by Marisa Marcantonio

Photos Courtesy of Anne Coyle
Chicagoan Anne Coyle has recently launched a furniture line called Candy Coated. Oftentimes interior designers know what they want but just can't seem to find it. I applaud her for bringing her vision to the marketplace. Coyle likes to keep things clean and classic and feels that "there are times when a traditional curvy piece feels wrong, and a sharp edged, modern piece doesn't feel right either. We wanted to produce pieces that would feel right anywhere, and compliment a large range of furniture styles. The simplicity of the forms makes them almost "basics" , but the colors are what make them special. The idea of the "candy coated" came from both the happy, vibrant colors of the pieces, and also the hard shiny lacquer applied, which makes a shiny coating evocative of lollipops, hard candies, M and M's etc..." The collection, made in Chicago, is available through her Chi town showroom located at 2041 W. Wabansia Avenue, and on her website.

Faux snakeskin coffee table. Offered in a 4 different colors.

The rich color is girly and a perfect French moment when mixed with a zebra rug and sexy low chairs.

The Deconstructed Credenza makes bare wall space functional while breaking up shelf options.

The Conrad Table has a high lustre finish and crisp shape.

Her Companion Table is offered with a bottom and a shelf or without. It is bold yet clean which makes is a modern classic.

The red version is sharp.

The Companion Monogrammed Table in Aluminum leaf finish has storage galore.

Her Cube in electric orange works well next to low pieces and adds 60's pop.

A Console of clean lines is calling out for two great lamps and a stack of books.

The China Town Cabinet combines a classic Chinoiserie pediment with a clean base free of molding. The result is crisp and functional.

More room to store!

The rest of Anne Coyle's showroom displays well edited vintage pieces.

A neutral seating area with her upholstery makes her showroom a relaxed place to visit and stay awhile.

I am sure this little cutie makes a wonderful greeter!


by Marisa Marcantonio

Exotic Suzani and paisley fabrics in rich reds and browns have become signature elements in LA designer Martyn Lawrence-Bullard's interiors. His style is one of a kind. The mix is part of the mastery. Being able to share his perspective led him to create a line of furniture and fabrics that captures the relaxed global look he does so well. He creates lush spaces that are filled with unique and diverse pieces of furniture, in painted and aged finishes, with Moroccan tiles and burnished metal lighting. By combining Turkish, Ottoman, Indian, and Moroccan finds, he creates a distinct cultural mix, that attracts a global clientele. Exotic woods, turned legs and inlays are used in his work, and this line offers his eclectic take to a wider audience. His work, furniture and fabric shown below tie it all together.

Photos Courtesy of Martyn Lawrence-Bullard
A cozy living room with deep reds, great modern artwork and free flowing panel curtains. His spaces are anything but stuffy.

Unusual shapes mix and mingle with tropical plants and pillar candles, setting the tone for an intimate party.

Stripes are a great choice when doing a tented room. For high drama, he covered every surface in bold red and white stripes, and added an ebony Lisbon bed from his collection.

By now you see how Bullard uses statement beds to great effect. Mixing grand European furniture, rich tapestries and an oriental rug, he creates a Grand Tour look. Using a dresser as a nightstand is a good idea to create extra storage, and adds a bigger surface for a lidded Chinese jar and decorative objects.

Exotic is the buzzword at this small dinner. A large lantern above the table and scattered tapers add moody lighting to a room dominated by red, which looks great by candle light. The patterned walls are toned down and grounded by the dark wood furniture.

Take me there! A summery living room in tones of blue and white is just what you want in an island paradise. A long built in sofa stretches the length of the room to capitalize on the view, and rustic tables and stools further the casual feel. You can wear a bathing suit and sarong in this room and feel at home.


The Lisbon Bed, like all the furniture, is made of high grade Alder wood. The line comes in custom finishes and can be ordered in distressed medium to dark walnut or ebony tones. This elaborate piece is jaw dropping. You will dream of exotic far away lands in this!

The Jaipur Bed in faux ivory makes a glamorous daybed for lounging. The canopy swathed in fabric would add to the allure.

The Fatima Mirror has a thick carved wood frame with a star pattern. The graphic motif will liven up a living room, and will work well hung in clusters of 4.

The Tangiers Side Table with faux ivory inlay is a personality piece. The pop of ivory and painted trim have a Moroccan flair.


Sultan's Suzani in Saffron combines soft colors in a bold circular pattern.

Turkish Ticking in olive and terra cotta has an added zig -zag making this linen stripe even more graphic.

Bodrum's Greek inspired lavender scrolls cover the field in this all over linen print.

Bodrum Stripe in brown and sage combines stripes and small, curly scrolls.

Sultan's Garden in Saffron is a printed linen floral inspired by the Topkapi Gardens.

In blue.

