"You Make It Possible"

Creative Coaching Night with Elaine Totten Davis

Salonistias, you already know that you have the creativity and desire to achieve success as a designer.  But do you ever feel like you could use someone by your side to help you push past the blocks that hinder your work?  We all have that little voice inside our heads that sometimes creates doubt, fear and anxiety that gets in the way of accomplishing all of your goals.  

Please join us at Venegas and Company
's new south end Showroom.  Owned by Donna Venegas, this Five woman Design Firm and showroom has become the leader in custom cabinetry in Boston.

On April 4th, we will meet Elaine Totten Davis of You Make It Possible who will work with us to listen, guide, advise and challenge us to figure out what we truly want for our professional lives.
For more than two decades Elaine worked in advertising and publishing. Working with photographers, art directors, designers and writers, she gained a deep respect for the creative process and for the unique qualities of creative professionals, and learned up close how their work affects their personal and professional lives.
Elaine's coaching process includes:
 ▪ Drawing people out and getting them excited and focused
 ▪ Inspiring positive energy
 ▪ Inspiring people to fall in love with who they are and their own unique happiness
 ▪ Giving my whole heart to stand behind you and support you to achieve your goals
   Elaine earned her Certified Professional Coach (CPC) certificate from iPEC – the Institute for ProfessionalExcellence in Coaching. iPEC is accredited by the International Coach Federation, and is the first and only International Coaching Federation (ICF) accredited coach training school to include in its curriculum all of the training needed to qualify as a Master Level Coach.

 Please join us!
When:  Tuesday, April 4th
Where:  Venegas and Company- 477 Harrison Ave #2A
RSVP:  Jill.palese@gmail.com


In the Company of Boston Creative Women

5 Kick Ass Women Who Get Shit Done

Design Salon has no shortage of creative, fantastic, entrepreneurial, gals who are making a difference in the Boston Design community.   The evening's discussion will be a continuation of Grace Bonney's book In the Company of Women-Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists and Entrepreneurs.  Please join "Designing Women" Barbara Vail, Haley Mistler,  Joyelle West, Nicole Baas, Sonja Haviland as they share their creative careers, tips, etc.  This is a great networking opportunity and we love to see new faces.  

 Tuesday, January 24
Where: Lekker
1313 Washington Street, Boston
RSVP:  Jill.palese@gmail.com
Please bring snacks and wine to share

Interior Designer 
Growing up with an auctioneer for a father, I was taught that everything has a story -- that pieces don’t just take up physical space, but that they mean something because of where they were found, when they were found, or whom they were passed down from. 
My formal education reflects my interest in both interior design and the wellness of the human body. After completing my degree in Nutrition, I moved on to study Residential Interiors at Boston Architectural College. This background has helped me to approach projects holistically, as I create or redesign spaces in a way that is attentive to the impact those spaces will have on the people living in them. 

Graphic Artist  

A Boston-based freelance graphic designer and budding illustrator. Designing professionally for over 9 years, she's had the pleasure of working with many companies of all sizes to create beautiful visuals. In graphic design, she especially loves branding work. In illustration, she moves away from the computer, using pen, ink and watercolor to make images by hand. Haley is a graduate of the New England School of Art and Design.

Her clients include Homepolish, Joss & Main, Remodelista, Boston Globe Magazine, Boston Home, Cosmopolitan, and AllModern. Her work has been featured widely in publications and blogs, including Design New England, Houzz, Design Sponge, Rue Daily, Architectural Digest, Domino, and Apartment Therapy. When not photographing, she's outdoors somewhere in New England, usually hiking or climbing. She loves Instagram and has been known to inadvertently use an embarrassing hashtag. You can see her work at www.joyellewest.com, and she's currently photographing a book Self Styled, due out in Spring 2018. 

She’s one of the few left and right brain gals in the neighborhood.  It's difficult to believe that Nicole graduated with a business degree and a focus on accounting/finance/economics.   Her work boasts that of a fine artist with a finely tuned style...not a numbers gal.  Nicole worked in advertising until 2013, when she launched her own wedding and lifestyle photography brand.  Now, currently in her 4th year of business, her unique trademark nature inspired look is in the process of transitioning to commercial and editorial work for retail, lifestyle and interior brands. In addition to photography, Nicole, with her naturalist's eye, is about to launch a floral photography business in collaboration with a local floral designer. 

