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5 Eye-Catching Black + White Party Ideas

February 8, 2017

Hello friends, I had a most lovely book party in Hannover before Christmas when I launched Decorate For a Party (or in German, the book is called Feierlaune) in the city where I live with my friends and family whom I love so much. A bonus was that my little boy Aidan Benjamin, who turns 3 tomorrow, was there with me watching mama talk about my book and showing how to create a beautiful party scene using only black and white. There I am below with my little one looking on…

5 Eye-Catching Black + White Party Ideas

I love my son so much and to be “working” with him like this and to have him share in the festivities of my book party gave me no greater joy – in fact, this was such a special time for me to have him there. When I was styling the black and white gift giving party in my book, he was running around the room with me and Holly Marder (the photographer) along with Pamuk and Tinna, and he was so much younger! That was back in September 2014 when he was 19 months old. In this photo above he is already out of the toddler years and is a genuine little boy. The thing is, as he grows and works alongside of me as I produce my books and then, do book parties, I observe his growth and his maturity, how he went from not talking on the photoshoot to now, never being quiet and speaking in two languages fluently!

I’ve launched 4 books and have been to over 40 locations in North America and Europe since my first book came out years back… But never with him until now. He loved the cake pops and enjoyed meeting everyone and in the end, he did great being in a shop with nearly 100% ceramics and glass -he didn’t break a single thing. Good boy! I was so proud and I’m happy I got to finally have a book party in Hannover with him with me –  this is something I’ll never, ever forget.

5 Eye-Catching Black + White Party Ideas

I was so honored to take Decorate For a Party to London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Hamburg, Hannover, Zurich, and even the imm in Cologne where it was proudly on display in my stand. And Leslie launched the book in Victoria, British Columbia. This weekend, I’ll bring the book to Frankfurt to share at the Ambiente Fair in a video that they’ll put on their Facebook page. Book #4 gave me some great adventures and now I’m finalizing the concept for book 5, which I will write as the sole author, and it will release end of 2018 or Spring 2019. It’s going to be something very different from what you’d imagine and I’m breaking the “Decorate” series now so no more “Decorate…” books for the time being. I have decided to take a risk and try something very new. Let’s see what you will think!

5 Eye-Catching Black + White Party Ideas

5 Eye-Catching Black + White Party Ideas

Anke taking a photo for Instagram

5 Eye-Catching Black + White Party Ideas

I’m very happy here to receive flowers styled by local florist Sonja Klein.

5 Eye-Catching Black + White Party Ideas

Now I’ll give you 5 black and white party styling ideas, particularly for the winter months (like RIGHT NOW!). Ready for some tips?

  1. PATTERN MIX. Black and white can go super clinical or super minimalist and modern – not so much playful or fun, right? But if you mix and match patterns you can definitely insert the fun factor. I’ve chosen linens and ceramics from Marimekko and made hostess gift boxes for each plate which double as a place card since everyone has their name on a box. The boxes were simple white boxes but I used black washi tape to create a “ribbon” and black dot stickers from the stationery aisle in the local drug store to add a pattern.
  2. NO TABLECLOTH. I like the way a table can look without a table cloth, especially if you have a beautiful wood or simple white table. For a black and white party, especially if you have a white table, use a patterned runner to warm up the table with fabric and leave the rest bare for a more modern Scandinavian look.
  3. CHINESE TAKE AWAY BOXES. I love these boxes, you can get them everywhere it seems lately and the solid white without any writing are the ones I go for. I like to fill them with nuts, candy and crackers. You can embellish with black washi tape or just leave them plain.
  4. SPRIGS OF GREEN. Every black and white party needs a natural element to warm it up. Because it’s from nature, the color of it doesn’t disrupt the flow of your monochromatic scheme. Add sprigs of pine to clear glasses vases (or in this case Finnish champagne glasses) or add other greens like Eucalyptus or potted plants. The key is to use only one type of green down the table center so that it creates interest without becoming a focal point or cheap looking.
  5. NO PLACEMATS. I like placemats but honestly, it’s refreshing to drop them every once in awhile. Use large patterned napkins or solid black to give your plate something to rest against until guests take their seats.

5 Eye-Catching Black + White Party Ideas

5 Eye-Catching Black + White Party Ideas

Here I am receiving so much warmth and love from my dear friend Dietlind Wolf.

