My Whoo Hoo Blogging Moment

Today is the 6 month anniversary of my very first blog. For the most part it has been a fun and rewarding experience. As most (ALL) bloggers will tell you, blogging is a HUGE time commitment but the rewards are well worth it. My favorite thing about blogging are the new friends I have made in blog land, not to mention all I have learned about Design and Color from reading other blogs.

Having said all this though the one thing about blogging is that I am not all that Tech savey. I don’t know if 5 people read my blog or 555 (wishful thinking). Yes, I know there are all sorts of blogging analytics and that most bloggers track their stats daily.  Figuring it all out is on my “must figure out list” but for the time being, I am blogging in the dark.

Imagine my surprise then when I returned home from Tobi Fairley’s Design Camp and saw that Sheila Zeller of  SZ interiors, had nominated me for the versatile blogger award.


I first meet Sheila at Maria Killam’s True Color Expert class in Vancouver over a year ago. I have been following her blog ever since. The amazing thing about Sheila is that she somehow finds the time to blog daily. I assume she must be one of those people who sleep 3 hours a night because not only does she run a design business but her blogs are always well thought out, educational and never just “filler or fluff”. So, if you are not already reading her blog I highly recommend checking her out.

Thank you so much Sheila!


Here’s how it works on my part:

1. Thank and link back to the person who gave the award to you

2. Share 7 things about yourself

3. Send the award along to 7 other bloggers and let them know you have awarded them!


So now it’s my turn to share seven things about me that you probably don’t know.


#1.   I have a huge love of throw pillows. According to my husband, my collection might boarder on hoarding.


How many are too many?


#2.  I have a very spoiled Weimaraner named Tucker who sleeps in our bed under the covers when we are not home (and sometimes even when we are).

Bad Boy Tucker!


#3. My favorite place in the whole world is Nantucket. Our dream is to own a home there some day.

Main st. Nantucket, MA


#4. I have always had a thing for weathered wood and rusting metal…even way before it became so “in”.

Linda Holt Photography


#5. Although I am not proud to admit it, I once painted my living room 4 different colors in 7 days…not just one wall, the ENTIRE room. Let’s just say it’s a long story and it happened a long time ago.


#6.   I was a photographer for 25 years before taking the plunge into design. I still take photos in my head and often see the world as if  I were looking through a lens.


#7. If my house was burning down and I could only take one item to be saved it would be this oil painting of my boys when they were little (vacationing on Nantucket of course).

oil painting by Candace Lovely


Now the fun part. I get to pass the Versatile blogger award along to 7 other bloggers that I look forward to reading and you might too!



The Blue Giraffe

 Madpatter Design

 Restyling Home by Kelly

 A Day in The Life Of…interior design

The Decorologist

Design Vignettes

A big thank you again to Sheila Zeller and all the other bloggers who inspire me, educate me and feed my passion for design and all things related.

I hope you enjoyed my 7 things and remember, if you would like help choosing color, Staging or Redesigning a room, give me a call.

My Ben Moore Color Stories-Story.

I first heard rumors that Ben Moore was going to be introducing a new line of full spectrum paint way back last Winter. I asked all three of my local Ben Moore paint stores and not one of them had heard a thing. Then as luck would have it, my blogosphere friend Kelly of Restyling Home by Kelly posted this blog about the paint and the fact that Babels was one of the 5 chosen “test” stores in the US to carry the line. Well hooray for me! Babels is where I bought all my paint before our big move 6 years ago and although Babels is now over an hour from me, I couldn’t get down there fast enough. The trip was not a disappointment. The 200 new colors are absolutely incredible. Being full spectrum they are made without any black or gray so just like other full spectrum paint, the colors are complex, rich and fabulous. The Colors are divided up into color “stories” with names like Urban Casual, Dark Romance, Free Spirited, Enriched, Organic Comfort, Worldly Views and Vintage.  I brought home as many samples as the kind lady would let me and once home, “played” with my colors for hours (only another paint nerd would understand this).

Here is a sample of some of the more deep and intense colors:

Linda Holt Interiors

Linda Holt Interiors photo

and here are some of the beautiful complex neutrals:

Benjamin Moore Color Stories neutrals Linda Holt Interiors

Benjamin Moore Color Stories neutrals Linda Holt Interiors

I was so excited to try out the paint but which color and where???

I was  currently in the middle of making over my dining room ( pictures will come soon) but I had already painted the walls and had just installed these new drapes from West Elm.

West Elm Curtains


in this Pear Green Color.


Then, while sorting through all my Color Stories samples I noticed this color combination on the cover of a Mark Rothko book that was right in front of me on my desk.  I pulled a beautiful red/orange called Tandoori and put it next to Turkish Bay Leaf (color of  my drapes) and I knew what I wanted to do.

Tandori and Turkish Bay leaf


We have a big open hallway with a large window over looking a huge  green tree.  I thought the red/orange color of the Tandoori would be a great way to frame the ever changing art which is the tree itself. The hallway also opens up into my dining room with the Turkish Bay Leaf colored drapes and my living room which is  green and navy blue with small accents of orange.

The paint itself was just as amazing as the colors;  smooth, virtually odorless, and went on beautifully. I am totally in love with Color Stories. Here is the finished hallway. As you can see, I just painted the one back wall to frame the tree. It was difficult to get the impact of the trees coming into the house because of the glare, but trust me, it feels like the trees are right in the hallway.


Tandoori from Ben Moore Color Stories


The little chest belonged to my Mom, all the framed art on the “gallery wall” was done by my son and my Grandmother made the afghan hanging over the staircase. It’s funny and I just realized it now but  four generations have  contributed  to this hallway decor.

Hope you enjoyed my little Color Stories Story and I hope Color Stories comes to a paint store near you soon!



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
































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