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Pre-order Decorate With Flowers + Save Some Cash!

Here is the BIG news that I told you about on Friday and it’s called Decorate With Flowers! In fact, this is a very big day for Leslie Shewring and I because finally, FINALLY, we can announce our new book to the world! We began working on this concept for a flowers book in early 2012 so when we landed a book deal this past spring with only the summer to bring our concept to life, we knew we had to get moving! And we were lucky enough to include some of our favorite stylists and bloggers in this book, including Emily Henderson, Bri Emery and Victoria Smith, to share flowers in their homes, too!

Yay! Pre-order Decorate With Flowers!

About the book! Published by Jacqui Small LLPDecorate With Flowers offers advice on selecting, combining and arranging flowers to best complement your decor. The book is separated into eight styles because we wanted to show flowers in real homes, not just close up shots of floral arrangements. We never intended for our book to focus on a professional approach to floral design rather, being stylists not florists, we thought to take our experience and create an approachable book that we felt was missing in the market. We wanted to create a book that spoke to those of us who just want to experiment and get playful with real flowers without feeling like we have to pre-order specific blooms or invest a large chunk of cash into a single arrangement. In Decorate With Flowers, we also include step-by-step projects and crafting ideas showing how to adapt and decorate containers in a creative way with ribbons and trims, paint, string and fabric. You will also learn how to arrange flowers like a stylist along with the importance of placing them in the right container, and where. Additionally, we created some easy-to-follow entertaining pages to help you to create pretty and approachable floral decorations for entertaining at home, from tea parties to cocktails with friends. Whether you want to make the most of freshly picked blooms from the garden, or you crave to put your personal stamp on the more generic pre-packaged bunch from the local market, Decorate with Flowers, will leave you inspired and excited to work more freely with flowers and containers in a spirit of exploration and creativity.

When we showed our friend, Amy Butler, the book she had this to say,

Holly and Leslie’s Decorate with Flowers is an incredibly rich and inspiring book clearly created from their lifelong passion for floral forms, nature and decorating! This book brings all of these elements together with a casual, easy and elegant ‘how to’ approach that gives you everything you need to create your own unique decorating and entertaining experiences with the warmth and beauty of flowers…all from the heart! – Amy Butler, designer and author.

To pre-order and receive £5.00 off when ordering online at, please use voucher code HB2014 upon checkout. Decorate With Flowers releases in the UK on March 21, 2014 (which coincidentally, is my birthday!). Chronicle Books will publish it on May 6, 2014 for the North American market (pre-order here), though with a different jacket but the same title. Australia will follow with a few foreign language editions later on.

Pre-order Decorate With Flowers Terms and Conditions — Discount code HB2014 entitles you to pre-order Decorate With Flowers by Holly Becker and Leslie Shewring for £15.00 (RRP £20.00) at Discount code is valid from 24/10/2013 to midday 30/11/2013. Discount can only be used once per person. One discount code to be used per transaction. Discount code cannot be used with any other voucher or coupon. Discount code can only be used at time of purchase and not retrospectively. This voucher can only be used on and not in Waterstones stores. All prices are online only and may differ from Waterstones stores. Voucher Code not valid on Reserve and Collect.

By the way… This book was a real labor of love because I was at my peak of pregnancy illness only 4 weeks after we began shooting. I was down and out in bed working on the book from my iPad – it was crazy! Leslie and I were in touch daily to hash out our next plan, the next shoot, the next idea. With her all the way in British Columbia and me over here in Germany, it was a challenge! But there is also a funny story behind everything. Leslie came to spend a week with me in Hannover so we could begin shooting right before I found out I was pregnant. Over dinner one night we were dishing about pregnancy and how much I wanted to have a baby and how I knew my husband and I really needed to start taking the whole baby thing more seriously — like the song goes, “A less conversation and a little more action.”  A few weeks after she left, I felt a bit “odd” and so I took a pregnancy test just because – and to my shock I was already 6 weeks pregnant. While I was whining to Leslie about getting pregnant, I was already there. So this book came at a special and challenging time for me personally but this makes it even better now because I’ll forever recall writing it with my dear friend Leslie at a very precious time in my life with my baby boy as my muse. And the best part – I started feeling better later on in the project and was able to give this book my all so you can expect a whole lotta Leslie and Holly style up in here! You can’t beat a memory like that, can you?

10/30 UPDATE: We received the jacket proof so today I wrapped it around a book of the same size to see how it looks – amazing. This will be such a lovely book!


Leslie and I hope that you will pre-order and enjoy our book! We put a lot of love into it just for you. xo

Pre-Order Here and remember to use Discount code HB2014 upon checkout!

