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Decorate Blog Tour

If you’re looking to make the most of your home and create stylish interiors, follow along on the Decorate blog tour! This book is filled with over 1,000 professional tips, ideas, and solutions for every room and every budget. Today marks the launch of the book’s blog tour, and the web’s leading décor experts are posting about the book and its author, Holly Becker, founder of the hugely popular design blog Decor8.

Monday, June 27 – Oh Joy!
Tuesday, June 28 – The TomKat Studio
Wednesday, June 29 – Plush Palate
Thursday, June 30 – Bloesem
Friday, July 1 – Tulips & Flight Suits and Hooray

Monday, July 4 – Design Muse
Tuesday, July 5 – Automatism
Wednesday, July 6 – The Simply Luxurious Life
Thursday, July 7 – Papernstitch
Friday, July 8 – In Honor of Design

Monday, July 11 – Simply Grove & Haute Design
Tuesday, July 12 – Elements of Style
Wednesday, July 13 – Apartment 34 & Making it Lovely
Thursday, July14 – Mrs. Lilien
Friday, July 15 – Mint

Tell us your favorite DIY home décor tip in the comments section. We’ll randomly select a commenter on Monday, July 11 to win a copy of Holly Becker’s Decorate.

Lorraine Woodcheke
Lifestyle Publicist

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  • albee June 27, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Awesome line up! So many great blogs. I will be following along.

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  • Heidi June 28, 2011 at 8:08 am

    I'm all about soothing colors and layering textures. This book looks beautiful!

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  • Emily June 28, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Love the blog content and so excited to check out the book! Congrats!

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  • sera June 28, 2011 at 11:11 am

    don't be afraid to use color! I can't wait to see the book!

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  • Eliza June 28, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Seccond hand vases with different types of flowers… Always succesfull! My collection gets boffer and bigger.

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  • Kathleen June 28, 2011 at 11:16 am

    I love to plant an unexpected element. A metal praying mantis mixed in with the books, a ceramic mushroom among the houseplants. The fun is hunting for the treasures at street fairs and in my travels.

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  • Ruzu June 28, 2011 at 11:19 am

    What a great price :3 I found the blog decor8 one month a go, it is amazing place to get ideas and inspiration.

    My favorite DIY home decor tip is using vintage bottles for candles, like lamps and put in there food in the kitchen.

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  • Abby June 28, 2011 at 11:20 am

    My favorite tips that I *try* to decorate by are 1) Take your time and 2) Fill your home with things you love and it will come together.

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  • Beth S June 28, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Holly's decorating style is so fresh! I would love to own her new book!

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  • Iris June 28, 2011 at 11:30 am

    I believe a ladder always brings an interesting twist into a home. I even use my son's little Lego firetruck ladder in styling.

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  • G. June 28, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Using ship rope as the pulls for handles on drawers! Holly's book looks absolutely amazing – she is such a talent!

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  • Callie Barber June 28, 2011 at 11:36 am

    I am so excited about this book! The photographs look gorgeous and I can't wait to get some fresh ideas for my home!!!

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  • Andy Mathis June 28, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Would love a copy of the Holly's book.

    Favorite DIY tip? Starch will hold fabric to walls when one is living in a rental or such, and can't paint or put up wallpaper.

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  • Jen June 28, 2011 at 11:40 am

    looks great, will definitely be following along!

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  • Sarah R. June 28, 2011 at 11:40 am

    I would love to win a copy of this book. Then maybe I'll have some DIY tips!!

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  • All things nice... June 28, 2011 at 11:45 am

    My decor tip would have to be, add plenty of colour and lots of texture :) Love the new book :)

    All things nice…

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  • Kelly Kilmer June 28, 2011 at 11:46 am

    Decorate is absolutely gorgeous!

    I live in an apartment so I’m stuck with white walls. One of my favorite things to do is to hang (or stick) small pieces of art on my kitchen walls. I have art from friends on the outside and inside of my kitchen cabinets. It makes me smile to see art from friends and favorite artists whenever I’m in the kitchen. It also brightens up my walls!

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  • Anne M. June 28, 2011 at 11:48 am

    So excited about the Blog Tour! My favorite home decor trick is simply re-arranging and re-purposing your exiting furniture. A little paint or some accessories and you have a whole new space.

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  • Susan June 28, 2011 at 11:52 am

    I would love to win one of these books!
    Susan

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  • Samantha June 28, 2011 at 11:53 am

    It's all about using things and colors that I love in my house, and not worrying about what others think about it! :)

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  • Yee June 28, 2011 at 11:53 am

    I like combining a mixture of store bought items and handmade things. I'm currently working on a crochet throw for my sofa! :)

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  • sangeetha June 28, 2011 at 11:53 am

    My favorite tip: plan, plan and plan and then have plenty of patience!

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  • karlita borrego June 28, 2011 at 11:53 am

    I will follow it! excellent blogs! -spraying a glass vase inside to add some fun color..

