Founder & Editor Holly Becker is an American award winning and best selling author, journalist, interiors stylist and workshop leader. She launched decor8 in January 2006 after a decade-long stint in the corporate world as a human resources and facilities project manager before design blogs became popular. Holly wanted to write on topics that she felt passionate for and her goal was to live a more creative life and encourage others to do so and felt that leaving her career to start anew was a leap of faith she was willing to take. From the ground up, Holly built decor8, an established site known as a reliable design resource worldwide to over 48,000 daily readers who tune in to see what she has found and to connect with Holly through the comments section on her blog. decor8 (a creative play on the word decorate) is a site dedicated to sharing honest opinions, fresh decorating ideas, beautiful interior spaces, independent art and design, products and services, and articles meant to inspire readers to live a more fulfilling, authentic and creative life.
Kevin Sharkey, Senior Vice President and Executive Editorial Director, Decorating, and Executive Creative Director, Merchandising for Martha Stewart Living Omninedia, Inc. (MSLO), calls Holly Becker a, “World-renowned blogger” and refers to decor8 as one of the, “Most influential blogs out there”, stating that what she has built up is, “Quite an accomplishment.” With over a million page views per month, it’s no wonder why decor8 is known as a leading design blog. In addition, she has over 60,000 followers on Twitter, 182,000 followers on Pinterest, 63,000 followers on Facebook and 28,000 following her on Instagram. Holly’s blog is updated daily throughout the week and features a curated selection of design finds from sofas to stationery along with product reviews, reader discounts, contests, book reviews, interviews, store and home tours, do-it-yourself projects, and trade show coverage. Topics range from decorating to small business ownership, travel, blogging and independent design — all meant to encourage and engage readers as well as connect them with talented emerging and established creative types around the world.
Her international best selling interiors book, Decorate: 1,000 Inspirational Ideas For Every Room In Your Home, was reprinted 4 times in both the US and UK and is available in 12 language editions. Her second bestseller, Decorate Workshop: Design and Style Your Space in 8 Creative Steps, is available in 6 editions. Holly’s book tour for Decorate in 2011 kicked off in London with an impressive launch party at iconic British department store, Liberty, then the tour went to Amsterdam followed by an Anthropologie-sponsored book tour in Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, New York City, St. Paul and London.
Decorate was also part of top design fairs, 100% Design, Decorex and at the Design Center Chelsea Harbour during London Design Week. Her official launch party of her first book in Germany was hosted in Berlin at the prestigious Soho House sponsored primarily by leading woman’s lifestyle magazine, Brigitte. She presented and signed copies at the Frankfurter Buch Messe, then in Munich. Holly also was the winner of the Myself Magazine Liebling Award for 2011 in the Design category. Holly has signed and presented her book in over 20 cities worldwide and views its success to her team at Jacqui Small and Chronicle Books along with her devoted global audience of readers on decor8 who have supported her from the start. Holly’s third book, Decorate With Flowers, will release in the Spring of 2014 and will be in available in 4 editions with more to follow.
In addition to her books and her blog, decor8, Holly was a weekly columnist at Real Simple magazine online (2007-2011), was a columnist for three years at Domino magazine (2006-2009) and produced home tours for Cookie magazine (2008-2009). She is regular a columnist for Where Women Create: Business where she shares her expertise on blogging and social media. She also writes for magazines such as Mollie Makes and Sweet Paul and and has worked on a variety of assignments for HGTV, HGTV Ideas magazine as a Style Editor, Boston magazine, and had a regular design trend column in The Boston Globe.
In March 2009, Holly founded Blogging Your Way, a series of e-courses on creative blogging, writing from the heart, and how to make a blog a personal reflection of one’s own style and taste through text, careful curating, styling and photography. She also teaches workshops in person, including those in her own studio space in Hannover, Germany. Her most recent workshops include a blogging, photography & styling weekend in New York City, a food styling retreat in Germany, a gift wrapping workshop for an Anthropologie pop-up cafe in Berlin, a decorating and creativity retreat in Marrakesh and a blogging and styling workshop in Hannover, Germany.
Holly has been quoted and/or contributed to the following books, Lotta Jansdotter’s Handmade Living by Lotta Jansdotter (2010), The Handmade Marketplace by Kari Chapin (2010), Appliqué Your Way by Kayte Terry (2009), Blogging For Bliss by Tara Frey (2009), Little Stitches by Amy Butler (2008), and Creatively Self-Employed by Kristen Fischer (2007). Holly wrote the forewords to Happy Home: Everyday Magic for a Colorful Life (2013) by Charlotte Hedeman Gueniau, Furniture Makeovers by Barb Blair, and Wohnideen aus dem wahren Leben by Petra Harms.
Holly is an experienced public speaker and teacher who can be booked for events of any size. If you would like to inquire about a speaking, television or teaching opportunity she is represented by Rebecca Friedman at rebecca AT rfliterary DOT om.
(Portrait of Holly Becker by Georg Moritz, Berlin.)
Once-monthly contributors to decor8
Jillian Leiboff is based in Sydney, Australia and works both as a full-time physiotherapist and a part-time photographer. In her spare time, she loves to bake and to travel. She once authored Shop Girl on decor8 for over a year but has since moved on to cover a new food column called Delicious Bites where she develops and shoots her own sweets recipes and shares them once monthly.
German graphic designer and cookbook author Lisa Nieschlag lives in Münster and German photographer Julia Cawley, resides in Brooklyn, New York. Together they produce, Food In Motion, a once-monthly video for decor8 readers that shows a dish or dessert from start to finish in less than two minutes with a recipe so you can make it, too. Also known as Liz & Jewels, these talented friends and colleagues blog over 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. You can follow their column on decor8, which began in April 2013, here.
Australian designer, crafter and maker Lisa Tilse has had her work and craft projects featured in over 40 magazines worldwide plus a series of craft books called Kids’ Crafternoon. Lisa’s monthly column on decor8, Make Me, focuses on beautiful simple projects that don’t require a lot of time or specialized materials or skills. Her blog, the red thread, features her gorgeous craft tutorials together with inspirational finds in design, art, craft and interiors. You can catch Make Me on decor8 once monthly.
Interior design journalist, writer and stylist Holly Marder authors her blog Avenue Lifestyle, where she writes about style, interiors, food and lifestyle topics. Holly was born in South Africa, emigrated to Australia at the age of 11 and has spent the last six years living in Europe, where she met her Dutch fiancé. Based in Delft, the Netherlands, Holly comes across some very special spaces in her work, and shares a gorgeous home every month that she styled and photographed on decor8 in her column Homes With Heart.
Rincy Koshy authors Simple Times, where she reflects on small, special moments with encouraging words and inspiring images each month on decor8. Her focus is mainly on gatherings, travel and simple pleasures. Rincy was born in India, brought up in Michigan and lives in Dublin, Ireland where she works as a training pediatrician. By night, she blogs over at her gorgeous blog called a little bird.
Trend forecaster and expert Gudy Herder was born in Germany but has spent half of her life living in Barcelona, Spain. Each month on decor8, she writes about both macro and microtrends that she spots while attending interior trend shows and trade events. Primarily though, she records her finds on her own beautiful blog Eclectic Trends. She also takes part in European panel meetings where trends are discussed and prepared. She works as an interior and prop stylist in the area of art direction, photo shoots and catalogs and teaches strategic visual merchandising in the luxury field (you can watch a video showing her in action, here). Her work frequently takes her to Europe, the Middle East, South America and Asia to teach large and mid-size clients how to decorate and monitor sales in the retail business.