Hello Everyone!

July 4, 2012

Hello Everyone!
Hello everyone! To those of you in the states, it’s the 4th – yeah! Have fun celebrating our day of Independence. Living abroad on the 4th is the hardest for me because I once loved how Boston came together for the gorgeous concert and fireworks on the 4th on the Charles River. I really miss going there with my friends. It’s amazing to me how close home is to my heart yet in reality, how far away I really am! How are you doing today?

I’ve gone a bit MIA, I know… Missing in action. And for that, I am truly sorry. I’ve been very busy, a bit too much, and I’ve finally wrapped up my next book. I wrote the final page yesterday and today, I am sorting out the photo credits and directory. It’s been a massive undertaking! In addition to that, I’ve been teaching nearly 700 students online in my Blogging Your Way e-course for the past 5 weeks. It’s been lovely and today is my last lesson there. I love teaching online and am so grateful that I hired three amazing women and bloggers, Jeanette, Nicole and Katrina, to stand by my side and work along with me to teach this dynamic, exciting class. Thank you ladies SO MUCH. I love the community that BYW has built and the many meet-ups BYW students are having in spots all over the world from London to San Francisco.

So… What is inspiring you lately? I am inspired by large-scale floral patterns, polka dots, vanilla nail polish sent to me from a friend in Denmark, my friend Steffi’s new business cards and blog redesign, and how beautiful the new lavender on my balcony looks and smells – it’s the simple things, right?

I miss you all, soo sooooo much. I will be regularly writing here daily next week and going forward. My online class is wrapping up, my German language course is soon to end, my lecture in Wiemar is this Saturday and my second book is finished – now I can return to you on a full-time schedule once again.

With love, Holly xo


  • Reply Dear Demoiselle July 4, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    I knew about the book, the German language course and the BYW course – I just realized fully that you have been doing all three things simultaneously… oh dear. Holly, you must be an Ûbermensch! Congratulations so much on finishing the book; I know that this is a much bigger undertaking than most people think. I hope you’ll get the chance to get some time off and enjoy summer now!

  • Reply Shabby Chic decor July 4, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Sounds like you’ve had a busy past few months! Congrats on the completing the second book, I look forward to checking it out!

  • Reply Tracy A. July 4, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Welcome back, and Happy Fourth of July to you as well! You certainly have been busy!

  • Reply madame love July 4, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Happy Fourth of July Holly.
    I really enjoyed BYW and I think you’re a very inspiring person.
    I am also very excited about the new people and interesting bloggers I met online and looking forward to our meet up in Hamburg in July!

  • Reply Marloes July 4, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Welcome back! I missed my daily inspiration and already wondered if something was going wrong. Good to read that’s all positive things(although it sounds like you need 48 hours in a day instead of 24). Have a lovely summer!

  • Reply katrina July 4, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    congratulations on finishing your next book — that is so very awesome and i can hardly wait to check it out!

    thanks for having me as a co-teacher at byw2! i had a great time and learned so much from everyone.

    happy happy 4th!

  • Reply Valentina July 4, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Great Holly! I’m so happy for you! Your words forward serenity, joy and enthusiasm and this is very good for you and all your readers!!!!
    Today…..I’m ispiring by……your new book…..so I completed the pre-order on Amazon.uk…… I’m so exiting!!!!! But november is far away…….

  • Reply Valentina July 4, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    excited…not exiting……. I’m also burnt out!!!!

  • Reply Zoe W. July 4, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    And as one of the 700, may I just say thank you for such a great course. So much to think about, so many new ideas… it’s been brilliant.

  • Reply Katie B. of HousewifeHowTos.com July 4, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    I’m so glad you’re back. Was starting to worry about you, but it does sound like you’ve had an incredibly busy — though fun — time lately. I’m really looking forward to reading your second book!

  • Reply Claudia July 4, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Happy 4th, Holly!!

  • Reply Maria @ All Things Luxurious July 4, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    Oh my goodness! You have been so busy! I cannot wait for your next book, I am still reading Decorate and I just love it so much. It has given me so much inspiration for the small space that I live in — I have never loved an apartment more. :-) Have a wonderful day!

