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Decorate For a Party: Cover Reveal + Pre-Order!

July 5, 2016

I’m so happy that today I can finally share the name of my next book, my fourth (!), and it’s called Decorate For a Party: Stylish And Simple Ideas For Meaningful Gatherings! AND…. We have a cover, which I styled and photographed myself. In fact, I took over 100 photos that appear inside of the book, and my co-author Leslie Shewring shot even more along with Janis Nicolay, Holly Marder and Laure Joliet. Girl power for sure! Leslie and I so much fun and loads of help on this project between friends helping us set tables, home owners modeling for photos, friends helping to break down rooms, talented girls doing calligraphy, others running errands, we made huge messes with paper… Our friends appear in this book, my little boy, my home, Leslie’s studio, homes in Europe, California and Canada… Here’s the cover…

Decorate For a Party: Cover Reveal + Pre-Order!

This project means so much to Leslie and I and we are happy to share it with you too. I CANNOT BELIEVE this is happening, another book, and on a topic I’m so passionate about – gathering friends and family at home and how to decorate for your party that is stylish and pretty but not overly time-consuming, very budget-friendly without looking cheesy, and quite easy to pull off.

If there is one thing that drives me crazy, it’s having to worry and fuss when I have people over. I want the parties I plan to feel like I went out of my way, so guests feel special, but I don’t want them to think I went over-the-top which could intimidate them and make them afraid to invite ME over to their parties in return. I hate doing that – setting a scene so perfectly that people are almost afraid to be themselves and relax. I’ve been working on this book for over a year now with Leslie, we teamed up because she is the queen of entertaining with her annual Christmas parties for 25-30 family members and the many birthday parties and fests she throws throughout the year. I have been throwing parties for as long as I can remember too, so to team up was a lot of fun for us because we love the topic.

The cover is embossed with copper foil lettering and cloth and it’s loaded with ideas, full color images, DIY projects, and gorgeous parties that we created and photographed specifically for this book.

Decorate For a Party: Cover Reveal + Pre-Order!

The best part is, you can pre-order the book today! It comes out in September in English in both the UK and North America AND in October it will be available in German. More languages will follow in the months to come.

UK on Amazon
US on Amazon
US at Barnes & Noble
Canada at Indigo
In German at Amazon.de, the title is Feierlaune- Die schönsten Deko- & Food-Ideen für entspannte & fröhliche Feste
#decorateforaparty

What do you think about the cover? Are you excited to see inside? I can’t wait to show you more in the weeks to come and Leslie and I really hope that you love it.

xo,

Holly

 






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7 Easy Ways To Create Botanical Style At Home

June 14, 2016

Hello everyone! I’m so glad that you’ve visited today because plants and flowers are such a big trend in home decor and today we have a special guest with us, British Author and Stylist Selina Lake, who is giving us 7 tips for decorating at home to create a style she’s called Botanical Style. In fact, you can see this style in her beautiful new book under the same title published by Ryland Peters & Small.

I’ve photographed some spreads at the end of this post — each page is one beautiful example after another of how to live with plants and flowers and it’s as intoxicating as it is informative and idea-packed. Would you like to see some of my favorite rooms from the book and hear some of Selina’s decor advice especially for decor8 readers today? Good!  All 7 tips below are based on the photos directly above them, each tip is from Selina and the styling in the photo is also her own work. Let’s see what she has in store to inspire all of us today, shall we?

7 Easy Ways To Create Botanical Style At Home
1. Bring the plants to the mantel
I’ve styled my marble mantlepiece using some key accessories to create the botanical mood. Vintage botanical prints are a great starting point, here I used a Marcus Ward & Co plant print by F.Edward Hulme, which I bought from a vintage fair to hang in the centre of the chimney breast wall. A great tip for hanging old prints is to use wooden trouser hangers, I buy mine online.

To add some pattern I have placed a large round tray adorning a Michael Angove Fennel & Dill design from Hus & Hem adjacent to the print. I love scented candles so I always have a couple ready to burn on my mantel, my favorites are Diptyque Bais and Moroccan Rose by True Grace.

Finally I add the botany, a Fittonia plant sits happily in its own microclimate under a glass dome. A lofty penstemon with coral pink flowers that I will plant out in my garden after a few days sits alongside lacy delta maidenhair ferns, with a faux tropical leaf stem from Abigail Ahern and fresh cuttings from my garden arranged in jam jars.

7 Easy Ways To Create Botanical Style At Home

2. Don’t paint over the shabby and worn
There’s something really romantic about the bringing together something old with chipping paint or peeling vintage wallpaper and combining with beautiful botanical blooms. Here an amazing wall in a charming Swedish Farmhouse has been left with layers of old wallpaper visible in patches.

