Hello friends and happy Saturday to you all! My lovely columnist and dear friend Gudy Herder will no longer cover trends on decor8 since she’s decided to take a leave from traveling to trend shows as regularly, so I’ve decided to go back to producing my random trend posts based on what I see online and during my travels locally. I will miss Gudy but I’m sure she’ll come back and visit us again soon. So let’s talk about a trendy little motif that you’ll see dotted about in the fashion and interiors world right now, particularly in parts of the world where it’s summer. PINEAPPLES!
Pineapple feet print (bottom left) by Kim Fearheiley.
You either love ‘em or hate ‘em. In celebration of this trend, I had a virgin piña colada for lunch with my girlfriend yesterday which helped reiterate the fact that I’m a pineapple fan to the core. As a motif and food! I believe its popularity and whether YOU like it or not has to do with where you live. Like if you’re in the middle of Ohio this motif may not speak to you as much as if you live in Miami or LA. I grew up on the South Carolina seacoast so I can totally imagine working pineapples into our family home back in the day or running around with a pineapple clutch under my arm. But in northern Germany, not so much. For me to hop on this trend, I’d have to work it in subtlety at home or include it in a summer party theme. I remember as a kid we always had a golden pineapple on our bookcase. It symbolized hospitality. And of course, one on our doormat. Maybe that was just a southern thing growing up in South Carolina. I remember seeing pineapples more commonly there, especially as brass door knockers. So tell me, where are you based, would a pineapple motif fit your world? Or would it feel out of place? So, let’s look at some fun pineapple-y things that I found online that may inspire you. I personally LOVE seeing all of the yellow and citrus hues – it makes me happy!
Pineapple Love print from Hard to Find.
DIY pineapple ring dish by Jade and Fern.
via helado de nata
Pineapple t-shirt from The Working Girl.
Pineapple pattern from we heart it.
Pineapple wallpaper designed by Rifle Paper for Hygge & West.
Gold pineapple wall decals by Empire Lane.
DIY Pineapple piñata by Studio DIY.
Pineapple throw pillow by Eloise Roberts, throw pillow by Sibylline, throw pillow by Jacqueline Maldonado, pillow by Grace, solo pineapple by ez pudewa, pillow by marta li, fresh pineapple by penelope prince, fruit pineapple by Madelyn Bilsborough.
Pineapple straws DIY from Sugar and Charm.
Free printable gift wrap at Whimsy Box.
Print from Letters on Love on Etsy.
Girl’s t-shirt from JCrew, Labdip skinny jeans at Anthropologie in pineapple print, Pineapple still life tee at Anthropologie, Anthro pineapple print pillow, pineapple-y paradise cove tablecloth, pineapple tights for kids by Strathcona.
A more grown up take on this trend is the Pineapple print by Kara Rosenlund.
Pineapple cookie jar as seen on the Hunted Interior.
Great art in the home and one with a pineapple! Fun! As seen on room gallery.
So what do ya think? Are you in love or not? Psst: Looking for pineapple print fabrics? Visit spoonflower here. Or are you feeling hungry after seeing these lovely prints? Try this pineapple skinny smoothie…
Have a lovely weekend everyone, see you next week!
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Hello lovely readers and friends. How are you today? I had quite a good week because it began with our wedding anniversary which was so, so nice this year to celebrate it with our baby. I hope all is well with you, too. So! I want to bring something up in this space because I wonder what your thoughts are and I wonder if this is just one rare comment or if lots of people are beginning to see blogger’s who make money as the bad guys? So let’s see what you think.
I already know what I think! First, the comment that was left on my blog last night.
“dear holly, please allow me to be very frank. it’s all too much for me. all your books and now an online shop – you are marketing yourself too much for my taste. it has become all about earning money and i can feel the spirit fading away. so sorry to say so and i really grant you every success possible but i fear you are loosing your magic touch by selling, selling and more selling. still, all the best, uschi.”
I’m open to comments left by readers, I mean, we all have a right to our opinion. Yet, I’m always baffled when someone thinks a blogger who spends 8-10 hours a day putting together content for their site, employing others, writing books, teaching workshops, etc. is somehow supposed to be doing all of this for free and the moment they explore alternatives, they’re told they are “losing their magic”. They are judged because they earn their living from this work. Every blogger that I know who is having success with it tries to turn it into something that yields revenue so they can quit their jobs and spend time doing something that enriches their life. What’s wrong with that, really? If I wasn’t doing this, I’d be back in my cubicle at the investments company in Boston feeling like I’d never reach my childhood dream of authoring books. Isn’t this what we want for others though, to come out from under the clouds and find something positive to get involved in that makes them happy that is also good work that impacts others in a positive way? Don’t we want happiness for others?
