Deborah Main Pillow Fight Not Just for Sleepovers

Get your throw pillows ready….it’s time for a Pillow Fight!!

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And we really had one ya’ll!!  In 2011, Deborah Main Designs pulled out all the stops at our last Austin Fashion Week event at 1020 Glass Art & Decor, called a “Pillow Party at The Pillow Glass Lounge”.  It was very cool, I must say so myself! With such great memories, well, I thought this photo above was very apprepro for this week’s upcoming #PillowFight.

Now tell me honestly, do you ever get frustrated trying to arrange your decorative pillows? Do you sometimes feel like throwing a pillow at your husband because he said the wrong thing, or, as found of D’ Coop Media, Brandon Smith, reminded me, re-enact the hilarious stabbing scene from “Along Comes Polly”?  Well don’t worry, as we have all been there. Here’s your chance to literally throw your grievances on the bed and take it out on your pillows. Just please leave the knife in the kitchen.

Come help us duke it out this Thursday, May 22nd, at 3 PM CST (1 PM PST, 4 PM EST) on Twitter, as I partake as guest host, on Brandon Smith’s #DesignLux chat’s “Pillow Fight”. 

That’s right, the Pillow Goddess, moi, is in the hot seat!

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Deborah Main Tunes in on Modernism Week in Palm Springs

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We’re lucky to have a couple design pals attending many of the events (and let’s not forget the poolside parties!), Brandon Smith of D’ Coop Media (Editor of The Twenty Six) and Allan DallaTorre, of Hinge Decor (a fabulous new home decor line). So we’ve been getting a little inside peek of some cool design via these two stylish men. Both have seen everything from zebra and fish wallpaper to pops of Orange Tango, neon green and bright yellow, to black glass tile.

Allan’s Inspiration: “Grill work of the 1950′s and ’60′s was one of the hallmarks of mid-century homes. The geometric is so simple but when cast in iron or stone with the sun wafting through it…it becomes such a great graphic that I plan to take it back with me to incorporate it into my own design aesthetic…maybe some wallpaper even.”

Brandon is attending on behalf of Crossville, Inc., an award-winning Porcelain Stone® tile and natural stone manufacturer that creates beautifully designed, environmentally friendly, American-made tile and stone for residential and contract applications.

Brandon’s Inspiration: “Modernism of the ’60s’ and ’70′s can be interpreted to whatever it is you want it to be. From Pop Art elements you put into your home or whatever you like, it becomes “liveable design”.  Heck you can throw anything on the wall out here and it is called art. Plus I’m really seeing the outdoors as a true extension of indoor living.  Like a Chesterfield couch covered in vinyl.”

Laurie Laizure of Customized Walls and fearless leader of the Google+ group, Interior Design Community. held one of her fab G+ hangouts earlier this week with both of these talented designers. That’s how I was able to capture the details of this fantastic event in Palm Springs.  Enjoy the photos below by Brandon and Allan and please check out Laurie’s G+ video: LIVE from Modernism Week in Palm Springs

 

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Photo by Allan DallaTorre

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The architecture of that era is phenomenal.  Photo by Allan DallaTorre

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Great example of grill work that was so inspiring to Allan.  Photo by Allan DallaTorre

Modernism Week also holds several other events including “Fall Season Kick-Off” in mid-October. This event includes architectural tours, cocktail parties and even trips to retro “yard” sales. In addition to this, partner organizations will throw “mini-Modernism Week” to kick start Palm Springs social and recreational season. Modernism Week provides scholarships to Palm Springs students who are seeking a degree in architecture or design. Modernism Week is also actively involved with both local and state preservation organizations in their efforts to preserve mid-century architecture throughout California.  And a good thing too, because there is so much eye-catching design out there and houses, like Frank Sinatra’s, fully intact!! (You can see many of the inside of these houses on YouTube).

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A rare pair of single-owner Hans Wegner AP19 chairs from Loft Thirteen. Photo by Brandon Smith on behalf of CrossVille, Inc. #DesignLux

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Detail from salvaged screens from Boulder Medical Center. Photo by Brandon Smith for Crossville, Inc. #DesignLux

At Deborah Main Designs, we really enjoy learning and talking about Modernism Week and mid-century modern design because it characterizes the sophisticated, smooth and cosmopolitan lifestyle from 1940′s and 50′s which I so love. Our studio incorporates these timeless characteristics into our Redbrick Modern Luxury Pillow Collection, Timeless Travels Souvenir Scarf Pillow Collection, and  Designer Classics Luxury Pillow Collection. The clean lines and minimal adornments create true classics that homeowners can enjoy for years to come. Not to mention, that Deborah Main’s unique pillows are made from original textiles and vintage scarves from that era. Can’t you just picture the handsome Rick Blaine and lovely Ilsa Lund in the movie Casablanca leaning against these pillows as they reminisce about Paris? Now that’s class if you ask me!

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Deborah Main pillows, handcrafted from 1950′s curtain panels and 1960′s pop art, featured in one of Austin’s Modern Home Tours. Photo by Gregg Cestaro.

