Cold weather lovers rejoice! It seems as though the scorching hot days of summer are officially over for another year as we mosey on into autumn.
Fall is my favorite time of year. It is a transformation of sorts. Autumn shows us how beautiful it can be to let things go. There is a great quote from The Great Gatsby that states: “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”
These words resonate with me because I am always looking for the chance of renewal. There is something so therapeutic about cleaning out your stuff, purging all the things you don’t use or don’t need. I know I am definitely in the minority but I really enjoy cleaning out closets! It feels good to donate items to people who really need them, and it de-clutters my space, and ultimately my life.
Of course the upside of getting rid of old stuff is that you will need to replace it with the new! That’s where Maven comes in. As the weather gets cooler, it’s time to start preparing for chilly nights with warm blankets and soft, luscious pillows. It’s time to transition from summer to autumn, and these are some pieces we love and recommend for making this adjustment successful.
Velvets are easily the most sumptuous fabric known to man. Square Feathers, one of my favorite lines we carry in the store and online, has so many great options for incorporating velvet into your design style. Perfect as bedroom decorative pillows or as couch cushions for a night spent at home, lazing luxuriously on lounges.
The Ming Birch pillow, shown here in black and emerald, is effortlessly modern as it updates the classic stripe pattern into a contemporary elegant pillow. With several color options and sizes available, you can cater this cushion to fit your style, and add a pop of color anywhere!
But if one stripe of velvet isn’t enough, Square Feathers also makes a luscious Vintage Velvet pillow, shown here in a deep purple and blush. Several color choices and sizes are accessible. This pretty pillow features velvet covers that are soft and luxurious to the touch. Each pillow is filled with down that provides enough support for your head as you relax.
Man cannot cuddle with pillows alone. Throw blankets are essential for warming up cool nights and breezy mornings. They bring style and comfort to your armchair or bed. Pine Cone Hill has a wide selection of throw blankets that help you achieve maximum coziness for fall. The Cozy Knit Linen Throw, made of 100% cotton, comes in ten color options, making it easy to coordinate with any room.
Another warm and comfy throw from Pine Cone Hill is the classic Selke Fleece Throw. These throws are made with microfiber knitting and a polishing technique for the ultimate coziness factor, perfect for snuggling or afternoon naps. These are easily the softest throw blankets I've ever encountered. Available in seventeen different color choices, you’re sure to find one to fit your style!
There’s nothing better than crawling into bed at the end of a long day, especially if your bedding is as inviting and comfortable as PomPom at Home’s Brussels Coverlet. Offered in seven different soft, stone washed colors, this sophisticated line has a diamond-quilted pattern on the front and is made of 100% stone washed cotton velvet.
Our cozy collection wouldn’t be complete without a fur throw (faux of course!) Soft and lush with the perfect amount of sumptuous fluff, the Pom Pom at Home Eva throw blanket offers tempting texture to sofas and seats in sumptuous faux fur. This luxurious layer proves essential in a neutral sand hue or bright winter white.
Whether you’re the first one in the kitchen preparing pumpkin-inspired dishes at the mere mention of autumn, or still in denial about having to put away your flip-flops and swimsuit for another year, there’s no doubt that the changing season is upon us.
It’s time to discover which part of yourself you’d like to embrace and expand upon, and which parts of your summer skin you’d like to shed. Here at Maven, we say bring on those turning leaves, cozy sweaters and that nostalgic chill!
Happy Fall y’all!
