The La Plates giveaway has come to an end, and the winner is Kristin from Moscow, Idaho! She is the proud new owner of a set of 8 fabulous dinner plates and a matching platter! Congrats Kristin!!

Kristin sent us a little info about herself and her fave material, paper! She and her husband used to own a bookstore together (so cute!), and that’s where her love of old vintage prints and well designed end pages began! Kristin said, “One time I struck gold and found a box filled with hundreds of vintage wrapping papers. It made my heart sing!… So I got busy. I found basic white and black frames – and framed away! It was great too because if I got tired of a pattern, out it went without much expense and on to a new one!” She also uses decorative paper as matting for pictures! Kristin is definitely a Material Girl at heart, so creative!

She likes the idea of the red block geometric pattern with just a simple initial similar to the one below. Perfect for holiday parties!

We hope you enjoy your gorgeous new set of plates and matching platter Kristin! Thank you to all of our readers who participated and the good news is- the La Plates giveaways are not over either! They are giving away tabletops on their Facebook page within the next few weeks!

Today marks the start of our latest giveaway!! Material Girls has teamed up with La Plates this month for an amazing giveaway that gives MG readers the chance to win a fab set of plates AND a matching platter valued at $350!!

If you haven’t heard of La Plates, they are an online boutique featuring personalized items from customized tabletop to monogrammed totes.

La Plates has been named “the best” by House Beautiful, and Elle Decor called them the “perfect hostess gift.” We couldn’t agree more! They are even collaborating with Quadrille Fabric for a limited edition collection of La Plates, which we cannot wait to see!! (See our post on Quadrille fabrics here)

Their plates and accessories make great gifts and the holidays are right around the corner so enter now to win a free set! Look at how cute these are-

Also, if you happen to live in the Kansas City area La Plates is opening a “pop up” shop for the holiday season! You can see more information on the La Plates website or on their Facebook page.

Be sure to enter HERE for your chance to win! The contest will end Monday November 7th at 12 pm ET and the winner will be announced on our blog Tuesday November 8th. Good luck to you all!

We are so excited to announce that the winner of the Peacock Alley Soprano sheets giveaway is Ashley from Midland, Texas! Congratulations!

She is a girl after our own hearts…she graduated from OU with a degree in Interior Design! She is also a new mom of a two week old baby girl, so these luxurious sheets will provide a great getaway to sneak in some Z’s!

Ashley was also kind enough to provide us with some info on her favorite design material: fabric! This girl really knew what she was talking about!

“I love fabric because you can really make a space special with it. It’s easy to toss in a few new pillows or a throw on your couch, or change out your curtains with the season to make your space seem fresh. I love mixing graphic prints with stripes and solids with interesting textures.” – We couldn’t agree more!

She also told us that her major inspiration when it comes to fabric is Sarah Richardson. “I love that she doesn’t just use bolts of fabric in obvious ways, but can sew interesting tea towels into accent pillows or frame an interesting print fabric as artwork.” We love her work too!

Thanks so much for sharing Ashley, and congratulations again! We hope these sheets provide you with some much needed R&R! Also, thank you to all of the MG readers who participated.  Be on the lookout for the next MG giveaway coming soon!

We are extremely excited to announce that Material Girls will be doing a giveaway with Peacock Alley this month! Peacock Alley is known for their luxurious bedding and towels and their comfy, classic style. Now one lucky MG reader will have the chance to win a Queen set of Peacock Alley’s “Soprano” sheets for themselves! They are 420-thread count, 100% Egyptian Cotton, and valued at $495!! (And you thought getting out of bed in the morning was hard now…)

To enter the giveaway click HERE! The contest will end October 2nd at 12 pm ET and will be announced on our blog Tuesday, October 4th.

We also took a little trip down to their Dallas showroom to see all of their fabulous products for ourselves!

How about these gorgeous, classic neutrals?

Check out the fun fur!! Love the orange pillow with the bit of detail too!

Beautiful, subtle geometric pattern on the Giovanni Matelasse shams and coverlet-

Tons of coverlet patterns to choose from-

Luxurious towel selection-

Sheets! (One of these could be yours!)

Fun geometric accent pillows-

I seriously wanted to curl up in one of these displays and take a little break from work…

Dog Beds…Zoey needs one of these!

The mix of pattern and textures make this bedding combo so interesting-

And finally, my favorite vignette in the whole showroom! I’m really digging the orange and grey combo here.

Again, be sure to enter for your chance to win a fab set of sheets from Peacock Alley!

We apologize for the tardiness in announcing the winner to the RugsUSA Giveaway, but the MG site has had some technical difficulties these past few days! Thanks for your patience!

Now for the moment you all have been waiting for…drumroll please….

The winner of the RugsUSA Modern Trellis beige rug is Julia of Richmond, Michigan!  Congrats!  This rug will add some serious style to any room. We hope you enjoy it!

We asked Julia where she was going to put the rug and she said-

“It’s going right under my dining room table, which has rested upon bare hardwood floors for years because I’ve been skittish about committing to a patterned rug. No longer!”

Also, when entering the contest, Julia was so kind to tell us her favorite design material (which is always our favorite question to ask 🙂 and her answer was toile.  We had to pry further and find out why this was her favorite material-

“As for toile, a few years ago friend of mine decorated her den in whites and neutrals, but did her window treatments and a huge overstuffed chair in green-and-white toile…it was so lovely; I wish I had a picture to share. I loved the look and have been hoping to recreate it in my daughter’s bedroom (she’s almost three, so I’m planning to upgrade her to a big-girl room over the next year or so).”

