Got Your Buttons Up for the Holidays?


Sometimes the best gifts come in small packages. And with my Ornamental Charm Series, we know a little texture and color can go a long way with these very special handcrafted artisan gifts.

As one fan sums it up, “They’re like little presents”.

That’s right, tis the holiday season already!

All October we’ve been creating tiny miniature works of art for your holiday tree, to decorate your home, and to give as one of the most unique custom gifts around.

So, for this week’s Texture Tuesday, please enjoy some images full of color and texture from my collectible Ornamental Charm Series and place your order today. (I know, shameless self-promotion, but someone’s got to do it. And, these are not mass produced; each tiny ornament is handcrafted in my South Austin studio in the good ‘ole USA).


Get a head start and take the worry out of your holiday shopping by placing an order for all your family, friends, boss and clients.

Attention Interior designers! What a great way to tell your clients how much you have appreciated working with them on designing their new home or room.

Easy peesy friends,  and boy are they in for a one-of-a-kind treat when they open our signature satin-lined gift box!



Remember last year color consultatn Amy Wax and I did that fun Instagram contest featuring her killer i-phone color app, Color911? Check it out below.  Huge success and the winner last year was interior designer Linda Holt. Deborah Main holiday ornaments were even selected last year for Top Pick by Hadley Court, the epitome of elegance!




It’s so simple to order:

Order online HERE , or by color by contacting my studio with a quick phone call 512.447.9807 or email to and you’re done. We do the rest. Can’t beat that for holiday shopping!

NOTE: Accepting commissions and wholesale orders till Nov 1; custom orders through Dec 1. 

I look forward to hearing from you!

And by the way, have a vintage coat or dress from your Aunt Susie you’re never going to wear? Let’s make Deborah Main collectible pillow ornaments out of those gorgeous rhinestone buttons!  I love to breathe new life into items sitting in the back of your closet, so please give me a call today 512.447.99807, or email me at

Till next time, Happy Autumn and enjoy the cooler temps! XO, PG









Nostalgic Textures and Faded Tones – A Story of Innocence and Loss


“RESPONSIVE TEXTILES was founded on the idea that clothes are our second skin, and they should be as unique and human as we are.” — Kristine Rodriguez

A few weeks ago during New York Fashion Week (NYFW) I had the opportunity to write a story for a top kitchen and bath luxury brand BLANCO, and pair their IKONIC sinks and faucets with fashion hot off the runway of NYFW.  I had heard of, but didn’t know too much about, the up-and-coming fashion brand RESPONSIVE TEXTILES. I fell in love with the Bennu Skirt which I featured in my lead off image below.  (If you missed that sponsored post, no worries, you can read it right HERE.)

BLANCO IKON apron sink and ARTERO faucet paired with the fashion of RESPONSIVE TEXTILES.

BLANCO IKON apron sink and ARTONA faucet paired with the fashion of RESPONSIVE TEXTILES.

I thought it would be fun and interesting to dive into the color and texture of RESPONSIVE TEXTILES by interviewing the fashion designer behind all this incredible texture, Kristine Rodriguez, especially since she debuted for the first time at NYFW.  I was honored Kristine agreed to an interview. So grab a glass of wine and sit back and relax while you enjoy her inspiring designs and interview.

Fashion designer, Kristine Rodriguez, owner and maker behind the fashion brand RESPONSIVE TEXTILES

Fashion designer, Kristine Rodriguez, owner and maker behind the fashion brand RESPONSIVE TEXTILES

PG: First off, Congratulations for your debut at NYFW! That must have been very, exciting and challenging to prepare for. It’s been a few weeks, so I hope you’ve recovered now.  What was it like and where did you show?  Were your designs well received?

KR: Thank you! I showed with FTL Moda at Space 404 in Midtown, Manhattan. It was such an exciting experience, but honestly not too different than showing in Los Angeles. I was certainly more nervous in the weeks leading up to runway day because New York Fashion Week is such a prestigious platform. However, once I arrived at the venue, the nerves were gone and the usual backstage groove took place. On show day, I always become so focused on getting the collection ready to walk that I forget to be nervous.

“The audience was amazing and very receptive to my work. I received a lot of kind feedback from the crowd.” – Kristine Rodriguez


PG: Many artists and designers have “artistic epiphanies”, when they realize their calling. People often ask me, “why pillows?” So “why knitwear”?

KR: It was an intuitive decision, kind of like gravity. I was majoring in graphic design when I discovered the knitting machine, and the rest is history. It is strange thinking back on it now because I tried to take that class three times before I finally got into it. So there was definitely something about knitting that resonated with me even before I tried it.

I think there are many answers to the “why knitwear?” question, but here are two:

  • The first is tactility. I love playing with materials, which is something I missed when I was studying graphic design.
  • The second is that knitwear offers the best of two worlds. I can explore 2-D surface design in the fabric, as well as 3-D sculptural design for the body.

I could go on and on, which it is probably as it should be when you fall in love with something.

PG: Absolutely! I love reading on your website how you discovered the “knitting machine” in an elective class in college and that charted your path forward.  Can you tell us what you like about that machine and the process of creating one of your beautiful pieces?


KR: My knitting machine is my baby, and I love it. It is hand-powered and completely manual. However, it also expedites knitting. You get a whole row with each push of the carriage.

“So my machine really allows me to experiment and play when designing fabric, while still being environmentally friendly and more time efficient.” – Kristine Rodriguez


I think this manner of making appeals to me so much because I have a lot of control over the clothing I produce. From the fabric’s fiber content and textile design to the garment’s silhouette, I control it all. My process is a fun back and forth between the clothing and the fabric itself. Sometimes, I have a garment in my head. So I sketch it first and figure out how to make it afterwards. Other times, I start with design of a textile, and that swatch informs what the garment will be.

“RESPONSIVE TEXTILES really is the product of a bit of planning and and a bit of playing.” – Kristine Rodriguez


PG: Frankly, I had never heard of a “knitting machine”, so that’s really interesting to learn more about it.  This technique helps put your work as a fashion designer creatively outside the box. Describe your “creative voice”. What inspires you and influences your designs?  Please elaborate on why you call yourself a “conceptual maker”.

KR: My creative voice is polished. That is the best way I can describe it. I bring a polished, yet human approach to my knitwear.

What inspires me goes hand-in-hand with why I call myself a conceptual maker. The conceptual inspiration for each collection comes from a place of personal interest and/or experience. However, that could really be anything. Perhaps it is a topic I want to learn more about, or an emotion in myself that I want to explore further. It is an intuitive process, and I do not over think it. I pick a subject matter that resonates with me. It is easy to be inspired by things that draw you in. Once I have a topic in mind, I investigate it. I read about it, write about it, draw it, and think about it.

“Through this process, I uncover the story I want to tell and that becomes the backbone of a new collection. All other design decisions are informed by this story. Telling it is my biggest priority as a maker.” – Kristine Rodriguez



PG: I love your definition of a “conceptual maker”, as I think most artists and designers have stories that drive their work. Please tell our readers a little bit of the story behind your newest collection for the spring that you debuted at NYFW?

KR: All pieces are hand-knit on my machine with high quality, sustainable yarns in my Augusta, GA studio. In this collection, I used mohair, cotton, bamboo and tencel. The collection,“The RESPONSIVE TEXTILES SS17, explores fading memory and early ideals. As we age and experience more of a sometimes ruthless world, we leave parts of our young selves behind.

