Friday Fabric Favorite….

I saw this new Pierre Frey fabric on my friend Tiffany’s facebook feed yesterday.

Pierre Frey Arty Available to Purchase through Maddie G DesignsPierre Frey’s “Arty”

Pierre Frey Arty via Maddie G Designs Trade Only Buying Servicevia

Pierre Frey Art Fabric available via Maddie G Designs trade only buying service-001via, Pierre Frey’s Facebook Page

The work of Marie-Cécile Aptel was reproduced on linen for this design.

I love the bold colors and the painterly feel.

You?

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Small World….Maddie’s Nursery

One of my cousins had a baby in the fall and I was lucky enough to meet his sweet baby and see their beautiful new home back in October.  Riley has a pink and green nursery and I need to ask for some photos because they did a great job.  It is so cute and well done.

But here is the funny thing….my other cousin (his mom) told me that while they were designing the nursery….her daughter in law emailed her photos of the below nursery that they were using as inspiration. She (the mother of the son who had a baby) had visited us before the monogram was up on the wall in Maddie’s room…..but 4 years later felt like she knew this room they were using as inspiration….is that small world or what….the internet really is a crazy place!

Maddies-Room-1photo credit, Maddie G Designs

Maddie-Room-2photo credit, Maddie G Designs

Maddies Room 3photo credit, Maddie G Designs

I decorated that room while I was working 80 hour work weeks and had never heard of a design blog.  If I had a girl today, it would probably look vastly different.  Her new room sure does.  But man, it makes me smile each time I see it pinned or reposed.

We no longer live in this home but seeing the photos instantly brings me back to happy (and slower) times with my first born!

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Dallas Market Recap…..

Since I am lucky enough to live a stones throw from the Dallas market I usually avoid formal market events like the plague.  Usually I will go in a week or so after market and visit the showrooms when they are much less crowded.  However, this year I decided to go so that I could browse the temporary showrooms and meet representatives from many of the vendors I work with, or hope to work with in the future.  While it was a tiring day….I left feeling very inspired.

If you follow me on Instagram, you have probably seen most of these pictures…..for the rest of you….here are some highlights.

One of my current lines just opened a huge showroom in Dallas.  These pillows will be in my shop soon!

Pillows via Shop Maddie G

Speaking of pillows, I found a new vendor and will be working in the next month or so to get this new line into the shop.

New Pillow Line coming to shop maddie g

Pillows coming to Shop Maddie G

I found a new, to me, line of lighting with an industrial vibe.

Industrial Lighting Dallas Market Recap from Maddie G Designs

Mongolian sheepskin was everywhere…..I’ve been thinking of doing some stools in my living room.  Looks like I won’t have any trouble sourcing….

More info available at Shop Maddie G

Mongolian Sheepskin Dallas Market Trends via Shop Maddie G

My husband and I looked at this and discussed whether or not putting this on our three year old’s wall would or wouldn’t cause nightmares.  I liked it…..but not sure it is worth finding out!

Decorative Animal Head coming to Shop Maddie G

Blue and White Ceramic was in abundance, including a line that had high quality lighting reproductions modernized on acrylic bases.  I liked….and they are on the list for the shop….

Shop Maddie G Dallas Market Recap Blue and White Porcelain

Blue and White Porcelain on Acrylic coming to shop maddie g

I liked the pagoda on acrylic (everything is on acrylic these days….glad I love it!)

Pagoda on Acrylic Lamp via Shop Maddie G

I popped into Robert Abbey to say hi to my rep, Roberta, who helps me out so much!  I didn’t take many photos there but the ceramic line comes in several new colors.  I’ll be updating my shop soon.

Robert Abbey Lighting availale via shop Maddie G

 I love the Hillary Thomas finials and lampshades….

Hillary Thomas Finials photo by Maddie G Designs

Hillary Thomas Finals

Loved this pillow….

Pillow Close Up via Maddie G Designs

If I ever have a beach house, or a client with one, this set of vintage blue and white prints is high on my list.

Vintage Swimsuit Art via Shop Maddie G

I am adding a line of decorative books to my shop soon so I stopped into the showroom to snap a photo.  It was my husband’s favorite stop because they had a sandwich bar and drinks!  The owner buys out old libraries in Europe and adds decorative covers.  I picked one up and found an old postcard nestled in the pages.

decorative books coming to shop maddie g soon

Decorative Books Coming to Shop Maddie G

And finally, I must publicly say I have the best husband ever.  He was out of town last week and when he heard I’d be at market on Saturday he offered to come with me.  He carried catalogs (toting my bag), chatted with reps and kept me company.  It was a fun, but tiring day.  We had dinner out with friends Saturday night and were WIPED yesterday!

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Have a great week!

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Tilton Fenwick Fabric for Duralee!!!!!

Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting with both my Duralee sales rep and the Head of Prints for Duralee.  If you follow me on Instagram, you know that the highlight of the meeting was getting an early peek at the new Tilton Fenwick for Duralee collection.  To say there has been a social media frenzy over the collection is an understatement and I can assure you….the collection lives up to the hype….

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Facing Sofas, Part II

I did a facing sofa post a while back when I started trying to figure out the layout for our living room.  I ended up re-covering a sofa I already had for our space and then having my upholsterer build another to match (the sofa style wasn’t available when I needed the 2nd one).  It is a simple layout but one that works so well.  I thought I’d do another round-up since it has been a while….

Facing Sofas Post via Maddie G Designs Blogvia

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Friday Fabric Find- Beacon Hill “Moon Blossom”

Beacon Hill Moon Blossom Fabric Available Via Maddie G DesignsBeacon Hill “Moon Blossom”

Priced at $92.25 it would be a great way to bring in some color in the form a a few throw pillows.  I’d pull from the green to back the pillow in linen….to keep the cost down and add some contrast.