5 Eye-Catching Black + White Party Ideas

I had to create a place setting for my little boy!

5 Eye-Catching Black + White Party Ideas

5 Eye-Catching Black + White Party Ideas

5 Eye-Catching Black + White Party Ideas

I made Finnish himmeli and hung them in the shop window using birch-patterned straws. The DIY project is in the book!

5 Eye-Catching Black + White Party Ideas

Thank you to beautiful Eghlima Kiaei from Mundus for your bright and energetic spirit and your delicious cakes and cake pops – we love what you do and appreciate so much all you did to make this party so nice for us! Also many, many thanks to Hannover-based Photographer Martin Wehrmann for these lovely photographs and your happy nature and big smile. With special thanks to Imke Isermann at Kukkamari for allowing us to use this beautiful space for the afternoon. Finally, thank you to our German publishers, Random House/DVA, for giving Feierlaune to German-speaking Europe!

Oh and of course, thanks to everyone who came to celebrate with us (Anke, Gabi, Kerstin, Esra, Annette, Claudia, Kristina, Sean, Guru, Dietlind, Gundi, Anna, Sonja, Mary, Tinna, Sara, Emma, Jan + Wiebke, Berit + Heiko) and so many others for making this event so meaningful to me.

Love,

Holly






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Live Trendspotting from Ambiente: February 11 + 12

February 3, 2017

I am thrilled to announce my newest partnership with one of the most important trade shows in the world, Ambiente Frankfurt, where I will be reporting to you live on Saturday, February 11 and Sunday, February 12. I’ll tell you more in a moment, but first, how are you? It’s Friyay and I hope that you have some nice plans for the upcoming weekend. If you don’t, try to make some because it will make you feel better if you have something to look forward too. So…

Live Trendspotting from Ambiente: February 11 + 12

Reporting and trend scouting are double passions of mine and fairs give me a great way to do that, plus it’s always so special to meet those whom I admire behind some of my favorite interiors and lifestyle brands. Working with Ambiente will be the perfect partnership because I can share two days of live coverage on Instagram through IG Stories, flash interviews and photos with all of you and later, a full report on my blog. You don’t have to leave the house, just follow me on IG and you’re going on a blog tour with me from your sofa.

I’ve already put together a company list charting my adventures into interiorsland and am looking forward to tuning you in on Instagram @decor8 all day Saturday and Sunday, so mark your calendars for 11 and 12 February for the latest and greatest collections because if you are into interiors like I am, this show is one that you can’t miss, and it’s also so important for you to follow what’s new so you can pass your inspirations to your own clients, fans, readers, etc. You can count on me to find everything that is worth your attention, trust me, because I’ll sniff out the best of the best and provide you with links and photos on Instagram during those two days so that you can find new companies and be in the know at the same time that I am.

Live Trendspotting from Ambiente: February 11 + 12
Live Trendspotting from Ambiente: February 11 + 12

REMEMBER: Follow @decor8 on Instagram!

I wish you a lovely weekend, I’ll be back on Monday to talk about more partnerships and fun things that I’ve been up to and also to tell you about a big project that you may be able to actually be a part of (I would love that).

Live Trendspotting from Ambiente: February 11 + 12

Oh and don’t miss this…. We are now enrolling for the always inspiring Blogging Your Way e-course which begins in just FOUR WEEKS from now so you have to register before spaces sell out. I have so much to share with you that will go beyond the curriculum, so brace yourself for a great class!!!

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

Love,

Holly

(Fair photos from 2016 by Leelah Loves and Modernus, all others are my own.)






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The Bloggers Trend Show @ imm Cologne + Living Kitchen – Wow!

January 18, 2017

I am typing with excited fingers because the decor8 booth at the imm Cologne + Living Kitchen fair is up and running! The imm is one of the most important interiors and kitchen fairs in the world and certainly, in Europe. If you’re an American, imagine being asked to have your own booth at the ICFF in New York and to share your inspirations and ideas as a stylist and blogger. Well, it’s like that. A big deal. And not just a little booth, an entire 11 x 7 meter space where you can create a kitchen, living room and dining area! You can find me in Hall 4.1 Booth C022 so please stop by all week or come on the weekend to meet me personally all day on Saturday and Sunday – I’ll be there from opening time until the fair closes each day.