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Deborah Main original Pop Art pair of pillows. Handcrafted from 1960′s hot pants. Only one pair left. Call our studio to order 512.447.9807

 

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1950′s chain link design. Available for custom orders only. Call our studio for pricing and availability. 512.447.9807

 

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Mid-century Deborah Main classic. This one-of-a-kind pillow  is handcrafted from an original Vera Neumann silk scarf.

We at Deborah Main Designs are going to figure out a way, sometime soon, to be able to attend this incredible event as it is a design era so important to us.  Gotta find a way to get out there to enjoy all that sun and fabulous design!!  And like Allan and Brandon, maybe a poolside party or two. Those lucky dogs!! Until then, enjoy the sun in Austin and keep praying for an early spring.  XOPG

A Magical Christmas with Deborah Main, Fred Astaire & Delysia Chocolate

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I’m hanging a beautiful red silk brocade ornament that my daughter made me for Christmas.  She made it from the fabric she used to design, sew and model a dress for the Stitch Lab fashion show.

At Deborah Main Designs studio in Austin, Texas, a cold front blew in last night, and as we try to stay warm, I cannot believe it’s going to be 2014 in just 2 days! I’m still catching my breath from Christmas as I have many things I’d like to share with you before the end of the year.  So, I’d better get started.

First off, I hope all of you who celebrated Christmas had a magical day, with family and friends, filled with joy, laughter and love. We had a lovely time and you can’t beat a Christmas day that plays a complete line up of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers’ movies on Turner Classic Movies (TCM).  I was in heaven and watched three in a row, my all time fave being Top Hat.  Ah, there’s just something so magical about the way Ginger’s dress swirls in the air while Fred spins her so delicately around. Pure magic! (These two photos were taken directly from my TV).

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But back to my holiday theme. There was plenty of inspiration this holiday season on Pinterest and beautifully written blogs on holiday decorating, but two blog posts particularly inspired me.  The first I found on Leslie Hendrix Wood’s award-winning fine living blog: Hadley Court: Motivational Monday. What struck me is what guest blogger Kristi Leeper wrote about focusing on what’s right.

“In the swirl of trying to get everyone out the door together and on-time… I encourage you to breathe deep, smile and count the things that are right as you glance around.  In the Christmas story many things weren’t right. I mean who really wants to give birth in a stable after being drug about on a donkey? But, what was right, was really right.” Kristi Leeper, Hadley Court, 2013.

Reminding me of this simple gesture helped me a lot during the holidays.  Because even though I try not to have expectations, I still have a few that hang around. Like when I couldn’t get my family to pose for a family photo when we were all dressed up and dining out in honor of my mother (who died 11 years ago on Dec 23rd.). I mean REALLY!?!? It was very frustrating, but I let it go. And all was not lost, as I had my sister-in-law snap an informal photo on Christmas eve (albeit in casual clothes). But I was so surprised at myself at how easily I let things go this year.

Like a fine wine (or an evening liquor), maybe I’m mellowing with age?? HA!

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Oranges soaked in Grand Marnier and vanilla bean in a Main family, gold-rimmed crystal champagne glass.

After we got home from sharing Christmas with my niece in Houston, I decided to stay up late on Christmas Eve and had a delightful time to myself making one of my favorite classic French recipes for dessert: oranges marinated in Grand Marnier and fresh vanilla bean.

“Grand Marnier has been an icon of authentic French “Joie de Vivre” for over 150 years”. GrandMarnier.com, 2013.

While slicing the oranges, I took that quote to heart and drank a tad of Grand Marnier, all the while listening to renditions of Silent Night by Ella Fitzgerald and Willie Nelson.

While the whole family was nestled in bed sound asleep, all was “right” in my world late that Christmas Eve. A magical moment!

Then after that, what’s a woman to do at 2 a.m.? I polished the silver! And here’s where the 2nd blog post comes in.

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Table set with beautiful “lay” dishes of my Grandmothers. Handed down to me from my father and stepmother, and arriving a week before Christmas, these gorgeous plates come in five pastel colors: green, pink, light blue, gold and off white.

Owner of Silver Magpies, Nancy Stuckwisch’s, blog post on Christmas Silverware: Setting Your Christmas Table really inspired me to do something creative that even I was surprised with what I came up with. At first I toyed with using the “lay” plates (see above) that were recently handed down to me, but then decided I needed to stick with tradition because I absolutely love the red, cream, and gold-leaf Lenox set of my mothers that we use every Christmas. (There’s a story with my mother’s tablecloth too. It went missing at Thanksgiving, but we were lucky to find it right where I left it in January of 2013 after last Christmas. Yup, you got it, the dry cleaners…11 months later!! Thank God!).

So instead of napkin rings (which I don’t own a single one anyways) I came up with a ribbon and then at the last minute I thought to myself, “Well, gee, one of our rhinestone vintage brooches we use for our Les Bijoux Collection would look beautiful too, why not?” (This is ONE advantage to having the Deborah Main studio in your home, so you don’t have to run out in your PJ’s for ribbon and a vintage brooch!). What do you think?  It was too late to get out the iron to be sure all the ribbons were smooth, but for an “in the middle of Christmas Eve/Christmas morning creative burst” I think it added a homemade, beautiful touch to our table setting, don’t you?

