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November 2012

Objects

Crush: Multi-colored Hardwood Herringbone Floors

November 15, 2012

I have a total design crush today on a totally rockin’ floor. My friend, Charlotte, was recently in Thailand and since I follow her on Istagram, I was glued to her photo stream the whole time wondering what she would find. As a designer and owner of Rice, a huge Danish lifestyle brand, I never know what will catch her eye next. One photo that she posted made my heart leap and I thought, OH YES, BABY! It was of a floor at the Stella McCartney shop in Bangkok – multi-colored hardwood herringbone floors.Oh my.

Crush: Multi-colored Hardwood Herringbone Floors

The photo she posted got my creative wheels turning. Why not try a temporary version for a party as an accent using washi tape? I immediately started to tape my floor in my home studio where Steffi and I are hosting a blogger workshop next month. I wanted to see if perhaps I could tape the floors in different spots for the weekend simply to give it a creative touch. I like it and plan to keep going with it in various spots, definitely not the entire floor but here and there… I wish I had the really wide washi tape, doing it in thin strips took about 5 per piece of wood and well, it looked a bit cheesy… So I’m thinking to just do thin strips like this and maybe mix in other colors too – like orange and yellow to match our workshop colors. I love that washi tape is so versatile – it doesn’t ruin your floors if you leave it on temporarily. Over time, I don’t know… But for a weekend, I’m thinking this could be super cute.

Crush: Multi-colored Hardwood Herringbone Floors

But my goodness, aren’t those Stella floors insane!?

By the way, if you are on Instagram, follow me @decor8! Here is my web page for IS too.

(image: stella mccartney & holly becker for decor8






Inspiration

Sweet Paul: Holiday Video & Issue

November 15, 2012

Sweet Paul JUST launched his holiday issue moments ago and it’s just beautiful and very inspirational. I also fancy Paul’s new website, congrats to him and his team! In addition to the mag, he recently pulled together a video showing how a story for Sweet Paul is made – a little behind-the-scenes actions which I think is very cool —  that’s Paul in the plaid with the tattoos!

In this issue of Sweet Paul, there are loads of stories from a vintage holiday meal spread that looks like it was torn from the pages of a 1940’s edition of Gourmet magazine, a Nordic winter food story, a Holiday Brunch collaboration with Matthew Robbins, a blue Christmas piece and a extraordinary Walnut story from Dietland Wolf – one of my favorite stylists in Germany! There are many more but you have to click here to see for yourself because I don’t want to spoil it for you.

Sweet Paul: Holiday Video & Issue

Sweet Paul: Holiday Video & Issue

Sweet Paul: Holiday Video & Issue

Sweet Paul: Holiday Video & Issue

Sweet Paul: Holiday Video & Issue

Sweet Paul: Holiday Video & Issue

Sweet Paul: Holiday Video & Issue

Sweet Paul: Holiday Video & Issue

Sweet Paul: Holiday Video & Issue

Sweet Paul: Holiday Video & Issue

For your copy, visit Anthropologie stores, Paul’s website and check out the newstands in Germany because it’s now over here in German, too!

(images: sweet paul)






Designers + Stylists

Gretchen Jones & Her Cool Apartment

November 14, 2012

Make it work! Are you a Project Runway fan? Who isn’t, right? Okay so maybe you know by now that the winner from last season was fashion designer Gretchen Jones (also a blogger!). Her rocker chic bohemian-ness is so cool I think but it goes wayyyy beyond her fashion sense – this lady lives how she feels and dresses – effortless style is just her way of life. I love her Brooklyn apartment, there is a massive spread on Refinery 29 today all about it with 24 photos so this is only a peeky peek. Her moody blue-gray walls make her artwork really stand out. I also like how she uses some of her canvas pieces as mini-ledges to display collected elements.

Gretchen Jones & Her Cool Apartment

Gretchen Jones & Her Cool Apartment

Gretchen Jones & Her Cool Apartment

Gretchen Jones & Her Cool Apartment

Gretchen Jones & Her Cool Apartment

Gretchen Jones & Her Cool Apartment

All of the art and pattern in her apartment is quite cool – very eclectic and anything goes. To see more photos, including her closet and bedroom, click here. These gorgeous photos were shot by Maia Harms.

(images: refinery29 & maia harms)






Trends

Trend: Contrast Custom Sofas & Chairs

November 12, 2012

I’m loving the look of custom furniture more and more lately because fresh designs are popping up to give furniture personality. Gone are the days when you’d reupholster your sofa or chair in a single fabric – lately I’m seeing FUN being brought to design and a lot less stuffy frou frou, starting with the Contrast trend. In fact, while visiting Liberty last week, I noticed several bespoke chairs and sofas in contrasting Liberty prints and my heart went boom! boom! boom! Gorgeous! I love the idea of mixing patterns with solids, especially on sofas and chairs because it really emphasizes the details and differences so you see more of the piece then you may have noticed before had it been in a simple solid or single print.

