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Hello friends! It’s Holly back in action once again! I’m so sorry for not being around much to talk to you for the past two weeks, I tried to pop in when I had time but I’ve been working very hard in both NYC and Los Angeles on shoots with Debi Treloar – I am styling homes and she is shooting them for the Decorate book that I’ve been working on as some of you already know. It’s been a great deal of fun and I’ve learned so much in the process, I can’t wait to share more about the things I’ve learned in the weeks to come because I think they may interest you — but I’m still recovering from the flight back to Germany from LA so I’m a bit slow mentally right now – lol – and cannot find words as I would like to. To summarize my time away though – it was just grand!

Simply Happy

It’s funny, my friend Ingrid told me that when I finish this process that I will be a different person. I didn’t know what she meant when she said it, but the skeptic in me highly doubted any part of this process would change me. But it has in ways that I did not expect and I will reveal those as I go because some of it is a bit emotional and I’m too tired to go into it today.

I am happy with the work I’ve done and proud of myself, but also very excited to share the homes with you in the book that I scouted because they each have such unique styles and personalities that inspired me quite a lot. Being out and inside of homes, moving around personal belongings, examining details on a cabinet or inside of a bookcase, just being “in” a space like that felt wonderful and I hope that images reflect my passion for this project when you see them. It also gave me a lot of fuel and excitement for future book projects and even projects that I have planned to show on decor8 in the months to come — I feel like I am ready to blossom into other areas and experiment more on decor8 as well so stay tuned for some new features that I will launch on this blog in the winter that will no doubt excite and inspire you, too. My goal is always to keep things fresh and forward because I think in a world as saturated as our online one has become that we, as blog authors, want to keep our loyal readers happy and stimulated but most importantly fill our emotional glass FIRST — so I will continue to work on giving you some happy content to enrich your day and hopefully, even make your life a little happier too. I feel I have so much more to offer you as readers now more than ever before and that is a really good feeling for me to have. I still have more traveling to do — to London, Belgium and the Netherlands — but my days away will not be as long as before so I’ll be blogging quite regularly going forward.

Okay so I’m officially back to blogging on a daily Monday – Friday schedule. Leslie has been so kind as to cover for me while I was away (thank you, dear Leslie). Did I tell you that we were able to meet? Oh yes! We actually worked together a full day and then in the evening, she and her lovely husband took us out to this hip sushi place on Hollywood and Vine where we ate and laughed and enjoyed the whole virtual-to-reality bit of going from virtual friends to “real life” friends as Leslie and I have done. It was so much fun to finally meet my contributing editor here on decor8 – we’ve been working together for a year as she has done an exceptional job producing her color me pretty columns – and she has been a very strong addition to my Blogging Your Way e-courses as a co-teacher, so meeting up was absolute perfection. I can’t wait to teach alongside her again in our next class coming up in September (registration will begin in August, to get on the mailing list please click here). Leslie dear, thank you for everything! You really made my trip to LA shine! Oh and she even came with me to a shoot one day to “assist” though it was more like her just hanging out with Debi and I as I moved and shuffled things around. Leslie was great to have there on a shoot as she was so encouraging and engaged, it really made things so nice for me and to spend an extra day with her was an absolute honor for me.

I’ll be back in a moment with some posts for today – see you in a moment dear friends!

(image: holly becker for decor8)

Posted by decor8 in uncategorized on July 21, 2010

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  1. Carmella commented
    July 21st, 2010 at 12:29pm

    Welcome back, Holly! It’s always fun to read/see the little bits of news coming from your direction. Can’t wait to hear more, but first, make sure you get yourself some rest!
    Carmella´s last blog post ..A Portion of Rest

  2. Brigitte commented
    July 21st, 2010 at 12:39pm

    Welcome back, Holly! I cannot wait to read more about what you’ve learned on your trip…and I’m excited to see these new features you’re hinting at. It’s hard for me to imagine how you can be even more inspiring than you are now, but I know by now that’s just your nature. So creative AND generous. I hope that someday I’ll get to meet you in person! Perhaps you will tour with your book release in Chicago… ;)

  3. Suze commented
    July 21st, 2010 at 1:06pm

    Ciao Holly, what a pleasure to read your happy words full of enthusiasm! And welcome back!


  4. ishtar commented
    July 21st, 2010 at 1:17pm

    Dear Holly, WELCOME BACK!!!!!
    looks like you had a terrific time and I´m so glad you got to met up with Leslie!! how wonderful!!!!
    I can relate to the fact this kind of experiences change you, absolutely!
    i´ll love to hear all you have to share!
    bless you and have a good rest!

