I was recently picked as one of the 20 Best Interior Blogs by the Telegraph (UK), which is pretty big deal and I’m happy to be included in their round up. This was announced over a month ago yet I held back from talking about it because I thought, “What about those beautiful blogs that were not on this list? How would they feel?”, but then I thought that perhaps they are on other lists in other articles so maybe it doesn’t matter so much.
I don’t often like to talk about press mentions, not because I don’t value them immensely (I really do) but I don’t like to stir up a feeling of competition because blogging about our success stories can seem a bit egotistic if not balanced, don’t you agree?
I want to thank the Telegraph, particularly columnist + interiors editor Gareth Wyn Davies, for listing me there alongside the design greats like Ben Pentreath (I LOVE his blog and cling to every word), Jonathan Adler, Apartment Therapy and The Selby. What an honor to be counted amongst them! The list also includes my cherished blog friends like Bodie & Fou, SFGirlByBay, Habitually Chic, Katy Elliott, Lonny Blog, Print & Pattern and Emmas Designblogg. I can’t believe the thousands of clicks this press mention brought over to my blog – the traffic has been enormous for a single press mention so that was a most pleasant surprise.
(image: illustration by Emily Robertson)
Hi everyone! I need your help but first, I’ve been working with West Elm recently and it has resulted in being in their current catalog (here is an online glimpse!) and a Pinterest board called Globalist Mix. I’ve not seen the catalog yet but I’m told 2.5 million of their subscribers have and it’s in all of their stores so I’m waiting anxiously by my mailbox until I have a copy – can’t wait!
West Elm has me working with them on their next two catalogs, too. The idea is that I would pick three international bloggers based outside of North America and together in each issue one of those three would give decorating advise in their catalog along with me. For the current issue, I’ve chosen wonderful Will from Bright Bazaar (thanks, Will!) and for the next catalog I will be teamed up with the very sweet Irene from Bloesem (thanks, Irene!) and the final catalog I’ll be paired with uber stylish Lucy at The Design Files (thank you, Lucy!). I am delighted and honored that West Elm reached out to me in the first place and can’t wait to see how many of their peeps find Will, Irene, Lucy and I as a result. Exciting stuff – I am so grateful for this amazing opportunity.
See more inspiration from Will and I here and here. Now… For the part where I need some help. Would you like to help Will and I pin on our Globalist Mix board for West Elm? If so, tag photos on Pinterest in your folders with #WEglobalist and Will and I will look for that tag and pin as many as we can and that are appropriate. Thank you!!!!
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Hello everyone and happy Friday! How are you? I am packing since I fly to London (for the launch party) in a few hours, but I want to thank Simple Things magazine in the UK for a beautiful 8 page excerpt in their latest issue #3 from my new book, Decorate Workshop. The book just launched in the UK and will launch TWO WEEKS earlier than expected in the US – it is available TODAY! We just found out yesterday so it’s a great surprise. Thank you Simple Things for the wonderful excerpt, here’s a peek below but if you want to read all 8 pages you’ll need to pick up a copy of the magazine or buy a digital copy on your mobile device.
AND thank you to the homeowners – above shown is the home of Emma Lee, James Leland Day, Iris Rietbergen, Nadia Yaron and Myriah Scruggs.
Thank you Simple Things magazine!
Well it’s time to reveal some big news! I have been busy working on two projects — one local and the other definitely more of a gift to you, and I talk about them for the first time publicly during a podcast interview with Darren from Problogger. I wanted to tell you my big news vs. write it down because I wouldn’t email my mother to tell her something important — I would call her and that’s how I feel today too, like this is my way of calling you and letting you know. It’s a long discussion but I tried to make it interesting so that you can take away some tips away for yourself. You may click here to listen. Turn the sound down though, it is quite loud otherwise and you don’t want your boss to catch ya when you should be working. But who cares about work when you have online things to do, right?!? :)
Here are some things that I talk about:
- the story behind starting decor8
- content ideas
- what type of posts attract more comments
- ideas on advertising and how it works
- how to deal with negative comments and what positive things can come from them
- what I want readers to gain by reading decor8
- how I’ve built my readership
- how I make a full-time living from my blog
- why I had to outsource technical and ad space management
- and I talk about my other projects, which until today, have not been shared publicly. :)
Thank you Darren for the chat, it was fun to go live as most of my interviews are text-based. I giggle a lot because it was nearly midnight when we recorded and I get silly late at night — but I like that it’s natural and real and I hope that you d0 too.
(image: collage by holly becker)