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decor8 Booth at imm and LivingKitchen Fair in Cologne!

January 6, 2017

Hello everyone and a very happy new year to you! I’ve been trying to blog less over the past month to focus my energy on a big project coming up AND to spend more time with my little boy who will turn THREE next month. We are doing well and he is such a wonderful child, I couldn’t be happier as a mom and definitely had such a nice time with him during our pause time. My husband and I really enjoy him – he is a super energetic, a comedian and already speaking in sentences in both German and English, so he’s definitely keeping us on our toes.

decor8 Booth at imm and LivingKitchen Fair in Cologne!
(my imm mood board above, to give you a general idea of the decor8 booth concept)

Okay, so! I have to tell you about this very exciting and a very big FIRST TIME project I’m currently assigned to by the imm and LivingKitchen fair (more info here and here). But first…Do you know about the imm and LivingKitchen?

If not, it’s one of the largest fairs in the world, and certainly most influential, for home and kitchen. It’s THE fair to attend if you want to catch all of the largest trends from the leading companies plus, to see all of their brand new collections before anyone else. What is even MORE special is that this time, they are including a special hall just for Blickfang, which is an International Fair for independent designers, so they are giving small brands a chance to be seen and experienced by their visitors. I find this very fresh and inspirational.

But that’s not all… They have partnered with me and also Desiree from Vosgesparis, so we each were assigned a booth in one of the halls to present our own trend show. This is so exciting for us both, I’m certainly looking forward to it! The theme for our booths is “immspired – the bloggers’ trend show” and we were asked to design a booth from the ground up and source and order in all of the products we’d need to loan from some of our favorite companies, and we had about 6 weeks (including the holidays) to do it. This proved to be challenging but exhilarating because I was traveling for my European book tour during the planning stages AND since it landed right during the same time as my family “pause” time for the holidays among a thousand other things I have going on in my business!

So far, so good! Thing is, it was nice to work on something like this with such little planning time because I had to just make FAST decisions, improvise, and not over-think anything. For a creative/perfectionist/semi-control freak like me (at least for work-related tasks, definitely not in my private life), it was nice to have a very short planning and execution time because I would have doubted and revised and perfected to death every step along the way. The pace of this project has been intense and quick, but I’m still confident the results will be very nice and the fair will be so pleased with the results, as well as our guests. I really hope you will come to meet me and see the booth in person if you can! I feel so relaxed, not nervous at all, though with an estimated 70,000 people flooding to this influential fair, you think I’d be a wreck but I’m surprisingly so chill about it because this is something I love so much – combining my vision with meeting people and being immersed in a beautiful setting with inspirational people and products. HELLO HAPPINESS.

The decor8 space is planned at 11 meters by 7 meters, so it’s a decent size spot with a small kitchen nook, dining area, seating area and a fun Instagram printer for you to use, free coffee, wifi and a big mood board project where you are invited to take part. I’ll have tools for you to use AND we’ll be posting on Instagram (you too!) where we will have a winner who will get special prizes from me shipped in the mail after the fair that you will love from my favorite companies.

decor8 Booth at imm and LivingKitchen Fair in Cologne!

I’ve finished my booth design (at least the major pieces), so I will show you more in the days to come… Then, during the fair on Instagram, I’ll show you on Instagram Stories (@decor8) with live video AND with photos on my stream so you can see the booth. I have a bunch of bloggers visiting me at the booth too, so I’ll be sure to share them with you when they stop by on my Instagram feed. You can follow the fun on Instagram with hashtag #immspired. Come visit me and if you want tickets at a special rate, click here, so you can come during the second weekend between January 20-22. I will be at my booth to meet my visitors on Monday, January 16, Saturday, January 21 from 11-and Sunday, January 22 from 11-4. If I’m not there when you stop by on those dates, just ask the person who is in my booth (we have a host present at all times) to send me an SMS so I can come by to meet you – I may be off touring the fair or working elsewhere for a bit. If I know you have come to meet me, I’ll do my best to see you so please do stop by.