“However, with nostalgic textures and faded tones, this collection pays homage to the pieces of ourselves that we take with us. It is a story of innocence and loss. This is Eternal Sunshine. Kristine Rodriguez


PG: That concept of “Eternal Sunshine” and the video on your website are so thought provoking and inspiring!  I also like your tagline “This is not your grandmother’s knitwear.”  There seems to be a general movement in the U.S. back toward artisan handmade design and products with a story behind them. Please tell our readers what is behind your values, what prompted you to feel this way about clothing and fashion?


KR: In large part, it grew naturally out of my interest in not only being a designer, but also a maker. I like to create things with my hands, and therefore, that’s how I wanted to produce my clothing.To me, fashion is identity and that is a powerful place to make your mark.

“RESPONSIVE TEXTILES was founded on the idea that clothes are our second skin, and they should be as unique and human as we are.” — Kristine Rodriguez

I think that the fashion industry can use more of that innovation and creativity. I also think our earth could use less fast-fashion in our landfills. Personally, buying a garment for pennies and only getting one wear out of it is useless to me.

“So I made a point to build a brand that represents exactly what I want in my closet: pieces that offer a bit of the unexpected while still being wearable, and pieces that are of high quality in both material and craftsmanship. As a result, we have RESPONSIVE TEXTILES.” – Kristine Rodriguez


PG: The fashion industry in general is extremely hard to break into. And it seems to be changing now.  Are you finding the fashion industry receptive to your innovative approach to design? Where do you see yourself and your brand in the next few years?

KR: I have found the industry to be critically receptive of my work. People get excited by what I am making and see the value in its uniqueness.

“However, I do struggle with bridging the gap between people loving my work and people buying it. RESPONSIVE TEXTILES’s garments are really more like involved sculptures, handmade with quality, sustainable yarns. This is reflected in their cost.” – Kristine Rodriguez

Breaking into the sales aspect of the industry has been very hard. Our society has become accustomed to spending very little on fast-fashion.

In the next few years, I hope to grow beyond myself so I can finally have some help. I want to keep RESPONSIVE a sustainable, handmade operation, and I hope I will be able to do it. In a perfect world, I envision a large studio space with a bunch of knitting machines arranged in a circle, and a cat napping in the middle.

PG: I think many artists and designers who create handcrafted products can relate to that same challenge. Your vision sounds like an ideal creative space…especially the cat napping in the middle.  How long does it takes you to make one piece?


KR: That is completely contingent on the piece. A scarf usually takes an hour, though some of my more involved textiles can take much longer. As for the more complicated garments with either an intricate textile or lots of volume (more panels) or both (eep!), making a piece can take twenty hours or more. Within the next few weeks, I will actually be adding a price breakdown of each garment on the website, which will include how many hours it took to make each one.

PG: What an excellent idea so the customer understands the workmanship behind a high quality handmade piece. I understand you did a Kickstarter Campaign to raise the funds to get to NYFW.  How did that work for you? Would you recommend that as a way for new, young designers to break into NYFW? 

KR: The Kickstarter went well! I made my goal and was very moved by the love my project received. Crowdfunding is a great way for any designer to afford NYFW prices.

PG: Finally, what have you learned since you started your business and have had your first runway show at NYFW?  What advice would you give new artists/fashion designers just starting out?

KR:  My biggest lesson has been perseverance. Establishing yourself in this industry is a hard journey, and it is disheartening when you hear the word “no.” However, success rarely happens overnight. So over the past two years, I have learned to enjoy the ride and stay true to my vision.

“My advice to new artists/fashion designers is to work hard and learn from each experience, especially the negative ones. Keep learning, making, and never become complacent.” – Kristine Rodriquez


PG: And one more!  I’m dying to own one of your beautiful pieces! Love the Bennu skirt and so appreciated you supplying that image for my blog post for luxury brand BLANCO. Thank you, it was perfect! But I also fell in love with the black Lambsy Muff (above) because my neck gets cold and I lost my favorite knitted cashmere scarf I wore all the time. Can I order a custom color or length?  Will you be offering more scarves and fall/winter designs on your website?

KR: Absolutely! Since every RESPONSIVE TEXTILES piece is handmade to order, customization is always an option.

“I believe there is a connection between the maker, the garment and the person who wears it. They are all responsive to each other.” – Kristine Rodriguez

At RESPONSIVE TEXTILES, I honor that connection by approaching each order as a collaboration between myself and my customer. Custom colors are always available for no additional cost, since I typically need to restock the yarn for each order anyway. Customizing length may change the price of the piece, but it is always available. And for all RESPONSIVE TEXTILE dresses, skirts and pants, my customer’s height is taken into account during production to ensure it will fit perfectly and need no additional tailoring.

Yes, more scarves and fall/winter pieces are to come! Instead of doing one release for the whole collection, I am trying something new and spacing out the release of the FW16 collection this season. Within the next few weeks, everything will be out, as well as special items just for the holidays!

PG: Thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to do this interview.  I know my readers will really enjoy learning more about your work!

KR: Thanks so much!

I hope dear readers this interview has inspired you as much as it has me. And that you’ve enjoyed learning about this incredible maker Kristine Rodriguez and her amazing knitted fashion line RESPONSIVE TEXTILES.  Please enjoy a few more of her spring collection and be sure to check out her website for some fall and holiday pieces coming soon. I know I’m headed straight for that Lambsy Muff!  Kristine’s spring 2017 line will also be available on her website very soon. Till next week, enjoy the fall weather and remember spring is right around the corner. XO PG





The Next Bend in the Road

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Sometimes we need space to clear our heads.

Sometimes we need to look at nothing.

Sometimes cornfields, silos, farms, sky, and the next bend in the road will do just fine.

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On my recent excursion to an east coast family wedding (which was the first of the next generation among my cousins and was awesome to see everyone!), I did not encounter all the glorious fall color I was eagerly anticipating. The changing leaves had not worked its way down to Pennsylvania quite yet. But the scenery was so green, brown, gold, rich with color and texture, that the farmland, and my family, surely made up for it.

For this week’s Texture Tuesday, please enjoy the landscapes of the farmland of rural Pennsylvania. Plenty of texture and color if you just look out the window of your car. And I did see one gorgeous tree in the process of changing it’s color. I think the fall is a great time to assess life and business and see where the next bend in the road takes you.  For me, a meaningful trip seeing family was a nice time to “pause” from the regular busy life.

I wish you a wonderful Autumn season. Please be sure to sign up for my blog on the top sidebar, as this Friday I share an interview with amazing textile and fashion designer Kristine Rodriquez of Responsive Textiles. Till then, XO, PG

Note: Most pics were taken on a cloudy day at dusk from my car window.  I did enhance a tad, but I don’t yet have a photo shop program where I can brighten the foreground separately from the background, but I still hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

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6 Tips to Freshen a Guest Room with Luxury!


What a whirlwind of an amazing Austin City Limits Festival!! How awesome was it to hear all that live music and come back to a cozy South Austin bungalow, high on a bluff above the crowds, nestled in the quiet, relaxing Zilker neighborhood. With tranquility awaiting you on a patio under a massive Shumard Red Oak tree and in a bright, contemporary guest room, what more could you ask for?


