by Marisa Marcantonio

Last night Scalamandre debuted their new tabletop collaboration with Lenox at Bloomingdale's. Just up the street from the Scalamadre townhouse, they debuted Scalamandre's classic textile patterns interpreted on Lenox, American-made china. Adapting 5 iconic patterns, including the jumping zebra we all know and love, they created fanciful dinnerware and accessories for the collection. To launch with a creative bang, they asked celebrated interior designers Bunny Williams, Charlotte Moss, Richard Mishaan, Kathryn M. Ireland (who is in the midst of creating a fabric collection with Scalamandre now), and Jamie Drake to create festive windows around the patterns. And that they did. The windows were fantastic; sure to stop passersby in their tracks.


 Photos and descriptions courtesy of Scalamandre/Lenox/Bloomingdales

Renowned designer Bunny Williams created an exuberant, tour de force homage to Lenox's Toile Tale. Adapted from Scalamandré's Pillement Toile, the pattern features a fanciful Chinoiserie landscape of enchanting flowers, fretwork, figures, pagodas and parasols. Framed by antique gilded palm trees, a carved and painted curio pagoda cabinet showcases a selection of Toile Tale’s captivating dinner plates, bowls and accessories. Suspended above, a host of multi-colored silk lanterns herald the Chinese New Year. Scalamandré's warp silk Paradiso covers the upper walls and the striped silk Sunset adorns the lower third, each anchored with elegant fretwork molding. Turkish floor cushions covered in Scalamandré's luxe Tigre finish this exotic, enticing meal for two.

Bouvier, based on a superb 18th century French design from Scalamandré and known as Jardin de Tuileries, has graced the homes of some of America’s great style doyennes, among them Jacqueline Onassis, Bunny Mellon and Marie Harriman. Designer Charlotte Moss took her cue from Jacqueline Kennedy's childhood in East Hampton and created an equestrian scene with boxwood hedges, pole jumps and an impromptu luncheon. Bales of hay serve as seating and are covered with tufted cushions of Scalamandré’s smart outdoor Boxwood Stripe. Miss Bouvier’s monogrammed quilted horse blanket is made of navy Guadeloupe with brown detailing and a monogram. An awning, also fabricated in the navy Guadeloupe appears above this sophisticated, sunlit setting. Placesettings of Bouvier and a complement of serving pieces, flatware and silver are displayed on a folding table.


Richard Mishaan created a chic, urban dining aerie to showcase those iconic Zebras that once graced the walls of the late, lamented Gino's Restaurant in New York City. Lithely eluding arrows with grace, speed and endless charm, Scalamandré’s irrepressible Zebra wallpaper in the signature Masai red serves as dramatic backdrop for an intimate dinner. A complement of Zebra china, accessories and giftware is set on table with a red silk tablecloth of Scalamandré’s Shangri-la overlaid with the finely woven Herringbone di Lusso. Two cubes upholstered in the graphic Zebra linen emerge from under a console and a three-paneled screen featuring a dozen Zebra Accent plates finishes this dramatic and swank vignette. 


A painted English stately home with a requisite fountain and lake is the charming backdrop for Kathryn Ireland’s picnic vignette. Appointed with the enchanting Love Birds china pattern, this perennially fresh design is from one of Scalamandré's earliest and most cherished reproduction fabrics. Her inviting plein-air tablescape features pillows covered in Scalamandre's Love Birds, Bizarre, Sami Ikat and Lillian. A tablecloth in blue Serendipity is layered with a coral strié lampas, Uppsala and at the cloth’s edge, is a fetching parasol covered in Sami, in blue. A one-hundred-percent beautifully drawn linen, Baroque Floral is draped over the picnic basket. 

