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Blogging Your Way Studio: Goody Bag Loot Roundup

December 13, 2012

Lots of you have been asking what exactly was inside of the goody bags that we stuffed for our students at #bywstudio and so I thought to do a round-up showing all of the loot from our wonderful sponsors. Please click on the links below to see the websites behind each company as they are all such interesting and fantastic spots to find beautiful things for the holidays and any time of the year, really. Ready to see what our students received?

Blogging Your Way Studio: Goody Bag Loot Roundup

Chronicle Books in San Francisco gave us journals to write in – so pretty, thank you Chronicle!

Blogging Your Way Studio: Goody Bag Loot Roundup

As mentioned previously in this post, Alphabet Bags gave us all amazing totes and pouches.

Blogging Your Way Studio: Goody Bag Loot Roundup

Rice gave everyone handmade animal brooches that we used to decorate the bags from Alphabet Bags. The ribbon on the bags was from our other sponsor, House Doctor via their German agent, Tinna Pedersen.

Blogging Your Way Studio: Goody Bag Loot Roundup

Then, Charlotte from Rice sent us a box filled with animal pencils, but that’s not all…

Blogging Your Way Studio: Goody Bag Loot Roundup

Rice also donated journals with glittery covers – bling bling

Blogging Your Way Studio: Goody Bag Loot Roundup

And Rice gave our students handmade bracelets and necklaces (necklaces not shown).

Blogging Your Way Studio: Goody Bag Loot Roundup

I reached into my own pocket and ordered 17 copies of Decorate Workshop from Amazon and signed each copy for my students, placing it in their bags. It made me happy to see how much they loved it!

Blogging Your Way Studio: Goody Bag Loot Roundup

Wednesday Paper Works sponsored notepads because every blogger needs a to do list!

Blogging Your Way Studio: Goody Bag Loot Roundup

Rosa Cosa (I love this online shop!) donated packs of straws since so many bloggers love using them in food photography and blue with pink neon bags (seen here).

Blogging Your Way Studio: Goody Bag Loot Roundup

Kusmi tea gave everyone tins of Love tea… And we were definitely feeling the love this weekend!

Blogging Your Way Studio: Goody Bag Loot Roundup

These adorable German tickets (for fun!) came from our sponsor, Feine Billetterie. These are cute for laying on a table during a party or pinning to mood boards.

Blogging Your Way Studio: Goody Bag Loot Roundup

Ferm Living sponsored us too – they gave everyone wooden clips.

Blogging Your Way Studio: Goody Bag Loot Roundup

Ferm Living also provided napkins so we used their Mr. and Mrs. napkins (shown here) when we ate. So cute!

Blogging Your Way Studio: Goody Bag Loot Roundup

Bertine gave everyone a porcelain star, “You Are My Star”, which is exactly how we felt about each student in our class. They were all total ROCK STARS. xo

Blogging Your Way Studio: Goody Bag Loot Roundup

Publisher Pitasche Moustache gave everyone a copy of Nine Stories About Love written by Giovanna Zoboli with illustrations by blogger Ana Ventura. I wanted to have a book that had its roots in blogging and I’ve known Ana for many years as a fellow blogger. I think it’s encouraging for bloggers to see what potential there is to extend beyond our blogs to take part in exciting projects.

Blogging Your Way Studio: Goody Bag Loot Roundup

Mein Cupcake gave everyone Christmas-themed masking tape. Who doesn’t love decorative tape? My favorite was the white tape with the black and neon pink stars. I saved a roll for my ever-growing collection of tapes!

Blogging Your Way Studio: Goody Bag Loot Roundup

Lisa Nieschlag from Lizza West gave us pretty postcards for the goody bags, thank you Lisa! You are the best!

Blogging Your Way Studio: Goody Bag Loot Roundup

To decorate the studio rooms and the student bags, House Doctor was so generous in giving us paper snowflakes, napkins and ribbons. We loved them! It was so fun to use them to decorate the windows in the studio and the tables and bags. I think the paper snowflakes brought the real deal though because it snowed this weekend and so the windows looked particularly divine with paper snowflakes inside and icy snow falling outdoors. Magical, especially with the candles flickering in the windows. It was such a cozy blogger retreat!

