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January 17, 2011

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!?

Interior Styling Favorites

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 Favorites

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.

Interior Styling Favorites

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

Interior Styling Favorites

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

Interior Styling Favorites

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?

Interior Styling Favorites

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?

Interior Styling Favorites

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.)

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  • Reply Serge from January 17, 2011 at 3:21 pm

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

  • Reply juliette January 17, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    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!

  • Reply Kat January 17, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    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

  • Reply Sanja January 17, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    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.

  • Reply Yoli January 17, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Holly I am so happy for you girl! So well deserved, you put a lot of work into it. Enjoy it all!

  • Reply Beth January 17, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Great rooms with fantastic style! Thanks for sharing. Really looking forward to your book :0)

  • Reply erin January 17, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    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!

  • Reply Luciane at January 17, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    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!

  • Reply ishtar January 17, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    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!!!

  • Reply Tina January 17, 2011 at 4:39 pm

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

  • Reply jenn January 17, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    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.

  • Reply karen @ our slo house January 17, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    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.

  • Reply mydesignchic January 17, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    How exciting!! Can’t wait to get one for myself…looks fabulous!!

  • Reply Monica January 17, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    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.

  • Reply claire January 17, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    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! :)

  • Reply Marisa January 17, 2011 at 5:32 pm

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

  • Reply kellie January 17, 2011 at 5:48 pm

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

  • Reply Trish January 17, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    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 :)

  • Reply ishtar January 17, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    ..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

  • Reply laura trevey January 17, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    LOVE that cool work space :)

  • Reply Dagmarette January 17, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    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

  • Reply Ele January 17, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    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?

    • Reply decor8 January 17, 2011 at 7:38 pm

      @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!!!!

  • Reply tinajo January 17, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Wooooohoooooo – exciting and fabulous in every possible way!

    Great pics as usual. :-)

  • Reply Lila Ferraro January 17, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    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

  • Reply Glenda Childers January 17, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    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.


  • Reply Maaike January 17, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    what a gorgeous picture collection you found here! I love them all… great blog!
    Enjoy your week, love Maaike

  • Reply samantha hahn January 17, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    so exciting!!!

  • Reply Laura January 17, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    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

  • Reply Imke January 17, 2011 at 9:28 pm

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

  • Reply veronika January 17, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    congratulations on your book! I love how you said, what will I wear?:) have a good day..

  • Reply MaryD January 17, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    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….

    • Reply decor8 January 17, 2011 at 10:19 pm

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

  • Reply Mariela January 18, 2011 at 1:30 am

    Everything looks amazing. So exited for your book, congrats!!!

  • Reply claudine January 18, 2011 at 2:25 am

    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!!)

  • Reply Jamie January 18, 2011 at 2:28 am

    the striped door….ooommmmmgggg the striped door!!

  • Reply Penny Patten January 18, 2011 at 3:32 am

    I’m so happy for you, can’t wait to see the book! Congrats.

  • Reply Katie Truelove January 18, 2011 at 3:51 am

    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:)

  • Reply anastasia January 18, 2011 at 11:22 am

    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!

  • Reply Justin January 18, 2011 at 11:33 am

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

  • Reply Justin January 18, 2011 at 11:36 am

    A good colour contrast for walls with surroundings.

  • Reply ana January 18, 2011 at 1:32 pm

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

  • Reply Lisa's Creative Home January 18, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    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.

  • Reply Margarita Lorenzo January 18, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    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.

    • Reply decor8 January 18, 2011 at 3:06 pm

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

  • Reply Sarah January 18, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    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 :)

  • Reply Margarita Lorenzo January 18, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    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.

    • Reply decor8 January 18, 2011 at 6:03 pm

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

  • Reply Emma MT January 19, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    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

    • Reply decor8 January 19, 2011 at 1:56 pm

      @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?

  • Reply Eva January 19, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    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!

  • Reply Viv January 20, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    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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