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Designers share Summer decorating trends

Designers share Summer decorating trends

Summer has arrived yet for some reason it doesn't quite feel like Summer. The pandemic has changed everything. Even something as carefree as going to the pool or beach is something we have to think twice about. Masks or no masks? Can we social distance? Is it worth...

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Choosing the perfect white paint for the job

Choosing the perfect white paint for the job

It's been awhile since I wrote a post about Color, but did you know that helping clients choose Color is one of my specialties? Whether it is for kitchen cabinets or walls, White has become very "hot". One of the most common emails I get is "I'm thinking of painting...

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Five elements that create a good smartphone photo

Five elements that create a good smartphone photo

Photography is a form of art. Today, everyone is a photographer as far as access but not everyone can take a good photo. First of all, smartphone photography isn't like DSLR photography. The current phones do have some capability for controlling lighting, depth of...

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Offering two new virtual decorating consulting services

Offering two new virtual decorating consulting services

Hello friends! I hope you are all continuing to be smart and staying safe now that all the States have opened. As I write this post, MA has just started phase two. I was finally able to get my hair done (yeah!) but I have not done much else. During the stay at home...

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Inspiring photos from Covid-19

Inspiring photos from Covid-19

What a week it's been. My blog is not political yet I honestly struggled if I should even post this week. I want to show respect and acknowledge the unrest and pain all around us, but I don't want to do or say the wrong thing. So I decided that instead of focusing on...

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Seven Affordable decorating Ideas to steal from showhouses

Seven Affordable decorating Ideas to steal from showhouses

As someone who loves design, one of my favorite sources of inspiration are designer showhouses. The thing is, attempting to recreate a showhouse room is usually far out of reach for us mere mortals. It's not uncommon for some of the top showhouses to have rooms with...

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Five painting apps to turn cellphone photos into paintings

Five painting apps to turn cellphone photos into paintings

Do you know it's easy to turn cellphone photos into paintings? You don't need to wait to find the perfect piece of art for that blank wall when you can easily create your own artwork. The problem is, there are hundreds of photo painting apps and it is confusing to...

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Three tips for looking good on Zoom

Three tips for looking good on Zoom

Friday May 8th marked week eight of my isolating at home. In one sense the time has flown by. Then, I look at my 2" grey roots and shaggy hair and realize just how long it's really been. I knew from day one that I didn't want to look back after the lock down was over...

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Designing an outside living space for a small patio

Designing an outside living space for a small patio

Hello friends! I hope you are all healthy and hanging in there. Some of you are in States that will be opening soon. I am located just outside of Boston. It is currently a "hot spot", so it's going to be several more weeks before we reopen. The quarantine for me has...

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FaceBook group photography challenge winning photos

FaceBook group photography challenge winning photos

Hello friends! As promised I am alternating my weekly blog posts between decorating and photography. Since it's photography week, I thought it would be fun to show you the photography challenge winning photos from my FaceBook Group called "Self Isolating at Home...

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How to shoot a Flay Lay with the cell phone

How to shoot a Flay Lay with the cell phone

Flat lay If you are not in the design world then you may not have heard this term. A flat lay is when you lay an object or a group of objects on a flat surface, hold the camera above and shoot down. Designers often use flat lays to show their clients fabrics, color...

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Self isolating at home cell phone photo challenge

Self isolating at home cell phone photo challenge

Three weeks ago, life for most of us was humming along as "normal". Just last week I was still on a high after being with my friends and not bumbling my iPhone presentation at the Design Influencer Conference in San Francisco. Now, nothing is normal. Starting last...

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High Point Market Insiders Tour Spring 2020

High Point Market Insiders Tour Spring 2020

Exciting news! Once again, I have been asked to lead a High Point Market Insiders Tour for Spring 2020. If you have never been to Market, or haven't been in a few years, an Insider Tour is the perfect way to get acclimated. As I shared in a post last Fall, I wish they...

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Paris Design Week Trends

Paris Design Week Trends

Today I am excited to share with you my amazing trip to Paris Design Week and Deco-Off 2020. First, I want to give you the back story of how I ended up there. I actually had no intention of attending this event, even though it has been on my design "bucket list" for...

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Holiday cranberry squares and a Christmas Story

Holiday cranberry squares and a Christmas Story

This story actually began over thirty years ago, when I was a newlywed. My husband and I, for a reason I no longer remember decided to give up our convenient but very noisy apartment in Harvard Square and move to an idyllic little coastal town North of Boston called Ipswich.

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One Room Challenge Fall 2019: Project Fresh Start Reveal!

One Room Challenge Fall 2019: Project Fresh Start Reveal!

Today's the day! It's finally time for my One Room Challenge Fall 2019 Reveal, or Project Fresh Start. A year and three months of living in our new downsized condo and it is finally decorated. I know you don't want to read a lot of text and want to get straight to the...

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One Room Challenge Week Five: Tick! Tick!  Tick!

One Room Challenge Week Five: Tick! Tick! Tick!

The clock is ticking very loud as the deadline for this Fall One Room Challenge is fast approaching.  Welcome to the One Room Challenge Week Five. If you are brand new to my blog, I am decorating our small condo’s main living space as a guest participant in the One...

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One Room Challenge Week Four: Project Fresh Start

One Room Challenge Week Four: Project Fresh Start

 One Room Challenge Week Four Yikes! One Room Challenge Week Four. If you are brand new to my blog, I am decorating our small condo's main living space as a guest participant in the One Room Challenge. I have dubbed it Project Fresh Start because I am starting from...

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Linda Holt | Interior Designer & iPhone Coach

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