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NYC Spring 2015 window displays

NYC Spring 2015 window displays

Every time I visit New York City I have the same thought, "Why don't I do this more often?" New York City is only a little more than three hours from Boston but the truth is, I rarely go. I can come up with lot's of excuses why; hotels are expensive, I don't know...

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Friday’s Photo: Sculptural desk top lighting

Friday’s Photo: Sculptural desk top lighting

Have you noticed all the amazing new lighting options showing up in home stores?  There are so many gorgeous choices available that it's almost impossible to choose just one. Desk lamps however have not really excited me as much as all the statement chandeliers and...

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Dining By Design Dining vignettes part 2

Dining By Design Dining vignettes part 2

One of the most notable things about seeing this year's vignettes at Dining By Design was the huge variation in each designers vision for their space. Since it's not like a show house where there are certain rules, dining by design is a blank slate for the designers...

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Friday’s Photo: Colorful art glass

Friday’s Photo: Colorful art glass

While at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show last week I saw bright, bold color everywhere. I was especially drawn to the colorful art glass that several different artists had on display. One studio I have had my eye on for awhile now is Vetro Vero and I was...

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Dining By Design 2015 room vignettes part 1

Dining By Design 2015 room vignettes part 1

Last week I was in New York City to join in the celebration of Modenus's (Veronika Miller) fifth anniversary as well as to attend the Architectural Digest Home Show. I saw so many new products and met some amazing new artisans and over the next few posts I will be...

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Friday’s Photo: creative upcycling

Friday’s Photo: creative upcycling

Next week I am very excited be to attending the Architectural Digest Design Show in New York City. It got me thinking about my last visit to NY when I attended the Wanted Design show in May. A fun find from that show was this colorful pouf by Studioavni called the...

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Head shot tips from a former head shot photographer

Head shot tips from a former head shot photographer

I know it is ironic but I spent 25 plus years working as a professional head shot photographer and I dread having my picture taken. I think it all stems back to picture day in elementary school. When the class photo was posted I was always a full head taller than the...

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Friday’s Photo: Blanco’s answer to the new warm grays

Friday’s Photo: Blanco’s answer to the new warm grays

After my post earlier this week about trending brown/grays and taupes  I found it so timely that in my email today was this announcement from Blanco. "BLANCO CERANA™ reinvents versatility with the addition of its warm, neutral Biscuit color to the one-of-a-kind...

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Color trend: Is cool gray on it’s way out?

Color trend: Is cool gray on it’s way out?

While attending KBIS with BlogTourVegas I observed a color trend that really caught my attention. Neutral tones (especially in tiles and woods) are warming up and moving away from cool gray and shifting to more of a brown/gray or taupe. In fact, the presenter at our...

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Not your average travel photos

Not your average travel photos

Have you ever thought about what inspires you to take a photo?  What stirs your soul and causes you to stop in your tracks and reach for your camera? For some it's nature, for others it's travel, art or fashion. It might be a beautiful sunset or the way your cat...

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Friday’s Photo: Creative wine display

Friday’s Photo: Creative wine display

Another highlight from BlogTourVegas was visiting the New American Home, built by Blue Heron and designed by Blue Heron's interior design consultant Miquel Hutton.  The home was AMAZING and the two most interesting facts? 1. The home has a net zero electrical usage,...

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Look who was asked to share their thoughts on design

Look who was asked to share their thoughts on design

Recently, I was asked by Terrys Blinds to share my thoughts on design for their Designer Insight series.  Terrys Blinds are made to measure blinds based in the UK.  We connected on Twitter (ah the power of social media) and I was honored to be asked.  . Check out my...

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Poggenpohl and Blanco at Residences Mandarin Oriental

Poggenpohl and Blanco at Residences Mandarin Oriental

There were so many highlights of BlogTourVegas and one of them enjoying cocktails, food, and entertainment while touring the newly constructed luxury penthouse units at Residences Mandarin Oriental Vegas. The view from each of the units was spectacular, looking right...

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Friday’s Photo: Jonathan Adler for Formica

Friday’s Photo: Jonathan Adler for Formica

I never thought I would see it but laminate seems to be making a come back. While visiting KBIS I saw how Danny Seo has made laminate very on trend for Wilsonart (read that post here) and now Jonathan Adler is doing the same thing for Formica. Adler has created a...

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The toilet we all want to own

The toilet we all want to own

What if I told you there is a toilet that you never have to touch or clean. As you approach the lid gently raises.The seat is heated and lit (nice for late night visits) and when you walk away the seat automatically lowers and an ultra violet light sanitizes the seat....

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Top Knobs=Top style

Top Knobs=Top style

I'm sure you've heard the expression "the hardware is the jewelry of the room". At Top Knobs that is certainly true. Recently I had the chance to see their vast collection up close at KBIS as they were one of our BlogTour sponsors. I can confidently say that Top Knobs...

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What I most wanted to see at KBIS

What I most wanted to see at KBIS

Even before I headed out to KBIS with BlogTourVegas, my husband and I have been researching about switching over to an induction cook top when we update our kitchen. We currently have a small counter top version purchased off Amazon so that we could "try it out". You...

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Wood-Mode Cabinetry and puppies oh my!

Wood-Mode Cabinetry and puppies oh my!

Another one of our amazing sponsors for BlogTourVegas was Wood-Mode fine custom cabinetry. Many of you are already familiar with Wood-Mode as they are industry leaders in quality custom cabinetry. Founded in 1942, Wood-Mode is the nation’s largest manufacturer of...

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Revisiting laminate with Wilsonart

Revisiting laminate with Wilsonart

Ever since the early 90's when granite began to replace laminate for use on counter tops, it seems as if there was no turning back. Recently I had the opportunity to revisit laminate, first during BlogTourNY and now again more recently, during BlogTourVegas....

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Friday’s Photo: Soaking out the chill

Friday’s Photo: Soaking out the chill

Soaking tubs were very much on trend at KBIS including this copper beauty from Thompson Traders. With all the snow and cold we are having here in the northeast I imagine it would be close to heaven to soak in a bubble filled soaker like this. Have a great weekend...

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Tile crush at Walker Zanger

Tile crush at Walker Zanger

My husband and I both agree that the person who built our house either had the worst taste or else walked into the local home building supply store and said, "I'll take the cheapest and ugliest tiles you carry". Don't get me wrong, I love lot's of things about our...

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The company that wants to change your life

The company that wants to change your life

For those of you who know me, you know how incredibly excited I get about interior design and almost anything relating to the home. While at KBIS  during Modenus BlogTourVegas I saw so many beautiful and innovative products from our sponsors that my head was spinning....

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Friday’s Photo: Walker Zanger

Friday’s Photo: Walker Zanger

You know your product is a hit when 20 designers from BlogTourVegas walk into your booth, ooh and aww and run around taking photos of everything in sight. That is what happened when we visited one of our BlogTourVegas sponsors Walker Zanger at KBIS. I have been a huge...

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This demonstration by Mohawk blew my mind!

This demonstration by Mohawk blew my mind!

Hi everyone! I am back from my Vegas  BlogTour and will tell you I had the most amazing time. I have so much to share from the KBIS show as well as a fabulous new home we toured, that I hardly know where to start. Since I am currently working with two clients who are...

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Linda Holt | Interior Designer & iPhone Coach

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