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Interior Styling Favorites

Good morning friends and happy new week to you! Guess what? My UK publisher will host a press conference for me in London in just two weeks, I just saw the official invitation this morning and am quite excited and very nervous — shaky knees for sure! :) I heard that some journalists and bloggers will be there to talk about Decorate and to view the book in person, which releases in the UK during the same week as my birthday in March. Oh my goodness you guys, what will I wear!?

Ohhhh Mhhh….

I’m very excited to see the book in two weeks myself — I keep wondering what it will feel like to hold it in my hands and flip the pages… I’ve been reading decorating books since I was a child so it’s still a very surreal feeling for me to have my own book and I am feeling very emotional about it. Lots of my friends tell me to “work it” and “have fun” and all I want to do is praise all of you for making this happy because I’m smart enough to know that it is through your support that I got a book deal in the first place. It’s such an honor for me to create a book for you, and when I have a copy I will make sure to give you a preview in a few weeks. Speaking of decorating…

I thought that it would be fun to share a few photos from my Interior Styling group on Flickr each Monday, a few highlights along with some links to Flickr members that you may or may not follow yet. The reason I selected Monday for this is because at the dawn of a new week lots of us need inspiration and ideas to carry us through the work week.

The Interior Styling group on Flickr has some lovely images submitted by members of the group and so there are always lots of photos to enjoy of real homes decorated by people all over the world who just love to decorate and possess a real knack for it. I curate the group to ensure a cohesive look and feel and to make sure that no odd submissions leak through (I sort through plenty of questionable content that’s for sure) so you can be sure that the images will be inspiring and diverse to fit many tastes. Members of this group also know that if they submit their photo to the group that I just may use it on decor8 because good work needs to be shared!

Interior Styling Group Inspiration

Pops of red and yellow with white and gray… Top left: Lillian Day knows that a little bit goes a long way. |  Top right: i l’aria brightens up her white bedding with a vibrant patchwork quilt and colorful crochet pillow cover giving this room a handmade feel. |  Bottom left: Nest decorating adds a bold floor rug to her kitchen making it a strong focal point in her Vermont farmhouse.  |  Bottom right: maedchen style lifts a mostly neutral palette with shots of country red in checks, dots and stripes.

Gorgeous workspace that looks soooo inspiring by ishtar olivera in Spain.

Super organized and a beautiful, nature-inspired theme by Dora iz Londona.

Interior Styling Group Inspiration

Top left: ninaaribena1 mixes several bold black and white patterns (a risk) but placement and scale is key and she gets it right. |  Top righti l’aria makes a crochet lampshade to give her otherwise pastel decor some energy which is always nice in winter months.  |  Bottom left: ish & chi is never afraid to take a risk. She is a very courageous women in more ways than one. Vivian, you go girl! |  Bottom right: Ninaribena1 painted her front door with black and white stripes for a bold, graphic statement. You can really have fun in small rooms like this so why not mix and match?

Elsa’s shelf of vintage and vintage-inspired notions makes me smile and feel creative just by looking at it. Isn’t this how it is sometimes? Even when we do nothing with our little crafty bits, it still makes us feel more creative just by collecting them and having a few around to jump start our creativity now and then… Plus lots of crafty things look extremely sweet when used as decoration in the home, don’t they?

This living space by lakbdesign is so inviting in blue tones and tactile elements (wood sculpture above fireplace, coffee table and natural sisal rug) but surprise, there is a gorgeous lime green table in the corner to introduce playfulness to this otherwise sophisticate decor. This look is very relaxing and inviting. The curved armless sofa is divine.

Look for “Interior Styling Favorites” each and every Monday on decor8 going forward where I’ll pick my weekly faves from the group and share right here. Enjoy!

(images: linked to their sources beneath each image above.)

Posted by decor8 in Decorating Tips on January 17, 2011

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  1. Serge from commented
    January 17th, 2011 at 3:21pm

    Digg that pop-art-country-chic of Maedchen Style. It’s stylish and fun!

  2. juliette commented
    January 17th, 2011 at 3:24pm

    I’m really looking forward to seeing your book in the bookstores here and couldn’t be happier for you. I definitely think you should ‘work it’ and wear something as inspiring as your blog!

    Three cheers and thanks for the shares! Am feeling all sorts of inspired today!
    juliette´s last blog post ..Pay it Forward Crafting 2011- Ill send you something!

