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Holiday Home Tour sneak peak

This coming Saturday I will be participating in my very first Designer House Tour. Ten beautiful homes in my town will open their doors to the public for the day in order to raise money for the schools. Since most  (if not all) of the homes on the tour, have already...

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Halloween Yard Art- Country Style

It's still October and crazy as it seems, the North East has just gone through the first major snow storm of the season.  Just like thousands of others, we lost power, so this is my first post written by way of a generator. Gotta love living in the Country! Since...

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Don’t Make This Mistake When You List Your Home For Sale

When it comes time to sell your home, a common mistake many homeowners make is that they Decorate their home to sell rather than Stage their home to sell. When you decorate your home it is all about you, the homeowner. As lovely as it may be, it is still your taste...

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Juan Montoya and Martyn Lawrence Bullard

Design Boston 2011 wrapped up last week at the Boston Design Center and in my previous post I shared wisdom from Candice Olson.  As promised, I wanted to share a little something from the other two Design Super Stars who also spoke; Juan Montoya and Martyn Lawrence...

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Wisdom From Candice Olson

Every October the Boston Design Center hosts a wonderful event called Design Boston. It is 3 days jammed packed with back to back seminars, new product introductions, color forecasts, trends, and always a few Design celebrities. This year the organizers out did...

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Chalk it Up Baby! Before and After

There is a new furniture paint bursting onto the design scene called Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. It truly is an amazing paint because it goes over anything and there is absolutely no prep work involved. No stripping, no sanding, nada! All you have to do is paint and then...

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Three Tips For Choosing White Paint

Think choosing white paint is easy? think again. They say the Eskimos have over 100 words for SNOW.  Well not to be outdone, paint companies have hundreds and hundreds of names for the color WHITE. This fact was recently pointed out to a good friend of mine. She and...

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Super Easy,Super Quick,Fall Decorations

It was just a few short weeks ago that I was bemoaning the fact that Homegoods was all Halloween. Then yesterday while picking up coffee at our local farm I saw that the first bunch of pumpkins are out and Fall decor is now pretty much everywhere.   Over the past few...

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My Ben Moore Color Stories-Story.

I first heard rumors that Ben Moore was going to be introducing a new line of full spectrum paint way back last Winter. I asked all three of my local Ben Moore paint stores and not one of them had heard a thing. Then as luck would have it, my blogosphere friend Kelly...

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Wallpaper: Thumbs Up Or Down?

The first house my husband and I bought had 7 rooms of dated, hideously ugly wallpaper. Every room was covered in a busy print of  flowers, birds, or fruit. It took weeks and weeks of labor (steaming, scoring, scraping) to get it off. I still remember the agony and...

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Do Your Home’s Colors Support Your Body Type?

Okay, I know it sounds crazy but hear me out. The American Formulating and Manufacturing Co (AFM) has introduced a new line of no-VOC, toxic free paint based on the East Indian alternative medicine of Ayurveda . Ayurveda, which means longevity in Sanskrit, divides...

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Saturday Morning Inspiration with Holly Becker of Decor8

This past Saturday I was one of the lucky dozens who had the opportunity to meet Holly Becker at Anthrolpogie in Boston. Holly is the founder of the widely popular blog Decor8 and the author of the best selling book Decorate. She currently lives in Germany and is on a...

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Don’t make these 3 mistakes when Staging your own home

Most sellers today realize the imporatance of preparing their home for the market or what we call Staging. I see a lot of homes for sale and more often than not, I  see three mistakes that sellers continue to make.   1. Assuming buyers won't notice something....

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What gets me up at 5am on Sunday

Not too far from where I live is a Sunday morning secret that everyone, yet no one, seems to know about. Most of my friends have never heard of it (even the ones who live nearby) yet it is always crowded. I forget how I first heard about it but I have been going on...

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Dealing With “Ghosts of Owners Past”

Moving into a new home comes with lots of excitement and anticipation.  Most of us can't wait to make our new house "our home". Often times this means purging decorating decisions that were made by the previous owners; things I call "Ghosts of Owners Past".  Some of...

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Collecting and Displaying Books..How Many Are Too Many?

One of my (many) passions is books. I have been collecting them since High School and I feel the same way about books as I do art; I couldn't be truly happy living without either. I think the easiest way to make a house a home is to surround yourself with books that...

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Testing Wall Color 101

When it comes time to paint, most of us start out at the same place; either the paint store or the paint department of one the big box stores. After looking over 100's of chips we decide on a few different possibilities and then come home to test them out (I certainly...

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My Camper Mocks Me

When I took my training to become a True Color Expert, one of the very first things our teacher, Maria Killam, taught us are the three most important principles about color. #1. Color is either LIGHT or DARK (also called value). #2. Color is either WARM ( Red, Yellow,...

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Through The Looking Glass

I spent a wonderful afternoon last week checking out American glass artist Dale Chihuly. The MFA in Boston is showcasing his work with a new show called Through The Looking Glass. I first saw Chihuly's amazing talent at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas several years...

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Why Starting a Blog is Like going to Your First Dance

When I first began writing a blog I quickly came to two conclusions. First, blogging takes up a huge amount of time (just like everyone said it would) and second, blogging is just like going to your first dance. For the longest time,  I thought about blogging but I...

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10 Things Buyers Don’t Care about (Part Two)

In my last post I highlighted items one through five of the 10 things buyers don't care about when they are looking to buy a house.  Here is the eagerly awaited  part two of my list (6-10) of things Buyer's Don't Care About.   6. Your family living situation. How you...

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Linda Holt | Interior Designer & iPhone Coach

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