Have you seen the HOT new photo app for iphones and ipads called Waterlogue? It is hugely popular and is sweeping through the design community. In fact, while cruising through Instagram yesterday two out of every three postings were Waterlogue pictures.
You can take a photo with the Waterlogue app or upload any random photo and then turn it into a water color painting. It’s like Instagram on steroids in that it can turn even the most mediocre photo into a work of art.
Here are a few images I made yesterday while watching (killing time) during the Super Bowl.
This is a photo as it appeared originally. Not a great photo as it was taken with my camera phone during the install and the lighting was not great.
Linda Holt Photo
and here it is after the Waterlogue app…pretty cool right?
Linda Holt Photo
Here is another mediocre “before”
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and the Waterlogue “after”.
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Seriously, doesn’t it look like I paid several hundred dollars to have this professionally rendered? I know my clients would LOVE to have an image like this of their room.
Linda Holt Photo
The image below was transformed by the waterlogue “It’s Technical” filter.
Linda Holt Photo
As was this one was transformed in the “Bold” filter.
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I totally understand the craze and addiction…everything looks fabulous in Waterlogue… Even a sink full of soaking dishes.
Linda Holt Photo
Have you tried it yet??? If not, are you going to join in on the fun?
Tuesday I spent the day at the Boston Design Center. I hadn’t been in for a few weeks and as someone who is so tuned into color I couldn’t help but notice the hot new color that was EVERYWHERE! It seems Purple is everyone’s darling right now. I only saw a few show rooms that didn’t feature purple, either as a wall color, a furniture color or in accessories. Here are a few photos I snapped with my cell phone to give you an idea of what will soon be in a store near you.
purple accent wall at Scalamandre
Stepping off the elevator I was blown away by this rich purple accent wall at Scalamandre. The silk purple floral and solid purple pillows tied in nicely with the wall color.
Purple leather chair at Kravet
I spotted this gorgeous purple leather chair at the Kravet show room and this purple velvet one at Duralee (swoon).
Several of the showrooms featured purple sofas for those willing to make a major color commitment including this one below at Grand Rapids.
Kravet also had a purple sofa but leaning more toward magenta. I loved the art work above and the chartreuse green wall.
Kravet purple sofa
For those who like purple but are not so sure they want to make such a big commitment there were plenty of pillows. Using pillows is a great way to be on trend without making a major investment.
This purple velvet and ikat were two of my favorites… also at Kravet.
Another purple a bit more on the magenta side was spotted at Duralee.
This piece almost came home with me as it was a floor sample and would look so nice at the foot of my bed.
Having studied color and color psychology I know purple is one of those controversial colors that people either love…or not. Studies show that purple is most popular among pre-adolescent girls and creative types but it doesn’t get much love in home interiors except maybe bedrooms…until now.
As a decorator who entered the field after a full career as a photographer, I never had the opportunity to intern or work with another designer. I often wondered how other designers conducted business. How did they structure their day? What was their contract like? What procedures and steps did they follow once a job was secured?
Over the past few years I have run my business the best way I knew how but in all honesty, I have been somewhat loosey goosey as far as procedure goes. Well that is a thing of the past because last week I flew to Atlanta to learn from the super successful, top designer Kimberley Seldon.
Kimberley has made it her mission to change the way the majority of designers conduct business (too many hours logged for not enough money earned). The core of her program is a 15 step client process to guarantee a project will be completed on budget and on time. Shocking right??
I highly recommend you check out her next class but in the mean time, you can pick up her new book which is the next best thing.
On a side note, travel is my biggest source of inspiration and I always look for colors, patterns, subjects or light that catches my eye. Unfortunately, all I saw of Atlanta was the airport and hotel but here are a few things that I thought were photo worthy.
Atlanta Airport-waiting for Tam-Linda Holt Photo
Love this color palette and lighting I saw late afternoon at Atlanta airport.
Embassy Suites Hotel-Linda Holt Photo
Looking down from the 9th floor was this wonderful image of color and pattern.
Embassy Suites Elevator-Linda Holt Photo
Early morning when the sun came streaming through the window there was about 10 seconds when the elevator door opened and you could see all the way through. I thought it was cool but maybe it is just me.
