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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.

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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.

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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. :)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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


Posted by decor8 in Arts + Crafts on December 19, 2012

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  1. nichole commented
    December 19th, 2012 at 3:47pm

    Happy holidays, Holly! Enjoy your break. ;)
    nichole´s last blog post ..Paris Graffiti, Holiday Style

  2. ishtar commented
    December 19th, 2012 at 3:51pm

    I resonate with what you say and feel ,about disconnecting of the online world for a while. Focus our attention in whats in front of us.And just be present and mindful about our life and those around us.
    i will be also taking a break in a few days!
    Enjoy your HOlidays Holly!!!! Every single bit : )
    PS: Smiling from seeing you hung my card! thank you ! ^_ ^
    ishtar´s last blog post ..My wishlist ♥

  3. laura de wilde commented
    December 19th, 2012 at 4:03pm

    Enjoyed reading your post. Happy hols, Holly and we’ll ‘meet’ again in 2013!

    laura de wilde

  4. Marie @etincellestudio commented
    December 19th, 2012 at 4:05pm

    A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Holly! You have been an inspiring creative person to follow over the past 6 years, I am loving to see you blossom as a blogger, as a teacher and book author.

    What a wonderful journey!

    I just found out that I have won the giveaway hosted on Bloesem Blog by Chronicle Books. I can’t wait to dig into your latest book and start the new year with a fresh open mind.

    My family and I are taking a break in Philippines this year, I can’t wait!

    Big hugs from Tokyo
    XO – Marie
    Marie @etincellestudio´s last blog post ..Things that keep me busy these days…

  5. Michelle commented
    December 19th, 2012 at 4:11pm

    Enjoy your break and have a wonderful Christmas. Thank you for giving me so much joy through your blog this year :)

  6. Pamela Viola commented
    December 19th, 2012 at 4:18pm

    Happy holidays, Holly! Relax and enjoy your time with family.
    Pamela Viola´s last blog post ..Washington DC

  7. Alex Musetti commented
    December 19th, 2012 at 4:19pm

    Hi Holly, THANK YOU! For your blog, for your lessons at BYW Campboot and for all your sharing.
    I love what you said about taking a pause, i think you’re so right! I’ve been thinking about it lately. I think I need that break, and it’s not because a lack of creativity, on the contrary, I feel so inspired and creative right now, that I need more time offline to do all that I´d like…
    So thank you again for being such a big inspiration! Merry Christmas to you and Thorsten!
    Alex Musetti´s last blog post ..Mood Board #13

  8. Franca commented
    December 19th, 2012 at 4:50pm

    Hi Holly,

    Thank you for so much inspiration this year!
    Have a wonderful time off and enjoy your free you time ;-)
    Loved the movie, especially the part were you organized the flowers!

    I wish you all the best for 2013, and remember we are all one
    Xoxo Franca

  9. Jocelyn Casey commented
    December 19th, 2012 at 5:09pm

    This post is beautiful Holly. Thank you for the reminder! Have a wonderful holiday break. xx
    Jocelyn Casey´s last blog post ..sample post

  10. Caroline @trend-daily commented
    December 19th, 2012 at 5:31pm

    What a beautiful song and video-clever chappie! Have a wonderful break :-)
    Caroline @trend-daily´s last blog post ..Styling Details…

  11. Kathleen commented
    December 19th, 2012 at 6:10pm

    So loved the Holly Song and video. It perfectly describes being a part of your classes and the crazy Holly love we all have for you and Decor8. Be at peace this holiday and enjoy being you!
    Kathleen´s last blog post ..Working on that New Item!!

  12. Marianne commented
    December 19th, 2012 at 6:18pm

    Thank YOU Holly! Happy Holidays!
    Marianne´s last blog post ..Wordless Wednesday: A Little Christmas Crafting

  13. Juliette commented
    December 19th, 2012 at 6:21pm

    What a lovely post Holly! Thank you for keeping up this lovely corner of the internet and being an agent of positive change in the blogosphere. And props to Thorsten for the song; it suits the video so perfectly! Have a wonderful, totally deserved break and a very merry Christmas and happy New Year!
    Juliette´s last blog post ..Quick Washi Wall Decor

  14. Jolien Kinderkamer stylist commented
    December 19th, 2012 at 6:36pm

    Thank you for the inspirations and all the best for 2013! Jolien

  15. Shanon commented
    December 19th, 2012 at 6:44pm

    Happy Holidays, Holly! Such a pretty sight, the row of ornaments. =) And I think I might recognize a card from our friend Kat up there, maybe? If so, it’s similar to the one I received from her, and it completely made me swoon and actually “awwwh!” out loud. =) Love cards that make you do that.
    Shanon´s last blog post ..Our Year of Photos: week 50

  16. Mirjana commented
    December 19th, 2012 at 7:04pm

    Merry Christmas! Enjoy the holidays, you definetely deserve it.

