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Let Us Hope

January 5, 2011

Well hello there lovely people in blogland, how are ya? Happy 2011! I can’t believe we’re here, we just stepped through the door into a new year and I’m ready to rock ‘n roll though I had a slow start thanks to so many late nights – my schedule is totally out of sync and though I’ve not traveled lately, I feel jet-lagged from running 100 miles an hour in December only to face a week of vacation where I did absolutely nothing for 7 days. I fell completely out of my normal routine. How about you? Are you fired up for a new year, getting a slow start, or?

Let Us Hope

I heard some of my friends reporting that they now need a vacation after Christmas vacation. What is with that anyway? I usually need a vacation after a vacation but a vacation after Christmas vacation, well that seems to be on the mind’s of many lately because the season seems to be an awful lot of work, doesn’t it? And for those of us who freelance, lots of our money comes in December so many are working day and night the entire month so when the 1st of January comes, there is this huge crash that can be seen and felt — especially here online where most of us pool together in our communities to wax on about our crazy freelance and/or creative careers and how horrible December really was. If you are one who needs a break after the holidays, then go ahead and please, give yourself some down time now (while you can) because I think the first few weeks of January allow for a little goofing off. Give yourself a few Fridays off and you’ll soon be back to your normal self. At least I hope… Which brings me to the whole theme of this post: HOPE.

What is so great about a new year anyway? Why does everyone get so excited about a new year, a clean slate, a fresh beginning? I mean, really…. All this clean slate stuff simply translates to is working our butts off for the next 12 months to fill the slate. Well my friends, it’s all rooted in HOPE and that what is a drug of choice for me. Count me in, I’m a user of hope (in healthy doses) and love it.

Hope is great, addicting even, and I’ll tell you why. If you have hope, you have everything. You have something to live for, things to look forward, the golden WHAT IF. You hope you will find your prince charming, you hope you will lose 10 pounds, you hope your boss will give you a promotion…. And then you set your mind on these things that you’re hoping for and start to carve out ideas, plans, goals, that just might turn your hopes into a reality. For me, sometimes just that feeling of hope is enough as so often when dreams become a reality, you’re not nearly as impressed or amazed as you thought you would be — that whole hoping part actually felt better than that whole reality part.

HOPE is good stuff. The feeling of it and the looking forward to part of it along with the what if, just maybe, and quite possibly bits… All of it is magic.

Hope can mean, “To look forward to with desire and reasonable confidence.” It can also be, “To feel that something desired may happen” and “A feeling of desire for something and confidence in the possibility of its fulfillment.”

That is why hope is good and that is why I am inspiring you today to jump on the I HOPE bandwagon along with me for the month of January and write down what you HOPE will happen to you this year and then get your rear in gear and try to make a few of those things happen for yourself. Realize though that some of those things simply won’t happen — but hope anyway because the feeling alone can give you quite the buzz you need to press on.

I think this image from TineKHome, showing us a teaser of her upcoming Spring collection, is a hopeful image. It’s clean, airy… and hopeful. It welcomes you to think about the what if. When I look at this image I hope of what Spring may bring, what Summer may feel like, how Fall may turn out and Winter, well let’s not talk about winter. I’m cold enough already.

Welcome to a new year! What do you hope for this year?

(tinekhome)

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See You In 2011!

December 28, 2010

Oh my dear friends, what a year we’ve had together, apart, online and off — it’s been a wild and crazy ride and I’m so happy to know and welcome you here each day. This year was a biggie for me and so now I simply must take a break from the internet, my lovely blog, and my normal schedule and just chill out. Rest and relaxation can do much to plant new seeds of creativity and so I’ll be offline collecting and planting for just a bit… I encourage you to do the same, you’ll be happier for it!

See You In 2011!

Thank you for reading decor8, for being my friends and for all of your comments and support this year. You are each beautiful, kind and very special to me and I hope you know how much you have touched my life.

