Deborah Main Inspired by WOW1000

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Wow1000, BIGAUSTIN, Nonprofit, Small Business, loans, women, entrepreneurs, A couple weeks ago I attended a “Woman’s Night Out” event hosted by BiGAUSTIN, called WOW1000.  The evening was a fabulous success! I was one of six women-owned, small businesses in Austin asked to participate in this event as a vendor and supporter…and all I have to say from attending the event is WOW!!!! It was an incredible and rewarding experience.

Now what was so exciting about this very special night out for women was it was BIGAUSTIN’S launch of their WOW1000 campaign: Women of Wealth and their new documentary film, “Women Unveiled”. (please watch for the video link below).

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Me with Becky Feeley, owner of Texas Carpet Baggers.

Guests arrived by entering the gorgeous iPic theatre lobby at The Domain via the red carpet. Vendor tables were set up selling unique products and services. Each vendor was an inspiring entrepreneur as well as a BiGAUSTIN client.  I really enjoyed getting to know the other vendors and mingling with all the fabulous guests. Vendors included:

When I got the invitation to participate in this event, I jumped at the opportunity to support BIGAUSTIN, as they are central Texans’ single-source solution for entrepreneurial education, tailored business counseling, and flexible loans. But they are important to me too because they gave Deborah Main Designs it’s first business loan to make our custom booth shelving in order to debut our product at the 2013 International Gift & Home Furnishings Market in Atlanta, Georgia. If not for BIGAUSTIN, I would never have been able to take my brand national!!

Our booth 1-502 in High Design at AmericasMart in Atlanta

The goal of the WOW1000 campaign is to help cultivate community through supporting women-owned businesses in Central Texas. WOW1000 stresses the importance of investing in small businesses, because when you do, you are also investing in your local economy. Investing in small businesses helps to sustain and create local jobs.Wow1000, BIGAUSTIN, Nonprofit, Small Business, loans, women, entrepreneurs, What’s Unique:  WOW1000′s goal is not only to support women-owned businesses, but  to help women who are trying to get out of oppressive circumstances – and end human trafficking.

WOW1000 does this by providing training on the basics of running a business and educating about the financial aspect of starting a business. But they also pair up with the Austin Police Department to help women who are searching for a fresh start. There was a huge presence of the Austin Police Department. I met and spoke with so many wonderful police women, honorable and hard-working,  doing their duty in Austin to protect all citizens, but also to protect women against abuse.

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I really enjoyed talking with Lieutenant Gena Curtis, head of the Crime Victims Unit, who was the kindest, most warm-hearted person. To be honest, it’s my first experience in meeting Austin women of the police force. And how enriching it was!

What’s shocking: It turns out Texas accounts for  25% of the United States human trafficking victims. There are approximating 740 women and girls trafficked across Texas in just one single month! So there is a HUGE need for this WOW1000 program and the funding.

BiGAUSTIN decided to invest in women because in their own research they saw that that was where they made their largest impact. They recruited seven powerful women in leadership in Austin to be the Ambassadors to help recruit women and raise money for this campaign.

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WOW1000 Ambassadors & Supporters:     Top Row: Chelsea McCullough, Stacy Dukes-Rhone (Executive Director, BIGAUSTIN), Judy O’Brien Chavis, Rina Hartline. Bottom row: Jessica Robledo (Assistant Chief, Austin Police Department), Ingrid Vanderveldt (Entrepreneur in Residence, Dell; UN Foundation Global Entrepreneurs Council”, Donna Myers (Vice President Branch Manager, Regions Bank), and Dawnna Dukes,  State Representative. (some Ambassadors not present in photo).

Women business owners struggle to gain funds for their businesses. In fact, women are only granted 5% of the venture capital throughout the U.S.!

 WOW1000 gives women in Central Texas what every woman deserves- the opportunity to create a life that is financially stable for herself and her family. We put women’s needs first. When banks say no, we give women the footing to pursue their dreams of starting a business. We liberate women. Join us.”

And you’ll see why in the WOW1000 Documentary debuted at this fabulous event. Please see theWomen Unveiled: The Entrepreneurial Truth of Texasvideo  HERE!

