Friday, January 23, 2015

Modern Luxury Interiors: "Looming Large" Shares Exclusive Details about MFI Rug Collection

Yesterday, we posted an exclusive look into the MFI rug collection debuting at Madison Lily this month:

We received a ton of love and support which we are so grateful for.
Today, we are thrilled to announce that you can learn more about the inspiration behind this gorgeous new collection on page 51 in the latest issue of Modern Luxury Interiors:
We worked with the lovely Rhonda Reinhart on the story and our entire team couldn't be happier!
Stay tuned for more details because, as we all know, a launch simply wouldn't be complete without a party!
Living In Texas Spotlight


For the past five years, interior designer Marie Flanigan has been bringing her classic, tailored style to Houston’s toniest neighborhoods. Now she’s bringing that same aesthetic to a new line of luxury rugs. Working with Houston-based rug designer and manufacturer Madison Lily, Flanigan has created a collection of floor coverings that mirror her signature look. “To me it’s all about less is more,” Flanigan says of her rug designs, which feature a subtle color palette of grays, whites, browns and creams. “‘A restrained hand’ is how I like to describe it.”

That look is a bit of a departure for Madison Lily. While the showroom offers a vast selection of rugs in varying styles, the designs lean contemporary and abstract. “There was some crossover with what we do, but not really,” says Edgar Podzemny, Madison Lily’s founder and principal designer. “Marie’s rugs brought a whole new look and style that we really weren’t showing as much.”

In addition to choosing colors and patterns, creating a unique textural experience was also a crucial part of the development process. “What was really important to me was keeping the rugs clean and organic,” Flanigan says. “I was really in love with the different textures of the natural fibers and the contrast between using a natural fiber right next to a shiny silk.”

By mid-January, Madison Lily will have 20 to 30 samples available for clients to peruse. Prices start at $6,000 for an 8-by-10-foot rug, and the lead time is three months.

“I believe that the appeal of Marie’s designs will be how easy they are to place,” Podzemny says. “You could put them in a very traditional home with antique furniture or they could go modern in a loft as well.” Houston floors never had it so good. –Rhonda Reinhart

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

CultureMap Houston: 5 Tips That Will Make You Less of a Sheep: One of Houston's Hottest Designers Unloads

We are loving the latest CultureMap post featuring 5 tips from yours truly!

Check it out live on their fabulous site:
Or read it here:
Five tips that will make you less of a sheep: One of Houston's hottest designers unloads
by Barbara Kuntz
In this new periodic series, the city's hottest interior designers offer fresh ideas to revive spaces throughout your home, from the kitchen to the bedroom. Let's get started!
"Two thousand and fifteen is the Year of the Sheep, a docile animal born to follow, and although we are seeing some trends that coordinate nicely, many of this year’s design trends are anything but meek," Marie Flanigan of Marie Flanigan Interiors says.
Flanigan shares her tips to ring in the New Year in style.
Mid-Century Modern
"In 2015, we expect to see Mid-Century modern elements with a twist — lounge chairs and egg chairs in interesting modern fabrics, wallpaper, textiles," Flanigan says. "Look for tile in updated geometric patterns and wooden Mid-Century-inspired furniture with the addition of handsome metal accents."
Black is Back
"In recent years, it’s been all about the neutral space that can be accented with an assortment of other hues," Flanigan says. "Now, clients are looking for spaces that make a bold statement and black seems to be everyone’s go-to choice. We are using black in the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom — nothing can escape this sultry shade."
In addition to black, Flanigan says, shades from the indigo family are popping up everywhere, including rich accents of turquoise and teal spicing up the traditional "white and blue" color palette.
Photo via Julie Soefer Photography
Photo via Julie Soefer Photography
Metals and Industrial Influence
Many furniture designers are mixing organic materials with metals. Pick up a piece of wood or woven rattan combined with any metal.
"The combination plays on the contrasting dynamic between the materials," she says. "Soft versus strong, warm versus cold, textured versus smooth."
Photo via Marie Flanigan Interiors
Deconstructed Living
"There is an emphasis being placed on the beauty found in form and structure that is translating to exposed light bulbs and deconstructed furniture," Flanigan says. "These designs are raw and sexy, calling to mind a very minimalistic way of living, which can be tremendously appealing."
"Living in Texas, we see cowhides everywhere, but it's always exciting to see the rest of the nation taking cue," Flanigan says.
The interest is spurring the use of hides in innovative ways, such as layering them over an existing rug or even upholstering an entire piece of furniture in an animal skin-inspired fabric.
Take a look through the images above for examples of Flanigan's five tips as shown through some of her own finished projects.
Photo via Marie Flanigan Interiors
Many thanks to Barbara Kuntz and the entire CultureMap team!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The #1 Design Rule to Break in 2015!

We've officially hit the middle of January, dear friends!
How are you doing with those New Year's Resolutions?
The dawn of a new year often brings a new set of rules we require ourselves to live by,
and although an updated list of rules can be
fantastic for our diet, sleep, and general work-life balance,
they don't always hold a place in the world of design.
Lonny recently posted the
 "Interior Design Rules You Should Break"
and we couldn't agree with them more!
What rules, you ask?
Rules like these:
Don't mix patterns.
Don't mix metals.
Only paint small spaces in light colors.
Don't mix the old with the new.
Only use small furniture in a small room/big furniture in a big room.
The list continues...

Many of our clients come to us with design "rules" they have learned must be followed,
and it's always an exciting to show them how much fun it can be to break 'em!
So, we're here to help you out by offering you the #1 design rule to break in 2015:
Anytime you see those two words as you're designing a space,
get ready to ignore whatever comes after them.
At MFI, we focus on creating spaces that evoke a sense of depth;
spaces that feel collected over time.
To achieve that layered look, we mix complementary styles, patterns, and colors, bringing timeless character to the home, and that is an important part of what makes our designs so appealing to our clients.
Here are a few awesome examples of spaces that are "all mixed up" and looking fabulous:




Old and new living together beautifully.

Mixed metals.



Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Get Inspired: Little Kitchens that Pack a Big Punch!

A new year brings new hopes, new dreams, and exciting new adventures, and with all of those fabulous "new things" comes a fresh perspective on the year-long journey that just came to a close.

At MFI, our first few weeks in January are spent offering up respect to where we've been and to the wonderful people and experiences that have brought our team to where we stand today.
It's a busy time filled with preparation and we are incredibly excited to see where 2015 will take us.
Or rather, where we will take 2015.
These "New Year, New You, New Everything" thoughts are everywhere and we were recently asked for some design tips that got us thinking:
Some of our absolute favorite homes to work in were built decades ago.
They have character, they have charm, and most importantly, they have a history that you can feel when you walk through the front door.
Maybe "new" isn't all it's cracked up to be...
Don't take this the wrong way - we love designing brand new homes and that's a lot of what we do.
But there's just something so fulfilling about giving a handsome old home a fresh breath of life!
In Houston, as in many cities, most of the older homes in well-established zip codes offer limited square footage, which translates to smaller, sometimes cramped living spaces and although there are many who believe that bigger is better, there is something to be said for the innovation and creativity that goes into making a smaller space feel grand.
Being one of the most frequented spaces in a home, we thought we would start with the kitchen! 
Here are a few of our favorite small-scale kitchens that know a thing or two about living large:

Working with a smaller space gives you the freedom to get creative with your materials!

We love the unique hardware and creative use of every inch of space!

This built-in offers tons of storage along a wall that would normally be wasted space.
A bright white color palette helps this space seem more impressive.