Monday, September 19, 2011

Visit with Decor8 founder Holly Becker

Holly Becker
Anthropologie hosted an in-store event with Holly Becker, the founder and editor of decor8.  I had been following the famous blog along with 45,000 other daily readers and enjoyed her interior design publishings as well as following her on Twitter.  So I went to her presentation on mood boards and got the chance to meet her in person.

Mood board
Mood boards are inspiration or concept boards for finding your personal style when decorating a room. Holly's guest bedroom mood board she created for us started with a beautiful textile she bought in Turkey.  It became the basis for coordinating colors, textures along with photos from magazines for inspiration. Holly emphasized that our homes need to reflect who we are.  Absolutely!  Take a look around your own home.  Does it tell the story of who you are?  This is your personal space to experiment and find what moves you.    

  I am inspired by the Arts & Crafts Movement in my art work and enjoy the look of past artisans like Stickley, architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and Wm. Morris but I don't want my interior designs to be recreations of styles 100 years ago, yet rather a new mix clean lines, earthy colors for a contemporary setting.

Holly was signing her book Decorate and took the time to talk to each of us.  I brought along a sample of my Roses fabric design I created and printed thru Spoonflower, a digital fabric printer.  I told her I intended to decorate with my fabric to personalize my home.  She took the swatch and started folding it and visualizing it as roman shades for a room.  Holly was warm, friendly and wished me luck.  I think observing her decorating tips in her book will help me loosen up to find ways to combine my fabric, prints and rugs in a contemporary way.  Thanks to Anthropologie for hosting a fun evening event!


  1. I really love your work, Cindy! I've been a "lurking" fan for awhile. =) Wasn't that a fabulous night?

  2. Shannon,
    I just read YOUR blog about the event and woah! You have a photo in the book and went out for dinner afterwards. Fantastic! I also checked out your photography on Etsy and love your compositions. I hope to meet you in person at a future art event.

  3. Thanks Cindy! I will keep a lookout for you. =)