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New decor8!

July 11, 2012

I’m so happy to share with you the redesign of my blog, decor8! I decided to change it awhile ago but never made the time until earlier this year when I thought, “Enough is enough – time for change!” and have been working with MWA Design in London, Mark Wilson’s firm, along with illustrator Samantha Hahn, to spruce up my site. I’m so grateful to see the completion of this project today and while we’re still building some of the pages, I’m so happy with it. Mark also redesigned my decor8 e-course site so that everything works together and I am so pleased.

New decor8!

I particularly loved Mark’s idea to add a Decorate It! feature (to your right) so you as the reader can customize the background. Try it, it’s fun! I think I’ll change these from time to time but for now, the patterns are really nice I think and the overall site looks and feels like me so I’m very happy with it. I wanted something very easy to navigate, uncluttered and more professional looking without losing the handmade, tactile touches that I love so much.

I hope you like my new logo and the new decor8 blog – I’m so happy to reveal it! Thank you Mark and Simon from MWA Design, illustrator Samantha Hahn and my husband Thorsten who worked closely with Mark and Simon from beginning to end.

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191 Comments

  • Reply escapade July 11, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Beautiful! Love the new look Holly! x

  • Reply sarahs - redlinedesign® July 11, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Hi Holly: your new site looks wonderful…and I love the new logo! Congrats..

  • Reply Hilary July 11, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Congratualtions Holly its beautiful, i love the decorate feature, the wood pattern is my favourite :-) Hilary

  • Reply Katie Levett-Allen July 11, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    I love it Holly! I love the little details; the illustrations are beautiful – exactly how I picture your style, a natural extension of your ideas and work.
    I’ve changed my background to the Duck egg blue linen, I wonder which will be the favourite?

  • Reply sandra July 11, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    looking grrrrreat holly bolly!!!! <3

  • Reply Titia Olieman July 11, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Happy new blog style! Very stylish, love the dots on grey!

  • Reply Ana July 11, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    I just love it!
    The colours are great and it feels cozy and welcoming!! Congratulations!!

  • Reply brighton July 11, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Looks so amazing!! Good job!!! Love the polka dots and gray!!! xoxo, brighton

  • Reply Annie July 11, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    It’s absolutely beautiful, Holley! Well done, all around!

  • Reply Teri Roughen July 11, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Looks gorgeous Holly! Loved the BYW site too! Teri

  • Reply Gretchen July 11, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Congrats on the new design! Glad to see that you still kept a touch of whimsy to your blog! And the changing of the backgrounds is genius! Of course the aqua is my fav ;)

  • Reply Ege Denne July 11, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Very nice change :)
    I loved the other one too :)

  • Reply Dionna Raedeke July 11, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    LOOKS fabulous, Holly!! Love the customizable background, too! All the best!

  • Reply Lesley Myrick July 11, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Holly, the re-design is lovely – and it’s so YOU! And being able to change the background is such a fun idea. Kudos to you and your design team! xo

  • Reply tinajo July 11, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Looks REALLY great, I´d love to change a little here and there at my blog too! :-)

  • Reply caroline @trend-daily July 11, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Fabulous!! Great job everybody-it looks excellent. Looking forward to trying out the decorate bit too!! :-)

  • Reply Erica Cottrill (ericafpc) July 11, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Love the new look Holly! It’s very fresh and lovely. I’m redoing my site and your new design gives me inspiration!

  • Reply BODIE and FOU July 11, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Beautiful!! I love the design of the tree and birds, very pretty and very you I think
    We are re-doing ours too, cant believe how much work this time this one took me but I’m pleased with the result, like yours it will have a simpler, cleaner look and will be available in English AND in French

    http://bodieandfou.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/sneak-peek-of-new-bodie-and-fou-website.html

  • Reply eleonora July 11, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Congratulations! Looks absolutely nice!
    Very warm and cozy!

  • Reply Aline July 11, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    BRAVO ! Congrats, it’s great! I love the new logo and the optional background!!!

