by Marisa Marcantonio

Small, independent fabric companies are making a big splash lately. Creating fresh new designs with an artistic, handmade bent, these little companies have a lot to say. Using unique color combinations with a natural, unstylized take on florals and linear patterns, this crop of textile designers create micro trends that are bubbling up causing stylish interior designers to take notice.


Boston-based and Bombay-born,  Seema Krish fuses Eastern and Western design in her vibrant embroidered textiles.

Photos courtesy of Seema Krish

Breach Candy

 Altamount Road

Malabar Hill




The travels of a boy and his dog. That's what inspired New York-based Zak Profera and his ZAK + FOX collection, which can be found at Studio Four in New York City and Harbinger on the West Coast. As if on a modern day Grand Tour, Profera imagined being on a pilgrimage to reveal ancient textile treasures with his fox-like Shibu Inu.

Photos courtesy of Zak and Fox






RISD- educated textile designer Laura Linhardt uses a painterly hand creating textiles that look as though they were done with watercolors and sometimes, a dull crayon for a wonderful effect. 

Photos courtesy of Laura Lienhard

Ikat in ocean

Intaglio in blue wash on Belgian linen

Laura Leinhard's Trellis in blue

Forsythia in rust


Artist Alex Mason and Brian Ferrick fuse the best of both worlds, with Mason's artistic talents and Ferrick's production savvy, they make a perfect design duo with Ferrick Mason. The LA-based friends have struck a fresh design chord with prints that are full of life, interesting colors and unexpected patterns. Seek them out at Studio Four and Thomas Lavin.

Photos courtesy of Ferrick Mason




Bizzy Bloom

 Calliandra, an industry favorite




After honing her design eye as a long time interiors editor, Carolina Irving knew exactly what she wanted to create with her textile collection. Layering ethnic textiles from far off lands at home, she channeled the way she lived into a cool collection of loose geometrics and subtly colored wash prints. Get transported by her prints at Rosselli in NYC and Peter Dunham's Hollywood at Home in LA

 Photos courtesy of Carolina Irving







Lisa Fine and Carolina Irving joined forces to create a caftan-centric clothing collection Irving and Fine a few years back and both have a passion for textiles. Fine, based in Paris and New York, loves the thill of the global hunt Her travels to India are the basis for this  fabric line, and the colors and patterns of the country provide an endless stream of creative output. Lisa Fine Textiles can be seen at John Rosselli, Travis and Company in Atlanta and Hollywood at Home in LA.

Photos courtesy of Lisa Fine Textiles


 Baroda II




Having worked for the likes of Tom Ford and other fashion luminaries as well as Liberty of London, British textile designer Lindsey Alker has earned her stripes over the past 20 years. You can find her fabrics at Harbinger in LA:

Photos courtesy of Lindsey Alker

A stack of her wood block printed textiles that feels like a distant descendant of the Bloomsbury Group.


Cliff End 



Nook Beach


Angela Clinton creates Parlor Textiles, her eco-conscious fabrics in North Carolina. Harnessing the beauty of nature, her designs are soft and easy.



Calantha Stamp


Indian Deco Floral


Simple Ikat


Interior designer Katie Leede takes her inspiration from her wanderlust.  Having traveled to far-reaching corners of the globe, she collected antique textiles from the island for a tribal - meets - Japanese flavor for her latest additions to Digs By Katie.

 Photos courtesy of Digs by Katie/Katie Leede

Kimono Positive

Kyoto Key 

Pomegranates and Peonies 

Cloud Scroll Positive


Galbraith and Paul

got their start making hand-printed paper wrapped pendant lighting, and have garnered quite a following for their fabulous hand-blocked prints. Liz Galbraith and Ephraim Paul expanded the pattern assortment with rugs, which are also wonderful. Hand-printed in Philadelphia, their sophisticated color palettes and compelling combinations are ever inventive and always very now. You can locate them at Holland and Sherry and Thomas Lavin in LA.

Photos courtesy of Galbraith and Paul

The blue color story for Pomegranate, Ribbon, Monarch, and Lotus prints

Lotus in all colorways

Pomegranate (a fabric I adore and am coveting for my own home)

Primitive flower in gradient oranges and pinks 




The Living Vintage Collection, created by Alt For Living's Analisse Taft, uses vintage screens from the 1940's-1970's colored for today.  Her signature line is available through her Alt For Living Soho showroom.

