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Pouring on the Charm

Wine glass designer Lolita Healy channels the city’s creativity in her work and her home

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“From my house on the East Side, it’s hard to believe that all of this is happening,” says Lolita Healy, founder of Designs by Lolita. In just over 15 years, she’s taken her hand-painted wine glasses from a one-woman hustle to an operation that has sold 24 million pieces worldwide. “It sounds easy,” she says, “but it’s not without blood, sweat, and tears.”

The Virginia native moved to Providence 10 years ago, and designs all of her glasses from her home, a 1915 Craftsman Colonial near Wayland Square. Other parts have been updated, but the living room is totally original to the house. “I love the feeling of old with new,” Lolita says. “This room is my personality: it’s sunny, it’s warm, it’s fun. That’s my heart.” The only detail that has changed from the century-old design is the sunroom to the far right, which used to be a porch. “I can open the doors and dine alfresco. It’s a beautiful home to host in.” Upstairs in her studio is where the wine glass magic happens. “I absolutely adore being in Providence, and on the East Side,” she says. “It’s got such an artistic, creative vibe. I just feel inspired living here.”