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5 Things I Admire Greatly For Back To School

Gold foil is so hot right now, have you noticed? And bold contrasts too, like black and white stripes. And don’t get me started on totes with upbeat girl power phrases. I think every now and then we need to treat ourselves so with back to school here and with lots of us taking online classes or who know teens going back to high school or have college pals heading back in, etc. I found 5 things that you may like for yourself or to give as a gift. These are all handmade, high quality and decor8 tested and approved from Great.ly makers that fit MY version of what back to school means to me at the moment – a hint of glam!

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1. 13″ Macbook case in black white stripe Japanese canvas by Hanelca/Aya Kawaura 2. Gold Foil lip print by Becky Lord 3. Gold anchor note cards by Taylor Henderson. 4. Swiss dot patterned gold foil pencils by Splendid Supply Co. 5. Stay Awesome tote bag custom made for decor8 readers by Toodles Noodles. Please order the pink and gold tote but specify WHITE/GOLD AS SEEN ON DECOR8 after you’ve made payment.

Aren’t these handmade items just the best? Which ones do you like the best?

(images: holly becker)

Posted in round-up on September 16, 2014

Awesome DIY Projects From Vintage Revivals

Hello and happy Friday everyone! I came across this rad blog recently and had to share it with you today because I’m just so impressed by the DIY projects on it. Some of them really speak to me. Here is a glimpse of this blog, called Vintage Revivals, authored by Mandi Gubler in Utah. What a creative lady! I’m particularly interested in how she is overhauling “The Nugget” which is a 1972 Bell Travel Trailer. You can follow that series here, the transformation is super fun to watch. This lady can also do just about anything with a Sharpie. Some of her rooms have the coolest walls that she simply used a Sharpie on and the whole time I thought it was expensive wallpaper…

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What I love about her room reduxs is that everything is so affordable – she makes a good chunk of the cool things that you see in the images above – from the lighting to the wall treatments, plant holders, even a leather sling sofa that I fell in love with. She buys old leather sofas for their leather and turns it into pillows and more. Mandi is one cool lady.

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Posted in blogs on September 12, 2014

Blog Boss: Blogging + Social Media Online Class NOW ENROLLING!

I’m seriously SO happy that I’m back in the saddle after having a baby and ready to rock and roll my next e-course, Blog Boss! If you took the last one then this is NOT the same content and if you’ve never taken this course, then you are in for SUCH a treat. I’m covering the best and most timely blogger topics trending at the moment and I can’t wait to tell you who my co-teacher/s will be. This will be a totally bang-up awesome class, I’m buzzing with pride because I am totally feeling this class like crazy and know that whoever takes it WILL walk away smarter, happier, knowing what you want to do with your blog and you will definitely feel invigorated and ready to get to work on making your blog and social media time spent online the best and most productive it’s ever been.

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All of my insider tips and blogging/social media secrets, the secrets of my co-teachers and how they got their mojo AND 24/7 access to so many great students that you can network with (you can access the class site the moment you sign up so you can get networking TODAY) is a mere $149 (or if you took the last two classes you are a BYW Member so it’s $129 for you. Bam!). WHAT A DEAL! Blog Boss runs online from October 10 – November 10 and it’s a class that you can login ANYTIME day or night to see what’s new, listen to podcasts, watch our videos, etc. We have a private student forum where you can chat with others from around the world and ask questions and best of all, get the best answers.

Topics we’ll cover include:

* Blog burn out? Turn blogging into something you love again

* The good, the bad and the ugly: working from home and how to find balance

* Goal setting + ideas: How to choose and follow through

* How to know which ideas to pursue and which ones to shelf for later

* Planning and prioritizing your blog posts the easy way

* Teaming up with other bloggers – things to do, things to avoid

* New, smart ways to make money as a blogger

* Do not work for free or “exposure”, Here’s why!

* What’s trending with blogs

* Social media tips + tricks for Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram

And 10+ more lessons!

So, that’s my sales pitch. Are you in? OF COURSE YOU ARE! See you in class, you crazy blog boss, you!

More info here and you can REGISTER HERE.

(image: holly becker)

 

Posted in blogs on September 10, 2014

Studio Visit With Artist Melissa Milakovic

Hello there! It’s Kelly Brown, Holly’s roving reporter (really, photographer!) and I am back to share with you a bright, eclectic studio tour of artist Melissa Milakovic of Love Like Red, a charming creative paper company based out of Victoria, British Columbia.

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Melissa’s home studio is her creative sanctuary, filled with little treasures and inspirations. Its bright, bold, and colorful with energetic and vibrant details everywhere you look. Melissa says she doesn’t ever try to match anything. She finds something she loves and finds a place for it in her home.

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Her studio decor blends seamlessly into her art as well. Take on look at her paper goods and you can see how they are inspired by her studio environment. Holly put together a little round up of some of her favorites below, they can all be purchased here. Its the kind of space that welcomes you and makes you want to create all day!

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As an artist, Melissa believes in keeping love and life fun, honest and sweet by inspiring you to share your own stories through the gift of a handwritten note.

(images/text: Kelly Brown)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on September 09, 2014

Books:

Some of my books...

Further editions available: Decorate published by Murdoch Books for AU/NZ, Decorar BR, Alt om indretning DK, Inspirace pro váš byt CZ, Dekorácie SK, La décoration FR, Lust auf Wohnen DE, Sisusta tyylillä FI and Sztuka aranżacji wnętrz PL.

eCourses:

Next dates

Blogging Your Way: Blog Boss
e-course, October 10 - November 10, 2014
Find out more about this exciting class by bloggers, for bloggers, teaching you how to blog like a boss!