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Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Decorate Book Party and Review

Last Wednesday I had the pleasure of joining an small group of fellow journalists, writers and bloggers for an intimate private talk with Holly Becker, founder of the decor8 blog, to discuss her and Joanna Copestick's new book, Decorate. Holly spent the first thirty minutes talking candidly about her life experiences and how they had ultimately taken her full circle to the publishing of her first book. Questions from the room prompted more inspiring (and amusing!) tales from Holly, before we moved into Liberty's new Dining Room for a table demonstration. Joined by the ever-inspiring Leslie Shewring (who I was beyond excited to finally meet in person) from A Creative Mint, and Sania Pell, Holly talked to a packed out room about the creative and crafty ways they had created an original tabletop.

As for the book, well, it really is as good as you've no doubt been reading. No surprise given the calibure of talent involved in Decorate: Debi Treloar delivers inspired and original photography, whilst Holly and Joanna Copestick - author of more than ten books - provide relaxed, engaging and accessible copy. Plus, peppered throughout the book are quotes and ideas from designers and bloggers alike - it sure is fun to see names you recognise throughout the book! Split into four sections - Space Matters, Setting Your Style, Room By Room, Attention To Detail - Decorate chooses to focus on providing ideas, rather than focusing on a particular design aesthetic, making it exciting to read as eclectic styles await with every page turn. Published by Jacqui Small, Decorate is by far my favourite decorating book of the year. Have you read Decorate? What was your favourite feature of the book? Mine is the cosy and colourful dining space that I've shared below - I could move in right away!
Press event images, Bright.Bazaar | Table demo images are courtesy of Liberty | Book images are courtesy of Anna-MalinDecor8 | Jacqui Small

29 comments:

  1. Will, your posts are always amazing! It was a great afternoon. Love the photo you took of Holly's book, nicely styled!

    http://bodieandfou.blogspot.com/

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  2. How cool ! Sounds like a lot of fun.

    xxLily
    goldandgray.com

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  3. Sounds like such a fun event and how fab that you met Holly! I can't wait to read her book, it sounds utterly fantastic; definitely #1 on my wishlist xo

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  4. Hey, I think Holly was lucky to have met you! I'm sure it was a great event-looks fantastic. I have to get that book!

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  5. must have been a pretty fantastic day!

    nora
    www.norachou.blogspot.com
    www.twitter.com/norachou

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  6. So fun, Will! I definitely need to get my hands on a copy of Decorate. Was Holly as sweet as she seems?

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  7. Great recap Will!! The book is amazing and so is Holly!! Glad you had fun:)
    simplygrove.com

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  8. what an amazing time you must have had!! I need to get this immediately, the pics you've shown are so beautiful!

    xox
    Ash
    www.ashflynn.blogspot.com

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  9. Wow, it sounds fantastic Will! Thanks for the behind the scenes pics and info! Can't wait to get a copy!x

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  10. Lucky you!
    I haven't read the book yet but I will certainly buy it very soon!

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  11. Thank you, folks, it certainly was a very special afternoon.

    Karine - The Decorate book images were taken by Anna Malin and Holly herself - beautifully styled and perfectly shot. I love those blue hues.

    Kayla - She sure is. Very candid, warm and approachable. Her blogging 'voice' totally lines up with how she is in real life.

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  12. Great review! I so wish I could have gone to this. I have my fingers crossed Holly is going to announce a NYC event soon. =)

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  13. today's issue is fantastic! congratulations!

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  14. Picked up my copy on the weekend and am in LOVE! Love that rug in Jonathon Adler's dining space, the zinc dining table and chairs on pg 166 and StephanieRammeloo's converted schoolhouse workstation! Highly recommended read! Miss Walker xoxo

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  15. What a fun post!! I've seen you there and I knew it was you but there were so many people to talk to and so little time. I'm the owner of the "brilliant colour" kitchen. I should have come up to you and say Hi!

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  16. How fun! After reading your account of this book, I'm so curious...I need to get my hands on a copy of this!

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  17. beautiful post Will! I love how you can express what you see and live so beautifully!

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  18. Holly is such an inspiration and how amazing that you were able to participate in this event. Thanks for sharing with us! Have a super lovely day Will:-).

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  19. Very jealous! really wish I could have gone but was working :( so it was lovely to have someone like yourself working on the inside so we can all have a sneaky peek! I'm a fairly new reader to your blog and must say im loving it so far and wish i had known about it sooner! xox

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  20. The images from the book look great. I love the Girard upholstered chair, one of my favorite patterns.

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  21. I can't wait for the book to be available in stores. I've got my calendar marked!

    www.aliceindesignland.com

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  22. Will, you are fabulous. I loved meeting you -very exciting!!! I look forward to getting back to London and then hopefully we will have a little more time to chat :)
    xoxo

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  23. I love Holly's book! I got it a week or so ago and also did my own little review of it, which of course was just all gushing and sharing.

    I found your blog through Simply Grove, and only because you said "amazeballs," which my sister and her friends always say... ha ha! Loving your blog, though! So glad I found you!

    xox

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  24. So very thrilled for Holly it's just wonderful. Have ordered my copy and can't wait for it to arrive.

    Must have been so special to meet her in person :o)

    Keren
    xx

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  25. I believe, Holly, that the book is available in the US today. YAY!

    Thanks for the sneak peek, Mr. Bright Bazaar

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  26. I can't even express how jealous I am that you were able to go! Holly looks stunning and how amazing is that table? I need to get my hands on the book soon :)

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  27. It was nice meeting you at the Press Event. Her book is awesome and she is truly an inspiration. Now we just have to wait for your book. Cant wait!

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