I was so happy when Miss Kati at The Finer Things told me about the decor8 mention in the summer issue of Stationery Trends magazine. The article, “To Blog or Not to Blog” featured helpful blogging advice from the talented ladies behind Creature Comforts, One Good Bumblebee and The Finer Things. A few blogging points mentioned include: write what you are truly passionate about, remain authentic in how you present yourself and your work, and say what you mean — don’t lose your voice because you worry about others (though there is such a thing as blog etiquette so it may be a good idea to not trash a competitor or fellow blogger). All of these ladies author blogs that are “real” but also professional (they are business ladies with online stores) and though their words are uncensored, they are sincere and captivating — their content makes you want to come back for more.
And while it’s great to talk about your business, don’t make your work the entire focus of your blog. Ez from Creature Comforts has a great tip for bloggers, “Don’t make it about the products…It’s easy to tell if a blog is forced, and it quickly becomes obvious over time.” I have to agree with Ez, I’d much rather learn about the inspiration behind the work.
In this article decor8 is mentioned alongside Design*Sponge, Print + Pattern, Poppytalk, Design Crush, Design for Mankind, Hostess with the Mostess, Tastefully Entertaining, Style Me Pretty and Design is Mine.
(image from stationery trends)
This is so cool. Conde Nast’s daily web show for women, The Daily Special, asked me to be a telephone guest on their show today to chat for a few minutes about decorating.
Thank you Sarah, Sebastian, and the adorable host Kim (she has the best voice and perky attitude, love her) for inviting me! Here’s the link in case you’d like to listen in. ;)
(image from the daily special)
Today has been one of the single most exciting days in my life thanks to the Boston Globe. I’d like to thank Meaghan and Hayley for everything. I have to admit, I didn’t see the paper until this afternoon after my mother called in asking if I was insane for not racing out this morning to pick up a copy. Uh apparently yes, thanks mom.
It took that call from a very proud mom telling me about her trip to the coffee shop this morning where she proceeded to show it to everyone that I realized maybe I was taking this whole press thing a little too lightly. At that, I headed to Starbucks to grab a copy. All composed and non-chalent, I opened the paper and the moment all the color and pattern from the front page of Style & Arts jumped out at me, I burst into happy tears. Yup, right there in the land of Vente lattes and GrandeMochafrappawhatevers. But more than a pretty layout, writer Meaghan really nailed it in the article — from how I feel about those I feature on decor8, the importance of design in my life, and all the great “creators” out there that I’m proud to associate with here in our online design community each day.
Since I’ve been answering emails from Globe readers today about many of the products and people mentioned in the article, I thought it would be handy to link everything below so if you’re coming over from the Globe you can easily access what was highlighted in just a few quick clicks.
Alicia Bock photography
Chinoserie bedding from Dwell Studios
Amy Butler Fabric
Crochet Pendant Lighting by Roost at Rian Rae
Mammy rug (in blue) by Angela Adams available at Urban Living Studio
LAX coffee table from MASH Studios at Design Public
Kirin sofa by Oly Studios available at Hudson
Sunshine Cosmos pillow by Hable Construction
(images from holly becker for decor8)
I have to share some good news with you. Yesterday a Globe Correspondent contacted me to schedule a meet up to discuss decor8. So tomorrow I’ll be taking her for a spin around Boston to some of my favorite shops and then we’ll sit down for the actual interview. The article will appear sometime this month in the Boston Globe, and best part — it will be primarily about design blogging, one of my favorite topics. The article should go live later this month. I’m so nervous!
Also, if you have the new issue of the Jan/Feb Blueprint magazine (it will be around until March), I’m on page 61 in the box titled, “Photo Finesse”, part of Image Control, a piece written by Tom Samiljan. I give Blueprint readers some tips on photo displays, and although my mega list of tips didn’t make the cut, I was happy to see that they included Photojojo and a book I’ve suggested here on decor8 before, Photocraft: Cool Things to Do with the Pictures You Love by Caroline Herter, Laurie Frankel and Laura Lovett. They also were nice enough to put the link to decor8 directly in the paragraph so thank you Blueprint, especially Tom, for contacting me for this piece. I can’t believe this is their final issue…
(photo by holly becker for decor8)