Liberty Styling Demo + Launch Party Highlights

April 22, 2011

Hello friends and happy Friday! This is going to be a massive post so grab a cup of tea and spend some time as I have a ton of fun highlights to share from my recent week in London and my book launch party for Decorate. I have so many lovely things to tell you about and since I could go on and on and ON detailing every little moment, every dinner, every this and that so I’ll just share key highlights and photos mostly shot by my cherished friend, Seattle-based photographer Tiffany Kirscher-Dixon, from the launch party so that you can feel included in the festivities. (Tiff you’re amazing!) So! Okay, now where to begin?

Liberty Styling Demo + Launch Party Highlights

First of all, I didn’t expect to have LIBERTY, iconic, magical, dreamlike Liberty, to be at all involved in launching my first book. I mean, hello!? I don’t know if I’m naive or what but I assumed I’d have a small party at home or in a small restaurant or shop in London where the publisher in the UK is based. I imagined it would be intimate and mostly close friends would show up along with some blogger friends. But then another part of me thought, why not go for something larger and more grand, because you never know who will come?

That’s when I took a leap of faith and started brainstorming locations.

When I thought of the top three places that I’d like to have a launch party in London, Liberty was on that very short list of three. But again, I felt Liberty was aiming high as they usually only host events for high profile people, do lots of fashion-related events, it was a risk but I thought we should at least ask. Ask we did and YES was the answer!

Seems Liberty wants to support both emerging and established brands, designers, authors and I think after this event they really understand the power of the internet and the tribe of people who follow design/craft bloggers much more than before — and that these communities are much different than other communities — we are a large tribe of friends online who really look out for one another and who desire to be in the company of our community leaders and members whenever possible, especially in person. At least that is my impression of the internet and the blog world – we truly love to meet those who are inspiring us each day online, and why not, right? It’s fun! I guess this knowledge made Liberty very receptive to the idea of doing a launch party for Decorate in-store in the first place – they knew about decor8 and they also saw the book and felt that the content tied in to their store and “vibe” there so it was a great marriage.

You may be interested to know of the beginnings… When we first approached them to host an event, they expected maybe 35 people to have an interest in coming so they decided to hold two events where I could come and speak to the press and fellow bloggers and then, talk to their customers and some of my readers, followed by a brief styling demo and then a signing. But things changed… When I announced the launch party on decor8 they had over 400 people contact them to attend and were pleasantly surprised. I was surprised as well, simply because I really didn’t realize what an amazing bunch of people lived in the UK and followed blogs like mine. I mean, wow – what an honor! After such a big response, they decided to have me speak at a few talks on Wednesday, do a styling demonstration and then a signing and then they added a second day to the event so I gave two more talks, a signing and two abbreviated tabletop demonstrations.

When they mentioned a demonstration, I immediately phoned up Leslie Shewring and Sania Pell, both dear friends, and said, “Hey there, want to do a styling demo with me at Liberty?” and they happily agreed (we were all so honored!) and so we started to brainstorm as to what we wanted to talk about and show exactly. I flew up to London a week before the event and spent 6 hours with Sania and her assistant Polly in Liberty deciding on the things that we’d use, then we spent a second day in her craft room coming up with ideas, making things, and determining what would work best. Our goal was to show how we could use Liberty products but also how to use Liberty fabrics in fresh, new ways so together we threw all our ideas into a pot so to speak and then determined what we’d end up keeping. I couldn’t have done this without the talent and hard work of Leslie, Sania and lovely Polly along with Tiffany shooting such lovely photos and Jo Packham, from Where Women Create magazine, for flying out to support the event and cover it for an upcoming issue of her fabulous magazine. I love all of you wonderful friends and felt so loved having them around me.

Liberty Styling Demo + Launch Party Highlights

As I showed you a few weeks ago, this was our jumping off point — the palette and the fabrics shown below. We laid everything out on the bed in her spare room and then I made a mobile mood board so I could then come back to Hannover and start crafting and buying things that I needed to make stuff for the demo.

Liberty Styling Demo + Launch Party Highlights

Liberty Styling Demo + Launch Party Highlights

After we worked together in person, I flew home and Sania also went to work making things in her London studio and we were exchanging phone calls and emails as we finalized the “look”. Leslie, who lives in Los Angeles, kept in contact as we built out the idea – offering her suggestions as well. In the end, the table looked like this when our guests arrived at Liberty:

Liberty Styling Demo + Launch Party Highlights

Wow, right?! That’s what I said. It was so beautiful. I realized later that in our excitement we forgot to add glassware to the table, so I had a good laugh at that and hoped no one would notice but by the time I’d noticed it was too late. It’s funny how you get so caught up in a moment that some things are forgotten. I guess that’s what makes us human and throughout the project Sania kept telling us that we needed “something wrong to make it right” as she is a huge believer in adding something almost unfitting to a perfect look to make it feel more approachable, grounded and to look a bit more interesting. So in the end I think having no glasses on the table was, in a totally unintended way, that bit of wrongness! ha!