We love BiGAUSTIN as they’re often in the corner of the “underdog” and invest in businesses like bakeries, salons, childcare services, and even pillow design studios like Deborah Main Designs.  With not yet having the funds to gain more exposure outside of Austin, BIGAUSTIN was the best solution for me, as no other bank would fund my small business to take my product nationally. Plus they provide so much FREE training and education and have an incredibly resourceful and caring staff who want to see you succeed.  I personally want to thank dear friend April Meyer of Fabricker who connected me to BIGAUSTIN and the incredible staff there who want to help small business owners.

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BigAustin’s Business Development Manager, Daniel Frunza, and other staff enjoying the WOW1000 event.

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Me having a little fun posing with BIGAUSTIN’S WBC Program Director, Claudia Conner.

As the owner of a small business myself, Deborah Main Designs, I was really honored to be able to participate in this event, and become a WOW1000 supporter, because it really resonated with me.

We do all we can to shop locally, support local charities by donating pillows to silent auctions (as we did for this event), and support small businesses, particularly women-owned businesses. Click here to see some of the small “shop local” businesses that I and BIGAUSTIN support!

I also care immensely about the struggles that women face every day around the world, from basic necessities, to child care, to human trafficking and to the lack of financial investment opportunities. I have experienced first hand the power of women uniting and wanting  to do more in this world through many organizations. We women must stick together and share our strengths and resources to continue to build equality in our community and the business world!

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Featured speaker, Ingrid Vanderveldt, revving up the group with her stories. The word amazing is sooo overused….but I can’t help it. She was AMAZING!!

After a little shopping, hor d’ouevres and mingling for the guests, the evening kicked off with THE voice for international women’s empowerment, Ingrid Vanderveldt. Ingrid is Dell’s Entrepreneur in Residence as well as a member of the UN Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council. If you ever get the chance to hear her speak, run and sign up immediately!!  She was awe inspiring!! Actually all the speakers were, and Assistant Police Chief Robledo was a spitfire full of passion for women entrepreneurs and to help the victims of human trafficking.

The WOW1000 event was an incredible success! From a silent auction to a red carpet, with such influential speakers, to the world premier of Women Unveiled: The Entrepreneurial Truth of Texas, I had an wonderful time and met so many interesting and caring women. I came away with a feeling that we all can have a part in helping to fulfill the mission of WOW1000. So here’s your chance:

WOW1000′s goal is to gather $1,000 contributions from other women business owners to raise $1 million to invest in other women trying to start small businesses. Each $1,000 donation provides a 7-week Start Smart course or 20 hours of businesses counseling to five women. The donations go a long way into helping educate and train new women entrepreneurs.  I urge you take a look at WOW1000′s website to learn more and contribute to such a great cause!

There are a myriad of ways that you can get involved and support this campaign.  Please watch the new documentary Women Unveiled” featuring Austin’s own Cherie Matthews, CEO of Heal in Comfort, Kendra Scott, and many other Austin business owners HERE

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Guests Emily Lively and sisters Sabrina & Monique Talerica.

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Guests Megan NcNeese, Lisa D. Loftus, and Odette Tan.

And what’s so great about this campaign is you don’t have to afford $1,000 to be a supporter of the WOW1000 campaign. With just $50 you can win a Sephora Makeup Consultation or for $60, an original Deborah Main pillow. You can also donate as little as $3. Every little bit helps with this to get this initial campaign to reach it’s goal, so please check out the right sidebar for all the donation options.

Also WOW1000 is now accepting applications for 2015 Ambassadors HERE!

We are so excited and proud to be part of this incredible campaign. So please join me at Deborah Main Designs in becoming a supporter of this incredible initiative, WOW1000. Together, let’s help end human trafficking and help women have the opportunity to become small business entrepreneurs.  I thank you for your support of something so dear to me that will help many other central Texas women! Till next time, XOPG

Click our FACEBOOK album to see more photos and HERE to see a mini-video of the fun we had! Re-Live-Womens-Night-Out

Purple Pillow Power with Deborah Main Designs

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 With all the royal attention across the pond, Deborah Main Designs has decided to luxuriate in the color purple this week. All shades of it in fact….from dusty gray lavender to deep violet! Since ancient times when emperors wore this brilliant shade, purple has been associated with nobility and piety. Now, you can bring home a little share of your own royal décor!

Two of our gorgeous prints from the UnZipped Collection, pictured above, dazzle and entertain, with a long suede tassel you can zip and unzip to your hearts content, letting the distinctive colors hidden behind the zipper peek out. It’s quite the tease!!

