Designer Crush, Georgica Pond….

Early this year I was trying to source the perfect stripe for an eDesign client.  I stumbled upon this image and loved the striped chair (and I was hoping my client would as well).  I emailed the designer, who is located in Australia, asking for info on the fabric source and she graciously emailed me right back.

Georgica Pond Interiors Featured on Maddie G The BlogGeorgica Pond Interiors

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Summer Salad Recipe

While this is no foodie blog (I wish) I always appreciate a recommended tried and true recipe, especially when it is quick and easy.  I don’t know about you, but in the summer with crazy schedules and busy days, I really lack cooking inspiration.  This salad has become a regular around our house so I thought I’d share.

My husband is very leery of Pinterest finds……I’ve had more than one fail….so when he saw me pulling together the ingredients the first time I know he was skeptical.  But now it is a salad he requests regularly.  This recipe was initially from Sunset Magazine.

Garlicky Steak Salad with Chickpeas and Artichokes from Maddie G The BlogPhoto: Iain Bagwell | Styling: Kevin Crafts

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Obsession Du Jour…..

I never said I was the first one to the party…..but I’ve got a little nook in my house that I’ve wondered what to do with for a while.  Recently, I’ve been thinking a cozy reading spot for my budding readers might be in order.  The catch is, you can see this spot from the front door….so it’s got to look good.  Here is some inspiration of where I am headed.

Balloon Chair Emerald Green Stern Turner HomeStern Turner Home | Photography by Erica George Dines

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Rose Cummings Zebrine Wallpaper

It is funny how things go in waves. All of a sudden, we are getting several quote requests a week for Rose Cumming’s “Zebrine” wallpaper. We’ve blogged about this great paper before (a little over two years ago).

How about a round up of some new images of this fun wallpaper!

ashley whittaker rose cummings zebrineAshley Whittaker, photo by Thomas Loof for House Beautiful

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This and That….

Another month gone by and this blog has been neglected. School is out and I have been very busy with the kids, volunteer commitments and my business. All is good…just busy! Here are some random updates.

First, to see what I am up to (if you care) I am good about keeping you posted on Instagram.  If you have been following me you know that my office reno (at least the construction parts) are nearly done.  Carpet went out, wood floors went in, cabinets replaced with subway tile and reclaimed wood shelves.  I met with my workroom yesterday and hopefully window treatments will be in later this summer.

Here are some instagram teasers.  I’ll do a proper post when the space is close to being done!  I cannot tell you how different the space now feels!

Flooring

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In the shop, I have been busy updating things.  We are working on getting the latest and greatest from Quadrille up on the site.  They have been busy in the first half of the year, updating and re-imagining old favorites and introducing several new patterns.  I was in the showroom earlier this week speaking with the Dallas showroom manager and the National Sales Manager and was told that the 2nd half of the year will be all about wallpaper.  Very excited.

Here was an Instagram snap I did a few weeks ago on a new favorite Ikat from Quadrille…..they are doing lots of lavender and pale pink at the moment.  Loving it!

Quadrille

I recently saw this image (from a favorite Dallas shop, Blue Print) on Pinterest and it made me think of the glass tangles we recently added to the shop.

Glass TangleSource: Blue Print, via Pinterest

Tangle SculpturesGlass Tangle

Small Interlace SculptureSmall Interlace Sculpture

Large Fuse SculptureLarge Fuse Sculpture

Also, keep posted for new updates in the shop.  We are in the process of adding the new Mary MacDonald wallpapers for Schumacher, a complete line of fabrics (Greenhouse), a new line of linen backed Intaglios, a new line of decorative lighting, etc.  This is market week here in Dallas and I had some great appointments on Wednesday and picked up a line I’ve been wanting for a while.  It is great to be able to meet the decision makers in person.  I am back there tomorrow and will be sure to post what I am seeing on Instagram.

In the meantime, if you are interested in getting shop updates and coupons, be sure to join our newsletter.  We mail out no more than once and week and realistically, usually only once or twice a month.  You can join by signing up at the top right of our shop page.