The Bloggers Trend Show @ imm Cologne + Living Kitchen - Wow!That’s me chatting with visitors from Dedon, was such a pleasure to have coffee with them and relax.

I was honored to accept the challenge for my first trade show booth and jumped right in. But it’s not just an honor for me but for bloggers everywhere because this could be the start of something new. Imagine more fairs having booths from bloggers + influencers sharing their inspirations? It brings such a fresh flair to an interiors trade show, don’t you think? To see your favorite blog come to life and to get to meet the blogger that you love so much. Perhaps this is the next step for bloggers – to have their own trend shows at trade fairs so they can share what’s happening online and what they, and their readers, are interested in the most at the moment. I actually LOVE this concept!

I’ve done a lot to get to this point of being recognized and I’m proud of this – and also proud of what this means for bloggers globally. I want to do video work and television next. In fact, I would love to have my own show. But I’m proud that bloggers are being seen, no longer invisible. And though print publications still battle their feelings with having us out here, I’m happy to tell them that we must learn to live and work together because bloggers and influencers are not fading out anytime soon. So it’s time to team up or just accept us as being important content providers too.

Bringing together my ideas and inspirations for a trade show booth was one of the most exciting projects I’ve had because it’s totally new. I love a challenge. And to have only started in November, and only finalizing everything a few weeks ago, well… It’s an understatement to say that I worked really hard to pull it off in record time. But I didn’t do this alone. Not at all. I hired Morten Toni Vinther to help me, he helps me on special fair projects and when I travel to do consulting jobs. If you remember, we worked together in Paris a year ago for Maison + Objet and for Merci. This time, I pulled him in to help me with the booth as the Project Manager. I have an enormous amount of respect for this man, an Engineer who comes from the Automotive Industry, who has a rich background also in sales and really understands the importance of building good, but also very sincere, personal relationships with others. He speaks 5 languages, another rich asset, and he loves design and especially details – how something is made, what it is made from – and by whom. He wants to know the story behind the material and the maker. Morten has been the backbone of this project and I couldn’t have pulled this off in record time without him.

I also can’t thank Tinna and Morten Pedersen enough from Agentur Pedersen. Both worked with us very closely to loan out Skagerak and Ferm Living products for the decor8 booth. I also worked closely with Muuto, Connox, Woud Design, Piet Hein Eek, Atelier Suhka, N by Naber, LYS Vintage, Farrow & Ball and Menu to supply the major pieces for the booth which are on loan and to be returned after the fair ends. And of course Eike Fuchs, the Project Manager for Living Kitchen, Judith Mader, Charlotte Guyout, Ann-Christin Mai, Jan Wefelnberg and Markus Majerus. All were tremendously supportive and helpful throughout this project and none of this would have happened without them. And lovely Jenny who helped us build the booth! She was fantastic!

This was the first time the imm has ever had a Bloggers Trend Show, so we all learned so much together on this project and my hope is that the imm will continue to partner with bloggers in the future for more trend shows.

So! here is the booth on Sunday, the day before opening day…

The Bloggers Trend Show @ imm Cologne + Living Kitchen - Wow!

The Bloggers Trend Show @ imm Cologne + Living Kitchen - Wow!

Ann-Christin Mai, Charlotte Guyot and Judith Mader – Charlie’s Angels for sure!

The Bloggers Trend Show @ imm Cologne + Living Kitchen - Wow!

The Bloggers Trend Show @ imm Cologne + Living Kitchen - Wow!

And the floor plan… A rough copy but at least you can get a good idea of the layout and dimensions. I wanted the back wall to be plywood because I see it as great material to use on the wall in the home, particularly in the kitchen, and hope to see it even more in the future.

The Bloggers Trend Show @ imm Cologne + Living Kitchen - Wow!

I’m VERY visual, so I always work off of mood boards. I find a starting point and then work from there. For this project, the starting point was a beautiful scrapwood table from Piet Hein Eek. I have loved his work for eight years and finally had a chance to approach him to work with me on this project and he accepted. From there, I decided on the plywood wall and the color scheme and overall vibe I was going for. Here is my mood board.

