At the moment I'm counting the days until the release of textile designer Lulu de Kwiatkowski's new book. Previously titled Notebook: The Trail Of Inspiration, apparently now it will be titled simply The Notebook. Amazon says the lavishly illustrated book will be available June 1, but we all know how these publication dates are subject to change.
Essentially Lulu's book is expected to show where her inspiration comes from, using photos, collage, design samples, and memoir. No doubt we will see how her fresh graphic designs are informed by her travels to India, Morocco, Paris and other international destinations, as well as by her love for the sea. If anyone has seen the book in print yet, let me know!
luludk.com highlights Lulu's entire fabric and wallpaper collection, as well as baby bedding.
I'm a huge fan of John Robshaw textiles. Did anyone else catch him a few years ago on Martha Stewart's show demonstrating block printing?
His new Pondicherry collection of bed and table linens, with a geometric pattern that seems inspired by Indian or Mid-East architecture, is my favorite of the spring offerings. In addition to its pattern, I'm so drawn to the turquoise, white and rust. The pillows and men's ties represent a fresh new direction with color and delicate lines. Can you see one of those whimsical ties at a beach wedding? I love how the stylist set them against the dark intricately carved screen.
Sometimes Horchow or Neiman Marcus online has a few Robshaw table linens and a bit of the bedding, and there are some boutiques in Atlanta that carry his things, but it would be nice to find more online options.
These Tory Burch cuffs are fashion--not really house and garden--but the ikat prints the cuffs are composed of sure do remind me of chic textiles used in interior design. And speaking of interiors, Tory Burch stores have such strong design. Deep rich colors combined with reflective and lacquered surfaces give them a modern glamour that is so different from the usual minimal white boutique backdrop. Architect Daniel Romualdez designed the orange-lacquered doors, and works with Burch on the boutiques as well as her own residences. At the moment the cuffs are on sale. Visit Tory's site to see more of her Moroccan inspired designs.
Walking into Interiors Market in Atlanta feels a bit like you have stumbled onto the estate of some great fashionable collector with a lifetime of possessions being assembled for the auction house. While many of the pieces are quite grand, the atmosphere is completely relaxed. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable but they leave you alone to browse through the stalls at your own pace.
Whether you love true antiques, seek some glam mid-century modern items, or simply hope to find an unusual lamp to add punch to your contemporary living room, Interiors Market is worth a trip. The prices vary roughly from $75 to over $10,000. I think it is fair to say items under $150 are less abundant, but I've been amazed by a few wonderful original drawings and paintings I've spotted under $200. More art is available in the $300-$400 range. As you are hunting, you may find vintage decorating books, leather trunks, shells, old silver trophies and peacock feathers, in addition to the furniture, mirrors and lighting. There is a cute on-site cafe too.
The website, http://www.interiorsmarket.com, does not really do the place justice. In Atlanta, Interiors Market is located at 55 Bennett St. The phone number is 404-352-0055. There are also locations in Birmingham, Alabama and Jackson, Mississippi.
Earlier I posted about my passion for Chinoiserie and red painted finishes, so it is no surprise that this lantern jumped out at me as I browsed the new inventory of dealer Ruthie Sommers, the designer behind Chapman Radcliff over on 1stdibs.com. I just love the combination of the turquoise and red. Is anyone else out there reminded of Tony Duquette? If this lantern appeals to you, you may find quite a few fab fantasy pieces for your wish list among the Chapman Radcliff inventory.
I'm a big fan of the design team Schuyler Samperton and Anna Hackathorn and for about three years now I've saved the pictures above (Samperton's living room as seen in Elle Decor, November 2003) for inspiration. The lacquered red chairs are among my favorite pieces in the room. I adore Chinoiserie and red lacquer. So, I was excited when recently I discovered similar chairs at Mecox Gardens (see pic above of single chair). If you like this style, you most likely will enjoy visiting Mecox as there are many great pieces of antique and repro furniture, gorgeous mirrors, lighting and accessories to see.
Photos by Grey Crawford
Pieces is a very stylish store in Atlanta loaded with interesting finds. The furniture is vintage turned crisp with fresh upholstery and often a fresh coat of paint. If you admire Kelly Wearstler's designs or the work of Ruthie Sommers of Chapman Radcliff in L.A., I think you will dig Pieces. But having said that, Pieces' furnishings and accessories could fit quite a wide range of interior styles. Personally, I love the pillows and lighting. For those who opt to dress their pets, the dog accessories are a scream. Check-out the summer tunics pictured above! If you are in the area, the shop is located at 3234-A Roswell Road. Otherwise, the website is comprehensive--loads of inspiration.
Isn't this room lovely? Look at the luscious mix of colors and delicate lines. It's the work of Sylvie of sosylvie.typepad.com. You can see an array of her pretty pictures on her blog, which is also fascinating to read, or check out more photos over at design sponge. Today Grace featured Sylvie's room makeover: http://designsponge.blogspot.com.
This colorful linen-and-cotton Brunschwig & Fils' print first caught my eye last year as I flipped through Domino's premiere issue (the editors' used it to cover a pouf). I think it was the punchy mix of aqua, orange and raspberry, and the suzani-inspired design that drew me in.
Note the similarities to the late-19th-century Bukhara suzani in Doris Duke's collection? Densely embroidered coverlets like this were historically made by Central Asian women, and Duke became enamored with the textiles while circumventing the globe in the 1930s. More on Duke's many suzanis to follow in an upcoming post...