Mark your calendars! Saturday April 18th the Village of Kinderhook, NY is hosting its first Spring Home & Garden Day! This exciting day long event is geared to the gardener and design enthusiast alike. The event is packed with great things to do and see all day long.
There is a fantastic historic house tour of five of Kinderhooks most notable homes from 12:30 to 5:00pm. This is a rare opportunity to see inside some of Columbia Counties finest examples of American architecture. The homes on tour offer a range of interior design styles that run the gamut from classic to eclectic. Tickets are $15.00 per person or $25.00 per couple.
What would a home and garden day be without shopping? I will be doing a fun Pop Up shop and book signing all day and again on Sunday in my shop space on the square. There will be a great range of must have home and tabletop accessories and of course a limited selection of over run fabrics from my collection on sale. The exquisite antique store NP Trent is not only hosting the afternoon lectures, but will be open form 9-5pm. Lindowen’s beautiful early country store will have a great selection of her fantastic scented candles along with her furniture and accessories. There is even a temporary Spring at Last Mini Bazaar with garden accessories, baskets, gently used books and birdhouses. For art lovers the world renown Jack Shainman Gallery: The School will be exhibiting three works by Meleko Mokgosi & Status Quo, A group exhibit.
For a longtime I have wanted to offer both a Bespoke and standard pillow collection.
Starting this year that idea is now a reality. I have been busy putting together a collection of pillows which are shown on my website, but also have extended it to include a Bespoke Service.
The Bespoke Service offers designers a simple way to use any of the beautiful, Michael Devine hand printed fabrics. Just choose your fabric or fabrics from our collection and we will do the rest. Since they are made to order custom sizes are not a problem for us. All the pillows are made in New York with great attention to detail, have an invisible zipper and are finished with a natural cord edge. We use a wonderful 10/90 pillow filler that has the perfect balance of support and softness or we also offer a range of fills to suit.
One of the big perks of writing my first book, An Invitation to the Garden, is the book tour. It’s a fantastic chance to speak about the book and meet loads of really interesting people in new places. So I was vey happy to accept the invitation to be the keynote at A Writers Garden Valentine Tea in Dallas, Texas., the annual fund raiser for the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.
The Women’s Council is responsible for the Woman’s Garden which is the centerpiece garden of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Since its establishment in 1986 its mission is the design, construction and funding of the only public garden by women for women.
The Valentine’s Day Tea will be held Februray 10, 2015 from 1:30 to 3:30 at the Arboretum Rosine Hall. The night before there’s a fun Patrons Party for sponsors and underwriters to meet the author at a private residence. For tickets and more details please visit: www.womenscouncildallasarboretum.org or call Carol Nelson, Reservation Chair, 214-528-8029.
Michael Devine has a brand new look. A new URL. An easier to use site with free shipping on all orders over $50. Why not stop in and take a look around? You will find great new trays and gift items, new additions to the dinnerware collection, 21 Irving vintage finds and a new bespoke pillow service.
Of course, the star of the show, our hand printed fabrics are there in great style too.
We even have a few gift ideas....
For the hostess why not a cute tray? The 8” x12” tray is a handy size for anyone who entertains.
Have a traveler on your list? For a fun gift we have added some snappy luggage tags in three patterns.
The coming New Year is off to great start already. I am so happy to have the Antiques & Garden Show of Nashville as my first book event of the 2015. Anything I have heard about the show, the amazing gardens, the wonderful dealers and the events it hosts, has only whetted my desire to attend it.
I am excited to have been asked to be a part of a fun Afternoon Design Panel Lecture moderated by my friend Margot Shaw of Flower Magazine. I will be sharing the stage on Saturday January 31st, with design luminaries Christopher Spitzmiller, Markham Roberts and Jane Scott Hodges. It’s certain to be a really interesting afternoon.
The event list of the four day show reads like a who’s who of the design industry. There is a keynote by Dianne Keaton moderated by Alexa Hampton, a lecture by Kreis Beall of Blackberry Farm / Suzanne Kasler and various other lectures and cocktail parties that all sound fascinating.
The annual show is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. It will be hosting 150+ dealers at the Music City Center in Nashville from January 30 to February 1st, 2015. For more information the show has a informative website.
It’s been a really hectic year. The launch of my first book, An Invitation to the Garden, and the ensuing book tour has been amazing fun. The launch of my dinnerware collection with Julia Watts and the Silver Peacock in New York has also been really fulfilling.
In between the travels and the launching, I spent sometime painting a new design: Wren. This beautiful hand printed geometric design comes in five great colors: chocolate, pearl, wedgwood, indigo and coral on white. It’s an ideal scale for curtains and furniture. Wren coordinates with many of the other fabrics in the collection as well as being a great stand alone statement fabric.
One of the most exciting projects that I have had recently is to have the pleasure of working with French designer Marie Daage on my first collection of dinnerware. Marie is known for her beautiful hand painted designs on Limoges porcelain. I have been a fan of hers since the first time I saw her work at Maison et Objet. Her painterly style and the freshness of her designs compliments my own aesthetic perfectly, which made the decision to do my collection with her very easy.
Our first collaboration, Thomas is based on my most recent hand printed textile by the same name.
Its very gratifying to have the fabric translate so well to another medium.I am crazy about the over sized breakfast cup and saucer. Its a beautifully proportioned cup that’s ideal for a large cup of hot chocolate.
The colors we chose for the first collection are dynamic cyclamen, lettuce, and celeste bleu complimented by a very chic pale gray.
Marie Daage will be showing Thomas collection on her stand during the January Maison et Objet in Scene d’Interieur Hall 7 Stand F131. She will also be showing the newest pattern that we have designed, Charlotte, based on my romantic floral pattern by the same name.
In the US the collection is represented by in Julia Watts who will be launching it during the Spring 2014 New York Tabletop Market at 41 Madison.