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  • cola June 28, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Looks interesting. Can't wait to view a copy.

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  • Helen June 28, 2011 at 11:59 am

    I buy really cool sheets of wrapping paper and frame them. Change them every few months and create a cheap new look for only a few £!

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  • juli June 28, 2011 at 11:59 am

    i wish i had the book!!!
    it will help so much with the decoration of my fisrt home

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  • Naomi June 28, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Clutter is not your friend.

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  • DENISE. June 28, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    So many great blog to follow! Can't wait.

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  • raspberry essence June 28, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    this books it´s perfect, i would love to have one :)

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  • Michele Gallagher June 28, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    I LOVE the way Holly Decorated the lampshade at her book launch at Liberty of London. I have a lampshade wire frame and would like to try making one as good as Holly's, with all the fabric and leaves, the keys and ribbons. Loved that one :)

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  • Greta June 28, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Looking forward to visiting the blogs on this list! I put things that take my fancy (stamps!) in picture frames and place them in spots around the house where I can look at them frequently.

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  • alex wijnen June 28, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Oh, I can't wait to curl up on the couch with this book and get inspired! So many great ideas…

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  • Katy June 28, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Can't wait till she comes to SF for the book signing! yay for all the fun blogs.

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  • lindsay June 28, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    My husband may really dislike you all… but right now you're my dream come true! :)

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  • Judy June 28, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    I can't wait for this blog tour!

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  • nieves June 28, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Hey!i will have to ask for a day off at work to read them all! ;) can’t wait to discover new things!

    And i would actually love a copy of Decorate!!

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  • Edel Farrell June 28, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    The book looks awesome, I want :)

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  • Lotta June 28, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    I´m in, crossing my fingers really hard to win this amazing book!!

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  • Emily June 28, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    This book looks lovely. I would say my favorite DIY is painting rugs and crates as tables and storage. I'm all about DIY decorating!

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  • Amanda June 28, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    I love your blog, its inspiring, and I am so excited to see your book! :)

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  • MichelleGB June 28, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Sounds like a fun tour! I love to add a pop of color to refresh a room's look. Add something new to draw the eye and keep it interesting!

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  • Kim McM June 28, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    I can't wait to read your book. I have been a reader of your blog for about a year, or is it two?. Time flies so quickly. Anyway, when my favorite design magazines ceased to exist, I turned to the internet. And you filled the void quite well. Thank you for that. I quite liked your Liberty fabric lampshade makeover. Beautiful and charming. I would love, love, love to win this giveaway!

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  • Sally Waters June 28, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Love Holly's tip to sort your books by spine colour – it makes your bookshelves look amazing!

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  • Michael lassell June 28, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Wow, that is the same title as my Filipacchi Publising book. Plus the title copy is a nearly identical typeface and color! That strikes me as pretty lame or lazy at least.

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  • Kati June 28, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    What a great idea to tour along blogs – so everyone can anywhere participate :-) Wonderfull!

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  • Heather June 28, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    I like the idea of monochromatic rooms with lots of texture; it's a subtle way to draw your eye in. Best of luck with your book!

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  • Anne B. June 28, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    As they say, less is more. Pick a few favorite items that make you happy and find a good place for them so that you can easily see them and enjoy them.

    Thanks for this giveaway.

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  • Aidel K June 28, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    I would love to win a copy of Holly's book! I was reading online yesterday about painting the inside of jars with house paint to make an inexpensive arrangement for a shelf. I'm hoping to try it soon.

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  • Yvonne June 28, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Yay! My favorite tip is to put art up. My house could never feel like a home without art.

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  • Heidi June 28, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    I would love to win this book! Great blog.

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  • Kimberly June 28, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    I love the idea of a blog tour! What a nice way to get perspectives on the book from other bloggers I read regularly. My favorite DIY decor tip? Try to have a "vision" for how you want a room to look before buying items to fill it – that way when you come across something you love, you can quickly decide if it will work with your vision or not.

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  • Melissa June 28, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Groups of 3 and keeping it simple. Love symmetry too!

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  • Laura Gaskill June 28, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    I am itching to do a little DIY makeover on my front door with chalkboard paint – I mean really, what can't chalkboard paint make better? :) Ooh my fingers are crossed, I hope I win a copy of Holly's gorgeous book!!

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  • Melanie June 28, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Displaying collections of different sized art/prints on a wall can be more interesting than one large piece. I'm just learning that my frames don't have to match…and…eek!…sometimes I don't have to have a frame at all. This weekend I used silver binder clips and nails to hang an irregularly shaped print!

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  • Lisa June 28, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    I've just read obout this blog tour on Decor8. How cool! I will be following along as well.

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  • Kristin June 28, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    The right way to use patterns! Love Decor8

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  • mirabelle June 28, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    move furniture around yearly – you never know what you are missing if you don't play with your arrangements.

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  • Steph June 28, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    I love how you entirely change a room, by only even painting one wall in a (different) color.
    I saw the post on oh joy already. :) I'm really excited for holly about her book. (I'm an avid decor8 reader.)

