How it all started

Do you know that some of the most successful people got started in their garage or someone else's garage? 

Steve Jobs (Apple), Sarah Blakely (spanks), Jeff Bezos (Amazon), Walt Disney, Lary Page & Sergery Brin (Google), William S. Harley (Harley Davidson), Harold Matson (Mattel), Michael Kittredge (Yankie Candle).

 

How we got started the early years.

We started on an 24 " wide folding table that I had in college as an extra drawing table, in the garage, printing 24" taping it down and printing and then moving it and repeating this process until all yardage was complete. Everyday I got up extra early and stood in the garage to print fabric, why so early? Because I need to be complete before my husband came home so that he could park his car at some point. The fabric would cascade on tubes suspend from the garage ceiling way above his car so that it could fully cure prior to heat setting the fabric.

 

This process grew for me to have several folding tables, which added a rolling rack out of the garage,  past the neighbors house allowing for 20 yards of fabric to dry. All still needing to be collapsed each evening. Although my husband did park on the street on occasion. This was our deal and he diligently help string up many countless yards of fabric each night.

 

Built to last 

Although we have contounied to stay small we no long use the small folding table. We still have it and now we cover it with fabric for all of our product photo shoots and ocainsally we have dressed up the paint covered table with fine china and served thanksgiving or Christmas eve dinner.

 

I smile on the inside when people are enjoying themselves at this hard workingtable with so much history printed under the linens and china.

There is no such thing as a humble beginning, it's just where you started and to get anywhere you must start somewhere.

 

The chalange

My challenge to you is start something new, don't worry about what it will look like, if it's a fancy office, if its perfect, JUST START!

Cheers-

Happy Starting!

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Every Order Counts for you!

We appreciate each and every order from our clients, to reward you, we are gifting an iPad Air 2 just in time for the holidays. Each and every order enters you for a chance to win an iPad. You can keep this for your self or gift it to a special someone in your life. It will come gift wrapped for you to enjoy or gift! 

Happy Shopping! 

Hand Printed Textiles

Here is a little time laps video that showcases  how our products are produced. Each motif is hand painted and then hand pressed into the fabric. Show here is the Cassandra pattern from the imperial china collection. 

Printed with the highest quality fabric with light fast pigments and the most skilled artisans. Beautifying the world one yard at a time. 

Designer Runway 2015!

September 26 @ 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

 $150

Join us for the 9th Annual Designer Runway! Festivities begin with an evening of cocktails, wine, and delicious cuisine followed by three incredible fashion shows. Enjoy the professional fashion shows with Luxe by Lisa Vogel opening with stunning swimwear styles followed by spectacular looks from Grayse by Marie and Kelly Gray. Teams of Orange County’s top interior designers create fashion forward outfits from Laguna Design Center showroom fabric and trim in only 90 minutes. Watch as these designers strut their outfits down the runway and are evaluated by our notable judges. After party with music, dancing, and refreshments.

The Colton Company’s Designer Runway 2015 will benefit the Illumination Foundation, a local nonprofit dedicated to providing targeted, interdisciplinary services for the most vulnerable homeless families and children to break and prevent the cycle of homelessness.

Purchase your tickets for this fine evening full of interior design, fashion, and culinary tastings paired with wine and cocktails!

BENEFICIARY
Illumination Foundation

Designer Runway 2014 Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXDD5p1bzZA

WHEN
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2015 L 5 PM – 11 PM
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM COCKTAILS, WINE & CUISINE
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM FASHION SHOWS & DESIGNER RUNWAY
9:00 PM – 11:00 PM AFTER PARTY

WHERE
AT THE LAGUNA DESIGN CENTER
23811 ALISO CREEK ROAD, LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA 92677
ENTER AT ORANGE FLAGS

TICKETS ON SALE
$150/TICKET
ONLINE: DESIGNERRUNWAY.EVENTBRITE.COM
IN PERSON: LDC VISITOR CENTER, SUITE 105
PHONE: (949) 643-2929

Behind the scenes

Take a look at one of our favorite pieces. This is a behind the scenes look at how much love we put into our pieces. 

Antique sofa, fro the original May Co. which was purchased by Macy's 

Antique sofa, fro the original May Co. which was purchased by Macy's 

The fabric selection and crystal pre-selection. 

The fabric selection and crystal pre-selection. 

Printing the Nastasha fabric, 2 color ways 

Printing the Nastasha fabric, 2 color ways 

Now that the love seat is complete, come visit it at Spring Market! 

Nastasha Pattern: Printed in two color ways. 

Nastasha Pattern: Printed in two color ways. 

Dealers Choice

It is so much fun when a designer call us and want to "play" with our fabrics. When they bring in paint swatches, other fabrics, or even there favorite accessory for us to match, or create an anchor for the space they are working on. Designer Frank Pitman is known for being bold and daring. It was a true pleasure to work with him to create textiles for one of his projects. 

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Custom Pattern & Custom Colors!

When what you want does not exist! Have it made. 

A new pattern created with custom colors provided by Hillary Nichols. 

A new pattern created with custom colors provided by Hillary Nichols. 

Interior Designer: Hillary Nichols of HN Interiors space at the Stonemill & Rivera "White Box Challange"

Interior Designer: Hillary Nichols of HN Interiors space at the Stonemill & Rivera "White Box Challange"

Nastasha- in love

Shown here is the Nastasha - pattern shown on a sweet little love seat. Shown with a white lacquer frame, it is a show stopping piece. Colorful dragons (Nastasha: pattern) shown in reversed colors, along with a twinkling eye! Nothing is better than a little crystals to get your clients excited about a completely custom feel. This new addition of crystals to our layer on top of our collections is a designer's wonderland. So get ready to play! 

Now available on all of our textiles, Swarovski crystals.

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This sweet little love seat is from the original May Company, which was purchased by Macy's. Keep your eyes pealed to see this gem and its crystals at Spring Market! 

 

 

Ground inside sofa: LINEN WHITE CHOCOLATE MARTINI

Ground sofa back: LINEN PINK POMEGRANATE CHAMPAGNE

 

What's NEW at Blake House!

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Check out our textiles and wall coverings at Blake House!  35 solids, 34 patterns and 54 colors- to create the most amazing look for you clients home. This collection is designed for the visionary designer, allowing you to make a signature look for your clients! Check out Breanna coordinating with our display at Fall Market. 

Designer Runway 2013

Sarah Strader has compiled an amazing team to compete with 12  other design teams.

Our Team:

Team Captain: Sarah Strader, Sarah Strader Design, LLC

Cheryl Thoreen, Thoreen Designs, Inc

Valerie Ribeiro, Serendipite Designs (Model)

Jan Turcotte, Turcotte Interiors

12 design teams transform 7 yards of fabric into a fabulous runway show in only 90 minutes. Watch as designers strut down the runway and are rated by celebrity judges. Enjoy an evening of culinary tastings paired with wine and cocktails.

WHEN:
Thursday, September 12, 2013
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Cocktails, Wine and Food
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Runway Show
9:00 PM - 10:00 PM After Party

Click on this link to get your tickets! 

http://www.lagunadesigncenter.com/events/153-designer-runway

 

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