Vancouver Party With Us Tomorrow Night!

We are having our first book party for “Decorate with Flowers” in Vancouver tomorrow, Friday, May 9th. If you live in Vancouver and can make it, I would love to meet you! The party is being held at The Cross at 1198 Homer Street from 3-5pm. If you have not been to The Cross, you will not be disappointed as it is a beautiful and unique home decor store. One of my favourites for sure. I will be making bouquets earlier in the day that will be for sale at the event. Please RSVP here.


– Leslie


Help Needed: Amazon Reviews!

Okay so we have a wee favor to ask you because although it will take you a few seconds, it will give us EVERLASTING JOY – won’t you please leave us a review on Amazon? We’ve noticed over the years that books are being reviewed less and less on Amazon but we think that’s a shame because they are so meaningful both to the authors and their teams but also to the potential new fans scouring Amazon for something nice to read or gift to a friend. If you’ve already blogged your review, maybe you can cut and paste a portion of your review into Amazon and post that as your review – it’s easy and quick and you can also market yourself a little by telling Amazon review readers that the review first appeared on your blog (and leave the link in your review).

So, will you P L E A S E help us out? We’d reallllly appreciate it!



Holly + Leslie


Decorate With Flowers Is On Pinterest + So Are Your Reviews!

We’ve been sooooo busy posting your book reviews on our PINTEREST PAGE – it’s been hard (but very exciting!) to keep up. We’re also linking all reviews to our PRESS PAGE so if you’ve written about us and don’t see your review linked, please let Jessy know (jessy [at] decor8blog [dot] com) so we can link it here and here right away. We really appreciate your help in promoting our book and are so encouraged by the overwhelming response we’ve received from the press as well as from our blogger friends – it’s amazing! Since the book released last month, we’ve had over 24 reviews of our book in print magazines and newspapers and over 50 reviews from bloggers! This is so incredible, thank you all!

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A huge thanks to all of you for your love and support for our work and Decorate With Flowers!

Holly + Leslie


Dutch Edition: Bloemen In Huis

We are so excited to show you a sneak peek of what the Dutch edition of Decorate With Flowers will look like! The title will be Bloemen In Huis and our publisher is Becht who publishes lots of gorgeous Dutch books.

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We are so happy that our book will be available in the Netherlands, it’s a great accomplishment for us and our hopes are that some of our favorite magazines there like VTWonen, 101 Woonideeën and Flow will want to run extracts, interviews and DIY projects from the books or show some of the gorgeous homes we shot for it. This would be a great honor for us.

Also, we’d love to promote the book in the Netherlands and do a little tour or a workshop/signing in Amsterdam – or even be part of a trend fair in conjunction with a magazine or publisher (Sanoma for instance) – so if you know of anyone you can put us in touch with, please let us know!

Thank you so much to our publishers at Becht Lifestyle for picking up our book! We’re wishing for loads of success and are happy to come to the Netherlands to promote it, too!

Holly + Leslie


Decorate With Flowers BIG BOOK GIVEAWAY!

Enter to win one of 10 copies of Decorate With Flowers by Holly Becker and Leslie Shewring simply by commenting on this blog post with your name, blog URL, email address and the edition of our book that you would like to have (US or UK). That’s it! This giveaway is open to all worldwide and will close on Wednesday, April 16 at 9:00pm EST. Winners will be chosen and contacted by email, and this post will be updated to include the winners names on April 17th.


The first FIVE winners get their choice of which edition they want, the rest of our lucky winners will get their choice on a first come, first serve basis. We will have 10 lovely winners!

Thank you Chronicle Books and Jacqui Small Publishing for sponsoring this wonderful giveaway! GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!

UPDATE: April 15 – ONE lucky person, who leaves their entry (not valid if you’ve already entered!) and happens to be the 1,000th entry, will automatically win a book, too in addition to everyone else. Yay!

xo, Holly + Leslie
(top photo: leslie shewring/bottom: tina fussell, traveling mama)

Our winners are:

US Edition
Moraima Caceres
Kreetta y
Ryllie-Jade Rasmussen
Fenny Setiawan
Corinne Kowal

UK Edition
Melissa Selmin
Bethany Cole
laura redburn

We will be in contact with you for your address! A big thanks to everyone for entering!!! xo



Meet Our Amazing Freelance Team

Leslie and I both know that nothing is possible without a strong village – our village for Decorate With Flowers was mainly the team at Jacqui Small Publishing, who were committed to seeing this project through to completion and doing the best work possible. Jacqui – you’re the best! But, of course, we had more hands in the kitchen (or in this case the flower shop!) than our friends at Jacqui Small and Chronicle Books. We had a small team of freelancers who were commited to making this book gorgeous and together, we pulled it off! We’d like to introduce you to them because they deserve a shout out – they are pretty remarkable peeps!


