After I mentioned our red closet in last week’s post and explained how it has brought me so much luck after following Feng Shui recommendations, I received multiple requests asking to please show the closet.
In case you missed last weeks post, here is a quick recap. I hired a Feng Shui consultant to come and do a walk through of our house shortly after we purchased it (12 years ago). It turned out our “wealth area” on the Feng Shui bagua map was our master closet. At the time of purchase, the walls were never painted, just primed matte white and they were all scuffed up. The closet had cheap wire shelving along one wall and as soon as we moved in, it became an unorganized mess. I wish I had a before photo but I will tell you it was bad.
Here is our closet today.
My side of the closet
Now, just to remind you, the closet is staged for putting the house on the market. It’s usually clean with very little clutter but not this clean nor this uncluttered. My shoes are stored in those hat boxes because they looked too messy on the shelves.
Hubby’s side of closet
The first change our Feng Shui consultant told us to make to increase the good vibes of our home’s wealth area was to paint the walls red. He then suggested cabinetry to keep it clean and organized. Finally, he advised us to keep symbols of wealth in plain view such as jewelry, a glass jar filled with coins, and vacation photos. We did every single thing he suggested and for the past twelve years I have won more contests and have had better luck than I ever had before.
So there you have it. Our lucky red closet.
Several of you also asked where the “wealth area” is located. I am not a Feng Shui expert by any means but from what I understand, the wealth area is the farthest left corner of the house (as you are facing the front door) and that is where our closet is located.
I’m going to miss several things about our current house but I think I will miss my closet the most.
Next week I will be in Orlando Florida attending the US luxury Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, or as the insiders call it, KBIS. For the past two years I was a sponsored guest at the show courtesy of Modenus and fabulous vendors such as Thermador, Mr. Steam,Top Knobs, Wilsonart, Toto, and more. This year I am on my own but equally excited.
I can’t wait to see the all the new innovative products for 2017 and see if I can spot any new trends. Here are a few of the things I will be on the look out for so that I can share my discoveries with you.
KBIS 2016 Linda Holt Photo
What are the 2017 color trends? Will black still be making a strong presence for both fixtures and cabinetry?Will open shelving still be trending? Are 3-D tiles still hot? What about statement back splash tiles?
KBIS 2016 Linda Holt Photo
Is there one particular product that generates lot’s of buzz? Last year it was La Cornue’s pink range by Suzanne Kasler. Show goers were actually standing in line to get a photo of themselves in front of it. Now that must be every vendors dream come true!
What is new for storage and for customization? What is new in green design and automation this year?
As I pack my suitcase today my head is spinning and my iPhone storage is plenty. I hope you will follow me on Instagram to see all the fabulous products that I spot. You can also follow everyone’s favorite products by using the official hashtag #KBIS2017.
Please let me know by commenting on this post if there is anything in particular you want me to check out at the show and I will photograph it and tag you.
Quick note: Even though I will be at the show next Tuesday on my regular blog posting day, I have already prepared a helpful iPhone camera post for you called “What is HDR and when to use it”.
Have a great weekend everyone and I’ll be following up after my trip with a KBIS trend round up as soon as I return.
Boston’s latest show house (The Nathaniel Allen House) sponsored by The Junior League of Boston is now open. Recently I had a chance to tour the house and take some iphone photos. If you love color, pattern and art you can’t miss this show. The rooms are done up with warm tones, luxurious textures, fabulous wallpapers and art work galore.
The rooms are all so different yet somehow they all seemed to flow. Color and wallpaper are a very big story but the stand out for me is the attention the ceilings received. Almost all of the rooms have either a colorful painted or wallpapered ceiling. Take a look at few of my favorites.
The “Morning Room” was bright, cheerful and fresh and the yellow painted ceiling glowed with warmth from the early morning sun.
My good friend Kelly Rogers used a similar warm color palette in her “Mother in Law’s Suite” and also chose to paint the ceiling a warm golden honey.
Design by Kelly Rogers: Linda Holt Photo
This “Petite Retreat” designed by Nancy Seibel has a not very shy pink painted ceiling. So fun for a little bathroom don’t you think?
Designed by Nancy Seibel: Linda Holt Photo
Elizabeth Benedict wallpapered the ceiling in her “Chinoiserie Chic” bedroom with bamboo trellis wallpaper. How wonderful to wake up in the morning and see something beautiful rather than a blank white ceiling.
Elizabeth Benedict Design: Linda Holt Photo
The “Dressing Room” which had a small desk area also had a wallpapered ceiling. Choosing a fabulous statement wallpaper is a great idea in a small space like a powder room or closet because the cost will not be too high and every time you enter it will put a smile on your face.
The ceiling that really impressed me was in the “Receiving Room and Sitting Room”. Designer Gerald Pomeroy used high gloss paint to create a decorative stripe that tied two different but adjoining rooms together. The “Receiving Room” is below. The lighting could not have been worse with the sun pouring in creating a lot of glare but you can see what I am talking about if you look above the fireplace.