Our first time guests of The Collier Guest Room thought it was a pretty sweet deal – especially the Peacock Alley luxury sheets and the extra deep bathtub!


In fact, we lucked out with having THE best guests for both the 1st and 2nd weekends of ACL. Our first experience as Airbnb hosts could not have gone more perfect!

We are blessed indeed being first time Airbnb hosts and I’ve got some awesome texture, pattern and color to share with you, as well as some tips to make it easy for you to prep for your holiday guests, or if you want, for your first City of Austin Short Term Rental. (STR) Being that we’re “Empty Nesters” as of August, it was perfect timing for my hubs and I to jump right in with ACL. In fact, it was so successful, my husband David asked, “When are our next renters coming?”

So my friends, The Collier Guest Room is officially open all year round!


Now let me first preface this post with that I’m breaking ALL my own rules about Texture Tuesday being brief. This is NOT short. But IS filled with inspiring pics. Because frankly there’s been so much going on I have more posts to write and share with you than humanly possible. That’s why I’m trying write two posts a week now: Texture Tuesday and a Fabulous Friday for your weekend reading. But since i’m traveling this week to Philly for a family wedding, there is NO blog schedule this week, but I hope you enjoy this one, as i’ll be unplugged for the weekend. And next week I have an exciting interview coming up with Kristine Rodriguez of Responsive Textiles, who debuted her fashion line at NYFW.

So now that we pulled ACL renting off successfully, let me share with you 6 ways to create a contemporary luxurious guest room, with texture and color, in 2 weeks, which is about all we had once we realized people had booked our room the day it was posted.


But first, some back story. I have a lot of people to thank for helping my husband David and I to pull this off in such a short time: PL&D/Patrick Landrum Design , Peacock Alley, Bolt Fabrics, Accent Upholstery, my seamstress, and Room Service Vintage. But most of all I have to thank my dear friend Cynthia Bloom of Cynthia Bloom Collectible Jewelry who has been, along with her husband Jim, Airbnb SUPER HOSTS for 3 years with 145 5-star reviews (WOW!!) on their Heart of Austin listing.  If not for Cindy and our weekly “Festive Friday Lei Day” trips (below image) to Barton Springs Pool (BSP) to de-stress, I would have been renting in October with ZERO guests, because I had my dates ALL wrong.


Cindy Bloom and me at Barton Springs Pool (BSP) this summer for our weekly “Festive Friday Lei Day” R&R.

“But I still don’t see your listing?” So I told her what it was named and how we only had it open one of the weekends cause we’d be away at a family wedding the other weekend. Then she says, “but ACL starts the last wknd of September!!!” Me, “Gulp!!!! What!?!?”

I checked dates three times during the summer, but somehow I must have posted prior year dates. So boy, did we ever have to get on the move!! We didn’t have a month to get the room ready, we had just 2 weeks!! And below is what it looked like…..YIKES!!

(Important Note: No, we are not slobs. We are merely in a MAJOR life transition with our girls moving into their own apartment, having to squeeze into our tiny bungalow my massive trade show display shelving units, and having broken shades and curtains because we haven’t remodeled in 16 years! It was way overdue for a fresh look. (Now, NO judging as I show you the reality below. Also, these are not professional-quality photographs, as they’re taken by me.)

Our master suite BEFORE photo during a hectic life transition.

The BEFORE photo of our master bedroom we totally re-decorated in two weeks to rent on Airbnb.

But what’s a woman to do? NO one makes custom curtains and headboards with that short of a lead time. That’s where doing business with other small businesses for 30+ years and hiring a professional interior designer comes in handy.


The AFTER photo of our master suite, now rented as The Collier Guest Room. Quite the transformation, right?


Another AFTER of the other side of the newly redecorated Collier Guest Room at Zilker Park. Now look how handy those custom pillow display shelves turned out to be!! Just what we needed. Funny how things work out like that sometimes.

I couldn’t believe all the support we had from local small businesses to help us whip our guest room into shape. Thank you SO much!! You see, it was OUR master bedroom of our home we were renting and we had to move almost everything out of it, plus prep the girls old bedroom with a bed for us to sleep in. The only thing we ran out of time and money for, in such a short time frame, was to repaint it….but that can always come later (FYI: In case you’re wondering, the whole cottage deal fell through cause of city coding – a year long story, I will not bore you with).

But to apply for a STR license to rent a room in our home was a piece of cake. Just 30 days after our application we had out short term rental license. Thank you City of Austin!

Now onto those 6 steps to update your guest room any time of the year with a new, fresh contemporary look:

  1. Consulting with a professional interior designer is a great first step. I am ALWAYS amazed at how quickly an experienced designer can assess a room and help you figure out how to make the re-decorating affordable too. And little things like all the different measurements needed for replacing curtains.  (FYI: there are NO ready-made curtains in a department store that are over 96″). If you’re lucky to have a designer as great as Patrick Landrum of  PL&D/Patrick Landrum Design, you’re good to go. Cause Patrick picked me up one afternoon and we shopped for as many ready-made things we could find.

Here again is where an experienced professional interior designer knows things that often you might not stop to think about. It’s not instinctual for me, so having Patrick to help was essential to get me started creatively.

THREE things I learned from Patrick:

  • Matching lamps pull a room together, and the shiny metal (which I thought would overpower a linen headboard and my Grandmother’s antique matching dressers) reflected a lot of the colors in the room, particularly that fuchsia peacock feather center pillow and the over stuffed teal silk brocade pillows.


  • Mixed metals are very hot right now:  So don’t worry about having everything all gold-tone or all silver-tone. The below image shows a wonderful geometrical marble table in a gold finish….which the window desperately needed something, somewhere to rest a drink or magazines and it brought out the pattern of the custom curtains too. We also selected the same kind of warm metal, 3-dimensional loop look for the mirror but more in a brushed silver. And the loop handles on our antique bureaus are silver with an aged patina.
  • High/Low and New/Old create the perfect mixture for a high traffic guest room: We didn’t have the budget to go all out on everything, and since you don’t always know if a guest, or in our case renters, will treat your possessions as well as you do, we had to make some tough choices.  We took out anything of value that was irreplaceable, except the large, very heavy antique dressers and a couple paintings from our kids that were way up high. Mixing in less expensive contemporary items with more expensive custom and antique items created a wonderful fresh contemporary balance and helped keep costs down.


2.  Working with quality small businesses on which you can depend:  Often designers have their own workrooms, but usually they need more than 2 weeks lead time. I was blessed to have done all our re-upholstery 16 years ago with Dana at Accent Upholstery right down the street from me.  I had a great, durable linen textile in my own studio (Patrick’s suggestion), and as a long time customer, Dana just whipped that headboard out right on time beautifully! Thank you Dana!!

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3. Placing your custom drapery/shade and pillow orders immediately with vendors you trust implicitly.  Once we realized we were not going to find exactly what we wanted for the 110″ curtain length for the guest room (we did find some pretty curtains at 96″ for our family room, so we could close those while guests were on site so they’d have their privacy and so would we), again, I reached out to another local business, my very own secret seamstress for Deborah Main Designs studio. She created beautiful, lined, and black out (where no light comes in) curtains and I hand-stitched the brushed nickel rings in place.  She also whipped up some pretty dandy roller shades as I really wanted to keep the honey-colored burlap valances I had. (We had looked into quick custom shades but the lead time wouldn’t meet our deadline). Many thanks to my expert and speedy seamstress!


