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Blogging + Styling + Photography Workshop in NYC March 3 & 4

February 8, 2012

I’m so happy to announce that the class I’ve been teaching online for three years alongside of Leslie Shewring is going on a road trip – we’ll be teaching LIVE in NYC on Saturday, March 3rd and Sunday, March 4th. This will be an inspirational and intensive weekend long workshop for those interested in learning the creative business of blogging (for all levels but you must have some knowledge of blogging). We will teach you the art of producing beautiful color stories, still life photographs and gorgeous inspirational vignettes that you can photograph and use on your blog and how to blog your best. (Full details here.) We have split the class into two days so you can take them both or just one, full details are below.

Blogging + Styling + Photography Workshop in NYC March 3 & 4

I have been blogging full-time as a business for over six years and Leslie is a color expert, photographer and stylist who holds a degree in Architecture and another in Interior Design who has a background in product design – her designs have been stocked on the shelves of stores like Target and some of her most recent clients include American Greetings, UPPERCASE magazine, Stampington and more. Together, we plan to share our experiences, ups and downs and our expertise in blogging, styling and photography through hands-on lessons and lots of discussions and one-on-one time with our students. We want to share what we’ve learned over the years in a supportive, intimate setting so that you can walk away with the tools that you need to blog your best and to produce content that you can be proud of that is uniquely you and from the heart.

Class No. 1: The Creative Business of Blogging
Instructors: Holly Becker, Leslie Shewring
Teaching Assistant: Melissa De La Fuente
Date: Saturday, March 3
Location: New York City
Time: 10:00-5:00

Join Holly Becker and Leslie Shewring for a day to explore the creative business of blogging. In a relaxed approach, we’ll discuss the key themes from the Blogging Your Way e-course and expand on them with new information and loads of inspiration and take away. This will be a small intimate class, giving you the opportunity to work closely with us to help you achieve your creative goals. We’ll share case studies and tons of tips and tricks that will leave you inspired and ready to blog!

Some topics we’ll cover:
– Finding your niche, personal style + your voice
– Writing from the heart
– Building your readership
– Getting out of creative ruts
– Social networking
– From blog to book – getting published

Blogging + Styling + Photography Workshop in NYC March 3 & 4

Blogging + Styling + Photography Workshop in NYC March 3 & 4

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Class No. 2: A Day of Color + Styling + Photography
Instructors: Holly Becker, Leslie Shewring
Teaching Assistant: Michelle Verdugo
Date: Sunday, March 4
Location: New York City
Time: 10:00-5:00

On Sunday, Holly and Leslie will spend the day sharing their approach to color, styling and photography. We will go over the importance of color palettes and how to collect inspiration. Then we will share composition tips for styling vignettes for your own photographs so you can watch us during our creative process and then, you’ll be invited to join in with hands-on lessons in styling followed by a photography how-to. Holly will also share her experience of styling people’s homes for photographs.

– Creating color palettes
– Gathering inspiration
– Composition
– Styling Vignettes
– Styling Homes
– Photography tips + editing ideas

Blogging + Styling + Photography Workshop in NYC March 3 & 4

Blogging + Styling + Photography Workshop in NYC March 3 & 4

Note: Please bring your camera to class on Sunday. It is helpful if you have a Digital SLR camera so that we can talk about manual settings. A tripod is helpful but not mandatory! You are welcome to bring your laptop so you can upload the photos that you work on. Have Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Elements on your computer so we can give you some tips on photo editing, too.

Cancellations: Absolutely no refunds can be given for this workshop friends, so please make sure that you can make this date.

Costs: The cost of our workshop for two days (discounted 10%) includes all materials, coffee breaks and lunches is $711. If you choose to only take one day, the cost is $395.

Location: Saturday and Sunday we will meet at our studio space in NoHo, NYC. Address will be sent to students upon enrollment by February 25th.

Blogging + Styling + Photography Workshop in NYC March 3 & 4

Blogging + Styling + Photography Workshop in NYC March 3 & 4

Space is extremely limited and we are at 50% enrollment already so if you’d like to join us, here is where you can learn more and make payment. Hope to see you soon!

xo, Holly & Leslie

(image: leslie shewring)






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Join Our #discomania Virtual Blogger Party!

December 31, 2011

Do you remember our virtual blogger party from July called #stripemania? I teamed up with my friend Igor and we brought you a really fun visual blogroll of sorts sharing all of our blogger friends in stripes in THIS Pinterest folder. We had over 300 submissions and it was truly an awesome gathering of bloggers in one fun space. This time I thought to team up with my friend, Steffi Luxat, to bring you #discomania!

