Last May, 

Working a trade show 
is always a mixture of 
glamourous inspiration & schleppy grunge work...

You spend your day meeting buyers from Berdorfs and editors of Elle...
while standing in heels for 9 hours, running around like an idiot, 
and shoving fried chicken tenders down you mouth from a snack bar.

One thing that definitely adds to the fun
is the friends you make inside the Javits Center.

It's kind of like going to camp.

You get stuck in a cramped space together for a week, 
until you inevitably become friends
by laughing at the same stuff
 and bonding over the disgusting bathroom situation.

And last year, Beth & I became friends 
with a girl named Meghan.

Located directly across from the chair massages
{which we visited daily}
was Meghan's booth.

There she sat... all alone.

A cute, little, blonde,
at her very first show
selling fresh & simple patterns
from her line, Patternseed.

Obviously, we loved her.

And then,
West Elm started loving her, too.

Now her design
{my favorite from the show!}
is featured on this great pillow...

and it's so cute and affordable!

So go on..

Buy one for your house,
buy another for your friend,
and support sweet girls like Meghan.

Girls who dream big,
take expensive risks,
and always offer good candy at their booth!

{PS This is my second friend from NY trade shows that has designed a West Elm product!}


  1. hehe i loved the last sentence - i'll remember to bring candy for my handmade-market booth in april!! :-D

  2. That's amazing...the pillow is adorable! Must be a thrill when West Elm carries your inspiring!

  3. How fun!!! A very sweet and supportive post... love that pillow!

  4. I'm so jealous you went last year!! I wanna go this year so bad!! I love that pillow too!!

  5. looks like she's definitely got talent! I used to work at a trade shows as well, always enjoyed it.... especially the freebies!!

  6. That is so exciting & inspiring! It really does go to show that your "gift makes a way for you" like in Proverbs...(googling...)18! Plus I'm sure I could decorate my life with West Elm, gah, gorgeous.

  7. How amazing! I will definitely buy one! Love West Elm! Congrats to Megahan!

  8. I would be in heaven at a National Stationary show!

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  9. Lauren - you must be a good luck charm! Will you come work our booth at the NY Gift Show this summer? Off to see Maghan's lovely things...

  10. What a great story! So happy for your friend and to know her back story. Inspires all of us to take risks. If you never try, you'll never know! Yay for Meghan!

  11. i really wanted to go to the show this year! why do you get to have all the fun? haha. :) how awesome for her though! west elm would be on the top of my dream buyers list for sure.

  12. She def has talent! What a pretty design!! Great story!!


  13. I loved your description of NY trade shows and the javitts. it's totally like camp, and then you make your show friends... too funny! I do approx 4 shows per year there with my company - incl the stationery show! Congrats to Megan!!!

  14. Love the pattern, love West Elm and now I love Meghan. Thanks for sharing!

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  15. Wow thanks for introducing me to Patternseed!! What a thrill it must have been to get the call from west elm, congrats to Meghan!

  16. Amazing!!! You're an awesome friend, my dear! I will be sure to purchase at least one of two. I already have a few people in mind who to give them to :) xoxo

  17. Oh, good for her!! Such a cute pillow and a cute post!! xo

  18. Wow- thank you everyone for your very kind words. They mean so much to me! 8)

  19. your friends are cooler than mine.


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