Friday Flowers & Trim – Artists Interpret Red Exhibition

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Well, I haven’t looked at the news today, but so far, I’ve not been able to do Friday’s Flowers & Trim for 3 weeks now due to terrorists attacks. I’m praying there was not one today (as I have some happy and sad news to share on the creative front) and my thought’s continue to be with all those families whose lives have changed forever.

So, today I’m trying to get back to some normalcy with my weekly summer posts.  This Friday’s Flowers & Trim is RED!!  And there’s an extra special reason why it’s RED.

I applied to my first local art exhibition titled “Artists Interpret Red”, and, to my surprise, I got in!!  I’m SO excited about this upcoming exhibit running August 4th – 27th.  The First Thursday Opening is THIS Thursday, August 4th, 5:30 – 7 p.m. at Round Rock Arts!

I’m excited for many reasons, but the primary one is because it brings me back to my roots of creating art through my pillows and doing more local shows so I can connect personally with all of you who’ve supported my work for twelve years.

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Here’s a link to info about the event Artists Interpret Red, and the info is also at the end of this post. ArtSpace is located in the Historic District of Round Rock at 231 E. Main Street, Suite 160, Round Rock, TX, 512-218-7099. I really look forward to seeing you!

Now onto the Friday’s Flowers & Trim and how that and the exhibit inspired my newest piece of work titled “Vintage Red Textiles & French Trim with Ruby Glass Brooch”.

Below are some of the vintage jewels, trim and textiles I had put together weeks ago for Friday’s Flowers & Trim (and then the terrorist attacks occurred).  But I also discovered the Round Rock exhibit so I took my cue from one of my all time favorite brooches that I bought at Amelia’s Retro-Vogue & Relics (which is sadly closing and being replaced with a storage facility.)

Austin, listen up!!  I have NO idea what I’ll do when I can’t bop around town to all my favorite funky vintage shops. It’s not only part of the very fiber of what makes Austin unique, but it is part of my whole inspirational routine!!

This is my one rant friends, so thank you for listening! As an artist, it really does break my heart and soul. Owner Jane Clarke has been a long-time supporter and mentor to me. I bought my first vintage textiles there and jewelry. Thankfully she’ll still be here, but you can appreciate how heart sick I am over losing my favorite vintage shop and what’s cool about Austin. Please watch this video by KXAN HERE about the Austin Creative Alliance’s future plans to preserve spaces for artists. You also can read more about it in the American Statesman HERE.

Now back to our regular program, today’s Friday Flowers & Trim.

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This brooch above, probably from the 1930’s, is a spectacular ruby red faceted glass piece with this interesting woven rope-like gold tone setting. It’s been in my jewelry collection for years never quite finding the right opportunity to create with it. I knew I’d use one textile in my Friday Flowers & Trim pic, but then remembered I had a vintage French textile and pleated silk too and all this other gorgeous vintage red French trim. The deadline to submit was July 18th at 5:00 and I just made it under the wire. Phew!

Please enjoy some photos and a sneak peek of the piece I created for the upcoming Round Rock Arts Exhibition “Artists Interpret Red”.  Click HERE for the Facebook invitation. I hope to see you at the opening, Thursday, August 4th, 5:30 – 7 p.m., but I know that with Austin traffic that may not be possible. The exhibit is up the whole month of August, so please stop by when you can. One exciting part of my piece is I found some great vintage chain at Bead It and was able to incorporate that too. Be inspired by RED and have a beautiful summer weekend! XOPG

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About the “Artists Interpret Red” Exhibition:

rra-logo (2)“Throughout the centuries, color has been used as a vehicle for the conveyance of emotion. One of the strongest primary colors will be represented in ArtSpace as “Artists Interpret Red.” Our August offering of paintings, sculptures, photographs, sketches, textiles, and mixed media works portray a plethora of undeniably unique approaches.

Kathy Miller has infused a distinct sense of joie de vivre in her mixed media/fused glass piece entitled, “Let’s Celebrate!” On the flip side is the tiny dark encaustic “Dead End,” by Brian Kuntz, which is dark and somewhat horrifying. There are also many abstract versions of red artwork which will allow viewers to conjure their own interpretation of what the color red may evoke.”

About Artists Interpret Red

Friday Flowers and Trim – Red, White and Blue

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With Dallas market behind me (I’ll post that recap next week) and the holiday weekend upon us, I’m looking forward to some seriously fun relaxing time with family and friends. I don’t know about you, but truthfully, after a busy past 6 weeks and with this Texas heat I’m feeling INCREDIBLY lazy. I’ve been working hard on finishing up my new website which I hope I’ll be launching in the next couple weeks. Fingers crossed.  Until that time, I have posted ONE of the four styles available of my NEW Linen and Wood Series HERE.