Photos courtesy of Alt For Living 


 Jimmy G.



Design journalist turned textile designer,  Michael Devine has created a fresh line of monochromatic prints that are traditional pretty injected with an airy lightness.  Hand-printed in Brooklyn, his designs also grace trays and accessories. They can be found at Studio Four in New York, Ainsworth- Noah in Atlanta and Kathryn M. Ireland in LA.

Venice in fresh new sorbet colors  

A new leaf print


Bringing her painterly sensibility to everything she does, artist Tanya Vartan began her career in fashion. She recently brought back those prints for home, launching with John Rosselli. Her free spirited, whimsical depictions of a field of flowers, birds in flight and even stippled linear dots will bring a smile to your face.


Dotty Stripe

Japanese Sparrows

Chinese Horses

Kyoto Iris


by Marisa Marcantonio

The Hampton's Designer Showhouse in Sag Harbor looks pretty, pretty, pretty good (to borrow Larry David's favorite quote). The stable of designers is solid, and the spaces are livable and chic. The 11,200-square-foot postmodern house was built on spec by Frank Bodenchak and spans five acres. This can be something of a rarity in a showhouse, since they are used to break new ground and sometimes get a little off the wall! Sponsored by Decorati, One Kings Lane and Traditional Home, this year's showhouse is on until September 5th. The layout includes a line up of good design, and rooms that are cozy and full of life, created by Lucas Studio, Arden Interiors, Bradley Stephens, Nathan Egan, Foley and Cox and others. It is on the market with Edge Real Estate for $5.25 million. Are you game?

Parrish Chilcoat and Joe Lucas make up Lucas Studio, the firm they began in 2005. They are LA based but have hit the showhouse scene, also doing New Jersey showhouses.

An artist's studio came together with a rug from F.J. Hakimian, fabrics from Hugh St. Clair, Holly Hunt, Jim Thompson, Claremont Furnishings, Fabrics Co and Ferrick Mason. Elizabeth Eckhardt did the flowers and the walls are done in an amazing paper from Italian Idarica Gazzoni, available through Harbinger, Joe and Parrish's LA shop. The Oyster Bay Coffee Table is part of their line, and the sconces and stone ottoman are Colleen and Company, all from Harbinger.

The room's design was inspired by artist and fabric designer Alex K Mason, part of Ferrick Mason. A vintage chair from Mary Ann Lembo in Bridgehampton is upholstered in a Hugh St Clair fabric through Kathryn M. Ireland. The wonderful horse print is by Bob Taylor through Mecox Gardens. An acrylic and nickel drafting table was used as an updated easel for her work.

The space, they imagined, was for "woman of the house" was an artist and this was her haven....a place to work and relax in the country.

Photo by Antony Todd
Lisa Sternfeld created The Loft.

Photos by Peter Margonelli
Lisa Sternfeld founded her firm, LSID, in 2006 to focus on developing high-end residential and hospitality projects. After learning the trade working for Thomas O’Brien and Adam Tihany, she set out on her own. What sets her apart is her interest in hand made and designed items she uses, and the process of how things are made. She created a space she calls The Loft space. The artistic feel was created with a distressed wall treatment done by JJ Snyder Studio. The upholstered sofa and tailored raw burlap curtains appeal to her appreciation of craftsmanship.

A screen cordons off a seating nook.

She sourced lighting, accessories and artwork from Etos, Aero and Old Town Crossing. A soft blue wash of paint makes the walls ethereal.

She used an F.J. Hakimian rug, and John Boone, Aero and OId Town Crossing for furniture, and Lee Jofa and Clarence House fabrics for upholstery done by Jonas.

Christina Murphy of Christina Murphy Interiors had a big feature story with a lot of spring green schemes in the newest issue of House Beautiful, congratulations, it looks terrific!

She created an outdoor room with a sun porch. The area included a sofa and two chairs from Walter's Wickers, a coffee table from Old Town Crossing and end tables from one of my fave shops, Mecox Gardens. The lumbar pillow is made from a Romo fabric.

Antique children's chairs add character to the space. The mirror over the sofa is from Summer Hill and a Stark Carpet sisal border was painted by Christopher Rollinson with his Rollinson Hues custom paints.

