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Decorate Workshop Highlights From London Launch Party

Hello everyone and happy Friday to you! I’m so pleased to share some photos from my book launch party for the UK edition of Decorate Workshop, photographed by London-based photographer Lucy Lu. Most of these photos (unless noted otherwise) are from Lucy, thank you Lucy! The lovely party at Anthropologie on Regents Street was a huge success – it was packed with more people than we had expected, which is never a problem and always an honor BUT it was tough to fit so many comfortably so needless to say we had standing room only by the time we began our lectures. Decorate Workshop fans filled the 3rd floor and we had a great night. Want to see for yourself?

Decorate Workshop Launch Party London

I was joined by one of the UK’s top bloggers, Will Taylor, from Bright Bazaar and American stylist James Leland Day, who lives in Berlin (his home is in Decorate Workshop and his living room shown above) who spoke alongside of me about the book from what inspired it to how one goes from blogger to author, the process of writing an interiors book and how to style your home with tips from James and later, I chimed in with tips on how to pull inspiration from the many images you see and translate them into something that works. I have to thank both of these fab guys for being there and presenting so well – Will is a natural and James has such a strong background in styling – they both were such a nice addition to the party and guests really loved having them, too.

Decorate Workshop Launch Party London

Decorate Workshop Book Launch

Decorate Workshop Book Launch

Will showing everyone the inside of the French fold book jacket – all editions have a special jacket that you can unfold, iron and display on your wall. Mine is above my desk in my work studio.

Decorate Workshop Book Launch

I really love bringing together special guests in all of the events that I do – last year for Decorate some of my special speakers included Abigail Ahern, Leslie Shewring, Sania Pell, Betsy Burnham, Nicole Balch, Fernanda Bourlot, Zia Priven, Matt Stinchcomb (co-founder of Etsy) and many others. In fact, whenever I host events I always try to add a few guests to accompany me because I enjoy the support and friendship – it makes doing events a lot more exciting and a lot less about “me” and more about “we”.

Decorate Workshop Launch Party London

Will interviewing me during the launch party – I was trying to focus, I was a bit nervous because we had problems with the sound system – we were able to fix it later on but it kept throwing me off track at first. We did our best – thanks to everyone who endured the first 10 minutes!!!

Decorate Workshop Launch Party London

Decorate Workshop Launch Party London

I love this photo – it looks like this cute lady is embracing my book. It actually made me feel emotional seeing this. The idea of giving a little slice of happy to someone is quite a nice feeling for an author to have.

Decorate Workshop Launch Party London

Will is such a charming and caring soul but also has an excellent business brain behind all those bow ties and polka dots. James was really getting into how he designed his living room – shown on the board to his right. That is an image from my book as well.

Decorate Workshop Launch Party London

Decorate Workshop Launch Party London

A closer shot of the board showing James’ living room as seen in Decorate Workshop.

Decorate Workshop Launch Party London

Decorate Workshop Launch Party London

Decorate Workshop Launch Party London

Between all of the beautiful cakes that Anthropologie laid out for us to feast on, the prosecco, the inspiring space and the entire 3rd floor being filled with design lovers and bloggers, it was quite a lovely experience. Anthro even gave everyone who bought my book a 15% coupon for their next purchase and a linen Anthro tote. What a nice touch! Along one wall, I had a bookcase in my honor titled, Holly Becker’s Favourite Things” where I had shopped the day before for things that I loved from their home & fashion accessories floors so that my guests could check out a few of my favorite things. Problem was, the event was so packed that it was hard for people to go examine all of the pretty things there!

Decorate Workshop Book Launch

Decorate Workshop Launch Party London

Decorate Workshop Launch Party London

Decorate Workshop Launch Party London

I had a rough summer, filled with a lot of ups and downs in my life (mostly downs) so to be here with all of my fans and have them so excited to see me and celebrate my new book was nothing less than a fantastic boost for me personally – and of course, it was cool to sign and hold up my book for the camera – I loved celebrating this accomplishment with all who came out.

