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LONDON Meet Me Next Week : RSVP Here

September 21, 2016

Hello friends! I have very exciting news. In exactly ONE week from today, on September 28, 2016, Leslie Shewring and I will be in LONDON at ANTHROPOLOGIE on KINGS ROAD from 7-9pm for a very special meet up, book presentation, styling and DIY workshop all in celebration of Decorate For a Party. If you want to attend, since it’s after store hours and a private event, you have to register here to be on our guest list.

LONDON Meet Me Next Week : RSVP Here

 

 

Together we will:

  • Show you 6 Ways To Set a Table
  • Make a project together from the book that you can customize and take home
  • Have a group photo with us showing your finished projects
  • We’ll talk about the book and share some special highlights
  • We will have a book signing pause so you can buy a copy and we’ll sign and add any special messages, etc. We are happy to sign and dedicate books to your family, friends, customers, etc. for holiday gift giving, too.
  • You can meet up with other bloggers, journalists and our families and friends and enjoy some snacks and drinks
  • LIMITED SEATING + SUPPLIES so please register here. Note: Tickets cost £10, which is redeemable against purchases of £20 and over. If you only want to come to meet us quickly (or if you are a journalist and want to take photos or do a quick interview) and won’t be staying for the workshops, please send me a private email (holly [at] decor8blog [dot] com) and I can put you on a separate guest list so you can still obtain entrance at the front door.

Because this is a private event, your name has to be on our guest list to get in to the store since it’s to be held after store hours.

Please register here to attend.

See you next week, LONDON!

FOR ALL WHO ATTEND please tag your photos #decorateforaparty

xo

Holly






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Blickfang + The FEIERLAUNE Book Launch!

September 15, 2016

Hey everyone! I was just in the beautiful port city of Hamburg where I launched the German edition of Decorate For a Party (which JUST released in America and the UK!) in partnership with Blickfang, “the” International Design Fair that has events all over German-speaking Europe supporting new and established independent artists and designers, and our German publishers, Random House/DVA. I still can’t believe I’m with Random House, a real dream come true as I’ve always wanted to be represented by a very large house. So thank you DVA for working with us on our book and being so supportive with the latest title which is called FEIERLAUNE (available here).

Blickfang + The FEIERLAUNE Book Launch!

I really love Blickfang, I had the honor of dining with their CEO Jennifer Reaves and was so fascinated by her ability to keep her cool and be so approachable and warm despite all of the pressure to manage so many fairs plus having two children (a baby and a young son) and a husband at home. In addition to being a power woman and a great mom, she’s extremely supportive of the design community in Europe and really enjoys giving them a beautiful platform in which they can have an almost “pop up shop” for a weekend at a beautiful location and not only meet the local press and journalists but also get in close touch with bloggers who are invited and of course, the local community who shops at Blickfang.

Blickfang + The FEIERLAUNE Book Launch!

For this fair, I was invited to be on a jury with two others, French Industrial Designer Inga Sempé and German Photographer, Star-Stylist, Magazine Founder of TUSH magazine and Makeup Artist Armin Morbach.

It was such a nice joining, us three, because we are all coming from different backgrounds and places in our careers, and countries – a German, French and an American – which really gives us such an interesting perspective when we were gathered together. One thing I noticed though is that despite our differences, we all know good design when we see it – well made, thought through, a good story, etc. We didn’t argue at all about the winners – we all were told to walk the floor separately and then regroup a few hours later to show our 3 favorites in each category – fashion/accessories and home design. We all chose the same designers as our finalists so it was easy to determine the winner from there. However, to be fair, we went back to the booths of all of our finalists giving them a chance to “sell themselves” to us, the jury, as to why they deserve to win. That was most fascinating. It’s always so interesting to see what people have to say about their own products and how well they can give, what we Americans call, an “Elevator Pitch”.

Blickfang + The FEIERLAUNE Book Launch!

Blickfang + The FEIERLAUNE Book Launch!

In the end, we chose Dubaruba for Fashion because of her necklaces and bracelets by Pichulik and Lieblings Licht for Design. I personally loved the story behind Dubaruba because she is giving work to Africans to make and design jewelry for her label. The winner for home design easily went to the lighting from Lieblings Licht which was just exquisitely made – both form and function were equally strong and I really loved what I saw plus the designer, Markus Ranft, was a charming man and knew how to pitch his product which was impressive because being an independent designer is more than just making things, you have to also have a strong business sense and not be afraid to speak with conviction about your brand. After the winners were selected, we presented the awards before the fair attendees and each was given 500, Euros cash. It was really fun to take part in this presentation and to make other people so happy!

