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Hello friend!

My name is Laura Gaskill. I live in a little yellow house in Providence, Rhode Island, with my hubby, son, cat, and four hens. I’m a Houzz contributor, freelance writer, and lover of all things warm, cozy, and creative. I started blogging in 2009 pre-baby, pre-house, pre-chickens, and pre-writing career because I wanted to explore my own creative side, and become a part of the creative online community I noticed just beginning to flourish. At the time, I was a teacher, craving a shift towards a more passionate, creative life … now I am living it. And I can say honestly that blogging has been an essential part of my journey. My aim now, as then, is to create a cozy, creative, positive corner of the internet, and to connect with and inspire others who wish for the same thing.

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What you will find here:

Home is where the heart is. I want this blog to be a place where you can feel at home, soak in some inspiration, and come away feeling refreshed and renewed. What I like most is to start with a seed of inspiration — it could be a place, a style, a craft — and explore it from all angles. Color, interiors, decor, food styling, flowers, art, and craft all play a part. Monday through Wednesday, you can expect posts around the current inspiration/theme. Thursdays are open for quick posts on shops, trends, updates on my current work, or simply a day off. Fridays are dedicated Follow Your Bliss Friday, a fun new series focusing on concrete steps to take to move your life in the direction of your dreams. It’s good stuff!

My work:

I am a contributor to Houzz, where I cover everything from trends and decorating ideas to home tours and interviews with designers and architects — I’ve put together a sampler of some of my favorite & most popular Houzz articles for you here. I have contributed to Gatherings Magazine, Gifted Magazine, and I am the Classic Style Expert for Woodside Homes. My work has appeared on The Huffington Post, Boston.com (website of the Boston Globe), sfgate.com (website of the San Francisco Chronicle), the Chicago Tribune web edition, Remodeling Magazine web edition, Forbes.com, and Apartment Therapy FamilyLolalina has been featured on Creature Comforts, Design Mom, Desire to Inspire, and numerous other blogs. I was also one of the founding pinners of Pinterest chosen by Victoria Smith of SF Girl by Bay to help set the initial level of style and quality for the site.

My background:

I have loved interiors, design, and writing ever since I was a child, though initially I thought going into either a writing or design profession was not “practical”…so I became a teacher instead! My years spent teaching were extremely rewarding, and I was especially passionate about creating inspiring preschool classroom environments using the Reggio Emilia approach.

In 2009 I moved with my husband from California to Rhode Island, and took that big move as an opportunity to change course in my career. I began taking design courses through the extended education department at RISD, and started this blog. Soon after, I began taking on paid design writing assignments, and I haven’t looked back since. Although I work very hard every day, trying to “balance” my work (I say that in quotes because as any parent will tell you, “balance” is an utter joke…) with raising my son, Bixby, and enjoying time with my family, there are still times I pinch myself because I feel so unbelievably lucky to be doing what I love for a living.

Get in touch:

Connect with me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or Pinterest to keep updated beyond the blog. I absolutely adore receiving snail mail, but do not wish to publicly advertise my address — if you wish to send me something, please email me at laura {at} lolalina.com and introduce yourself, and I would be happy to share it with you. For advertising inquiries, email me at laura {at} lolalina.com for more information.

Thank you so much for visiting! hugs, Laura