For those of you not at this event, here is a run down of the table – what we used, made, etc.

1. The tablecloth is a fashion fabric from Liberty, so it was very lightweight. We chose gray as it would ground the look without it looking too sweet. To give it some bulk, we bought just under 3 meters of inexpensive linen from a fabric store and layered the Liberty fabric over it as our table cloth. We didn’t hem the edges, only frayed them and trimmed the edges with scissors to ensure the fraying was kept straight and neat.

Liberty Styling Demo + Launch Party Highlights

2. The placemats and napkins from London designer Lisa Stickley, sold at Liberty, looked great against the gray. The dots and dash of hot pink on the napkins gave the look that bit of wrongness – in fact adding neon to this feminine palette, along with gray, definitely made it look much more grown up.

Liberty Styling Demo + Launch Party Highlights

3. Around the napkins, flowers were cut in different sizes, ribbons sewn on, and buttons sewn into the centers. On the back was a safety pin. We thought these would be nice and easy to show during the demo because you don’t need to be an expert crafter to make them – they are really quite simple. The idea is that guests could wear them or bring them home to use in decorating or to pin to a curtain or anything really…

Liberty Styling Demo + Launch Party Highlights


Liberty Styling Demo + Launch Party Highlights

Inside – We removed the flowers in the upper left hand corner. Sania remarked that they looked a bit too perfect and I told her that was a result of being raised around lots of Martha Stewart crafts.

4. Under the napkin were small books shown above. We purchased small (4×6) soft cover books from Muji and using Japanese crafting table, vintage dictionary book paper and papers purchases at Liberty, the covers were each embellished in a different way and then we opened them and place the book directly beneath each napkin on the plate. Those pages showed an image from Decorate on the left page with sweet little paper, ribbon, fabric and paper embellishments around it. If you have a party, you can make books like these and instead of a picture from my book (ha ha), you can add a photo of the person whom you want to sit in that seat or a little menu card, a poem, anything really. Guests can take their book home and use it to record their memories of the evening or to use it for something else entirely. It’s a sweet gesture and very inexpensive, I think they were under $2 each to make!

Liberty Styling Demo + Launch Party Highlights

5. Vintage silverware (mismatched) was found at a flea market – 6 sets for under $20 – then polished and placed on the table tied together with scrap Liberty fabrics. Easy but a pretty touch.

Liberty Styling Demo + Launch Party Highlights

6. Beneath each set of silverware, cards were made from wallpaper and other things like Japanese tape. One side of the card was made to be pretty enough to almost look like a small piece of art that the guest could bring home to frame or tack to their mood board or message board. On the other side, a sweet message to the guest was left from the hostess.

Liberty Styling Demo + Launch Party Highlights

7. For the flowers, we went with a casual look. Using vintage and new things, books were stacked (because this was a book launch so a sweet tie-in), cake trays were used as they introduced some height to the table, and several different containers were used to hold the flowers from French white porcelain to small vintage baking forms.

Liberty Styling Demo + Launch Party Highlights

8. Above the table, a vintage lampshade found at a flea market for $5 was stripped down to the frame and then Liberty fabric was cut into long strips and wrapped tightly around the frame and secured in places with glue. Tiny faux flowers were added here and there and some ribbons as well. In the center, we used a disco ball because we didn’t have the means to use a real lightbulb and thought the disco ball would be quirky but also the light it reflects would make it shimmer a bit to appear as a light source. Silly but fun and we loved it!

9. Gorgeous garlands made from ribbon, iron-on adhesive and Liberty fabrics were hung above the table cascading out from the lampshade. Neon ribbons added that bit of wrongness that made it right. Both the shade and garlands were hung using that transparent fishing wire – it’s strong but invisible, and fastened to the ceiling using eye bolts.

10. In the end, we loved our table. It was sweet and pretty for a ladies lunch, but also inspiring because the materials we used were so affordable and some handmade so it really worked nicely with the theme of Decorate which is also about making a home personal and pretty.

I met so many people and signed so many books — I felt excited and motivated — it was very encouraging to a debut author for sure. To think I imagined having an event where no one would show up… I mean, I figured we’d have a good turn out based on other events I’ve had in the past but this was by far the big sha-bang! What a way to launch a first book!

And so there I was in London all last week planning for the Liberty launch for the first few days, celebrating each night with friends, and then actually attending the Liberty events. On Wednesday, I spoke to the press in a packed out room of about 45-50 people, then another group of readers for a standing room only talk for around 50-60 people as well. Then we did a styling demonstration  powered by stylist/author Sania Pell, stylist/photographer Leslie Shewring and me. I have to add that those two ladies are nothing short of inspiring, amazing and creative – they are super talented and as a team we really blossomed. I would love to work with them on future projects where we make things for stores or do windows or displays of some sort – it was thrilling because everyone loved the display and even customers strolling through the store who were not part of the event loved seeing what we had done. How nice!

