Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Review: Decorate Workshop by Holly Becker

I'm back in action lovelies after a beautiful long weekend in Melbourne and thought I would do a follow up post to my interview with Holly Becker. So I decided to review her second book....Decorate Workshop. As you would have read she has a new book coming out this year so can't wait to get my hands on that one. But first things first right.
I have read several interiors books, one of my favourite things to do, however I have never come across a book that actually encourages you to jot down your ideas and runs you through the whole decorating process from hatching your first ideas and recording them to making them happen. If you are starting out and are not really sure what to do first this is such a fantastic book to have in your hot little hands.
The book is broken into 8 steps as follows:

1. Seek Inspiration
2. Find your personal style
3. Identify your Project
4. Prep your space
5. Draw up your space
6. Translate your ideas
7. Finalise your Scheme
8. Happy Decorating
Each step is such a detailed guide helping you thoroughly work out you plan and implement it with a lot of fun. The pages are so colourful and inspiring and she even includes some artwork for you to put up on your wall as some inspirational decor.
Holly has really done her research when creating this book, she travelled the world to find the most creative spaces to share with her readers and the photography is sensational. She teamed up with Debi Treloar again who always does such a fantastic job.
Mood and Inspiration boards are some of my favourite things, I am in the process of creating a mood board for our next home and I just love the idea of inspiration being right in front of me every day. Holly talks about mood boards in great detail in step 6, Translate Your Ideas and even shows you some of her own mood and inspiration boards, so fun and bright. I love one of the tips she includes in the book, she creates a new pin board every month with anything and everything that inspires her at the time. Just before she packs it away to get ready for the next month of inspiration she takes a photograph and catalogues it so she can look back on it whenever she likes to see what was inspiring her at the time. Such a great idea, I will definitely be adding an inspirational pin board to my home, cannot wait to share them with you.
I am currently looking for my next home to renovate and will certainly have this book ready to go, I have already started making notes.  It feels incredibly uncomfortable writing in a book like this but it means that all of your ideas and requirements are in the one place. Its a notebook specifically designed for your next decorating project. I have to add I have been using a pencil so I can make sure to erase it once the project is complete, therefore.....book back to perfect condition!
Are you working on a decorating project of your own? I would love to hear all about it and see photos and share it with my readers so please send it through and make sure you grab one of these books for yourself, such a great book to have on hand when your really not sure what to do next! Here is a link for you to grab the book just to make it easier for you, Decorate Workshop.....ENJOY!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Interview: Holly Becker from Decor8

I am so super excited to be sharing this post with you today, it is probably the most exciting one I have done so far! If you haven't heard of Holly Becker and Decor8 you are missing out! Holly Becker is not only the Founder and Editor of one of the most popular interiors blogs on the internet, www.decor8blog.com but she is also an Author of two fantastic books with her third due for release in the coming months. You will have already seen my review of her first book Decorate, which you can find here, my review of her next book Decorate Workshop is on its way shortly. Holly is also a Stylist who has worked on many fantastic interiors across the globe and on top of all of that she also is the founder and teacher of her e-course Blogging Your Way which can be found at www.decor8ecourses.com.
I recently had the pleasure of participating in her most recent Blogging Your Way e-course which was just so fantastic and informative that I can't wait to do the next one. Once of the brilliant lessons in this course was all about having self confidence and putting yourself out there. If you don't take risks you may not succeed. In the spirit of this I decided to put myself out there and try and contact Holly herself to do a small interview with her. Not in a million years did I expect her to respond let alone agree to participate but she did.......so as you can see........super excited!  Please read on to see my mini interview with Holly Becker. 
What made you decide to become a blogger so many years ago?
In 2005, I wanted to share my passion for interiors and at that time, I was working as an interior designer with clients and thought it would be an interesting way for me to connect with them as well as to potentially reach new ones. I also had hoped authoring a blog would get me in front of magazine editors because I wanted to also write about decorating because I’ve always loved to write and felt that I had a voice to lend that would perhaps be a fresh, less stuffy approach to interiors. Back then, I felt interior design needed to be more fun and approachable – I hoped to bring that spirit to decorating and I feel today that I accomplished that through both my blog and books which makes me very happy. It’s a good feeling to accomplish what you set out to do!

What are some of your influences and motivations that help you with your blog?
I’ve always been creative and was inspired early on by my mother and aunt because both were highly imaginative and creative and encouraged me as a child to cultivate my creative side. My mother was trained as a floral designer and my aunt was an art teacher and fine art painter. Today, I find inspiration through my readers and students, books and magazines, travelling and long walks in the forest behind our home.

Your books are just amazing, what was the best part of writing them?
The entire process is both exhilarating and exhausting! It’s fun to put my stamp on something and to work with my team in London to compose a body of work that is personal and special to me, but also that speaks to others in a way that is approachable and encourages creativity at home. 

