What to do with new designs…

Bloggers whose core business is not blogging face a unique set of challenges. It’s hard enough to keep a blog filled with new and interesting content when blogging/publicity/PR/social media is your business; it’s even harder to do when writing a blog post is not a core competency, but just one more thing on an already packed to-do list. I’m sure you know what I’m talking about.

Anyway, after a recent Twitter conversation about this with award-winning interior designer Tobi Fairley , I was inspired by her short, sweet, and colorful post about a recent purchase.  I thought, “Hey! I can do brief and colorful.” So here’s a picture, along with a half-baked, half-thought-out, not-quite-ready-for-prime-time blog post.

This is one of my contemporary designs, based on a Japanese stencil pattern.  We haven’t put it into production because it’s still an only child and I’d like it to have some siblings. (Our other designs are all Arts & Crafts, so a contemporary one like this doesn’ thave anyone to play with.)

Does it have potential? Goodweave (f/k/a Rugmark) thinks so, they’ve asked permission to use it as a background in a couple of their publications. What do you think?

Originally published 6/9/2009


  • Hilary at Tandem Antiques

    Tracy –

    First of all, I love this design.  It is so fresh and modern, but not hard-edged like contemporary design can be.  And I think it would mix nicely in a more traditional environment.  I agree with Jane – would also make stunning fabric.

    But I want to chime in with your blogging sentiments as well.  I struggle so to keep it going (with varying amounts of success) alongside our core business, and yet I really want to.  I believe in it as a marketing concept, but its hard.  I need to go read Tobi’s post that you reference.  I support your “brief and colorful” efforts.


  • Tracy Davis

    Jane and Hilary, thank you both for your comments and your encouragement. I genuinely appreciate it.

  • B Groskreutz

    I know that this is completely off the subject of your blog, but I was trying doing some research on an area rug that I saved from a dumpster about 10 years ago, and your blog came up in my search.  A few years back you mentioned you were doing research on Ginzkey rugs, and that is the name that I found on the back of mine.  I know the rug is from the early 1900’s, and was first used in a home in New Rochelle, NY.  I have pictures of it when it was in the home. What I am trying to find out, is if there is any historical or monetary value to this rug.  It is in fairly good condition, except for a few pet stains, and I believe it is 10×16.  My husband has been trying to get me to get rid of the rug, but I just haven’t been able to part with it.  I just need to know the story behind it.  If you have any information on it, or can direct me to someone else who may, I would greatly appreciate it.  I have had a very difficult time trying to find any information on it.  Thank you.  B. Groskreutz

  • Tracy Davis

    Dear “B.”, please email me a photo of the carpet (a close-up of the back of one of the corners, as well as the in-home picture you mentioned) and if I can’t give you decisive information, I’ll try to refer you to someone who can. Thank you for the comment.