Trending color at High Point Market

One thing I heard over and over at High Point last week was how everyone was so excited about all the color in the showrooms. Evidently for the past few years the showrooms have been awash with shades of gray and white.

As someone who is passionate about color I was on high alert for colors I saw as trending. I saw plenty of blues and greens and also purples (no surprise since Pantone picked Radiant Orchard as their color for 2014). What I didn’t except though was a color that hasn’t gotten a whole lot of love lately and that is RED! Not the deep dark “oxblood red” of the past few years but big bold tomato red!

Take a look at some of these gorgeous showroom where Red was definitively the center of attention.

Alexa hampton

Alexa Hampton for Hickory Chair: Linda Holt Photo

 Possibly my favorite show room in all of High Point was this teal and red room for Hickory Chair by Alexa Hampton.

red and turquoise for C R laine

C.R. Laine showroom: Photo Linda Holt photo

C.R. Laine    showed vibrant tomato red with aqua. A hot/cool color combination I have always loved.

Wesley Hall Showroom: Photo Linda Holt

Wesley Hall paired red with charcoal and creamy white for this fresh looking showroom with fabrics from Tilton Fenwick.

C R Laine showroom: Linda Holt Photo

The above vignette was also at C.R. Laine; Don’t you love that red leather stool and red coral art work paired with the red trellis patterned chair?

Mary McDonald

Mary McDonald for Chaddock: Photo Linda Holt

Mary McDonald used gray and white for her new line for Chaddock Home but look what she used as her accent color! If you look to the left there is the most beautiful red leather and brass side table. That floor by the way was one of my favorite elements of the show.

I have SO MUCH more to share but for now I wanted to spread the news that Red is trending!

What do you think of red? Do you use it in your home?

If you would like help updating your home for Spring or want to incorporate red into your home, give me call!

Friday’s Photo: hair on hide rugs

Hi everyone!  I’m just back from High Point Market and must say, it was an amazing experience. I saw SO much and I have SO many photos to share with you of new products and trends I spotted.

Hair on hides is definitely a trend for Spring 2014. I saw hides used on the floor alone, hides layered over larger natural fiber rugs and hides used as upholstery on furniture and pillows.

One of my favorite finds for hides was the Saddleman showroom. I just loved the way they displayed these colorful stamped  Zebra patterns on cowhides.

Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Photo

Now, I know people have very mixed feelings about hides. Personally, I was always adverse to them as I have spent most of my adult life as a vegetarian and I am a HUGE animal lover.  However, having said that, I am somehow attracted to these. Maybe it is because like chicken nuggets, they no longer resemble the animal they once were.

What do you think about cowhides? Would you put one in your home?

Have a great weekend everyone. I will be sorting through hundreds of images and slowly coming down from my High Point “high”.

Emotional Beauty

When I was about 10 years old my class went on a field trip to Trinity Church in Boston. When I walked through the huge arched doors and looked up I vividly remember the hair standing up on the back of my neck…and then I started to cry. I had no idea why this was happening and I was so embarrassed trying to hide my tears from my teacher and the other kids. I now know this experience was the first out of many more to come where I was simply overwhelmed by the beauty and power of a space. It happened while visiting cathedrals in Europe, grand historic homes, even art museums. I’ll wander around with the other tourists trying my best to act completely normal, all the while trying to hold back tears. It’s still embarrassing but it’s out of my control.

Not that long ago I had a similar experience much closer to home. My husband and I attended a memorial service for a special friend who had quite suddenly and unexpectedly passed away. Her family were long time members of the Sconset tennis club on Nantucket, known as “The Casino”.  Our friend spent all her Summers there, worked there as a teen and then as a manager as an adult. I’m not sure what I was expecting but certainly not this.

Linda Holt Photo

After a bit a research I found out The Casino was built in 1899 as a “hall of amusement” by John Coffin. From what little history I could gather, the Casino was later remodeled in 1923 by architect Frederick Hill of NY. Hills elaborate use of painted latticework on the ceilings and walls was influenced and resembled the famous Newport Casino. Being in this space while paying honor to our friend was a very powerful and emotional experience (to say the least).

Decorators and designers understand and witness the emotion that beautiful design can bring . Many of us have experienced clients bursting into tears of joy when they see their newly designed room for the first time. I believe we should all feel emotional beauty about our home, yet in my experience so few do. Many of the homes I visit have too much clutter, or the homeowner is hanging onto furniture or artwork they don’t like out of family obligation or they have rooms that don’t function or enhance the family’s current life style.

I have been on a mission in my own home to strive for emotional beauty. It is certainly a process but over the past few years I have given myself “permission” to let go of family heirlooms that do not enrich my life. I have sold and donated furniture that was “very expensive” but is no longer my style. I have painted walls with colors that I love even though they are not “in”. I let go of accessories that I didn’t love yet felt obligated to keep because they were given as gifts. The more I let go of, the better I feel.

After our friend passed away I was reminded yet once again that life is short. I decided right then and there, I will only live with what I love and create a home that brings value to my life and that of my family.  Maybe one day I too will feel like crying when I walk through my own door.

How about you?  Do you experience emotional beauty? Have you ever cried when you walked into a space? Most importantly, are you living with things that do not serve or enrich your life? Let me know, I would love to hear from you.

Friday’s Photo

While at an event this week at the Boston Design Center I noticed two trends that show no signs of fading; large scale lighting and organic elements used as accessories. I especially loved the entrance display at Webster and Company.

Linda Holt Interiors

Linda Holt Photo

That antique lantern is just incredible and although the hefty price tag might not work with all budgets, the succulents in the organic inspired pottery is easy to recreate. As if the Universe was making it easy for me, I stopped at Home Depot on my way home and what did they have? A whole table display of succulents. My weekend project is about to get underway.

Have a happy weekend everyone!

Looking to freshen up your home for Spring? If you would like help with decorating or color give me a call.

Waterlogue, the hot new photo app

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

Linda Holt Photo

and here it is after the Waterlogue app…pretty cool right?

Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Photo

Here is another mediocre “before”

Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Photo

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

Linda Holt Photo

The image below was transformed by the waterlogue “It’s Technical” filter.

Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Photo

As was this one was transformed in the “Bold” filter.

Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Photo

I totally understand the craze and addiction…everything looks fabulous in Waterlogue… Even a sink full of soaking dishes.

LInda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Photo

Have you tried it yet???  If not, are you going to join in on the fun?



The hot new “love it” or “love it not” color for interiors

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 wall

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.

Grand Rapids

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

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.

UPDATE: Just as I was getting ready to publish this post Pantone announced their 2014 Color Of The Year….Radiant Orchid.

Radiant Orchid

Radiant Orchid

I would love to hear what you think about purple…love it or love it not?

If you would like help incorporating purple or choosing any other color, give me a call.

Kimberley Seldon’s Business of Design

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.

Linda Holt Photo

Atlanta Airport-waiting for Tam-Linda Holt Photo

Love this color palette and lighting I saw late afternoon at Atlanta airport.

Embassy Suites Hotel Lobby-Linda Holt Photo

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

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

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!

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