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Fun New Week Ahead + A Gorgeous Blog To Read

Good morning everyone! I hope that you had a delightful weekend. I must apologize for not giving you much notice last week but I left quickly on Thursday to travel to Hamburg, Germany for a consulting job at a huge magazine and was pretty busy or a few days. I spent a full day in their offices — first I gave a morning lecture followed by a Q&A about blogging and an afternoon “mini” version of the Blogging Your Way workshops that I typically do online with Leslie and Thorsten only tailored for a magazine staff. It was a lot of fun to take BYW offline and teach in a corporate setting… as most of you know, I come from a corporate background and spent years teaching workshops to employees so it felt a bit like deja vu. This time, I was able to teach about something that I truly have a passion for, it wasn’t that way in the past when some of my workshops centered around sexual harassment, new employee orientation and immigration law! Blogging was a topic that was fun and energizing! I had a nice time (the weather was amazing) and yes, I even fit in a little shopping which I’ll share more on tomorrow.

To get started today and with a new week of blogging, I thought I’d first welcome my friend, stylist and author Sania Pell in London, to the world of blogging! I know I’ve talked about her a million times on decor8 since she helped me so much to prepare things for the launch party for my book (details here), Decorate: 1,000 Inspirational Design Ideas For Every Room In Your Home, at Liberty last month… But did you know that before today Sania didn’t have a blog? Oh yes, that’s right. In fact, she just launched her new blog this very day and I’m so proud of her! That’s why we have to give her a big round of applause for jumping in and getting started. She first found out that blogs even existed a year ago and has been plotting her “entrance” into blogging ever since and so today she rolls out her super shiny new blog called At Home that, thanks to her husband Mark and his amazing design skills over at his company MWA Design in London, it came out just beautifully. I do hope that you’ll visit.

Speaking of Ms. Pell, she has prepared a few DIY projects for you taken directly from the table styling demonstration that we dreamed up for Liberty. She’ll be back in a moment to visit us today with all of her gorgeous DIY photos and how-to instructions – you’ll love it.

In addition to her posts coming up, I have lots of other great things to share and our monthly guest columnist, Anna-Malin Lindgren from Sweden is back with her monthly post too so stay tuned, Monday is going to be a great one.

(images: penny wincer, styled by Sania pell)

Posted by decor8 in blogs, diy on May 16, 2011

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  1. elisa commented
    May 16th, 2011 at 12:25pm

    i am SO HAPPY that sania is blogging. the perfect combination!
    hamburg sounds great, nice to translate your work into different contexts.
    x elisa

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  2. meagan commented
    May 16th, 2011 at 12:27pm

    Yeah Sania! Congrats! The Holly/Sania combination is fantastic and am thrilled to hear that Sania will be blogging and be on Twitter now! Own the Homemade Home and will be procuring Decorate soon!!!
    xo Meagan, row house nest
    meagan´s last blog post ..What Do Our Doors Say About Us

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  3. juliette commented
    May 16th, 2011 at 12:31pm

    yay! lots of fun treats to bright this otherwise busy week, hooray! Thanks for making your blog a lovely space, honestly!
    juliette´s last blog post ..5 Reasons Why I Read Your Blog

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  4. decor8 commented
    May 16th, 2011 at 12:36pm

    @Meagan – Just to clarify, Sania is not joining decor8 to become a columnist or contributor, she is just posting some how-to’s today on decor8 to share some great DIY stuff from my launch party. I asked her to come on board but she declined as she is currently writing a book and is under deadline, which I understand completely. :)

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  5. Tania commented
    May 16th, 2011 at 12:49pm

    i am off to check out her blog ;-)
    Tania´s last blog post ..Strawberries and roses

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  6. Andreia commented
    May 16th, 2011 at 12:56pm

    Loved Sania’s blog!

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  7. Becky D commented
    May 16th, 2011 at 12:57pm

    Oooh, fun! Off to check it out!!
    Becky D´s last blog post ..7 years ago

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  8. judy lake commented
    May 16th, 2011 at 1:14pm

    ooh, love Sania’s DYI vase! Very cool idea. A talented pair.
    judy lake´s last blog post ..My Week at Brimfield Flea Market

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  9. Kat commented
    May 16th, 2011 at 4:00pm

    Oh I’m so pleased to hear Sania is beginning a blog. Going by her book, I’m sure I’ll love what she posts. Off to have a look, thanks Holly
    Kat xx

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  10. leslie commented
    May 16th, 2011 at 5:50pm

    It is wonderful to see Sania entering the blog world! Welcome!!! Sania your blog looks fantastic! Great job to Mark too :)
    leslie´s last blog post ..Inspired by Anthropologie

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  11. Sania Pell commented
    May 17th, 2011 at 1:08am

    Hi everyone. Thank you for your sweet comments and making me feel so welcome! It’s been lovely to join Holly and you all today.

    Sania x
    Sania Pell´s last blog post ..quick idea- disco vase

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  12. Mark Wilson commented
    May 17th, 2011 at 11:02am

    Hi Holly!

    Thanks for the mention!!! It has certainly been crazy busy since we saw you. Lots of late evenings and weekends on the new site but we got there in the end!

    Leslie, thank you too!!

    Glad you both like it, it means a lot.

    And say a big hi to Thorsten and Dan (fellas, any time you fancy another beer, I’m there! ;)

    M x

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  13. larissa stamp commented
    June 21st, 2011 at 11:30pm

    please add me to your mailing list

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