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German Blog Book Tour: Wohnen mit Blumen

I want to pop in to THANK my dear German blogger friends (listed below) for being part of the Wohnen mit Blumen (Decorate With Flowers) book tour this week and next! I’m thrilled to see your reviews and to know that you like the book – it’s always so scary to write a book and launch it, you’re always wondering what people will think, right? You know, it’s such a big deal when you put anything you do out into the world that is considered a creative project – “What will they say?” runs through your head quite a bit initially along with , “How will it be received?”… Especially in foreign markets. Well, Leslie and I are overjoyed to see the German market is very happy with our book. I can’t wait until I go into stores here and see it – that will indeed be a wonderful moment for us both. I’m also hoping to plan a few workshops/parties in Germany, but most likely not until the summer/fall so I can take more time off to be with our baby first. He is so cuddly, I can’t be away from him for long right now without missing him loads. But if I do a workshop locally, I can bring him with me and that would sure be nice.

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Here is a round-up of our wonderful blogger friends supporting us on this tour: Ricarda at 23qm Stil // Inga at GlomeryLane // Danny from Cozy and Cuddly // Yvonne von Fräulein Klein // Anna von AnnaSterntale // Caro von Sodapop Design // Bine von WasEigenes // Igor von Happy Interior Blog und Elodie von Madame Love. A million thanks for your love and support, you guys!!!

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Also, thank you to our German publisher, Callwey Verlag, for this and this. So… I’m currently listening to Billy Jean/Michael Jackson with my baby boy (he so far loves R&B music – not at all interested in classical or folk/indie stuff, seems he loves bass!) and having a wonderful day as we prepare to go out for a few hours to enjoy the warm sunshine in the park because it’s mid to high 60s here right now and so, so beautiful outside – plus the cherry blossoms are in bloom! Hope you have a happy Friday too! I’ll be back with a home tour to wrap up the week, so stay tuned!

xo, Holly

(photos: inga from glomerylane)

Posted in Books + Magazines on March 14, 2014

Inspiring Images You Can Use!

Hello everyone! I just uploaded some more gorgeous photos to our online gallery at DecorateWithFlowers.com for those of you who want to blog about our book – feel free to use them as long as you credit and link decoratewithflowers.com. I hope you love the images that you see below and on our website. Here are the latest that I’ve uploaded, you may recognize the home of Bri Emery from DesignLoveFest and Victoria Smith from SFGirlByBay, who are just two of the lovely homeowners we visited and photographed for our new book.

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I also MUST shout out Leslie Shewring, who shot tons of gorgeous photos for the book in her studio space and to our two interiors photographers, Laure Joliet and Janis Nicolay, who photographed all of the interior shots in the book (except for those in my own home, which were photographed by Thorsten Becker). Janis and Laure did SUCH A GORGEOUS job, Leslie and I are both so grateful to you! We also want to shout out Leslie’s sister, Diane, and my assistant, Jessica Senti, who assisted on styling in the LA and Vancouver locations.

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A few of the shots above are more detailed in our book as part of a full-on DIY story – so you can learn how to make these things in our book. We are so proud to be part of such a wonderful team of creative women who pulled together Decorate With Flowers!

(images: decoratewithflowers.com)

Posted in Books + Magazines on March 14, 2014

Decorating With Anemones

We were out with the baby today at the farmer’s market and I felt so inspired by the sunshine, mid 60s temps and gorgeous flowers everywhere on the market that I had to select some blooms for my home to bring a little springtime indoors. Plus, we’re having guests this weekend so flowers are a must. I came across two bundles of fuchsia anemones and couldn’t resist for only 6 Euros. We went home and I instantly selected some of my favorite white vases from my cabinet, snipped the stems and added them to the vases arranging them down the center of the table. I’m not one who likes to “fuss” with flowers and definitely go for a more relaxed vibe when I work with them, so here is what my dining room looks like after a few pretty anemones.

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By the way, this is the dining room in December before we moved in and had the room painted with Farrow & Ball “Dimpse” gray and added my furniture along with a gorgeous overhead light. Pretty dismal right?

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With a little spruce-up it’s already looking worlds better and wayyyy more “me”. This room doubles as my work studio where I teach classes, so it’s a room where I frequently get creative – I really love the natural light in this space.

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Here are some more pics of the lovely anemones in my home. I hope this little post inspires you to go out, find some pretty springtime blooms, add them to a space in your home in a very simple way and just ENJOY the beauty of nature.

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(images: Holly Becker except image #3, taken by Thorsten Becker)

Posted in Decorating Tips, Flowers on March 13, 2014

Small Apartment With Great Storage in Pastel Tones

I fell in love with this charming and very graphic little Russian apartment recently on the my paradissi blog and I couldn’t resist sharing a glimpse of it below. This fabby place is 45sqm (approx. 480 sq.ft.) and was designed by INT2 Architecture. The pastel hues are a hit as well as the white painted brick, but I also love the room dividers, winter garden, kitchen and storage nooks, and how graphic it is. This is all in all a really clever and fun space and I LOVE that it’s so tidy and compact. Gorgeous!

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Love: Owl artwork, wood floors, geometric wall hanging

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Love: chalkboard shelving and minty green stools

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Love: Numbered wine hold, overhead wine glass storage, overhead lighting

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Love: Flooring and rug, artwork, pendant

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Love: Geometric backdrop (not sure if this is tile, wallpaper or painted on but it’s pretty cool)

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Love: The seating, rug, how the windows are painted pale blue, pendants, white-painted brick and those wall cushions and art aren’t bad either.

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Love: How the shelving fits perfectly in this nook!

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Love: Beneath the bedroom floor – storage drawers! Also love the divider between the living area and sleep space

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Love: Raised bedroom and neat little closet area.

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Love: It appears as though there is more storage in the floor on the left side of the bed. I also love the pendant.

What do you love about this space?

(images: INT2 Architecture)

Posted in inspiration on March 11, 2014

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