His furniture is is shown online and in LA at Dan Marty Design in the PDC. His fabrics are online and at Peter Dunham's Hollywood at Home in Almont Yard and in New York at Holly Hunt in the D and D. Time for some armchair travel on your staycation!


by Marisa Marcantonio

A friend I used to work with at David Easton came over yesterday. We always talk design non-stop and I ask for his chic advice. We got to talking about my home and what I cannot live without. Not missing a beat, I declared it was the color red. With that mood-altering color on my mind, here are some well-designed chairs that may conjure up Diana Vreeland or the thought that you too, cannot live without it:

Photo Courtesy of Suzanne Allen
The St. Germain Chair from Suzanne Allen is well- proportioned and has a nice leg. Great for a living room seating arrangements or as a bedroom chair.

Photo Courtesy of Richard Shapiro
Studiolo by Richard Shapiro has this great new upholstered piece, the Bordoni Leather Minima Chair. The stamped leather, floor-length skirt and low back pillow are nice touches. An added swivel element makes it ideal for a media room.

Photo Courtesy of Wisteria
Wisteria is a go to resource for great global finds and easy gifts. Their Louis Red Upholstered Chair is easy to love. Pull it around a dining table or put it up against the wall below a sconce for a hit of eye- popping color.

Photo Courtesy of Elite Leather
Elle Decor recently feted Nathan Turner at Bloomingdales for his new Elite Leather furniture Collection. The Flores tufted armchair is my favorite--the dark wood pops against the red shiny leather, a really catchy combo for a study. The pitch is deep and perfect for reading the paper.


by Marisa Marcantonio

Carleton Varney is the president and owner of Dorothy Draper and Co, the oldest established interior design firm in the US. Draper, the first female interior designer began her firm in 1923, and is known for her intensely colorful projects from residences, to large public spaces. The Greenbrier, perhaps her most famous hotel, was full of splash and charisma. Her look became known as Modern Baroque. The Draper- designed dining room at the Metropolitan Museum of Art was seen in many films and made for a chic lunch with friends. Varney continues her design legacy, creating projects with the same vim and vigor.

Photo Courtesy of Kindel Furniture
Carlton Varney recently worked with Kindel Furniture to create the Dorothy Draper Furniture Collection. The pieces look great together or on their own. Either way, they are all wow items. This display cabinet with Chinoiserie touches has a peach backing that creates a tropical mood with the white finish. Display collections, china or books.

Photo Courtesy of Kindel Furniture
Draper was a master colorist, and the latest additions from Kindel were shown painted in aqua and coral hues. This chest is great bunched or alone.

Photo Courtesy of Kindel Furniture
The perfect slipper chair is not easy to find. The proportion is just right, and the long fringe skirt is oh-so-feminine.

Photo Courtesy of Kindel Furniture
A scallop apron on this table is another femme- touch that works well with a high gloss finish.

Photo Courtesy of Kindel Furniture
What a piece! The architectural details and swags on this mirror make it the conversation piece of a room.

Photo Courtesy of Kindel Furniture
A comfy, easy tufted upholstered piece can look tailored and relaxed without being huge.


Punchy Rhododendron
Varney launched his fabrics in 1992, and many of them are available from Carleton Varney by the Yard. Happy prints like these create a fun atmosphere. I adore them and am sure they were a childhood influence-- the poppy color sense is hard to ignore.

Fazenda Lilly in white.

Les Fleures, a painterly multi-colored floral. I believe this was in our Long Island living room...

Princess Grace Rose in yellow.

Photos Courtesy of Pointed Leaf Press
Houses in My Heart captures Carlton's colorful career. His joie de vivre and use of dramatic, bold interior touches makes this book a treat to read. More is more is the mantra here, where theatrics are everything. Get your copy from Pointed Leaf Press, and click here to check the book tour schedule. You do not want to miss the great stories Carleton will share!

An elevator lobby at The Greenbrier had a crazy flower and trellis rug and Rhododendron fabric. Hmm, shall we say this was inspiration for Diamond and Baratta?

Melon and white are resort colors to be sure. Being greeted at this half moon desk with giant pediment must have made a big impact. On the left is the Chinese Chippendale Console that was modified for the Kindel piece shown above. What a fun way to showcase Chinese export china!

A watercolor for the Waikiki Sheraton in Hawaii. Prints and Parson's tables are great in this tropical locale.

On the left, the Trellis Lobby of the Greenbrier mixes 1948 trellis panels, a wild print at the window and the black and white terrazzo floor from the 1930's. The middle image shows the 1998 refurbished Trellis Lobby. At the right, a huge wooden pediment, green moire patterned carpet and red walls lead to the Lobby bar.

Carleton mixed Billy Haines pieces with orange and lime green in Joan Crawford's New York living room. Garden seats are making their big comeback, and I love how this bamboo lattice piece brings the garden inside.