I am so pleased that our sponsors came through for us to make this weekend memorable and gorgeous for both Steffi and I and most importantly, our students. We really wanted to make our goody bags special – mission accomplished! If you missed the video from our class, click here to view it, it’s so sweet because you can see in the beginning how everyone is so thrilled opening their bags to see all of the things that I’ve shown you in this post. You can clearly feel the love and positivity – the magic just radiated from our studio in Hannover all weekend — I think hearts and rainbows were above and all around my home! It was incredible.

I love teaching and want to keep hosting workshops and encouraging and connecting people for years to come, and I have to thank my sponsors for making it easier for me to be generous through their gorgeous donations in the form of pretty products that bloggers love to use. So thank you all, dear sponsors, for your BIG giving hearts.

(images: holly becker for decor8)

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Video: Blogging Your Way Studio

December 13, 2012

Hello friends! Want to watch a cute video from our blogging workshop this past weekend? Originally I thought to only share this with our students but then realized that so many of you may be super curious to see what we bloggers did in my studio here in Hannover so why not show the whole internet! :)

Video: Blogging Your Way Studio

TO VIEW THIS VIDEO CLICK HERE

I want to thank our 17 beautiful, amazing and courageous students for being part of Blogging Your Way: Studio (#bywstudio) with us. We’re already thinking about another class in my studio this Spring so stay tuned!

Psst: I’ve been pinning posts that they’ve written since our weekend together on this board over at Pinterest in case you’d like to follow along.

(Music: In Peace, The Love & Happiness Mix (ft. Snowflake) by J.Lang and Video: Steffi Luxat.)

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Blogging Workshop in Hannover HIghlights

December 11, 2012

Hello friends! I thought before posting Etsy Take Five Tuesday today that I’d introduce you to our students from our blogging workshop this weekend. Each of these wonderful ladies came to my home in Hannover, Germany to learn from Steffi Luxat and I about blogging and how to take a more creative, journalistic approach to your blog.

Blogging Workshop in Hannover HIghlights

We had such a wonderful time, we shopped together, ate together, took photos, learned, enjoyed the Christmas market… It was so lovely that I want to host another in the Spring! Those are our 16 Blogging Your Way Studio students above and of course, you can see how seriously they took their studies!!!!

We had fun doing this shoot… I took out my collection of vintage hats passed down to me by my grandmother (she was a dancer in Chicago in the late 30s) and let the students play with them for a photo session, which wasn’t my idea by the way. It was a rather thrown together photo shoot because we didn’t plan to do one but Rincy, a darling student visiting from Ireland, really wanted to do one and so we did and ended up having a blast!

Blogging Workshop in Hannover HIghlights

This is Gudy and her class partner, Louisa holding a bag from one of our sponsors, Alphabet Bags. This was not a class about blogging by the rules, it was a class about blogging from the heart!

Blogging Workshop in Hannover HIghlights

This is Susanne getting a haircut by Nic. These ladies were so sweet and I especially love how Nic always had the best advice when we were having our open conversion sessions in class.

Blogging Workshop in Hannover HIghlights

This is Inga and her class partner, Holly. Inga has the cutest blog, you have to check it out – I love the clean layout. Holly is a columnist for Houzz and has her own blog that she’s currently revamping for a big shiny new roll out.

Blogging Workshop in Hannover HIghlights

This is Louise and her “blog team” for the weekend, Brigitte and Sabrina. They raided my china cabinet for cups to pretend they are classy bloggers taking tea. I think though that they had vodka in their cups! :)

Blogging Workshop in Hannover HIghlights

This is Orit, who came all the way from Tel Aviv as a birthday present for herself and had on the best bright clothes each time I saw her – so cool! Her blog partner in crime was Dani who was just the sweetest lady – she gave me a gorgeous bag when she left filled with American baking things which was extremely thoughtful. I loved how Dani added washi tape to her hat, cute, right?

Blogging Workshop in Hannover HIghlights

This is Jana with her blog partner Rincy. Rincy just sparkles and glows and transmits so much positive energy and light, as a pediatrician her “kids” must love her. Jana is a comedian – she’s so full of life – these two were the perfect blog partners.

Blogging Workshop in Hannover HIghlights

This is Magda and her partner for the weekend, Elisa. They are pretending to be very dainty and quiet but both ladies have loads of ideas and opinions and are filled with fire when it comes to turning their blogs into pro blogs. Go, girls, go!

Blogging Workshop in Hannover HIghlights

Sabine was so cute and her blog partner, Geraldine from London, was equally darling. They grabbed the trees from my windows and decided to be a very wacky Dutch portrait. Geraldine is also a medical doctor – having two doctors in my blogging class made me feel very good all weekend in case anyone passed out from inspiration overload!

