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Our Book Party Photos From Vancouver

May 12, 2014

Hello everyone! I’m just thrilled to share our book party photos from our first book party for Our Book Party Photos From Vancouver

All of these photos were shot by Vancouver-based photographer Janis Nicolay? She photographed most of the Canadian interiors in our book. Naturally, she had to be at the book party to share in the fun of the evening. We were so thrilled when she offered to take some photos to capture the spirit of the event. I wish we could have her travel with us and shoot all of our events – she is one of the best photographers out there – I love her eye and style.

Our Book Party Photos From Vancouver

The lady in the middle has her home in our book, her name is Kate Horsman. The stunning woman to her right is her mom and to her left, her equally beautiful sister. What a gorgeous group. Thank you Kate for lending us your home to shoot in – we loved styling one of our entertainment shots in your dining room with your incredible white piano!

Our Book Party Photos From Vancouver

Our Book Party Photos From Vancouver

This is Leslie with Megan Close (The Media Relations Manager for The Cross) and Stephanie Vogler (owner of The Cross). These ladies went above and beyond for our book and for this event – we are honored! Thank you so much.

Our Book Party Photos From Vancouver

Our Book Party Photos From Vancouver

Our Book Party Photos From Vancouver

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Our Book Party Photos From Vancouver

Our Book Party Photos From Vancouver

Leslie with one of the professional photographers who helped shoot Decorate With Flowers, the talented Janis Nicolay, who also writes Pinecone Camp. We love you Janis!

Our Book Party Photos From Vancouver

Leslie shown above with some of our guests, fans who love Decorate With Flowers and Leslie’s blog. I wish I could have been there but soon when my baby Aidan is older, I can start traveling to some of the upcoming events we have in the pipeline. Thank you again to The Cross for this beyond beautiful event that you hosted for us and for selling out of all of our books! Yay!

Our next flower party is in the plans in North America and also in the UK and Europe, but we still need to finalize everything. When we do, I’ll post our events on decor8 so you possibly may join us. To learn more about our new book, please visit our Decorate With Flowers website which is loaded with gorgeous photos for you to use on your blog and to pin to your Pinterest page.

(photography: janis nicolay)






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German Blog Book Tour: Wohnen mit Blumen

March 14, 2014

I want to pop in to THANK my dear German blogger friends (listed below) for being part of the Wohnen mit Blumen (Decorate With Flowers) book tour this week and next! I’m thrilled to see your reviews and to know that you like the book – it’s always so scary to write a book and launch it, you’re always wondering what people will think, right? You know, it’s such a big deal when you put anything you do out into the world that is considered a creative project – “What will they say?” runs through your head quite a bit initially along with , “How will it be received?”… Especially in foreign markets. Well, Leslie and I are overjoyed to see the German market is very happy with our book. I can’t wait until I go into stores here and see it – that will indeed be a wonderful moment for us both. I’m also hoping to plan a few workshops/parties in Germany, but most likely not until the summer/fall so I can take more time off to be with our baby first. He is so cuddly, I can’t be away from him for long right now without missing him loads. But if I do a workshop locally, I can bring him with me and that would sure be nice.

German Blog Book Tour: Wohnen mit Blumen

Here is a round-up of our wonderful blogger friends supporting us on this tour: Ricarda at 23qm Stil // Inga at GlomeryLane // Danny from Cozy and Cuddly // Yvonne von Fräulein Klein // Anna von AnnaSterntale // Caro von Sodapop Design // Bine von WasEigenes // Igor von Happy Interior Blog und Elodie von Madame Love. A million thanks for your love and support, you guys!!!

German Blog Book Tour: Wohnen mit Blumen

Also, thank you to our German publisher, Callwey Verlag, for this and this. So… I’m currently listening to Billy Jean/Michael Jackson with my baby boy (he so far loves R&B music – not at all interested in classical or folk/indie stuff, seems he loves bass!) and having a wonderful day as we prepare to go out for a few hours to enjoy the warm sunshine in the park because it’s mid to high 60s here right now and so, so beautiful outside – plus the cherry blossoms are in bloom! Hope you have a happy Friday too! I’ll be back with a home tour to wrap up the week, so stay tuned!

xo, Holly

(photos: inga from glomerylane)






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Inspiring Images You Can Use!