Blickfang + The FEIERLAUNE Book Launch!

The next morning, I was the star of show which was really fun but also scary, since I’d not been in the public eye doing an event since October 2012. I took time off to be pregnant and then, spend that time writing books (I wrote one during pregnancy and then one last year) and I wanted to stay close to home with a new child and I’m glad I did it. But he is 2 1/2 now so I decided it’s time to get out and start meeting my friends and fans again.

It wasn’t hard after walking in for the breakfast launch party on Saturday morning – we had a full house and it was invigorating, beautifully styled and planned, the food was excellent, and it was gorgeous – the space, all of it. Happily, Blickfang and my German publishers, Random House/DVA, along with one of my favorite drinks – Charitea, sponsored this gorgeous event for FEIERLAUNE and I couldn’t be happier! I only missed my co-author Leslie Shewring.

All of the photos in this post, so beautifully done, are by Photographer Johannes Zettel (with permission) and were taken mostly during my event. You can see the nice guests and splendid breakfast buffet and my youngest fan, Charli, who is only 14 years old and a blogger for teenagers – she completely melted my heart when she called me her idol. I nearly cried from happiness to know that my blog has influence over people of all ages and backgrounds, maybe it is because I have a child now and want so much to be a good role model to young people now more than ever before. It was very touching to meet her and motivated me to keep going full steam ahead with my career.

The two photos below show her and I – she asked me to sign a copy of my book and of course, I did. I really loved meeting her, her talented father took these photos below of us.) I got to meet her parents and they were incredible – so supportive of their daughter and her creativity.

Blickfang + The FEIERLAUNE Book Launch!

Blickfang + The FEIERLAUNE Book Launch!

Blickfang + The FEIERLAUNE Book Launch!

Blickfang + The FEIERLAUNE Book Launch!

Blickfang + The FEIERLAUNE Book Launch!

Blickfang + The FEIERLAUNE Book Launch!

Blickfang + The FEIERLAUNE Book Launch!

Blickfang + The FEIERLAUNE Book Launch!

Blickfang + The FEIERLAUNE Book Launch!

Blickfang + The FEIERLAUNE Book Launch!

Blickfang + The FEIERLAUNE Book Launch!

Blickfang + The FEIERLAUNE Book Launch!

So, to wrap up I have to say a few things: Thank you from my heart to Ami, Johanna, Astrid and of course, Jennifer for EVERYTHING. I am still so impressed by this amazing party in my honor. And thank you to DVA/Random House for the support in this, too. Also, thank you to everyone who came, it was so nice to meet all of you – truly a pleasure.

Also, if any of you are interested in Blickfang, either visiting or being a part of it, I highly encourage you to check out this video. It’s from last year (I’m in it!) but it really shows the fair and how well done it really is.

I’ll be on the jury at Blickfang Zurich and teaching two workshops and sharing my book at Blickfang Zurich 25-27 November, so I hope those of you living in Switzerland or nearby can attend. I’ll be working with Blickfang and Switzerland’s most influential woman’s magazine, Annabelle, and can’t wait to meet all you there.

xo,
Holly






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Meet Me In Hamburg This Saturday, 10 September – FeierLaune Buch Party

September 7, 2016

Hello dear friends. This is a quick post to let you know that on Saturday morning I’m going to be in Hamburg at the Deichtorhallen for Blickfang International Design Fair from 10-11 am to present the German edition of my new book, FeierLaune, for the first time – it’s not even out yet so no one has a copy and won’t for a few more weeks! If you’d like to come, we’ll be having breakfast and talking about the book and I’ll be signing copies and meeting everyone – it will be very nice and my little boy will be with me so he can meet everyone and be at mama’s book launch party. I’ll also have some time between 11:15-12:30 for interviews if you’d like to meet one on one.

Meet Me In Hamburg This Saturday, 10 September - FeierLaune Buch Party

To register, just use this link and I’ll see you there!

Thank you DVA/Random House and Blickfang for hosting this special event in celebration of my 4th book.

(Photograph: Janis Nicolay for Decorate For a Party)






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8 Messages From The World’s #1 Chef Massimo Bottura

September 6, 2016

I just arrived back home after a whirlwind trip to Berlin to interview Massimo Bottura, chef patron of the Michelin three-starred restaurant Osteria Francescana, who was recently crowned the #1 chef in the world (as voted by a panel of nearly 1,000 gastronomic experts worldwide) presiding over the #1 restaurant in the world. When I was given this assignment, I viewed it as an honor but also a challenge since the food scene is not entirely on my radar YET I do know about passion, art, culture and the craving one can have from the very core to follow dreams and live their life immersed in what they love. So after seeing Massimo on Netflix (The Chef’s Table Episode 1), I felt entirely ready to meet this hugely talented and successful man and experience his passion first hand.