Decorate Workshop Launch Party London

Decorate Workshop Launch Party London

I love this shot of me talking to Ari from Arianna Interiors who is also co-founder of Heart Home magazine. Ari is one of those people who is genuinely so sweet and charismatic, there is nothing fake about her. I think she was admiring my hair or necklace in this photo – she always has a way of making you feel at ease and taking you beneath her wing. I really adore this lady!

Decorate Workshop Launch Party London

Decorate Workshop Launch Party London

Decorate Workshop Launch Party London

Decorate Workshop Book Launch

Decorate Workshop Launch Party London

This photo of James made me smile. He really loved being a part of the festivities and he walked away feeling inspired by everyone, too. The energy was so positive. It was a truly lovely event.

Decorate Workshop Launch Party London

I only wish that I could have spoken to everyone – I know I missed out on meeting so many of you and for that, I’m sorry! It was my intention to meet everyone but the event was too full and once the book signing begun I was there until after the store closed dedicating books to some genuinely lovely guests.

Decorate Workshop Launch Party London

I felt honored and inspired by the event and to think the day before, I ran into a street concert with Robbie Williams performing right before my eyes and the same evening after the book party, I ended up in a private bar at a hotel where a friend Charlotte was staying and who walks in and says hello to us, American rapper/actor Ludacris. Yeah, really. He was so chill and his friends and I chatted about the south (where we are all from) and later, my book and blog! Riot! It was funny to see him and how normal they all were but the best part was when one of them googled me and said, “Hey you’re famous too!”, that was a riot! Here’s a photo of me with Ludacris who is currently in London filming Fast & Furious 6 – funny right?!

So that was my book launch party. I hope that you liked it. If I missed any of the photographers who took the photos above, PLEASE let me know so I can link you below. A big thank you to Jacqui Small Publishing (Jacqui, Joanna, Sian, Sarah, Anabel, Jessica and Sam), Anthropologie EU, Lucy Lu, Will Taylor, James Leland Day, Debi Treloar and some of the homeowners who attended in addition to James like Sania Pell, Emma Cassi, Stephanie Rammeloo and Yvonne Eijkenduijn.

(images: Lucy Lu, Mimi, Janine and Margarida)


Posted by decor8 in Books + Magazines, events on November 09, 2012

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  1. Katie commented
    November 9th, 2012 at 4:44pm

    Hi Holly, it was a really lovely evening – it was really inspiring to see you, Will and James speak and great to actually meet some of the other bloggers from the BYW course!
    Katie´s last blog post ..Book Launch for Material World by Perri Lewis

  2. Will @ Bright.Bazaar commented
    November 9th, 2012 at 4:49pm

    Thank you so much for your kind and generous words, Holly. It was such a pleasure for me to be a part of your book launch and I really enjoyed interviewing you! Decorate Workshop is such a treat of a book – bravo! Hope to see you again soon. Big hug! x
    Will @ Bright.Bazaar´s last blog post ..Mr. Bazaar Has Been Busy…!

  3. Anette@lebenslustiger commented
    November 9th, 2012 at 5:02pm

    Sounds and looks like an amazing weekend – so glad you enjoyed it! You look so happy, pretty and healthy :)
    Anette@lebenslustiger´s last blog post ..FFF – Creative

  4. Angeli commented
    November 9th, 2012 at 5:04pm

    Oh Holly! Congratulations! What a happy event!

    Thank you for sharing these lovely photos. Like thousands of your readers, I would have loved to be there, but these photos will suffice!

    I hope to meet you someday! We live continents apart, but who knows!

    You’ve been such an inspiration! Looking forward to getting a copy of your new book!

    -Angeli from BYW
    Angeli´s last blog post ..The best diaper bags ever!

  5. samantha commented
    November 9th, 2012 at 5:15pm

    It looked like a fantastic day! Its at times like these that I lived on the main land…
    samantha´s last blog post ..I’m trying out….

