Happy Weekend, I'll Be...

Hello everyone! I'm signing off for the weekend because I will be doing this (see below)....

I can't wait to work with our lovely students who will be in my home for the weekend - there will be so much to tell you on Monday with lots of stories and photos! Until then...

xo, Holly

Inspiration from Bloomingville

I recently ordered some lovely items from my new favorite Hamburg-based online shop and fell in love the moment my package arrived. It was a good day. Why? Because some things from that I ordered were tucked away so nicely inside and were far better than expected. I love that surprise... When something exceeds your expectations, don't you?

I then started flipping through the pages of my catalog and thought to share some of my favorite views with you since you  may not have heard of this brand before in your part of the world. They are based in Denmark and have such a broad range of interiors objects from furniture to wonderful gift wrap and great neon baker's twine (yes really) that it's hard to pick just ONE item... And everything in their collection is so cohesive and works together so well. In Germany this brand is a huge hit - Germans seem to love (and everything interiors/fashion related from Denmark which I have no problem with because so do I!) and I'm a fan too. Here is some inspiration for you this week...

Don't you want to order everything?!?

(images: bloomingville)

Thoughts On Feeling Shiny Again

I'll confess, some days I just want to be . Or anyone really rich, famous, super stylish and gorgeous. Sometimes it's Ms. Paltrow. Other days it's Rachel Bilson. Today was one of those Kelly days. I woke up and felt a bit like the end of the year cannot come soon enough because good goodness I need a fresh slate, some new projects and a boatload of amazingness for 2013.

But then I realized that I don't need to be Kelly or anyone else, because I'm pretty awesome in my own skin and you know what, on the surface everyone appears just dandy but inside we're all a big ball of anxiety and insecurity from time-to-time so it's okay to wallow a bit. We are so much alike despite how our wrapping paper may vary. After a few minutes of poor, poor me I decided that instead of feeling sorry for myself, I'd take it to the trees. I laced up my shiny new metallic gold sneakers (oh yeahhhh) and headed to the forest for a really long walk in the cold brisk air. The more I walked, the more I stepped away from how I felt and stepped into how I should feel. I left a lot in that forest today, and when I emerged I felt as shiny and new as my sneaks. That's what exercise, fresh air, dogs, cyclists, birds, trees shooting off into the clear blue sky and fallen twigs that crunch with every step can do for you.

It's okay to feel bad sometimes. Life can deal a seriously good deck of cards and a few minutes later, your hand can change. I think the key is to move your body. Do something good for yourself. Pamper yourself when you feel like your own enemy. Put on shiny shoes and walk - and don't stop walking until you are YOU again.

I wish you a wonderful weekend and loads of happy.

(image: kelly wearstler)

Furniture Makeovers

I saw this on Pinterest and went a little bonkers and traced it back to Barb Blair from . Oh my goodness Barb, this is some kind of incredible. Then I saw it on and learned that it's a collaboration between Knack and her friends and . My goodness gracious these are cool.

Want to see how that cool black desk looked BEFORE? ! Anything is possible as you will see the moment you click!

Psst: Barb just wrote a gorgeous book that I wrote the foreword for, it's called , and it will release next May but you can pre-order it here. I can't wait to get my hands on it. That is going to sell off the shelves for sure.

(images barb blair)

Thank You, Bloggers!

You may be hearing a lot about my book on cattledogs for the next week or so. There is a blog book tour being sponsored by my publisher, , and so each day 2-3 bloggers in North America are reviewing the book publicly on their blogs. The schedule is listed here, but I want to thank all of the bloggers who participated this week - each of them are listed below.

Poppytalk , "The process Holly has come up with is really practical and is a brilliant way to approaching your space." You can read too where Poppytalk had an interview with me. Sacramento Street , "I’ve been following Holly Becker of Decor8 for years and years (since 2006) – it’s one of the first blogs I started reading. It ultimately inspired me to start Sacramento Street over three years ago... In Holly’s second fabulous book, she shares all of her design secrets and also the eight step process/workshop to help you transform a home or room that will reflect your personal style. Holly asks questions throughout the book that will have you getting one step closer to your perfect interior style. It’s a brilliant way to approach design!" A Creative Mint , Decorate Workshop is the, "Second fabulous decorating book by Holly Becker of Decor8. I have had the absolute pleasure of knowing Holly for three and a half years now, we have worked, traveled and spent countless hours laughing and chatting together. She is a fantastic teacher and wow, does Holly ever have an incredible eye for design. She just gets it, design and decorating are innate for her." Horray , "One of my favorite details is the cover jacket that unfolds to a poster-sized page full of photos." Design For Mankind , "Read It... Decorate Workshop is the perfect go-to book... A workbook for the decor-obsessed, it’s filled to the brim with color schemes, pattern ideas, space planning, budget tips and even radly helpful checklists." Decorology , "Great tips and eye candy!"

