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 warm tones, luxurious textures, fabulous wallpapers and art work galore.

The rooms are all so different yet somehow they all seemed to flow. Color and wallpaper are a very big story but the stand out for me is the attention the ceilings received. Almost all of the rooms have either a colorful painted or wallpapered ceiling. Take a look at few of my favorites.

The “Morning Room” was bright, cheerful and fresh and the yellow painted ceiling glowed with warmth from the early morning sun.

The Morning room Kate McCusker Rosenberger:Linda Holt Photo

The Morning room Design by Kate McCusker Rosenberger: Linda Holt Photo

My good friend Kelly Rogers used a similar warm color palette in her “Mother in Law’s Suite” and also chose to paint the ceiling a warm golden honey.

Design by Kelly Rogers Linda Holt Photo

Design by Kelly Rogers: Linda Holt Photo

This “Petite Retreat” designed by Nancy Seibel has a not very shy pink painted ceiling. So fun for a little bathroom don’t you think?

The Petit Retreat designed by Nancy Seibel: Linda Holt Photo

Designed by Nancy Seibel: Linda Holt Photo

Elizabeth Benedict wallpapered the ceiling in her “Chinoiserie Chic” bedroom with bamboo trellis wallpaper. How wonderful to wake up in the morning and see something beautiful rather than a blank white ceiling.

Elizabeth Benedict Design: Linda Holt Photo

Elizabeth Benedict Design: Linda Holt Photo

The “Dressing Room” which had a small desk area also had a wallpapered ceiling. Choosing a fabulous statement wallpaper is a great idea in a small space like a powder room or closet because the cost will not be too high and every time you enter it will put a smile on your face.

Suzanne Logan design :Linda Holt Photo

Suzanne Logan design : Linda Holt Photo

The ceiling that really impressed me was in the “Receiving Room and Sitting Room”. Designer Gerald Pomeroy used high gloss paint to create a decorative stripe that tied two different but adjoining rooms together. The “Receiving Room” is below. The lighting could not have been worse with the sun pouring in creating a lot of glare but you can see what I am talking about if you look above the fireplace.

Receiving room:Linda Holt Photo

Receiving room: Linda Holt Photo

Here is a closer look at the same room with a broad gray stripe and a narrower green stripe.

Receiving room ceiling:Linda Holt Photo

Receiving room ceiling: Linda Holt Photo

Below is the adjoining “Sitting Room”. You can see he reversed the colors with the broader stripe green and the the thinner stripe gray.

"Sitting Room"

“Sitting Room” : Linda Holt Photo

Lastly, here is an image of the two rooms and the ceilings taken from the doorway where the two rooms join.

Gerald Pomeroy Design:Linda Holt Photo

Gerald Pomeroy Design: Linda Holt Photo

I think it is brilliant and I would love to do something similar for a client. What do you think?

I will be posting more beautiful rooms from the show house but I couldn’t wait to show you all the wonderful ceilings in the house. I hope after seeing this trend you will think twice before defaulting to “ceiling white”.

The 2016 Junior League of Boston Show house runs through June 5th. You can purchase tickets here.




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 few I had never heard of but was happy to discover. The Spring Market was bursting with energy and I saw so many beautiful new designs. I compiled a list of nine trends and since I am all about photos, I want to show you lot’s of images. So as not to overwhelm you I have divided my report into three posts since I have so much to share. As a summary these are nine trends I spotted.

  1. Color: Red, Pink, Blush, Coral, Persimmon and Watermelon ruled this Spring, followed by Blue, Emerald green, White and Gold
  2. Chairs: Exposed wood spines, sexy backs, sculpture in the room, statement pieces
  3. Case goods: Faceted wood fronts, wallpapered fronts, decorative geometric shapes, hardware that is either big or “go pegs”.
  4. Brass is KING…seriously, the amount of it was overwhelming.
  5. Live Like You: Furniture for real life not “magazine rooms”. Crypton fabrics, durable quality core pieces for beds and dressers, durable rugs.
  6. Mixed Materials: wood with faux shagreen, wood and brass, Lucite and wood, Lucite and leather, parchment and wood, glass and wood.
  7. Elevated organics: Organic shapes and forms applied to furniture
  8. Accessories: Organics, rock crystals, shells, bones, feathers, spiney sea urchin shapes in brass and white
  9. Fabrics: Large scale florals, birds, tie dye and water colors.