The Bloggers Trend Show @ imm Cologne + Living Kitchen - Wow!From this point, I started to make calls and send emails. Because time was so limited and Christmas was coming, it was critical to get all of our big pieces ordered before the holidays and gladly, we accomplished this. After I secured the large pieces, I did more mood boards just to see how the pieces were working together as I worked, you can see these below. I also had a mood board on Pinterest that I kept secret until now – you can see it here.

The Bloggers Trend Show @ imm Cologne + Living Kitchen - Wow!Dining area major pieces: Pause dining chairs from Woud Design, Afternoon Side chairs from Menu, Ply Rugs from Muuto, Waste Scrapwood Table in high gloss from Piet Hein Eek (This isn’t the exact table, I selected one in richer deeper tones and lots of white), Harrison lighting in white from Menu.

The Bloggers Trend Show @ imm Cologne + Living Kitchen - Wow!

Kitchen corner major pieces:
Concept Kitchen (shelves and bar) from n by Naber, Blue Triangles Kelim rug, Triangle rug and Dip mat from Ferm Living, Pause Bar Stools in Light Blue from Woud Design, Collect lighting from Ferm Living, Kuvert Shelving from Skagerak.

The Bloggers Trend Show @ imm Cologne + Living Kitchen - Wow!

Mood board area major pieces:
Lean wall lights in white from Muuto, Vivlio shelving and frame from Skagerak. This area ended up NOT being for the mood board, we moved it to another wall, and instead installed original painting from Sania Pell above the Vivlio shelving instead.

The Bloggers Trend Show @ imm Cologne + Living Kitchen - Wow!

Living room major pieces:
Outline 3 seater sofa covered in Steelcut trio 133 Kvadrat textile and designed by MuutoHAY Tray table in soft yellow from LYS Vintage designed by HAY, Basil cork table from LYS Vintage designed by Petite Friture, Muuto Leaf floor lamp in green (from my home), Visu Lounge chairs covered in Blue Umami 3 743 Kvadrat textile and designed by MuutoVivian Blanket from Atelier Suhka (from my home), Turning Table from Connox designed by Menu (from my home), Alma Sheepskin rug from Lulu & Georgia (from my home), Large 200×300 Black White PLY rug from Muuto, Square Magazine Holder in Black from Ferm Living, Assorted cushions from Ferm Living, Small, Medium and Large Dot Pendants from Woud Design.

Last weekend, we put it all together and on Monday morning, I went live on Instagram Stories to show you how it came out – and the fair officially opened. They’re expecting 70,000 visitors so it’s just a wee bit of pressure when a fair approaches you and asks if you’d like to be part of an international trend show and they’d like to give you a booth to share your personal inspirations in and some of the trends that are on your radar. With only two bloggers participating, it was such an honor to be asked but also to share the project with Desiree from Vosgesparis, a friend and fellow blogger living in Amsterdam whom I’ve known for years. We photographed her home for my first book, Decorate! She has always inspired me with her monochromatic living and tight editing and her eye for raw, edgy and everything graphic. I’m decorating in a different way from her, which was also great that we were both assigned this project because her booth came out so differently from mine. You can see her booth here on her beautiful blog.

Ready to peek in at the booth?

The Bloggers Trend Show @ imm Cologne + Living Kitchen - Wow!

BEFORE, remember?

The Bloggers Trend Show @ imm Cologne + Living Kitchen - Wow!

This is AFTER. Note: I didn’t select the floor, I had to use the standard trade show floor which is black cement. I also did not select the wall height. I had to use what they gave me, the height of 2,5 meters. Everything else though, I selected and nothing is “sponsored” and no one is giving me perks or anything special if I asked them to be part of the booth. Everything was chosen for one reason: I liked it! Also, 90-100 items that you see are from my own home. This makes the booth feel like home to me.

The Bloggers Trend Show @ imm Cologne + Living Kitchen - Wow!

I love the wall decal on the back wall, a tree, by Sian Zeng. She’s lovely. She gave it to me as a gift about a year ago and I was going to put it in Aidan’s room but decided now that the booth was were it needed to go.

The Bloggers Trend Show @ imm Cologne + Living Kitchen - Wow!

I like seeing visitors relaxing and chatting in my space. These guests are flipping through BELONG magazine and Decorate For a Party. I’ve added magazines and books from some of my favorite authors, including Fete Press, KOEL, my four books, Sibella Court, Hans Blomquist, Igor from Happy Interior and Urban Jungle Bloggers with lovely Judith, Kinfolk Home, and many more. The Lyngby porcelain  vases that you see are from LYS Vintage in Hamburg, a favorite interiors shop of mine that I tell everyone who visits Hamburg that they must visit. Those vases are on my wish list for sure!

