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After finally getting her Interior Design degree from the Corcoran, Joyce Frank decided to spread her wings creatively launching J A Frank Design LLC, where she does set dressing, display, property staging and photo styling. Her passion is architecture and she enjoys traveling both domestically and international to see historic and modern buildings. Joyce also works on designing jewelry, mosaics and painted furniture. Joyce will highlight historic homes, interior design, seasonal decorations, antiquing, and design for Miss A.

If you have something design-related that you would like profiled, please email her at joycefrank@jafrankdesign.com.

Holiday Decorating Inspirations

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Travels 2The holidays always bring up memories that give inspiration to my decorating schemes. I remember my mother playing Joan Sutherland’s incredible operatic voice singing “The Twelve Days of Christmas”. Using fresh greens like pine and holly, I like to create a center piece using my favorite dramatic bird for my partridge and jeweled fruits to represent my pears. While trapped in the house this weekend due to the snow, I put together an arrangement using artificial branches of pine for the same effect.


I like to look through souvenirs that I’ve purchased over the years and create holiday vignettes. For my “Believe” story, I used Travels 1Christmas tree bulbs from Crate and Barrel, my favorite Santa from a St. Petersburg craft market, wooden boxes from Old Town Warsaw and miniature architectural models of Old Town Square in Prague. I used lighted willow branches purchased from a local gift shop also available at www.illuminatedgarden.com. These LED lights are also great for Feng Shui when you want to energize a particular corner of your room or house!


I hope these photos and words will inspire you to look at your collections and display them in a new fresh way for the holidays!

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