Blogging Workshop in Hannover HIghlights

Please visit all of the blogs linked in this post to visit our students because these ladies were just fantastic. And you know what? There wasn’t a single “drama queen” in the group – everyone got along so well and were just so thoughtful, generous and sweet. I find this in most blogger classes and meet ups though, bloggers are the best people in the world to gather together – at least the design, craft, wedding, lifestyle, food and mommy blogs – not sure what the dynamics are at blog events for other groups like gossip bloggers and fashion blogs, but I always love going to and hosting events for bloggers because I know that everyone will get along and bond.

Blogging Workshop in Hannover HIghlights

Here we are as a group freezing outside in Hannover at the Christmas Market. :)

I will forever hold these ladies dear to my heart and look back at this weekend as one big beautiful highlight of my career. Thank you SO much to my dear partner-in-crime, Steffi Luxat, too. We had so much fun together and put a lot of thought and planning into this weekend so for us, we’re just thrilled it all worked out so beautifully! Steffi, you’re the best. xo

(photos: @thorstenbecker)

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Decorate Workshop Tours: Big News!

November 22, 2012

Hello friends! I am so pleased to announce two very wonderful events that Chronicle Books is sponsoring for me. The first is something everyone reading can get involved in, it’s the official Decorate Workshop Blog Book Tour and the schedule is listed below. It kicks off Monday, November 26th on the Poppytalk blog (Thank you Jan!) and continues daily during the week until Friday, December 7th. You will get to see special photos of and from the book, read reviews, catch a few interviews that some of these lovely bloggers had with me and more!

Decorate Workshop Tours: Big News!

Decorate Workshop Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, November 26Poppytalk
Tuesday, November 27Sacramento Street & A Creative Mint
Wednesday, November 28Hooray & Design For Mankind
Thursday, November 29Decorology & Bloesem
Friday, November 30The Curated House & Design Muse

Monday, December 3Simply Grove & In Honor of Design
Tuesday, December 4In My Own Style & This is Love Forever
Wednesday, December 5Mom Inc. Daily & Knack Studios & This is Glamorous
Thursday, December 6Justina Blakeney & Mint
Friday, December 7The TomKat Studio & Down and Out Chic

I must thank all 20 of these wonderful ladies, my blog peers, for their support in advance and I cannot wait to read and pin all of your reviews to my Decorate Workshop Pinterest board. I am very excited to see what each of you have to say and how you present the book – it’s such an honor for me so thank you again. I’ll be tuning in from Monday while I’m in London to see Jan’s review on Poppytalk – so excited!

The next big news is that I’ll be going on a REAL LIVE book tour next year in May 2013, Chronicle Books is bringing me on a North American book tour and I can’t wait to tell you who we’re working with and what fun events we have in store for you! We haven’t finalized dates or cities yet, but if you have suggestions PLEASE let me know where you’d like to see me because I’m open to suggestions and I want to see as many of you as I possibly can. I’ll be on the road for 2-3 weeks so I can hit 8-10 cities at least.

In 2011 I went to 20 cities in the US and Europe and honestly, I never imagined I’d be invited to do it a second time around so I’m going to make this tour the best that I can for all of us – especially my guests – so we can have really great events that are inspiring, productive and educational – not just about me signing books because I love to teach and the idea of doing live workshops at no cost to you makes me so, so happy – so workshops will be part of the book signing parties for sure. After this tour I honestly want to make babies, buy a home and stick around locally for a few years so this may be it when it comes to touring around for awhile so I hope to meet as many of you as possible! :)

Details to follow! But first, it’s bloggy book tour time starting on Monday – please follow along by visiting the blogs highlighted above.

Speaking of books, tomorrow (November 23), I will be in LONDON at the book department at Selfridges on Oxford Street from 3:00-3:30 doing a really informal signing – no seats, no presentations, no frills – just me standing around signing a bunch of books for their inventory. If you’re in the ‘hood and want to swing by to buy a book and would like it personalized then that’s a great time to do it. You cannot bring in any books with you but if you buy it tomorrow at Selfridges I will definitely sign it for you. Here’s a coupon you can use for 20% OFF, too!

