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Friday’s Photo

Friday’s Photo

Today I want to share this beautiful Spring flower arrangement I came across while scouting a home for an upcoming Merrimack Valley Home Magazine. So Spring like! Wouldn't you love to see this in the morning while brewing your coffee? Well , I'm off to High Point N.C....

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Five days and counting

Five days and counting

I am so excited! I feel like a little girl going to Disney for the first time because in just five days I will be flying out to attend what is simply referred to as "High Point" or "Market". Held in High Point NC, this event is the largest industry trade show in the...

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Friday’s Photo

Friday’s Photo

While out shopping for a client I spotted this great graphic pattern and reflection; made even more special put into the new waterlogue app. Can you guess what this is? Hint...I was shopping at RH Have a great weekend everyone...Spring is coming...Spring is...

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Emotional Beauty

Emotional Beauty

When I was about 10 years old my class went on a field trip to Trinity Church in Boston. When I walked through the huge arched doors and looked up I vividly remember the hair standing up on the back of my neck...and then I started to cry. I had no idea why this was...

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Friday’s Photo

Friday’s Photo

While at an event this week at the Boston Design Center I noticed two trends that show no signs of fading; large scale lighting and organic elements used as accessories. I especially loved the entrance display at Webster and Company. That antique lantern is just...

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Friday’s Photo

Friday’s Photo

I often challenge my clients to think outside the box when looking for art for their walls. Who said wall art must be flat?  Here is a wall grouping of clay pottery that I saw on display last Spring at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York....

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Simple trick for determining the undertone of white

Simple trick for determining the undertone of white

I think for many people the most difficult color to choose is white. So often you think you are picking a "clean white"  and you get it up on the wall and it looks green or pink or blue. Well here is my super easy trick for determining the undertone of white. Take a...

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Friday’s Photo

Friday’s Photo

Five degrees this morning,...frigid weekend ahead..more snow for Monday.   It's a winter like this that makes me appreciate a sight like this even more. A gorgeous yellow and pink orchard on the counter today at the hair salon. Come on Spring! Have a great weekend...

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Which wall is best for a painted accent wall?

Which wall is best for a painted accent wall?

I recently received this question from a reader who was painting her family room and wanted to know which wall would make the best accent wall. She was confused as to whether she should pick a solid wall that was a side wall, the fireplace wall, or the wall behind the...

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Friday’s Photo

Friday’s Photo

Here in the North East we have had quite the Winter. It seems like there has been storm after storm, and right about now everyone is fed up and counting the days until Spring. While driving home Tuesday morning, just as it started snowing and we received another 10...

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Friday’s Photo

Friday’s Photo

This has been quite a Winter with all the snow and ice, school closings, lost work and canceled appointments. I think we all need a big bouquet of flowers to cheer us up and remind us that Spring really is right around the corner. Happy Valentine's Day my...

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Friday’s Photo

Friday’s Photo

Since I had a lot of free time on my hands on Wednesday due to the snow storm, I decided to play around a bit more with the new Waterlogue app I wrote about earlier in the week. In doing so, I came up with a great idea for my office wall. I photographed a bunch of...

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Waterlogue, the hot new photo app

Waterlogue, the hot new photo app

Have you seen the HOT new photo app for iphones and ipads called Waterlogue? It is hugely popular and is sweeping through the design community.  In fact, while cruising through Instagram yesterday two out of every three postings were Waterlogue pictures. You can take...

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Tips from a master interior photographer

Tips from a master interior photographer

One of my responsibilities (perks) of being the new home consultant for Merrimack Valley Magazine is that I am to be present on all of the photos shoots for the featured homes. Yesterday I had the honor and privileged of meeting and working with one of New England's...

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Friday’s Photo

Friday’s Photo

It may not be immediately apparent but this is a photo of a sunset taken in my hotel room. Actually, it's really just a plain shear curtain with red dots. On my final night stay I came back to the room just as the sun was going down. The light was reflecting off the...

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Decluttering tips and strategies: part 3

Decluttering tips and strategies: part 3

This is my third and final post in my series on decluttering tips and strategies and my personal experience with decluttering. In part one I explained how I sorted my clutter, and in part two I shared my experience with selling my things on Craigslist, eBay and yard...

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Friday’s Photo

Friday’s Photo

While driving by this vacant building I just had to stop and snap a photo. The lesson being, even something that most consider an eye sore can be a thing of beauty. Sometimes you just need to look closely.   I even spy a bit of Pantone's color of 2014 Radiant Orchard...

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Decluttering tips and strategies for downsizing: part 2

Decluttering tips and strategies for downsizing: part 2

In my previous post I shared my tips on the best way to sort items when decluttering and downsizing. What I found was that it was relative easy to decide on what to keep (items I loved, needed or used) and what to throw away (broken items, old TV's, obsolete...

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Friday’s Photo

Friday’s Photo

How cold is it in New England? Cold enough for the Atlantic ocean to freeze that's how cold. A perfect example of a "cool blue" color palette. Have a great weekend and I hope it is warmer where you are. If 2014 is the year you finally decide to love your home give me...

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Christmas decorating and a few of my favorite things

Christmas decorating and a few of my favorite things

One of the things I like most about Christmas decorating is pulling out all the "special" decorations. They might not be the prettiest or coordinate with my homes colors but they are ones that are full of family history and have the most meaning. Now that my Christmas...

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Friday’s Photo

Friday’s Photo

I am so excited to share this photo of the newest member of our family. This little guy has had quite a first year. Given away by his first family, then heartlessly abandoned by the side of the interstate in Tennessee by his second family. Rescued by a good Samaritan...

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Linda Holt | Interior Designer & iPhone Coach

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