Liberty Styling Demo + Launch Party Highlights

So after the demonstration, a line formed in front of my signing table and as I walked over to take my seat, I felt an urge to cry happy tears. I felt so moved by the experience of being surrounded by so much love and support – the air was alive with such a positive spirit – I was really “in” the moment and enjoyed each second of it. As I sat down and my first guest arrived asking me to sign her book, I felt this wave of, “Wow, this is really happening”, rush over me and I felt so calm and present, it felt very natural to be there meeting so many new friends and I felt honored that so many came to the event.

You see, when I was little I would hand write 10-15 copies of the same book and then pass them out to my dolls and bears, which I lined up on my bed, and then I’d rearrange them on the floor in a line in front of my desk, which was my “signing table”, and I’d sign each copy and hand it back to them. When you do this at 6 years old and then you are a grown woman in your thirties doing it before a live audience, it’s surreal and can be quite emotional for sure. I wanted to write a book ever since I was so little but many things happen in my life that prevented me from feeling able to do so — from a father who left us when I was 17 (we never saw him again) to other somewhat tragic events, I was so consumed by my day job and life in general that my dream was put on hold for many years. I wondered, even as I went to work each day, if I’d ever be on the shelf of a book store.

Liberty Styling Demo + Launch Party Highlights

In fact, I would go to book stores in my teens and twenties and imagine my book on a shelf and feel somewhat fixed on making that come true though I had no clue how that would ever happened. I told my friend Paris over many after work outings that I was working on a novel —  a “chick lit” story about a girl who lived in Beacon Hill, Boston. I made it to the 7th chapter and gave up but still kept the dream alive in my heart, tucked away for a future moment when writing a book felt right to me. Then this blog happened and here I am with a decorating book. I’m writing all of this because seeing my book for the first time in a book store made me a believer that if things are meant to be, that they will happen at some point in your life. The key is that you have to believe in them and do what you can to keep them alive and work towards a goal. I didn’t set out to write a book when I launched decor8, but after some time it made sense and the book that I was supposed to write first is the very one that I have written. Amazing.

Liberty Styling Demo + Launch Party Highlights(Above: Emily Chalmers, Jo Packham, Tiffany Kirchner Dixon, a lovely friend signing my guest book, Sania Pell, Leslie Shewring, Julie Cove and me.)

But back to London. The next day, on Thursday, I returned to Liberty to give two smaller talks and two styling demonstrations which were very casual and fun — I got to really talk to my readers who came and since Amy Butler was also in-store, I introduced everyone to lovely Amy and had time to hang out with her as well. On Thursday, the group was much more intimate, which was nice because I had the chance to connect with so many who are dear to me that I’d only known online up until that point. Even some of my students from Blogging Your Way came to see Leslie (who teaches it with me) and I. I couldn’t believe it.

I was flattered and honored to meet so many…. And I loved seeing my team again who worked so hard on Decorate like the publisher Jacqui Small along with co-author Joanna Copestick, photographer Debi Treloar and our editor Sian Parkhouse. I was so honored to meet Amy Butler, in fact we ended up spending Saturday in Notting Hill shopping – we clicked instantly and I loved Amy. What a “real” lady, authentic and talented in every way.

Of course, I was delighted that my husband was there to share these events with me, along with Livingetc magazine, House Beautiful magazine and some other publications as well, including lots of lovely bloggers… I loved meeting my blogger friends! I also was able to talk to Emily Chalmers and was so pleased that she came, and I met Selina Lake, one of my favorite stylists. Many more were there, including some of the homeowners in Decorate, but my signing table was busy so I didn’t get to say hello. If you are reading and I didn’t get to meet you, I’m sorry for that!

I never in my life imagined this amount of love, having fans for me is another way of saying having friends. My gift to you is my book, and although you have to purchase this gift (I wish I could give them all away), at least it’s something you can have on your shelf for years to remember this time period in your life when you loved blogs and followed them. For me, whenever I buy something, there needs to have meaning and so perhaps owning a copy of Decorate makes this “blog era” a bit more special to you as it does to me. It feels good to have a book after writing on decor8 for over five years pouring out my heart each day.

You know what? I have to share a secret with you about my writing and even decor8. I often wondered if anyone would care, would listen, and I wondered if anyone would think my voice mattered? Have you ever felt that way about your blog? But you know, I slowly built my confidence and courage the more I put myself out there and I’ve learned that if you are passionate and consistent people respond. And so thank you all for coming to the Liberty event (those who came) and to those who will come to future events that I have (next one is in Amsterdam on June 25th – details here), and to those whom I may never meet but who can own Decorate — thank you from the bottom of my heart!