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  • jenni o June 28, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Never be afraid of color!

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  • Angie June 28, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    I'm excited about the blog tour! I see some that I don't know yet, which is great.

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  • em-aime June 28, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    I love Holly's blog, so inspiring! :)
    for my apartment, i love finding old pieces or furniture or wood crates, and upcycle with colorful paint! i have these old wine wooden crates that i painted in pastel colors and where i glued flower fabric in the back, that makes the cutest shelves! (here an example: http://aimebyem.blogspot.com/2011/03/wine-flowers

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  • Maria June 28, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    I like the European touch of different old chairs around the dinner table read at Decor8 recently.

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  • Lynsey June 28, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    My favorite DIY tip is to change lighting fixtures and use multiples lamps or hanging lights instead of harsh overheads transform a room and set a mood. I'm also obsessed with prints and patterned fabrics for a cheap quick makeover. So excited about this book, it looks amazing!

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  • Sandra June 28, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    My DIY Tip: For small spaces, when the dining area is right next to the living area, make matching cushion covers and tablecloths. So much fun, and easy to get creative! You can also make matching sets for every season.

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  • Saia June 28, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Oh, the book looks wonderful, what an impressive tour:) Good luck and bucketful of sunshine:) X X X

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  • Sarah June 28, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    everything pops against dark walls…

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  • Janelle June 28, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Great looking book! Can't wait to follow the blogs! DIY tip: use your favorite fabrics to create art by simply framing a swatch. Beautiful, decorative papers work great too!

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  • Bluebird June 28, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    Can't wait to read all about the virtual tour on all those blogs.
    My latest favourite interior tip is a money saving one. I love all those vinyl stickers for kids rooms but after treating myself to one I decided I should make some with contact paper (sticky backed plastic in the UK). Just draw your design on the reverse and then cut out. I love simple robot and space shapes in chalkboard contact paper and fake wood paper. You can even get the kids to design their own stickers. Brilliant fun and cheap too!

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  • Danielle June 28, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    What a fantastic idea -partbering with all these blogs. And can’t wait to get my hands on this book.

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  • tracey manton June 28, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Its all about being different and let others follow .Early to bed if this book was at my bedside.

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  • SuzyMcQ June 28, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Ohhhh, I want to win this book so badly! What a perfect summer read, on the front porch, ceiling fan whirring, ice tea in hand.

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  • DeNacho June 28, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    more blogs to follow! awesomeness!

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  • Martha June 28, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    use what you have in new ways! i adore Holly Becker!

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  • Keely June 28, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    That you can do it on a budget, you don't have to spend a lot of money. Use what you have in new and different ways! Can't wait to see the book in person!

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  • Jimena June 28, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    My favorite DIY home decor tip is be who you are in decorate your house!! Don´t follow trends if you don´t like it!….your house just need to be your mirror!!…. and for that have self-confidence in your choose! :)

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  • Lyrehca June 28, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Just discovered decorat8 and can't wait to read the book. My top DIY tip: declutter whenever you can so your house is filled with things you love.

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  • Becs June 28, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Oh yay! Can't wait till it comes to New Zealand!!!!

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  • Anna June 28, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Mix new & vintage and unexpected elements! I'd love to have the book!

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  • Louise June 28, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    I would love to win a copy please! My tip is to decorate light switches with fabric masking tape, which can be easily removed, or changed without causing any damage :) Thank you.

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  • cameron June 28, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    would love love love a copy of this book!

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  • Kelly June 28, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    My favorite tip is frequenting thrift stores for furniture to paint and update with new hardware, and to read lots of design blogs for inspiration!

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  • theobsessiveimagist June 28, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    My current favorite is to dress up basic lamp shades with stripes of washi masking tape.

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  • Cora Murphy - Visual Artist June 28, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Wonderful! I will most definitely be following along – I don't have a favourite tip from the book – yet! But if I won a copy of the book I'm certain I'd have lots and lots! I have had lots of tips from Holly via the Decor8 Blog and the Bloggin Your Way course though – all of which have helped me become more organised professionally and personally in my home!

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  • Ashley Reekie June 28, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    I like designs were you mix vintage and modern. Your tips are great for making sure were doing it right.!

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  • i.collins June 28, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Love Decor8's blog…been following it for a while. Very excited to hear about the book!
    I love to change up accessories in my home…easy & fresh way to update. Also, changing up the furniture layout can totally change the feeling of the space.

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  • Hajni June 28, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    I would love to win a copy of Holy's book! My tip would be daring to think outside the box. Always look at a variety of solutions and play them out in your head before jumping in onto a decision

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  • Amanda June 28, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    really want/meed this book!

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  • marne June 28, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    The tip I use most: Paint! It's cheap and can transform a room.
    I'd love to win a copy of Decorate, it looks like a wonderful book!

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  • Erin June 28, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    I love the section on arranging flowers!