Interior Designer

After working with top firms in the industry on both coasts, in 2015 Sonja launched the eponymous design firm. Sonja’s studio creates signature spaces through custom interiors and project management.
Her extensive background and versatility as a designer, enables Sonja the opportunity to work across hospitality, retail, commercial and residential spaces. Her commitment to her clients and partners along with her enthusiasm and flexibility creates designs that are innovative and thoughtful. In 2014, Sonja was honored with the Rising Star Award for excellence in retail design and a 2013 VMSD Designer Dozen recipient.Sonja holds degrees in Studio Art & Art History from Gettysburg College and Interior Design from the Parsons School of Design.


September is on Fire!

Dear Salonistas,

Obviously it's been a busy summertime and the payoff is happening.  The Design Salon gals have been on FIRE.  Here's some scoop...

On September 20th at 7:00, Marni Katz kick off our Fall Season at Lekker.  See below for details.

Jill Rosenwald and Jennifer Hill are speakers on the panel for Grace Bonney's new book tour:  In the Company of Women on October 6th at Brattle Theater in Cambridge

Kristina Crestin made the final cut of MTV's Fresh Faces of Design competition!  Check her out and throw your best wishes and support out to Kristina.  The ladies of Design Salon are pulling for her...make us PROUD!


Pitch and Bitch

A fall priority list MUST DO with Marni Katz

Join the Ladies of Design for the September kick off event at Lekker 

Marni Katz will walk us through a strategy session with insider intel on what editors are really looking for and how to best pitch your product to them....she will even share a few tricks of the trade from an editor's point of view.  Ink this night into your fall calendar and bring your best product pitches or editor bitches.

Marni Elyse Katz is a freelance design journalist and art consultant, and the blogger behind StyleCarrot. She contributes regularly to the Boston Globe and other local publications including Design New England, Boston Home, and Yankee, and co-writes the blog for Matouk linens. In addition to sourcing art for Webster & Company at the Boston Design Center, Katz works with private clients and interior designers and curates pop-up art events. Despite studying Mandarin at Connecticut College and researching Indian painting at Columbia University, Katz forged a career in publishing. Following an internship in the fashion closet of Rolling Stone, Katz worked as a travel editor and model editor (she cast Heidi Klum on her first cover). She soon turned her attention to the online space to edit the first original content online fashion magazine and develop her own site, StyleExperts, which featured advice from icons including Marc Jacobs, Vera Wang, and Iman. At Time Inc. New Media, Katz worked on early digital iterations of Teen People and InStyle. As a managing editor at America Online, Katz developed and oversaw local and national entertainment, shopping, and travel verticals. More recently Katz was a deputy editor at NBC Local Media where she helped build and run a lifestyle site, and an contributing editor at Design Milk. Katz lives in the Back Bay with her husband, two sons, and cat. You can follow her @StyleCarrot on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Natalie Carpenter of Lekker has invited us to meet up at Lekker.... one of our favorite chic boutiques in Boston!

When:  Tuesday, September 20
Time:  7:00 pm
Where:  Lekker 
1313 Washington Street.  South End
RSVP:  Jill.palese@gmail.com
please bring wine or snacks to share with the group


"Colonial Chic" and Boston Design Heavyweight Team Up at the Pop Up Shoppe

It takes a savvy design eye to see creative new opportunities in unexpected places....and that is exactly what Susan Batista and Fritz Klaetke have done. With their combination of smart design instincts, impeccable taste and good knowledge of our little city's history, the duo was able to re-think the those little "made in China" ceramic lobsters.  Boston Globe describes it as "colonial chic" and Salonistas would call it downright genius!  BRAVO, Susan and Fritz.  

Susan Battista and her partner Fritz Klaetke work with leading businesses and organizations through their award-winning branding and design firm Visual Dialogue  Susan’s expertise is in marketing strategy and research while Fritz is creative director at the firm. Recognizing that Boston gift shops offered cliche items with lobsters made in China, they created 1630  a unique Boston-themed shoppe that features goods they’ve designed, products created by local makers, and vintage from around New England. The pop-up shoppe is currently located in historic Faneuil Hall where 20 million people visit each year. The store is an example of how creating a holistic branded environment taps into current market trends and customer preferences. While we can all shop online from anywhere at anytime, 1630 demonstrates the opportunity for retail to evolve and attract today's customers. Susan will be talking about the “pop-up” phenomenon and opportunities for local makers to reach a broader audience.

