on the wall, then out came the drill and et voilà – finished. It was up and running within an hour after it arrived at our front door.

Here are some photos of it in my space along with 8 tips on how to decorate around a flat screen TV.

8 Ways To Decorate Around a Flat Screen TV
8 Ways To Decorate Around a Flat Screen TV

1. Mix It Up

The TV doesn’t have to be the only thing on the wall, add other pieces that fit the décor of your room around it, beneath, or above, on the sides. You an also paint the wall a dramatic color or use wallpaper. My walls are neutral, so I opted for adding in some unexpected pieces to the left of the television.

2. Experiment

I didn’t want to surround my TV with art because I think everyone does that and I wanted to try something different. I decided to work in an “L” shape so the eye could travel, and I wanted to rebel against symmetry.

8 Ways To Decorate Around a Flat Screen TV

3. Be Bold

When the TV is off, it’s a black rectangle on the wall for most of the day. Adding art that I already had in another room, the black rectangular TV becomes part of this graphic grouping and not the focus because the other art is black and bold, too.

4. Create Tension

I used one big art print about the size of the TV, only I installed it in a different direction (portrait vs. landscape TV), so there is some competition there, a little tension that works, along with the element of sameness that makes this coupling so successful.

5. Use Odd Numbers

I always like to work in odd numbers for groupings, for instance, groups of 3, 5, 7, etc. In this case, the TV was part of my grouping so I added 4 pieces to the wall for a total of 5. The odd number is great because then you are not automatically pairing groups of things, which is so common if you work with even numbers.

8 Ways To Decorate Around a Flat Screen TV

6. Add a Focal Point

I didn’t forget about the objects on the credenza or the entertainment unit owned by my husband that he can’t imagine not owning. (To be honest, after this photo shoot, his speakers and Playstation also came back out and are now on the credenza too.) I thought, “How can I make a cabinet full of black electronics stuff look stylish?”. This is always the “problem” isn’t it? Instead of removing the cabinet for the shoot (because that’s a bit unfair), I left it in and decided to tackle the problem head-on.

I decided the art and the things on top of the cabinet would become the focal point. I added a big white lacquered tray, stacks of books, candle holders and other favorite things all very neutral shades of white and beige, with black accents. This created a corner that, to me, suddenly looked very peaceful but also very stylish.

8 Ways To Decorate Around a Flat Screen TV

7. Add Texture

I worked in texture into the arrangement with a handmade art piece from Denmark. It softens the wall and the overall look because it’s made of cloth and wood and looks very inviting to touch. When electronics are involved, it’s nice to find something with texture to mix in. My next goal for this corner is to get an old piece of wood, measure to cut the length and width of the cabinet, and let the natural wood add more warmth and texture to this corner.

8 Ways To Decorate Around a Flat Screen TV

8. Include Additional Light Sources

I added additional light sources to this spot of the room because I want the corner to be cozy and nice at night when the TV is off. There are candles there and a gorgeous lamp, so the room will have an even balance of lighting when the television is not in use.

8 Ways To Decorate Around a Flat Screen TV

P.S.:

I’ve had this TV for over a month now and the clarity of the picture is unreal, it’s unlike anything I’ve ever owned before. The colors are vivid and the quality of the picture is the best ever. I also love the sound quality because the voices are very clear and easy to hear along with the sound effects. Bottom line, the picture gives you a true movie theater experience at home, especially in the 55” size. I also love the slim and beautiful remote.

8 Ways To Decorate Around a Flat Screen TV

It’s really fun to have a television like this one because it’s definitely top notch and from a pure aesthetics standpoint, it is so good-looking that I don’t want to hide it when I take photos of my space anymore.  It also has ONE cable, and it’s almost transparent, so it’s barely visible and so it’s nice to not have to deal with cord chaos or a cable duct to hide the cords. There is just a simple cable from the back of the unit running a few inches down the wall, disappearing behind my cabinet, and that’s it. I also want to note that I didn’t need to purchase anything in addition to the cable that came with the QLED because that was all that I needed.

I love the and am so happy I got to share it with you today along with my tips on how to decorate with a TV. Have a nice day, everyone!

(This post is sponsored by . All words and opinions are my own. Photography by Holly Becker for cattledogs. Thank you for supporting the brands who enable me to keep this blog running for over 12 years.)

[Photos, Text, Styling: Holly Becker. Location: Private Home of Holly Becker, Hannover, Germany. Model: Thorsten Becker]

10 Interiors + Lifestyle Things I Love For April

Hey you gorgeous cattledogs readers, it’s me Mr. Allan again. Thank you for taking the time to check out yet another of my favorites. This month's column will be all Danish because I am Danish and since everyone seems to love Denmark and Danish design. The month's of darkness and way too much grey weather is finally over, and with longer days comes a good mood. Soon, we can even sit outside and enjoy a nice cup of coffee in the sun. This month I am also heading to Milan for the big furniture fair, so feel free to follow along on Instagram @bungalow5dk if you feel like coming along. Anyway. As I said, this column for April will be 100% Danish, even the grooming section, which I have really enjoyed testing for you guys. Ready?

10 Interiors + Lifestyle Things I Love For April
10 Interiors + Lifestyle Things I Love For April

 1 // FURNITURE:

I love when I stumble upon new design talents, Trine Poulsen being one of them. I absolutely love her oak wood bench. I really like the added perforated metal plates which offers great extra storage space whether using it in the living room for display or in the entryway for shoes, etc. Trine is very new to the design scene and got her breakthrough last year as she was lucky to showcase her work at the Milan fair, where also new Danish design company picked up on talented Trine. They now produce her designs.