When restoring old buildings its tempting to rip out everything and start again but to save the vintage appeal and character of a space theres a fine balance between modernizing and making a space livable while still maintaining the glorious patina and charm. I’ve used cool blue hydrangeas along with flowering horse mint and displayed the stems in a array go simple glass vases.

7 Easy Ways To Create Botanical Style At Home
3. Plants work great in an Industrial space 
This fabulous plant shop is part of The Fresh Flower Company in East Dulwich, London and doubles as a workshop space were floral and plant demonstrations and botanical crafting take place. The rough brick walls of the former industrial space make the perfect backdrop for all the leafy plants, succulents and cactus that are for sale.

To recreate a full on industrial botanical display at home, your need an old piece of furniture which was once used in a factory, school, shop or a place of work. Think old wooden display cabinets, metal trollies and rough wooden tables with metal legs, then start collecting a variety of plants and use the surface of your industrial piece of furniture to create the display. Use concrete and metal pots to house the plants to keep the industrial theme coherent throughout.

7 Easy Ways To Create Botanical Style At Home

4. Be dramatic
The trend for all things dark and floral has migrated from the fashion catwalks into our homes. In the living room of this London townhouse owned by Wild at Heart Florist Nikki Tibbles, ‘Dark Floral’ wallpaper by Ellie Cashman makes a dramatic statement. The large-scale floral is inspired by the still life paintings of the Dutch Golden Age, Its majestic with its rose and peony cascade and showy background. There’s no need for blousy, fresh flower arrangements in this room as the walls do the talking. The modern copper table lamps establishes a modern feel while pops of color ensures the room isn’t gloomy with the botanical green cushions and colorful tapestry pouffe by Frédérique Morrel.
7 Easy Ways To Create Botanical Style At Home

5. Create a natural look that is still well-planned
This multi functional living space in Carole Poirot’s London apartment has been carefully divided into zones that are united by houseplants, poppy seed heads and foliage. The low white display cabinet on the right separates the dining areas from this end of the room, where a daybed loaded with cushions and throws provides a cosy spot for relaxation. The book cabinet and desk on the left make a compact home office area. Unite your own open plan space with botanicals by choosing a selection of houseplants which suit your furniture pieces. Use trailing plants up high on the top of tall cupboards or bookcases and gather small pot plants together in another area maybe on a coffee or side table.

7 Easy Ways To Create Botanical Style At Home

6. Cover Your Headboard (and footboard)
Botanicals make an appearance in this glam London bedroom on the bed! It’s been upholstered in a digital print floral fabric. To try something similar in your own room, recover a padded headboard with a bold floral fabric or choose a full on floral quilt. The cushions have a luxury feel and are made from vintage silk scarves. Placing fresh flowers next to your bed is always a good idea, especially if they are scented like these roses.

7 Easy Ways To Create Botanical Style At Home

7. As a Bold Pattern In a White Room
I love this Castanea wallpaper by House of Hackney which I have on one wall of our otherwise white bedroom. My tip here was I positioned our bed against the wall so it sill felt like a calm sleep space, while keeping a fun element. I’m normally not one for the ‘matchy matchy’ look but I’m such a fan of this particular design I needed the matching linen cushions to complete the look. A simple filament bulb with black flex makes a great bedside light and there’s always a suitable corner for a potted palm.

Wow, thanks Selina for those tips… So readers, here are some shots of the book from my personal copy so you can get a sense of what it looks like inside…

7 Easy Ways To Create Botanical Style At Home

7 Easy Ways To Create Botanical Style At Home

7 Easy Ways To Create Botanical Style At Home

7 Easy Ways To Create Botanical Style At Home

Thank you so much for visiting us today on decor8 Selina with your great tips for bringing Botanical Style to our homes. It was such a pleasure having you and I’ve loved looking at your book so far, it’s gorgeous and I wish you all the best with it!

(Photography: Rachel Whiting © Ryland Peters & Small – Book spreads photographed by Holly Becker for decor8)






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KOEL Magazine For Yarn + Decor Lovers

May 17, 2016

I’m thrilled to tell you about a beautiful new print magazine that my friend Irene Hoofs from Bloesem is about to launch for crafting with yarn for the home! Inspired by her love of yarn, she’s given it a Dutch name, KOEL (pronounced cool), and will focus the content on beautiful projects and things for the home produced by and for yarn lovers. I find it particularly interesting that this project isn’t one she’s facing alone though. She took a leap of faith to put it out on a crowdfunding site – which takes a lot of courage – since she has great hope that her friends and fans will support this beautiful magazine due in stores globally in only four short months. You can learn all about KOEL and her project here.