(photo:Book jacket photography by Leslie Shewring, design by Helen Bratby)

Posted in Inspiration on October 29, 2013

Win Blogging Your Way e-Course Seats

11/1 UPDATE: CONTEST CLOSED. Winners announced on Facebook here. Hello everyone! It has become a custom for us to giveaway a few seats right before an upcoming Blogging Your Way e-course, so we can’t break tradition! Would you like to win a free seat to our upcoming Intention & Style e-course? I will choose THREE WINNERS on Friday, so this contest is only valid until November 1st at noon GMT +1 time – so get movin’!  To enter, simply comment below with your twitter name after you have tweeted the following message:

I’ve entered to win a seat at #bywecourses to learn about blogging, styling and photography with @decor8!

That’s it! For every tweet, you qualify to enter again and again and again, but only up to one tweet per day please!


We are giving away 3 seats to Blogging Your Way: Intention & Style! If you have already enrolled and paid, you also qualify to win – we’ll just reimburse you. If you don’t have Twitter, this is your chance to sign up. If you win, you cannot give your winning seat away or use it for a future class.

To learn more about this inspiring e-course for bloggers, please check out the full skinny here. We’ll be teaching blogging and business tips, photography and styling, photo editing and more! We have four teachers, including moi, to guide you along your journey from November 1-29. You will also receive a full 12 months of site access to use the student forum and access special materials for alum only after class ends! A $149 value – for free if you win! Yeehaw!

Thank you so much and happy tweeting! Don’t forget to post your twitter name below after you tweet….

11/1 UPDATE: CONTEST CLOSED. Winners announced on Facebook here. All winners will be contacted today by email.

(image: photo of debi treloar and I by anna malin)

Posted in Contests on October 29, 2013

Eclectic Modern Family Home Tour

Hello everyone! It’s Holly Marder back with another inspiring home tour in the Netherlands this month that I photographed for my Homes With Heart column on decor8. Are you ready to be inspired? Great!


“Don’t pin me on to just one type of style, it would kill me,” says Nancy Berendsen, blogger and magazine editor who envisioned a light, bright and airy space when she first laid eyes on the dark and dated house that was to become her home. Located in Oostzaan, the Netherlands, the house had everything that she and her husband were looking for – space, fresh country air and loads of potential to create the ultimate family home for their two children and puppy, Molly.





A full scale renovation ensued, where bringing in natural light was the main priority. Nancy has always been drawn to bright Scandinavian interiors in which natural light plays a crucial role to the home and its inhabitants. Even when the days turn dark, her home is still a cheerful place to be. With the help of an architect, they reworked the combined living, kitchen and dining room to maximize natural light. To achieve this, a section of the roof and exterior wall of the home was removed and replaced with a steel framed glass window that follows the contours of the house. The result gives a greenhouse quality to the home’s exterior, but the light that floods the space is unmatched. Glass sliding doors that run the length of the house leading out onto the patio also worked to open up the space and invite the outdoors in. With views over the neighboring farms and a small stream, the patio is as much apart of the home’s living space as the interior itself during the warmer months.





Nancy is drawn to a mix of designs styles, which she seamlessly combines against the backdrop of her freshly renovated home. Fresh white painted walls and oak floors form the canvas against which she has infused her eclectic sense of style. “I wanted to create a joyful home where family and friends feel welcome, warm and energized,” she says.

Nancy’s keen eye for detail, texture, colour and shape, as well as a love of vintage and preloved treasures, has given her home a sense of joy and optimism. Vintage pieces scoured from markets and online marketplaces remind Nancy of her beloved grandmother, while modern clean-lined design items work to create a space that is sophisticated yet doesn’t take itself too seriously. “I love to play with different materials to create a cozy atmosphere at home,” she says. “I love mixing old with new, such as vintage leather with soft cottons or fluffy sheepskin, to draw the eye in.”










Bright pops of color against pastels and neutrals add to the lighthearted feel of Nancy’s home. “I love colors. They add optimism to a space, but it has to be in a soft, balanced way,” she says. Nancy’s fave color combo? Neutrals combined with greens and a touch of yellow, salmon and pink is always a winning blend.





