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I bought my first piece of original art on Magazine Street in New Orleans in 2007. I was visiting Pete, and we wandered into this cute home decor shop called Perch and saw some paintings of Veuve Bottles, and this amazing lacquered portrait of Audrey profile. After talking to the ladies at the shop, we learned the work was a local artist named Ashley Longshore. I ended up buying the painting, and met Ashley when she delivered it to Austin a few weeks later.

Ashley and I have kept in touch over the years, and that Audrey painting has moved with us from Austin to Chicago and back to Houston. Every time the painting is photographed, I get a fresh slew of emails asking where people can get one for themselves. Ashley and I have always talked about finding other ways to work together, and over the years Ashley has done some fabulous collaborations, but I felt like there was still an opportunity to create a line that really captured the irreverent whimsy so many people connect to in her work.

Late last year we decided it was time to get ‘er done, and last night Biscuit held Ashley’s first Houston show in 5 years with squillions of gorgeous new pieces, and the debut of our ALxBH capsule collection! My friend and client, Rachael, who owns A Fare Extraordinaire– planned the most fabulous party. Every detail from the butterfly adorned boxwood bar, to the splatter painted truffle bonbons was so thoughtful- and as always the service and execution were on point.

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Our capsule collection is available online now– but hurry hurry! There are extremely limited quantities and once they gone…they gone. We are already almost sold out of a few items, and I don’t think supplies are going to last through the weekend!

Many Many thanks to the team at AFE, Ashley Longshore, and my beloved Biscuit girls for making this magic happen!

Makers We Love :: Love & Victory

One of my favorite aspects of my job at Biscuit is finding new, special products and learning the stories about the people and processes behind them. As y’all know, I am passionate about products being made in the USA, and we want to support our fellow makers by sharing more about the lines we love.

Every month we will be bringing you behind the scenes of a new line we are carrying at Biscuit, starting today with Meg and her line: Love & Victory.

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I’ve always been a maker. My first career was as a hand papermaker at a place called Dieu Donné in New York City, collaborating with some of the best artists in NYC in the very glamorous get-up of rubber boots and apron, so I’m certainly not afraid of getting dirty.

At this point in my career, however, I’m most interested in running a viable business and supporting myself creating work that I can feel proud of. It’s possible to make a living doing what you enjoy, and that’s so encouraging! 

I, like most designers, create things that I’d like to own. Often that involves a more modern version of something sentimental like a silhouette of my daughter or glasses bearing a family name.

I’m an intense researcher and observer; my inspiration comes from the outside, from intense observation—architecture, typography, strangers’ conversations, restaurants & bars, my 5 year old, my friends. I also have a freakish love for the deeply sentimental: mourning jewelry, tattoos, friendship and love tokens, and I borrow visually from those genres.

In addition to Love & Victory, I work as a freelance graphic designer. I actually met Bailey because we share a common friend, the artist Caitlin McGauley, who I worked with last year on her genius line of wallpapers. Most recently, I worked on the launch of Studio Four NYC’s wallpaper line in collaboration with Brian Paquette, Angie Hranowsky, and Amber Lewis. It’s been a really gratifying way to stay connected to other designers and artists, and I love employing my nerdy math skills! It’s also really handy to have an in-house graphic designer who’s available at a moment’s notice 😉

I love how Biscuit customized our hand engraved decanter set with Howdy and Texas for a little state pride. Bailey and I share a sense of whimsy in our design, so it’s perfect that it’s reflected in these. Our decanters are such a great gift—almost everyone appreciates a little drink in the evening. ” – Meg

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How perfect are those silhouettes Meg did of Grace & Harry!? Click to shop these items and more from Meg’s line, including our Biscuit exclusive Texas decanter & Howdy glasses!

Welcome to the Shmamptons: Country Living!!!