Our March 29 design salon will meet at 1630 where we can see first hand what the Boston Globe has called “colonial chic” and the Improper Bostonian has said “is an untouristy tourist shop”. 

Sidebar:  Susan and Fritz host a "Maker Pitch Night" once a month, where local makers are selected to sell their goods in the shoppe!  Susan will give you more information at our meeting. 

When:  Tuesday, March 29th
Time: 7pm
Faneuil Hall
4 South Market (2 doors down from Urban Outfitters)
RSVP:  Jill.palese@gmail.com


Design Salon is turning 10!

Hi Salonistas,

It's hard to believe that Design Salon will be turning 10 in a few months!   We've had loads of fantastic speakers, groovy conversations and fun new connections.  Everyone has sure come a LOOOONNNNNGGGG way since we all first gathered in Jill's studio over wine and candlelight on a chilly evening nearly 10 years ago.

The Boston design buzz says that Salonistas have been busy creating and building empires!  Feel free to shoot me a note and I'll try to post a little blast here.    jill.palese@gmail.com

Remember to check this blog in a couple of weeks...We've just booked a couple of fantastic events in great venues for March and April!


In January Salonistas were invited to the luscious Hudson , where we enjoyed an evening with one of our few male "guest stars", Michael Zimmons of Zimmons Fabrics  .  Michael spoke about how to keep business thriving moving and shaking in a three generation's old family business.  The key?  Thinking creatively,  being open minded, paying attention to customers and having great gut instincts.  Good thing Michael was absolutely adorable, otherwise Jill Goldberg's well curated shop full of eye candy would have been an insane distraction, making even the strongest willed designer weak in the knees.


In February, Natalie Carpenter of Lekker  had generously opened her beautiful boutique to the salonistas, so that we could lounge on her her delicious furniture and enjoy Natalie's scented candles while Erin Gates of Elements of Style shared her new successes, the challenges of starting and growing her brand... and her family.  It was hysterical that her hubby phoned in with a 911 call to Erin.  Apparently, their new baby needed her even more that we did!  THANK YOU ERIN, for generously sharing your evening with us, even though you were on the 5th sleepless night in a row!  We heart you.  

The Buzz  

We've heard through the grapevine that Holly Johnson of Cheeky Monkey can't keep her beautiful felt pillows in stock, and Kate Murphy and Sharyl Stropkay of Studio KS have been in their studio creating the most luscious and framable wrapping papers on the planet.


Designer's Network to Notebook Night

Create, Build, Support, Celebrate

It's been AWHILE since we've had a chance to network with fellow creative gals.  And, maybe it's been a LONG TIME since we've had a chance work out a creative conundrum or just a business brain dump with our small group of supportive, entrepreneural and creative ladies (think back to crit night in art school).  

Please join us for a fun meet up and chance to say and show "out loud" what projects you are working on, thinking about or need some help to put the finishing touches on.  

When:  Wednesday, November 18
Where:  Jill Rosenwald's Studio 
369 Congress Street

Time:  7:00 pm
RSVP:  Jill.palese@gmail.com
Please Bring wine and snacks to share with the group


Hussle and Bustle- How to Elevate Your Brand

With Kate Maloney 

This spring,  Kate Maloney of Kate Maloney Interior Design KMID, one of our early Design Salon Members, was recognized by  Wayfair for having a strong brand voice.   She was asked to speak at Wayfair's Trade Services Workshop on March 26th on the topic of "Elevating Your Design Business-how you can turn your small business into a bustling brand"
 Kate Maloney Albiani has owned and operated a residential interior design firm in Cambridge, Massachusetts since 2003. She has been a Salon Member for many years and enjoyed learning, growing and sharing amongst her fellow Salon Members. 

Kate believes that good design is an organic process between the designer and the clients who know what they love. When designing a home, her decisions are guided by a belief that each home should be unique to the people that live there. Many New England families choose to work with Kate not only for her youthful spin on their traditional homes but because she handily balances form with function. “It doesn’t make sense to use silk brocade on a kitchen banquette, one spill and it’s all over! My goal is to design rooms that are just as beautiful to look at as they are comfortable to live in.”

