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Our Baby Aidan Benjamin Is Here!

Oh my goodness you guys… I’ve been wanting to write this post ALL WEEK LONG! Our baby boy, Aidan Benjamin Becker, has arrived!  Aidan means fiery (pronounced with a long A – din) and my husband and I both chose this name without the other one knowing and so when we shared it one morning over breakfast when I was newly pregnant, we were shocked that we had selected the same name and not only that, but because neither of us had ever brought the name up before in our life. It was the most unique experience to have that happen so we knew Aidan was it! He was born this past Sunday, February 9th in Hannover, Germany and is the most darling little bundle ever. I know every mother says that but this little guy is absolutely beautiful and so sweet.

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My husband and I had a very rough start to his birth, but in the end the prize of the fight was worth it when I gave birth to Aidan with my husband by my side. It was an amazing moment in our lives and I’m so happy to share this arrival news – it has forever changed our life and we’ve been in a total baby bubble since last Friday when I was admitted to be induced (41 weeks + 3 days overdue), hence the delay in this post… But oh wow, have I got a birth story to share with you next week once I am able to get on track again with blogging. I’m thinking it will really inspire you all so much whether you have children or not because my story is one that all women share because it’s truly a story of having FAITH – in yourself, in what you are doing (or about to do) and in body confidence – knowing you CAN do it.

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So these photos above are a few iPhone snapshots of baby Aidan and our birth announcement that I worked with my good friend Tara Hogan to design, which will be letterpress and sent to our family and friends – so of course I had to share them with you, too!

Okay, so I’m going to get back to our baby now but I wish you all a beautiful weekend (this is quite a lovely date to post the birth of a baby, don’t you think – February 14th?) and I’ll try to blog again next week as time permits to share some wonderful things with you.

Much love from our family to all of you,

Holly, Thorsten & Aidan Becker

(images: iphone by holly becker)

Posted in kids on February 14, 2014
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Inspired By Spring-y Handbags

You can really find inspiration anywhere, can’t you? Today it was in the low 50s and sunny, everyone was out getting ice cream cones and strolling along with friends and family. It felt like spring! It was a very lovely day and though my baby hasn’t arrived yet (I am 6 days late!), I loved being out seeing babies everywhere and enjoyed so much the companionship of my girlfriend and her new baby boy. With spring in the air, at least for today and this weekend, I thought I’d share some of my favorite handbags at the moment because after being outdoors, I started thinking about spring colors and how badly I want to incorporate some of them into my wardrobe in a few months… It’s funny but so many of these bags, clutches and wallets below turned out to be a direct reflection of what colors and patterns are inspiring me in the interior world lately. You’ll see a theme in a second… Here are the colors, patterns and textures that I have my eye on at the moment…

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1. Couverture and The Garbstore 2. Milk & Honey Handbags 3. Anthropologie 4. Anthropologie 5. Botanika 6. Foley + Corinna 7. Clare Vivier 8. Free People

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1. Anthropologie 2. Kate Spade 3. Kate Spade 4. Orla Kiely 5. Stella McCartney

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1. Rebecca Minkoff 2. Rebecca Minkoff 3. Kate Spade 4. Acne Studios 5. Kate Spade

 

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All above from Anthropologie Spring 2014.

 

See a theme? Me too. I guess I would call it the colors of hope, happiness and peace which all happen to be feelings that I’m experiencing at the moment as I know I’ll soon welcome my baby boy. Tomorrow is the birthday of my grandmother and 7 is a very special number for us, so who knows right?

Wish you all a lovely day!

