Decorate Workshop: My Next Baby!

Hello everyone! I'm so excited to finally get to share with you the covers from both my US and UK versions of my next book, Decorate Workshop! First, the US cover is shown below which is now in for half off the cover price so you'll want to scoop this one up now - what a great offer!

Next is the beautiful UK cover which is also being offered at a terrific .

Decorate Workshop was written, styled, shot and produced between February and July of this year so it kept me very busy between scouting, traveling, styling, working with the fabulous Debi Treloar again, writing (and writing and writing!), amongst the other things that keep a girl very busy when producing a book. My team in London at Jacqui Small Publishing was amazing and I cannot thank my editor, Sian Parkhouse, or the book designer, Sarah Rock, enough. I am so happy that my team was so dedicated and to have Chronicle Books and Jacqui Small publishing my second book to follow Decorate after they took such good care of me for my first book. It's an honor beyond my wildest dreams to be able to write another and this time, I've gone solo and wrote it in the same voice as my blog which makes it an even more personal project for me.

I'll tell you more about the book in the months to come and once it is printed, I'll show you a copy, but I want to thank you all for your endless love and support and hope that you will love it. In it, I explain 8 creative steps to decorating and I show my own home, lots of mood boards and things I've pulled together to inspire you and of course, a bunch of gorgeous homes that we photographed in the US, UK and Europe.

Today is a happy day!

xo, Holly

Monday Inspiration From Anthropologie

When I woke up this morning and stumbled upon this video from the UK team that was filmed in their London shop on Regents Street, I felt inclined to share as it's so inspiring to begin a week by seeing something so imaginative.

This video shows the result of a collaborative project between Anthro and the . It's what happens when you match them with two brilliant design students. Bliss overload! If you want to see this installation live, simply visit them in London this summer - it will be there until sometime this Autumn.

I am currently working with the London team to pull together something nice for Fall between Anthro and cattledogs so once plans are ironed out I will definitely be posting about it here and you will be invited. :) In the meantime, please enjoy this lovely video.

Hope that you had a great weekend. I'll be back in a moment with some pretty posts.



New! The Simple Things

It was such a treat to hear from Lyndsey Mayhew, who heads up Marketing for UK crafty mag, . Lyndsey is currently a student of mine in my online course, , and wrote in to thank me for the class which was such an honor to know that she enjoyed it so much.

Lyndsey then told me about a new venture in addition to Mollie Makes... A magazine called that will soon be published in print as a sister title beginning in the UK on September 6th.

About the magazine, "The Simple Things is a new monthly print magazine celebrating the things that matter most. It’s about knowing the greatest rewards come from the simplest things, that there’s no satisfaction like that at the end of a long muddy walk, no pink so pretty as freshly-cut rhubarb, no perfume to compare with your own home-grown flowers. It’s about making warm inviting homes – big or small – sharing food with friends, growing your own vegetables. It’s about shopping for a coffee table only to find you’re happy with a tea chest. It’s keeping your dad’s old typewriter just because it’s beautiful. It’s an empty beach on a Sunday morning. It’s backpedaling." So many sweet thoughts!

Lyndsey wanted to show cattledogs readers a glimpse of the pre-launch mag cover and some views of the inside of the magazine, which you can also . Congrats to Lyndsey and her crew on their latest adventure!

(images: the simple things)

London Style Guide By Saska Graville

Love London? Visiting soon? This post is for you! Last night I stumbled across a most curious travel book while perusing Amazon called the authored by Londoner Saska Graville and published by with photography by Jessica Reftel Evans & Martin Reftel of . It looked like such a lovely guide and definitely not 'typical' so I snapped it up in jiffy, ordering before retiring to bed.

To my surprise, this lovely guide arrived a few moments ago and as I flipped through it I couldn't contain my excitement. Finally someone wrote a shopping, eating and sleeping guide for London that speaks 100% to my aesthetic and is free of blah blah tourist-y stops and those all too familiar recommendations that every book suggests. This guide is stylishly laid out (props to the book designer!), meticulously curated and beautifully, and I mean beautifully, shot. I love the "Meet the Londoner section" with 18 interviews of shop and cafe owners, showcasing their favorite things to see in London.

I highly suggest picking up a copy because if you intend to go to London anytime soon, you simply MUST own this guide. Even if you don't intend to go, this book is still a lovely one to own because through it you can feel like you've traveled and there are all sorts of lovely things to see and read along with links to places you can look up online. It is available for or you can buy a hard copy in the UK here or in the US here. There is even a digital which I'm going to investigate because having this guide on my iPhone would totally rock for my next trip back to London. Would you like to take a quick look with me?

About the author: Saska Graville has worked as a writer and editor for magazines and newspapers for 20+ years in London and Sydney. She was former editor of New Woman magazine in Australia then the features editor of The Sun-Herald newspaper in Sydney. Later, she relocated back to her native London as deputy editor of Red magazine and currently is a UK travel correspondent for The Sun-Herald.

Now I'm more excited than ever to return to London this Fall!

(images: holly becker for cattledogs)

Bedroom: Project Redecorate!

I've decided that I'm going to redecorate my bedroom. It really needs a facelift but also the energy in the space needs to change. One important element that I added a few weeks ago was a new which has made an amazing difference to the overall mood in the space because it sounds super amazing and is so compact. It went from feeling a bit empty to warm and cozy in the single click of a remote. I'm streaming my favorite tunes in from the various internet radio stations that I love and cranking up tunes from my playlist.


At night, I'm listening to old school R&B, jazz, and lots of rela chill out stuff. The result is that I'm sleeping better and waking up feeling ready for the day - the music is helping the spirit of the space in major ways. I needed the room to feel better. I don't know, up until now it's always felt a bit like a lonely room in the back of the house since our floor plan has all of the rooms with "life" - the kitchen, dining, my work rooms, balcony, living room, entry, etc. positioned in the front and the bedrooms are in the back where it's not as sunny and as the result, the lack of light and life, really has affected how I feel in the space. My goal is to make my bedroom a sanctuary so that it matches the rest of the house. Then I'll begin decorating my guest bedroom, another neglected space that definitely needs a little help.







Once the bedroom is finished, I'll post before and after photos. Give me a few months... :)

In the interim, that I've pinned.

What rooms are you currently considering for a little redecorating? Or room? Have you started on your project yet?

NEW: Home & Delicious Magazine From Iceland

I heard from the very sweet Halla Bára Gestsdóttir earlier this week, who is based in Reykjavik, and she told me all about her new home and food magazine called () which she and her husband Gunnar Sverrison created. She will feature me in an interview in their next issue, but I thought I'd share Home & Delicious with you much sooner than that because it's so lovely.

I love the section openers with the chevron patterns... so pretty and fresh. There are so many fascinating Icelandic homes and product round ups along with recipes, DIY projects and the best part for me is that it's all in English. There are some pages that start playing music or product ads so just be careful if you are viewing this magazine at work - turn down the sound on your computer! :)

It's over 180 pages so dig in and don't miss the interview with Emma from on pages 180-181 - so happy to see Emma and to read more about her inspirations and future goals with her blog.

(images: home & delicious magazine)