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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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.

Patrick Lonn Designs

Patrick Lonn Designs

Patrik Lonn chose a statement photo over the fireplace of bright blue butterflies on a back ground of crumpled tin foil.

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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.

 

Trend Alert: For the love of metals!

One of the biggest trends right now in interiors is the popularity of the warm metals. Gold, brass and cooper are all trending and even though I saw many examples of it at High Point, I saw even more of it at the Las Vegas Market.

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Accessories at Global Views

I thought these gold textured boxes from Global Views were quite nice and the little apples with a partial face make fun accent pieces.

Waylande Gregory Studios

Waylande Gregory Studios

I loved these shiny gold and black footed bowls by Wayland Gregory Studios that I spotted at Codarus and this golden armoire would certainly be a statement piece in just the right setting.

Gold armoire from Global Views

Global Views

Lately it seems as if gold is king but silver still had a strong representation at the Vegas Market.

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Worlds Away

The strongest showing was in lighting. Maybe the fact that we all just got rid of our brass and gold fixtures that most are not quite yet ready to go back to gold or brass.

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Global Views

The newest “it” color that I see trending is copper… especially in lighting.

copper pendants

copper pendants

Closely related to copper, the other metal that is on my radar is rose gold. Rose gold is an alloy made from gold and copper and although it has been making an appearance in lighting, I saw it showing up on accessories at market.

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So keep a look out because I predict rose gold will soon be coming to a store near you!

Which one is your favorite?

 

Friday’s Photo: Eye spy a new trend

Recently I was reading that eyes are trending. Yes… eyes… as in human eyes. Then not long after, while touring the newly renovated The printing House  while on BlogTourNYC,  I saw this AMAZING art installation by artist Sean Mellyn. Made from old eye charts Sean has created the perfect focal point for Scott Sander’s model unit.

The Printing House Soho NYC

The Printing House Soho NYC

I LOVE it!  How about you?

Have a great weekend everyone and keep your “eyes” open for this hot new trend!

Our Nantucket rental: A decorator was here

Just a little over two weeks ago my husband surprised me and told me he had rented a house on Nantucket for my Birthday. I will admit that at first I was somewhat freaked out..my clients!…the expense!…I can’t take more time off!  Well he knew I would say all of these things so he just went ahead and booked it so that I couldn’t say no. I really had no idea what to expect so I was very happy when we walked through a private gate to this cute rose covered cottage, just steps from town.

Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Photo

It was the perfect house but I couldn’t help but chuckle because as we walked through the tastefully decorated cottage I could see the tell tale mark of a decorator in every room. I could even identify most of the vendors for the furnishings.  Take a look and see all the trends and vendors I spotted! livingroom2 The living room furniture is very on trend white linen, with English arm style sofa and side chairs. The Emerald green double gourd lamp (Lamps Plus or One Kings lane), bright botanical pillows and coordinating art work adds the “pop of color”. (notice how the colors of the art work perfectly coordinates with the pillows)livingroom3 The two side chairs are detailed with nail head trim. A large clam shell (Ballard Designs) sits on a grass cloth wrapped coffee table. (I know several vendors make grass cloth covered tables but the first one that comes to mind is Thibaut). livingroom4 Two on trend spool chairs flank a faux bamboo side table with a bright yellow vase that I have seen in multiple stores including Homegoods. livingroom vignette A table vignette with two apothecary jars and faux blue coral on a tray. sleeping porch pillows The sleeping porch bed has a bedspread that I recognized as coming from Serena and Lilly (I just ordered one for a client) and some on trend paisley and medallion patterned pillows. bedroom The master bedroom has bedding from Restoration Hardware and I just recently saw the lamps on One Kings Lane. I also instantly recognized the three photos above the bed because they are from the hugely popular and super hot photographer Gray Malin. Malin shoots lots of ariel views of beaches so the umbrellas and bathers become dots of color and pattern. Here is the link to the set above the bed. He also sells his work on One Kings Lane so maybe the lamps and photography were purchased together??

The kitchen was quintessential Nantucket cottage with open shelving, butcher block counters and a pot rack. There was a Dash and Albert stripped rug on the floor and a rope ball next to the door that I believe is also from Ballard Design.

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and on the other side of the kitchen….

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a pair of trendy red industrial stools and another Gray Malin print. This one is called Bermuda Pineapples.

So I guess it’s just normal considering my job but I am wondering if the rest of you that are decorators or designers do the same thing? Are you always spotting and identifying trends and vendor sources when you visit someone’s home? I would love to know!

 

Lighting trends: Sputnik chandeliers

One of the highlights for me while touring the showrooms at High Point this Spring was seeing all the new lighting introductions. The shapes, sizes and materials were varied but large, over scaled, statement lighting is still very much on trend. 

One shape I saw over and over again was the ” Sputnik shape”.  These spiky shaped chandeliers had their hey day back in the 60′s and now once again, what is old is new again. Sputnik chandeliers are definitely trending but often with a twist. Take a look at a few that I spotted that would compliment a variety of different decorating styles.

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The one above from Arteriors is the classic atomic shape that was so popular mid century.

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Chaddock show room High Point Spring 2014

The Chaddock Furniture showroom featured one adorned with crystal flowers for a more elegant look. (notice the trending mauve color on the walls).

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I love these beautiful blown glass ones. They look like exploding fireworks and they and come in several different colors. (I took this shot while rushing to some event and never did get the manufacture’s name).

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This one above, also from Arteriors, has a more Steampunk or industrial look.  The stripped down look is all about the exposed Edison light bulbs.

So what do you think about the return of the sputnik chandelier? Just a passing fad or a trend that is here to stick around for awhile?

 

More High Point trends: Nail heads and more nail heads

Nail heads used to embellish furniture is nothing new. In fact, they are a classic detail in furniture design. However….If I had a nickel for every nail head I saw at High Point this Spring I would be one wealthy decorator! In fact, I would say the vast majority of chairs at this Spring market had nail heads.

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I loved the way these nail heads outline the sexy curves of this raspberry velvet chair.

Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Photo

and punctuate this black and cream leather wing chair.

Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Photo

I wanted to take this silver leather chair with these sparkling chrome nail heads home with me.

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Linda Holt Photo

I also loved this embellished teal green desk chair I spotted at C.R. Laine

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Linda Holt Photo

As well as this turquoise chair.

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My travel mate and I both fell in love with this faux alligator leather and Lucite bench.

Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Photo

Using nail heads as part of the fabric design was a trend I spotted several times like on this ottoman by designer Barry Dixon.

Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Photo

Nail heads on head boards have been trending for a while now and I continued to see plenty of them at market.

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Linda Holt photo

Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Photo

Moving beyond upholstery, designer Mary McDonald used nail heads on her wood bedside tables for Chaddock Furniture (I apologize for the blurry cell phone photo).

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Even accessories have not escaped the nail head obsession. One of my favorite finds was this little gold topped white leather box completely surrounded with black nail heads.

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Linda Holt Photo

So, the big question is…are you a nail head fan or do you think they are being over used?

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