  3. Kat commented
    January 17th, 2011 at 3:31pm

    wow just 2 weeks to go till Decorate is in your hands how exciting!
    My copy is soon to be on pre order at amazon.
    It’s quite a novelty to be getting something before it’s out State side. So often in the Uk we are waiting for American things to issue over here.

    I lI’ve taking part in the interior styling group. The idea to show a selection each week is great. I too saw Ishtar’s workspace and loved it! So bright and all the little bits and pieces and the run of japanese tape!!

    Love Kat x
    Kat´s last blog post ..Nadinoos woodland dress

  4. Sanja commented
    January 17th, 2011 at 3:45pm

    I adore Dora iz Londona :)
    And don’t worry, just enjoy the experience of Your first book – the colour, the feel, the redolence of a new book – and awareness of a hard work well done.

  5. Yoli commented
    January 17th, 2011 at 4:17pm

    Holly I am so happy for you girl! So well deserved, you put a lot of work into it. Enjoy it all!
    Yoli´s last blog post ..Martin Luther King I have a dream

  6. Beth commented
    January 17th, 2011 at 4:28pm

    Great rooms with fantastic style! Thanks for sharing. Really looking forward to your book :0)
    Beth´s last blog post ..Congratulations Lovena and Ryan You’re Married!!

  7. erin commented
    January 17th, 2011 at 4:33pm

    i can’t wait for the book! how cool is that?!

    and i look forward to the interior styling posts on mondays! the photos you chose for this week are beautiful!
    erin´s last blog post ..Operation Paper Cut

  8. Luciane at commented
    January 17th, 2011 at 4:36pm

    Oh, this is so good! Shaky??? We all feel this way, it shows that you still care about all of this success, you know? Never loose that!

    To wear? Something pretty and comfort.. you need to focus on your meeting not that shoes that is killing your feet. Deal? :-)

    Wishing all the luck and blessings!


    Luciane at

    PS: This is a really well designed home, come see if and feel inspired!

  9. ishtar commented
    January 17th, 2011 at 4:38pm

    Dear Holly,
    Thank you for showing my photo!!!: ) ????
    I Love ? your interior styling group at flickr!!!
    Btw, is the press conference going to be opened for everyone to assist? or just…the press?
    HOw exciting!!!! You´ll look great with anything you wear!! I love how you look on that photo for your book!!!! gorgeous!!!
    ishtar´s last blog post ..Inspiration Monday ♥

  10. Tina commented
    January 17th, 2011 at 4:39pm

    I loved this post, amazing photos! I wish your book the greatest success!

  11. jenn commented
    January 17th, 2011 at 4:46pm

    So excited to see your book! :) And, I love the interior styling group on flickr. I often visit just to flip through and see what other are up to. I think it’s a great choice for a monday feature.
    jenn´s last blog post ..inspired Etcetera Etc

  12. karen @ our slo house commented
    January 17th, 2011 at 4:52pm

    Congratulations on the upcoming book — that’s so exciting.
    I didn’t know about it, so I’m excited to see it.

    There’s nothing like a good decorating book that you can refer to again and again.
    karen @ our slo house´s last blog post inspiration

  13. mydesignchic commented
    January 17th, 2011 at 5:16pm

    How exciting!! Can’t wait to get one for myself…looks fabulous!!
    mydesignchic´s last blog post ..Visit Us at Party Resources!

  14. Monica commented
    January 17th, 2011 at 5:18pm

    That is so exciting! “What to wear?”, would be a question following me in my sleep. Time to go shopping, if for nothing else then for inspiration. I have a hunch that you will do just fine though. The photos that you have posted are lovely.
    Monica´s last blog post ..Guest Bathroom

  15. claire commented
    January 17th, 2011 at 5:26pm

    These photos are so inspiring! I’m so excited to see your book — good luck with the book launch, with finding a fabulous outfit…with everything! I guess it’s not too early to say CONGRATULATIONS! :)
    claire´s last blog post ..Magazine Make-over

  16. Marisa commented
    January 17th, 2011 at 5:32pm

    Congratulations on your book! Just pre-ordered it through Amazon. Can’t wait for it to arrive!