Today, it took everything I had to muster the energy to go to the store to get patriotic flowers (cause as you can see, last night’s shot below of half-dead roses was absolutely pitiful…lol…although the night sky provided some blue!).

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But we made it a fun family outing today for a neighborhood lunch, the grocery store, the library (where I stocked up on books and even got my 20 yr old daughter to get a book!) and then topped it off with a nice cool coconut and lime snow cone.

Now, all I have to do is sit back and enjoy reading my books. We’ll be heading up to see family tomorrow for the 4th, as I’m sure many of you might be too.  Safe travels and wishing you a fun-filled 4th of July. It also happens to be the 35th anniversary of the day I met my husband at a soft ball picnic. One lucky gal here!  Enjoy the red, white and blue textiles, vintage French trim, and silk scarf below and see you next week. Happy 4th of July and Independence Day! XO PG

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Friday Flowers and Trim – Fuchsia

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Before I drive to Dallas for the Total Home & Gift Market, I’m squeezing in this week’s Friday Flowers & Trim with a simple fresh fuchsia bouquet my daughter brought to me after a trip to the grocery store with her Dad. She does the sweetest things at a time you least expect it…just spontaneous moments of joy. I’m a very lucky mother to have such an amazing loving, beautiful and smart daughter.

As I share this with you today, I had put my daughter on a plane yesterday for NYC for her first US travel by herself. It’s transition time in our home and family. My daughter Qin is meeting up with a friend for a two day K-Pop concert and conference. (If you haven’t heard of Korean Pop music, its time you looked it up. And if you have a daughter who listens to it every day, you’ll become hooked before you know it!) Then she’ll get to visit her brother in Brooklyn.

Besides unconditional love, I think there’s no greater gift you can give your children than travel, to see and learn about the world with their own eyes and through their very own life experiences.

This will be the first time my kids (20 and 27) hang out together for the first time as adults. It’s so cool to see their lives unfold! Parenting is humbling and I feel so honored to have had the privilege to raise my incredible children. And I’m super happy to see my daughter Qin  begin to spread her wings.

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So this Fridays Flowers and Trim is dedicated to my daughter. The most incredible person I know! Truly. I cant wait to see what she does in this world. One thing I do know, is she will spread a lot of love and joy, because she certainly has done that already every day of her life.

I’m headed up to Dallas now for market. Stop by to see some of this delicious vintage trim at our ‘Pillow Patty today from 1-3. Deets right here.  We’ll have one in Austin sometime soon too.

Please enjoy the vintage French trim we selected below, and a few pillows in fuchsia, to accompany this weeks floral bouquet.

When I get back from Dallas Im beginning my summer staycation and hitting Barton Springs Pool this week Wishing you a safe and happy summer friends! XO, PG

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Friday Flowers & Trim – Blue & White

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It’s been a difficult week in American history, and, like me, I know many of you have struggled with a range of emotions over the most shocking tragedy in Orlando. I was filled with anger, sadness, you name it. I didn’t know what to think or do, so I turned off the TV and planted this simple blue ceramic bowl with flowers and greenery. Getting my hands in the dirt helped me feel connected to our earth, our world and life itself. It was a simple gesture that helped me cope.

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In today’s Friday Flowers & Trim I bring to you blue and white and the many soft shades of blue in this short vase of hydrangea dappled in the late afternoon sun. I love the bountifulness of hydrangea. They’re so beautiful! Its like a flower filled with as many petals as possible on one single stem, like a giant pom pom of happiness.

I’d like to dedicate this week’s Friday Flowers & Trim to the beauty in each of the 49 lives that were lost that day.

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I’m still working my way through organizing hundreds of vintage French trim filled with an array of texture and color to make room for it in my tiny studio, but it’s coming along. As you can see there’s still tons of trim in the bottom corners of this image waiting to find a spot on the shelves.

I love this blue and white one below because to me it’s so classically French. I use these trims like a painter uses paints. This one inspired me to create a pretty design on white linen in my NEW “Linen & Wood” Series of artisan pillows that will be shipped to Dallas for Dallas Total Home & Gift Market next week. If you’re attending market, please be sure to sign up HERE for our quarterly newsletter and market announcements as we have a Pillow Party going on Friday June 24th and you’re invited! (Side note to all my friends and supporters in Austin. You won’t miss out as we will have a fun Pillow Party sometime this summer here at my studio.)

