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Little Holiday “Me” Time

Hello my dear friends! I hope that you are enjoying the season and all of the good feelings that it can bring, despite some of sad news we’ve been hearing lately from countries all over the world having their own trials and tribulations. Despite the bad times though, we have to each try during such moments to pause and reflect on all that is good in our life, in our community and in the world. It’s not about being Pollyanna, it’s about recognizing how precious life really is and that we have to value the time we’ve been given on this planet and live each day mindfully, with intention. For me, this also means taking time out.

Happy Wall

While I admire bloggers who write 365 days a year (woot woot!), I simply don’t want to because I truly need and want time to dedicate to myself and my family – to be in a bubble all of our own – together, with friends, strolling the Christmas markets here and being in the moment without any sense of obligation or “I really need to blog this or that” because the truth it, taking time off is healing and the chance to recharge my batteries after a long year is, for me, a necessity.

Happy Wall

I encourage all of you to take a little holiday pause this year – even an internet pause – and make some things with your hands, play on the floor with your children, pay attention to those in your home who are there because they belong to you and are yours to love and most importantly, refresh and refuel. I was going to have guest bloggers post for me while I’m away, but I decided that I want them to take time out too and I don’t want to encourage people to constantly surf blogs from now until January 1st because frankly, we all really need to enjoy other things offline to maintain joy and balance and to find more inspiration to put into our blogs again once the pause is over. Take it from me, the social media blog queen, it’s vital. :)

Happy Wall

I took some photos today after I pulled together this little wall in my work room – it took about 30 minutes and I like it so much. I did this after cruising Pinterest all morning. I saw so many projects and ideas and felt inspired but wanted to make my own “project” so I stepped away from my iPad and got busy with my hands, scissors and washi tape. These photos are the result.

Happy Wall

The beautiful cards came in the post by dear friends and some were given to me recently in person. They mean the world to me, especially when no one really sends paper cards anymore (heartbreakingly so) – I always make room on my walls each Winter to post the cards that did come in.

Happy Wall

I will be on a holiday pause until January 9th, so I’ll see you on Wednesday January 9th. I may be posting a surprise edition of Color Me Pretty with wonderful Leslie Shewring between now and then though, so watch my blog for that special post.

Happy Wall

Before I sign off for the year though, I have some thanks to give. First, to all of you who read decor8 and support this blog – Thank you for a wonderful, wonderful, year. Thank you to everyone who is leaving feedback on my books over at Amazon. Thank you to all who bought my books this year. Thank you to those of you who follow me on Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Happy Wall

Thanks to all who I’ve taught via Blogging Your Way (the next e-class is in March!). Thank you to my publishers: Jacqui Small (and team!) Chronicle Books, Murdoch, Callwey and the other 8 publishing houses who have translated and sold my books. Thank you to Debi Treloar for working with me this year on so many lovely photos for my books.

Happy Wall

Thank you to everyone who came to my book launch party at Anthropologie in London this past Autumn, including Will and James and to Anthropologie for sponsoring it in the first place. Thank you to my columnists, Leslie, Emilie and Jillian for your beautiful contributions to decor8 each month. Thank you to the many bloggers who participated in the Decorate Workshop book tour for Chronicle Books, too!

And most importantly, a huge heartfelt thank you to my husband Thorsten for supporting me and loving me and putting up with living with a blogger but more than that, for working so hard to manage my business, handle my advertisements, work with my clients, support and maintain Blogging Your Way and for the beautiful, “Holly Song” that he composed for my new video shown below for a class I taught with Leslie Shewring in NYC earlier this year. So many assume I’m running my business alone but I’m not, my husband does a huge amount of work for what has become our company and he was the one person who encouraged me to write in the first place when I was so unhappy at my corporate job. Thorsten, thank you so much for being there for me!

There are so many more to thank, including those who advertise on my blog (see the column to your right for a complete view), but I think this post is already long enough. But seriously everyone, you all are a wonderful bunch of friends, thanks for being such a big extension of my family.

Happy Wall

I wish you a beautiful and happy season and a wonderful 2013. I’ll see you on Wednesday, January 9th!

xo,
Holly

Posted in Arts + Crafts on December 19, 2012

First View: House Doctor Spring 2013

Ready to see the never-been-blogged House Doctor collection for Spring 2013? Of course you are! My dear Danish friend and neighbor, Tinna Pedersen of Agentur Pedersen in Hannover, Germany also happens to be the rep for them in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. This is why I always give decor8 readers first peeks at their latest collections – yeah, I have connections baby! :)

House Doctor Spring 2013

Anyway, let us explore the pages of their new catalog together, shall we? See if you can spot any trends for Spring! I’m seeing lovely pastel tones punctuated by their more saturated friends like emerald which is the Pantone color of the year for 2013 with shots of fleshy peach tones, mint, indigo, black, gray and loads of white with hints of copper – yum!