  17. kellie commented
    January 17th, 2011 at 5:48pm

    Wow! I really love that striped door! And the all the chevron stripes :)

  18. Trish commented
    January 17th, 2011 at 5:54pm

    Holly, I’m so excited for you! I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy! I hope you find the perfect outfit (confident & comfy) to wear…and that the day will feel like floating on a cloud! :) So happy you chose to do the Interior Styling group on Monday; I’m loving all the photos and artists you chose to feature. I must admit, I’m addicted to the group myself…and submit my creative attempts regularly. I know you will sort through all my creative messes and find the one good photo to feature. Thanks for curating, I know it’s hard work…but you’re so GOOD at it.
    Happy New Week…
    Trish :)
    Trish´s last blog post ..Pretties in Pictures- a Vintage Photo Shoot

  19. ishtar commented
    January 17th, 2011 at 5:58pm

    ..just a quick note to say that my keyboard is kinda crazy…instead of exclamation marks it shows questions marks whenever it feels like it!!! so my comment looks a bit rare …
    B tw I just ordered my copy of your book!! cant wait to read it!!!! : D
    ishtar´s last blog post ..Inspiration Monday ♥

  20. laura trevey commented
    January 17th, 2011 at 6:12pm

    LOVE that cool work space :)
    laura trevey´s last blog post ..Take the Survey and Win 200

  21. Dagmarette commented
    January 17th, 2011 at 6:18pm

    Thats fantastic! Congrats on getting your book published and in london! How exciting! I just published my first cookbook last year and i know the feeling of flipping through the pages and realizing its yours! Congrats again

  22. Ele commented
    January 17th, 2011 at 7:03pm

    Congratulations, Holly! You must be so excited- the experience of holding your first book is no doubt going to be slightly surreal and overwhelming, but in the best possible way.

    I’m sort of wishing my blog was more strictly “design” so I could wrangle for a blogger’s invite, but I’ve pre-ordered your book already and am happy to wait for it :) How long will you be in London for?

  23. tinajo commented
    January 17th, 2011 at 7:32pm

    Wooooohoooooo – exciting and fabulous in every possible way!

    Great pics as usual. :-)
    tinajo´s last blog post ..Change of season in Blogland!

  24. decor8 commented
    January 17th, 2011 at 7:38pm

    @Ele – Oh thank you so much! Yes, it is very exciting. They have only invited people with design blogs or who are journalists in the UK but if that changes, I will definitely let you know. :) :)
    On a happy note though, I’m trying to see about organizing a launch party in London in April and if that happens, you are definitely invited!!!!

  25. Lila Ferraro commented
    January 17th, 2011 at 7:59pm

    That would be an awesome birthday! I hope you figure out what you’re wearing…and share it with us! I love an organized room. All look very clutter free and lovely!
    Lila Ferraro

  26. Glenda Childers commented
    January 17th, 2011 at 8:03pm

    What fun to see the granny square pillow and later the granny square lamp shade. Just this past week, my daughters were inspired to crochet granny squares . . . after seeing a pillow on an old episode of “Friends.” I love the way old school things are coming around again.

    I am excited for you, Holly. What a lovely moment in your already wonderful career. We rejoice with you.

    Glenda Childers´s last blog post ..50 things to do this winter while we await spring

  27. Maaike commented
    January 17th, 2011 at 8:10pm

    what a gorgeous picture collection you found here! I love them all… great blog!
    Enjoy your week, love Maaike
    Maaike´s last blog post ..Sunday

  28. samantha hahn commented
    January 17th, 2011 at 8:59pm

    so exciting!!!

  29. Laura commented
    January 17th, 2011 at 9:24pm

    Holly, so so excited for you!!! Can’t wait to get my pre-ordered copy! Really hope you have a book signing or something in London as well! Gorgeous photos too – inspiring me to be more organised :) Much love xxxx

  30. Imke commented
    January 17th, 2011 at 9:28pm

    Thanks again for having my pic in today’s post and CONGRATS to your book. Will pre-order it right now!
    Best Imke
    Imke´s last blog post ..decor8

  31. veronika commented
    January 17th, 2011 at 9:56pm

    congratulations on your book! I love how you said, what will I wear?:) have a good day..
    veronika´s last blog post ..your Valentines GIVEAWAY

  32. MaryD commented
    January 17th, 2011 at 10:04pm

    I’ve been looking for ideas for incorporating my old dollhouse into our home without it looking too feminine or juvenile The last pic was very helpful. Thanks Holly!
    Can’t wait to get your book….
    MaryD´s last blog post ..Addicted to Vera

  33. decor8 commented
    January 17th, 2011 at 10:19pm

    @MaryD – I spotted that as well, isn’t hers lovely by the fireplace?

  34. Mariela commented
    January 18th, 2011 at 1:30am

    Everything looks amazing. So exited for your book, congrats!!!
    Mariela´s last blog post ..Puro stainless steel con Pedro Martínez

  35. claudine commented
    January 18th, 2011 at 2:25am

    That blue and olive blossom wallpaper is DIVINE!!! Great images – the schemes are all the perfect balance of calming/ethereal and quirky/sincere… and all fresh and inviting (not sure what’s with me and all of the adjectives this evening… !) look forward to seeing the book (congrats!!)