Finally, in our mailer that went out yesterday we offered 15% off everything site-wide (excluding fabric and wallpaper) through June 30, 2014.  So, whether you have been eying a Jonathan Adler Chandelier or a bookend, use code JUNE15OFF, to save!

Hope you have a great weekend!

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Office Update….

Wow, it’s been a month since my blog received attention and it really hasn’t been for any specific reason.  The final push to the end of the school year is in full swing, Maddie’s got two T-ball games a week, tennis lessons and both kids seem to have birthday parties galore.  But all in all, I really cannot complain.  I’ve been slightly more reliable about posting on Facebook and Instagram these days.

So anyway, the office is finally coming together.  This weekend, in between tennis practice and two birthday parties I have to find time to work on clearing out my office space.  Local clients and fabric remnant customers who have seen the space will appreciate what a job I have ahead of me.  As a refresher, here is a look at the space which is out back above our detached garage…..

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What’s News?

I am sure you know that this week wraps up the Spring 2014 High Point market.  While I couldn’t attend this market it hasn’t stopped me from following #hpmkt hastag on the various social media sites to see what is new and trending.  Here is a round up some of my favorites from the week.

Tilton Fenwick Fabric Slipper Chairsvia

I have loved seeing images of the Tilton Fenwick for Duralee fabrics in situ, like the one above, on a Wesley Hall Chair.

Loved these boxes from Palecek.  Perfect for layering and styling.

Palecek Boxesvia

I loved seeing the art from Design Legacy.  You know I am a sucker for pink!

Design Legacy High Pointvia

This urn from Chelsea House…..

Chelsea House Peackcok Urnvia

Gold and greek-key goodness on this Moss Studio cocktail table!

Moss Studio Greek Key Tablevia

I loved seeing all the Buzz around Times Two Design, a local Dallas favorite!

Times Two Design Dallasvia

I am pretty much obsessed with these butterflies from Natural Curiosities.

Natural Curiosities Butterfliesvia

There is so much more I want to share, but Harry and I are off to an Easter party today.  I have to get moving.

Have a great weekend!

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Blue and White Monday, Quadrille Style…

Blue and White Bash Invitation April

I thought I’d come out of my blogging hibernation to join in the Blue & White fun over at the Pink Pagoda today.  If you are starting here be sure to head over the Pink Pagoda for lots of blue and white goodness.   Many thanks to Jennifer for hosting this fun event.  Today, I thought I would do a round up of some of my favorite fabrics from Quadrille in situ, blue and white colorways of course!  Care to join me?

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Office Redo, The Floors…..

Sorry to disappear…but I took some time off for Spring break.  This is going to be a busy week but I am meeting with a flooring manufacturer this week to see if we can find a product from their line that could work for my wood floor budget.  Before I had my installer out to measure I fell in love with a pre-finished grey French oak floor that was upwards of $15 / sq ft.  Um, not happening in this space.

My installer quoted doing 8″ white oak planks and said we can get close to that look when finishing the floors.  Installing unfinished floors is the most cost effective and gives the most longevity.  (My house was built in the late 1920s and we sanded and refinished the original hardwoods when we remodeled.  I am SURE we weren’t the first to do this over it’s history).

But sometimes if you want something very specific in terms of stain the pre-finished  hardwoods are the way to go.  And I don’t see my office as needing tons of refinishing over the years like a high traffic house…

Here is some inspiration on the look I am trying to achieve….nothing over the top.  Something in the more natural to grey white-washed look.

Ash-Elated-Grey-660x980_330_490_c1Carlisle Wide Plank Floors

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More Mountain Dreaming….

We’ve been out of town for a week spending time up in the western mountains of NC.  We were married up here, my mom’s memorial service was up here, and I spent nearly every summer as a kid up here.  It is definitely my happy place.  Days are spent lounging around, playing in the creek and walking on the golf course.

NC MountainsMy guys heading to sail homemade stick boats and search for minnows.

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