Events + Markets

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






Decorating Tips

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)

 






Events + Markets

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)






Tabletop

3 Autumn DIY Entertaining Ideas You Will Love

October 31, 2016

Hi dear decor8 readers! How has your month of October been so far? A golden one – is what I hope! As for me it caught me again, the joy of decorating with autumnal colors such as ochre and amber. This is Anke with my monthly column around tabletop settings. So have a look at the one I decorated some days ago if you like! Last week, I welcomed my girlfriends with whom I meet for regularly for cooking dinner together for many years. For our ladies gathering I combined flowers in warm yellow shades and pale pink nuances, accompanied by autumn leafs, pink cloudberry and eucalyptus branches.

3 Autumn DIY Entertaining Ideas You Will Love

1) MENU CANDLES. Usually my brainstorming for a table decoration begins with thinking about which flowers I would like on my table. Not this time! When browsing through Holly & Leslie’s brand-new book “DECORATE for a PARTY“, the Calligraphy Candles (on page 43 made by Canadian Artist and Calligrapher Kate Campbell for the book) were love at first sight! As I’ve never tried calligraphy before (but wish to do so soon) I thought about a version easy to DIY. Result: I chose a calligraphy-like font and printed the menu on transparent bright white paper (100g/m2) and wrapped it around a candle glass. Happy me, as the candles I found at amazon look precisely like the ones in the book. I like the clean style so much!

3 Autumn DIY Entertaining Ideas You Will Love

3 Autumn DIY Entertaining Ideas You Will Love

You could also write/ print the names of your guests or a beautiful quote, that would be lovely too, what do you think?

2. EMBELLISHED FRAMES. On the wall next to our dining table, which I mostly decorate when having guests or shooting for my blog and this column, you will find a small autumnal mood board. I created a tiny graphic design by using photoshop, a chrysanthemum illustration and the color palette of my bouquets.

3 Autumn DIY Entertaining Ideas You Will Love

This was a very good occasion to hang up my MOEBE frame for the first time. I first heard about these gorgeous frames by Copenhagen-based brand MOEBE when Holly introduced them in this post after finding them at the Blickfang fair in Hamburg. Those of you living in Germany can order the frames online at Petite Catrin like I did.

In addition, I embellished a simple white frame with flowers. I did this the same way I make wreaths, which means I tied tiny bouquets overlapping to the frame. I used raffia but floral tape might be a better idea! And patience! A little patience is useful also!

3 Autumn DIY Entertaining Ideas You Will Love

3. DELISH COCKTAIL. As an aperitif I offered a Sage Ginger Prosecco Cocktail. Here is the recipe below by Beth Kirby who blogged it on Front & Main. I modified the recipe to add thin slices of pear as a garnish. Cheers!

STORE LIST
2 cups water
2 cups sugar
2 bunches of fresh sage leaves chopped or one bundle dried sage (about 1 cup or 1/2 a cup respectively)
2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
Bottle of Prosecco or Champagne

1. In a saucepan bring water and sugar to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Once the simple syrup, which is what you now have, reaches a boil remove it from the heat and stir in the sage and ginger. Cover and let the syrup steep until it’s completely cooled to room temperature, 2-3 hours. Refrigerate after making.

2. To make cocktails, simply pour an ounce or two of syrup into a champagne flute depending on how sweet you like it and top with prosecco! Garnish with sage.

3 Autumn DIY Entertaining Ideas You Will Love

Enjoy autumn with all its blessings and see you again here on decor8 in November dear blog readers! Also, I will be in Hannover at Holly’s Book Party on 19 November at Kukkamari so if you are coming, I would love to meet you – say hello to me! You can attend her party by RSVP’ing here.

