Events + Markets

Meet Me In Paris On March 24th: Décors de Fêtes

March 13, 2017

Hello dear readers and friends! The book Leslie Shewring and I wrote, Décors de Fêtes, will soon have its official launch party in Paris! I am over the moon to announce this special event on March 24th from 7-9 pm where I will be making a special appearance in Paris at the beautiful shop of Adeline Klam to celebrate Décors de Fêtes published by Éditions Marie Claire.

Meet Me In Paris On March 24th: Décors de Fêtes

If you would like to attend the book party, PLEASE get your free tickets by clicking this link and RSVPing since the party is after store hours and we need a headcount for drinks and snacks. Or, you can email your name to Jessy [at] decor8blog [dot] com. Also, if you attend the party, the first 10 people to buy the book will get two very special gifts from me. :)

Meet Me In Paris On March 24th: Décors de Fêtes

I am very excited because I’ve never been to France to meet fellow bloggers and friends of decor8 there at an official party. I can’t believe it, especially since I’ve been to Paris so many times in my life! This is why I decided to take this trip and go there to just see who shows up to say hello. I want to meet friends and fans and see some of my blogging peers, too.

It’s the same week of my birthday, so I’ve decided to make a special weekend out of it so I’m staying in a nice hotel and treating myself to a spa treatment there too. A book party, a nice hotel, walking around Paris with my camera in the Spring, it’s not such a bad idea! In fact, if you have ANY inspiring suggestions on what I should do on March 25th for the day (or evening) or the morning of Sunday March 26th, please list them in the comments section below because I’ll be roaming the city on the look out for inspiring things to do and see in addition to Merci and Astier de Villatte of course!

Meet Me In Paris On March 24th: Décors de Fêtes
Meet Me In Paris On March 24th: Décors de Fêtes
Meet Me In Paris On March 24th: Décors de Fêtes

By the way, if you missed our book trailer, here it is… This is for the English version, Decorate For a Party, but the content is the same as the French edition.

Video Credits:
Videographer + Director: Koen Folkerts, Narratief // Creative Direction + Styling: Holly Becker // Location: Morten + Tinna Pedersen, Hannover, Germany
Models: Emma Pedersen, Nora Hartmann, Nanna Eriksen // Music: By Film Composer Steven Gutheinz – Isle (Licensed through Music Bed)

Meet Me In Paris On March 24th: Décors de Fêtes

See you March 24th, Paris!!!!!

Love,
Holly x

 

(Photos: Leslie Shewring for Decorate For a Party)






Blogging

DIY Website in 6 Steps With Squarespace

February 28, 2017

DIY Website in 6 Steps With SquarespaceI’ve been collaborating with Squarespace for years, in fact I remember when they were in beta and we spoke about their exciting new website in 2006. Here I am, 11 years later, and I’m still a fan of their site and what they do. But what exactly DO they do, you may wonder? Well, it’s simple. If you don’t have thousands to spend on a website but you want it to look expensive and gorgeous, you can shop Squarespace for everything from a domain name to a website template and even a logo for your site. It’s easy to pull your entire website together in a day (maybe more if you are a perfectionist like I am). BUT you COULD DIY your own website in 6-8 hours.

Today dear readers, I’m going to walk you through how to create a Squarespace website in 6 Easy Steps. Ready?

1. DOMAIN. Visit Squarespace and if you don’t already have a domain name, search for one to see if what you want is available. You can search at the top of the main page on the site. Need to learn more about domains? Then click here. If the domain you want is not available, they will suggest a list of alternatives. If you don’t need a custom domain name and just want to use the preassigned name from Squarespace or you ALREADY have a domain name and want to use that, no problem because Squarespace now offers domains transfer. Move to the next step.

DIY Website in 6 Steps With Squarespace

2. TEMPLATE. From the main page click on the button far right that says GET STARTED which will bring you to the Choose a Template page. There are many categories along the left sidebar for you to peruse. This step will be where you will spend the most time, because there are many to browse and I’m guessing you will have a few that you won’t be able to decide on in the end. This is where you need to call in a friend OR just close your eyes and pick. Don’t try too hard to have the perfect template right now, as Squarespace puts it, “Pick your template based on how close it is to your ideal website, but don’t worry about an exact match. Your pages, content, fonts, colors, and more can be changed after you sign up.” You may want to write that down so you know what you’re looking for. Big photos, contact page, about page, portfolio, shop, or something else? List it and then look.

