Friday, July 21st, 2006

Fantastic Design Blog


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Yeah, I have to admit it, it kicks this ones a**.  Here’s how I found it… 

Tonight I was feeding my insatiable Project Runway obsession and I found myself at Amber Nussbaum’s blog.  You may remember Amber from our Customer Profile a few months back.  Amber was talking about Project Runway and someone named Holly from somewhere called decor8 had commented. 

From there I found myself linking over to decor8.  decor8 was created by Holly Becker, a worldly interior designer and writer. It’s a "design blog showcasing fresh finds, from sofas to stationery. updated daily." I found it to be full of great picks from catalogs and shops, designer interviews, store reviews, and she seems to share my obsession with Project Runway(I won’t force my own PR opinions on you here as I don’t know if I can really stretch  the realm of this blog over to reality TV fashion drama, so I’ll spare you the manifesto I’d love to write every Thursday morning).  Oh, back to decor8 – One of the many super-duper features is the guide to brick-and-mortar stores that she lists for cities all over the world. Anyway, I TOTALLY dig decor8 as my new favorite fantastic blog and I know I am going to find myself over there all the time when I should be working.  Or sleeping.  Like right now.  I’ll just go look at it for five more minutes…  

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Hi, I'm Becky. I live in Atlanta. Besides acting as the Editorial Director here on Hatch, you can find me talking design over at Houzz. Make me happy — leave a comment!

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Hi, I'm Becky. I live in Atlanta. Besides acting as the Editorial Director here on Hatch, you can find me talking design over at Houzz. Make me happy — leave a comment!



  1. Jaime - Design Milk says:

    July 22nd, 2006 at 8:14 pm (#)

    Holly rules! I read her every day.

  2. Brent says:

    July 24th, 2006 at 10:14 am (#)

    I don’t know who I love more, Holly or Design Public? On one hand Holly is super sexy, has great taste, and knows how to “work it.” Where as, Design Public offers free shipping on orders over $100 and doesn’t charge sales tax to Minnesota. I am so conflicted…

  3. Becky says:

    July 24th, 2006 at 10:46 am (#)

    Jaime, you’re not too shabby yourself – I love your blog too!


  4. joy says:

    July 24th, 2006 at 1:08 pm (#)

    yay for holly! she always finds so many great things!

  5. Becky says:

    July 24th, 2006 at 3:36 pm (#)

    I know – I don’t know how she comes up with so much all the time – I am in awe!


  6. John Trosko says:

    July 25th, 2006 at 12:12 pm (#)

    Holly’s Decor8 is amazing. The dedication and thought she puts into that site is incredible! As a Professional Organizer, I love her in-depth articles. There is always something for me to look at. While I don’t always love every story, or product, I know I can go to her for quaity writing. If I lived in Boston I’d be hiring her in a second! – John

  7. Carrie says:

    July 25th, 2006 at 1:00 pm (#)

    I don’t know, I’m not a big fan. It seems like a big ad for her and her writing, I wish blogs would stop promoting themselves so much. There’s even a big drawn out bio for her. I just want to hear about products, not the blogger.


  8. decor8 Holly says:

    July 25th, 2006 at 1:28 pm (#)

    Hi Carrie,

    Thanks for being so honest about how you feel. I don’t know who you are, but if you’d like, email me offline and we can chat. 🙂 T

    Things can always appear certain ways when you don’t know a person.

    I hope you’ll email me, and give me a chance!


  9. Becky says:

    July 25th, 2006 at 1:35 pm (#)

    Carrie, to each her own. Personally, I like to know about the blogger. I feel like I am there to look at their taste, and I like to know where the taste is coming from, other interests, sources, inspirations that informs that bloggers taste. I generally think of blogs as a form of a journal, and this one as Holly’s personal design journal. So sorry for deleting your direct comment – that was a total accident. I don’t want you to think that I go around deleting everything that’s contrary to my own opinions. Different perspectives make for a much more interesting conversation. Becky

  10. John Trosko says:

    July 25th, 2006 at 2:15 pm (#)

    Oh dear, Carrie, if you feel this way about Decor8, you should stay AWAY from my BLOG! Oh boy….