  • Reply Memento Vivere July 11, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Congratulations!
    It looks truly beautiful.

  • Reply Georgina July 11, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Gorgeous! So inspiring – I would love to design my own website (and take your blogging your way course). One of these days!

  • Reply Melanie @ MJ July 11, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    It’s absolutely gorgeous.

  • Reply jenn July 11, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    the new design looks great. What a fun feature to allow readers to change the background. I went through them all and while I did like the triangles, I think I like the dots best. Good job to everyone.

  • Reply barsella July 11, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Love it!!!

  • Reply Brooke H July 11, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Beautiful Holly! Love the dot pattern, color palette, and fonts!

  • Reply tina July 11, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Great Holly – looks beautiful and I loved the BYW site.

    One comment: the white logo and books, blog etc not as legible (against the white dots) as if it would be in a colour, even a faint colour. After all these headings are important to see… Really nice re-design everyone! Congratulations!!

  • Reply Marit July 11, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Gorgeous Holly! Love it. Love it. Love it!

  • Reply Anne July 11, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Congrats for the new design!
    I chose the wooden background :)

  • Reply Katherine July 11, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Holly this is so lovely… I love the clean layout and curvy new logo!! And the background swatches are so fun! The e-course site looks beautiful as well. Well done!!

  • Reply Rachel July 11, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    It looks beautiful Holly! Congrats on your new site and your upcoming book! :)

  • Reply Tracey Fisher July 11, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    I really love it! So refreshing and the chance to change the background is genius – congratulations!

  • Reply Jenni @ Jarfly July 11, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    What a GREAT idea, the “decorate it” where you can change the wall paper of the site. Genius. As a fledgling blog designer I am certainly impressed and inspired.

  • Reply Jessica Senti July 11, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    It looks awesome Holly! I love the changeable backgrounds! :) xo

  • Reply Angie July 11, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Looks fantastic ! especially love the grey triangle “decorate it” background !!

  • Reply Elaine - Visual Meringue July 11, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Looks lovely :) congrats.

  • Reply Chedva July 11, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Holly, the new design looks awesome! Love the gray and pastels together.

  • Reply Samira July 11, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    I love the new design!! its beautiful!! miss your posts!!!

  • Reply Giulia July 11, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    This is a lovely redesign. I remember you talking about it last year. The wait was worth it. I find it looks cleaner and a little more streamlined than your old look while still keeping illustrated elements.

  • Reply Ulrike July 11, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    Very stylish! I just love the dots.

  • Reply Melissa Condotta July 11, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    SOOO GOOD!!
    We’ve been waiting for the big reveal for weeks. I opened it at work and all the ladies just adored it.
    It’s clean and easier to navigate. Nice touch with the background options.
    Way to go everyone who worked on it.
    Congrats!!!

  • Reply Iro ( Ivy) July 11, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Congratulations to all of you who worked together on the redesign of the blog and the logo. Everything looks fresh, lovely and yet unmistakably “decor8’s Holly”!

    What a success! The various background possibilities are also just lovely. Love the planks one, as much as the triangles and the first one with dots.

  • Reply decofairy July 11, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    …so beautiful.The new logo is so “clear”…awesome!

  • Reply Patty July 11, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Yay! I love it!!!! Congrats on the lovely new look.

  • Reply Lauren July 11, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Just lovely…your logo is wonderful, too!

  • Reply Elizabeth July 11, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Wow, love the new decorate feature. I have never seen a blog that does this! Very cool. Beautiful new logo too- nice and simple :)

  • Reply Jessica @shimmerkai July 11, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Lovely site! Fun background feature too

  • Reply em July 11, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    beautiful redesign! the font you picked is much more readable, and the customizable backgrounds is really nice!
    well done!

  • Reply lebenslustiger July 11, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    It literally feels like entering and being in a real room! So you , Holly! Always love dots and the changing feature is so fun. The logo is just beautiful !

  • Reply anka July 11, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    Looks absolutely great! Congrats!

