Designer Friday: An ASPIRE Exclusive Interview With Linda Holt

When one door closes another one opens. For Linda Holt, she was able to experience this hands on. Her two passions in life are interior decorating and photography, but after 25 successful years of photographing thousands of faces, she decided it was time for her to retire the camera and start creating something new. Linda made a graceful leap into her love for interior design in 2011, and has since started Linda Holt Creative where she splits her time between empowering clients to create their dream home while teaching iPhone photography. Introducing this week’s Designer Friday, Linda Holt.

This Boston pied-a-terre interior was created for the popular design event, One Room Challenge. Linda’s choice of contrasting furniture, colors, and styles truly created an unforgettable space.

Andrew Joseph: Are you a pet person?
Linda Holt: Yes, I love all animals but I am definitely a dog person. I think it must be in my DNA because every photo I’ve ever seen of my ancestors has a dog in the photo. The only time I didn’t live with one or more dogs were my four years during college and in my early twenties when I lived and worked in the city. We currently have a rescue named T. Nevers. His name has double meaning, Tom Nevers is a beach on Nantucket where we vacation and after losing our previous dog (my “soulmate” dog) I said I would NEVER get another dog. T. Nevers is the dog we were never getting.

Andrew: Three things you can’t live without?
Linda: Not counting family and friends, that’s easy. Coffee, my cellphone and wine. I’m very picky about my coffee (must be dark roast high-quality beans) but I’ll drink almost any kind of wine. My cell phone because I can’t go a day without photographing something!

This sweet and humble Boston condo was all white walls when Linda began to design the interior. The space had an awkward floor plan, so she made sure to accommodate every nook. Including, this circular dining table with a bench along the wall.

Andrew: What’s your design pet peeve?
Linda: Corner fireplaces because they are really difficult to design around, rooms with poor lighting because I can’t stand not being able to see, and throw away furniture because I have been an environmentalist since a teenager.

Andrew: If you had a superpower what would it be?
Linda: I don’t know if this is classified as a true superpower but I’ve always wanted to speak multiple languages. I love to travel and to be able to freely speak the native language no matter where I was in the world would be amazing.

Andrew: Are you a good cook?
Linda: It’s my dark secret but no, I am not a good cook. I used to joke if it couldn’t be heated or boiled my kids would have starved. Today, both my grown sons are passionate about cooking. I assume it’s because they never tasted good food until they learned to make it themselves.

Linda’s choice of blue and orange tones create a joyful and enlightening atmosphere for this living space.

Andrew: Ideal weekend plans?
Linda: If I wasn’t traveling which would always be my first choice, then the perfect weekend would be a walk on the beach with my husband and dog, followed by a day spent antiquing in the country. Dinner out…obviously (see answer to question 8.)

Andrew: How would you define your work in three words?
Linda: I describe my work as fresh, colorful, and well-edited. Fresh because I don’t like rooms that look dated (probably because I am) Colorful because color is like oxygen to me, and well-edited because clutter makes my skin crawl.

Andrew: How would you describe your personal style?
Linda: I’m still working on that. Just when I think I have it figured out, I see a photo of myself online and think, “Lord, what was I thinking?” All I know for sure is that I’m not glam and that comfort is key for me.

Another angle of the interior created for the One Room Challenge. You can see the gently hung pieces of work that make up an entire wall collage.

Andrew: What would your dream project or dream client be right now?
Linda: Designing and decorating a small beach house, maybe on Nantucket, purchased by any of my current clients who are the nicest people imaginable.

Andrew: What’s one thing people don’t know about you?
Linda: Most people know I was a photographer before I was a designer. One thing most people don’t know about me though, is that as a photographer, one of my biggest clients was a men’s underwear company. During the shoots, my studio would be filled with hunky male models standing around in underwear. For a single twenty something it was quite the experience. Sometimes I had to leave the studio just to catch my breath! That was also when I learned that men wore thongs.

About The Designer | As a former professional photographer Linda Holt is no stranger to merging her creative eye with aesthetic appeal, having worked with more than 5,000 celebrities, actors and models as one of Boston’s top headshot photographers.

Today she uses her skilled photographic eye to create her signature style of carefully edited, joyful rooms that reflect her love of color, pattern and art. She works with mid to high end residential clients who value a stylish, fresh and relaxed home that is reflective of their unique personality and lifestyle.

Over the past few years Linda has put aside her heavy DSLR cameras and now shoots exclusively with her iphone. She has become an expert in both iphone photography and iphone photo editing. After successfully teaching several iphone photography workshops in and around Boston, she is offering an on-line photography class for interior designers and creatives.

Linda is also a contributing writer on trends and design for Merrimack Valley Magazine and writes a blog called “Focus on Creativity”.

Andrew Joseph is a regular contributing editor for ASPIRE DESIGN AND HOME magazine. See more of his work here.

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