RED in all it’s various hues was without a doubt the trending color of Spring Market. I personally have never been a huge fan of red but after seeing some of the showrooms I think I might have to rethink how I feel about this dramatic color. The Ambella Home showroom knocked me over with their use of red. It was one of my favorite showrooms. The white upholstery and the light gray woods are so striking against the red wall.


Ambella Home: Linda Holt Photo

One of my favorite designers who loves color as much as I do is Tobi Fairley. Her new furniture collection for C.R. Laine and for Woodbridge  is full of rich yummy color, especially vibrant pinks and fushia. (notice nail heads and Lucite are still trending).


Linda Holt Photo

This Pink coffee table is fun but also comes in any color you choose.

Tobi Fairley for C.R.Laine:Linda Holt Photo

Tobi Fairley for Woodbridge:Linda Holt Photo

The Lillian August show room was one of the most colorful showrooms and I love the the raspberry velvet chairs in her Spring collection.

Lillian August:Linda Holt Photo

Lillian August:Linda Holt Photo

Blush pink got a lot of buzz at the show and this blush colored leather chair immediately drew me in. The leather and steel base is more masculine but the blush color pushes it toward the feminine. The chair thus becomes almost gender neutral which was another trend I saw emerging (gender neutrality).


Linda Holt Photo

Norwalk Furniture chose three color themes for Spring. Under the Sea (Blues), Jetson (think 60’s red, silver,black and gold) and Hill Country which is this dusty pink pictured below.


Rowe Furniture Linda Holt Photo

Blue continued to have a very strong showing as seen in the Mr. Brown Home showroom.

Mr. Brown Home

Mr. Brown Home: Linda Holt Photo

Duralee hit a home run with their new fabrics from John Robshaw. The show room was so lively and inspiring and that red and blue sofa in the background was like sitting on a cloud as it was all down!


Duralee: Linda Holt Photo

Deep blue velvet upholstery was spotted it in multiple showrooms and in the photo below it is striking paired with red.


Linda Holt Photo

I also spotted a lot of softer gray blues as in this vignette from Bernhardt Furniture.   The all white furniture and accessories makes the room so calming. Can’t you just see this at a sea side location?


Linda Holt Photo

Emerald Green was another color that made a strong showing. Similar to the bold red wall in the first image, notice the furnishings and accessories are neutral black and white. The green color is the star of the room. The M.T. Company showroom had several rooms using emerald green.

The M.T. Company: Linda Holt Photo

The M.T. Company: Linda Holt Photo

Again, the bold green fabric is the star and the supporting colors are kept neutral with white, black and gray.

Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Photo

I don’t want you to think that every showroom was bursting with color. There was plenty of gray, white and gold. I just tend to gravitate toward color like a moth to the flame so color is what stood out to me.

Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Photo

2.Chairs. Sexy is back or should I say backs are sexy! Chair after chair had exposed spines or interesting lines and looked just as fabulous from the back as from the front. This little red number from Ambella Home was one of my favorites.

ambella chair.REd

Ambella Home: Linda Holt Photo

I also love these dining chairs from Universal Furniture.

Universal Furniture: Linda Holt Photo

Universal Furniture: Linda Holt Photo

This one from Stanley Furniture caught my eye.

Stanley Furniture: Linda Holt Photo

Stanley Furniture: Linda Holt Photo

If chairs didn’t have exposed spines they had interesting shapes. I saw a lot of barrel shaped chairs which tend to look good floating in a room. Blush color velvet adorn these chairs from the new Michael Berman collection for Theodore Alexander.

