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 Bindi Dot, made from upcycled Indian Sarees.

Bindo Dot

Bindi Dot

Inspired by the colorful Bindis that Indian women adorn on their forehead, the Bindi dot is the adornment placed between the two eyebrows. The Bindi dot is also known as the six chakra or the seat of concealed wisdom. You can check out the full collection HERE.

Have a great weekend everyone and hang in there..only another few weeks until Spring. I for one can not get there fast enough.

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 has a knob or handle for just about every style and price range.

Top Knobs at KBIS

Top Knobs at KBIS

This is our host at KBIS showing off one of Top Knobs newest collections the Aspen II collection. Just like their Aspen I collection, each piece is hand-cast from 90% recycled bronze and hand-finished for a beautiful, elegant style at an affordable price.

Top Knobs Aspen II Collection

Top Knobs Aspen II Collection

Since it’s always a challenge to get good product shots while at a trade show due to crowds and harsh lighting I thought I would share a few of Top Knobs best sellers from their own professional “beauty” shots.

Top Knobs Transcend Collection

Top Knobs Transcend Collection

Top Knobs Mercer Quilted

Top Knobs Mercer Quilted

Chareau Crystal

Chareau Crystal

Mercer Oculus

Mercer Oculus

Mercer Holland

Mercer Holland

While at KBIS it was exciting to find out that of our very own BlogTourVegas member Rose Dostal was chosen as a finalist in the Top Knobs design challenge. There were over 200 entries and Rose made it into the top seven! Here she is showing off her winning design.

BlogTourVegas member Rose Dostal

BlogTourVegas member Rose Dostal

No news yet if Rose won the challenge but fingers crossed she did. Be sure to check out Top Knobs next time you are looking for the perfect knob or handle.

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.  Wilsonart is one of the generous sponsors of BlogTour and Modenus and during the the BlogTourNY trip I learned some really interesting facts about laminate and wrote about it here.

More recently while on BlogTourVegas I saw them again at KBIS. Wilsonart has partnered with healthy life style expert Danny Seo on some innovative new designs and I must say, I think he hit it out of the park.  Thanks to Seo, I came away with some great ideas and inspiration for laminate use even beyond counter tops.

Look at this fun colorful accent wall made out of laminate strips. I love the wood tones mixed with the fresh turquoise and orange colors. Besides being eco friendly, laminate is a fraction of the cost of tile or stone.

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Wilsonart: Linda Holt Photo

I love this artful arrangement of geometric cubbies Seo created. So fun in a kitchen or office work space.

laminate storage Linda Holt Photo

artful storage idea with laminate: Linda Holt Photo

Wilsonart also makes a chalk board laminate. Seo used it both alone on the wall and also incorporated into the back of a craft center storage unit.

laminate chalk board

Chalk board laminate: Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Photo

The other exciting news we learned at KBIS  is that Wilsonart has just introduced a line of solid quartz surfaces.  Now partnered with the laminate they have something for every budget and style. The quartz colors and patterns are beautiful with everything from classic black and white to a variety of colors and patterns.

Wilsonart quartz

Wilsonart quartz

One that I was particularly drawn to is called Mehndi.  It is a warm taupy gray color with copper veining running throughout. (at KBIS I observed neutrals warming up and trending away from the cool grays)

Mehndi from Wilsonart

Mehndi from Wilsonart

Wouldn’t this quartz look gorgeous as a kitchen counter or bar top with a copper sink or maybe a rose gold faucet?

I was very inspired at KBIS seeing so many ideas for affordable and eco friendly customization.

Wilsonart has made what’s old new again and what’s new beautiful and on trend. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 fan of Walker Zanger tiles since I first saw them and their new introductions did not disappoint. Below is a composite I made of a few of my favorites.

Walker Zanger at KBIS

Walker Zanger at KBIS

My next blog post will be a bit more in dept about Walker Zanger along with more photos of their newest tiles. Today is a little sneak peak of what’s to come.

Color friends take note…is this the end of the cool gray trend? More on that topic in my next post.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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 both looking for new carpet I want to share something that absolutely blew my mind from one of our sponsors, Mohawk.

A little history first. I actually didn’t know this but Mohawk is the largest flooring company in the world. It has over thirty flooring categories including carpet, tile, area rugs, tile, laminate and more. Karastan, their most well known carpet brand, has just introduced for 2015 something that I think is going to revolutionize the carpet industry. Called Smart Strand Silk ForeverClean (yes, a mouthful I know) it does for carpet what Sunbrella, Crypton, and other performance fabric has done for furniture. This is the PERFECT choice if you have children, pets, entertain or like to drink red wine. Basically this is the perfect rug for everyone!