Join Our #discomania Virtual Blogger Party!

I tweeted about disco mania a few weeks ago but now it’s official – we’re hosting another blogger party and it starts NOW. It will be our way of uniting everyone to welcome 2012 looking good and celebrating our awesome community of bloggers and blog readers. Yay and amen to that!

With so many of you getting all dolled up for tonight, why not show off your sparkles and sequins and submit your photo OR you can submit anytime between now and Monday, January 9th. There are no prizes as this is not a competition – it’s just a fun way to gather a bunch of great friends in a single space to see everyone and have a chance to find new blogs and bloggers.

Here are the rules:

1. Take a self portrait (or have someone take your photo) of you either wearing something disco-ball like (sequined, shiny, silver, you get my drift…) or holding something fantastic that has to do with a disco ball (looks like one, IS one, etc.).

2. Have fun, be unique, show your personality and get creative.

3. The photo needs to show your entire face and at least part or all of your top half (not just your gorgeous face) so we can see what you are actually wearing or holding. It also needs to be current, so nothing older than a month — try to take the photo especially for #discomania if you can! More fun!

4. Upload the picture to this flickr group and include your name, location and blog URL beneath the photo.

5. NO TEXT on photos, please.

6. Tweet me when you’ve uploaded your photo – Tweet to @decor8 (holly) using hashtag #discomania

7. Once we see your photo, one of us will pin it to the Pinterest board with your blog name and link.

8. Tweet your pic anytime between now and January 9th.

I’ll give our big blogger party a shout out on decor8 and if you blog it, I’ll retweet your post too so all of my readers can “meet you” – it will be fun to see all of my favorite bloggers out there again for another virtual blogger party. Much love to you guys and remember, disco fever! Go #discomania, go!

(photos: debi treloar for decorate, j.crew.)






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Berlin Book Party Highlights!

November 14, 2011

Hello friends! I had such a great time in Berlin this weekend! The weather, the hotel, the people, the party, even the Russian disco we went to later on for a little fun — it was all such a fantastic adventure. It feels great to begin a new week with such a warm heart – thank you to my many friends and guests for making my German interiors book, Lust auf Wohnen, launch party at the Soho House in Berlin such an amazing event but also to the many, many bloggers who attended – oh my goodness, what a crowd of stylish, warm and chatty people!

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

I thought I’d share some highlights from my day captured so brilliantly by photographer Sina Preikschat. The amazing Miss Sina not only shot photos at our photo wall, but she took all of the others shown below that I think came out super nice. I also loved how she managed to stay somewhat invisible as she worked and also how comfortable all of our guests felt having their photo taken. Thank you Sina, you’re a star…

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Above you can see my guests arriving downstairs at the Soho House Berlin to check in and claim their goody bags sponsored by Etsy (with a special thanks to Emily and Matt) along with some decor8 contributions from my friends Snug Studio, Enna, luzia pimpinella, Formes Berlin via Sommerfugl and Ferm Living who supplied some items for me to decorate the room with and who sponsored our fun giveaway. Also in the bag, journals supplied by Callwey Verlag for taking notes.

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Caroline Ditting (from Callwey) and I are shown above. She helped me enormously to plan this event and did a super great job. Thank you Caroline! Here we are preparing a table to decorate with shiny things, candles, balloons and eventually, cupcakes – yummy, delicious cupcakes.

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Speaking before a very full house.

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

There I am with Ms. Luxat from Brigitte magazine. Brigitte was the official sponsor of my event at Soho House which was an honor… To see Germany’s top lifestyle magazine for women support me in this way is absolutely, positively wonderful. I love how they “get” the blogging community and how much they invest in reaching out to not just me, but the many fabulous people who author blogs.

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

My amazingly sweet guests made me laugh and put a smile on my face throughout the day. PEOPLE make any event and I’m so happy the “snob factor” didn’t exist here – everyone was warm, approachable and very smiley and open-minded and stylish, too!

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Loot bags filled with goodies that have gorgeous pine trees screen-printed onto them.

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

We had some VIP seating so I made seat tags for those guests – mostly my sponsors, volunteers and very good friends.

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

A full house…

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

My guest book along with other goodies for guests to enjoy.

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Caroline Ditting speaking for Callwey Verlag, the publisher of my book here in Germany.