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It was great fun!  Really, I had a blast!!  And to top off our Christmas day dinner with divine chocolate truffles from Delysia, on a pink gold-rimmed Depression glass plate, was icing on the cake.  I keep Delysia chocolates on hand in the refrigerator at all times for when guests pop by during the holidays or when I need the perfect last minute hostess gift.  (Ssssh, don’t tell anyone about my emergency stash!!).

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Delysia chocolate truffles (ready for family or guests) make the perfect finishing touch to a fine Christmas dinner.

I really wanted to share this post with you before the year ended. But before I say goodbye to 2013, we at Deborah Main Designs want to leave you with one family photo that takes the place of all the family photos I didn’t get this year.  For some reason this Christmas seemed extra special and this photo sums up all I loved about it – from decorating our tree, to setting a beautiful table, to the giant Xiong Mao (Panda Bear) that Santa surprised our girls with, to spending the holiday with my family.

As rich as the colors on our walls, being with family and friends (whether you have a table to set or not) is all that matters during the holidays. 

From our home to yours, we hope you had a magical Christmas! Till 2014, XOPG

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Decorating the Family Christmas Tree with Deborah Main

This is a very spontaneous post…and a very unedited one at that.  It’s not a glamorous holiday post by Deborah Main Designs on how to decorate your tree (sorry to disappoint). No, there are plenty of fabulous interior designers that are doing an all out job with that! (But do please enjoy our decorating “progress” throughout this post.)

No, this is just a simple, every day post by me, Deborah Main, about my regular family life, with all it’s imperfections, and squeezing in decorating our tree amidst school finals, holiday shopping, fashion shows, work deadlines, grocery shopping, and everything else that goes along with every day life. But it’s also a post I felt compelled to write tonight.

This holiday season, I think it’s important to stop just for a minute and think.  I certainly did, and here’s why.

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Step #1: Our Christmas tree unadorned, a fresh tree bought in Austin, Texas.

I was inspired today by a few lovely comments on my Facebook about how beautiful our “Au natural” tree looked (as we let it sit yesterday to fall out before we decorated it tonight).

I was so struck by how just one simple photo of a fresh pine tree spoke to people and brought many wonderful comments.

My daughter and husband have the honor of selecting our tree every year and I always have to say “Remember, tall and skinny!” cause it sits smack in the middle of our family room (cause there’s no place else for it) and if the branches are too wide, well, we run into it all the time. They did pick a pretty winner this year!

But one comment about my tree, has particularly stuck with me all day.  A friend I don’t even know very well, but enjoyed meeting a time or two while dancing at The Broken Spoke (an infamous Texas dance hall), inspired this post with a simple statement:

“Beautiful tree! Share progress pics as I, for one, am doing this part of Christmas vicariously through you”.

Now THAT really struck me!  It stopped me in my busy tracks, and got me thinking and remembering.

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Step #2, the lights. We seem to have a lot of blue and are missing a few strands. I think we had to toss 3 out because they no longer worked. Can you spot the cat tail peeking out of lower left?

The Thinking Part:  What I’m grateful for. You know as well as I do, that amidst all our hustle and bustle, not everyone is home with a family, or even has a home.  Not everyone has a beautiful tree to decorate either. Some folks are traveling.  Some folks have aging parents. Some people are single and not with relatives at this time. And some don’t even celebrate Christmas.  And, like me, some have had losses during the holidays (my mother died on Dec 23rd, 2002).  So I personally understand that the holidays are not always a happy time.  It can bring back painful and sad memories.  But, it also can be enlightening and full of joy as well. That’s why this comment really resonated with me and is worth repeating:

“Beautiful tree! Share progress pics as I, for one, am doing this part of Christmas vicariously through you”.

I’m very lucky to have a husband, two fabulous children (and even a 3rd, who’s a foreign exchange student/daughter), and a lovely home to have a fresh Christmas tree in the middle of our family room.  You can’t imagine how thankful I am for all this!!  As I didn’t always know it was possible.  And, as any one knows with our fluctuating economy and weather, sometimes our circumstances can change rapidly, like it did for all the families during Austin’s tragic Halloween Flood. 

At Christmastime, I’m always reminded how much it means to have my family and my home….and I am forever humbled by this.

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Step #3. Part of our family placing ornaments on our tree (my daughter Qin, who is not extremely overjoyed with Mom snapping a pic, and family friend Ingelise)  while my other half is up in the kitchen helping our foreign exchange student/daughter with a Government study sheet for finals.

The Remembering Part:  Her comment also stuck with me because I remember as a child how important Christmas was to me. Not for the presents (I even got double presents cause my parents were divorced so I had TWO Christmases), but for the “feelings”, the “memories”, the “cherished moments”, the “keepsake ornaments shared from year to year” (and no, I’m not just saying that cause Deborah Main Designs sells collectible ornaments, but please check them out here cause they are rather adorable ).

