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.
Note: All photos shown are from Decorate Workshop shot by the brilliant Debi Treloar. You may preview a digital copy of this book below:
Order Decorate Workshop in the UK and Europe HERE (hardbound, orange/purple jacket)
Order Decorate Workshop in the US HERE (softcover, blue/yellow jacket)
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!
Hello everyone! I have some very exciting news to share with you! This Wednesday, September 26th, I will be a guest on Martha Stewart Living Radio on Sirius Satellite (@martharadio) for the show Home Design with Kevin Sharkey from 5-6 pm EST and the best part is that it’s LIVE!
Kevin is the Senior Vice President and Executive Editorial Director, Decorating, and Executive Creative Director, Merchandising for Martha Stewart Living Omninedia, Inc. Again, this interview will air LIVE on Channel 110, so I will be able to take questions from listeners – that means YOU – so please tune in. :)
My butterflies are very active (this is huge!) but knowing you will listen in makes me feel worlds better because this is a pretty big deal – anything Martha-related has been a long time dream of mine as you can imagine – I’m also slightly terrified and intimidated by it all!
The show is not recorded but I’ll see if I can have someone record it for me although I cannot promise that will happen – so if you want to listen in, you have to jump onto Sirius radio channel 110 on September 26th from 5-6 PM EST for the Home Design with Kevin Sharkey.
NOTE: If you do not have Sirius access, just CLICK HERE and subscribe for a free 30 day trial so you can listen to me talk about blogging, my decorating ideas, breaking into book writing and more!
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.
You may click here to listen
(image: collage by holly becker)
I am beyond honored to learn that Hus & Hem magazine in Sweden, a favorite of mine, has named decor8 along with 9 other bloggers as one of the best decorating blogs! This is a great opportunity for decor8 and those featured on this site to receive increased exposure in Sweden to some new readers. I’m always grateful and very happy when decor8 receives a press mention — it means that we’re all succeeding together — not just me but those who are featured on this blog or who have been guest blogging recently while I’ve been keeping a temporary part-time blogging schedule. We all stand tall and succeed together and I’m proud of us when decor8 gets a good press mention because without all of you — from your link backs to friendships, contributions through posts or submissions, we ALL get the credit and I thank each of you for always supporting this site. :)
If you are new to decor8 and coming over from Hus & Hem, I’m Holly Becker — an American writer and design consultant (interiors) who just moved to Hannover, Germany last week and will now be based here full-time after 5 years of living and working between Germany and New Hampshire, USA. I launched this blog in May 2005 but was not sure how to go about blogging and didn’t know what exactly to say until I officially started writing in January 2006 and the second I started typing I wrote about art & design from all over the world – and I still do!
Everything that you see on this site was found and curated by me with the exception of posts written by guest bloggers (clearly indicated in each post if not authored by me). On Tuesdays I feature a special column called “Etsy Take Five Tuesdays” where I write about 5 Etsy stores and share images of some of my favorite things from their shops. On Thursdays, I write “Musical Thursdays”, a post spotlighting 2-5 CDs of the week that I’m listening to since I love music and think it makes a huge difference in the home environment and ones mood and even emotional health.
In between these columns, I post about things that have caught my eye, interior designers, photographers, fellow bloggers, anything and everything that falls under decorating, art & design and my own personal design aesthetic. I write daily Monday through Friday 3-5 times each day, more if I’m feeling up to it or super duper inspired. :) Anyway, thank you for visiting and I hope that you will enjoy reading decor8!
Thank you Helena for telling me about this press mention (tack!), and to Anna for sending me this image above.
I just discovered a new-to-me woman’s lifestyle magazine based in Finland called Kodin Kuvalehti thanks to editor Tiina who also authors her own blog called Sparkling Ink who was nice enough to write about me and send over a copy. Oh yes, I said write about me. The surprise part was when I opened up the July issue and saw words praising decor8 (she translated it for me). Wow!
I’m so flattered to be featured in a Finnish magazine — I can’t even begin to explain how exciting it is for me to now have readers in Finland joining me each day here on the site. If you’d like to read what it says, please click here. Thank you so much Tiina Kodin Kuvalehti magazine for featuring me and my blog in your magazine, what an honor.
(image: holly becker for decor8)
A big hearty thanks to Susannah Conway from Ink on my Fingers, an English photographer and writer who interviewed me today on her beautiful blog.
It was fun to really open up like this in an interview, I definitely am learning to drop my guard and feel more at ease when approached with questions. Or perhaps it’s that Susannah just knows how to ask the right questions. In any sense, I talk about my recent class and experience as a teacher, childhood hobbies, favorite books and I list four people that I’d love to see mildly intoxicated… Ha! I hope that you enjoy it. :)
Thank you Susannah!
(image: susannah conway)