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A conversation with Holly Becker of Decor8

Holly Becker, founder and editor of the Decor8 blog, shares her inspirations, where to shop, and the soundtrack to her life.

Since Decor8 launched in 2006, it has climbed the ranks and become a must-read site for all things interior design and decor. This is no surprise considering the brains behind it all is Holly Becker. Whether you follow her online or offline, she is a reliable resource on design. Her wildly successful book, Decorate: 1,000 Inspirational Ideas For Every Room In Your Home, continues to grow in popularity worldwide, as does she. From international book tours, to public speaking and teaching, to her online blogging workshops, Holly Becker is an incredible example of how living true to your passion leads to success.

decor8-office.jpgPhotography by Thorsten Becker

1 If you could shadow any designer for a day, who would it be?
Holly Becker My dream is to spend a day with Australian designer and stylist, Shannon Fricke. I am so drawn to her as a person, but also to her aesthetic and attention to detail. But that's not all... My other big moment would be to accompany retail god, Keith Johnson from Anthropologie, on a shopping trip to simply watch him work his magic. I'd love to spend more time with Amy Butler combing flea markets because we did this in London together in April and I had so much fun! I'd like to spend a week with my friend, stylist and photographer Leslie Shewring, in her new home working on projects together. It would be fun to watch Sibella Court pull together a room, work with Sania Pell again on a project, spend time with stylist Maria Grossmann or watch Jonathan Adler work his magic. They are all so imaginative!

2 Where do you look for an obscure source of inspiration?
HB  There is this junk shop near my house. It is literally stacked with layers and layers of everything from old silverware to furniture, paintings, glassware, textiles. Everything smells old and looks unloved. The shop is completely disorganized and the people working there smoke non-stop and are quite disinterested in the store so the atmosphere is definitely far from charming, but it's one of those stores that I always find some very random bit that I buy and bring home and love – and it's usually a few Euros or less!

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