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Step #4: Adding Deborah Main collectible holiday ornaments displayed on our tree for your viewing pleasure.  Available for custom order in any color.

Christmas has special meaning to me, because as a child, like many young children do, I fantasized about what a “perfect” Christmas would look like.  I didn’t know it then, but I was being raised by a single mother, and our Christmas tree, was a tiny, table-top tree on a cedar chest.  I hated it. Then on Christmas day or the day after, I would fly to another state and be with my Dad and his family and we’d have a fake tree and lots of presents.  It was great fun and I have wonderful memories. But while my parents did an astounding job, there was always something inside me that didn’t quite feel like our Christmas was the real thing…..or at least not what I imagined my friends families’ Christmases were like at that time.

In Kingston, New York, in the Hudson Valley, where I primarily grew up, there were three families in my neighborhood that I idolized, and probably are the very reason I have created, with my husband, the home we live in and the large tree we decorate each year.

In fact, my whole family history has a lot to do with why I even make luxury decorative pillows. For me, it’s my personal, artistic expression of creating cherished family heirlooms, which are important to me.

These three families had large houses, many children (one family had 13!), and married parents. I, on the other hand, lived in the downstairs of an old Victorian house with my divorced mother and older brother and my bedroom had glass sliding doors you could see through. I appreciate the Victorian aspect now, but back then it was not the most glamorous or secure. In the early 1960′s, no one really divorced, so I thought I was the only one in the world that had a family like this.  But what I remember most about these families is Christmas, and the HUGE trees they’d have in their living rooms with trains running underneath them and, what looked to me,like a “perfect” family and a “magical” Christmas.

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Step #5: This photo is special to me because it captures 3 generations of cherished family heirloom ornaments. From left to right: the very 1st Deborah Main collectible ornament made by my daughter, a handcrafted heart basket made by my mother-in-law, and the one cherished ornament I have from that “table-top” Christmas tree as a child in Kingston, New York, an old Santa Claus.

It’s the Christmas magic I like to think that takes over our hearts, at least mine, at this time of year. Not for all the commercialization of it, but for the simple wonder and quiet moments I spend by the fireplace when everyone’s in bed and I can relish the gratitude I feel when I look at my tree late at night. I stopped decades ago trying to have a perfect family and Christmas.  Thank GOD!!  That was waaay too stressful trying to pull that one off…lol!! So take it from me, don’t even try.  Just enjoy whatever Christmas means to you!

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Step #6: The final decorated tree with our cat Zabel (from Austin Pets Alive) who just happened to be in the right spot for this photo op.

So my gift to you this holiday season is our imperfect family and the decorating of our family tree with ornaments collected over the years, from kindergarten to “first” Christmases, to now, Deborah Main pillow ornaments.  Please note in the photos we really do need another set of lights…cause the bottom ones don’t work. And you’ll also notice we don’t have many on top either and we have this tiny, substituted angel…because tonight my husband accidentally dropped our blown glass tree topper (I was very thankful it was not a cherished one, as I do have special glass ornaments from my mother and my mother-in-law that I would be sad if broken).

But you know what, I’d be happy even if we never decorated the tree!!  Because what the Facebook comments reminded me tonight is that Christmas is all about  love….and you don’t need a decorated tree or even heirloom ornaments to have that.

A simple fresh tree with no adornments at all still creates Christmas magic!!

We at Deborah Main Designs thank you for the inspiration and gift you gave us with your comments. We truly appreciate you and wish you a blessed and magical holiday season! XO PG

Deborah Main’s Fall/Winter 2013 Luxury Pillows Now at Interior Design Gallery

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But in the meantime, please enjoy these images of our fabulous new designs that are NOW AVAILABLE at Interior Design Gallery (IDG). They’ll also be on our brand new website any day now. And when it goes live, you’ll be the first to know!!

If you’re in Austin, please stop by IDG’s Holiday Trunk Show to shop for our new luxury pillows (and jewelry by Noelle Gage)  just in time to make your home gorgeous for the holidays or select that perfect gift!!  Can’t get to Austin? Then please give Deborah Main Designs studio a call 512.447.9807 anytime and we’ll be happy to mail you fabric swatches or snag that one-of-a-kind pillow you can’t live without!! Being a small design studio we at Deborah Main Designs have the luxury of giving you highly personalized customer service, and we love helping you!! Till next week, enjoy the pretty fall weather!  XO, PG

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Les Bijoux de Luxe by Deborah Main. Handcrafted from 1950′s lace cocktail dress, vintage French velvet, and topped with a dazzling  vintage platinum-colored rhinestone brooch. Interesting Fact: Did you know you can wear the brooches that adorn Deborah Main pillows?

 

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Deborah Main “Designer Classics” pillow handcrafted with our very first vintage Hermes silk scarf. Interesting Fact: This pillows is huge, but soooo luxurious! Did you know all our pillows have 90/10 feather and down inserts?

