by Marisa Marcantonio

Lulu DK's artist streak and creative verve continues with her new collection of tabletop designs. She began her artistic endeavors by creating a hand done fabric line a decade ago. The graphic geometric fabrics and wallpapers had a fresh sensibility that conveyed her artistic hand. They were a natural extension of her paintings, which she had been doing for years. Next came her beautiful acclaimed printed and embroidered collection of baby and grown up bedding for Matouk. A colorful leather furniture line with Elite Leather followed, and gave her visibility with a widely seen ad campaign, and a capsule collection of handmade Tibetan and Dhurrie carpets with San Francisco's Elson and Company gave her a way to bring color and pattern to floors. Then her collage book followed, exploring her paintings and travels called, Lulu. The foray into tabletop is a natural progression for her brand vision, and a welcome one. Her hand-drawn flowers and geometric watercolors have now make their way onto china. Their charm lies in how the boldly colored flowers and leaves cover the entire surface in a realistic, natural way. Entertain with and enjoy her nature inspired hand - painted pieces that bring a joie de vivre to the table. Find this new collection with all the patterns shown here at Neiman Marcus and Horchow.

Hydrangea Dinner

Hydrangea Mug

Hydrangea Salad

Leaf Pattern salad plate

Petals Charger
Petals Dinner Plate
Petals salad plate
Petals Mug
Petals Rimmed Soup Bowl

Hydrangea Charger

Byzantine Dinner Plate
Byzantine Salad Plate
Byzantine Rimmed Soup Bowl


by Marisa Marcantonio

Are you a gypsy in training? Save time, airline miles and jet lag fatigue by letting Andrea Gibbin and Wendy Riva travel for you. In R and G Collective, a newly assembled boho chic pop - up shop in Brentwood, CA the girls have hand - picked exotic goods so you don't have to barter and haggle in the bustling souks and markets of Marrakesh and India to find great stuff. They enlisted the design help of Californian Nathan Turner, and New Yorker Eric Hughes, who styled the space. Nathan must be sleepwalking at this point, what with a High Point trip to launch additions to his Elite Leather line, curating artwork with Dutch Touch and taping Million Dollar Decorator (for it's January run). This sort of puts the fun back into global bazaar shopping when it all looks so enticing and gorgeous. I first heard of this gig from my uber cool friend writer Ingrid Schmidt, a newly minted LA hipster, who shared the post from Lisa Borgnes Giramonti of A Bloomsbury Life. If you have not read it, you must. This is how things go viral-- don't sell everything till I get there!

A lounge lover's lair

Fresh ikat and patterned pillows punch up a striped settee

Tea anyone?

The look is not complete unless you have a curly lamb rug

Sun streams in the window, where a suzani covered sofa beckons

Everything you need to entertain but the spices

Staples of ethnic interiors dot the store

Photos by Lisa Borgnes Giramonti
Orange is a powerful statement maker

Visit the new pop up R & G Collective (soon!)
11981 San Vicente Boulevard, Brentwood, LA near Saltair Avenue
Mon-Sat 11-4pm
Through October and November only


by Marisa Marcantonio

She started out as a decorative painter. After studying fine art in Paris, Lulu DK got a decorative painting job in New York City, and the rest, as they say, is history. Her apartment showcased her talents, and after it ran in Elle Decor, her phone started ringing. I still have those tear sheets, because they offer an inspiring mix of global elements, with mementos of travels in far off lands. The arched Moorish doorway she created helped kick off an obsession for the exotic. Creative instincts led her to starting her own graphic printed fabric line. Companies started to take notice of her keen design eye, and soon, deals with Elite Leather furniture and bedding with Matouk followed. Her artistic side came through in her watercolors and sketches, which became the foundation for an elaborate scrapbook tome, Lulu, a creative collage of her travels. After years as a New Yorker, Lulu recently relocated to sunny California with her twins in tow. I decided to check in with her about her new life on the left coast. Since her move, she has ramped up her website, added a new blog called Trail of Inspiration, where she talks about her creative process. She seems to be loving the LA way of life. As an artist, the light in LA and lifestyle change would surely affect her creative sensibilities. I wondered what life was like for her now, and caught up with her by email the other day.

Brand new from her 2010 Matouk Collection, the charming Lulu's Garden Charlotte floral with an all over pattern of hydrangea blooms on green stems comes in blue, coral and yellow.

Also from Lulu's Garden collection is Mirabella, a mixed flowers pattern in a great yellow and coral combination. After success came her initial collection, a super cute baby bedding line followed.

Giant Scallop Shell embroidered linen pillows add a dash of seashore to a sofa

Charlotte hand towels with tonal embroidery of a single fresh hydrangea bloom add pop to a powder room.

The Charlotte Pillows will go over well with the guys since they can re-imagine the hydrangea and stem as a teed- up golf ball!

Lilly Pillows in coordinating colors

Lulu can create custom designed fabric, just ask!

The new Palm Springs Wallpaper design. Her fabrics and papers are now available through Donghia showrooms.

Her fabrics coordinate well with each other. They start out as watercolors and sketches and then get transformed into print screens.

The new Bloomsbury print

So what is Lulu loving in LA?

Being a true NY-er I wasn't so sure about LA living immediately, but now I must admit, I have taken to it like a bee to honey. I really love all the plant/ floral life here, honestly, sometimes I feel like I am in Africa- there is such a wide variety of nature here. So I really love that about LA. I also love my house and studio...They are perfect.

Favorite coffee: I don't drink coffee, but the best juice place is News Room Cafe on Robertson...all the shakes and juice concoctions one could ask for.

Hiking Park: Tree People on Mulholland drive...amazing variety of plants and tree. loved taking the babies when they were in baby-Bjorn's.

Antique store: Lee Stanton Antiques at 769 N. La Cienega Boulevard. Hollywood at Home at 724 N. La Cienega Blvd. ...and Nathan Turner in Almont Yard is always fun for a gander.

Favorite thrift/ hi end fashion store: Decades has amazing hi-end clothing and vintage-- the best.

Fresh Flower arrangements for dinner parties and to say thank you: I love Moe's flowers on 8101 Melrose isn't cheap but so nice to walk around and see the beautiful sprouting flowers and arrangements everywhere. It has an organic feel and in season their entire building is covered in vines...really beautiful. Also Rolling Greens just opened at 7505 Beverly Blvd., it is fabulous.


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.