Texture Tuesday featuring: houndstooth trends and one of our Limited Edition pillows
Houndstooth has been around the block once or twice, but recently it has come out to play in dramatic ways. Throughout several decades the trend has been reinvented and modernized to include a substitution of different colors, worn on a number of different pieces of clothing, and even as a nail design. And once high end designers like Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Emporio Armani, and Moschino started to use the trend in their collections in the 1990s; it became highly popularized and worn by Hollywood celebrities. It’s common in tweed and wool fabrics, making it the perfect pea coat or
blazer. This checkered print is classy and chic with a touch of mystery.
Stop by Feathers Boutique and Moss on South Lamar. We saw amazing houndstooth trends at both of these shops!
My new favorite summer activity: paddle boarding on Town Lake. There is no better way to relax on a beautiful Sunday in Austin then slowly paddling around on a large surfboard. Everyone on the lake was very friendly and overall we all had a great time. We rented our boards from Austin Paddle Sports, which is located right off of Barton Springs Road next to the Hyatt Hotel. It costs $15 an hour for each person and the wait was not longer than 30 minutes. We each hopped on our boards and took off, lazily floating down the river with no particular path to follow. We ended up paddling all the way to Barton Springs Pool! We took many breaks to jump in and swim to cool ourselves off, but quickly jumped back on our boards to enjoy the ride.
We definitely recommend this to everyone who loves outdoor adventures with beautiful scenery. Paddling can be pretty tiring on your arms, but all it takes is a quick jump in the lake to forget all your worries. We hope to see you all out there soon! XO PG
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
The summer is ending and all of us Austinites know what that means! It’s time for The Annual Bat Festival. Every year we praise those little rats with wings and celebrate with music and great food. 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats emerged from under the bridge at dusk making the crowd yell “Oh and ah!!”. There were 2 stages with live music, more than 75 arts & crafts vendors, delicious food and drinks. There were also activities for the children as well as a bat costume contest…all for free!
We had a great time walking around seeing everyone in costumes and thoroughly enjoyed watching the crowd go wild when the bats emerged for their feeding. Overall Bat Fest has topped each and every one of the seven years before and we recommend it to everyone. Come join us next year if you missed it this year! XO PG
Texture Tuesday featuring: suede trends and one of our Limited Edition pillows
Suede has made its appearance once again this upcoming fall season. Soft and tactile suede is making a statement in the fashion and home decor world. Offered in understated neutrals or soft hued colors, suede really hones in on the relaxed feel to the season’s fashion. But don’t just stop at neutrals and soft colors, bring it on in neon and bright shades as well. Suede these days has become a big player in Spring runway collections and now the appearance of suede in stores usually means that spring is right around the corner.
For suede to look appropriate in summer, it needs to feel light. Colors like tan, beige, and light gray are great in the summer. So are strappy open styles that expose a lot of skin or lightweight suedes that drape on the body and are truly comfortable and wearable in warmer months. We love suede shoes with brightly colored summer dresses as well has suede jackets, which can spruce up every warm weathered outfit.
Suede furniture has become a staple in many homes and is easy to clean and soft to the touch. We love curling up on our suede couch and relaxing while staying out of the Austin heat! XO PG
Austin Fashion Week is well underway and the events so far have been fabulous! The week kicked off with a few runway shows at the Bob Bullock Musuem featuring:
The menswear line from Austin-owned, fashion-savvy “Keepers”
Sportswear from Ferrari
Evening-apparel from “The Danes Collection”
Race wear from local designer Linda Asaf
First look at the “COTA Girls,” the Circuit’s signature brand ambassadors, dressed in designs by Austin’s own Ross Bennett of Fashion Star fame
Many Austonites came out for this wonderful event and enjoyed great local food and drinks. We were among the many sponsors of the event, so hopefully you saw us there! We could not get enough of Ross Bennett’s fringe skirt (pictured below).
HOT HOT HOT
Events have been going on since the kickoff on Friday. The Showcase Events are located all over Austin and have been going on since Saturday. These events are at salons, boutiques, department stores; you name it. Check out the full schedule here. You must check out all that the designers and contributors have to offer. The Driskill Runway shows start tonight and trust us, you won’t want to miss these. We definitely won’t!
Check out our Deborah Main Designs logo!
We hope to see everyone come out and support local Austin fashion designers. We have had so much fun this week and are excited for the remaining events! XO PG
Texture Tuesday featuring: floral prints and a pair of our Redbrick Modern pillows
This summer has been beautiful and full of blossoms and wildlife here in Austin. In honor of the flowers blooming everywhere, floral prints are our favorite trends this week. Vivid island colored flowers have hit the runways and now homes. Vintage fabrics are popular on many different home decor goods. Our favorite is upholstered on chairs or couches! So buy some fresh cut flowers today and enjoy the rest of your summer! XO PG
Aqua Silk Floral Brocade on Gold Italian Linen
We have tons of floral options on our website at www.deborahmaindesigns.com. To place custom orders, please contact our studio at 512.447.9807 or email@example.com.
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
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
Dubbed “Pillow Goddess” by Houston House & Home, award-winning designer Deborah Main aims to spice up your life with a little fashion for you and fashion for the home. This blog is her weekly “Pillow Talk” musings on everything with style from art to shoes (and pillows of course). Let us dazzle you with all the simple, yet luxurious, finer things in life. Enjoy!