DIY Website in 6 Steps With Squarespace

3. SIGN UP AND START CREATING. After you find the template (for instance I love the Greenwich and this is one I want to work with for my new website) click on the button in the upper right hand corner when you are viewing the template that says, “Start With This Design”. Then complete the short form and click on “Sign Up + Create Site”. Next you will be asked some questions like, “What is your site for?”, “What is the website about?”, “What are your goals for this site?”, and then you are prompted to fill in the site title.

DIY Website in 6 Steps With Squarespace4. PERSONALIZE. Next, your “new” site will open and this is where you can personalize everything for your own custom website. Along the bottom of the site, you will see a black bar alerting you that you have a free 14 day trial. If you want to actually go beyond that and purchase a package, you can use code DECOR8 for 10% off your first purchase. Okay, so now it’s time to get to work. This is the other step in this 6 step process that will take you the longest but if you are clear as to what you want and work quickly, it may be quite quick. I know what I want so I’m willing to guess this will be a fast step for me. Fast as in, 8 hours max. Trust me, to build and launch a website, that’s lightening speed.

DIY Website in 6 Steps With Squarespace

5. ADD LOGO + IMAGES. Upload or create logos, add your own images to the “gallery” on your site, customize and tweak until you have exactly what you need and like. It’s best to have a folder on your computer that you title “Squarespace” or something so you can drop ALL of the files you put on your Squarespace site in that folder first and then drag and drop. I really like to be organized when working on projects so I have folders for everything.

6. SPELLCHECK, EDIT, GO LIVE. With the design in place and ready to go, edit all of your text, check for spelling errors, and go through the site, page by page, to tweak as needed. Then go live and ask your friends what they think and even share the new site screenshot on your social sites like Instagram. If you do, use hashtag #squarespace so we can see your new site!

SMILE, you did it! Next month, I’ll post again to show you the part two with my shiny new website. Stay tuned!

If you want to build your own Squarespace website or shop, go for it, and use coupon ‘DECOR8’ for 10% off your first purchase.

DIY Website in 6 Steps With Squarespace
This is a sponsored post in partnership with Squarespace but all words and opinions are my own.






Decorating Tips

8 Ways To Decorate Your Bedside Table

February 27, 2017

Last year, Etsy launched a campaign called #DifferenceMakesUs in celebration of the personal, sweet differences that makes us all so unique and which serves to unite us.
I like how they sum it up, “Difference makes us. Life is beautiful, not because of our similarities, but because of our differences. It’s our mission to celebrate those differences.” So true! Part of the celebration of this campaign is how our bedside table looks since Etsy believes every personality has a quite unique style, different accessories, lighting, etc. which shows the taste and lifestyle of the person who sleeps in that space. No two bedside tables are alike, even in a shared bed – my husband has different things on his bedside table – right down to his lamp!

8 Ways To Decorate Your Bedside Table

Etsy asked me if I wanted to show my bedside table so I agreed and so, here it it is. BUT. They asked me to shop Etsy for some items that I thought could be used to spruce it up and then, they’d offer ALL of the products in a contest on their Instagram (you can enter on Instagram.com/etsyde or @etsyde from your app) for one lucky winner. This is a value of €275.00 (not including what you would have paid for shipping) AND you get a bonus of 3 extra cups NOT shown on my bedside table. What???? Yup. You heard me right!

What did I pick from Etsy?

1. Ceramic black and white vase from 1220 Ceramics Studio (€34.06)
2. 4 Cups from 1220 Ceramics Studio (I use one for tea, the others are in the kitchen on my shelf, €66.18)
3. Ceramic flowers (3) from Lysa Creation Design on the wall near my prints and the handprints of my son (€80)
4. Candle that smells like leather and wood from Kaoriko Paris, Portofino in Copper with Soy Wax (€45)
5. Concrete Tray from Trend Bolt (sorry, cup wasn’t included in shipment, €49)

