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December 2008

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Hopeful Things

December 15, 2008

Let’s talk about HOPE for a moment, okay? I know, not a topic frequently discussed on design and decorating blogs but it is on a lot of people’s minds, agree? I noticed a ‘hope’ theme on lots of products lately… what do you think has inspired it?

{a.hope print by Please Be Still, b. “hope bird” from Naokos Stoop, c. give hope tote from Melissa Vest, d. hope and egg necklace by Nina Bagley, e. winter hope necklace also by Nina Bagley and f. hope earrings from Eliwill.}

I think that the #1 reason hope is a recurring ‘theme’ right now is because so many are discouraged due to the economy. None are without impact even in the smallest way. You may have kept your job but perhaps your neighbor is absolutely depressed because he lost his and this impacts you because your interactions in the hallway with him aren’t positive anymore. He was always in such a good mood. Now he is quiet and down. This affects you, every interaction has some mark on our day I believe, whether positive or negative.

{a. quilt ornament from Wordz of Life, b. hope necklace from Lotus Jewelry Studio, c. hope posy pin by Tracy B Designs, d. hope necklace by Bijou Girl Designs. e. hope cards from Leigh Wells and f. vintage toy blocks from Sparkkle Jar.}

I have been reading a lot of blogs and boards on various websites and many are complaining, upset, fearful, even downright angry over their situation, how the economy is or may affect their business, etc. I want to encourage you to be hopeful and focused if you are not feeling so hot right now. Keep working towards your goals and the future that you want for yourself and your family. One thing my parents always taught me through their actions was to keep my eyes on the ball. No matter what distraction may come it’s good to keep looking ahead and to not waver or to use your energy to focus on the negative. Hope is something that can help keep you positive, grounded, and forward moving. So many things in our life that we fear never pan out anyway, so it’s a waste of time to stress over what we have no control over. Right?

{hope wall hoop by Wallwork}

{1. hoping tomorrow print by Pretty Little Thieves, 2. celebration of hope original collage from Brush With Imagination, 3. hopes and dreams print by My Paper Doll, 4. Hopeful Times photo by Unravelling and 5. hopes and dreams print by Ashley G.}

Do you like winter? I’m a girl who once disliked it very much but now snow, a warm fire, and the magical feeling that this season brings is one I look forward to now. I love this period of rest, when nature goes inward, bears huddle in their dens (imagine little Zzzz’s over their furry heads and full tummies), and trees become glistening ice sculptures. December, especially the last two weeks of the year, is one my favorite times of the year because it forces everyone to reflect, slow down a little, and those final weeks gives me this great big feeling of hope for what may come in the year ahead. I think it’s time we all pause and reflect on this, don’t you agree? Remember that it’s our time to strengthen, renew, hope, and look ahead. Remember that things always get worse before they get better but they DO eventually get better. In the process we can become stronger in our core through endurance and also by being positive and allowing it to bring out good qualities in ourselves and others.

We all need hope but only when we have the courage to do positive things can we turn hopes into reality. So what are you hoping to do in 2009? What do you H O P E for? Have you found any products or projects on the web that relate to hope in some way and do you find them inspiring? What have you found (feel free to place your links in the comments section below. If your links are long, please use tinyurl.com).

(images linked to their sources above)

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Happy Weekend!

December 12, 2008

I wish all of you a happy weekend, this is my last one in Germany until May since I leave next Thursday so I’ll be busy saying goodbye to all of my friends and family here (wahhhh), and a have a few parties to attend tomorrow. I’ll see you all on Monday, for sure!

Have a great time whatever you do. Work a little, play a little, hug a little, craft a little…

Happy trails! xo, Holly

(image from Geninne on Flickr, you have to see her home in Mexico, drool…. Click here for those.)

Bloggers

Bloomacious Blog

December 12, 2008

Carrie Leber is a brand new blogger from Bloomacious who contacted a bunch of us today about her color series where she will show a project or new interiors story daily. One of her features is all about translating the color trend for 2009 into interior spaces. Here are some pretty images that I found on her site to give you a glimpse as to what you can expect.

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Bloomacious is a new blog that covers fashion, interiors, food, and health and it just launched a few months ago so there isn’t a lot of content yet but I think she has some great features on her blog and that it’s worth checking out. I wish more info was on the site about Carrie because I’d love to know who she is, but we can stay tuned because perhaps in the future she’ll talk more about herself and her personal inspirations because her blog is so pretty, I bet she is an interesting lady. So… enjoy!

(images from bloomacious)

Inspiration

Inspiration Boards & You!

December 12, 2008

I promised earlier this week that I’d share my current inspirations with you, what’s on my mood board, so I photographed it this morning since we finally had some sunshine. It’s time for a little show and tell, but more showing that telling… Here’s what I’m loving lately…

Pulling together this board made me think of that song, My Favorite Things, a childhood favorite of mine that my mother sang to me before bed at night. “Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes; Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes; Silver-white winters that melt into springs; These are a few of my favorite things.”

With that song in mind, this board shows a few of my favorite things. Tassels, silver, matte gold, chunky knit throws, messy bed hair, raw silk in orchid and pale turquoise (think sea glass), snowflakes, handmade clay beads from Africa, silk thread, butterflies, vintage green cars (I dream of owning a 1950’s citroen or a 70’s fiat like this one), patterned dresses (over tights or even skinny jeans), and mostly white interiors with shots of beautiful color and pattern, Ethnic Scandinavian is my new made up word for this look, though same may call it bohemian modern.

Ah… I love my current mood board. It’s so peaceful and it really made me happy to pull it together this week.

What are some of your inspirations?
If you feel like pulling together a mood board and photographing it, please do — and share it with us! You can send your mood boards to me at holly AT decor8blog.com (subject line: Mood Board. Please do not attach photos, just send me a link to your board on your blog or on flickr) and I’ll select 10 of my favorites and post them here on decor8 next week linking back to your website/blog. For those I do not select, I will still include a link in the post to your mood board so everyone has a chance to see it. Along with your board, please state your inspirations and anything else you would like for me to include with your post. All mood boards must be received by December 15th. Oh, and please tell me who you dedicate your board to. Names and links please. No more than five please.

I dedicate this board to my those who helped inspire it, some very dear friends of mine: Esra, Petra, Kathryn, Ez (Heather), and Marisa. xoxo.

(photographs by holly becker for decor8)

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