The Bloggers Trend Show @ imm Cologne + Living Kitchen - Wow!

The Bloggers Trend Show @ imm Cologne + Living Kitchen - Wow!

These pretty ceramic spoons are from my private collection, made by Anna Westerlund.

The Bloggers Trend Show @ imm Cologne + Living Kitchen - Wow!

The Bloggers Trend Show @ imm Cologne + Living Kitchen - Wow!

The Bloggers Trend Show @ imm Cologne + Living Kitchen - Wow!

The Bloggers Trend Show @ imm Cologne + Living Kitchen - Wow!

The Bloggers Trend Show @ imm Cologne + Living Kitchen - Wow!

The Bloggers Trend Show @ imm Cologne + Living Kitchen - Wow!

The Bloggers Trend Show @ imm Cologne + Living Kitchen - Wow!

The Bloggers Trend Show @ imm Cologne + Living Kitchen - Wow!

Don’t worry, I tucked away all of the cords on the floor to the left of the shelving, you can’t see them anymore, they drove me nuts!!!

The Bloggers Trend Show @ imm Cologne + Living Kitchen - Wow!

These are so precious and special to me, on loan from my friend Dietlind Wolf in Hamburg.

The Bloggers Trend Show @ imm Cologne + Living Kitchen - Wow!

The Bloggers Trend Show @ imm Cologne + Living Kitchen - Wow!

Morten Toni Vinther, who managed this project for me (to the far left), speaking with a booth visitor.

So! that is the decor8 booth! Since the fair is still on, you can also come by and see it live and visit Desiree’s booth too! At the fair, you can find some of the best brands in the world of interiors and kitchen exhibiting their new collections AND the small makers too at the Blickfang designers market which is also part of the imm this year for the first time.

imm Living Kitchen – decor8 BOOTH – HALL 4.1 – STAND C022 (near escalators)

All week at the decor8 booth, we have a wonderful hostess there, Ayse Alkan (@missmorpho on Instagram) to make you a coffee, help you pin to the pinboard in our booth (you can win prizes!) and to answer your questions… Then, I’m back on Saturday and Sunday to be in the booth all day myself – I’ll be there with Morten and Ayse from opening to closing hours both days but away for lunch. If you stop by and I’m not there, ask Morten or Ayse to text me and I’ll come back to see you – I may be chatting to someone in another booth, etc. But I’m there!

On Saturday, we have a blogger tour and lots of my blogger friends are coming to see me and participate in my growing mood board project in my booth. We have cappuccino, expresso, etc in my booth too -so stop by and sit at the bar and relax with us. There is wifi, plenty of books and magazines to peruse and a very laid back and relaxing environment that I’m sure you will enjoy so definitely spend some time with us.

Thank you again to the imm and Living Kitchen for having me. From Friday-Sunday please watch my Instagram and hashtag #immspired to see my trend repots from the fair and I’ll see you on Saturday and Sunday in my booth too!

Bye! xo

Holly

 






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decor8 Booth at imm and LivingKitchen Fair in Cologne!

January 6, 2017

Hello everyone and a very happy new year to you! I’ve been trying to blog less over the past month to focus my energy on a big project coming up AND to spend more time with my little boy who will turn THREE next month. We are doing well and he is such a wonderful child, I couldn’t be happier as a mom and definitely had such a nice time with him during our pause time. My husband and I really enjoy him – he is a super energetic, a comedian and already speaking in sentences in both German and English, so he’s definitely keeping us on our toes.

decor8 Booth at imm and LivingKitchen Fair in Cologne!
(my imm mood board above, to give you a general idea of the decor8 booth concept)

Okay, so! I have to tell you about this very exciting and a very big FIRST TIME project I’m currently assigned to by the imm and LivingKitchen fair (more info here and here). But first…Do you know about the imm and LivingKitchen?

If not, it’s one of the largest fairs in the world, and certainly most influential, for home and kitchen. It’s THE fair to attend if you want to catch all of the largest trends from the leading companies plus, to see all of their brand new collections before anyone else. What is even MORE special is that this time, they are including a special hall just for Blickfang, which is an International Fair for independent designers, so they are giving small brands a chance to be seen and experienced by their visitors. I find this very fresh and inspirational.

