Friday’s Photo: Headboard alternative

There are so many creative and out of the box ways to create a headboard. This custom painted wood screen is a great way to add color and visual interest to an otherwise neutral and very small bedroom.

Boston magazine Design Home 2014

Boston Magazine Design Home 2014/Linda Holt Photo

Happy Friday and have a great weekend everyone!

Friday’s Photo: It’s all in the mix

The secret to creating a room that has life and interest is all in the mix. Furniture that doesn’t all match and wasn’t all purchased at the same store. A mixture of patterns and textures and art work that speaks to you. These are the elements that give a room soul.

The Hampton Show House library, designed by Greg McKenzie, is a perfect example of this. Greg used a masterful mix of different period furniture, textures and patterns. I love the classic knole sofa mixed with the mid century Lucite coffee table, and the two side chairs piped in thick fringe. The chevron fabric from Schumacher, the graphic wallpaper and the Zebra hide rug add some punch to keep the mostly neutral room from being anything but boring.

Greg McKenzie Design

Greg McKenzie Design

I think the whole room is fabulous. Don’t you?

Have a great weekend my friends!

The top three trends in Window treatments

If I had to pick my absolute favorite element when designing a room, I would have to say it would be a tie between choosing a color palette and designing custom window treatments.  Since I am currently working on designing window treatments for multiple spaces in a very large home, I have paid special attention to what the top designers have done at this seasons show houses.

This is what I have seen as the latest trends in window treatments.

1.Hang em’ High This is not really a “trend” but for those that still don’t know this….drapes are hung high these days and off the window. I want to emphasis this because I went to a home just last week and the client had her window treatments mounted directly to her window molding (which was at least 18 inches below her ceiling). This is a no no, hang them high!

Bosotn magazine Design Home

Boston magazine Design Home

In the living room at the Hampton Show House, the drapes were hung from the ceiling molding since the windows went all the way up. Take note too of the gold rod and hardware… the trending color in metals.

Patrik Lonn Design Hampton Showhouse

Patrik Lonn Design Hampton Showhouse

2. Sheers. Yes, even though sheers have a bad rap for years, I saw them over and over at the show houses.  Today’s sheers are not your grandmother’s nylon ones but are made from a variety of materials such as silk, wool, cotton, and linen. Not only can they be beautiful but sheers are very functional. Sheers allow in the light while at the same time protect furniture, floors, carpet and other decorative drapery panels from the harming effects of the sun.

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West Chin design Holiday House hamptons

The sheers Jen Going used in her Holiday House Hampton bedroom were embellished with decorative raffia circles.

Jen Going Interiors Holiday House Hamptons

Jen Going Interiors Holiday House Hamptons

3. Embellishments and trim. Tapes, trims and fringe are really trending right now. Not only are they a fun way to add more detail but you can also use them to jazz up inexpensive panels or shades without breaking the bank.

Michelle Smith Holiday House Hamptons

Michelle Smith Holiday House Hamptons

Katie Leede Design

Katie Leede Design

I love this green trim Gil Walsh used on the leading edge of her bright floral patterned panels in her Hampton show room.

Gil Walsh Interiors Hampton Show House

Gil Walsh Interiors Hampton Show House

A few other observations I made are that natural fiber shades are still going strong, drapery rod finials were not elaborate (many rods were simply capped) and a surprising number of the show rooms used my favorite rod which is the soft bend rod (also called the French bend rod). No finials needed and it gives a nice clean look.

Brady Design Holiday House Hamptons

Brady Design Holiday House Hamptons

I would love to hear if you have a favorite window treatment. Also, do you have an opinion on “to pool or not to pool?” I would say it was about 50-50 at this season’s show houses.

Friday’s Photo: watercolor walls

Watercolor walls is a very big trend in interior design right now and this ethereal bedroom from the Holiday House Hampton is one of my favorites. Designed by Jen Going it was inspired by an abstract water color given to her by a friend.

Jen Going-Linda Holt Photo

Jen Going Interiors-Linda Holt Photo

Such a beautiful and unique way to treat an accent wall don’t you think?

Have a great weekend everyone.

Friday’s Photo: A study in turquoise

Happy Friday! Today I want to share this beach inspired turquoise study from the Holiday House Hampton Show House.

Bjornen Design /Linda Holt Photo

Bjornen Design /Linda Holt Photo

This small study just off the main living room was designed by Bjornen Design.  The designer said since the Hamptons are all about the beach and horses, the sea horse lamp was his inspiration and starting point for the whole room. I love the turquoise and sandy beige color palette and the drift wood like coffee table.  The wall paper and carpet reference the ripples of the ocean waves and the beach inspired accessories like the sea glass balls and the nautilus fossil remind you this is the Hamptons.

My favorite part of the room though are the black and white photos which ground the room and keep it from looking too themed.

This room was one of my favorites. What do you think?

Five ways to bring show house style into your own home

I’ve always loved to visit designer show houses. Even though the rooms may be completely out of reach financially to copy, show houses are still a great place to get ideas that you can incorporate in your own home. You may be inspired by a color palette or by a window treatment or even in how the designer accessorized the room. There are always lessons to be learned if you look closely. Last week I was fortunate enough to tour two very different show houses; the Hampton Show House and the Holiday Hampton Show House. As different as each house was, I spotted several things the designers did over and over that are easily duplicated decorating ideas that you can do in your own home. Most of them are at little or no cost but will add that designer flair. Here are my top five tips to bring show house style into your own home.

