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)
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)
I hope I don’t come across as bragging here but I’m quite excited that Chronicle Books quotes me from a recent review I wrote about the book, “Secrets of Simplicity” over at Real Simple and I’m flattered by it. Here’s the ad, you may have seen it floating around…
In addition to this ad, I forgot to tell everyone last year that I’m also quoted on the back of Amy Butler’s latest book, “Little Stitches For Little Ones” released last July ‘08. Here are my words as they appear on the back jacket of the book: “Sewing is suddenly fresh and exciting again thanks to Amy’s easy-to-follow instructions and her gorgeous vintage modern fabrics in some of the most inspiring colorways ever.” – Holly Becker, decor8 (it has my old blog address but oh well, I changed domains since then.
Point is, I was so thrilled when Amy wrote to me asking for my thoughts about her book — it’s pretty wild to pick up a book at Barnes & Noble and see your own name on the back. It’s also encouraging to know that people trust my opinion, this means so much to me above all other things — I’m trustworthy. How nice. I like that because above all other things, it’s what I look for when I pick my own friends or when I scour the web for product reviews. I want to know that my source can be trusted.
My friend Shanon Gass commented today on a Flickr photo showing the Chronicle ad above, “YAY! That’s so exciting. I love that your voice represents trustworthiness and that writers/blog writers that work so hard, like you do, are having their opinions respected. Congrats!” – I agree, well said not just on my behalf but for all those bloggers out there.
(images: top: chronicle books, lower: holly becker for decor8)