Receiving room: Linda Holt Photo
Here is a closer look at the same room with a broad gray stripe and a narrower green stripe.
Receiving room ceiling: Linda Holt Photo
Below is the adjoining “Sitting Room”. You can see he reversed the colors with the broader stripe green and the the thinner stripe gray.
“Sitting Room” : Linda Holt Photo
Lastly, here is an image of the two rooms and the ceilings taken from the doorway where the two rooms join.
Gerald Pomeroy Design: Linda Holt Photo
I think it is brilliant and I would love to do something similar for a client. What do you think?
I will be posting more beautiful rooms from the show house but I couldn’t wait to show you all the wonderful ceilings in the house. I hope after seeing this trend you will think twice before defaulting to “ceiling white”.
Oh my goodness…what an inspiring week at the High Point Furniture! I feel like I walked 50 miles in five days. I was so honored to be chosen for the High Point Design Bloggers Tour and we all had so much fun. We visited showrooms I am very familiar with as well as a few I had never heard of but was happy to discover. The Spring Market was bursting with energy and I saw so many beautiful new designs. I compiled a list of nine trends and since I am all about photos, I want to show you lot’s of images. So as not to overwhelm you I have divided my report into three posts since I have so much to share. As a summary these are nine trends I spotted.
Color: Red, Pink, Blush, Coral, Persimmon and Watermelon ruled this Spring, followed by Blue, Emerald green, White and Gold
Chairs: Exposed wood spines, sexy backs, sculpture in the room, statement pieces
Case goods: Faceted wood fronts, wallpapered fronts, decorative geometric shapes, hardware that is either big or “go pegs”.
Brass is KING…seriously, the amount of it was overwhelming.
Live Like You: Furniture for real life not “magazine rooms”. Crypton fabrics, durable quality core pieces for beds and dressers, durable rugs.
Mixed Materials: wood with faux shagreen, wood and brass, Lucite and wood, Lucite and leather, parchment and wood, glass and wood.
Elevated organics: Organic shapes and forms applied to furniture
Accessories: Organics, rock crystals, shells, bones, feathers, spiney sea urchin shapes in brass and white
Fabrics: Large scale florals, birds, tie dye and water colors.
RED in all it’s various hues was without a doubt the trending color of Spring Market. I personally have never been a huge fan of red but after seeing some of the showrooms I think I might have to rethink how I feel about this dramatic color. The Ambella Home showroom knocked me over with their use of red. It was one of my favorite showrooms. The white upholstery and the light gray woods are so striking against the red wall.
Ambella Home: Linda Holt Photo
One of my favorite designers who loves color as much as I do is Tobi Fairley. Her new furniture collection for C.R. Laine and for Woodbridge is full of rich yummy color, especially vibrant pinks and fushia. (notice nail heads and Lucite are still trending).
Linda Holt Photo
This Pink coffee table is fun but also comes in any color you choose.
Tobi Fairley for Woodbridge:Linda Holt Photo
The Lillian August show room was one of the most colorful showrooms and I love the the raspberry velvet chairs in her Spring collection.
Lillian August:Linda Holt Photo
Blush pink got a lot of buzz at the show and this blush colored leather chair immediately drew me in. The leather and steel base is more masculine but the blush color pushes it toward the feminine. The chair thus becomes almost gender neutral which was another trend I saw emerging (gender neutrality).
Linda Holt Photo
Norwalk Furniturechose three color themes for Spring. Under the Sea (Blues), Jetson (think 60’sred, silver,black and gold) and Hill Country which is this dusty pink pictured below.
Rowe Furniture Linda Holt Photo
Bluecontinued to have a very strong showing as seen in the Mr. Brown Homeshowroom.
Mr. Brown Home: Linda Holt Photo
Duralee hit a home run with their new fabrics from John Robshaw. The show room was so lively and inspiring and that red and blue sofa in the background was like sitting on a cloud as it was all down!
Duralee: Linda Holt Photo
Deep blue velvet upholstery was spotted it in multiple showrooms and in the photo below it is striking paired with red.
Linda Holt Photo
I also spotted a lot of softer gray blues as in this vignette from Bernhardt Furniture.The all white furniture and accessories makes the room so calming. Can’t you just see this at a sea side location?
Linda Holt Photo
Emerald Green was another color that made a strong showing. Similar to the bold red wall in the first image, notice the furnishings and accessories are neutral black and white. The green color is the star of the room. The M.T. Company showroom had several rooms using emerald green.
The M.T. Company: Linda Holt Photo
Again, the bold green fabric is the star and the supporting colors are kept neutral with white, black and gray.
Linda Holt Photo
I don’t want you to think that every showroom was bursting with color. There was plenty of gray, white and gold. I just tend to gravitate toward color like a moth to the flame so color is what stood out to me.