  36. Jamie commented
    January 18th, 2011 at 2:28am

    the striped door….ooommmmmgggg the striped door!!

  37. Penny Patten commented
    January 18th, 2011 at 3:32am

    I’m so happy for you, can’t wait to see the book! Congrats.
    Penny Patten´s last blog post ..Bird Watching

  38. Katie Truelove commented
    January 18th, 2011 at 3:51am

    Wow! That is so exciting:) You’ve done amazing work so I hope you’re able to bundle up all the confidence that all of your readers want to give you and take it with you to the press conference! I LOVE the interior styling group on Flickr– such a great place to go when I just want to browse and be inspired:)
    Katie Truelove´s last blog post ..Impromptu Vanity

  39. anastasia commented
    January 18th, 2011 at 11:22am

    gorgeous images – people are so creative and have a great eye for beautiful detail!

    so exciting about the London book launch – i think a lovely day dress would be sweet to wear!! have fun…wish you can come to Sydney too!

  40. Justin commented
    January 18th, 2011 at 11:33am

    A fine mix of colour & contrast of wall with surroundings. Interior decorations are awesome. Really they are worth it!

  41. Justin commented
    January 18th, 2011 at 11:36am

    A good colour contrast for walls with surroundings.

  42. ana commented
    January 18th, 2011 at 1:32pm

    I’m amazed with how many great decor solutions are on your flickr group.

  43. Lisa's Creative Home commented
    January 18th, 2011 at 2:33pm

    Congratulations on your press conference! How exciting for you. I would be a bundle of nerves. I would have near panic attacks when I had to do an oral report in high school!
    The pictures are wonderful. So many talented designers out there.

  44. Margarita Lorenzo commented
    January 18th, 2011 at 3:03pm

    Hello Holly, that is very good news!! I would love to attend the press conference in London and have a sneak pick of the book and say hello to you, is there any way I could get an invite to come along as a blogger, if so pls let me know.
    Margarita Lorenzo´s last blog post ..Valentines promotion at chocolate creative

  45. decor8 commented
    January 18th, 2011 at 3:06pm

    @Margarita – YES! Please come, I would love to meet you. :) I will send my publicist your contact information. :)

  46. Sarah commented
    January 18th, 2011 at 3:39pm

    Hi Holly
    congratulations with the book, I cant wait to be able to get my hands on it over here :)

    Love the inspirational photos, sometimes my head gets a bit fuzzy & needs some new inspiration to get me going again.

    what to wear for your book launch? hmmm how about something warm since its still very cold here brrrrr!!! Good Luck & enjoy your moment :)
    Sarah´s last blog post ..cabin home

  47. Margarita Lorenzo commented
    January 18th, 2011 at 5:23pm

    Many thanks for the invite!! looking forward seeing the book and yourself. Some of this photos are very good, I really like the first one the kitchen is totally my taste and the one with the shelve full of sewing material.
    Margarita Lorenzo´s last blog post ..Valentines promotion at chocolate creative

  48. decor8 commented
    January 18th, 2011 at 6:03pm

    @Margarita – Great, so I assume she sent you one. That is great. See you there!

  49. Emma MT commented
    January 19th, 2011 at 1:35pm

    Hey, Holly

    I’m a home Editor in the UK and I have seen the proofs of your book. It’s GORGEOUS!!! You really have nothing to worry about.

    Hope to meet you at the launch

    Emma MT

  50. decor8 commented
    January 19th, 2011 at 1:56pm

    @Emma – THANK YOU, this is so exciting to hear. I’ve not seen them yet so your pat on the back is so comforting!!!! :) Thank you Emma! Will you be at the press breakfast in London on 31 January?

  51. Eva commented
    January 19th, 2011 at 7:13pm

    Mondays are the perfect day for something like this, I agree. I love seeing how beautifully decorated homes and kitchens can be even if they’re not of gigantic proportions.

    What an exciting week you will have.. your book’s birthday AND yours all in one! It’s so awesome to read how happy you are.. lifts my own spirits!
    Eva´s last blog post ..Keep animal testing out of your tea cup

  52. Viv commented
    January 20th, 2011 at 1:27pm

    Cannot WAIT to see your book Holly. So excited!

    And thank you for the beautiful comment. It made me smile xx

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