The new issue of Country Living came out yesterday with a lovely feature on our Shmamptons house! I have really been enjoying the issues the new team at Country Living has been putting out recently. SO! When an editor I am quite fond of (having worked with her in the past) reached out to me in November asking if there was any way I could pretty please have the house ready for their April issue, I couldn’t say no. We were already pushing ourselves to have it furnished for the holidays, and this was just the motivation I needed to go ahead and get it finished. I am so glad we did-  we have been out there almost every weekend since then and it is so nice not having to look around and make mental notes on all of the outstanding projects. I can actually shut my brain off for the first time since I can remember, and relax with my family- who have incidentally informed me that I actually do still have a pleasing personality when I am not a crazy stress monster! Great news all around. 😉

I am so happy to share some snippets of our special place with all of you- it was a true pleasure working with the entire Country Living team and the photos by Roger Davies capture the place perfectly.

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To celebrate the feature, the Biscuit team put together a special Country Mouse Collection so that you can basically shop the story! Thank you all for the kind words thus far- I can’t wait to share some more shots and projects from the home over the next few weeks. xoxo!

Introducing Boone & Bloomsbury

Our Biscuit Season 4 collection came out yesterday- and I could not be more excited to introduce y’all to our new prints: Boone & Bloomsbury!

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This collection is the stuff my dreams are made of. We have been working on it for a solid year, listening to what y’all want to see from us, perfecting the colors, and finally now releasing them on our newly fluffed website! I am so so proud of our team, the hardest working, most positive, passionate, funny, group of ladies who just make awesome stuff happen every day. I hope y’all enjoy the collection…

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To thank all of you for your continued support and welcome Boone & Bloomsbury to the family, we are offering 15% off site-wide with the code B&B15!

Before & After: Project LA

Domaine Home did a great piece on our LA Project this week, and I wanted to show you all the before & afters and share some behind the scenes action!

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Our clients, Kelly and Matt, reached out to us early this summer asking for help with their new home. From Kelly’s initial email:

“My husband, Matt and I recently purchased a 1920’s Spanish Style home in LA. We thought we had a handle on what we wanted and where our design taste was leading us, but now that we’re living in the house and buying things- it’s not coming together like we planned. Basically, I don’t want to keep making expensive mistakes and then needing to start all over…”

Kelly and Matt were actually pretty into design, especially danish furniture of which they had collected a lot of great pieces over the years, but were having trouble blending their more modern furniture taste with the Spanish architecture of the home.

So our tasks were:

  1. Blend the traditional Spanish architecture with their existing modern pieces.
  2. Let the sun shine in- and brighten things up!
  3. Highlight the original architectural details of the home.
  4. Bring out their fun, colorful personalities.

We worked over email, selecting the larger items like the rug and coffee table, as well as creating a custom media cabinet and pillows. Then Valerie and I flew out for a few days before our shoot with Domaine to pull it all together.

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I have to gush a little bit…Kelly and Matt are beyond dream clients- so game, so communicative and understanding, with amazing taste and a sense of fun. These photos by Chris Patey are stunning, and I have to say a huge “thank-you” to the entire Domaine team for the great feature! Finally- special Gorgeous Award to my SuperHeroAssistant Valerie who drove us all around LA making the impossible look easy, we will always have the memories of driving with a fiddle fig leaf surrounding our heads even if the experience took years off our lives!

I hope y’all enjoy this first taste of one of our favorite projects- there will be a lot more to come from our work on this amazing home that I am excited to share! As always, let me know if you have any questions.

For more info and pictures- check out the full article on Domaine

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Get the Look: Coffee Table Options: 1, 2, 3, 4, Leather Sofa: Restoration Hardware, Rug Options: Restoration Hardware, Layered Rug Option, Mid-Century Chair Options: 1, 2, Floor Pouf Option 1, Option 2, Stool Options: 1, 2, 3, Side Tables: Mecox, Lamps: Robert Abbey, Media Cabinet: West Elm, Screen: Peter Dunham Textiles, Peacock Chair: Anthropologie, Giraffe: Anthropologie, Pillows & Throws: Tangier Peony Square, Tangier Peony Lumbar, Raoul Textiles Square, Pitti Orange Pillow, Scallop Throw