Light and bright, gotta love light and bright! I’ve talked about By Nord before but when Cozy Living sent over press access to their images, I couldn’t resist sharing some of my favorite new products with all of you. I love their shower curtains, really pretty, and of course their cushions and the darling bread apron on their cute male model (wink). Everything looks so rustic and natural – and coastal but not your typical coastal style – very graphic, modern, clean and tactile. I don’t decorate with navy blue at home, but against white it all looks fresh and bright enough – not depressing and heavy. I also love seeing navy with blush pink, a terrific combination.
Today is the first of May and is a holiday here in Germany, so I’m taking off to clean up my balcony, repot 24 geraniums, prune and re-pot several indoor Dronning Ingrid geraniums, and decorate my little outdoor city oasis. I love creating a green space for myself, and since the balcony is located off of my work studio, I can use my ipad and laptop out there in the summer and still link in through my wifi which is a bonus – so I can work from home, but outside in the sunshine. Are you thinking about your outdoor spaces now too? A patio? Porch?
I have two wintergartens in the back of my apartment facing the backyard and gorgeous pear tree, and the front balcony faces the street, so I have 3 spaces to spruce up for summer in the next few weeks. I’m looking forward to pulling them together – my friend Leslie Shewring will be here soon and we’ll begin shooting for our upcoming book, so I have only a few weeks before she arrives to get the house together for our shoots. I can’t wait because now we can get moving on our project and start to really SHOW you some peeks as we go and tell you more about our book. What I know right now is that it will release Spring ’14 and we’re doing a North American book tour, along with hitting London and Germany and maybe a few other countries over here! In each of our stops, one of us will be teaching or, if we’re together, we’ll both be teaching, so no matter where you find us prepare to have fun and learn and walk away super inspired and happy. Before all of that can even happen though, we have to shoot and write the book! So that’s our mission between now and mid-summer since that our editor has now finished the flat plan and we fed through all of our ideas to her and the publishers, and the book designer and I had a lovely call so she’s on board and ready to go, too. We have to turn the book in October 1 so it can be printed and ready for all of you in the Spring and we plan to take vacation time this summer to be with our families, so we have to get moving! I can’t wait until I can tell you more about the project, reveal the title, etc. You will (hopefully) swoon and feel happy about it. We want our love for this project to beam through the pages, we are putting so much love and effort into it, so let’s see what it looks like in the end – we hope, a really lovely, creative book!
I was going to go on a big North American tour for Decorate Workshop this month with West Elm, but since Leslie is coming and we have tons of work to do for our book, I sadly had to postpone the book tour and just combine it with the tour for book #3 in the Spring so I can see everyone then – you can bring Decorate Workshop to any signing next year for our book and I’ll happily sign and dedicate your copy. I won’t be coming to America this year for Decorate Workshop (big frown), and I know a lot of you were excited about getting together, I was too, but balance is so important to me! You just can’t tax yourself out when you are writing a book – your energy and love needs to really flow into it and that can’t happen when you are burnt out, stressed or rushing the project. Good ideas take time and great ideas take more time so this summer, it is all about our book. But let me tell ya, when I’m back on American soil next Spring with book #3 touring with Leslie, we will see all of you and hit as many cities as possible thanks to Chronicle Books and West Elm and hopefully, we can grab some of you as helpers, guest speakers, co-teachers, etc. so stay tuned for that! We want to include as many bloggers as we can so the events are really inspiring.
This is my first ever Really Good News column, a column where I share once weekly some really good news related to my life, business, books, etc. This week I have really good news because the German version of Decorate Workshop, which is called Holly Beckers Wunderbare Wohnideen, is a #1 bestseller in Germany! This makes me VERY happy. I also am excited because so many German bloggers, actually some of the BEST blogs over here, wrote about my book, made cute videos, hosted giveaways, shot lovely photos of the book in their home showing favorite spreads, etc. which makes me even happier. It is hard to live abroad in a new market, new language, and to have your books translated into another language because you wonder what you sound like in German, you know? You wonder if people here will like your style? You wonder about a lot actually! But as I read the book in German, I feel like it is very much in my voice, and this makes me feel good inside.