Theodore Alexander:Linda Holt Photo

Theodore Alexander:Linda Holt Photo

and last but not least, check out this chair from Bernhardt clad in artisan hammered metal. Now wouldn’t that be the statement piece in the room! Surprisingly it was comfortable too!

Bernhardt: Linda Holt Photo

Bernhardt: Linda Holt Photo

3. Case goods. No longer delegated to a supporting role, case goods are now shouting “look at me”. I saw bold, gold, brutalist, faceted, sculptural, and wrapped and wallpapered. There was a huge variety but they were all statement pieces.

Noir: Linda Holt Photo

Noir: Linda Holt Photo

Many had geometric designs like this one from Vanguard.

Vanguard: Linda Holt Photo

Vanguard: Linda Holt Photo

This one from Lexington Furniture was both faceted and gold.

Lexington Furniture: Linda Holt Photo

Lexington Furniture: Linda Holt Photo

Metal wrapped and hammered consoles were also trending like this one from Mr. Brown Home.

Mr. Brown Home:Linda Holt Photo

Mr. Brown Home:Linda Holt Photo

I also saw a number of wallpaper wrapped chests.

wallpaper chest

The other trend is that the hardware has become jewelry. The trend is either really big like on this cabinet from Global Views

Global Views

Global Views

and this one from Harp and Finial

Harp and Finial:Linda Holt Photo

Harp and Finial:Linda Holt Photo

Or really small like these pegs on a chest at Noir.

Noir pegs

Armoires are also making a comeback and they too are statement pieces like this metal hammered stunner at Bernhardt.

Bernhardt Linda Holt Photo

Bernhardt Linda Holt Photo

Geometric shapes are also popular on the doors, especially over glass.

Universal Furniture: Linda Holt Photo

Universal Furniture: Linda Holt Photo

Even children’s furniture is following the trend like this cute patch work quilt decorated chest spotted at Sauder.

Sauder: Linda Holt Photo

Sauder: Linda Holt Photo

So there you have the first three trends. The second three will be up within a day or so.

Which trend do you like the most so far?

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 will be up early next week but for today’s Friday Photo I have a photo to share that I took at the Mr. Brown show room.

Mr. Brown Home High Point Market

Mr. Brown Home High Point Market

Not all of these eight trends are new but overall, this photo is a good representation of what was showing at High Point Market.

  1. Color: Persimmon, coral, watermelon, pink, blush and all the various hues of RED are trending.
  2. Brass and gold finishes were EVERYWHERE. Brass definitely outweighed all other finishes at the Spring market.
  3. Mid century is still going strong. The floor lamp, the hanging brass pendants and the chairs.
  4. Armoires are back: We don’t need them to hide bulky TV’s anymore but with all the talk of downsizing and living small it seems we just can’t get enough storage.
  5. Decorative fronts on case goods. I will talk much more about this in my report next week but get ready for sculpted, faceted, hammered, printed and wallpapered fronts on case goods.
  6. Mixed materials. Mirrored glass and laser cut wood tall cabinet. The table has a stained wood base, a faux shagreen (Sting ray skin) top and a brass edge on both the table top and base.
  7. Geometrics: The arms on the chairs
  8. Antiques mixed in with new: An antique wood bowl on a stand on the table

Have a great weekend everyone….I’ll be editing and editing and editing!

Fixture color trends- Matte black and brass

As you know, I had the honor of traveling with Modenus last January as part of BlogTourKBIS and this is my final trend report from the 2016 Kitchen and Bath Show. The main color story from the show for fixtures was matte black and brass. 

black tub

Matte black tub from Kohler

Sleek and sophisticated, matte black tubs, faucets and fixtures were part of just about every vendor’s new introductions.

Audrey series

Audrey Series from Huay

This articulated faucet from Brizo was one of my favorites from the show. It looks like a beautiful sculpture.