  • Reply Louise July 4, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Sounds like true multi tasking to me! Phew. How exciting it all is for you! Being the queen of multitasking, may a congratulate you! Happy Fourth of July…from a Brit! x

  • Reply Momographica July 4, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Hey Holly, It’s good to hear you are back! :)
    This BYW course had been quite lovely, I learnt a lot of new stuff and soon will put it into practise! Congratulations on your book, of course I’ll be sure to purchase it as soon as it come out!
    I am feeling very inspired by Paris, French culture…I guess is because I am leaving for there in two days. Have a lovely week-end!!

  • Reply Lisa@ celebrate CREATIVITY July 4, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Hi Holly, congrats on all the undertakings. Plenty there to feel great about.

    I’ve missed your last few BYW2 lessons because I’m out of town and I’d rather study fom my computer, not this tiny IPad screen. Can’t wait to catch up on finals when I get home.

    So pleased to have signed up for round two. Wonderful course, organized, informative, colorful, fun lessons. The list of adjectives and superlatives is a mile long but you get my point.

    Looking forward to BYW3 (in the works?)

    Enjoy the week,


  • Reply Blenda Tyvoll July 4, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Hi Holly,
    I honestly don’t know how you do and do it all so well! Congrats on finishing up your latest book. Can’t wait to see it in person.
    I’m one of your grateful students in BYW2….enjoying every minute of class. Have a safe and wonderful trip this weekend.

  • Reply Kate @ Songs Kate Sang July 4, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    Happy Fourth! You have been missed!

  • Reply Meredith July 4, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Congratulations for wrapping up your book! Looking forward to it. Like you work has taken me away from what is SUCH and amazing class. I am playing catch up right now! Thanks to you and your new experts for such a wonderful class…. anyone who missed it this time has really missed out! Glad I signed up!

  • Reply Mel July 5, 2012 at 12:51 am

    Even though I’ve been a lucky one to have you on the course, I still missed you here! You’ve been doing so much, I hope that you also get some time to rest:)

  • Reply Serena July 5, 2012 at 3:19 am

    Hi Holly! So nice to see you here again. I agree with the other commenters above, I don’t know how you do it all. You’ve created such an amazing community with BYW – I feel so lucky to be part of it. Thank you and happy 4th July! xx

  • Reply Sacred & Profane Designs July 5, 2012 at 10:19 am

    This is soooo exciting!!! Congrats on the new book!!!

  • Reply Amy July 5, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Holly, sad to be on our last day with you at BYW but thrilled your book is finished and you’ll be back to blogging. An example to us all with your dedication, passion and enthusiasm. Amy x

  • Reply Sue Schlabach July 5, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Happy fourth from a few hours from Boston. Fireworks landed between thunderbolts. Quite a display! I love your first book and I’m goose-bumpy thinking that a second is in the works. Sending you virtual watermelon, strawberry pie and dorky little flags… Sue

  • Reply tatiane July 5, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    I am sooooo glad you are back :)
    I missed my daily dose of beauty from decor8
    take it easy, relax and enjoy all your achievements – you deserve it!

  • Reply Dulci Dantas July 5, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Miss you a lot!!!! I love your blog!

  • Reply Kristin Johnsen July 5, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    We’ve missed you but sounds like you’ve been having an amazing byw class! 700! Wow!

    I’m enjoying the little things, too – and really enjoying the blogging world that you and Leslie helped me find! Best to you, Holly!

  • Reply Kristin Johnsen July 5, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Whoa! That is not my blog that got included up there…..strange….

  • Reply Steffi July 6, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Hi busy bee, I’m so happy that you like my new design! Please let’s do the just us-our-iphones-lots of coolsshops-good food-and-girls talk-busy-bee-event soon in Hamburg! I’m in! xoxo

  • Reply Christine July 6, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Hi, Holly

    Welcome back! I miss reading your post!! Congratulations on wrapping up your 2nd book. Have a nice weekend!xx

  • Reply Dani Frank July 6, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Had a wonderful 4th myself and look forward to having you back and being able to enjoy your blog post more frequently! Life is fun when your busy

  • Reply Corinne July 7, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Holly, if you are in Weimar, please do not miss Goethe’s house! Such lovely colors!

  • Reply Angie July 7, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Gosh Holly how do you manage it all! I’m a student on BYW and it’s been great having you present the course! I’m so sad it’s ending soon, but looking forward to all the new things you have instore to show us here at decor8 blog.