Love Birds

Jamie Drake selected Lenox’s striking Stravagante pattern, a hyper lush, ravishingly drawn Italian Baroque still life based on a document from Scalamandré's Medici Archives. In a distilled, graphic and dreamlike tableau, Stravagante imaginatively comes to life with five winding, serpentine stems, tendrils and leaves covered in Scalamandré’s Citrine Upcountry cotton velvet and Rasone, a solid cotton sateen. Five electric blue Morning Glory blossoms in the blue cotton Cento are adorned with butterflies and bear Stravagante plates. 



by Marisa Marcantonio

If you happen to be in Midtown East this evening from 6-8pm, swing by Bloomingdale's to meet Indian textile guru John Robshaw, where he will be sharing his fall collection of blockprint bedding and pillows from the JR and main collection. It is worth a visit, since John can help you mix and match patterns to your heart's delight.  If you can't make it, you can always pop in to shop the assortment in it's new home on the 7th floor or shop it online at Bloomingdales.


by Marisa Marcantonio

Photos courtesy of Lauren/Bloomingdales

Back when summer was just beginning, I got an offer I could not refuse. Lauren by Ralph Lauren and Bloomingdale's asked me to create a vignette incorporating a Fall 2011 Lauren Home bedding collection for the fall Bloomingdale's catalog. What a treat it was to create this room.
By bringing together the Lauren bedding, Ralph Lauren Furniture and accessories, as well as their wallpaper and rugs, I was able to create an entire environment for this new bedding to live in. I worked with the Suite Diamond bedding, a classic, cream colored pattern that included a fitted quilted coverlet, euros and boudoirs tailored to a T.
My room, along with those created by fellow bloggers Michelle Adams of Lonny, Jennifer Boles of The Peak of Chic and Eddie Ross, were photographed this past June, and will be shown in the Bloomingdale's Fall Home Book. It comes out any day now, so watch your mailboxes.
In addition, the rooms will be on the Bloomingdale's home website under Design Like a Pro. From shooting my room in Atlanta to being gifted a Ralph Lauren ensemble for the photo shoot, I must say, this has been such a great project to be a part of.

My inspiration? A country bedroom escape in a fresh and kicky color palette. I wanted to create a space that had energy to it but was also classic.
I envisioned this as a country respite for a busy city gal. She would escape here to write, as well as RSVP to dinners and cocktail parties from the cozy comfort of her bed.


Photo courtesy of Lauren Bloomingdale's
The minute I saw the luxe monochromatic Suite Diamond bedding in serene cream, I knew it was perfect for the mood I was creating. The fitted quilt with channeling and tiny buttons at the corners were details I loved. I definitely am seeing more fitted quilts recently. The bedding is tailored and feminine-- two design aspects I wanted to incorporate into my scheme. My inclination was to do a blue and white room, since it is a beloved, evergreen color combination. With a pop of bright orange, the combo took on a new freshness.


The first thing I did was create a scheme, to get my inspiration and palette going. I wanted to see how everything tied together, and then fill in from there.

On her nightstand, the invites await her, along with personal things she loves- a picture of Capri, her favorite summer getaway, and mini orchids potted in a faux bois teacup. Do you recognize that wonderful swirly calligraphy? It is Bernard Maisner's, whose work I adore.

Photo courtesy of Ralph Lauren Home
I was looking to create a space that was feminine as well as fresh. I chose the Tabley House Floral wallpaper from Ralph Lauren Home for its bold Chinoiserie blooms on branches in varying shades of blue on white. I knew this could carry the room forward with what I was pulling together.

Photo courtesy of Ralph Lauren Home
Now for the bed. The Ralph Lauren Home Argonne Bed in a dark Mahogany with Louis XVI details and finials was a good fit for the crisp bedding. I liked how it worked well with the dresser and remained classic in feel.

Photo courtesy of Emily Amy Gallery
I knew I needed a wonderful modern piece of art for the mix. I had been on the hunt for this essential before the shoot, and felt this was a key component, since it was to be the focal point, hanging above the bed. The area in between the windows was important to highlight. The gals of Tilton Fenwick pointed me to their friend's gallery in Atlanta, The Emily Amy Gallery. Luckily, they were located near the shoot location and they were nice enough to let me include it. This piece, Sun Cloud, by Melanie Parke, has the right amount of royal blue and shades of the color to tie in with the overall scheme.
The gallery has many wonderful pieces with an abstract modern slant. Make a visit if you find yourself in Atlanta.

Photo courtesy of Ralph Lauren Home
The Dryden Studded Chest from Ralph Lauren Home is a classic piece with campaign details and nail head trim that I chose for the nightstand. There is a pull out shelf that could create extra surface area if I needed it.

