Round-ups, Shopping + Products

The decor8 Online Shop Is Open!

July 16, 2014

Hello everyone! I’m experimenting with this idea of having an online shop, so I’ve added some really nice things to the decor8 shop recently that I’m sure you will really love that are shown below. If you want to learn more about anything you see just click on the links and you’ll be zipped over to my shop el pronto! I love working with so many talented makers and am currently partnering with a few of them to create all new products that I’ll offer soon in my shop too. It’s such meaningful work for me and such a great way to dabble in something new while also supporting others to continue working for themselves doing what they love. I’m trying to have less ads on decor8, I’m being VERY strict with who advertises on decor8 right now and going forward and am trying to scale back a lot with ads so I only have the best of the best on the site. This also means a revenue loss each month. Having an online shop could potentially help me make up for that loss, even if only in a small way. So are you ready to see some of what’s in stock at the moment? Many of these items are produced in limited numbers so if you see something you like, don’t wait… Here are my 6 different categories with a peek of what’s inside of each:

The decor8 Online Shop Is Open!

Category 1: Every Girl Needs – This section of my shop includes bags and totes, jewelry, candles, key fobs, laptop bags and folders, camera bags and more. Here are a few products I love: The Mamuye Tote, Leather, handcrafted in Ethiopia. Can’t keep this bag in stock, it’s back ordered but you can order it now and it will be available to ship on July 25th. // Envelope Macbook case handmade in Japan // Stay Awesome tote screen printed in New Zealand using vegetable inks – also available in black and gold // Hello Friend tote // Laser cut custom made silhouette pendant // Ring in recycled silver. 

The decor8 Online Shop Is Open!

Category 2: Wee Ones – This is where I stock items for babies and children like linens, wall art, shoes, dolls, dollhouses, bookends and other cute things. Here are a few products you’ll want to check out: Buck tassel pillow // Silver star cloud mobile // WORD onesie // The sky is the limit paper wall flag // Sleep neon pink pillowcase // Jumping bunny nursery print.

The decor8 Online Shop Is Open!

Category 3: Office + GiftsThis is where you can find nice items to give and also practical yet lovely things for your home office. I grouped these together since I find I’m always giving people paper products and things that I use for work since so many of my friends are working girls too. Here are a few highlights: // Stay Awesome gift tags // ceramic moth coasters // palm + cactus gift tags // vintage sewing gift tags // gold anchor notecards // gold foil polkadot pencils.

The decor8 Online Shop Is Open!

Category 4: Art Walls – I had to have a corner of my store dedicated to art, namely prints of original works. I love art walls, also known as gallery walls or “salon style” which takes its name from the French salon style arrangements of grouping photos on the wall. Anyway, I love these works and by far, this part of my shop is most well-stocked – you can find tons of gorgeous prints here and the best part is that I’ve collected them so that you can actually buy any of them and put them on the wall together and they’d work! So you can’t go wrong. Enjoy! Some highlights include: // Abstract artwork // From The Valley canvas print // Shade art print // Faded beach day // Paris is always a good idea // Dressed I Artwork Print // Light Fog art print // Cactus flower photo print.

The decor8 Online Shop Is Open!

Category 5: Decorate – How could I NOT have a decorating category? Here are some highlights from pillows to throws. Highlights: // geometric air plant vessel // Icelandic sheepskin throw // cushions // stay awesome flag // acrylic bathroom signs // Je T’aime (means “I love you” in French) pillow // eclipse cushion.

The decor8 Online Shop Is Open!

Category 6: Foodies – This is where everything for the kitchen and tabletop goes. guten Appetit! Highlights: // Handmade lace cheese plate // madison rocks cups // linen napkins // black and maple serving board // handmade white ceramic spoon // handmade white ceramic bowl // Plume gray napkins set of 4 // Tokyo ramen bowl.

Here’s a link to the decor8 shop if you want to cruise by another time – I’m adding new things every few days!

(images linked to their sources above.)


  • Reply Gretchen Black July 16, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    What a lovely idea. It’s a beautifully curated collection by you. Looking forward to checking in often, to see all the pretty pieces.

  • Reply Lauren July 16, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Wow, fantastic news!

