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
Email: emily@materialgirlsblog.com

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

Lauren Haskett

Founder, Managing Editor, Houston Contributor
Email: lauren@materialgirlsblog.com

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 Buckingham 

Chicago Editor
Email: julia@materialgirlsblog.com

Julia is the most decorated of the group. She lives in Chi-town where she runs her own successful design firm, Buckingham Interiors + Design. She’s a University of Arizona grad with a degree in Apparel/Textural Merchandising and Marketing. She also previously owned a showroom in Chicago, as well as an antiques store in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Material of choice: Anything “natural” – jute, rope, burlap, bamboo, cork, linen, leather

Jill Seidner

Los Angeles Editor
Email: jill@materialgirlsblog.com

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

Rebecca Soskin

New York Editor
Email: rebecca@materialgirlsblog.com

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

Nathan Hejl

Email: nathan@materialgirlsblog.com

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

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