Focus on Creativity

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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Sometimes it’s the little things that have the most impact

You see my client is a passionate cook and she says waving her hand under the faucet to turn on the water is a dream. No more dirty, greasy handles and she loves the clean sleek modern look. The Beale faucet is new from American Standard and it’s the Selectronic hands-free sensor that allows you to operate the faucet without touching. It also easily changes to manual mode when desired with a sliding sensor door.

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This is how I did it. Five easy steps

Last week's blog post was meant to be a lighthearted diversion from all the stress surrounding the election. I had gone to the Massachusetts Orchid Show and shared my iPhone images of the flowers. Now the election is behind us yet based on what I am seeing on the...

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My election day gift to lower your stress level

Let's face it, the 2016 election has been a nightmare. The animosity, hatred and immature bullying has reached a sad new low. The process has so divided and polarized our nation that many Americans, myself included, are stressed and worried about the future of our...

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Friday’s Photo: Is it wall art or wallpaper?

While visiting the London design shows in September, I discovered so many inspiring and innovative products. One product that caught my attention was this 3D art form from King Kong Design based in Barcelona Spain. King Kong Design merges traditional manual paper...

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Four fabric trends from the London design shows

As a decorator one of the things I like most about design is choosing fabric. I think most designers do because it's one of the fun parts of design. Fabrics can be the inspiration and starting point for the whole project. While I was in London with DesignHounds we...

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Five tips for photo storage when using the iPhone camera

NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!! The first time I saw this on my iPhone camera screen I felt a mixture of disbelief and panic. Disbelief because I had recently cleared my phone of all images (or so I thought) and panic because it happened at High Point Market. I had only owned...

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Fromental: High end couture for the walls

While in London with DesignHounds, I had the pleasure of getting up close and personal with Fromental wallpaper. In case you haven't heard of it, Fromental is pretty much the gold standard for exquisite, luxury wall paper.It is high end couture for the walls.  Hand...

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Antiquing Diva style with my iPhone.

Hi everyone! I'm back from my Design Hounds London trip. If you have been considering going on a Design Hound trip I would urge you to jump at the next chance. Veronika Miller and her team gave our group the experience of a lifetime. I have so much to share about all...

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How to take better interior photos

Ideally, once a design project is complete a professional photographer is hired to photograph. However, what if the budget doesn't allow for a professional or the room is not of the quality to make it worth the expense? Sometimes we just need to get the best shots...

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Friday’s Photo: You HAVE to see this ceiling.

This past week I went with a friend to the Hampton Designer Show House  and made it just under the wire before it closes (Sunday if you're planning on going). I always love to visit a prominent show house because it's fun to see what the big name designers are doing...

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Is this new fabric trend fabulous or hideous?

Recently while in at the Design Center I saw another designer with her client flipping through the newly introduced fabrics. I heard the client say, "EWW... that is hideous, who on earth would want that in their house"? I was obviously curious what fabric had repulsed...

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Friday’s Photo: Sleeping with the family

One of my favorite things about going to High Point Market and visiting the different show rooms is seeing how the rooms are styled. The designers are so creative and I always see something unexpected and unique. Continuing last Friday's Photo theme of wall murals I...

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Friday’s Photo: Do you like this hot new trend?

I posted a photo on Instagram this week that got over a hundred likes. That photo as well as the one below, show one of the hottest new trends in design...murals. Wall murals are big, bold and a fun way to make a statement. I know it's not for everyone but if you have...

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Friday’s Photo: Look how wealthy I am!

What material possessions do you think of when you imagine great wealth? Luxury cars? Second (or third) homes? Designer clothing and jewelry? Fabulous art? I bet the one thing that doesn't come to mind is a dining room sideboard. Back in the 1850's the dining room...

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Linda Holt | Interior Designer & iPhone Coach

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