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decor8 Collaboration with Pinterest

January 23, 2015

Hello everyone! I have to mention this fun collaboration currently going on between Pinterest and decor8. But first, are you following my boards? And are you on Pinterest too? Because if so, leave your @ name in the comments below so I can check out your pins. Ok, so anyway, they approached me to represent them as their Pinterest expert and of course, I said heck yes because I’m such a fan and use their site daily to share my own work and the many inspirational lifestyle-related things that I find online plus I create tons of private boards to plan the various projects I’m working on at the moment.

decor8 Collaboration with Pinterest

Pinterest is a terrific resource for a small business owner like me. It’s always there too – your very own giant virtual mood board that you can access from nearly any device no matter where you are. I pin from my iPad, iPhone, desktop and laptop. During my bedtime ritual after my little one has fallen asleep, I love to put on my cozy pajamas, enjoy some tea (Winter in Lov is my current favorite), read a chapter or two of a good book and when I’m tired of concentrating, zone out and enjoy Pinterest on my iPad. My guilty pleasure for sure.

As their expert, I pulled together three boards around New Year’s themes that I thought were important TO ME for 2015 – I was hoping to gain some inspiration through the repetition of pinning mostly to three main themes for several weeks. Here they are:

 

decor8 Collaboration with Pinterest

1. Living with plants and decorating with flowers (Go green).

 

decor8 Collaboration with Pinterest

2.Tapping into our creative side as much as possible to challenge us (Sei kreativ).

decor8 Collaboration with Pinterest

3. Healthy, mindful living (Gesund leben).

A funny thing happened as I was creating and pinning to these boards, which I’ve been working on since the beginning of December until now. They really inspired me to take action on a few big goals in my life! I think it was because I’ve been pinning to mostly these three boards so my focus has narrowed which gave my brain more space and enabled me to feel less overwhelmed. I’m usually pinning to 100 boards all at once, and I think this hurts me personally on a creative and emotional level – I don’t get anything done! So I’ve learned through this exercise that if I focus my pins and work on only certain boards during a specific period, I accomplish so much more than just mindless pins. I discovered the art of mindful pinning!

For instance, next week begins my first of several private yoga and mindfulness lessons for 90 minutes in a local studio –all thanks to the Gesund leben board. The next inspiration which has resulted in action is the Sei kreativ board because now I’m in the beginnings of my 4th book which will be published in Spring 2016 and I’m more excited to finish decorating my studio and move onto the bedroom and living room now. And finally, the Go green board has encouraged me to add plants to my home in small, manageable doses and to care better for those I already have which has resulted in them flourishing – becoming greener and fuller – and my home feels more energy as a result.

Here is the splash page they’ve created for our partnership. Other pinners we’ve included in this campaign include Lu loves handmade, 23qm Stil, Titatoni and Sodapop to name a few. This partnering has already resulted in press mentions for me too on Wunderweib, Wohn Idee and Lecker, which was an unexpected and nice surprise, so thanks to Pinterest for that.

How are you using Pinterest differently for 2015? Will you use it to encourage action in your life as I have done? What are some of the goals you’ve set for yourself this year?

(Top photo: holly becker for decor8. All others: screenshots from Pinterest)

 






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Thanks, Sweet Paul!

September 8, 2014

This is just a little shout of love and thanks to Paul Lowe, founder and editor of Sweet Paul, for featuring Decorate With Flowers in his summer issue #17 on page 46 (available at Anthropologie and other fine stores or online here). I’m beaming with pride. Paul says, “Once in a while a book comes in the office that brings me pure joy and happiness. Decorate With Flowers by decor8blog’s Holly Becker and Leslie Shewring is that kind of book. This beautiful book is full of charming and fun ways to bring flowers and joy into your life”, is something Paul said in his review that made me feel so good!

Thanks, Sweet Paul!

Thanks, Sweet Paul!

Thanks, Sweet Paul!

I also want to congratulations Paul in return for bringing back his blog. I love that he’s blogging again, makes me so happy as that is how I originally learned about him and his recipes and styling, through his first blog.

We’ve had an amazing amount of lovely press mentions about our book, you can see more here, including most recently domino magazine!