Trend: Contrast Custom Sofas & Chairs

Also the idea of a solid fabric (velvet for instance) on a sofa with piping that is patterned gets me a bit hot and bothered. Turned on by a sofa – heck yeah! ha ha! Or a sofa with patterns on back cushions and solid seat cushions… Or, or or… Oh my! The possibilities are endless and I think we should all experiment a little the next time we call up the upholstery shop.

Custom pieces add so much charm to a home because they’re so unique and precious even… one of a kind is such a special feeling in a world of mass production that values quantity of quality. I’d frankly rather save up for a dream chair over buying something I’m half-hearted about just to have it today. Are you with me?

Violet & George’s has a lovely selection of custom furniture and I particularly love how they are keen on supporting up and coming fabric designers. They’ve recently worked on this sofa (shown above) with prints by surface pattern designer Ayme Fitzgerald. All sofas are made to order and take a few months to create but it is well worth the wait – and fabrics can be chosen from their extensive fabric library, along with sofa style and size. Check them out!

Do you dream of designed and owning special furniture like this too?

(images: Violet & George)






Small Business

Wanted: Goody Bag Tote Sponsor!

November 12, 2012

Good morning friends! What’s going on in your part of the world? It’s a bit chilly here and overcast but I’m ready to face a new week because there is lots to work on. Did you know that I’m hosting a workshop at my home studio next month? It is sold out, which I am so thankful for, but after scheduling it I quickly realized that I need to do a second event in the new year because we had to turn away so many wonderful ladies… I feel sad about that. I know how much we all crave friendship, inspiration and creative business ideas and for me to host this type of even in my private home is a joy but next time, I’m thinking to either get a larger space so I can fit more ladies (like our NYC workshop that I did with Leslie Shewring) or continue to limit them to 15 students and host more of them.

Wanted: Goody Bag Tote Sponsor!

It’s a bit tricky though because I don’t have a lot of time to host lots of these events at home. I put so much time and energy into hosting them. There’s of course the class itself and preparing what you will teach, but then there are goody bags, catering, decorating, correspondence, working with sponsors, making things, cleaning your home so that it’s just perfect and making everything shine, shine, shine! It’s way more work than hosting at offsite locations – hosting workshops in your private home is a pretty big deal but I see a lot more in my future so I’m definitely going to host more. I’m thinking of how to approach future workshops… Maybe just a good mix of small, medium and large and have some at home, others offsite. I have been teaching for years but mostly in conference rooms, hotel event spaces, large retail stores and cafes but until now, I’ve only taught very small groups at home. Having 15 ladies is a big jump for me – and I can’t WAIT to welcome them in December. I love connecting with creatives live in addition to online so I need to keep moving forward with teaching for 2013. I love it – it makes me so happy. :)

Wanted: Goody Bag Tote Sponsor!

Wanted: Goody Bag Tote Sponsor!

Today I’m going through all of our sponsor goody bag loot. It’s exciting to start laying things out and seeing how they all work together to fit our theme: creative inspiration for 2013. Sponsors working with Steffi and I so far include:

* Ferm Living
* Chronicle Books
* Bertine
* RICE
* Bloomingville via Mein Cupcake
* Rosa Cosa
* Kusmi Tea
* Feine Billetterie
* Wednesday Paper Works

NOW I’m looking for a tote bag sponsor – I found lots on Etsy but small companies are often so reluctant to provide products in exchange for marketing/promotional opps – but I’d love to find a sponsor for linen tote bags that have some neon pink accents. I’ll let you know what I come up with – I may have to buy the totes myself at the local craft store and get crafty with some paint. I have a few ideas. :)

After the event, which runs from December 7-9, 2012, I’ll post photos showing the final goody bag loot, how I decorated the space, photos from the welcome party (location currently top secret) and more fun stuff so that you can see how the workshop went and maybe be inspired a little bit. Who knows, maybe you can host your own workshops at home or from your work studio eventually too?

(images: holly becker)






Events + Markets

Decorate Workshop Highlights From London Launch Party

November 9, 2012

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 Highlights From London Launch Party

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 Highlights From London Launch Party

Decorate Workshop Highlights From London Launch Party

Decorate Workshop Highlights From London Launch Party

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 Highlights From London Launch Party

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 Highlights From London Launch Party

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 Highlights From London Launch Party

Decorate Workshop Highlights From London Launch Party

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 Highlights From London Launch Party

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 Highlights From London Launch Party

Decorate Workshop Highlights From London Launch Party

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

Decorate Workshop Highlights From London Launch Party

Decorate Workshop Highlights From London Launch Party

Decorate Workshop Highlights From London Launch Party

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 Highlights From London Launch Party

Decorate Workshop Highlights From London Launch Party

Decorate Workshop Highlights From London Launch Party

Decorate Workshop Highlights From London Launch Party

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 Highlights From London Launch Party

Decorate Workshop Highlights From London Launch Party

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 Highlights From London Launch Party

Decorate Workshop Highlights From London Launch Party

Decorate Workshop Highlights From London Launch Party

Decorate Workshop Highlights From London Launch Party

Decorate Workshop Highlights From London Launch Party

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 Highlights From London Launch Party

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 Highlights From London Launch Party

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)

 






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