KOEL Magazine For Yarn + Decor Lovers

I personally LOVE the idea of getting your audience to support you. Sure, things can all be funded by big business, corporate sponsors or by taking out a major loan and winging it but there is a lot to be said for asking those who love what you do to contribute to a project that will not only give them a chance to support you but a chance to have the product before anyone else. I think it’s a bit sad that bloggers and stuff on the internet in general is always expected to be free because talented people burn out so easily when they’re not seeing monetary gain from all of the hard work they’re doing. If you plan to produce a tangible product that a person can hold, in this case a print magazine, why not go to your crew and ask for some financial backing? I believe that you have to ask for help.

You just gotta. So many try to be independent but we also need to balance this with being dependent. We need other people. In the case of the internet, we are all really quite interdependent too – don’t you think? We need one another to grow. I support you, you support me, I need you, you need me. It’s all done with a spirit of friendship but also with a strong will to thrive and become successful with what we’re doing. Why not? I also think it’s important to support women in business. Irene is a mother of two young boys who happens to be a successful business owner thanks to blogging and her friends online. That’s the stuff dreams are made of. A self-made woman is a beautiful thing – to be able to make your dreams come true and work for yourself is really amazing. But you need people to help you along the way. Talent and drive aren’t enough.

I was reading a funny quote this morning that my friend and fine artist, Sebastian Maria Otto, had posted on his Facebook page awhile back. I don’t think he said it originally, but who cares, that’s not the point. It’s so good, look:

“We don’t like money but realize it’s the best way to get drinks at the bar”. 

This is how I think a lot of creative people feel. We don’t like to ask for money! We don’t even like money! But it is the best way to get what we need.

Irene says, “With an audience of over 40 million yarn crafters in the United States and many more globally, the market for KOEL to tap into is very much alive and growing. Yarn crafting for the home has gained significant interest from crafters worldwide.” Yes, for sure. In fact, I think when you combine yarn craft with a cool, clean aesthetic and layout you really can’t go wrong. When I look at most knitting magazines, well… Not really ones I find super inspirational to look at. Continue Reading…






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10 Ways To Balance Work With Motherhood

April 27, 2016

Hi everyone! I’m so excited and honored to welcome my dear friend Samantha Hahn, a talented Brooklyn-based illustrator and author who has so touched so many beautiful things with her work from illustrations and hand lettering for major magazines to her own beautiful books.

10 Ways To Balance Work With Motherhood

She is celebrating the launch of her two recent titles, A Mother Is a Story and a Journal to match called Stories For My Child, both published by Abrams, so in honor of mother’s everywhere I’ve asked her to visit us today and give us 10 tips for balancing work and motherhood.  Continue Reading…






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10 Styling + Photography Tips For Decor + Food

April 20, 2016

Hi readers, I can’t wait to share the words and photos in this post today because I’ve got the fabulous Leela Cyd stopping in to teach us her tips and tricks on styling and photographing decor and food at parties. Are you ready to hear her 10 tips? Take it away, Leela!

10 Styling + Photography Tips For Decor + Food

Hi decor8 readers, Leela here. The most important thing hosting a fete, be it for 2 or 20 people, is to remember that it’s just really all about the company you keep — not the perfection of the food or styling, so relax a little, embrace imperfections and make time just to enjoy the conversation and connection. So here are my tips for styling a party and photographing food! For all of these and more ideas on styling, pulling together your table to already create beautiful food moments, plus 85 easy recipes that celebrate friendship and fun, please check out my book — FOOD WITH FRIENDS. Continue Reading…






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Book Review: The Shopkeeper’s Home

October 6, 2015

It was such a pleasure to learn that my publisher in the UK, Jacqui Small, signed new author Caroline Rowland because it’s always nice to have talented new authors in your circle. Caroline’s first book just launched called The Shopkeeper’s Home and so I had to offer to help spread the word to support her new book writing career. I had a virtual coffee and chat with her this morning and she gave me a few insights into her book and tips for those of you who may be interested in getting a book deal of your own. I thought I’d share our chat with you now along with some beautiful photos from her book that will definitely have you running out to buy The Shopkeeper’s Home. Ready?

Book Review: The Shopkeeper's Home

decor8: Caroline, can you please tell us about your background?

CR: I studied photography at university, then worked on picture desks mainly at the Financial Times. I set up my blog, Patchwork Harmony, in 2008 and 91 Magazine in 2011 while still working full time but finally went freelance in 2013. 

decor8: How did you get a book deal, what are some tips for those who want to get into books?

CR: Jacqui Small was aware of my work with 91 Magazine, and we had a meeting way back when I still worked for the Financial Times, but it was only after I went freelance that I approached them with my book idea and things went from there. I think it’s good to build a brand/aesthetic first so publishers can see what you are about. Think about unique ideas that might work as a book. It needs to be something you’re really passionate about too as you’ll be working on it for quite a while!
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