  5. jodi commented
    July 21st, 2010 at 1:20pm

    welcome back!
    jodi´s last blog post ..zoe murphy

  6. Make, Do & Send commented
    July 21st, 2010 at 1:37pm

    Leslie has been wonderful while you were away but you have been missed so welcome home!! Can’t wait to see and hear more about your adventures and experiences I’m am sure they will influence decor8 in wonderful ways going forward :) Alex x
    Make, Do & Send´s last blog post ..Modern Pop Prints

  7. Stephanie Ryan commented
    July 21st, 2010 at 1:42pm

    Welcome back! I can’t wait to hear all about your new adventures. Congratulations on all of your success!
    Stephanie Ryan´s last blog post ..Big Toad

  8. Traveling Mama commented
    July 21st, 2010 at 1:45pm

    Welcome back! Leslie kept us all satisfied, but we are looking forward to our next “meal” with you! I can just imagine just how sweet the time must have been with you two awesome ladies! Oh, and I seriously do not think you have to worry about any of us getting bored. You are an incredible inspiration to SO many of us and I seriously do not see that changing any time soon.

    Wishing you the best as you settle back into your home!
    Traveling Mama´s last blog post ..a flea marketing we will go

  9. Kimberly commented
    July 21st, 2010 at 1:49pm

    Hello Holly:

    I’m new to your blog, but I love what I see. Glad that I came right as you came back from a long trip. Can’t wait to read and see all that you have in store!

  10. Diana commented
    July 21st, 2010 at 2:15pm

    Welcome back, Holly! So lovely to hear from you about your trip. Looking forward to all the new and exciting things you have to share!
    Diana´s last blog post ..A Creative Kick in the Pants

  11. decor8 commented
    July 21st, 2010 at 2:23pm

    Oh thank you so much! I feel so happy being back online regularly again — I only checked email in the early morning and late night and felt really disconnected from the online world which has become such a huge part of my daily life and I truly cherish it. It’s funny, before I took this blog break to work on the book, I thought I would love to be offline for awhile to get in touch with other things but found that I really didn’t need it — I felt the same each day as before and was still the same person on or offline so my little experiment came in handy for me — online or offline, it’s the same world it just depends on balance the energy you commit to both. In this case, I learned a bit more balance — making connections in person was hugely important to me and my creative process and being “IN” it really gave me additional energy to daily writing exercises. So in that way I learned that to become more creative I need to spend a few hours a day in hands-on work so as to not feel the burn of being online too much. But that’s just SOME of what I learned… more will follow in the weeks to come, there is a lot to share but I’m jet lagged so I’m calling it a day and going to bed! LOL

  12. Sophia commented
    July 21st, 2010 at 8:46pm

    Yea! you are back! Am I glad to see all your “pretties” again….YES!

  13. Kate @ Songs Kate Sang commented
    July 21st, 2010 at 9:17pm

    Hello Holly! I’m so glad you had a great trip and I can’t wait to hear more about your journey!
    Kate @ Songs Kate Sang´s last blog post ..Santa Monica- CA the pier

  14. Julie the Alkaline Sister commented
    July 22nd, 2010 at 1:16am

    Welcome back Holly. So excited for you to have met Leslie, she’s a dear friend whom I would be lost without! She did a really great job for you but you were also dearly missed:) Your scouting experiences sound amazing, getting to peek behind closed doors! Can’t wait to see the finished product. When do you anticipate the release of your book? Also love hearing about your revelations. The evolution and discovery of our character, our passions and our inspirations is intriguing isn’t it? Hope the jet lag is short lived.
    Julie the Alkaline Sister´s last blog post ..Herbed Quinoa w- Roasted Tomatoes &amp Nasturtium Salad- benefits of Quinoa

  15. debra commented
    July 22nd, 2010 at 2:27am

    welcome back! i enjoyed Leslie’s inspiration and also happy you had great time away, i cant wait to get your book! Do you think i could get it here in South africa? otherwise, ill have to buy on line! welcome and thanks for all your work and blogs! they make me smile.

  16. Heather commented
    July 22nd, 2010 at 2:04pm

    What are those beautiful flowers in the photograph at the top of this post?

    They’re stunning!

  17. frauheuberg commented
    July 22nd, 2010 at 4:32pm

    Later, but so much from my heart…welcome back, Holly and so good to hear that you had a great time in your home country…;)…i´m exciting about all the things you will share with us the next few weeks, months…;)…thanks to be here…;)…cheers and hugs…i…
    frauheuberg´s last blog post ..Happy Birthday- frauheuberg!!!

  18. Leigha commented
    July 26th, 2010 at 12:01am

    So glad you returned so inspired (as a reader, that means more inspiration for me, too…).
    I cannot wait to see some of the new features!
    Leigha´s last blog post ..Reveries and resumes

  19. VERA LUCIA DA SILVA commented
    November 2nd, 2010 at 11:53pm

    Olá! Adorei o blog é encanto ,muito lindo, Parabéns … abraços

  20. decordoma commented
    February 7th, 2011 at 12:22pm

    Hello Holly:
    I really like your blog. Oh thank you so much!

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