Our Art of the Mix Workshop at Loot

Hi everybody! I hope you all had a fantastic weekend. Maureen and I were finally able to reminisce this weekend on the success of our workshop that we held last Wednesday at Loot Vintage Rentals. We both had the best time hanging with all who came and believe that all our guests had just as fun as we did! I wanted to give all of you who couldn’t make it to our workshop a recap of what all went on that evening and what kinds of activities to expect when signing up for our future events! Scroll down to check it out…

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If you don’t know much about Loot Vintage Rentals, you really should check out their website to learn about all of their amazing furniture and accessories that are for rent (perfect for weddings or photoshoots) and their brand new line of products, Loot Finer Goods, that are for sale to all.

Upon arrival, Maureen and I, along will a few of Maureen’s friends set-up the finishing touches {shout out to In Style Weddings & Destinations & Lady Luxe Life}, such as the food and drink stations and the activity stations. Loot’s incredible staff set up all of the furniture and then Maureen was able to style each vignette exactly how she pleased. She even incorporated a lot of her own accessories, table books, and even a piece of fabric art that she bought in Greece this past summer. I must say, I was swooning the entire time over all of the conversation areas she designed!

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As guests started pouring in right as the clock struck 6 o’clock, the once quiet space became lively with the voices of about 80 guests. We were very pleased with how many people showed up! Although we recognized a lot of faces of our friends and family, we also had the privilege of meeting many other aspiring designers.

After about half an hour of attendees sipping champagne and Guns and Oil beer, the appetizers and small bites were almost gone and people started to settle into their seats for the main event.

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The lecture started off with the owners of Loot Rentals, Rhoda and Anna, introducing themselves, their company, and then the designer herself, Maureen. Then, I told the audience about a Instagram contest that was going to be happening throughout the duration of the event. The first three people who tagged @LootVintage, @LootFinerGoods, and @MaureenStevensDesign in their Instagram posts and used the hashtag #MaureenStevensDesign would win very impressive prizes — the winner would be announced at the end of the presentation.

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As Maureen took the engaged guests through the handout on “how to mix interior design styles,” people were stayed involved by asking Maureen questions and sharing their personal preferences and opinions.

With about thirty minutes left in the evening, Maureen and I instructed everyone to create their very own design board using all the supplies at the front. There were piles of fabric samples, wallpaper samples, magazine clippings of furniture and lighting, as well as paint colors, to choose from. Each and every board that was created was unique and a spot-on reflection of each guest’s personality. These design boards are very helpful to get a clear picture of what a space will look like when it all comes together in regards to color, scale, proportion, textures, and patterns.

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8 o’clock came way faster than everyone wanted it to come. People ended up mozying out by about 9 o’clock, and as they did so, they got to take home their very own “Swag Bag” full of goodies.

We would not have been able to put together such awesome swag bags if it weren’t for the sponsors who contributed more than we could have ever wished for.

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A huge THANK YOU to…

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As you can see, we are both very proud and thankful for how our workshop turned out and are looking forward to planning the next one very soon!

Thank you again to all of you who came, to Loot Vintage Rentals for hosting, and to all of our generous sponsors who donated all the fun stuff for the swag bags.

I hope that everyone has a happy Thanksgiving and a great rest of your week with family and friends celebrating this holiday season.

Check back on the blog next week for another Featured Artist post. You won’t believe this young woman’s talent, passion for art, and success story!

xoxo,

Greta

5 Fab Friday Finds: Black + Gold

Hello all! The chill in the air on this fall Friday has me happier than ever in my cozy sweater. It’s the little things…right? I finally feel like the holidays are near since Austin has finally decided its over summer weather.

While we are transitioning our lives and homes into the next season, I wanted to inspire you all with some black + gold favorites.

Black {or as we like to call it, “Noir” because we are fancy}, symbolizes the spooky holiday coming up at the end of this month, Halloween. Gold, represents the golden leaves that are falling and all the festivities that come along with the holidays.

When combined, this color duo makes any piece of furniture or accessory look chic and swank. Enjoy these fabulous finds!

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black-gold 1. Coco Cabinet, Shine By S.H.O

This funky cabinet shown in ebony oak has brushed brass inlay and acrylic door pulls — from our mouths, oh my gosh!

2. Modernist Murano Glass Wall Sconces, from a local Austin fave, Jean-Marc Fray

These Italian Mid-Century Modern style wall sconces are composed of glass globe shades and black lacquered cones that extend from brass structures.

3. “Midnight Tide” by Kelly Wearlster

I am obsessed with this simple, yet distinctive work. The artist’s love of geometric form, rich textures, and bold imagery is what inspired this gesso painting. “Midnight Tide” also comes in turquoise.

4. Angles Wallpaper in Black / Gold, Erica Wakerly – locally sold at Supply Showroom

This incredible metallic wallpaper is printed in the UK and comes in all different color combinations. Supply Showroom, located in Austin, also carries this line of wallpaper if you want to go see this daring combination in person.

5. Anabelle BRB in Black, Worlds Away

The Anabelle in black velvet and brass is the definition of a posh dining chair. Although I am hooked on the black and gold combo, it also comes in a bright orange velvet and a white velvet with either a nickel or brass frame.

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That’s all for now! Feel free to share your own black and gold finds with us in the comment boxes below. We love getting feedback and getting to know what grabs the attention of our readers and fellow interior designers. Have a fantastic weekend!

xoxo,

Greta