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?

 

 

Dining By Design Dining vignettes part 2

One of the most notable things about seeing this year’s vignettes at Dining By Design was the huge variation in each designers vision for their space. Since it’s not like a show house where there are certain rules, dining by design is a blank slate for the designers to just have fun. I shared some of the vignettes last week in part one and today I bring you more…the glamorous to the crazy.

This vignette designed by Bronson Van Wyck for Architectural Digest was one of my favorites. I love the Curry chandelier and the tented striped fabric along with the Moroccan inspired wall treatment (couldn’t tell if it was paper or fabric). I’ve always had a fantasy to dine in a tent in the desert maybe while on safari.

Bronson Van Wyck: Linda Holt Photo

Bronson Van Wyck: Linda Holt Photo

Speaking of fantasy, this room certainly fit the bill.  Lit with all blue lights the table was set under tree branches hung with Spanish moss.

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Linda Holt Photo

This next vignette was all about glitz and glamour. Sparkling crystal sheets were hung under spot lights to illuminate the table and the walls were constructed with reflective panels. It would be like dining inside a silver jewelry box with Marilyn as your dinner companion.

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Linda Holt Photo

This one done by Marks and Frantz was another one I was drawn to. Those green and gold chairs are amazing and I love the green orchids tucked into broad leaf green plants running down the table. The glass sputnik chandelier and vintage Opera photo mural add to the old Hollywood glamorous look and feel.

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Marks and Frantz: Linda Holt Photo

There were some crazy dining rooms as well. This one by Evette Rios for Moen might induce a seizure while dining but how fun! Notice how she used their shower heads as the chandeliers.

Moen:Linda Holt Photo

Evette Rios for Moen:Linda Holt Photo

Minimalism was on display in a few rooms like this one done by Arteriors. Obviously the Arteriors Brutalist inspired chandelier and wall scones were the focal point in this room. Something about that heavy metal chandelier hanging above that glass table made me a bit uneasy but the small stools don’t look like they would encourage long drawn out after dinner conversation anyways .

Arteriors: Linda Holt Photo

Arteriors: Linda Holt Photo

Don’t know who designed this room, but like Arteriors, more contemporary design with not very comfortable looking “chairs”. Perfect for dining under the full moon though.

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This dining room was by Ralph Lauren. Obviously the focus is on their paint color offerings but it would be fun to eat at this table just the same.

Ralph Lauren: Linda Holt Photo

Ralph Lauren: Linda Holt Photo

Great idea using the paint cans as flower vases and paint stirring sticks as name cards.

Ralph Lauren: Linda Holt Photo

Ralph Lauren: Linda Holt Photo

Anthropologie created a colorful vignette with a “tree ” made from old wood scraps and bright blue flowers made from plastic bottles. I loved that they chose just two colors, pink and blue and then used neutrals for the walls and furniture. It really makes the pink and blue pop.

Anthropologie:Linda Holt Photo

Anthropologie: Linda Holt Photo

Anthropologie: Linda Holt Photo

Anthropologie: Linda Holt Photo

This last one was a mystery to me but hey, it’s Orange, one of my favorite colors so I have gone ahead and included it. Plus, this room seems to be all about drinking wine and I can certainly get on board with that.

Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Photo

I hope you enjoyed seeing the 2015 Dining By Design table vignettes. Which one is your favorite?

Just in case you missed it you can see the other dining spaces in my post part one HERE.

 

 

 

 

Friday’s Photo:Frank Lloyd Wright Taliesin West

One of the trips we made while in Scottsdale last week was a visit to the Frank Lloyd Wright House called Taliesin West. Here are two interesting factoids about the house I thought were worth sharing.

#1. There is not a single straight wall anywhere on the house. Wright wanted the house to appear as if it was part of the landscape so he took great pains to copy the exact angle of the surrounding mountains.

#2. While Wright was alive there was no glass in any of the windows. Again, he wanted the house to be organic and one with nature. After his passing his wife (who was probably sick and tired of daily sweeping out the desert sand and lizards) put in glass.

