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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!

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

Before & After: Pete’s Biscuit Office

We were supposed to move into our new Biscuit offices at the beginning of December last year so that I would have a few months to transition the business and get things running smoothly before Harry arrived at the end of January, and I could take a little time off. But, best laid plans and all that, the offices weren’t ready until March which pretty much eliminated any hope I had of a “maternity leave”. Things was stressful, and Pete offered to take some of those things off of my plate and manage the business side during the transition so I could focus on the creative side/physical space- and, you know, breastfeeding/not losing my mind.

I set Pete up an office so he would have his own space when he worked from the store, which was a little sad and spare. Minimalist chic? We ended up enjoying sharing an office, working from the same space streamlined our family logistics, and it was especially nice to have him around when super helpful freight shippers would leave big furniture orders in the middle of our sidewalk. By summer Pete decided to license some of the technology he had been developing so he could focus on a smaller project that had recently turned into a dream opportunity- and he started looking for his own legit office space for he and his business partners. Unwilling to lose our man-power, I offered to properly fluff up his office and share our conference room with his business partners. We shook on it and got to work making his environment more hospitable, the results of which you may have seen in this instagram pic:

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But it’s not really a satisfying makeover until you can appreciate the full before & after and so I present:

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We started the makeover by moving his desk chair from our home office, finding him a proper desk, and some comfortable chair for visitors…

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Pete’s office doesn’t have any windows, and the white cinderblocks are, erm, a little institutional? So we pulled some pictures and art from around our house to warm it up, and filled in with some finds at our neighborhood flea markets, but the real game changer was hanging that giant nautical scene behind his desk. IMG_8082

I am not super detail-oriented, and while I appreciate a good gallery wall, the idea of executing one makes me feel mostly just tired.

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I will say a little planning goes a long way to preserving sanity- but once we had the basic framework we decided to just keep it loose. Perfection was not the goal, but I am happy with how it came out. I think the key to an interesting gallery wall more than anything is a mix of mediums, photography, oil paintings, watercolor, sketches, and some textural/sculptural pieces.

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The chairs we found are super comfortable, and they swivel which is always enjoyable.

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People tend to avoid color in man spaces, and favor tough surfaces like wood, metal, and leather but you need a little softness and pops of color to keep things warm.10 Gallery
This was a quick fix, we found all of the furniture, lighting, art and accessories one day and hung the gallery wall/put it all together the next, but it is one of the biggest transformations in terms of feel I think I have ever done. Which is easier to do when the “before” is so bleak, but it really is such a pleasant place to work from now.

I put some selections for any of you looking to create a similar look on your own, and when I was sourcing items I was so impressed by the options West Elm is putting out these days, you could do an awesome version of this room straight from the store- so I included how I would do the look for less as well!Pete Office Pete OFfice art Screen Shot 2014-12-07 at 11.08.44 AM

1. Burl & Lucite Console 2. Eames Executive Chair 3. Black Lacquer Campaign Desk 4. Velvet Armchairs

 Large Scenic Piece, Work Hard & Be Nice To People, Juju Headdress, Abstract Watercolor, Equestrian Oil Painting, National Park Map, Shield Mirror

West Elm: Console, Desk, Desk Chair, Armchairs