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Design Star Dish {with Becky Harris}

Here’s our weekly Design Star Dish with Becky Harris… The stage is yours, Becky! – Holly

Well, it was down to six contestants on Design Star this week. I am still on a high from seeing Joel McHale make fun of Michael on The Soup this weekend! Anyway, the group was split into teams of two, and I was very surprised by the team that did the best, because as individuals, I find them all to be pretty weak designers.

So, where to begin? First of all, I know it’s Nashville, but Shabby Chic? Really? That’s so ten years ago. If I see one more distressed, antiqued paint job I’m going to have to rip my hair out. I know that when we’re talking about the Opryland Convention Center and Hotel, not Ian Schrager in Manhattan or Kelly Wearstler in Santa Monica, but perhaps we could have been talking The Greenbrier or The Inn at Little Washington. Perhaps take inspiration from Savannah, Charleston, or the Garden District in New Orleans. That’s what comes to mind when I think of “Southern Elegance,” not a bad attempt at copying some old, dated Rachel Ashwell aesthetic that Rachel herself has moved on from.

So, I’ll get us started with some questions. When a country star is to serve as the inspiration for a design, are you simply supposed to copy her home right down to paint color? If you arrived at these suites, would you say to yourself, darn, I should have booked over at The Holiday Inn Express instead? How functional are semi-circular rooms? Why did Cynthia Rowley have a hula hoop around her neck? Who do you think will make the best host? Did Mikey V.’s hosting remind you of the fake P.S.A.s on Reno 911? When you are trying to avoid matchy-matchy-ness, how much is too much mixy-mixy-ness? Who do you think should have gone home? And most importantly, do you use the coffeemaker in hotel rooms? I’ve heard gross urban legends about their lack of cleanliness, but I tend to want the coffee so badly that I use them anyway.

I am going to be flying right over Nashville today and won’t be able to check out everyone’s comments until a bit later than usual, but please dish away! Please remember not to read the comments if you don’t want to find out who had their show canceled! By the way, that room they step out into to go “Off Air” looks like they are checking into Oz Prison or something. I half expect to see Adabesi standing there waiting to get them as they exit.

Posted in reality tv on July 07, 2008

Weekend Reading

I felt like doing a little weekend blogging about bedroom decorating, a fabulous light, and a few thoughts on wooden spoons and white china. Perhaps you’d be interested in reading my thoughts? I’ve linked each post below…

I hope you are having a lovely weekend! It’s cold and rainy here in New Hampshire, but I did have a little visitor in my backyard today when the rain stopped that I enjoyed watching. So cute. One reason why, despite how rural it is here, the country still continues to hold a special place in my heart…

(images from holly becker for decor8)

Posted in Rooms on July 05, 2008

See you on Monday!

It’s been one of those days my friends. Thunderstorms, power outages, internet connection out for several hours… So I shall return to blogging on Monday, July 7 since we have a holiday here in the states and I plan to spend a long relaxing time away from work to enjoy every moment of summer that I can. Though the entire time promises to be gray and rainy, I plan to cherish the moments indoors anyway. I’m off to light candles, play some Beirut and Edith Piaf, and make Thai food. I have a craving for something spicy with mango. Have a lovely time off!

7/3 update: i’ve blogged a little over on my more personal blog called haus maus today in case you care to peek in over there…

Posted in uncategorized on July 02, 2008

Can You Inspire Someone? {Winners}

When I wrote Can You Inspire Someone? nearly a month ago, I had no idea that I’d be picking up over 90 packages at my local post office during the past three weeks. You are all quite amazing! I expected maybe a few would be interested in donating, but nearly 100? And a few, like Hable Construction, wrote in recently saying their scrap package is on the way. I even had a donation package arrive from Designers Guild in London!


It’s amazing to know so many of you a little better. How completely giving and caring you all are. And through your packages, which I carefully unwrapped to investigate every single scrap, I was able to catch a glimpse into your world just as I guess you do daily here into mine on decor8. I absolutely loved it. Each package had it’s very own style, a bit of you wrapped up in paper and twine. Some packs were tiny and very special, others sent a single cigar box filled with pretty vintage things. Fabric scraps from design projects or discontinued fabric samples arrived as well. As I type I sit here surrounded by neat stacks of wonderful fabric, paper, and notions. My husband smiles patiently as I continue to prepare for the big giveaway. But first… It’s time to reward the kindness of our givers…

At first, I thought that I’d award one person the standard ad campaign on decor8 as a prize for donating — I’d draw a business card and that person would win a standard ad space for 3 months. Remember at that time I also thought maybe only a few would submit things. After the 93rd package arrived today, I realized that I need to select a few more than one! I decided to do this. Instead of giving one person 3 months, I’m going to give 3 people one month each of free ad space on decor8. It makes more sense to me. I added in those who have packages in the mail to this count and here’s how I found the winners…

As each package arrived, I carefully logged it in and numbered it 1, 2, 3 and so on. Then this evening, I used Randomizer and it selected 3 numbers for me all at once. The numbers are #68, #36, and number #1. Here are the winners below.

C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S

#68: Sofia Barao – 120 x 120 animated ad for the month of August
#36 Pixie Dust Decor – 120 x 120 animated ad for the month of September
#1 Jen Renninger – 120 x 120 animated ad for the month of October

A big thanks to all who donated scraps for this inspiring giveaway. I’m donating lots of goodies as well, including discontinued fabric samples and such. Now I can’t wait to see who actually wins these beautiful things!

Next week, I will show you some of the scrap packages that I’ve pulled together and will list all who contributed to this giveaway in a post that will include their business name and a link to their site. That means you will see all 90+ on this blog, their name up in lights! I’ll also kick off the contest which will be a single post sometime next week between July 7-11. It will be a very easy contest to enter, I’ll ask a question and you leave your comment and that’s about it. I will then select the winners, let everyone know, and send off boxes of inspiration! Yay!

(image from holly becker for decor8. the letterpressed print inspire, create, do was contributed by sarah parrott. she gave me 10 of these for the upcoming scrap packs so if you win, one will be in your box!)

Posted in inspiration on July 02, 2008

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