I am so excited because in just 2 days and counting I will be heading off to Camp.
Well not actually this kind of camp but Design Camp in Atlanta GA. For those of you who know me, you know I am a life long learner. Maybe it is because I am a Gemini but I always seem to discover new things I am interested in; hence a College degree in Marine Zoology followed by 2 years of Photography School.
When I decided a few years ago to leave photography and pursue my life long passion of Design, I wanted to learn everything I could about the subject. I signed up for as many classes and programs that I thought would give me enough knowledge to launch my business. The thing about Design is that it is an on going learning process and every class I take I walk away with something valuable to pass on to my clients and blog readers.
So a couple of weeks ago when I discovered that I had won a complimentary ticket to Design Camp from Lisa Mende’s Blog courtesy of Lori Dennis and Kelli Ellis I was jumping for joy.
I can’t wait to meet them. Both Lori and Kelli are mega successful Designers having appeared on HGTV, Bravo, NBC, Oxygen, TLC and the Food Network.
Lori Dennis and Kelli Ellis
The agenda for the three days is amazing. As if Lori and Kelli aren’t exciting enough, there will be other Design celebrities including World Famous Interior Designer Barry Dixon, Lisa Newsom (Founder of Veranda Magazine), Atlanta Socialite Danielle Rollins, and Design Author Susanna Salk (who’s new book “Be Your own Decorator” was a Christmas gift). I am so excited about the agenda that I actually watched their Camp Video three different times.
So I am off to pack. You can also follow me on Twitter and Facebook where I will be sharing photos of the event and tweeting throughout the 4 days.
Also, be sure to check back next week because I will be sharing all that I learned at Design Camp.
When I received a call from an editor at House Beautiful Magazine back in November I was driving home from an appointment and only answered my phone because I thought I must have left something at my client’s house. When the caller, Christine Pittel, said she wanted to interview me about painting my first nanosecond thought was “oh, she must be looking for the OTHER Linda Holt“. There actually is one and she lives just a few towns away from me and is a well known Artist. Although we have never met we have been confused for one another for the past 20 years. In the next nanosecond I heard Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and painting furniture and it was at this point I pulled off the road to try and collect myself and calm down my rapidly beating heart…OMG…House Beautiful, OMG…House Beautiful! Many of you already know that I am a huge Annie Sloan Chalk Paint fan. My good friend Susan Siefer of MadPatter Art Design actually was the one who turned me on to it a couple years back. She was likely one of the very first around to check out and start using the paint. Now of course it seems like EVERYONE is using it.
Since I am basically lazy when it comes to painting furniture, I love the fact that you don’t have to sand or prep a piece before starting to paint. It’s instant gratification and you can have a fresh updated piece in a day…love that! Painted furniture is so “on trend” right now and I usually try and incorporate at least one painted piece into each of my projects. My client’s love to have something unique and custom without spending a huge amount of money. As I recently shared in a previous post, I just painted two chairs with Annie Sloan Barcelona Orange for one of my clients.
Annie Sloan Barcelona Orange
Anyway, I digress… Pittel asked me to name my favorite Annie Sloan paint color and to talk about a piece I used it on and why. My pick? Florence: one of Annie’s newest colors.
Annie Sloan Florence
How funny that I picked this color even before I knew that Pantone’s Color of the Year was to be Emerald Green. Below is my actual quote in the February House Beautiful feature on Color Painted Furniture. (click on photo to enlarge) and here is the piece in mention; done with my painting partner Susan.
If you would like to see other pieces Susan and I have painted that are currently for sale check out my Pinterest board here.
If you had told me 5 years ago when I was still working full time as a photographer and only dreaming of being an interior decorator that one day I would be quoted in House Beautiful I would have said you were crazy. It’s been an exciting journey and I have to give credit to a few teachers and mentors who made my quote possible: namely Maria Killam for her True Color Expert training, Leatrice Eiseman for her Color Expert training class, Kate Smith for her friendship and advice, Susan Siefer, close friend and painting partner and most recently Tobi Fairley, my teacher and business mentor. They have all educated me, inspired me, and fueled my passion and love of Color and Design. I thank you and love you all.
If you would like a custom painted piece of furniture in your home or decorating help, give me a call.