Favorite Posts of ’08

January 7, 2009

Until I collect my thoughts and figure out what I’d like to talk about today, because I have no clue, I’ve pulled together a bunch of my favorite posts from 2008 to keep you occupied (I got the idea from Dooce to do this). I wrote 994 posts on decor8 in 2008 so I had a hard time pulling together my favorites but I managed to find some and have listed them below. I found the ones with the most comments that made me smile as your input here is really what makes this blog. I just show up and you guys do the rest. I invite you to click around and enjoy. There’s lots of reading to catch up on in case you’ve missed some of them.

I’ll kick off this massive list of bloggy highlights with a little love to the Aussie crowd since I have a lot of new readers from Australia so if you’re from the land down under you’ll want to learn about all of the lovely bloggers in your part of the world.

Australian Design Blogs, May 8, 2008
“Prepare for a lot of reading and clicking because this post offers a boatload of resources when it comes to Aussie bloggers. I like to talk about things that inspire me, and right now I am feeling some major inspiration coming in from Australian magazines, designers, and blogs…” continue reading here. Psst: Here’s another post about Aussie design mags.


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…” continue here.

Decorating Outside of the Lines, December 10, 2008
“Let’s talk a little about decorating outside of the lines, shall we? I’m not sure where I’m going with this thought so I invite you to just roll with it and let’s see where we end up. I am…”continue here.

Round Up: Online Markets and Galleries, December 5, 2008
“Looking to sell your wares online? Or simply to shop for handmade gifts? After writing about DaWanda today, I thought it would be helpful to pull together some of the current online marketplaces and some online galleries…”continue here.

Inspired by Mandalas (and fellow bloggers!), December 4, 2008
“I mentioned earlier today that I’ve had mandala patterns on the brain again. When I say again it’s because I was very…”continue here.


Giveaway: Win This Book – The Creative Entrepreneur, November 24, 2008
This contest has some of the best comments ever! Read them here.

Delicate Doilies from Martha Stewart Living, November 20, 2008
“I’m always fascinated with end of November through New Year’s here in Germany… the winter activities are non-stop and most are outdoors which I think enhances the mood so much more than indoor festivals. Who wants to…”continue here.

New Project Announcement: Kindred, November 17, 2008
“The best things in life are often free… I’m very excited to share a new project under the name Kindred that I’ve teamed up with Heather “Ez” Pudewa from Creature Comforts on…” continue here.

Are Assumptions Cluttering Your Life?, November 12, 2008
“One of my blogger-colleagues over at Real Simple, Erin Doland, wrote a fine post today called, Keep Assumptions from Cluttering Up Your Life…”continue here.


Folksy – New!, October 30, 2008
“I have a question for everyone and I’d love your input but first I have to tell you about…” continue here.

Decorating on a Budget, October 23, 2008
“I’ve received so many nice comments and emails in response to my living room that was featured in the…”continue here.

2009 Calendar Round Up, October 17, 2008
“It’s that time again… Time for the annual decor8 Calendar round up. It’s funny, when I started writing this back in 2006…”continue here.

How Do You Handle Inspiration Overload?, October 6, 2008
“I’m still feeling the warm glow from yesterday’s inspiration that came from Living & More magazine and Birgitta Wolfgang Drejer. I wish so badly that I…”continue here.

Anthropologie Videos: Creepy or Cute?, October 10, 2008
“I was just checking out the Anthropologie stuff for Autumn ‘08 and came across these videos… I have to say, while they creep me out I…” continue here.

Wallpaper Borders – Your Thoughts?, October 9, 2008
“One designer there asked me what my thoughts are on wallpaper border as she was thinking about making and selling some borders…”continue here.


What’s Your Obsession?, September 25, 2008
“I’m absolutely obsessed with Moroccan teapots right…”continue here.

Flea Market and Thrift Finds, September 16, 2008
“I usually save the more ‘personal’ posts like this one for my Haus Maus blog, but I am way too excited about my recent flea market…” continue here.


Your Office: Make it Pretty & Functional, August 29, 2008
“Let’s talk about your home workspace for a moment, shall we? What does it look like? Is it accomplishing…”continue here.


Magic Markers on the Sofa: Your Thoughts?, July 23, 2008
“I had huge reservations on posting this, I feared the home owner would contact me and tell me to either bite it or she’d do a drive by and take out all…”continue here.

Where Did You Shop (as a kid)?, July 10, 2008
“We sometimes like to think we are wayyy cooler than we actually are. It’s good to pause for a second and recall our roots…” continue here.


Career Advice for Creatives, June 16, 2008
“I thought it may be fun to open this up as a topic today on decor8, Career Advice for Creatives. Warning: This post…”continue here.

Print Your Own Fabric at Spoonflower, June 10, 2008
“This is sure to appear on every design blog known to mankind, and I hope it does because we have to…”continue here.


Design Motifs, May 29, 2008
“Zig zags are hot, silhouettes remain strong, birds are big, what would you like to see become a more common design motif? An oct…”continue here.

