Hello, I’m Holly Becker and I launched decor8 (pronounced decorate) in 2004 as a small interior design studio in Boston while attending design school. In 2006, I started this blog as a way to document my decorating finds and inspirations while reaching out to like-minded people who also love interiors. Nearly a decade later, this is still my favorite place to share what I love from products and people to places and trends.
Today, I’m not only a mother to my sweet little 1-year-old son and a wife, but my business has grown into something much larger than I’d ever imagined! My blog has turned into a respected brand that includes a series of books and e-courses and decor8 has become an award-winning leader in the vast world of interiors and lifestyle blogs, which I credit to my loyal readers whom I owe so much of my success. My blog has over 1.2 million monthly page views and a combined total of over half a million followers on my social media channels, which is really flattering and hard to believe because I never imagined writing a blog would take me so far and allow me to do work that I love for a living.
While I’m primarily an interiors, small business and lifestyle writer* for professional publications and this blog, I’m also a published book author and interiors stylist of three international best-selling interiors books under the “Decorate” series published by Chronicle Books (United States) and Jacqui Small (UK). Each book has co-editions in a combined total of over twenty countries including Australia, Germany, Japan, The Netherlands, France, Brazil, Denmark, Sweden and Italy. I’m currently working on my forth decorating book due to release in 2016 with more to follow.
I’m passionate about sharing what I learn and motivating others which led me to launch Blogging Your Way in 2009, a series of online classes for bloggers. My inbox was overflowing at that time with questions on how to start a successful blog like mine and I couldn’t keep up with answering them. Launching my e-course about blogging was the only way I could share my advice and secrets while also earning a living by doing what I love. Today I can proudly say that, together with my co-teachers, Blogging Your Way has taught over 8,000 students worldwide. Many Blogging Your Way graduates now have their own award-winning blogs, books, e-courses and run successful companies just like I do – which is such an inspiration to me. I also teach Blogging Your Way live, consult via Skype and visit large companies to host training events for their staff so they can learn how to start and/or expand their online presence through blogging and social media.
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This creative duo is graphic designer and cookbook author Lisa Nieschlag (Liz) based in Münster and Brooklyn-based photographer Julia Cawley (Jewels). Together they produce Food In Motion since April 2013, a once-monthly food video and recipe showing how a dish or dessert comes together from start to finish, in 2 minutes or less. These talented friends and colleagues also blog together at Liz & Jewels where they challenge each other to cook, style and photograph the same dish without knowing what the other is doing, and then they share the outcome on their blog.
Writer, stylist and photographer Holly Marder covers interior and lifestyle topics on her blog, Avenue Lifestyle, and writes for prominent magazines in Europe. She was 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. Based in Delft, the Netherlands, Holly photographs homes with a focus on family life. She shares the fruits of her labor once monthly on decor8 through a series of home tours called Homes With Heart.
*Holly Becker has contributed to publications such as Domino magazine (columnist, trends and market), Real Simple (columnist, decorating), Cookie (columnist, home tours), HGTV online, The Boston Globe (columnist, Art & Entertainment), Boston magazine, Where Women Create Business (columnist, blogging and social media), Mollie Makes and Sweet Paul. She has also written forewords for the following books: Happy Home by Charlotte Hedeman Gueniau, Furniture Makeovers by Barb Blair, Wohnideen aus dem wahren Leben by Petra Harms and Petit Collage by Lorena Siminovich. Holly has been quoted on the jackets of and/or contributed work to Elements of Style by Erin Gates, Handmade Living by Lotta Jansdotter, The Handmade Marketplace by Kari Chapin, Appliqué Your Way by Kayte Terry, Blogging For Bliss by Tara Frey, Little Stitches by Amy Butler and Creatively Self-Employed by Kristen Fischer.