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

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 – 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

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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!