I really must shout out the bloggers here in Germany who featured my book because without their support, my book may not have gotten off to such a great start. And I have to thank my publisher, Callwey, along with my publicist, Isabel, because she is doing a great job on my book. Please click on all of the links below because even if you cannot read German, you will still find some beautiful blogs to add to your RSS feed and learn about some great new things. I want to thank everyone listed below, really, I am forever grateful!
- Frag’ doch einfach Holly!- Callwey
- Book Review: German ‘Decorate Workshop’- Happy Interior
- Meine 5 Lieblingsräume aus Holly Beckers neuem Buch – 23qmStil
- Holly Beckers wunderbare Wohnideen – milchmaedchen design
- Book review video + shop owner thoughts – Confiture de Vivre
- Inspiriert! – Luzia Pimpinella
- Giveaway holly beckers wunderbare wohnideen – Luzia Pimpinella
- Holly Beckers Wunderbare Wohnideen – Twins Garden
- Wunderbare Wohnideen – Sodapop Design
- Holly Beckers Wunderbare Wohnideen – 3zimmerkuechebad
- Bücherliebe: Hollys wunderbare Wohnideen – Kikabu
- Wunderbare Wohnideen von Holly Becker – Evart
- Book review video – Evart
- Giveaway holly beckers wunderbare wohnideen – Lieber Tee
- Holly Beckers Wunderbare Wohnideen – Der Buchleser
- Holly Beckers 8 Schritte zu einem kreativen Zuhause – Buecher Querbeet
- Giveaway Holly Beckers Wunderbare Wohnideen – Papier Salat
- Video book review – Janna Werner
- Holly Beckers wunderbare Wohnideen, eine Buchvorstellun – Cozy & Cuddly
- Rezension: Holly Beckers wunderbare Wohnideen – Helga Koenig
- Das Neue Buch von Holly Becker – Taste Sheriff
- Video book review – Clara Kirschner
- Das neue Buch von Holly Becker – Leuchtend Grau
- Restyle – Azurweiss
- Wunderbare Wohnideen. 8 Schritte zu einem kreativen Zuhause – rosa p.
- Wunderbare Wohnideen – ein neues großartiges Buch – Sweet Times
- Decorate Workshop [wunderbare Wohnideen entdecken und lernen, sie richtig umzusetzen] – was eigenes
- Holly Beckers wunderbare Wohnideen – mondgras
- In acht Schritten zum persönlicheren Zuhause – Moebel
- Holly Beckers ‘Wunderbare Wohnideen’ – Blaubarschmaedl
- Holly Beckers wunderbare Wohnideen – Kinder Blog
- Jeanny’s lovely mention on her Instagram – thank you Zucker, Zimt und Liebe!
I was so happy about these reviews that I made a special pinboard where I pinned them all and will continue to do so as I receive more mentions from German bloggers and the press here. It’s such a treat!
I also want to thank German magazine, Schoener Wohnen, who gave my book a shout out on their website here and the German version of Mollie Makes magazine for reviewing my book on page 70 in their May issue. I also love the web preview and beautiful article Brigitte magazine produced for their site which you can see here. You can also find a beautiful article about me in the May issue of Living At Home. I feel so blessed with press like this.
From my heart… THANK YOU!
There is a Dutch magazine called Flow that I really love, though I cannot understand a word of it. They recently introduced an English version (order here) and I ordered it and wow, that lifted a huge veil! Did you know that Flow also has seasonal books, too?
I didn’t either until December when I taught a blogging workshop at my home and Dutch student, Louise, gave one to another student as a present. Yes, we did a gift exchange. I never saw it done before at a blogger event, but the idea was for each blogger to bring a gift – something from their country that they really love – so that when they arrive at the workshop and were introduced to their partner-in-crime for the weekend (we paired up teams), they both could exchange gifts. The bloggers, as a result, loved the idea soooo much! And I loved it because I could watch everyone unwrapping and saying ahhhhhh a lot! One gift struck me as so amazing that blogger, Louise, asked if I wanted a copy too and I said YES YES ohhh YES and a month later, I paid her and it was in my mailbox.
