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  Labor Day picnics and celebrations all over Southwest Florida were filled with talk about a gal coming to ‘visit’…Irma.  As I sat enjoying a stunning sunset on Fort Meyers Beach that Labor Day Monday, I sensed a feeling of unsettledness approaching.  By Tuesday morning we were in full hurricane preparation mode.  I was scrambling to find a way to return to...

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Chocolate Milk … Color Me LDD September 2017

It’s September and the big yellow school buses have returned to the streets.  I love watching little bunchkins hop off those buses at the end of the day as they run to moms or dads waving, squealing with delight, and babbling about their day.  The sparkle in their eyes, the smiles on their faces, sigh…I miss experiencing that with...

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Gold Rush!

Welcome to the Gold Rush!  Thankfully to partake in this exciting new rush, I’m not required to travel in a covered wagon and camp under the stars… this princess would not survive! Gold tones have taken the design industry by storm.  Gold and brass, antiqued or polished are gracing our cabinet hardware, lighting, furniture and even details such as...

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Cashmere … Color Me LDD August 2017

It was late 2016 when Kathleen and I were putting together the 2017 Color Me LDD selections, that our August theme choice of crisp white and green instantly reminded me of my first white cashmere sweater adorned with green buttons.  August and sweaters?  Well folks…looks like I should take full responsibility for the cool temperatures we are experiencing in Connecticut...

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Life with MIL – Cost? A hug & a kiss…

‘Life with MIL’ a very candid, funny, moving, and sometimes difficult journey of Alzheimer’s with my mother in-law … Life with MIL  The television was blaring across the room as Mom gently rocked in her chair.  The nightly news was reporting the latest updates on North Korea as I stood in the kitchen slicing beets. MIL: humhdmlghsnng (incoherent) what...

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Move over Mediterranean

All over Southwest Florida residents are rapidly freeing themselves from heavy scrolled iron work, terra cotta tiles, dark hardwood floors, sweeping archways, and macaroni and cheese colored walls.  These items are piling up like shoulder pads after the 80’s!  Mediterranean, once admired and embraced as sophisticated, elegant, and posh styling, is now passé. I have an appreciation for this style.  As...

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Watermark … Brooklyn Chic

I love American made products. I bust with pride when I discover them and can share them with my clients, colleagues, and friends.  Watermark Designs showcases true American manufacturing.  It’s a company that has stood the plumbing industry on-end by bucking the system. Watermark made a conscience decision to choose quality craftsmanship and materials over the less expensive, cheaper labor and...

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Always a good time!

A good time seems like an understatement to me.  7.1.17 will be a night I will never forget.  The evening was designed to be a night of thanks, a night to celebrate those who have taken LDD, in July 2012, from a rickety old card table and a laptop to, in July 2017, two offices on the East Coast…in just...

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Blue Jeans … Color Me LDD July 2017

Blue Jeans…one half of my signature style, Cashmere & Blue Jeans®.  Since LDD celebrated 5 years on July 1st it only seemed fitting to use Blue Jeans as our Color of the Month.  The LDD team has had fun collecting images that reflect this combo.  Here are some of our favorites…   Skip on over to my Color Me...

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Sunshine … Color Me LDD June 2017

Well, we are just about halfway through June and honestly, I am wondering whether we selected the right title for this month’s Color Me LDD…Sunshine!  The month thus far has yielded more rain than sunshine in both of our LDD locations…Durham and Naples!  Maybe we should have named the month Raincoat Yellow!  Nevertheless, I do love this blend of our signature...

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Greenbacker Farm … Color Me LDD May 2017

May in my Mayberry brings an amazing range of luscious greens.  The rolling hills of Durham jump alive with color!  It’s only fitting that historic Greenbacker Farm would be the inspiration for my Color Me LDD for May! As I pass over the hills of Route 68, the landscape on each side of the road pops alive with chartreuse,...

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‘Southern Boy’ – Barry Dixon

I think it was about five years ago when I had the pleasure of personally meeting Barry Dixon. He was a guest panelist with Ronda Rice Carmen for her book Designers At Home at High Point Market.  While I followed Barry’s work and licensed products, I hadn’t a glimpse of who he was personally.  I truly enjoyed the afternoon filled with insight...

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Sweet Pea … Color Me LDD April 2017

Cold spring mornings in New England are getting warmer throughout the day which means…it’s time to start thinking about our gardens and sweet peas.  When I was a child, sweet peas were one of my favorites from my mother’s garden and they still are today.  Their delicate flowers coupled with those bright green leaves and curling tendrils are just the perfect...

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