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When you open your order from M Design Boutique Shops, you’ll feel treated! I put lots of thought into presentation.

Comment if you’ve ever ordered from MDB and would like to share your experience!

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M Design Boutique relocated (for the most part) to Austin, Texas!


Here’s the skinny on the whole enchilada (yes…Mexican food is back in my life in a big, awesome way):

Following the professional opportunities and dreams of my husband, (who conversely supports my endeavors with M Design Boutique) we have made the big move from the smallest state in the US, to one of the biggest!

Skipping all the gory details of a cross-country move, I’ll get right to the point: M Design Boutique kept up production in RI through the final days. In fact, the studio kept on running until days before we piled into the car and drove three 650+ miles each day with cat and dog, mini-studio set-up and our uprooted selves. And guess what? We arrived Sunday in Austin and I’ve already got the studio revved up and ready to make-do with the first orders that MUST go out. It is just plain awesome being a fairly mobile business, especially since my husband works in the ever-evolving world of cutting edge technology. We make a darn good team.

All I ask of you, dear reader, is that you wish us a whole heapin’ helpin’ of good mojo here in Austin! We’ve been through a lot over the last 6 years and we’re hoping to hang up a lucky horseshoe over our door to bring on the turn of the tides.

M Design Boutique will be working a little bit bi-coastal for awhile, so those of you on the East Coast…you’ll be seeing me here and there over the next six months or so. You can’t shake me!

Thanks to all of my customers, friends, family and fans (not in any particular order) for the amazing gift of living my dreams each day. As always, bug me for something super custom. I love making something just for YOU!


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Orders placed after September 1, 2013 will not be shipped until the week of September 23, 2013.

If you would like to place a custom order, or if you have questions about an order you have placed, please contact info@mdesignboutique.com to discuss details of delivery for your order.  You may also use the form below to contact M Design Boutique for any reason!

M Design Boutique will function normally during this time, aside from the shipping abnormality.

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It is with great pleasure that I share some exciting news! I am a proud and active member of The International Guild of Candle Artisans. Last week, I was featured in their monthly news blast.

If you’d like to see the article, please check it out here (or read below)!

Supplier Spotlight:  Meet Melissa Fouch Machowski of M Design Boutique
M Design BoutiqueMelissa Machowski loves creating new things.  The process of finding the new idea, figuring out how to accomplish it and the experience of trying until she gets it “right” is one of her favorite activities.  What began as an activity at a summer camp she attended as a child in the Rocky Mountain National Park is now a full time job and her own company, M Design Boutique and MDB Weddings and Events.  After creating hand dipped candles at camp, she got the bug again in her teen years, this time joined by her family.  With a degree in Creative Writing and a graduate degree in Computer Science, Melissa spent some years freelancing in Los Angeles, all the while continuing to make candles.  Her job was creative, but not Melissa Machowskihands-on enough.  In 2002, she started to have some success in making event favors which have become the “bread and butter” of her now successful candle making business.  Although she does work to customize the favors, she finds there isn’t much different about each job.  To solve that issue, she loves to design new candles, everything from her efforts to create unique pillars (combining layering techniques with additives) to her line of “Looks Like Food” candles.  She has quite a few Interior Decorators as clients and loves the challenge of creating the perfect one-of-a-kind candle to fit the atmosphere the designer is trying to create.

Machowski Pillar
Moroccan  Marble Pillar


Melissa does a lot of her sales through Etsy, and works on a pour to order basis rather than having a storeroom full of stock.  On her website, she sells unique items she has designed as well.  When asked about her set up, she responded with “I love a customer with a weird request”, meaning that she is happiest when creating new items for customers, including a set of historically accurate tapers used as visual art in a recent lecture series.  Along those lines, she uses her facebook page to describe her efforts rather than just sell products.

One of Melissa’s favorite tools is her heat gun.  She uses it to get good surface textures as well as leveling things off, cleaning up, and setting shrink wrap.  She also created a work table from an old door by adding table legs to it.  When the table needed to be a bit taller, she added bed risers to bring it up to counter height.

Machowski door-table
Door table


Melissa joined IGCA a year ago and has enjoyed reading the stories of other candle makers.  She finds it fun to be part of the community and feels it will help her professionally as well.  New on the horizon:  she has many connections back in California and plans to get some of her work into the prop houses for television shows, using her previous career to boost her current one.

On the personal side, Melissa is a big fan of no kill animal shelters.  Her black lab, Sawdust Romeo, follows her everywhere and Melissa does her best to support these shelters by donating a portion of her sales at special events to these organizations.  Helping animals is the best thing she’s ever done and she hopes to be able to do more in the future.

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Just got my new 7.5 inch diameter, one foot tall mold in today’s post. The M Design Boutique giant candle line is here!


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My Shop Help


Nothing better than a slipper and a big old couch to rejuvinate a hard working helper. This is my lovely assistant Sawdust.

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