Needlework Designer Mariana Barran Goodall's of Hibiscus Linens
work combines a modern aesthetic with traditional textile and needlework techniques. The artist, a Mexican designer, is passionate about preserving old world stitching methods. This allows her to work through heritage textiles to reveal new insights in a very simple matter. She believes in the warmth and universal language that comes from a piece of art made completely by hand.
"Growing up there were always guests in my house—it seemed like "Throwing Parties" was my parents middle name. At each gathering, hibiscus tea was always present. Serving this special tea was something different that made everyone that came into our home feel warm and welcome."
Hibiscus Linens is as special as the glass of hibiscus tea we gave to our guests.
We caught up with Mariana to ask her some of our favorite questions!
I can't live without: My morning coffee
I relax by: Arranging flowers
Words to live by: "Just be happy. Nothing is that important." Ideal date night: Dinner that includes pasta and red wine
My ideal night with friends: Going to a concert with friends and riding together.
Most treasured possession: Tobacco leaf painted art from my grandfather.
Favorite piece of clothing: A floral dress
Favorite dance song: Peppas
What does living well mean to me: Living slow. Take time to appreciate things and surround yourself with positive people
Next destination you want to travel to: Italy!! I'm going with my mom.
Favorite hotel: Hotel Amparo
in San Miguel de Allende (this is Mariana's hotel!)
Favorite place to visit over & over: NYC
Favorite restaurant abroad: San Sabastien in Paris
Favorite pool: The pool where my friends are
Favorite cultural experience: Food hopping. Ice cream hopping. Waffle hopping.
Weekend getaway: Find a farm getaway north of Houston.
City getaway: Monterrey, MX.
Favorite restaurant: BCN
Favorite cocktail: Naked and Famous
Favorite dessert: Cheesecake
Hostessing tip: Make it easy for yourself
Ideal dinner quests: Carolina Herrera
Coffee order: Hot latte with 2% milk
Favorite cookbook: Bouchon
Favorite recipe: My grandma's apple pie. Delicious!
Favorite event bag: No bag. I leave it in the car and enjoy being present
Favorite piece of jewelry: Little bow necklace
Most frequently worn brand: Christy Lynn / Cara Cara
Favorite newly discovered brand: Mason's Daughter
, a new line from The Avenue Style icon: Inspired by all of my creative friends
One thing every woman should own: Dress that makes them feel beautiful
Everyday uniform: Floral dress
Best accessory: A fun loving friend on your arm
Mariana is an exceptionally talented female entrepreneur who is wholeheartedly enjoying her life and loving every second of it! Influential women like Mariana serve as a source of inspiration, reminding us that we too have the capability to achieve our goals and maximize our life experiences.