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Episode 140: Michael Devine

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Michael Devine is a noted textile designer, author of An Invitation to the Garden andlecturer on the l’art de vivre. Since launching his bespoke hand printed fabric collection in 2002, Michael Devine Ltd. has expanded to include hand painted dinnerware, home accessories and interior design.

 

The foundation of his design work rests on his studies of art history at the Ecole du Louvre, French at the Sorbonne, cooking at the Ritz Escoffier and experiences of living in Paris which continues to inspire his work. It was living in Paris that refined his style and his designs which lead him to create his luxurious bespoke silk screened fabric collection of neo-traditional prints, Michael Devine Ltd.

 

Devine’s fabrics are frequently featured in the worlds top design magazines and blogs, including House Beautiful, Elle Decor, Traditional Home, Quest, British House & Garden, The World of Interiors, Quintessence and The Washington Post. His fabric collection was chosen by French Elle Decoration as Best of International.

 

In 2014 he collaborated with the renowned French porcelain house of Marie Daage to develop an exclusive collection of hand painted dinnerware. The resulting patterns are based on two of Michael’s fabric designs Thomas and Charlotte. Each exquisite piece is hand painted by skilled artists in Limoges, France on the finest French porcelain available today.

 

His Kinderhook garden and it’s resulting influence on Michael is well documented inhis first book, An Invitation to the Garden: A Seasonal Guide to Entertaining. Itssuccessful release in March of 2014 by Rizzoli International has added an additional role to Michael’s resume: speaker. He has lectured at the Round Hill Country Club, The California Club, ADAC, Antique & Garden Show of Nashville, The Newport Flower Show, Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, Johns Island Club and many other locales throughout the country.

 

He is the author of his lifestyle blog, The Devine Life which he publishes twice a week. Mondays are dedicated to the pleasures of gardening and related topics. Thursdays offer a glimpse into various taste makers homes with features dedicated to art of entertaining styles and helpful hints. Past posts have featured such notable influencers as taste maker Kate Rheinstien Brodsky, writer Marian McEvoy, interior designers Matthew Patrick Smyth and Young Huh, House Beautiful editor in chief Sophie Donelson and Quintessence blogger Stacey Bewkes. All posts are written, and photographed by Devine.

 

When Michael is not designing, he can be found pursuing one of his favorite past times gardening, cooking, entertaining friends or dreaming of Paris.

Explore Michael’s Website here

Pick-up a copy of Michael’s book by clicking here

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