  • Reply Cathy July 11, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Wow Holly I love it!! Such a beautiful, simple design and the “decorate it” feature is such a lovely novel idea. Loving it!!!

  • Reply Marloes July 11, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    Love it! Congrats!

  • Reply Jo Seaquist July 11, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Great move, Holly. The site is gorgeous and streamlined. You’ve worked so hard on your brand and I think tightening everything up visually creates balance and highlights your style.

  • Reply Anna @ Creative Mischief July 11, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Wow! wow! WOW! Holly I love it. The changing background feature is the best bit. The whole design is so slick, clean and fresh. Fabulous, great job done. Was worth the wait.

  • Reply Eleanor July 11, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Looks fantastic! Congratulations!

  • Reply samantha July 11, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Love the new look, the colours and lay out are very easy on the eye and to navigate.

  • Reply Kristin July 11, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Congratulations Holly, it’s gorgeous! I love the tree branch & birds at the top and the backgrounds options are beautiful.

  • Reply Yaniss R. Letechipia July 11, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Congratulations, I love it.
    It looks beautiful and is more easy to found topics.
    Well done!

  • Reply Katie B. of HousewifeHowTos.com July 11, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Wonderful, it’s GORGEOUS! I love the theme-switcher decorate thingie. The blue is my favorite… it’s so tranquil. :)

  • Reply Louisa Blackmore July 11, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Absolutely LOVE IT! I’m a sucker for spotty fabric and this is right up my street! Congrats on the new look.

  • Reply Sukaina July 11, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Oh Holly- what a gorgeous redesign….as expected from you :) I love love the decorate yoursef feature. It’s so fun and highly original- love the polka dots teh best though. You’ve now made me want to chnge my blog design and it’s only been a year since I did mine.

  • Reply Helen July 11, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    I love it Holly! Sometimes when my favourite blogs have a makeover it takes me a while to get used to the new look, but in this case I’m totally loving it already. I especially love the little buttons that let you change the background – such a cute idea!

    Your designers did a great job. Congratulations on a fabulous makeover.

  • Reply Yolonda July 11, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    Looks fantastic! Very whimsical!

  • Reply Andreia July 11, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    I love the new logo and the new fresh look of decor8! Congratulations Holly and everyone involved.

  • Reply ursula (room to bloom) July 11, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    It’s gorgeous, well done everyone. The decorate It! feature is inspired – my decor8 now has a timber background : ) Congratulations Holly!

  • Reply Laura July 11, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    It’s gorgeous Holly! I love it! So pretty. Xxx

  • Reply Sacred & Profane Designs July 11, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    Holly it’s amazing! And the “Decorate it” idea is genius!

    You could hold an annual competition for your readers and allow them to create different colour/texture versions for your “Decorate it” feature!

  • Reply Sacred & Profane Designs July 11, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Holly it’s amazing! And the “Decorate it” idea is genious!

    You could organize annual contests for the readers who want to create new colour/texture templates for your blog for the “Decorate it” feature!

  • Reply Lisa July 11, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    A beautiful blog design! The “Decorate it” changeable background feature is fun and creative. Congratulations on a lovely new look.

  • Reply Igor July 11, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Fabulous, Holly! I love it!!! And how fun is the possibility to change the background??? Thumbs up!! Well done!

  • Reply Jenny July 11, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Holly, love the new look! Very pretty and refreshing…

  • Reply Perlina July 11, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    waoooo, i love it !!!

  • Reply Rachael @ ROCO Magazine July 11, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Brill design – love the illustration! It’s great for the soul having a revamp xx

  • Reply Tina Riddell July 11, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    Holly, the new site looks fabulous! What a great change! Congrats!

  • Reply dunja July 11, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    hallo holly, dein neues seitendesign ist einfach grossartig! vor allem das interaktive dekorieren ist genial! wunderschön gemacht :-) herzliche waldgrüße, dunja

  • Reply Louise of 30s Magazine July 11, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Hi Holly,
    Congratulations! I love your logo and the decorate it option is brilliant! Samantha Hahn is so talented and I love her work. And thumbs up for the webdesign. Refreshing but still very you!
    warm wishes,
    Louise

  • Reply Melanie July 11, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    I love the new look! I can imagine it must have been nerve racking coming up with something new (even though you were ready for the change and had talented help). Congratulations!