  17. iHanna commented
    December 19th, 2012 at 7:37pm

    Lovely photos, and thank You for all your inspiration posts this year!

    Happy new year!

  18. April Louise commented
    December 19th, 2012 at 7:39pm

    I love the way you have arranged your christmas cards on the wall. Very Inspiring! And of course your decorations are beautiful. A wonderful post!!! Happy Christmas :)
    April Louise´s last blog post ..Japanese Sweets

  19. Emily commented
    December 19th, 2012 at 8:19pm

    Merry Christmas Holly! I know I don’t comment very often, but I do read your blog almost every day, and it’s always such a lovely, happy place to visit! I really appreciate the effort you put in to find things to share with us (though my bank account doesn’t always thank you, when I see yet another thing I “have to have”). :-D I hope you enjoy your holiday break, and I’m looking forward to seeing what you have to share in the new year.

  20. Tracy A. commented
    December 19th, 2012 at 8:26pm
  21. Mnêmosunê commented
    December 19th, 2012 at 8:45pm

    Happy Holidays Holly ! I also enjoy postcards, and I love sending parper cards to my friends and family !
    Mnêmosunê´s last blog post ..Une légende russe – Elisabeth Barillé

  22. Vero Palazzo commented
    December 19th, 2012 at 8:55pm

    Very nice, inspiring post! Enjoy this beautiful time of the year! Merry Christmas!

  23. Karen commented
    December 19th, 2012 at 9:03pm

    Lovely post — both words and pictures! Have a wonderful holiday and happy 2013!

  24. Gina commented
    December 19th, 2012 at 9:47pm
  25. stephanie @ Baba Souk commented
    December 19th, 2012 at 10:12pm

    Very sweet paper delights!
    Wishing you and your family the best of winter wonderland!
    May your holidays be filled with cookies, happiness and inspiration.
    stephanie @ Baba Souk´s last blog post ..Etsy Fest!

  26. Pixie commented
    December 19th, 2012 at 10:21pm

    I hope you enjoy your time off! After a rough last few months, I’m re-evaluating things a bit myself. I have a heavy work schedule until the first of the year and then I’m taking time to regroup, recover and so forth. I’m thinking of taking a full on electronic media break for a bit as well….read something good and soul fulfilling.
    Pixie´s last blog post ..Hotel Holiday Decor

  27. Kat commented
    December 19th, 2012 at 10:26pm

    Lovely post sweets, I like how you can sum things up and focus on taking time out. So important. I know you mentioned before 2012 being a tough year for you in various ways, as well as it also bringing some dreams to fruition. It’s been a mixed bag for me too, with blessings as well as times I’ve wondered how to make it through.
    The solstice always sees a reflective mood I find, perhaps even more so for this year.
    I really like your display and all the colours on the string, also touched to spot a familiar card there, love kat x
    Kat´s last blog post ..A little note…

  28. Kat commented
    December 19th, 2012 at 10:29pm

    Ha! Just read the earlier comments and saw Shanon’s :) she’s so cute to say that! It was the same type, hers had a London scene on it. She loves London things so much…do hope one day she can make the trip to see it (and me!) for real, x
    Kat´s last blog post ..A little note…

  29. Kat commented
    December 19th, 2012 at 10:33pm

    Oh sorry to comment again! I’m not spamming,promise ;)
    It’s just I listened to the song! It’s so very you, so very Au revoir Simone!! T did a beautiful job!
    K x
    Kat´s last blog post ..A little note…

  30. Kate @ Songs Kate Sang commented
    December 19th, 2012 at 10:40pm

    Merry Christmas! Have a wonderful holiday!
    Kate @ Songs Kate Sang´s last blog post ..A little collection…

