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.
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.
I came across some great wallpaper and wall decals that are both totally removable and thought that I couldn’t skip sharing these gems today from The Wall Sticker Company. I adore the geometric patterns and how clean and simple they look while still managing to spruce up a space in a most beautiful way. For renters, this is a dream come true!
The Wall Sticker Company is based out of Australia but ships worldwide and has been in business since 2006. They create a range of wall sticker and wallpapers for homes, businesses, commercial spaces and schools and also have guest designers from around the world design ranges for them too.
Do you see any favorites?
(images: the wall sticker company)
Hello everyone! To those of you in the states, it’s the 4th – yeah! Have fun celebrating our day of Independence. Living abroad on the 4th is the hardest for me because I once loved how Boston came together for the gorgeous concert and fireworks on the 4th on the Charles River. I really miss going there with my friends. It’s amazing to me how close home is to my heart yet in reality, how far away I really am! How are you doing today?
I’ve gone a bit MIA, I know… Missing in action. And for that, I am truly sorry. I’ve been very busy, a bit too much, and I’ve finally wrapped up my next book. I wrote the final page yesterday and today, I am sorting out the photo credits and directory. It’s been a massive undertaking! In addition to that, I’ve been teaching nearly 700 students online in my Blogging Your Way e-course for the past 5 weeks. It’s been lovely and today is my last lesson there. I love teaching online and am so grateful that I hired three amazing women and bloggers, Jeanette, Nicole and Katrina, to stand by my side and work along with me to teach this dynamic, exciting class. Thank you ladies SO MUCH. I love the community that BYW has built and the many meet-ups BYW students are having in spots all over the world from London to San Francisco.
So… What is inspiring you lately? I am inspired by large-scale floral patterns, polka dots, vanilla nail polish sent to me from a friend in Denmark, my friend Steffi’s new business cards and blog redesign, and how beautiful the new lavender on my balcony looks and smells – it’s the simple things, right?
I miss you all, soo sooooo much. I will be regularly writing here daily next week and going forward. My online class is wrapping up, my German language course is soon to end, my lecture in Wiemar is this Saturday and my second book is finished – now I can return to you on a full-time schedule once again.
With love, Holly xo
I always like to hear from my friends over at Freunde von Freunden in Berlin so today when Sarah asked me if I’d like to share this story with decor8 readers I instantly checked it out and said Yes, yes, yes! It’s a portrait of textile designer Harper Poe in South Carolina who has an, “intrepid spirit and affinity for indigenous materials”, and who owns textile label Proud Mary.
After Harper’s divorce after being married for 8 years, she was forced to make some changes and started to reach out for inspiration traveling as far as Central and South America along with West Africa. I love her strong will and determination to start anew! Sourcing textiles from native artisans, she frequently ventures solo to remote locations in order to connect with her suppliers, most of whom have never sold their products outside of their own village.
Her complete profile with lots of lovely photos can be found here. Thank you Sarah from FvF for reaching out to me!