About the Girls
Welcome to Material Girls, a one-of-a-kind interior design blog that features tips and advice from real designers on the latest trends and fashions for the home, topped with a sprinkle of pop culture.
Written by self-described “material girls” – each passionate for fabrics, prints, and any kind of design materials – Material Girls is the corner of the web where we chat about all things interior design, including recommendations on where to shop, and tips on finding the best deals in your city. Every day, the girls blog about what’s in and what’s out; what’s hot and what’s not. All of this we do to help you design perfect spaces in your home.
Material Girls serves up local design info in five major cities: Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles and New York. We hope that you’ll join so many others in making Material Girls your frequent resource for design inspiration.
Emily Johnston Larkin
Founder, Executive Editor, Dallas Contributor
A graduate of the University of Oklahoma’s Interior Design program, Emily lives in Dallas where she spends the day running around big D, picking out furniture and fabrics for her EJ Interiors design clients, and her nights dreaming up new blog posts.
Material of choice: Anything “glam” – lucite, metallics, crystal, velvet, lacquer, mirror, silks
Founder, Managing Editor, Houston Contributor
Lauren is a designer living in Houston who specializes in designs for kitchens and bathrooms. She also graduated from the University of Oklahoma’s design program and now has fancy street credentials like Associate Kitchen and Bath Designer (AKBD), and National Kitchen and Bath Association member.
Material of choice: Anything “metallic” – polished nickel, gold leaf, pewter, brushed stainless, antiqued mirror, sterling silver
Julia has never met a challenge she can’t tackle. She lives in Chi-town and Phoenix where she runs her own successful design firm, Buckingham Interiors + Design. When she’s not creating one of her warm and youthful interiors, traveling the world scouting trends for leading shelter publications, participating in panels around the country, scoring the perfect vintage settee for her Chicago design showroom, or competing in tri-athletic events with her husband, she’s on the hunt for the ultimate boots and matching bag.
Material of choice: Anything “natural” – jute, rope, burlap, bamboo, cork, linen, leather
Los Angeles Editor
A graduate of the Interior and Environmental Design Program at UCLA, Jill has worked for some of LA’s most prestigious designers. And with all of that experience, she opened up her own design firm, Jill Seidner Interior Design, in 2006, which handles both residential and commercial projects.
Material of choice: Anything “transformational” – glass, mirror, paint, woods, sheers, lighting, wallpaper, tile/stone
New York Editor
A William Smith College grad, Rebecca got her first big break at Laura Ashley, where she spent many a long hour creating picture-perfect window displays and dreaming up colorful compositions. After a stint with noted New York decorator Markham Roberts, word got out about Rebecca’s design genius, and she opened her own design firm, Rebecca Soskin Interior Design, in 2008. Riding that wave of success, Rebecca scored some major ink in 2009, when House Beautiful picked her as part of the ‘Next Wave’ of talented designers to watch in 2010.
Material of choice: Anything “textural ” – grasscloth, raffia, sisal, natural woven, coral, high gloss, cashmere
This small town boy turned big city man, knows good design when when he sees it! Nathan is a graduate from the esteemed Baylor University, and has always had an eye for sparkle and anything scintillating. Nathan spends his time creating fabulous interiors with Emily at EJ Interiors in Dallas, and is proud to be the first Material Guy to join the Material Girls team.
Material of choice: Anything “sparkle” – jewels, metal, mirrors, mosaics, glass, glitter, and sequins