Last week I attended the book launch of Holly Becker’s (decor 8 blog) new book launch Decorate Workshop at the Anthropologie shop on Regent’s Street. It was a fun and inspiring evening where Holly spoke about the inspiration and process behind writing the book. She was interviewed by Will of the Bright Bazaar blog-another delightful interiors blog that is guaranteed to brighten up a dull day. She was also joined by James Leyland Day whose home features in the book and is an experienced stylist himself.

Here’s Holly talking to us and Will holding up the inside of the French fold book cover which you can take off and put up as a poster.

I love visiting Anthropologie shops as well all the fabulous things to buy I also love the way everything is displayed in the shop. Above is the amazing living wall and below the great wall displays.

While the theme for the evening was very much about interior design and styling your home, I also felt there were a few things that can really relate to your wedding planning that I wanted to share with you.

TRUST your feelings and instincts.  Create your own rules for your wedding and let your true style shine however eclectic it is. Layer your ideas but if you are worried about it becoming disjointed then have a common thread whether that be in a colour or texture that runs through the wedding day.

SENSORY: entering a room should be a sensory experience, it’s not just about how it looks but also how it feels and smells. So when it comes to planning your wedding décor think about the comfort of your guests, will they feel it is a homely, welcoming environment? Consider adding smells too in the flowers you choose and adding scent with candles.

BALANCE: there is a balance in good design where different elements harmonise with each other. Keep this in mind when planning your wedding day, don’t feel you need to put every single idea you see in a magazine or blog into your wedding day. I’m a firm believer in ‘less is more’ so pick and choose those that are right for you and create a balance of ideas for your day.

There are lots more helpful tips about finding inspiration for your home and how to go about working on an interior design project in the book Decorate Workshop, I highly recommend it and you never know you may find a few tips on designing  your wedding day too.

I’m also delighted to be able to share with you an exclusive extract from the book which only bloggers attending the night have been lucky enough to have  so do take a look at the book yourselves, just click on the image below and let me know what you think…

All images by Always Andri

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