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  • Mandy K June 28, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Can't wait to read Decorate! Holly always has such great ideas!

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  • kim June 28, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Can't wait to see the book!

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  • stacy June 28, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Can’t wait to get one !!! I just started reading the blog and it inspires me everyday!!

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  • Janet June 28, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    Best DIY decorating tip: Pops of color! Keep the majority of your space simple and add personal style with your favorite colors and unique objects. Your space will reflect you. ;)

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  • Angela June 28, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    I would be so excited with a copy of Decorate! My tip would be to reuse lots of old frames in many sizes by spray painting a few colors form your room pallette, add black and white pics, and hang on a "gallery" wall.

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  • Jessie June 28, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    I would love to win a copy of the book to gather inspiration on sprucing up my apartment!

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  • jenine June 28, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    I'm an avid reader of her blog & twitter follower. Her style is charming, I can't wait to read her book!!

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  • LisaT June 28, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    I like to decorate with textiles. I can never have enough fabric in my home.

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  • Katrina June 28, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    My favorite DIY tip for decorating your home is to keep it you. The best compliment I ever got was “it looks like you”. A perfectly decorated home that is done in someone else’s style is not a perfectly decorated home, it’s just a pretty room.

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  • Erin Hoey June 28, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    My favorite tip for the kitchen! Use Fruit, there is nothing like a big beautiful bowl or fresh, luscious looking fruit and an edible bouquet of herbs in a vase, to pick and throw into your your cooking!

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  • Lauren June 28, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    The best advice given to me was to let design happen…don’t rush a design project! I can’t wait to read the book!

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  • Abbey Sherwood June 28, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    My favourite tip – have the table set up with centre peice of candles or floral everyday, even when you arent expecting guests. It gives the room a lived in feel while at the same time creating interest. A bare table is a wasted table!

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  • Jackie H June 28, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    I love a white wall with colorful furniture that pops! :)

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  • Historybuff2 June 28, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    My favorite DIY tip is paint a wall! Nothing changes the mood of your room and your own mood like color!

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  • MelodyJ June 28, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    I like mixing it up. Combine different colors, patterns, textures, cultures and time periods.

    melodyj(at)gmail(dot)com

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  • Melissa June 28, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    I love decor8 blog and would absolutely love to win the book!

    I love layering textures. Also, loved the tip about creating a portable moodboard in a little notebook so you always have it with you! Thank you for the giveaway!

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  • Chic June 28, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Never be afraid of combining different styles and colours. And add some DIY to make it your very own space

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  • Andrea June 28, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    paint a wall your chosen color, then apply a stencil either in pearl-finish art paint or in the glossiest variant of your color — subtle pattern and glow! and I'd love a copy of this book…

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  • Karen June 28, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    My diy is to buy what you like to decorate the house with!

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  • Nicole June 28, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    I would be so very happy to win a copy of this book! My tips: start with a rug and build from that, and use texture, texture, texture!

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  • Lene June 28, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    Oh…I would love to win this book, it would be fantastic summer reading in my hammock. ;-)

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  • Ann June 28, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    How exciting! Will definitely make use of the new skills when moving in my new house………….

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  • Tammy June 28, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    I don't usually enter contests like this, but this book looks too gorgeous to resist.

    My favourite tip? It's okay to live with empty spaces while you wait to find exactly the right piece of art, furniture, rug, or whathaveyou. Don't settle! If you don't absolutely love a piece, pass it by. (This is coming from a woman who took four years to find the perfect sofa, and who's lost count of the years I've been waiting to find just the right headboard. It'll come!)

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  • TLCGoods June 28, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    No doubt, Holly's expertise runneth over in her new book, DECORATE. Two favorite tips which go hand in hand are, "Less is more," and "Surround yourself with things you love." Otherwise, it's all just "stuff", and nothing really stands out. Congrats on the new book!!! Can't wait to see it!

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  • Debra June 28, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    I cannot wait to get my hands and eyes on Decorate! Great to have new blogs to look at and follow! Its all about spreading the LOVE xx

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  • Debra June 28, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    Oh and forgot, my DIY tip is…PAINT! a fresh coat does wonders to any Room!

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  • Béa June 28, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    Try as much as possible to always inject homemade artwork. Abstract artwork especially being much more forgiving and impactful. Or displaying personal memorabilia.
    From paint swatches to playbills or a nice shopping bag glued on a canvas or a framed pebble, or even a crinkled ticket, a paper bow tie etc.
    The key is to tell your story.

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  • ser June 28, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    my favourite DIY home deco tip is to convert a man's working shirt into a cushion cover so it's easy to replace the cover just by unbuttoning the newly transformed "shirt"!

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  • Debbie W June 29, 2011 at 12:08 am

    I recently got to catch a glimpse of Holly and Joanna's book and was pleasantly surprised. It looked wonderful! – informative and different….when so many decorating books all start to look the same after a while. I couldn't afford it that day – and it will probably be some time before I can – but it is sitting there quietly in that big wish list in my head. Oh, that's right, my favourite decor tip – (so not a minimilist…) if something doesn't look quite right, put on another layer!