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Deborah Main’s HOT Unzipped Collection! Luscious ribbed velvet with peekaboo zipper and the swish of an extra long tassel makes this pillow quite the conversation piece! Interesting Fact:  Did you know that the zipper creates a little pocket so you can hide a special gift? Engagement ring anyone?

 

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Deborah Main Redbrick Modern pillow in rich teal and fuschia. Interesting fact: This classic silk brocade pattern is available in many colorways.

 

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Luscious colors in this vintage Vera Neumann silk scarf that we transformed into a one-of-a-kind Deborah Main pillow. Interesting fact: Did you know that Deborah Main Designs can custom make a pillow for you out of one of your designer scarves?

To shop for more Deborah Main Designs‘ luxury decorative pillows please visit our website www.deborahmaindesigns.com. And keep a watch over Thanksgiving for our brand NEW website.  :-)

 

 

Deborah Main High Point Interview with Jan Niels of Interior Design Gallery

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Not having our own Deborah Main Designs brick and mortar, I am so fortunate to be part of a gorgeous well-established showroom in Austin to showcase all of our luxury decorative pillows in one place, Interior Design Gallery (IDG).  You’ve heard me speak of them before and you’ll hear more, as their gallery is going through an entire remodel that is making their space and all their furnishings create infinite possibilities for home owners and commercial spaces alike.  Be sure to stop by our Holiday Trunk Show coming up on Thursday, November 21st, to see all our new designs and much of the new furniture and accessories IDG picked up at High Point Furniture Market.

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NEW Nathan Anthony sectional sofa coming to Interior Designer Gallery very soon!

NEW Nathan Anthony sectional sofa coming to Interior Designer Gallery very soon!

Interior designer and owner, Jan Niels (and her husband Billy) have operated their full service design company for over 27 years. Jan and her staff at IDG are widely recognized for their vast experience in all facets of a design project.

“Many of our clients traveling in from out of state, time is very precious. Our studio is designed as a one-stop-shop where the client is able to see a plethora of design solutions, saving them time and money. The level of Interior Design Gallerys customer service is unparalleled in the local design community.”

I still can’t get over the amazing floors and how much that enhances the gallery/showroom experience for their clients!! And to have all their beautiful couches (and now beds coming soon!) to showcase my work on is just SUPER exciting for me and a real honor!

I had an opportunity to sit down with designer, Jan Niels, owner and creative director of Interior Designer Gallery, for a few minutes after she’d just gotten back from High Point market. You can find much of her design work displayed on Houzz.

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Interior designer, Jan Niels, owner of Interior Design Gallery here at High Point Market.

DM: How was High Point for you this year?

JN: It was a fantastic market for lots of reasons!! First off, instead of only going for a few  days and whisking through, we went a whole week and were able to spend a longer time with our vendors.  We made appointments and had time to really study the lines that we carry.

DM: What are the major showrooms you visited and lines you carry at Interior Design Gallery?

JN: The Lexington and Bernhardt showrooms are just really beautiful and we saw so many new items that we just never had the luxury of time to see on previous markets.

DM: So you recommend spending a week at High Point?

JN: Yes, absolutely! We just had much more time to relax and meet with our vendors, get to know them more, and see all their gorgeous new products.

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DM: I know you’re in the process of remodeling your entire gallery/showroom and have plans for a full scale event in January 2014. Did you pick up any new lines at High Point that will give your design clients and retail customers more choices?

JN: Yes! We bought a lot of custom wood pieces and accessories and we’ll be carrying striking contemporary furniture by Nathan Anthony , Phillips Collection, Julian Chichester, Caracole and Visual Comfort Lighting.
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Love the double cushion backs on the NEW Nathan Anthony couch coming to Interior Design Gallery very soon!

DM: That’s a lot of new options for your clientele. Those new lines offer so many creative furnishings and lighting for your customers and clients.

JN: Yes, we’ve bought some really beautiful pieces of furniture and are able to now offer more contemporary lines and accessories.  But we’re also very excited about premiering our new private label line very soon.

DM: Wow, that’s very exciting, can you tell me more about that?

JN: Well, not quite yet, except that we’ll be premiering it in the new year and we’re just really happy to be able to offer our own label to clients in addition to all the fantastic furniture lines we carry.

DM: Congratulations on all your new endeavors!  We at Deborah Main Designs are excited about the new look and lines your showroom offers and we’re thrilled to partner with you and be able to offer your clients our luxury pillow line.

JN: Well, after we saw  you in Atlanta and with our new shelving as part of our remodel, I just knew your pillows would display beautifully in our showroom.  They really add so much to our fine furnishings and the other lines and art we carry. We’re thrilled to be able to showcase original Deborah Main pillows for our clientele to add to their home decor! 

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A Deborah Main lumbar pillow handcrafted from 1950′s cocktail dress fabric on a wing back chair with nail heads. Love how those nail heads on furniture I grew up with in the 1950′s in back in style!

DM: Well, thank you Jan!  It was great fun running into each other in Atlanta! It’s a real honor to be part of such a gorgeous showroom and so much fun to work with you and your experienced team.