  31. mel commented
    December 19th, 2012 at 10:45pm

    Holly thank you so much for being an inspiration and leader to so many of us, you’re really a shining light. Thank you also to Thorston for all of the background work that you do, you are really appreciated! I wish you both a wonderful Christmas and well deserved break. Mel x
    mel´s last blog post ..Bottle Your Bangles

  32. Holly (Love,Thomas) commented
    December 19th, 2012 at 11:01pm

    Have a wonderful break away from it all this Christmas and New Year, Holly. You absolutely deserve it. Thank you again for an amazing weekend and for sharing your home with all of us crazy bloggers! I am still on a high and intend on taking your advice and backing away from the net for a couple of weeks to get creative. I am so impressed with Thorsten’s Holly Song too. How gorgeous of him!! Looking forward to seeing you again next month, and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!! xoxo
    Holly (Love,Thomas)´s last blog post ..Blogging Your Way Studio Part Three: Stars in our Eyes!

  33. Blenda commented
    December 20th, 2012 at 12:11am

    Hi Holly,
    Thanks for all your inspiration…..have a wonderful Happy Holiday!
    from one of your former BYW2 students

  34. Kristyne commented
    December 20th, 2012 at 12:31am

    Have a beautiful holiday season, Holly! Thank YOU for everything you do.

    xo Kristyne

  35. Chloe Moon commented
    December 20th, 2012 at 2:14am

    Have a wonderful holiday & New Year!! I will definitely be looking for your book w/ some Christmas cash I hope to get and will stay tuned for the 9th! =)

    Chloe Moon´s last blog post ..Pink Elephants on Parade – Hippety Hoppety! Last Minute Gifts!

  36. Silvia commented
    December 20th, 2012 at 3:35am

    What a lovely post today Holly, it’s exactly how i have been feeling. Have a wonderful holiday season and may the new year find you feeling recharged, rested and full of inspiration. x
    Silvia´s last blog post ..No words.

  37. fenny setiawan commented
    December 20th, 2012 at 5:04am

    Lovely photos and video and Holly’s song :).

    I am taking 2 weeks off from blogging and blog surfing this Friday onward till 7th of Jan 2013. I will off and spend my Christmas with my family and dearest friends and also putting some of my thought in my diary to plan my blogging direction for next year. I think that s a good time to recharge too, just being off line and having real interaction, work with hands and write in the journal instead of typing in the digital planner :).

    Happy Holiday Holly, It is a pleasure to be your student, reader and online friend too….


  38. Crystals R Us commented
    December 20th, 2012 at 5:42am

    What an inspiring post! It reminds me of Billy Joel’s song “Vienna” and the line “you can afford to lose a day or two”. It has always been my mantra all year. I couldn’t agree more when you said to take a break once in a while from blogging.

    Now I’m thinking what DIY project to do during my break.

    Crystals R Us (Your Source of Rhinestone and Rhinestud DIY Materials)

  39. Fiona commented
    December 20th, 2012 at 7:47am

    Taking a break is a great idea. Enjoy it! Have a wonderful Christmas and time with your loved ones. See you again in January!

  40. Serena {Pretty Fluffy} commented
    December 20th, 2012 at 7:55am

    Thank you for a wonderful year Holly! Your courses and advice have helped me improve and grow as a blogger to no end.
    Enjoy your lovely break and look forward to seeing you again in 2013 xx
    Serena {Pretty Fluffy}´s last blog post ..Daily Fluffy: Santa!

  41. liesbeth commented
    December 20th, 2012 at 8:24am

    dat ziet er echt fantastisch uit! It looks amazing, I´m ispired..

  42. Stephne commented
    December 20th, 2012 at 10:00am

    Great wall, very pretty, have a merry, merry holiday…Stephne

  43. Sette Design commented
    December 20th, 2012 at 10:36am

    Thanks for being an inspiration to us all.

    Merry Christmas from Italy.
    Joy and Peace
    Sette Design´s last blog post ..Raining

  44. gudy herder commented
    December 20th, 2012 at 2:48pm

    Oh, finally! I am happy you are taking time for you, Holly! Enjoy your stepping back. Watch all the movies you wanted to. Read all the books you haven’t yet. Do all the walks at the Eilenriede you wish too. Sleep until late. Get rid off the last signals of your bronchitis. Just take time for yourself!
    Gudy xx
    gudy herder´s last blog post ..Still decorating…

  45. leigh hannan commented
    December 20th, 2012 at 3:16pm

    holly, can you tell me what company made the card with the woman’s hand in it? it’s so interesting, i’d like to get a better look at it (unless it’s handmade, then it’s personal and i wouldn’t expect you to share it). thanks so much, happy holidays!
    leigh hannan

  46. Geraldine commented
    December 20th, 2012 at 8:11pm

    Holly, you deserve the break. I’ve never seen anyone work so hard, even when you were unwell. Thank you so much for being an inspirational role model. I wish you and Thorsten the best for Christmas and new year. x
    Geraldine´s last blog post ..British crafters – new finds at the Bust magazine craftacular fair 2012.