    Congrats on finishing your new book and thank you for sharing Steffi’s new blog – Love the design, congrats to her!

    = Angie =

  • Reply Neethi July 8, 2012 at 9:38 am

    congrats on completion of the book Holly…Honestly…. was soooooo glad to see you back!! Iam sure you had good fun compiling your book and your classes too!! Hope to see inspiration on your blog soon..Missed it all this while!!

  • Reply Virginia Neave July 8, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Your energy and enthusiasm is inspiring – kudos to you! Looking forward to having you back online – lost myself in Pinterest to fill the gap. Also had a fantastic trip to the USA (am from Australia and visited family at Lake Tahoe) and happened upon your first book in a Joann store – bought as my memento of my trip, had been wanting to get for so long and seeing it the flesh just couldn’t resist. Will certainly not hesitate to get the next one – when is it due on the bookstands? Thank you so much for everything – the inspiration and support you give (unbeknownst to you), through all your wonderful channels- internet and good old fashioned hardcopy! Best wishes and I hope to get time to do your BYW course soon……… Love from Australia x

  • Reply dawn July 8, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    congratulations holly on nearly completing your second book…i remember the day you said you were planning to follow up with a 2nd…at your book signing in st. louis park @ antropology…well done!

  • Reply Louise July 9, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Love you blog. Thanks for the return

  • Reply Ege Denne July 9, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Inspiration? I’m not sure.. I think I am focusing in having an open mind. I have move to Spain, Torrevieja, and it is a tourist place, but I feel I can see so much from many places here. The buildings, the food, the nature. And I still remember the feelings I got from walking in Buen Retiro Park, in Madrid. The park is so magical, and I have only seen just a bit of it. Will be back again :) Maybe you will get inspiration from there?
    Have a nice summer! :)

  • Reply Chris Olson July 9, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    Hello Holly,
    I am absolutely loving all the amazing inspiration and awesome new friends I am making in your fab BYW2 class! I really can’t fit enough positive adjectives in my description of your class. Can’t wait to get your new book! xo

  • Reply De Nai Jones July 9, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Elated all is going well! Missed the posts but thankful life is brimming with good things. Thank you for all that you share with us. xo

  • Reply Inge July 9, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Wow Holly! Congratulations on finishing your last page! I’m curious about your new book… How do you manage to get it all done: your blog, books, your daily life? I’m also full of ideas and that’s why I also got a little “break” from blogging, but it wasn’t because I was out of inspiration! On the contrary: my head is full of ideas for my next project. I’m hoping to start my little cute shop online soon full with vintage gems & decoration. My inspiration lately? The South of France, my two blue pots of lavender at my front door, my blue glass mason jar, my blue bottles on my mantle piece… Blue & lavender, the leading words for my inspiration lately!

    I wish I started your BYW course as well, but I was on holiday (in the Provence)… So next time you’re organizing the next BYW class, I’m definitely hopping on that train. ;-) Would love to learn new things from you guys!

    Have a great week and good luck with publishing your new book!
    Love, Inge x

  • Reply desiree - vosgesparis July 10, 2012 at 12:07 am

    700 ! wow you are a star X

  • Reply Pip Lincolne July 10, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    Holly! I have loved Blogging Your Way. Thank you SO MUCH for running such a great course. I learnt a TON of stuff, and I already knew a thing or two about blogging! Thank YOU for a great experience.

    x Pip

  • Reply Esther July 11, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    I’ve been completely inspired by sports at the moment! Watching Tour de France and I am preparing for the summer Olympics. Finally and excuse to wear a cute Union Jack flag t-shirt. ;-)

    Anyways, congrats on the new book!! Glad to hear it’s going well.

  • Reply Chrystina July 11, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    I’m enjoying your new look on the page!! (I’m behind on reading…) It’s taking it back to basics.

    Things that have been inspiring me lately? The color turquoise, my new house, the Pentatonix (an a cappella group), and a few new blogs that I’ve found (and am also way behind on reading).

    I’m so excited for you and all of your adventures/opportunities. You should totally come back to the states for 4th of July next year to hit Boston again (on my to do list) – but for the past 5 years I’ve enjoyed the 4th of July in Philadelphia, and that’s pretty amazing as well :)

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