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And it just so happened I already had wonderful colorful and textured pillows for my window seat from Bolsa Bonita with pompoms and custom pillow designer Cheryl Coleman (who made that fabulous center peacock pillow!). And it just so happened, as a textile artist myself, Deborah Main Designs had purple and rich teal blue over-sized pillows that pulled all the above colors together in the room. I love how the pillows complement the colors in my Janis Joplin poster, cause I just had to put her on the wall for some vintage “South Austin Vibe” !


4. Keeping an open mind and letting the sales associates who know fabric make some recommendations.  I was thrilled to find textiles that worked perfectly for the drapes and shades at my local neighborhood fabric shop, Bolt Fabrics.  Melissa suggested a textile, that frankly to me, looked like band-aids and I think I even said to her, I would never think of selecting a fabric like that. Then she said, “Well, come on over here and see what it looks like as curtains”, and boy did I ever change my mind quickly!  I LOVE the modern pattern and that it picks up the golden colors in our wood flooring, shade valance, and bedding, but also adds a soft black, silver gray color to the guest room. And I was sure to run it by my interior designer Patrick Landrum of PL&D/Patrick Landrum Design  because he has that expertise in knowing how all the multiple parts of a room and the textiles selected come together. (You would think I would know this well being a pillow artist, but I’m out of my element when it comes to interior design. I leave that to the pros!)


5. Saving your budget for luxury linens for the bed and the bathroom: This was THE key decision I made to invest in luxury bedding. Many advised me not to….even our guests!

But the luxury bedding made all the difference. And one thing that’s always been a favorite luxury to me personally, is taking a hot bath and slipping into fresh clean sheets. And our guests loved BOTH!

I want to give a very special thanks to dear friend and long-time Deborah Main Designs supporter, Brad Cleveland, of luxury brand Peacock Alley and sales associate Levi Beaty up at the Dallas Outlet who provided these gorgeous linens that are absolutely perfect for the casual elegance I so wanted to provide our guests.  Peacock Alley provides incredible customer service and Levi didn’t miss a beat!!  Our guests LOVED the bedding!

Through the one-on-one customer service I received from Levi, this luxury bedding was delivered on our door step just in time.  And I couldn’t be happier with the recommendations by Brad and Patrick of the Carlo Matelasse Coverlet and Shams. Essential to our selection for both the coverlet, and the Mandalay linen duvet and pleated bed skirt, was that they all be washable, since we’d have guests coming in from ACL (which is sometimes a dust storm or mud bath weather wise!) And I fell in love with the gold Soprano Cuff Sheeting!!  I think the three together turned out to be just what I always dreamed of!





And Peacock Alley also provided the plush bath towels, bath rug, crisp white textured shower curtain and plush bathrobes.  And even a little gift for our guests! So let’s step right past Janis and into the guest room bathroom, shall we?






I know our bathroom tile is as plain as can be, but I’ve always loved my little one heron tile and the color complements the crisp white shower curtain and deep tub so beautifully. I just love the simplicity of the white and honey-colored caramel together.


Love the waffled texture on this stark white shower curtain by Peacock Alley.

6. Last but not least, adding just the right amount of amenities into your guest room: It’s the small personal touches of convenience that helps make your guests feel right at home, or rather treated royally like guests.  We did the standard coffee maker, Texas glasses, small refrigerator, and microwave. But I also made sure there were lots of magazines and brochures from the Austin Visitor Center in case our guests wanted to shop vintage or go to a nearby restaurant. We added a guest book, Lammes chocolate, a Peacock Alley gift candle, and fresh flowers. We even got them a gift certificate to our new neighborhood Gelato shop at the end of our street, Venezia Italian Gelato, which BTW, also serves a light Italian breakfast and great coffee!




Now this story really makes it all worthwhile!  My daughter and I had decided we needed just a touch of a theme besides music for the guest room, so while vintage shopping one day at Room Service Vintage, we decided on CARS, vintage cars.  And we bought a vintage ice bucket and 4 frosted vintage tall glasses with classic cars on them.  To our surprise our 2nd guests walked into the room and said they had the EXACT vintage glasses!  Now what are the chances of that happening?!?  It gave us a really cool personal connection to our guests which I think helped make them feel very comfortable and welcome.



In fact, and I will conclude this lengthy post with our 2nd guests’ one comment that caught our attention, their P.S. in the guest book (bought at long-time local small business, Paper Place)  was So which one of you worked at the Four Seasons?”

We took that as the highest compliment because our goal was to create a luxurious experience for our guests and provide excellent customer service. Both guests commented that we went “above and beyond’, and that is just how we wanted them to feel.


David and I would like to thank once again the FANTASTIC team that helped us pull The Collier Guest Room at Zilker Park together for our ACL guests, and future guests, to enjoy!  Here we are below, relaxing on the patio at the end of the crazy busy 2 weeks. But David and I can say with 100% confidence, that every detail was worthwhile and we look forward to our Airbnb guests returning next year.  Till next time, treat your house guests this holiday season to something extra special, XO PG



Animal Sculptures Made Out of What?


Happy #TextureTuesday!  Today you get two chances to guess what this little squirrel sculpture, and other animals, are made of.  The above adorable squirrel looks like it’s crafted from looped yarn to me, don’t you think? Not. Keep trying to guess with my clues. Have you got it yet?

Well, to give you a little hint, here’s a detailed image below that shows a tad of “sheen” to the materials used in these amazing sculptures. So you probably have it by now, right?


And another hint below that truly gives it away because this little fella is holding the artist’s materials she sculpts with.


Well, if you haven’t guessed yet, no worries, because standing away from these incredible sculptures you can hardly tell the materials. But here’s the full view (below) of the cute squirrel in the fist image. And surely, you have it by now…’s PLASTIC!!


But not just any old plastic. This incredible art is meticulously handcrafted by local Austin artist, Calder Kamin, from recycled plastic bags. That’s right. No dye added, these are the actual bright colors of thousands of plastic bags she’s collected over the years to save from ending up in the landfill.


Mixed Media artist, Calder Kamin, posing with the Fox at her 1st solo exhibition “Plastic Planet” at Women and Their Work. Exhibit runs through Nov 10, 2016.

Calder is an amazing and talented young woman, and I will not do it justice by telling you all about her. You can view her website HERE to learn more. She’s very articulate about why she does the artwork she does, and I HIGHLY encourage you to go check out her 1st solo exhibition “Plastic Planet” right now through November 10th at Women and Their Work.  And she’s got some exciting programming coming up for the whole family, so please check it out.


After literally bumping into friend and fashion designer Cari Borja, who lives in LA, at the entrance to Women and Their Work, we both were in absolute AWE of these animal sculptures!


You may not know what I’ve been up to at Deborah Main Designs studio, because it’s been such a busy fall (My girls moving into an apt, remodeling for our 1st ACL Airbnb renters, and creating new pieces for art exhibition deadline) that I truly can’t remember what I’ve told you and what I haven’t. I am smack dab in the middle (Module 6 to be exact) of taking an online Art Career Success System (ACSS) course taught by Alyson Stanfield .