For now, I want to thank some of the companies in advance who are lending me products for this wonderful project. They include:
FERM LIVING – Lighting and accessories
SKAGERAK – furniture
MENU A/S – furniture, lighting and accessories
WOUD – furniture and lighting
PIET HEIN EEK – furniture
N BY NABER – kitchen
CONNOX – furniture
ATELIER SUKHA – accessories
FARROW & BALL – paint

I will also have special paintings from SANIA PELL and small ceramics from DIETLIND WOLF along with magazines to read and enjoy as you lounge from KOEL, FETE PRESS and BELONG.

I expect to add a few more collaborators our list above in the next 48 hours, so I’ll update this post when I do to share them with you.

TO ATTEND AT A SPECIAL PRICE (8 Euro for the entrance on the private visitor days including free train ride) CLICK HERE and enter this code at checkout: 2017lk+imm

I’m so happy to share this project with you… More to come in the next days, so stay turned and again, a very happy new year to all of you.

Love and peace,

Holly






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14 Stylish Prints For Your Walls + 25% off at Desenio

December 13, 2016

I have a great offer for you today from Desenio plus my 14 favorite prints so if you are a fan of stylish and minimalistic Nordic-inspired artwork, you’re gonna love this (scroll to bottom of post for the special offer!) I’m such a fan of beautiful prints and frames and I tend to lean towards nature, women or very graphic prints in my home. What about you? What do you tend to see the most in your art collection? What themes do you see in your art that keep repeating room after room? Look carefully, some are obvious and others are not so.

14 Stylish Prints For Your Walls + 25% off at Desenio

Shown above: Ink Circles, Kate Moss Life Is a Joke (I have this and love it, Tove Frank Feathers  and Tove Frank Shells + Feathers.

14 Stylish Prints For Your Walls + 25% off at Desenio

Shown above: Tove Frank Balleria, The Dream, Marc Jacobs Let’s Do What We Love And Do A Lot Of It poster and Black Lake.

In this post, I’ve chosen some of my favorites from Desenio, some I’ll be ordering for my new work studio because yes, I finally have one! I sign the papers next week and I can’t wait to tell you more about where decor8 will be moving next. I’ve been looking for over 5 years so to finally have something is a dream come true. I CANNOT WAIT.

14 Stylish Prints For Your Walls + 25% off at Desenio

Shown above: Sailor, Monstera illustration, Evening Zebra, Pink Mountain, Eyelashes and Origami elephant (right).

Are you ready for your fantastic offer from my friends at Desenio in Sweden? Great. You can receive 25% off (posters/art prints only) between now and December 15 ONLY on graphical prints in any size. Just use the code holly25 upon checkout (all lowercase). Isn’t that a great incentive to deck the halls and decorate the walls?

Note: Discount only on their posters online, not frames or accessories.

Let me know which ones you buy!

(images: desenio)






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Relaxing + Cozy Tabletop Decor Inspired By Finland

December 12, 2016

Hello decor8 readers, this is columnist Anke with my monthly column so please have a look at my recent dining room tabletop styling if you’d like. I have been inspired recently by a short trip to Finland. While doing window shopping I spotted interior design in moody colors like bordeaux, masala, dusky pink, mossy green, grey and black everywhere. Though this isn’t your typical Christmas motif, and now Finland is decked out in the most traditional holiday colors, my trip last month still left an impression on me. I really enjoyed to see these dark shades in combination with plain Finnish design — they just know how to create a relaxed and calm atmosphere, right?

Relaxing + Cozy Tabletop Decor Inspired By Finland

I thought to bring my impressions onto our tabletop at home by using candle and tea light holders in different shapes and sizes, made of glass and wood. Furthermore on my table – this season’s most popular ceramics – tableware in black, the “black coal” series by Broste Copenhagen. I found it at my dear friend’s online shop Wunderschoen Gemacht.