But that’s not all… They have partnered with me and also Desiree from Vosgesparis, so we each were assigned a booth in one of the halls to present our own trend show. This is so exciting for us both, I’m certainly looking forward to it! The theme for our booths is “immspired – the bloggers’ trend show” and we were asked to design a booth from the ground up and source and order in all of the products we’d need to loan from some of our favorite companies, and we had about 6 weeks (including the holidays) to do it. This proved to be challenging but exhilarating because I was traveling for my European book tour during the planning stages AND since it landed right during the same time as my family “pause” time for the holidays among a thousand other things I have going on in my business!

So far, so good! Thing is, it was nice to work on something like this with such little planning time because I had to just make FAST decisions, improvise, and not over-think anything. For a creative/perfectionist/semi-control freak like me (at least for work-related tasks, definitely not in my private life), it was nice to have a very short planning and execution time because I would have doubted and revised and perfected to death every step along the way. The pace of this project has been intense and quick, but I’m still confident the results will be very nice and the fair will be so pleased with the results, as well as our guests. I really hope you will come to meet me and see the booth in person if you can! I feel so relaxed, not nervous at all, though with an estimated 70,000 people flooding to this influential fair, you think I’d be a wreck but I’m surprisingly so chill about it because this is something I love so much – combining my vision with meeting people and being immersed in a beautiful setting with inspirational people and products. HELLO HAPPINESS.

The decor8 space is planned at 11 meters by 7 meters, so it’s a decent size spot with a small kitchen nook, dining area, seating area and a fun Instagram printer for you to use, free coffee, wifi and a big mood board project where you are invited to take part. I’ll have tools for you to use AND we’ll be posting on Instagram (you too!) where we will have a winner who will get special prizes from me shipped in the mail after the fair that you will love from my favorite companies.

decor8 Booth at imm and LivingKitchen Fair in Cologne!

I’ve finished my booth design (at least the major pieces), so I will show you more in the days to come… Then, during the fair on Instagram, I’ll show you on Instagram Stories (@decor8) with live video AND with photos on my stream so you can see the booth. I have a bunch of bloggers visiting me at the booth too, so I’ll be sure to share them with you when they stop by on my Instagram feed. You can follow the fun on Instagram with hashtag #immspired. Come visit me and if you want tickets at a special rate, click here, so you can come during the second weekend between January 20-22. I will be at my booth to meet my visitors on Monday, January 16, Saturday, January 21 from 11-and Sunday, January 22 from 11-4. If I’m not there when you stop by on those dates, just ask the person who is in my booth (we have a host present at all times) to send me an SMS so I can come by to meet you – I may be off touring the fair or working elsewhere for a bit. If I know you have come to meet me, I’ll do my best to see you so please do stop by.

For now, I want to thank some of the companies in advance who are lending me products for this wonderful project. They include:
FERM LIVING – Lighting and accessories
SKAGERAK – furniture
MENU A/S – furniture, lighting and accessories
WOUD – furniture and lighting
PIET HEIN EEK – furniture
N BY NABER – kitchen
CONNOX – furniture
ATELIER SUKHA – accessories
FARROW & BALL – paint

I will also have special paintings from SANIA PELL and small ceramics from DIETLIND WOLF along with magazines to read and enjoy as you lounge from KOEL, FETE PRESS and BELONG.

I expect to add a few more collaborators our list above in the next 48 hours, so I’ll update this post when I do to share them with you.

TO ATTEND AT A SPECIAL PRICE (8 Euro for the entrance on the private visitor days including free train ride) CLICK HERE and enter this code at checkout: 2017lk+imm

I’m so happy to share this project with you… More to come in the next days, so stay turned and again, a very happy new year to all of you.

Love and peace,

Holly






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Final Day To Shop My Sale at Westwing!

November 21, 2016

Hello Friends! Today is the final day to shop my sale, which began on Friday, over at Westwing for some fun party goods that I’m sure you will love. I can’t wait to see what you think! You can go to Westwing and login and click on this link to see more. Sale ends tonight at 11:00 CET. Hurry!