8 Ways To Decorate Your Bedside Table

8 Ways To Decorate Your Bedside Table

8 Ways To Decorate Your Bedside Table

8 Ways To Decorate Your Bedside Table:

  1. Use any table, chair, bench, dresser… Anything you like that looks good next to your bed and is not too high. Test first by laying in bed and reach over to the table to see if it’s too high. If you have to stretch too high or if it’s not feeling practical in any way, it’s not the right table.
  2. What are your storage needs? I don’t need much near my bed, a few private things and a few books. So the private things are in the box on my bedside table (beneath the lamp) and the basket below is where I store other things by mainly books and magazines.
  3. Take the decor up from the table to the wall. I like to create something that flows down from the wall to the table. Some people like to hang art work directly above their bedside table OR hang a pendant or a wall light. I always feel like there needs to be a little something above the bedside table, even if not DIRECTLY above it. Makes the bedroom feel more cozy.
  4. Flowers. Always. They don’t have to be expensive. Or a plant. Also a beautiful, natural piece to add to a bedside table. I love flowers because I can change them often enough to give the bedside table a new look. Tulips, daffodils, sprigs of eucalyptus, pussy willows, roses – the entire look changes with the addition of different flowers.
  5. Vase. I have to have a vase for the flowers! I also like to keep it empty sometimes because this vase is pretty enough to stand on it’s own.
  6. Lamp. A good lamp to read by, I like the wooden one I have… But also I like that it’s not a typical-looking bedside table lamp with a big shade and ceramic base. It’s fun to have something quirky in a bedroom that you may expect on a work desk or credenza, for instance. There are no rules, as long as the light shines in the right spot for reading and fits your style.
  7. Candle. Always a scented candle. In the winter, I like wood and leather or something that smells like a fresh walk in a snowy forest. In summer, I go with Grapefruit or Rose, or something more sensual. Candlelight is relaxing and romantic, too.
  8. Tray. I love a tray to catch things like a pen, bookmark, remote control (if you have a TV in your room, we do not), wireless speaker remote (which we do have), etc.

8 Ways To Decorate Your Bedside Table

Items also shown, not from Etsy include:

1. White Rectangle Table is from Bloomingville (It’s a kids table but I use it for my bedside since the height and width are perfect)
2. Basket beneath for books and magazines from Bitte
3. Wall art (except hand prints) from Minted.com
4. Wood Lamp from Muuto
5. Chelsea Bed from Fashion For Home
6. Velvet quilt from Pine Cone Hill
7. Large Euro cushion from Pine Come Hill
8. Paper box “Joe” on table from Atelier Sukha.

See this photo below? You will win ALL THIS STUFF if you go to the ETSY GERMANY Instagram and enter under the #DifferenceMakesUs photo (details and rules are there – we decided to move the contest from my IG over to Etsy so sorry for the confusion!).

Thank you Etsy for including me in this fun campaign!

(Photography/Styling: Holly Becker)






Blogging

Take Your Blog & Business to the Next Level e-course

February 18, 2017

I’m excited to announce an e-course like no other that you simply cannot miss… So in case you haven’t enrolled yet, the Blogging Your Way blog boot camp is a must-take! It’s all about taking your blog & business to the next level (or how to start it right if you are brand new). From March 3-20 I’m going to help a small group of you online to build the blog (or Instagram or business) of your dreams, and then how to use it once it has grown… So tell me… Are you in?

Take Your Blog & Business to the Next Level e-course

This class will teach you everything you need to know about profitable BOLD blogging and social media that slays. I’ve been supporting myself financially on my blog since I started in 2006. Yes, that’s ELEVEN YEARS. Talk about business sustainability – I will show you exactly how I did it and how I stay relevant in this ever-changing marketplace year after year. NO SECRETS. Come, learn from me.

Have a blog? Want to start a blog? Have a business you want to promote? Do you need help figuring out how to do something with all of the great fans you’ve amassed? Do you feel stale and in need of inspiration and brand new ways to work online?

This class WILL be a game changer for you.

I will solely teach this class and I will dedicate all of my time and attention for three weeks to ONLY you. This means that you will have direct access daily to talk to me online (except on the weekends) to answer your questions. You can even chat live once weekly with me in our mentor chat and ask any question you’d like and I’ll answer it. One or ten, I’ll answer them all.

This class will be like none before it because we are keeping it small and I’m not scheduling any other work or projects for the full duration so this class is the ONLY thing on my mind which frees me up to shoot above and beyond for my students.