Relaxing + Cozy Tabletop Decor Inspired By Finland

Instead of flowers, I decided on different branches which I will now use for making Christmas wreaths. I picked eucalyptus, olive, pine and twigs with tiny acorns and pale pink berries and I liked having them in a vase until I have to cut them into small bunches for the wreaths.

Relaxing + Cozy Tabletop Decor Inspired By Finland

Relaxing + Cozy Tabletop Decor Inspired By Finland

Relaxing + Cozy Tabletop Decor Inspired By Finland

When it comes to trends, I usually need some time until I give an interior trend a try. This “boho” Woven Wall Hanging for an example! A “Dust catcher” was my first thought. But well, you see, I obviously changed my mind. The best about this DIY was spending two snugly evenings with my boys who keenly wove their own ones with me. Now I know why we send them to Waldorfschool! ;-)

Last but not least, a salted dark chocolate tarte with whipped cream and red berry sauce went on the table and made me happy. I am really into sweets with a salty twist and love dark chocolate desserts combined with red berry anything! The berry sauce you see on one of my pictures is the easiest ever. In Germany we have a classic called “Rote Grütze” which is a compote of red berries you can buy ready to eat in every supermarket. I just put this one into my blender and mix it until smooth, that’s it. Sometimes one is allowed to take the easy way out, agree?

Relaxing + Cozy Tabletop Decor Inspired By Finland

It’s impossible to finish this post without giving thanks to Holly for my highlight this month! Your book party launching “Decorate for a Party”/ “Feierlaune” ($12 on Amazon this week only!) in Hannover with so many inspiring guests, a beautiful table decoration and those blissful cakes by Mundus was such a treat, dear Holly! It was so great to have spent time with you and I enjoyed very much!

Have a wonderful start into the month of December and make yourself comfortable at home, dear readers! I hope to see you again soon with some Christmas decoration for the table! – Anke

(Styling, Text and Photography: Anke Illner)






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Final Day To Shop My Sale at Westwing!

November 21, 2016

Hello Friends! Today is the final day to shop my sale, which began on Friday, over at Westwing for some fun party goods that I’m sure you will love. I can’t wait to see what you think! You can go to Westwing and login and click on this link to see more. Sale ends tonight at 11:00 CET. Hurry!

Final Day To Shop My Sale at Westwing!My top ten favorites, some of which I’ve ordered because they’re so great, are:

1. Be Happy. Be Bright. Be You. Glassware.
2. Palest pinky peach flatware
3. HYGGE candle.
4. To go boxes for cake
5. Water glasses
6. Vase set
7. Wood flatware in mint
8. Gold paper cups
9. Party hats
10. Polka dot wood flatware
11. Star candle holder
12. Spotty gold plates
13. Pop Click Fizz napkins
14. Gold pineapple plates
15. Confetti balloon set

Final Day To Shop My Sale at Westwing!Enjoy and RUN before they sell out! Everything is marked down to a very special price, you won’t find elsewhere…

xo

Holly






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9 Easy Ways To Decorate For a Party

November 8, 2016

Oh my goodness the American election is such a nail biter! So let’s escape a little and think about nice party decorating ideas for a total girl night indulgence, ok? Maybe it will be a post election party idea? Hmmmm…  Today I have my friend and fellow author Leslie Shewring, an artist and designer from Victoria, Canada, who will share her recent book party night with us along with 9 easy tips for making a gathering special on a budget. This party was recently held to celebrate the launch of our book, Decorate for a Party, which is sold where all fine books are stocked. It’s available in Australia, Canada, United States, UK, German-speaking Europe (in German), France (in French), and Italy (in Italian). We are so happy to see our project around easy, simple decorating ideas for meaningful gatherings attract so much attention. It’s very heartwarming.

9 Easy Ways To Decorate For a Party

Leslie’s goal for her book party wasn’t only to celebrate the launch of our book. In fact, Leslie isn’t the type who likes the spotlight on herself or her accomplishments. She is very humble and prefers intimate and meaningful gatherings over large crowds and fanfares. In this way, Leslie pulled together only her nearest and dearest for an evening of girl power inspiration and it made her evening nice because it was in harmony with how she likes gatherings to be when gathering girlfriends – inspiring, feminine and at ease.

