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Favorite Things at Design Post in Cologne

January 15, 2013

Hello friends! I’m back from imm Cologne and am so inspired by the panel of social media experts that I worked with while there that I can honestly say that NOW I have my blogging mojo back! I’m ready to take on the world again! I got the exact dose of energy that I needed at the perfect time so now I’m energized! I’m ready! Holly is BACK for 2013 and it feels great.

Favorite Things at Design Post in Cologne

SO! Let me show you some things that I discovered while in Cologne for my very brief trip. A little hint is above… But you will need to keep reading to discover who lives in this lovely home. While at imm yesterday, my friend Steffi and I ran over to Design Post, a gorgeous permanent design (furniture & accessories) showroom located on the fairgrounds, for about 15 minutes per her suggestion. In that short amount of time I gathered a ton of inspiration (and a few really nice catalogs). Would you like to see some things that really stood out for me, including one product that made its debut yesterday at imm cologne?

Favorite Things at Design Post in Cologne

While wondering the floor, I snapped these pics on my iPhone and shared them with my Instagram followers as I went along. You may be inspired by some of these bright and happy wall colors shown in my snaps because I sure was as I went about snappin’ and grabbin’ brochures and postcards as I went. I was in such a hurry that I had no time to chat with really anyone on the showroom floor but I did my best to capture as much inspiration in a short period of time as I could. I was on an inspiration mission, man.

Favorite Things at Design Post in Cologne

I found brands that really stood out for me: Agape bathtubs, Moroso sofas and chairs, Hellen van Berkel pillows and poufs for Gelderland, and the debit of, “Ready Made Curtains”, DIY curtains designed for Kvadrat by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec. I also loved “The Rits” sofa designed by Bertjan Pot for Gelderland (you can see it in the first image in beige against the blue wall.)

Favorite Things at Design Post in Cologne

Favorite Things at Design Post in Cologne

First, let’s talk about sofas. Ahhhh, sofas. I have such an addiction to them. I could own a new one each year but that would be a bit expensive and materialistic of me. At Design Post, I was able to experience the wonderful world of Moroso sofas live and in person. I’ve seen the Redondo in photos online but a Pinterest pic has nothing next to the real thing – I couldn’t take my eyes away from the ravishing Redondo (in dove gray) designed by the amazing Patricia Urquiola. Can you see why?

Favorite Things at Design Post in Cologne

Favorite Things at Design Post in Cologne

Next, I really loved seeing (and touching!) the Ready Made Curtains designed by the Bouroullec brothers for Kvadrat. They came up with a clever solution to a common problem so many of us have fitting store bought curtains to windows of odd sizes (especially the case with older homes). Their curtains can be cut to length and when combined with simple wooden pegs and a “curtain rod” cord kit, you can install your own custom curtain and custom rod in a few hours. I googled to learn more about this system and found loads of info along with some great photos on Design Boom so click here for that – super cool!

Favorite Things at Design Post in Cologne

Favorite Things at Design Post in Cologne

A company I discovered for the first time at Design Post is Italian brand Agape and their gorgeous bathrooms. I also met their brand manager, she ended up coming to my lecture, so that was a nice bonus. My goodness, their bathtubs left a mark on my heart. They were all simply gorgeous – works of art that are also functional and very spa-like. I imagined sinking into them and felt all dreamy inside. Ahhhh. Now all I can dream about is owning one!

Favorite Things at Design Post in Cologne

Favorite Things at Design Post in Cologne

A new textile designer was also discovered as I shopped around, Dutch textile designer, Hellen van Berkel. Irene from Bloesem ran a gorgeous interview with that you definitely must check out HERE complete with a home tour – a few glimpses are seen above and the image at the very top of this post is from Hellen’s lovely home!

What a great time I had in only 15 minutes and I discovered so many new things to inspire me. You only need a short period of time, an iPhone and determination to find something that catches your eye and before you know it, you will begin spotting all sorts of things if you go to a source that has things you suspect you’ll like.