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  • Irism June 29, 2011 at 12:36 am

    Mixing different styles: my favourites are french and industrial.

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  • Carolyn June 29, 2011 at 12:55 am

    I would love a copy of the book! Being a renter, my favorite DIY trick of late is lots of double-stick tape and wrapping paper as fake wallpaper.

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  • Monika June 29, 2011 at 1:25 am

    I'm from Poland and I start my every day with Decor8. I like very, very much white and gray interiors, all old furnitures made in white and interesting ideas what can I make with old, destroyed or bored things.

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  • Ivana June 29, 2011 at 1:58 am

    I like repaint old things to white and it looks fresh and almost new.

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  • montse June 29, 2011 at 2:02 am

    My favourite DIY is painting a wall or an entire room. Paint is quite cheap and it can change a room so much!

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  • valeria June 29, 2011 at 2:17 am

    I like to contrast white furniture (and floor, and walls) with colorful textiles (curtains and pillows). I love Decor8 blog.

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  • Holly June 29, 2011 at 2:31 am

    I'm buying this book as a birthday present to myself! Can't wait for August!

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  • Sue June 29, 2011 at 3:57 am

    Let nature inspire you. Take home pieces of wood, fir cones, a little bouquet of wood strawberries, whatever the season has on offer. Mix it in. And enjoy the added loveliness.

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  • Elissa C June 29, 2011 at 4:39 am

    I like putting household items into glass jars to keep them looking neat – matchboxes, pencils, straws, dishwasher tablets and so on.

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  • irene June 29, 2011 at 5:16 am

    wow, i would love to win a copy! my tip: flowers make a room feel more harmonic!

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  • Grace June 29, 2011 at 6:09 am

    adding little details to a room to embellish and liven it up.

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  • Carolyn June 29, 2011 at 6:22 am

    This will be a great tour! I'll definitely be following. I was checking out the book at Anthro, and I LOVE it.

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  • annechovie June 29, 2011 at 7:17 am

    My favorite DIY decor tip is painting a bold color wall to add a jolt of life to a room. The book looks amazing! Thank you.

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  • Shanley June 29, 2011 at 8:16 am

    easiest way to change a room for little cost: change your throw pillows. You can sew new ones in no time – cheap and easy, and it really can change the look of an otherwise-neutral room.

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  • D Jaye June 29, 2011 at 9:00 am

    I love using empty tea tins as vases or herb containers, and using recycled jars instead o tupperware.

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  • Shannon June 29, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Dont be afraid of color. If you are not sure then add color to your room by painting just one wall a bold color and the others in neutral.

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  • Kayley June 29, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Being the good Southern gal that I am, I have some sort of pineapple in every room of my house. Everyone should feel welcome in my home! Also, love Holly's blog and am so excited for her book!

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  • Melissa June 29, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    I love this book so much. So says my overdue fees. Oh my.

    My tip: Don't be static. A home should never be 'done'. Decor should shift and progress as your interests and experiences grow. It can be as simple as a shelf of rotating mini-collections. Small mismatchy vases of wildflowers and herbs, seashells and beach finds, old tin toys or felted friends. Or switching up framed photographs a few time a year. There are a lot of inexpensive ways to keep your home environment fresh and interesting. Play with them!

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  • Linda Chadbourne June 29, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    I'm all about glam!

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  • Jaclyn June 29, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    I love to find deep discount frames, ceiling medallions, etc and spray them with high gloss white spray paint to give them new life and a brand new sheen!

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  • Siobhan June 29, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    My tip to anybody starting to decorate their home would be to only use or display items which mean something to you, things you really treasure. I recently decluttered my home and got rid of meaningless items. My place looks so much better now :-)

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  • Nancy Ngok June 29, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    I love Decor8! Can't wait to get my hands on this book! It would be awesome if I won a copy of it!!

    My favorite diy home decor tip would definitely have to do with color and accessorizing with flowers!

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  • chia June 29, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Keeping things off the floor (clothes, shoes, bags, books…) really make any place look better! No point having a well-decorated room when it's a mess! Love the decor8 blog and hope to check out the book :)

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  • Connie June 29, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    I don’t think a room feels right unless there are books – vintage for the great covers and bindings or modern travel and design books. Don’t be afraid of casual stacks as well as shelved. Decor8blog for great resources!

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  • Stratos June 29, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    My tip: lots of plants to make a big room feel fresh and welcoming!

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  • Stacey June 29, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Planting herbs in glass vases or wooden boxes always adds some pretty green into your room.

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  • Irene June 29, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Decluttering it must be! I'd love to win!

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  • kelli June 29, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    I love adding in handcrafted items.

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  • Meka June 29, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    My favorite DIY tip is simply to decorate with what you love– fav colors, patterns, motifs, eras… or whatever is your flavor. It all comes together when you've put what you love into your space.

