For the last several months I’ve been planning and gathering materials for my table design at the inaugural Heading Home To Dinner event at the Boston Design Center. I’ve dropped several hints and posted some sneak peeks on Instagram of my inspiration and design. Now I am thrilled to share the completed design along with some of the fabulous people that helped bring everything together.
As promised, albeit a week late, more faces from my Guatemala Mission Trip: the people in our village, as well as our hard working and dedicated team…
It’s hard to believe a year has gone by since the Brizo Blogger 19 Reunion trip to Memphis. I still look back fondly on that trip, and all the wonderful events I’ve been fortunate to be a part of since being selected into my Blogger 19 group. I am truly honored to be associated with a company like Brizo, who not only creates exquisitely functional products, but gives back to the community in such meaningful and special ways.
Take a peek at my post from last year and our amazing visit to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, a day I will never forget…
In one respect at least this year was no different from last year in Guatemala; I was drawn to the faces of not only the children and the women of the village but also the beautiful hard working faces of our team. When I returned home and reviewed my photos, I found I have dozens of beautiful smiles and dark eyes, some with turned up corners, some more serious. I hope to do a series of paintings ~ The Faces that Touched my Heart. Stay tuned! For today, I wanted to share some of the precious Faces of Guatemala 2014…
Continuing on with the story of my trip to Guatemala this year…
Back on site, we are getting there~
“Never doubt that a small group of concerned citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
My experience in Guatemala last year was so profound, that I decided to volunteer again this year with Team Kelly Kole through Catalyst Resources International. I really wasn’t sure what I would take away this year. Certainly, I knew more of what to expect as far as the conditions, the food and the poverty. What I didn’t expect was all of the questions I had about the future of the children, the education of young women and the corruption in the government.
As best I could, I’ve tried to convey my experiences and feelings about this year’s trip through my words and pictures. Lots of pictures…
Last week Boston GLOW held their annual Ignite the Nite Gala to raise funds in support of aspiring girl leaders from Boston’s most under-resourced schools. I had a wonderful time socializing, admiring (and bidding on) great items in the silent auction, noshing on delicious food, and of course, dancing! Enjoy a few photos of the event taken by Courtney Perkins Ryan of Lens Cap Productions and Mike Johnson of FestPics.com…
This weekend was outstanding! Everywhere I went I saw beautiful art and it wasn’t only on canvas!
Friday night I attended the Moonlight and Miracles Ball, the largest fundraiser of the year for the Cancer Care Unit at the South Shore Hospital.
Continuing on with our tour of the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island, I have more pictures of more beautiful spaces to share!
First stop, this “tented” atrium area. I love the connection with the outdoor green space here along with the zippy Jonathan Adler fabric on the pillows.
Last week I traveled to New York with fellow Boston-area interior designer and friend, Laurie Gorelick, to preview the newly renovated Ronald McDonald House of Long Island. It was the most spectacular makeover I could have imagined!
As you may know, the Ronald McDonald House is a haven for families, a home-like place to stay while their child is receiving medical treatment at a nearby hospital. There are many Ronald McDonald Houses all over the country including one here in Boston.
This particular Ronald McDonald House on Long Island was started in 1981 under the leadership Lyn Jurick, a powerhouse of a woman, who is still involved to this day. She had the help of many, including her designers William Diamond and Anthony Baratta. The house has served many families over the years and was in need of some tender loving care.
The October issue of South Shore Living Magazine highlights a group of artists of which I am proud to be a part of. Under the leadership of Jen Kelly, for many years we have donated paintings to the fundraising auction that is part of South Shore Hospital’s Moonlight and Miracles Gala. The funds raised benefit cancer care programs at the hospital, a wonderful and worthy cause.
Last week, I was part of a select group of interior designers that had the honor of going to Memphis, TN as a guest of Brizo. As most of you know, Brizo is a luxury line of artful and highly functional faucets and accessories for the kitchen and bath.
There are so many reasons I’ve fallen head over heels in love with Brizo and their products lines, but mostly it is because of the people and their company philosophy. Brizo is truly “a brand that dreams” and believes “the power of dreams is without limits”.
This past Thursday the New England ASID Chapter hosted its annual Awards Gala at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Boston. The Gala gives us the opportunity to gather with fellow designers and celebrate excellence in design. It was truly a memorable evening in every respect!…
On February 28, 2013, local grassroots non-profit Boston GLOW (Girls’ Leadership, Organized Women), will host their third annual IGNITE the NITE gala in the hope of raising $35,000 in scholarship funds for young female students in Boston’s most underfunded schools in its most at-risk communities.
It has always been part of my company’s mission statement to donate professional services. Since our founding, we have taken on a variety of different community service projects including stenciling a tired teacher’s lounge in an elementary school, designing two receptions areas in my town’s Community Center and donating artwork to fundraising auctions supporting a plethora of worthy causes. Over the past several years, I have been privileged to be involved with two different organizations that work with Boston Public high school students : Boston Private Industry Council and STEP Inspire. Both of these organizations seek to connect students to careers and workplaces in a variety of industries, offering a glimpse of a bright future.
This past March, Jen Bardsley, Paul Neal and I hosted a group of students from the Boston PIC program at the Boston Design Center. Together we toured several showrooms while the students completed a fun Design Challenge.
Our next stop was the Sherwin Williams Color Studio. Here the the students were divided into 2 teams for the Design Challenge: to create an inspiration board for a first apartment.
The showroom manager shared a bit about Sherwin-Williams, the different formulas of paint and her education. She then offered them paint chip samples to help get them started with their project design.
Next, we were on to the Lee Jofa showroom to view and be inspired by fabrics, wall coverings, trims, carpets and furnishings.
First though, Carol Ann spoke about her various positions before she reached Lee Jofa. The students were impressed with her amazing vocabulary and in turn, Carol Ann stressed the importance of being well spoken. She encouraged our students to read classic literature and watch PBS as excellent ways to build your language and writing skills. Oh, and she also discussed the beauty of fabrics–of course!
Rebecca at the Osborne and Little showroom gave a tour of her area and showed off some unusual wall coverings in faux leather and mock feathers~ all tres chic.
No tour at the BDC would be complete without a stop at Rolf Benz Studio.
My team was finalizing their design palette for an apartment in Jamaica (where one of the girl’s was going to college in the Fall). Don’t you just love the bright colors for a tropical location?
Paul’s team had a more tailored conservative approach, which is respectable and sooo Paul ;-).
I am so proud of the presentation and design my team created. Bravo!
A photo of the entire group: students from PIC, Jen, Paul and me ~ a grand day of volunteerism indeed.
What an honor to spend the day with these wonderful young people! After a day like this I am always left with a fulfilling feeling of optimism about the future.
To quote my daughter’s high school yearbook…
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
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