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Quick Hello From The Road

April 14, 2011

Hello my friends! I am blogging from my hotel room, I am getting ready for part two of my book launch which will be tonight at Liberty (yes, again!), April 14th at 5pm and 7:30pm in the Heritage Room on the 3rd floor. I’ll be giving two talks and signing books and it will be quite intimate so we can have time to chat afterwards as well.

Quick Hello From The Road

Last night was a huge success, it was so packed at the launch party — we even had security in the room — which cracked me up to have bouncers at my book launch. That made me feel famous for the night for sure. I guess we all need our moment of fame – ha ha! I met some amazing people and I’ll be sure to show you how we styling the table along with some ideas from lovely Sania Pell and Leslie Shewring, so stay tuned for when I’m back!

If you are around this evening (Thursday, April 14th) and want to visit Liberty to hang out with me again, or for the first time, please do. I know they said there is a guest list but please, come, I’d love to meet you and I will personally make sure you can be in the room with me because I don’t want to miss meeting anyone and certainly don’t want you to be turned away.

Liberty was amazing last night, I am so lucky and happy that I had a book launch party there and can’t wait until round two in just a few hours. I’m off to get ready now… but many hugs to you all and if you are around tonight, please drop by.

Oh and get this…. the FAB Amy Butler will be there tonight as well, she’s just outside of the Heritage Room in the fabrics area talking about textiles. Since her home and quotes are in Decorate, I’m super excited to see her and hang out. I’ve never met Amy in person so I’m going to be shaky-knees for sure!

Bye everyone!!! xoox Holly

The photo was taken by the lovely Liberty peeps – thanks guys!

(image: liberty london)


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  • Reply City Chic - Jamie April 14, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    You look so cute holding your book! Congrats Holly! I was lucky to meet Amy several times and she is a sweetheart. Enjoy your time!

  • Reply Tracy April 14, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Holly, you look stunning! I’ve been following your updates – so it’s lovely to get this photo and news from your trip. Enjoy your fame – you’ve worked so hard for this. How wonderful that your amazing book is bringing so many talented and creative women together! Sending love and well-wishes from Texas!

  • Reply Jason Thompson April 14, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    How wonderful Holly! You look radiant and happy. Good luck tonight!!!

  • Reply Carole April 14, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Oh this is lovely photo Holly. Much better than the ones I snapped. Thanks so much for inviting me along yesterday. It was such an honour to meet you. I am going to enjoy Decorate and I’ll be thinking of you every time I pick it up!
    Lots of Love,

  • Reply Anna @ Around My Table April 14, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    How exciting! Hope you are having a good time. Still waiting for the book to arrive here in Singapore :)

  • Reply Saioa April 14, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    I am very sad not being able to attend :(
    Have fun!

  • Reply Hanri April 14, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Hi Holly,
    What a shame that I can’t be there, I’m outside of London in Oxford, but will heading into London this weekend, so I’ll only just be missing you. Does that mean I can pick up a copy of your gorgeous book when I’m in Liberty’s at the weekend!? I see it has fab reviews on amazon already.

    Have a great time tonight, and well done on the book and the launch!

  • Reply Helena - A Diary of Lovely April 14, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    lovely seeing you yesterday Holly, thanks for all the joy and beautiful work! All the best with the book!! xo

  • Reply My Beautiful Life April 14, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    How exciting, Holly!

    Congrats on your successful book launch. You deserve it. You’ve worked so hard, and are such an inspiration.

    Much love,


    P.S. I’d be super excited to meet Amy, too.

  • Reply Tamara, Bella Boho April 14, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    So excited for you Holly! Looking forward to getting my hands on “Decorate”!

