Liberty Styling Demo: I’m off to London!

March 30, 2011

Well the time has arrived… I’m going to pack now and start working on the tabletop styling demonstration that I’ll be doing at Liberty on April 13th (it’s at 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public so come if you can!) alongside stylist/author Sania Pell and stylist/photographer Leslie Shewring. I’ll be in London for the next few days to work out how this table will look and what exactly we’ll present. Sania and I will be brainstorming and of course prop shopping at super fab Liberty (I know, we’re slummin’ LOL) so that we’re well prepared for the event in two weeks from today. Oh my! Two weeks!

Liberty Styling Demo: I'm off to London!

While in London, I’ll be tweeting and sharing photos so you can be part of the process with Sania and I as we go about our planning if you’d like. I can’t wait to get on that plane and get going because I know that once we have everything organized my nerves will go from frazzled to chillaxin’ and then I can enjoy the next two weeks pre-party without wondering what on earth we’re going to demonstrate! Careful planning in advance is super critical when you’re about to do a styling demo in one of the world’s most extraordinary department stores, right?! Can someone say intimidating? I also want to be well prepared so that Sania and I can work efficiently with Leslie remotely since she’s in L.A. unable to join us until the launch. Gaining her perspective as we go is so important to me.

I can’t wait to work with these two lovely ladies on this — since they both contributed to Decorate I thought asking them to help would be the perfect tie-in for a book launch and plus, I’m so excited that I found an “excuse” to work with them on a fun project like this. If you are unable to attend the Liberty demo + party, don’t worry — my friend and photographer Tiffany Kirchner Dixon will be there shooting the entire event so we’ll have plenty of photos to go around so you can see what it was like and feel included. :)

And so, I’m going to be away until Monday… but tweeting a lot from the road so if you’re on twitter, you can follow me so you can watch the progress as we go. :)

See you soon!

(image: holly becker)


  • Reply Iris March 30, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Go go go Holly! And have fun!

  • Reply Melissa de la Fuente March 30, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Sounds like heaven on a stick hun! Seriously….SO wish I could come! Have a ball & no worries at ALL, they could NOT be in better hands with you lovely & talented ladies! :) Safe travels!

  • Reply Zee March 30, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Dear Holly, I wish you guys all the best. Have fun and enjoy all these great moments in London.

  • Reply Shannon March 30, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    I will definitely be following! Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of your wonderful book.

  • Reply Lisa March 30, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    So happy for you, Holly! Yay! Have fun and I’ll be following your tweets! Hugs! :)

  • Reply Chuzai Living March 30, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    How fun!! Leslie will be with you, too! I will be vicariously observing through your tweets! I love Liberty, so I cannot wait to see your photos. Have a great time!! I’ve been on Tiffnay’s blog. What a beautiful blog she has and I can’t wait to see the photos she takes!! Kaho

  • Reply Rona March 30, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Hi Holly

    Safe journey over to the UK. Forecast here is sunny/cloudy with 20C/68F degrees on Saturday! http://news.bbc.co.uk/weather/forecast/8

    Look forward to meeting you next month.


  • Reply Jem March 30, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Holly that sounds fantastic!!

    Hope you have an absolutely fab time!

    Jem xXx

  • Reply Zellain March 30, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    Good luck with the demo! I cannot wait to see the pictures and what you come up with.

  • Reply Lilly March 30, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    That sounds amazing!!! I would love to visit London again and next time I will definitely visit the Liberty store!! Have a great trip and good luck!! XO

  • Reply Rita March 30, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Lovely post holly …. !!!
    Cups are looking beautiful in image. I am so happy for you holly, go and have fun.

  • Reply Anna March 30, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Have so much fun! Can’t wait to see what lovely things you come up with!

  • Reply katie beth summerhays March 30, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    holly… i am a decorative arts/design grad student at the sotheby’s institute here in london. if you need any help/an intern while you are here in london, i would be beyond happy to help you out.

    please! :)

    you better believe the liberty’s party is on my calendar! can’t wait to come and meet you.

    • Reply decor8 March 30, 2011 at 8:59 pm

      @Katie – you are lovely, thank you! I can’t wait to meet you!!!

  • Reply Simone Leblanc March 30, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Sounds like a great opportunity! Look forward to seeing all the updates!

  • Reply Alyssa March 30, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    cant wait to see & hear!

  • Reply Kristyne March 30, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    Wow! Judging by the props alone it’s gonna be an interesting, pretty and just straight-up gorgeous table. Wish I could see it live, but glad I’ll be able to see it online :)

    • Reply decor8 March 30, 2011 at 8:58 pm

      @Krstyne – Oh those aren’t props – that’s a cabinet in my home. :)

  • Reply Trish March 30, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Oh Holly…you are living a dream! LIBERTY???? Yay for You! I am SO happy for you, and I hope the jitters will go away so you can just have FUN doing what you do so well. I hope we will see photos too? Have fun & Cheers! x.