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  • joanna June 29, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    My favorite DIY that i've done is stretch boldly patterned fabric over a wooden frame to make inexpensive artwork!

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  • Cate June 29, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Don't shy away from color. You don't have to be so bold as to paint your rooms bright colors, but don't be afraid of bright unexpected accents.

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  • Donna June 29, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    One tip that has helped me the most is to section off a room, rather than trying to arrange furniture for the whole room. Helpful for people like me who live in small apartments and need rooms to have multiple functions.

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  • Pauline June 29, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Hi…my tip would be to mix lots of textures…metal, fabric, wood etc. in small and large items. The book looks beautiful..Will have to get a copy if I don't win this one!

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  • Connie June 29, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    My favourite tip is to layer with different textures. That makes everything much cosier!

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  • annie June 29, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    my favorite DIY tip is finding creative ways for displaying my collections.

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  • Angie June 29, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    tons of art. Even portraits of the dog that hang over his water bowl

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  • EmmaJ June 29, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    My favorite tip is to have lots of candles. It instantly makes a house feel like a home – warm and comforting and welcoming. Or as the Danes would call it, hyggelig

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  • rhalland June 29, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    i'm always up for a quick "face lift" like changing out new pillows for the couch… currently into buying old coffee burlap bags at a local coffee shop and repurposing them into pillow covers.

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  • Hosanna Fisher June 29, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    I love Decor8 and Holly is just genius! My favorite decorating idea is to group like items together in groups of 3 – even if the colours don't exactly match, they still look like they're meant to go together.

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  • Meera @ firstsense June 29, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    Fab! I'll follow along!

    I'd love to win Holly's book! My favourite decorating tip is saving money on expensive headboards – DIY headboards only require MDF, foam, fabric of choice, staple gun and fixings to create something spectacular for very little money.

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  • catherine June 30, 2011 at 3:22 am

    hooks hooks hooks hooks hooks! (we live in a little place!)
    gorgeous book!!!

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  • Jamie Halleckson June 30, 2011 at 4:02 am

    Lots of wonderful tips in this book! My favorite tip is to always have some fresh flowers in the home!

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  • KRP June 30, 2011 at 5:21 am

    Wow- very cool- can't wait to follow it!

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  • Marianne June 30, 2011 at 10:32 am

    I love to visit fleamarkets. A combination of old and new stuf.

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  • Famke June 30, 2011 at 10:45 am

    I would love to win a copy of this book.
    My tip is to paint old fourniture like chairs en cabinets. The result is usually amazing!

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  • Amanda Joy June 30, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Agh I would LOVE to own this book! One of my favorite tips is to make design personal with items that mean something to you.

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  • Jenny G. June 30, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Always look for inspiration in unexpected places, and do what makes you happy.

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  • harvardgened June 30, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    I love artful arranging and hunting for bargains at antique stores.

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  • AmyDesigns June 30, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Can't wait to read the whole book! I want to pass it to my daughter so she can feel more confident in her decorating too. Thanks! My favorite tip? Always use one unexpected element in any design space.

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  • DanielleJeanne July 1, 2011 at 6:32 am

    My favorite decorating tip is that you don't have to use something for its intended purpose. Just because a tray should be used to serve food, doesn't mean it can't be hung on the wall as decoration.

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  • Carmen Zuniga July 1, 2011 at 10:27 am

    My favorite tip is to always begin your crafting in an organized area. You don't want to keep your workspace messy. You work faster just like this and allows you to have more patience. :-)

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  • erin d July 1, 2011 at 11:55 am

    surround yourself with what you love and makes you happy!

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  • Debbie July 1, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Enjoying the blog tour! My decorating tip is to not be afraid of assymetrical arrangement. I find it is often more interesting than symmetrical.

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  • Christine Edwards July 1, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Looks like a fantastic book…my fav tip is the impact a bit of spray paint can make on just about anything.

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  • Ligaya July 1, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Try to use everyday items in unusual ways. :)

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  • Jenny @ Hank + Hunt July 1, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    My favorite is the saying that you should have nothing in your house that you do not find useful or know to be beautiful. Love that. I'm dying to get this book. It looks gorgeous!

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  • amy July 1, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    recently there has been a fun diy trend (saw one example on holly's blog actually) to dip dye baskets, pots for plants and etc with fun paint colors colors. thanks for doing this giveaway!

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  • Dandy July 1, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    I'm all about things that are coordinating but not matching.

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  • Daniela July 2, 2011 at 3:32 am

    Just by painting the wall a new color one can make a huge difference in a room and it is cheap and easy so that no huge skills are necessary.

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  • Lisa July 2, 2011 at 7:20 am

    I love vintage frames with ribbon to hang photos…lovely book

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  • Jen July 2, 2011 at 7:53 am

    I have used painter's tape & a laser level to create a tone on tone horizontal stripe in my living room. I purchased the same color of paint but in a satin & semi-gloss finish, very subtle…I'm a long-time reader of Decor8…fingers crossed!