Do you like it?

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Mountain House Dreaming….

First, thanks for all of the on and offline comments on my blog post yesterday.  I really appreciate everyone sharing their personal stories.  Here’s to 2014 being a great year for us all.

Switching gears….when we were in the mountains of NC over Thanksgiving we started looking at properties.  There were two in particular that we were drawn to because of the location….high on a hill overlooking a creek and golf course green where we would spend summer nights as kids racing down the fairway, frolicking in the creek and catching fireflies while our parents would enjoy a more leisurely stroll, cocktails in hand before a bridge marathon ensued and we kids went wild in the basement….putting on plays, jumping on furniture, etc.  It really didn’t get much better than that….

Of the two houses we looked at…..one has been remodeled and is “move in” ready.  The other, a total fixer upper…..which of course, appeals to me.  I stumbled across these images of a house in Cashiers, NC which is a stones throw from the area we love and I was completely drawn to a few spaces in the home.

Amy Morris Cashiers NC Family RoomInterior Design by Amy Morris.  Photography by Erica George Dines.

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Resolution Time….

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Are you big on New Years Resolutions?  Generally, I am not.  Although the last time I made one was in 2009 and I was successful.  So, who knows–perhaps putting pen to paper actually helped to keep me accountable and focused.

2012 was not the best of years.  I lost my mom in September and I think I sortof fell into a funk after that.  2013 was a beautiful year but probably could have been better–my funk seemed to float over me.  Here are the highlights (good and bad), we went to DisneyLand and my Dad joined us.  We explored Newport in the process.  We spent 5 weeks over the summer in Australia and had a fantastic time with family…..so much so that we came home exhausted.  A week later, my husband’s father passed and he headed back to Australia.  I launched my re-designed website and blog and my new retail website after a miserable experience with my web-designers and a last minute switch to a team I now LOVE.  Maddie started Kindergarten, so Harry and I now have more time together.

I spent about triple the amount on the websites that I had originally budgeted…..but ended the year with a profit nonetheless.  Very encouraging.

September allowed for a sans kids trip to Palm Beach which was perfect and Thanksgiving was spent up in the mountains of NC.  My husband turned 50 in November and his firm has a mandatory retirement at 60.  It’s got us laser focused on college funds, budgeting and figuring out what the next chapter will be.  We’ve looked at vacation property with a realtor–dreaming of what life will look like as our kids grow older and where we want to build our family memories.

Harry and I got the flu the week before Christmas…terrible timing.  But, we were on the mend in time for my Dad and sister to arrive for a quick Christmas visit.  We had a low key week, really missing my husband’s boys who stayed in Australia to be with their mother who lost her father to cancer late in the year.

We have spent the week between Christmas and New Years on a family staycation and I think Chris and I are both rested to the point where we are ready to get back into the swing of things in the new year!

So, this leads me to my goals!

a Goal without a plan is just a wishvia

I’ve set just a few personal and professional goals.

My personal goal is simple.  I’ve gained 20 pounds since we moved to Dallas.  It’s that funk I referred to….and I obviously need to embrace a new coping mechanism–when I am stressed or sad.  Feeling not your personal best is hard enough.  In Dallas, and specifically where we live in Dallas…..it is easy to get down on yourself.  Everyone works out, lives in spandex and invests heavily in their appearance.  I just want to be HEALTHY and a GOOD EXAMPLE for my family.

So, my goal is to cook more and exercise regularly.  Just before the holidays I joined a Spin Studio that I’ve been wanting to try but too nervous to walk into.  It was FUN and I felt so good after the class.  I’ll be there a lot more this year.  My big Christmas present was a new beach cruiser.  I haven’t been on an actual bike for years and it is FUN to ride now that I’ve got the hang of it.  I am going to add Yoga or Pilates to my plan as I start to feel a bit more comfortable.  All stuff I’ve enjoyed in the past.

Focus on What MattersProfessionally, the key for me is to focus on what matters more.  Until recently, I’d get so bogged down in details I couldn’t see the big picture.  I want to continue to draw on resources available to me so I can focus on the aspects of my business where I can make the biggest impact.  Better delegation and perhaps hiring are in the plan.

Better definition of work and family life is also a major goal.  This means that getting my office space finished and leaving the computer out there at the end of work.  I quit a job I loved when Maddie was born so that I could focus on family.  This needs to remain my priority while nurturing the business that is now another love and has grown beyond my humble expectations when I started it in 2009…

So, here you have it in a nutshell.

1) Get Healthy (eat better and exercise more)

2) Focus on what matters on the business and let the rest go.

3) Learn to delegate better and keep work and family time more separated.

Fresh Start

I love the feeling of a fresh start and this year, I plan to embrace it.

I am hopeful that putting it in print will help keep me accountable.

What about you?

 

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Fabric Find: Waverly’s Santa Maria

I saw the below image on pinterest last week and loved the floral fabric on the pillow.

Waverly Santa Maria Fabric via Maddie G Designs Blog December 2013Stoffer Photography via The Everygirl

So, of course I went off in search of the fabric and turned up some more images.

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Artist Spotlight: Scarlett Baily

I recently stumbled upon these images from the June 2013 Lonny.

Scarlett Baily Lonny June 2013Photographed by Ball and Albanese for Lonny

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I loved the colors and style of the relaxed family portrait so I went in search to see more.  Here are some images I found from artist Scarlett Baily via Tumblr/Twitter/Instagram.

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