Now, with the spring edition out, Louise asked me if I wanted the latest copy and I was so happy she offered, so I bought another copy from her. I tell ya, it’s magic when there are people so nice as to do things like this. Today, the spring Flow book arrived and though it’s in Dutch (boo hoo), I still love looking at it. The layouts, the colors, the freebies (cards and planners and posters, oh my!), it’s all so inspirational and nice. I wish it were available in English – I’d be totally in love. But for now, I love it as it is – so thank you Louise and thank you Flow for creating something so inspirational in print. When I see stuff like this I know for a fact that print is here to stay as long as publishers GET CREATIVE!
And don’t you love how Louise wrapped it in brown paper, gift wrap paper and washi tape? So pretty – thank you Louise!
Here are the freebies on my pinboard – I wanted to show you what everything looked like. There is a poster, 5 postcards and a weekly planner. I also added Louise’s pretty wrapping paper. Love!
Are you a Flow fan?
(images: holly becker for decor8)
It’s wedding season, think spring! Maybe if we all wish for it hard enough it will appear because today we got more snow!? So I decided to pull out this wedding book for a little inspiration and to practice my German as I try to make sense of it all. I am in total wedding mode recently, especially with the release of a new magazine I just discovered (more about that in the next post) and now, this super girly German wedding book, Einfach heiraten! just published here in Germany and it is as pretty as it is practical and full of DIY ideas and advice. Here is a peek below!
I have several beautiful wedding books by other great bloggers on my desk, but I never cover wedding books on decor8 (especially in a foreign language) but because Steffi is my friend, I made an exception because I found it so thoughtfully done and I remember all of the work Steffi put into it while she was writing, writing, writing! On one occasion, I was with my friend Charlotte in Hamburg having a meeting and decided to introduce her to Steffi so we met up and she came looking like her mind was in the clouds. She had that typical author’s glaze, like you just knew the poor lady was up until the wee hours perfecting her recipe – this book! It’s a hard job to write but even more, to get your publishers to get on board with your vision and to respect your viewpoint.
I haven’t asked Steffi about that process but from the looks of this book, it really looks like the work I remember her doing during her days at Brigitte magazine, one of Germany’s top lifestyle magazines for women. I think the book really reflects her love for magazines because it feels very magazine-like. Whenever I meet with my publishers, they always tell me that I have a very magazine approach to books and I often felt really bad about that because I want to have a “book” approach but I always go back to a magazine approach. Steffi’s book goes beyond wedding tips and ideas (I am already married after all) so I don’t need a wedding how-t0, but as I flipped through it my point became clear to me all over again that bringing a magazine approach to books does really work. My first book, Decorate, was written with the idea of making it feel more like a magazine with lively layouts and bites of info and all of the quotes that we used, and the same with my second book, which was also part workbook. Steffi and I are on the same page with this – books that feel more interactive and fresh work!
More and more, I really believe that when it comes to how readers interact with printed publications is how they interact online – they want more bite-sized chunks of text around images, everything should be laid out really beautifully with main points highlighted and feature in-depth expert advice combined with a more personal feeling… Not like some big shot author sitting there telling you what to do in 50 million words, but a chatty knowledgable friend, guiding you as to what steps to take next. It’s so important to stick to your vision and plow forward and I’m glad to see that Steffi did this.
I really like the outcome of Steffi’s ideas – but I must say that photo directly above melted my heart. I really loved it so I had to show you. I found it to be so relaxed and inviting.
Seeing the finished product, this book, was a joy for me. I pre-ordered it on Amazon last year the second that it was available! When it arrived, I felt proud because it’s packed with lots of great things that I know brides, especially in Germany, really need to know. While there are tons of wedding books in America loaded with beautiful visuals and amazing ideas, we just don’t have German authors writing incredible wedding books that feel current. For this market, this book REALLY stands out.
SO readers, let me ask you, what do you look for in books these days? What makes you buy them?
(images: Holly Becker for decor8)