Berlin Book Party Highlights!Juliane

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Oh the cupcakes were divine!

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Sharmaine, me and Jack. They are both from Dialogue Books in Berlin. They brought some copies of the book to be sold during my event and helped me with some party planning, too. If anyone wants a German signed copy, you can email them and they’ll ship one to you. sharmaine AT dialoguebooks.org is the lady to ask.

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Caroline with Steffi and my good friend Anne who not only helped me set up but who gave everyone either her illustrated postcards or rubber stamps from the Enna shop.

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Lutz and me. He has enough charm and energy to fill an empty room. What an authentic, witty and caring person. So glad to know you, Lutz!

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Clara, Anette + Gabi

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Left: Marlene / Right: Steffi and Matt Stinchcomb from Etsy being silly. I was so honored to meet Matt in person after knowing him online for 6 years now.

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Left: Kathrin / Right: Anna-Maria who owns Fraulein Wild, a lovely cafe in Berlin where we ate Sunday morning. She is so adorable and bakes wonderfully!

Berlin Book Party Highlights!Left: / brigitte / Right: andrea +bettina

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Need I say more? Nom nom nom.

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Me and the Dialogue Books gang.

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Steffi giving her speech about how bloggers can work with magazines like Brigitte.

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

The Brigitte magazine girls and Matt Stinchcomb from Etsy – all were my fab sponsors.

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

It’s fun to be silly at your own book launch, you know? Why be serious when you can live life and have a ball!

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Left: Didem / Right: Laura

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Every single girl had a crush on this guy after he spoke. He has tons of charm and is very intelligent and witty. I also think it’s the floppy hair, girls really dig that longish floppy hair. Matt sparkles when he speaks. People like to think Etsy is mega popular because it’s a great online marketplace but I think chicks just dig Matt. Don’t believe me? I had at least 10 people come up to me after he spoke and said, “I’m reopening my Etsy shop now that I saw Matt!” and the stars in their eyes totally spelled out: CRUSHING majorly on the Mattster.

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

When Matt spoke, people smiled, laughed and listened.

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

See what I mean? In blue is my co-author Joanna Copestick who flew in from London and in green is the adorable artist and blogger Stephanie Levy.

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

See what I mean about loving to hear Matt speak?

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Oh yes, Matt worked the crowd.

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

At one point he asked, “Who thinks I’m totally dreamy?” and here is the reaction. No, just kidding. This was actually when I was speaking as I love to ask questions when I speak or else I feel like everyone will fall asleep.

 

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Ladies bonding on a very sweet plush sofa that I wanted to carry home with me.

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Oh yes, and the book. We came for that too.

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Fun to see my guests peeking in on Lust auf Wohnen! Go book go! Work it!

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Very sweet ladies that I felt honored to meet.

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Lutz and me acting silly.

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Oh hello pretty lady…

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Brigitte had the sweetest personality and the most incredible red hair.

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Left: Lenka + Nadja, Right: Rieke + Ricarda

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Dorolos Wally from klienFORMAT magazine who not only flew in from Vienna but who so generously GAVE everyone a copy of her self made magazine seen chatting here with my friend Anne.

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

I didn’t get to meet this guest, anyone want to shout him out? I’d love to know!

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Lovely Steffi.

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Me, Jack and Sharmaine.

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Caroline Ditting

Berlin Book Party Highlights!Right: Valerie + Donna / Left: Marlene + Steffi

Berlin Book Party Highlights!Maren + Lola

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Left: Elizabeth Rushe who looks like a double of Florence and the Machine / Right: Anna-Maria Wild and Steffi

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Hamburg girls

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Left: Lutz, me /  Right: Stephanie Levy + Eleanor from EM Papers. These lovely ladies came all the way up from Munich, loved having them!

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Eleanor and Theresa Neubauer.

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

left: ricarda, steffi, rieke / right: nicola

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Left: Steffi and Lutz / Right: Andrea

Berlin Book Party Highlights!Didem Strebe + Olivia Tänzer

I want to thank EVERYONE for coming out – I couldn’t believe how many people we had and to think we only could take 50% of those who RSVP’d – whoa, this tells me there is a lot of blogger interest here in Germany so Brigitte and I are putting our heads together for possibly another event this winter so stay tuned!

A big thank you to all who sponsored this event  – I’m so grateful to have all of you in my corner and to call you my friends!

To see many more photos in a slideshow, click here.

