HOLLY BECKER is an American author, journalist and interior stylist who first launched decor8 (pronounced decorate) in 2004 as a small interior design studio in Boston while still a student in design school. In 2006, this blog was started to document her decorating inspirations and to reach like-minded people with a passion for interiors. A decade later, Holly is considered a pioneer of the design blog movement, has won awards for her work online and off, and is truly a tastemaker and influencer with a global following of hundreds of thousands of fans.
Holly is an International Best-selling Interiors Author and has written several books published under the “Decorate” series that are available in nearly twenty languages worldwide. Holly’s next book will publish in September 2016 and will be her fourth title. She also hosts a series of e-courses under her other business, Blogging Your Way, and has taught over 9,000 students and companies globally about blogging, social media, interior styling and photography.
Traveling, collaborating with leading brands, teaching and giving lectures at some of the most influential design and industry fairs in the world, are just some of the things that Holly is actively involved in on a regular basis.
Holly works in both North America and Europe. She is currently based in northern Germany. She is represented by Maria Ribas at Stonesong in New York City.
THORSTEN BECKER is the decor8 Business and Brand Manager and our Web Administrator. He is also the co-founder of Blogging Your Way.
Born in Germany, he is a technology, marketing and social media expert who has spent over 20 years working and teaching in these fields along with his work in programming and data architecture for large corporate clients, such as Fidelity Investments, in the United States. Fluent in both German and English, he lived in Boston for nearly a decade and has worked as a journalist reporting on tech topics in both languages.
In addition, Thorsten is a commercial photographer whose work has been featured in books and magazines worldwide. You can follow his Instagram account @alternatewords.
Thorsten is currently based in northern Germany with his wife, Holly, and their little boy Aidan Benjamin.
JESSY SENTI is the assistant and project manager for decor8. She started her career in the corporate world and while she loved many aspects of her job, she had no real passion for the line of work. This was the fire she needed to go back to school so she studied Interior Design at The Art Institute and Architecture & History at The University of Minnesota. Jessy enjoys learning and experiencing new things as well as sharing that knowledge and experience with others.
A perfectionist by nature, she has a great eye for what is needed in any given situation and always loves to have a project in the works. She has a passion for all things creative, but is particularly interested in interior styling, floral arranging, and event planning.
Along with her position here at decor8, she also has her own blog and is the Marketing Director at an interior design firm Minneapolis, MN. She is happily married to her wonderful husband Jason and has an adorable pup that always keeps her smiling.
ANASTASIA BENKO is a stylist, artist and vintage shop owner based in Germany. Her style is a unique combination of gatherings from nature. Using all that her surroundings offer, she is often referred to as a collector of nature, a forager of flowers and fruit.
With an academic background in art history and long experience in luxury retail she launched her online shop, Stilzitat (which translates to a quote of style) in 2011. There she offers unique interior accessories and thoughtfully curated vintage props. As her work continues as a stylist she also contributes her photography to a successful series of interior books and various online magazines.
Her award winning blog is dedicated to her deep appreciation for aesthetics and celebration for interior styling, floral arrangement and art.
Born in the Ukraine, she has lived in the United States and her work is a product of many years of exploration, travels and inspiration from all types of artistic avenues. Styling lush floral arrangements is a natural extension of Anastasia’s creative vision.
In her monthly flower column for decor8 Anastasia creates seasonally appropriate floral arrangements that will make a home welcoming and personal.
AGATA DIMMICH is a content creator, freelance stylist and a founder of Passion Shake blog, a place where she shares bits of her work and ideas for a happy living. On a day to day basis, you can bump into her, doing
what she loves the most – creating visual stories, through her photography and writing for several online magazines. She covers home and lifestyle topics, sharing DIYs and interior styling tips with her readers.
Born in Poland, graduated from British University, she now works from her studio in Italy, where her passion driven adventure continues. Her creativity and eye for aesthetics fills every moment of her life, making her job a real daydream.
You can find Agata’s projects in publications such as Apartment Therapy, Better Homes and Gardens, Domino and more.
