How long have you been in business as Linda Holt Interiors?
I started Linda Holt Interiors in 2011 after having worked for over 25 years as a professional photographer in Boston.
What prompted you to make the switch from photography to design?
It is said that you should make a living doing what you do in your free time and I spent most of mine decorating my own home and studying interior design books and magazines. Going back to school for interior design in 2006 was fulfilling a passion that I had since childhood. As a kid, my idea of a good time was rearranging and decorating my room. Looking back, I am amazed at what I accomplished with paint, fabric remnants, crate paper, and Elmer’s glue.
Do you have a signature style?
If I had to sum my style up in a sentence I would say I like livable and uncluttered interiors that are punched up with splashes of color and pattern. I like rooms that have a mix of high and low elements and most important, they should reflect the people who live there.
Does your photography influence your design?
One of my biggest sources of design inspiration is art and photography. If you look at my photos, they very much resemble my design style. My images are carefully edited and color, pattern and balance are a big part of the story.
Who are your typical clients?
My clients are the absolute best. They are down to earth, busy working professionals and recent retires who have neither the time nor design skill to create the warm and welcoming home of their dreams. They are not interested in living in a “show house” but want a comfortable and beautiful home that reflects their personality and current life style.
How are you different from other designers and decorators in your area?
The biggest difference between myself and other designers is that my full service clients never pay retail or full price on anything I purchase on their behalf. I am completely transparent in what an item costs me and I share my designer discount saving my clients hundreds or even thousands of dollars. This allows my clients to stretch their buying power as well as attain items they didn’t think was in their budget.
Do you have a specialty?
I would say color is something I am passionate about. I have spent a lot of time researching and studying color and I have earned two different True Color Expert* certifications. Color affects our mood and research has shown that when we surround ourselves with colors that support our unique color preferences we feel happier.
How much do you charge?
When I started my business I knew there had to be a better way to charge after working with an interior designer on my own home many years ago. I still remember the stress I felt being in the dark about how many hours I would be billed each week and how much the next bill would be.
For the majority of my projects I charge a fixed flat fee for my design service based on the square footage of the room and the scope of work to be preformed. My clients like knowing upfront exactly what they are receiving for their investment in my services. The budget for furnishings, accessories and any work preformed by outside trades is separate from my design fee and my client and I work together to build a satisfactory budget.
What if I want to work with you but I have a small budget?
For those clients who have a smaller budget or project I offer several different value packages such as a Home Consult, Designer for a Day and my popular, “Help me pull it together” package. Also, some clients decide to work in phases. Not everything has to be done all at once.
How do you stay current on all that is happening in design?
I am continually honing my expertise through continuing education, travel, attending nation-wide industry events and net working with other design industry experts. I also research and write a weekly design blog and I am the home consultant and regular contributor to Merrimack Valley Magazine sharing decorating tips and design trends.