  • Reply arianna April 14, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Oh Holly it was such a fab night! How packed was it?! incredible! I am so happy for you and you totally deserve it! It was also great finally meeting Leslie she is such a sweetheart and so humble – I mean doesn’t she realise how amazing her styling photos are!?? Anyway I wish we had more time to chat but you were so busy with all the signing and meeting new faces that I didn’t want to interrupt ;) I am sure we will have an opportunity to chat away…in the mean time Enjoy your moment of fame sweet Holly, you deserve it :) xxx

  • Reply Karin from Les Tissus Colbert April 14, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Oh Holly, is it such a wobderful book!
    Thank you for your Ideas.

  • Reply Katarina April 14, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Me and my friend Anette have given out a bokk called “lantlig Charm” (Country Charm) here in sweden and scandinavia, germany and so on. Do you have any ideas how to get it out on the english market, translated.

    Where shall I get the connections?

    this is book blog:


  • Reply Katarina April 14, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    ps: I ordered your book from swedish Bokus, I so look forward to see in it.


  • Reply Mary April 14, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    I can’t make it tonight!! Have fun, and enjoy! Congratulations on your success.

  • Reply juliette April 14, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    have fun, AGAIN! =) Amy is a total treat! I met her last Friday here in Germany and yes, what a gem!

  • Reply meenal @ maison marigold April 14, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Congratulations Holly..enjoy your BIG day!! you look lovely.btw!! xx meenal

  • Reply katy April 14, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    You are SO tan!!!! Congrats on all the success Holly!

  • Reply Daniella April 14, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    Sounds like it was a huge hit! Congrats Holly :)

  • Reply elisa April 14, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    have a great time tonight! it was such a lovely evening, so in keeping with how you are holly. welcoming, friendly, inspiring. and so wonderful to meet you & leslie & sania & joanne! x

  • Reply Suzanne April 14, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    Nice to read that it’s such a succes! I am looking forward to see you in Amsterdam in June! Have a nice evening and enjoy it! xoxo

  • Reply Cat April 14, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    Totally unrelated to design, but your hair looks great! Such a pain to do in London’s weather!

  • Reply Melissa de la Fuente April 14, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    You beautiful cutie pie! Love your sweet smile, gorgeous face & hair and that blouse! :) I hope you are having a magical time my dear! It SOUNDS like heaven on a stick! :) Meanwhile, I am here ( in Jersey…somehow not the same as London, huh…whatta’ya know? :) reading my copy of Decorate and enjoying every single minute. It is truly glorious my friend. I can not say enough about it and feel so incredibly honored to have my blog in there. Thank you and enjoy every second!

  • Reply Shari April 14, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    I’m so happy to hear that your launch was packed, though I had NO doubts! I wish I had all the money in the world to jet off to London to be there. I’m just glad I could buy your book!

    It seems like you’re having so much fun over there!! Yay!! I bet tonight will be just as fun (or more) as last night!

    I’m reviewing your book… posting tomorrow morning!! I LOVE IT, by the way. Duh. How could I not? It’s gorgeous!!! I shared it with my friends, too, and they also love it!


  • Reply Kat April 14, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    That is a lovely photo Holly, you look beautiful and it’s great to hear that your special night went well. :)
    Love Kat x

  • Reply Hydi April 14, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Congratulations!!! And a lot of fun tonight!

  • Reply nancy @ {COZAMIA} April 14, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    How exciting! You look gorgeous. Have fun at the next one!

  • Reply jeska April 14, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    So good to finally meet you, had a great time at Liberty’s and loved the table setting!

  • Reply meghan s April 14, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Hi Holly,

    First, let me precede my comment by saying I had not been keeping tabs on your whereabouts before I got your Decor8 daily today. I got so excited for a moment and thought you meant you were at Liberty in BOSTON. Oh well, I hope you make it back to town here for your book launch?@#$
    Congrats on all your success and the book looks amazing! (I was quickly passing through an Anthro store and saw it and grabbed it. I wanted to sit down right away and drool over the pages.)

  • Reply Katie - Coco Målé April 14, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    yay, I was THERE and it was FAB!!!! It was so exciting meeting you up close Holly (and Leslie too!), you are both so inspiring! Thanks for signing my book and for taking a pic with me! P.S. still can’t believe how packed it was… Good luck for tonight!