So yes, London… What can I say, the entire two days at Liberty was wonderful but then I had a bonus — on Friday, I was invited to the Kings Road Anthropologie to sign a cart of books for the store. I thought I’d sign a few copies so imagine my surprise when they rolled out a three-tiered cart with tons of copies of Decorate on it, wow! So I signed them all and then the store hired a car and brought us to the next Anthropologie location on Regents Street to sign more books in their “reading room” upstairs. I felt very much a queen for the day. After both Anthropologie signings, I then went to Selfridges on Oxford Street to sign stock there as well. I felt so honored to have been invited by both Anthro and Selfridges to sign my book for their customers.

Liberty Styling Demo + Launch Party Highlights

(Above: Julie Cove, Amy Butler, me and Tiffany Kirchner Dixon)

Throughout the week, I definitely made time to shop but mostly high street stores so I didn’t get to roam the little shops that I love so much. John Lewis is always fun though, I bought this crazy red raincoat with puddy cats and hearts all over it by Avoca and some yellow shoes by FLY. I also noticed their delightful stationery department and the very nice Designers Guild tissue paper. I did get to  shop the Portobello Road market and thanks to a friend who works for Anthropologie, I was told to walk to the very end and turn right onto Golborne Road (loved Bazar Furniture, 88 Antiques and Arban Interiors!) and there I’d find great shops and things along with a little “Morocco” and I did. I really liked the vibe down there and found lots of great home stores with French and Belgium furniture that I loved. Sania Pell, Amy Butler and I particularly loved The Cloth Shop on Portobello – great trims and delicious linens, vintage Welsh blankets… it was amazing in there. We had lunch at the Golborne Deli which had very fresh salads and delicious lemonade, I highly suggest taking a quick break there to refresh and relax. Also on Portobello Road we found some great vintage cloth stalls beneath the overpass that had some great jewelry and clothing, handbags, scarves — lots of fun things from mostly the mid century.

London treated me so well – I’ll never forget the friends I made and how wonderful it was to work with Liberty – an honor! I hope that you enjoyed reading my little essay on my time away and the book launch! :) Now it’s time to plan for the US mini tour for Decorate. I’m scared to fly over alone, but I’m coming, I’m coming! I am so motivated to meet my online friends in person so I’ll be coming over this summer to hit a few cities over in the US. I can’t wait you guys!!!! :)

You can find more photos and info about Decorate here.

(images: most are by photographer tiffany kirchner dixon, a few from my husband and I.)



  • Reply Becky D@KingsDownRoad April 22, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    I have to go back and read everything, but just wanted to say that the pictures are GORGEOUS!! Looks like a huge success!!

  • Reply Guusje April 22, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    SuperSuper COOL!


  • Reply Rocio Rincon April 22, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Wow!!! The event looks amazing!!! I love the colors, the fabrics, everything; it’s just so pretty. Congrats!

  • Reply Heather@joyofallcrafts April 22, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    Wow, Holly! Thanks so much for sharing your heart and your accomplishments! It was so inspiring to hear everything that happened! I love, love, love the table. What great ideas! I love seeing fabric infused with design and using it in fresh and new ways! Again, thanks for sharing an pushing us all to get out there and remind us that our voices are heard! :)

  • Reply The Dandelion Chronicles April 22, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    What an inspiration!! I too dream of becoming an author and I’ll take your advice that if its meant to happen it will..

    And your book looks stunning! I just saw it two days ago here in Aarhus, Denmark and I was like “Hey, I know her!” *lol*
    I’m so happy for your success and look forward to more pretty decorating tips here on your blog – and maybe in a sequel.. :)


  • Reply leslie April 22, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    This is an awesome post Holly.
    I was honored, excited, happy, grateful…on and on… to be a part of it all. xo

  • Reply Julie the Alkaline Sister April 22, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Holly, it was sooo fun! Can we do it all over again? Loved your post, you captured it all perfectly:)

  • Reply deborah April 22, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Wow. Just lovely. Thanks for sharing your journey, Holly. You’re such an inspiration! Now, I’m off to create something pretty. MWA!!

  • Reply Nix April 22, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    How terrific, Holly. Congratulations on such a fantastic book launch. I really like the arrangements that were set up. Where to next for the tour?

  • Reply Monica Lee April 22, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Oh My Goodness! This must have been so lovely. We (I say we since I know that I am not alone) are so so happy for you. What fun, what great girlfriends and what a payoff to all your hard work! Thank you for telling us all the details, I loved it all! (And I miss London so much more now!)

  • Reply Claudia April 22, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    oh my gosh the table looks so gorgeous, I am stealing a few pics for inspiration – congratulations on your event, it sounds like your hard work has definitely paid off :D

  • Reply jenn April 22, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Looks like an amazing week of events! Congratulations! And, your table was lovely, by the way :)

  • Reply phoenix April 22, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Congratulations, Holly! Wish I could have been there! Looks like it was a fantastic event! Any plans to come to Canada??