And you know the Material Girls couldn’t stop from asking her what her general design style is either-

“Preference-wise, I’m just sort of coming into my own and, after trying some trendy looks/colors, I’ve found that what I love most is a mix of classic and cottage, one of the reasons why I’m so excited about the rug!”

Thanks so much for sharing Julia!  Also, thank you to all of the MG readers who participated.  Be on the lookout for the next MG giveaway coming soon!

Just wanted to remind all of you that we have reached the half-way mark in the Rugs USA Giveaway! There are 2 weeks left to enter (HERE), and everyone should sign up for a chance to win this amazing area rug from Rugs USA!

Make sure your friends and family enter before time runs out! We will announce the lucky winner on Tuesday, August 2nd here on Material Girls. Good luck to you all!

Rugs USA Giveaway!

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Jul 05, 2011 | 9 Comments | Category: Contests, Floors

We are SO excited to announce this morning that today is the first day of the Rugs USA Giveaway! Rugs USA is an online retail store that offers an eclectic range of area rug designs at fabulous prices and now one lucky MG reader can get one at an even better price… FREE! Simply fill out your contact information HERE for your chance to win this amazing 5′ x 8′ Modern Trellis beige rug from Rugs USA’s Homespun Collection!

The Material Girls love a good trellis pattern. The fun geometric print is a timeless classic and, as as many of you know, a staple in our designs!

Entries will be accepted through noon (ET) July 31 and the lucky winner will be announced Tuesday August 2nd here on Material Girls. Good luck to you all!

Show Off

Posted By Emily-Dallas | May 19, 2011 | 4 Comments | Category: Contests, Designers, Shops and Showrooms, Walls

I’m a big fan of Schumacher’s “Show Off Your Schumacher” contests that they’ve been hosting as of late.  How it works is Schumacher sends out an email to interior designers across the country announcing the contest.  Designers have a few weeks to submit projects where they’ve incorporated Schumacher product, and winners are then recognized (there’s a Top Winner as well as Honorable Mentions).  A few months ago they hosted the fabric contest- spotlighting amazing rooms done by designers that incorporated the Schumacher brand.  A few days ago they announced the winners of the wallpaper edition and I must say that I was super impressed by their designs. I’ve always been nuts for their wallpaper in general and seeing some of my favorite patterns used in different applications, left me speechless!

A big round of applause for these very talented designers who put the Schumacher product to amazing use!

TOP WINNER- Bronwyn Poole- Touch Interiors- Mosman, Australia

HONORABLE MENTION- Renee LeJeune Hallberg- RLH Studio- Minneapolis, Minnesota

HONORABLE MENTION- Kippie Leland- Leland Interiors, Inc- Nashville, Tennessee

HONORABLE MENTION- Christopher Kennedy- Kennedy Interiors- Palm Springs, California

About a month ago we hosted a contest with Home Goods where one of our Dallas readers won a $100 gift card to use at the new Home Goods at Park Lane.  She wrote a lil guest blog for us on her shopping experience at the store and we wanted to share with all of you! This gal Meghan is hilar- I’d shop with her any day of the week! Read about the interesting pieces she stumbled upon the other day at their new store….

Walking into the new Home Goods at Park Lane Place is like getting slapped in the face by a thrifty designer. There is so much cool stuff to look at, there’s no safe place to rest your eyes. The most difficult part of my trip was limiting myself to around $100 – I could have filled up my car, plus strapped some stuff to the top and still not grabbed everything I wanted to…love this place!

I know what you’re thinking…yeah, yeah, you love it because they gave you a gift card. But, it’s not true. I almost (accidentally, sort of) broke into Home Goods before it was even open. I stalked Park Lane Place every day to watch the progress. I almost set up a tent outside. Yes, I love it that much and yes, I need more hobbies.

On to the goods for your home. There are deals and steals and awesomeness as far as the eye can see…

Even though there is SO MUCH to check out (seriously, take your ADD medicine before you walk through the doors) it doesn’t seem that crowded. Sort of like going through your crazy, but hip aunt’s attic.

They think of everything there, too – check out the little hanging rulers. Perfect if you always forget a tape measure (like me) and have to use your fingers and forearm to measure stuff…that’s how I know my chest of drawers is three forearms plus three fingers and a thumb wide by one forearm plus one hand deep.

You can literally get anything for your home here. Need a giant stuffed dog larger than a three year old? They’ve got it.

Planning a party and want only pink accessories and serving dishes? Yep, you’re covered.

I was looking for a few specific things – a large-ish art piece for my living room wall, a bathroom shelving thingy (technical design term, of course) and a bedside table for my guest room. But, I got majorly distracted in the garden section. They had some crazy business up in there. Mosaic snail…shiny turtle…statue of raccoons helping eachother drink water out of a bowl. The possibilities for your garden are literally endless.

Now for the money shot. I really needed a bedside table for my guest room so my guests wouldn’t have to put their water glass on the floor or sleep with their book in the bed with them. My guest room has grey walls, all white ruched bedding and a green desk. So, I was looking for something with green in it. I had so much trouble deciding between the two on the top, but finally decided to go with the one on the left.

Moral of the story: You are wasting money and being dumb if you don’t love shopping at Home Goods.

Thanks to Home Goods and Material Girls for this shopping adventure!!

The winner of our Material Girls/Home Goods “Tweet Your Find” contest is….

Meghan from Dallas!  Check out what she found-

“Found the perfect girly but beachy vase at Park Lane Place!”

Looking forward to posting Meghan’s shopping experience with her $100 HG gift card in the upcoming weeks! Stay tuned!