  • Reply tasselflower (Mervi) July 11, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Oh, this is very pretty! Clear yet crafty. I like.

  • Reply Claire July 11, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Love the new look, very appealing!

  • Reply Aidel.K July 11, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Beautiful site! I’m having so much fun swapping out backgrounds; I currently have the weathered wood. The new logo really looks like it’s all one word–nice!

  • Reply Marie @etincellestudio July 11, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    Loving the new site Holly! I was looking forward to see what you would come up with, no disappointment :-)
    I ma currently on holidays in France and will take some time (a lot) to explore the new site… I can’t wait!
    Are the pictures slightly smaller than before?

  • Reply desiree - vosgesparis July 11, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    WAUW! I love it so fresh and soft at the same time… With the cute birds :) I love the calm color scheme , a really really beautiful job!
    Congratulations once more.. It must be a great day for you and I am sure you will enjly every minute of it
    hugs from Amsterdam, desiree

  • Reply Patti July 11, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    Love the redesign Holly and team! So many lovely details, like the texture of the follow buttons at the top. :)

  • Reply MeAndBoo July 12, 2012 at 12:18 am

    I like it! My fav is the triangle background.

  • Reply Cyn | decyng July 12, 2012 at 12:25 am

    Congratulations! it´s really nice. I love the idea of changing backgrounds!

  • Reply Viv July 12, 2012 at 12:46 am

    Holly it is BEAUTIFUL. Well done. Congratulations!

  • Reply Maaike July 12, 2012 at 12:49 am

    congratulations on the beautiful redesign Holly, and the Decorate It button is absolutely Fabulous! What a fantastic idea indeed, I love this ability to customize.

    xx
    Maaike

  • Reply Sarah July 12, 2012 at 1:03 am

    Fabulous Holly! You are the leader in the blogging world, and it shows! ;-))

  • Reply Cora July 12, 2012 at 1:24 am

    Looks great Holly – Congrats and well done!

  • Reply Jaine Fulcher July 12, 2012 at 2:10 am

    Wow your new look is stunning Holly – well done!

  • Reply shanon July 12, 2012 at 2:20 am

    Eeep! I was wondering when this was coming! =) I’m currently “decorating it” with the 3rd to last one. Love it. =)

  • Reply Vicki Dvorak July 12, 2012 at 2:33 am

    Both sites look absolutely beautiful, Holly!!! I love the whimsical little illustrations and the gray polka dot background is so calming and sweet.

    Congratulations! xoxo

  • Reply Vicki Dvorak July 12, 2012 at 2:35 am

    O.k., now that was fun…I just realized I can change the background pattern on Decor 8 by clicking on the “Decorate It” at the top of your blog! ha, ha. I’m easily entertained. ;)

  • Reply Mina July 12, 2012 at 3:40 am

    Love your blog and the new look!
    xoxo,
    Mina

  • Reply benedicte July 12, 2012 at 3:51 am

    Love it! It’s beautiful! Very soothing! Congrats!

  • Reply Kristin Johnsen July 12, 2012 at 3:52 am

    LOVE the logo typeface! Really nice redo!

  • Reply Catherine Bedson July 12, 2012 at 4:21 am

    The new design is wonderful Holly and the Decorate It feature fun and interactive, congratulations!

  • Reply Serena July 12, 2012 at 4:32 am

    Love it Holly! Just gorgeous :)

  • Reply Neethi July 12, 2012 at 5:26 am

    Love it Love it Love it…!! Its such beautiful site Holly!

  • Reply Kate @ Songs Kate Sang July 12, 2012 at 5:45 am

    Oh Holly! Love the new site! Looks amazing.

