CALL OF THE WILD: NATURE INSPIRED WALLPAPERS THAT BRING THE OUTSIDE IN

by Marisa Marcantonio

Look around and you are sure to notice the influx of pineapples, palms leaves, and general exoticism reflected in wallpapers recently. This trend towards all things nature-inspired is not new, but whats interesting is the interpretation. I have included wallpapers that are unique in their artistry, color combinations and the feeling they evoke. Rendered in large scale and small, these fantastical scenes can create an escapist atmosphere for that place you like to spend the majority of your time, your home.

Photo courtesy of Adelphi Wall Hangings

Photo courtesy of Adelphi Wall Hangings

Known for their historically accurate wallpapers in period colors, Adelphi Paperhangings is the go-to source for designers that do interiors in historic houses and work with color, like Brockschmidt and Coleman. Working from original period documents, Adelphi block prints their papers in the same was they were made in the 18th Century. Their papers are not for wallflowers, and I love their circa 1840 Pineapples pattern which has been recolored by the aforementioned duo, the colors are fantastically fearless.

Photo courtesy of Cole and Sons

Photo courtesy of Cole and Sons

Folie from the Fountanbleau collection, a paper from Cole and Sons has become a fast favorite, depicting a tree of life with climbing branches, big blooms and exotic birds in a range of bright colors. It is charming and joyful at the same time.

Photo courtesy of Cole and Sons

Photo courtesy of Cole and Sons

Recolored and restyled in blue on white, Palm Jungle from original Palm print by Cole and Sons gets a whole new beachy look when done in this perpetual favorite combination of colors.

Photo courtesy of Fromental

Photo courtesy of Fromental

Capturing the jagged rock formations of a Chinese mountainside in blues and pinks, Fromental's hand painted scenic Rockface is captivating. Painted on lacquered paper, the hand dyed papers seem collaged.

Photo courtesy of Hermes

Photo courtesy of Hermes

Flora and fauna co-exist in harmony in Hermes's exotic wallpaper.  Done in a small scale repeat you have to look closely to catch all the action occurring in the jungle setting.

Photo courtesy of Osborne and Little

Photo courtesy of Osborne and Little

Fashion designer Matthew Williamson's follow up collection, Cubana, of wallpapers for Osborne and Little is just as ebullient as expected. Strutting flamingos, giant orchids and palm fronds provide pure fantasy in a 1950's way.

Photo courtesy of Flat Vernacular

Photo courtesy of Flat Vernacular

You can still make a big impact with  smaller scale pattern, as seen in Flat Vernacular's wonderful Burma print, filled with tigers on the prowl. The presence of the artists hand comes across in this paper and it has a sweet naivete to it.

Photo courtesy of Cordonne

Photo courtesy of Cordonne

Freely flowing giant palm leaves painted in watercolor give Cordonne's Palm Springs mural a hand done touch. I discovered this playful Spanish wallpaper company at Maison Objet in Paris, and like the airy quality of the repeat, all the white space lightens it.

TURN THE TABLES: WHAT I UNCOVERED AT JOHN-RICHARD

by Marisa Marcantonio

Fall's arrival means many things to the design community, namely, the coming of High Point Furniture Market. Every October, interior designers, editors and those involved in the industry make their pilgrimage to a small North Carolina town called High Point. I always look forward to Market, for the chance to see new designs with fresh eyes. From a trend seeking perspective, the market foretells what design styles will be on the radar in the coming 6 months to a year. Some products are brought to retailers and designers sooner than others, but it provides a chance to access inspiration and innovation for American design, made here and abroad. I thought I would take the time to select some pieces that caught my eye at John-Richard, one of my sponsors last market. I have gotten to know them and appreciate their attention to design details across categories, from lighting to upholstery. It's the details, scale and comfort that really matter when it comes to furniture and design in general. Here are some great textural and unique tables I selected based on their "livability" factor. I selected items from a myriad of design styles-- some are re-interpretations of classic antiques, others, pushing into new design territory. 

The Eglomise Coffee Table has six drawers providing easy storage and understated hardware that blends well with the aged mirror surface. Mirror with a patina imbues a space with a bit of history.

1970's loungey vintage decor is all the rage again. The Britten Cocktail table offers a burlwood finish and a low, floating design with the right dose of cool. 

Carnavalet, a charming painted side table by Florence de Dampierre is big on old world style. I love its imperfections.

Round dining tables encourage conversation by creating an intimate angle-free setting. The vintage vibe of this faux shagreen topped dining table with an aged ebony octagonal base and chic brass detailing. Very 1970's.

The finish on this piece suits it so well. An aged speckled look gives this intricately carved drum table the look of an inherited piece. That been-there-forever element adds diversity to a seating area and a great textural component.

The age old classic, the Campaign Desk, always draws admirers. This version, with 3 drawers and x-base has just the right amount of detail. 

This cabinet references a design from 1960's design icon, Tommi Parzinger. It has four doors that reveal storage inside, and is wrapped in nickel hardware with nickel feet. What a glamorous addition to a dining room or entry this would make.