So what’s Nancy’s (her photo is above, left) trick to finding just the right vintage and secondhand items? “One of my favorite online shopping tricks (I use mostly Marktplaats and eBay) is to simply search a specific material that I am currently swooning over, such as wool or bamboo, and just see what pops up!” And while this method keeps her thrifting fancies satisfied, nothing beats a good old-fashioned treasure hunt. “I love to go thrifting and I’m always on the hunt for simple, strong and beautiful design.” But there’s more to clever thrifting than meets the eye. Nancy takes all things into consideration before bringing scoured treasures home with her, but shape plays a primary role in the selection process. “Shape is incredibly important, whether it’s the curved legs of a chair or the bow of a spoon,” she says. “At the moment I’m deeply in love with old-fashioned candle holders with a handle.”




While an old meets new aesthetic has formed the basis of Nancy’s happy interior, displaying her children’s artwork is closest to her heart and gives her home a personal quality. “Their intuitive feel for colour can be stunning combined with a touch of design,” Nancy says. “Don’t feel guilty about being selective. They will love you for highlighting their art, and it will instantly give your home that personal touch, which is what I search for in decorating.”

So what do you think decor8 readers – any ideas from her arrangements that you picked up on and would like to try in your own home? See you again with another Dutch home tour in November! – Holly

(text/photos: holly marder)

Posted in Home Tours on October 29, 2013

Microtrend: Let’s Talk About Woven Wall Hangings

Hello readers, I am very happy to report a micro trend that I spotted during my recent trip to Los Angeles. All over LA there is so much wall art with a strong 70’s vibe where macramé, weaving art and yarn banners are on the rise. Once you start researching, you’ll discover that most (not all) of these artists live in California! After visiting many trend shows in Europe, I’m happy to report a trend that I truly believe had its origin on that side of the globe. Today, let’s talk about woven wall hangings and their modern texture combos with chunky thread, exquisite fibers and even some color-blocking to create playful patterns. What I particularly love about this microtrend is the unique combination of fashion and ancient craftwork. I’m totally drawn to everything that is handmade, locally produced and that has history behind it. Since we have seen macramé surfacing around the internet already, I’ll skip that… We will concentrate on hanging woven tapestries and tassel art instead. Ready?

Micro Trend: Let's Talk About Woven Wall Hangings

Micro Trend: Let's Talk About Woven Wall Hangings

Micro Trend: Let's Talk About Woven Wall Hangings

Micro Trend: Let's Talk About Woven Wall Hangings

Micro Trend: Let's Talk About Woven Wall Hangings

Maryanne Moodie began weaving while pregnant, wanting to slow down and decided to take out a small loom that she had not found any use for at that time. Today, she sells her pieces on a commission basis. Maryanne is the founder of Melbourne-based brand House of Maryanne Vintage, and you can learn more about her work in this blog post or link to the photographer who shot these gorgeous photos above, here: Brooke Holm. Please check out her amazing IG feed too. It features some of the most amazing work that I have come across!

Micro Trend: Let's Talk About Woven Wall Hangings

Brook&Lyn was founded by Mimi Jung and Brian Hurewitz in 2009. They moved their studio from New York to Los Angeles in 2012 blending their backgrounds in weaving, installation art, woodworking and art direction.

Microtrend: Let's Talk About Woven Wall Hangings

Microtrend: Let's Talk About Woven Wall Hangings

Microtrend: Let's Talk About Woven Wall Hangings

Next there is Adam Pogue’s downtown LA home. There is so much to discover in his array of fantastic DIY objects such as the wall hanging piece in his bedroom which originally was made as a knotted fleece rug. Don’t you think the blue-green wall color is the perfect backdrop?

Microtrend: Let's Talk About Woven Wall Hangings

If you want to go much for a more sophisticated look, Native Line hanging objects are one of a kind pieces made with gold plated wire, black bamboo thread, metallic gold and silver fibers. I love the more artsy and minimal approach here.

Microtrend: Let's Talk About Woven Wall Hangings

How about this truly amazing tassel art work presented during Justina Blakeney’s popup shop at Platform earlier this month? Of all the pieces I have seen so far, this is one of my favorites!

Microtrend: Let's Talk About Woven Wall Hangings

Microtrend: Let's Talk About Woven Wall Hangings

All Roads Design is Los Angeles-based design duo Janelle Pietrzak and Robert Dougherty who craft one-of-a-kind pieces with natural aesthetics and global influences. By the way, arrows are trending too! I see them popping up on different platforms.

Microtrend: Let's Talk About Woven Wall Hangings

And some final eye candy for you today… This stunning tassel cascade from Creative Bug is a surprisingly easy to make DIY Project.

I hope you liked the wall weaving idea! What do you think? Dated or a happy discovery? Have a wonderful week ahead.

(text: gudy herder/editing: holly becker/photos linked to their sources above.)

Posted in Trends on October 28, 2013


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