Have a nice day everyone! Oh and if you want to see an interview that imm had with me you can look at this YouTube video for a 100 second chat with me about social media. (update: the link seems to be down, when imm replies to my tweet, I’ll let you know the new link!)

(images linked to their sources above.)






Shopping + Products

Ferm Living Spring 2013

January 10, 2013

It’s always nice to open my inbox in January because I know that companies will start sending in their Spring/Summer 2013 collections for consideration and I find the new offerings so interesting. Some are hits, others I feel are a bit of a miss, but Ferm Living has once again ‘hit’ it with well designed products that fit nicely with their latest collection – and just enough so as to not overwhelm.

Ferm Living Spring 2013

I like their new wallpapers and the cute foldaway tent for kid’s rooms and of course, one can never have too many storage bins or throw pillows! Take a look at a few of my favorite things in this post but to see much more, please visit them online or click here to check out their Spring catalog so you can drool over the full sha-bang. :)

Ferm Living Spring 2013

Ferm Living Spring 2013

Ferm Living Spring 2013

Ferm Living Spring 2013

Ferm Living Spring 2013

Nice palette too, don’t you think?

If you live in the EU, you can order from Ferm Living online here.

If you live in the US, you can order here.

(images: ferm living)






Shopping + Products, uncategorized

Alphabet Bags

December 13, 2012

I was so excited when Alphabet Bags in the UK agreed to be an official sponsor of the goody bags that we filled for the BYW blogging workshop this past weekend. It was such a pleasure and honor to work with them and very, very easy! Most importantly, our students LOVED their loot!

Alphabet Bags

Alphabet Bags donated 17 heart totes (either a gold or pink neon heart, 14,41€ ) and a canvas pouch (21,61€ ) for each student to go inside with a zipper in either the Diamond, Rules Are For Fools, Live Right Now and Ta-Da design.

Alphabet Bags

Our students were so excited (you will see this later in a video I’m going to post from class) and I felt so happy to display them on the chairs so that when everyone walked in on Saturday morning, they had a beautiful bag to greet them.

Alphabet Bags

If you are organizing an event and want to make an impact, Alphabet Bags would be perfect. In fact, they are perfect for any occasion and because they have so many styles and designs, you can pick and choose for the perfect look!

Alphabet Bags

Alphabet Bags

Alphabet Bags

I embellished each bag with an animal brooch and ribbons by our other sponsors, Rice and House Doctor. I thought they looked so sweet on their own but since I like to personalize nearly everything that I buy to give it a Holly touch, I decided to have a little fun. If you have a tote and want to personalize it a bit, tie a scarf around the handle or add a brooch, or perhaps buttons or maybe even ribbons. It’s always nice to add a little piece of you to the accessories that you wear.

Alphabet Bags

I want to thank Alphabet Bags for being one of our biggest sponsors for this event, it meant so much for us to share your products with our students!

(images: Holly Becker for decor8, Little Star, a little bird, Ohhh Mhhh, Alphabet Bags)






Shopping + Products

Olive Box: Pretty Boxes of Paper Goodies Monthly!

October 13, 2012

I have to tell you about this amazing new company that Grace Kang started called Olive Box. First of all, Grace is an amazing PERSON. Yeah, her bio is impressive but the kind of stuff that never makes it to a resume is what I really value about Grace… She’s the real deal and has been so super supportive of me and my career that I cannot help but be eternally grateful.

Olive Box: Pretty Boxes of Paper Goodies Monthly!

But beyond that, Grace is one heck of a business woman. As a former buyer at Barneys AND Bloomingdale’s alone with being the founder and current lady in charge over at the Pink Olive in NYC, she definitely has a good business head on her shoulders. That is why I believe in her new project, a company called Olive Box and want to share it with you. What’s Olive Box all about? Oh, you’ll want to read on…

Olive Box: Pretty Boxes of Paper Goodies Monthly!

Olive Box is a subscription service meant to spread the love – the love of snail mail and receiving delightful gifts each month in your mailbox. As a member you will receive a box of paper & lifestyle products (including a lovely book from time to time, hint hint) delivered to your front door each month, “From cards to artwork to inspiring books and gifting ideas, you never know what exciting products you will unwrap each month.” Each box has a theme that is a surprise and will include goodies that support that theme.

