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Thoughts On Feeling Shiny Again

I’ll confess, some days I just want to be Kelly Wearstler. Or anyone really rich, famous, super stylish and gorgeous. Sometimes it’s Ms. Paltrow. Other days it’s Rachel Bilson. Today was one of those Kelly days. I woke up and felt a bit like the end of the year cannot come soon enough because good goodness I need a fresh slate, some new projects and a boatload of amazingness for 2013.

Kelly rocks

But then I realized that I don’t need to be Kelly or anyone else, because I’m pretty awesome in my own skin and you know what, on the surface everyone appears just dandy but inside we’re all a big ball of anxiety and insecurity from time-to-time so it’s okay to wallow a bit. We are so much alike despite how our wrapping paper may vary. After a few minutes of poor, poor me I decided that instead of feeling sorry for myself, I’d take it to the trees. I laced up my shiny new Kurt Geiger metallic gold sneakers (oh yeahhhh) and headed to the forest for a really long walk in the cold brisk air. The more I walked, the more I stepped away from how I felt and stepped into how I should feel. I left a lot in that forest today, and when I emerged I felt as shiny and new as my sneaks. That’s what exercise, fresh air, dogs, cyclists, birds, trees shooting off into the clear blue sky and fallen twigs that crunch with every step can do for you.

It’s okay to feel bad sometimes. Life can deal a seriously good deck of cards and a few minutes later, your hand can change. I think the key is to move your body. Do something good for yourself. Pamper yourself when you feel like your own enemy. Put on shiny shoes and walk – and don’t stop walking until you are YOU again.

I wish you a wonderful weekend and loads of happy.

(image: kelly wearstler)

Posted in inspiration on December 01, 2012
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Furniture Makeovers

I saw this on Pinterest and went a little bonkers and traced it back to Barb Blair from Knack Studios. Oh my goodness Barb, this is some kind of incredible. Then I saw it on Poppytalk and learned that it’s a collaboration between Knack and her friends Annie Koelle and Eric Benjamin. My goodness gracious these are cool.

Knack Studios

Knack Studios

Want to see how that cool black desk looked BEFORE? Click here! Anything is possible as you will see the moment you click!

Psst: Barb just wrote a gorgeous book that I wrote the foreword for, it’s called Furniture Makeovers, and it will release next May but you can pre-order it here. I can’t wait to get my hands on it. That is going to sell off the shelves for sure.

(images barb blair)

Posted in furniture on December 01, 2012

Thank You, Bloggers!

You may be hearing a lot about my book on decor8 for the next week or so. There is a blog book tour being sponsored by my publisher, Chronicle Books, and so each day 2-3 bloggers in North America are reviewing the book publicly on their blogs. The schedule is listed here, but I want to thank all of the bloggers who participated this week – each of them are listed below.

Blog Book Tour

Poppytalk review, “The process Holly has come up with is really practical and is a brilliant way to approaching your space.” You can read this post too where Poppytalk had an interview with me.
Sacramento Street review, “I’ve been following Holly Becker of Decor8 for years and years (since 2006) – it’s one of the first blogs I started reading. It ultimately inspired me to start Sacramento Street over three years ago… In Holly’s second fabulous book, she shares all of her design secrets and also the eight step process/workshop to help you transform a home or room that will reflect your personal style. Holly asks questions throughout the book that will have you getting one step closer to your perfect interior style. It’s a brilliant way to approach design!”
A Creative Mint review, Decorate Workshop is the, “Second fabulous decorating book by Holly Becker of Decor8. I have had the absolute pleasure of knowing Holly for three and a half years now, we have worked, traveled and spent countless hours laughing and chatting together. She is a fantastic teacher and wow, does Holly ever have an incredible eye for design. She just gets it, design and decorating are innate for her.”
Horray review, “One of my favorite details is the cover jacket that unfolds to a poster-sized page full of photos.”
Design For Mankind review, “Read It… Decorate Workshop is the perfect go-to book… A workbook for the decor-obsessed, it’s filled to the brim with color schemes, pattern ideas, space planning, budget tips and even radly helpful checklists.”
Decorology review, “Great tips and eye candy!”

