HOLLY BECKER is an American Author, Stylist and Design Expert 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 founded to document her decorating inspirations and to reach like-minded people with a passion for interiors. Over a decade later, Holly is considered a pioneer of the design blog movement, has won multiple awards for her work online and off, and is truly a tastemaker and influencer with a global following of nearly 2 million.
Holly is an International Best-selling Author with four books published under the “Decorate” series that are available in nearly twenty languages worldwide. She also hosts a series of e-courses under her other business, Blogging Your Way, and has taught over 8,000 students and companies globally about blogging, social media, interior styling and photography.
Traveling, taking photos, 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 on a regular basis.
Holly works in both North America and Europe. She is currently based in northern Germany. She is represented by her literary agent Maria Ribas at Stonesong in New York City.
THORSTEN BECKER is the decor8 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.
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 recently relocated from Minneapolis, MN to Malta. She is happily married to her wonderful husband Jason and has an adorable pup that always keeps her smiling.
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.
Anke works in the airline industry, but explores her creative side through her blog, fantasTISCH, where she focuses on her favorite theme – tabletop decoration. Living in Germany with her husband and two cheerful sons, she shares some of her inspirations on her blog and here in her monthly column on decor8.
Anke’s column 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.
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 decade living in Europe, with her Dutch husband and little girl.
Holly photographs homes with a focus on family life for decor8 where she shares her home tour column once monthly.