The reason I’m telling you all this, is because it’s a new direction for me, and I’m learning myself how to “talk” about my art, how to “communicate” about re-purposing the materials I use in my work. And we had a class task –  we were supposed to start calling galleries and going to art openings.  (I used to attend art openings a lot when my Mom was alive in late 1990’s) Well, THE gallery on my list to call was Women and Their Work (WATW), because I’ve known of it’s highly regarded reputation in the Austin community for years and I wanted to become involved. Because of such a warm welcoming by their program director, I’ve since joined as an Art Diva (their name, not mine, but appropriate for the Pillow Goddess) and you can too if you’re a working artist and interested in connecting with more women artists. Check it out HERE.

Joining WATW and taking the ACSS course are THE TWO best decision I have made for myself and my career this fall!!


Frankly, I wasn’t that excited about seeing plastic bags, but boy did that ever change when I got to the exhibit.  It was packed!!


I’m not going to share all the images with you because I really want you, if you live or are visiting Austin, to attend the exhibition, as they are a real treat to see in person. But below is my fave little guy, the possum.


There are so many adorable animals. Please read about Calder Kamin HERE and attend the exhibit at Women and Their Work.

You will be just as amazed as I was with her art and commitment to the environment, because Calder took a year to create these pieces by twisting and applying them individually with a glue gun. Such patience and artistry! Congratulations Calder!

THAT friends is dedication, not just to her art, but to saving the environment. She even has a section for guests to read all about how much plastic we consume and throw away in society and that the “power” to change that is in our hands.


I love art that makes a statement, that educates me as I view it.

Enjoy images of the most incredible texture I’ve seen recently on this week’s #TextureTuesday. I purposely left a few animals out that are fabulous, so you’d go see for yourself. Watch for an upcoming fashion interview of Kristine Rodriguez with Responsive Textiles, another amazing artist. Till next time, XOPG











Texture Tuesday – Fur, Textiles, Chain and Janis


Well, leave it to me to have ALL my projects due at the same time! But isn’t that how the universe usually works anyways, where you’re juggling too many balls in the air and they all need to come together almost the exact same week, or even day?

That’s how it’s been for my husband David and I,  as we’ve been redecorating our master suite to rent as an Airbnb guest room for Austin City Limits. But not without an amazing team of experts like interior designer Patrick Landrum, my seamstress, and many local small businesses like Bolt Fabrics and Accent Upholstery, and even our refuge from all the chaos, Venezia Italian Gelato  right at the end of our street.

I think we’re going to Venezia once a day now to relieve stress and not just for Gelato, as they now serve a FAB breakfast. I so enjoyed the escape with a relaxing cup of hot tea, fresh pastry and proscuitto with gorgonzola breakfast sandwich. (And you can still have Gelato, if you decide to have dessert after breakfast, like my daughter and I did today…tee hee 🙂 ).

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Good thing we started this project 3 weeks ago and have been working with such a great team, because before I knew it my Friday art exhibition deadline was all of a sudden THIS week. So I’m juggling creating two new pieces of work to enter in the 30th Annual Materials: Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition, the delivery of luxury Peacock Alley bedding, installation of towel bars, smoke alarms, headboard and curtains, to planting flowers before the rains hit.  All by the time our first house guest arrives in 2 days!  It’s been a whirlwind, all culminating in some exciting opportunities and a helluva lot of fabulous color and texture.

Below is just a slight hint at the pieces I’m working on to apply for the art exhibition. This is a vintage cocktail dress with wonderful, creamy texture.


And ever since I went into Bead It, one of our neighborhood jewelry-making shops with almost all of it vintage, I am hooked!  I bought enough chain for any jeweler to create with, and I don’t even know how to make jewelry!!



A glimpse at all the incredibly delicious vintage trim, beading and chains, tons of texture and color options to make decisions with for my creations. I feel very fortunate to have had 12 years to collect all these rare vintage and antique materials to create my artwork at my Austin studio, Deborah Main Designs. Be sure to check out my new website!


Now onto the guest room redecorating project!!  Not showing you anything yet, but here’s a glimpse at some of the fun new textures we’re putting in the room to modernize it.  Before and after photos will be coming as soon as we can catch our breath after all this hoopla. But we’re very excited about becoming “licensed” Short Term Rental owners in our cozy 78704 hood, right up the hill from Austin City Limits (ACL).


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Sneak peek of an old Janis poster from my youth, headed for our guest room walls any day now.


Okay, one last story: It has gotten SO hectic that I had to totally laugh at myself today. I had this bobbin of thread in my pocketbook that was getting all tangled up in everything…..and I thought, why don’t I just take the stupid bobbin out??  Well, good thing I didn’t!

Today when I dropped off to the cleaners a vintage French bedspread (part of my collection) which I realized will be perfect for the full size bed we need to sleep in in our daughter’s old room while our guests are renting, I literally had to sew up a seam on the bedspread before they would accept it for cleaning. And good old Anthony’s cleaners (another Austin icon) had a needle right at the ready!

Now that was pretty crazy, but you do what you gotta do to get things done.  I can’t wait to show you the final result of our re-decoration of our master suite (now called The Collier Guest Room at Zilker Park on Airbnb) AND my two new creations for the art exhibition. I’m just praying I finish it all in time!!!


Bonus: I had my first sale (below) on my brand new website. Wrapped up in a big bow with a gift card for the recipient and shipped out today. Yippee! Thank you to all my dear customers!!  Hope you like the new site: Watch for more holiday designs coming soon and details on an Open Studio this fall. Can’t wait to see y’all! Till next week, enjoy the sunshine and ACL, XO PG





Texture Tuesday Inspiration – Green and Gold


Hi Friends.  Starting up my Texture Tuesdays again. These are NOT long posts. Instead, they’re about inspiration.  You’ll see amazing color and texture detail – from nature, textiles, fashion, and jewels – that inspire me and I hope you too.

I’m actually working on inspiration for an art piece to submit for consideration in a national exhibition; deadline is September 30th.  I’m thinking a lot about it, but still patiently waiting for inspiration to strike!

How do you get inspired when you have an upcoming project deadline?

Join the conversation by following me on InstagramPinterest, and Twitter using the hashtag #texturetuesday. Please share what textures inspire you. Happy Texture Tuesday! xo PG





Gorgeous gold Costa Brava Gatz Candle Holders with chain and beads, by Rojo 16.



New York Fashion Week: From the runway to your home – how couture and home fashion come together

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With New York Fashion Week upon us, it’s exciting to see what the hottest trends will be for 2017. When it’s high fashion time on the runway, we can usually predict in the home furnishing industry that this year’s runway styles will make its way into home decor by the following year.

But in the meantime, I can’t take my fashion-envy eyes off of the striped knitted skirt and top (above) by RESPONSIVE TEXTILES, a brand I love by Kristine Rodriguez. Kristine will be debuting her line for the very first time at NYFW. It pairs so strikingly with the timeless and aesthetic beauty of BLANCO sinks and faucets. Especially their latest launches – the IKON apron front kitchen sink and ARTONA faucet.

Many savvy interior designers and luxury brands are way ahead of the curve and take their cues long before design hits the runway and tradeshows.

