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See You Soon!

I’m taking the next few days off because I’m still quite ill but I will meet you here again in a few days once I’m back to my 100% Holly self again and then it’s full steam ahead! :)

I’ve been battling the flu for over 10 days now and the doctor told me that I won’t kick it until I stop working and just sleep… So that’s what I plan to do. But I should feel better soon and when I do, I’ll return with lots of lovely product submissions to share along with another office redux so I’ll meet you back here in a few days. Thank you so much for understanding!

(image by holly becker, a woodpecker outside of my bedroom window taken last week.)

Posted in uncategorized on April 21, 2008

Which Design Blogs Inspire You?

I wrote about a few blogs that inspire me today over at Simply Stated… Maybe you can comment there with some of your favorite blogs, too!

Posted in uncategorized on April 21, 2008

Have A Lovely Weekend!

It’s weekend time friends! Yay! I wanted to post more from the What To Do… series today, but I thought that next week we’ll just pick up where we left off with that because I have lots of links to share now and it’s getting late so it’s time to wrap up. What does the weekend mean for you? For me, it’s freedom. :)

So here are some lovely links for those who pop in on the weekend…

  • First up, did you know that you can subscribe to decor8 RSS feeds right here? Yuppers, sure can!
  • A new decor8 sponsor, Mi Spa is offering readers a special 20% off sale on their complete range of bath and body products. Use code decor8 at checkout. I want to try their Asian Pear lip balm. Thanks Mimie!
  • Our second new sponsor this week, The Studio (Orla bags!).
  • Aren’t Geisha roll-on perfume oils from Aroma M. the best?
  • Adorable new art from Sarah Jane Studios.
  • DaWanda is sponsoring an upcoming ethical fashion event in Dublin this month called Fashion Evolution on April 24th.
  • Find your creative voice in Italy with Mati McDonough and Kelly Rae Roberts who will be co-teaching a week long creative retreat in Tuscany this Fall. Learn more and register here. Sounds absolutely dreamy.
  • The Brooklyn Indie Market will kick off its seasonal opening with an Indie Fest in Carroll Gardens in Brooklyn on May 3rd.
  • Gorgeous new wood products from Natu Italy.
  • Three Potato Four has their milk bottles up and ready to ship to your home.
  • Totally funny letterpress cards from Zeichen Press.
  • Jeanine Hays redesigned her blog AphroChic and it’s hot.
  • New wallpaper portrait series from Kiki & Polly.
  • Hable Construction teamed up with Bella-Dura to create a line of eco-savvy
  • fabrics suitable for outdoor and indoor. View them here.
  • Hope Wallace gifted me a sample pack of her amazing cards, Paper Relics. I have to go place an order now, I’m smitten. Thanks, Hope!
  • How do you feel about the new Starbucks logo (or about Starbucks in general)? Voice your opinion here, I sure did!
  • I love Anna’s new chair. You will be inspired.

I wish everyone a most lovely weekend. See you on Monday!

(photo by holly becker)

Posted in uncategorized on April 19, 2008

Baskets As Storage

You may think I’m nuts to blog about baskets of all things, but I would love to get your thoughts on them. I was recently at the home of this couple we know and her husband made it very clear that he despises baskets in the house. I mean, his basket hatred was as strong as his views on religion and politics which made me realize that I should add baskets to the ‘conversation topics to avoid‘ category next time when visiting with friends. Who would have thought that baskets could bring about a heated discussion?

I started liking baskets at a very early age because when I was growing up in South Carolina you could find basket weavers roadside in lots of the more tourist-y parts of the state (esp. coastal where I lived) and I loved to watch them work (Link: From Africa to South Carolina). I found their weaving so artistic and admired their patience and dedication to their craft. I also liked to purchase them, sometimes from sea grass basket weavers and others at my favorite store called Waccamaw Pottery where I loved to shop with my mother back in the 80’s. It was then a store selling imports ranging from ceramics to rugs, cane, baskets, linens, and the place was huge and a delight to roam through. Now I wonder if Kelly Wearstler was shopping there with her mom too since she grew up in the same town and is only about 6 years older – back in the 80’s it was the place. So my love of baskets has southern roots which could be why most of my local friends up north just don’t get it.

Let me clearly state though that I don’t use baskets to serve bread, nail to the wall as art, or arrange my fruit in. I’m more of a baskets-as-storage girl and usually that means they go unseen by the average visitor in my home because I don’t like clutter. I use them in closets.

I’ve been dying to buy a woven tote and think I found a great place for them online called Medina Baskets. I’ve wanted a classic French market tote for awhile now so in case you don’t think I’m crazy for liking them, you can find some here for only $38 (I’ve seen them in local specialty shops in the $100 range so this is quite a bargain). And when you’re not using yours to tote things, you can hang it on a pretty hook near the front door to store your garden tools in, or place one by your favorite chair filled with magazines.

Don’t believe that I really use them? Here’s a photo of one in my studio/sewing space where I work when it’s warm (it’s a 3 season room) adorned with super cheesy silk flowers. I know, silk and flowers should never be uttered back to back. Do you want to know what is hiding in my tote shown? Hand weights and my resistance band! So much for magazine storage, huh? That floral tote is from Target filled with blankets and things that I make.

If baskets aren’t your thing, these totes from Calista Cove look quite stylish and can serve as both a functional and decorative element in the home too.

(images from medina baskets and calista cove)

Posted in uncategorized on April 18, 2008


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