8 Messages From The World's #1 Chef Massimo Bottura

After I arrived at the IFA in Berlin, I watched a fantastic presentation by Massimo for Grundig about his goal to change the way the world looks at food through Food For Soul* (his non profit organization) and his collaboration with Grundig for their #RespectFood movement. #RespectFood focuses on how much waste food. That we need to use the leftovers, clean our plate, use what is in our refrigerator and don’t let it go to waste, don’t put more on our plate that we will eat, have a conscience when it comes to the meal before you, etc. With so many starving in the world and 1.3 billion tons of food being wasted, it’s a call to action to put more thought into cooking than just the recipes we make.

Grundig #RespectFood Manifesto
1. Eat Leftovers
2. Know Your Fridge
3. Check The Dates
4. Shop Smart
5. Love Food Hate Waste
6. Take Leftovers Home
7. Use It All
8. Clean Your Plate
9. Eat What You Need

During Massimo’s presentation, he jumped in with the chef he originally had there to prepare his recipe for him and instead, he asked us if he could cook while he spoke and of course, the audience didn’t object – it was a great privilege to watch him at work – directing the chef while speaking to us and making some jokes along the way. He is focused and intense but also all over the place and very spirited and energetic – you can’t predict what will come next, I love it – so it’s fun to watch him in his element with pots and pans and delicious aromas filling the air… His energy is contagious and it’s obvious that he loves being in the kitchen. We even got to sample his broth with breadcrumbs and parmesan which was light and lovely.

After his presentation, I was ushered into a private area for the press – I was with CNN Turkey, Wallpaper magazine and several members of the British press, and I had 15 minutes to meet Massimo in a small conference room and that is exactly what happened — and it was an exhilarating ride. After we wrapped up, I asked if he’d like to present in a video a few words from his heart for the decor8 audience – I told him it could be any message he’d like to send forth, and below, you will find my video of Massimo. But first, here are 8 messages from this famous chef that I had to share from our meeting together…

  1. ON LOVE: When I asked Massimo about his relationship with his American wife, Lara Gilmore, what she brought to their partnering, he immediately said, “Culture, Poetry and Balance. Mixing the Italian irrational way of acting with the pragmatic way of an American is the perfect mix.” I personally loved hearing this, he is so in love with his wife but also has so much respect for her, it’s very touching.
  2. ON RESPONSIBILITY: “Cooking is an act of love but today, cooking is a call to act. Chefs today are much more than their recipes, we can do so much more, we have a responsibility, much more than the sum of the recipes.” He is referring here to how much food we waste and how chefs and all of us need to think more about what we are using. He was raised in a culture where you eat the entire animal so to speak, so nothing is wasted, and this is important to him in a world where so many are starving.
  3. ON GETTING YOUR MESSAGE OUT: “You communicate, it is your job, you are writing, you communicate with hundreds of thousands of people. It’s you, the press, that is the most important thing, if you evolve, if you transfer these kinds of messages.We (chefs) have so much spotlight that we are moving from us to others so we can do like this repertoire and have the full attention of the people, that’s a very good thing.” Massimo feels very thankful for the press that he gets now from being the world’s #1 chef, not for his own ego, but because now he is able to get bigger, more important news out to the world like his nonprofit, Food For Soul.
  4. ON FUTURE CHEFS: He sees a lot of chefs who think success comes overnight or from winning a contest on television. He believes this is just not the case, “The young generation, they have to know that being a chef takes a very long time. You have to grow like a tree, very very slow with big roots, and then you can shine. But first of all, you have to know everything and then forget about everything, but first you have to know everything and to know everything you have to travel a lot, experience a  lot, you have to do all this.”
  5. ON INSPIRATION: “When I watch a movie and go to the movie theater, most of the time, I go and watch the most stupid thing ever but what I need is two hours for me to isolate myself, I don’t even know what I watched.” He said that is when the ideas come, and we both agreed that isolation can often breed inspiration.
  6. ON MUSIC: “When I leave the restaurant, in my house there is a room, a music room, and this is where I decompress. The music is perfect, most of the time in there especially in the darkness I find a creative earthquake, a very important moment in which I really find myself mixing so many different aspects of my passion… Art, music, especially when I’m alone.” He mentioned Opera, Pavarotti, Billy Holiday, Led Zeppelin – all great music inspires him.
  7. ON DESIGN: “We grew up with a kind of feeling and passion for design, we waited 6 years for finding the right sofa. I was walking on the streets of New York, and I saw two shadows, two gray chairs and I put them on my shoulder and I walked from mid own to uptown with them on my shoulders and I walked back home… How can you throw away two chairs like that? Now they are in my living room.” Massimo is a big fan of recycling and using everything, from food to the objects he uses to decorate his home.
  8. ON PERSEVERANCE: I asked him about the time when he was not the most popular chef in Italy, when reviews were not so positive. I asked him how he pressed forward and stuck to his ideas and he simply said, “I was so sure about what I was doing, it was so clear to me that I was on the right way. For the young chefs if you have a good idea, keep doing it, go ahead, if the idea is really right… you will be recognized.”