  • Reply Lisa@CozyCondoLiving July 12, 2012 at 6:23 am

    Holly-I’ve been a student in your 2.0 class and have been loving it!!! Your new blog look is so easy to read and navigate. Great job!!! The little butterflies are very cute. I think your look represents a more mature (not old) Holly!!!

  • Reply Merissa July 12, 2012 at 7:03 am

    Aloha Holly!
    The new makeover looks beautiful!!! I’m amazed at Mark’s ‘Decorate It’ feature. I’m having fun changing my backgrounds ;) It fits so well with your blog and decorating, cool! And how pretty are Samantha’s illustrations! Those birds on the branches, even the pencil at the comment section are all so wonderful! And so nice to see your lovely butterflies again. It would be super cool to have the butterfly flutter its wings when your mouse/cursor hovered over it, or even have the book turn its pages in your navigation area at the top ;) Just throwing that idea out there. The new decor8 is gorgeous! Congratulations! xo

  • Reply Fatou July 12, 2012 at 7:29 am

    Very beautiful and fresh! I love the grey.

  • Reply Fatou July 12, 2012 at 7:30 am

    OK I LOVE how the background can be changed to different options! That is brilliant! I’ve never seen that before.

  • Reply jeans_and_smile July 12, 2012 at 7:48 am

    I’ve stoped on wooden! Fantastisch!!

  • Reply Rieke July 12, 2012 at 7:57 am

    Really beautiful. Can’t decide which background I love most.

  • Reply Melissa Jaine July 12, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Congratulations Holly – *adore* the “decorate it” buttons. It definitely feels like you, and I’m pleased it is similar to the BYW2.0 course blog as that was a very happy and lovely place to visit. :)
    mj.x

  • Reply Fenny setiawan July 12, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Love the new look. It’s simpler than before but still representing your image and niche. Really well done!

  • Reply Nicole July 12, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Holly, I LOVE your new look! Fresh, clear, sweet, modern and you kept the butterfly! I feel like coming home. (Sometimes a make over left a feeling of: “Wohoo, what is going on here, kind of strange!”) The idea of Decorate it is so lovely!

  • Reply Maria July 12, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Oh, Holly it’s lovely! I’m so happy for you and I can’t wait for your new book too!

  • Reply Heather July 12, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Love the new look especially the polka dots!!! Congratulations on the new design. x

  • Reply Ritika Lath July 12, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Awesome new design. Congratulations

  • Reply MASmedia July 12, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Beautiful site! Congratulations.

  • Reply Gosia July 12, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Lovlier than ever!

  • Reply Priti July 12, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Hey, Congratulations!!! This really looks beautiful….I heart it, especially the branches and the birds are so pretty…..wonderful layout and a perfect logo. Its so refreshing and easy going.
    Congrats once again.

  • Reply ketaki July 12, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Hi, Holly
    I absolutely loved the new look.
    Its refreshing,the pinks add the fun and glam and yet it looks soo earthy, friendly.
    I LOVED the decor8 font and SUPER LOVED the background ( the skethy traingles one)
    Thanks for all the great and refreshing posts. They are always a moodbooster.

    Looking forward for more and more and more… :)

  • Reply Jennica July 12, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Love the new look! Grey is a really nice color and makes the site looks both inspiring and calmto look at. The Decorate it-function was fun! :)
    // Jennica

  • Reply Vasylysa Shchogoleva July 12, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Congratulations!!!it’s an amazing work and I love your blog so much!thank you for your inspiring work!

  • Reply Tracy A. July 12, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    I really like your new look, and especially like the ability to alter the background – how clever! Well done!

  • Reply Alexandra July 12, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Oh I totally like your new blog design! It’s lovely to the eyes!

  • Reply Jennifer Carroll July 12, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Love it Holly!!! I just did a redesign on my blog and it was such an intense process I’m definitely hoping to not have to tackle it again for a long, long time! :-) Yours is absolutely serene and I love the “Decorate It” button!! How fun!!!! Congrats Sweetie!!!! :-)

  • Reply Emily July 12, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Oh Holly, I just love it. Brilliant new design and feel. I adore the illustrations and I am just loving playing with the Decorate It feature. Inspiring as always. x

  • Reply Kateri July 12, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    I really enjoy this new fresh look of your blog! And i have fun too playing with background! Félicitations!

