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Opinion: Interior design tips ahead on show


July 12, 2020

Information on interior design tips for seniors and eliminating clutter in the home will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday (all times Mountain).

Lisa Cini is an interior designer who works with seniors and elderly. She will explain what she means by the “Love Method: Light, Optimize, Visual and Ease” and how using this system will increase independence and dignity and allows the care-giver the flexibility to adapt to their loved one’s every-changing needs. Her business is Mosaic Design Studio, and she’s from Columbus, Ohio.

Interior decorator Lee Brown will discuss five simple steps to eliminate clutter in the home. With her ideas, anyone can cure the “clutterbug” and create a well curated, personal, functional space for yourself and others. Brown is the director of WillowCollege in Christ Church, New Zealand and her online design decorating business is

Information on preventing bullying, cookie dough gifts and quilt blocks will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” noon Tuesday and 2 p.m. Saturday.

Author Peter Goodman has written a children’s book about bullying, and he says that a large percentage of bullying takes place in and around the school building. He will explain why his curriculum is so effective in the school system. His business is DreamBIG and he lives in Washington, D.C.

Cookbook authors Kimberly Reiner and Jenna Sanz-Agero will show how to make a basic cookie dough recipe and create a Slice ‘n Bake gift log with parchment paper and decorations and small baking related items. Their cookbook is titled “Sugar Sugar.” They are from Tarzana, California.

Cheryl Phillips will show her version of quilt blocks for the popular Drunkard’s Path pattern. Using triangles instead of squares, and twisting and turning and alternative fabric colors allow for many new designs. Her business is Phillips Fiber Art in Delta, Colorado.

Princess cutout cookies

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature

1 batch Princess Cutout Cookie Frosting (recipe follows)

1/4 cup vegetable shortening

Sprinkles or other decorations

In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. Place the butter, shortening, and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat on medium speed until creamy. Reduce the speed to low and add the eggs, one at a time. Add the vanilla. Add the flour mixture, a little at a time, and blend until smooth. Form the dough into a ball and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and place it on a lightly floured work surface. Roll out to about a 1/8-inch thickness. Cut with a cookie cutter dusted with flour to prevent sticking. Use a spatula to transfer the cookies to ungreased baking sheets (or line baking sheets with parchment paper if you prefer). Bake for 6 to 7 minutes, until the cookies set. Remove from the oven and cool for 1 minute. Transfer to a wire rack to let cool completely. Frost and decorate with sprinkles. Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

Princess cutout cookie frosting

2 cups confectioners’ sugar

1/4 cup whole milk, plus more as needed

1/4 tsp. vanilla or almond extract

Food coloring (optional)

Place the confectioners’ sugar in a large bowl. Slowly whisk in the milk until the frosting reaches consistency (we like it relatively thick.) Add the extract and mix well. If you want colored frosting, add food coloring 1 drop at a time to get your preferred color.

“Creative Living” is produced and hosted by Sheryl Borden. The show is carried by more than 118 PBS stations. Contact her at:

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