Hello my dear friends. How are you? We have summer weather here and it’s been simply lovely! Sunshine and low 80’s weather never ceases to put a spring in my step and after a rather dull few weeks of gray, cold weather this is a most welcome change. Today I heard from Karen, the lady behind Limitless Pictures, a business based out of England that specializes in putting together features for magazines. Limitless Pictures photographs homes and puts together features for magazines like Elle Decoration, Sunday Times, Red, and more and told me that she is currently looking for new properties. I love the first image below – so much character!
I thought to spread the news I’d show you some images from her portfolio online, though I encourage you to check out her site for more views of beautiful, inspiring spaces.
Thank you Karen for writing in!
(images: limitless pictures)
Hello everyone and happy Friday! This post is about author confessions, oreos and e-courses but first, I am nearly finished writing my next book so very soon I’ll be back full-time again to bring you your daily dose of inspiration. I really miss blogging! It’s so hard being away but sacrifice is sometimes needed when dreams are involved so I’m trying to look at my absence in a positive way. I must admit though, some days I’d much rather be right here with all of you dishing about the latest pretty finds than writing copy, but then I just keep saying to myself, ‘I think I can, I think I can, I think I can…” and it helps me head up the mountain. That and a little red wine.
Now it’s time for some confessions and a few oreos. I read on someone’s blog recently that she gets frustrated by bloggers who seem to be handed book deals. It made me sad to read that. I felt attacked in many ways. I almost wanted to comment on her blog that she had nothing to be envious of or worried about because behind the glam facade, it’s really hard work – especially to go from blogger to author, because writing a blog and writing a book are so completely different that the sheer shift alone in going from writing so spontaneously to realizing that what you are writing for a book will forever be carved into stone, well, that’s a lot of pressure. I think any author can tell you that. It’s so much more than just typing text… and no one is handed a book deal unless they are totally famous or have insane connections or sleep with someone at the top. Being an author requires a great deal of inner strength and courage. I don’t always have that though on the outside, you may think I do. Another thing about writing a book… Some think fitting your thoughts into 180 characters (wait, 140!? 140!? No wonder I have such a hard time!) to form a coherent tweet is a nightmare. Sometimes it is! Emptying your entire brain onto paper, having to edit all of that – your entire passion on a single topic – into chapters and sections and WORDS, words that are supposed to make as much sense on paper as they did in your wee head, THAT is completely, amazingly, never-imagined-it-be the hardest part of writing a book. It’s like writing one massive tweet that will appear on a billboard along the freeway with your name in the biggest boldest text ever.
Aside from dealing with the stress of what others assume and feeling a bit drained from that – I started crying last night because I was so completely consumed by the whole process of writing so much lately and feeling really, really stressed. Then I sort of cried myself to sleep (thankfully my husband can sleep through the end of the world so it’s all good for him) only to wake several hours later, in the middle of the night, eating Oreos in my underwear in kitchen thinking about…. What do you know? My book introduction.
Then I got up at 4:00 a.m. in a cold sweat feeling pain in my chest because my deadlines are looming and decided that I should really go make a tea. By the time I went into the kitchen I forgot what I was in there for and just went back to bed. This morning I woke up wondering how it was that I went to bed in my nightgown but instead had only underwear on, and why I had mascara stains on my face – then I remembered my very long slightly stupid night. I decided to kick my own butt by giving myself a pep talk, took a shower and went for a walk in the rain on this very overcast day. Into the forest I went. Muddy boots, hair pinned up, mind filled with words — Words, words, words. An occasional sentence. Mostly words. I found myself speaking blocks of text out loud – like a mad person – reciting color theory and the difference of tints, tones, shades and what a hue was or shall I say, is. I wondered if people would really CARE to read that in my book. I wondered some more. Then I went home and started writing again. I felt better but I still feel a little stressed out and overwhelmed. I’m human.
Everything worth having requires a fight, some blood, a little sweat and a bunch of tears. But you keep going forward, don’t you? You roll forward, sometimes you drag yourself forward, but the important point is that whether you are crawling, being dragged by someone stronger than you, limping… that the word FORWARD is always part of the scenario. As long as you are moving forward you are making progress. My grandmother once said that she doesn’t care if she gets to heaven in a wheelbarrow, she’s getting there. Good for you, grandma.
Enough about that though. I thought today that I’d share what I’m working on OTHER than my book because I’m working on a bunch of equally rewarding projects – albeit stuff that won’t keep me up at night or talking to myself in the forest (let’s hope!).
