Friday’s Photo: Trending colors at High Point

I am just back from Market at High Point, NC after spending 5 non-stop days touring dozens and dozens of show rooms. I have SO many things to share and I hope you followed me on Instagram because I posted lot’s of photos. I will be writing a full follow up next week but I wanted to share this image today.

Yellow and coral at E.J. Victor

Yellow and Red at E.J. Victor

Move over blue (which DOMINATED at market) because there are some new colors making an appearance. Both yellow and red, which we really haven’t seen much of lately for interiors, were spotted at several of the show rooms. This room at E.J. Victor fully embraced them both. I think it is such a happy and cheerful room.

How about you? Are you ready for a color change or still sticking with blue?

Have a good weekend and check back next week for my trend report.

Friday’s Photo: Off to High Point Market I go

Friday morning at 6am I leave for High Point NC to attend “Market”. I am so excited but also somewhat stressed because if I get everything done I need to do before I leave I will have pulled off a small miracle. I am finishing up floor plans for two new clients, following up with several different vendors to make sure deposits have been received and items are on schedule to ship. There is also the matter of packing and I need to get a manicure and pick up clothes from the dry cleaner. Yikes!

Once I arrive in High Point things don’t slow down one bit as I will be going from early morning till late at night for the next five days. It’s difficult to describe exactly what the Market experience is like but imagine 180 buildings, some as large as this one in the photo below and maybe you get an idea of how large Market is. Talk about visual overload! Good thing the bar carts all roll out at 4pm because by then I am in full zombie mode.

CD Building High Point NC

CD Building High Point NC

Besides visiting as many showrooms as time allows there are parties galore, seminars to attend and designer friends from far and wide to catch up with. I will be sharing lots of photos so that you can see all the hot new products, colors and trends as soon as I see them. Be sure to follow me on Instagram as that is where I will be doing most of the sharing. If you don’t already follow me you can do so HERE.

Also, if you would like to read my article from last April’s visit that I wrote for Merrimack Valley Home Magazine just click HERE.

 

 

NYC Spring 2015 window displays

Every time I visit New York City I have the same thought, “Why don’t I do this more often?” New York City is only a little more than three hours from Boston but the truth is, I rarely go. I can come up with lot’s of excuses why; hotels are expensive, I don’t know anyone there and I can never find a good time to take time off work.

While attending the Architectural Digest Home Show a couple of weeks ago I once again was reminded of how inspirational the city is and how I really need to make an effort to travel there more often. Even just walking the streets while checking out the windows is a visual delight. Look at these terrific windows I spotted while walking the famous 5th avenue.

Prada

Prada

One thing I noticed as trending in almost every window was the use of faceless all white mannequins. One reason may be because color continues to be big this Spring and what better way to showcase those colorful clothes than against a clean white background.

Bergdorfs had an interesting theme for their Spring windows as each window vignette highlighted a different sense. The one below is taste. Not totally clear on the message but those are big white cakes above the models heads. The dress on the right with the pompoms is not something I could wear in a million years but the one on the left I love.

Bergdorfs

This second window vignette for smell is more clear as that is a big nose encased in that Lucite box. The message is further driven home with all those flowers in the background. I love the two skirts in this window as well.

This last one for hearing is even more literal with a huge ear floating front and center. I usually get annoyed by the street reflections in the window but actually loved the reflection here.

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The rich saturated blue background grabbed my attention in Fendi’s window. It’s hard to tell the scale but that bag is about 10 feet tall and fills the entire window.

Fendi

Leave it to Ralph Lauren to keep his mannequins classic and beautiful. This was another window where I thought the street reflections added interest to my photo. It’s almost as if the mannequin is making a ghost like appearance by stepping right out of the wall of the building.

Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren

For those of you that watch Downton Abbey, this window had a fun discovery. If you have seen the opening “commercial” for the series it shows Ralph Lauren painting a water color of a jeweled necklace on a model. It then shows an actual model wearing that same necklace down the runway. Here is the  necklace on the mannequin in the window.

