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Hello! My name is Holly Becker and I’m currently enrolled in a local design school pursuing a certificate in Interior Design and enjoy it very much. I also have clients that I work with in Boston, currently a couple in a new loft, a single professional who just relocated here from Chicago, and another single professional who owns a condo in the South End. It’s fun working with them, but I need something more because I have so many great things that I find while working on these projects and I have no clue where or how to organize all the great things I come across in the world of art and design. So this blog is going to be a spot for me to catalog them and also to reach out to my clients and friends and those of you out there who are looking for a bit of inspiration and insight into what goes on in the life of a designer, though I’m not one yet but I hope to be a designer or at least a decorator or stylist. I was born to do this, some people can dance, I can decorate. I believe you can go to school to learn it, but for some genetics play a larger role and for me transforming spaces into supportive, positive environments is hard-wired into my DNA. I hope you enjoy this blog and if you have any questions or are looking for someone to work with you in your home (and you live in the Boston are), please drop me a line at decor8blog AT

Posted by decor8 in uncategorized on January 09, 2006

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  1. leaca commented
    February 20th, 2009 at 2:08am

    look how far you have come. good for you.

    leacas last blog post: simply chocolate

  2. rowena commented
    February 20th, 2009 at 11:37am

    thanks for pointing us back here. I definitely overthink, and so don’t get started. I always want things perfect, so don’t get started. I psych myself out, so don’t get started.

    Get started!

    rowenas last blog post: Inspiration Lost and Found

  3. Rachel B. commented
    February 20th, 2009 at 2:20pm

    It was awesome of you to show us all this post. Thanks for your generosity to the rest of us- you have a way of making people feel like they belong.

    Rachel B.s last blog post: Etsy Love: Wren and Chickadee

  4. Mariss commented
    February 20th, 2009 at 7:04pm

    It’s great! I love it :) You rock!

    Marisss last blog post: Oh, February!

  5. Kim @ The TomKat Studio commented
    February 20th, 2009 at 7:08pm

    You are such an inspiration! Congratulations on your success!

    Kim @ The TomKat Studios last blog post: Heather Bailey – Creative Genius Among Us

  6. Laura Aiken commented
    February 21st, 2009 at 10:28pm

    oh Holly this is great!!!!!!!! Thank YOU! You have come a long way girlie.

    Laura Aikens last blog post: MOSAIC LEVEL II – MOSAIC DESIGN NEW starting in May 2009

  7. r8ermom commented
    February 22nd, 2009 at 1:23am

    I am way guilty of overthinking! Thank you so much for pointing us back here to your first post. It is helpful to see that it’s more important to launch and think along the way, rather than overanalyze so much that we psych ourselves out of whatever we wanted and never do anything. I always find you so inspirational because you keep it real. Your honesty and courage in revealing youself are truly humbling. Thank you, Holly. This series is awesome and I look forward to it every Thursday.

  8. Chloe Cumbow commented
    February 22nd, 2009 at 1:15pm

    wow. Thank You for sending us back here. Not your fault, but somehow I had a different impression of you, maybe my assumption (& ya know how that can be) from the success and response to your site. Love, Chloe C.

  9. Kara commented
    February 23rd, 2009 at 7:10pm

    I love that every comment on this post is from the Creativity Series post (3 years after the original post). It underscores your point so perfectly, and motivates me to “stop, drop and roll with” my own half-baked/over-done plans!

    Karas last blog post: Wonderfully Long Weekend

  10. Alaina @ LiveCreatingYourself commented
    January 8th, 2010 at 4:25pm

    Oh how I love reading blog’s first posts. Couldn’t agree more about the design being wired in your DNA. You either love it or hate it, can do it or can’t. Congrats on all you’ve accomplished in these few years!

    .-= Alaina @ LiveCreatingYourself´s last blog ..If my last name was Trump, I’d have a wedding like this. =-.