  47. Desha Peacock commented
    December 20th, 2012 at 8:41pm

    Happy Holidays Holly, I hope your break is restful and rejuvenating. With the ending of 2012 I feel we are entering a new era- filled with a new spiritual awareness and desire to surround and fill ourselves with meaning and beauty. I look forward to all of our new projects in 2013, may we all be filled with love and abundance~
    xo Desha
    Desha Peacock´s last blog post ..She Makes a Home

  48. seventeendoors commented
    December 20th, 2012 at 9:08pm

    Wise thoughts here, that I will consider, as a “new” blogger..
    Happy Holidays!
    seventeendoors´s last blog post ..celebrating

  49. Julie commented
    December 21st, 2012 at 1:59am

    Good job Holly! Brilliant.

  50. Laura Gaskill commented
    December 21st, 2012 at 2:21am

    Oh Holly, I know just what you mean! We all need a little unplugged time to connect with those we love and just put all of the devices AWAY, now more than ever. I know I will be holding my little one extra close this year, and there is something to be said for taking a blog break as well, because it kind of sucks to have intimate family moments unwittingly interrupted in my head by that “I should blog this!” thought. I can’t be the only one that happens to, right?

    Have a very Merry Christmas and a refreshing new year, dear Holly! Big hugs and kisses, Laura
    Laura Gaskill´s last blog post ..7 Inspired Decorating Ideas from Heart Home

  51. frauheuberg commented
    December 21st, 2012 at 2:23am

    Have a break, take time for your love ones…be here in the now…and feel you and your dreams…its the best way to start into a new inspiring and exciting year…i wish you and Thorsten a wonderful one and that all your wishes or mabye some of them will become true…fine to know and meet you in my life…have a magical time between the years…all the best…take care…a big hug…cheers from the snowy south…i…

  52. Moraima commented
    December 21st, 2012 at 2:30am

    Hello Holly,
    Thanks for all the inspiration that your blog gave to my life! It is indeed so fresh and vivid!
    I had my book (Decorate) from Amazon about month ago, but I just reserve the reading for this holiday! It will be my Christmas treat!
    My best for you and Thanks

  53. my hyggelig commented
    December 21st, 2012 at 3:55am

    Hear Hear! I love technology pauses. I have been blogging for 6 years and always take a break from Christmas through January. I love to take the time to work on sewing projects, spend with my family, read a real book, and take care of my body. Life outside of the computer box is a lovely, lovely thing.

    I also absolutely love the washi tape and christmas card idea. I have always wanted to find a reason to use washi tape, but never could ~ until now. And I have been looking for the perfect way to display the real cards I receive and treasure at this time. Perfect!

    Thank you and happy pausing!
    my hyggelig´s last blog post ..happy wintering…

  54. Andreia commented
    December 21st, 2012 at 11:55am

    I’ll be offline these next few days, but before that, I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, full of love and the true hapiness!


  55. Tiffany Grant-Riley commented
    December 21st, 2012 at 3:04pm

    Have a wonderful Holiday Holly! Thank you so much for continuing to encourage and inspire me through your blog and through your online courses-BYW Bootcamp has done so much to improve both my blog and my creative life.

    Wishing you an even better 2013 and I hope our paths will cross again soon!

    Tiff x
    Tiffany Grant-Riley´s last blog post ..All I Want For Christmas…7 Festive Picks from London Bride!