Here is Massimo with a message for all of you…

* Food for Soul is a non-profit organization founded by chef Massimo Bottura to promote social awareness about food wastage and hunger through a wide range of initiatives in collaboration with chefs, artisans, food suppliers, artists, designers and institutions. You can get involved here.

(Photo + Video by Holly Becker for decor8)






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Questions For Massimo Bottura

August 30, 2016

Hi friends! Later this week I will travel to Berlin to meet Massimo Bottura, Italian restaurateur and the chef patron of Osteria Francescana, a three-Michelin-star restaurant based in Modena, Italy that was just named THE best restaurant in the world. I’m very excited to attend his #RespectFood event and have a chance to interview him for decor8 – so to all of you out there who love food and his work, do you have any specific questions that you’d like for me to ask him and I will do my best to share his answers with you either on Facebook live on Friday via my decor8 page OR next week here on my blog…

Questions For Massimo Bottura

Questions For Massimo Bottura

These photos are of his beautiful home with his American wife and business partner, Lara Gilmore, whom I have a girl crush on after watching her in the Netflix show, Chef’s Table, with Massimo. She is such an amazing woman!

Leave your questions in the comments section below please!

(Images: Filippo Bamberghi for Living magazine, Styling: Silvia Valassina)






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Blog Boss: The Business of Blogging e-course

October 2, 2014

So, with all of the blog burn out and stories of slowing down out there, are you ready to get pumped again about blogging, to get serious and to move full stream ahead? Because now is the time plus I want to announce my two co-teachers who are all set and ready to teach alongside of me for Blog Boss: the Business of Blogging that starts online October 10th. First up is Nichole Robertson from Obvious State (formerly known as Little Brown Pen) and Fiona Humberstone from The Brand Stylist.

Blog Boss: The Business of Blogging e-course

Blog Boss: The Business of Blogging e-course
Blog Boss: The Business of Blogging e-course
Blog Boss: The Business of Blogging e-course

Both bring years of expertise and wisdom not only on small business and blogging but on the topics they’ll teach which are outlined above – I can’t wait to learn all of the fun color psychology for branding personally… Just look at some of the examples of what Fiona will teach above – I love the idea that we each have a very distinct seasonal personality. I’m also very interested in what Nichole has to say about storytelling as she does that so perfectly on her blog and in her books.

Nichole Robertson is an American writer, photographer and bestselling author of Paris in Color, The Paris Journal and Paris In Love (now ready for pre-order). She also co-runs Obvious State, a multi-disciplinary creative studio. Prior to Obvious State, Nichole spent ten years as a New York-based freelance writer, working with brands, magazines and ad agencies.

Nichole will teachStorytelling for Bloggers, How to monetize your blog without ads, and The power of a mailing list (which is now more than ever quite important!).

Fiona Humberstone is a self-published author, speaker, Creative Director and blogger at The Brand Stylist. Based outside of  London, she has worked with small businesses for fifteen years: styling brands, running workshops and has owned, run, grown and sold franchises as well as founding, building and selling her own company, Flourish Studios. There is nothing she loves more than working with small business owners (and bloggers!) to capture the essence of what makes their brand unique and to help them communicate that powerfully.

Fiona will teachBranding — The absolute essentials of color psychology, Making design decisions that reflect your style, and Using color psychology to influence your editorial decisions (so that you communicate with authenticity and consistency).

And of course, I’ll teach through written lessons and podcasts (my topics are here) so you’ll be inspired, focused and ready to go out there and get to work on your blog viewing it as your business – I’ll fire up your engines for sure because blogging is something I’ve found a lot of success with and I want to share my secrets with you. I have so many.

To enroll, you can click here. If you’ve taken Blog Boss before please note this is a totally different curriculum so materials are not recycled. You only have a few days until we close registration and this class will never be taught again – so if you want in, this is your last chance. Class begins October 10th!

Enroll Today – Don’t miss the boat!

(images: fiona humberstone)






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