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Please enjoy the other beautiful vintage French trim below. Whenever I’m in my studio creating my art, it blocks out the rest of the world and I find peace and comfort playing with all my vintage textiles and trim. I hope this week’s Friday Flowers & Trim gives you some comfort and inspires you too!  XOPG

P.S. If you’d like to start collecting your own vintage trim, I am culling trim and textiles in my studio and now have an Etsy shop called pillowgoddess. Each week I’ll be adding different trim and textiles that I enjoy working with in my pillow creations, but ones I can part with. Please check out my new Etsy shop, as I’d love you to experience the thrill of working with this delicious vintage French trim as I do.

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Friday Flowers & Trim – Pink, Peach & Green

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With summer upon us, it’s time for a more relaxed blogging schedule. Today I introduce “Friday Flowers & Trim”.

As I’m reorganizing my tiny studio to make more room for my vast collection of vintage textiles and French trim, I decided to carve out a spot in the studio for beauty. I’d like to share that with you every Friday.

I have a window (yes, still original 1950’s windows in our cozy bungalow home) with my mother’s vintage sewing notions cabinet in front.  On top of it is my favorite vase – a tall, heavy cut crystal one passed down to me from the Main side of my family. Long stem roses are the best in it.

(Above the vase, in last week’s floral arrangement of fresh picked roses from our garden, is one of three Golden Boot awards for Best Home Accessories Designer from Austin Fashion Week and my fave photo of dear friend and expert milliner, Laura Del Villaggio of Milli Starr).

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Each Friday I’m going to treat myself to a fresh bouquet of flowers and share with you some of our delicious vintage French trim that complements the colors of the floral arrangement that week.

The week’s Friday Flowers & Trim is a soft creamy pink and peach tipped bouquet of roses with rich green leaves featuring lovely silk and cotton Parisian trim of varying widths and textures scattered around it’s base.

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See detailed images below of the vintage French trim.  And follow me on Twitter and Instagram with hashtag #fridayflowers&trim.  Have a great weekend friends!

Enjoy! XO PG

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What Do Linen & Wood Have In Common?

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Deborah Main linen and wood pillows

Linen and Wood Pillows

“Pillow Goddess” Deborah Main made her High Point debut this spring in a display for Universal Furniture created by celebrity designer Kelli Ellis. The American-made linen pillows feature vintage French trim with wood that’s been hand-turned by Jeff Hornung of The Walnut Log, also handcrafted in the United States. Main is best known for meticulously handmade pillows incorporating textiles and embellishments of bygone eras, updated for a contemporary aesthetic.

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Deborah Main
1906 Collier St.
Austin, TX 78704
512.447.9807
inquire@deborahmaindesigns.com
http://www.deborahmaindesigns.com

The answer is pillows, but of course!!

If you’ve been following my blog for the past few years (Subscribe right HERE), you know I absolutely LOVE wood!!  Driftwood, dead wood, trees, the grain of wood, you name it, I love wood. And for 6 months, wood turner Jeff Hornung of The Walnut Log and I have been working behind the scenes on perfecting this exciting new collection. (I can’t wait to tell you what his pick up line was…lol!!)

So I just had to share this press piece, as I’m thrilled that Home Fashion Forecast editor Laura Van Zeyl spotted our BRAND NEW collection Linen and Wood (which will be on the new website coming soon!) that we custom made for celebrity interior designer Kelli Ellis’s installation for Universal Furniture during High Point Market.

Please enjoy a few pics, as I love how Kelli mixed up our Linen & Wood Collection featuring orange chenille vintage French trim, with our Redbrick Modern collection, a pair of cool blue and lime green graphics pillows, all on this gorgeous blue velvet tufted sofa, a new fabric line by Universal Furniture. Who doesn’t love blue velvet!?!

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Thank you so much Laura for naming our new collection “Linen and Wood” and featuring it in Home Fashion Forecast’s April 26th newsletter HERE!  Be in the know, and sign up to receive all of Home Fashion Forecast’s latest news on home design trends right HERE.

And many, many thanks to Kelli Ellis for asking me to design all her pillows for her beautiful display!

