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Friday’s Photo: Just Breathe

Friday’s Photo: Just Breathe

Well friends, the holidays are upon us whether we are ready or not. So no matter where you are with your decorating, shopping, baking or entertaining I want to use today's Friday Photo as a reminder to just breathe. I will be scrambling all weekend as we don't yet...

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Pantone color of the year and Barry Dixon

Pantone color of the year and Barry Dixon

It just so happened that the same day Barry Dixon came to Boston to give a talk on color was the same day that Pantone announced Marsala was its pick for color of the year. Boy, did the reddish brown color choice cause controversy! Social media just about blew up...

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Friday’s Photo: Creative new way to create a gallery wall

Friday’s Photo: Creative new way to create a gallery wall

This week while at the Boston Design Center to hear Barry Dixon share his thoughts on color, I saw this creative gallery wall. It's simply a curtain rod fastened at either end of the wall with brackets and then the artwork is attached with two small gold chains and a...

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The scariest color I’ve ever chosen

The scariest color I’ve ever chosen

I hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving and enjoyed some down time with family and friends (and maybe some shopping). I had a nice relaxing day on Thanksgiving but Friday, Saturday and Sunday I was working like a fiend. You see it all started with this rug. I won this...

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Friday’s Photo: Giving thanks

Friday’s Photo: Giving thanks

As we approach Thanksgiving I want to take today as an opportunity to give thanks. My day to day life is often so busy that I sometimes forget to stop and just be grateful for all the blessings I have in my life. I have a loving and supportive family and the most...

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Another BlogTour and this time it’s Vegas!

Another BlogTour and this time it’s Vegas!

  They say lightening never strikes twice but for me it has and in the best possible way. I have been invited to go on another BlogTour and this time it's BlogTour Las Vegas.   I am SO excited, honored, and thrilled that I have had trouble sleeping since I...

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Friday’s Photo: Lighting love at ICFF

Friday’s Photo: Lighting love at ICFF

Another colorful find that stopped me in my tracks at the ICCF while on BlogTourNYC.  This collection of gorgeous colored bottles makes me want to open a restaurant just so that I can put these over the bar area. (as much as I tried I can not find the vendor info on...

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CitizenM Hotel NYC

CitizenM Hotel NYC

One thing I have always wanted to do is visit NYC around the holidays. I want to see all the lights and window displays and get into the holiday spirit. I talked my husband into going down for a weekend and I'm thinking of booking a couple nights at the Hotel I stayed...

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Friday’s Photo: Bespoke Global at ICFF

Friday’s Photo: Bespoke Global at ICFF

Even though BlogTourNYC was last May, I feel like it was just last month. Somehow, the time has just flown by.  Modenus and their sponsors have already taken another lucky group of bloggers to California (BlogTourCali) and as I write this post I'm sure another...

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Friday’s Photo: Benjamin Moore’s color of the year

Friday’s Photo: Benjamin Moore’s color of the year

The BIG announcement of the "color of the year" by the Pantone Color Institute will be announced probably mid November.This is the color pick everyone waits to hear about with baited breath and will be splashed all over the media. Over the past few years, some of the...

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Trend Alert: Mad about plaid

Trend Alert: Mad about plaid

Being of half Scottish heritage, I think I have plaid in my DNA. My maiden name is MacFarlane and as a kid I remember my dad wearing a bright orange and green tie that was "The MacFarlane Plaid". My mother joked she thought it was one of the ugliest plaids and that...

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Friday’s Photo:Frank Lloyd Wright Taliesin West

Friday’s Photo:Frank Lloyd Wright Taliesin West

One of the trips we made while in Scottsdale last week was a visit to the Frank Lloyd Wright House called Taliesin West. Here are two interesting factoids about the house I thought were worth sharing. #1. There is not a single straight wall anywhere on the house....

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Out of my color comfort zone

Out of my color comfort zone

Living in New England, I must admit I am spoiled when it comes to the surrounding environmental colors. Lush green trees, sparkling blue waters, pure white snow against crisp blue skies and brilliant yellows, oranges and reds of the Fall foliage. That's why I was so...

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Friday’s Photo: Please help a friend out!

Friday’s Photo: Please help a friend out!

This weeks Friday photo is dedicated to my friend Deborah Main.  Deborah is a talented artist from Texas and has worked tirelessly over the past ten years to build her luxury pillow business. Her pillows are all one of a kind and just gorgeous. The exciting news is...

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Decorating: A Small Change with a BIG impact

Decorating: A Small Change with a BIG impact

If you are anything like me, you have a "wish list" or a "to do" list of things that you need (or want) to do in your home. The big things like a new kitchen or new furniture will have a huge impact but are also a huge expense. Sometimes though even a small change can...

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Friday’s Photo: Tiny dining space with pizzazz!

Friday’s Photo: Tiny dining space with pizzazz!

A tiny space carved out for dining and made special with a statement art piece. Who said downsizing has to be boring?  If it's just the one or two of you isn't this really all you need? A little table, a few chairs and a fabulous piece of art? Happy Friday and have a...

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Friday’s Photo: Headboard alternative

Friday’s Photo: Headboard alternative

There are so many creative and out of the box ways to create a headboard. This custom painted wood screen is a great way to add color and visual interest to an otherwise neutral and very small bedroom. Happy Friday and have a great weekend everyone!

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Art inspiration: why didn’t I think of that?

Art inspiration: why didn’t I think of that?

Every now and again I see something in a magazine or on Pinterest and think, "that is so clever, why didn't I think of that"? Recently I saw some fabulous art work that was made up of something I have right in my garage, antique print trays. These are so common and...

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Friday’s Photo: It’s all in the mix

Friday’s Photo: It’s all in the mix

The secret to creating a room that has life and interest is all in the mix. Furniture that doesn't all match and wasn't all purchased at the same store. A mixture of patterns and textures and art work that speaks to you. These are the elements that give a room soul....

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The top three trends in Window treatments

The top three trends in Window treatments

If I had to pick my absolute favorite element when designing a room, I would have to say it would be a tie between choosing a color palette and designing custom window treatments.  Since I am currently working on designing window treatments for multiple spaces in a...

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Friday’s Photo: watercolor walls

Friday’s Photo: watercolor walls

Watercolor walls is a very big trend in interior design right now and this ethereal bedroom from the Holiday House Hampton is one of my favorites. Designed by Jen Going it was inspired by an abstract water color given to her by a friend. Such a beautiful and unique...

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Friday’s Photo: Industrial loft living

Friday’s Photo: Industrial loft living

I don't know if living in an industrial loft is in my future but if it is...I  want a blue leather swing chair in the living room. Pretty sweet don't you think? Have a great Labor Day weekend everyone!

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Five decorating ideas for tall ceilings

Five decorating ideas for tall ceilings

I have noticed a trend lately among new builds in my area; especially in over 55 housing communities. It seems the rooms sizes are smaller but the ceilings are really high to give the illusion of more space. This may seem great at first glance but figuring out what to...

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Linda Holt | Interior Designer & iPhone Coach

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