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.

 

 

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.

 

Friday’s Photo: My easy table centerpiece

This Christmas I decided to use Red and Green as my color palette.  Following the trend of “return to traditional” I thought this was the perfect year to revive this classic color combo.

Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Photo

To create my red and green table centerpiece I used two small white poinsettias, a few succulents, some small (faux) apples and some greens right from my back yard.

What colors are you decorating with this year?

Happy Weekend everyone! This is the final push for me as I still have not started shopping :(

Friday’s Photo: Please help a friend out!

This weeks Friday photo is dedicated to my friend Deborah Main.  Deborah is a talented artist from Texas and has worked tirelessly over the past ten years to build her luxury pillow business. Her pillows are all one of a kind and just gorgeous. The exciting news is that she was chosen as a finalist in the Martha Stewart (yup THE Martha Stewart) American Made contest. Deborah needs your votes my friends to help her win in her category. It is such a huge honor for her as well as an opportunity to get her business to the next level.

Deborah Main2

If you can spare just a few minutes please go to the link below and vote for Deborah. You can vote six times at once every day until Oct. 13th, and like they say in politics…every vote count!    Click here to vote for Deborah and be sure to check out all her beautiful pillows here.

Have a great weekend everyone!

For those that follow me on Instagram and Facebook get ready to see lot’s of new photos next week because tomorrow I leave for a week vacation in Scottsdale AZ. A part of the country I have never been. I am so excited to see the desert.

 

Decorating: A Small Change with a BIG impact

If you are anything like me, you have a “wish list” or a “to do” list of things that you need (or want) to do in your home. The big things like a new kitchen or new furniture will have a huge impact but are also a huge expense. Sometimes though even a small change can have a big impact. Changing out throw pillows, bringing in fresh flowers or something as simple as washing the windows can add happiness to your home and life.

This past weekend I made a small change that has made me so happy that I want to share it with you. I have (had) dated and ugly wall switch plates throughout the entire house.  When we moved in my husband switched most of them out but we had one room he never got to. I know this sounds silly but everyday I walked into that room and made a mental note of those ugly plate covers. Changing them out has been on our “to do” list for years..crazy right??

So image how interested I was when I received an email from  Legrand asking me if I would like to sample a few of their Adorne wall switches and plate covers. Umm…YES please!

It was so hard to decide which ones I wanted to sample because the options as far as colors and style are so numerous. What I really needed though was the most basic of things…plain white wall plate switches and covers. I chose white because although the walls are currently green they are being painted a soft white within the next couple of months. Had I wanted green though, Adorne has it, as well as 34 other colors and metals. Like I said, it was really difficult to choose.

SAMSUNG CSC

My husband actually did the work but it took him only minutes. He joked that it took him longer to shut of the main breaker and get the packages open than it did to change out the switches. (He used his hiking head lamp for light since we had no power). The results?  I think the photo below says it all!

what a difference!

dated and ugly to new and beautiful!

My original ugly outlet on the left and my brand new Adorne outlet on the right.  I love the clean sleek contemporary design of the Adorne and also the fact that the two plug outlets are off register. It is such a simple change but makes it so much easier with two different cords.

An even bigger change was my dated (and yes ugly) light switch for my office. I chose to try out the Adorne Wave switch to replace it. Talk about convenience, I simply wave my hand in front of the black dot and voila! the light turns on and off.

old switch vs. new Wave

old switch vs. new Wave

I feel like my home’s electrical system has entered the modern age. I really am so happy with my new switches and wall plates. Who knew that something as simple as banishing those ugly yellowed plastic wall plates would make such a difference but it has. Thank you Legrand and Adorne..now on to the rest of the house.

 

 

 

 

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