    The thing is, I utilize my Blog to educate potential clients. I am beginning to get oodles and oodles of opportunity from it. But it’s very topical and I probably talk TOO much about life in Los Angeles. This bores some people to death. The conversation is light… and mostly postive.

    I stopped reading a VERY popular blog because the readers were getting very negative about “their type of design.” I know, boo hoo for me for not being included in their mix, but Holly has managed to create a site that is open to all, and so much fun. Then, and now.

  11. Michelle Caplan says:

    July 25th, 2006 at 2:27 pm (#)

    Holly is an incredibly talented writer and a very loyal friend. She works very hard to be objective and fair on her site. I am so glad that she is able to maintain such a high standard with her articles and choices. decor8 is a huge source of inspiration to me as an artist and designer. It is full of wonderful images and finds, things I may have missed out on otherwise! Thank you Becky for giving decor8 a much deserved shout out!

  12. Becky says:

    July 25th, 2006 at 3:11 pm (#)

    John, do I ever need you. I am just beginning to embark on the Office Organization project. I was thinking about blogging about it here, but I may do it elsewhere. The “before” pictures are completely appalling. I hit IKEA today looking for a system, but frankly, I don’t want to put together a gillion wooden boxes or carry all that crap on a cart down to my car. It was still a fun field trip.

    That “Get Organized” flickr group that Holly talks about at decor8 got me inspired. I started little, with a bathroom cabinet and a linen closet to get my feet wet. Your job must have a lot of funny stories about crazy packrats – where is your blog? I want to check it out!


  13. John Trosko says:

    July 25th, 2006 at 4:21 pm (#)

    Hi Becky,

    It’s weird how these threads spider off into strange subjects… my blog, which by now you’ve probably found, is called the “OrganizingLA Blog.” I am a Professional Organizer in Los Angeles. My site is designed to highlight productivity and lifestyle issues for So Cal. It’s less “crafty” and “do-it-yourself” only because I am not that. I believe that intelligent shopping and planning can augment your organizing only AFTER you’ve done the tough tasks of decluttering your space. I also believe in spending real money on quality products that will last. But not everything needs to be high-end and matchy-match. Because I live and work in LA, I talk a little about living here, and what that means for me, my friends and my clients. It’s a world down here unlike the rest. And I love it.

    Pardon me while I head back out the pool.

  14. holly allen says:

    July 25th, 2006 at 6:48 pm (#)

    there’s not a room in my home that hasn’t been influenced by the fabulous holly at decor8 … and now she’s introduced me to you! thanks yet again, holly!

    holly (the one in atlanta)

  15. Jaime says:

    July 26th, 2006 at 9:17 am (#)

    Thanks Becky! 🙂

  16. Anneliese says:

    July 26th, 2006 at 12:45 pm (#)

    I’m with Carrie. It’s fine to get to know a blogger but what I don’t like about sites like Decor8 and even sites like Apartment Therapy is the constant mention of their personal life and the services they offer and everything. They all seem to nip content from other sites and it all seems a little like a big mash up of sites that talk about the same thing. But I like that Hatch doesn’t seem to do that! I also wonder what part the advertising plays in Holly’s posts. It seems like there’s definitely a conflict of interest there in terms of who shows up in the ads and who ends up in the blog…

    Just my two cents,

  17. Michelle Caplan says:

    July 26th, 2006 at 5:59 pm (#)

    Wow, seems like Holly has struck a chord. I have personally been featured on her blog a couple of times and she has never once ask that I pay. In fact, she has refused to accept a discount on a commission, so I cant see her accepting pay for play. She is supportive and a champion for people who work hard to run their own businesses. Many people, including myself, have begun their own blogs after being insprired by Holly. There is nothing wrong with refering to ones own life, on ones own blog. It is her forum and you have the right not to read it if you dont like it. But you will be missing out!

    I’d love to check out Carrie and Anneliese’s blogs, to see what they consider to be effective blogging. It would be great to understand their points of view. I think it is a sham to leave negative feedback, and not stand behind it. Tsk tsk ladies. Take responsibility for your lashings.

  18. Becky says:

    July 26th, 2006 at 8:01 pm (#)

    I’m with you Michelle. Where is this blogger code of ethics written (I probably need to review it, as I am clueless as to what is kosher half the time, I just kinda do my thing and hope it’s right!).

