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Friday’s Photo: Look how wealthy I am!

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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Friday’s Photo: A once grand hotel and election results

Friday’s Photo: A once grand hotel and election results

A few weekends ago while at our camper in NH, my husband talked me into driving way north (just miles from the Canadian boarder) to a teeny tiny town called Dixville Notch. In spite of it's size, you may have heard of it. The town's claim to fame is that they are the...

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A brilliant new way to print and display your photos

A brilliant new way to print and display your photos

It seems today everyone is a photographer. The cameras, even cell phone cameras, take AMAZING photos so we all look like professionals. We post our best on Facebook or Instagram but then we move on. The images live in the cloud, on the computer or on the phone, but...

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7 tips for taking better Instagram photos

7 tips for taking better Instagram photos

Although I was a little slow joining in on the Instagram craze, I am now officially addicted. While drinking my morning coffee, multiple times throughout the day and always before I put my phone down at night, I scroll through my feed looking at images. I know I am...

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Friday’s Photo: Checking out to “make photos”

Friday’s Photo: Checking out to “make photos”

This past week has been rough. The young singer gunned down in cold blood, the horrific mass shooting, the little boy dragged off by an alligator, it was just one nightmare report after another. Add in all the hate filled rhetoric on the news and on social media and I...

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Adding coastal flair to wardrobe and decor

Adding coastal flair to wardrobe and decor

Recently I spent a night at the Attwater Inn in Newport Rhode Island with my friend Susan Kanoff, along with photographer friend Emily O'Brien. The Inn was designed by Boston's own Rachel Reider and she did an amazing job. The Inn is fresh, colorful and full of...

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Friday’s Photo: 8 interior design trends in one photo

Friday’s Photo: 8 interior design trends in one photo

Today I have another "can you spot the trends" quiz for you. I photographed this room vignette at Ambella Home (one of our generous DesignBloggersTour sponsors from High Point Market) and it has eight interior design trends. See if you can spot them before you read...

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The Canon 5D vs. the iPhone camera for interior photography

The Canon 5D vs. the iPhone camera for interior photography

Last week I traveled to Rhode Island with two friends for a fun co-blogging adventure. Our destination was the Attwater Inn in beautiful Newport RI. I had heard so much about the new boutique hotels from Lark and I was excited check it out. The Attwater was designed...

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Friday’s Photo: Styling tips for displaying a collection

Friday’s Photo: Styling tips for displaying a collection

When showing off a collection it is best to display the items as a group rather than spread piece meal throughout the house. The collection will have more of an impact displayed as a grouping and will not appear as random clutter throughout the house. I prefer my...

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Looking up at the Boston Junior League show house

Looking up at the Boston Junior League show house

Boston's latest show house (The Nathaniel Allen House) sponsored by The Junior League of Boston is now open. Recently I had a chance to tour the house and take some iphone photos. If you love color, pattern and art you can't miss this show. The rooms are done up with...

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The most beautiful art you’ve never seen

The most beautiful art you’ve never seen

For those of you who have been to Italy, you already know there is incredible beauty everywhere you look. Our Wine and Design travel group first spent time in Venice where the canals and architecture are picture postcard perfect. This image was taken at just about...

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Friday Photo: In awe of Italy

Friday Photo: In awe of Italy

I'm back from the most amazing and inspiring trip. Italy was everything (and more) that everyone told me it would be. I mean the food, the wine and the scenery was just out of this world. The group of travelers could not have been nicer and the organizers, Adam Japko,...

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Fridays Photo: Arrivederci!

Fridays Photo: Arrivederci!

I have had quite a remarkable past 12 months. It's coming up on one year since I heard the words, "you have invasive breast Cancer...and it's an aggressive form". Since then, I have gone through seven months of treatments, lost my hair and then much to my surprise...

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High Point Market Recap part three

High Point Market Recap part three

This is it! Today is my final wrap up of my three part trend report from High Point Market. I hope you enjoyed Part One and Part Two. I am finishing up my series today with the final three trends I spotted at Spring Market. 7. Elevated Organics: Nature inspired decor...

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High Point Market Recap part two

High Point Market Recap part two

Today I have part two of my High Point Market recap. First off I want to thank everyone who left such nice comments on my recap of part one of High Point Market trends. Today I have even more images to share that illustrate the next three trends, so grab a coffee and...

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High Point Market Recap part one

High Point Market Recap part one

Oh my goodness...what an inspiring week at the High Point Furniture! I feel like I walked 50 miles in five days. I was so honored to be chosen for the High Point Design Bloggers Tour and we all had so much fun. We visited showrooms I am very familiar with as well as a...

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Friday’s Photo: 8 High Point Market trends in one photo

Friday’s Photo: 8 High Point Market trends in one photo

Hi everyone! I just returned home from the High Point Market Design Bloggers Tour. It was inspiring, fun, educational and exhausting all at the same time. I have SOOOO much to share and over a thousand photos to plow through and edit. My more detailed trend report...

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Friday’s Photo: Are these trends still trending?

Friday’s Photo: Are these trends still trending?

Today I fly down to High Point NC to attend the world's largest furniture market. I am excited to walk as many show rooms as my feet will allow me, to reconnect with distant designer friends, and to meet all of our sponsors as one of ten official High Point...

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Friday’s Photo: Colorful eye candy

Friday’s Photo: Colorful eye candy

Even though the calendar says Spring, this week has not been very Spring like. Here in Boston we had 4" of snow on Monday, and every day since it has been cold, windy, rainy and gray. All week I have been craving some bright happy color so I chose this photo as...

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Photographing pets and kids with the iPhone

Photographing pets and kids with the iPhone

Photographing pets and kids can be challenging under any situation but try and use them to add some life to your interior design photos and it can be exasperating. The problem is, pets and kids don't like to stay still for more than a a nano second and for an interior...

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Friday’s Photo: Design trends from a 1900 showhouse

Friday’s Photo: Design trends from a 1900 showhouse

One of the great treasures of the city of Boston is the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. You may have heard of the museum because it was the site of the most infamous US art heist of all time. The 1990 crime is still unsolved when thieves cut 81 world important works...

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Linda Holt | Interior Designer & iPhone Coach

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