1. Use a chair to display books and objects. I saw this done over and over again in almost every designer’s room. Chairs were used as little display tables and were stacked with books, art and decorative objects.

Gil Walsh Interiors/Linda Holt Photo

Gil Walsh Interiors/Linda Holt Photo

I think the image below shows a great way to display a small piece of art work that you just can’t find the right spot for on your wall.

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2. Add an orchid. I assume the designers used orchids because they require little care and will last for at least as long as the show house is open to the public but I would have say, just about every show room had a beautiful (usually white) orchid. Orchids are affordable and add life and beauty to any room.

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Elsa Soyars Interiors

Gil Walsh Interiors/Linda Holt Photo

Gil Walsh Interiors/Linda Holt Photo

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3. Add a geode. Gems are trending big time in interior design and geodes were spotted all over at the two show houses. I saw geodes on stands, geodes in book cases and geodes on top of stacked books. Not only are they beautiful but geodes add sparkle and color.

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4. Add something gold. Gold was THE metal of choice at both Hampton show houses. Gold for light fixtures, gold for hardware, and gold for accessories. Tobi Fairley used beautiful gold accessories on an orange dresser with gold hardware from Lexington Furniture. Notice too the white orchid and look at the chair just to the left of the dresser.

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Tobi Fairley

Lillian August used lots of gold in her room but I especially loved the two matching gold bookcases.

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Lillian August

5. Add photography. As a photographer, I have to say I was most happy to see so much photography used. There was quite a mixture between black and white, color, vintage prints and modern.

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Phoebe Howard design

With Instagram we all seem to be photographers these days so why not pick a favorite image and hang it in your own home? My tip to get a professional look is to blow it up big and have it professionally framed. It will look just like the ones the designers used.

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Patrik Lonn chose a statement photo over the fireplace of bright blue butterflies on a back ground of crumpled tin foil. (notice too the geode lamp and white orchid in the background).

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Above is a colorful Gray Malin photo. I feel like he is following me this Summer as his work was all over our Nantucket house rental this past Summer as well.

I’m sure you want to see more of each of these beautiful rooms and I will be sharing lot’s more in the next few blogs…including the room that most inspired me. In the meantime, I would love to hear which of these design elements is your favorite? Mine is the use of photography.

 

 

My biggest take-a-ways from Design Camp Vegas part 1

Design Camp Vegas was everything I imagined it would be and more. The speakers were fabulous, the net working was fun, new friendships were formed, and old friends were reconnected with. There was an overload of valuable information shared over the two days which included everything from branding, to fees, to starting a furniture line to contracts. We also had the thrill of listening to design icon Roger Thomas and A-list designer Sandra Espinet.

Since it is impossible to cover everything I learned in a single post I thought I would share a few of my top take-a-ways in this first part 1.

 Bill Indursky opened Camp with his always entertaining trend report. His big tweetable quote concerning trends was  “Big Balls”. We all laughed, but seriously, big balls were spotted all over market. Big balls are especially popular in lighting

Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Photo

but I also saw plenty of balls used as accessories.

Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Photo

Susanna Salk was beautiful and as gracious as ever and shared her advice on how to get published. She showed slides from her new book, of which I was thrilled to get a signed copy, of  Decorate Fearlessly!  My biggest take-a-away from Susanna is to decorate in a way that makes you happy and forget the “rules”.

Katie Ridder

Katie Ridder Design

I was especially excited to see that a friend of mine, Denise McGaha, had one of her designs in Susanna’s book. Don’t you just LOVE that yellow stove? Would you be brave enough to use it in your kitchen?

Denise McGaha

Denise McGaha Designs

I was so inspired by Susanna’s talk that I decided to go forward on ordering an apple green velvet sofa. I have been “thinking” about it for over a year but I have not yet been brave enough to pull the trigger. You know, big expense…trendy…will I tire of it? All the fearful thoughts that have been holding me back. Well with encouragement from my friend Kim, and looking at Susana’s book I have decided to go for it!

Kimberley Seldon, who’s class I took last November, the Business of Design, spoke about fees and charging what you are worth. I always love her frank discussion about money and my take-away from Kimberley was  “Don’t charge for your time, charge for your expertise”. I love that don’t you?

Helene Hollub who is a master builder in Florida gave us her number one tip when doing new construction. #1. pick a roof #2. pick a floor #3 pick a kitchen. Once you have decided on those three elements your home’s look and feel has been determined and the rest of the decisions should be easy.

Lastly, if you only buy one book for your design library then Patrick Dragonette who is an expert in furniture and design recommends The Encyclopedia of Furniture by Joseph Aronson. After all, if you don’t have an understanding the history of furniture you will not understand the furniture of today nor be the best designer you can be.

I also want to give a huge thank you to Lori Denis and Kelli Ellis for all their incredible hard work on running another hugely successful Camp. I think this one was the best one yet!

Next week I will follow up with part 2 as I am off to New York to see the Hampton  Show House. I hope they allow me to take photos but I forgot to call ahead. I’ll be sure to post lot’s of images on Instagram if you want to follow along.

 

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