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Instagram Bootcamp e-course + All New Blogging Your Way

I am so super excited to share the rebrand and relaunch of my e-course website, Blogging Your Way and to tell you about our super special TWO WEEK e-course called Instagram Bootcamp. I was even able to buy the url (bloggingyourway.com) and the name became a registered trademark a little over a year ago. I feel good about myself and my business and am very proud of the new site and although we just launched it last night and there are still tweaks, I already love the response we’re getting.

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The slider images on the site were mostly* photographed by Susanne Irmer and feature friends of mine as models. I planned and styled the photography* to fit the rebrand, and everything technical was done by my husband, Thorsten. The hand written logo was created by Corina Nika. And speaking of, she and Leslie Shewring will be teaching a killer Instagram Bootcamp from June 1-15 online along with yours truly. The outline is here. It will take your IG to new levels, trust me. Here is the core outline below. Look at what you are going to learn in just 15 days. Talk about a bootcamp!

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CORE CURRICULUM 
Instagram accounts that are a success and why
Planning your IG photos for more likes
Photography tips and tricks
Photo styling that works
What’s the importance of “the grid”?
How to write the best, short bio ever
Filters, filters, filters!
Using the “Explore” feature to your advantage
The art of the perfect selfie
Team up to build followers
How to effectively use hashtags for your brand
What kind of photos work for you?
Why authenticity and consistency matter
How to attract clients and customers
The importance of tagging
Why you should add a location and how
Manners 101
How to lose followers (yes, you need to know!)
What’s trending on Instagram
What makes the most viral image from color to subject
How to make your Instagram account reflect your style
How to earn money using Instagram that won’t upset your followers
How to team up with companies to gain exposure and earn cash

Register here.

Hope to see you in class!

*the shot of the lady wearing striped at the desk was taken by Kelly Brown. the shot of the lady holding the flowers was taken by my husband.

Now I’m off to work on the all new decor8 because this blog is currently undergoing a major overhaul too! The new decor8 will go live around June 1.

Have a great day, everyone!

xo Holly

Posted in Blogging on May 18, 2015

Homes With Heart: Summer Style Handmade Home

Hey guys! It’s Holly Marder with another edition of Homes With Heart on decor8. For May, I’m excited to walk you through the charming, eclectic modern home belonging to blogger and maker Ingrid Janssen and her husband that feels so much like a beautiful summer day to me! I just know you’ll love the happy energy this home exudes and all of the pretty that lies within. If ever there was a Home with Heart, this is it. Let’s go…

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Ingrid is the founder and maker of the wood and crochet line of homewares WOOD & WOOL STOOL. Together with her husband Henk, they were long in search of a classic Dutch style home from the 30s, finally finding it in 2004 when a neighborhood of modern homes with a post-war aesthetic went into development on the outskirts of the city of Dordrecht, the Netherlands. 

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The 240 square meter family abode boasts beautiful oak herringbone floors throughout and bundles of charm so characteristic of 1930s style homes, with the benefits of a modern home. They purchased it newly built and completely empty. Starting with a concrete interior, they had the walls plastered and painted and invested in oak herringbone floors that they had a local craftsman make. “With the white walls and the unvarnished floor, the base was just perfect,” Ingrid says. The kitchen was white and very simple, so Ingrid and Henk covered one of the walls with scrapwood. “That was ten years ago, and everybody thought we were nuts.” Today, scrapwood walls are trending!

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With a penchant for travel, Ingrid and her husband have filled their home with treasures they have gathered over the years, keeping the walls white throughout and layering in colour through bright textiles and an eclectic smattering of vintage accessories.

“Our journeys inspire our interior, we always find the best stuff during our travels,” Ingrid says. “We buy what we like, no matter the style. Everything fits in naturally and I love the way our home is a growing and every changing space.”  

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“Interior is one of our passions,” Ingrid says. “The most wonderful thing is, the interior is never finished and it never will be.” 

Favourite items in the couples home include their long leather sofa, canteen kitchen table from a Belgian school, the vintage Geoffrey Harcourt design chair that Ingrid swapped with a friend in exchange for a Wood & Wool Stool, and the many Boucherouite rugs the couple brought back from their many trips to Marrakech. 

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“We are not very interested in brands,” explains Ingrid. “We often find furniture in second hand shops or vintage barns. Most of our furniture is not new, but vintage, second hand or antique.” 