  • Reply Claudia@stonehouselove April 22, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Dear Breck Girl, i mean Holly:

    Congrats on such a beautiful event for such a special milestone in your life! Liberty was the first store i visited on my first trip to London back in 1985. There was one in my hometown D.C. and i was in love when i first saw their lovely prints and beautiful quality fabrics. Wish i could have been there and now you are really killing me with Amsterdam. Thanks for sharing all the photos with all your friends. Hope you come to NYC soon for a launch! Oh yeah and you were working it with that pretty hair of yours :) everything si lovely! xocc

    • Reply decor8 April 22, 2011 at 9:08 pm

      @Claudia – ha ha you are so cute. I am called Breck Girl, Giselle Hair (only the hair not the rest LOL) and Blaire (from Facts of Life)… What a riot to hear this from you!!!! :)

  • Reply robelyn April 22, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Holly – I got your book from Amazon last night…

    I am just in AWE!!! FANTASTIC job!!!

    Wish I could have been at the signing – it looks FANTASTIC!

    ;-D robelyn

  • Reply Vicky April 22, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    It’s is totally AWESOME! Looks like a great and inspiring day. Congrats on a successful book signing…….way cool.

  • Reply ashley April 22, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Congratulations!!! What a lovely event. I would love a short how-to on how to make fabric flowers like yours? Have been thinking about making some for place settings at my wedding, but I never thought to use patterned paper until now! So fun!

    • Reply decor8 April 22, 2011 at 9:31 pm

      Ashley – Sure, I’m happy to do that. I’ll work on something this week and show it on decor8. :)

  • Reply City Chic - Jamie April 22, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    Oh Holly, I am so happy for you! You are such an inspiration to us all. I’m more excited than ever to see you at The Creative Connection Event this Fall!

    • Reply decor8 April 22, 2011 at 9:31 pm

      @Jamie – I can’t WAIT to meet you!!!! xoxoxo :) :) :)

  • Reply Jen @ Lita's World April 22, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    How fun!! congrats and the photos are amazing!! I always love seeing things through Tiffany’s eyes!!

  • Reply Lysann April 22, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    Dear Holly,
    thank you so much for sharing this wonderful moments … What a lovely event! So pretty!! I wish I could have been in London.
    Even I’m sitting here infront of my computer right now having tears in my eyes, you are so close to my heart somehow. I feel so deeply touched and I’m so happy for you …
    As far as know your book will be published in German as well later this year and I really hope that there will a little launch party for it – maybe in Berlin. I promise I’ll come over!

    It’s so great to see how someones dream came true and to be honest it motivates me to believe in mine even a bit stronger. Thanks and congrats for for living your dream! And thanks for all the inspiration you gave to me and I really hope to meet you in person someday.

    Enjoy your success!
    Love. Lysann

  • Reply Katie April 22, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    That’s so gorgeous! I’ve been in love with Liberty prints for ages now and went a little crazy when they had a line at Target here in the states and I’m really envying all those fabrics you got to work with! I clearly should live in London. :) I do hope my copy of the book arrives at my parents’ house before I visit next weekend. All these posts are making me seriously look forward to it.

  • Reply Brigitte April 22, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    I loved hearing how everything came together. Thanks, Holly, for providing a behind-the-scenes peek…I so wanted to be there.

    Congratulations on such a happy and stylish occasion.

  • Reply Andie Day April 22, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    An inspirational success story rooted in aiming for the stars. Congrats, you’ve earned it! I visited Tiffany Kirscher-Dixon’s site after reading your post. Her creativity too, is unique and intriguing. Can’t wait to see what you’ve got planned next!

  • Reply Sandrine April 23, 2011 at 12:19 am

    Hi Holly, Congratulations and a real awesome post!Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful moments with us on your blog.
    Take care
    Sandrine x

  • Reply linden April 23, 2011 at 1:42 am

    Holly…I was a recent student in the BYW class. I am loving your book! I did a post on my blog a week ago I think now…and I wasn’t sure where to put it…I think you had asked for reviews of it. I also wondered if you’d be coming to Boston or CT on your book tour to the states. I’d love to come and meet you!

  • Reply Cyndi April 23, 2011 at 2:20 am

    Oh Holly: How exciting! Your launch sounded & looked wonderful. I just got my book from Amazon and have been pouring over the pages! Congratulations, you are truly an inspiration to so many of us.

  • Reply Jan | Daisy Janie April 23, 2011 at 2:37 am

    What a beautiful event to welcome your wonderful book! Congratulations, Holly! You have incredible ideas and work so hard to bring them to life – on so many levels! I’ve always been so inspired by the posts you bring to us on your blog, and I can’t wait to see what your book has in store! I’m sure it will be a bible of sorts! Way to go and yeeha!!! xo Jan

  • Reply Cait April 23, 2011 at 4:25 am

    HOLY CRAP. That tablescape is amazing!


