September's Featured Creative Entrepreneur - Amie Freling-Brown Artist/Designer - MeMe Hill Studio

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It was such a treat to Interview Amie Freling-Brown of Meme Hill Studio for Podcast Episode 2!

You can listen to the Full Episode HERE!

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Amie and I met via Instagram a couple of years ago. I was so intrigued with her creative journey because she was the first Artist turned Interior Designer that I had ever met and the similarities we had with our work and family lives were uncanny! Plus the fact that she is one of the kindest souls I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing!

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Her creative journey began around her Grandmother Hill’s beloved card table always equipped with crayons, paper, glue and glitter! Little did her grandparent's know at that time what an influential artist and designer she would become! I love this Podcast Episode because she really shares a wealth of information on how her grass-roots business and love of hand painted objects led to her landing her product in Nordstroms! And that was just the beginning…

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Now you can find Amie wearing many hats including brand ambassador and social media influencer. Her powerhouse portfolio of brands include, HomeGoods, Raymour and Flanigan, Sherwin-Williams, Delta Faucet, Laura Ashley, Progress Lighting,  Lipton, The Bon-ton, and many more. Amie is a recent winner of the Home Depot DIY think tank competition and is a 2018 Better Homes Magazine Stylemaker.

Even with a looooong list of amazing accomplishments, I think what I love the most about Amie is her warmth and genuine willingness to help other people. She paints these beautiful murals for children’s hospitals and donates many hours to community outreach projects.

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September's Artist Spotlight: Marie-Joie Hughes - Former VP of Product Development For the studios of William's Sonoma & Pottery Barn

by Mari Robeson


In my podcast interview with Marie-Joie Hughes she offers a wealth of insight into what it's like to work for the lifestyle companies we all know and respect. Her journey as an artist is incredibly interesting and she offers helpful information for those interested in pursuing a career in commercial design.

You can listen to the full Podcast Interview Here!

Here is a little more about her creative journey and what Marie-Joie Hughes is creating now.

Her story begins like most people in the arts. MJ started drawing as soon as she could hold a pencil. She always drew wild costume images. Even as a tiny child she would take out the historical fashion books from the library, and then create historically accurate paper dolls.

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Costume design has always been her true passion. She was more into the illustration aspect than sewing. 

She believes she has been very lucky to have had many people in her life, mostly women, who really encouraged her and pushed her to succeed. She came from a lower middle class background, but was determined to go to art school even though her father told her she would never make it as a designer and should study something practical like accounting.

Fortunately through a friend of her parents she got a job as a textile designer's apprentice right out of high school. She showed Betsey Lamonte, (the designer who she claims changed the course of her entire life), her wild costume illustrations.

Because she could paint with gouache, she was hired. MJ had to drop out of art school a year later, because she became extremely ill. Since Betsey Lamonte became the head of textiles at Esprit de Corp, she got a full time job designing the Esprit Kids textiles. She was only 19. Aside from doing some costume work in theatre and independent film, she has been designing textiles and doing surface design for companies ever since.

As in most businesses, the industry is small and one job always leads to another based on the reputation of your work and who you know. She felt extremely lucky to get into the Williams-Sonoma group 20 years ago. She started free-lancing for Gardener's Eden- which at that time was owned by Williams-Sonoma. All the connections she made over the year started with the woman who trained her, Betsey Lamonte.

Mary Britton-Rose who hired her for Gardener's Eden moved to Restoration Hardware, so she went to Restoration Hardware. After a few years she went back into the Williams-Sonoma brands because she was offered a job at Pottery Barn. She stayed with Williams-Sonoma Inc for 13 years. Two years ago she left her position as the Vice President of the Product Development Studios for both Williams-Sonoma brands and the Pottery Barn Main brands.

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The two design teams she lead, created the artwork for not only the textiles categories but also dinnerware, wall art, some packaging and many decorative accessories that required artwork. 