And also… thank you so much for your lovely words in the comments on my last post! Your comments made me happy! – Anke

(Text, photography and styling: Anke Illner)






Blogging

ALL NEW Inspire Me e-course

October 25, 2016

Hey bloggers and small biz boss peeps! I’ve decided to mix things up with an all-new format for the next Blogging Your Way e-course to bring us all closer for a deeper connection and to learn in a new way and have a totally fresh experience. For the upcoming online course, I’ve dropped most of the reading and will produce mainly content you can listen to or watch. Screencasts, podcasts and videos from me to you, plus an end-of-the-week live video chat where you can ask me anything that you’d like and I will answer live. This e-course is called #inspireme and I plan to do a lot of that! It will run for 3 weeks November 4-28 and the cost is so unbelievably low but it’s a good way for me to try the new format while also bringing you a major discount as these classes will be much higher in the future. Everything can be downloaded and saved and transcripts will be available too.

ALL NEW Inspire Me e-course

This is a giant step for me but I’m really ready for it. This is a rare class taught by only me and I plan to deliver something pretty magical in each lesson so you are guaranteed to walk away with a new understanding of yourself, your business and your blog and social media approach. Content for this class is only for THIS class, nothing has been previously taught or recorded.

This class is for everyone needing inspiration to start a blog OR to maintain their blog OR to take it to the next level!

You can expect: 1 screencast, 3 homework assignments (optional), 6 podcasts (30 min or less each), 3 recap/cheat sheets each week on Friday, 3 live stream open chats, and 6 videos from Holly Becker. You will also have full access to our student forum and class site until January 1, 2017. All materials can be downloaded by students.

Click here for more information and to enroll. Once the class fills up, I’m closing enrollment to keep it small. Can’t wait to see you, just two weeks away! Time to JUMP START your social media and blog, small business and overall mood. It’s time to get inspired!!!

(Photo: Susanne Irmer, Styling: Holly Becker, Model: Ditte Burmølle Knudsen)






From The Heart

Thoughts On Balance

October 11, 2016

Good morning everyone, how are you? I’ve been traveling a lot but I still make time to bring my little boy out to the countryside during the weekends when I’m here, and we have a lot of fun. The landscape around us is so very lovely, and depending on the weather, it can evoke an array of different emotions. Sometimes there is extreme melancholy, which can be rather comforting – like a warm hug on an Autumnal day. Other times, a feeling of light-hearted joy coupled with clarity. Next week I’ll be in London again, so I made it a point to go to the country over the past weekend. I thought you may enjoy some of my photos today from a recent trip we took to Lüneburger Heide – a heath that is just amazing when in bloom with fresh Heather. The Heather had nearly passed, but I caught a few glimpses of it for you, along with my little boy who is suddenly not so little anymore despite being only 2.5 years old. He is very tall, determined and curious. When we take him outside, he doesn’t stay nearby – he is off exploring and collecting. He is very imaginative, sometimes quite feisty, and says the cutest things. I find his friendliness and love of hand holding very endearing. I love how he wakes me up each day with such enthusiasm. There is much work involved in raising a child but to me, it comes so naturally to just go with the flow and let him be himself – his varied, complex and often fiery self. I like seeing a little boy grow up, it’s fascinating to watch.

Thoughts On Balance

Children aside, I find a lot of peace and clarity through my viewfinder, not so much in what I’m seeing but more in how I’m feeling and reacting, and how each photo seems to provide some insight into my own emotional landscape. This is why I love nothing more than to be outdoors, to get in touch with all of my senses, and to cut off from the internet and my phone long enough to feel emotions again that run a bit deeper than “liking” photos and leaving one liner comments on Facebook pages. Letting go of the virtual and cherishing the reality has grown more and more important to me over the past year. I don’t know why, but something shifted inside of me and I learned that life is so multi-faceted and that balance is required to really enjoy as much as you can. Balance your time online and off. Balance your time with your family and alone. Balance self care with caring for others. Balance brings you closer to your core and when you are in touch with yourself, you don’t waste as much time or energy deciding or doing things that ultimately lack value. So in essence, you may think balance takes you away from your family or is selfish, but it’s exactly the opposite. Everyone wins.

Thoughts On Balance

Thoughts On Balance

Thoughts On Balance

Thoughts On Balance

Thoughts On Balance

What are your thoughts on balance today? Have you though to create a little more in your life too?

(Photography: Holly Becker for decor8)






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