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2009 Here We Come!

December 24, 2008

I can’t believe it’s time to sign off, wish everyone well, and welcome in the new year! 2009 is coming, can you even believe it? Why is it that as a kid the school year creeps by so ::s l o w l y:: but grown up time seems to fly?

Regardless of how quickly the year has gone for me, I’m glad I spent it with all of you. I hope that ’08 has treated you as well as you deserve, I feel blessed and happy to look back on many successes and joys in my own life. Sure, I screwed up more than a few times too, but I think the good and bad combined just continue to make us all richer, stronger, and wiser people. One major blessing is that I have a job I love, if you can even call freelance writing and blogging a “real job” as it’s not the most traditional path… and I’ve made so many good friends to share this journey with that I find it all immensely rewarding.

I’ll admit, I sometimes miss the corporate world but only the dressing up for work part, the mingling with other humans part, and the structured schedule part. I often forget what day it is because I’m so engrossed in scanning, reading, researching, web surfing, facebooking, tweeting, and skypping 100 hours a day that I lose all sense of time. I could also stand to dress a little more current. I try my best but I’m no Carrie. You lose some of these things when you work alone 98% of the time. That’s why I value the many friends that I’ve made online, like you. I will attempt not to sound overly cheesy here but you really make this whole bloggy experience so pleasurable. This year I had the privilege of meeting 200 of you in person at various events I’d attended (or hosted) and it was exciting to put faces behind online names and handles. Real facial expressions kick emoticon butt! As much as I love blogging there is nothing like sitting around a table with talented passionate people dishing about design over boozy concoctions! My office is the web and I’m really happy to have colleagues like you because as much as you claim I keep you plugged in you do the exact same for me. We all learn and grow together and on many levels we are even accountable to one other. If blogger A. disappears for a few days, you feel concern. If blogger B. is having a baby you are excited and want to hear about the decor for the nursery. It’s this accountability and friendship that compels us to show up each day, motivates us to reach our goals and to follow through with the words we’ve typed… these connections really matter. I know you expect me to follow through on the things that I write and knowing this has helped me to reach many goals that I may have otherwise gave up on.

In closing… thank you all for supporting me (and my work elsewhere) by tuning in, commenting, writing, and sharing what I’m talking about on decor8 with others. We have built something special here together – a place to enjoy beauty, warmth, support, encouragement, and a place of shelter from some of the more common behaviors we have to deal with around us that aren’t always so upbeat and pretty. I have special blogs that I visit when I need a dose of inspiration and so likewise I hope decor8 is not only a beautiful place for you to learn about talented people, but one that energizes and inspires you as my favorite blogs do for me. I promise to give you even more goodness in the days ahead so I hope that you’ll stick around as we enter the 4th year of decor8 together.

I promised myself and my family that I would take 2 full weeks off from blogging to enjoy the things I have that are not online, so I’ll be back in action here on Wednesday, January 7, 2009. Until then, be safe, healthy and happy, I’ll see you again soon to share a new year together… 2009 Here We Come!


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  • Reply suzanne December 24, 2008 at 2:07 am

    Thank YOU! for all the inspiration, motivation, beauty, generosity, warmth and encouragement that you share with each of us, your grateful readers.
    I look forward to your posts every day, it’s my favorite morning ritual – I get on the computer each morning with coffee in one hand, computer mouse in the other, and catch up on reading your blog(s:)
    Hope you have a wonderful holiday!!!!

    suzannes last blog post: Happy Winter!

  • Reply Ivana December 24, 2008 at 4:20 am

    Dear Holly,

    Thank you for the best wishes I received this year! :)

    Your new post is great. My job is also web-related, I work at home, but I have to admit I don’t miss office atmosphere, stress, dress code etc. I’m more relaxed, and because of it – I work much better! Anyway, my friends are always there, we have time for each other, so my social life is active as much as I need and want at this moment. Also, I have many new online friends, they are fun and creative people, and they gave me a new perspective of comunicating. I’m really blessed and thankfull for all of this I have. I wish everybody can live in the happiness I feel, this world would be a much better place then.