I will sign off until Wednesday, January 5th but after that, I’ll be back to the normal schedule. Enjoy the season and all the beautiful things that it brings. Be safe, warm, have joy and most of all — spread love and watch it grow for you in 2011!

xo,

Holly

(image: holly becker for decor8)

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Nesting

December 23, 2010

Nesting is a new interiors book published in Sweden and calls itself, “The Scandinavian version of The Selby,” and was shot by photographer Pia Ulin who collaborated with Swedish author and stylist Cilla Ramnek. It features 26 homes shot over a period of 7 years, all homes were “barely” styled so what you see is what you get…

Nesting

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Nesting

Nesting

I was talking to someone lately who advised me to stop writing about decorating books until after the launch of my own, that I should not direct my readers to other books to purchase when I myself have a title coming out soon. Hmmm. While I understand where she was coming from and respect her business opinion immensely, I do not share this view. In fact, I walked away from that conversation feeling a bit flat because I simply do not believe in keeping it all to myself. I believe in sharing the wonderful talent that exists out there, which is why I will continue to praise and review the many beautiful decorating books currently on the market and those that will come, including my own.

I’m proud of all of us who are out there taking risks, making things, writing stuff, publishing in unstable environments, opening new stores, starting new blogs — we’re all part of this community and as long as people show respect for the work of others and play by the rules, we can all exist together just fine — in fact, we can all help one another to flourish. What comes around goes around anyway, right? The day that I stop praising others then my work will officially be boring and worthless to me because I could never get through to the next day without encouraging and raising others up today.

And with that, I will continue to review books that inspire me now and for months and perhaps even years to come, like Nesting — peeks into this lovely book are shown above. If you like what you see you may purchase it at Swedish bookseller Papercut. Enjoy!

(images: pia ulin)

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Enjoy Your Weekend!

December 10, 2010

I’m signing off for the weekend, lots to do and plan, but I’ll meet you back here again on Monday. I hope that you enjoyed your week visiting decor8, and that you go into your weekend feeling inspired and ready to work on those projects, decorate, clean, brainstorm, and whatever else busy little you plans to do! This time of year always makes me think about how thankful I am for my family, my friends, this community, the love, the energy, the support and how grateful I am to have my health and a nice apartment that took me a year of pounding the pavement to find. I feel so safe, at home and cozy here. And though I am still blogging from my coffee table until my desk arrives, I feel thankful.

Enjoy Your Weekend!

Enjoy Your Weekend!

Inspiration from Lonny Magazine

To leave you with a dose of positivity, I was researching quotes the other day, and I took my work to Twitter and asked what quote was a favorite and I’ve selected below a few of my favorites. I put them together to resemble those little papers you receive in fortune cookies. I’d love to know what is YOUR favorite motivational quote? What thought sometimes gets you through the day?

Enjoy Your Weekend!

I wish you a wonderful weekend, I have many projects coming up for 2011 that I need to start planning, so most of my weekend will be dedicated to that though I’m definitely going to hit some more weihnachtsmarkts here in Germany — I plan to take the train to Oldenburg tomorrow to hit one there and HEMA, of course, and Sunday there is a party in the house where I live, I can’t wait to go upstairs and mingle with my new neighbors and enjoy some of their Danish goodies that they will make. Cheers!

Psst: Have you see the December issue of Lonny? It’s real nice.

(images: lonny)

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Happy Weekend Friends!

December 4, 2010

Hello and also goodbye for now… I’m signing off until Monday but then I’ll join you again for another week of inspiration and pretty things to make your week a nice one.

Happy Weekend Friends!

The art shown above is by Australian illustrator Nikki Catalano who sells her work in her Big Cartel shop. It’s so dreamy and detailed, I love the collages — especially Girl On The Mountain Top — isn’t that so pretty? You know what is so funny though? So much of the art that I’m drawn to is so youthful you know? I am careful to not display all of my art everywhere in the house because I fear it will end up looking like Holly’s Playland. What to do? Well, my idea is to show the illustrative, dreamy stuff that I love in the guest bedroom on an art wall where I can place the work as part of a gallery display but also in a room that is off from the main rooms so that my husband doesn’t have to be exposed to my dream-like art every day and so that I can go into the guest room which will double as a place for me to relax and read and find quiet inspiration.

What do you think? Where do you display your more youthful + pinky pastel artwork?

Well dear friends, I will be shopping and decorating and cleaning my home all weekend but I’ll meet you back here soon enough… much peace and joy to you. xo

(images: nikki catalano)

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