First, I’ll be teaching Blogging Your Way again in June only this time, the anticipated 2.0 version! I’m excited because even though my dear friend Leslie needs to take some time out for her kids on their school vacation (sad frown), lovely Jeanette Lunde from Fryd + Design will be co-teaching with me for 2 weeks during the 4 week class (big smile). If you don’t know who she is, we have a very similar aesthetic so I thought for this class working with her – a skilled graphic designer, photographer and stylist from Norway, would be really nice for us all. I’m SO HAPPY to have Jeanette because she will teach you all about styling, talk about photography and get into the lovely world of e-magazines and how it works to publish them. Of course, that is in addition to all of the content I am bringing to the table that you can find outlined here. This self-paced online class will start June 1 and end June 29 but you will have the entire month of July to catch up on materials so there is lots of time to enjoy what Jeanette, Thorsten and I have in the works. I’ll miss Leslie but we are about to embark on another project soon so we’ll still have nice things to share with those who enjoy our work in the very near future!
As for BYW 2.0, I’m teaching all new lessons and so for those who already took BYW (the one I’ve been teaching for over three years as an e-course) should consider BYW 2.0 because it’s going to be a really fun class! I’ve also hired an amazing designer, Mark Wilson from MWA in London, to design and build an all new class site, so students will learn in a new environment. I can’t wait! Learn more about BYW 2.0 here and sign up here. He is also designing the all new decor8 blog scheduled to roll out within the next month, too. We’ve been doing a lot of work behind-the-scenes to make your visits to decor8 more enjoyable and I look forward to rolling that out. The anticipation is sorta killing me at the moment!
In addition to the e-course in June, I’ll be giving a two hour class/lecture in a castle located in Germany for this amazing food styling & photography workshop. That’s another project on my plate for summer that I’m really, really looking forward to taking part in. For those who are not attending, I’ll blog about it upon my return so you can see what we did — I’ll be there for the entire weekend workshop so I’ll come home with lots to tell you about!
In July, I will open my home studio space to those who want to come to my house in Hannover, Germany to learn more about blogging and social networking with me in an intimate, supportive and creative environment. The class will be a day class on Saturday, July 28th and last from 9-6 with snacks, lunch and afternoon treats. I’ll only be able to welcome 15 of you, but I’d love to have you! For those who may want to fly in from another part of the world, I will add a second class for July 29th if you’d like – just ask me. It will be loads of fun and more information will follow within the next few weeks. Please drop me an email: holly @ decor8blog.com if you would like to attend on July 28 or if you want to attend July 28 & 29.
SO! That’s what I have on my work calendar at the moment. What are you up to these days? Busy? Bored to death? On the verge of something new? Let me know, I always like hearing the latest!!!
Now where are those oreos?
(images: Jeanette Lunde)
I just heard about London-based photographer Catherine Gratwicke from Iris because Catherine is photographing her home today for an upcoming book (congrats, Iris!) and so I had to check out her portfolio and I’m so glad I did. Catherine has a great eye and enormous talent for interiors photography and stills. I thought I’d share a few glimpses of her work today so you can be inspired too.
If you’d like to see more, please check out her incredible website. Delish!
(images: catherine gratwicke)
I’ve been thinking about rugs a lot lately because I want a few for my home so I’ve been on the prowl… What’s currently on your wish list of things you’d love to add to your nest? For me, it’s a dresser for my bedroom, end tables, wallpaper for my bedroom and two rugs. Rugs add an important layer to a room. They can define a space, add comfort, bring in color or pattern (or both!), provide warmth, add texture, they can even be a focal point. Throw rugs are also very easy to relocate to other rooms. I recently got tired of seeing one of my rugs in my bedroom so I moved it to the entryway. In a few minutes, my entryway was transformed simply by “shopping” from another room.
I want to return soon to Istanbul because I love the rugs that I find there. I also adore the more modern and graphic patterns that you see by American designers like Madeline Weinrib (huge fan) and Jonathan Adler. Here are some rooms with very smart and grown up rugs…
The room shots shown above are from the lovely Lonny magazine, a mag that always seem to have rooms with the best rugs – have you noticed that? It seems all of the Lonny homes ooze with layered rooms with throw rugs being a must-have element for every room in the home.
I am loving these rugs as seen on the blog, Identical Eye. Wow, right?
If you tend to like rugs that are a bit more bold, floral and colorful, seek out Amy Butler rugs. Aren’t these pretty?
Do you fancy vintage rugs? Try Loom for these over-dyed vintage rugs. I have two that I bought in Turkey and LOVE them.
If all of this rug talk has you inspired, I’ve rounded up 8 lovely rugs from One Kings Lane that I like though this comes with a warning, I can’t actually afford any of them though perhaps you can so have a peek.
Another rug suggestion is to shop Anthropologie because they always have a beautifully curated selection.
If those beauties are a bit out of your budget, opt for West Elm rugs – they’re gorgeous and a bit lower in price. Check these out…
Another more budget option is to check out Urban Outfitters. See any below that you fancy? You can find them all online here.
Or if you are REALLY on a tight budget (or not because it’s great for ANY home) here is one rug that I keep going back to time and time again. It’s this one from IKEA. I owned it once and want to buy another eventually… I see it in so many great rooms – it’s a real favorite of mine.
With so many choices out there – where do you usually shop for rugs? Any secret sources?
(images: one kings road and lonny mag)