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

Deborah Main Designs has gone to Atlanta!

 

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Some of the brooches I am taking to Atlanta! A beautiful heirloom brooch from the Main family was the inspiration for my work.

Finally on the way to Atlanta! We are off to AmericasMart, the trade show where I showcase my collections of handmade, custom luxury pillows as objets d’art. It has been a tough few weeks, but I am so ready to go! My collections have been carefully bundled up and sent on ahead. They are waiting for me in Atlanta.

I have been counting down the days until I leave. Believe me, the pressure has really been on my team to make a flawless appearance in Atlanta for Deborah Main Designs. Between the frenzied designing and frantic completion of every type of form I can think of, the days have been flying by. I have been blessed to have people to lean on. My PR people have done a wonderful job preparing for the elegant champagne and chocolate meet and greet event I have planned for the first evening.

Once again, my booth is on the High Design wall, but I have made a few changes since the January show. This time we will be going for elegance and simplicity. Instead of a back wall solid with tall shelves, I will have glass cases showcasing my jewels, and a few shelves where I will be debuting a brand new product! I don’t want to ruin the surprise, so keep your eyes peeled for the new line next week in pictures.

I have big plans for the trade show, but not just for my brand. I can’t wait to see the other booths and all of the wonderful people who made January’s show such a special occasion for me. In particular, I hope to see Kathy Ireland there. In January, she kindly stopped by my booth and was so encouraging of my work. Kathy Ireland is a gorgeous lady, a model turned businesswoman, who owns her own marketing empire. Since meeting her, she has been my inspiration to keep reaching for the stars!

Stay tuned for updates and as many pictures as I can post!

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One of the pillows I am taking with me to Atlanta!

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One of the gorgeous brooches I worked with!

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

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Texture Tuesday Trends – Diamond Print

Texture Tuesday featuring: diamond prints and two of our Redbrick Modern pillows

Trending this week are diamond prints! From rhinestone textures to colorful prints – and a bedroom headboard to your fingernails -  this trend can be seen in a wide variety of interesting designs. It’s no secret that bold prints, and even pastels, are all the rage this season, so naturally diamond prints fit right in and must be next on our trend list. We like to think of it as a modern take on the classic argyle pattern that your seeing in fashion clothing and styling for the home.  Around for years, this pattern features a lot of textures and variation in coloring and size. Sometimes even a traditional pattern like this can be slightly twisted and elongated for a more modern take.  It adds a bit of jazz and brilliant texture to any object, yet remains classic and simple. We love quilted diamond prints on anything. So remember, diamonds are always a girl’s best friend! XO PG

Vintage Brown, Caramel, and Cream Scarf

Lavender Geometric Silk

You can find both of these pillows shown above, as well as other diamond prints, on our website at www.deborahmaindesigns.com. To place custom orders, please contact our studio at info@deborahmaindesigns.com or 512.447.9807.

Texture Tuesday – Chain Link

Texture Tuesday featuring: chain link trends and one of our Redbrick Modern pillows

There is no denying that bold prints are all the rage this season! Chain link prints are equal parts party girl and Park Avenue princess. From Louis Vuitton to Stella McCartney, cheeky chain prints are having a moment, linking everything from accessories and ready-to-wear to sporty shoes. With a nod to ’80s hip-hop, the bling-heavy print adds a touch of glam with a slyly ironic wink. We’ve seen the look on the runways and on the streets of the hippest US cities. We love when this print is added to homes as well. So remember chain link prints are as good as gold this season! XO PG

Retro Mustard & Chocolate Brown Chain Link

You can find the pillow shown above, as well as others with trending prints, on our website at www.deborahmaindesigns.com. To place custom orders, please contact our studio at info@deborahmaindesigns.com or 512.447.9807.

Texture Tuesday – Yellow & Gray

Texture Tuesday featuring: yellow & gray trends and one of our Limited Edition pillows

Our latest obsession: yellow and gray! This trend has stuck around in the fashion and home decor world for a couple years now, yet continues to be fresh. Nothing goes better with gray, in our minds, than yellow. Adding a bright color with a dull neutral creates a beautiful color palette that looks good on all aspects of design. We cannot resist a yellow and gray pattern on anything! It looks classically chic on items around the home, yet looks exquisitely elegant on the runways. Mixing this trend with cream and black can also add some vintage spunk to the palette. So think bright and lively as you shop around for yellow and gray this season. XO PG

Vintage Gray & Saffron Linen Curtain Panel

 

European Golden Yellow Floral with Vintage Brooch

You can find both pillows shown above, as well as other variations of yellow and gray, on our website at www.deborahmaindesigns.com. To place custom orders, please contact our studio at info@deborahmaindesigns.com or 512.447.9807.

Texture Tuesday – Mint Green

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

Mint green is classically chic and trending this summer! This pastel shade is bold and that perfect combo of blueish green. I would make sure to not overdo with this color, but focus on just one piece for an ultimate statement. If you’re hesitant of how to incorporate it into your wardrobe or home, think pastel shades as updated neutrals. Mint green is an easy way to freshen things up. This trend is not limited to just clothing, it’s popping up in home decor as well. This cool green hue gives all your fashion and beauty basics a refreshing twist. So go grab yourself a carton of mint chocolate chip ice cream and sprinkle your life with a touch of mint green this season! XO PG

Vintage Aqua and Cream with Faux Pearl Brooch

You can find this pillow above, as well as variations of mint green, on our website at www.deborahmaindesigns.com. To place custom orders, please contact our studio at info@deborahmaindesigns.com or 512.447.9807.

Texture Tuesday – Coral

Texture Tuesday featuring: coral trends and one of our VIP pillows

One of this season’s biggest trends is the color coral. Nothing lifts us out of our why-isn’t-it-hot-yet blues more than wearing a pop of color. This summer, it’s all about integrating hints of redish, pinky corals into our wardrobe. Coral is everywhere and we cannot get enough of it.  We’ve bought coral earrings, shoes and dresses because we’re just loving this color oh-so-much!!  It’s really showing up in homes too and looks great paired with hints of gold.  Painting one of the rooms in your house coral can bring a smile to anyone’s face who sees it. From the runways to the department stores, along with color-blocking, bright coral is without a doubt a big trend this season.  And it’s really no surprise, not only is this color eye-catching and bright, but it’s also girly and fresh….perfect for spring and summer outings. Celebrities have been wearing it everywhere from the red carpet to the grocery store.  Give it a try – you too can pull of this great trend with style! XO PG

Spring Coral Vintage Glass Brooch on Antique Lace

You can find this pillow above, as well as variations of coral, on our website at www.deborahmaindesigns.com. To place custom orders, please contact our studio at info@deborahmaindesigns.com or 512.447.9807.

P.S. We might even have a tiny bit more (for one small pillow) of this gorgeous fabric which actually features blood red coral on a brilliant aqua silk.  You never know availability, so always please call our studio to inquire!

Aqua coral silk pair (sold)