  • Reply Kristyne April 23, 2011 at 4:36 am

    Hi Holly, Thanks for sharing your dream-come-true. Reading this post was almost like being in BYW class with you again and I really enjoyed hearing your voice. I’m so happy for you and wish you continued success. :)

  • Reply Katie Truelove April 23, 2011 at 4:44 am

    What a wonderful experience!:) I’m glad you said at the beginning of the post to ‘grab a cup of tea’ because I truly did and enjoyed reading your description of the whole thing. Very happy for you:)

  • Reply meenal @ maison marigold April 23, 2011 at 7:52 am very pretty..i love the casual beauty of it all..what a great event it must have been..thanks for sharing all the lovely details, holly..congratulations once again! happy easter! xx meenal

  • Reply meenal @ maison marigold April 23, 2011 at 7:56 am

    btw..those fabric flowers are gorgeous..would be great to dress up a gift wrapped in brown paper as well!! thanks for sharing! xx meenal

  • Reply radostina April 23, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Congratulations, Holly! Looks like it was a great event! :) You’re such an inspiration!
    Have a lovely Easter and thank you!

  • Reply Rona April 23, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Wow Holly! What a wonderful post and great photos…It was SO lovely to meet you at Liberty the other week and to take part in such an inspirational evening!

    Thank you for sharing your inner thoughts in your posts (something I need to work on!) especially ‘I often wondered if anyone would care, would listen, and I wondered if anyone would think my voice mattered?’ I often think this…but hope my passion for flowers comes across and people enjoy my posts.

    I’d be really delighted to help you organise a Blogger Meet Up in London in the future…so do let me know if you’d like some assistance. The one in Amsterdam sounds amazing, but unfortunately I can’t make it…

  • Reply Kelly April 23, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Hi Holly, so good to hear how much you enjoyed the launch at Liberty’s, it was fun but you make it fun and special. I look forward to Amsterdam. x

  • Reply Brooke H April 23, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Congratulations Holly, I’m so happy for you.

  • Reply juliette April 23, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    I’m so glad you had fun and were able to realize a dream, that is truly a special moment in one’s life. And yes, Amy Butler is a total treat!

    I’m looking forward to getting your book in the mail later this month and am going to see about Amsterdam in June; we’re overdue for a little escape and Amsterdam’s not too far -we shall see!

  • Reply Irene April 23, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Dear Holly,
    I read your post, and some parts of your story are so familiar to me, I really feel the urge to tell you: Girl, you deserve it! God bless.

  • Reply gayatri April 23, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Hi Holly,
    I just bought your book!! I am a regular reader of your blog and when I saw you had a written a book I was overjoyed! I have been working on my PH.D. for the last seven years and somewhere along the line I found design blogs and it has kept me from going completely insane. My morning ritual begins with checking out your blog and now your book! Thanks… for being an inspiration to me, to be creative in my home and work.
    Best of luck and keep writing…

  • Reply Mrs Bok April 23, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Fantastic Holly! Won’t you come to Australa…? :) Your post is great I can pretend I was there! x

  • Reply moline April 23, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Holly! Big congrats! What an event! That all looks so great! You must feel over the moon! I love Liberty with all its different rooms and themes and just see how many people attended and how many great people you met! Enjoy!

  • Reply Angela April 23, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Beautiful, beautiful table! Looks like fun. Congrats girls!

  • Reply Marian April 23, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Holly, You are such an inspiration to me. I can’t wait to read your book. I love that on this important, wonderful trip to London you surrounded yourself with talented friends to help with the launch. There’s nothing like the power of a good group all focused and “in sync” to make it happen. I hope to meet you at a book signing in the USA. All your hard work has come to fruition. Thanks for your fabulous blog. It’s my favourite. You deserve all of this and more. Well done.

  • Reply Diana L April 23, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    What an inspiration you are! I love everything about you LONG post. We were just talking about Liberty at work yesterday and how we all NEED to visit. Dreaming…
    I especially love the pic of you and the ladies shopping. Oh, to meet Amy, wow. I also love that your wearing my favorite shoes in that photo.
    Congrats! and Best Wishes!

  • Reply steve April 23, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Thanks for sharing this with us :) You must be really so proud with this book launch. Keep up the good work


  • Reply nathalie April 23, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    holly, félicitations ! the launch of your book looks so beautiful and captivating, like you and what emanates from your blog, your courses and all the work of creative people you share on decor8. thank you so much for presenting this post for us who did not have the opportunity to come and join you in london !
    bises :)

  • Reply vosgesparis April 23, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    Oh my ….. are you loved ;) I can imagine you are overwhelmed and happy with this whole roller coaster of work and emotions your book brought you!
    It is more then deserved your work is getting all this attention.. looking forward to meet everyone in Amsterdam ;)

  • Reply Keren April 23, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Every little thing about this is beyond FABULOUS!!!

