by Marisa Marcantonio

Products from Japan's Fog Linen Work have an almost monastic tranquility. Longing for the linen quality and design she remembered from her youth, Yumiko Sekine created a collection of Lithuanian linen in 1993. She distributes her products throughout the US, Japan and Europe. Her artisanal, tightly edited collection combines zen simplicity, sophistication and functionality. From linen napkins to iron storage baskets and market bags, her pieces are right at home in Martha Stewart Living, ABC Home and John Derian's East Village shop, Dry Goods. Exquisitely serene photos on FLW's website make me want it all-- and want to move into a rustic farmhouse in Vermont, where I will start making strawberry rhubarb jam in the summer, goat cheese in winter, take up canning, bread, and pie making in an effort to connect with the locavore movement. For now I will stay put, put it is ever so tempting!

Gathering Basket made of iron

Natural Linen Table Cloth

Linen Apron in Navy Plaid

Checked Linen Coated Tray

Thick Linen Kitchen Cloth in natural plaid

Thick Chambray Linen Towel in Purple

Wire Desk Basket

Purple Loge Linen Hat

Feed Sack Basket in Natural

Daphnis Natural Linen Work Tote

Anne Round Bag in Plaid Natural

Triple Rack


by Marisa Marcantonio

Photo Elle Decor
Madeline Weinrib

Soledad Twombly
Argentinean-born tastemaker and designer Soledad Twombly has Ateliers in Rome and New York with her fashion label, Sole. Madeline Weinrib's traditional East meets West vibrant ikats and prints have been turned into glamorous blouses and jackets with Soledad's hand.

The new fifteen piece clothing collection recently debuted during Fashion Week, with a two day trunk show. Twombly explains that her “intention is to create luxuriously-detailed, one of a kind pieces that are made out of original central Asian fabrics inside and 100% Italian velvet on the outside so the eccentric fabric serves as a surprise to the eye.” Yes, it is that Twombly, as in Cy, Soledad is married to Alessandro, the son of the celebrated American painter.

The next stop is Rome, where a trunk show is slated for early November, hosted by acclaimed ceramics and glassware designer Brook Sigal. When in Rome...

Beautiful detailing includes piping edges and double sided fabrics


by Marisa Marcantonio

Sometimes you just want to take in a museum without having it overwhelm. When on the Upper East Side, you can choose the Met or another gem. Few museums are as small and jewel- like as the Neue Gallery, New York's unique museum of German and Austrian Art. Not only do they have a standout book store and gift shop filled with great glass and silver, they have two fabulous restaurants-- Cafe Sabarsky overlooking Central Park and Cafe Fledermaus downstairs.
The reason for all this fanfare is this. A stunning limited edition collection of Ikat pillows and throws was made by Madeleine Weinrib for the Neue Gallery Shop. Done for the current Brucke exhibit, the multi- colored antique textiles came from her collection and are available for the run of the show. Visit, eat, shop, and make sure to see BRÜCKE: THE BIRTH OF EXPRESSIONISM IN DRESDEN AND BERLIN, 1905-1913, which runs till June 29, 2009. Make a day of it, at 1048 Fifth Avenue at 86th Street.

Glorious reds, yellows and teal make this velvet pillow lush and graphic.

Photos Courtesy of Madeline Weinrib
A Suzani Throw with signature circle pattern.

A vintage red medallion suzani pillow of white embroidery.

An applique suzani pillow that has a handmade, sweet touch.


by Marisa Marcantonio

Why not celebrate the first day of spring with some flowers? There are signs of Narcissus pushing through the dirt in New York City, so lets hope the cold goes away soon.
In the meantime, buy some fresh pink tulips to celebrate the coming of spring and the beautiful weather should follow...

Brunschwig and Fils is the go to fabric house for great florals. Monsoon Floral, this new cotton Indienne print, is sure to add some zing to a room. Purple and red is an under used color combination that together it is such a chic pairing.

Bright and cheery, each colorway is full of life. I love a bright print to liven things up.

Painted glass is a 50's throwback that could use a revival. I love these new glasses from Home,James! for serving bright tropical drinks, they are bursting with festive flair.

Get your flower power going with this Kate Spade daisy pin.