    Best of luck in 2009! :)

  • Reply Helenna Stone December 24, 2008 at 4:31 am

    Wishing you a lots of joy and laughter during this festive season! It has been wonderful being inspired by your blog throughout the year. I’m looking forward to keeping in touch through 2009.
    Merry Christmas!
    Helenna x

    Helenna Stones last blog post: Lost my marbles today……please return if found

  • Reply cindy k December 24, 2008 at 8:41 am

    thank you for all the inspiration and great dialogues. i used to work in professional services and do miss wearing my suits and being all primped, sometimes ;). have a wonderful holiday!

    xo, c

    cindy ks last blog post: tunes : keane live

  • Reply molly December 24, 2008 at 8:59 am

    Thanks Holly, for the unending inspiration you share here on decor8.

    Hope you have a fabulous holiday and enjoy your time off!

    mollys last blog post: Just a few days left….

  • Reply Melissa de la Fuente December 24, 2008 at 10:04 am

    I couldn’t agree more….and so well put! Thank you dear Holly for all you do, the inspiration, the encouragment and the warmth you put into all you do.
    I don’t know what we would do without you! Have a wonderful, merry and bright Christmas and enjoy your time off! You have earned it! :)

  • Reply Andy Mathis December 24, 2008 at 10:26 am

    Happy Holidays to you as well, Mr. and Mrs. B.

    Andy Mathiss last blog post: Wow- I am on page 9 of Total Art Licensing Magazine

  • Reply rowena December 24, 2008 at 11:24 am

    Thanks for this post, Holly. I’m a stay at home mom right now with designs on opening an internet shop and all the internet networking that goes with it. And I’d love to start publishing essays and articles on line. Right now, I’m limited to a business on the internet, but I think I like it. And your post gives me hope and a peek into how one can be done successfully.

    rowenas last blog post: Christmas Magic Continues

  • Reply Ashley Rose December 24, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    I am new to this blog world, but I love it. Along with your wonderful blog I am just so inspired by all these amazingly creative people :)
    Happy Holidays and Hope to become Cyber friends!

  • Reply Stacey December 24, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    I’ve only recently stumbled across your amazing site, but I look forward to following in 2009! CONGRATS on taking a two-week hiatus – can you imagine what life was like before the internet?! Merry Jolly Joy to you and your family!

    Staceys last blog post: Happy Holidays!

  • Reply Liza December 24, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    Thank you, Holly. Happy holidays to you! I’ve loved being inspired by you for the past nine months. Enjoy your break, and I’ll look forward to ’09!

    Lizas last blog post: Peace and Joy to You

  • Reply Veda December 25, 2008 at 12:13 am

    Dear Holly,

    Merry Christmas and have a wonderful new year!!!!!!!!I thought i was the only one facing all the trouble with ur subscription! so i subscribed again coz i realised that i was not getting any updates from you!!!!!take care….have fun!

    Best Regards,

  • Reply Taylor December 25, 2008 at 1:36 am

    Thanks for sharing so many wonderful things! I have discovered so much via you and have only been reading for a short, short time, your blog. I will surely tune in in the coming New Year!

    Taylors last blog post: Koala: My First Love

  • Reply shanwen December 25, 2008 at 2:11 am

    Happy Holidays

    Holly, your blog is an inspiration ! One of my favourite moments of the day is when i drop by to read the entries.
    Absolutely luvvv what you do for a living, keep up the good work =)

    Take care & see you back in 2009

    shanwens last blog post: Henrietta earrings- free shipping

  • Reply Making it Lovely December 25, 2008 at 10:31 am

    Here’s to a wonderful 2009! And thank you for your friendship, support, and inspiration.

    Making it Lovelys last blog post: We’re Expecting…

  • Reply Miss Natalie December 25, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    Happy holidays, Holly!! Thank you for all your support this last year–it’s made a bigger difference than you could know. Your work and writing really helps recharge us all, and we’re looking forward to 2009 to see what you share with us next. xoxo from Oakland!

    Miss Natalies last blog post: Splendor in the Grass Wooden Apple Box

  • Reply Uncle Beefy December 25, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    HAPPY CHRISTMAS, Holly…& best wishes for a stupendous New Year! Thanks for all the great inspiration in 2008! :)

    Uncle Beefys last blog post:

  • Reply Lexy December 25, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    Your 4th year of decor8?