The Solna® Kitchen Collection by Brizo

Matte black was everywhere, not only for cabinetry and faucets but for lighting, mirrors and accessories.

black fixtures


The other big color trend for fixtures is brass. Now I know so many of you have just recently banished all your dated brass but the new trend is not the lacquered yellow brass from the 80’s and 90’s but a warm soft satin brass.

Michael berman2

Say what you will about brass but the warm golden tone can add some much needed warmth to kitchens and baths that can otherwise seem cold with the abundance of hard surfaces.

I adore these satin brass knobs and pulls from Emtek.



Matte black paired with brass was also trending at the show.


Faucet by Huay

Hang on folks because…….The return of polished brass was also seen in a few of the booths.


I do think polished brass might take a while to become main stay again but if the KBIS show is an indicator then it is making a come back.

Kallista brass

So what do you think of matte black for fixtures? and are you ready for the return of brass?

If you missed my previous color trend reports from the 2016 Kitchen and Bath Show you can read them here.

#1. Cabinetry color trends

#2 Appliance Color Trends 

#3 Flooring color trends

Sunday I am off to the Design Blogger’s Conference in Atlanta. I have never attended and I am so excited to spend the next few days learning and sharing from the best. There will be several celebrity designers speaking and I’ll be sharing on Instagram so be sure to follow along here.

Woodmode Cabinetry: Beyond white

A little over a year ago I attended a designer event and met the editor of New England Home Magazine. She was making the rounds asking all the designers if they had a kitchen project that was NOT white because she was so bored of publishing white kitchens. She felt they were all looking alike (white cabinets, marble counters and subway tiles) and was desperate to get something different to her audience.

Fast forward to last week. While having a conversation with one of the cabinetry showrooms at the Boston Design Center I asked what percentage of their business comprised white cabinets. The showroom manager told me white cabinets make up a full 70-75% of their business.

While attending the 2016 Kitchen and Bath Show with Modenus as part of BlogTourVegas, I shared HERE how I saw very few white cabinets in the booth displays. Is this a sign that white cabinets might be waning?  One of our sponsors, WoodMode, had a booth filled with beautiful cabinet options other than white. Take a look and see if you still think white is the only option for you.

The WoodMode booth was very crowded making taking photos a little challenging.

WoodMode Booth Kbis 2016

WoodMode Booth Kbis 2016 Photo by Tori Aston

so this photo below is from their press kit.

Brookhaven by WoodMode

Brookhaven by WoodMode

The above cabinets are quarter sawn white oak and the color is shale with a pewter glaze. I love the brick red accent cabinetry and matching hood.

Wood Mode Linda Holt Photo

Wood Mode Linda Holt Photo

This cabinet above is sandblasted rift-cut white oak with distressing and stainless steel drawers. Gorgeous…right?

As was this ribbon Mahogany cigar bar cabinet display.

Wood Mode Ribbon Mahogany Linda Holt Photo

Wood Mode Ribbon Mahogany Linda Holt Photo

Wood Mode also has painted cabinetry and being a custom cabinetry line you can have any color you can dream of.

Wood Mode Tribeca

Wood Mode Tribeca in Agate Blue

If you still think you want white though, Wood Mode has you covered for that as well.

Brookhaven by Wood Mode

Brookhaven by Wood Mode

So what are your thoughts on white cabinets. Do you think white will remain as popular as it has been or are you ready for a change?


Mohawk talks flooring trends at KBIS2016

Part three in my continuing trend series from the 2016 Kitchen and Bath show is flooring. Mohawk Flooring was one of the generous sponsors for the Modenus  BlogTourVegas and who better than to discus flooring trends than the largest flooring manufacture in the world. Karastan carpets are a division of Mohawk Flooring and it came as no big surprise that cream and gray are still the number one seller for both flooring and carpets.

