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Team Biscuit: Introducing Maddie & Jordan

A few months ago I posted a job listing with theEverygirl for interns to help me keep things running with design clients while we managed production for our bedding and got everything ready for the store. I had hoped I might find someone who could eventually come on with us as a full-time paid employee once we opened, but I have never hired anyone before and I felt incredibly awkward about the whole situation.

Somehow though, we found not one, but two great girls who have completely saved our asses getting this thing going. So I would like to introduce you to the latest additions to Team Biscuit, Maddie and Jordan.

Who is you?

My name is Maddie. I graduated from Texas Tech University with a bachelors of interior design. I just recently moved to Houston. I began looking for jobs and I came across a post on the every girl blog that Bailey was looking for an intern. After reading through Bailey’s blog, I realized this would be such an awesome opportunity! I fell in love with her quirky design style and I have learned so much already. You never know what the day is going to hold, sometimes it is client work, arts & crafts, organizing displays…And sometimes you are caught in an uncomfortable situation sampling grapefruit from door to door salesmen. But that is a story for another day.

Which bedding pattern do you want for your bed?

The Fiona Lilac is my favorite, it’s fun and girly but the colors are unexpected.

What one thing in the store would you most like to buy?

Gosh that’s hard, whatever you are calling this? That green console with the stools.

Good choice! That’s one of my faves too…

Jordan, Who is you?

After moving from Seattle to Arizona to NYC to London to Chicago and finally here to Houston in a very short seven years, my husband and I are settling in and loving the Texas lifestyle.  After graduating college I worked for Pepsi in Sales & Marketing and recently left to pursue a career and industry I had always dreamed of….this is where Bailey enters at the perfect time.  I was looking for some sort of design job/internship online when I came across Bailey’s posting on theeverygirl.com, stalked her blog and fell in love.  Every day at Biscuit is something new, different and exciting.  The vision and skill of the three Biscuit founders amazes me and I love being a part of this company as it grows and develops every single day. 

Which bedding pattern do you want for your bed?

While I love them all, I must say the Katie is my absolute favorite.  It is classic and fun but mixes with so many different patterns and colors. 

What one thing in the store would you most like to buy?

Seriously, everything.  If I had to choose just one item it would be a set of lime green and white painted chairs that Bailey designed.  They are simply stunning and so fun.  But then the lighting, bedding, artwork, furniture, accessories…o my, it really is too hard to choose just one item.  If I thought about this again in ten minutes I would probably have a different answer.   When you all hopefully come visit us in the store, you will see what I mean, each and every item is as unique and amazing as the next.

Come on in to meet the girls and see more!
We will be closing at 3:00 today so I can take GracieGirl trick-or-treating, but will be back at it 10-6 Thursday.

And for all of you out there like WTF where is the website?

Where is the online store?

I am right there with you. We are working on it.

I can promise though that as soon as it launches, those of you who signed up for our mailing list will be the first to know. And then the rest of you will know because I will be radiating sparkles through your computer screen because FINALLY the last piece will be in place. Until then, patience is a virtue, said someone I don’t get along with.

By the way…

Come in and say “Hi”.

We have treats.

2606 Westheimer Rd

Houston, Tx 77098

Web Store to follow shortly…

Also, we are very glad that our Stina was stranded with us here in Houston and not in New York for Sandy. However, Isabel did make it out in time and is in Brooklyn, and Stina’s whole family is in southern Connecticut. So far, all of our people are ok, but many prayers for those who are not. Especially the families and patients of NYU. It was incredibly hard to hear about the NICU evacuation. Our time in the NICU was the hardest two weeks of our lives, and I can only imagine what the families of those babies are going through. We look forward to the storm waters receding, and finding out how we can help in the recovery.

Team Biscuit: Introducing Stina

Can we resume the Team Biscuit introductions?

Today, I would like you all to meet my Stina.

My St-eeeeeeeeee-Na-Na-Na-Na.

Stina and I were assigned to live with each other freshman year of college.

That’s us, as wee babies.

We always have lots and lots of fun together.

And have been together for all of lifes biggest moments.

Blah.Z.Blah. I know. But its true. And it’s spesh. And I love her so much. And I am so glad she is on this jour-nay. Because she is incredibly talented. She designed our Biscuit logo.

Purdy.

She has a very serious day job and works real hard, and then in her free moments and after work and time I don’t know how someone has, she helps us with the bidness and technology and our marketing and branding and communications.

And then next summer, she will be marrying a very handsome Tree Surgeon.

She is also the one who made Gracie her G-Wagon.

Anyway, here is more from Stina in her own words.

