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Meet Maggie Mielczarek, an artist, mom and business owner. She started her fabric/pillow/accessory business, Leland Gal, three years when all the pieces suddenly fell into place. She has a little shop in Leland, Michigan, open seasonally, where she sells her colorful designs. All of her fabrics are her own painted designs turned into patterns. Maggie uses her soundings in Michigan to inspire her patterns: Birch trees, canoes, sail boats and cherries. Her patterns are so fun and we can’t wait to see our lighting paired with Leland Gal. Step into her colorful world to see why we are inspired by Maggie and Leland Gal!

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South of Boston there is a tiny coastal town called Hingham, MA. In this town there is a little shop called Delicious Designs owned by Roberta Sobran. Her shop is filled with fabric, lighting, furniture and of course some Stray Dog Designs. Roberta is a talented designer who puts together tranquil, modern spaces with fun pops of color. She is also a photographer and you can see (and order) her beautiful photographs on her website. Check out the interview below to learn more about Roberta and find out why we are inspired by Delicious Designs.

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Kate Roebuck is the bomb. I knew this fact before I even met her. I became obsessed with her Oxford, MS house (and her collection of Hable Construction bags) when I spotted it in Anthology Magazine a few years ago. Then she moved to Chattanooga and now she is my neighbor. She has a great little bungalow that I love visiting because it is an outward expression of her fun and funky style. (And it is in no way childproofed, which is something I long for.) Kate is a talented artist and I am always inspired by her paintings, weavings and personal style. 

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Twenty years ago this woman waltzed into our lives. 

We weren’t sure what to make of her…and for those of you who know her…you know just what I mean.

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We are totally in love with these gorgeous linens and inspired by El Camino de Los Altos! We found these beautiful shawls and table cloths at our friend Anna’s store, Mixta, in San Miguel de Allende and were immediately enchanted. We were struck by the sophisticated color combinations married with the traditional weaving techniques from the Chiapas region of Mexico. All of these textiles are woven by hand on a back strap loom, seen below. 

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Our “inspired by” blog this week is about Guadalupe Alvarez, one of the top wedding planners in the world, based in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. She is one of our closest friends, having known her since we married twenty years ago. Loyal as a dog, pretty as a picture and one of the hardest workers we know…we have always been inspired by you, Guadalupe.
 
Do you have a dog?
Of course! I have a dog who comes from Lookout Mountain, Georgia. His name is Beto. I also have Canela and Roberta, both Mexican mutts, and Juanita Perez (she deserved a last name) a half German Shepherd, half coyote, and Milo, an old Labrador.
 
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We are constantly looking for inspiration and finding it all around us! From shells collected on the beach, to flowers and foliage found on a hike. This is the first in a series of ‘Inspired by’ posts where we interview people who inspire us and get a peek into what inspires them…

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A couple of years ago while our family was living in San Miguel de Allende, Jane and I were invited to have dinner with Andrew Fisher and Jeffry Weisman, the famed Fisher Weisman design duo from San Francisco.

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Meet Paul Costello. If you are not acquainted yet, you may be familiar with his work which has appeared in magazines such as  ElleDominoHouse Beautiful and NY Times T Magazine AND he has worked on ad campaigns for Toms and Victoria’s Secret. We are enamoured with his photography. His subjects of family, friends, kooky people, music, interiors, New Orleans, beach, youth, travel— are playful, real and accessible. Costello effortlessly weaves fashion, interiors and lifestyle into compositions that celebrate the beauty of a life well lived. And we all like that! 

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