Any of this romantic color series can be found in the bright and shiny, remodeled Austin, Texas showroom of Interior Design Gallery. No other store carries such an extensive collection of our handmade pillows! They also consistently carry modern, traditional and transitional furnishings like Lorts, Lexington, Julian Chichester, Noir, Emberson Et Cie, Hancock, Heckman and pretty much the rest of the alphabet.  If you haven’t seen this delightful showroom, do feel free to stop by and check out this North Central Austin gem.

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 Redbrick Modern Collection: Vintage Violet & Cream Floral Pair

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 UnZipped Collection: Vintage Purple & Gold Abstract Art

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Rococo Ribbon Collection: Amethyst Novelty Weave

 The above pillow can be custom ordered in any size and color way. Call our studio and let us help you design the perfect holiday gift!  512.447.9807.

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Only one single pillow left of this gorgeous silk aviary pattern (available in many different colors like silver, army green and more). Call our studio anytime to find a beautiful silk brocade for your home! 512.447.9807

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Get fun & flirty with our new UnZipped Collection:
Vintage Floral (backed in navy & white nautical stripe)

Hope everyone’s still hanging onto that summertime “poolside” vibe, while also transitioning into “Back To School” time. As you can see, we at Deborah Main Designs LOVE color, LOVE texture, and LOVE to create beautiful pillows! We’d enjoy hearing what makes your heart sing. How do you express your passion to create? Let us hear from you! Have a great weekend!  XO PG

Deborah Main Designs Spices Up Your Summer

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Reds lovely enough to brighten any room!

Here at Deborah Main Designs, to escape the heat, we just got back from a family vacation by staying at the Menger Hotel in San Antonio (more on historic hotels this fall!), lounging by their pool, and eating lots of ice cream…and what a divine meal atop the Tower of the Americas.  But with all this heat we keep talking about (and in Texas it sticks around until the end of September!), we think it’s about time to spice things up a bit! What better way then to add some warmth to your summer home than with a punch of color? We prefer something from this color story of orange and red pillows to add a clean, vibrant edge to any décor.

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Orange and green, with punches of black and white, can bring warmth to a lovely neutral sofa.

In this family of colors, both red and orange, have long been associated with activity and the unconventional. As you can see, they really do convey action in this newly renovated  showroom, the Interior Design Gallery in Austin, Texas, where we brought bright energy and vigor to their beautiful furnishings with this color story.  With irregular spots on the rectangle  Pop Art pillow made from a 1960′s patio dress, and lively stripes on the square pillow, this duo of orange pillows rivals the brilliantly unusual portrait of a vintage car in the background! (Both the couch and painting are available at Interior Design Gallery).

If you aren’t feeling the fire of our summer red and orange series, don’t fret! We have an amazing off white & tan series that can help you conquer the neutral tones of a balmy beach house.

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This color story works separately or together. With huge spots and energetic waves,  and a linen pillow featuring our vintage French trim, these guys will match any decor.

We are very excited to be featured in Interior Design Gallery’s newly remodeled showroom and cannot encourage you enough to stop in and check out some of the fabulous accessories and furniture they carry.  This is the only showroom in town too that you can see all of our collections under one roof! Now how about that?

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When I saw how much that pillow’s top wave looked like a man with a mustache, I just could not resist!

So how about it? I MUST ask you a question: What colors have you used this summer to liven up your home or summer cottage? We would love to hear from you, so please let us know what you’ve been up to with your summer decor.

And take time out today from your busy schedule to catch me and two other savvy  business owners on FashionMingle.net’s new Retail Success: Buying the Best Series.  Whether your designs are red hot or cool blue, Deborah Main Designs has got you covered.  This live panel will provide tips on connecting with buyers and approaching boutiques with your designs.  Until next week, XO PG.

 

Summer Travel with Deborah Main Designs

Grab a towel and get poolside with Deborah Main!

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Deborah Main Designs featuring her Timeless Travels Collection!

Centered in Austin, Texas, Deborah Main, founder of Deborah Main Designs, sure knows how to beat the summer heat by taking a trip or two….or hitting the pool! Whether it’s cross country up to the cool coast of Maine, or just around the corner to the market for ice cream, everyone should travel and take a mini vacation this time of year. Especially since it’s been 104 degrees in Austin!