Linda Holt Photo
2.Chairs. Sexy is back or should I say backs are sexy! Chair after chair had exposed spines or interesting lines and looked just as fabulous from the back as from the front. This little red number from Ambella Home was one of my favorites.
If chairs didn’t have exposed spines they had interesting shapes. I saw a lot of barrel shaped chairs which tend to look good floating in a room. Blush color velvet adorn these chairs from the new Michael Berman collection forTheodore Alexander.
Theodore Alexander:Linda Holt Photo
and last but not least, check out this chair from Bernhardt clad in artisan hammered metal. Now wouldn’t that be the statement piece in the room! Surprisingly it was comfortable too!
Bernhardt: Linda Holt Photo
3. Case goods. No longer delegated to a supporting role, case goods are now shouting “look at me”. I saw bold, gold, brutalist, faceted, sculptural, and wrapped and wallpapered. There was a huge variety but they were all statement pieces.
Noir: Linda Holt Photo
Many had geometric designs like this one from Vanguard.
Vanguard: Linda Holt Photo
This one from Lexington Furniture was both faceted and gold.
Lexington Furniture: Linda Holt Photo
Metal wrapped and hammered consoles were also trending like this one from Mr. Brown Home.
Mr. Brown Home:Linda Holt Photo
I also saw a number of wallpaper wrapped chests.
The other trend is that the hardware has become jewelry. The trend is either really big like on this cabinet from Global Views
Hi everyone! I just returned home from the High Point Market Design Bloggers Tour. It was inspiring, fun, educational and exhausting all at the same time. I have SOOOO much to share and over a thousand photos to plow through and edit. My more detailed trend report will be up early next week but for today’s Friday Photo I have a photo to share that I took at the Mr. Brown show room.
Mr. Brown Home High Point Market
Not all of these eight trends are new but overall, this photo is a good representation of what was showing at High Point Market.
Color: Persimmon, coral, watermelon, pink, blush and all the various hues of RED are trending.
Brass and gold finishes were EVERYWHERE. Brass definitely outweighed all other finishes at the Spring market.
Mid century is still going strong. The floor lamp, the hanging brass pendants and the chairs.
Armoires are back: We don’t need them to hide bulky TV’s anymore but with all the talk of downsizing and living small it seems we just can’t get enough storage.
Decorative fronts on case goods. I will talk much more about this in my report next week but get ready for sculpted, faceted, hammered, printed and wallpapered fronts on case goods.
Mixed materials. Mirroredglass and laser cut wood tall cabinet. The table has a stained wood base, a faux shagreen (Sting ray skin) top and a brass edge on both the table top and base.
Geometrics: The arms on the chairs
Antiques mixed in with new: An antique wood bowl on a stand on the table
Have a great weekend everyone….I’ll be editing and editing and editing!
Today I fly down to High Point NC to attend the world’s largest furniture market. I am excited to walk as many show rooms as my feet will allow me, to reconnect with distant designer friends, and to meet all of our sponsors as one of ten officialHigh Point Bloggers. As I tour each showroom I will be on the look out for the best design each has to offer, and of course I will be reporting everything back to you!
The photo below are four design trends that were very popular last Spring and I am curious to see if they are still going strong.
High Point 2015 trends
Is brass still king?
Is Mediterranean blue still the number one color in the show rooms?
Do florals continue to have a strong presence?
What about animal skins and nail heads, are they still a big trend on furniture?
I will be discovering the answer to all of the above and posting photos on Instagram throughout each day. So be sure tofollow me Here and use the hashtag #Designbloggerstourto see all the latest and greatest of High Point Market from all ten bloggers.
Even though the calendar says Spring, this week has not been very Spring like. Here in Boston we had 4″ of snow on Monday, and every day since it has been cold, windy, rainy and gray. All week I have been craving some bright happy color so I chose this photo as colorful eye candy for today’s Friday’s Photo.
One of the reasons why this image is so attention grabbing is because the colors orange and blue are opposites on the color wheel. What that means is that each color causes the other to “read” even more vibrant. I spotted this orange life preserver way down from the end of the dock and obviously that is the intention. If someone has fallen into the harbor and needs rescuing it is imperative that someone can locate a life preserver ASAP. A casual passerby seeing this orange ring hanging in a blue box might not give it a second thought but I guarantee the color of that painted wood was thoughtfully chosen.
Have a great weekend everyone and fingers crossed Spring finds it’s way to Boston soon.
Quick update: One week from today I will be on a plane to High Point Market as one of ten High Point bloggers. Be sure to follow along by using the hash tag #DesignBloggersTour. All ten of us will be posting live on social media as we spot the latest trends, furniture, decor and accessories. So that you don’t miss any of my discoveries be sure to connect with me on Instagram by clicking HERE.