Bloesem with me. "I really enjoy how Holly writes both on her fabulous blog as in her books...What makes 'Decorate Workshop' different from her first title... well ... lot's more interaction with us the readers. Yes, Holly makes it easy via a 'one step at the time' guide throughout the book helping you to start decorating or renovating your own space. It's almost like she's there with you, telling you what you should be doing next. The book helps you come up with your own ideas instead of Holly telling you what's nice and what's not. That's what we believe the best part." Win a copy of Decorate Workshop on Bloesem . Design Muse , "One of my favorite sections is "Organize Your Ideas" where Holly talks about how to create mood boards. I love creating mood boards and use them daily in my own graphic design process. They are a great tool for decorating and any other creative project." The City Sage , "Nothing will ever replace the satisfaction of holding a book in our hands, of smelling its fresh pages. And a book by a blogger and community leader like Holly Becker of Decor8? That is a triumph for us all. Holly brings us her second book, Decorate Workshop. It's the follow up to her her hugely bestselling Decorate, but I have to say that as much as I loved her first volume, this second offering is even better. Don't get me wrong, I love interiors eye-candy as much as the next girl, but the how-to approach of Decorate Workshop is so darn useful!"

It's so exciting to read what each one had to say about the book and also to share what they liked about it. I think it's really cool to see how some took photos - I can wait for next week to see how the bloggers participating will present the book. It's extremely exciting for me and I also want to thank you all for your support and encouragement, I had a really tough summer as you know in my personal life but now I'm back to normal and feeling fine (which is really nice because I felt like I would be in that little mouse hole feeling sorry for myself for a very long time!). Now that the book is out there, and I'm reading your reviews, I feel comforted and happy. And I'm glad I came out of my mouse hole, too. Thank you for your love!

AND there are some other special bloggers out there who recently ordered my book and were so kind as to post reviews on their blogs this week which felt like a huge celebration for me online all week long between the blog book tour and the other supportive friends posting about Decorate Workshop. Here are reviews that came in from some very nice blogs...

Apartment Therapy , "From blogger to bestselling author, Holly Becker brings you fresh ideas and endless inspiration. Decorate Workshop is a valuable planner for any home stylist." You can also enter to win a copy of the book .

IDA Interior Lifestyle , "I like the personal approach of this book, like an informal chat with a friend, the same attitude that she (Holly) shows writing on her blog; I like that in every section you can find blank pages to "interact" with Holly. She asks you to answer on several questions, she gives you the tools to find your decoration way and she offers her experience; and finally we can see the pictures of the lovely apartment that she shares with her husband in Hannover!"

Do What Your Love , "Fab new book! It is full of inspiring images (think the best of Pinterest interior pictures in a book!) and walks you step by step through the decorating process. Holly helps you analyse what kind of style works for you and helps you plan exactly what kind of rooms you want to live in." You can also win a copy of the book .

I want to personally thank each of you ladies for being part of my book tour this week and I can't wait for the final group of bloggers next week to see what they have in store for me. This is fun and gives me such a glow, so thank you again for the support and encouragement. :)

(images by the wonderful )

Inspiring Spaces By Debi Treloar

I adore interiors that feel very serene and unpretentious, naturalness wins over perfectly polished for me. and I think each of these five beautiful rooms shot by photographer are perfect examples of what I mean.

I believe this one is from beautiful book. Stunning.

I was so super pleased to see that my friend has a shiny and I really, really love it. Her work is exquisite and she's a beautiful person through and through. I only hope that someday again I'll be able to work with her because I'm already having a bit of Debi withdrawal, we did two books together and I got to know her so well that now I'm missing the experience of traveling and laughing and having long, meaningful chats and just working with someone so incredibly gifted. , you're the bees knees.

(images: debi treloar)