    Lexys last blog post: Eeep!

  • Reply sarah December 25, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    Wishing you a Happy New Year 2009 !! (:

  • Reply Pethra på Inredningsbloggen December 26, 2008 at 4:19 am

    I wish you a happy new year and may 2009 be a great yera for you. Hugs from Sweden.

    Pethra på Inredningsbloggens last blog post: Myrkrypningar

  • Reply Ms Unreliable December 26, 2008 at 6:06 am

    Dear Holly,

    I’m so humbled and honoured to be your Blog of the Week, thank you so much for welcoming me into the marvellous blogging community! Both you and your blog are truly inspirational, and I can only dream of freelancing and blogging for a living, so I’m eternally jealous – you’re my benchmark :D

    Looking forward to an inspirational 2009!

    xx Kit

    Ms Unreliables last blog post: Oh My…

  • Reply magikquilter December 26, 2008 at 10:04 am

    Hope you had a great Christmas and that your new year and blogging break find you refreshed in 2009!

    magikquilters last blog post: The Private Patient by PD James

  • Reply carrie leber December 26, 2008 at 11:00 am

    I totally commiserate with the 98% alone time! I just watched the Sex and the City movie last night again and I don’t think anyone dresses as well as Carrie :-) Happy Holidays Holly!

    carrie lebers last blog post:

  • Reply Zoë T December 26, 2008 at 12:57 pm

    Hey Holly!

    Thanks for all your brilliant inspiration – it’s the best bit of my day checking out what you have blogged! Carry on the tip top good work!
    Merry Christmas, and all the very best for the new year.

  • Reply Elfya December 26, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    Ha ha- that is so true; school years did go by soooo slowly and then once you are out….oh boy! It flies!

    Best wishes to you too – thanks so much for sharing all those great ideas, images, other blogs, colors, experiences, your own experiences!

    And last but not least – thank you so much for mentioning Home Refiner with the kindest of words!

    Happy New Year!


  • Reply marek December 26, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    thank you from Poland (great work i mean) & have a wonderful 2009 !!! Best wishes.

  • Reply Barbara December 26, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    Dear Holly,
    I really enjoyed your christmas and end of the year blog and I can fully understand that you want to take two weeks of from blogging. Sometimes I really feel addicted to blogging, facebook, twitter… and I have difficulties not to stick at the computer all day. I think sometimes it’s important not to stick too much to the internet and participate in real life. :-)
    I wish you all the best for you and Decor8 for the year 2009.
    Best wishes from Barbara from Marsupialia

  • Reply ROOM design studio December 27, 2008 at 2:45 am

    you give soo much inspiration and motivation into my day! thank you Holly and wish you all the best!

    ROOM design studios last blog post: Glamorous!

  • Reply hoganfe handmade handbag originals December 27, 2008 at 3:04 am

    Happiest New Year to you!

  • Reply maria December 27, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    What you wrote was beautiful. I love your blog, I am new to it, and just love to have a few moments each week to look and read all of the pretty ‘things”. Keep up the wonderful work! Happy 2009.

  • Reply Vivienne Strauss December 29, 2008 at 1:40 am

    What a nice post for the end of a busy year! My fashion sense has regressed to my 10 year old self now that I work at home: jeans, converse and t-shirt with sweatshirt jacket :) thank you for bringing so much creativity to one nice place! Happy New Year!

    Vivienne Strausss last blog post: The Delgado sisters, Carmen, Pepa and Kiki Were Always Rather
    Competitive with One Another

  • Reply sarah abeachcottage December 29, 2008 at 2:18 am

    I’m a new visitor here and have enjoyed popping by and seeing what you’ve found, thanks for the inspiration


    sarah abeachcottages last blog post: Christmas Tree, oh Beach Cottage Christmas Tree

  • Reply Lauren Corbyn December 29, 2008 at 12:24 pm

    Cheers and Happy New Year to all! Health, wealth and happiness in 2009!

  • Reply Chrisy December 29, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    Hope 2009 is a fabuloso year for you…thanx for all the design info…

    Chrisys last blog post: When is a Skirt Not a Skirt?

