8 Must-See Interior & Lifestyle Finds For August

Ready for some must-see interior lifestyle finds? Hi guys, it’s me , with my faves. The month of August ends today, so I thought I'd bring you what I've collected throughout the month with hopes that you like what I have to share below. I hope you all have had a wonderful summer! I'm very busy lately with press events, busy days and lots of work.

 1 // FURNITURE:

First it was all about the daybed, then the time came for a simple, open shelving system, and now the need has come for a shelving and cupboard system with doors. A couple of my favorite furniture pieces at the moment are listed below. They all look amazing, and would suit any interior, but most importantly they all store some of the stuff you don’t want to display, but still have within reach.

Geist

A/ The newly launched Lines by Afteroom for

Skagerak

B/ The all-new Sceene from

Reform Copenhagen

C/ And the not even out yet (in stores in September), Jut Cabinet from .

2 // ART:

I have shown sculptures here before, and I’m obsessed with these face sculptures created by . Each face with a different expression, personality, and the charm is that they were made by hand. For me it’s the personal details that makes an interior interesting, and Simon’s sculptures are a perfect quirky detail to add.

Simon Vendin
Simon Vendin

3 // DECORATE:

Okay, these might be a bit similar to the faces I just had above, but I see these new smaller figurines from Kahler to be more decorative than actual art, might just be because of the price point. In any case, they are all new, designed by sculptor Malene Bjelke, and in stores very soon. The collection is called . Each figurine tells its own story, depicting plain, uncomplicated everyday thoughtfulness in a simplified, naturalistic universe and celebrates specific human traits. The reason why I wanted to include these this month, is because, I really like the clay figurine trend that’s happening right now, and with these new figurines, you can try it out with blowing the bank.

Malene Bjelke for Kahler
Malene Bjelke for Kahler

4 // SLEEP:

With Highway 1 open all the way from LA to San Francisco again, I want to share a must stop halfway spot. In Big Sur in the middle of the woods you’ll find , right on the coast this might be the most unforgettable, romantic place you’ll ever encounter. You can choose a house with stunning views right on the cliffside or go a bit more rustic, but just as great with a tree house. The grounds are amazing, with a tucked away chef’s garden, heated infinity pools perfect for sunsets and star gazing, and walks through the forest. All in all very chill and as I said, the perfect pitstop on your bucket list highway drive.

Post Ranch Inn
Post Ranch Inn

5 // PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT

I actually just only recently come across these oval mesh shelves from the newly launched Stockholm-based design studio . I really like them when hung vertical with the small added shelf inside.

Aska
Aska

6 // GROOM:

I am actually not sure if this product would be a grooming product per say, but it’s my column, so I’ll choose what goes. I want to talk about something that I think many men are dealing with, hair loss. Ever since my mid-20s my hairline has just crawled up little by little, which I have pretty much have come to terms with.

On my recent trip to LA, I came across a new subscription service called who address the fact that men’s heads get less hairy. And based on the amount of Internet chatter we've seen, it seems to be working.

The best thing about Hims, I think, is that you have access to these drugs at a no-BS price. They’re roughly 50-80 percent cheaper than the retail cost of the brand-name versions, making ED pills and balding treatments much more affordable to the average guy. It super simple to use, basically I wash my hair with their DHT blocking shampoo every day, which should help on the overall hair health, add a few drops of the Minoxidil on my forehead to promote hair growth (it relaxes blood vessels, making it easier for blood to flow to your scalp, shedding old hairs and replace them with new ones) and finally I chew on a B7 vitamin gummy bear every day, which is full of Biotin, a natural supplement that strengthens the hair, nails and even promotes healthier skin. Yay.

I have been using the product for about a month now, it’s a very simple morning routine, and I feel like I can see and feel a result, my hair seems stronger, I have not yet grown a full mane yet, but they do say you need to keep using the products for at least 3 months before you’ll see a change. So, I’ll expect to see my 20s hairline back by Christmas.

Hims Hair Loss for Men

7 // INTERIOR CRUSH

Speaking of creating a home with personality, now that’s something the founder of (one of Holly's favorite stores) masters to perfection. The mastermind behind the store is Christian Duivenvoorden and he lives with his husband just outside Gothenburg on the Swedish west coast. It’s no surprise that before opening the store Christian worked as a set designer, he clearly has an eye for details and really knows how to build perfect small moods in every corner of the house.

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8 // FOLLOW NOW:

Lene Ostenfeldt, Copenhagen, Denmark. Lene is a Stylist and Creative Director with a gorgeous you should definitely follow now!