The psychology of color and the feelings they evoke has always fascinated me. Fast food restaurants choose orange and yellow to evoke happiness and stimulate hunger. Social media accounts use blue to represent dependability and trustworthiness. White projects purity while black can be authoritative and powerful.When decorating or renovating your home, color can unintentionally affect your emotional state. For instance, a bright red wall would not be suitable for a bedroom since red stimulates energy and increases blood pressure, respiration, heartbeat, and pulse. Not very relaxing for a good night’s sleep!It should come as no surprise to any of our patrons that we love the color green! Our building, front door, store lampposts, mirrors, and many of our design projects have featured this luscious color.Fun facts about the color green; it occupies more space in the spectrum visible to the human eye in most colors, and is second only to blue as a favorite color. Green is the pervasive color in the natural world, which makes it an ideal backdrop in interior design since we are so used to seeing it everywhere.Green symbolizes growth, freshness, serenity, and healing and also has a strong emotional correspondence to safety and balance. The effects of the color green can help alleviate depression, nervousness, and anxiety, making it an ideal shade for a soothing master bedroom retreat. It can offer a sense of renewal, self-control, and harmony, perfect for the family kitchen where most of your life takes place.When choosing to decorate with green, the possibilities are endless! From a pea-green kitchen to a bath in lime stripes, you can utilize this lively and refreshing color in any room of your house.I’ve curated a collection of our greenest spaces in the store and from our clients’ design projects, along with tips for how to incorporate this sprightly hue with your own decorating style!Come on in! Inviting, fun, and a little funky, this bright emerald green is a great color choice for the front door.Our front counter is adorned with a green accent wall, and our signature golden elephant! This helps to create a feel-good atmosphere in our store, perfect for selecting just the right thing for your home!These adorable vintage chairs are a beautiful addition to this bright dining room. You can snag items like these chairs at your local antique mall or flea market. New chartreuse cushions make the room super cheerful, and give new life back to the chairs.A set of Barbara Cosgrove Foo Dog lamps with custom color shades looks incredible next to neutral bedding. Square Feathers pillows in the same hue make this bed calming and restful. Katie Ridder fabric in a custom made bolster complete the bed. All items available in the store!Moss Studio's Plymouth sofa with a ruffled skirt in custom fabric make this one of the coziest and bright sofas I've ever seen! Decorated with coordinating hot pink pillows give it a cool edge, perfect for a little girl's room!This GORGEOUS chandelier from Cyan in a bright green is the perfect ornamental detail for this rustic farmhouse table. Bar stools in a matching hue elevate your dining experience to new heights!Pops of color should be incorporated everywhere! These cherries in a citrine lacquer with a bright brass etched stem are great stand-alone sculptures on your dining table or kitchen island... or sitting on top of a stack of books on your coffee table.Custom drapes are a smart investment that can add serious drama to any room. Seen here in a plush velvet from Schumacher Fabrics, this amazing kelly green is such a stunner. We can help you with all of your drapery needs!Creating a serene space is necessary for the bedroom. Pine Cone Hill's Fern Duvet cover and sheet set transport nature indoors! Lacefield pillows add a pop of neon.This beautiful and bright lake house wouldn't be complete without these Manuel Canavos custom drapes. The clients' chairs get a facelift with new ID Collections upholstery.Even Maven's adorable little greeter is getting into it! Let the soothing shades of green help create stability and inspire possibility!Have a great week, and don't forget to go green!
It is hard to believe that another summer has come and gone, but what a crazy summer it has been for us here at Maven!We have been blessed with so many amazing projects this summer that made us forget the 100+ degree weather outside, except for the day the air conditioning went out in the workroom. It was a very sweaty day for interior design.One of my favorite projects we have been working on this summer has to be the office. We were tasked with furnishing and designing an entire floor of an office space, complete with a kitchenette and a common area. This has been in the works for a few months and it has been awesome to see it all come together. The planning and preparation for this project has been a challenge but such a fun process.It was a neat progression to see our plans come to life. Part of our design process is creating a mockup for our clients. People are generally visual, so it helps to create a two-dimensional depiction of what the spaces will look like.Below are some side-by-side pictures of our initial plans, and the actual outcome in the space!One of my favorite parts of the office has to be the six custom burl wood desks made for each individual office. They give the setting a Mad Men inspired feel, also adding functionality and cohesiveness to the entire floor.Colorful artwork and funky furniture pieces were key to making our clients feel less like corporate drudges in every other office and more like a group of people working together for the greater good, in a unique and stylish space!The kitchenette is fully functional with a dishwasher, refrigerator and storage space. We chose a white, modern, marble, round table from Minimal and Modern for dining, with contemporary black chairs that compliment our motif of black, white, and green.We are nearing completion, and I can’t wait to show you the finished product! Stay tuned for more updates on one of my favorite projects!