Please Join Kate and Design Salon Members for a discussion about building your brand and all of the tools that you need to present your best work, both on line and off.  

When:  Tuesday, May 26th
Where:  Jill Rosenwald's Studio
369 Congress Street, Boston
2nd Floor
RSVP:  Jill.palese@gmail.com
Please bring wine and/or snacks to share with the group.  


Crafting Beautiful Design With Integrity

With Catherine Connolly, CEO Merida Rugs

Catherine Connolly, of Merida Rugs meridastudio.com is a woman on a mission.  On a daily basis, she is tasked with making wise business choices that are more than "skin deep".   In today's world, Catherine's mission is an important and precious one; protecting the integrity of a company that cares as much about the makers who are crafting the product as the product itself.  

"For Merida, the quality equation includes the people who bring our rugs to life — from the field to the workroom to the floor.  As a manufacturer we have a responsibility to the hearts and minds of those who, directly or indirectly, have a hand in producing our products.  We work closely with our global partners to ensure fair labor practices that not only provide jobs but also promote people’s health and growth."

With over thirty years experience in the textile and rug industry, Merida is a company of makers, designers, and collaborators. Reviving design manufacturing in Fall River, Massachusetts and working closely with their global partners, Merida is committed to timeless techniques with an eye to the future. It is in their nature to care deeply about sourcing, integrity, and the elevation of design.
As they continue to broaden their portfolio with products that build on our heritage of craftsmanship, showcase their design point of view, and elevate the beauty and integrity of their materials, Merida hopes to grow awareness for the importance of buying quality products that respect the makers as well as the materials. By doing so, they can continue to make a positive impact in the communities where they do business—across the globe and here in Boston. 

Please join us for a first hand discussion with Catherine.  

When:  Tuesday, April 14th
Where:  Merida
1 Design Center Place, Suite 714

Time:  7:00 pm
RSVP:  Jill.palese@gmail.com

Boston Design Center maintains a visitor parking lot off of Drydock Avenue in front of the BDC.  Payment for parking is collected at the reception desk before leaving the building.  Hourly rates apply from 8 am to 9 pm.  Prepaid parking passes for the trade are available in the management office for your convenience 

Thank you, Catherine for your generosity!  For sharing your time, your knowledge and your location with the ladies of Design Salon.  


Mother Nature's Tastemaker

A Night With Rochelle Greayer
Garden Designer, Author, Editor and Entrepreneur 


Please join the ladies of Design Salon to cheer our fellow Design Salon Member, Rochelle Greayer, www.rochellegreayer.com, for the launch of her first book!  Rochelle is an award winning blogger, landscape designer, author and editor.   

Rochelle authored the fabulous new book Cultivating Garden Style and the founder and editor of Pith + Vigor, a literary newspaper and online magazine for garden enthusiasts. In addition, she is the creator of the popular blog Studio ‘g’, named one of the top ten gardening blogs by the editors of Better Homes and Gardens and BHG.com; co-founder and editor of Leaf Magazine, a digital design magazine for garden makers; and a weekly columnist (The Gardenist) for Apartment Therapy, “one of the most influential interior design sites on the Web” according to Forbes magazine.

Prior to writing her first solo book, Cultivating Garden Style (Timber Press, September 2014), In 2012 she was featured in Luke Dixon’s Keeping Bees in Towns and Cities and in 2004 and 2005 she worked with Rosemary Alexander to co-author The Essential Garden Design Workbook and The Garden Makers Manual.

When:  Tuesday, October 7
Time:  7:00 pm
Where:  2 Atlantic Avenue, Boston 

Ring buzzer for:

RSVP:  Jill.palese@gmail.com
Please bring wine or snacks to share!


