Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Designers to Watch: Michelle Adams of Rubie Green

Michelle Adams is one dynamite lady. And she's only two years older than me. Talk about inspiring. Who is this soon-to-be wildly successful entrepreneur, you ask?

Well, in a nutshell: Michelle graduated from Michigan State University in 2006 with a degree in apparel and textile design and minors in interior design and advertising. She trekked to NYC where she lived (rent-free with her dad - lucky!) while landing the job of a lifetime - a market assistant position at Domino magazine. Talk about getting your foot in the door. While there, she worked and networked, networked and worked. Somewhere along the way, she met photographer Patrick Cline and you could say the rest was history. After a year and a half, she quit the mag to start her own business - a fabric and bedding company - Rubie Green, whose beautiful products have already been featured in the likes of Vogue Living, House Beautiful, Traditional Home, and Oprah Magazine. Just this past summer, Michelle announced on her blog, M.A. Belle, that she and Patrick Cline are starting a new online-only, interior design magazine, Lonny (as in London and NYC, Patrick's and her respective homes). Collaborating with top designers, editors, photographers, and stylists, these two are sure to produce a top-notch product. You can tell from the cover and preview page below. The full magazine is set to launch next Thursday, October 1. I cannot wait!

Rubie Green Fabrics
Her beautifully designed fabrics are all 100% organic cotton and manufactured by eco-friendly printers. But they'll cost you. These beauties go for $90/yard. Fortunately you don't need much more than that to get two throw pillows or cover a few chairs as shown below. Just enough to add some punch to a room.
Perhaps her most popular fabric, East Village, was used on the throw pillows in designer Diane Bergeran's home, which was featured in Australia Vogue Living.

Rubie Green Bedding
These strike me as fairly reasonably priced considering how much the upholstery goes for - a queen duvet is $219. But as of now, only four patterns are available. Fortunately, they all mix and match!

Michelle's NYC Abode
The epitome of small space, big style. Michelle's apartment was photographed by business partner Patrick Cline for Real Living. Notice the Rubie Green prints all over the place!
Her office. Who says you need a view over 5th Ave. to be the head of a chic and fabulous business?
all photos from M. A. Belle and Rubie Green websites


  1. She has a very impressive story. To me, it illustrates the importance of networking - which can only take you so far. Once your foot is in the door, it's up to you to excel on your own ability, which is what she has clearly done. Congrats to her and others like her.

  2. WOW! I'm SO flattered that you wrote such a kind post!! Thank you so much Alaina! Pat and I are holding our eyes open with toothpicks at the moment (zzz) as we're working around the clock to bring you Lonny next week! Can't wait to hear your feedback, and thanks again for your support :)
    Xo Michelle.

  3. Michelle,
    I am so thrilled you made it to my blog! And I am happy you like the post. If only I could give all your accomplishments justice... I am definitely sensing many follow-ups once Lonny is up and running. Thanks again! And you might be receiving a bedding order from me in the near future. I'm in want of a pink bed and East Village might just do the trick.




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