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  • Melanie de Almeida July 2, 2011 at 8:46 am

    I'm a student with no money, and a lot of work =). But everytime I need to relax and think about something other than Chemistry or Genetics I just go to decor8 and dream about the beautiful inspirations and ideas, Holly Becker presents. How much I'd love to have her book!

    My favourite DIY Project: Take a String, white glue and a balloon et voila: a beautiful string-lamb.

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  • Julia July 2, 2011 at 11:50 am

    To avoid clutter, organize storage space.

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  • Ellen July 2, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Consider EVERYTHING as a possible decoration – even a radiogram from your dentist can look very good in a black and white environment.

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  • Rachel July 2, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Favorite diy decor tip….hmmm….so many…Let's see decopaging work desk, vamping up flea market finds with paint, wall paper or faboric, decorating with vintage bottles. And the list goes on.

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  • Jenn July 2, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Love finding thrifted objects and giving them a new use.

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  • Julie K July 2, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    How do I pick just one favorite DIY tip? I guess my latest is … spray paint and dying fabric … both are very addicting! I’d love to win my own copy of her book!

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  • Shelly July 2, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Decorate your home with what YOU love, regardless of what others think of it. I have a giant painting of a donkey in my living room. Most people are perplexed when they see it and simply ask me “why”? Because it makes me laugh and smile, and that’s all that matters in my home!!

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  • Belinda July 2, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    This blog tour is a fantastic idea and I would love love love to win a copy of this book.

    My tip, that I read somewhere, is only have things in your house that are useful or beautiful. This is a great tip tha helps me de clutter my home.

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  • Lori July 2, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    Experiment with different color combinations. Can’t wait to read Decorate.

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  • Calli July 2, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    This book looks fantastic! Thanks for hosting a giveaway :)

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  • Francesca July 3, 2011 at 12:02 am

    Buy something because you love it, not because it’s supposed to “match”- the things you love often end up “matching” in a much more unique way :)

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  • Mareike July 3, 2011 at 3:01 am

    Mu current decorating tip is to use different colored, shaped, and style frames, but to stick with the black and white palette for the actual print or picture!!

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  • Miranda July 3, 2011 at 5:22 am

    I would love to win a copy of Holy's book!

    My favorite DIY tip will be: use nice tea towels to make cushion covers.

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  • Andrea July 3, 2011 at 6:58 am

    My favorite DIY home decor tip is to customize old picure frames for my bathroom.

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  • Jennifer H. July 3, 2011 at 7:47 am

    Go with your gut. Because the tips are the ones we want to follow anyways, right? Can't wait to get my hands on the book!

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  • Stephanie July 3, 2011 at 7:59 am

    My fav tip is to look for inspiration in unexpected places – whether it be color combos or in creative outlets that have seemingly nothing to do with decor, like your walk through the supermarket or fav movie

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  • Lauren McF July 3, 2011 at 9:05 am

    My DIY is to shop my own home. It’s a creative endeavor that makes me see colors, textures, and shapes in a new way. I can always come up with a new look. GO Holly!

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  • Renee Alam July 3, 2011 at 9:25 am

    My fave decorating tips are new paint and new curtains.

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  • Valerie Morgan July 3, 2011 at 10:48 am

    My husband taught me to knit (his mother taught him when he was 8 or so) . Since learning I now have a yarn addiction and can not pass by a yarn store without stopping. I am knitting like a crazy woman, scarves, hats and yes, wonderful items for our home. It feels amazing to have items that I created in our home!

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  • Louise July 3, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    I recently turned an old garden rake into a coat and hat rack by removing it from it's wooden handle, and spray painting it white, then atatching it to the entrance wall :) Thank you, Louise.

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  • Tamara July 3, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    If possible, live in the house for as long as possible before you decorate, to see how the light changes during different seasons and so you can become familiar with how you utilise each room.

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  • helen July 3, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    My favorite tip is only buy what you really love, also planning is very important, especially for big pieces (don't want them to end up not fitting in the room or through the door)!

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  • Shawn Kallio July 3, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Changing things around every now and again! Simply moving something to a new spot keeps the feeling fresh when things start to feel stale. :)

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  • Kim July 3, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Change pillow covers with the season. It's easy to purchase a little bit of fabric, sew together and transform the look of your living room/bedroom/guest room.

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  • Alex July 3, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    I loved reading this Blog, keep it coming

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  • Marie July 4, 2011 at 2:49 am

    I think having plates in coordinated colours uing on a wall is a great idea. Also, a cabinet or any other piece of furniture painted in a new color can make a big difference.

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  • Cristina July 4, 2011 at 4:49 am

    Painting white old objects (vases, chandeliers, mirror frames..) giving them a modern twist..

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  • Debby July 4, 2011 at 5:18 am

    I would love to win a book! I always like to add a playful, unexpected element to each room.

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  • Kelly July 4, 2011 at 6:44 am

    A tip that is cost free: Moving items in your house to a different room to freshen up the look.

