Kinzig … Lighting or Art?

During our recent trip to the High Point Market, Kathleen and I stumbled upon the Kinzig Design team.  I found unique lampshades, exquisite sparkling glass bases, and exclusive radiating design elements I hadn’t really found in my travels before.  We met Susan and Caryn, two very personable and talented women with a great story! Caryn recently took the time to...

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Riding Boots

One would believe that my growing up in ‘Mayberry’, continuing to raise my family and building the LDD headquarters here, that I’d be very comfortable around horses.  Nope, they terrify me!  When Ashley was younger and taking riding lessons I used to enter the barn with extreme caution, slide against the wall, and always, always have an eye on...

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Pheromone … an attraction like no other

For years I’ve attended the High Point Markets. Most years I leave the market inspired but rarely truly blown away. Well “Congratulations!” goes out to Christopher Marley.  He did it! He lured me in with what I thought from a distance were just cool, well composed, kaleidoscope patterns tastefully presented and framed. Well, they were so much more… As I...

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Textiles for the Open Sea!

For many, your yacht is often a home away from home. A place where you can escape to, entertain friends and family, and for some, continue your business. Every element of this craft – interior, exterior, furnishings, accessories, and art – must not only reflect your personality, but also be durable and functional. Gone is the notion that durable...

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Chalk White

  Last week I opened my Facebook home page and watched it explode with friends and family posting first day of school pictures.  I loved every single post, smiled, and honestly wiped a few tears from my eyes.  This year was the first time since 1997 I wasn’t celebrating a first day of school for my babies (sniff) …...

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Raincoat Yellow

  In Connecticut the home to LDD Headquarters, the heavens haven’t been offering up much rain this summer.  It’s almost comical that LDD’s Color of the Month for August is Yellow Rain Coat!  Originally choosing this color to celebrate the rainy season in Florida, it turned into an ironic color selection for Connecticut! So as Florida enjoys the rain storms…sometimes...

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Cashmere & Blue Jeans™

I have often been asked what my style is … at first I, like all budding designers, desperately found myself trying to fit into a specific style.  As I grew and matured both in life (although I still maintain I’m 29 years old) and in my career, I realized all I was doing was trying to stick a square...

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Pool Blue

We all have those photos, those stories, those moments in time that no matter how often we relive them, we still belly laugh.  These memories are many times sparked by the oddest action, song, word …. or even color.  When we discussed Pool Blue by Benjamin Moore for LDD’s color of the month, I chuckled. Just a few weeks earlier I was...

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Strawberry Shortcake

As a kid one of my fondest memories was the strawberry festival at our church. The build up all week to the Saturday festival was intense.  The church ladies bustled around the basement of the church like busy bees! Sylvia, the queen bee, oversaw biscuit making and strawberry washing and slicing…which disappointingly was never my job because I couldn’t...

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Celebrating 4 …..

Kathleen stopped at my desk and asked if I had reviewed the proposal she left for me the night before…Stephanie lightly tapped on my window and mouthed ‘line one’…Joe leaned on my door jam and asked if I had the paint colors ready…and my phone buzzed with a text message about the direction of a tile layout! As I...

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First and Foremost … Candice Olson

The Kravet showroom in Stamford Connecticut hosted the amazing Candice Olson for candid talk, great design and the reveal of her latest fabric collection.  It was a afternoon filled with blunt questions followed by honest, entertaining and reassuring answers.  Yes reassuring, as a designer I have questioned on occasion if design divas like Candice Olson face the same design challenges I...

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Orange Sherbet

I’ll admit, I have a weakness for orange sherbet ….. actually creamsicles are what really brings me to my knees.  So when Kathleen suggested Orange Sherbet for our color of the month, I was in love … and was craving a Pralines Ice Cream run! Benjamin Moore’s take on Orange Sherbet is much softer than the color I actually...

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