Color plays a significant role in Ingrid and Henk’s home, though the sense of calm and serenity is largely owing to the color white. “With a white base and oak floor, everything looks good,” Ingrid says. “Although we have lots of colorful items, the house still looks bright and uncluttered.”

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The layout features an open lounge, living and office leading to a kitchen and dining at the front of the house. 

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The master bedroom, situated on the third floor of the house, features slanted ceilings, dormer windows, a hand made scrapwood headboard and open closet. “Our attic bedroom is a wonderful space,” Ingrid says. “We have the whole attic to ourselves and it feels a bit ‘French’ (Je ne sais pas pourquoi).”

Throughout Ingrid and Henk’s home are items the couple have hand crafted, turning necessity into a successful, home operated business. “We always made furniture ourselves, whether it was a kitchen table, an outdoor bench or headboard for our bedroom,” Ingrid says. “In 2007 I made a stool out of scrapwood and dressed it with a handmade crocheted cover . It turned out to be an object every visitor of our home wanted to have, which is how Wood & Wool Stool began. Since then, I have made lots of interior objects, including pillows, rugs, signs and frames, and it always has something to do with wood an/or wool. I am a textile maniac!” 

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Despite their regular travels abroad, they are always happy to return home to their bright and cheerful abode. “Our home is very important to us,” says Ingrid. “We still like our own house best. Wherever we have stayed, even in the best boutique hotels, we are always in love with our own place when we return.” 

Upstairs, they have a spacious, playful bathroom. Simple white tiles line the walls, while pebbles add a tropical bathroom aesthetic underfoot. Bright bathroom accessories keep the space fun and fresh.

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I love that feeling when you enter the house after weeks away yet it all feels so fresh and cool.”

So what do you guys think? Don’t you love the way Ingrid uses colour so delicately in her home? To me it looks like an island escape with all the bright pops of colour and fun textiles. What do you love about this home? See you back here soon with another lovely home tour – Holly

(text/photography: holly marder)

Posted in Home Tours, Homes With Heart on May 15, 2015

Dreaming of Summer

It’s always so nice to come across a new blog or find something in general that just resonates with where your heart has wandered at the present moment. I’m thinking of the coast, flowers, tones of green, blue and peach, interesting floor and wall tiles, linen bedding, pretty cafes but also dining al fresco, fresh healthy and colorful foods, pretty cocktails to sip, clean open spaces and very bright natural light. These things are all so summer-y too. When I ran into the Style And Create tumblr site today, I felt connected to what was posted there in a big way. Here are some current inspirations…

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Photo by Anders Bergstedt for Entrance

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via Cereal Magazine, Photography Kate Holstein

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Design by Loft Szczecin, Photo by Karolina Bak

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Alvhem Mäkleri

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via Cereal Magazine, Photography Kate Holstein

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Photographer Francesco Lagnese

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The Primary Essentials

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Japanese stylist & creator Yukiko Masuda

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Dolly and Oatmeal 

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Restaurant Italy in Copenhagen

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via Cereal Magazine, Photography Kate Holstein

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Restaurant Italy in Copenhagen

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Japanese stylist & creator Yukiko Masuda

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Styling Pella Hedeby & Marie Ramse, Photo by Sara Medina Lind 

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via Cereal Magazine, Photography Kate Holstein

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Japanese stylist & creator Yukiko Masuda

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From vtwonen, Styling by Kim van Rossenberg, Photography Sjoerd Eickmans

Do visit and see if you feel the same.

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Posted in blogs on May 14, 2015

Print Club Boston: Fractured Gems Limited Edition Prints

One look at these beauties and I was taken! These stunning prints are by Boston-based artist Elizabeth Corkery of Print Club Boston, an online shop for stylish limited edition silkscreen prints. And bonus! They are affordable too. This collection below is called Fractured Gems and was inspired by the extravagance of 18th century jeweled snuffboxes and “micromosaics”.

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Elizabeth took close-up photos of original boxes from the V&A Museum collection and with some creative twists, turned them into prints. “In some prints, geometric shapes act as stand-ins for the cut jewels, while in others painterly brushstrokes mask out the jeweled arrangements and become their own subject.” Each silkscreen is printed by hand and is part of a limited edition of only 30 and are embossed and numbered. I just love these great colors and patterns – so fun!

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Posted in Arts + Crafts on May 14, 2015

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