Final Day To Shop My Sale at Westwing!My top ten favorites, some of which I’ve ordered because they’re so great, are:

1. Be Happy. Be Bright. Be You. Glassware.
2. Palest pinky peach flatware
3. HYGGE candle.
4. To go boxes for cake
5. Water glasses
6. Vase set
7. Wood flatware in mint
8. Gold paper cups
9. Party hats
10. Polka dot wood flatware
11. Star candle holder
12. Spotty gold plates
13. Pop Click Fizz napkins
14. Gold pineapple plates
15. Confetti balloon set

Final Day To Shop My Sale at Westwing!Enjoy and RUN before they sell out! Everything is marked down to a very special price, you won’t find elsewhere…

xo

Holly






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Party With Me in Berlin, Hannover + Zurich

November 1, 2016

Hello dear friends! Our book, Decorate for a Party, is on tour at the moment so we have lots of nice events behind us and some immediately ahead – and these are the ones I’d love to share with you today. We’ve been to Hamburg (posted here), London (posted here), Victoria (to post tomorrow) and Amsterdam (posted here). Next up is Berlin, Hannover and Zurich. In December, there is a possibility of Paris, Nashville and New York, we’re currently looking for a shop or studio space to host us in Nashville and New York if you know of anyone… Send them my way (holly [at] decor8blog [dot] com).

Party With Me in Berlin, Hannover + Zurich

With any book tour, you want to meet and connect with your friends and fans. To me, this is the biggest goal and is most fulfilling since I am alone working most of the time. To connect with people, give and receive praise and hugs, feel a big chunk of girl power – it really keeps me going. It’s also so much fun to meet new people and to see familiar faces. I cannot believe how many people are still entering the blog/social media space online. When you’ve been in this business for over 10 years, you wonder if there is room for much more growth, you wonder if blogging will fade into the sunset. From the events I’ve been at over the past few months for my book, the answer is definitely NO because I’m out meeting the next gen of bloggers and social media gurus (along with ladies my age) who are going to just work with all of the blogosaurus like me to build an even better experience online – together. It’s exciting and I can’t wait to see what the combination of fresh eyes and wisdom/experience will produce – I’m working hard in my own little spot here to contribute to that because I want it to be epic and wayyyy more interesting than it is even today.

But you just don’t have these conversations or see these people without being OUT there. My events are about the book, yeah, but also for me an excuse to have a fully sponsored party so that I can see and meet people and be OUT THERE. I LOVE my sponsors too, they are so generous and kind to me but also to my guests. Like at Anthropologie in London last month – the staff there were just beautiful to us.

Honest to god, it’s refreshing and wonderful to be touring a book again after nearly 5 years. I didn’t tour the second one, just had a launch party in London, and I didn’t tour the third because I had a baby 6 weeks before the book launched. So to be touring again brings back such good memories and I’m able to create new ones. My life is so much different than it was 5 short years ago. And everyone who comes to these events buy a book (or we give them away for free in a goody bag) and have them signed, which is wonderful and supportive and keeps authors going BUT my greatest takeaway from these events is the overwhelming support from our community that is still present and strong, the ability we have as a group to create change online, and the way meeting in person helps us to go back to our offices better, stronger and encouraged to keep pressing on.

With that sad, I have some exciting announcements to make today. Here are the three cities where you can come meet with me. Two of these events are going to offer you free copies of the books in beautiful goody bags thanks to our wonderful sponsors. All of them will have a chance for you to mingle, make friends, learn something new and spend time with me and my friends, fellow creative women and men who really love working together in this online space.

For each event below, you will need to RSVP or in the case of Zurich, you will need to complete a form and hope that you win a space. If you register asap, you just may!

Party With Me in Berlin, Hannover + Zurich
10 November BERLIN – Sponsored by Westwing.de – Press + Blogger Party with a Styling Presentation/DiscussionRSVP here

 

Party With Me in Berlin, Hannover + Zurich

19 November HANNOVER – Sponsored by decor8 and Kukkamari – Party with Holly + FriendsRSVP here 

 

Party With Me in Berlin, Hannover + Zurich
26 November ZURICH – Sponsored by Blickfang, Annabelle magazine, Random House/DVA – Styling/DIY Workshop with HollyEnter to win here

See you soon everyone, I can’t wait!

Love,
Holly

(Photos: Laure Joliet, Janis Nicolay and Holly Becker)






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