When escaping the scorching heat, we travel and see as many new places as possible. While there, we scour vintage shops and pick up some of the most amazing things to remember our trips by.  Now, some of these nostalgic mementos are available for everyone to see with our Timeless Travels Collection, bringing a fabulous vacation destination to your home and adding a touch of the whimsical or exotic to any room.

pillow_01 copyOur Timeless Travels Collection is a lighthearted series created with inspiration from the unique 1940′s and ’50′s souvenir scarves, shams and handkerchiefs (unused of course!) from cities, states and countries all across the world. For those of you wise enough to remember, road trips were five kids packed into a flip-up trunk seat, facing backwards, in a long wood-paneled station wagon. Now we just hop on a jet and we’re in Paris in six hours!! We’ve been collecting these original vintage souvenirs (not reproductions) for years and you’ll see why, as they pop with color and beg for a coastal summer home or your favorite cozy chair. And they’re just plain FUN!!!!

Delicate scarves from abroad -  think Paris – give this scarf series a glossy finish and a silky texture that invites you to run your hands across fabric depicting landscapes found only across oceans.

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Clockwise: starting with a bather enjoying the waters of Florida, St. Louis, Texas Bluebonnets, Large Aqua Lone Star State Texas, Mexican Bullfighter, Niagra Falls, Paris, California, New Jersey. And the 3 in the middle: Florida, New York and large Florida with pink pelicans.

Clockwise: starting with a bather enjoying the waters of Florida, St. Louis, Texas Bluebonnets, Large Aqua Lone Star State Texas, Mexican Bullfighter, Niagara Falls, Paris, California, New Jersey. And the 3 in the middle: Florida, New York and large Florida with pink pelicans.

If you can’t wander too far from home this summer, these festive pillows can bring the glamor of a vacation directly to you in the comforts of your own home. Please come along for the ride, down Route 66, with Deborah Main Designs and enjoy our Timeless Travels Collection, a vintage series of original keepsakes that we adore! (Can’t find your state or country? Give our studio a call and we’ll take care of you right away. 512.447.9807). Hope you’re having a fantastic summer!!!  xo PG

Texture Tuesday – Velvet

Texture Tuesday featuring: velvet trends and one of our Limited Edition pillows

Velvet has made a BIG comeback the past couple of years and has stayed in the limelight ever since. The soft textured fabric is perfect for the fall season and when worn right can make any outfit look classy and tailored. Mix it up, sharpen it up, add in other elements of current fashion trends – and you’re well on your way to bringing the crushed velvet revolution out of the 90s and into the now. Let’s not forget how velvet started out life: luxurious, and adorning the shoulders of the regal and the rich. True velvet made from silk falls and drapes with an unmistakable elegance, and that’s the look to go for if you’re going to do classic velvet. Dolce and Gabbana‘s mix of velvet waistcoats and jackets with hot pants or flowing white gowns is a unique way to mix it up.

More and more, interior designers are choosing velvets for curtains, furnishings and accessories. Why? Because the new velvets aren’t the formal fabrics they used to be. Innovative cutting methods and fresh colors make velvets perfect for every room in the house. Designers are using velvet in family rooms, bedrooms – even kitchens. It’s not just for your grandma’s dusty drapes. XO PG

Olive and Gold Silk French Cut Velvet on Dupioni

To find this velvet pillow and more, check out our website at www.deborahmaindesigns.com. For custom orders contact our studio at 512.447.9807 or info@deborahmaindesigns.com.

Texture Tuesday – Snakeskin

 

Texture Tuesday featuring: snakeskin trends and one of our Luxe VIP pillows

Snakeskin can be worn in many different ways these days and we love it! This past spring, we saw a sudden resurgence of serpentine prints in neutral hues on all kinds of accessories, and were delighted to note even more snakeskin for fall, albeit with a twist. This time around, snake prints are available in a slew of bright hues, and can be found on everything from beautiful blazers and skintight pants to wallpaper and pillows. Of course, no matter if you’re a risk-taker or prefer a more classic look, you can always punch up your wardrobe (and home!) with some colorful snakeskin accents. We think clutches, and even jewelry, blend well with any seasonal outfit.

Used in moderation, snakeskin often adds a chic sense of style and intrigue in
both fashion and design. Because of its natural origins, snakeskin may often be
used as a textured neutral, making it an extremely versatile choice when styling fashion for your home of workspace.   Depending upon its color and surroundings, snakeskin can translate as sophisticated, edgy, sleek, and confident. However…be warned…too much snakeskin inserted in the wrong context may also translate as tacky. XO PG

Golden Yellow 1950's Silk with One-of-a-Kind Vintage Brooch

Check out our wesbite at www.deborahmaindesigns.com. To place custom orders, please contact our studio at 512.447.9807 or info@deborahmaindesigns.com.

