Well my dear readers and friends, it’s time for me to hop on the plane and go to London for my official book launch party + signing on Wednesday, April 13th at Liberty London. I’m so excited that I’m about to burst — and I promise photos and a recap! I can hardly believe this is really about to happen and I’m very, very excited about it. Here is my schedule for the week in case you’re interested. I’ll be tweeting from the road all week so please follow me on Twitter if you’d like to follow along. :)
Today I’ll arrive in London and then work with Sania Pell and Leslie Shewring to run through our demo together and do a bit of crafting. Can’t wait to be with Sania + Leslie again — such dear, sweet ladies!
Tuesday: I’ll be tied up at appointments all day, including a meet up over at Liberty to give merchandising our display that they’ll need to install before Wednesday. Fun! On Tuesday evening, a dinner with friends.
Wednesday: I’ll meet Leslie and Sania and we’ll pick all of the flowers that we need for our demo from the gorgeous Liberty flower shop on the first floor. Then it’s time to prepare the table for our demo and do the flower arrangements. At 4pm I have a private press event followed by a video that Liberty will shoot of me in their store. After that, I will do a customer talk at 6:00 to a private group as well. Then at 6:30 in the new Liberty Dining Room on the 3rd floor I will be there with Sania, Leslie and anyone who would like to join us to present a 20 minute styling demonstration along with some decorating tips. After the demo, there will be a signing and my co-author Jo Copestick will be there as well along with a mix + mingle until the store closes! Come one, come all! Lots of bloggers will be there so I’m very excited to meet many of my colleagues.
Thursday: I will return to Liberty again since they decided to add a day to my schedule to accommodate more of their customers and friends of decor8, so at 5:30 pm and at 7:00 pm I’ll do two more talks and signings (but no styling demo) so you’re welcome to attend either event but you’ll need to email my publicist, Liz Somers, to get on the guest list for Thursday (liz [dot] somers [at] aurumpress [dot] co [dot] uk). Come if you can!
On Friday, well… I can’t tell you much about Friday yet but I’ll fill you in on Twitter – fun stuff for sure! And on Saturday I’ll be in Notting Hill to shop and then returning back home in the evening. A very full week.
If you are coming to the Liberty launch party + demo on Wednesday or to the special talks at Liberty on Thursday, I can’t wait to meet you and share a special evening with you and so many other lovely Decorate contributors who will be there including photographer Debi Treloar. I can’t wait to see Virginia Armstrong, Emily Chalmers, Debi Treloar, Selina Lake, Abigail Ahearn, Yvonne from Yvestown and some others who contributed to Decorate. It will be a memorable occasion for sure. See you at Liberty!
Book fan page – Links to reviews, event dates, etc. I’ll be going on a mini US tour in July to Boston, New York, Philly, Atlanta, Chicago (may
Order on Amazon.co.uk
The book just released in the UK on March 25 but Anthropologie has an exclusive on it so only they can sell it in advance of it’s US release date on April 20. That means you can go to your nearest Anthro store and pick up a copy now in the US and in the UK. After April 20th you can find it in stores in the states and online where books are sold.
I can’t wait to see you at Liberty on Wednesday and/or Thursday — and if you cannot make it, I’ll be in the states in July so perhaps I’ll be able to meet you then because I’d love that. This is a very exciting time in my life, I am thrilled, scared, excited, emotional (very emotional) and I’m really savoring each moment of this. We all have those moments in life, whether it is launching a book, having a baby, buying a home, getting married… they are all very big events so you must be able to relate to the emotions I’m feeling right now – it’s a crazy mix for sure. I can’t wait to be “in the moment” this week and to meet so many who have been such an inspiration to me — and of course, I will share lots of great photos the moment I return. Enjoy your week… I’ll catch up with you very soon again.
(images: holly becker for decor8)
I received the most beautiful little package on my door step yesterday from the Kindergallery. It’s a darling book called Tucked In written by Meredith Gaston who is an Illustrator/writer, and published by Penguin Books. It even comes with it’s own bookmark “tucked” into the jacket of the book. Brilliant! Would you like to see a glimpse? This should come with a warning though: scroll down and die of the cuteness, which will result in purchasing the book. But that’s okay, Meredith would like that and someone with her talent should be supported so she can keep making more books that we can cuddle in our beds at night with a cup of chamomile tea with honey in hand….
About the book, because it says it all so nicely, “Bed needn’t be a place just for sleeping. Whether you are young or old, nimble or wobbly, tucked into bed on the doctor’s orders or on your very own whim, you can use your time in bed to explore your creativity and heal your soul. Meredith Gaston, artist and passionate lover of all things bed, encourages us to discover that our tucked-in time can be as creative as it is restorative, enriching our days and bringing joy to our lives. We learn how to analyse our dreams and find out what our sleeping positions reveal about our personalities, as well as creating our own tucked-in haiku poetry, comfort foods and dream catchers. Simply snuggle back, relax, and be guided through a world of tea cup cosies, shadow puppets, favourite bed socks and eclectic sleepy facts. The perfect gift for the bedbound or balm for the world-weary, Tucked In is sure to uplift, soothe and inspire.”