  56. Ashley Pahl commented
    December 21st, 2012 at 4:54pm

    I am completely with you on this one, Holly. I hope you have a restful break and a wonderful New Year. Happy Holidays to you!
    Ashley Pahl´s last blog post ..Happy Holidays + Snowed In Magazine

  57. Katey Lea commented
    December 21st, 2012 at 7:56pm

    Beautiful pictures and words, I really enjoyed reading this post and your blog is inspirational to many :) enjoy your break and have a wonderful Christmas x

  58. Lysann commented
    December 21st, 2012 at 9:43pm

    Happy Holidays to you too, Holly!
    Have the most wonderful xmas, a great start to what is going to be a wonderful, exciting and
    And enjoy your me time as much as possible. Looking forward for you to be back in january.
    And of course, a huge huge thank you to you too, for all the inspiration you share here with us as well as your constant support and encouragement to live what we love to do and to be and love who we are. THANK YOU!!!
    Love. Lysann

  59. Rosa Paula commented
    December 22nd, 2012 at 2:01am

    You are always inspiring me! Thank you for everything that you do and share with us!
    Happy Holidays!
    See you in 2013!
    Rosa Paula´s last blog post ..Presente de mãe

  60. Melissa commented
    December 22nd, 2012 at 4:32am

    I just adore this little project. Saving it as inspiration, for sure!
    “Me” time is always something I take time to do. It feels fantastic, and it’s necessary.
    Best wishes to you in 2013.

    Stay cheery, be happy, and keep inspiring.

  61. Sarah commented
    December 22nd, 2012 at 5:32am

    Happy Holidays to you too Holly,

    I completely love your craftiness, and admire the way you were able to pull your project together for this post so swiftly. Such an inspiration.
    Sarah´s last blog post ..Turban Fever

  62. Amy commented
    December 22nd, 2012 at 5:34am

    Your wall turned out so cute and I love the tape you used to hang the cards! Thank you for all your inspiration and hope you have a Merry Christmas and take a well deserved little break from blogging! :)

  63. Marjory commented
    December 22nd, 2012 at 5:48am

    Beautiful amd wise words! May your pause be restorative.
    Happy Solstice!

  64. Alys Geertsen commented
    December 22nd, 2012 at 6:44am

    Love love your blog! Avid follower and I just added you to my blogs blog role. Stop by sometime.

  65. Sam commented
    December 22nd, 2012 at 7:20am

    Thank you Holly! A pause, I love that. We’re going to recharge by camping in the mountains & I can’t wait for a techno-free break with my family. I hope you have a Wonderful time with your dearest, Holly. I was totally inspired by you this year, especially with BYW Bootcamp! And I’m looking forward to a Fantastic 2013.
    Happy holidays!

  66. Giò commented
    December 22nd, 2012 at 4:19pm

    Happy Holidays!!!

  67. Melissa de la Fuente commented
    December 23rd, 2012 at 2:19am

    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and well earned rest, my friend! See you in the new year!
    Melissa de la Fuente´s last blog post ..Closer to home

  68. Lyriel commented
    December 23rd, 2012 at 10:12am

    I love what you made and the pictures are great !
    Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones!
    Enjoy your time :)
    Lyriel´s last blog post ..Sunday Bliss

  69. Pilar commented
    December 23rd, 2012 at 3:41pm

    Have a nice time durig your holidays! :)

    Pilar´s last blog post ..Christmas in Zaragoza

  70. Desiree commented
    December 23rd, 2012 at 5:38pm

    Thank you also for the last year and everything you taught! It was such a pleasure meeting you again at my very own home and seeing the result of your passion back in another great book! thank you for taking me along. See you next year in blog land for hopefully many more adventures to come
    Happy new year to you and Thorsten
    big hug x
    Desiree´s last blog post ..Giveaway – Win a wonderful authentic Moroccan tray

  71. Kaho commented
    December 24th, 2012 at 6:51am

    It is true that we have to pose and reflect on the good we have. You have been such a wonderful blogging teacher as well as life lesson teacher and I so very much enjoyed your course in October, 2012. I hope one day I can meet you and Leslie in person. Have a wonderful holiday and see you next year!
    Kaho´s last blog post ..Monday Mode ☆ MANGO & Mint Color

  72. Lewis commented
    December 24th, 2012 at 4:42pm

    Just stumbled across this blog, now I’ll be reading more of your articles over the holidays! Merry Christmas

  73. Vicki commented
    December 25th, 2012 at 8:45am

    Enjoy your well deserved pause, Holly! Thank you for another year of beauty and inspiration. :).

