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COLOR Trends from the 2018 Kitchen and Bath Show

Hello lovely readers! I have just returned from the 2018 Kitchen and Bath Show (KBIS) in Orlando. This is my fourth year attending the show and I think this year's show was the best yet.There were so many exciting, innovative products and beautiful booth displays. Of...

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Rebooting and an announcement

Happy 2018! It's been a few weeks (okay, more than a few) since I have written a blog post. It would be a perfectly reasonable excuse if I told I you I was working like a mad woman completing multiple client installations before the holidays and was simply too busy....

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Getting personal with photography

One of the most important things I strive for when designing any interior space is to have a beautifully designed and functioning room but I also want the home to reflect my client's unique personality. Often times I look to accomplish this by reusing or re-purposing...

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Five Tips for taking better travel photos

Remember the old joke about the dreaded invite over to see someone's vacation photos? Well that scenario is long gone now that we see instant updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. There was a good reason though for that dreaded invite and it is because the...

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Bar carts and table settings you do not want to miss!

Wow, the past two weeks have been a whirlwind for me. Nine days in Berlin, home, three hours sleep then off to the Boston Design Center for the next five days to install, style and participate in Boston's first Designer fundraiser for the charity Heading Home To...

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Jazzing up our white box apartment

If you've been following me through this blog you know that my husband and I recently downsized from our big suburban home to a very small urban apartment. It's hard to believe but we have been here almost four months now. For the most part we love our new small care...

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How to train your eye to take better photos

There is a common saying among photographers that the best technical skills in the world will not make a bad photo good. Getting a good photo is more than simply understanding the features of your camera and a knowledge of lighting, exposure, and editing. So the...

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Coastal Living Idea House: Blue and White all over

Last week I visited the Coastal Living Idea House in Newport RI to see the house that Mark did. Designer Mark D. Sikes that is. It was everything I could have imagined and it came as no surprise to hear that the house has been sold along with most of the furniture,...

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Coming clean about the ugly truth of downsizing

Now that we have downsized from our big home into a small urban apartment it seems that's all anyone wants to talk about. All my baby boomer clients, anyone that follows my blog and all my friends tell me they are so impressed with what we have accomplished. They...

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Matisse and his “actors” of inspiration

Don't you often wonder when you look at a beautifully designed room or a stunning piece of art, what the inspiration was behind the creation? "What inspires you?" has to be one of the most asked questions of any creative. The answers vary but often times it's things...

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Downsizing update and how to use Instagram like Pinterest

It's over. We have now officially downsized and are living in our new apartment. The location is fabulous and we love being so close to everything. I had hoped to post before now but frankly, I have been a bit overwhelmed. There have also been internet problems...as...

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I want this to be over with!

Three more days. Three more days till we say goodbye to our big beautiful home forever. We are 90% packed and now it's more or less waiting around until the movers come. I can't seem to get anything done work wise but I guess that's understandable because my office...

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Design trends in photos from High Point Market: part 2

Hi everyone, I hope you have enjoyed my first two posts about the color and design trends I spotted this Spring at High Point Market. If you missed my color trend report you can catch up HERE if you missed the first four trends you can catch up HERE.  Today I have the...

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Photos of four trends from High Point Market

Today I am back with part two of my High Point Market trend report. Last week I shared the color trends I saw at Market and today I have the first four of eight trends I spotted at Market. As always, this report is light on text but heavy on photos because I would...

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2018 color trends you want to see now

Another High Point Spring Market is in the books and once again I made my annual pilgrimage to see all the new introductions, trends and colors so that I can report back to you what is new in the world of furniture, accessories and lighting. So as not to overwhelm you...

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Downsizing to a white box

In less than two days I fly out to High Point NC for Spring Market. Although I have no business leaving town right because of the house sale, High Point Market is one of the high lights of my year and there is no way I would miss it. I get to reconnect with designer friends from all over the country and see all the latest furniture, lighting, accessories and design trends. I also get to spend some quality time with my Boston area designer friends and we have lot’s of catching up to do!

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Shockingly bad photos and why I had to look at them

Our house finally went on the market...YEAH!! We had our first Open House on Sunday and we have high hopes of getting it sold ASAP. I will go on record and say that downsizing is not for the faint of heart...in fact, it sucks! However, one storage unit and five truck...

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How I updated a 32 year old kitchen without replacing the cabinets

I recently completed a kitchen make over for a lovely couple who had a challenging request. They wanted a fresh looking updated kitchen but they did not want to replace the cabinets or the appliances. When I went to see their kitchen for the first time it was indeed dated. They had designed the kitchen themselves 32 years ago when they first purchased the home.

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My lucky red Feng Shui closet

After I mentioned our red closet in last week's post and explained how it has brought me so much luck after following Feng Shui recommendations, I received multiple requests asking to please show the closet. In case you missed last weeks post, here is a quick recap. I...

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Linda Holt | Interior Designer & iPhone Coach

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