  • Reply sarah fiorenza July 16, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    I think having your own shop is a fantastic idea! And one which I think nearly all of your readers will really love. I think I read somewhere that you must always have something to sell, something that reflects everything you love doing whatever that may be – but something that represents what you do.
    Really love your shop and look forward to seeing your own product line too!

  • Reply sarah fiorenza July 16, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Hi Holly
    I think having your own decor8 shop is a great idea! and one which I think all your readers will really love.I think I read somewhere that it’s always good to have something to sell as an extension to what you do.
    Love all the items in the shop and look forward to seeing your own Decor8 range of products too!

  • Reply AnnaInternational July 16, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Congrats on the new shop! Some really gorgeous things in there, having to resist treating myself because I just treated myself to some new jewellery a couple of days ago and I haven’t been THAT good lately! :-)

  • Reply Bethany July 16, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Everything looks so so amazing, I’m definitely going to be checking your online shop out – though my bank account probably won’t thank me as I can pretty much assume I’ll want everything! The acyrlic bathroom sign is so cute!


  • Reply MIREYA PIZARRO July 16, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    What a great idea!

  • Reply Amy - Field Trip July 16, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    Hi Holly – so fun to see my shop featured on your blog today – a big big thank you!

  • Reply sarah ahearn bellemare July 16, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    you’ve always done a great job supporting artists, h! it’s so nice to see you doing it in a new and creative way! so cool! happy new mamahood to you too! i think my little lucy (#2) is a week or two younger than your little man! she’s 5 months today :) xo *s

  • Reply Liora - Toodles Noodles July 16, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Holly thank you SO MUCH for including so many of my pieces on your beautifully curated shop! It’s a real honour!

  • Reply sula362 July 16, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    super idea. I guess you will be shipping in germany too. I love that bag from ethiopia.

  • Reply Polly Rowan July 16, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    I love your picks Holly!

  • Reply Martina Simonic July 17, 2014 at 7:36 am

    Congratulations! Waw, this is really great news! All the best xx

  • Reply Renae July 17, 2014 at 10:59 am

    This is such a great idea Holly. It’s wonderful how you continue to support others, I look forward to seeing more! :)

  • Reply Sarah Bryden-Brown July 17, 2014 at 11:40 am

    What a delight your Decor8 boutique is, Holly!

    GREAT.LY is only as beautiful as the wonderful makers and tastemakers who bring it to life, and you make it just so. We look forward to supporting you and the makers you love to continue to grow and bring us delights on daily basis.

    Sarah x

  • Reply Holly Guertin July 17, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Beautifully curated shop, Holly! I’ll be emailing you soon with my wall hangings and maybe they’ll make their way into the shop as well! Xoxo

  • Reply Antonia July 17, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Hi Holly, I have been a follower for quite a while and arrived in thanks to you, so I really appreciate you adding my Acrylic Bathroom Signs to your shop and featuring them in this post. All the best in the sales! :)

  • Reply Silkie July 17, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    Hi Holly
    I’m very proud to have my products selected for your gorgeous shop,thank you xx Silkie

  • Reply Jahje July 17, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    What a delight to open my Decor8 email from yesterday and see my starry silver cloud featured in your shop. Thank you so much, your shop is impeccably curated and I can’t wait to see what else you find.

  • Reply uschi July 17, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    dear holly, please allow me to be very frank. it’s all too much for me. all your books and now an online shop – you are marketing yourself too much for my taste. it has become all about earning money and i can feel the spirit fading away. so sorry to say so and i really grant you every success possible but i fear you are loosing your magic touch by selling, selling and more selling.
    still, all the best, uschi

    • Reply Thorsten July 18, 2014 at 10:56 am

      Hallo Uschi,

      This is Thorsten, Holly’s husband and the “tech guy” behind decor8. I’ve just read your comment while performing some maintenance on decor8. This isn’t the first comment of this kind on decor8, by no means, and it certainly won’t be the last. I don’t usually comment on Holly’s blog since being her husband we have our conversations offline, in person. But there are occasions where I feel compelled to join a conversation publicly for means of coming to my wife’s aid. This is such a case.

      I have been at Holly’s side, and on her side, ever since she started blogging back in 2006. She had and always will have my respect, support and admiration for all her hard work. I have been with her through the sweat and tears, the bullying, the name calling, the attacks on her reputation by other bloggers. It was atrocious at times, it was repulsive, it was disgusting. But she stuck with it. She had a goal: to make her dream of becoming a (paid) writer come true. As a writer myself sharing that same dream I kept saying “go for it”. I am proud of her for all she’s accomplished – proud of her successful blog, proud of her many published articles, proud of her books and all that’s yet to come.

