Focus on Creativity

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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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Friday’s Photo: A study in turquoise

Happy Friday! Today I want to share this beach inspired turquoise study from the Holiday House Hampton Show House. This small study just off the main living room was designed by Bjornen Design.  The designer said since the Hamptons are all about the beach and horses,...

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Five ways to bring show house style into your own home

I've always loved to visit designer show houses. Even though the rooms may be completely out of reach financially to copy, show houses are still a great place to get ideas that you can incorporate in your own home. You may be inspired by a color palette or by a window...

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Friday’s Photo: Vignette from the Hamptons

This week I had the good fortune of spending two days in the Hamptons, touring not one but two fabulous show houses; first the Hampton Designer Show House and then the Holiday House Hamptons Watchcase in Sag Harbor. I took so many photos of the designer rooms and I...

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My biggest take-a-ways from Design Camp Vegas part 1

Design Camp Vegas was everything I imagined it would be and more. The speakers were fabulous, the net working was fun, new friendships were formed, and old friends were reconnected with. There was an overload of valuable information shared over the two days which...

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Friday’s Photo:Christopher Guy

If you  ever get a chance to visit a Christopher Guy show room be sure to bring your camera. The products are beyond beautiful and the way they set up their show rooms is like visiting an art gallery. When I spotted this silver mirror and two coral wall scones against...

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Trend Alert: For the love of metals!

One of the biggest trends right now in interiors is the popularity of the warm metals. Gold, brass and cooper are all trending and even though I saw many examples of it at High Point, I saw even more of it at the Las Vegas Market. I thought these gold textured boxes...

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Las Vegas here I come

After the huge amount of fun and inspiration I had visiting Market in High Point this past Spring I have decided to do it all over again in Las Vegas! This coming week I will be traveling with my good friend and fellow designer Kim Macumber to the Las Vegas Market....

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Friday’s Photo

There is an expression attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson that goes, "build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door". Well this past May while touring the ICFF on BlogTourNYC,  I saw what I thought was a better mouse trap....except it was a bird...

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Friday’s Photo: light it up with multiples

I know over sized chandeliers are very on trend these days but another option is to use several small pendant lights.  Check out this multitude of  glass pendants I saw at the CitizenM Hotel in New York. Looks like even the Queen approves.  Have a great weekend...

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Why didn’t I think of that?

Do you ever see something that is so unique or so inspiring that you think, "darn, why didn't I think of that"?  Well that is exactly what happened while touring Scott Sander's  show house in the Printing House in Soho. Let me give you a bit of a back story first. For...

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Friday’s Photo: Eye spy a new trend

Recently I was reading that eyes are trending. Yes... eyes... as in human eyes. Then not long after, while touring the newly renovated The printing House  while on BlogTourNYC,  I saw this AMAZING art installation by artist Sean Mellyn. Made from old eye charts Sean...

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Friday’s Photo: Rocking the color caramel

I've never been a big fan of caramel color walls until I toured the recently renovated  The printing House in New York City. It is a model unit designed by Scott Sanders. The rich caramel colored wall, a sculptural chair with a caramel, black and white seat and a...

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Our Nantucket rental: A decorator was here

Just a little over two weeks ago my husband surprised me and told me he had rented a house on Nantucket for my Birthday. I will admit that at first I was somewhat freaked out..my clients!...the expense!...I can't take more time off!  Well he knew I would say all of...

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Friday’s Photo: Christopher Guy still life

Pretty little still life with a pop of color at the Christopher Guy show room during BlogTourNYC. Have a great weekend and a great week everyone! I am so excited because my husband and I are off for a week on Nantucket...one of my favorite spots on the planet. I am...

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BLANCO: Gorgeous products AND giving back

Imagine finding a beautiful sink and then finding out that by purchasing it you would be helping to support AIDS and HIV organizations. Wouldn't that be amazing? Well BLANCO, one of the sponsors of BlogTourNYC, has a sink that does just that. Let me introduce you to...

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Wilsonart: 3 things I never knew about laminate

One of the sponsors of BlogTourNYC  was Wilsonart. Now I will admit that I didn't know a whole lot about Wilsonart prior to the tour other than the fact that they make laminate counter tops.  Founded in 1956 by Ralph Wilson, Wilsonart has always been known for their...

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Linda Holt | Interior Designer & iPhone Coach

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