That’s one thing you can count on with our luxury brand, we at Deborah Main Designs, will take care of ALL your pillow decorating needs on time. Just ask Kelli!  So reach out to our studio and let us help you with your next project. 512.447.9807 or inquire@deborahmaindesigns.com

Ever hire an interior designer before? More coming up next week on the benefits of hiring a professional interior designer or consultant (believe me, you will want to pronto!) and what it’s like designing pillows for two interior designers and two shows at the same time. Absolutely thrilling!!! Till then, enjoy this beautiful spring weather and be safe #TurnAroundDon’tDrown in all this rain we’ve been having in Texas.  XO PG

 

Want to Win Your #favedeborahmainpillow at High Point?

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See ZAAR Design Center at the bottom of that white sign on the corner of that building? Well read on, for all the fun to be had tonight and the rest of High Point Market.

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PARTY DAY!!!!!

Where:  Penthouse Floor of the Lofts, UNION SQUARE party on Roof Top at ZAAR Design Center, Union Square, 410 English Rd, E 101, High Point, N.C.

When: Monday, TONIGHT, April 18th

Time: 7 -9 p.m.

Who With: Distinguished retailers, designers, manufacturers and hosts Calvin Klein Union Square, and Rene Cazares.

Libations: Hor d’oeuvres and selections of wine

After Party: We will be continuing the party at our showroom at ZAAR Design Center at Antiques by Zaar. So, IF you can’t make the earlier event, drop in at ZAAR later on. Excited to see a full house tonight!!

Libations: Buddha Beer is on ice and wine restocked.

Special Birthday Celebration: Alicia Connolly, of Alicia Connolly Designs, my dear friend who is responsible for the fresh new look in my showroom is having a landmark birthday next week. Birthday cake served. Come join us, the more the merrier!

Bonus Deborah Main Pillow Contest:  Along with the after party, Deborah Main is having a pillow give away contest that started yesterday, so join in the fun. When you come to ZAAR Design Center showroom, grab your FAVE Deborah Main pillow and get your photo snapped. See Rules Below!! (If you miss this party, you can still enter the contest at this showroom and the 20th Century by HKFA showroom all day Tuesday and Wed. And even at the Kelli Ellis Installation at Universal Furniture, because there’s 7 pillows there!)  See Rules Below!!

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Simple rules to follow: 

  • Snap photo of yourself and others with #favedeborahmainpillow and post it on Instagram and Facebook and all over social media
  • Must post pic with 3 hashtags #favedeborahmainpillow #hpmkt #modernlookbook
  • Pillow Photo contest ends 5 p.m. Wed, April 20th; winner announced later that evening.
  • Enter as many times as you like, but you must use those hashtags. Tagging friends increases your chances of winning.
  • Ready. Set. Go. Win #favedeborahmainpillow!!!

Parking: Plenty of parking here today AND every day for ZAAR customers. Red bus stop 27 is just outside the building and of course there is the Go Anywhere bus.

ZAAR @ Union Square
410 English Rd, E 101
PH: 207 838 2675
(info gathered from a shared email blast via Ruth Olbrych )

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ZAAR Design Center Features Two New Artisans at High Point

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This week’s blog post is about GRATITUDE, and an interview with Ruth Olbrych, owner of the ZAAR Design Center.  But also today, I’ve been married for 32 years to THE most amazing husband, David Latimer!!! Hard to believe he’s put up with me for THAT long, but I feel VERY blessed. And tomorrow is my birthday!!

What better way to celebrate my fun birthday/anniversary combo then to have my work represented, FOR THE VERY 1ST TIME, at the High Point Market, April 16 – 20th, by THREE showrooms.  

Those who have followed me for the past 12 years know that I attempted to go National in 2013 at Atlanta Market, but I was not ready and it taught me A LOT of what I needed to change in these last few years to make my business Deborah Main Designs more successful.  I’m ready now friends!!!  And I hope you will celebrate with me this great accomplishment to make it this far.

I am truly humbled and grateful to 4 amazing women, 3 of whom you see here below, and the other, the lovely Heather Karlie Vieira, of 20th Century by HKFA, I interviewed last week HERE about her debut of Modern Look Book.

On today’s blog, I’m interviewing Ruth,so you can learn all about Antiques by Zaar. But first a HUGE thank you to all 4 of you remarkable business women in the design and home furnishings world!! THANK YOU!!!

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PG: Well, I’m honored that our dear friend Jana Platina Phipps, The Trim Queen, connected us and that you’ll be one of three showrooms representing my line.  And I feel it’s a perfect fit as many of our new and modern textiles I hand select from Mom & Pop shops in China, and many of our Les Bijoux pillows with the vintage brooches and French trim are so well suited with your antiques. How are you feeling about High Point starting this weekend?