Homegrown and the Bug, May 9, 2008
“Do you get stink eye when you try to use a tote at your local store? Where do you…”continue here.

What Would a Perfect Magazine Look Like?, May 8, 2008
“I really miss Blueprint magazine. I know lots of you weren’t big fans, but looking back I think you’ll agree that it was becoming…”continue here.


Flea Marketing: Plan Your Attack, April 25, 2008
“With the weekend ahead I’m certain that some of you are planning to hit a few flea markets. Time to plan your…” continue here.

Am I Crazy?, April 9, 2008
“Here’s a thought to consider and if you can, please share your views. I can decorate and even style a bookcase better when I photograph it…” continue here.

Too Much Inspiration?, April 7, 2008
“Is there such a thing as having too much inspiration? I was reading a fashion design book over…”continue here.


Turning Patterns into Product, March 19, 2008
“How do you take your patterns to the next level — from the drawing board to an actual product…” continue here.

A Grand Welcome: Entryway Tips, March 6, 2008
“First impressions are important, the way you’ve decorated and organized your entryway will either welcome guests with…” continue here.


Boho Modern, January 4, 2008
“I’m thrilled by the response to this post about London stylist Liza Giles and cannot believe the amount of emails…” continue here.


Back later with more goodies!

(image from twitter)


  • Reply Shanon January 7, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    Hello!!! I can’t even tell ya how happy I am to see you back! =) I’ve been clicking over for days now, hoping you’d throw caution to the wind and come back early.
    What a neat post to come back with. It’s nice to go back and see what I miss and be reminded of what I really enjoyed.
    Thanks Holly! Happy New Year!

    Shanons last blog post: The Arrival

  • Reply Anna January 7, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Lovely post for a lovely 2009!

    Annas last blog post: Just a Mini Greeting

  • Reply Kathryn January 7, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    hi holly
    great to have you back i missed you sweetie!
    thank you for the blog mention, thats so lovely of you.
    what a great round up of all the highlights of Decor8’s was certainly amazing time for you and i’m so glad i am sharing your journey and inspirations now. I too found Melissa Loves and through you the Unicorn Diaries this year!
    love Kat x

    Kathryns last blog post: Beautiful drawings by Kelly

  • Reply Anna @ D16 January 7, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Yay, you’re back! :)

    I’m going to click through all of these now, just in case I missed something.

    Anna @ D16s last blog post: Sometimes the dogs win.

  • Reply Tabitha (From Single to Married) January 7, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Welcome back – we missed you!! BTW – that’s an amazing amount of posts, it’s quite impressive. And lastly, where did you find that print – the one of the whale? so cute!

    Tabitha (From Single to Married)s last blog post: YOU CAN DO IT – Getting Organized

    • Reply decor8 January 7, 2009 at 5:35 pm

      Tabitha: Hi!! It’s a graphic from the website. I’m hoping I can find out who did their illustrative work, it’s all very cute.

  • Reply decor8 January 7, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    Some of my friends just told me over on Flickr that this whale is called the “Fail Whale”. It appears whenever Twitter is down or overloaded from too many tweets. That’s how I got the image, Twitter was down and so I saw the whale and saved the image.

    After doing more research on the Fail Whale, I discovered that the artist who illustrated him has a website here:

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  • Reply Tamstyles January 7, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    WOW, I hope to have some next year!

  • Reply Melissa de la Fuente January 7, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Oh wow….there is SO much lovely and fun stuff over here to catch up on! Although I could swear I never missed a single post :) I have missed your voice my dear! Also, I am so honored and giddy that you listed me as one of your new reads….truly. Thank you and I cannot wait to catch up on these two wonderful posts! :)

  • Reply i.d. January 8, 2009 at 1:08 am

    Hi Holly

    Happy New Year! Thank you for this recap. Your post on “Career Advice for Creatives” was probably the best one I read all year. Reading it again just now gave me another mental boost – I’m about to quit a corporate job to study fashion design and was starting to feel jittery about it… Thank you!


    i.d.s last blog post: I Heart Danny Roberts

    • Reply decor8 January 8, 2009 at 1:44 am

      i.d. – now THAT’s what I like to hear. Good for you!

  • Reply Maryam in Marrakech January 8, 2009 at 4:47 am

    oh eeek! I have to work today, Holly. Very dangerous you serving up all your faves like this!

  • Reply ROOM design studio January 8, 2009 at 5:29 am

    Hi Holly….

    Thanks for sharing !! this really helps to connect us to all the design community out there !

  • Reply Kat January 8, 2009 at 7:15 am

    Welcome back! My favorite post was definately “Decorating Outside of the Lines”! I have to say that it was mainly your blog that inspired me to start my own last month, so thanks!
    Keep up the good work!

    Kats last blog post: Happy New Year!

  • Reply hoganfe handmade handbag originals January 8, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    Oh boy can’t wait to click thru all of the faves!

    hoganfe handmade handbag originalss last blog post: Got Facebook….

  • Reply Susan F. January 8, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    DIY LOOK BOOK HOW TO was by far my favorite!

    2008 was GREAT!

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