Lene Ostenfeldt

This will be my last column on cattledogs, but it was nice to be here and I hope that you will all continue to follow me on my own blog, . Holly decided she wants to get back to her roots on her blog and author it mostly alone, but it was nice to be here and I had fun meeting you all!

[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 for cattledogs, any collaborations are his own. All words and opinions are his own.]

 

My Favorite New Designs From Muuto

Hi everyone! I was just in Copenhagen and was able to meet up with while I was there and really enjoyed pursuing their showroom in the city center. A big bonus was that I was able to see all of the new designs for Fall/Winter 2018/19 before anyone else. Here are a few of my favorites from the collection, which haven't been blogged yet until now. FIRST, my favorite RUG of the moment, my favorite leather sofa, and these gorgeous chairs - all new from Muuto.

Check these out:

New furniture and rug from Muuto

New furniture and rug from Muuto

Below are some more new offerings from this brand, which still has its roots in Denmark but is now owned by American firm KNOLL and so, if you live in North America, you can easily get anything you see here from the states now. Isn't that great!?

New accessories from MUUTO

New accessories from MUUTO

New lamp from Muuto which can shine up, down, or both simaltaneously - and it can swivel, too!

New lamp from Muuto which can shine up, down, or both simaltaneously - and it can swivel, too!

New stone leather swivel chair

New stone leather swivel chair

Also in green metallic.

Also in green metallic.

This is my sweetheart, this stone leather sofa - never have I lusted after a sofa before like this one...

This is my sweetheart, this stone leather sofa - never have I lusted after a sofa before like this one...

Sofa with a high back, which is great for offices and loft spaces, don't you think? Or small studio apartments?

Sofa with a high back, which is great for offices and loft spaces, don't you think? Or small studio apartments?

More of the gorgeous Pebble rugs that I love. The dark orange is my favorite.

More of the gorgeous Pebble rugs that I love. The dark orange is my favorite.

Rug detail....

Rug detail....

Do you see anything that you love? The rug and the stone leather Outline sofa are my favorites for sure. I can't stop looking at that sofa. It's really amazing, the lines and color, and it's also so comfortable to sit on. But I have a young boy in the house, who is a wild animal at times, and I can only imagine owning the sofa and then he spills apple juice all over it. Most likely, my dream sofa will be in my living room once he's off to college someday. Until then, the Muuto Outline in a fabric option may suit my lifestyle best.

But what do you do when your heart says STONE LEATHER and your reality/lifestyle says DARKEST FABRIC POSSIBLE?

(Photography: With permission from )

Formland: The Most Inspiring Nordic Design Fair

Meet me soon at ! Yes, I'll be back again this year after attending for my first time last year as their keynote speaker. I also gave some lectures and covered the fair on my social media, which was really exciting and we all had a great time together. I really love Formland, it's very unique in that it's large enough to be inspiring so you can take away a lot of great new ideas and meet great people, but it's small enough to not feel exhausting and overwhelming. I find that really large fairs that take days and days to see are of course, lovely, especially Salone in Milan, but I need the smaller fairsin between too in order to REALLY let everything that I see - to let it all sink in and to thoroughly experience things in a much deeper way. I like the feeling of not having to "rush" through a fair and I love how a smaller fair gives you a chance to make connections with real people offline. Formland is well attended, but it's not loaded with wall-to-wall people so you can actually breathe and enjoy what you're seeing.

Below are some photos from my participation in their fair last year, here is blog post where you can find the brands, too.

Formland really won my heart last year, I'm so happy I was invited back again and this year, I'll be giving two lectures on STYLING (weeeee!) and moderating TWO panels. I am quite excited to be a moderator once again at a fair. It's my newest passion - my first time moderating was at a fair I was on earlier this year, it felt really natural for me after years of public speaking. I was terrified at first, but it quickly felt "right" as I stood up and looked over at my lovely line up of experts sitting on stage, smiling back at me. The energy was fantastic and it inspired me. After 5 minutes, it was like the audience had disappeared and it was just me and my panel together in my living room talking about what we all have total passion for - design and social media.

I love the idea of getting together a bunch of smart people on a stage again, this time in Denmark, and to just chat very casually - and encourage an open and honest dialogue. Nothing scripted or overly rehearsed, just straight from the brain to the mouth - it's often best that way and gives a fair such an edge when they are providing educational lectures that are also fun to listen to, dynamic and totally engaging.