This last window is Dolce and Cabbana. I know they have had some very bad press lately by making some really dumb comments that don’t even make sense. I did however enjoy their window because I interpret it as “Winter” waiting for “Spring” to come to life.

Dolche and cababa

I hope you enjoyed a little glimpse of the New York City Spring 2015 window displays. I have made a commitment to myself to get to NYC more often and as Wayne Dyer says, “excuses be gone”!!!….Anyone want to join me?

 

 

Friday’s Photo: Colorful art glass

While at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show last week I saw bright, bold color everywhere. I was especially drawn to the colorful art glass that several different artists had on display. One studio I have had my eye on for awhile now is Vetro Vero and I was thrilled to see them at the show.

Vetro Vero: Linda Holt Photo

Vetro Vero: Linda Holt Photo

These three glass pitchers are just incredible don’t you think? You can see more of their beautiful work HERE.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Dining By Design 2015 room vignettes part 1

Last week I was in New York City to join in the celebration of Modenus’s (Veronika Miller) fifth anniversary as well as to attend the Architectural Digest Home Show. I saw so many new products and met some amazing new artisans and over the next few posts I will be sharing lot’s of inspiring photos and design ideas. Beside’s the Modenus bash (Veronika really knows how to throw a party) a highlight of my trip was attending a very special event called DINING BY DESIGN.

Each year Dining By Design brings together internationally celebrated designers as well as local talent to create dining installations that the public can view to help raise money for DIFFA (Design Industries Fighting Aids). Each dining room is so different and the creativity is off the charts. Some are whimsical while others are elegant and over the top luxurious and some are simply outrageous and fun.

I have already posted a few of my favorite rooms on Instagram but for those of you who don’t follow me or are not on Instagram here are a few more of the rooms. I will reveal more in my following post part two.

Sunbrella fabric sponsored this colorful happy room. I loved all the mix of different colored glasses and the rainbow of fabric swatches tied to the chairs.

Dining By Design Sunbrella :Linda Holt Photo

Dining By Design Sunbrella :Linda Holt Photo

If you are a D.I.Y.’er you could achieve a similar look with colorful ribbon tied to the back of your dining chairs. Mismatched colorful glasses can usually be picked up for a few dollars each at a consignment shop or flea market. I couldn’t get close enough to the “wall paper” but it appeared to be made out of buttons on fabric.

This next dining room is by Corey Damen Jenkins who paired up with Beacon Hill Fabrics. This vignette was one of my favorites. Who says you need a chandelier when two fabulous statement lamps will do the job?

Dining by design table

Corey Damen Jenkins: Linda Holt Photo

I especially loved Corey’s elegant place settings of gold detailed glass plates accented with agate “jewelry” and topped by a single succulent.

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Linda Holt Photo

Of course how can you not love Hermes. They could simply put their china on a beat up picnic table and it would be a show stopping table.

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Hermes for Dining By Design: Linda Holt Photo

At $350+ for a single plate I tried to do the math in my head of what this elaborate table with place settings for twenty might cost. I stopped adding when I remembered the old saying, “if you have to ask you can’t afford it”. Trust me, it would be a lot!

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Hermes IKAT china: Linda Holt Photo

For those of you familiar with the artist Hunt Slonem this will surely delight you. Wouldn’t you just love to be invited to a Spring brunch in a dining room like this?

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Hunt Slonem: Linda Holt Photo

Slonem did two tables for dining by design and I could not decide which one I liked better. They both were so colorful, fresh and fun.

Hunt Slonen: Linda Holt Photo

Hunt Slonen: Linda Holt Photo

Take note of the bullion fringe on both tables. I have been seeing this trend a lot lately and although I am not a big fan of it for furniture I love it used here on the table topper.

This last one was titled “getting lost in print”….get it? It was done by Echo and the viewers were encouraged to get in on the party.

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My traveling buddy designer Kim Macumber and I were more than willing to get in on the fun.

Echo vignette red

That’s it for part one. Be sure to check out my next post part two for others, some of which were quite outrageous!

