I'm a Magnolia Pearl Girl all the way. The brainchild of the very talented artisan Robin Brown, Magnolia Pearl offers clothing and home decor the likes of which you've probably never seen anywhere. To quote Robin herself, "Magnolia Pearl Couture is is what Victorian style would have been if Queen Victoria partied with Janis Joplin and Alice in Wonderland." I've followed her business online and in magazines, but hadn't bought her book...until now. It arrived two days ago, and I just devoured it.
A Bit of Velvet & A Dash of Lace is the definitive book about her "style" and takes us on a tour of her Texas homestead. In it, she shares bits of her childhood - she grew up with hippie, artistic parents whom she credits for nurturing her own creativity - and talks about the humble beginnings of her business (she created a purse...a woman in a grocery store literally bought it off her back...she made more bags which sold immediately...and the rest is history). But, the real purpose of the book is to show us how she lives at home; and, if the style resonates with you, how to recreate it in your own abode. If Shabby Chic and Victoriana were thrown in a blender...well, you get the idea. I adore it.
|Robin Brown and her husband, John Gray|