DM: Just two more questions and then I’ll let you go. What was the highlight of High Point for you?

JN: I met the granddaughter of Este Lauder. Her name is Aerin and she has designed product for Visual Comfort Lighting as well as furniture for Ralph Lauren. She was delightful!

DM: Lastly, what are five key trends you noticed at this fall’s High Point market you’d like our readers to know about while their remodeling their homes and decorating for the holidays?

JN: I saw lots of bright colors used in big furniture pieces, large scale patterns used on rugs and fabrics, glamour and sparkle in furniture as well as fabric, and the use of neutrals, and one more which is still very popular, using nail heads on furniture pieces.

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Another view of the fabulous Nathan Anthony sectional coming to Interior Design Gallery.

DM: Thank you so much for taking the time from your busy schedule to talk with me, as I know you have tons of shipments coming in right away.  I look forward to showcasing our 2013 fall & winter designs on some of the Nathan Anthony couches at our upcoming Holiday Trunk Show November 21st.

(Note: For five wonderful years, our South Austin showroom has been the cool Aviary Decor & Lounge,  where owners Shanna & Marco have showcased our designs beautifully!  Now the complete pillow line of Deborah Main Designs is offered in North Austin at Interior Design Gallery for more room to showcase all of our collections and to be available to more home owners and interior designers.  We adore Shanna & Marco and thank them for their continued love & support!! We’ve had many amazing events there and will continue to be part of the Aviary family with new pillows coming soon!)

We at Deborah Main Designs, look forward to seeing you at Interior Design Gallery for our Holiday Trunk Show November 21st.  Can’t wait for you to see all the new furnishings Jan has so keenly selected and our 2013 Fall/Winter luxury decorative pillow designs!  Till then, enjoy the beautiful fall weather.  XO, PG

 

 

Color: Pops of Orange with Deborah Main Designs

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A skeleton window display along South Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas.

We at Deborah Main Designs want to wish you a frightful Happy Halloween!!  By now, kiddos have tricked and treated around the block and are laying out their candy to see the loot.  Probably lining them all up by type and trading (I hope kids still do that!).  My faves were Butterfingers, Nestles Crunch, and Peanut M&M’s.  Way too sweet for me now (and my palette has grown partial to dark chocolate…yum!) but a little candy now and again doesn’t hurt.  Who knows it might even help my laryngitis!!! (My family’s been thrilled my cold has silenced me for days….ha! ha!).

In Austin, Texas, where Deborah Main Designs studio is located, South Austin to be precise, we are fortunate to have the most amazing costume palace, Lucy in Disguise!  Smack in the middle of famous South Congress Avenue, it’s open year round (tourists love it!) and stocks every costume, every mask, every make up, every sword, every eyeball, every wig, every everything that you could ever imagine!!  And in every color too!!

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Infamous Lucy In Disguise costume shop in Austin, Texas.  Some onlookers check it out.  It’s THE place to go for kids and adults of all ages.

I took my girls there this week – one to rent a Japanese school girl costume and get makeup to make her throat looked slit and have bloody cuts on her face (this is our exchange student who loves gore), and the other (my daughter) to my surprise actually went for my suggestion to recycle part of last years costume of rainbow leg warmers. She went for a unicorn headband with rainbow hair to complete the look.

Lucy’s allows you to rent the costumes for a daily fee or purchase them.  It’s really the greatest and most fun place in Austin and every single time I’m there they have THE most helpful salespeople in the world.  They’re SO happy, it’s just a joy to go there. So be sure to stop in next time you visit Austin, Texas, U.S.A., or visit their website.

Many of us generally associate Halloween decorating with orange and black.  A spider here, a pumpkin there. My kids are older now, so we don’t do as many decorations, but

I do want you to know how much I love orange.  It’s really a color that POPS!!! We’ve had several customers that have incorporated it very nicely into their homes year round.

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Wild pops of orange and more with our Redbrick Modern pillows, some still available on our website www.deborahmaindesigns.com

You’ll soon be hearing (in our next few posts) more about what interior designers from across the country saw at High Point Market for 2013 fall/winter colors and upcoming home decor trends for 2014. I know GOLD is a big one on the list, but we’re going to interview several different designs so you can see the diversity of options available to you if you’re redecorating or building a new home.

But for now, please enjoy below some of our fave pillows we’ve made,  with a POP of orange,  that work for Halloween or any time of the year.  We at Deborah Main Designs wish you a safe and wonderful Halloween, the grand finish to October…can it REALLY already be November??  Until next time, enjoy the pretty fall weather! XO, PG

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Les Bijoux de Luxe Collection by Deborah Main. Similar styles available.

 

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Our studio has a beautiful array of gorgeous silk brocades in many colors and patterns in our Redbrick Modern Collection.

 

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A 1950′s bolt of fabric we have in stock. Custom orders available in any size. We love to back this “Vintage Tangerine Brown & White Graphic” design with rich chocolate faux suede.

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Wonderful vintage cut velvet, 20 x 20″, available on our new website coming soon! Can’t wait till then, give our studio a call 512.447.9807.

