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Hello everyone! Today I had that painting class that I told you about a few weeks ago and it was so inspiring. I can’t wait to dig in. I’ll be tied up on Tuesdays for the next 8 weeks, but I’ll still be here on Tuesdays to blog, just a little later (late afternoon/early evening), just so you know. Thank you for all of the, “Where’s Holly?” emails today, they were very sweet!

Good news gang… I just heard back from Amy Butler. I sent her a file to the mood boards and she selected 6 that she absolutely loved and 11 that she feels are also really great. She said, “OK……. this was tough! I went through all the entries and everyone did such a beautiful job.” Amy also added, “Please express my total joy to everyone who entered the contest. Truly impressive and fun.”

Now that Amy has spoken, it’s our turn to find our winner. I’ll start posting the finalists in a moment so stay tuned. We should have the winner by Thursday or Friday.
We’re getting really close now… Yay!

Posted in uncategorized on June 24, 2008

Happy Weekend {and links!}

Here’s wishing everyone a lovely weekend filled with fun activities and warm sunshine. I may hit Renegade in Brooklyn and I plan to travel down to southern Rhode Island to visit my dear grandmother, stopping for seafood in Newport on the way. Here are some links to keep you clicking in case it’s rainy in your part of the world and you find yourself indoors. Have a great weekend!

New original collages from Cabin & Cub.

| Events |

New! Boston: Fifth Annual Printing Arts Fair, Sunday June 15th, 10-4 pm, at The Museum of Printing, 800 Massachusetts Ave. in North Andover, MA. (Thanks, Jenn!)

London: The 20th Century Theatre: a handmade sale, June 14, 10-6 pm. Selvedge magazine will exhibit their objects there in addition to Tamar Mogendorff’s birdhouses and many other artisans. Oh how I wish I could go! Details here.

London: Don’t miss Artists at Home this weekend. This looks awesome people!

Brooklyn: Renegade Craft Fair, June 14 + 15, 11-7 pm. Over 200 vendors plus food and music.

| News |

decor8 Mood Board Contest sponsored by Amy Butler Design is in full swing! Check out the entries here and remember, the deadline is midnight June 23, 2008 so if you are interested here’s the full scoop on how to enter.

Don’t forget to enter the Creature Comforts contest. It’s swell!

The Twist Fair in the Northampton Center for the Arts in Northampton, Massachusetts is now accepting applications for vendors for their September 5th & 6th show. Details here.

Look for decor8 in the Boston Globe magazine (insert in the Sunday Globe) this Sunday. I was interviewed for my take on the best shops in Boston for those on a budget. I’m excited to see how it came out!

@Real Simple:


@ The Boston Globe

| Discounts |

Twig – Save 20%, enter code decor8 at checkout. Lots of new Orla goodies! Valid until 6/23
Fabulous Stationery – Save 20%, enter code decor8 at checkout. Valid until 6/23
Penny People Designs – Save 20%, enter code decor8 at checkout. Can be used on custom orders. Valid until 6/27.

Have a great weekend!

(image from cub & cabin)

Posted in uncategorized on June 13, 2008

Ah, Summer!

Today has been the first beautiful day all year, at least according to me, so I spent most of it outdoors enjoying the sun and working on an assignment since I really needed to step away from the computer for a day. Ever get that feeling? I couldn’t sit at my desk any longer! I didn’t walk away from my corporate career to spend summers locked indoors in front of a computer all over again, so I felt like today was my chance to show myself why I decided to pursue a freelance career in the first place: Creative freedom and the ability to call the shots from time to time. Today I gave myself a break and it was really nice.

“Be Kind To Yourself”

After being out and about, I am now at my desk once again but this time I feel refreshed, totally inspired, and energized. I’m thinking about all of the fun summer plans I have, my upcoming 7 week painting class, my 7th year wedding anniversary next month, and all of the lovely decor8 readers who visit me here each day. I cannot tell you how much I love knowing you all through this blog.

Just one day of being in the sun can truly make a difference and I have a new tan to show for it. :) Anyway, thank you for allowing me this mini vacation day off, please join me here tomorrow for a full day of blogging and lots of links to take you into the weekend and keep you clicking around. See you tomorrow!

(photography by holly becker)

Posted in uncategorized on June 12, 2008

Happy Weekend {and links!}

H is for Happy Weekend! It’s also one big stuffed letter that Yvonne from The Yvestown Blog makes and sells in her little web shop, I placed it here on my dresser so you can see it for yourself. I like the charming Cath Kidston fabrics that she uses. I’ll meet you back here on Monday but first, here are some events and links to enjoy. Have a fabulous weekend everyone!


Boston, MAKoo de Kir Sidewalk Sale, 6/8 10am-6pm, 65 Chestnut Street, Beacon Hill.

Brookline, MACoolidge Corner Arts Festival, 6/7 from 10-6 pm. Over 70 artists on the grounds of the Devotion School at 345 Harvard Street in Brookline.

Lincoln, MADecordova Museum’s Annual Art in the Park, Sunday 6/8 from 10-5 pm. $12 admission, free parking at reservoir place. 51 Sandy Pond Rd, Lincoln, MA. Over 100 exhibitors of New England’s finest artist and artisans exhibit and sell their artwork.

Providence, RIThe Providence Open Market opens for the season on 6/7, noon – 6pm on Westminster Street between Eddy and Clemence.

Atlanta, GAIndie Craft Experience, 6/7 from 11 to 6pm, Centennial Olympic Park, 265 Park Ave West NW. Don’t miss visiting the booth of Jess Gonacha and Renee Garner who release a special print during this event. It will be online and available in their Etsy shops in the days ahead.

San Francisco, CA – Free craft workshop on Sunday, June 8th, 2-5pm @ The Curiosity Shoppe 855 Valencia St.

Los Angeles, CA – Huge Moderica warehouse sale, 6/7 from 9am-4pm at 1820 Industrial St. Biscuit Lofts, Downtown LA. (For those unable to attend, take 30% online, details here.)

Los Angeles, CADwell on Design is in full swing until 6/8. If you attend don’t miss the outdoor, press and editors lounge because it was designed by Vanessa De Vargas of Turquoise LA.

More Bay area events here (thanks, Leah!).

Art by Amy Sol.

Links & News

Scraps started to arrive today in response to Can You Inspire Someone, yay! Jen Renninger and Kayte Terry sent some beautiful things. I can’t wait to see what will arrive next week. It’s so fun to look through the packages. I’d like to give Kayte a little plug while I have your attention, her new book about embellishing releases next month (pre-order here).

The decor8 Mood Board contest sponsored by Amy Butler Design is in full swing, please enter by midnight on June 23rd.

An interesting blog post I read, especially the comments, on the topic of creative
minds think alike and how you can often have an idea and then when you see someone else launch it, it’s natural to assume your idea was stolen. Is this always the case?

Inspired by… The art of Amy Sole.

I heart this Shabby Chic dining area… Especially the seat cushions,
cement floor, green bookcase, and that gorgeous painting.

Shabby Chic just launched their online store, including furniture. Rachel has her favorite things posted too.

… And an update on the decor8 redesign. Stay tuned for a blog that will look and feel a lot different as soon as next month. This has been an ongoing labor of love, it took months to figure out how I wanted it to look, then budget for the work, locate someone patient enough to work with me (ha ha) and now after reviewing the final concepts today, I am over the moon happy with it. Look for the new decor8 mid July!

Have a great weekend!

Posted in uncategorized on June 06, 2008


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