Three Things Everyone Should Know About October's Hottest Holiday Decorating Trend

For children and adults alike, the month of October conjures images of jack o'lanterns, witches, ghosts, and black cats displayed on lawns and in windows throughout the neighborhood. More recently, however, some new players have joined the cast of Halloween decorating favorites: brightly painted "sugar skulls", either displayed by themselves or attached to skeleton bodies dressed in mariachi outfits or swirling dresses. These not-so-spooky cousins of the traditional Halloween skeleton are everywhere as October approaches, from pillows to table décor to rugs, but what is their connection to Halloween? Is there a connection? Here are three interesting and important things to know about sugar s

Every Picture Tells a Story: 15 Minutes with Linda Sbrogna, Art "Matchmaker"

The legendary Rod Stewart declared in 1971, "Every Picture Tells a Story." Forty-five years after that classic album was released, Worcester-area entrpreneur Linda Sbrogna couldn't agree more. Linda's love of art compelled her to make a career change in 2013, leaving behind her administrative job at UMass Medical School in Worcester to launch Sbrogna's Artistic Promotions. In her first-ever interview, Linda shares her experiences, her inspiration, and her beliefs about the positive impact art can have in the home and in the community. Blackbird Design Studio: Linda, thank you for taking the time to talk today. For the benefit of readers who haven't met you, what was your background prior to

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