Why did she leave? In her words, "Product design is truly created in the factories by armies of craftspeople and workers. It literally takes an army to make a duvet and sham set. I love working in the factories. I started working in the factories in Hong Kong over 30 years ago.  I left my executive job to work deep in the factories and help train the young design teams in those factories. The factories are the wombs of creation. I like to be where the action is and I am passionate about teaching and guiding the next generation of designers into designing a more creative and sustainable world."

Marie-Joie has recently launched her own collection of wall art and textiles with deep spiritual meaning and symbolism. If you choose to purchase any of her art in the month of Sept 2018, in the GIVE BACK Category of my online shop, she will receive a commission and the remaining proceeds will go to the Louise Monforte Memorial Art Scholarship, an educational scholarship available to support the next generation of artists! The scholarship will be available to high school students of Arroyo Grande High School, Spring 2019.

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Making Some Changes & A Huge Summer Sale!

by Mari Robeson


Yes, it's true. It has been a long time since I've posted anything. Honestly, there has been a lot of things going on in life some happy, some very sad. It's just been one of those years that has made me pause and take a step back to really think about the direction I want to go with my life and my business. Which is a good thing but now I'm ready to get back into the game.

When I asked myself what it is that I really, really Love to do I have found I love to illustrate and create product for the home decor industry. I also love to write and to teach all things about the home.

So when I was recently approached buy a couple of companies to license my designs, the timing couldn't have been more perfect. The good news is next year you'll be seeing my product pop up in many fun places and with that new adventure underway I've also decided to give my on-line shop a big remodel! I will be discontinuing most of my pillows and focusing more on paper goods, prints, books and workshops! (I'm super excited about the workshops and I will share more on those soon but the first one will be at the San Luis Obispo Home Expo this September!!) 

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Through the holiday weekend if the pillow isn't already sold out it will be only $10!! 75%OFF!! Woohoo!! Have a safe and Happy 4th of July Weekend!! xo Mari


My New Book Trailer!! Woohoo! & Book Update!

by Mari Robeson


I never imagined how many pieces of the puzzle there are when putting together a book! First of all writing it and illustrating it now seems as if that was the easy part. I had no idea how long the editing process would take. Even with four of us looking at it, I know there there must be typos hiding in there! Then there was uploading all the images in Photoshop and into the final program called InDesign. I spent a few hours watching online tutorials for sure! So now it is off to the printer and I was so excited when they told me the shipping date (to my studio) would be 11/11, which are lucky numbers to me. Yay! The next part of the process is to spread the word. Self publishing and printing requires a certain amount of that good old green stuff - money, so all of you who have pre-ordered already or are thinking of pre-ordering, I can't thank you enough! (Although I do include some fun goodies to show my gratitude!)

Then there are wonderful people who come into your life and help you with your dreams. Enter, Justin Stoner - photographer, videographer, story teller, hand holder, who has the gift of sharing the stories of others through his art. He gained some serious gold stars in heaven for how patient he was with me in creating this video! Thank you Simply Clear Marketing and Media www.inspiredexpos.com !!!!! Justin, you and Lani are the best!

Check out the trailer & let me know what you think!!! xoxo Mari


The New Living Lavishly Magazine Is Out!

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Happy Friday everyone! Have you seen it yet? The New Living Lavishly magazine is out. I have some fun articles in there to show you how simple it is to design and decorate your home. If your not local, you can read the issue online here.

 I'm sharing with you simple and easy tricks on how to make your coffee table look amazing!

I'm sharing with you simple and easy tricks on how to make your coffee table look amazing!

 This was fun! I was able to show off my good friend and fellow designer,  Abbe Fenimore , and this Gorgeous Powder Room she designed as well as share with you some tips on putting the POW! in your Powder Room. Check out Abbe's  online shop  too! She has A-Mazing taste. 

This was fun! I was able to show off my good friend and fellow designer, Abbe Fenimore, and this Gorgeous Powder Room she designed as well as share with you some tips on putting the POW! in your Powder Room. Check out Abbe's online shop too! She has A-Mazing taste. 