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RO: Yes, the excitement is mounting as new product continues to arrive into the showroom at Union Square. Nothing juices me up more than being able to present wonderful collections as produced by no less than wonderful people. Thus showcasing the fine craftsmanship of Deborah Main and Frank Rogers is giving me great delight as Market draws near.

Each company is having their debut at this Spring 2016 Market. Please be sure to put a visit to ZAAR Design Center at Union Square on your Market Schedule. You can find us at 410 English Rd, E101 (Between Elm and Lindsey) and it’s on the bus line.  And anyone can contact me directly at 207.838.2675 of ruth@zaardesigncenter.com

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PG: I understand that Antiques by Zaar has been selling at High Point for 13 years? Aren’t you now in a larger and new location?

RO: From 2004- 2015 I moved my location 4 times/each time getting closer to the “heart of High Point”. For the first time in 7 years I am in a full-fledged permanent showroom that is on the bus line (red stop 26) and within walking distance from Market Square. Spring and Fall 2015 Market was my debut in this spanky new space. (I still hold a small warehouse space on West Market Center Drive for overflow.)  I LOVE my new space and feel it is what I needed!

PG: With Antiques by ZAAR, you specialize in Chinese Antiques and English Chesterfield sofas. That’s an interesting combination.  Can you tell us a little of the back story of why you only specialize in those two areas?

RO: I tend to say I got “tricked” into selling Chinese antiques. We moved to Maine, with our 3 pre-teens, after 8 years in Asia.  My husband, as a “house warming” gift bought a small shipment of Chinese Antiques. In retrospect ,I saw it as a trial run, as before I knew it we were buying a container and planning to set up a website for me to run the new business from home. (ZAAR = the initials of my kids , Zach, Arianna and Avery and mama Ruth to anchor it) With our first sale in 2000 we felt we had “made it” and starting January 2001- 2008 we purchased a 40’ high cube of antiques/reproductions every 2 months, with my husband going to Asia to hand pick everything in our collection.

2008 was a turning point year for many of us in the Home Furnishing Industry and we were not immune to effects of the economic downturn.  I stayed with the biz (Interior designers kept me in biz during recession!) and in 2010 I created ZAAR Design Center. Using Antiques by Zaar as the anchor and adding lines from other companies (this is how I met Distinctive Chesterfields, as they were looking for US representation) I offered year round exposure by having my facility open year round on an appointment basis. 

I love how the Chinese and Chesterfields complement each other so. My expertise lies in giving customers confidence in the product they are purchasing, the company they are buying from, and the process, which I work to make as seamless as possible.

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 We have an ever changing collection of “in stock” items in High Point that are available for “quick ship” and also serve to give customers an option to come and test sit the product/validating the quality of our pieces in person.  However, just like the antiques, the vast majority of my customers are buying product sight unseen.

 I remain interested in having the showroom in High Point  for 3 reasons:

  • to introduce ourselves to Trade folks that may not otherwise land on either company,
  • to validate our online presence with a showroom, and
  • for those that want to come and see for themselves, to give them that option.

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PG: This market you are debuting two new artisan lines, Frank Rogers hand-crafted wrought iron tables from Mexico and luxury artisan pillows by Austin pillow designer, Deborah Main. Why did you select these two lines to begin carrying at your showroom?

RO: Just like the chesterfield connection, it’s a matter of who you meet and what product they have, and if you are a fit for each other. And timing has something to do with that as well. 

I have always called “ZAAR Design Center” my evolving entity and that it has been these past years and I’m FINALLY feeling like I’m getting my groove with what it should be and to whom.

High Point should serve more as a place of introduction, and as I said above, for those that can and need to, a place for them to see for themselves, whether it be during Market and otherwise. 

It’s a happy coincidence that both you (Deborah Main Designs) and Frank Rogers (the Mexico connection) are debuting with me and becoming part of my offerings. I LOVE that you are both high end artisans!

Frank Rogers is new to the US Market. (Introduced to him by an old Designer customer who encouraged each of us to connect.) I’ve known Frank for a few years now but only got together now. He has no US representation (Retail and wholesale). From the first time I saw his table I was enamored with his work and so am excited to now have the opportunity to grow his presence and sales in the States.

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 And as far as you and Deborah Main Designs, I saw you all over social media (in a good way) and Jana Platina Phipps, the Trim Queen, and I served as the conduit to connect us, the time seemed right for both of us. You have been selling for 12 years now and are eager to grow. I am happy to be one of 3 locations for your debut and hope that they all work for you to help you get to the next place you want to be in your business.  I also like our shared Asian connection.