  • Reply sue July 12, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    the “decorate it” feature is inspired & i love the much cleaner, less fussy design this time around… very fresh & more than easy on the eye… also easier to use… congrats!

  • Reply Petit Pastel July 12, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    I do like Your new site! It’s fantastic! Colors are wonderful! Greetings!

  • Reply Ioanna July 12, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Congratulations on the new web design and logo! :)
    They look absolutely wonderful.

  • Reply Jess July 12, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    This looks beautiful. I love the color scheme, and the arrangement doesn’t tense the eyes.

  • Reply Cathy July 12, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    The “decorate it ” feature is fun , a cool idea I think will become very popular across the blog world.

  • Reply Keia Mastrianni July 12, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Love it, love it, love it! I feel like I’ve seen it somewhere else (BYW, of course)
    Navigation is great and you didn’t lose any handmade, tactile elements.
    Cheers, Holly!

  • Reply Ashley {GirlyObsessions} July 12, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    The site looks great Holly! Congrats on all the hard work!! Love the polka dots, too :)

  • Reply Joanne July 12, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Hello Holly, I just wanted you to know that I check your blog often. Mostly at work when I just need a mental break… It changes my mood and brings me joy. Thank you.

  • Reply Iris July 12, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Holly, here is another happy reader; the design is wonderful and suits you like a well cut dress. And how great that I can change that dress too myself if I feel like it! Congrats, you did So So well.
    x Iris

  • Reply Ani July 12, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    GORGEOUS! Congratulations. It’s perfect—everything good design should be. And I LOVE that cute Decorate it! feature. How fun! I think you just started a trend!

  • Reply Laura Trevey July 12, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    Love Love Love the new design. The polka dots are so so great ~

    xoxo

  • Reply how2home July 12, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    We love the new look! It’s very you ;) Great design!

  • Reply Inge July 12, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    It suits you perfectly! Although I’ve never met you it really looks great. Love the whole look and feel… Congratulations Holly, this is a place where many readers will feel cozy and love to come to get inspiration! I’m definitely entering for the next BYW class in October! ;-)
    Much love, Inge x

  • Reply Kat July 12, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Oooh Holly it’s so pretty and yet professional too, a fine balance but one you and the designers have achieved! I like the decorate it idea!
    And I love the logo, I like to think of the two little birds as being you and Thorsten! :)
    Love kat x

  • Reply Sue July 13, 2012 at 1:16 am

    Beautiful redesign! I love the “decorate it” feature. Clear, sophisticated and fun!

  • Reply Trina July 13, 2012 at 6:49 am

    Looks so great, Holly. I love everything about it…..and “decorate it” is so fun!
    xo . trina

  • Reply nathalie July 13, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Champagne !!!
    j’adore :)

  • Reply Starlet July 13, 2012 at 11:43 am

    I know it must have been such hard work from everyone involved. Popping the champagne and throwing a virtual launch party for the new Decor8. Congratulations Holly, Thorsten, MWA Design and Samantha. You guys have done such wonderful work, it’s perfection!

    Holly, I suspect we will see a new business card soon ;-) ?

  • Reply Cristina M July 13, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Very good blog!!! I have just discovered it and I´m following already.
    I invite you to have a look to “mi blog by amo” and share ideas :)

    Cristina M

  • Reply Ellie July 13, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Love the new design Holly! I’m on the wooden panelling background at the moment!
    Looks Wonderful!