Head shot tips from a former head shot photographer

I know it is ironic but I spent 25 plus years working as a professional head shot photographer and I dread having my picture taken. I think it all stems back to picture day in elementary school. When the class photo was posted I was always a full head taller than the next tallest kid and everyone would laugh at me. By the fourth grade I was as tall or taller than the teacher and being a very shy kid it was painfully embarrassing.

Fast forward all these years later and I still dread being photographed but for entirely different reasons. So when the magazine I write for, Merrimack Valley Home, informed me that they were sending a staff photographer to take new head shots of me in my home studio my initial reaction was that familiar feeling of dread and loathing.

The shoot was last Thursday and I am happy to report I survived the whole ordeal. Since some of you may also not look forward to having your head shot taken I thought I would share my tips for getting the best head shot possible.

1. Hire a professional head shot/portrait photographer. Just because your next door neighbor is a cracker jack sports photographer or your cousin Ed shoots the most awesome sunsets, does not mean they are going to be able to take a good head shot. Head shots, and portraits in general, have a whole different photography skill set than a product photographer or architectural photographer has so choose wisely.

Adrien Bisson

Adrien Bisson -Linda Holt Photo

My photographer was Adrien Bisson of Adrien Bisson Photography and he is an experienced head shot photographer so I knew I was in good hands. He has a very calm manner (he never once shouted “work it baby”) and was more than willing to share sneak peaks of the images to his neurotic subject.

2. Think about your Brand when you chose what to wear. Don’t go too crazy with this but if your brand is all about color then don’t be photographed in all black against a gray or white background (even if you do think it’s slimming). Also, if you always wear glasses or a signature statement necklace then wear these in your photo. The best head shot is ultimately one that looks like you.

3. Stand or sit at a slight angle. Nothing says “mug shot” more than a square shouldered, straight on shot. Try facing your body a bit to the left or a bit to the right. We all have one side that photographs better than the other so try out both if you don’t know which is your “better side”.

4. Lean in. No, not in the Sheryl Sandberg way but literally lean forward into the camera. Since you are facing a bit to either the left or right what ever shoulder is facing the camera, lean in and down a bit. You also want to jut your chin out and down a bit. Trust me, it might feel odd but it works. It is slimming, brings life to the shot and creates some visual interest.

5. Smile with your eyes. Dead eyes with a smiling mouth fools no one. I used to tell my clients to think of the person they most love in life and imagine they were standing right there. You want a genuine smile and sometimes it’s hard to muster up one in a photo studio in front of a stranger surrounded by lights or reflectors. Engage in conversation with your photographer. Talking helps relax you because unless you are a professional model, smiling “on cue” is nearly impossible. Note* Please don’t say “cheese” as that really never looks good.

6.Get a little help from your friends. Choosing “THE ONE” can be challenging. If you are a perfectionist (like me) or especially critical (like me, and most woman I know) then it is hard to be objective when making that final selection. Ask your friends and loved ones to help with the final choice. You want your head shot to not only look like you but ideally to express a bit of your personality. Are you quirky? Always smiling? Always tipping your head to the left? Whatever your friends and family think represent the true you is the one to use.

So my friends, now I am stepping out of my comfort zone and asking for your help in selecting my final head shot for the magazine. Please let me know which one you like the best.

Linda HSnumbered

Photos by Adrien Bisson Photography

 

 

 

 

Friday’s Photo: Blanco’s answer to the new warm grays

After my post earlier this week about trending brown/grays and taupes  I found it so timely that in my email today was this announcement from Blanco.

“BLANCO CERANA™ reinvents versatility with the addition of its warm, neutral Biscuit color to the one-of-a-kind Fireclay collection”.

Blanco Biscuit sink

Blanco’s new biscuit colored sink

Biscuit is a color the design world hasn’t seen much of since the 80’s . It makes perfect sense though to reintroduce it now since biscuit (creamy almond white) pairs better with brown/gray that bright white does. I see this as one step closer toward taupe and one step away from cool gray.

What do you think my friends…just coincidence?

Have a great weekend!

 

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