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Made from a 1960′s patio dress, this wild pop of color in our new UnZipped Collection is available at The Embellished Cottage, Austin, TX. Call 512.419.7070  as owners Charlene & Wayne Hardy would be happy to assist you.

 

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Sneek peak of our fall/winter UnZipped designs available on our new website coming soon!

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This new UnZipped is just so decadent and yummy and velvety!! Don’t know about our UnZipped pillow collection? Be sure to check it out on our website.

 

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The new kid on the block. We love the colorful hounds tooth pattern. This UnZipped pillow can be made with orange, black, green, or aqua tassel and back fabric. Call our studio to learn more 512.447.9807. www.deborahmaindesigns.com

Shopping in Jersey with Deborah Main Designs

Come shop with Deborah Main Designs in Haddonfield, New Jersey tonight!
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Boy, do I wish I lived in Haddonfield, New Jersey today!!  Haddonfield is a great shopping destination with a variety of stores, but for us at Deborah Main Designs, one special boutique, Pearl Clutch, really stands out. This award winning women’s boutique specializes in handbags, scarves, beautiful pearl and fashion jewelry, Chanel vintage button remix jewelry, handmade soaps, travel accessories, and so much more.

Pearl Clutch is one of the many shops along the route tonight for Haddonfield’s famous “Girl’s Night Out”. And if you live in Jersey (or know anyone who does) let me tell you girls, you do NOT want to miss this event tonight!!  The owners of Pearl Clutch have gone all out to make this event spectacular because they are celebrating their one year anniversary.  Congratulations Karen & Pat!!!  And you certainly don’t want to miss the debut of our exclusive black & white cameo pillows featuring vintage French Passementerie, now do you? (Nope I didn’t think so! :-) ).  We really wish we could be there too!  (To learn more about our vintage French Passementerie collection, please see our post on collecting French trim).

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Now how do I know these two amazing women? I had the pleasure of meeting owner Karen Morgan and Pat Catalini of Pearl Clutch in July at the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market.  These Jersey gals are a pure delight!  They attended our Friday night social hour (remember, champagne and  Delysia chocolate truffels!) and we really enjoyed chatting up a storm with them.  Beautifully decked out in black and white from head to toe and multiple strands of pearls, these lovely women just lit up the room! We had incredible fun entertaining them, seeing photos of their store, and sharing the Deborah Main story about our pillow line.

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Myself with Pat Catalini and Karen Morgan of Pearl Clutch boutique

And there just so happened to be ONE pillow in particular that really stood out to these buyers.  Let’s be honest here, they fell in love with it!! That’s right, our one-of-a-kind black & white beauty handcrafted with vintage French Passementerie (and featured on the 2008 cover of Austin American Statesman Glossy magazine with a Loubouton heel about to crush it in a feature called “Heartless”.)  We’ve held onto this favorite pillow of ours for the permanent collection of Deborah Main pillows because, well, we just couldn’t part with it.

And we’ve always proudly displayed this Rococo Ribbon pillow at our events because it is an excellent example of what we do here at the Deborah Main Designs studio in Austin Texas.  Frankly, this little one-of-a-kind pillow sums up our entire creative process!

The “creative process” story: In 2008, there was no black and white fabric to be had in Austin Texas (I am serious folks!) and I was asked to create a pillow for this feature article.  So, I just decided to make my own black and white fabric!  I used vintage black velvet ribbons to form the stripes on white faux suede. I love to mix it all up with textures anyways, so it was perfect! Then I had three beautiful corners of jet black vintage French silk Passementerie that were drop-dead gorgeous and, as I played around with them, I was able to create a heart.  After adding the finishing touch of faux pearls (from my daughter’s jewelry making supplies, I kid you not!), a vintage B&W cameo and black crushed velvet on the back, well it just all came together into this yummy pillow we adore.

And we were thrilled that Karen and Pat, of Pearl Clutch boutique, adored it too!!  So much that we did everything we could to source more black vintage French trim to create these three beautiful samples for their anniversary event.

Chanel, pearls, vintage, Pearl Clutch, Shopping, Haddonfield New Jersey, Brooches, Deborah Main Designs, decorative pillows, luxury decorative pillows, luxury, home decor, one-of-a-kind, handcraftedSo please join me at Deborah Main Designs in wishing Karen and Pat of Pearl Clutch a fantastic one year anniversary celebration!!  Tell all your friends far and near to be sure to check out this beautiful shop, as not only do they feature Chanel and Thad Cline jewelry, but they’ve got a little Deborah Main going on there too with their gorgeous black and white boutique motif!!  Happy shopping!  XO, PG

Vintage Chanel jewelry & Deborah Main pillows on display at Pearl Clutch.

Vintage Chanel jewelry & Deborah Main pillows on display at Pearl Clutch.

Collect Holiday Ornaments with Deborah Main Designs!

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Instead I’ll be talking all about “Collecting”.  And that really makes sense for me as a person, because my whole life I’ve always had attachment to places, people, and things.  I had family heirloom jewelry and furniture passed down to me through the generations.

