Friday Faces: Debby of Inspired Design

This week I'm thrilled to be starting a new series, Friday Faces, here at Aspiring Kennedy.
The series allows us to get up close and personal with some of my (and your!) favorite bloggers
by asking them about their non-blogging world and getting to know who they really are.

There are so many great bloggers that I know you already love and read in the weeks to follow,
but this week, I'm proud to introduce you to Debby, of Inspired Design. Debby is the sweetest! 
She is one of those blogger friends that always makes you feel encouraged and appreciated. 
Now we get to return the favor by telling her how awesome and cool her life is!
Read on and see for yourself... 

Hi Everyone! It's Debby from Inspired Design
I am so thrilled to be here participating in Lauren's Friday Faces series. 
I love Lauren for so many reasons. Her witty posts, her endearing smile,
 and the fact that I get to live vicariously through all of her many travels and adventures! 
Thanks for having me, Lauren!

Where I Live

I live in a quaint suburb about 35 minutes Northwest of Boston, MA. 

I love it here for so many reasons. 

Being in a small community is such a wonderful place to raise a family.
I like being able to go the market and feel like the clerks are my friends. 
I have seen the community pull together as a family when tragedy strikes one of our own. 
I feel blessed to be surrounded with biking trails, working farms, apple orchards and great schools. 
The best part is the city of Boston is only a short car ride away 
when a night at the theatre or dining at Boston's North End is in order!

Who am I in the real world?

I consider myself fortunate that I was able to stay home to raise my family. 
Before having children I worked as both a hairstylist and a visual merchandiser 
within the fashion industry, so it suffices to say I am happiest when I'm creative. 

I think like many women, we all play many roles to many people. 
I am a girl who believes in the art form of being a lady, 
I truly believe that a great sense of humor can carry you through life's toughest challenges, 
I believe that dog is God spelled backwards because they both love unconditionally, 
and a girl can never have enough books or enough lip gloss!

Why I Blog

For me blogging happened quite by accident. 

I had never even read a blog.

 I was bored one night and just started playing around and much like everything I do, 
I just sort of jumped in head first. 
Little did I know at the time what a profound affect it would have on me.

After playing the role as mom for so many years it has helped me to find my voice 
and reconnect with myself as a creative individual once more. 
There are so many reasons why I continue to blog, 
the main one being the bonds that have been created 
with so many like-minded individuals has been mind blowing. 
I now feel like I have friends all over the world and I must say bloggers truly have the biggest hearts. 

When do I Blog?

This question made me come to the conclusion 
that I am usually blogging in sweats or cute lounge pants. 
After I get my daughter off to school in the morning I like to sit down with a cup of coffee 
and check to make sure my scheduled post is up as well as visit some of my daily reads. 
In the evening when I have time to relax I try to visit the bloggers 
who stopped by Inspired that day as well as schedule my post for the following morning. 
One thing I have learned is that when writer's block hits then it's time to take a break. 
When I am feeling really creative that is when I will crank out several posts at a time 
and line them up for a couple days to take some of the pressure off. 

My Favorite Look

I love Anthropolgie for cute but comfy clothing. 
If it's not comfortable, I'm not going to wear it. 
I live in jeans during the fall and winter months.
 I am waiting for the autumn chill to come so I can swap out my ballet flats for cute boots! 

My Most Shocking Moment in Blogging

There has been so many great things and opportunities, invitations and doors that open due to blogging. I would have to say the most shocking thing that has happened would be a negative experience.
 I was doing some custom templates as well as pre-made template designs for bloggers. 
I was on the cusp of trying to decide whether or not to shut it down temporarily 
due to not having the time it was requiring of me. 
I had received an email from a lady who praised my designs up and down 
and said she would like me to eventually create her a template. 
She continued to go on about how she was a librarian and 
she noticed in one of my posts there was a grammatical error. 
Apparently, she has noticed this quite often on several blogs and it really irks her. 

Needless to say, she irked me and she was key in my decision to take a break for a bit. 


I'm not Charles Dickens or Jane Austin. 
Just a girl with something to say... 
excuse me if I make an error here or there.

Where Would I Like to Be in Five Years?

In a dream world I would say in five years I would love to be blogging from a Paris cafe
 or living in a quaint shingled cottage on the island of Nantucket and own an adorable boutique. 
Since winning the lottery probably is not in the cards for me, 
I would have to say the most important thing I am hoping for is to be content with my life. 
In five years my oldest will be out of college and my daughter will be a sophomore in college.

 I will indeed be a dreaded empty-nester. 

I would be thrilled if my blog could transition into a career 
that would allow me to become self supportive.... one never knows! 
I hope to have gained much wisdom, learned from my mistakes, be surrounded by genuine people 
and enjoy each moment for what it is. 

One Thing About Me That Would Surprise My Readers? 

Let's just say a little mystery makes everyone a bit more interesting. 
Since I've revealed so much of myself throughout this guest post.... I'll keep you all guessing. 
Sure there are things that would surprise you but I'm too smart to put them in print! hee hee

Thanks so much for having me, Lauren! It's truly been a pleasure! xoxo



  1. I loved getting to know her! going to check out her blog right now (:

    thanks lauren!