You have travelled the world for your blog and books, is there one location that stands out as the most creative and inspiring?
There are two -- LA and London. In LA, I feel like there is a wonderful, buzzing community of bloggers but beyond that, the weather is so beautiful and bright and I love the fresh food there as well as the mountains and ocean – I also like the energy and that the overall mood is very laid back but also very driven – which is exactly how I would describe my personality. On the flipside, I’m also inspired by London. I love the shopping, the people, fashion, interiors, the lifestyle overall, architecture, the restaurants and museums, the rich culture, the countryside… It’s a very dynamic place so you can never get bored. I also enjoy having four seasons and find autumn in London so inspiring. London is a fantastic mix of culture and life – you can travel the world in one city.

What inspired you to start Blogging Your Way?
Between 2006 and 2009, I received hundreds of emails from all over the world from those who had seen my success as a blogger and wanted to learn how to do it. I devoted hours each week answering questions via email, which my husband observed, so he encouraged me to think of a new way to reach people other than email. I instantly thought about doing an e-course on blogging since no other blogging e-courses existed at that time and the whole concept of online learning was still in its infancy. My first blogging e-course launched in April 2009 – nearly 5 years ago and to date, Blogging Your Way has taught nearly 8,000 students. It’s very hard work, I have a team who helps me behind-the-scenes and my husband has become my business manager since I could never do it on my own. We also have amazing co-teachers, fellow professional bloggers, who work with me on each class. It’s rewarding and fun because both our co-teachers and students are so talented and passionate about blogging – they excite me and continuously refuel my own passion for writing online. 

I always like to ask what was the most recent purchase for your home? 
The Z1 Cotton lamp by Nelson Sepuvelda from Bodie and Fou. (link: http://www.bodieandfou.com/products/z1-cotton-lamp-by-nelson-sepuvelda). 

What can we expect from Holly Becker and decor8 next?
I’m having a baby any day now, our first child, so you can expect a few posts on my blog about decorating and shopping for little ones now and then; though my blog focus will not shift – I’m still dedicated to blogging about interiors and creative living topics. I also have a third book due to release this spring, Decorate With Flowers, in which I’ve teamed up with co-author Leslie Shewring, and together we’ve pulled together a book that marries non-fussy floral arranging with styling at home. It’s the first of its kind on the market, so I’m excited! In May, I’ll be in London to launch Decorate With Flowers and I plan to teach a styling workshop then, too. I’ll also be teaching another e-course in April/May for 4 weeks!

And lastly do you have any advice to help other people succeed in the blogging industry?
Blogging should make your life more exciting – use it as a catalyst to create your best life – that is my motto… Let blogging drive you to try new things, travel, explore your own city, take new classes, reach a little higher – the more interesting your life is to you, the more your readers will be interested because you’ll be sharing your adventures on your blog - passion and joy are contagious!

Holly Becker is one of the reasons I decided to start blogging in the first place, she is so inspiring and motivating. Not only do I check her blog everyday for a new post but I have loved reading her books and cannot wait for her next one to come out. Make sure you head over to her website to fall in love yourself. Here are a few pics of her beautiful home styling for some of your own inspiration.








Photos provided by Holly Becker and decor8

Thursday, January 16, 2014

I wish I was here.....

I hope you are all surviving this major heat wave in Melbourne, forecast to reach 44 degrees today. Each time I step out my front door it's like a wall of scorching heat blocking my way, I can't believe how hot it is! My poor, not so great, air conditioner has been struggling to keep up for the passed few days and I am yet to turn it off. I know ...bad for the environment, but with my 5 month old little girl around I am doing my best to keep her as cool as possible.

All I keep thinking about in this heat is where I would rather be than locked in a dark house trying to keep cool, I don't know about you but this looks pretty spectacular to me.....
To help keep myself thinking cool I have been checking out some amazing pools around the world. I only wish I had one of these buried in my super small backyard, or front yard if it's the only place it would fit....i'm flexible! Here are just a few of the awe inspiring pools I found.....just to make you all jealous!
I don't see why I couldn't do one of these in my dream home!
Just to add a bit of WOW into your day!!
We are almost through our hot week from hell so I hope you are all keeping cool and drinking lots of water...see you on the other end of the heat wave!

xox Kim

Friday, January 10, 2014

Organised Christmas Decorations

I finally got around to organising my Christmas decorations, I know I know its the middle of January but at least now they are organised and ready for next year. To show you what I was dealing with here is my before photo......please don't judge!
My fairy lights were bundled and thrown in a plastic bag with their original but very torn box, I had thrown all of my decorations including baubles and tinsel in a box that was severely overflowing and everything, and I mean everything, was tangled! The colours were mixed up and the chaos was killing me! I used to decorate my tree with red and gold decorations but that changed to red and white, however my tree now features an assortment of red and silver decorations with a few gift baubles thrown in to add extra colour. Chaos is a understatement!