March 14, 2014

Hello everyone! I just uploaded some more gorgeous photos to our online gallery at DecorateWithFlowers.com for those of you who want to blog about our book – feel free to use them as long as you credit and link decoratewithflowers.com. I hope you love the images that you see below and on our website. Here are the latest that I’ve uploaded, you may recognize the home of Bri Emery from DesignLoveFest and Victoria Smith from SFGirlByBay, who are just two of the lovely homeowners we visited and photographed for our new book.

Inspiring Images You Can Use!

I also MUST shout out Leslie Shewring, who shot tons of gorgeous photos for the book in her studio space and to our two interiors photographers, Laure Joliet and Janis Nicolay, who photographed all of the interior shots in the book (except for those in my own home, which were photographed by Thorsten Becker). Janis and Laure did SUCH A GORGEOUS job, Leslie and I are both so grateful to you! We also want to shout out Leslie’s sister, Diane, and my assistant, Jessica Senti, who assisted on styling in the LA and Vancouver locations.

Inspiring Images You Can Use!

Inspiring Images You Can Use!

Inspiring Images You Can Use!

Inspiring Images You Can Use!

Inspiring Images You Can Use!

Inspiring Images You Can Use!

Inspiring Images You Can Use!

A few of the shots above are more detailed in our book as part of a full-on DIY story – so you can learn how to make these things in our book. We are so proud to be part of such a wonderful team of creative women who pulled together Decorate With Flowers!

(images: decoratewithflowers.com)






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UK Blog Book Tour: Decorate With Flowers, March 10-21, 2014

March 10, 2014

Hello friends! Today begins the UK blog book tour of Decorate With Flowers, the brand new book that Leslie Shewring and I produced that is now available for pre-order online in the UK, North America and Germany. In fact, if you order now via your local Amazon store online, you’ll get the book at a reduced price and it will arrive as soon as next week (I’ve been told) so you’ll have it before anyone else – in Germany you will have it this week if order here. I wanted to shout out the wonderful bloggers who will be sharing their reviews of our book beginning today through the release date of the book, March 21, which also happens to be my birthday. The lovely team at RED magazine in London will finish up the book tour on the 21st with a post on their blog, too. I’m a huge RED fan and specifically requested them to wrap up our tour, so I’m thrilled they’ve agreed!

UK Blog Book Tour: Decorate With Flowers, March 10-21, 2014

LONDON: Leslie and I will be in London during the week of the Chelsea Flower Show (end of May, date to be determined soon) to do a very special flower party at one of our favorite places, so stay tuned for the date which we’ll blog about soon!

Here’s the book tour line-up, starting today. I want to thank each of these wonderful ladies personally for supporting Leslie and I and our first book together. We’ve been wanting to do a book for a few years now as a team so this is a very special moment in time for us both.

UK Blog Book Tour: Decorate With Flowers, March 10-21, 2014

 

Again, many heartfelt thanks to these wonderful magazines, bloggers, stylists and other pros who are sharing their reviews of our new book over the next few weeks.If you want to follow the book tour, here is the schedule below:

Monday 10th March Flowerona | Twitter @Flowerona

Tuesday 11th March Trend Daily | Twitter @Trend_Daily

Wednesday 12th March Curate & Display | Twitter @TiffGrantRiley

Thursday 13th March Sania Pell | Twitter @SaniaPell

Friday 14th March Fabric of my Life | Twitter @fabricofmylife

Monday 17th March Heart Home Magazine | Twitter @hearthomemag

Tuesday 18th March Lobster & Swan | Twitter @lobsterandswan

Wednesday 19th March Bodie and Fou | Twitter @BodieandFou

Thursday 20th March Arianna Interiors | Twitter @Arianna_Trapani

Friday 21st March Red Magazine | Twitter @RedMagDaily

Thank you everyone! xo, Holly

(image: photo by leslie shewring)