It’s also for all levels but if you are a beginner, please note that we will not teach you HOW to set up a blog. So it’s a good idea to set one up first and then we will teach you what you need to know to get rolling with your blog. And for those of you already blogging, it’s time to up your game!

For more information, click here and SIGN UP because I’m only allowing 50 more students into the class and then that’s it – I’m closing registration. I won’t be doing another class like this until late Fall/early winter this year, so if you want it, come and get it!!!!

REGISTER HERE

Take Your Blog & Business to the Next Level e-course
Love,
Holly

(Top photo: Toni Vinther, bottom row all by Holly Becker except 2nd from left, by Martin Wehrmann)






Trends

Interiors Trend: Minimalistic, Mobile, Modular, Flexible

February 14, 2017

Hey everyone! Wooo hooo! I’m back home now after spending a jam-packed weekend in Frankfurt attending the Ambiente as a special guest. It was a stellar time and I was able to meet so many great companies and designers who really take pride in their work. One such company is Chihong from Taiwan. Chuang Chi-Hong studied Industrial Design and is the owner of this brand; he is very imaginative and loves to pull up memories and then, use them to inspire his design work in a special way. Function is important to him but so is the need to give his work a personality and story to create an emotional bond between the person and the product.

Interiors Trend: Minimalistic, Mobile, Modular, Flexible

Some really obvious trends in the world of interiors right now are mobility, modularity, flexibility and definitely minimalism. Less is more. Furniture that can be moved around in the same room to serve several functions. Bookcases that allow you to configure (and change them) as your needs change. Modular sofas that can be moved easily for a film night with a family or to throw a cocktail party or a slumber party for the kids. Built-in furniture is not such a focus, most find it challenging because it doesn’t allow for change and today many people are really looking for flexibility – things that can be conveniently relocated to other rooms or even other homes if you decide to move. I saw so many examples of this at the fair, some obvious and some, less so. I like the flexibility and minimalist approach to the chihong collection. You can use a lot of the products as intended or in a new way, your imagination is the limit.

Interiors Trend: Minimalistic, Mobile, Modular, Flexible
Interiors Trend: Minimalistic, Mobile, Modular, Flexible
Interiors Trend: Minimalistic, Mobile, Modular, Flexible
Interiors Trend: Minimalistic, Mobile, Modular, Flexible
Interiors Trend: Minimalistic, Mobile, Modular, Flexible
Interiors Trend: Minimalistic, Mobile, Modular, Flexible
Interiors Trend: Minimalistic, Mobile, Modular, Flexible
Interiors Trend: Minimalistic, Mobile, Modular, Flexible
Interiors Trend: Minimalistic, Mobile, Modular, Flexible

I really loved the chihong collection, including their color palette of Gray, Black, Pink, Dark Blue and Mint green, so I’m introducing it here for you to enjoy. You can see more examples of their work here on their website.

(images: chihong)






Events + Markets

5 Eye-Catching Black + White Party Ideas

February 8, 2017

Hello friends, I had a most lovely book party in Hannover before Christmas when I launched Decorate For a Party (or in German, the book is called Feierlaune) in the city where I live with my friends and family whom I love so much. A bonus was that my little boy Aidan Benjamin, who turns 3 tomorrow, was there with me watching mama talk about my book and showing how to create a beautiful party scene using only black and white. There I am below with my little one looking on…

5 Eye-Catching Black + White Party Ideas

I love my son so much and to be “working” with him like this and to have him share in the festivities of my book party gave me no greater joy – in fact, this was such a special time for me to have him there. When I was styling the black and white gift giving party in my book, he was running around the room with me and Holly Marder (the photographer) along with Pamuk and Tinna, and he was so much younger! That was back in September 2014 when he was 19 months old. In this photo above he is already out of the toddler years and is a genuine little boy. The thing is, as he grows and works alongside of me as I produce my books and then, do book parties, I observe his growth and his maturity, how he went from not talking on the photoshoot to now, never being quiet and speaking in two languages fluently!

I’ve launched 4 books and have been to over 40 locations in North America and Europe since my first book came out years back… But never with him until now. He loved the cake pops and enjoyed meeting everyone and in the end, he did great being in a shop with nearly 100% ceramics and glass -he didn’t break a single thing. Good boy! I was so proud and I’m happy I got to finally have a book party in Hannover with him with me –  this is something I’ll never, ever forget.