Frank Lloyd Wright House Taliesin West

Frank Lloyd Wright House Taliesin West

If you get a chance to visit I highly recommend it. Wright was quite an interesting fellow and the guided tour was quite enlightening.

have a great weekend!

 

Friday’s Photo:Christopher Guy

If you  ever get a chance to visit a Christopher Guy show room be sure to bring your camera. The products are beyond beautiful and the way they set up their show rooms is like visiting an art gallery.

Christopher Guy/Linda Holt Photo

Christopher Guy/Linda Holt Photo

When I spotted this silver mirror and two coral wall scones against the purpley-black wall I just about died! I would LOVE this in a powder room or dining room for a bit of glamour or even in the entryway.  A work of art don’t you think?

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

When the Color White is Just Right

As a Boston area Color Consultant I am obviously someone who LOVES color; so when I tell a client that White is the best choice for their room they always look at me surprised. There are situations though where I do believe White is just right.

#1.   A contemporary space with large windows and lots of natural light.

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iHomee

In spaces with lots of natural light the color White will bring the room to life. I know it seems backwards because you may think it is better to use White in a dark space but just the opposite is  true. Color master Donald Kaufman puts it like this.

“A light color will never come to life in a dark room but a rich, deep color can make a dim, somber space feel warm and luminous – even though it receives no natural light.”

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Rich Holben

 

White highlights the architecture and the light streaming in through the windows is an ever changing art show.

#2.    Kitchen Cabinets

There is just something about a white kitchen. White kitchens convey cleanliness and freshness.

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Pinterest

White kitchen cabinets are timeless and by simply changing out the accessories you can update your kitchen for a lot less money than it will cost to replace dated Oak, Orange Cherry wood, Espresso, Pickled, Bleached or whatever color wood you originally chose.

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Pinterest

#3     Beach houses

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Coastal Living

There is nothing more beautiful than a coastal view so why distract from it? Paint the walls white and let the view take center stage. Also White is unfussy and simple, usually just the look and feel you want in a beach house.

coastal Living

Coastal Living

#4        when surrounded by bright pops of color 

The color trend today finds lots of bright color in furnishings, fabrics and accessories so White walls can be the perfect neutral to give the eye a place to rest.

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Pinterest

The general rule to follow is the brighter the brights then the more White you need to support them.

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White walls are the perfect compliment to all the different pops of color around the table.

Horchow

Horchow

The most important thing to remember about painting your walls White is that you absolutely must have lots of light in the room. Otherwise, white will just look flat, gray and cold.

So what do you think about white? Would you ever consider white walls in your home?

Art For the Love Of Dogs

This past Labor Day weekend we made a visit to a very special Chapel that I have heard about for years.

If you have ever loved a dog and especially if you have ever loved and lost a dog, you must pay a visit to the Dog Chapel in St. Johnsbury VT. Located high on a hill called Dog Mountain the Chapel was the final masterpiece of artist Stephen Huneck.

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My husband and I own two prints by Huneck and actually met him many years back when he owned a gallery on Nantucket. His artwork was centered around dogs and the chapel was a culmination of his art and his lasting tribute to all dogs everywhere. Built completely by hand starting back in 1977 Huneck completed his dream and opened the Chapel in 2000. The Chapel resembles a 19th-century New England church from the outside, apart from the steeple topped by a winged Labrador.

Stephen Huneck Dog Chapel

Situated on 150 scenic acres Dog Mountain is a paradise for a dogs (and their human’s) with walking trails, a dog play ground and plenty of free doggie treats. There is even a swimming hole that is clearly marked “swimming for dogs only”.

Stephen Huneck Dog mountain

When you approach the Chapel you are greeted by a medley of dog breeds and a sign that proclaims: “Welcome: All Creeds, All Breeds. No Dogmas Allowed.”

Stephen Huneck Dog Chapel

Once inside, prepare to have a very moving experience. Soft spiritual music plays and visitors are encouraged to leave notes honoring their dogs that have passed. As you can see every wall is covered with photos, notes, stories and memories of loved and lost dogs.

Stephen Huneck Dog Chapel

The pews are supported by Huneck’s iconic Black and Yellow Labs.