It is different from anything else on the market in that it does not have the traditional “stain protection treatment”. Instead, it gives a layer of protection that locks out spills and the resistance can never wear or wash off. Plus, even better news, it is an eco-friendly product, made in part from a renewable plant based material and Mohawk’s new Nanoloc technology.

Check out this demonstration they did to show how amazing this new nanoloc technology just is.

Karastan carpet demostration Linda Holt Photo

Karastan carpet demonstration: Linda Holt Photo

The new Karastan product alongside the number one competitors “stain protection” carpet were placed in two large glasses filled with red wine.  They both soaked for a few minutes and then both carpet samples were placed inside mason jars filled with tap water. The jars were both lightly shaken.  The water in one of the jars turned red and in the second jar the water stayed clear.

Mohawk carpet stain demonstration

Mohawk carpet stain demonstration

The carpet he is pulling out of the jar with the red stained water is the new Karastan carpet. Even after soaking in red wine the stain came right off into the water and the carpet sample was completely stain free.

The competing carpet brand on the right didn’t fair so well. Very little of the red wine came out into the water and you can see the sample held onto the stain and is still heavily stained red. (The Karastan product is on the left).

Competitors carpet held onto stain

Competitors stain treated carpet held onto stain

My photos don’t do justice to just how amazing the demonstration was but take it from me, it really proved their claim to be true. I don’t know about you but I’m sold!

smart starnd silk

You can find out more about Smart Strand Silk Carpet from Karastan by watching this video.

Disclaimer…Mohawk Flooring was one of our sponsors for BlogTourVegas but these views are 100% my own.

 

A new year, a new work space, a new walking desk

Happy New Year my friends! As great as the holidays were, I am always more than ready to embrace the new year and get a fresh start. So much promise of all the wonderful business goals I will accomplish, the weight I will lose and the “perfect” house I will have. Riiight…as we all know, it’s not quite that simple.

One thing I do have heading into the new year is a new office and work space. It is almost done and I can’t wait to reveal the whole space once the window treatments are installed and the art is hung. What I want to share with you today though is one small wall which has my new custom walking desk.

I have had a walking desk for over a year now. My husband was a very early adapter to the walking desk (3+ years ago) and routinely logs about 60-75 miles a week power walking while he works. I reluctantly agreed to try one but didn’t want to invest in a specialized desk (just in case I didn’t like it). Well I am happy to report that it’s all worked out just great. It did take awhile to get used to walking and typing simultaneously, and I often stand at it more than I walk, but it is better than sitting all day, that I know for sure.

Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Photo

It looks a little bare at the moment because the art work isn’t hung but I love my new desk. It was made by North Carolina wood worker  John Northrop. I found John through the online company Custom Made. If you don’t know the site I highly recommend it. You simply submit a project you would like to have done and vetted artisans will contact you and bid on the job. I actually contacted John directly as he was one of Custom Made’s featured artists of the day. He had made a console table that I liked and thought could be adapted to a tall desk.

John was amazing to work with and every time I had a question he responded almost immediately. I gave John the height requirements and length I wanted and he came up with the design.

The desk is made from 1 3/4″ reclaimed knotty alder wood with a shelf below that I store my computer and printer on.

Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Photo

I feel so organized now and everything is right within arms reach.  I am too embarrassed to show you what I was using as a desk before. I will give you the image though of  a plywood top crudely supported with more plywood. It was a temporary “desk” for me to try out for a week or two to make sure I liked working on a treadmill. Well as things go, a few weeks turned into a year and the thing was so bowed in the middle that my monitor sat in a little well. It was embarrassing even for me to look at it.

Now I couldn’t be happier. I would love to hear your opinion on a walking desk, do you think you would ever try one out?

 

 

My DIY holiday decoration

Well we are down to the wire…Christmas is in just a few days. I am so proud of myself that I accomplished just about everything on my shopping/cleaning/decorating “to do” list over the weekend. I even had time to do a fun little DIY decorating project that added a special sparkle to my decor.

Awhile back, Legrand/Adorne which makes electrical switches and covers contacted me about trying out their products. Well I loved the clean look and ingenious design and wrote about them here. At the time I didn’t know they also carry a light switch plate cover that you can custom design yourself. They sent me one to decorate that would compliment my holiday decor.

Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Photo

This was my inspiration

Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Photo

Here is my decorated plate cover.

Adorne custom wall plate

Adorne custom wall plate

I had so much fun decorating that I made a second template and made another one. This one is on my wave switch.

Adorne plate cover

I’m quite happy with them and might just keep them up beyond the holidays. Pretty fun right??

If you want to decorate a plate cover of your own just go to this link.

I want to wish you the happiest of Holidays and thank you for being a reader of my blog. It means the world to me and I look forward to many more blogs and design adventures in 2015.

 

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