House Doctor Spring 2013

House Doctor Spring 2013

House Doctor Spring 2013

House Doctor Spring 2013

House Doctor Spring 2013

House Doctor Spring 2013

House Doctor Spring 2013

House Doctor Spring 2013

House Doctor Spring 2013

House Doctor Spring 2013

House Doctor Spring 2013

House Doctor Spring 2013

I just love House Doctor stuff, they are really a leader when it comes to trends in Denmark – I constantly see their collections first and then notice everyone else jumping on the same bandwagon with similar products – which shows me what a leader of the pack they really are and I love that. I think the House Doctor ladies are such an inspiration.

I’m excited for the things that springtime brings, aren’t you? I can’t wait to pick up a few of those bell jars from House Doctor and some black accessories for my home. I’m looking forward to decorating for Spring, too. I’ve decided to redecorate a few of my rooms in the Spring so I’m starting to think about my plan of action and it definitely includes changing up the colors a bit. I’m excited to start first with a mood board and build from there. I’ll show you the results in March or April.

Have a lovely day! I’ll be back in a moment with a special video we shot earlier this year in NYC of me and my friend Leslie Shewring teaching a Blogging Your Way workshop in Soho and then I’ll be wrapping up for the year since I plan to begin vacation tomorrow until January 7th. Back in a moment with that video. Loads of love! xo Holly

(images: house doctor)

Posted in Decorating Tips on December 17, 2012

Shopgirl Visits: Brook Farm General Store in Brooklyn

Hello everyone this is Jillian posting from Australia today! How are you? If you love a natural approach to living then you’ll love this month’s edition of shopgirl where Brook Farm General Store in Brooklyn is given a friendly visit and photo shoot.

Brook Farm General Store

This inspiring shop (also with an online store) is a modern interpretation of the traditional general stores of New York City. Over the years I’ve seen the store featured on decor8 and in a few other blogs and magazines, so when it was my turn to visit New York, Brook Farm General Store was on my list. The store stocks well designed practical goods, the kind of items I like to use in my own home.

Brook Farm General Store

Brook Farm General Store is located in Williamsburg nestled in a small street just under the Williamsburg Bridge. Philippa, one of the owners, welcomed me to the store and let me wander around the shop snapping away to my heart’s content. The shop is neat, bright clean and light, the perfect palette to highlight the wares on display.

Brook Farm General Store

So what did I find in the store? A little bit of everything! There were goods for the kitchen and items for pets. There were things for the office and for the home like lights, brushes, enamelware, rugs and throws. This store stocks iconic brands such as Falcon enamelware and Opinel in addition to items from their own in house brand, Tourne. Of course I had to go home with something, but with so many lovely things all around me, it was hard to make a decision. As I love to cook, a box of Opinel French knives came home with me tucked carefully into my luggage.

Brook Farm General Store

Brook Farm General Store

Brook Farm General Store

Brook Farm General Store

Brook Farm General Store

Brook Farm General Store

Brook Farm General Store

Brook Farm General Store

Brook Farm General Store

Brook Farm General Store

Brook Farm General Store

What would you have packed away in your suitcase?

Next time you’re in Brooklyn, you can find Brook Farm General Store at 75 South 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211, (718) 388-8642. If you’re not in town, they have a great online shopping site that you can find here.

Wishing you all the best for the holidays! – Jillian.

(images & text: jillian lieboff)

Posted in Shopgirl Visits on December 17, 2012

Book Love & DIY Project: Mes petites Kokeshi

Have you laid eyes upon the book, Mes petites Kokeshi by talented Parisian shop owner Adeline Klam? I first saw it at the Frankfurter Buch Messe in 2011 and fell in total love, I had to buy a copy despite how little French I know (though now it’s been translated into German, available here). In this book, photos truly do speak a thousand words whether you speak French or German (or not). Adeline’s projects are so cute and are all themed around the Japanese Kokeshi wooden dolls. Here is a glimpse from the book taken by my friend Emilie Guelpa from Griottes who worked on the project with her as the photographer.

Kokeshi dolls diy and book

Kokeshi dolls diy and book

Kokeshi dolls diy and book

Recently, Emilie felt very inspired from working on this book for Adeline and decided to make her own version of kokeshi dolls at home. She wrote about how she did it on her blog (click here) but here are the items she transformed into little people laid out below. This is such a beautiful and inspiring craft project to work on, especially this time of year with your children. All you need are some wooden shapes, paint, fine tip brushes and maybe some glue if you want to accessorize your little people. You can add angel wings, glitter, feet, hats – whatever you’d like!

Kokeshi dolls diy and book

Kokeshi dolls diy and book

I feel so inspired by this project that I’m going to look around in the local craft store for wood pieces while I’m on vacation (I’m taking off December 15 – Jan 7) to see if I can make a few kokeshi of my own. You can even glue ribbon to them and create ornaments!

(images: emilie guelpa)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on December 14, 2012

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