On a design note, my favorite thing about the Embassy Suites (besides the free cocktail hour) was the black and white graphic wallpaper and these red leather slipper chairs. I don’t know how I feel about the carpet as it made me a little queasy (of course that was after cocktail hour) but I am sure it would hide just about any stain you could spill on it.
Linda Holt Photo
If you have a project you would like finished on time and on budget, give me a call…I have a great 15 step process!
Color trends are closely related to social trends and since Breast Cancer awareness is on everyone’s minds these days it comes as no surprise that the color Pink has become THE color of the moment. Now I am not referring to a soft quiet pink that we associate with little girls, but a vibrant strong “manly” pink.
Maybe it’s just a coincidence but this bold bright pink seemed to go viral as soon as the NFL players were spotted wearing pink gloves and shoes in support of the breast cancer cause. (I will say, it made watching a game with my husband so much more enjoyable…just because of the added color and how it looked against the green field).
Hot pink for the home is popping up everywhere and while furniture shopping for a client I spotted this bright pink sofa at a local Circle Furniture.
Circle Furniture: Linda Holt Photo
Nearby was a hot pink leather recliner with a matching ottoman.
Now I know pink isn’t for everyone but if you are thinking of bringing this hot new color into your home, here are a few tips for using it successfully.
The brighter the pink the more visual weight and energy it carries so be sure to surround it with plenty of neutrals so that the eye has a place to rest and the pink does not overwhelm the room.
White walls with black and gold accents keep both of these rooms looking sophisticated and not too sweet.
Same principle here in that the room has plenty of neutrals so that the pink furniture can stand out as the star of the room.
You can also do the reverse and paint the walls bright pink while keeping the surrounding elements neutral.
Or, you can have both pink walls and pink furniture but still use plenty of neutrals and keep the palette limited.
Although I don’t think of myself as a pink kind of girl, I’m loving the pink trend.
How about you? Would you use this bright pink in your home?
If you would like help using Pink or any other color give me a call.
Last week was the home industry event referred to in the designer world simply as High Point. It is a HUGE home interiors market that takes place in High Point, North Carolina. All the top manufactures and dealers of anything related to the home gather to showcase their newest products to members of the trade. Although I did not attend, I lived vicariously through several of my designer friends and acquaintances who did.
For the past few seasons, High Point has designated 9 “Style Spotters” to search out the hottest trends from all the different showrooms and “Pin” them onto a Pinterest board. I have loved following their pins and getting a sneak peak of what we will soon be seeing in our local home furnishing stores. You can check out all 9 style spotter boards here but here are some of my favorites.
Bold bright color, especially when applied as a high gloss or lacquer, is still trending. Look at this gorgeous lacquered teal chest spotted by Tobi Fairley
Lisa Mende spotted the color orange still going strong and pinned this fabulous orange lacquered lamp from Dunes and Duchess.
Dunes and Duchess
Stacy Naquin chose this mint lacquered console from Hickory Chair with trending gold accents and gold table lamps.
Graphics continue to have a strong presence and Traci Zeller spotted this collection of graphic removable and reusable wallpaper from Casart Coverings. Removable wallpaper is so great if you want the punch of wallpaper but don’t want to make a permanent commitment. When you tire of the look, simply peal it off.
Our natural world has been trending for awhile now and agate seems to be especially popular. I love these Shagreen boxes with agate slices on top from Regina Andrew that was spotted by Shay Geyer.
This agate sconce from RoshamBeaux seems like it was a market favorite and was spotted by Lisa Mende.
Nail heads are still trending as is the color pink. Gretchen Aubuchon spotted this hot pink and silver chair outlined with silver nail heads.
Shay Geyer also spotted the color pink as trending and pinned this white lacquered chair covered with hot pink velvet from Caracole.
Lastly, I want to share this bold blue and orange show room by CR Laine. I love everything about this room and look at all the trends it incorporates: bold color, lacquered furniture, the color orange and a graphic rug.
CR Laine at High Point Fall 2013
I invite you to check out my Pinterest board of all my favorites from the 2013 Fall High Point Style Spotters here and discover a few other other trends this room also incorporates.