How Do I Promote My Business? I Just Shut Up and DRIVE PR + C

An evening with Laura Sullivan, Chief Creative Coordinator

Laura has been a communicator from the very start of things. A great storyteller and funny as hell, Laura’s love of language, a great story and being a “people person” were only a few of the reasons behind creating Drive PR + C. driveprc.com  From Shakespeare to health and beauty to financial services, Laura’s career has been a varied one with each position molding her current role as Drive’s manager of mirth. She is energized and passionate about guiding small businesses through the changing world of marketing and communication by creating simple strategies for success. Things that keep her ticking on a daily basis: weather of any kind, language (both poetic and foul), amazing food, 18 holes, friends, social media, traveling, a belly laugh, a full DVR, a perfect pour of scotch & porcelain owls – to name a few.Drive Public Relations + Consulting provides your company with the guidance, support and structure needed to navigate the ever changing world of 21st century PR. Use us for all media needs, social media savvy, event planning + execution, word crafting, staff training and everything in between.
Drive Public Relations + Consulting works closely with emerging businesses seeking widespread media + consumer attention. In addition to emerging business, we provide service  to already existing companies looking to reinvigorate brand awareness, organizations working toward restrategizing communications + social media platforms, and individuals wishing to enter the market on both local + national fronts.
Laura's presence at Design Salon was requested by many of her clients, who are also Design Salon members.  Several businesses have benefited from Laura's experienced PR skills and successful track record.  Laura will meet with your company on an individual basis to craft a plan that works for you.  We are very lucky to spend the evening with Laura where she will share some wise business practice, tips and strategies, and maybe a joke or two.  This event should be on every new and established business owner's radar!   
Nathalie Carpenter, owner of Lekker lekkerhome.com is hosting us, so there is always time for a little of Nathalie's fantastic eye candy. 

When:  Tuesday, June 10
Time:  7:00 pm
Where:  Lekker   
1313 Washington Street, South End
RSVP:  Jill.palese@gmail.com
Please bring wine or snacks to share with our group!


Social Media to the Rescue!

With Meighan L. O'Toole

Salonistas, I know you were just thinking... “I’m so stinkin’ overwhelmed by social media.  When will I  deepen my online experience? How can I make social media work for my creative design business?  Why can’t I meet the perfect social media lifesaver who will reach out and save me from drowning in this digital sea?”  
Whew, we’ve found just the girl!
Meighan L. O’Toole is a digital and social media strategist, with an exceptional understanding of pushing & curating online content, while simultaneously creating community around a product. Her expertise lie in training and educating small creative brands, and individuals on creating community, deepening their presence online, and defining their voice via social media.
In 2007, she launched her personal art blog, “My Love for You.” Surrounding herself with amazing artists from all over the world through podcasts, studio visits, and Q&A’s, Meighan experienced the possibilities of online communities and saw the magic of the Internet first hand. After managing and running her blog for 3 years, Meighan was approached by Yahoo! to join their social media team in Sunnyvale, CA. She’s since gone on to work as a community manager for Wikia (Wikipedia’s sister site), and most recently WIRED.
Meighan now works as a consultant, through her own firm O’Toole Social Media and Digital Strategy in Boston.
Meighan’s passionate about connecting people to technology and information to expand and deepen their online experience. She believes that the Internet offers endless opportunities, and is interested in helping her clients find their own promise within it.
When: Tuesday, December 3
Time:  7:00
Where: Vanegas and Co.  
1 Design Center Place
RSVP: info@jillrosenwald.com

Please bring wine or snacks to share with the group!


Brand Building Powerhouse, Mitra Morgan

This October, The Design Salon launches her new "season" with our scrappy-super-girl-powerhouse who knows exactly how to bring it.  Ladies, meet Mitra Morgan, Co-Founder and former Chief Curator of Joss & Main.  www.jossandmain.com ,THE leading flash sales site for housewares and  home decor. 

Starting with a mighty team of just 3 people, Joss & Main has grown to become a destination for all things home. Mitra, along with her power crew, built the empire that provides it's members with inspirational imagery, design ideas and products though flash sales and on-line sales.  

Mitra will share all of her experience in brand building and growing.  In particular, Mitra will focus on the early stages of the process, which she feels requires a scrappy approach to forging relationships and partnerships in order to blast the brand forward.  

If you are thinking of building and growing your brand or creating an empire, Mitra's knowledge will give you a great nudge to get you going.

Mitra is a graduate of the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and studied at the Fletcher School of Law & D
iplomacy at Tufts. She received her undergraduate degree from Bowdoin.  Before founding Joss & Main, Mitra founded Brooks Pond, a provider of high-end juvenile products.  Mitra's professional experience includes time as a management consultant for international corporate development work and running an international travel company.

