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cattledogs Booth at imm and LivingKitchen Fair in Cologne!

Hello everyone and a very happy new year to you! I've been trying to blog less over the past month to focus my energy on a big project coming up AND to spend more time with my little boy who will turn THREE next month. We are doing well and he is such a wonderful child, I couldn't be happier as a mom and definitely had such a nice time with him during our pause time. My husband and I really enjoy him - he is a super energetic, a comedian and already speaking in sentences in both German and English, so he's definitely keeping us on our toes. (my imm mood board above, to give you a general idea of the cattledogs booth concept)

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Okay, so! I have to tell you about this very exciting and a very big FIRST TIME project I'm currently assigned to by the imm and LivingKitchen fair ( and ). But first...Do you know about the and ?

If not, it's one of the largest fairs in the world, and certainly most influential, for home and kitchen. It's THE fair to attend if you want to catch all of the largest trends from the leading companies , to see all of their brand new collections before anyone else. What is even MORE special is that this time, they are including a special hall just for , which is an International Fair for independent designers, so they are giving small brands a chance to be seen and experienced by their visitors. I find this very fresh and inspirational.

But that's not all... They have partnered with me and also Desiree from , so we each were assigned a booth in one of the halls to present our own trend show. This is so exciting for us both, I'm certainly looking forward to it! The theme for our booths is "immspired – the bloggers’ trend show" and we were asked to design a booth from the ground up and source and order in all of the products we'd need to loan from some of our favorite companies, and we had about 6 weeks (including the holidays) to do it. This proved to be challenging but exhilarating because I was traveling for my European book tour during the planning stages AND since it landed right during the same time as my family "pause" time for the holidays among a thousand other things I have going on in my business!

So far, so good! Thing is, it was nice to work on something like this with such little planning time because I had to just make FAST decisions, improvise, and not over-think anything. For a creative/perfectionist/semi-control freak like me (at least for work-related tasks, definitely not in my private life), it was nice to have a very short planning and execution time because I would have doubted and revised and perfected to death every step along the way. The pace of this project has been intense and quick, but I'm still confident the results will be very nice and the fair will be so pleased with the results, as well as our guests. I really hope you will come to meet me and see the booth in person if you can! I feel so relaxed, not nervous at all, though with an estimated 70,000 people flooding to this influential fair, you think I'd be a wreck but I'm surprisingly so chill about it because this is something I love so much - combining my vision with meeting people and being immersed in a beautiful setting with inspirational people and products. HELLO HAPPINESS.

The cattledogs space is planned at 11 meters by 7 meters, so it's a decent size spot with a small kitchen nook, dining area, seating area and a fun Instagram printer for you to use, free coffee, wifi and a big mood board project where you are invited to take part. I'll have tools for you to use AND we'll be posting on Instagram (you too!) where we will have a winner who will get special prizes from me shipped in the mail after the fair that you will love from my favorite companies.

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I've finished my booth design (at least the major pieces), so I will show you more in the days to come... Then, during the fair on Instagram, I'll show you on Instagram Stories (@cattledogs) with live video AND with photos on my stream so you can see the booth. I have a bunch of bloggers visiting me at the booth too, so I'll be sure to share them with you when they stop by on my Instagram feed. You can follow the fun on Instagram with hashtag #immspired. Come visit me and if you want tickets at a special rate, click here, so you can come during the second weekend between January 20-22. I will be at my booth to meet my visitors on Monday, January 16, Saturday, January 21 from 11-and Sunday, January 22 from 11-4. If I'm not there when you stop by on those dates, just ask the person who is in my booth (we have a host present at all times) to send me an SMS so I can come by to meet you - I may be off touring the fair or working elsewhere for a bit. If I know you have come to meet me, I'll do my best to see you so please do stop by.

For now, I want to thank some of the companies in advance who are lending me products for this wonderful project. They include:  - Lighting and accessories  - furniture  - furniture, lighting and accessories  - furniture and lighting  - furniture  - kitchen  - furniture  - accessories  - paint

I will also have special paintings from and small ceramics from along with magazines to read and enjoy as you lounge from , and .

I expect to add a few more collaborators our list above in the next 48 hours, so I'll update this post when I do to share them with you.

TO ATTEND AT A SPECIAL PRICE (8 Euro for the entrance on the private visitor days including free train ride) and enter this code at checkout: 2017lk+imm

I'm so happy to share this project with you... More to come in the next days, so stay turned and again, a very happy new year to all of you.

Love and peace,

Holly

Our Food Stories in Berlin

Berlin is fast becoming a food-lovers city, a place for foodies from all over the country and beyond to gather with drinks, eats and stories in the many biergartens, trendy cafes and edgy-urban outdoor spaces. Along with this big wave of food, you also have a rising up of food trucks, markets and bloggers - all of which are quite impressive with their culinary passion shining through. In fact, I predict that the food culture in Germany will only grow, and leading the scene is definitely the great city of multicultural, forward-moving Berlin (with Hamburg in second place). Between the low rents in Berlin (compared to other German cities), innovative youngsters and middle-agers who want to bring fresh ideas to life, and the abundance of food that is available sourced locally at affordable prices, it's definitely fertile ground to make your culinary dreams come true in Berlin. HI5A8481

I was recently reading the Michelin Star Report 2015 and found that their are now 15 Berlin restaurants (I want to try ,  and ) that hold the high honor of receiving Michelin stars and an additional 5 have received their newest award, Bib Gourmand, one of which I'm dying to try called . This brings the total up to 20 eateries in Berlin alone that are included in the new Michelin report. Not bad.

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As mentioned already, there is a great number of food bloggers in Germany and many are exceptional - as good as my fellow American food bloggers which is saying a lot because food bloggers in America are a large and extraordinary crowd of gifted people. In Berlin, there are a few food bloggers that I follow but today I'll highlight one that you may enjoy because it's written in English and it's called .

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Our Food Stories is a collaboration of two Berliners,Nora Eisermann and Laura Muthesius, who also spend time living in the countryside cultivating their gardens. Nora studied fashion design but works currently as a food stylist and Laura is a professional photographer. Their recipes are vegetarian, organic, sourced locally, gluten-free and some are low on histamines. Whether you eat gluten-free or not, their blog and recipes are definitely worth checking out.

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Aside from their gorgeous styling, yummy recipes and beautiful photography I'm in love with their props and surfaces. They seem to have a real affection, like me, for Scandinavian tableware and vintage accessories, and they love to work in flowers! Flowers bring so much life to their work and incorporating them makes total sense given how they split time between Berlin and the countryside where you can find so many wildflowers, especially at the many local "cut your own" flower fields.I've fallen in love with the concept of picking your own blooms and go as often as I can.

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It's hard to believe that these photos are from a blog - I mean, they're clearly so professional and definitely book-worthy. I also like when I catch glimpses of their apartment, I'm always waiting to see if they've posted other views. I find Nora's photography so moody and cozy, I really like her aesthetic.

Are you fans of this blog too? Psst: I also follow both Nora and Laura along with their 270,000 (!) other Instafans.

How's that for Monday morning inspiration?!

(Photography with permission: © ourfoodstories // © Laura Muthesius & Nora Eisermann)