Gray tones still strong for carpets

Gray tones still strong for carpets

Large scale geometric patterns are especially popular for carpets as well as dense low pile. For wood flooring or wood look-a-like floors, wider planks with a distressed look or wire brushed texture are Mohawks’s best sellers. The one thing I noticed with all the flooring at the show is that the wood grain is clearly visible. Bye bye dark stained espresso floors.

mohawk flooring6

Mohawk Flooring samples at KBIS2016

For tiles, large scale rectangular tiles are hugely popular

Rockcrest Fossil Gray Tiles Mohawk Flooring

Rockcrest Fossil Gray Tiles Mohawk Flooring

as are over-sized square tiles. Floor tiles 18″ square up to 24″ square are hot, hot hot!

Upscale kitchen in a modern home

Granite Falls tiles by Mohawk

Patterned flooring has also been trending but for me personally I see this as simply “trendy”. Unless it’s a smaller space like a mud room or bathroom I would caution my clients against it.

Laviana Beechwood by Mohawk

Laviana Beechwood in a herringbone pattern  by Mohawk

So if you are reading this and thinking, I would never want gray floors, you’re in luck because the folks at Mohawk told us that beige, cream and brown are making a comeback. I know in my part of New England brown and beige never completely fell out of style so many reading this news will feel right on trend!


Trends are fun and it’s good to know what buyers are looking for if you are building or remodeling but bottom line is that flooring is something that should be chosen based on the style and age of your home and certainly not chosen based on what’s trending today. There is no way you will want to rip up or refinish your gray floors that were installed in 2016 when red or honey or pickled or whatever floor color comes into favor next. Think timeless and you can never go wrong. Here are a few of my picks from Mohawk.


Cocoa Walnut Mohawk Flooring

I believe you can never go wrong with a mid tone brown. A gray carpet on top will follow the trend but once gray is over, your floors will still be in style.

Timeless Mid brown hardwood floor by Mohawk

Timeless warm brown hardwood floor by Mohawk


What do you think about gray floors?

If you missed my last two posts about cabinet color trends and appliance color trends you can read them here.

Cabinet Color Trends from the Kitchen and Bath Show

Appliance Color Trends from The Kitchen and Bath Show




Appliance Color Trends from KBIS

I know I have jumped ahead of myself with my last two blog posts because I promised you more color trends from the Kitchen and Bath Show(KBIS) so today I will update you on appliance color trends.

In spite of what you might have heard, stainless steel continues to have a very strong presence. Overall, it was still the number one finish I saw.

Thermador stainless appliances

Thermador stainless appliances

I did see a trend toward a darker stainless finish, the benefit being that it doesn’t show finger prints as easily. Below is Viking’s new stainless finish called Carbon.

viking stainless

Viking “carbon” stainless finish

The biggest surprise was the number of colorful appliances at the show. Viking had several beautiful colors on display including this purple model.


The Italian company Bertazzoni, is known for their attention getting colors and they did not disappoint.



I really loved this red one, also from Bertozoni.

red stove

Actually, I don’t think that the trend is necessarily about color per say. What the trend is really about is personalization. You want an orange or purple or red stove? No problem, someone makes one.

Another trend I noticed was the number of appliances in Retro colors. Check out designer Suzanne Kasler’s Parisian inspired color collection for La Cornue.


suzanne kasler

I showed you her pink range already in my last post and here is the mint green one.

La Cornue soft green range

And speaking of retro, I actually saw a number of retro appliances.

retro color appliances

Revisiting the 50’s and 60’s  isn’t my thing AT ALL but there were huge crowds gathered around this booth and even more at the Northstar booth.

retro appliances

I have no idea what era that stove is from but I assume it is late 1800’s early 1900’s. (I think that door in the front is where the coal went)

retro stoveLooking at all the colors and styles of all the different appliances at KBIS, I was struck by all the choices. There really is something for everyone and it has never been easier to express your love of color, style, function and personality in the kitchen.

What’s your appliance color personality?

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