When:  Tuesday, October 15
Where:  The Liberty Hotel at Clink***
Time:  7:00 pm
RSVP:  Jill.palese@gmail.com
***  Please bring cash! Clink's minimum requirement is 2 drinks per person or $30.00


Three Companies, One Night! Stationery Night

We have a panel of ladies from 3 amazing Boston-based stationery companies ready to share the ins and outs of owning a stationery business. Carrie + Laurie of Two Trick Pony , Shelley of Albertine Press and Deb + Kate of Smudge Ink. This is going to be an open panel, so bring your questions with you or e-mail them ahead of time.  

This event is Tuesday, June 25th @ 7:00

                    Where:  Hudson  http://hudsonboston.com/                     
                    12 Union Park
                    South End, Boston 
                    RSVP:  Jill.palese@gmail.com
                    Please bring wine or snacks to share with the group

Carrie and Laurie from Two Trick Pony
Two Trick Pony began in 2006 when friends Carrie Holmes and Laurie Johnston decided to create a new kind of eco-friendly stationery company. They recognized the growing interest in environmentally friendly and handmade products and were excited to be part of the movement to combine great modern design, quality craftsmanship and environmentally responsible business practices. Today, they have expanded that sense of responsibility to include a greater community, and a percentage of sales are donated to various non-profit organizations with the goals of spreading awareness and contributing financially to the advancement of causes close to the Ponies' hearts. Two Trick Pony has been featured in various magazines including The Knot Magazine, Stationery Trends and Country Living, popular blogs such as Design*Sponge, Paper Crave, and Style Me Pretty, as well as two books, Handmade Hellos and Today's Top Stationery Artists 2. 

Shelley from Albertine Press
From classic and elegant to witty and irreverent - Albertine Press is a Boston-area design and letterpress print shop run by Shelley Barandes, a sometime-architect who just loved paper more. What began as a custom design and print studio has grown to include a full collection of greeting cards, note sets, journals, coasters, calendars and more available at stationery stores and gift boutiques across the country. In addition, Albertine continues to work closely with individuals on custom printing projects including wedding invitations, business collateral and personal stationery as well as printing work for other designers.

Kate and Deb from Smudge Ink
Founded in 2002, Smudge Ink is a Boston-based stationery company run by two women: Kate Saliba + Deb Bastien. Originally focused on bold, colorful letterpress-printed greeting cards and custom invitations, Smudge Ink's product line has expanded to include calendars, gift wrap, boxed notes, offset-printed greeting cards, notebooks and notepads, all of which reflect the same style and vibrancy Smudge Ink has become known for. Weddings by Smudge Ink is the custom wedding line where they work directly with clients to design and print their own unique invitations. 


The Art of Business

Every woman at Design Salon has a passion for the creative arts.  Some of us have built mini-empires, others are in the process.  If you are one of those gals who is thinking, "Can I really turn my passion for @#%$^ into a @#$@#^  business?", then please join us tomorrow night to hear exactly how Lara Woolfson is doing it.  With a lens, an idea and a whole lot of smart planning, Lara is growing her Boston based business into exactly what she imagined on her idea wall.  And it's FUN!

Lara Woolfson is Co-owner and principal photographer at Studio Nouveau www.thestudionouveau.com , A creative photography studio specializing in weddings and boudoir. With a keen eye for color and composition, and a stickler for customer service, Lara has grown her business from a two woman home operation to an energized team of 6 photographers and a studio manager at their studio in Waltham.

Lara holds her MFA in visual Art from The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. Her work has been published in numerous blogs and magazines including Style Me Pretty, Ruffled, Snippet & Ink, Boston Weddings Magazine, Seacoast Weddings Magazine, Bliss Celebrations, The Phoenix, and Conde Naste, to name a few.

Join Lara as she discusses how her business has grown, the lessons learned and the tricks that worked: from branding, to social media, networking, and wrapping your head around the transition from Fine Artist to "business woman".

When:  Wednesday, May 28
Where:  Twelve Chairs
319 A street
When:  7:00 
RSVP:  Jill.palese@gmail.com
Please bring wine and snacks to share with the group!