 "Greenhouse"

"Greenhouse"

 "Lunch"

"Lunch"

 2 // ART:

I’ve been a fan of and her watercolor technique for years I especially love her blue prints and one of newer art prints, “Lunch”, is such a playful and simple tribute to the kitchen. If you love the color green and plants, you’ll love her newest collection, “Greenhouse”, which captures the subtle structure of green plants perfectly.

10 Interiors + Lifestyle Things I Love For April

 3 // DECORATE:

A lamp designed in 1971, when the renowned, convention-defying Verner Panton joined hands with Louis Poulsen that, as we all know now, would become an icon: the domed Panthella, conceived to shape light as it gently illuminates its surroundings. Panton was nothing like any of the other designers of his time, he had a profound love for all the new materials turning him into a specialist in steel, plastic, plexiglass and fiberglass. His design work with synthetic materials was trail-blazing, and he was a pioneer in the field of designs that use circles and rounded shapes before they became mainstream style under the banner of ‘organic design’.

Danish Louis Poulsen has just launched a new MINI version of the iconic lamp in .

10 Interiors + Lifestyle Things I Love For April

 4 // SLEEP:

Maybe one of the best kept secrets in Copenhagen – the newly opened hotel . The secret, their huge courtyard pool, which takes center stage of the 87 suites hotel in central Copenhagen. All rooms are greatly decorated in a darker more masculine style than normally seen and some come with beautiful city views from their big balconies. Best of all, you don’t have to be a guest at the hotel to spend time by the pool.

10 Interiors + Lifestyle Things I Love For April
10 Interiors + Lifestyle Things I Love For April

 5 // LISTEN:

More and more Danish artists make it big outside Denmark, you might already know both Mø and Lukas Graham. Last month, I also shared a Danish artist, so instead of sharing a new song for you this month, I’ll be sharing a podcast – with yours truly, me! On my last trip to LA I sat down with my friend Caroline Lee for her podcast Out Of Line. We recorded our chat on masculinity, and on the many layers of living life over two very different continents. It is in two parts, so do remember to listen to both.

 Part 1:

Part 2:

10 Interiors + Lifestyle Things I Love For April

6 // GROOM:

This product is basically the best thing ever made for people like me, someone who is in a long-distance relationship. Basically, every other month I jump on a 15 hour flight to see my boyfriend in Los Angeles. I probably do not have to tell you guys, but after such a long flight, you don’t exactly exude mental energy. However, Danish 100% natural skincare brand Nuori have developed my favorite . A supreme moisture mask which doesn’t show when applied, so you can easily apply first thing and let it work on the entire flight.

With the warmer weather in Los Angeles I have found aviendo natural to be an amazing product series. I apply the non-greasy and fast-absorbing sunscreen in the morning and throughout the day. At the end of the day, I apply the that actively soothes sunburned or irritated skin, while simultaneously healing it.

Although the name sort of suggests it could be something from your kitchen, Ecooking is simply food for your skin. I’ve found that the “” (cleansing gel) is a very good product to use before applying any masks. It cleans and prepares your skin and can also be used as a quick cleanser for everyday use. In the shower, I’ve used the , which is ideal if you bring your own products to the gym or when traveling, less to carry.

This is not the product you want to apply on-board a plane, unless you are extremely carefree from what people think. deep cleanses your face completely. If you have a tendency to have small blackheads across the nose like me, this product should be in your arsenal.

10 Interiors + Lifestyle Things I Love For April
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 7 // READ:

It is easier to name five contemporary Danish design brands than five living Danish designers. Or at least that’s the statement from the two authors of the book “”. The question points out a significant phenomenon in today’s Danish design: is it the brands – not the designers – that we hear about and refer to. How did this come about and how has it affected the values associated with the concept of Danish design and the country’s design industry in general? The purpose of this book, in essence, is to find answers to these questions and put them in their proper context — that is, in the second golden age of Danish design.

10 Interiors + Lifestyle Things I Love For April
10 Interiors + Lifestyle Things I Love For April

 8 // EAT:

has reopened. Finally. And believe it or not, there are still seats to be booked. This world-renowned, once called the best in the world, restaurant first opened its door in November 2003 and they haven’t looked back ever since. From what I have seen, you should not be too picky about your food if you grab a seat at the table, as they serve mussels, jellyfish, and starfish. Sitting down at the table at Noma is not only a treat for the pallet, but also for the eye. The new interior was created by David Thulstrup, whom together with Brdr. Kruger has developed a range of amazing wooden furniture, especially the new - which is a sight for sore eyes; a beautiful modern chair with a clear reference to Danish mid-century design.

10 Interiors + Lifestyle Things I Love For April
10 Interiors + Lifestyle Things I Love For April

 9 // SHOP:

Danish have always been all about sustainability, something I really can relate too. Lately, they have worked a lot with Danish architect Eva Harlou on a range of new furniture, including a new daybed, which is a clear favorite of mine. Just recently Mater opened a new (and the first ever) concept store in Copenhagen in an old car repair store. The new store in Copenhagen is only the beginning of their retail adventure, not only will we see 5 new stores opening across Europe within the next couple of years, but also a fast-growing collection.

10 Interiors + Lifestyle Things I Love For April

10 // ONE LAST THING:

Louisiana, a modern museum 20 min. outside Copenhagen, is showing some of the late and lesser known – but very imaginative – work of Picasso. The exhibition, “”, is the first of its kind in Scandinavia and is showing more the 160 art pieces by the famous Spaniard. The exhibition is open until May 27th.

See you for my May installment, well, in May! Bye everyone - .

 [Editor's Note: All grooming products 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.]

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.

Mater
Mater
Mater
mater
mater
mater

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)