  • Reply puglyfeet December 30, 2008 at 3:35 am

    You’ve been a great source of inspiration and Decor8 has been a great source of joy. Thanks for all that you share!

  • Reply Pethra på Inredningsbloggen December 30, 2008 at 11:07 am

    Just checking in to wish you a Happy New Year!

    Pethra på Inredningsbloggens last blog post: Tips till nyårsdukningen

  • Reply Andrea December 30, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    Your blog has opened up so many new avenues for inspiration for me. Thanks so much all the wonderful information and support!

  • Reply Frida/Husmusen December 30, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    Thanks for sharing all your lovely finds during 2008. I look forward to 2009!

    Frida/Husmusens last blog post: Avancerade vikningar till nyårsdukningen

  • Reply Alice December 30, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    You do such a wonderful job with Decor8, it is such a wonderful source of inspiration! Wishing you a Happy New Year!

    Alices last blog post: Giveaway Update

  • Reply Rainjar December 31, 2008 at 4:31 am

    Happy holidays, Holly. I started reading Decor8 about two years ago now, I think. I’ve learned a lot since then, both here and from the creative businesses you’ve featured – my ‘eye’ finds the world a much richer place now, and my own design interests have taken off (and taken over). I’ve also loved your consistently positive and generous energy – Decor8 will always be extra special for that. Thanks for 2008, and here’s wishing you and Decor8 a great 2009. :)

  • Reply Tabitha (From Single to Married) December 31, 2008 at 11:01 am

    Happy New Year – looking forward to more great stuff next year!

    Tabitha (From Single to Married)s last blog post: Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree…

  • Reply à la mode designs December 31, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    Dear Holly,

    What a beautiful & inspiring blog you have. I look forward to all that awaits in 2009. Happy New Year! :)

  • Reply Julie December 31, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    Happy New Year! I have only recently joined into the fray of the design blogging world (I started as a fashion blogger) but I can’t wait to get more involved in 2009. Having large inspiring blogs like yours to lead the way is a real boon!

    Julies last blog post: Office Space With No Space Crate and Barrel Convertible Compact Desk

  • Reply samantha hahn December 31, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    Happy Happy New Year dearest Holly! You and your blog are endlessly inspirational. I wish you the most fulfilling year ever!

    samantha hahns last blog post: Thank you dear Maquette readers! Happy New Year

  • Reply panyizsuzsi December 31, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    I do not think you are the one here who has to say thanks. Thank YOU for showing us so many pretty insiprational things.
    Good luck and keep blogging in 2009!

    panyizsuzsis last blog post: How To Trade On Etsy

  • Reply hazel January 1, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    I stumbled upon the world of blogs about a year ago. What a lot of fun!

    I see the same names visiting each other’s sites, commenting, praising. I guess great minds think alike.

    Holly, you are living the life I would like to have.

    Happy New Year to everyone.

    hazels last blog post: More Perpetual Motion

  • Reply Purple Area January 1, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Thanks for all wonderful inspiration, wish you a great 2009!!

  • Reply gretchenmist/belinda January 1, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    happy 09 holly. have really enjoyed decor8 in 08 and look forward to your posts this year. hope you’re having a good rest :)

    gretchenmist/belindas last blog post: happy new years :)

  • Reply MARYBETH January 2, 2009 at 12:31 am

    May Your Greatest Wish Come True this New Year!

  • Reply Underfunded Heiress January 4, 2009 at 12:53 am

    Cool pics! I love coming to your site! It always makes me happy :)

    Underfunded Heiresss last blog post: Let me check my calendar

  • Reply The Butter Flying January 4, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Beautiful blog !
    Happy 2009!

  • Reply jane January 5, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    thanks for a great year of posts! looking forward to 2009!

    janes last blog post: Thanks 2008. Hello 2009.

  • Reply Saioa January 6, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    Happy New Year to all!

    Saioas last blog post: Little Brown Pen

  • Reply Laura @ Shoot-Scoop January 6, 2009 at 10:33 pm


    Thanks for the fabulous posts of 2008, here’s to tons in 2009!

    Happy New Year!

    ~ Laura

    Laura @ Shoot-Scoops last blog post: we won! we won!

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