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  • Chloe July 4, 2011 at 11:10 am

    I love the re-purposing trends – cutting up old vintage paper to make collages, creating new furniture out of pallets, etc. DIY feels most rewarding to me when I take something I already own, and use it in a new way.

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  • priscilla July 4, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Favourite DIY – finding old scarves and sweaters and making them into cushion/pillow covers.

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  • Shabi Ghaffari July 4, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Great book…wonderful inspiration!

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  • Cathy July 4, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Thanks for all the creative and inspiring ideas.

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  • Len July 4, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    Don't be afraid to mix styles, eras, colours, and textures. The unexpected should be taken to the next level to create drama and excitement.

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  • SoLoveLY{decoration} July 4, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    hello,
    my favorite tip
    upcycling !(tin, old glass bottles,to make lamp,vase,and draw on it )
    and go to the flea market every week
    have a good day!
    sophie

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  • shuzluva July 5, 2011 at 4:59 am

    Color. Using pops of contrasting color is always an easy way to make a room come together!

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  • Betty Anne July 5, 2011 at 5:26 am

    I use lots of natural elements and found objects. Birds nests, shed antlers, animal skulls, pine cones, interesting rocks – all make their way into my home. I always try to have original art as well.

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  • rachael a. July 5, 2011 at 6:27 am

    grouping like objects…adds calm to a display and still makes a big impact! i've been wanting this book since it came out…looks lovely.

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  • Andree July 5, 2011 at 8:36 am

    I like to mix modern decor with vintage decor, and to add a lot of unique and personal items.

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  • Lourdes July 5, 2011 at 9:29 am

    My tip is make an inspiration board with the colors, textures and accessories that you like. Even if you can't afford to do it all it serves as a starting point and gives you direction.

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  • Debbie July 5, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    I love seeing how she arranges collections of stuff. The stranger the better. The book looks amazing…

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  • helen July 5, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    this book looks fabulous!

    my best tip is re-purposing and re-using. moving things from room to room makes all sorts of things feel fresh:)

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  • Patricia July 5, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Hanging a line from one object to another to hang lightweight things OFF the wall!

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  • heather July 5, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    would love to win a copy, I am moving and starting from scratch. the book would be great inspiration.

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  • Mary I July 5, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    My favorite tip…. do your research, dont be afraid to make mistakes… thats what Im doing with my new home & why I need this book!!! Love her!

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  • chelsea July 5, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    it's not original or innovative, but my favorite tip is paint! it's cheap and works wonders!

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  • Seng July 5, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    Never match. Always coordinate!

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  • swapna July 6, 2011 at 3:39 am

    hi,,
    my decor tip… use hand cut stencils to create wonderful design patterns on large empty surfaces (may be a boring wall in the dinning,living area) and your room will get a new character by itself.
    i would like to win the book because nothing can be as inspiring as holly's interior n decor ideas.
    thank you.

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  • seventeendoors July 6, 2011 at 3:46 am

    Everything from the beach! Glue shells, rocks etc on a piece of paper and frame it. Or just use simple as they are. Great to make art with the kids!
    Ulrika – seventeendoors

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  • Peggy Smithson July 6, 2011 at 6:48 am

    My favorite DIY tip: mixing in old family heirloom pieces with newer, more current items

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  • Alexis July 6, 2011 at 10:10 am

    Paint can hide any sins. I love the book.

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  • Elaine July 6, 2011 at 10:24 am

    I LOVE this book! I think that the best decorating tip is to trust your instincts. It's what YOU like that counts – and that is precisely what the homes in this book refelct.

    Thank you!

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  • Jordan July 6, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    My tip: use things you find at thrift stores/flea markets and revamp it to fit your style!

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  • Addie July 6, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Use fabric leftovers stretched over small canvasses to create more symmetry and add colorful "windows" to your decor. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  • Terhi July 6, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    I have a made a strawberry plant from a pallet by sawing some boards away, I have put some strawberry fabric under it, so the weeds dont pop up. It has worked and we have now a unigue plant.

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  • Mareike Kruse July 7, 2011 at 4:23 am

    my tip: colours, colours coulors… makes a home so liveful! I couldn't live without my share of reds, blues and yellows and….

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  • doscucharadas July 7, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    great blog!!!!! cant wait to have the book

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  • ninadora July 8, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Very exciting line up!

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  • bee July 8, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    My recent favorite is chalk board paint in different shades! You can create something stunning AND useful in the same time!

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  • dawn July 9, 2011 at 11:13 am

    my house grew in rich layers by lining cabinet doors with interesting papers. it gives me a little rush every time i open a door.

    thank you for the chance for the giveaway and happy weekend!

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  • Lola July 9, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Decor Tip: Let your personality shine through, i.e. print customized posters or prints, use idiosyncratic accessories. .

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  • Sarah July 10, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Crossing my fingers and hoping to win!

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  • Kim July 11, 2011 at 5:29 am

    i would love a copy of this book. It’s beautiful.

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