Meet Maura


Maura Kelly Motif Motif designer and blogger


A prodigal Pennsylvanian, I designed my parents’ kitchen addition at the age of 12 while still in the midst of receiving a formal education in interior design from HGTV, and spontaneous furniture rearranging with my mom. Now a stay-at-home mom, I have a paired my lifelong passion for interiors with my design education to create Motif Motif, a textile studio. Through my blog here, I chronicle my design process and what I have learned as I decorated each of our homes (all three of them from the past 7 years!…there was also an apartment right after we got married). But this one’s our “forever” home.

The look is eclectic, collected traditional. (Say that ten times, fast.) I believe in high/low design, and love the hunt for a good thrifted piece of furniture. I’m figuring out my true affinities since returning to PA after 7 years in a very coastal contemporary Seattle suburb. I share my home studio outside of Philadelphia with my computer genius husband, and mostly work instead in whichever room I can without waking up my children.

Before I settled into fabrics, I designed original digital scrapbooking papers, wedding invitations, and dog breed art prints. Only the art prints have survived, and they now live at Bark & Burrow. You’ll hear about them from time to time here as well.

My children are my top priority and I am so thankful that there are more resources than ever to create our own opportunities that allow us to work from home. I’ll be sharing what I’ve learned along the way.