Friday’s Photo: Decorating with books

Looking for a simple DIY project to do over this long weekend to add some color or pattern to a room? I thought this was a very cleaver idea since many of us have stacks of old paper back books laying around ( if not, they can be purchased at almost any yard sale for pennies).

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Simply turn the spines around and paint the pages in an assortment of colors and patterns. Instant colorful art!

Have a great long weekend everyone and even though it does not feel like Summer here in New England at least we know it’s coming soon!

 

 

Friday’s Photo: RL breaking the rules

In both photography and design school I was told “first you have to learn the rules in order to successfully break the rules”. This image below taken at the Ralph Lauren High Point Showroom is definitely a rule breaker. A giant mirror is oversize for the console table (a mirror should be no more than 1/3 the length of the piece of furniture it is over), a teeny tiny lamp looks way too small for the table (the size of a lamp should be balanced with the size of the table)  and a large framed photo overlaps the mirror (never obstruct a mirror).

Ralph Lauren Show room

Ralph Lauren Show room High Point

Does it work? Absolutely. Every single element is placed perfectly so that the overall vignette is balanced and cohesive. What do you think?

Have a great weekend!

Friday’s Photo: Excitement in the details

One of my favorite things to see at High Point Market is how the experts style the show rooms. Unfortunately, it can be challenging to observe because the rooms are almost always packed with sales reps buzzing about and with designers sitting in the room to test out the furniture or to simply relax for a few minutes.

One lucky afternoon I just happen to get this “person free” image at Wesley Hall.  I had about 5 seconds before someone walked back into the frame and sat down on the chair.

Wesley Hall

Wesley Hall

Just look at how much thought went into styling and decorating this one small space. The green in the art work perfectly coordinates with the green leather sofa. The flowers on the tray which is angled “just so” is a perfect compliment to the floral fabric on the chair. My absolute favorite detail though is the small red crystal on the chandelier that forms a little color triangle with the floral fabric and the red pillow on the sofa.

Call me crazy but it’s these perfectly thought out design details that gets me so excited about design.

Have a great weekend everyone. I think here in New England we are going to have our first absolutely gorgeous weekend.

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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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!

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