Yesterday I made a trip down to San Francisco to meet and greet Holly Becker of the popular blog Decor8.  She has just come out with a book, appropriately named Decorate.  The Anthropologie store was hosting the event, providing a mood board presentation by Holly and Leslie Shewring.  Leslie authors the blogs Color Me Pretty and A Creative Mint. How can I resist the combination of some of my favorite bloggers in one of my favorite stores in one of my favorite cities??

Accompanied by a colleague, DeAnna Mackensen of REDesign, we made a day of it by hitting the San Francisco Design Center (more on that later) before making our way to Union Square to do a bit of shopping before the event.

We arrived at Anthropoligie to join the other bloggers and Holly Becker fans for a bit of refreshments and farmers market kettle corn before Holly went through the process of making a mood board.  She gave great advice on how to not get overwhelmed when you are out shopping for your home by making a plan via the mood board.

Holly’s Mood Board
Holly Becker
Holly Becker
Leslie Shewring

After the presentation, we chatted with fellow attendees, Holly and Leslie Shewring.

Me and Leslie
Me and Holly

Both Holly and Leslie were teachers in the Blogging Your Way class I took in the Winter 2010 session.  The class led me to have much admiration for their creative abilities and mastership of blogging and design.  They are my creative gurus!

It was such a fun night!  I gathered a few inspirations just from being in the Anthropologie store!

Holly will be touring a few other cities on her book tour, she is in LA tonight.  If you don’t have a chance to catch her in person, I highly recommend picking up a copy of Decorate, which is already in its 4th printing.  It’s back ordered on Amazon but you may be able to snag a copy at your closest Anthropologie.

…..Or you can stay tuned for a special giveaway of a signed copy of Decorate that I picked up just for my readers!  Giveaway will be announced on Monday!  Have a great weekend!