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Geometric Florals

March 6, 2014

For the past six months or so, I’ve been a big fan of geo florals using triangles in particular… Though I’ve always loved geometrics combined with floral prints, the whole triangle with flowers obsession began when we were working with our book designer and she wanted to add a geometric touch to our end papers and book jacket spine… We first thought a small floral pattern, hand painted by Leslie, would have worked nicely but Helen loved the triangles that Leslie had painted and motivated us in that direction instead. Once I saw it, I was in love and ever since, I’ve been loving the look of geo florals with triangles. I’ve seen the combination plenty of times before but for me, it suddenly made a connection with me personally. I found this pattern below, made by Sesame & Lilly, and it pretty much nails the look I love – which is overlaying the two.

Geometric Florals

I’d really like to have a scarf like this or a piece of clothing or even art framed on my walls in this collage-y effect. Do you like geometries and florals together too? How do you like them, overlaid or side by side (like geometric prints on pants with a floral blouse)?

(image: sesame and lilly)






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Our New Book Has A Website!

February 28, 2014

Hello everyone! I’m so happy to be here today because when I’m not blogging, I’m thinking about blogging and all of the things that I want to share and show to you. I thought I’d first share a project I’ve been working on this week – the new website for Decorate With Flowers, my latest book in which I’ve teamed up with Leslie Shewring this time to produce a decorating book with a very floral point-of-view. I am so proud of it and what Leslie and I created together! We wrote it when I was pregnant, so I will forever cherish it based on that alone. I loved working so closely with Leslie on this title – she was my partner-in-crime throughout the entire project from beginning to end and we also were able to spend a special week together in my home when we began shooting the book back in May 2013 which has a little background story to it…

Our New Book Has A Website!

OK so a funny side story to share: Leslie and I went out each night for dinner after our shoots and our conversations kept going back to how much I wanted to have a baby and that it’s an important “next step” for me and that maybe after the book I’d get pregnant (since I planned to do a big book tour for Decorate With Flowers). During those conversations, Leslie kept giving me great tips and encouragement and basically was my pregnancy cheerleader. The only thing was, while we were out talking about my desire to start a family, I was ALREADY pregnant with Aidan! In fact, I found out 3 weeks after she left Hannover and I couldn’t believe it. Isn’t life funny?

Our New Book Has A Website!

DECORATEWITHFLOWERS.COM

So this is our new website for Decorate With Flowers… It is here that we’ll drop extra bonus content from the book, an image gallery where you can grab images to use on your blogs and pin for inspiration, press stuff (so if you write about us send your link to my assistant jessy [at] decor8blog [dot] com and we’ll link it to the press page), tour related information since Leslie and I plan to do some events in the UK, Europe, Canada and the United States… Though we won’t be doing a full on book tour together with West Elm and Chronicle Books as we had hoped since my son is only 18 days old, we will be visiting different cities to meet you guys and give workshops… And in May, in London, we’ll be together to do a lovely launch event with Anthropologie and Jacqui Small Publishing.

Our New Book Has A Website!

Decorate With Flowers will be published in 6 editions currently as outlined here. Foreign language editions include Italian, French, German and Dutch. The UK, US and German versions are shown photographed above. Purchase information here.

Our New Book Has A Website!

We sincerely hope that you enjoy, and will share, our book website! It’s something I thought to do for my second book but didn’t have the time so I definitely wanted to try it for the third! I find that nowadays online, you really have to look for interesting ways to promote your work that adds value and isn’t just another “look at me!” opportunity. That is why I think this website is so helpful – it makes it easy for others to find and use images from our book, find out where to buy them, the available languages, publication dates, who are publicity team is and also just background info on us and bonus content that we think readers, fans, friends and journalists who are looking for a story angle may find super helpful. It’s a good idea to pull everything together in one place. I don’t know about you guys, but these days we have social media connections all over the place and we can be found everywhere online – so I like the idea of having one spot where people can go to find out everything they need to know about Decorate With Flowers. If you are an author or due to become one, why not try creating your own book website too?

xo, Holly

(images: 1. Caitlin Sheehan 2. Screenshot 3. Leslie Shewring 4. Leslie Shewring)






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