After rummaging around my house to see what I could find here is what I came up with....
I found some old plastic shoe boxes that I was no longer using, and separated my current decorations by colour. I included the baubles and the tinsel in the boxes so they would all stay together. One thing you can't see is that I rolled the tinsel up on a left over cardboard roll from my used wrapping paper. Always a good idea to reuse what you already have....saves money and there are some really great ways to jazz up your old stuff. The shoe boxes even have a great little handle to help carry them around.
With my leftover decorations that I rarely use I put them back in the original box. I separated the colours with some small pieces of cardboard. I really should have decorated them a little bit better but you get the idea. Simple and easy to do.
Now for the fairy lights. I have two tangled bundles, exterior and interior. I needed to separate them from each other and create an easy system so they would not get all tangle and frustrating. I grabbed some of the leftover cardboard from some of our Christmas presents, cut it into two smaller pieces and there you go. After around an hour spent untangling the lights I rolled them around the cardboard and voila......tangle free for next year.
To go the extra mile I dug out my fabulous label maker and labeled the lights Exterior or Interior. I even cut a small hole in the cardboard to thread each end of the lights through so I had a beginning and an end. 
All of this organising only took me around 10 minutes (that is after the initial hour of untangling!) and was absolutely free. I know I will be pleased with myself when next Christmas rolls around and all of my decorations are easy to access and tangle free! Hope your decorations are organised perfectly. If you have any other ideas please feel free to share.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Colour of the Month.....RED!!

Welcome to our very first colour of the month post. I will publish a colour of the month post close to the start of each month and show you some amazing homewares and interior styles incorporating that colour. For this month, being the month with the biggest sales, and also the closing down of the Christmas period I thought it would only be fitting to start the year with the colour of excitement....RED!!!
The colour red is seen all over interior and homewares and has become a lot more popular in the last 5 years. I love it so much that my kitchen has red accents all through it. Red in a kitchen is such a great colour as it encourages appetites. Red evokes emotions and is widely known as a sign of love and romance. In saying that, not a great colour to paint your bedroom in, will keep you awake all night!

Here are a few homeware items that I have seen lately that I absolutely love!

Fashion is also a great lover of the colour red!
There are so many amazing red lip colours on the market at the moment and of course the little red dress. It is becoming a staple in every girls wardrobe hanging right next to their LBD. I have a few projects that I have been working on incorporating the colour red as well....have you? I will be sure to share them with you very soon!

Please share any of your favourite red items with us, whether it is a favourite cushion or throw, or clothing item. I love to see what everyone else does with this amazing colour so please share. I am also starting a hashtag party on instagram for #cotmred so please join in!





Friday, January 3, 2014

Exciting Times Ahead

I know it's a bit late but I would like to start my very much anticipated 2014 with you all by saying...
I apologise for the lack of action on my website and social media lately, after an extremely busy and fun filled Christmas my husband and I decided it was time to take a break, get away for a few days and get in some relaxation time before we get started in 2014. We disappeared, and I really mean disappeared.....no phone service.... to an amazing house in Warratah Bay in Victoria. Country meets the beach is the only way to explain it. We were waking up to cows in the paddocks and then heading out for a fish, well that's what my husband did! But the time away from home, even though it was only short, was just perfect and much needed after a big year in 2013.

For some reason when I am away from home and away from my computer I always think of some amazing ideas and new ways to be creative. So as you can imagine I am so excited about our time ahead together, I am going to be spending more time on my blog this year and hopefully will be sharing all of my amazing ideas with you in the coming months.

Because I'm too excited I just have to give you a sneak peak at a few of the new categories for my blog. Firstly, the new Colour of Month category. Each month will be a new colour and I'll be sharing some amazing homewares and decor in the colour of the month. I'm hoping to even tackle a few projects around my home that I'm sure I can tie in with the colour of the month. I would absolutely love it if you could all share a few of your projects as well, especially if they tie in with our colour choice!!!
My mind has been buzzing lately with a heap of DIY ideas that I simply can't wait to get started on. I'm hoping to get at least one DIY post up per month and I'm so excited to start on my first project!

But first I have recently found a few new blogs that I absolutely adore, one of my favourites is iHeart Organising. The beautiful writer of the blog Jen, has given me some amazing ideas on how to organise my home. I consider myself to be a bit of an organising freak but have always seen my home as a stepping stone to get to our dream home so have never really spent the time. Well that is about to change!  My first organising job will be my Christmas Decorations, they are an absolute mess and I normally just throw them into storage and forget about them until next year. Then on December 1st the following year I curse at my laziness and get so cranky as I untangle the fairy lights. Not any more I say!!! Not any more! Here are a few of the ideas I'm working through but I will be sure to share it with you when I'm finished.
I hope all of my lovely readers had a fantastic Christmas and New Year and are as excited about 2014 as I am. Enjoy your weekend, we shall meet again next week.

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