We laughed a lot in Episode 35, recorded on a bright sunny day at the recently reopened Stone House in Guilford. The Stone House took a direct hit from Irene but is open for business and looking better than ever. The views – and the food – were SPECTACULAR, and we had conversations about about coping with difficult times, handling the smaller emergencies and prioritizing home improvement projects.
Our guest editors included design firm founder Amy Graver, author Lisa Lelas, and two wonderful sisters – Kerry McDermott Holmes and Kimberly McDermott Esty.
Kimberly Esty, a native Nutmegger, currently lives in Madison, CT where she and her husband have been for 20 years. Their two sons are off at college, so Kimberly’s current project is adjusting to the “new normal” of their empty nest. While she has had a myriad of jobs, her most demanding, successful, challenging, and rewarding vocation has been as a wife, mother, and friend.
Lisa Lelas is an author & speaker on the subject of Organizing Time, Space & Goals. She is the host of ‘Simply Organized’ on local cable channels and does the organizing segments for both Channel 8 and Channel 30 news. Lisa is also the editor of West Hartford Magazine. Listeners may know Lisa from her weekly “Life Styling” organizing columns in the shoreline pages of the New Haven Register. She has appeared on Oprah, the Today show, and more.
Kerry Holmes is the President of Harbor Promotions, a promotional products company based in Madison, CT that caters to businesses, schools and non-profits nationwide. In her spare time, Kerry volunteers for Middlesex Hospital and Madison Fireworks, builds gingerbread houses and enjoys word games. Kerry is married to Matt Holmes; together they have three daughters and two high-strung dogs.
Amy Graver is the President and Creative Director of Elements, a marketing communication and graphic design firm based in Branford, Connecticut. Prior to founding Elements over fourteen years ago, Amy has become a nationally recognized leader within the design and marketing community. She served as the President of the Connecticut Art Director’s Club, helped found a Connecticut Chapter of the AIGA (the largest professional design organization in the country), is on the Advisory Board of Package Design Magazine, has won national and international design awards, is a frequent speaker and writer and she just completed co-authoring her first book on graphic design due out in July.