    Love and hugs,


  74. Sondra commented
    December 25th, 2012 at 6:33pm

    Dear Holly,
    What a lovely post, as always! I wish you and Thorsten a very special, relaxing and healthy year in 2013. Thank you for all that you give.
    Best wishes, Sondra XXX

  75. Leanne Ambrogio commented
    December 26th, 2012 at 9:24am

    Merry Christmas Holly – I love your little video! Wishing you a wonderful break and I look forward to following along and participating in more of your wonderful courses in 2013. Thanks for your continued inspiration. Leanne xx

  76. Shilpa Nair commented
    December 26th, 2012 at 4:14pm

    When I received your book (here in India), I got extremely happy and pleased to hold it and I was looking at it with great respect and delight for long. Thank you very much Holly, for being my biggest inspiration. In coming year, I would wish to meet you in person, by attending one of your ‘Blogging Your Way’ workshop. Thank you so much for your precious time for guiding us in a superb way.
    Shilpa Nair´s last blog post ..First Ever……Brand Promotion

  77. Gertibird commented
    December 26th, 2012 at 8:00pm

    I did not get into the studio once this December! Ugh! I love your garlands!
    You have inspired me.
    Happy Boxing Day!

  78. Jo - Lost in the Haze commented
    December 27th, 2012 at 8:48am

    I hope you have a wonderful time away! x
    Jo – Lost in the Haze´s last blog post ..Sponsor in 2013!

  79. Bex commented
    December 27th, 2012 at 4:20pm

    Hi Holly – Merry Christmas and thanks for all the lovely lovely posts this year.
    I wanted to ask – did you make the white 3d star with beads in the second picture of this post? and also the newspaper bauble trimmed with glitter (in pics 3 and 4)? They are so pretty! Do you have a tutorial on this anywhere by any chance please?
    I hope you have a wonderful break and that you find all the rest and good times you’re looking for over Xmas and the new year. I’m back to work in January after a year’s sabbatical so will be checking in daily on my lunchbreak to help me to stay inspired!
    Thank-you for continuing to put so much in to Decor8 – so many people get so much from it.

  80. Jessica @shimmerkai commented
    December 27th, 2012 at 4:25pm

    Love your blog…happy holidays and can’t wait to come back in 2013!!
    Jessica @shimmerkai´s last blog post ..10 DIY Party Decorations

  81. Gretchen commented
    December 27th, 2012 at 5:07pm

    Hope you are enjoying your time off! Wishing you a wonderful 2013. I feel so honored to see the photo of you and me on your blog, it makes my heart sing! XO sweet friend :)
    Gretchen´s last blog post ..Holiday Dinner Party

  82. Inge commented
    December 28th, 2012 at 9:56pm

    Happy Holidays Holly! I hope 2013 will bring you even more magical moments, with lots of inspiration. And I wish you a well-deserved relaxing time with your loved ones… We’ll meet again next year and this time I will enroll with BYW! That’s one of my New Year’s resolutions. ;-)

    Have a great time and I cannot wait for your new blogposts, ideas and inspirational posts… The garland you made is so cute! I have to make one like that myself too!!
    Best wishes to you,
    Inge x
    Inge´s last blog post ..Enchanting Emerald {Color Love}

  83. Gillian commented
    December 29th, 2012 at 8:11am

    What a beautiful collection of cards. Enjoy your break.
    Gillian´s last blog post ..Ginger Bread house.

  84. Camille commented
    December 29th, 2012 at 6:18pm

    Your photos are absolutely lovely :)
    Enjoy Xmas Holidays !

    Camille´s last blog post ..Instacam 2

  85. Marjolaine commented
    December 29th, 2012 at 6:33pm

    I just read about you in the November issue of The Simple Things magazine! Your blog is now open permanently in my iPhone internet and I’m looking forward to 2013 in your company!
    I will also look for your book as I’m looking forward to finally decorating my apartment in Spring after living there for 3 years!!!
    Happy Holidays!!!!

  86. Asuma commented
    December 30th, 2012 at 1:09pm

    Your photos always make me feel so happy!!!! Wish you a very very happy new year, Holly!!! xx
    Asuma´s last blog post ..Celebrating The Return Of Internet

  87. itziar commented
    January 2nd, 2013 at 3:39pm

    Happy New Year!

