design influencers

Closing Time: 20% Off at The Working Proof

One of my favorite sources for affordable art, The Working Proof, is unfortunately closing their doors this week. Friends often ask me where they can find cool art at human prices and The Working Proof was always at the top of my list of recommendations. This curated online gallery has operated for the last 5 years as a laymen’s portal to distinguished artists at reasonable price points. But founders Anna Corpron and Sean Auyeung took things a step further and linked art and charity together in one purchase: 15% of your awesome art purchase goes to a charity selected by the artist. Shopping without guilt…for awesome art…that doesn’t leave you in the poor house…win-win-win…win. I’m so sad to see it go and hope that someone else will pick up where their work left off.

Now through this Thursday, July 10th, at midnight, you can take an additional 20% off with the coupon code FAREWELL20. Scoop up some art before it’s gone and help forests, puppies, kiddos and more. 

The Working Proof - Excelsior by Sean Auyeung

Excelsior (re-release) by Sean Auyeung, via The Working Proof


Mountains by Karina Eibatova, via The Working Proof


Cloud 2 by Kyu Hwang, via The Working Proof


Crow Hat by Madame Lolina, via The Working Proof

Get. Art. Loveyoubye, Mags

Mother’s Day Instagram Giveaway

This week, as we approach Mother’s Day, I want to direct your attention to this blog’s name.  It’s all there: the story of how I finally came around to redirecting my career, going back to school, launching my own business and starting this blog all in the name of bringing design back to the center of my life. I was Raised by Design.


I’m convinced that there is creativity in everyone; and it works like a muscle that needs to be kept fit. Some people never tone it up, like my triceps, for example. But others spend their lives constantly creating until it ends up being the strongest muscle they have. No successful artist or designer is born out of pure talent. They’ve been trained, influenced and inspired by a community of family, friends, teachers and designers before them. And at its core, that is what this blog is really about: the ones before us.

For my Mom’s part, it was through her career as an artist, author, teacher, designer and home-maker that I learned to live and breath design. Anyone who steps into my home, peeks in my closet or skims through my portfolio can see where her influence lives in me.

So to celebrate Mother’s Day here on the blog, and to kickstart my blog series about Design Influencers, I’m hosting my first ever giveaway through Instagram. I’ll be posting images all week on my Instagram feed of ways in which my mother, Charlotte Lyons, has influenced me to become a designer. Things that she’s given me that now have a place in my home or lessons I’ve learned from watching her make her home.

And I want to spread the love around and see how YOUR mom has influenced you! I also want to GIVE you one of these vintage cuties with its new air plant buddy (books stay with me!). See how to enter for the giveaway below.

lusterware elephant

vintage lusterware elephant

seashell airplant holder

awesome seashell decor

panda airplant holder

hand painted panda

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Download the Instgram App for iPhone or Android if you haven’t already and follow me! @reallymaggie
  2. Take a photo of something that shows how your Mom has influenced you and post it to Instagram with the hashtag #RAISEDBYDESIGN (it can be anything!)
  3. You can post as many pics/entries as you like between now and midnight EST on Mother’s Day – Sunday, May 11th
  4. I’ll select a winner at random on Monday morning and announce it both on Instagram and here on the blog.
  5. If you win, you’ll tell me which of the 3 vintage cuties you want to claim as your prize and I’ll wrap it up and ship it to you!
  6. Then you’ll tell your Mother, wherever she may be, that you love her.

Moms are the best, right?!!?!

Loveyoubye, Maggie