Olive Box: Pretty Boxes of Paper Goodies Monthly!

Pretty Boxes of Paper Goodies Monthly? SIGN ME UP, rights?!?

Olive Box: Pretty Boxes of Paper Goodies Monthly!

In fact, if you are a member, you will soon receive a special box that includes a signed copy of my upcoming book, Decorate Workshop! I can’t reveal WHICH month, but if you join soon you will have it. I’ve included a sneak peek of THAT box above. :)

(photos: olive box)






Shopping + Products

Party Time: Cute Supplies

September 18, 2012

Whether you feel like throwing a party or not, these funky and colorful party supplies from Lang Zal Ze Leven discovered via Style Cookie, are sure to get you in the mood to either plan your next fest or decorate a room in your home. I love the punchy colors and despite that we’re entering autumn, I still see these colors on my radar well into the fall and winter seasons because you can add neons and playful stripes and dots to just about anything for a burst of freshness.

Party Time: Cute Supplies

I find that simply adding the hot colors to the more subdued ones adds energy and positivity.  Snow white with hot pink, black and silver for winter? Oh yes. Emerald green, mint, peach and orange with copper and neon orange accents for fall, yes yes a million times yes. Let’s toss the traditional palettes this year and bring our spring/summer colors with us right into the cooler months to mix and match and have some fun, ok? Adding brights to moody tones is what I’m inspired by at the moment. What about you?

But yes, back to parties and cute supply goodies. I love those paper plates that look like fancy china shown in the mix above, the patterned doilies, the Japanese fish paper balloons, dot and stripes on napkins, peacock swizzle sticks… And yes, this all looks a little summery I know, but if you mix in deeper shades, you can Autumn-it-up quite easily. Besides, there are no rules except that you love how you’ve decorated your party! That’s the only rule that matters to me.

(images: Lang Zal Ze Leven)






Books + Magazines, Shopping + Products, Travel

London Style Guide By Saska Graville

July 25, 2012

Love London? Visiting soon? This post is for you! Last night I stumbled across a most curious travel book while perusing Amazon called the London Style Guide authored by Londoner Saska Graville and published by Murdoch with photography by Jessica Reftel Evans & Martin Reftel of Amorfo Photography. It looked like such a lovely guide and definitely not ‘typical’ so I snapped it up in jiffy, ordering before retiring to bed.

London Style Guide By Saska Graville

To my surprise, this lovely guide arrived a few moments ago and as I flipped through it I couldn’t contain my excitement. Finally someone wrote a shopping, eating and sleeping guide for London that speaks 100% to my aesthetic and is free of blah blah tourist-y stops and those all too familiar recommendations that every book suggests. This guide is stylishly laid out (props to the book designer!), meticulously curated and beautifully, and I mean beautifully, shot. I love the “Meet the Londoner section” with 18 interviews of shop and cafe owners, showcasing their favorite things to see in London.

I highly suggest picking up a copy because if you intend to go to London anytime soon, you simply MUST own this guide. Even if you don’t intend to go, this book is still a lovely one to own because through it you can feel like you’ve traveled and there are all sorts of lovely things to see and read along with links to places you can look up online. It is available for download here or you can buy a hard copy in the UK here or in the US here. There is even a digital version available on iTunes which I’m going to investigate because having this guide on my iPhone would totally rock for my next trip back to London. Would you like to take a quick look with me?

London Style Guide By Saska Graville

London Style Guide By Saska Graville

London Style Guide By Saska Graville

London Style Guide By Saska Graville

London Style Guide By Saska Graville

About the author: Saska Graville has worked as a writer and editor for magazines and newspapers for 20+ years in London and Sydney. She was former editor of New Woman magazine in Australia then the features editor of The Sun-Herald newspaper in Sydney. Later, she relocated back to her native London as deputy editor of Red magazine and currently is a UK travel correspondent for The Sun-Herald.

Now I’m more excited than ever to return to London this Fall!

(images: holly becker for decor8)






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