  2. I adore this new series and I completely adore Debby. I just read everything from top to bottom completely captivated. Bloggers personal lives are so interesting and fun. Thanks, Lauren, for doing this series!

  3. the more i blog, the more i learn that a little mystery is probably a good thing. really enjoyed reading this. i think the negative experience could have been much worse. some people are really mean on the internet bc they feel like they don't have to be accountable; it's anonymous, etc. but still, pretty rude. we're real people, not english teachers (i suppose some are). typos are bound to happen! i like to call it my "writing style". haha. looking forward to more from this series!

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  5. This is such a great idea for a series, especially because it helps us get to know other awesome blogs like Debby's. Thanks for doing this!

  6. That was such great read, Debby's blog is so beautiful and she is such a lovely woman, it was a pleasure to read more about her. Oh and I love Boston and all around that area and especially the North End.

    And I think that anyone who puts up a blog post every single day is entitled to a few ahem "typos" That's what I tell myself, I cringe at my spelling mistakes sometimes.

  7. Lauren, thank you so much for allowing me to be part of this series! I am so honored to have kicked it off! Can't wait to read about all of my fellow bloggers! xoxo

  8. I love this and I agree with Debby- if it's not comfortable, don't wear it!

  9. This is a great series- I love getting to know bloggers a little more & being introduced to some new blogs. Great as always, Lauren! (And I can't wait to read Debby's blog)

  10. What a charming post from a lovely blogger! We love Debby at The Buzz and she exemplifies why blogging is such fun. Reading about her life had us smiling. Thanks for starting our weekend off right, Lauren!

  11. I think this is a fantastic idea! You read someone's blog and really feel like you get to know them, but it's always nice to know more! I've never been to her blog before, but I'm going to check it out right now!

  12. Great post on Debby, I love her blog and I'm glad she recommended yours! Are you going to watch Caroline Kennedy's interview with Diane Sawyer on ABC next week? It's on Tuesday evening!

  13. Amazing! Can't wait to learn more about my favorite bloggers (and discover a few more!) in Friday Faces.

  14. I loved reading more about Debby. She is a sweet lady with a great style.

    Have a lovely weekend dear! Update me on life in London!

  15. Debby is such a sweetheart, I love reading her blog and the beautiful things she shares with us! great to get to know her a little better.

  16. LOVED this!!!!!! Debby I feel like we are soul sisters, so much of what you said I was sitting nodding my head to. I loved getting to know you a bit more and love you even more now! Awesome interview, love how you want to be in a Parisisan cafe and Nantucket in 5 years, how you jump in head first, your comment about the person who critiqued your grammatical error (there is always someone who just cant stand seeing someone have fun) are a class act and a lot of fun! Really enjoyed this.......

  17. Loved this interview - probably mostly because I already love Debby! I think the very best thing you said D was to hope to be content with your life. This is the key for us all, no matter our station or situation. It's not having what you want, it's wanting what you have that can change your life. You're such a smart and beautiful gal.

    My daughter would most certainly agree with your theory about books and lipgloss :)

  18. LOVED reading this Debby! I learned a lot about you!
    <3 Cara

  19. Lauren, great feature!
    I loved reading more about Debby. She is fabulous. I absolutely love her home! I also am the happiest when I am being creative.:)

  20. Debby is one of my favorite blogging buddies!! She is kind and generous and speaking of faces she is beautiful inside and out!! Fun post and it is always great getting to know fellow bloggers, Kathysue

  21. Wow, I really love the way Debby describe herself
    Her handwriting is just flowing and so much fun to read!
    I'm a big fan of hers already...

    Please to meet you,
    I've just sign up on your beautiful Blog! xx

  22. You chose the perfect girl to start your series with. Debbie is the best!

  23. I go to her blog daily. I love her whole look. She's a cool and classy lady.
    Perfect start for a beautiful Saturday.
    Love Claudie from Canada

  24. Debby is one of my go to blog reads for inspiration - fashion to home decor to just a smile. Hopefully that librarian doesn't visit my blog ... I would not want to be responsible for her having a nervous break-down (I try my best with grammar etc.. but I am human,)...

    Great blog ...I'm your newest blog follower/reader xo HHL

    Falling Off A High Heeled Life

  25. What a fun series and so much fun reading about Debby! She is my kind of gal. I can tell she loves the fun stylish stuff in life, yet it doesn't define her...her focus in life does and the the rest is just icing on the cake. BTW, I need to add Aspiring Kennedy to my blog roll...what has taken me so long?

  26. I loved reading this and getting to know more about Debby. She has become one of my daily reads. She is just so creative and fun. No doubt in my mind that this is what Debby is supposed to be doing. It's in her gifting. Mona

  27. Amazing post Lauren! I love this series of yours. Debby is so incredible. One of my absolute favorite girls xoxo

  28. I love Debby's blog! she has such beautiful posts & inspiration to share.


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