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Trending: Marble, Snakeskin + Mini Trees

Marble is already trending and only growing in strength, at least in my part of the world, but have you seen snakeskin making an appearance? I just noticed it being used as a pattern on pillows and tea cosies over at by nord copenhagen and was impressed. I REALLY like it which surprised me because snake isn’t usually on my radar. I also like the appearance of mini trees again or at least, smallish ones vs. the massive standard American version I grew up around. Seems a smaller tree just may be a big holiday decoration trend again for 2014 as it was last year (remember this post?). What do you think, does marble, snakeskin and mini trees do it for ya? How about pine branches in vases? Thoughts?

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For marble inspiration, visit my pinboard here.

(images: by nord)

Posted in trends on October 07, 2014

In Detail By Hans Blomquist: Giveaway On October 13th!

On Monday, October 13th you simply must keep an eye on decor8 because I’ll be writing up a book review of the gorgeous new title by stylist Hans Blomquist, In Detail, photographed by Debi Treloar and Hans as well — AND giving away 5 gorgeous copies. It’s part of a blog book tour I’m kicking off for Ryland, Peters and Small. You’ll want to pin ALL of the photos that I plan to show you, I promise — so watch this space!

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It’s moody, it’s edgy, it’s romantic and it’s the book that you’ll want on your coffee table for Autumn!

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Posted in Books + Magazines, contests on October 07, 2014

Tour Leslie Shewring’s Work Studio In Victoria, BC

As I am walking down a small alleyway in the heart of Victoria, British Columbia’s Chinatown, I am amazed as I step into this beautifully bright and open, perfectly simplistic yet creatively rich studio space. Hey guys, its Kelly Brown and I am back to share with you a favorite here at decor8, Leslie Shewring’s studio. You probably know Leslie from her and Holly’s book, Decorate With Flowers and now you can see the place where her creativity comes to life.

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Her studio is like a crisp, white canvas, constantly changing and evolving depending on what projects she is working on. A woman of many talents, Leslie uses her studio for photography, styling, floral design and painting. Many of her paintings have been turned into fabrics and made into dresses, blankets, bags and adorable stuffed animals.

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If you just can’t get enough of this woman’s style, you are in luck! Leslie is always posting to her instagram feed so check it out for a daily does of inspiration.

Even more exciting, Leslie will be teaching a photography and styling workshop with Ace Camps in Mexico next month and there are a couple spots left. For more information and to register visit here.

Thanks for sharing your gorgeous studio with us, Leslie! xo – Kelly

(images/text: Kelly Brown)

Posted in workspace on October 06, 2014

Blog Boss: The Business of Blogging e-course

So, with all of the blog burn out and stories of slowing down out there, are you ready to get pumped again about blogging, to get serious and to move full stream ahead? Because now is the time plus I want to announce my two co-teachers who are all set and ready to teach alongside of me for Blog Boss: the Business of Blogging that starts online October 10th. First up is Nichole Robertson from Obvious State (formerly known as Little Brown Pen) and Fiona Humberstone from The Brand Stylist.

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Both bring years of expertise and wisdom not only on small business and blogging but on the topics they’ll teach which are outlined above – I can’t wait to learn all of the fun color psychology for branding personally… Just look at some of the examples of what Fiona will teach above – I love the idea that we each have a very distinct seasonal personality. I’m also very interested in what Nichole has to say about storytelling as she does that so perfectly on her blog and in her books.

Nichole Robertson is an American writer, photographer and bestselling author of Paris in Color, The Paris Journal and Paris In Love (now ready for pre-order). She also co-runs Obvious State, a multi-disciplinary creative studio. Prior to Obvious State, Nichole spent ten years as a New York-based freelance writer, working with brands, magazines and ad agencies.

Nichole will teachStorytelling for Bloggers, How to monetize your blog without ads, and The power of a mailing list (which is now more than ever quite important!).

Fiona Humberstone is a self-published author, speaker, Creative Director and blogger at The Brand Stylist. Based outside of  London, she has worked with small businesses for fifteen years: styling brands, running workshops and has owned, run, grown and sold franchises as well as founding, building and selling her own company, Flourish Studios. There is nothing she loves more than working with small business owners (and bloggers!) to capture the essence of what makes their brand unique and to help them communicate that powerfully.

Fiona will teachBranding — The absolute essentials of color psychology, Making design decisions that reflect your style, and Using color psychology to influence your editorial decisions (so that you communicate with authenticity and consistency).

And of course, I’ll teach through written lessons and podcasts (my topics are here) so you’ll be inspired, focused and ready to go out there and get to work on your blog viewing it as your business – I’ll fire up your engines for sure because blogging is something I’ve found a lot of success with and I want to share my secrets with you. I have so many.

To enroll, you can click here. If you’ve taken Blog Boss before please note this is a totally different curriculum so materials are not recycled. You only have a few days until we close registration and this class will never be taught again – so if you want in, this is your last chance. Class begins October 10th!

Enroll Today – Don’t miss the boat!

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Posted in blogs on October 02, 2014

Books:

Some of my books...

Further editions available: Decorate published by Murdoch Books for AU/NZ, Decorar BR, Alt om indretning DK, Inspirace pro váš byt CZ, Dekorácie SK, La décoration FR, Lust auf Wohnen DE, Sisusta tyylillä FI and Sztuka aranżacji wnętrz PL.

eCourses:

Next dates

Blogging Your Way: Blog Boss
e-course, October 10 - November 10, 2014
Find out more about this exciting class by bloggers, for bloggers, teaching you how to blog like a boss!