An indigo and white cotton striped Dhurrie from Ralph Lauren had the pattern play to work with the wallpaper. I knew it was an important way to incorporate a stripe for added pattern, and this was my place to do that.

Bungalow 5 Angelica lamps added the right pop of color to the nightstands. We did a shot with them and also changed them out for a Crystal Ralph Lauren lamp pair for a totally different look.

Photo courtesy of Samuel and Sons
A pop of orange tape trim is exactly what the lampshades needed to add some zing. I chose this Zig Zag Border Trim in pumpkin from The Roger Thomas Collection at Samuel and Sons.

I had seen this Frances bench from Gabby's in a cerused finish before and knew it would be just the thing for the end of the bed.

Now for the accessories...

The decorative objects, I felt, should tie the colors and textures of the space together. Decorative books covered in blue marbleized paper covers from Karen Robertson fit that need.

Photo courtesy of Emissary Home and Garden
Another surface area that can serve as a seat or a place for books is always a nice addition. I used an orange Garden Seat from Jardins en Fleur to break up the pattern with a solid element.

Photo courtesy of Ralph Lauren Home
The Ralph Lauren Lautrec Silver Rope Frame had just the right texture and nautical element for the nightstand.

Photo courtesy of Ralph Lauren Home
For a great shape and function, I chose the Delmere Jewelry Box in cream shagreen by Ralph Lauren Home to tell the story of who lived there.

Photo Courtesy of John Derian
When it comes to accessories, the details are a final layer that bring everything together. A quick pre-shoot trip to Bergdorf Goodman is where I found this Florence Nightingale Heraldic Decoupage Plate by John Derian. I was fascinated with the monograms and the shades of blue were just right.

A uniquely shaped decorative object with some height would make a nice addition to the nightstand too, especially against the orange lamp base.

Photo courtesy of Connor
To get some of the most beautiful invitations around, I went to Connor to borrow hand engraved invitations. I added these to my own invites for a nice mix.


by Marisa Marcantonio

Diane introduced the versatile collection at Bloomingdales to a packed house at the start of fashion week

"Your home reflects who you are and how you want to live," says Diane Von Furstenberg about her new foray into interiors. As the largest cross category introduction at Bloomingdale's, Diane Von Furstenberg's DVF Home collection made a colorful splash when it launched recently. From fashion derived printed bedding and pillows, edgy stoneware to porcelain tabletop, colorful stemware and modern serve ware, the collection is groundbreaking, edgy and fun. Contrasting colors, zebra and floral patterns are meant to be combined to create a unique, vibrant experience. Experimentation is at the heart of this new collection, sure to attract legions of fashionable Furstenberg fans everywhere.

Here are some showstoppers available from Bloomingdale's now:

photos courtesy of Bloomingdales DVF Home
Zig Zag Jungle, an abstracted modern pattern in kelly green, royal blue and white

Giant Grass is a vivid, monochromatic abstracted bamboo pattern

Floral Batik bedding, a bold, oversized natural floral print

Sun Stripe bedding with painterly brush strokes of color

Urban Jungle bedding includes small prints and ikat inspired patterns

Set the table:
A set of Horn serving pieces adds exotic material to the bright table ware.

Slim handled modern flatware in a brushed gold finish called Night
Faceted handles on the jewel toned Powerstone flatware make colored cutlery appealing
Olive Garden Green handles are snazzy too

Opening night high ball glasses with optic stripes

Ultra light High Rise stemware has a visually interesting stem detail

The flute has a short stem and long, bell-shaped glass

The martini glass pairs a classic shape with wide base

A honeycomb pattern stamped on metal in the Powerstone tray adds bling to serve ware

Mashiko serving plate is inspired by Japanese pottery

Aura Shadows, a pattern with watercolor palette

The Powerstone Dinner Plate has a cut corner, varied octagonal shape

Pebble Stone, a Dinner Plate pattern has a zen sensibility with an organic, irregular form.

Bold and energized, the Barcelona Mosaic Dinner plate is a graphic mix of red, white and blue with an abstracted collage pattern