Stephen Huneck Dog Chapel

The stained glass windows were my favorite part of the Chapel and I love Huneck’s color combinations. Each window features dogs doing what they love: eating a bone,

Stephen Huneck Dog Chapel

sharing ice cream cones,

and getting lots of love.

Stephen Huneck Dog Chapel

Reading some of the moving tributes to the dogs was difficult for me as our current dog Tucker is over 13 years old and we lost our 12 year old dog Maddy to Cancer just over 3 years ago.

Stephen Huneck Dog Chapel

We pinned a note to the wall honoring Maddy and attempted to introduce our Weimaraner Tucker to Huneck’s Weimaraner but he wasn’t too interested.

Huneck dog chapel

He was actually spooked by the whole experience and just wanted to go back outside…or go eat some more treats.

As moving and beautiful as the Chapel is there is a very sad story associated with it. In 2010 after some serious financial struggles Stephen Huneck took his own life. His wife Gwen is doing her best to keep the chapel open but without her husband to keep his art going she currently owes thousands in unpaid taxes. The State of Vermont is threatening to close the Chapel and sell off the land in an auction. We did our part by making a small donation and buying a “Good Dog Bad Dog” reversible bandanna.

After such a moving experience we did cheer ourselves up by taking photos in front of the World’s Largest Maple Syrup can. How happy is that!

How about you are you a dog lover like me? Have you ever heard of Dog Mountain and the Chapel that Huneck built?

 

If you would like help decorating your house or choosing color give me a call.

Do You Agree With America’s Favorite Paint Colors?

The September issue of House Beautiful is out and it features a survey on America’s Color preferences. The magazine surveyed thousands of readers and hundreds of designers and bloggers.  The results revealed (no surprise here) that Blue is America’s favorite color just barely eking out Green which came in a close second. What was surprising (at least to me) was the different color preferences based on region. Below is the map that shows color preferences by regions. (click on the image to make it larger)

House Beautiful Color Map

House Beautiful Preference Color Map

I had no idea such a large part of the country still loves Brown, especially since I live outside of Boston and as you can see New Englander’s evidently like White.  I also was surprised how popular Orange is in the Southeast. I would have guessed they might gravitate toward more of a cool color since according to a friend of mine who lives in the South, this past Summer has been like living on the Sun.

The survey showed that we just love to paint. 77% of readers had either just painted, were currently painting or plan to paint within the next 6 months.

Yellow was the most popular kitchen color with a narrow win over white.

OLD&D Architects

OLD&D Design

Orange is polarizing, it’s the “hot” choice in the Southeast but also the color most people chose as “so over”. Tangerine Tango was  Pantone’s color pick for 2012 so for those that have grown weary of Orange there are just a few more months before a new color will be announced for 2013.

Orange Chairs

Via Pinterest

Green won out as favorite color for a dinning room followed closely by red.

Diamondbarratta Design

Diamond Barratta Design

Blue won hands down as the favorite color for bedrooms by both the readers and the designers. On the west coast Blue bedrooms were favored more than 2 to 1 over green bedrooms.

blue bedroom

via Pinterest

Purple is Hot…35% of Designers said Purple was the hottest color right now.

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Via House To Home

The House Beautiful results also showed that our color tastes change as we get older. The over 45 crowd prefered White living rooms while the under 45 group preferred Gray living rooms.

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Jennifer Brouwer Design

The over 45 group also preferred Green dining rooms and Yellow kitchens while the under 45 group preferred Blue dining rooms and White kitchens.

white kitchen

via Pinterest

I do see in my own Color Consulting business that age does make a difference when choosing color. Most of my younger clients are very into Gray right now, especially for living rooms and family rooms.  However, most of my older clients will have nothing to do with Gray, preferring instead a soft white or beige… Maybe it’s too many bad memories of the 80’s when Gray and Mauve was all the rage.

What’s on the Bloggers radar?  Purple and Green.  Both Purple and Green were voted as the colors to watch for as being the next “Hot” colors….Maybe a hint as to the next Pantone Color of Year??

What do you think of the survey? Do you agree with America’s favorite colors?

If you would like help with decorating or choosing the perfect color for your home give me a call.

 

 

 

 

 

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