5 Eye-Catching Black + White Party Ideas

I was so honored to take Decorate For a Party to London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Hamburg, Hannover, Zurich, and even the imm in Cologne where it was proudly on display in my stand. And Leslie launched the book in Victoria, British Columbia. This weekend, I’ll bring the book to Frankfurt to share at the Ambiente Fair in a video that they’ll put on their Facebook page. Book #4 gave me some great adventures and now I’m finalizing the concept for book 5, which I will write as the sole author, and it will release end of 2018 or Spring 2019. It’s going to be something very different from what you’d imagine and I’m breaking the “Decorate” series now so no more “Decorate…” books for the time being. I have decided to take a risk and try something very new. Let’s see what you will think!

5 Eye-Catching Black + White Party Ideas

5 Eye-Catching Black + White Party Ideas

Anke taking a photo for Instagram

5 Eye-Catching Black + White Party Ideas

I’m very happy here to receive flowers styled by local florist Sonja Klein.

5 Eye-Catching Black + White Party Ideas

Now I’ll give you 5 black and white party styling ideas, particularly for the winter months (like RIGHT NOW!). Ready for some tips?

  1. PATTERN MIX. Black and white can go super clinical or super minimalist and modern – not so much playful or fun, right? But if you mix and match patterns you can definitely insert the fun factor. I’ve chosen linens and ceramics from Marimekko and made hostess gift boxes for each plate which double as a place card since everyone has their name on a box. The boxes were simple white boxes but I used black washi tape to create a “ribbon” and black dot stickers from the stationery aisle in the local drug store to add a pattern.
  2. NO TABLECLOTH. I like the way a table can look without a table cloth, especially if you have a beautiful wood or simple white table. For a black and white party, especially if you have a white table, use a patterned runner to warm up the table with fabric and leave the rest bare for a more modern Scandinavian look.
  3. CHINESE TAKE AWAY BOXES. I love these boxes, you can get them everywhere it seems lately and the solid white without any writing are the ones I go for. I like to fill them with nuts, candy and crackers. You can embellish with black washi tape or just leave them plain.
  4. SPRIGS OF GREEN. Every black and white party needs a natural element to warm it up. Because it’s from nature, the color of it doesn’t disrupt the flow of your monochromatic scheme. Add sprigs of pine to clear glasses vases (or in this case Finnish champagne glasses) or add other greens like Eucalyptus or potted plants. The key is to use only one type of green down the table center so that it creates interest without becoming a focal point or cheap looking.
  5. NO PLACEMATS. I like placemats but honestly, it’s refreshing to drop them every once in awhile. Use large patterned napkins or solid black to give your plate something to rest against until guests take their seats.

5 Eye-Catching Black + White Party Ideas

5 Eye-Catching Black + White Party Ideas

Here I am receiving so much warmth and love from my dear friend Dietlind Wolf.

5 Eye-Catching Black + White Party Ideas

I had to create a place setting for my little boy!

5 Eye-Catching Black + White Party Ideas

5 Eye-Catching Black + White Party Ideas

5 Eye-Catching Black + White Party Ideas

I made Finnish himmeli and hung them in the shop window using birch-patterned straws. The DIY project is in the book!

5 Eye-Catching Black + White Party Ideas

Thank you to beautiful Eghlima Kiaei from Mundus for your bright and energetic spirit and your delicious cakes and cake pops – we love what you do and appreciate so much all you did to make this party so nice for us! Also many, many thanks to Hannover-based Photographer Martin Wehrmann for these lovely photographs and your happy nature and big smile. With special thanks to Imke Isermann at Kukkamari for allowing us to use this beautiful space for the afternoon. Finally, thank you to our German publishers, Random House/DVA, for giving Feierlaune to German-speaking Europe!

Oh and of course, thanks to everyone who came to celebrate with us (Anke, Gabi, Kerstin, Esra, Annette, Claudia, Kristina, Sean, Guru, Dietlind, Gundi, Anna, Sonja, Mary, Tinna, Sara, Emma, Jan + Wiebke, Berit + Heiko) and so many others for making this event so meaningful to me.

Love,

Holly






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