  • Reply Megan July 13, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Hey Holly! Super new look!! Love the grey, love the dots & I love the coordinated integration with the BYW site. Fresh, clean & inspiring!
    Xo Megan

  • Reply Megan July 13, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Hi Holly!
    Super new look…love the grey, adore the dots & especially like the coordinated design with the BYW site!
    Fresh, clean & inspiring!
    Xo Megan

  • Reply hannah July 13, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    pretty naff really! how sad as your books are fabulous……note you dont publish negative comments but really this is a very dated look……we all know you can do MUCH better. MWAH!

  • Reply Maureen July 13, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Love the look, but then I went more subtle too this year! I really like the decor8 logo and font. I will however let you choose your own background. :)

  • Reply Janice July 13, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Hello Holly-

    Everything looks super lovely!

    J

  • Reply Paige July 13, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the new look and that logo is FABULOUS. As a graphic designer, I commend the designers that worked on your brand. It is such a great visual representation of you, your site, and your style. Very well done. I just love it!

    Paige

  • Reply Hollie@MiaFleur July 13, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    LOVE the new design Holly, it looks amazing!!

  • Reply Sandy July 13, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    I love the wooden background! A great design Holly, I like this fresh spirit.

  • Reply Rachel Hussni July 13, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Sou do Brasil e sigo esse blog a alguns meses!

    Amo! Entro todo dia pra ver se já tem atualização…

    Amei o novo layout! Lindissimo!

    Beijos e até breve!

  • Reply leslie July 13, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    Oh Holly, the site looks beautiful! Mark did a fantastic job!!! I am so excited for you!!!

  • Reply Desha Peacock July 13, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Love the new colors, very calming to go with your pretty pictures/posts.
    Congrats!

  • Reply Noortje Bosma July 13, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    I’ve been following decor 8 for quite a while now, and i was really surprised by the change you made, in a good way! Though I think your blog is sometimes a little bit too girly, it doesn’t matter cause it always gives me the feeling that i’m welcome. I also saw your beauty category on pinterest, turns out we have the same sense for beauty. My jaw dropped several times haha, keep up the good work!
    Greets Noortje an illustration student from the Netherlands

  • Reply Yasmin Hakim July 14, 2012 at 3:22 am

    Love the new look! Simple and pretty. I’m stuck on the wood panel design. Wallpapers – genius!

  • Reply Heather B July 14, 2012 at 3:22 am

    Lovely re-design!!! I especially love how you can decorate Decor8, that’s fantastic!!!

  • Reply Chrystina July 14, 2012 at 3:32 am

    I saw your new design a post or two ago (because I’m behind) and I saw the “decorate it” panel, but I didn’t realize what it did! This is too much fun!! And it makes me happy that Mark came up with it :) I’m excited for you.

  • Reply elisa July 14, 2012 at 3:34 am

    holly, i love it. it really suits you. x

  • Reply simrat kohli July 14, 2012 at 5:12 am

    Holly…. the blog look awesome!!!! loving the new look, so refreshing and as easy to navigate and get around….

  • Reply Emma July 14, 2012 at 5:22 am

    A great new rethink and I adore the fact that we can customize. I will want this wood grain in my office next me thinks….mmmm

  • Reply ANETTESHUS July 14, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Loooove the new look, Holly !!! <3

    xx
    anette

  • Reply Sia July 14, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Spectacular! :)

  • Reply Caroline July 14, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Congratulations. Looks nice.

  • Reply Frida July 14, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Concrats to the new look, it’s amazing! I am a Swedish interior design blogger and I just find your blog, consider yourself bookmarked. (My blog is in Swedish but my iPad-magazine is in English.)
    Have a nice day // Frida

  • Reply Lilla huset på prärien July 14, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    it’s really beautiful Holly. they made a wonderful job. and I’m sure you helped a little. love the little bird.

    jenny from sweden

  • Reply Sheetal July 14, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Looks very pretty. Love the tree branch, colourful flroals and birdies.

  • Reply Mel July 14, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    Holly I love it! I especially love how we can decorate it ourselves, what a fantastic idea – so appropriate!

    Congratulations to you and all of your designers.