9 Easy Ways To Decorate For a Party

She decided to teamed up with her friend and local lady boss, Pam Lewis from Moonrise Creative, and together they hosted a talk show style party where guests were taken into the lives of creative women and allowed to chime in with views of their own to create a fantastic, insightful dialogue. I love the spirit of this evening, the magic shared together as women discussed stories, laughed and walked away with cake in their bellies and love in their hearts.

9 Easy Ways To Decorate For a Party

I’d like to share 9 easy decorating ideas with you for your next party, all styled by Leslie Shewring and photographed by Kelly Brown. Then, I’ll show you some photos of the ladies gathered in her studio and of Leslie signing the book because I just love how at ease she is and joy that she radiants. These photos made me so happy and I hope that somehow they do too.

9 Easy Ways To Decorate For a Party

1. Tiny white bunting and pretty white lights make a party feel special. Keeping it simple with white is also very classy. Scroll down to see how effective this look can be when you add lots of bunting and lights…

9 Easy Ways To Decorate For a Party

2. Large wooden beads in glass cylinder vases. A grouping in an odd number (3) with beads at different levels looks pretty and is very simple. Another tip is that if you don’t have a large painting on the wall and you wish you did, opt for something easier – hang a framed poster, macrame or a beautiful grouping of inspirational photos in a mood board style.

9 Easy Ways To Decorate For a Party

3. Carnations in glass jars and bottles. The key to making this work is to stick to one color and to group them.

9 Easy Ways To Decorate For a Party

4. Keep snacks simple but gorgeous and delicious. These cakes were made by Susannah Ruth Bryan from Ruth & Dean Baked Goods and work beautifully with the space. They are simple and elegant. With coffee, tea and champagne, you don’t need much more to satisfy a group of friends if they’ve already had dinner or if it’s a mid-afternoon event – cake always makes people happy.

9 Easy Ways To Decorate For a Party

5. Mix in warm wood when you’re working in a mostly white space. Mismatching chairs is always nice. The key styling trick here is to keep the most dominate ones the same (in this case, the wooden chairs) and then the less dominate (white) can all be different.

9 Easy Ways To Decorate For a Party

6. Style flowers simply. Sometimes we think we need to go to great lengths to style the perfect arrangement. You really don’t! The styling trick with flowers is to use solid vessels that work together and then flowers grouped by type. Anyone can arrange flowers like this – it’s really easy. Styling tip: Clean off leaves that will be showing beneath the water line.

9 Easy Ways To Decorate For a Party

7. Add fresh greenery. Plants are a big trend currently but we’re hoping that, unlike the 1970s, plants stick around this time. When you add a plant or in this case, a giant ceramic vase filled with Eucalyptus leaves, you’ve instantly added freshness and life to the space, making it feel less clinical while still feeling pure and modern.

9 Easy Ways To Decorate For a Party

8. Group paper lanterns together to create a focal point. They also look like balloons but last a lot longer so you can use them for other parties. Such a pretty corner!

9 Easy Ways To Decorate For a Party

9. Add wooden beads to lengths of ribbon to create pretty wall decor. This is easy, fun, and can be used for other projects later on.

Now let’s look at the room after the sun went down and the room was a-buzz with creative women sharing their stories and Leslie leading the discussion on the topic of creativity.

9 Easy Ways To Decorate For a Party

9 Easy Ways To Decorate For a Party

9 Easy Ways To Decorate For a Party

9 Easy Ways To Decorate For a Party

9 Easy Ways To Decorate For a Party

9 Easy Ways To Decorate For a Party

9 Easy Ways To Decorate For a Party

9 Easy Ways To Decorate For a Party

9 Easy Ways To Decorate For a Party

9 Easy Ways To Decorate For a Party

9 Easy Ways To Decorate For a Party

9 Easy Ways To Decorate For a Party

9 Easy Ways To Decorate For a Party

Doesn’t this party inspire you to not only keep things simple and elegant, but to get the girls together and share stories of love, creativity, encouragement and promise? I certainly want to do this now, it makes me smile to see my friend having such a beautiful evening with so many women that make her happy in her part of the world. Leslie, you rocked your party, so proud of you girl!

