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!

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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!

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We recently added these glass knots to the shop.  They would look great styled on top of a stack of books!

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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 Inspiration, Getting Serious

I have talked about getting my office in shape for a while and I thought posting about my inspiration regularly might prompt me to get it done this decade vs. constantly letting it slip to more pressing projects.  (Only mildly kidding, of course.)  So, I am going to try to blog about this space every Monday until it is done.  Care to follow along?

I am not even going to show you what the space looks like today.  Maybe snippets along the way…..but let’s just say this…..when we remodeled our home, this space and our garage held everything that didn’t go to the apartment with us…..  While the garage was recently cleaned and purged….it is safe to say that this space is the graveyard for things forgotten (and probably not needed)!

Blow are a couple of photos from the real estate listing.  The previous owners had it set up as a guest suite.  Here are a couple of shots from the Real Estate Listing.

Quarters 1The door on the right is the entrance and on the left, a walk in closet.  Large windows cannot be seen.

Quarters 2To the left through the small double doors is a kitchenette, another walk-in closet and full bathroom.

It is a great space, just needs some love.  Initially, I want to put in hardwoods, install crown molding and paint.  The plan is to keep the pallet relatively neutral so that I can use the space to do look-book and product shots, highlighting new products in the shop.  It will also serve as a place for local client/customers to come view fabric books, etc.  And of course, where I will work when not down at the Design Center, etc.

To date, the only thing I have done has been to get the space measured for the hardwoods.  I am still debating what to do with the stairwell that leads up to the space.  To do hardwood on the stairs would require removing the bannister/spindles and I am not sure if I am prepared for that expense.  But, I do have some ideas for that as well.

So, here is my goal.

Accomplish something each week (e.g. making a decision).

Post about it each Monday.

And hopefully, have the space done by the time the school year ends.

Care to follow along?

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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.

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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

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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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Black & White…..

I am getting so many requests for black and white wallpaper these days.  I usually steer people to Hinson’s Fireworks, but I recently ran across this paper from Schumacher and fell in love.

Schumacher Queen of Spain Wallpaper available at Shop Maddie Gimage via Schumacher

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Cyber Monday at Shop Maddie G

We have been busy over at the shop so I thought I’d say thanks for the support and offer free shipping for Cyber Monday.  Here is a brief recap of what we have going on these days.

The designer remnants section has a handful of Quadrille/Alan Campbell/China Seas and Hable Construction fabrics.  I might add a few more tomorrow, time permitting. Cyber Monday at Shop Maddie G (dot) com

Late last week, Schumacher wallpapers went live on our site (fabrics to follow soon).  This is so new we don’t even have them listed on our shop by brand page yet!

I love the new collection of rugs, pillows and poufs from Beth Lacefield’s licensed collection for Surya.  It was one of the many reasons I wanted to carry their products in my shop!

Lacefield Pillows and Poufs available at Shop Maddie G (dot) Com

Surya Rugs Available at Shop Maddie G (dot) com

I actually have one of one of Surya’s flat weaves in my foyer at the moment.

Maddie G Designs Foyerphoto credit Maddie G Designs

In my daughter’s room, I used the Robert Abbey small triple gourd as her bedside table lamps and the Axis flush-mount on the ceiling.  The line also has licensed collections from Jonathan Adler and Mary MacDonald.

Maddie G Designs Bedroom Hinson Fireworks Wallpaperphoto credit Maddie G Designs

 

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Happy Friday!!!!

Wow, what a crazy week.  My husband was in London since last Sunday and I was very glad to see him home last night!  Single parenting, volunteering and running a business is tough work…..I am in awe of people that do it well!  This has been a busy week at work….so I thought I’d give a little run down since I have neglected the blog as a result.

My database guy is working diligently on getting the Schumacher catalog up in my shop.  Very soon, you’ll be able to buy their fabric, wallpaper and trimmings without having to wait for me to email you back with a quote.

Schumacher Fabric and Wallpaper available at shopmaddieg (dot) com

I had a conference call with Grace Garrett, an amazing textile designer in Sydney, Australia.  Very soon her fabrics and wallpapers will be available in the US exclusively through my shop.  We have been working through all of the mechanics, import stuff, which grounds to offer, etc.   We are both very excited.  The partnership was born out of my seeing her fabrics used in a hotel bar in Australia over the summer.  I tracked her down and am so excited to be working with her.

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I am looking forward to a relatively quiet weekend with my family before the craziness of the holidays sets in.  Hope you have a great weekend yourself!

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Kitchen Before and After….

Here is another before and after from our 1920s remodel.  The kitchen had been remodeled by previous owners around 2001 so it was obviously not an original space.  Here are a couple of  before images of the kitchen…..

Kitchen Before Renovation

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My major concerns with the space related to lack of storage space and all of those white builder’s grade doors were killing me.  I felt like they chopped the room and disrupted the flow.  Also, the hot water heater was behind the double doors on the right.  We relocated that so that we could get a walk in pantry in that space.

Also, while the island was huge….it was so large that I couldn’t even reach into the middle….so it was lost on me.  See the below images of how it looks now.  The end result is a completely functional kitchen that we spend 90% of our time in.

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Maddie’s Room….

I know I promised the kitchen images today but decided to do Maddie’s room instead.  I’ve shared it on the blog before but usually in the form of quick iPhone shots.  Here is the “before” of the room my husband shot when he did the walk through the week we closed on the house.

Maddie's Room

When we remodeled we added wainscoting on the walls, refinished the floors, removed the soffet in the bathroom, installed wallpaper in the bedroom and on the ceiling in the bathroom, changed out lighting and hardware and of course, painted.

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