  11. frauheuberg commented
    January 20th, 2010 at 2:20pm

    oh, holly, its fine to read your first step into your blog…;)…wau…how amazing…so lon ago, or…so now i will go to your podcast…;)…see you in the course again…

  12. Ana commented
    January 20th, 2010 at 5:41pm

    This is so great to see where you started and to see where you are now. It really gives us a feel that we can also do something different. And your classes are really helping. I feel different already! Thanks a million for this great oportunity!

  13. Hayley Blease commented
    January 20th, 2010 at 10:57pm

    Wow, I have enjoyed your first post as much as I have your recent posts…your writing is captivating! Well done on all you have accomplished! x

  14. Down and Out Chic commented
    March 30th, 2010 at 5:22pm

    As I’m writing this I’m listening to your recent podcast. Wow! You are definitely a forerunner and an inspiration in this field. Thank you for writing a consistent, honest blog that’s worth admiring.
    .-= Down and Out Chic´s last blog ..An interior and a mood =-.

  15. Dana (LeiLiLaLoo) commented
    September 8th, 2010 at 9:09pm

    Holly, thank you so much for the insight in (a bit of) who you are. Through your podcast. This first post is also very insightful. Taking such a small step and being where you are today….Thank you for the inspiration and motivation that shines through that.
    Dana (LeiLiLaLoo)´s last blog post ..A small sneak peek into my painting studio

  16. janis - pinecone camp commented
    September 8th, 2010 at 10:57pm

    I’m listening to you as I post this comment as well. I can’t believe all that you’ve accomplished in such a short amount of time. Very inspiring!
    janis – pinecone camp´s last blog post ..Baked on Monday – Blondies

  17. Violet commented
    September 8th, 2010 at 11:27pm

    Awww, thanks for linking this. Sometimes when I look back on my first few blog posts, I have to laugh. I am by no way a professional blogger now, but I do feel as though I have come a long way. Thanks so much for sharing! xoxo
    Violet´s last blog post ..Sunday Blog Hop!

  18. Nicole @ Chic and Cheap Nursery commented
    September 9th, 2010 at 4:18am

    Very cute! It’s always fun to look back at the beginning and see how far you’ve come :-)
    Nicole @ Chic and Cheap Nursery´s last blog post ..3-Ring Circus- Pink Elephant Baby Shower

  19. Jessica commented
    September 9th, 2010 at 5:12am

    As someone else mentioned, I am so guilty of taking myself way too seriously and try to make everything I write sound like it came from a Pulitzer Prize winning author. You’ve reminded me how vital it is to just be real, be who I am, and be proud of that!

  20. Glenda Childers commented
    September 9th, 2010 at 5:22am

    I am imagining how fun it will be in five years to look back at my first blog post. I barely knew how to turn the computer on . . .
    Glenda Childers´s last blog post ..HOW WAS YOUR SUMMER

  21. Michelle commented
    September 16th, 2010 at 3:48am

    Wow Holly,

    Totally professional right from the start. In the manner that you do so well, that has enabled you to where you are now. Written from the heart and totally upfront with the truth.

    x Michelle

  22. Claudia commented
    September 21st, 2010 at 5:03pm


    that’s great…just jump right in and don’t look back–that’s what I did and I know my journey, although unique to me, will be so much fun and challenging professionally. The number one ingredient is believe in who you are and the second is be kind no matter what. You ooze both of these elements and your cool vibe is such an inspiration! Thanks for all the stuff you have shared in this class (and Leslie too)–I just got remarried on 9/10 and we have 5 kids between us and I’m trying to catch up…gotta go to BYW!


    Claudia´s last blog post ..pinto’s pints

  23. linden commented
    March 2nd, 2011 at 4:43pm

    Thanks so much for sharing Holly. I loved seeing your very first post. I like your direct yet personal approach on your blog. I have found so many things to check out from your blog. It’s nice to hear about your Story. My blog is about Story Medicine…the basis being that “we all have a story”. I’m loving reading everything you’ve given us so far!

  24. Shari commented
    March 2nd, 2011 at 5:09pm

    Wow! Yes, humble beginnings can lead to such huge success!! Thank you for reminding us, your students, that it doesn’t have to start with a big bang, and that doors can open for us if we stay true to ourselves.

