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Hello & Happy New Year!

January 9, 2013

Hello, hello! I’m back from my holiday break but oh no! Please forgive me! I’m not feeling very motivated to get back to work though I’ve heard I’m not alone… You too? Hopefully with this first post I’ll be feelin’ my flow again. I need to get back into the game!

Hello & Happy New Year!

It’s like anything… Mind over body. I want to feel the groove but my body is a bit like “bleh”. So first thing I did on Monday morning was to make small but positive changes. I decided to drink more green tea and water, eat mostly salads and go on daily walks (Currently I’m doing 3.1 miles/5km). It’s time to get that energy back, focus and start planning ahead because this is going to be a very big year since I’m going on another book tour in May to North America hitting more cities this time and extending certain parts of my journey to teach a workshop, visit family and work on my next book when I’m out on the west coast. Must. Reboot. Mojo.

So! Did you have a nice holiday? What did you do? I didn’t really DO anything but that was sort of the point. It was healing to go into a fox hole and hideaway for three weeks. It allowed me time to think which sounds silly but stopping to really THINK isn’t something we find ourselves doing often, is it? I believe that is why topics like Slow Living and Mindfulness have become more and more a part of daily conversations happening around the world. We need to be asking ourselves questions like, “Do I want to be doing what I’m doing today by this time next year?” and “What changes do I need to make in my life now?” along with “Am I really happy and if not, what do I need to change to get more HAPPINESS into my life”. Oh yeah and of course the most important thing to ask is, “Ryan Gosling?”.

Okay maybe that one isn’t a question but it most certainly is always the answer (smile). I saw Drive over the holidays and though it’s one of those revenge action flicks (not really my thing), Ryan was so charming and authentic in his performance that I finally GOT why so many women are lured in. It’s not just the abs, really. If you’ve seen Drive, you will immediately know what I mean – the boy can act. You know what really struck me though about Mr. Gosling in that film? He comes across like the real deal and aren’t we all so much more attracted to people who are authentic? I think sincerity really goes the distance.

You don’t have to be perfect to succeed but wow, being genuine can make or break so many of us. In a funny way, watching Drive really highlighted that fact to me because his character was flawed but real and it made me think that all of us are flawed but often that’s what attracts us to one another so much. Flaws, imperfection, not being 100%. It’s relatable and we want relatable don’t we? It’s often that slowing down that we do mentally around the holidays that allows us room to think and for me, I have been thinking so much about the importance of being sincere, standing up for what we believe in, owning up to every piece of ourselves (even the flawed bits) and embracing imperfection, individuality and love for self.

I digress…

I’d like to welcome you back to a new year of decor8 and wish you all a very happy new year. I’ll be back in a moment with a post showing products photographed in the home of one of my favorite bloggers featuring newly designed products not shared yet online – in fact the photo above is a glimpse of what is to come. Stay tuned!

– Holly






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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)






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Inspiring Spaces By Debi Treloar

December 1, 2012

I adore interiors that feel very serene and unpretentious, naturalness wins over perfectly polished for me. and I think each of these five beautiful rooms shot by photographer Debi Treloar are perfect examples of what I mean.

Inspiring Spaces By Debi Treloar I believe this one is from Selina Lake’s beautiful book. Stunning.

Inspiring Spaces By Debi Treloar

Inspiring Spaces By Debi Treloar

Inspiring Spaces By Debi Treloar

I was so super pleased to see that my friend Debi has a shiny new website and I really, really love it. Her work is exquisite and she’s a beautiful person through and through. I only hope that someday again I’ll be able to work with her because I’m already having a bit of Debi withdrawal, we did two books together and I got to know her so well that now I’m missing the experience of traveling and laughing and having long, meaningful chats and just working with someone so incredibly gifted. Debi, you’re the bees knees.

(images: debi treloar)






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Handmade Dolls by Jess Quinn

October 11, 2012

Do you have a second to spare? I would like for you to meet a few sweet new friends of mine for just a moment. These ladies are my awesome threesome. They were handmade by Jess Quinn in England and for this photo, I’ve placed them on a linen sofa in my work studio so I could show them to you. Very soon, these charming little ladies will end up in a glass cabinet in my spare bedroom, or on a bench there, and eventually I may hand them down to others in my family who will adore them as much as I do at this moment.

Handmade Dolls by Jess Quinn

I’m not sure what it is exactly about handmade dolls, but I’ve always have a thing for them. Whether a handmade doll or bear, I’ve always felt a connection to soft toys. I love the details, the stitch work, seeing the seams. Handmade objects are so precious. Someone sat down and not only put great thought into how each doll would look but then, in bringing her to life through embroidered facial expressions and sweet little outfits designed with heart. How can you not be charmed by a pretty doll, but also by the entire process behind it and of the artist behind each sweet little face?

For some cute dolls of your own, please visit Jess Quinn’s online shop here.

(image: holly becker for decor8)






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Monday, Monday…

September 17, 2012

Hello friends! How are you today? It’s Monday, a new week and new possibilities. I’ve been thinking a lot about the post that I wrote, Thoughts on Being Honestly Happy, where nearly 250 of you left beautiful, uplifting and often very personal comments and so later today I plan to write another post as a follow up. It’s so important to me to not leave anyone hanging – when I read some of my favorite blogs and the blogger pours out their heart and then, never returns to let readers know what’s what, I often feel a bit concerned and wonder what is going on. Blogs make us responsible, accountable, we can’t just say stuff and assume it’s not important to others because, well, it is. We cannot assume no one cares. We’re all in this together.

Monday, Monday...

After I wrote that post, I was actually quite overwhelmed and even moved to tears at times by your reaction – not just the comments but also the very personal emails, Facebook emails, tweets and even text messages and phone calls that rolled in and are still coming in even though it’s been nearly 3 weeks since I wrote it. I must admit that I assumed only a few of you would really “get” me or relate (boy, was I wrong!) and the rest of you may simply skim through it and move on to the more fluffy and pretty design posts, but you didn’t… You stopped, read, and tried to relate and it felt amazingly validating and beyond encouraging. You really blew me away. THANK YOU. So yes, later today I’ll post about a few of the plans of action that I’ve taken since and how so far, I’m beating “this” – though I’m still not exactly certain what “this” really is yet. I’ll also tell you about a few aha! moments I’ve had, epiphanies if you will…

Back in a moment with beauty to inspire… Then I’ll begin writing Thoughts on Being Honestly Happy: Part Two.

xo,

Holly

(photos: holly becker/instagram)






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