My name is Christina Ducruet, but I go by Stina round these parts. I have known Bailey since the ripe age of 17 when we were joined together by fate in Thurston Hall, room 902 at George Washington University. Bailey arrived with a tie-died duvet cover that she had done herself, only months after I turned my home’s guest bathroom blue attempting to tie dye every white article of clothing I owned. Needless to say, we took a shining and have remained dear friends ever since, despite the two of us going on to transfer to different schools. Through visits to Houston, and Houston friends coming to visit us at GWU, I got to know Isabel and a real treasure trove of amazing gals. Isa’s and my path crossed further after I moved just up the hill from her in Providence, RI where she attended RISD and I went to Brown.

Stina and Paul visiting us in Austin
Earlier this spring, my soon-to-be fiance and I went to Austin to visit Pete and Bails. (It was on this trip that I brought down my now PB-famous Gracie’s Lil Red Wagon). One morning, during Gracie’s nap time, we were all gathered in the playroom under the disco ball when Bailey started to tell me about her dream of starting a design brand and filling the void for reasonably priced, outlandishly stylish bedding.  She explained how she and Isabel had flirted with the idea of creating something together but hadn’t committed to a path forward. I love Bailey, I love design, and I LOVE a cozy, happy bed and I said I would do anything I could to help make this vision real. Just a few weeks later, the three of us met in NYC to strategize and this Friday, only a few short months later, I held one of our boudoir pillows for the first time and I have never felt such pride and excitement before…I hope everyone loves what we’ve made as much as I do because that would mean loving it A LOT. My most significant contribution so far was the creation of our logo, the inital designs for our website and everything branding/identity related. I am also Biscuit’s self-appointed Techspert.
Bailey has asked me to tell you what spice girl I am. I’m a spice RACK baby. Silly spice? Party spice? Nerdy spice? Awkard spice? How awesome is the adjective + spice format???
Our prints as cookies…I like having talented friends.
The prints I am most excited about this season, especially after seeing how beautifully Bails has styled them in the store, are our Katie, Paul (named for someone very very special to me) and Fiona prints. The colors and feeling of every design is devine and the mix-and-matching possibilities are endless. It is thrilling to put work into something I believe is truly special that will make people’s bedrooms more delightful and their beds more cozy and delicious.
The sign on the door says “closed”…but not for long!

Blurgin.

I cannot even tell you how essential it is that today is Friday.

I have been running on fumes for days now. Moving homes and opening a store was probably too much to try and accomplish so close together. Especially when you are a complete control freak and have to have your hand in everything. Trying to remember all the advice from the other week about delegating more. Especially when I have such amazing ladies around me. I had planned on introducing you to my two business partners, and our two interns-turned-full-time-co-workers this week- but we ran out of time. Next week.

I am experiencing a new kind of tired. This body of mine is surprisingly strong for its size, but it just wasn’t made to move large furniture for days on end. I think there is a unique kind of exhaustion that I think comes from using your brain and body at an intense pace all day. I have usually only ever done one or the other at a time. Switching from doing our finances, to moving couches in and out of storage, to tracking orders and managing production, to building beds…At the end of the day I am mentally and physically exhausted. But then every morning I get to snuggle with this:

Or go see progress at the store like this:

Real signage!!

And I am re-energized for another day. But I think I am reaching the end of my reserves.

This is the “pretty messy” version of the office right now. It is actually much worse.

Laying out Gray’s work for a gallery wall.

Nothing sneaky about this peak. Wa-Bam.

Painting, cleaning, moving furniture wearing inappropriate footwear…

Then at the end of the day I get to come home to this. Well this, and a glass of wine (or hard liquor, sorry I’m not sorry), and then all is right in the world.

I am sure y’all are getting sick of these iPhone dumps. I would love to have something else to talk about, but all I do these days is work on the store, spend not enough time with my baby, spend even less enough time with my husband, watch Bravo and sleep. I was going to try and give you taste of the design work that has managed to go on in the midst of this mayhem, and introduce you to the ladies…But that is going to have to wait until next week.

When we may or may not have an announcement at some point.

Have a good weekend everyone!

Art feeds the soul.

Continuing on our theme from Monday…

I have spent a lot of time lately looking at Art.

Honing my eye. Finding artists for Biscuit, and pieces for our as-yet-unnamed home.

And I have found some really amazing pieces I would like to share with you.

Bah-Brah.

If you only knew how many times I have put on the Funny Girl soundtrack at Biscuit during a long day.

IN ALL OF THE WORLD SO FAR, I’M THE GREATEST STARRRR!!!!!

Deal. Only $1,000,000 dollars.

This is actually not a joke. If this wasn’t GIANT and a kagillion dollars it would be on our wall.

And for you art lovers, and Biscuit enthusiasts, we still have a few, very few, invites left to our friends and family opening & to meet Gray Malin, so if you would like to join us please email store@biscuit-home.com TODAY!