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ThisOldHouseMDB2014Looking for the candle you saw on page 36 of March 2014 “This Old House Magazine”? Click Here!

M Design Boutique’s Bamboo Pillar Candle is featured in the March 2014 edition of This Old House in the “Get This Look For Less” section. The featured look is “Patio With A Past: Textured furnishings and antiquities-inspired accents add up to a neoclassical living space” by Gillian Barth.

Gillian contacted me in October about the Bamboo Pillar Candle, which comes in any wax, any colors, and any fragrance. The samples I provided for the photoshoot are a natural soy wax blend in a creamy pale golden beige.TOHCloseUp2014To thank the readers of This Old House for visiting, from January 22, 2014 and lasting through the end of March 2014, use the coupon code “TOH2014” at checkout to get a 15% discount on the Bamboo Pillar Candle (HERE).

You can’t smell a magazine, but of course I sent along a lovely combination of bamboo hemp and driftwood. Light, nature-invoking and pretty fragrances blended to match the shape of the candle. Feel free to email info@mdesignboutique.com to request your custom fragrances/colors, or simply order and then send a message to let me know your preferences. Default will be similar to below, and with natural wood fragrances.


You can find your copy of This Old House Magazine at your local retailer, or check out their website for info about this issue!

There is also an app, and you can get it here free for 30 days (Available on iPad® & iPhone®, Windows® 8 devices, Android™ tablets and Kindle Fire™). TOHSpread2014

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Here’s What’s New in 2014!

Introducing Something For All Five Senses!

Eye-Catching Excitement:

    Start by visiting the online shop and behold the easy-to-browse view of the huge collection of candle shapes available in M Design Boutique. More unique shapes will be added as the year goes on. That’s one of the reasons people keep coming back to M Design Boutique!

Each candle is available in any color, any fragrance and in a variety of waxes! Come have a look!


Something Smells Amazing!:

    Every year I add new fragrances, but this year I went all-out! 165 all new fragrances have been added to the already awesome variety, please check it out here. You’ll find something for everyone’s taste…er…smell!

A few highlights include the variety of chai fragrances, ginger fragrances and tea blends. From the “Magical Realms” to “Sea, Storms & Stars” the list of beautiful scents for your enjoyment will continue to grow based on widely tested, and carefully chosen picks by yours truly. Ask around…I’m snooty about which fragrances I choose to use in my products.

Did You Hear?

    M Design Boutique moved to Austin, Texas in September of 2013! Inspired by moving back to the Western US, I’ve created a line of six SIGNATURE fragrance blends, unique to Spoiled Cowgirl by MDB. This collection is the first of my state-themed collections. Presenting the “Lonestar” collection: Mellow Rose, Spicewood, Saddle & Rope, Agave Lime, Citrus & Pepper Sprout, Campfire Coffee. I’ll be releasing these fragrances at Spoiled Cowgirl by MDB as part of the MDB 7th Anniversary! Perfect, right?


Good Taste Required:

    Remember that MDB shops WELCOME custom requests. For fragrances, sizes, shapes, products, gift sets, packaging requirements (remember my custom birthday gift for Chelsea Handler?)…and I have yet to turn one down. I love working with you to achieve whatever challenge you bring (be reasonable, I make candles and bath/body products, not miracles). Always feel welcome to email me, Melissa, at info@mdesignboutique.com or click here to make your request. You’ll hear back within 48 hours, on the sooner-than-later side.

Touchy Feely: 

    M Design Boutique is rounding the corner to an exciting anniversary. February 1, 2007 was my first website debut. That means that in a couple of weeks MDB will be SEVEN YEARS OLD! Since that first roll-out, I’ve opened three additional MDB sister shops focusing on various areas of specialty.

The first, MDB Weddings & Events was born out of the tremendous success of MDB favor candles. MDB W&E is now a 5-star Etsy shop shipping favors and gifts worldwide!


    In June of 2011, I opened Spoiled Cowgirl by MDB, a bath & body shop with a Western flair. Be sure to watch Spoiled Cowgirl’s facebook page for some big fun nearing the MDB anniversary.

The third “spin-off” shop came in 2013 with the addition and befittingly HUGE customer reaction to my GIANT candles. Enter: Great Big Candles by MDB (See here on my YouTube Channel what started the madness).


Over the six years of serving all kinds of awesome customers, I’ve just been so fortunate. The support from my family, the creativity of my customers and the love of what I do make my work life pretty darned perfecto. So thank you all. Please keep bringin’ it, and I’ll be here for you.

Have a healthy and prosperous 2014, filled with fun, friends, family and fragrance!

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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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Click here to order Five New Custom Fragrances in M Design Boutique! Introducing my five amazing new fragrance blends!


  • Leather & Liqueur
  • Cedar & Vanilla Cream
  • Campfire Coffee
  • Peaches & Coconut Cream
  • Lavender & Lemon Chiffon

Inspired by my recent travels, conversations with old friends and Summertime!

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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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Head over to Great Big Candles by M Design Boutique to check out the video reveal of the thirty pound tropical candle!

This photo shows Mike (photographer/videographer) getting some shots of the trio of Great Big Candles in the studio for the reveal!


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This is being revealed on my YouTube channel Thursday night!


Unmolding this thirty pound monster on video will be fun. It took five days to pour. Tons of color layers and all tropical fragrances. Stay tuned for the announcement!

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