    Mel x

  • Reply Shannon July 15, 2012 at 1:38 am

    OMG, holly! This is stunning! And the Decorate it is indeed fun! Love the aqua one best and I do hope you change it now and then cuz it’ll be even more fun to see what you choose!

    The new logo is awesome too, it so reflects your quiet and sophisticated elegance with that touch of fun…:)

  • Reply Linda Merrill July 15, 2012 at 4:56 am

    Beautiful new design, congrats Holly!

  • Reply Sarah July 15, 2012 at 8:50 am

    The new design is beautiful! It’s not distracting, but still so pretty to look at. I think it’s simply wonderful!

  • Reply Genelle July 15, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Love the “decorate” feature to change the background — very clever!

  • Reply Guada July 15, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    DIVINO!!! amazing ..love all the alternatives , I ve chosen the birds with the tourquoise background!

  • Reply homestilo July 15, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Looks great Holly! And the Decor8 It feature is so innovative.

  • Reply Cez July 15, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    wow… so sweet grey… wonderful!!!!
    Congrats
    xxx

  • Reply Tara Hogan July 16, 2012 at 4:57 am

    Congrats Holly!!! The site is beautiful. I love Samantha’s work. We both went to Syr Univ together.

  • Reply her billowing heart July 16, 2012 at 9:05 am

    thats so gorgeous! i love the floral one, 3rd to last, its amazing to think everyone can experience your blog differently :) so lovely!!!

  • Reply Margarita Lorenzo July 16, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Hola hola, well done you and the design team behind the new image of decor 8, loving the new look, logo, font choice, backgrounds, and over all design. I know how difficult and long journey can be to redesign your site/blog, as you are attached to it and can not see beyond certain things. I just relaunched mine, and it is being a stressful and sometimes painful process, but I am over the moon with the final result. Long life to decor 8!! and looking forward to the posts, have missed you young lady, but man you being busy…enjoy your soon holidays i will have to wait till October for mine, kisses from rainy London.

  • Reply Dear Demoiselle July 16, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Congratulations Holly, this looks wonderful! It looks clean and professional, like you say, but still sweet. I loved the “decorate it” function, how clever (I’m using background 6 now)!

  • Reply jeni July 16, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    lovely polka dots! so pretty… when will you update your email feed so it matches? That’s what I see every day in my in-box and it would be awesome if it was this happy, too! xo

  • Reply Karyna @ Paper Squid July 16, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Truly a redesign I love. It looks great. Clean but fun and great colors. :)

  • Reply S. Mendenhall July 17, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    I really like the new look. It’s clean, fresh and uncluttered, just like what you were looking for.

  • Reply kathleen July 17, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    I love the style of your new blog but honestly I find it a little harder to read with all of the lightened areas……may be just my eyes getting older but wanted to be honest. Normally love the color scheme but for reading, just finding it a little off.

  • Reply Erica July 18, 2012 at 4:01 am

    Adorable template.. loved the style
    :)

  • Reply Bree @ Porter Design Company July 19, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    I was pleasantly surprised to see the new design when I came on your blog! I loved the old design, but this one is much cleaner and crisper. It gives fresh life into your already amazing blog! LOVE IT :)

  • Reply Bukola July 22, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Hello Holly,

    I am super late to this, but i just wanted to say congratulations on your new blog design. A much cleaner and refined look and still so totally you! As a longtime reader, I quite love and I am very happy for your success!

  • Reply Sara July 22, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Congratulations!! It’s so beautiful!!

  • Reply Joanna Copestick July 23, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    Holly and Mark, am loving the re-design. so much cleaner and easier to navigate. Many congrats.

  • Reply bitsy July 24, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    I love it! So pretty.

  • Reply helen August 27, 2012 at 5:58 am

    I love it, I am a blog bouncer.. meaning I go from blog to blog come back after a couple of weeks and see whats new, and bam I had to double check I was on the right site.

    It looks great Holly.

  • Reply marilen September 1, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Hello Holly!
    I love your new look. I am an interior stylist and because of you I was inspired to put up my own design blog marilen.ph. Love your site a lot! more power!

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