  • Reply corinne April 14, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    Bravo !! you deserve it after all the work you provided :). My son is going back to the uk next month and I’ll have him order THE book ;)
    Merci !!

  • Reply Pauline G. April 14, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    oh I’m so happy for you! what an exciting day! good luck! i wish I was there to meet Amy as well, I look up to her and her amazing designs!

  • Reply katten April 14, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    I like your attitude towards life. …

  • Reply beth cupitt April 14, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    have fun on the road! i got my book from amazon today and i love it! can’t wait to sit down with a glass of wine after the kids go to bed and really enjoy it. congrats!

  • Reply Maureen April 14, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Hi Holly,

    Thanks for giving an update, it all sounds wonderful, you enjoy it all!
    And again, congratulations with your book!

  • Reply Aracely April 14, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    You are living the dream my dear, and I so very happy for you!!!!

  • Reply Suki April 14, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    Hi Holly, Congratulations! for the big night. I hope you’ll have some shots from the event to share with us. (and some shots of the bouncers :) Wish you’d have something like this in Australia too. I’ll definitely join you. Have a wonderful time in London. Suki

  • Reply Mrs Bok April 14, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    Woo hoo! Yay! You look beautiful and it sounds like you’re having so much fun! Huuuuugs x

  • Reply JEN RAMOS April 14, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    Super Neat! I left a message for you on Twitter…but you’re on tour now so i figured you wouldn’t see it hehe Have fun! oxox!! I hope to see the book soon.

  • Reply dani kreeft April 14, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    this all sounds amazing! way to go on an incredible book launch, and all the best for the ones to come!

  • Reply Sandrine April 14, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    Oh WOW!That sounds like such a dream experience!Enjoy and all the very best.
    Sandrine x

  • Reply BODIE and FOU April 14, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    My dearest Holly,

    It was so nice to finally meet you yesterday afternoon. I wished the press launch had lasted longer than it did, I could have spent the day listening to you.
    Well done! Well done for everything you’ve achieved…The book is fab, having it at Liberty was just perfect! and I’m really looking forward to seeing you again in Amsterdam!

    Lots of love


  • Reply Chantale April 15, 2011 at 12:09 am

    You look lovely Holly! I wish I could be there to meet you as well. Or here for that matter when you make your way to N.America again. Have another night of fun and congrats on an amazing book launch!

  • Reply Chloe C April 15, 2011 at 12:18 am

    Best wishes for tonight!

  • Reply Lisa April 15, 2011 at 12:35 am

    Oh Holly, everything looks so lovely — especially you! Can’t wait to see more! So happy for you! Yay! HUGS! :)

  • Reply Amber April 15, 2011 at 12:49 am

    Congrats on the success of the book! So exciting!!

  • Reply Sigrid April 15, 2011 at 1:34 am

    You AND Amy? It’s too much. I had the pleasure of meeting Amy and she was incredibly kind and down to earth, I am sure the same can be said of you. Enjoy!

  • Reply Torie Jayne April 15, 2011 at 2:13 am

    Congratulations Holly on a wonderful book!
    It was lovely meeting you tonight and seeing your gorgeous dining room setting.
    Best Wishes

  • Reply Shannon Fricke April 15, 2011 at 3:06 am

    holly, it looks like such fun – so wish I could be in London.

  • Reply Afi April 15, 2011 at 3:26 am

    Congrats again Holly! Can’t wait to see your book :)

    PS. You look so pretty! I love your top too! ^_^

  • Reply tina slocum April 15, 2011 at 4:08 am

    So happy for you,Holly!
    I must go out and order your book!
    Can’t wait to see the launch photos on Decor8~

  • Reply Gosia Maj April 15, 2011 at 7:28 am

    It’s fabulous to hear from you in the midst of your book launch. How incredible that you’ve still found the time to share the excitement with those of us who couldn’t be in London in person (regrets!!!). You must be enjoying the time because you look marvelous. Still, am waiting for “Decorate” to arrive in my mailbox – oh how I’d love to be leafing through it when I’m reading your posts from London. Congratulations and best wishes for your book tour.