I've sat (I mean slept) through many lectures at design fairs in the past, so I'm determined to never be THAT kind of speaker. Let's hope not, anyway! I will really try to keep the energy high and get the audience involved too - as time allows. Also, I'm not the kind of speaker who exits the stage and disappears. Come up to me, talk to me, let's grab a coffee. I'm totally interested in making new friends and connecting in that way - if I have time, I will make it.

If you want to come to Formland to see me and my friends, Swedish Trend Expert of Trendstefan, Danish Trend Expert and TV Presenter , Danish Interior Designer/Stylist and Blogger Laura Trøstrup from , and Danish Trend Expert from Eckmann Studio, please do! One of our panels, at the end of the day on Saturday, will be How social media and networking can make your business grow. The other, which is on Friday, will cover current interior and lifestyle Trends & Tendencies where we will, as a group, call out the current trends. The full schedule is .

Brands I loved to see last year at Formland in Herning, DK.

Brands I loved to see last year at Formland in Herning, DK.

At Formland this year, there are MANY stands that I want to visit, but I'm particularly looking forward to the HOUSE OF FREAKEBANA trend zone (last year it was truly incredible by the two ladies behind ), and to experience a new trend cafe - this year it is a Japanese cafe called MA by who have worked on styling projects for Kinfolk magazine, Notem, The Poster Club and more. I truly can't wait!

Will you join me at Formland?

I will be there from opening day until Saturday afternoon, I'll leave after my final lecture so around 4:30/5:00. I hope you will look for me. Also, when you're at Formland, make sure to check out the trend hallway where you can find the curators the fair invited to show their current favorite things. You can see mine there as well.

See you in a few weeks!

Love,

Holly

Studio of Swedish Textile Designer Ulrika Gyllstad

Swedish style is known not only for its clean lines but also for its bold fabric designs, both working so well in highlighting the other. Hi guys, this is Mel, and I'm back this month reporting live from Stockholm to introduce you to , a textile designer here whose graphic patterns are created with nature and architecture as its muse and with a strong environmental conscience. 

Tour The Studio of Swedish Textile Designer Ulrika Gyllstad

Recently I paid Ulrika a visit to her studio and was greeted with a warm smile followed by a chat, the good Swedish way –  over fika (a typical Swedish coffee break). Here she told me about the early days of her career, working as a pattern designer for H&M and GANT after graduating from Beckmans College of Design. “I really enjoyed working and learning much from these fashion companies, but I always felt the pull towards my love of interior textiles.” She moved in that direction in 2006 before founding her own company, Gyllstad in 2014. 

Textile Designer Ulrika Gyllstad

Textile Designer Ulrika Gyllstad

Ulrika not only created a brand with her own designs but being fully aware of the undesirable footprint many traditional textile companies have left thus far, she began to explore ways in which she could create not only a beautiful product but something that is as environmentally friendly as possible. This has become somewhat a passion of hers and she has gone on to ensure that her fabrics are certified organic and that the designs are pressed with traditional screen technology using certified pigments. “This helps me sleep at night,” she says. I told her that from a consumer point of view, I have to say that this kind of a commitment from a maker or company is a huge for me. 

Nature and architecture are Ulrika’s biggest inspirations and whether it’s the lines and form of a leaf, the perfection of a cut kiwi, or the twirl of a spiral staircase, she always has a collection of photo books on these subjects on hand to find her next motif. She then gets sketching, and I was surprised to learn that all of her designs are done in freehand.  

Tour The Studio of Swedish Textile Designer Ulrika Gyllstad

All of the fabrics are weaved here in Sweden, another feat in the environmental commitment by keeping things as local as possible. The other advantage of having this done in locally is that Ulrika has been able to work closely with Swedish artisans to experiment with new weave structures for some of her cushion covers in solid colors that will sit beside and compliment her striking bold designs.

Tour The Studio of Swedish Textile Designer Ulrika Gyllstad
Tour The Studio of Swedish Textile Designer Ulrika Gyllstad
Textile Designer Ulrika Gyllstad

Textile Designer Ulrika Gyllstad

Tour The Studio of Swedish Textile Designer Ulrika Gyllstad
Swedish Textile Designer Ulrika Gyllstad
Tour The Studio of Swedish Textile Designer Ulrika Gyllstad
Textile Designer Ulrika Gyllstad

Textile Designer Ulrika Gyllstad

Looking through her collection, it’s hard for me to find something that I wouldn’t love in my home. Her fabrics are designed to mix and match and her cushions are an easy way to inject some new life into a room and her fabric, sold by the meter, can be made into a tablecloth. Patterned tablecloths are very popular here in Sweden and something that I had never considered until living here. It brings so much warmth and cheer to a table don’t you think? - x

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Tour This Fun Eclectic Family Home in Scotland

Would you like to see a lovely Scottish home to brighten your day today? You'll see why I say, "brighten" in a moment! This is cattledogs columnist, Alison Gibb, reporting in from Scotland today and I am here to share the beautiful space of designer, Donna Caira. She lives in Fife with her husband, Anthony and their two daughters, Julia (20) and Olivia (17). Donna runs a fine art print and interiors business called with a friend, Susan, who lives nearby.