  6. Ariana {And Here We Are...} commented
    November 9th, 2012 at 5:41pm

    I wish I could have been there! I live only two hours away, and was at that Anthro just two weeks ago. I am sorry to hear you’ve had a rough patch, and I am wishing you well this autumn and winter– hopefully you can get some meaningful quiet time to reflect and heal.
    Ariana {And Here We Are…}´s last blog post ..Comforting Suppers: Deeply-Rooted Beef Stew

  7. Anna commented
    November 9th, 2012 at 5:52pm

    Was great to be a part of it, a really enjoyable evening and so great to meet you and Will and other bloggers in the flesh! x
    Anna´s last blog post ..Mischief Meets : Lucy Loves This

  8. Melissa de la Fuente commented
    November 9th, 2012 at 5:57pm

    Oh, it looks SO lovely, warm and fun hunnie! I am SO, SO happy for you! Any event you are a part of is that way and I hope there are many, many more to come!
    Melissa de la Fuente´s last blog post ..Closer to home

  9. mimi commented
    November 9th, 2012 at 6:00pm

    Looked like a really fab event, so wish I could have been there!!! Next time, guess you have to write a third book :) How awesome that you got to see Ludacris, and Robbie Williams. What an eventful evening!
    mimi´s last blog post ..Breezy and bright

  10. Kathleen commented
    November 9th, 2012 at 6:05pm

    So much fun being had and all for you. How great that is. Wish I could’ve attended because yesterday was filled with your book here too. I received it in the mail and absolutely love the fold out, what a surprise. It was so peaceful reading through it and love the whole concept of how you had places to write in the book. So much more than just a book to read, it was a book to be with..Thanks.
    Kathleen´s last blog post ..This Snowman Needed a Home

  11. Margarida commented
    November 9th, 2012 at 6:23pm

    It was lovely to be there.
    I really had a good time and enjoyed the evening.
    Above all I met wonderful people and since then I’ve been sleeping with your book “under my pillow” :-)

    And a big THANK YOU for featuring my photos in this post – you made my week!!!
    Margarida´s last blog post ..5000 followers giveaway

  12. Emily commented
    November 9th, 2012 at 6:48pm

    Congratulations on your book and the fabulous party! It looks like a blast!
    Emily´s last blog post ..Apartment Tour: Fall Decor

  13. Jane commented
    November 9th, 2012 at 6:57pm

    Dear Holly,

    Congratulations! And absolutely well deserved, I love my Decorate Workshop ;) When looking at the pics, I remembered the great event in Berlin at Soho House. You have SO much positive energy, it’s amazing. Congrats again!

  14. Rona commented
    November 9th, 2012 at 8:32pm

    What a wonderful blog post Holly…lovely words & fab photos!

    Thank you for such a lovely evening…you truly are an inspiration to all of us.

    I, like I’m sure many others, came away from your book launch on such a high!

    Rona x
    Rona´s last blog post ..Interview with James Cock of Flowers by Clowance

  15. Mrs Polly Rogers commented
    November 9th, 2012 at 8:59pm

    Oh my goodness this looks like a fun time!! Wish I was there. Maybe next time!
    Mrs Polly Rogers´s last blog post ..Sock Wrist Warmers & Glove Rings

  16. bethania commented
    November 9th, 2012 at 9:04pm

    Wow, Holly, I had fun only by reading the post and looking at the pictures. So glad it was a well deserved success. By the way, you look gorgeous!

  17. Igor commented
    November 9th, 2012 at 10:02pm

    What a fabulous book launch it was. It was a sheer pleasure to follow your launch party in real time via Twitter. I was so sad that I couldn’t come but I love this recap and all the other pics I’ve seen on the social networks. You are just fabulous, Holly!
    Igor´s last blog post ..Happily Ever After: Young German Design

  18. Mariana commented
    November 10th, 2012 at 12:20am

    Dear Holly,

    You are a lovely and amazing woman and you deserve all the support for this new step! You are an inspiration to all of us!
    Thanks for the photo ; )

    Mariana´s last blog post ..London: Decorate Workshop Book Launch Party – Part II

  19. Sofia Carvalho commented
    November 10th, 2012 at 12:35am

    With so warm text, it seems that I attended the book launch :)
    Fantastic photos. I felt there.
    I really enjoyed reading this blog :)

