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Holly Becker’s Decorate Book Tour

The Decorate book tour brought Holly Becker to Anthropologie in Chicago last night. I had interviewed Holly about her book a couple of weeks ago, and I was looking forward to meeting her.

She spoke about creating mood boards, offering tips for creating them and several compelling reasons to do so.

Holly was one of my earliest blogging friends and supporters, so it was a real pleasure to finally meet her!

I spoke briefly after Holly about the way that I use and create digital mood boards. I was also the Vanna to Holly’s Pat Sajak during the mood board portion. It was fun, and an honor to be a part of her book tour.

After we spoke, Holly invited the audience to create their own mood board using fabric swatches, wallpaper samples, buttons, images from magazines, and other lovely things.

Holly graciously signed copies of Decorate after the presentation was over, and then a small group of us went out for dinner in my fair Chicago.

Holly is as smart and sweet as I had imagined, and I’m happy to see so much success coming her way. Decorate is in its third printing already! If you haven’t yet picked up your copy, please do. It’s an amazing book by a dear friend.

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  • Rose
    August 24, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    I’ve got that dress in brown! I’ve been really happy with my Talbots clothes lately – well made and less frumpy than you’d think from the brand. Usually swap out the sash for a belt with it.

    • Making it Lovely
      August 24, 2011 at 8:39 pm

      I swap the sash for a belt sometimes too. I went to Talbots looking for something for my mom (and I did find something for her), but that dress (on clearance) came home with me.

  • Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    August 24, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Two of my favourite bloggers in one room – wish I was there! I just got my copy of Decorate and am devouring it slowly. Such great inspiration.

  • Mary
    August 24, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    I already had my copy. I just wish I could have gotten downtown to have Holly sign it.

  • Jessie
    August 24, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    It was so nice to meet *both* of you last night! You captured the event beautifully.

    • Making it Lovely
      August 24, 2011 at 8:41 pm

      Thanks. It was nice to meet you too!

  • cecilia
    August 24, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Nicole, I loved your interview of Holly – it brought so much insight into all of Holly’s hardwork and input to put together original, never-seen before spaces with such great advice from others in the design community. I really love your photos from the Chicago event. I attended just the book signing portion in Boston – but love to see the different mood boards and set-ups in the Anthropologie stores!

    • Making it Lovely
      August 24, 2011 at 8:43 pm

      Holly’s answers to the interview questions were amazing. There’s a lot to learn from her.

  • Miss B.
    August 24, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    We’re going on Friday, I so wish you could be there as well! Great photos, I can’t wait until we wait in line for YOUR book signing.


    Miss B.

    • Making it Lovely
      August 24, 2011 at 8:42 pm

      Some day.

      Enjoy Friday’s signing!

  • grace
    August 24, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    what mood boards do you use? i love how you can make it look like the room is already completed. i have used olioboard in the past, but it turns out more like a swatch board than anything. any suggestions would be appreciated.
    thanks!, grace

  • Kathryn
    August 25, 2011 at 1:50 am

    Great post. You both are huge inspirations to me. Wish I could have been there!

  • disorganized creativity
    August 25, 2011 at 3:45 am

    I asked my sister, who lives in San Diego, to buy the book for me. I can not wait to have it in my hands!

  • beckie
    August 30, 2011 at 11:18 am

    im definatley going to order this book, i need to learn a few things from her! living in a small home with three kids makes it hard to use the imagination lol. both of you are very talented women!truely an inspiration!

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