 And here I'm sharing with you a colorful and inexpensive Thrift Store make-over. Piece of cake!

And here I'm sharing with you a colorful and inexpensive Thrift Store make-over. Piece of cake!

These are just a few of the fun articles in the latest magazine! Pick one up today! They're FREE. Also, if you like learning these fun decor tips, come see me speak at the Home Expo on Saturday, September 17th at 1:30, Madonna Expo Center! Have a wonderful weekend everyone!


Master Bath Before & After - Glam Make Over

by Mari Robeson


To say 2016 has been a busy year is an understatement. I'm so fortunate to have had many, many design projects to work on. The down side is I haven't had time to even think about taking pictures or posting them anywhere. So I finally set aside some time this morning to share with you a small part of one of my favorite projects with one of my favorite clients. This house has been in my life since 2011 if you can believe that. I remodeled it back then, then a few years later due to change of ownership I did a few more updates and now this past year it finally became complete with every room in the house, including the yard getting an entirely new look. There are many rooms involved (including a fabulous media room with hidden passages and all!) but for today I'm sharing the before and after of the master bath.

 This was after a new coat of paint and styling it for resale when my client decided not to sell the house but to completely remodel it instead.

This was after a new coat of paint and styling it for resale when my client decided not to sell the house but to completely remodel it instead.

 And this is the after.

And this is the after.

 I loved the lacey feel of the handmade tile and used it as wainscoting throughout the room.

I loved the lacey feel of the handmade tile and used it as wainscoting throughout the room.

 Every detail is so pretty right down to the crystal hardware.

Every detail is so pretty right down to the crystal hardware.

 And Yes my friends that IS the chandy in the water closet.

And Yes my friends that IS the chandy in the water closet.

There are so many exciting things happening this Fall. I'll be sharing a project that has been very near to my heart Next Week! I'm also speaking at the SLO Home Expo on Saturday, Sept 17th. I'd love to see you there!


A Little Update & A New Adventure!

by Mari Robeson


As you can see it's been crickets over here on my blog! The year started off incredibly busy and is still going strong with collaborations, new clients, and personal projects like the 100 Day Project. I just completed round 2 of the project which was a painting a day for 100 days. If you follow me on Instagram, then you saw all 100 of them! This was the last of the 100, although I'm still painting and posting and will continue while I travel through Italy!

So soon I'll be off on the biggest adventure of my life with my sweet husband, Bill. The girls, my parents and my big brother are all holding down the Robeson compound while we travel through Europe. My businesses will be closed until Mid-May. If you've popped over to my Shop you'll notice I'm doing some remodeling and I'm so excited about my upcoming projects that will unfold later this year.

I have my paints and sketchbook all packed! I hope you'll follow along on my Instagram, @MariRDesign! xoxo Ciao!!! #MissMariTravels


Kicking Off The New Year With A Give Away!

by Mari Robeson


I've teamed up with one of my favorite designers and friend, Kerry Kelly, to  GIVE AWAY two of my 2016 Desk Top Calendars!

Here's the details from Kerry's feed on how to enter! Good Luck!!! xoxo

Happy New Year!! We are headed into #2016 in the only way we know how: with a fantastic #InstagramGiveaway! We’ve partnered up with our design pal @marirdesign to bring you a lovely gift for yourself or a friend. If you’re in need of a gorgeously crafted 12-month calendar for the New Year, follow the directions below:

1.       FOLLOW us (@kerrielkelly) and the wonderfully talented @marirdesign on Instagram

2.       Repost THIS image w/ the hashtag #2016CalendarGiveaway

3.       Tag 3 friends in the comments below who LOVE interior design

4.       For an extra entry, FOLLOW Kerrie Kelly Design Lab and Mari Robeson Home on Facebook!

Giveaway will run from now until Thursday, 11/7 at 11:59PM, winner will be announced Friday, 11/8! Per Instagram rules, entrants agree to all rules and conditions and understand that this giveaway is not sponsored by or affiliated with Instagram. Entrants must be 18+ and have their profiles on PUBLIC view.