  20. Pilar commented
    November 10th, 2012 at 2:23am

    Wow Holly! that’s so great! You might be soo happy and proud! I hope I receive one of your books this Christmas from my parents! :)
    Pilar´s last blog post ..Take part in a raffle! (English version)

  21. Desha Peacock commented
    November 10th, 2012 at 6:26am

    Your book launch party looks so amazing. It must feel so good to realize your dreams in such a stellar way. Hope you return to Boston so we can celebrate there!
    Desha Peacock´s last blog post ..Local Writer Exposes Brattleboro’s Real Ghosts

  22. Vicki commented
    November 10th, 2012 at 9:15am

    So happy and excited for you, Holly!!! What a very special event! And, as always, the tone of this post is so genuine, humble, and gracious. :)

    Still waiting for you to visit Seattle. ;) xo
    Vicki´s last blog post ..PHOTOGRAPHY BY YOUNG ARTIST ANNE HE

  23. Cloud Nine commented
    November 10th, 2012 at 10:09am

    Thanks for this fantastic post, Holly! Makes us feel like we were there, too!
    Cloud Nine´s last blog post ..My Diary for 2013

  24. Tracy A. commented
    November 10th, 2012 at 3:14pm

    How wonderful! The photos brought across the energy and happiness going on there. So glad that you had this wonderful and memorable event!
    Tracy A.´s last blog post .."Sisters are for sharing laughter and wiping tears." ~ Unknown

  25. Lucinda Palmer commented
    November 10th, 2012 at 4:18pm

    What a whirlwind of loveliness and hardwork all rolled into one! I know how hard it must have been to pull it all together and weather the storms of life too.
    You have done amazingly well and must know how you inspire people to do and be better through hard work and determination. Bravo!
    Lucinda Palmer´s last blog post ..Art Deco Doorway

  26. Juliette commented
    November 10th, 2012 at 7:10pm

    Looks like so much fun!! I need to get myself to one of these! So funny about meeting Ludacris -you just never know, do you?!
    Juliette´s last blog post ..Wander

  27. Sarah {Lacquer and Linen} commented
    November 10th, 2012 at 9:12pm

    Congrats Holly! What a huge accomplishment! It looks like it was a lovely event :-)

  28. Mina Brinkey commented
    November 10th, 2012 at 9:52pm

    You are so talented and inspiring Holly! So happy for you and your success with this 2nd book. It looks great and I can’t wait to put it on my Christmas wish list this year. The hubby got Decorate for me last Christmas and it’s definitely a favorite! Again, congrats on a job well done! : )

  29. Sam commented
    November 10th, 2012 at 10:45pm

    A huge congratulations, Holly! It looks like you had a great time. You truly are an amazing inspiration to us all. Thanks for a wonderful blog and bootcamp.
    Sam (BYW)
    Sam´s last blog post ..Victoria

  30. Kaho commented
    November 11th, 2012 at 9:00am

    I’m so thrilled for you! I wish I could be there and give you a big hug and say how much I loved your Blogging Your Way Boot Camp Course. I have a lot of good muscle aches right now thanks to you. You look beautiful in the photos. After downs you went through this past summer, I hope you only have ups waiting for you. Virtual hugs from steamy Jakarta xoxo
    Kaho´s last blog post ..Papaya ☆ Japanese Grocery Store in Jakarta

  31. Sara commented
    November 11th, 2012 at 5:07pm

    Congratulations, Holly!!! Can’t wait to get my copy!

    Thanks for sharing. It’s so wonderful to see the great success of someone who is so truly inspirational, sincere, creative, hard-working, and obviously a woman with a huge heart and immense kindness and character, too.
    Sara´s last blog post ..Style in unexpected places

  32. mundart commented
    November 11th, 2012 at 6:54pm


    Looks great! And so colorful.


    Lovely greetings from Berlin

  33. Pouf commented
    November 11th, 2012 at 7:12pm

    How wonderful! o glad that you had this wonderful and memorable event!
    Pouf´s last blog post ..Moroccan Pouf Natural Leather – $ 150.00

  34. Claire commented
    November 11th, 2012 at 8:44pm

    Hi Holly,

    I too absolutely loved the event – it was so inspiring and I’ve been pouring over my book ever since.
    I’m glad you left feeling energised and happy too – such a nice way to be built up after your tough summer. Am sorry to hear about that in your post and hope that everything will go from strength to strength for you from now on.