  • Reply Ellen March 30, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Good luck Holly! Got a copy of the book from Antropologie last sunday and I LOVE it, so inspiring, beautiful and fresh. Are you coming to LA for a booksigning?

    • Reply decor8 March 30, 2011 at 8:57 pm

      @Ellen – Yes in JULY!!! :) When I have date/location I’ll let everyone know and I hope you’ll join me!

  • Reply Vanessa Elizabeth l Ruffled Rose March 30, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    Holly – I was just at Liberty last week! I would have loved to have seen a styling demo from you. What a fun venue and a fabulous opportunity!

    • Reply decor8 April 2, 2011 at 6:09 pm

      @Vanessa – If you are in London on Wed, April 13 you can see me, Sania and Leslie in action at 6:30 pm in the Dining Room. :) Please come if you can. :)

  • Reply Ele March 30, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    Have a great time Holly! I’d offer to take you for tea but I’m sure you’ll be much too busy for socializing. The 13th can’t come quick enough for me!

    Oh, and don’t forget your umbrella as the next couple days look like rain here :(

  • Reply nancy @ {COZAMIA} March 30, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    How exciting, good luck! Okay, I just have to say I love those tea cups!

  • Reply Rose March 30, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    Hi Holly – from way down in the south of Africa, Cape Town, where our weather is changing from very hot to wonderfully cool and slightly wet – I enviously wish you the very best for your time at Liberty. Maybe you need to set your favorite little butterflies free from your tummy to float the corridors of that gorgeous store.

  • Reply linden March 30, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Have a great time Holly! I’m new to twitter so I look forward to getting some of your tweets through this. I think my husband bought me your book as a surprised because he said…”i have an errand to do at anthropolgoie…” So yea! The photo above is so whimsical…I want go go and pile up a bunch of cups to look at.

    • Reply decor8 April 2, 2011 at 6:07 pm

      @Linden – Thank you again, so much, and for your wonderful review — it really meant a lot to me. xo

  • Reply Katy Beaumont March 30, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    Don’t miss a ride in Liberty’s ancient lifts (elevators) while you’re there! (The whole of Liberty to explore and I remember the lifts?!)

  • Reply Meghan @ My Wishful Thinking March 30, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    Congrats Holly and good luck!! I soooo wanted to see you at Liberty but I can’t make it :( I am really excited to see the photos though!

  • Reply Karen March 30, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    I’m also excited that this is in just two weeks – because I’m all booked up to be there!!! And the talk that is a bit earlier.
    Sooo excited.

    • Reply decor8 April 2, 2011 at 6:05 pm

      @Karen I can’t wait to meet you! xo

  • Reply Sandrine March 31, 2011 at 1:03 am

    Sooo exciting for you Holly!Looking forward to read and watch from the distance :)Have fun!!!
    Sandrine x

  • Reply Lisa's Creative Home March 31, 2011 at 2:27 am

    Good Luck and Have fun! How exciting this will be!

  • Reply Kristyne March 31, 2011 at 3:34 am

    Well then I hope you remind your cabinet every once in a while just how lucky it is ;) So cute.

  • Reply Angela Steyn March 31, 2011 at 4:00 am

    Way too exciting Holly! I’ll be sending you lots of happy styling vibes from Sydney.

    Angela x

  • Reply Trina : la la Lovely March 31, 2011 at 4:18 am

    This is so exciting. I picked up a copy of your book this weekend at the Anthro in Chicago. It’s gorgeous. I can’t wait to read every little bit and the photos will be will be a continued source of inspiration!
    xo Trina

    • Reply decor8 April 2, 2011 at 6:04 pm

      @Trina – THANK YOU so much for buying the book – your support means so much Trina! xo

  • Reply hearttypat March 31, 2011 at 6:57 am

    gosh! this is so exciting! I can’t wait to see the pictures you will be posting!!

  • Reply chloe March 31, 2011 at 7:01 am

    i am soooo in love with the cups on on picture.

  • Reply Marlene March 31, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Looking forward to see the photos you’ll be sharing with us!

  • Reply Dame Pivoine March 31, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Je suis ravie de découvrir votre joli blog aux mille merveilles exposées !

  • Reply nap atelier March 31, 2011 at 10:48 am

    Very nice!!
    Have a great day!