And interestingly, there’s some changes going on right now in New York’s Spring/Summer 2017 fashion week, with several major brands bowing out of doing the runway altogether, and other brands offering ready-to-wear fall 2016 styles in smaller private settings, instead of the runway, to please consumers.

So imagine how challenging it becomes for brands to keep up with the trends and get their forecasting spot on – not just on the runway, but in the home too.

Being a textile artist myself, I’m always interested in the quality of craftsmanship and the color options available not only in my work, but design finishes throughout the home as well. Just like any homeowner, I love a beautifully designed kitchen space with state-of-the-art appliances and products like BLANCO, my go-to brand for sinks, faucets, and even composts.

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The IKON Sink – the first Apron Front Sink made from granite composite, and the ARTONA Faucet – a “livable” kitchen faucet in six on-trend colors to color-coordinate with your sink.

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The release of these two on-trend products is not surprising coming from such an “Ikonic” luxury brand as BLANCO. (In German, “iconic” is actually spelled “ikonic”).

“They (apron-front kitchen sinks) are simple, stylish, back to basics design.  Classic, simplified design isn’t ever really out of style.”  – Jeanne Chung, Interior Designer, Owner of Cozy-Stylish-Chic.

Sleek and modern, BLANCO offers SILGRANIT colors that are shaking up fashion in the home and on the runway. Take for example this Metallic Gray finish. Look at how many home furnishings work with this finish.


The ability to color coordinate your kitchen faucet with your sink, your cabinets, your lighting, your countertops, and even your living room furniture, well, it’s remarkable! Nothing gets any more fashionable than BLANCO – color coordinating our sinks and faucets with our home furnishings, and I might add, our next stylish outfit!


Take it from me . . . because I know about coordinating outfits.  While I have not done it yet with my kitchen (because it needs to be remodeled first), I was so matchy-matchy in my youth that I (Okay, are you sitting down? Cause this is kind of embarrassing) I matched my stud ball earrings with my socks in the 1980’s. Shocking I know!!!

Don’t judge! Cause you never know if you too will catch the faucet and sink color coordination bug . . . because it is SO on-trend now! I mean look at all these color options! (Top to bottom, left side: Cafe Brown, Truffle and Metallic Gray. Right side: White, Anthracite and Cinder).


You see the kitchen isn’t tucked away anymore behind walls. In fact, it’s been out in the open for decades now.  So that has really steered products to be more fashionable, to fit in seamlessly with open floor plans and for entertaining.

“As the kitchen evolves, comfort, in the form of soft furnishings, textiles and sophisticated color palettes are offering an elegant transition from the kitchen to other rooms.” – Susan Serra, CKD, Susan Serra Associates, Inc., founder of Scandinavian Made.


The kitchen is truly the hub of any home, the central place where people congregate when you’re entertaining. I know from personal experience. They all pack into our small 12 x 12 kitchen, when just in the other room is a massive living and dining room with high ceilings.  But there’s just something about the kitchen that draws people in, and it isn’t just the food.

As interior designer Laura Muller puts it,

Today’s clients embrace the “open” space plan.  Gathering spaces are once again “all in one”, where we find “living” in the kitchen a popular design-build trend.”  – Laura Muller, Designer, Owner of FOUR POINT DESIGN BUILD, INC.

It’s the fact that it’s an inviting, comforting place to be, where we prepare our food and catch up on the day’s events with our families. But it also can come with beautiful counters, cabinets, appliances, and the mostly used of all kitchen products – sinks and faucets. You might be having a conversation at the bar counter in your kitchen and your sink is right there for everyone to see.

The ARTONA faucet complements all of these diverse colorful and textural design elements in the home, like the ones in this image below.  A fabulous gold-finish, modern geometric pendant and Danish and Austrian vintage ceramics from Cozy Stylish Chic, the new luxury design center in Pasadena owned by west coast interior designer, Jeanne Chung.  And a brown striped handmade Scandia rug from the brainchild of kitchen design pro, Susan Serra, CKD, also founder of Scandinavian Made.


So not only do we HAVE to consider functionality when selecting our sinks and faucets, but fashionable beauty, color options and texture have become absolutely paramount.

Till next time, XO PG

Note: This post is sponsored by BLANCO.

Photo credits: All sink and faucet images are by BLANCO.  All fashion images are from Vogue (except where noted by Responsive Textiles) by designers Carolina Herrera, Valentino, Marchesa, and Bottega Veneta. Fashion collages by Qin Latimer. Product images are by Susan Serra and Jeanne Chung.

Italy’s Clock of Angels


Its been a whirlwind of a week getting my girls moved into their new apartment, a new school year, and major life transitions happening all at once…but my thoughts and prayers remain with Italy.

As the world knows, central Italy was devastated by a 6.2 earthquake, which essentially flattened the small town of Amatrice, and nearby towns Accumoli, Arquata del Tronto and Pescara del Tronto,  The loss of life, almost 300 now, is simply staggering as it happened early in the morning while families were sleeping and so many families have no home, or even town, to go to.

While still holding out hope for survivors, Italy began it’s national period of mourning and burials, and it’s heartbreaking to watch the recovery unfold. I’ve struggled with how to write this post as I want to honor the lives lost in the terrible tragedy, while at the same time, share with you the beauty, love, and kindness Italians evoke with their warmhearted culture. On a more personal level, I want to share my photos with you from last summer and why I felt compelled to write this story about my experience in Italy. Today’s blog is dedicated to all the families affected by the earthquake.


It was this time last summer that my family wrapped up a 14-day vacation taking our 20-year-old daughter to Northern Italy for the first time. If you’ve been to Italy, you are familiar with the intense draw the country has on you – its people, food, art, architecture, design, villages, countryside and rich history. It may not be this way for everyone, but for me, when I travel I try to experience what its like to live there. My family and I do not go to all the tourist spots, but rather seek out the locals and try to create experiences that we will remember forever. We wander and linger, like this visitor (above) enjoying Gelato on a cool summer evening in Varenna.

For me, travel has a way of doing that….drawing you in, almost like leaving an imprint on your heart and soul. And, as an artist who loves textiles, the rich warm colors and texture of Italy visually is simply breathtaking and inspiring. This Mom & Pop cafe in Florence shows all the colors of Italy in one single photo.


The colors of the buildings, the roofs, the food, the sunsets – in Amatrice I’m sure they were so similar to many in Varenna. Small towns have those familiar qualities that make them so endearing.

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Our view of the colors of Varenna from our hotel window. Varenna, Italy, 2015.


“Many homes in and around the small towns were completely destroyed by the tremors.” (from BBC News on 8.25.16 Italy Earthquake: Before and After Images Show Destruction.)

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Layers and layers of rock and stone are the foundation of many small towns. Varenna, Italy, 2015.

August is THE month that families in Italy take vacations. We really saw that when we stayed in Rapallo along the Italian coast where multiple generations were enjoying their holiday and a local festival.  Children were playing on the beach and the elderly were resting on a promenade bench. There was this ancient castle (below photo) right on the beach that was lit up in the summer evening sky.

It breaks my heart to think that families like these were torn apart because of Italy’s earthquake.


Elderly Italians sitting on a park bench in Rapallo, Italy; 2015.


