Friday’s Photo: High Low decorating at High Point

Whenever a client’s budget is limited (and who’s isn’t) I think about what I can use that is lower priced (and still look great) that will equal out a splurge purchase.

While at High Point Market I saw a perfect example of the high/low mix. Designer Suzanne Kasler used IKEA lights (low) mixed with pieces from her new furniture line for Hickory Chair (high). Simply fabulous!

Hickory Chair: Linda Holt Photo

Hickory Chair: Linda Holt Photo

Do you mix low and high elements in your rooms?

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Emotional Beauty

When I was about 10 years old my class went on a field trip to Trinity Church in Boston. When I walked through the huge arched doors and looked up I vividly remember the hair standing up on the back of my neck…and then I started to cry. I had no idea why this was happening and I was so embarrassed trying to hide my tears from my teacher and the other kids. I now know this experience was the first out of many more to come where I was simply overwhelmed by the beauty and power of a space. It happened while visiting cathedrals in Europe, grand historic homes, even art museums. I’ll wander around with the other tourists trying my best to act completely normal, all the while trying to hold back tears. It’s still embarrassing but it’s out of my control.

Not that long ago I had a similar experience much closer to home. My husband and I attended a memorial service for a special friend who had quite suddenly and unexpectedly passed away. Her family were long time members of the Sconset tennis club on Nantucket, known as “The Casino”.  Our friend spent all her Summers there, worked there as a teen and then as a manager as an adult. I’m not sure what I was expecting but certainly not this.

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After a bit a research I found out The Casino was built in 1899 as a “hall of amusement” by John Coffin. From what little history I could gather, the Casino was later remodeled in 1923 by architect Frederick Hill of NY. Hills elaborate use of painted latticework on the ceilings and walls was influenced and resembled the famous Newport Casino. Being in this space while paying honor to our friend was a very powerful and emotional experience (to say the least).

Decorators and designers understand and witness the emotion that beautiful design can bring . Many of us have experienced clients bursting into tears of joy when they see their newly designed room for the first time. I believe we should all feel emotional beauty about our home, yet in my experience so few do. Many of the homes I visit have too much clutter, or the homeowner is hanging onto furniture or artwork they don’t like out of family obligation or they have rooms that don’t function or enhance the family’s current life style.

I have been on a mission in my own home to strive for emotional beauty. It is certainly a process but over the past few years I have given myself “permission” to let go of family heirlooms that do not enrich my life. I have sold and donated furniture that was “very expensive” but is no longer my style. I have painted walls with colors that I love even though they are not “in”. I let go of accessories that I didn’t love yet felt obligated to keep because they were given as gifts. The more I let go of, the better I feel.

After our friend passed away I was reminded yet once again that life is short. I decided right then and there, I will only live with what I love and create a home that brings value to my life and that of my family.  Maybe one day I too will feel like crying when I walk through my own door.

How about you?  Do you experience emotional beauty? Have you ever cried when you walked into a space? Most importantly, are you living with things that do not serve or enrich your life? Let me know, I would love to hear from you.

Friday’s Photo

While at an event this week at the Boston Design Center I noticed two trends that show no signs of fading; large scale lighting and organic elements used as accessories. I especially loved the entrance display at Webster and Company.

Linda Holt Interiors

Linda Holt Photo

That antique lantern is just incredible and although the hefty price tag might not work with all budgets, the succulents in the organic inspired pottery is easy to recreate. As if the Universe was making it easy for me, I stopped at Home Depot on my way home and what did they have? A whole table display of succulents. My weekend project is about to get underway.

Have a happy weekend everyone!

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Christmas decorating and a few of my favorite things

One of the things I like most about Christmas decorating is pulling out all the “special” decorations. They might not be the prettiest or coordinate with my homes colors but they are ones that are full of family history and have the most meaning. Now that my Christmas decorating is finished, I thought I would share a few of my favorite things.

My vintage Santa cookie jar, inherited from my mother in law, sits on the kitchen table and stands guard over the trays of Christmas treats.

Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Photo

My grandmother’s champagne glasses are all ready for the Christmas Eve toast. They don’t hold a lot of champagne so the bottle is always nearby!

Linda Holt photo

Linda Holt photo

Our tree may not be magazine worthy or even blog worthy but every single ornament has some kind of special significance. It was either given as a gift, purchased while on vacation or hand made by the boys when they were little.

Christmas tree

This plastic Santa ornament has been on my Christmas tree for as long as I can remember. It was one of only two ornaments I asked to take with me when I got married.

Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Photo

This paper origami whale has survived unscathed since 1991. It was made by a good friend of mine from photography school. Thanks Jill!

Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Phot0

We’ve always loved this Star of David ornament, made by my now 27 year old when he was in the 1st grade. I guess it was the schools attempt at sending home a politically correct Christmas ornament.

Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Photo

It must not have gone over too big because just 3 years later when my younger son was in the same class there were no more Christmas ornaments.

The angel at the top is over 30 years old. My husband and I bought her for our first Christmas when “Country” was really big.  I know she is really dated and every year I am tempted to retire her but I always end up giving her another year. For some reason my husband seems to be most fond of her.

What do you think, should I keep her going or replace her with something more my style?

My Christmas table is set and for the first time in a long, long time I went with a traditional red, green and white color palette.

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The bottle brush trees and little figurines were part of a big snow village that I remember from my early childhood. My mom stopped setting it up by the time I was a teenager and after she passed away these few trees and figures were all that I could find of it. My favorite is the little skater and the glass “pond”.

bottle brush Christmas trees

Linda Holt Photo

I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Happy Thanksgiving and my unconventional color palette

This year we are having an evening Thanksgiving dinner so I thought I would use a more dramatic color palette than in years past.  Although it might be considered unconventional, I chose black, white and pear green.

Thanksgiving Table

Pear green is my fixed color in my drapes and chairs so I used a black table tablecloth with white china. I found these great glass balls from West Elm that I hung from my black and white glass pendant lights (you can only see one light in the photo but there are three lights and they are all a bit different).

Thanksgiving table

 I decided on a really simple pot of Kale with green berries and a few potted succulents since the centerpiece always get moved off the table once the food dishes go on. We never seem to have enough room!

Thanksgiving center piece

 The Rosemary that I stuck into the napkin holders is fresh from our garden.

Thanksgiving place setting

What do you think? Too unconventional or just fine?

Thanksgiving Table

Happy Thanksgiving and I wish you all a day filled with family, love, peace and food!

Fall decorating in five minutes

Seems like everyone I talk to these days and ask how they’re doing, I get a response something like this. ”I’m SO busy”…”there just aren’t enough hours in the day”…”I’m crazy busy”. Between work, family, chores and commitments I think we can all use a few quick and easy ideas for Fall decorating.

To help out and inspire all of you that are “SO busy” I have gathered a few of my favorite five minute decorating ideas from Pinterest.

Pintererst

A few branches of Bittersweet from the grocery store displayed in glass bottles.

mini pumpkins

a pile of white pumpkins under a glass cloche.

fall decor and candles

An artichoke, apples, brussel sprouts, cabbage, gourds, candles and flowers all grouped in a shallow bowl.

leaves in glass vase

If you live in an area that has foliage there is nothing easier than putting some colorful branches of leaves in a glass vase.

popcorn and candles

Okay, I know this is getting old, but popcorn and candles in a clear cylindrical vase is another one of those five minute decorating tricks. Great if guests are arriving and you need something quick for the front hall table.

pumpkins on mantel

As a last resort, line up pumpkins on your mantel and call it a day. Simple, understated and beautiful. Sometimes less really is more.

How about you? Do you find the time to go all out with your Fall decorating?

Trend Alert: Black and White Interiors

If you read my blog then you know that I am a huge color lover. I spend a lot of time thinking about and looking at color. Therefore, it comes as a surprise (even to myself) that I am mysteriously drawn to the new trend in both fashion and  interiors which is a black and white palette.

Maybe this trend is just a needed palette cleanser after all the highly saturated color we have been bombarded with over the past few years or maybe it is just a 180 for designers to try something new.

Black and white kitchens of course are timeless and have been popular for ages.

House Beautiful

House Beautiful

I love the black floor and range hood in the image above and the black subway tiles in the image below are a welcome change from the typical white subway tile that is usually used.

via Pinterest

via Pinterest

The black and white living room below looks so fresh and calming and the eye is drawn to the beautiful hanging lights, tribal patterned pillows and the few carefully placed accessories.

black and white

Pinterest

Black and White can be a good choice if there is a spectacular view right outside. Essentially the view becomes the color in the room like in this dining room.

black and white dining room

A small bathroom would be a great place to use a black and white palette; especially with a fun graphic wallpaper to add some visual interest.

black and white bathroom

One of the best things about a black and white color scheme is that you can mix in any color of your choice and then easily change it up whenever you like.

black and white and yellow

I am in the initial stages of gathering inspiration to redo my home office. I am seriously considering using just black and white.  That way, all my colorful fabric and paint samples will really pop. This home office is one I especially like.

black and white office

So what do you think of the new Black and White color trend? Do you think I should use it for my home office?

If you would like decorating or color help please give me a call.

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