Now back to the regularly scheduled program – blogging about something other than my book, ha ha!!!!

xo,
Holly

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Decorate Workshop Highlights From London Launch Party

November 9, 2012

Hello everyone and happy Friday to you! I’m so pleased to share some photos from my book launch party for the UK edition of Decorate Workshop, photographed by London-based photographer Lucy Lu. Most of these photos (unless noted otherwise) are from Lucy, thank you Lucy! The lovely party at Anthropologie on Regents Street was a huge success – it was packed with more people than we had expected, which is never a problem and always an honor BUT it was tough to fit so many comfortably so needless to say we had standing room only by the time we began our lectures. Decorate Workshop fans filled the 3rd floor and we had a great night. Want to see for yourself?

Decorate Workshop Highlights From London Launch Party

I was joined by one of the UK’s top bloggers, Will Taylor, from Bright Bazaar and American stylist James Leland Day, who lives in Berlin (his home is in Decorate Workshop and his living room shown above) who spoke alongside of me about the book from what inspired it to how one goes from blogger to author, the process of writing an interiors book and how to style your home with tips from James and later, I chimed in with tips on how to pull inspiration from the many images you see and translate them into something that works. I have to thank both of these fab guys for being there and presenting so well – Will is a natural and James has such a strong background in styling – they both were such a nice addition to the party and guests really loved having them, too.

Decorate Workshop Highlights From London Launch Party

Decorate Workshop Highlights From London Launch Party

Decorate Workshop Highlights From London Launch Party

Will showing everyone the inside of the French fold book jacket – all editions have a special jacket that you can unfold, iron and display on your wall. Mine is above my desk in my work studio.

Decorate Workshop Highlights From London Launch Party

I really love bringing together special guests in all of the events that I do – last year for Decorate some of my special speakers included Abigail Ahern, Leslie Shewring, Sania Pell, Betsy Burnham, Nicole Balch, Fernanda Bourlot, Zia Priven, Matt Stinchcomb (co-founder of Etsy) and many others. In fact, whenever I host events I always try to add a few guests to accompany me because I enjoy the support and friendship – it makes doing events a lot more exciting and a lot less about “me” and more about “we”.

Decorate Workshop Highlights From London Launch Party

Will interviewing me during the launch party – I was trying to focus, I was a bit nervous because we had problems with the sound system – we were able to fix it later on but it kept throwing me off track at first. We did our best – thanks to everyone who endured the first 10 minutes!!!

Decorate Workshop Highlights From London Launch Party

Decorate Workshop Highlights From London Launch Party

I love this photo – it looks like this cute lady is embracing my book. It actually made me feel emotional seeing this. The idea of giving a little slice of happy to someone is quite a nice feeling for an author to have.

Decorate Workshop Highlights From London Launch Party

Will is such a charming and caring soul but also has an excellent business brain behind all those bow ties and polka dots. James was really getting into how he designed his living room – shown on the board to his right. That is an image from my book as well.

Decorate Workshop Highlights From London Launch Party

Decorate Workshop Highlights From London Launch Party

A closer shot of the board showing James’ living room as seen in Decorate Workshop.

Decorate Workshop Highlights From London Launch Party

Decorate Workshop Highlights From London Launch Party

Decorate Workshop Highlights From London Launch Party

Between all of the beautiful cakes that Anthropologie laid out for us to feast on, the prosecco, the inspiring space and the entire 3rd floor being filled with design lovers and bloggers, it was quite a lovely experience. Anthro even gave everyone who bought my book a 15% coupon for their next purchase and a linen Anthro tote. What a nice touch! Along one wall, I had a bookcase in my honor titled, Holly Becker’s Favourite Things” where I had shopped the day before for things that I loved from their home & fashion accessories floors so that my guests could check out a few of my favorite things. Problem was, the event was so packed that it was hard for people to go examine all of the pretty things there!

Decorate Workshop Highlights From London Launch Party

Decorate Workshop Highlights From London Launch Party

Decorate Workshop Highlights From London Launch Party

Decorate Workshop Highlights From London Launch Party

I had a rough summer, filled with a lot of ups and downs in my life (mostly downs) so to be here with all of my fans and have them so excited to see me and celebrate my new book was nothing less than a fantastic boost for me personally – and of course, it was cool to sign and hold up my book for the camera – I loved celebrating this accomplishment with all who came out.

Decorate Workshop Highlights From London Launch Party

Decorate Workshop Highlights From London Launch Party

I love this shot of me talking to Ari from Arianna Interiors who is also co-founder of Heart Home magazine. Ari is one of those people who is genuinely so sweet and charismatic, there is nothing fake about her. I think she was admiring my hair or necklace in this photo – she always has a way of making you feel at ease and taking you beneath her wing. I really adore this lady!