This book promises all that it says it will – and more… The illustrations made my heart leap and I’ve referred to it a number of times already in the past 24 hours since receiving it — it’s so darling and such a pleasure to read as the text is delightful, but the color and whimsical illustrations are the cutest! I want to buy several copies to give to friends as I know it would be a hit. I love the tips as well because I think it’s important to have bedtime rituals and to sleep well because without restful sleep it’s hard to wake up with fresh ideas and a good spirit. Having a good spirit invites good things to happen to us – it attracts the right opportunities and the right people our way, so it is only smart to sleep well and dream sweet. In fact, this is something that my husband has said to me every night since 1998 since we were dating, in German the expression is, “Gute Nacht, schlaf schön und träum süß” or “Good night, sleep well and dream sweet.”
(images: holly becker for decor8)
I have a special preview that you’ll love but first, this week slipped by so quickly and truth is, I don’t like it! I feel sad when I’m away from my blog and apologize for not writing since Tuesday. Thing is, I’ve been a bit busier than usual and haven’t had much time to compose a post and I hate throwing something up just for the sake of having a blog post. I miss you all! I’m having blog withdrawal though it’s only been three days — it’s funny how much a blog becomes a part of life just as much as anything else you grow to cherish. How are you doing? Are you well? I thought I’d tell you some exciting news – I worked with Leslie Shewring to produce a story on creativity that will run in the summer issue of Matthew Mead Holiday magazine! We are both very excited and so I thought I’d share some glimpses of the magazine with you today to whet your appetite for the other features that you can find in the same issue as well.
Isn’t this all so inviting and pretty? Matthew Mead does such a nice job on each carefully thought out issue. He really does produce lovely things and I enjoy seeing his touch on an entire magazine – he certainly has the eye for it.
The issue is filled with beautiful color, simple ideas and decorating tips along with recipes and a trip to Trish Foley’s house near the Hamptons along with an article about tapping in to your creativity by Leslie and I. You can order online here and issues will be in the mail during the first week of May. I can’t wait to see it!!!
(images: matthew mead holiday)
I just heard from Est magazine that they’ve officially launched online and I’m so excited and pleased to share this stunning e-mag with you. I love it! I don’t want to gush too much but it’s a brilliant magazine, fresh and pure, and really fills a niche out there as you’ll soon see from the photos below – it’s relaxed and very stylish with a nod to the past as well as a welcoming hug to the new.
Est was founded by Editor-in-chief Sian MacPherson and Creative Director Lynda Evans who source the world for creative talents of all types from photographers, designers, stylists, writers and trend spotters to include in their issue. I like that it’s interactive with links and videos, which makes it so much more interesting to me to read on a computer screen than a print version since I think that if you’re going to put the work into producing an e-magazine that you may as well add videos and links because the technology is there — and it makes the digital experience so much more fun!
In the online magazine world, I think Est is a refreshing addition that I’m sure will do very well – I’m already a fan and plan to read it regularly. Though I love print publications, e-magazines like Est can really stand out and stay fresh through interactive content drawing in those who want to see “behind the scenes” of articles for instance, or exclusive content. I think this video from Martha Stewart Living and Adobe explains exactly what I mean by all of this… it’s so inspiring!
This is definitely the year of interactive content from e-magazines to e-courses and I love what I’m seeing out there so far. What do you think? Are you for it, against, or somewhere in the middle when it comes to digital mags and while we’re at it, e-courses?
(images: est magazine)
Today is a very happy day! I just found out that Anthropologie has an exclusive on my book, Decorate, which means that only they can sell it before it officially launches in the states on April 20th so starting today, you can order it on their website and find it in stores nationwide. I nearly died when I found out this exciting news and of course, did a happy dance when I saw it online.
I can’t put into words the enormously gratitude that I feel for their support as well as the many small, independent boutiques and even large book sellers who will stock it. I’ve been feeling emotional about this all day really… as people are receiving their review copies from around the world and emailing me with notes of thanks and joy — I don’t really know what to say except how grateful I am that I registered my blog years ago and started writing online after quitting my corporate job in search of living a more creative life doing work that I love that also happens to make other people happy and feel more creative, too. Well, it happened but the funny part of this whole journey is that it took a village to make this possible — and I have all of you to thank and I did so in the dedication that I wrote in the book to each and every one of you.
On another note, I was recently notified by a buyer at Selfridges department store in London that they’ll also start stocking the book this month on March 25 (a few days after my birthday) and during the first week of April my book will be on a special “premiere” shelf in-store. How exciting this all is… I can’t believe all of this is happening.
I must pause for a moment though to say that I know that I’m going to sound a little self absorbed over the next few months but I’m not at all trying to be. I’m excited and happy and so, so appreciative that you just may have to listen to me talk about this book a lot. I want to have a giveaway too and I was thinking that maybe some of you would like a book plate for your book that I can sign and dedicate to you and then you can have it for your copy. Would you like that? I have to figure out how to do this, but once I do I’ll let you know because so many have asked for signed copies and I honestly gave this part little thought because I only thought the Kelly Wearstler’s and the JK Rowlings of the world sign books – but I love the idea of dedicating a book to you personally so if I cannot sign your copy in person then perhaps a book plate will make you happy. Let me look into this and I’ll let you know more soon…
By the way… if you live in India you can order the book from Infibeam.
Also The Book Depository in the UK who will ship worldwide for FREE! Yes, really! But they won’t ship it until after March 25 and it’s the UK version written in British English.
I have more news to share with you soon concerning the UK book launch party on April 13 in London — I’ll talk about that later this week!
P.S. Decorate has a fan page on Facebook if you want to “like” it or “friend” it or whatever. I know, I know! ha ha! Too funny, right?!