I first noticed what appeared to be brand new “damaged” rugs at the ICFF last Spring in New York. Several high end rug dealers were displaying hand woven, pricey rugs that had the look of damage, fading, wear, and even stains woven right into the rug. At first I was really taken aback but now that I have seen more of these rugs they are slowly growing on me.
Actually, they remind me of those acid washed and pre-torn jeans that we all clamored to own back in the day. I still recall (my now deceased) Dad once commenting, “who in their right mind would buy damaged clothes”? He was a conservative Yankee through and through so he would definitely not appreciate or understand this new rug trend.
The majority of the new “damaged” carpets I have seen have very exaggerated wear and fading like this carpet below that I saw on display at the ICFF.
The Rug Co booth display at the 2013 ICFF show
Here is a close up of another one that was also on display at The ICFF.
This one below has the appearance of a maybe a bad chemical stain.
Personally, I have never been a huge fan of traditional oriental rugs because of how bossy the patterns and colors are. I will admit though I am drawn to these funky “damaged” rugs and I can imagine using one in an edgy contemporary space as the focal point of the room. I think they would also look great in a Rough-Luxe designed room.
Earlier this week, while walking past a Stark Carpet window display at the Boston Design Center I was stopped dead in my tracks.
Stark Carpet window display
This colorful flat weave Stark Carpet looks like it came right off the floor of a painter’s studio. A mixture of old newspapers and drop cloths covered with paint spatters and spills. This one stole my heart and if I had the budget and the space this baby would have come home with me.
I know this trend isn’t for everyone but I would love to hear your thoughts. What do you think of the “damaged” rug trend? Would you put one in your own home? Would you like to use one for a client? Do you love them or not? Please comment below and let me know…yay or nay?
Recently I was invited to tour the Boston Magazine Design Home located at the newly constructed Concordia in Swampscott MA. If you live anywhere near Swampscott this home is a must see and even if you don’t, it is worth the trip. Not only is the home BEAUTIFUL but 100% of the proceeds of the tour go to support Children’s Hospital.
Ocean side of Concordia image via Boston magazine
The home is right on the water and although it was foggy the day of our tour the future homeowners will have incredible views. The design and decorating of the home was coordinated by Jerry Rippetoe and Tony Sienicki. They did a fantastic job of creating a beautiful color palette of blues, creams and complementary neutrals that flowed seamlessly from room to room. There is so much to take in and share but the highlights for me was the lighting, the color palette, the window treatments, the artwork, the ceilings, and the carpets (I guess that’s pretty much everything).
Just around the corner from the entrance was the kitchen, designed and build by Family Kitchens. Here the designers chose a lighter version of the blue/green and white color palette.
The kitchen had every conceivable amenity and the white cabinets paired with the green Costa Esmeralda granite and coordinating tile back splash felt just right for an ocean side home.
The adjoining great room flowed seamlessly with the kitchen. Don’t you just love the blue ceiling? Another bonus is that a full wall of windows looks directly out to the ocean.
The great room is filled with one of kind accessories and museum quality artwork such as the painting over the fireplace.
For me the highlight of the great room is a 100+ year old carpet from Landry and Arcari. Talk about artwork for the floor! It was one of the most beautiful carpets I have ever seen. Interwoven throughout the entire piece are animals and fanciful creatures. By looking at the colors it was most likely the inspiration for the designers chosen color palette.
Look closely and see how many animals you can spot (I see at least four in this tiny detail).
The house has three bedrooms and my favorite is the master.
master bed room
SO relaxing and soothing with the beautiful blue and silver wallpaper and that gorgeous silver bed.
The house has four bathrooms and each one is different and beautiful but they all have luxurious finishes, lighting and window treatments.
Even the closets are decked out and are a space to linger in.
This is “her closet” and below is “his closet”
The house is open for tours Sept.12th through Oct.7th. For those of you who are local and would like to see the whole house I have two free tickets I would love to pass on. Just let me know if you would like to attend by commenting below. If more than one person wants them I will randomly pick a name on Wed.
For more information about the home and the many fabulous sponsors or to buy tickets to tour the home click here.
I would love to hear what you think of the house and what your favorite room or feature is.