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PG: Why is High Point Market such a good place for new lines to debut?

RO: For me it’s about great people having great product and a collaborative spirit to bring said product to the market place.  I have a very responsive email list of over 6,000 which I’ve grown over the past 17 years, and I have a good foot print on social media. With this (and a new website) and the great product offerings, I hope to increase the market share for each company that I work with and  make every sale a win(for you), win (for me) win (for the customer.) THAT, which can only be done with this collaborate Spirit, juices me up!

 PG: Lastly, I know you do High Point market twice a year, but you also have an online store and have your design center open year round by appointment, correct?  Please tell us where people can find your beautiful products during High Point and afterward as well? 

RO: During Market we are open at Union Square, which is at 410 English Rd, E 101. High Point, NC 27262.  (Red bus stop 26) Between Markets, the other months of the year, Union Square is open by Appointment.  

Online:  www.zaardesigncenter.com and  www.antiquesbyzaar.com

Distinctive Chesterfields has a retail website (need to go through me for trade pricing) at www.distinctivechesterfields.com/usa/

Frank Rogers has a website (no pricing) at www.frankrogers.com

and you, well your followers know to go to www.DeborahMainDesigns.com to shop and watch for the launch of your brand new website. But for trade pricing, they need to shop at ZAAR Design Center at High Point Market!

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Thank you so much Ruth for taking the time out of your busy High Point Market prep schedule to answer a few questions for our readers to learn more about both your online retails stores and your wholesale showroom ZAAR Design Center.  It’s been great fun working together and a privilege you represent my line, Deborah Main Designs, thank you!! I Iook forward to a long-term collaboration.  Wishing you and all the vendors and showrooms at High Point a FABULOUS and successful market! Till next time, XO PG

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Two Little Secrets and The Inspiration Behind Modern Look Book

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It’s no surprise by now to anyone that is keeping up with our studio and the blog, that Deborah Main pillows are hitting the national scene one more time and are headed to TWO amazing places: High Point Market in N.C. AND Design On A Dime in NYC.  I haven’t filled you in on all the details yet, but that’s because I’ve been scrambling to keep up and get everything ready – design pillows, sew pillows, launch new website, create new press kit, write new pillow tags – you name it, our studio has been bustling with activity and many, many dear colleagues are helping out for the 2016 national push for the Deborah Main brand.  THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

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So please keep reading our blog and watching for our spring newsletter (sign up for both HERE) coming out at the end of April, to take advantage of the exciting and fun promotions we’ll be offering throughout the year. You don’t have to be a customer (yet!) but you’ll only know about the specials if you’re on the list. And that means we’ll be communicating more with you, our future and loyal customers, friends, and followers.

We are SO excited and really feel that 2016 just might be our break out year….and this is in large part to YOU, and all your support behind our little Austin, Texas studio!!! THANK YOU!!

But none of this would be happening if not for me speaking up and putting myself out there.  I know you think, “Oh, it’s so easy for Deborah”, but in reality it’s not.

 It takes a long time to build relationships and to build confidence in a brand new industry that when I started I knew nothing about. In fact, it’s taken me 12 years!!

But today I feel different. Go ahead and take a peek at some of my earlier blog posts HERE to see what I’ve learned along the way.  Today I don’t feel like I have to prove myself anymore.  I’ve been making gorgeous pillows for 12 years now, and just in ONE month they will debut at High Point market, the largest home furnishing market in the U.S. AND New York City at one of THE events of the year Design On A Dime, benefiting Housing Works and sponsored by Elle Decor. No I haven’t won the jack pot. It’s damn hard work and I still have 10 more new accounts to secure this year, but things are moving forward and that is at least the right direction.

Here’s a sneak peek (not yet available on our website and better photos coming soon) of one of our new pillows using our vast collection of vintage French trim where I collaborate with talented wood turner Jeff Hornung of The Walnut Log Studio.  Some of you may know I absolutely LOVE wood and my collection of vintage French trim, so this is a dream come true!! And my inspiration for the collection occurred last year in Dallas at a talk on Color Trends by the delightful Patti Carpenter, shown HERE on Editor At Large.  More on that story in future blog posts. But I’m super stoked and can’t wait for you to see this design in NYC!!