This morning my husband told me he replied to a comment on my blog. I asked him which comment because I had approved the one above last night so quickly that I didn’t even read it. I was so tired and the baby needed me. When I read his comment, replying to the one above, the tears started to flow. He really nailed it for me – how I feel about making money as a blogger, how I feel about marketing what I do, all of it. So please read his reply below. I wonder if perhaps this will encourage those of you who, like me, are trying to keep it real and support your families by doing what you enjoy.
This is Thorsten, Holly’s husband and the “tech guy” behind decor8. I’ve just read your comment while performing some maintenance on decor8. This isn’t the first comment of this kind on decor8, by no means, and it certainly won’t be the last. I don’t usually comment on Holly’s blog since being her husband we have our conversations offline, in person. But there are occasions where I feel compelled to join a conversation publicly for means of coming to my wife’s aid. This is such a case.
I have been at Holly’s side, and on her side, ever since she started blogging back in 2006. She had and always will have my respect, support and admiration for all her hard work. I have been with her through the sweat and tears, the bullying, the name calling, the attacks on her reputation by other bloggers. It was atrocious at times, it was repulsive, it was disgusting. But she stuck with it. She had a goal: to make her dream of becoming a (paid) writer come true. As a writer myself sharing that same dream I kept saying “go for it”. I am proud of her for all she’s accomplished – proud of her successful blog, proud of her many published articles, proud of her books and all that’s yet to come.
Do you know how all this comes about? Through hard work. Unlike a good majority of bloggers Holly doesn’t grab content from other sites and reword it. She tries hard to make sure all her posts are not only original, as much as online writing can be original these days, but also reflective of her vision. This takes time and effort, often in excess of eight hours a day. She then publishes it free of charge on her blog for everyone’s enjoyment. In addition she wrote three books so far, each one taking a good year of preparation, negotiation, and traveling. I was there, I know first hand. I know about the stress, the tears, the heartaches, the doubts.
Now, as mentioned, I am a writer myself. I used to write articles for magazines, newspapers and various multimedia outlets. I call myself a journalist. A journalist is someone who writes professionally usually producing work for hire or selling articles. No one would ever accuse me of selling, selling, selling or losing my magic touch because I charge for what I write. In fact, if publishers would expect me to write for free I’d complain, probably loudly, on the web. Many people would come to my aid denouncing the “evil” publishers, those “greedy bastards”, the “disgusting freeloaders”. I expect to be paid for my hard work, everyone does.
Yet somehow bloggers have no right to that. They are expected to publish content for free. They are expected to do it out of the goodness of their hearts. They are expected to be magical creatures apparently living off of rainbows and hugs. Dare I say this holds true mostly for female bloggers. The moment a female blogger tries to find forms of compensation for her hard work she is chastised by a good percentage of her gender. She’s selling out. On the other hand if I, as a man, were to start a tech blog, had ads from major sponsors, wrote tech books, went on paid speaking assignments, did consultations etc. I’d be considered a successful man. Seth Godin comes to mind, also Darren Rowse of ProBlogger. It speaks for the still pitiful state of female empowerment in our day and age, the biggest opponents being other females.
So I say, YES, this is in part about earning money. Of course it is. How can it not be? How can Holly and other predominantly female bloggers be rightfully expected to do all this work for nil? More so for those who have made this a family business. Worse yet, are such family businesses judged by tired old societal frameworks like the good housewife and the hard working husband? He goes off to work while she takes care of the home and the children and everything she does is a hobby and will not be allowed to ever be more than that? Aren’t we beyond the Mad Men era by now?
So what do you bloggers and friends of bloggers think of this? I am curious so chime in!