    Congratulations – so so so well deserved, I seriously cannot wait for my copy to arrive (I’ve ordered it – waiting waiting).


  • Reply Galia April 23, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    Dear Holly, Congratulations on your blog, your book, the launch at liberty and all of your achievements, you are such an inspiration! What a thrill to have had the launch at Liberty (my favorite fabrics) to have met Amy Butler and Emily Chambers, huge fan of them and you as well. I already bought the book but still have to wait until it arrives all the way to Mexico!!!!
    I posted about the event on my blog but your pictures are much better, thank you for the post.

  • Reply Renee @ April 24, 2011 at 12:56 am

    I’m so incredibly happy for you Holly! This post was beyond inspiring and brought tears to my eyes. I’m in the midst of making some major career changes and am going to be starting my own business. It’s a scary and exciting time and this post is just what I needed. I headed over to Amazon and bought 2 copies of your book – one for me and one for my mom (who will absolutely love it)! xoxo

  • Reply Laura Gaskill April 24, 2011 at 2:31 am

    This is why I love reading decor8 and why I keep coming back day after day (and year after year!) – the styling you and Leslie and Sania created is so beautiful and creative yet attainable, I wish I could have been there to see it in person! But not only that, it is your warm, honest voice that I think is so welcoming to us readers (& BYW students) that makes so many people rally around you – because with a loved blog such as decor8 it is more of an inspirational community, and as you said we bloggers like to support each other! At least most of us do, ha ha!

    I just found Decorate this very day in my local bookshop, and I was absolutely giddy turning each page. I am looking forward to savoring it during my little breaks throughout the upcoming week! And p.s., I am very much looking forward to hearing the details of your US tour and will make it to an event if I can! xoxo Laura

  • Reply Maureen April 24, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Sounds like a dream come true for sure despite those bumps in the road. It’s a real lesson to never stop dreaming and hoping, AND doing all the footwork!

    I’m going to check out Golbourne Rd next week, so thanks for that great tip.

  • Reply Laura April 24, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Loved reading your post – brought it all back! I was lucky enough to come to the styling event at Liberty on the Wednesday and then the 7pm talk on the Thursday. It was so special to be a part of it all. Holly, you were exactly how I thought you would be too! Decorate is a gorgeous, gorgeous book by a gorgeous person. x x x x x x

  • Reply Melissa de la Fuente April 24, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    Just absolutely beautiful & amazing hunnie. It really made me feel like I was there & it looks like shear heaven. I am so, so happy for you! It makes me giddy for you, as I can just imagine it all & so glad it was huge success! :)
    And I totally know what you mean about “would anyone care” & I often think those same things….all the time. SO glad you didn’t toss in the towel as you inspire me every day. Also, the shopping and touring around just sounds so fantastically fun! Three cheers for dreams coming true, fun times and lovely ladies making good. :)

  • Reply Katie April 24, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    wow – congratulations!!! Very inspiring. Looking forward to treating myself to the book

  • Reply Ariana April 25, 2011 at 2:54 am

    Thanks so much for going through all of the layers of decor– I often get an overall impression (lovely! whimsical! grey with bright pops of color!) without really being drawn into the details of how it came together so beautifully. What a dreamy project for you. Congratulations!

  • Reply Mandy Saile of Bijou's Whimsy April 25, 2011 at 3:16 am

    Wow, what a party…it looks like it was so incredible and unique and fun….congrats congrats congrats:D

  • Reply Shannon Fricke April 25, 2011 at 3:37 am

    What an amazing post – I feel like I was there – and sooo wish I was. Liberty is the bees knees after all! And your event looks so special. Congrats…. You deserve the love…

  • Reply fenny setiawan April 25, 2011 at 6:34 am

    Holly, thanks for sharing today ‘massive’ post ( that you called it). I really enjoy your story and also imagine how fun you were there surround by beloved teams and friends. The table styling also pretty and what an inspiration. I really wish you all the best for your book tour (blogger meeting at Amsterdam, US book signing, and many other future events). I will keep my self updated from here Decor8. xoxo..

  • Reply Emma Treadgold April 25, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    I can only imagine the love, blood, sweat and tears that has gone into this and it is VERY inspiring to read this post. I have just ordered your book!!

  • Reply Missives From Suburbia April 25, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Gorgeous!! You, the party…all of it. Liberty is my favorite store in the world. I never go to London without making a stop there, and I wish I could have been there!

  • Reply Tiffany April 25, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Dear Sweet Holly~
    You are such a beautiful and inspiring woman, and all your hard work and efforts have culminated in this fabulous book. It is so well deserved!
    I was so honored to be a part of the launch, it was an amazing time I will never forget!!
    Much love, Tiffany

  • Reply elizabeth April 25, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    Congrats! It looked like an amazing launch party. Perfect design to fit the Liberty look. Good luck in the US, where are you visiting? (I will check back).

