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3 Tips For Choosing The Perfect White

They say the Eskimos have over 100 words for SNOW.  Well not to be outdone, paint companies have hundreds and hundreds of words for the color WHITE. This fact was recently pointed out to a good friend of mine. She and her family are less than one week away from moving...

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Mailbox Nirvana

Every now and then the Universe aligns just so and I receive a bonanza of reading goodies... all on a rainy Friday afternoon heading into a rainy weekend. Today when I opened the mail box I had one of those "my life is perfect" moments (hey I'm a simple gal, what can...

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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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A Few Fun Color Facts About Red, White, and Blue

In light of the upcoming 4th of July holiday, I thought it would be fun to share some quick, fun facts about the colors Red, White, and Blue.   Red: is the color with the longest wave length and is always the highest arc of the rainbow.   *RED increases respiration...

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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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My List of 10 Things Buyers DON’T Care About (Part One)

Along with Color Consulting and Redesign, I do a fair amount of Home Staging. Today I would like to share my list (part one) of the 10 Things that Buyers DO NOT care about when buying a new home. The list is beyond cleaning and de-cluttering as I assume most sellers...

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Light Fixtures…Is Bigger Really Better?

I am not sure when the trend of Lights on Steroids actually began but if you are looking for new ( and current)  lighting, you don't have a lot of choice but to go big or go home.  "Super Size Me" home lighting has not only undergone a bigger is better design...

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Linda Holt | Interior Designer & iPhone Coach

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