(image: rainbow garland, etsy)
Hello everyone! Do you remember when I told you that I was collecting my inspirations together on Pinterest for my Joss & Main sale July 8-15? Well, they switched the dates in case you’ve wondered what happened so the sale day is actually kicking off right now and will continue on their site until July 22. It’s hard to find it on their main page (it’s mentioned along the bottom) so here’s a direct link. Their buyers looked at my Pinterest board along with my favorites page on their site where I collected some of my favorite things and from that, they pulled together a selection of items for my sale that have been greatly reduced and some of them, wow, are really beautiful. A few of my favorites are shown below, I pulled together a little natural glam mood board and a coastal chic one – all things I’d definitely own and use in my home.
To shop my Joss & Main sale, please visit this page until July 22 9 pm EST. Hurry, all items are sold in very limited quantities so once they sell out, that’s it! Don’t you just LOVE the giant indoor teepee above for the little ones? It’s right on trend with this post, too! I want this so bad for Aidan! See how good it looks in a home?
Here’s my coastal chic mood board using things from my Joss & Main sale…
Have fun shopping my sale!
(images: joss+main, bottom photo by Rolinda Windhors)
Hello everyone! I’m experimenting with this idea of having an online shop, so I’ve added some really nice things to the decor8 Great.ly shop recently that I’m sure you will really love that are shown below. If you want to learn more about anything you see just click on the links and you’ll be zipped over to my shop el pronto! I love working with so many talented makers and am currently partnering with a few of them to create all new products that I’ll offer soon in my shop too. It’s such meaningful work for me and such a great way to dabble in something new while also supporting others to continue working for themselves doing what they love. I’m trying to have less ads on decor8, I’m being VERY strict with who advertises on decor8 right now and going forward and am trying to scale back a lot with ads so I only have the best of the best on the site. This also means a revenue loss each month. Having an online shop could potentially help me make up for that loss, even if only in a small way. So are you ready to see some of what’s in stock at the moment? Many of these items are produced in limited numbers so if you see something you like, don’t wait… Here are my 6 different categories with a peek of what’s inside of each:
Category 1: Every Girl Needs – This section of my shop includes bags and totes, jewelry, candles, key fobs, laptop bags and folders, camera bags and more. Here are a few products I love: The Mamuye Tote, Leather, handcrafted in Ethiopia. Can’t keep this bag in stock, it’s back ordered but you can order it now and it will be available to ship on July 25th. // Envelope Macbook case handmade in Japan // Stay Awesome tote screen printed in New Zealand using vegetable inks – also available in black and gold // Hello Friend tote // Laser cut custom made silhouette pendant // Ring in recycled silver.
Category 2: Wee Ones - This is where I stock items for babies and children like linens, wall art, shoes, dolls, dollhouses, bookends and other cute things. Here are a few products you’ll want to check out: Buck tassel pillow // Silver star cloud mobile // WORD onesie // The sky is the limit paper wall flag // Sleep neon pink pillowcase // Jumping bunny nursery print.
Category 3: Office + Gifts – This is where you can find nice items to give and also practical yet lovely things for your home office. I grouped these together since I find I’m always giving people paper products and things that I use for work since so many of my friends are working girls too. Here are a few highlights: // Stay Awesome gift tags // ceramic moth coasters // palm + cactus gift tags // vintage sewing gift tags // gold anchor notecards // gold foil polkadot pencils.
Category 4: Art Walls – I had to have a corner of my store dedicated to art, namely prints of original works. I love art walls, also known as gallery walls or “salon style” which takes its name from the French salon style arrangements of grouping photos on the wall. Anyway, I love these works and by far, this part of my shop is most well-stocked – you can find tons of gorgeous prints here and the best part is that I’ve collected them so that you can actually buy any of them and put them on the wall together and they’d work! So you can’t go wrong. Enjoy! Some highlights include: // Abstract artwork // From The Valley canvas print // Shade art print // Faded beach day // Paris is always a good idea // Dressed I Artwork Print // Light Fog art print // Cactus flower photo print.
Category 5: Decorate – How could I NOT have a decorating category? Here are some highlights from pillows to throws. Highlights: // geometric air plant vessel // Icelandic sheepskin throw // cushions // stay awesome flag // acrylic bathroom signs // Je T’aime (means “I love you” in French) pillow // eclipse cushion.
Category 6: Foodies – This is where everything for the kitchen and tabletop goes. guten Appetit! Highlights: // Handmade lace cheese plate // madison rocks cups // linen napkins // black and maple serving board // handmade white ceramic spoon // handmade white ceramic bowl // Plume gray napkins set of 4 // Tokyo ramen bowl.
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