For decor8, once a month, Agata delivers DIY ideas that you can add to your home turning it into more positive and pretty place to live.
EMMA DUCKWORTH is a prop stylist, interior decorator and mum of two (with another on the way!) living on the sunny shores of Sydney. She covers all areas of styling including product, still life, lifestyle, food and interiors.
Emma’s work is wide and varied including the styling for music sensation Passenger’s music video, styling ex-Masterchef contestant Courtney Roulston’s latest cookbook and her work has also been seen on Houzz and Yahoo.
She also shares her innate love of food, in particular sweet treats on her food blog. Only in its early stages, it’s a place where you can be a part of her journey creating, styling and photographing food in the light and bright aesthetic that encapsulates her.
For decor8, Emma shares a yummy sweets recipe once monthly in her column.
RACHEL JANE is a Melbourne-based food photographer. She enjoys telling visual stories and has a love of bright, airy and uplifting imagery. She is most passionate about telling stories of the beauty of real food. Founded in 2012, Rachel Jane decided to share her love of food photography through a photo blog called Two Loves. Here she started to combine her love of digital photography with her love of food. As the journey continued, her blog evolved into the photography website, Two Loves Studio as it is known today.
Two Loves Studio is a place where Rachel shares her love of natural light food photography, commercial + personal projects as well as visual stories.
Her aspiration is that Two Loves Studio is a place you can not only find inspirational photography of food, but feel empowered to do what it is that makes you happy.
For decor8, Rachel delivers a once-monthly food column alternating between savory and sweet recipes.
ANKE ILLNER has a passion for tasty food, the Netherlands, Scandinavian interior design, and organizing gatherings that are centered around good food, friends and great décor. Traveling the world gives Anke inspiration and she brings it to her home, recipes and décor style.
Living in Germany with her husband and two cheerful sons, she shares some of her inspirations on her blog, fantasTISCH, where she focuses on her favorite theme – tabletop decoration.
In her monthly column on decor8, Anke focuses on eye-catching tabletop ideas that are welcoming, seasonal and easy for you to create at home no matter where you live or what supplies you have access to.
GINTARE MARCEL is a multidisciplinary artist whose interest and works cover the fields of visual storytelling, photography, styling, design and most of all food. She is the author of four cookbooks, culinary blog Gourmantine and social media consultant. Her written and photography work has appeared in various publications.
Born in Lithuania, she now lives in Switzerland and The Netherlands with her French husband, dividing time between the four countries and various worldly travels.
For decor8, Gintare shares a delicious recipe in her once-monthly food column.
HOLLY MARDER is an award-winning writer, stylist and photographer who covers interior and lifestyle topics on her blog, Avenue Lifestyle, and writes for several prominent magazines in Europe. She was also the recipient of the Best New Blogger award by vtwonen magazine in 2014.
Born in South Africa, Holly emigrated to Australia at the age of 11 and has spent the last 8 years living in Europe, with her Dutch husband and young daughter.
Holly photographs homes with a focus on family life for decor8 where she shares her home tour column once monthly.
KERSTIN REILEMANN is an interdisciplinary designer with a degree in Interior Design, based in Hannover, Germany who co-founded an award-winning design studio in 2009 called SNUG.STUDIO. With a great passion for poetic, calm and nature-inspired compositions, her style speaks a clear and simple language.
Her early experiences in product design were for her own label “Domestic Candy”. In 2009, Kerstin and her co-founder formed SNUG.STUDIO, where she designed both poetic and minimalistic interior and kids products. The brand’s award-winning designs can be found in over 500 design stores worldwide as well as kids and museum shops.
Besides designing products, Kerstin mainly took care of the product styling, photography and social media content for the company. Many of her photos are published in well-known national and international magazines and books.
With her background, Kerstin has branched out to form her own business as a freelance designer to combine her talents of styling, photography and content media with arts and DIY projects. To complement this work, she regularly leads DIY workshops for adults and children in her town.
For her first venture, Kerstin will develop a monthly DIY craft project on decor8 that will kick off on March 21.