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Decorate by Holly Becker & Joanna Copestick

This morning I would like to share a book that is special to me…Decorate by Holly Becker, founder of decor8, and Joanna Copestick. Decorate is an inspiring decorating book on its own, made even more inspiring to me personally because decor8 was the very first blog I started reading daily, more than six years ago! That is what I find so meaningful about this book – the way in which as decor8 readers we can truly feel that we played a small part in bringing this book to life, if only by following along on Holly’s journey each step of the way. I did a fun little Q&A with Holly when she was preparing for the release of her book in the UK, you can read that interview here. But moving on, let’s take a peek into the book itself, shall we?

In researching and writing this book, Holly traveled with coauthor Joanna Copestick and photographer Debi Treloar around the world, shooting and reporting on inspiring homes. She also spoke with some of the most creative and talented designers and design bloggers currently working to come up with the decorating tips she shares in the pages of Decorate. And you know what? It’s funny, but out of all of the well-known designer homes featured in the book, my very favorite space is Leslie Shewring’s home and studio in southern California.

I first “met” Leslie during the first session of Blogging Your Way, the creative e-course that Leslie now teaches alongside Holly, and I have been inspired by her ever since! She has the most amazing eye for color, she is such a talented photographer and stylist and a sweet person to boot. I loved getting to see inside her home (her daughter’s room is pictured above and below), it felt like a real treat!

Of course there are many other things to love about the book, from a how-to on making furniture plans and the best tip for painting white floors (buy hard-wearing deck paint from a nautical supply shop!), to tips on creating mood boards and uncovering your personal style, along with ideas for every room in the house. Published by Chronicle Books here in the US and available on Amazon, Decorate was also published in the UK and translated into German, so if you live abroad you are not out of luck!

Leslie Shewring’s creative studio

I hope you found yourself inspired by this little peek into Holly’s book, and if you are looking for even more check out the blog tour schedule on Chronicle Books – I am not a part of it, just adding my two cents :)

Happy Monday, friends! xo Laura

(all images of Decorate for this post taken by me, Laura Gaskill :) )

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  • imene July 11, 2011, 10:25 am

    Such a lovely book. I am always looking for decoration inspiration and i love her blog. I will take a look at the book.

    • Lolalina July 11, 2011, 4:11 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, imene :) I think you will really like the book! xo Laura

  • leslie July 11, 2011, 1:47 pm

    Hi Laura,
    I am so thrilled you liked my home!
    It was a real honor to be included in the book alongside all those fabulous places!!!

    • Lolalina July 11, 2011, 4:14 pm

      Thank you Leslie! Your daughter’s room is just so warm and lovely and full of creativity…I love every inch of it! Your idea to create the daybed area with end-to-end twin beds is absolute genius, too (as I mentioned to you on twitter!) – I am so stealing this idea when Bixby gets big enough. It would be perfect for having friends over, as you said, and also just a comfy place to lounge. xo Laura

  • Desha July 11, 2011, 7:59 pm

    Nice review Laura, I have the Book, too and was in the last section of BYW.
    Cute blog you have!

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