  • Reply The Muse of The Day April 25, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    Perfect. Brilliantly perfect. As a blogger, this gives me plenty to think about, as an artist/craft person this gives me the fuel to keep going. As a woman living in 2011 and participating in the fun that is Blogland, this post makes me even happier. Carolina

  • Reply Paula Jo @ Home and Garden Decor April 25, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    I can tell Holly, you had a great time. All of the excitement is in your posting. I would be excited also. The table looked magnificent, and the whole room was just fantastic. Everyone did a great job.

  • Reply hena tayeb April 25, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Wow, congrats. Everything looks so amazing, the attention to detail is beautiful.

  • Reply Angel@ | 77inspire | April 25, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Thanks for sharing :) congrats on everything. Thats’ one great looking table.

  • Reply kelly giesen April 25, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    I got your book at Anthropologie last weekend and absolutely love it. It’s beautiful and fun to hear the details behind great design. I enjoy your blog and loved the book even before I realized the connection. Thanks for hours of fun & inspiration…

  • Reply Kristin April 25, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Wow, beautiful! I love the combinations of brights and neutrals. Also, I have to agree with what Sania says. My BFF used to say the same thing about trips. A little wrong in the beginning of the trip (forgotten sunglasses, etc.) would ensure a great trip was to follow.

  • Reply Marisa and Creative Thursday April 25, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    good for you Holly!! Congratulations!!

  • Reply sharon from farm and fru fru April 26, 2011 at 1:23 am

    wow! just reading all about london and liberty and your experiences makes me giddy! congratulations for all your well earned success! i have been a fan for a long time and am so pleased to see that you have a dream thats come true….it gives us all such hope.

  • Reply Maria April 26, 2011 at 9:55 am

    There is so much beauty here!!!

  • Reply Cristina April 26, 2011 at 11:09 am

    THAT is a launch party!

  • Reply Hella April 26, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    I got your book as an Easter present! Yay!! It was a very perfect Easterweekend: sitting in the sun in the garden with my sister, sipping wine, flipping through the pages of your book and dreaming about all the things we could try in our apartments. Now we just need to start somewhere. But I think your lovely book inspired us so much that the getting-started part shouldn’t be that hard!

  • Reply Sally April 26, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Congratulations. How wonderful that you rehearsed for this from an early age…a dream come true.

  • Reply aisha April 27, 2011 at 10:07 am

    once again many many congratulations Holly! It was so wonderful to be there at liberty, to meet you and to witness all the love and support people had for you!

    one of the most inspiring and funnest book launches I have ever been on :) and am soooo excited to see my picture in this blog post :D (the one signing the guest book)

    thank you soo much for inspiring us day in and out , for making us realize dreams do come true, for being so genuine and for the lovely book you have created for your readers!

    wishing you the very best in all your endeavours :)

  • Reply holly April 28, 2011 at 6:19 am

    Enjoyed my tea and every loving BIT of your journey to the book launch.
    ConGraTulAtionS! Woo HOO- what a ride and OH, so much fun!

  • Reply Maria Apostolou April 28, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Most delightful post ever! Thanks for sharing every little detail of your trip. Everything looks amazing. It’s wonderful to see that dreams do come true!

  • Reply Pamela Raper April 28, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    So much excitement, I can barely take it. Thanks for the wonderful tips, ideas and beautiful inspiration. I could look at your blog all day. Sometimes I do, in fact.

    Happy for you and your success.

  • Reply Alyssa May 3, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Lovely! I’ve searched the Liberty site but I can’t find the fabric you used as a table cloth. You say it’s a fashion fabric–do you know the name? Thank you :)

    • Reply decor8 May 3, 2011 at 3:55 pm

      @Alyssa – I’m not sure but you can email Liberty directly and show them a photo and they’ll know right away.

  • Reply Ruth Griffiths March 27, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Thank you for sharing your launch at Liberty. I have long been a fan of Liberty prints and I’m loving the whole revival of both Liberty and the V&A patterns and colours.

    I think your use of the fabrics in the table dressing is inspirational. You have somehow managed to encompass the feel of the whole Decor8 blog in your styling which is great (and obviously your intention!!).

    Thanks once again and keep on sharing your creativity :-)

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  • Reply Emily Henson/Life Unstyled May 8, 2013 at 11:39 am

    I realise I’m reading this 2 years after the fact, but I still wanted to say how much I enjoyed it! There’s a reason you’ve done so well and it’s because you tell it like it is – the good and the bad – and people respond to that. I loved reading about you making copies of your books for your dolls and teddies and the emotion you felt at realising your dream when signing books at Liberty. As always, thanks for sharing. x

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