Hello dear friends! It’s the holiday season which means that most likely you are home, or at someone else’s home, or maybe if you’re not in Germany (today is 2nd Christmas), you are shopping the big sales or enjoying some relaxing down time. Whether you celebrate the holidays or not, whether you have family or are alone and whether this time is special to you or simply “meh”… I simply want to send you many warm greetings and lots of love as I sign off until the new year. You have all been such an inspiration to me and next month will begin my 10th year of blogging… I still feel, in many ways, the same as I did when I first started, “Why do people even read my posts!?”. I’m so glad that you do and for those of you who take the time to comment and share what you find here, thank you.
It means so much that I can support my family doing what makes me happiest – reaching out, sharing, writing and growing alongside all of you because no matter how “seasoned” or “pro” I may be, we’re all in this together and I often feel as overwhelmed and unsteady, inspired and eager, drained and filled with anticipation by this whole blogging thing as you do. I may inspire you by my work but you’ve inspired much more in return because I simply couldn’t keep all of this up without the incentive = YOU. I’m signing off for the next 10 days for some family time, but I’ll be back again during the first week of January after New Year’s, most likely the 5th. But since I didn’t take maternity leave this year or vacation, I may linger a little and return a few days later. I’ll have to see. If you’d like to keep busy, here are a bunch of great things for you to enjoy in my absence like…
My personal top 12 posts this year:
- Resolve To Be Happy
- Our Baby Aidan Benjamin Is Here!
- Our Birth Story + Newborn Photography by Christin Lange
- Can Full-Time Bloggers Live Off Of Rainbows & Hugs?
- Our Baby Boy’s Nursery Before + After
- What Do Babies Play With?
- Baby Essentials For The First Year
- 22 Hard To Kill Houseplants
- The Future Of Blogging – What Do You Think?
- Blog Trends: Slow Blogging
- 10 Ways To Create Hygge At Home
- Our New Book Has a Website
Now for 9 blogs that are really lovely…
- Tell Love and Chocolate
- Hanke Arkenbout
- Jeanie Micheel
- Two Loves Studio
- Sugar & Cloth
- Carnets Parisiens
- Anna Malmberg
15 favorite design finds (or purchases) this year:
- Floyd leg
- Muuto Stacked Shelves
- Jonathan Adler Owl Bookends (still on my wishlist!)
- Anything from Menu A/S
- & Other Stories
- Kauniste in Finland
- This amazing cabinet
- Fujifilm INSTAX Instant Smartphone Printer
- Copper foil tape
- Matte white washi tape
- Band.do iPhone cases
- Hubble & Duke baby mocs
- Ali Edwards December Daily kit (I’m nearly finished with mine!)
- My amazing pineapple Aimee Wilder wallpaper
New Year’s Eve inspiration for you – a whole lot of it… —Click here—
Thank you, dear readers, for another rewarding year on decor8! And a big thanks to those who help me on this blog like Jessy, Flora, Liz & Jewels and Holly and the teachers who worked with me on Blogging Your Way this year – Tina, Fiona, Nichole along with my husband Thorsten. Also, a hug and thanks to Leslie because our book launched this past Spring and it’s so lovely and super successful thanks to her – it looks like Decorate With Flowers will soon be in 12 languages/editions with Japanese releasing in January. Woo hoo!
Love, Holly xo
With the news that Google Reader will be killed off, I’ve reactivated my Bloglovin account so if you’d like to follow my blog with Bloglovin please do! I’ve also set up an account with Feedly – have you tried it yet? I really like the clean, well-designed minimalistic interface – I can breath there and actually enjoy reading my favorite blogs again! Here is a screenshot of Feedly below…
Much nicer to look at than the eye sore that is Google+!
I’m so happy to share with you the redesign of my blog, decor8! I decided to change it awhile ago but never made the time until earlier this year when I thought, “Enough is enough – time for change!” and have been working with MWA Design in London, Mark Wilson’s firm, along with illustrator Samantha Hahn, to spruce up my site. I’m so grateful to see the completion of this project today and while we’re still building some of the pages, I’m so happy with it. Mark also redesigned my decor8 e-course site so that everything works together and I am so pleased.
I particularly loved Mark’s idea to add a Decorate It! feature (to your right) so you as the reader can customize the background. Try it, it’s fun! I think I’ll change these from time to time but for now, the patterns are really nice I think and the overall site looks and feels like me so I’m very happy with it. I wanted something very easy to navigate, uncluttered and more professional looking without losing the handmade, tactile touches that I love so much.
I hope you like my new logo and the new decor8 blog – I’m so happy to reveal it! Thank you Mark and Simon from MWA Design, illustrator Samantha Hahn and my husband Thorsten who worked closely with Mark and Simon from beginning to end.
Hello everyone! To those of you in the states, it’s the 4th – yeah! Have fun celebrating our day of Independence. Living abroad on the 4th is the hardest for me because I once loved how Boston came together for the gorgeous concert and fireworks on the 4th on the Charles River. I really miss going there with my friends. It’s amazing to me how close home is to my heart yet in reality, how far away I really am! How are you doing today?
I’ve gone a bit MIA, I know… Missing in action. And for that, I am truly sorry. I’ve been very busy, a bit too much, and I’ve finally wrapped up my next book. I wrote the final page yesterday and today, I am sorting out the photo credits and directory. It’s been a massive undertaking! In addition to that, I’ve been teaching nearly 700 students online in my Blogging Your Way e-course for the past 5 weeks. It’s been lovely and today is my last lesson there. I love teaching online and am so grateful that I hired three amazing women and bloggers, Jeanette, Nicole and Katrina, to stand by my side and work along with me to teach this dynamic, exciting class. Thank you ladies SO MUCH. I love the community that BYW has built and the many meet-ups BYW students are having in spots all over the world from London to San Francisco.
So… What is inspiring you lately? I am inspired by large-scale floral patterns, polka dots, vanilla nail polish sent to me from a friend in Denmark, my friend Steffi’s new business cards and blog redesign, and how beautiful the new lavender on my balcony looks and smells – it’s the simple things, right?
I miss you all, soo sooooo much. I will be regularly writing here daily next week and going forward. My online class is wrapping up, my German language course is soon to end, my lecture in Wiemar is this Saturday and my second book is finished – now I can return to you on a full-time schedule once again.
With love, Holly xo