(Styling: Leslie Shewring. Photography: Kelly Brown)

 






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Party With Me in Berlin, Hannover + Zurich

November 1, 2016

Hello dear friends! Our book, Decorate for a Party, is on tour at the moment so we have lots of nice events behind us and some immediately ahead – and these are the ones I’d love to share with you today. We’ve been to Hamburg (posted here), London (posted here), Victoria (to post tomorrow) and Amsterdam (posted here). Next up is Berlin, Hannover and Zurich. In December, there is a possibility of Paris, Nashville and New York, we’re currently looking for a shop or studio space to host us in Nashville and New York if you know of anyone… Send them my way (holly [at] decor8blog [dot] com).

Party With Me in Berlin, Hannover + Zurich

With any book tour, you want to meet and connect with your friends and fans. To me, this is the biggest goal and is most fulfilling since I am alone working most of the time. To connect with people, give and receive praise and hugs, feel a big chunk of girl power – it really keeps me going. It’s also so much fun to meet new people and to see familiar faces. I cannot believe how many people are still entering the blog/social media space online. When you’ve been in this business for over 10 years, you wonder if there is room for much more growth, you wonder if blogging will fade into the sunset. From the events I’ve been at over the past few months for my book, the answer is definitely NO because I’m out meeting the next gen of bloggers and social media gurus (along with ladies my age) who are going to just work with all of the blogosaurus like me to build an even better experience online – together. It’s exciting and I can’t wait to see what the combination of fresh eyes and wisdom/experience will produce – I’m working hard in my own little spot here to contribute to that because I want it to be epic and wayyyy more interesting than it is even today.

But you just don’t have these conversations or see these people without being OUT there. My events are about the book, yeah, but also for me an excuse to have a fully sponsored party so that I can see and meet people and be OUT THERE. I LOVE my sponsors too, they are so generous and kind to me but also to my guests. Like at Anthropologie in London last month – the staff there were just beautiful to us.

Honest to god, it’s refreshing and wonderful to be touring a book again after nearly 5 years. I didn’t tour the second one, just had a launch party in London, and I didn’t tour the third because I had a baby 6 weeks before the book launched. So to be touring again brings back such good memories and I’m able to create new ones. My life is so much different than it was 5 short years ago. And everyone who comes to these events buy a book (or we give them away for free in a goody bag) and have them signed, which is wonderful and supportive and keeps authors going BUT my greatest takeaway from these events is the overwhelming support from our community that is still present and strong, the ability we have as a group to create change online, and the way meeting in person helps us to go back to our offices better, stronger and encouraged to keep pressing on.

With that sad, I have some exciting announcements to make today. Here are the three cities where you can come meet with me. Two of these events are going to offer you free copies of the books in beautiful goody bags thanks to our wonderful sponsors. All of them will have a chance for you to mingle, make friends, learn something new and spend time with me and my friends, fellow creative women and men who really love working together in this online space.

For each event below, you will need to RSVP or in the case of Zurich, you will need to complete a form and hope that you win a space. If you register asap, you just may!

Party With Me in Berlin, Hannover + Zurich
10 November BERLIN – Sponsored by Westwing.de – Press + Blogger Party with a Styling Presentation/DiscussionRSVP here

 

Party With Me in Berlin, Hannover + Zurich

19 November HANNOVER – Sponsored by decor8 and Kukkamari – Party with Holly + FriendsRSVP here 

 

Party With Me in Berlin, Hannover + Zurich
26 November ZURICH – Sponsored by Blickfang, Annabelle magazine, Random House/DVA – Styling/DIY Workshop with HollyEnter to win here

See you soon everyone, I can’t wait!

Love,
Holly

(Photos: Laure Joliet, Janis Nicolay and Holly Becker)






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