  • Reply Rona April 15, 2011 at 8:14 am

    Hi Holly

    Many congratulations on such a wonderful book launch on Wednesday evening and I hope you had a fun evening last night too!

    It was SO lovely to finally meet you after attending the BYW course last year and reading your blog. You’re such a natural with people, full of such fab creative ideas, promoting the blogging world and so very deserving of all the recognition and admiration.

    Meeting Leslie too was such a special moment for me…she has changed so much in my life…inspiring my photography – and was a delight to meet! I”m so looking forward to seeing your next collaboration with her. And to meet Debi and Sania was a real treat too…

    I’m very excited about reading ‘Decorate’…and so is my husband too!

    Thank you for being such an inspirational lady! And all the very best with your future book launches around the world.

    Rona x

  • Reply Narumi April 15, 2011 at 9:22 am

    It must have been a wonderful night ! Can’t wait to have your book :)

  • Reply nilufer April 15, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Congratulations Holly! I’m so happy for you!!! I really am!!! You look lovely!!!
    Best wishes,

  • Reply Nadine April 15, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Congratulations! You looked fabulous and I am happy to hear that the night was a success!

  • Reply cat April 15, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Hi Holly!
    It was so great to meet you yesterday and thank you soo much for taking the time out to chat to us, it really was brilliantly inspiring to hear your experiences first hand and I went away feeling so energized and excited for my own personal projects. (I’ll keep you posted!) I can’t wait to spend a good few hours absorbed in your book, it really is beautiful.
    thanks again,
    Cat xx

  • Reply tiffany April 15, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Oh Holly it was such a fab night! How packed was it?! incredible! I am so happy for you and you totally deserve it! It was also great finally meeting Leslie she is such a sweetheart and so humble – I mean doesn’t she realise how amazing her styling photos are!?? Anyway

  • Reply gemma@thesweetestdigs April 15, 2011 at 11:20 am

    The launch was so great!! I loved the table that you guys did up in Liberty and it was fun to meet so many other bloggers.

    Congrats again on the book!


    (from the girl who gave you the “dekor8” pic!!!)

  • Reply Luisa April 15, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Liberty, you and Amy Butler in the same building – ‘oooooh!’.

  • Reply Shama April 15, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Last night! what a lovely intimate evening..a priviledge to meet you Holly! thank you for being so warm, earthy, sincere, and super-inspiring.. xx

  • Reply Andreia April 15, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Congratulations Holly for this huge success!

  • Reply Angel@ | 77inspire | April 15, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    wow. congrats on the book and all your success. ive heard a lot of good stuff about it. I don’t think im able to get it here in china, but when i get back to the states ill be sure to look for it :)

  • Reply Hannah April 15, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Hey Holly, it was so lovely to meet you on Wednesday – what a great turn out! I’m enjoying every page of Decorate, there’s such a lot to get through – it’s a true masterpiece, you should be SO proud of yourself. It was a ahame I had to shoot off early – would have loved to have hung out at the after party with you! Hannah x

  • Reply Martina Fuchs April 15, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Oh what a great success!!!! I was so sad that I couldn’t come and see you and Leslie and Amy Buttler. Looking forward for some pictures and more to hear and read from you about it. I’am so happy for you and as an author I know exactly how it feels if you can see and feel the reaction from people about your own book. Wonderful!!!!

  • Reply Jodie April 15, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Hi Holly,

    It was lovely to meet you on Wednesday. Unfortunately, I didn’t get chatting to you for long… it was just so busy.

    Anyway, I’m sure I’m not alone in saying, it was a pleasure being one of your ‘dolls and bears’ for the evening! lol

    You’re a very inspiring woman and a real lady!