    We are learning as we go. For instance, for one of our joint efforts with guest bloggers, we offered a token gift certificate. I noticed that the bloggers were very conscientious about disclosing that information, and it was an issue that had not crossed my mind – I thought of it as a “hey, thanks so much for writing a post for our site” – it was more of a thank you gift.

    Finally, if I don’t like something, I simply don’t read it. If I like it, I share it with everyone who reads this one. I should make it clear, I stumbled onto decor8 and read it for hours. I did not have any sort of marketing scheme in mind by mentioning her, and there was certainly no deal between us or even a “hey I’ll feature you if you feature me.” I just went ahead and featured it and then emailed Holly to let her know about it. In conversations with her since, I can tell that featuring things for self-promotion or to make money is NOT her style AT ALL. She’s just passionate about design and about the quality of her blog and her writing.

  19. decor8 Holly says:

    July 27th, 2006 at 12:14 pm (#)

    Dear Becky et al;

    Although this thread has taken many turns, I’m happy that you’ve mentioned me in your blog.

    My stance is this: If I don’t like a blog, I don’t read it. If I like a blog, I’m a loyal fan. I look at this through a very simplified lens perhaps, but that’s how I view it. The same goes for television, magazines, newspapers, etc. If it doesn’t interest me, I don’t care how many others are into it, I won’t buy.

    Everyone online seeks an experience, or else none of us would bother logging on each day. Whether that comes as validation, education, inspiration, motivation, advice, friends, to sell, to buy, to promote, it differs according to person.

    What someone may love about my blog, another person may have no interest in. That’s okay. I think we all have to accept that not everyone will like us. We can’t run after those who do not. We learn that in the early years of our life on the playground.

    Give quality time and deliver your best to those that are interested in you and in what you have to say. That’s what I try to do on my blog.

    Sure, I like to talk about my personal life now and then. Mostly pertaining to trips I’ve taken, will take, something interesting that I did over the weekend (antique shopping, Boston design stores I went to, etc.). I know it’s not good “web pr” to do that, books actually tell bloggers NOT to do it because they say no one really cares about us unless we are a well known personality. Maybe that’s true.

    But I think that if the world has come to that, let me off of this spinning ball of superficial existence. I will always keep it real on my blog. You’d be surprised to know how many people *do* actually appreciate my natural voice. I’m not in it to win it. This isn’t a popularity contest.

    Thanks again Becky for the mention!


  20. John Trosko says:

    July 27th, 2006 at 8:41 pm (#)

    Blogs by definition are CONVERSATIONS. And conversations are real. My local colleages can’t believe how much I share about myself or important techniques that lead to success, and self-discovery. Reading blogs or writing a blog is not for everyone.

    I do know what you are saying about too much personal crap is boring. I got it. There’s a fine line.

  21. Amber says:

    August 8th, 2006 at 11:51 am (#)

    Oh I just saw this. Pssst Becky, I’m trying not to post my last name everywhere anymore because I don’t want people to hunt me down and try to steal my adorable (yet mean) dog. Would you terribly mind editing this entry and just putting my first name?

    BTW Holly rules.

  22. Amber says:

    August 8th, 2006 at 11:54 am (#)

    Oh never mind, it’s on the customer profile too, and probably archived into Google forever. Who am I kidding? Haha.

  23. Kay Stoner says:

    August 23rd, 2006 at 11:49 am (#)

    Conflict of interest? If you’re a freelance writer, you know how hard it can be to make a living, and if there’s a product you really dig, and there’s a way for people to purchase it AND there’s a way for you to benefit from the purchase in some way (however small), I don’t see the problem. It’s all about supporting this otherwise free medium. Nothing comes for free. As far as I’m concerned, the ads and links and affiliate earnings from blogs help make this vibrant community economically viable. And it helps keep us alive and doing what we like, without having no other alternative than becoming either a starving artist or a wage slave.

    Long live ecommerce in the blogosphere!

  24. Becky says:

    September 5th, 2006 at 9:33 am (#)

    In some cases, it seems bloggers are being held to a much higher standard than print magazines! It’s somewhat confounding to me.

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