IT'S TIME FOR THE D. PORTHAULT SALE!

by Marisa Marcantonio

Twice a year, shoppers get in line to buy the wonderful printed bedding created by French linen house D. Porthault at discounted prices. The sale always promises good finds coupled with great people watching.  Everyone waits in line for these deals. I mean everyone. If you do not find yourself at 470 Park Avenue at 58th Street in New York City between now and February 1st,  you can always visit the Porthault website where they list the items included. Then you can ring-a-ding-ding (212) 688- 1660 to order.  Bonne chance mon petit choux.

It looks like the sale is big on towels this season-

LIKE A VISIT TO AN ARBORETUM: THE DELICATE FLORAL PRINTS OF FERRAN

by Marisa Marcantonio

Ferran New York began as a company that fashioned raincoats and printed handbags out of highly patterned and colorful printed fabrics.  I still use my Ferran printed tote from years ago, I refuse to retire it. The company, founded in 2000, shifted their focus to bedding and pillows over the past few years, with an emphasis on pretty florals and graphic tracery. Modernized globally-inspired prints, which now appear on wallpapers, have an old-world sensibility, with hand blocked designs created by designer and Creative Director Kathryn Ferran Kayajan. Her travels inspire the lifestyle point of view and seasonal color shifts seen in the American-made hand-screened prints. Mainly pastels, the sophisticated, intricate patterns add impact with their delicate leaves, full blooms and classic architectural details.

The Bursa Collection of bedding and pillows is the newest, and my new favorite for their complex, tiny designs.

Bursa Willow print

The Ottoman assortment

Chinois Parterre captures blooming flower branches in robust colors

A detail of the Parterre in French grey

 Chiswick, an English-inspired collection

Exuberant Dahlias

A great summer pattern, Java Hydrangea