So, take a few moments from your busy day and come along with me while I share why I can’t stop thinking about Italy. We enjoyed our very first evening of our vacation last summer in Varenna just staring at Lake Como watching a young man light the lanterns at dusk. Surely a basic nightly duty for him, but one that was so poignantly beautiful to watch as the night began to fall. It was totally quiet at dusk and so peaceful.

In Amatrice,  peoples lives and livelihoods have been lost in this one tragic earthquake. As I read in a recent news article today, in just 20 seconds their lives were completely changed. I imagine how sad it would be if it had happened to this young man in Varenna, in this small community I grew to love.



Since the earthquake, I find myself constantly drawing parallels between Amatrice, (population 1,046) a small medieval town in central Italy in the rugged Appenine Mountains to the medieval village we stayed in, Varenna, (population 786) in the Italian Alps of Northern Italy. While of course, they’re completely different towns, regions and cultures within the country as a whole.

But having stayed three nights in Varenna, and knowing Amatrice and Varenna are both small medieval towns, I can’t help but feel the mood of the quaint village and the touch of the ancient cobblestones under my feet. 


We did not take the ferry and sightsee, but instead spent four days relaxing and soaking up the feel of Varenna, its people, scenery, food, town square, and the church bells of the clock tower.  I imagine that Amatrice, before the earthquake, looked very much like Varenna’s narrow cobblestone streets below in this image I captured.


But what is really hitting home for me is the clock tower.

Below is a powerful image of the clock tower in Amatrice that withstood the 6.2 magnitude earthquake and stopped at three minutes after the quake struck at 3.36.

With the usual vibrant colors of Italy gone in an instant – but for a faint red roof – it seems like a village reduced to dust in this haunting image below.


“The clock tower in the town centre was left standing but many of the surrounding buildings were not.” (from BBC’s Italy Earthquake: Before and After Images Show Destruction; 8.25.16)

I can’t help but make parallels with my personal experience in Varenna, because one rainy afternoon while my family napped, I walked the narrow streets, soaked in the feel of the town, and spent time visiting the Church of San Giorgio, as it’s right in the heart of Varenna’s town square. I’m not a religious person, but there is so much history and beautiful art in the large Duomo’s and small village churches that are the heart of Italy. While the Varenna clock tower was built much later in the 1800’s, both the clock tower in Amatrice and the Church of San Giorgio in Varenna were built around the same time period, somewhere during the 13th century.

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Church of San Georgio, with its clock bell tower, in the center of Varenna, Italy, 2015.


“A church in the town of Amatrice was also badly damaged, losing much of the top of the building and its roof.” (from BBC ‘s Italy Earthquake: Before and After Images Show Destruction; 8.25.16)


“Amatrice’s clock tower was one of the few structures to survive relatively intact.”  (from the DailyMail, story by Ted Thornhill, 8.24.16)

The parallels, between the small size of Amatrice and Varenna and that their clock towers are both at the heart of the towns, does not escape me. All we had to do was look out our hotel window to see Varenna’s clock that chimed so beautifully every hour.

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The Church of San Giorgio, with it’s clock tower, outside our hotel window.  Varenna, Italy, 2015.

It is said (photo below) that while the bell in the top part of the Amatrice clock tower fell, the tower stood tall and strong while the rest of the town crumbled beneath the powerful force of the earthquake. And the clock stopped at 3.36, right after the earthquake struck. How tragically poignant, but also significant in its meaning.


“The clock on the 13-century tower in Amatrice, Italy, poignantly stopped just after Wednesday’s earthquake struck at 3.36 a.m.” (from the DailyMail, Ted Thornhill story on 8.24.16)

I was talking to my daughter Qin last night about my feelings in writing this post and asked her what I should title it? We discussed the power of a great blog title, which is something I’m still learning how to write effectively. She asked me what I would be writing about and I told her I wanted to make parallels with our experience in Varenna, talk about the earthquake and the clock tower, and end the post about my special Italian friend Cristina.

Qin said, “Well its got to be short Mom and meaningful.” And out from her lips came so simply and clearly:  “Italy’s Clock Tower of Angels”.

I was taken aback. It sounded so beautiful, like the title of a novel or song. I asked her why that?

Qin said, “Its very simple Mom. You want to write from your heart about Italy, your experience, the earthquake, and the clock tower. This title has the word Italy and it mentions the clock.

Then I asked her, “But what about the angels, what’s that part about?”

My daughter said with such childhood innocence,

“Don’t you see Mom? The angels are all the people that died in the earthquake and have gone to heaven. They are now the angels of Amatrice.”

Needless to say, my heart skipped a beat. My daughter has a special way of getting to the heart of what matters. And children have a way of understanding life with a special innocence that we don’t always see.

I can think of no better tribute to all those who died in the Italy earthquake than the title of this post.  Below is a photo I took of the inside of Varenna’s Church of San Giorgio, as I’m sure the churches of Amartice looked as movingly beautiful.

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The inside of Church of San Giorgio, Varenna, Italy, 2015.

Below, in the Duomo di Milano, last summer, I’m lighting a candle for a friend battling breast cancer. If I were there today, I’d be lighting many candles for all of Italy, for all those who died, and all those having to rebuild their lives and towns from nothing but the strength of their souls and faith.


I don’t make these parallels lightly. But my personal experiences in Italy last summer help me feel the loss of life more profoundly. The complete devastation that has affected these small towns – its churches, its schools, its cafes, its people – cuts at the very heart and soul of these beautiful Italian towns that are so rich in history and generations. It’s heartbreaking to watch.

So I will leave you with some beautiful photos of my Italian friend Cris, who owns a 300- year- old truffle farm on the outskirts of Ferrara, between Venice and Florence, called Le Occare.

300 years pales in comparison to a medieval town such as Amatrice, but not the people. I was so relieved to hear that the quake was nowhere near where Cris and her husband live with their two dogs.


Cris is a great example of the love and generous spirit Italians have toward complete strangers. Americans visiting from Texas were immediately treated like family. I was lucky to email her back and forth as she so graciously gave me tips on planning our trip, so by the time we actually arrived, we felt like old friends. She let me into her kitchen. My daughter and I walked with her and her dogs. (This is no pig truffle farm. Cris’s amazing truffles are dug up by her dogs).



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She spoiled us with her incredible cooking. Such love Cris put into every dish made from scratch. I will write more on her fabulous cooking in future posts about Le Ocarre Guesthouse.


We only had 24 hours at her guesthouse, but in many ways, because of the welcoming atmosphere Cris creates in her home, we felt like we’d been there far longer…and can’t wait to go back.


As Italy mourns the devastating loss, please think of Amatrice this week and the families affected by this tragedy, affected forever as their whole town has been leveled. And enjoy the photos, a glimpse of Italian country life at Le Occare.

Perhaps you will one day visit Italy and feel the cobblestones under your feet, enjoy the ambiance of a small town cafe, hear the ring of a medieval clock, and be touched like I was by the history of its towns, the stillness of its countryside, and the hospitality of its people.

I hope to share more of my inspirations from Italy in the coming months. But today I wanted to take some time with you to recognize Italy’s loss and grieve with them. That’s the least I can do.