  • Reply Emma March 31, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Hi Holly
    Please, contact me, I am in London… Come and visit south London, why not with Sania, she is a friend…

    • Reply decor8 April 2, 2011 at 6:03 pm

      @Emma – I’m sad that I JUST got this message – funny enough, Sania and I were talking about you on Friday (all good stuff) so it’s amazing that you wrote… I hope you can come to the styling demo at Liberty on April 13 at 6:30, we’d love for you to be there – I’m sure a fan of your work and would be honored to have you there. xo

  • Reply Shama March 31, 2011 at 11:05 am

    A friend and I are coming along on Apr 14th and really looking forward to it!! and the plan is to go to uber-gorgeous Connaught Bar or Coburg Bar for a little drink afterwards…if we’re feeling glam/rich enough hehe xx

    • Reply decor8 April 2, 2011 at 5:50 pm

      Shama – Looking forward to meeting you. Maybe I’ll join you for a little after party cocktails! :) xoxo

  • Reply Margarita Lorenzo March 31, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    I will follow the event form the distance…so sad i am going to miss it, this thing of going to Spain more often is a good treat, but sometimes I miss very good events that I really would like to attend, all the best for this day!!

  • Reply Leo March 31, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Congrats!!! Have a blast in London and will be following your tweets!!

    Looking forward to purchase your book.

  • Reply laura trevey March 31, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    So exciting for you Holly!!

  • Reply On A Day In November March 31, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    That sounds fantastic, have fun!

    I love Liberty so much, every time I’m in London I must visit and gawk at all their amazing stuff! So much better and more atmospheric than Harrods or Selfridges.

  • Reply Marta March 31, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Congratulations Holly – so well deserved. I am still diving into your class (BYW) and just love it. If you need a testimonial – would love to provide you with one. Enjoy Liberty and London and Life :)

  • Reply kerington March 31, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    please answer your formspring questions :))

  • Reply linden March 31, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Lucky me…my husband surprised me with a copy of Decorate! I did a review of it over on my site with a couple photos from the book. I absolutely love this book. This might sound kind of hokey…but, this is my most favorite design book that I’ve seen. Thanks so much!

  • Reply Jennifer April 1, 2011 at 7:29 am

    Sounds like a good time. Wish I could be there.

  • Reply alexandra keller April 1, 2011 at 8:03 am

    safe travels! and if you could recommend a great hotel, i’m travelling to England this summer with my husband & 5 yo (post Royal wedding, thank goodness!)

  • Reply David April 1, 2011 at 9:57 am

    These are awesome and i love your cabinet. I’ll be in london exactly for two weeks and maybe i’ll be there to see your presentation which i would love to.

  • Reply Julie April 1, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Have fun! :)

    Those cups in the pic are so adorable, do they say Baileys?

    • Reply decor8 April 2, 2011 at 5:37 pm

      @Julie -Yes, they do! :)

  • Reply roomenvy April 1, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Oh how exciting! This one has been penned into the calendar. We cannot wait to see you style!

  • Reply Once upon a Time April 1, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Awesome! Enjoy it.
    P.S. I just love love those tea cups with the faces on.

  • Reply Cleusa April 1, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Hello, very nice your blog!
    I’m from Brazil and do not speak English … Bye bye :)
    Good weekend

  • Reply melissa April 1, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    i love those unique and quirky tea cups!!

  • Reply Julia April 1, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    LOVE Liberty & Decor8… can’t wait to see what you do!

  • Reply Paula Jo April 1, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    Have a wonderful trip to London. I’m glad your going to share some pictures with all of us. Have fun, and just relax and stay calm. You will make it. Have a safe flight!

  • Reply ellen April 2, 2011 at 6:24 am

    Lucky you! I love liberty fabrics. I have a few that I’ve been saving for over 20 years. 25 yrs ago when my daughter was an infant I made her 2 dresses from liberty fabrics. I still have them too, packed away for the day when she hopefully has her own baby girl.

    What a wonderful life we creative folks live!

  • Reply Lily April 2, 2011 at 8:23 am

    Love your photo and how the dishes are arranged.

  • Reply summer April 2, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Have fun in London!

  • Reply belinda April 2, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    man i wish i wasn’t on the other side of the world sometimes. or was rich enough to just jump on a plane and whizz over to london for your launch. i’d have loved to go. ENJOY! x

  • Reply Rocio Rincon April 2, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    It sounds really fun! I’m sure you’re gonna enjoy it! By the way, I love the cups, too! They’re so cute! Holly, I wish you good luck! Bye

  • Reply theROOM April 3, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Those caps look like the beauty and the beast ones! :D

  • Reply Diseño web argentina April 4, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Those cups are so Nice!!!

  • Reply Shannon Fricke April 9, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    Sounds like it’s gonna be fun Holly. Wish I was there.

  • Reply Margaret April 13, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Congrats on the book. how exciting!!

    ps I am loving those teacups! wowzers. I want….


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