  35. Marzena commented
    November 11th, 2012 at 10:52pm


  36. Tola commented
    November 12th, 2012 at 9:03am

    Hi Holly,

    Had a lovely time at the book launch. was great to have met you and other bloggers in person!

    Thanks for the picture- the second to the last pic. It was taken by Mimi from MyCasita. (for the link at the bottom.)

    Thank u!

  37. Arianna commented
    November 12th, 2012 at 11:09am

    Oh Holly I have only just seen this! It was a fab event and I wish we had more time to speak with one another. Next time we will definitely organise dinner…. Thanks so much for your kind words am incredibly touched! I still have that fond memory of when we first met and you made me feel so comfortable – I was incredibly nervous! And yes I was admiring your hair & necklace – You looked gorgeous! xxx
    Arianna´s last blog post ..10 Corso Como

  38. Toni @ Skandivis commented
    November 12th, 2012 at 12:19pm

    A truly fab event and it was nice to say hi! Loving the fact that my blue coat is featuring in this post :)
    Toni @ Skandivis´s last blog post ..Something for the weekend?

  39. Marta - Princess Misia commented
    November 12th, 2012 at 12:19pm

    I love everything about it! Congrats love and again, so sorry I missed it!!! I need to see your gorgeous face ASAP! <3

  40. Sarah Walker from The Curated House commented
    November 12th, 2012 at 3:14pm

    I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of my very own copy of your book in the post, Holly. Can’t wait to dive in to all the visual goodness!

  41. Valentina commented
    November 12th, 2012 at 6:33pm

    Dear Holly i wish i could be there to get my copy signed and maybe even get a photo with you for my blog :).
    I receved my Decorate workshop few days ago and it made me happy just like that lady on the photo above.
    I cant wait to go trough it and start to transform my home. I’m stucked somewhere between enthusiasm when we moved into our new house and lost of inspiration wich occured after tree years.
    I’m counting on your tips and promise to send photos bifore and after :). Wish you all the best, Valentina.

  42. Andri commented
    November 12th, 2012 at 7:00pm

    Thank you for a lovely evening, it was all so inspiring. I felt very lucky to be there and to meet you.
    Decorate Workshop is a fabulous book, everyone should have it on their Christmas lists!
    Andri´s last blog post ..A launch party at Anthropologie for Decorate Workshop

  43. Iris Rietbergen commented
    November 12th, 2012 at 8:29pm

    Hi Holly! I’ve received a copy of your new book, it looks really pretty! Well done! I’m very proud to be part of it! Thank you so much! Lovely greetings from Amsterdam. Iris

  44. Baldai commented
    November 14th, 2012 at 9:07am

    Lovely pictures, it seems that it was a wonderful evening! :)

  45. Candy Pop commented
    November 14th, 2012 at 1:56pm


    Looks like a fab evening – I wish I had been there!


  46. ChristinaInAustralia commented
    November 15th, 2012 at 12:22am

    Congratulations on a beautiful book.

    My copy’s next to my bed, waiting to be picked up every night. Browsing and reading and dreambuilding through it is like snuggling up with a good hot chocolate, a bunch of candles and a purring cat — only much safer (for waist-lines). The little cat with the stripey bum loves those sessions too.

  47. Cathy Thomas commented
    November 16th, 2012 at 2:31pm

    Hi Holly,

    I attended your launch event at Anthropologie and absolutely loved it. After leaving fully inspired I started to read your book and was even more energised.

    I’d love to grab another signed book for my beloved sister who has just bought her first house and is looking for inspiration. I know that she would pour over every page as I have done. Is there any chance that we could arrange this somehow?

    Cathy x

  48. Kate Thomas commented
    November 21st, 2012 at 1:57pm

    Great event, thanks for a lovely evening! – such fun and lovely to see my orange boots on your post.


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