If you live in Austin, please support our Italian friends and newest neighborhood small business, Venezia Italian Gelato, and others, that are helping via Italy Meets Texas to raise funds for earthquake victims to send back to Italy.  We’re blessed to have Alice and her husband’s homemade Gelato right at the end of our street. Till next time, goodbye to summer, happy Labor Day weekend, and enjoy some Stracciatella, my fave! XOPG







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Have You Seen Deborah Main’s NEW Artwork and NEW Website?

Vintage Textiles

© Deborah Main, Vintage French Textiles & Trim with 1930’s Brooch. Mixed media on pillow form, 20 x 20. (Available at Round Rock ArtSpace, Round Rock, TX. Exhibit runs through August 27th; special art exhibition pricing – $549.00)


Artists Interpret Red

I’m excited to share with you that one of my textile art pieces was accepted, and is exhibiting now through August 27th, in the Round Rock Arts’ ArtSpace. I announced the Opening Reception two weeks ago, and let me tell you – the art exhibition was the most exhilarating new experience for me!!

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The exhibition, one of many that are held each month, was in historic downtown Round Rock at ArtSpace which is right next to the Main Street Plaza where children can be seen running through the water play fountain. I have a confession to make –  in all 35 years I’ve lived in Austin I had always passed through Round Rock, but never actually seen its downtown.  It’s delightfully quaint with just two blocks of tree-lined streets and beautiful Texas limestone buildings dating back to the early 1900’s.


What was so unique about this exhibition experience for me, was that it was my very first juried art exhibit that I’ve applied to, and been accepted, in a local art gallery.

Please indulge me, as I’d like to share with you a little bit about the exciting process of how I created my art piece.


I don’t know if you remember the last summer Friday Flowers & Trim post I did a couple weeks back, but I announced the exhibit and showed a little behind the scenes inspiration for the piece I was submitting. It featured a beautiful silk textile in a raised chenille diamond pattern and an intricate 1930’s ruby red rhinestone brooch in a gold tone, rope-like design.

My immediate thought when I discovered the “Call for Artists” for Artists Interpret Red was:

“Red? No problem. I LOVE red!”

So I was inspired from the get-go by the title of the exhibition and the color red, one of my absolute favorite colors.

The silk textile inspiration: 

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The 1930’s brooch inspiration: 

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With all that inspiration, here’s how my art piece came together:

  • I pulled out beautiful red and gold vintage French trim from my collection,
  • started weaving it in and out of a wide velvet ribbon. (I’m a continual learner of ribbon manipulation techniques, but was grateful to my dear friend, milliner Laura Del Villaggio of Milli Starr, who helped me brush up on my skills.),
  • then I remembered a vintage French red damask I had (and this is the part I love the most about creating art with textiles!) that would work perfectly for the front of my piece.

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  • before I knew it, I had created a diamond pattern on the front to complement the diamond shaped silk textile on the back, (Another confession – it also covered up some not-so-perfect sewing I did. Yup, still learning that skill too!)
  • wove vintage brass chain in a Chevron pattern right down the middle,
  • added Czech crystal glass beads to the trim and round red and gold thingies (not sure what they’re called??) on the corners,
  • and found the perfect golden silk ribbon flower to serve as the bed for my favorite 1930’s rhinestone brooch, for which I had always wanted to create a special textile art piece some day. And this art exhibition was the perfect opportunity!


Not knowing much about the ArtSpace or historic Round Rock, I was honored to have my work among many talented artists and thrilled to see tons of the community come out for the event. It was packed!

Many thanks to the wonderful volunteers there, to my dear friend, interior designer Hjardeir Dunn, for coming out to support my very first art exhibition, and for all the fun new art appreciators I met that special evening.


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Me and my dear friend, and long-time supporter of my work, Hjardeir Dunn.

There are several more images at the end of this post, and you can still catch the exhibit “Artists Interpret Red” through August 27th.  Here are a four pieces of art currently displayed at the exhibit. PicMonkey Collage4square

And last but not least…..drum roll please….I introduce you to my brand NEW website, Deborah Main Designs!

Deborah Main’s NEW website:

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My brand NEW website has officially launched!! Yippee!!! It’s like giving birth and I’ve been in labor for 6 months.  I’d like to give a very special thank you to:

  • my webmaster, Beth Been, of Groovee Fortune, for her patience and for executing my exact vision for my new website.  As her motto says “Some day you’ll need a web page” and Beth has always been there for me,
  • business consultant Georgina O’ Hara Callan, for her no-nonsense, straight-forward business acumen in moving me and my business forward,
  • friend and mentor Brandon Smith, of D Coop Media, who said the magic words “Promise me you’ll talk to an art consultant before you launch your new website!”,
  • art consultant Alyson Stanfield and Debby Williams for writing of Art Biz Coach,
  • Allan Bamberger of Art Business for more writing and editing,  and
  • many, many dear friends, Laura Del Villaggio, Lisa Stark Walsh, and Clark Batchelder.

The NEW website also, coincidentally, marks a NEW direction for my studio Deborah Main Designs, which I will be talking a lot more about in the coming months.  The main change is my collections are now Series, like Linen and Wood and Essential Decorative, but there are, and will continue to be many changes in how I present my work to the world.

I’m thrilled to announce that I no longer want to, nor can, compete with decorative pillow manufacturers, because I am not a pillow manufacturer. Each of my pieces is meticulously handcrafted in Austin, Texas, USA. It’s quite liberating to finally realize the direction you need to be going. I’m embarking on a NEW journey, to truly discover myself as a textile/mixed media artist.

In many ways, it’s finding my way back to the roots of why I started making luxury decorative pillows in the first place in 2004.  The pillows of Deborah Main Designs have always been and always will be my expression of art.  You can read about my textile art in the new About section HERE.  And you can shop for my work HERE. Or reach out to me for a commission or custom order at I’d love to work with you! Just finished this  “Pretty in Pink” commission, from a vintage lace cocktail dress, for a client last week for a special gift for her best friend’s birthday:


It takes a village to raise an artist and I will be writing more about this new journey I’m on in the coming months. I hope you will come along with me as I continue to learn and grow from each of you.  Enjoy the rest of the photos from the Round Rock Artspace Exhibition. I hope you’ve had a fantastic, refreshing summer. Thank you for your continued love and support! XOPG





Me and my work here with textile artists and Fiber Artist members Miranda Stewart on my left and President of Austin Fiber Artists, Lorraine Bier on my right. Both delightful! Many thanks to Lorraine who invited me to join Austin Fiber Artists association.


Unique photography by Jerry Thomas Smith. Pottery too; artist unknown.


Fiber artist Miranda Stewart here with Round Rock Arts Council Board Member Glenda Morrison.


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Miranda Steward (left) showing her intricate textile artwork in the center, to Austin Fiber Artist president, Lorraine Bier.


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Artists standing by their artwork on display.


So nice of one of the Round Rock Arts Council’s board members to speak about the exhibition and invite the artists to stand by their work for all to see.


This wonderful red dragonfly was the largest piece by far at the exhibition.


Encaustics by artist Bryan Kuntz, whom I had the pleasure of meeting and talking with, along with his lovely wife.


Artist Lucian Richards and his wife next to his artwork. I love the splash of white in his painting.


New friends that Hjardeir Dunn and I made during the exhibition, the delightful couple Amy Heath (also an artist) and her Belgian husband Paul.