Texture Tuesday – Linen

Texture Tuesday featuring: linen trends and one of our newest Limited Edition pillows with textured rope trim from our vintage French trim collection.

Linen, an exceptionally popular and flexible fabric, is always in style. People tend to favor this natural fabric over other textiles because it is made from natural fibers.  For clothing styles it permits the body to breathe and is so easy to wear in the summer…and of course it offers a simple and light look in the home. If it is maintained properly and taken care of, it can be an everlasting fashionable wardrobe and home accessory essential.

Summer is fully in swing and linen is a great material to wear to beat the heat! Linen looks clean and fresh in natural/oatmeal color palettes. This year we have seen it mixed up quite a bit and used as a base to play off of other design elements. Linen also provides an excellent foundation from which to build a wardrobe or room. We have even noticed linen to be popular in weddings nowadays, with the decorations and even the clothing. Mixing traditional linens with new exotic colors and patterns is a hot trend right now too. Our personal favorite this season are linen pants and of course our new linen pillows. So remember comfort is a luxury! XO PG

Limited Edition Linen Pillow with Vintage French Trim

Check out our website at www.deborahmaindesigns.com. To place custom orders, please contact our studio at 512.447.9807 or info@deborahmaindesigns.com.

Texture Tuesday Trend – Red, White and Blue

Texture Tuesday featuring: red, white and blue trends and one of our Limited Edition pillows

Just in case you didn’t get enough red, white and blue last week, here are some more ideas to get you through the summer. The fourth of July always brings out these three symbolic colors all over the country. The celebration of our nation’s independence is associated with sizzling barbeques, dazzling fireworks and our beautiful flag can be seen waving freely in the wind. If there was ever a time to get decked out in red, white and blue — not to mention stars and stripes — it would be for the fourth of July. All manner of apparel, accessories and home decor are available in bright to muted shades of these colors and patterns this time of year. Whether you’re at a beach front home or on your way to a splendid vacation, remember to add a dose of colorful flair to an outdoor dining area with an accent or two. Whether traditional or modern in style, these colors can add a crisp and energetic look that’s simple and fresh.  Stripes and linen have been a big look this season, and with holiday sales, now’s the time to swoop in and snag a top or two, or that perfect accent piece for your home. So channel your inner Uncle Sam and flaunt that red, white and blue this month and all year long! XO PG

Limited Edition vintage red and blue linen pillow; last pair just sold.

My daughter displaying our first flag cake! (Yes, a tad flat….but another layer next year will be perfect!)

Limited Edition red and blue floral linen fabric available for custom order in various sizes and quantities.

Check out our website at www.deborahmaindesigns.com. To place custom orders, please contact our studio at 512.447.9807 or info@deborahmaindesigns.com.

Texture Tuesday – Fringe

Fringe is hot this season! - featuring one of Deborah Main's pillows

Fringe has been slowly making a comeback on the runways.  This summer and into the fall/winter seasons it will add a playful touch to your wardrobe and home. Fringe dates back to the roaring 1920′s when women wore necklaces and dresses with beaded fringe.  This year fringe has been seen on designer handbags and shoes…and more recently as decor accents in our homes. Hanging fringe from your ceiling in an open doorway, or to partition a dining area off of a main room, can add mysterious drama to your home while also being a tad flirty. Fringe bangs have also been popular for a few years now and can add depth to your hair.  Whether its on a pillow, shoes, hair or handbag, be sure you don’t go overboard, as one accent piece with fringe can go a long way!  XO PG

Vintage Maltese Cross "Signed" Hattie Carnegie Brooch on Purple Velvet with multi-colored fringe. From our LUXE VIP Collection featuring wearable vintage brooches.

 

This pillow is a throwback to the 1920's! But we put a modern spin on it by stitching this fun and flirty vintage French trim. From our Rococo Ribbon Collection.

These pillows can be found at our website here.  As holiday gift markets draw near, we’ll be adding more fringe pillows to our collections cause they’re SO fun to make! Contact our studio for custom orders anytime at info@deborahmaindesigns.com!