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Little Secret #1: I have this tiny statue of a foot by my bed.  I received it from one of the showrooms at Las Vegas Market tour that I did with Jackie Von Tobel (you know, the tour that I haven’t had a minute to write any more about except that I met two of my idols, Christopher Guy and Thomas Pheasant). They gave us each a little foot to remind us new designers, new brands, to keep moving forward one step at a time toward our goals. It was a very simple gesture on their part and I’m sure they have NO idea how I’ve taken it to heart. I look at that little foot every day and in the morning give it a few steps and I’m on my way charting new uncharted territory for my brand, Deborah Main.

Now, you see why I’ve been SO excited and working like crazy to make this all come together.  In April I’ll talk more about my wonderful experiences of working long distance with two top international interior designers, Jonathan Legate and Kelli Ellis.

But for today’s blog post I wanted you to hear from Heather Karlie herself, the creative entrepreneur behind 20th Century by HKFA and Modern Look Book.

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But first, a behind the scenes story.  And this is what I learned when I went to the Las Vegas Market from name brands like Christopher Guy, Thomas Pheasant, Julia Buckingham, Global Views, Brandon Smith of D Coop Media, Christopher Kennedy, Jackie Von Tobel, and many many more.

We all start in the same place, with a dream. And we learn and grow and make mistakes along the way. We take risks. Some work out. Some don’t. But never for a minute think that some famous interior or product designer or artist didn’t start, and struggle, just like you and me.  From an idea (and a wild and crazy idea I might add) comes the passion to do what we love! Go for it NOW!

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Heather Karlie Vieira of 20th Century by HKFA started with an idea and it has grown into a highly curated business of antique and modern vintage finds that she hand-selects herself. Her own personal story made me think of mine and how we have to start somewhere and just keep on truckin.

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Little Secret #2: So, my little secret is that I was up late one night and I happened upon this Modern Look Book concept and I thought, hmmm, that’s interesting…what’s that all about? I knew Heather Karlie was a dealer of vintage and antique furnishings, but I’ve never met her so I really didn’t know her background. And then, I read her personal story at 1 a.m. and I was feeling kind of down and discouraged and I emailed her my thoughts.  To my surprise she answered the next day and before you knew it I was one of the brands in her inaugural Modern Look Book.

My point?  You never know what leads to what.  I reached out to Heather at a vulnerable moment in the wee hours of the morning with some personal self doubts about my brand and she reached back.  And then it all took off from there. Thank you Heather!!

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PG: What inspired you to create the Modern Look Book concept?

HK: Modern Look Book came about through relationships and friendships – it’s the ultimate in collaboration. My favorite interiors are ones that blend vintage finds with contemporary and custom pieces. That being said, I wanted to present this look, so I began with my showroom at High Point Market. I asked four wonderful colleagues, Deborah Main, Clintel Steed, Michael Penn and Martyn Feller if they would join me on this inaugural run. And all said, YES! I really couldn’t be happier to work with such amazing, creative talents!

PG: What do you hope to achieve with interior designers by debuting this concept at High Point this April?

HK: The Interior Designer community is who I have to thank for the Modern Look Book concept. Designers are the ultimate collaborators. It’s my hope to show the Interior Designer community that Modern Look Book is taking a page from their book on collaboration. I’d like to present a well thought out, cohesive interior from four distinct artists and brands alongside my collection of vintage finds. And I hope that this will inspire Interior Designers to continue to look to Modern Look Book for fresh, new, exciting artists and brands!

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PG: How do you think the four artists/brands you selected complement your curated selection of vintage, antique and modern finds?

HK: This inaugural Modern Look Book collaboration features four incredible artists and brands –

Deborah Main and I are long time social media friends, following each other on various sites, and always supporting each other. Her creativity and use of vintage fabrics is really special.

Clintel Steed and I met many years ago in the New York City gallery of one of my clients. I was honored when he asked me to sit for a portrait in 2007 and we have been great friends ever since.

Michael Penn and I met back in Philadelphia through his fiancee Natasha, with whom I went to High School. I had always admired his photography, but it wasn’t until 2010 when he snapped a photo of me and my husband in Old City Philadelphia, that I began to know his amazing street photography.

Martyn Feller and I met well over ten years ago in New York City, where he was working as a model. Martyn had a great interest in all things vintage, so it was no surprise that we became fast friends. His incredible brand, Montauk Style, is as gorgeous as it is luxurious.

Sharing the history, is a big part of what I do as a dealer in vintage, antique and modern finds. The history. The story. These four artists and brands are also part of my story. A story that I am still writing and rewriting. And I couldn’t be happier than to have them as part of it!