The chimney wall is painted in ‘Downpipe’ by Farrow & Ball

The chimney wall is painted in ‘Downpipe’ by Farrow & Ball

Donna trained as a lawyer originally, but when she started her family she found she enjoyed staying at home and looked for a career with more flexibility. Interior design was an obvious choice, Donna being both practical and creative in huge doses.

The framed print on the mantelpiece is a classic image of a Burmese Girl, by sir Gerald Kelly. 

The framed print on the mantelpiece is a classic image of a Burmese Girl, by sir Gerald Kelly. 

In her home, Donna likes to mix things up. Her eclecticism has resulted in a bohemian vibe. Not afraid to experiment, Donna has created unpredictable choices to every room, from the shocking pink paneled wall in the traditional Victorian kitchen to the faded floral sofa and raspberry toned armchairs in the more severely decorated drawing room. The occasional ‘pink moment’ comes as a refreshing surprise in this edgy home. "I think I have a bit of Rock Chic in me", she admits.

The shocking pink MDF paneling is painted in ‘Flamingo’ by Dulux. The pendant light above the island unit was an investment buy from Best Lite.

The shocking pink MDF paneling is painted in ‘Flamingo’ by Dulux. The pendant light above the island unit was an investment buy from Best Lite.

They bought the house in 1999 and their daughters grew up here. The large Victorian house is located on a beautiful leafy street. The décor, when they bought the house was tasteful, but over coordinated and too chintzy for Donna’s taste. They undertook the transformation slowly, knowing that it takes time to get things right. "A house needs to evolve", Donna believes, "especially if you want the resulting scheme to be really individual".

Cabinet painted in Purbeck Stone by Farrow & Ball.

Cabinet painted in Purbeck Stone by Farrow & Ball.

The large kitchen is Donna’s favorite room, the wall dividing it from the dining room had been removed by the previous owners, but the results were uneven and needed resolving. "We got a quote from a plasterer to smooth the wall but we were shocked at the amount, so we came up with the idea of MDF paneling, surprised at how much cheaper this option was." Once complete, Donna knew that she wanted to paint it bright pink. "It was the perfect contrast to the black Ikea units.

A selection of prints from We Are Amused are artfully arranged, unframed, held up by white tack, bulldog clips add a functional, decorative note.

A selection of prints from We Are Amused are artfully arranged, unframed, held up by white tack, bulldog clips add a functional, decorative note.

The fun, retro Smeg dishwasher was a much-wanted replacement when the original, integrated model broke down, "unfortunately, it did not fit under the worktop, but we were able to insert it into the original Victorian press, which we then paneled over, giving it a semi-fitted home after all", Donna recalls.

Tour a Bright Eclectic Family Home in Scotland

In the bedrooms, just like the public rooms, occasional luxury purchases are cleverly combined with funky, junk shop finds, bargain buys and homemade solutions. The antlers above the master bed are from Cox & Cox. Anthony’s sister, another creative wing of this talented family, made the bedside lampshades. Donna made the upholstered headboard herself. The luxurious, grey velvet throw is from H&M Home.
 

I never normally buy from interior chains, but I do love a rummage around TK Maxx. Great style does not have to cost a fortune!
— Donna Caira
Tour a Bright Eclectic Family Home in Scotland
Tour a Bright Eclectic Family Home in Scotland
Two prints sit atop the mantelpiece, one is from We Are Amused, the other is an enlargement of a gorgeous photograph of Donna’s father as a child.

Two prints sit atop the mantelpiece, one is from We Are Amused, the other is an enlargement of a gorgeous photograph of Donna’s father as a child.

Tour a Bright Eclectic Family Home in Scotland
Tour a Bright Eclectic Family Home in Scotland
Tour a Bright Eclectic Family Home in Scotland
Trust your instincts when you are decorating, you will grow in confidence.

— Donna Caira
Tour a Bright Eclectic Family Home in Scotland
The orange wall is painted in Mustard by Dulux.