Blog Book Tour

Bloesem review and interview with me. “I really enjoy how Holly writes both on her fabulous blog as in her books…What makes ‘Decorate Workshop’ different from her first title… well … lot’s more interaction with us the readers. Yes, Holly makes it easy via a ‘one step at the time’ guide throughout the book helping you to start decorating or renovating your own space. It’s almost like she’s there with you, telling you what you should be doing next. The book helps you come up with your own ideas instead of Holly telling you what’s nice and what’s not. That’s what we believe the best part.” Win a copy of Decorate Workshop on Bloesem here.
Design Muse review, “One of my favorite sections is “Organize Your Ideas” where Holly talks about how to create mood boards. I love creating mood boards and use them daily in my own graphic design process. They are a great tool for decorating and any other creative project.”
The City Sage review, “Nothing will ever replace the satisfaction of holding a book in our hands, of smelling its fresh pages. And a book by a blogger and community leader like Holly Becker of Decor8? That is a triumph for us all. Holly brings us her second book, Decorate Workshop. It’s the follow up to her her hugely bestselling Decorate, but I have to say that as much as I loved her first volume, this second offering is even better. Don’t get me wrong, I love interiors eye-candy as much as the next girl, but the how-to approach of Decorate Workshop is so darn useful!”

Blog Book Tour

It’s so exciting to read what each one had to say about the book and also to share what they liked about it. I think it’s really cool to see how some took photos – I can wait for next week to see how the bloggers participating will present the book. It’s extremely exciting for me and I also want to thank you all for your support and encouragement, I had a really tough summer as you know in my personal life but now I’m back to normal and feeling fine (which is really nice because I felt like I would be in that little mouse hole feeling sorry for myself for a very long time!). Now that the book is out there, and I’m reading your reviews, I feel comforted and happy. And I’m glad I came out of my mouse hole, too. Thank you for your love!

AND there are some other special bloggers out there who recently ordered my book and were so kind as to post reviews on their blogs this week which felt like a huge celebration for me online all week long between the blog book tour and the other supportive friends posting about Decorate Workshop. Here are reviews that came in from some very nice blogs…

Apartment Therapy review, “From blogger to bestselling author, Holly Becker brings you fresh ideas and endless inspiration. Decorate Workshop is a valuable planner for any home stylist.” You can also enter to win a copy of the book here.

IDA Interior Lifestyle review, “I like the personal approach of this book, like an informal chat with a friend, the same attitude that she (Holly) shows writing on her blog; I like that in every section you can find blank pages to “interact” with Holly. She asks you to answer on several questions, she gives you the tools to find your decoration way and she offers her experience; and finally we can see the pictures of the lovely apartment that she shares with her husband in Hannover!”

Do What Your Love review, “Fab new book! It is full of inspiring images (think the best of Pinterest interior pictures in a book!) and walks you step by step through the decorating process. Holly helps you analyse what kind of style works for you and helps you plan exactly what kind of rooms you want to live in.” You can also win a copy of the book here.

I want to personally thank each of you ladies for being part of my book tour this week and I can’t wait for the final group of bloggers next week to see what they have in store for me. This is fun and gives me such a glow, so thank you again for the support and encouragement. :)

(images by the wonderful hooray blog)

Posted in Books + Magazines on December 01, 2012

Inspiring Spaces By Debi Treloar

I adore interiors that feel very serene and unpretentious, naturalness wins over perfectly polished for me. and I think each of these five beautiful rooms shot by photographer Debi Treloar are perfect examples of what I mean.

Debi Treloar I believe this one is from Selina Lake’s beautiful book. Stunning.

perfectly imperfect

perfectly imperfect

perfectly imperfect

I was so super pleased to see that my friend Debi has a shiny new website and I really, really love it. Her work is exquisite and she’s a beautiful person through and through. I only hope that someday again I’ll be able to work with her because I’m already having a bit of Debi withdrawal, we did two books together and I got to know her so well that now I’m missing the experience of traveling and laughing and having long, meaningful chats and just working with someone so incredibly gifted. Debi, you’re the bees knees.

(images: debi treloar)

Posted in uncategorized on December 01, 2012

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