We survived the April showers, now is the time to enjoy May’s flowers, and we are blooming with new inventory here at Maven. Summer is almost here, and we have composed a list of our new favorites in the store (while they last!) and online at our website!
These pleasing Palma Rubia chargers are perfect for setting the scene at your next outdoor bar-be-que or poolside festivity. Blue, red, and bright pink are your color choices for a set of four. Coordinate with a matching set of coasters, also available in red, blue, and pink for a bright and cheerful table.
The Mint Julep is more than a drink; it’s a signature cocktail! Filled to the rim with an invigorating mélange of fine bourbon, simple syrup, fresh muddled mint, and crushed ice, this legendary mixture deserves the best chalice! Our Two’s Company set of four silver Mint Julep glasses will make sipping your summer beverage feel like you’re in Kentucky, watching the derby. It’s the perfect summer beverage and makes a perfect hostess gift! Gift box included.
Your next soiree or pig-nic will be a sizzler! We are squealing over Two’s Company pig themed items. Transform your home to a sty-lish space with these quirky pieces! (I couldn't resist all the pig puns, they were just too much fun!)
Place card holders, in a set of four, are fun and functional when you host your next dinner party out at the farm! They make great gifts as well, gift box included.
Platters of pork will look perfect in a pig serving bowl, two sizes available!
Your family will never need to wonder about mealtime when you make use of the menu blackboard with chalk. Three little pigs adorn the bottom of the board, ready to see what’s for dinner!
Bright colors and funky pieces are what we are known for at Maven. One of my favorite items is the Two’s Company small ceramic pineapple jar with lid. Offered in green, pink, and yellow, these delightful pineapples make a fantastic addition to your kitchen or sunroom. Complete the collection with a golden pineapple jar with lid, available in large and small sizes.
With abundant blooms sprouting from the ground, the need to prettily display your horticulture efforts arises. The Two’s Company sleek and chic bubble vases aren’t “garden-variety”, pun intended! Varying in four sizes, these hand-blown glass vases are ideal for adding a unique element to a tabletop or counter space. Their shape reminds me of a scientist’s beaker!
We also have a new assortment of planters for the green thumb in your life. Striped in white and blue, these pots are sweet for summer succulents.
Graduation, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, end of school parties, your first poolside get together; the list goes on! So much happens during the months leading up to summer and I am sure you are photographing the moments you don’t want to forget! Ensure that your memories are preserved with our large assortment of new picture frames! Display the times that mean the most to you. Various sizes and colors are available.
Days spent at the lake are just better! It’s time to stock up on fun accessories. Our newest hats from 2Chic can help protect the fairest of skin, and also are adorable! These wide-brimmed straw hats come embroidered with a warning of “Do Not Disturb” in either black or white. Be the envy of lawn chair dwellers everywhere!
Pack up your pool provisions with Two’s Company Sail Away jute bag with rope handles. Stitched with the words PLAY, AHOY, RELAX, or ESCAPE, no matter which option you choose, your newest tote will reflect a stress-free vibe all summer long.
Whether you’re headed to a baseball game, dining al fresco with friends, and or lounging by the pool, we are ready to equip you for summertime activities and amusement! Make your summer one to remember, enjoy the sunshine, find a beach, and get yourself some fruity drinks!
The Original Round Top Antiques Fair celebrated its 49th year of showcasing one-of-a-kind antiques, furniture, and the most unusual exposition in the world. And guess who was there? The Head Mavens at Maven were not missing this. We took to the road last week for Round Top, TX. The Spring Antique Fair is easily one of the best antique shows in the nation. We came, we saw, we shopped! Here is our full account of travels and adventures of a weekend well spent.
Wednesday morning, 8am: HIT THE ROAD.
The drive from Fort Worth, TX to Round Top takes approximately four hours. We left bright and early, saying our goodbyes to Maven as we pulled away. We knew the store was being left in good hands. We also knew that the store was in desperate need of more furniture. It seems that everyone and their mother wanted a new coffee table last month. Our biggest focus was finding unique and exceptional pieces. Lately I am having a hard time unearthing something special, something that not everyone else has. My primary job at Maven is to cultivate this unique look for my clients and customers. That can be really challenging when everyone is shopping at the same places. I needed additional access to atypical articles and this was the perfect place to find it.
