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

SLEEP ON IT: SUMMERY BEDDING

by Marisa Marcantonio

Switching out the warm, winter bed for fresh, new bedding in the summer is part of many people's changeover routine. Away goes the thick duvet and out comes the coverlet and thin blanket. If you are by the ocean, the duvet may be a necessity, so folding it into thirds at the end of the bed looks nice and neat. Perhaps your master bedroom needs reviving, and sometimes the guest linens need a refresher. Block prints, tiny patterns and solids in hot pink, blue and lavender were big spring news.

Here are some colorful new patterns, prints and solids to get you started!

 Photos courtesy of Serena and Lily

The new block-printed Ramona duvet and Euro sham from Serena and Lily is a robust take on a damask, Indian-style.

The coordinating Kerala sheet set in bright and soft pinks is an abstracted Indian floral that looks boho chic without going off the deep end.

 Photos courtesy of John Robshaw

John Robshaw introduced a bridge collection called JR by John Robshaw that is perfect for dorm rooms and the like. At a 200 thread count, it offers a lot of style for an approachable price point.

Perhaps a fresh spring green damask calls to you. Ludoli, all-over bedding pattern from John Robshaw adds visual interest without overwhelming other prints in the room.

 Photo courtesy of Allem Studio

If you can't get enough of block printing, geometrics and fish, then Allem Studio is for you. A varied Sea Green feels right at home with the fish pattern. The bedding is made by Sewa, a women's collective in India.

 Photos courtesy of Matouk

As usual, Matouk's creative collaboration with Lulu DK yields phenomenal results. This spring saw the introduction of Lyford, a white solid fireworks-of-a-floral on perfectly hued Crocus (lavender), Ocean (a French blue) and Geranium (a coral) ground.

The Lyford in Crocus

And as usual, patterns co-mingle together. Here we have from top to bottom: Star, Cove, and Lyford.

And in Geranium with coordinates.

If florals make you happy, this tight bloom called Petals also from Lulu DK for Matouk is a great choice.

The freshness of this Star and Cove combination from Matouk in pale blue and white is wonderful.

Stella, a tiny compass-shaped design comes quilted, also from Lulu for Matouk

Photo courtesy of Garnet Hill

Sometimes adding a ditzy, small pattern can re-invigorate and freshen existing white bedding. This small geo is Frette's Orchidales print through Garnet Hill.

Photo courtesy of Plover Organic

A small undulating pattern, Pink Waves, from Plover Organic is a pattern that also mixes in well with all white.

Bedding designer Katherine Ferran loves her prints and geometrics and this spring was no exception, as she introduced a charming large bloom with climbing stem and leaves.

Another angle

Summer and seersucker just go together, so thank goodness Ferran has their new spring green seersucker with coral edging.

 Photo courtesy of Haute Home

Haute Home also understands the need for relaxes resorty basics, so their seersucker with lace detailing.

 Photo courtesy of Julia B

Details! Bows abound on these darling custom monogram Nice shams from Julia B. with side ties of grosgrain ribbon. 

Photo courtesy of Sferra

If you are in a seaside setting, why not go nautical with Sferra's Orlo bedding with a chic inset wide banding?

Photo courtesy of Haute Home

There's nothing likea bold border to add life. Here, Haute Home pairs orange and turquoise, two colors that speak to summer living.

 Photo courtesy of Sferra

Linen bedding has earned converts for breathability and softness. Sferra's Classico Vintage offers a lived-in look that captures the essence of a European bed. With classic lines and casual appeal, the soft color palette is oh-so soothing.

ADD A TOUCH OF GRAY

by Marisa Marcantonio

A grey and red interior designed by Mary McDonald

Everything looks better with a hint of grey. As an accent or dominant color, all shades of gray are being used in unique and inspiring ways. From charcoal to dove, no grey is outre.

Oval platters painted with pewter botanical motifs from Caskata.

Photo courtesy of Julian Chichester
The Kelso Loveseat covered in grey velvet from Julian Chichester.

Photo courtesy of Chelsea Textiles
Chelsea Textiles new Lounge Chair in grey.

Photo courtesy of Lee Jofa
For Lee Jofa, Eric Cohler's Mille Fleur Animal Insect print.

Photo courtesy of West Elm
A grey Tall Drum Pendant Light from West Elm in Platinum

Photo courtesy of Schumacher
Ric Rac in dove from Studio Bon through Schumacher

Photo courtesy of CB2
Add a touch of haberdashery with a Bold Grey Stripe Pillow of wool flannel from CB2.


, Photo courtesy of Julia B
Need napkins? A rich charcoal linen with hemstitch border and two letter hemstitch from Julia B.

Photo courtesy of Juliska
The Pewter Square Baker from Juliska is a chic shape and goes from oven to table. Have you even started to think about your Thanksgiving table yet? This will get you there.

Photo courtesy of Dwell Studio
Dwell Studio's new Facet Rug in charcoal and cream

Photo courtesy of Dransfield and Ross
Hidcote Placemat from Dransfield and Ross

Photo courtesy of Tritter Feeder
Tritter Feefer's Madame X Desk

Photo courtesy of Made goods
Made Goods Cara Side Table with a faux shagreen surface.

Photo courtesy of Osborne and Little
New from Osborne and Little, the Maharani Collection's print Balyan channels MC Escher optical illusions.


A charming tufted chair from Zentique upholstered in grey linen.

Photo courtesy of Pottery Barn
Add a warm glow with the Park Hill Lantern from Pottery Barn for the rustic, worn look.

A new pattern in cool greys from Ferran Bedding