My 15 Seconds of Fame in House Beautiful Magazine

When I received a call from an editor at House Beautiful Magazine back in November I was driving home from an appointment and only answered my phone because I thought I must have left something at my client’s house. When the caller, Christine Pittel, said she wanted to interview me about painting my first nanosecond thought was  “oh, she must be looking for the OTHER Linda Holt“.  There actually is one and she lives just a few towns away from me and is a well known Artist. Although we have never met we have been confused for one another for the past 20 years. In the next nanosecond I heard Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and painting furniture and it was at this point I pulled off the road to try and collect myself and calm down my rapidly beating heart…OMG…House Beautiful, OMG…House Beautiful! House-Beautiful-Feb13-cover Many of you already know that I am a huge Annie Sloan Chalk Paint fan. My good friend Susan Siefer of MadPatter Art Design actually was the one who turned me on to it a couple years back. She was likely one of the very first around to check out and start using the paint. Now of course it seems like EVERYONE is using it.


Since I am basically lazy when it comes to painting furniture, I love the fact that you don’t have to sand or prep a piece before starting to paint. It’s instant gratification and you can have a fresh updated piece in a day…love that! Painted furniture is so “on trend” right now and I usually try and incorporate at least one painted piece into each of my projects.  My client’s love to have something unique and custom without spending a huge amount of money. As I recently shared in a previous post, I just painted two chairs with Annie Sloan Barcelona Orange for one of my clients.

Annie Sloan Barcelona Orange

Annie Sloan Barcelona Orange

Anyway, I digress… Pittel asked me to name my favorite Annie Sloan paint color and to talk about a piece I used it on and why.  My pick?  Florence: one of Annie’s newest colors.

Annie Sloan Florence

Annie Sloan Florence

How funny that I picked this color even before I knew that Pantone’s Color of the Year was to be Emerald Green. Below is my actual  quote in the February House Beautiful feature on Color Painted Furniture. (click on photo to enlarge) HB quoteand here is the piece in mention; done with my painting partner Susan.

 If you would like to see other pieces Susan and I have painted that are currently for sale check out my Pinterest board here.

If you had told me 5 years ago when I was still working full time as a photographer and only dreaming of being an interior decorator that one day I would be quoted in House Beautiful  I would have said you were crazy. It’s been an exciting  journey and I have to give credit to a few teachers and mentors who made my quote possible: namely Maria Killam for her True Color Expert training Leatrice Eiseman for her Color Expert training classKate Smith for her friendship and advice, Susan Siefer, close friend and painting partner and most recently Tobi Fairley, my teacher and business mentor. They have all educated me, inspired me, and fueled my passion and love of Color and Design.  I thank you and love you all.

If you would like a custom painted piece of furniture in your home or decorating help, give me a call.



33 Responses to My 15 Seconds of Fame in House Beautiful Magazine
  1. BettyD Reply

    Wow…Congratulations Linda! A quote well deserved indeed!
    I took a look at your PinInerest page and your furniture pieces are amazing, not to mention the great photography. It’s a win-win!
    Good luck my friend!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks so much Betty! Coming from you I take that as a huge compliment!

  2. Ruxana Reply

    Congratulations, Linda. Looking forward to seeing you in more publications 🙂 Wishing you continued success!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      You are so kind Ruxana and I thank you!

  3. Karen Reply

    Congrats, Linda!! So happy for you and know this will be the first of many more quotes and features :-). Love the furniture you painted-beautiful!

  4. Karen Davis (@markergirlhome) Reply

    So exciting! Love it!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks Karen.. so appreciate the comment.

  5. Denise McGaha Reply

    Linda!! This is so exciting and with your color and photography skills coupled with amazing design you are destined for greatness….congrats and thanks for turning me on to chalk paint. Had NO idea it even existed!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks so much Denise for the words of support!

  6. Sherry Daniele Reply

    Congratulations, Linda! I remember the day you got that call. Great job on your quote, and I LOVE the orange chair :>

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks so much Sherry and you’re right..the day of our skype call!

  7. Ann McDonald Reply

    Love this Linda! Shared it on my facebook page – and that color, fabulous! Thank you so much for sharing!! xo Ann

    • Linda Holt Reply

      OMG!! Ann, thank you so much for sharing!

  8. Kristie Barnett, TheDecorologist Reply

    That is so awesome – so happy for you! That is a HUGE deal, just HUGE. Enjoy it – celebrate it, you deserve it!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks Kristie…I’m still kind of pinching myself that it’s real.

  9. Andrea Brooks Reply

    I just can’t say enough about how excited I was to see this in print!! I mean, really!! So well deserved my friend!!!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      You are so nice Andrea…and I thank you!

  10. Sarah @ Redesigning Sarah Reply

    That’s so exciting Linda and so very well deserved! What a great way to start off 2013!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks so much Sarah. Yes, now I have to figure out how to top this..right? 🙂

  11. Kate | Sensational Color Reply

    That is just awesome, Linda. Nicely done and in my favorite magazine no less.

    I feel confident that this is just one of many opportunities you will have to share your expertise.

    Now I’m feeling inspired to re-paint some furniture in one of those scrumptious colors.

    Thank you so much for the sensational shout out. I appreciate it and am so glad we’ve become friends.


    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks so much Kate for the lovely comment. Maybe this May in Brimfield you will find a fun little piece to try the paint out on. It’s so easy and like you say, the colors are great!

  12. Kelly Reply

    How exciting Linda!! I am so happy for you. House Beautiful- way to start at the top! How fortunate to have all the great mentors and inspiring people in you life. Did I say how happy I am for you??! Happy 2013!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks so much Kelly. My family does not share the same excitement as my friends so I so appreciate all the support.

  13. Kathleen DiPaolo Reply

    Wonderful post, Linda! Congrats on your fame:). I just love your favorite color!! Xo, Kathleen

  14. Maria Killam Reply

    Congratulations Linda!! Well deserved! Thanks for the mention too! xo Maria

  15. Pauline Reply

    Ok, maybe I won’t throw away those icky old pieces of furniture that have been in the family forever (but not forwever enough to be real antiques!) But only if you come and make them pretty for me :)…..I can’t wait to buy the magazine – congrats!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Pauline, You know I wish I could paint them for you. Maybe when we visit this Spring I can help you figure out which ones to keep and paint and we’ll pick colors!

  16. Leslie Hassler Reply

    Linda – I love the colors you shared with us and I love the chair and dresser. I’m going to go check out your other pieces!
    I’d love to see the other colors in the line.

  17. Susan Kanoff Reply

    Congrats Linda–House Beautiful couldn’t have chosen a more talented designer to quote!

  18. Reflections Interior Designs Reply

    Wow, how wonderful, what an honour. This is richly deserved Linda and I’m sure it’s just the tip of the iceberg, with more wonderful things to come. And… congrats on picking the emerald green, you really are a trendsetter!

  19. Susan Siefer Reply

    This is so great Linda. Thank you for the awesome shout out. Working with you and your friendship has made this venture too much fun!! I’m looking forward to more great creative adventures together. Congrats!!!
    ps. The chairs look great with the table.

  20. Kelly Rogers Reply

    Very exciting, Linda, congratulations! And I love the Windsor chair in Barcelona Orange – dying to try out that paint…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Subscribe to my blog

Browse by Category