Wednesday, 3pm: WE’RE HERE!
When we arrived, we checked into our rooms at Black Bird Farms, the cutest little bed and breakfast in Fayetteville, TX, located about twenty minutes from the grounds at RoundTop.
First on our agenda was to make the agenda; getting a game plan ready for the weekend ahead of us was very important. It can be an overwhelming event. You could stay for three weeks and probably not see everything. There are four different venues that feature some of the coolest and eclectic antiques available to mankind. There is the Big Red Barn, the Big Red Barn Tent, The Continental Tent, and Carmine Dance Hall. We wanted to concentrate on rugs, pillows, and bedding for our first day. Funky designs, bright colors, and patterns were our focus.
We went to bed early, getting ourselves hyped up for a big weekend.
Thursday, 8am: DAY ONE
Waking up early, we dressed for battle. Cash and credit cards were our weapons of choice. It was a beautiful day for salvage shopping. We spent most of this day looking at bedding. Our finds ranged from poufs to pillows. So many cute and wonderful things were found this day!
Thursday, 2pm: LUNCHBREAK
We ate at this great place called Los Petronas for most of our meals. You can’t go wrong with Mexican food. We needed our fuel for the remainder of the day. The best thing we saw on our first full day had to be the rugs. Their beautiful array of carpets was one that I will never forget.
Friday, 8am: HERE WE GO AGAIN, DAY TWO
Up and at em, bright and early! We had a successful day one that completely rocked our worlds. We were not prepared for what Day 2 had in store. Today’s main efforts were finding vintage treasures. My favorite thing we found that day were the Matisse prints. They were featured in a museum exhibition. They were practically yanked off the store’s walls when we returned! A customer bought them for her daughter’s personal art collection. We purchased six of them, and have two left! I’m so happy they went to a good home, but was sad to see them leave.
Friday, 2pm: WE TIRED
Whoever invented naps was the best person ever. We really were dragging by the end of this day. Allergies and weather elements were plaguing us, but we kept marching onward. We had antiques to acquire and art to attain.
Other things we uncovered that day were these adorable plush animal heads.
I love these so much! They are super whimsical and a fur friendly alternative to having animal heads mounted in your home.
Saturday, 8am: LAST DAY
The last day, our final hours, super intense. Big items were our mission, and we up to this task. The large antique table from Paris we found would make a perfect addition to a great hall. Made in the 1800s, I can only imagine that it once sat in a huge farmhouse and helped to feed a large family. I love the fact that this table has been around longer than me. It makes me feel like a part of something, and that maybe someday someone will be using my furniture, wondering who used it previously.
We also acquired these amazing high green chairs. Jade, kelly green, emerald; all shades of green make me happy. These particular chairs are a bright chartreuse, and can be seen in our front window, along with a beautiful dining table. Impressively, it is made from a single slab of a massive Blue Atlas Cedar tree. I already have offers on it, so make sure to check it out before it is gone.
Saturday, 12pm: WHAT A TRIP
After FOUR HOURS of loading up our trailer, we hit the road for Fort Worth. We looked like Ma and Pa Kettle, setting out on the Oregon Trail with our wagon full of goods. It was such a successful and rewarding expedition. As fun as it was, we were grateful to be heading back to the beautiful Fort Worth, TX.
Saturday, 4pm: NO PLACE LIKE HOME
Antiques, knick-knacks, trinkets, baubles, and tchotchkes, it all was so amazing to see and shop for, but my favorite part about RoundTop has to be the history of everything. Every item has a past that is entirely unique to it. It makes me so happy to know that everything we purchased had been repurposed and salvaged to make an interesting and distinctive object with a story. The coffee table that I sell to a family in Fort Worth might have been used in another home fifty years ago! It just excites me that instead of buying something new, we can find an eclectic and awesome piece of furniture that would have ended up in a landfill somewhere. I love giving new life to old things. It’s like a history lesson in the form of functionality.
At RoundTop you have a little bit of everything. There are the fancy venues with the breakables, and then you trudge through the tents in a muddy field to find the perfect hutch for your dining room. It is always exciting, always fulfilling and I can’t wait to go back this fall. Who knows what we will find or experience next time?