    Congratulations and all the best,


  • Reply Karen April 15, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    I thought you weren’t blogging this week? Guess you couldn’t keep away! It was really lovely to meet you and all those talented people on Wednesday night – and what beautiful surroundings!
    It was all so friendly (even the security guards, mostly!) and intimate – I came away feeling I’d met some really nice people. Thank you x

  • Reply BODIE and FOU April 15, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    I’m so glad it’s the weekend because I’m gonna spend it reading DECORATE!! I will post some pics of the press launch over the weekend.

    Have a wonderful weekend Holly and if you’re in London over the weekend, try to go to Petersham Nurseries, you would love it!

  • Reply Vicki (simply hue) April 16, 2011 at 7:47 am

    Congratulations, Holly! This must all be so surreal! Wish I could just hop on a plane and fly on over to be there for your special event. ha, ha. So happy for you! xoxo

  • Reply Vicki (simply hue) April 16, 2011 at 7:49 am

    Oh, and you look sooo pretty to boot! :)

  • Reply fenny setiawan April 16, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Holly Congrats for the success of the book launching at Liberty ( I don’t know how many times I said to you), but yay… I am so happy for you.
    I cant wait for the post story. Main while please take care and have plenty of rest over the weekend before you start to kick off blogging regularly again next week..xoxo.

  • Reply Lelanie April 16, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Hi Holly,

    congartulations! It is so amazing. It is inspiring and truly motivational to see your sucess. Unfortunately I live in South Africa and have no chance of attending a decor8 book launch. Luckily we get to share in the excitement through the blog.


  • Reply Kiran @ April 16, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Yay Holly! This is so awesome! I wish we were there, could have had the opportunity to meet in person :)

  • Reply Natalie April 16, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    Good luck!! (-:

  • Reply Kevin Wild April 16, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Congrats on the book launch! It is going to be wonderful! When do I get my copy signed in Dallas! Keep the book tour going strong!

  • Reply Paula Jo @ Home Decor | Outdoor Garden Decorations April 16, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Congrats! Enjoy all the glamor. You definitely deserve it.

  • Reply SisterBatik April 16, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Oh, I missed this : ( I am a Londoner too…..darn

    Sounds like it all went well and can’t wait to get a hand on the book!

  • Reply Glenda Childers April 17, 2011 at 5:00 am

    Congratulations on your successful book launch. Since I couldn’t make it to London (from Chicago), I had to purchase my book here at Anthropologie. :)

    I love the book and just wrote a review on my blog.


  • Reply Ivy April 17, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    finally placed my order at Amazon!
    I will see you in September for your autograph…. security is a huge sign of stardom… you ARE famous!!
    Cheers and Love~Ivy

  • Reply Katie Bee April 18, 2011 at 12:54 am

    I finally got to preorder the book today! I can’t wait until it arrives.

  • Reply Anastasia April 18, 2011 at 1:08 am

    Congratulations Holly!! sounds like a fabulous event at Liberty
    Ive seen some blog posts about it too – wish i could have been there, your book really is wonderful!

  • Reply erin April 18, 2011 at 3:15 am

    holly- that is so awesome, congratulations! i can’t imagine having bouncers- haha! that’s hilarious! i’m sure you are having a great time. and you get to meet amy butler?! fun!

  • Reply michelle chafin April 18, 2011 at 4:35 am

    You are welcome in Australia anytime:)

  • Reply Di April 18, 2011 at 4:41 am

    Congratulations Holly on the success of your book launch. Look looked beautiful. I hope you got to meet Amy Butler. She is gorgeous. I’ve met Amy quite a few times and had dinner with her etc and she is so sweet. I hope it all went well.

  • Reply Tricia Rose April 18, 2011 at 5:08 am

    Years ago I lived on the top floor of the old Liberty warehouse, just behind the shop – need I say it was blissful? When the ‘shop on the corner’ is Liberty’s…

    Good luck with your book Holly!

  • Reply Kathleen April 21, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Your book is amazing, so inspired! Congratulations!

  • Reply t May 7, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Your press event and book launch was great. I am reading the book for the third time.

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