    Thank you.
    Shari´s last blog post ..Color Palette Blog Walk!

  25. Arianna commented
    March 2nd, 2011 at 7:32pm

    This is so cute to see how you started! x
    Arianna´s last blog post ..Real Homes- Laura de Wilde

  26. Shop Sweet Things with Jeanne commented
    March 2nd, 2011 at 11:05pm

    Love your cute, first blog! So honest and personable … I almost feel bad that I didn’t make an introductory post when I first started my blog. I kinda jumped right into it without being too personable; I think yours serve a great inspiration to me by being personal but yet still professional. Thanks for bringing us back to here.
    Shop Sweet Things with Jeanne´s last blog post ..WATCH OBSESSED

  27. Kristyne commented
    March 3rd, 2011 at 4:49am

    It’s clear to me that you really know who you are inside. You comes across in this first post with the same open, kind, focused and inspirational characteristics as you share with your audience today.
    Kristyne´s last blog post ..How to Make a Seven Year Old Happy

  28. Desha commented
    March 3rd, 2011 at 4:51am

    wow. I just listened to your podcast and read your first blog, and feel so lucky to get that story. I relate to so much of it, that I wish I could just invite you over for tea and talk… Desha
    Desha´s last blog post ..Vale Burns- artist series take 4

  29. Monica commented
    March 3rd, 2011 at 12:06pm

    Thanks for pointing us here. Wow, that was just a bit over 5 years ago. Not really all that long ago if you consider where you are now. Quite amazing actually. Nice to read that your voice has really remained a constant in your blog.
    Monica´s last blog post ..Lufdesign

  30. Laurie Ashbach commented
    March 3rd, 2011 at 4:37pm

    Thanks for your encouragement. I appreciate your honesty, transparency and belief in yourself. It’s contagious!
    Laurie Ashbach´s last blog post ..Happy Valentine’s Day

  31. Manu Mitre commented
    March 3rd, 2011 at 10:53pm

    It made me cry (in a very good way)… thanks!

  32. Vanessa commented
    March 4th, 2011 at 2:37am

    Thank you so much Holly for sharing this and most of all for sharing your knowledge with us (not many people are prepared or want to share knowledge). It’s just amazing how things are getting clearer and clearer and we are only in the first week of class. I am so grateful I’ve signed for this class.

  33. Courtney commented
    March 4th, 2011 at 6:48pm

    This is so inspiring and you deserve everything you have worked so hard to achieve! Congrats! ( I officially have goosebumps…) :)
    Courtney´s last blog post ..The basics

  34. Ange @ GnomeAngel commented
    March 5th, 2011 at 11:03pm

    I love that this reads like a mini manifesto. That you set out the reasons why you were blogging, what you wanted to achieve, why you believe you’re set apart from the rest and how you’re going to achieve it. Love it.

  35. Jane commented
    March 7th, 2011 at 3:31am

    Thanks *so* much for sharing this with us, Holly. It’s comforting to know that from such small beginnings, you managed to parlay your blog into something much more expansive, cohesive, innovative and just plain delightful. Congratulations! It’s a great encouragement to us newbie bloggers. J x
    Jane´s last blog post ..Musings on motherhood

  36. heidi leon commented
    March 9th, 2011 at 9:45am

    Holly, even on your beginnings your writing was showing bits of your strong voice, personality and values plus the determination towards your success.

    Of course you deserve every little piece of that success, you have worked (and continue to do so) with so much passion. Oh, and you share that passion and knowledge with your readers and students!.

    Thank you. You are an inspiration.
    heidi leon´s last blog post ..Almost a marble cake- Matcha and Chocolate Cake – Casi un cake mármol- Torta pastel de Matcha y Chocolate

  37. irene commented
    June 30th, 2011 at 7:40am

    you really are an inspiration. thank you :)

  38. Aina commented
    October 12th, 2011 at 8:52pm

    Thank you Holly! It means that everybody can start a new life with a real passion, just try it!
    Aina´s last blog post ..Blogging my way….

