My hands tell the story

I noticed the other day as I was working in my workroom my hands are beginning to show their age. I knew this day would come...many have told me it would. But I didn't really think I'd see the wear and tear so soon. There is a scar from my very first iron burn. It happened when I was about 12 years old. I wasn't even allowed to use the iron then, but I did any way...couldn't wait to grow up and iron clothes. (Little did I know I'd grow up and iron every day)

Then there is the glue that gets stuck under my finger nails from various window treatment projects and the latest war wound....I was gathering sticks in the back yard for an afternoon fire recently (shouldn't I be cleaning the yard for spring instead?) and a pointy stick got me good right on my knuckle. That scab is really pretty.

I used to take pride in my hands in my early 20's. Those were the pre-kid, working in an office days. I had beautifully manicured finger nails...those perfect acrylic french manicured nails. It used to make me feel so good to have my nails done.

These days, there is little time to sit in a salon waiting to get my nails "filled". Besides...they would be foreign to me today and I'm sure they'd get in they way of my work.

Today, there are remnants of paint stuck between my nails and fingers from painting a new chalk board in the play room for my girls. My hands are dry from the cold weather, my nail polish is peeling from a bad attempt at a self-manicure last week, and there are many scars from my battles with that damn iron. Yes, my hands tell the story of my life. It is a good one, but I yern for the day when I can sit on the beach with perfectly manicured nails, a nice cold drink in one hand and a trashy book in the other.

Painted Furniture

I love the look of hand painted furniture and although I've often tried to find my inner artist in painting desks for my girls, I'm really not good at it. So, I rely on the experts when it comes to true works of art. I found this wonderful company, Brighton Pavilion, at market in High Point, NC several years ago. Each piece of furniture is custom made and painted. They are based in Nashville, Tennessee. These are a few of my favorite pieces..
You'll be seeing a lot more of this green this year. It is all over in the spring line of fabrics.

I love the surprise of the blue and white stripes inside this armoire.

What I love most about this bed are the wooden bouquets of flowers at the top of each post. Each flower is painted a different color.

This table would add character to any room. I love all of the colors in the map.

The armoire below was featured as one of their
pieces of the week. It is so beautiful inside and check out the addition of the monogram on the door. I think the detail is too pretty to hide inside the cabinet.

The Power of a Picture

Here is another job I just completed. We talked about several options for these french doors, but in the end we decided on this simple design. A pointed banded valance using a beautiful embroidered linen as the face fabric. The rendering helped the client make a decision on the design. Aren't computers wonderful?

A little background...

Based on some recent suggestions from readers, I thought I'd share some of my personal background with you. I started this business 5 years ago after my second daughter, Ella was born. I had spent many years in "corporate America" and just couldn't find the right balance between my career and the family life I wanted for us. So, after some convincing from several close friends, I started Madellas. Named after our 2 girls, Madison and Ella. Madison is my oldest and is just finishing 1st grade and dear little Ella is going to Kindergarten next fall.

I have a studio in my home filled with fabric books, trims, and catalogs galore! I also have a workroom where I create my window treatment designs. I belong to the WCAA, Window Coverings Association of America. This organization has been an incredible resource for Madellas and I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be where I am now without the help and guidance of the WCAA. I am also a student member of ASID. I love our Maryland chapter. We have monthly lunch and learn sessions at different industry partners....there is always something new to learn.

I always knew I wanted to own a business one day, I just didn't know WHAT business. Looking back I probably could have figured it out sooner. When I was little, I used to change the furniture around in my room all the time. When my parents would take me to their friends homes, I would sit and imagine what their homes would look like if I moved their furniture around.

Thing haven't changed much....last summer my in-laws rented a house for a week in Ocean Isle, North Carolina. The house was lovely, but the furniture placement in the living room was terrible. I lived with it for the first day and by the second day, my mother-in-law and I were moving the sofas around after everyone else went to bed. There were instructions not to move the furniture around, but I couldn't help myself. We left it that way for the week and then changed it back right before we left. We're renting that same house this year and I'm pretty sure moving those sofas will be our first task before we open a bottle of wine and enjoy the ocean view!

So here I am 6 years later...I figured out what I want to be "when I grow up" and I love what I do for a living. And this blogging is new to me....I'm giving it a shot and hope it will create some good dialogue for us!

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Wall Candy

Wallpaper is not what it used to be my friends. It is making a come back in a new and fantastic way. Check out this custom mural....yes, it is a custom mural. You can change the proportions to fit on your wall. I found it on

There are so many other wonderful options available including these square inlaid shell tiles.

And I love this wallpaper that has picture frames already printed on it....all you have to do is add the photos. It would be great in a hallway or stairwell. What about a college room?

I'm sure most of you have seen those vinyl quotes you can stick on your walls. (For those of you who don't know what I'm talking about, you can buy ready made quotes that will stick to your walls and they look like they've been painted right on the wall.) There are lots of stores who sell them like Michaels and JoAnn fabrics, but there is a website that has some really incredible quotes. You can make your own and they even have them in 3D....very cool. The 3D letters are available in lucite and brushed aluminum.

I wish I had the time to do this in my home......maybe I can live vicariously through you. Please share your pictures.