I was born and raised Deborah Main Jones, hence, the origin of the Deborah Main brand. And jewelry and home furnishings have always been items I’ve collected and cherished from an early age! 

And now at Deborah Main Designs studio, where we’re filled to the brim with collections of vintage textiles, rare French trim (read earlier blog post on collecting), and vintage designer costume jewelry, we not only get to collect but we create pillows too. Which is also quite fitting for me as decorative pillows with needlepoint, lace, & ribbon were also passed down to me as well, so collectibles mean a great deal to me!

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Detail of one of our holiday ornaments. Handcrafted from 1950′s cocktail dress fabric with vintage French trim and Aurora Borealis vintage button.

Now we’re giving you a chance to join Deborah Main Designs in the “keepsake” trend.  People have been collecting for generations and now you too can start collecting our brand new Les Petits Bijoux Holiday Pillow Ornaments. We’ve handcrafted them with love and care, vintage trim, luscious textiles, and beautiful jewels. (Read blog about how these little ornaments even came to be!)

Please join us in this meaningful holiday tradition of collecting your very own Deborah Main original ornaments to pass down to your children and their children’s children.

We at Deborah Main Designs hope you enjoy this video we made to present our new collection to you!

Deborah Main Designs Collectible Holiday Ornament Video. Please click image:

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You’d be surprised how many people have created holiday memories by collecting beautiful ornaments that mean so much to them – ornaments that have points of reference along their life’s journey with stories attached to each and every one of them.  What do you collect?  What criteria do you use to make your selections for your holiday tree?  We’d love to hear all about your favorite collections!

Please call our studio, Deborah Main Designs, to place your holiday ornament order 512.447.9807. We look forward to creating beautiful one-of-a-kind collectible ornaments just for you to give as gifts throughout the holiday season (and maybe one or two for yourself!).  Also please keep watch in October for our sparkling new website!  Until then, I hope your fall is starting off with that beautiful fresh scent of a lovely crisp fall day! XO, PG

 

Get UnZipped with Deborah Main Designs

Boy, we’re having fun now!! We’re starting to make our own little home videos to share with you, our readers, the juicy details about our studio.  (See UnZipped video clip below). Just because we’ve been in business since 2004, doesn’t mean everyone knows exactly what Deborah Main Designs does!  And now with social media completely changing the world we live in, and the Pillow Goddess blog coming up on its 2nd anniversary, well it gives us a plump opportunity to share with you what we do down here in our “Little Shop of Horrors” (Just kidding!) Let’s call Deborah Main Designs studio in Austin, Texas the “Little Shop of Luxury” instead!!  A much more accurate statement don’t you think?

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Deborah Main Designs’ UnZipped Pillow Collection for the Home. Center orange pillow available on our brand new website in October.  Photo by award-winning photographer Gregg Cestaro of AustinTexasPhoto; furniture courtesy of Nest Modern.

We did our first live video in Atlanta this summer which was great fun!  You can see that here on our Deborah Main Designs Fan Page. (Oh, and if you’re not a fan yet, we’d really love you to be…you know, like Sally Field at the Oscars!) The video is ridiculously dramatic, but so fun to make on the spot, with the one and only Elizabeth Traub, our Sales & Marketing Director, as narrator.  You’re definitely “on stage” at this huge International Gift & Home Furnishings market, so it fit right in to play it up. And play it up I did!!!  Since when do jewels drip?!?!  I think at that very moment in the video I must have been channeling former Austin Chronicle style avatar, Stephen Moser!!  As he says in his “After A Fashion” column on June 27th: [Deborah Main] “….pillows drip with unabashed luxury.”

But we’re really here today to tell you more about our new UnZipped pillow collection that we debuted in Atlanta.  We did a mini-debut in Austin about a year ago at Aviary Decor & Lounge, but product development takes awhile so we needed to test it out in the international arena too.   We were thrilled the buyers absolutely LOVED the sassy concept as much as we do!!

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Now onto our UnZipped Collection video below.  Pretty informal, and I love the part where the zipper gets stuck (Ha! Ha!), but one thing I forgot to mention is that these UnZipped pillows rock and look awesome in your home.  And….well, they get UnZipped a lot and are MAJOR, I mean MAJOR conversation pieces!!   So with the swish of a tassel, get UnZipped with Deborah Main and enjoy our video and a few more photos of this fun & flirty pillow collection by Deborah Main Designs. Zipping it up in Austin, Texas, yours truly, XO PG

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfDgYEpO4rE#action=share

 

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Deborah Main Designs’ UnZipped Collection: Emerald Green pillow handcrafted from a 1950′s cocktail dress, available at Deborah Main Designs’ online shop.

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Deborah Main Designs UnZipped collection available at Aviary Decor & Lounge, Austin, Texas

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Deborah Main Designs UnZipped Collection: Vintage Purple & Gold Abstract Art pillow now available at Interior Design Gallery, Austin, Texas.

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Deborah Main Designs’ UnZipped Collection: Vintage Hot Orange & Black pillow, now available at The Embellished Cottage in Austin, Texas.