Decorate Workshop Highlights From London Launch Party

Decorate Workshop Highlights From London Launch Party

Decorate Workshop Highlights From London Launch Party

Decorate Workshop Highlights From London Launch Party

Decorate Workshop Highlights From London Launch Party

This photo of James made me smile. He really loved being a part of the festivities and he walked away feeling inspired by everyone, too. The energy was so positive. It was a truly lovely event.

Decorate Workshop Highlights From London Launch Party

I only wish that I could have spoken to everyone – I know I missed out on meeting so many of you and for that, I’m sorry! It was my intention to meet everyone but the event was too full and once the book signing begun I was there until after the store closed dedicating books to some genuinely lovely guests.

Decorate Workshop Highlights From London Launch Party

I felt honored and inspired by the event and to think the day before, I ran into a street concert with Robbie Williams performing right before my eyes and the same evening after the book party, I ended up in a private bar at a hotel where a friend Charlotte was staying and who walks in and says hello to us, American rapper/actor Ludacris. Yeah, really. He was so chill and his friends and I chatted about the south (where we are all from) and later, my book and blog! Riot! It was funny to see him and how normal they all were but the best part was when one of them googled me and said, “Hey you’re famous too!”, that was a riot! Here’s a photo of me with Ludacris who is currently in London filming Fast & Furious 6 – funny right?!

So that was my book launch party. I hope that you liked it. If I missed any of the photographers who took the photos above, PLEASE let me know so I can link you below. A big thank you to Jacqui Small Publishing (Jacqui, Joanna, Sian, Sarah, Anabel, Jessica and Sam), Anthropologie EU, Lucy Lu, Will Taylor, James Leland Day, Debi Treloar and some of the homeowners who attended in addition to James like Sania Pell, Emma Cassi, Stephanie Rammeloo and Yvonne Eijkenduijn.

(images: Lucy Lu, Mimi, Janine and Margarida)

 

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Meet Me in London for the Launch of Decorate Workshop!

October 23, 2012

I’m very excited to announce the official launch party for my next book, Decorate Workshop, on Tuesday, November 6th at Anthropologie on Regents Street in London at 6:30 pm. It was difficult finding the right place to launch the book, should I do it on my home soil and launch in America or do something a little closer to my new home in northern Germany? When Anthropologie approached me asking if I’d like to hold my launch at their gorgeous Regents Street store, I had my answer. It would be London.

Meet Me in London for the Launch of Decorate Workshop!

After visiting 20 cities in both America and Europe for Decorate last year, I am not sure I will go on a big tour for this book since the holidays are coming and I am going away on vacation in December, but I may do a US launch for Decorate Workshop in New York City or Boston early next year in January or February. For now, LONDON is where I’ll be and I hope we can fill Anthropologie with bloggers and blog readers and have an amazing time together!

This event will include two special guests, a dear blogging colleague of mine from London who goes by the alias Bright Bazaar  — the wonderful Will Taylor — AND an American stylist who once worked for Domino magazine, James Leland Day, who is not only IN Decorate Workshop but will be talking about how to style your home like a pro. Will will be interviewing me, we’ll be talking about blogging and books, I’ll explain how a book comes to together and how to break into book writing, it’s going to be a wonderful event! I’ll also answer your decorating, styling, book writing and blogging questions because like most events I do, I am asked questions on every topic and I love to just go with it and cover the spectrum – more fun and everyone gets their answers.

Meet Me in London for the Launch of Decorate Workshop!

A spread showing James’ home in my book.

For those of you not able to attend, I hope that you don’t feel left out. I’ll be tweeting from the event LIVE (follow me @decor8 from 5:30-9:30 that day for pics and updates) plus we have a blog book tour that we’re scheduling for the UK, then the US and in February, in Germany, with some of my favorite bloggers, THEN later in November a video coming out about the book AND I’ll share photos and fun stuff as I go on the Decorate Workshop board over on Pinterest. That way, everyone is part of the fun somehow!

To RSVP for the London event, please email ANTHROPOLOGIE by November 2nd – they need a final headcount so it’s important that you send them a quick email with the subject, “Decorate Workshop Launch Party” and send to community [at] anthropologie [dot] eu

Books will be available for purchase that night at Anthropologie, so please RSVP by November 2nd so we have enough copies. I’ll sign your book (of course), too. I can’t wait to see you all and to see what you think of my book. :)

Love,

Holly

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