(images linked to their sources above)

 

Posted in fashion + accessories on February 06, 2014

Simple Times : What I Learned Over a Turkish Meal About Being a Do-er

Hello sweet decor8 readers! It’s Rincy with the first Simple Times post of 2014. I will be honest and say that January was one of ‘those’ months for me which is why I skipped writing here then and thought I’d get started in February instead. The first week of 2014 was spent overworking and then the following weeks were more work and then catching up with things that should have been done the first week. (Please dear friends, tell me I’m not the only one?) The internet however, seemed vibrant with ideas to suit everyone: plan, don’t plan, indulge, don’t overindulge. Listen. Speak. Inspire. Learn. Cleanse. Eat. It left me thinking and then even worse led me to over-thinking. And then well, it just left me plain old stuck in one place. Fast forward to meeting a new friend. The best thing about that is no pre-conceived notions of how things should be. It’s honest conversation without the guilt. That conversation you have with that person on a bus, plane or solo walk home with a friend of a friend. A clean slate. Easy, honest, free. Today, I watched for the second time as my friend prepared a gorgeous Turkish meal for rainy day conversations.

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During it, I realized that resolution or no resolution, sometimes it’s about the ‘doing’ that matters. The women I am inspired by are all ‘do-ers’- they adore what they do and even more than that, truly care to keep on growing. A ‘do-er’ does not always achieve high accolades, money in the bank, go a dress size down with minimal effort- it just simply means they are out there in the world saying ‘hey, I’m here and I’m trying.’

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And that to me is a whole lot less pressure for the start of the year. So here’s to being a do-er this year. Even if it is one month later than most.

From two ladies who ate well, spoke freely and are finally ready to start 2014: Let’s do this thing. How are you feeling so far about 2014 everyone? -Rincy

(Food/Styling: Ajda Mehmet, Photos/Words: Rincy Koshy)

Posted in Simple Times on February 05, 2014

Pretty Floral Pairings Inspired By Liberty London

Hello everyone! While I wait for our little baby to make his grand appearance into the world (I was due yesterday!), I thought I’d blog a little before hitting the morning farmers’ market. How are you? I’m thinking a lot lately about flowers and how excited I am to see them this spring more than ever before because it’s been so cold and since Leslie and I have a book coming out all about flowers soon and we can’t WAIT to show it to you! Flowers are all the rage and have been trending for ages in fashion and interiors but now more than ever before, lots of people are taking a more natural approach to styling them and even going further to experiment with new ideas that include paper and real blooms to create imaginative displays that  break tradition. I love seeing this trend! I spot lots of creatives planning floral workshops this year, flower series on their blogs, and Leslie and I are hoping to teach a color-filled floral arranging workshop in London this May so you can see some of our creative ideas with flowers from the book and hang out with us for the day. Flower power, baby!

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With all of this flower talk, I want to show you some of the spring-y Liberty prints for S/S 2014 that I’ve paired up with some favorite photos I’ve found online that make me so happy. I’m particularly in love with this one and this one. I hope this mini flower post inspires you today and gets your mind focused on spring and off of the snow and gray clouds. I personally can’t wait until I can plant my balcony and decorate with flowers in my home – I’m dying for some cherry blossoms for my dining room table and to style up some pretty arrangements to share here on the blog for you when our book releases to celebrate its launch. Okay, ready for some pretty floral pairings?

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Left: Liberty, Kaylie Sunshine C Tana Lawn Right: Cannelle et Vanille

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Left: The Gifts of Life Right: Liberty Theodora D Tana Lawn

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Left: Happy Mundane Right: Liberty Jody A Tana Lawn

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Left: Liberty Jess and Jean D Tana Lawn Right: Bemz

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Left: Juno’s Garden D Tana Lawn Right: Janne Peters

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Left: Anna G. Right: Liberty Phyllis C Tana Lawn

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Left: Liberty Jess and Jean B Crinkle Georgette Right: Line Thit Klein via Anna G.

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Left: Liberty Kaylie Sunshine B Tana Lawn Right: Matchbook Mag via Lovely Clusters

I love writing a post that inspires me and this one totally did that for me today. I want to print all of these out and tape them into my little inspiration  journal. Spring will come soon, I promise! Have a nice weekend everyone and thank you all for your well wishes for my husband and I and our baby-to-be! – Holly xo

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Posted in inspiration on February 01, 2014

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