I am so excited to review Holly Becker's new book Decorate Workshop: Design and Style Your Space in 8 Creative Steps as part of her blog tour! Holly barely needs an introduction but if you have been living under a design-free rock for a while, she is the author of Decorate as well as the woman behind the awesome blog Decor8. She's an incredibly talented designer and stylist, with a knack for creating personal and unpretentious spaces, she has a great eye and intuition for design and she might be one of the sweetest blog "superstars" I've had the pleasure of meeting. This is also the second book Holly has worked on with the uber-talented photographer Debi Treloar. Debi makes each space feel inviting and warm, equallay aspirational and approachable. Not a small feat!
While Decorate was pure eye candy, Decorate Workshop takes it one step further and helps you get in touch with your inner Dorothy Draper through creative exercises and prompts. It's an incredibly fun book, teaching you how to channel everything from your favorite foods and films into fodder for design projects in your home. Imagine being able to tackle any design project through 8 simple steps!
What a gorgeous mood board! Expect lots more where these came from in this book!
Holly shows how she decorated her own home. Holly, if you ever get tired of this rug, I could always take it off your hands for you. Just sayin'.
This spread above was one of my favorites. On the left is the home of James Leland Day, a home that Holly visited while shooting the book. Holly was so inpired by Day's home that she decided to gather a collection of objects, fabrics, and trims inspired by the look of his living room. Holly suggests trying out this activity with a tear or image that you love to get comfy with print and color and let me tell you, it is an amazing way to get the creative juices flowing! I decided to try one of my own.
I picked a tear from an old issue of Domino and then set about the house grabbing this and that. The process was incredibly eye-opening. Often, we pull tears from magazines on instinct. We dont think too hard about it, it's just an image we like for one reason or another, right? Bt, when you start to analyze an image, you see so much more. I immediately found an old tin that came close to the color of the dining room walls in the tear and then a piece of warm wood to represent the large table. Then I pulled a bunch of fabrics and paper, trying to get that "just right" mix of feminine and modern that I love in the photo. I had my blues and greens, but there was something missing. That little tiny pop from the yellow and pink flowers! It's a small but crucial element.
So thank Holly for teaching this old gal a new trick! It was so much fun to read this book and I already bought a couple of extra copies for holiday gifts!
To check out the rest of the lovely bloggers on Holly's tour, head over to Chronicle Books.
It's a strange thing to spend a lot of your days researching trends and inspiration. That sounds like the biggest humblebrag on earth but really it's hard to just stay present and in the moment. Case in point: here I am smack in my favorite season, the weather is getting cool and I can wear boots again (yes!) but I'm looking at Spring runway shows. So far one of my favorites is Erdem, who showed sheer layers over neon florals, married patchwork python with delicate lace all in pretty ladylike shapes. What a marvelous confection of fashion!
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all images from NY Mag, who has updated their show coverage formats- love it!
Pom-pons and paillettes and fur, oh my! Photographer Alexander Neumann shoots model Han Hye Jin in Cusco, Peru for Vogue Korea. This spread, styled by Aeri Yun, is everything I love about editorials. via Fashion Gone Rogue