  88. Nicki of Cute & Co. commented
    January 3rd, 2013 at 2:26am

    Happy Holidays! I love your little place on the web… : )
    Nicki of Cute & Co.´s last blog post ..Emerald Outfits

  89. Margarita Lorenzo commented
    January 3rd, 2013 at 3:33pm

    Happy New year dear, I hope your holiday break was fun and relax, we have taken a nice and relaxed break too, in fact I will be working from now on till end of January in my little sunny island Gran Canaria. I need s break from the English weather and time spend with mum and boyfriend, recharge butteries and look after myself.
    Kisses and a good beginning from my sunny paradise. marga
    Margarita Lorenzo´s last blog post ..HOLIDAYS DECORATIONS

  90. Elli @Studio34Eblog commented
    January 4th, 2013 at 8:46am

    Happy New Year!My warmest wishes!!Have fun!!

  91. Lena * minamoka * commented
    January 4th, 2013 at 2:35pm

    So true – we need to take a break from time to time. I read this post just now after coming back from my holidays (without taking my computer with me! Well, I had my phone…) and I just realized that the world didn’t collapse even though I did not check my email, favourite blogs or facebook every day!
    I hope you’re having wonderful holidays and thank you for all of your help and inspiration in the byw bootcamp class. I have a feeling that it will influence a lot of what I’ll do in 2013, online AND offline!
    Lena * minamoka *´s last blog post ..LET’S HAVE BRUNCH… FIND MY GUESTPOST OVER AT CURRYSTRUMPET

  92. Megan of Dressed By Style commented
    January 4th, 2013 at 10:44pm

    hope you’re having a wonderful Holly-day! I really enjoyed the video…so great to see you in action with a big smile on your face! Thanks for all the tips, information and, most of all, inspiration over the past year! I really look forward to being the best blogger I can in 2013 and can’t wait for BYW in March..yay!
    xo Megan

  93. Edongzki commented
    January 5th, 2013 at 5:00am

    I love those colors, they are so lovely.

  94. Sarah Neuhaus commented
    January 5th, 2013 at 8:42am

    Love your photos:-). Wish you happy holidays and look forward to read more about you in january.

  95. Ivy commented
    January 5th, 2013 at 8:05pm

    Happy New Year Holly and Thorsten!!!

    Much Love to you Both
    Ivy´s last blog post ..The Farmer’s Table at Deluxe Cakes and Pastries, Iowa City, Iowa

  96. salmq commented
    January 6th, 2013 at 11:39am



  97. Michele commented
    January 7th, 2013 at 4:10pm

    Happy New Year and I hope your break gave you all you needed and deserve. Agree about taking a break and its a good message to all those OCD’s out there…the world will not stop!

    I was given your book ‘Decorate’ for Christmas and i simply love it, its so inspirational, it now sits beside my bed for those ‘cup of tea in morning browsing’ moments, wonderful.

  98. Mariana commented
    January 7th, 2013 at 6:56pm

    Hi Holly,

    I couldn’t find an email that wasn’t press or business related, so I thought I’d let you know here that I bought the first Decorate book (finally!) and love it. Thank you for the inspiration … I’ve blogged a bit of a showcase on you over at my Floating Lemons blog ( as well. My blogging is going through huge changes, motivated, of course, by the BYW bootcamp. Can’t thank you enough.

    Happy holidays, I hope you have a lovely break! Cheers, Mariana
    Mariana´s last blog post ..Showcase: Holly Becker and Decor8

  99. Marina commented
    January 8th, 2013 at 7:24pm

    Hey Holly!
    Here’s the link to the interview you gave to the Brazilian mag “Casa e Jardim”, it’s in Portuguese but I assure you it’s all very flattering.

  100. decor8 commented
    January 9th, 2013 at 1:31pm

    Hello Marina! Thank you for that link – the interview looks great!,,EMI327964-18067,00-DE+TUDO+UM+POUCO.html
    Happy new year everyone!

  101. Marina commented
    January 9th, 2013 at 2:12pm

    @decor8: You are welcome! Happy 2013!

  102. Joanna commented
    January 15th, 2013 at 2:11am

    Beautiful craftwork!
    Joanna´s last blog post ..Carolina Herrera Baez’s Apartment in Madrid

  103. Amy Weaver commented
    January 15th, 2013 at 5:30pm

    Hello! Just wanted to leave a comment after checking out your beautiful site! I’m a new blogger and totally in awe here. I just read Blogging for Bliss by Tara Frey and saw mention of your blog, so here I am. Thank you for inspiring me!I hope 2013 treats you well and I look forward to reading all about it :)

    Amy Weaver´s last blog post ..Getting all Parsnipity

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