The orange wall is painted in Mustard by Dulux.

The whole house is bold, dramatic, moody and fun. Random salvaged pieces of furniture, vintage treasures and bargain buys have formed a happy collective in this characterful home. Not a fan of symmetry, Donna prefers unpredictability and always looks for solutions that are quirky rather safe. Her natural wit and spontaneity ensure the results are always successful. There is an air of Alice In Wonderland in this dwelling - expect the unexpected when you enter!

MDF painted in ‘Clunch’ by Farrow & Ball.

MDF painted in ‘Clunch’ by Farrow & Ball.

3 Ideas To Steal:

1. Wall paneling in MDF can be done very cheaply – it covers a multitude of sins and can be painted any color you like.

2. Hang artwork simply with bulldog clips or white tack – it does not have to be framed.

3. Breathe new life into old furniture by giving it a lick of paint.

What do you think of this home, any touches that you love? -

(Photography: / Text: for cattledogs)

Natural + Wild Home Decor Trend

I'm inspired by the current trends in home decor, especially those which feel very casual, harmonious, quiet, neutral, coastal and simple while also being stylish and a bit classy. Think Tulum style - see the Instagram of currently, a glimpse is shown below.

I found the rest of these images (below) today while shopping online at , who have two fabulous collections out at the moment - Wild Wood and Natural Beauty - both really demonstrate a current natural home trend movement in motion. I love how woven things are big at the moment too - like rattan chairs, baskets and the trim on mirrors. I also enjoy seeing lots of natural wood left unfinished, in-the-raw combined with touches of stone and chalky or smooth concrete.

H&M Home on cattledogs.info

I was just in Denmark on the coast taking a family holiday. I saw lots of driftwood, whitewashed stones, shells, dried grass from the sea, blue mussels and many other fabulous, natural objects that really left me inspired (and now I long even more for my previous beach life). I once lived directly at the beach - a few times, it was in my backyard growing up. I was on the coast from the time I was little all through my childhood and teen years. In fact, I didn't move away from the sea until I was 31, and even then, I was only 45 minutes away from coastal New England which was gorgeous. Then, moving to Germany in 2009, with a beach drive at least 2-3 hours away, wow - it's been a struggle for me - I won't lie! I often feel like part of my life was taken away. And with a young boy now who also loves the sea like I do, I feel more torn that I'm so far from it because I spent my childhood combing the beach for shells and rocks with my mother - and I want so badly to share this with him regularly too. 

I'm lucky if I get to the coast twice a year for a day trip. However, I have changed my mind about my sea visits and their regularity going forward. I'm either going to relocate further north in Germany to Hamburg or around that area OR I will buy a small home in southern Denmark or northern Germany where we can vacation whenever we wish - and rent it out the rest of the year. I really need my beach life back again. Life is too short to not have what we really want, right?

Ah yes, back to interiors trends. These images and products really show what's trending but even more, what I love currently because natural and wild aren't the only trends out there - yet these are what I keep going back to. Each year, there is always a natural trend for interiors and sometimes, it's hard to find the difference between this natural trend and the previous one. I would say for this year, the look is more refined, a stronger edit, not SO casual, a bit upscale even and definitely has a wild side - think Australian coast, Southern Indonesia, South Africa, Tulum... If anything, the current trend feels like the wild wind-swept coastlines in often exotic destinations has met up with classic, Scandinavian simplicity and this look is the result. 

H&M Home on cattledogs.info
H&M Home on cattledogs.info
H&M Home on cattledogs.info

Here is a short list of the core "ingredients" to this interior recipe:

CORE NATURAL AND WILD HOME DECOR: INGREDIENTS

  • Bamboo
  • Seagrass
  • Natural wood
  • Canvas
  • Linen (not ironed)
  • Baskets
  • Black metal
  • Graphic patterns (and llama motifs - llamas are trending!)
  • Prints and patterns from North Africa (Morocco, mostly)
  • Natural, earthy colors
  • Stripes
  • Ceramics
  • Stone + Cement
  • Plants
  • Natural throw rugs
  • Touches of leather (accents only)
  • Dried foraged flowers, weeds, herbs, pampas grass, anything dead is in! But for good reason, dried things are gorgeous when used sparingly in a minimalist arrangement - a few stalks of pampas in a vase, for instance, not a cramped bunch. See this post, Why Dried Flowers Aren't Just For Grandma, for total dried flower inspo.
H&M Home on cattledogs.info

What do you think? Does this look work for you?

Love,

Holly

(H&M Photos: Art Director: , Styling: , Photographer: )