(images: sweet paul)






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Thank you Apartment Therapy

February 20, 2014

We are so honored that Apartment Therapy asked us to show Aidan’s nursery as part of a room tour on their site yesterday. I’ve been an AT reader since 2004 so whenever they feature me I always feel a warm and fuzzy glow. :) Thanks Maxwell and Lauren for this!

Thank you Apartment Therapy

And thank you Thorsten for taking such beautiful photos of his room!

(image: screenshot from AT)






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Recent Press & Consulting Gigs

July 22, 2013

Hello everyone! I thought today I’d kick off the new week with a Really Good News post, a column I started back in April where I occasionally share some really good news related to my life, business, books, consulting, etc. It encourages and inspires me to share what I’m to and I hope it also inspires you to keep working on your projects and to never give up!

Recent Press & Consulting Gigs

So, I thought I’d start with how great it was back in April when my home was on the cover of the popular Turkish interiors mag, All Decor! They also did a huge piece on my home so that was just the best! I loved having my home make a magazine cover – very inspiring to me!

Recent Press & Consulting Gigs

Another great thing happened – and during my birthday month of March! I landed the cover in my own city, Hannover, where I was the cover girl of a regional magazine called Nobilis with the words, “This lady sets trends!”. The reporter came by my home for an interview and she did a lovely write-up inside about my work and books. Another massive gold star for me because having my face on a magazine cover was another first. I got loads of press opportunities from this cover – including multiple television appearance offers and so much more. It was a riot walking by newsstands seeing my face on display!

Recent Press & Consulting Gigs

Recent Press & Consulting Gigs

I was also profiled recently in one of my favorite interiors magazines, Inside Out, based in Australia in their April 2013 issue. What an honor!

Recent Press & Consulting Gigs

Recent Press & Consulting Gigs

I’ve been writing a column for the new business magazine in America, Where Woman Create Business, published by Jo Packham and Stampington. My column covers blogging and they give me about 4-6 pages per issue to delve into blogging and explore some of the stuff that I know lots of people are curious about when it comes to blogging as a business. Here’s the most recent issue, Volume 2, shown above for a little peek. You can buy the magazine at most fine book stores on the newsstand (like Barnes & Noble) or online here.

Recent Press & Consulting Gigs

Recent Press & Consulting Gigs

This past weekend, an Austrian newspaper, Kurier, ran a 4 page full color spread about me and my books. This was a wonderful surprise. Thank you Andreas for setting this up!

Recent Press & Consulting Gigs

I was hired to work for Canon Europe on a massive advertising campaign that will run this summer all over Europe, UK, Middle East and Russia in magazines and newspapers. Above is a peek  of one that recently ran in Austria. I show how I display photos in my own home along with photography tips and ideas. It was such a fun campaign to work on and the compensation package was amazing – I am really proud of myself for landing this gig!

I also did some styling work for a German magazine called ARD Buffet which was published earlier this summer, found out that my second book Decorate Workshop, made the bestseller’s list in Germany and will now be available in 6 editions – including Danish, and today I will be doing some consulting for a massive company in America via Skype on how they can better work with bloggers. Given that this “company” is worth around $65 Billion, I’d say that myself and my colleagues (fellow bloggers Paul Lowe, Bri Emery and Victoria Smith) have quite a task ahead.

I also have a meeting with the team from Mollie Makes later this week – they are flying to Hannover to meet with me about a project we’re working on together  – fun times ahead!  I’m also still working on my 3rd book with Leslie Shewring, it is due to turn in by the end of the summer so we’re both in panic/rush mode now, but very happy with the outcome so far and we know you’ll love it.

I have more news to reveal but I’ll save it for another post – perhaps in early August. I can’t wait to talk about another big project that I recently took on, including another book that I’m involved in with a crew of other bloggers – it looks sooooo good!

xo, Holly

 






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20 Best Interior Blogs – Thank you!

February 26, 2013

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.

20 Best Interior Blogs - Thank you!

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)






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Working With West Elm

January 9, 2013

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!

Working With West Elm

Working With West Elm

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.

Working With West Elm

Working With West Elm

Working With West Elm

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!!!!

(image: west elm)






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