(photos: Sina Preikschat.)






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Munich: Meet Me Wednesday + Berlin: Mark Your Calendar!

October 17, 2011

Hello to those living or visiting Munich, Germany currently! I am traveling there in the morning for an awards dinner for Myself magazine as I was nominated for their Lieblings award, but I’ll also be visiting my friends at the sweet little shop, Nostalgie Im Kinderzimmer, who will have a little party for my German decorating book along with a few things to drink + eat. If you would like to join me, please do! RSVP email: press [at] decor8blog [dot] com

Munich: Meet Me Wednesday + Berlin: Mark Your Calendar!

You’ll need to RSVP (RSVP email: press [at] decor8blog [dot] com) right away though so I can make sure there is space as it’s going to be just a little pre-launch event since the official launch party will be in Berlin at Soho House on November 12th and is sponsored primarily by BRIGITTE magazine. I’ll be joined by co-sponsors Callwey Verlag, Etsy, Dialogue Books and more! I’ll post an announcement detailing the Lust Auf Wohnen Book + Bloggers Party next week on decor8 as you won’t want to miss it! Cupcakes, cocktails, goody bags and lectures all about blogging, writing and more from some incredible speakers that we’re currently lining up – we’ll even have a fun interactive project for everyone to get involved in – can’t wait to show you that when you arrive.

But first…

Until the official launch….

I’ll be hanging in Munich with the lovely Angela at Nostalgie Im Kinderzimmer who thought it may be a nice way to say hello to a few of my friends and readers in Munich this week for a cozy event in her darling shop. I couldn’t agree more and I’m really looking forward to it.

19 Oktober, 2011 – Mittwoch, 17 – 19 uhr
Nostalgie im Kinderzimmer
Herrenchiemseestraße 4
81669 München-Ramersdorf
Tel: +49 (0)89 / 44 10 90 15
RSVP email: press [at] decor8blog [dot] com

(photo: holly becker)






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My Mood Board at Anthropologie London

September 28, 2011

I have to thank someone for being so welcoming to me over the course of this year – particularly this year because last year I didn’t really know much about him. That person is fellow blogger and London-based stylist Will from Bright Bazaar.

My Mood Board at Anthropologie London

This little post is really just to shout him out and to thank him for taking the best photos of my event in London the other day at Anthropologie on Kings Road so thanks for that Will. He photographed the moodboard that I made during my talk at Anthropologie that you can see above, so thank you Will!

(image: will/bright bazaar)






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LONDON: Meet us at Anthropologie on Sunday, September 25th @1pm

September 22, 2011

Hello everyone! I’ve been a bit missing in action, I know, but next week when I’m back from my travels decor8 will be at full swing again with lots of wonderful things to share. I’ve been busy on my US book tour with Chronicle Books and Anthropologie, gave the keynote at The Creative Connection, and in the early morning I’m flying to London for design week but I’ll be back blogging full-time again on Wednesday, September 28th. I can’t wait – I’ve REALLY missed connecting with you here each day but a completely sponsored book tour is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity so I couldn’t refuse – plus I got to meet so many of you – yay! BUT it’s not over yet… NEXT UP IS LONDON!

LONDON: Meet us at Anthropologie on Sunday, September 25th @1pm

This weekend I’ll be in London at ANTHROPOLOGIE on KINGS ROAD! I’ll be joined by Interior Design extraordinaire Abigail Ahern, Stylist/Photographer Leslie Shewring and Decorate co-author Joanna Copestick for a fun decorating party to talk about mood boards, show how they’re done and of course to meet everyone. Anthropologie is throwing a nice spread for us too with Bloody Marys and snacks, so RSVP if you’d like to join us: rsvp-uk [at] anthropologie [dot] com — it’s from 1:00-3:00 (I have to leave at 3 pm for another event) so please stop by to say hello to Abigail, Leslie, Joanna and I. We’d love to meet you and connect with other creatives, bloggers, etc.

LONDON: Meet us at Anthropologie on Sunday, September 25th @1pm

And as you know, Abigail Ahern (shown above in her gorgeous home) is a total rock star in the design world so just having her as part of this event is a total honor and I’m certain you’d love meeting her and hear her advice about decorating, too. Abigail owns a gorgeous shop in London and is the author of a book that I love called A Girl’s Guide to Decorating. The event is completely open to the public, so do stop by – we’ll be starting promptly at 1:00.

See you in London!!!

xo,
Holly






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