Focus on Creativity

Matisse and his “actors” of inspiration

Don't you often wonder when you look at a beautifully designed room or a stunning piece of art, what the inspiration was behind the creation? "What inspires you?" has to be one of the most asked questions of any creative. The answers vary but often times it's things...

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Downsizing update and how to use Instagram like Pinterest

It's over. We have now officially downsized and are living in our new apartment. The location is fabulous and we love being so close to everything. I had hoped to post before now but frankly, I have been a bit overwhelmed. There have also been internet problems...as...

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I want this downsizing move to be over with!

Three more days. Three more days till we say goodbye to our big beautiful home forever. It was just this past January that we made the decision to downsize and now the time has actually come. We have sold out home and downsizing to a small urban apartment. We are 90%...

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Design trends in photos from High Point Market: part 2

Hi everyone, I hope you have enjoyed my first two posts about the color and interior design trends I spotted this Spring at High Point Market. If you missed my color trend report you can catch up HERE if you missed the first four interior design trends you can catch...

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Photos of four design trends from High Point Market

Today I am back with part two of my High Point Market design trend report. Last week I shared the color trends I saw at Market and today I have the first four of eight trends I spotted at Market. As always, this report is light on text but heavy on photos because I...

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2018 color trends you want to see now

Another High Point Spring Market is in the books and once again I made my annual pilgrimage to see all the new furniture introductions and color trends so that I can report back to you what is new in the world of furniture, accessories and lighting. So as not to...

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Downsizing to a white box

In less than two days I fly out to High Point NC for Spring Market. Although I have no business leaving town right because of the house sale, High Point Market is one of the high lights of my year and there is no way I would miss it. I get to reconnect with designer friends from all over the country and see all the latest furniture, lighting, accessories and design trends. I also get to spend some quality time with my Boston area designer friends and we have lot’s of catching up to do!

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Shockingly bad photos and why I had to look at them

Our house finally went on the market...YEAH!! We had our first Open House on Sunday and we have high hopes of getting it sold ASAP. I will go on record and say that downsizing is not for the faint of heart...in fact, it sucks! However, one storage unit and five truck...

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Dramatic kitchen makeover without replacing 32 year old cabinets

I recently completed a kitchen make over for a lovely couple who had a challenging request. They wanted a fresh looking updated kitchen but they did not want to replace the cabinets or the appliances. When I went to see their kitchen for the first time it was indeed dated. They had designed the kitchen themselves 32 years ago when they first purchased the home.

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My lucky red Feng Shui closet

After last weeks post about our lucky red Feng Shui closet, I received multiple requests to show more photos. In case you missed last weeks post, here is a quick recap. Shortly after purchasing our home I hired a Feng Shui consultant to come for a consult. It turned...

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Can Feng Shui and a red envelope help sell our house?

Today I have a great story for you about wealth,  Feng Shui and a red envelope. Twelve years ago when we first bought our house (the same one we are now selling) I met a guy who was a Feng Shui master. Since we bought our house from a family with a very sick child I...

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More 2017 Tile trends that blew me away!

Get ready for some more serious tile eye candy because today is part two of the six tile trends I spotted at the Spanish tile show Cevisama. If you missed my first three trends you can catch up here. Today's post is mostly photos so grab a cup of coffee, sit back and...

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Cevisama Spain tile show: Not your mama’s tiles

Last week I had the incredible good fortune of spending a week with Tile of Spain attending the Cevisama Spain tile show. It's almost impossible to put into words just how inspiring the show was. Instead, I took lot's of photos so that I could share what is happening...

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The one thing all great photos have in common

When I was in photography school, the entire first year was spent on learning the technical skills involved in creating a great photo. We learned how to use a light meter for proper exposure (this was before in-camera light meters and auto exposure). We learned about...

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We might be crazy but we’re really doing this!

My husband and I, like almost every other baby boomer I know have been talking about downsizing. For the past three or four years we have wanted to unload our big house in the country/burbs and the responsibilities of cleaning, gardening and the maintenance that goes...

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The seven top trends at KBIS 2017 in photos

It's funny how everyone comes away from a big design show like KBIS (the annual Kitchen and Bath Industry Show) with a different perspective and different thoughts on what is new or trending. I am a color lover so I obviously am going to be drawn to all the color I...

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What is HDR and when to use it

Ever wonder what that little HDR symbol means on the top of your camera screen? It stands for HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE which in simple terms is the ratio of light to dark in a photo. When you turn on the HDR it works to balance the highlights and shadows in the photo so...

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What are the new kitchen and bath trends for 2017?

Next week I will be in Orlando Florida attending the US luxury Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, or as the insiders call it, KBIS. For the past two years I was a sponsored guest at the show courtesy of Modenus and fabulous vendors such as Thermador, Mr. Steam, Top...

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Why I feel like Alice in Wonderland

January 2017 though feels different. Last year at this time I was just happy to be alive. This year I feel like I need to jump off the high board. I want to do something big and challenging and step out of my comfort zone in a big way. I’m just not exactly sure what it looks like. I can “feel it” but I can’t “see it”.

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Holiday cranberry squares and a tribute

This story actually began over thirty years ago, when I was a newlywed. My husband and I, for a reason I no longer remember decided to give up our convenient but very noisy apartment in Harvard Square and move to an idyllic little coastal town North of Boston called Ipswich.

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The new Domino book and a GIVEAWAY!

Back in 2005-2007 I was huge Domino junkie. Domino magazine came out about the same time I was starting to get serious about interior design. I was taking design classes at a local college and devouring every shelter magazine and design book I came across. I remember...

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Linda Holt | Interior Designer & iPhone Coach

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