In alphabetical order:

Thorsten Becker – Our Hannover-based photographer, who also happens to be my husband, who shot the interiors seen in my home in Hannover. Visit Thorsten on Instagram here.

Helen Bratby – Our super duper amazing book designer. We have so much love for this woman! Visit Helen online here.

Janis Nicolay – Our Vancouver-based photographer who shot all of the interiors seen in our Vancouver locations. Visit Janis online here.

Laure Joliet – Our LA-based photographer who shot all of the interiors seen in our LA and San Francisco locations. Visit Laure online here.

Sian Parkhouse – Our editor who really rocks. She helped us figure out how to organize this book and then, made our words come alive so beautifully.

Jessica Senti – Styling assistant on our Vancouver, Canada locations. She also appears as our model in the Market Style section, so look for her there! Jessy also happens to be my assistant and new ad manager for decor8. Visit Jessy online here.

Caitlin Sheehan – She modeled for us for a few photos in book – she appears in the opening image and in the closing image and looks beautiful. Her step-mom happens to be Leslie! Visit Caitlin online here.

Diane Shewring – Styling assistant on our Los Angeles locations. She’s also Leslie’s sister!

So again ladies, a big hug and huge thanks to our North American and United Kingdom freelance team – Helen, Janis, Laure, Sian, Jessica, Caitlin and Diane for your BEAUTIFUL work on this project. We couldn’t have done it without you! Okay, we could have but let’s face it, it wouldn’t have been as AWESOME. So thanks bunches.

Leslie’s little daughter, Sienna, also appears in the book and was an important part of this book, too. Did you spot her? Hint: She’s holding a bunch of flowers in a garden scene shot outdoors…


Holly + Leslie

(photo of Jessy and Leslie shot by Janis Nicolay)


Big Book Giveaway!

We are so excited that some of our friends online are offering giveaways for copies of our books. Here is one that is currently underway that we’re pretty excited about because it is being hosted by our publisher in San Francisco, Chronicle Books, and one of the homeowners whom we visited and photographed for our book, Bri Emery, from Design Love Fest. Here is one of the photos of her home that appears in Decorate With Flowers. And yes, that’s also Bri in the photo! This giveaway is pretty special because together, they are giving away 10 books to celebrate the release of Decorate With Flowers, along with (of course) a copy of Decorate With Flowers, too. Oh, yeah!


Design Love Fest – Open until April 2.

Thank you Chronicle and Bri for hosting this!


German Book Blog Tour: Wohnen mit Blumen

A big THANK YOU to the bloggers who are part of the Wohnen mit Blumen (Decorate With Flowers) book tour that is currently underway online. I’m thrilled to see your reviews and to know that you like the book. I’m also hoping to plan a few workshops/parties in Germany, but most likely not until the summer/fall so I can take more time off to be with our baby first. I definitely want to plan something for Hannover and Berlin! So if you want to help me or get involved, please send me an email (holly [at] decor8blog [dot] com).


Here is a round-up of our wonderful German blogger friends supporting us on this tour: Ricarda at 23qm Stil // Inga at GlomeryLane // Danny from Cozy and Cuddly // Yvonne von Fräulein Klein // Anna von AnnaSterntale // Caro von Sodapop Design // Bine von WasEigenes // Igor von Happy Interior Blog und Elodie von Madame Love. A million thanks for your love and support, you guys!!!

Also, thank you to our German publisher, Callwey Verlag, for this and this.

xo, Holly

(photos: inga from glomerylane)


#1 in the UK!

We’re so happy that Decorate With Flowers has hit #1 status on Amazon in the UK today and there are only 8 copies left in stock – and the book doesn’t even release for another week. This is so fantastic – the entire team who worked on this book are so thrilled, including Leslie and I! This is a great way to kick off the weekend.

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Video Flip Through of Decorate With Flowers

We are so excited to share a video that our good friend, London-based stylist and author Sania Pell, made with the help of her husband Mark, showing a flip-through of the UK version of our book. This is beyond lovely and we’re so thankful for her work on this – it was a very special surprise to us both! Thank you Sania!


The next video is by the lovely Caroline from Trend Daily who also did a beautiful flip through of Decorate With Flowers. We love it! Thank you Caroline!


If you would like to see what our book looks like, these videos are definitely ones to watch!

Thank you again, Sania and Caroline! xo


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