  39. Allison commented
    October 12th, 2011 at 10:13pm

    Holly thanks for sharing this. Secret squirrel — I just sighed a huge sigh OF RELIEF. Some days I feel like what am I doing? Am I even doing this right? There is no right, every post is a journey and a learning experience and it was so great to see that you started somewhere too!
    Allison´s last blog post ..Filet Mignon Toaster Oven Dinner Part 1

  40. alison abbott commented
    October 12th, 2011 at 11:31pm

    This is so great to read again. I always like to visit a blogger’s first post when I discover their blog. It’s also more than a little refreshing to see that ‘comments’ took a while to come when you first started. BYW is already inspiring me to reach new heights.
    alison abbott´s last blog post ..Claire Brewster-Bringing Maps to Life

  41. Wahkuna commented
    October 13th, 2011 at 5:10am

    It’s so inspiring to see your beginnings. You definitely had a clear vision of where you wanted to go with your blog and your talents from the start. I admire that a lot! Thank you for sending us back here, to remind us of where it all began. :-)

  42. Krishann commented
    October 13th, 2011 at 6:56am

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us. It is very inspiring to see where you started and where you are today. It was evident from this post that you have a gift! I can relate to feeling like something is a part of who you are and love that you expressed how you feel about designing! Again thank you for this and congratulations on having your dream of becoming a designer come true!

  43. Lelanie commented
    October 13th, 2011 at 1:29pm


    thank you very much for letting us into your world. I see so much of myself in all this.

    It gives me great hope to know what is possible.

    Lelanie´s last blog post ..Interior photography by Vincent Leroux.

  44. Lana Waller commented
    October 13th, 2011 at 7:35pm

    Hi Holly,
    Thank you for sharing.

  45. Tra Wright Knox commented
    October 13th, 2011 at 9:07pm

    Hey Holly! Thanks for sharing! Really,really appreciate it!

  46. Mary C. Nasser commented
    October 14th, 2011 at 1:02am

    Thank you for sharing your very first blog post with us, Holly!
    I really did enjoy reading it and found it inspirational, too!
    Mary C. Nasser´s last blog post ..New Work Wednesday: Park

  47. Mary Middleton Design commented
    October 19th, 2011 at 4:05pm

    Wow great to see the “start”. I’m listening to your words as I read this and it’s all coming together for me

    Mary Middleton Design
    Mary Middleton Design´s last blog post ..Jonathan Adler New Store and GIVEAWAY

  48. Hélène commented
    December 4th, 2011 at 12:40pm

    Yessss !

    Evening after evening, I read all the 675 pages of this blog !

    I liked almost all the things you’ve presentated, thank you for such beautifull articles.

  49. Gabriella Buckingham commented
    November 5th, 2012 at 11:15pm

    This is lovely to read Holly. Your inner confidence shines through and I think that’s the key thing to making a successful blog or career isn’t it? Being sure of what you want to do. The thing I have most trouble with. Some of us are meant to meander perhaps! There’s a good name for a blog ‘Meandering Moll’ .
    So looking forward to meeting you tomorrow. I am taking a big bad to fit your book into. Gabs x
    Gabriella Buckingham´s last blog post ..Inspiration

  50. Oana commented
    December 11th, 2013 at 3:24pm

    Aw, I just discovered your website, loved it, so now I started to read it from the very beginning. x

  51. Kristen commented
    January 11th, 2015 at 7:49pm

    What a humble beginning to such a successful blog. This is exactly what I wanted to see. As many have already mentioned above, the hardest part is getting started. This is true in all aspects of life – blogging, working out, doing all those pesky chores, etc. It’s nice to see that when you started this blog, you weren’t looking for perfect and just jumped right in. Kudos to you! It makes me enjoy this blog even more :)

  52. decor8 commented
    January 11th, 2015 at 8:03pm

    @Kristen – Thank you so much!!!!

  53. arianna commented
    February 18th, 2015 at 3:15pm

    I really would like to attend your design school but I live in Italy. Do you ve a youtube channel to do e-learning lessons by video?

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