Thank you so much Heather for sharing your story and ours in Modern Look Book!  Here’s a few more of Heather’s vintage finds below.  If you are an interior designer or retailer, here are the details all about Heather and her Booth #34 at the Antique & Design Center. Be sure to stop by!  Till then, stay tuned for more next week. XOPG

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Modern Look Book Debuts with Artist Clintel Steed at High Point!

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Wow, what a whirlwind of a week and it’s only the first week of March!!  There’s simply so much going on – from the west coast last month with Modernism Week (See my post from last week)  – to the east coast with THE largest home furnishings market in the USA, the big High Point Market, coming up April 16 – 20th. (And I just got back from a one day trip to Dallas to meet with a client and surprise our TOP account, Casa di Lino, on their 10th anniversary of being in business, of which 8 of those years they’ve carried the Deborah Main luxury pillow line – Congratulations!!!)

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But one common thread through these two coastal power events is Heather Karlie Vieira (above), owner of 20th Century by HKFA.  Heather, a talented antique and vintage collector, had some of her vintage beauties showcased in the gorgeous master suite designed by Justin Saulis (below)  at the Christopher Kennedy Compound last month – the stunning vintage 3 pronged lamp I’m still swooning over because of it’s fabulous shape, let along Justin’s gorgeous color palette. But now, Heather is back on the east coast launching the brand new  Modern Look Book concept at High Point Market this spring.

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I’ve been dying to share with you Heather’s EXCITING and brilliant concept Modern Look Book debuting alongside all her highly curated vintage, antique and modern collection of furnishings at High Point Market in April, because she will represent four on-the-rise artists & brands – Deborah Main pillows , Michael Penn photography, Montauk Style linens, and our featured artist today – Clintel Steed.

NONE of these artists & brands (including yours truly!) have ever had their work showcased at High Point Market, so this is an incredible honor to be represented by Heather Karlie Vieira of 20th Century by HKFA as part of her debut concept Modern Look Book.

Calling all interior designers, retailers and press who go to High Point Market, please be sure to stop by Heather’s booth #34 (MS-G-34, ADC) in the Antique & Design Center. (Read all about her listing and #hpmkt location HERE). And follow the hashtag #hpmkt from now through the market on Twitter and Intsagram, because just yesterday Lisa Ferguson of DecorMentor hosted her semi-annual fast & furious Twitter chat giving all who followed a sneak peek into 8+ designer picks to expect at High Point next month. Here’s Lisa’s favorite eight (below), but be sure to check out her Facebook Page for ALL the designer’s picks.

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Now onto our first featured artist of the Modern Look Book, NYC-based painter, Clintel Steed. 

Below are three of his most recent works, the two on the left are titled “Beijing Smog #8 and #9″ oil on masonite, and the 3rd, “City Building #2″, which is also the painting below.

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We asked Clintel Steed a few questions:

PG: What inspires you to create your art and why?

CS: Being in the moment is what inspires me!! When I am conscious, the subject matter  is all around me!!!

PG: What differentiates your work from others in the home décor industry?

CS: I am not really concerned with where my work is shown right now!! It’s not about ego for me it’s about beauty and I just want to show my work to people who want to see it!!!

PG: How will collaborating with 20th Century by HKFA and being part of the Modern Look Book concept at High Point help interior designers learn more about what you have to offer their clients?

CS: I think by joining up with HKFA I am just giving my work more of a chance to be seen!! Which is the goal of any artist I believe!! Work is made to be seen, not live in closet!!!

And here are a few other creative works by Clintel Steed that I really like for their multitude of color, shape, and texture. He paints everything from portraits to cityscapes to aerial views, to money and more.  What is so unique about his paintings, as with many a painter, is that they are painted from how Clintel perceives the world….and I love it!!  To me, Clintel offers a never-before-seen unique vision, seeing his world from a different lens, then say the camera or another painter. If you want to learn more about what makes Clintel tick, here’s a fascinating interview, done in 2012 by ARTAlmalgamated, about Clintel Steed’s unique work.

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I’ll be featuring the other artists and brands in the Modern Look Book, whose work Heather Karlie Vieira, with 20th Century by HKFA, will be debuting at High Point April 16 – 20th.  So be sure to sign up for our blog HERE so you can be ready to beeline it for Booth #34 (MS-G-34, ADC) in the Antique & Design Center come April.

For further information on the Modern Look Book, or if you’d like a copy of the Press Release, please contact heather@heatherkarlie.com  Till next week, have a beautiful weekend XO PG

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