      Do you know how all this comes about? Through hard work. Unlike a good majority of bloggers Holly doesn’t grab content from other sites and rewords it. She tries hard to make sure all her posts are not only original, as much as online writing can be original these days, but also reflective of her vision. This takes time and effort, often in excess of eight hours a day. She then publishes it free of charge on her blog for everyone’s enjoyment. In addition she wrote three books so far, each one taking a good year of preparation, negotiation, and traveling. I was there, I know first hand. I know about the stress, the tears, the heartaches, the doubts.

      Now, as mentioned, I am a writer myself. I used to write articles for magazines, newspapers and various multimedia outlets. I call myself a journalist. A journalist is someone who writes professionally usually producing work for hire or selling articles. No one would ever accuse me of selling, selling, selling or losing my magic touch because I charge for what I write. In fact, if publishers would expect me to write for free I’d complain, probably loudly, on the web. Many people would come to my aid denouncing the “evil” publishers, those “greedy bastards”, the “disgusting freeloaders”. I expect to be paid for my hard work, everyone does.

      Yet somehow bloggers have no right to that. They are expected to publish content for free. They are expected to do it out of the goodness of their hearts. They are expected to be magical creatures apparently living off of rainbows and hugs. Dare I say this holds true mostly for female bloggers. The moment a female blogger tries to find forms of compensation for her hard work she is chastised by a good percentage of her gender. She’s selling out. On the other hand if I, as a man, were to start a tech blog, had ads from major sponsors, wrote tech books, went on paid speaking assignments, did consultations etc. I’d be considered a successful man. Seth Godin comes to mind, also Darren Rowse of ProBlogger. It speaks for the still pitiful state of female empowerment in our day and age, the biggest opponents being other females.

      So I say, YES, this is in part about earning money. Of course it is. How can it not be? How can Holly and other predominantly female bloggers be rightfully expected to do all this work for nil? More so for those who have made this a family business. Worse yet, are such family businesses judged by tired old societal frameworks like the good housewife and the hard working husband? He goes off to work while she takes care of the home and the children and everything she does is a hobby and will not be allowed to ever be more than that? Aren’t we beyond the Mad Men era by now?


  • Reply Karen July 20, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    I love the shop, Holly! I think Thorsten’s comment is spot on. Will also say further that your success *inspires* me… (!)

  • Reply uschi July 21, 2014 at 10:19 pm


    dear thorsten,

    i am really no mean person, but your and holly’s actions seem to propel my opposition. no hard feelings !

    regarding your question:

    yes, we are very much beyond the mad men area, so why is it you, the husband, who is replying ? ;-)

    kind regards, uschi

  • Reply Thorsten July 21, 2014 at 11:03 pm


    Dear Uschi,

    Rest assured no one implied nor assumed you to be a mean person. I simply took your comment, as stated one of many, to address something that’s been bothering me for a while. It’s an observation and I tried to address it as such.

    Concerning your question, you are implying that I am speaking for Holly when I am clearly not as I stated in the opening of my comment: “I’ve just read your comment while performing some maintenance on decor8.” I’m merely commenting on my own motivation on a subject that I find concerning because it does concern my family.


  • Reply dervla @ the curator July 23, 2014 at 3:55 am

    Can’t wait to take a look at this, Holly! What a wonderful way for us to benefit from your home decorating knowledge.

  • Reply Melissa July 23, 2014 at 4:00 pm


    Thank you Thorsten! Perfectly said. I mean perfectly. As a blogger who creates authentic content, mainly printables, for free – this is me 110%. Thank you for putting it into words so perfectly. I really believe that women hold “us” (women) back, not men, as one would like us to believe.

    Breastfeeding/bottle-feeding, home-school/public school, etc, etc… the ones who are judging and criticizing are other women/moms, not men.

    Another blogger shared this article in a blogger forum & you’ve gained a new follower from me. Oh & my tech guy is my husband too – a perfect team! Thank you Holly & Thorsten.

    PS. what’s funny is that although we seem to be living in a Mad Men era in your mindset Uschi – why haven’t other ways from this era rang true to you – like if you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all.

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