Arden Stephenson and her firm Arden Interior Architecture and Design designed the master bedroom. Arden spent years with Cullman and Kravis and has a lovely take on tradition. She created a sunny yellow sanctuary and sits near Greek Key/Mamgo Wood Pillows from Gracious Home.

Two twin beds made up in custom linens from Julia B. with custom designed headboards together have been pushed together and are upholstered in a fun modern fabric Kamofleur Kollection from her sister's fantastic new showroom Studio Four NYC. Silver-leaf Quatrefoil Tables from Two World Arts are a charming detail.

A great turquoise painted hall chair sits beside a cerused oak console table from HB Home, a retail store and design firm that also created a room in the showhouse.

An antler chandelier from Linda Horn makes the eaved ceiling appear even higher. She designed a comfortable Vintage 40's Curved Sofa covered in a Scalamandre fabric filled with bold pillows and flanked by white end tables and a beautiful Florence Broadhurst Area Rug from Studio Four NYC.

A paper mache artichoke lamp from Stray Dog Designs sits on the matching linen wrapped end tables from Bungalow 5. Fun!

Patrik Lonn Design created a room inspired by the beach.

Patrik Lonn's theme was dry beach, creating a beachy atmosphere inside, with neutral tones. An antique low side table in ceramic with leaf inlay from Bernd Goeckler Antiques and a 1940s Vintage Kilm Rug from Hakamian with a painting by Johnnie Winona Ross from Jayne H. Baume Gallery.

A sculptural drift wood centerpiece and white coral accessories from L'Olivier sit near a Walnut Console from Roman Thomas. Great linear striped curtains running horizontally create a relaxed feeling in the space.

Metal Sculptures by Joel Perlman from Jayne H. Baume Gallery and Ellen Carey's Black and White Polaroid Pieces are hung above a Patrik Lonn - designed custom natural Walnut bookcases.

Photo by Peter Murdock
Bradley Stephens created a vast gameroom and bar area.

Photos by Nick Johnson
Bradley shared, "When we first visited our room in the Hamptons Showhouse, we were intrigued by the coffered ceiling, extensive trim detail, and recessed paneled columns that divide the space. Located in the basement, the space has no windows, so lighting was key to setting the loungy mood of my space." The generous floor plan includes a billiard table, an expansive bar, a game table, a lounge area, a wine cellar, and an adjacent octagonal room he calls "the archive". A cluster of vintage glass pendants from 145 Antiques hang over the pool table as a glittering focal point. Vintage Swedish area rugs are from Hakimian, and n the far wall.

He created a three-dimensional art piece incorporating a grid of vintage Charlotte Perriand sconces and a hand-carved antique frame from Sebastian and Barquet.

He lined the walls with gray oak cabinetry, filled the shelves with gold painted books and a collection of antique and modern decanters and barware from Thomas O'Brien and High Style Deco. "I envision the space as a library and tasting room for a client that collects rare vintage spirits. The "client" could lounge on one of the exquisitely detailed Bugatti side chairs, on loan from Sebastian and Barquet."

The tessellated coral game table from Lobel Modern is surrounded by sleek cane-backed promenade armchairs from Lorin Marsh.


by Marisa Marcantonio

Ferrick Mason, a newly launched collection of print designs are inspired by things found in nature. As a collaboration between two artistic and visual minds, they were able to come up with organic- inspired designs that have already found an audience in the design community. Their designs are first hand drawn and then screened, so the lines have an imperfect quality. This irregularity gives their innovative designs a painterly, handmade feel. Their fabrics, printed on Belgian linen are locally produced in Los Angeles, using eco-friendly inks and dyes. Interior designers Joe Lucas and Parrish Chilcoat of Lucas Studio used their fabric early on last year, in the Veranda Showhouse in Greystone Mansion, where they did a fantastic space.

The line is available through Kathryn M. Ireland in Almont Yard, Nicky Rising, Grizzel and Mann in Altanta, and Studio 534 in The Boston Design Center. I have known Brian since his early days with Kathryn Ireland, and sat down with him recently to get his perspective on his new creative endeavor.

Alex and Brian

Brian, you are a veteran fabric designer and have helped some of the biggest names in the business with their fabric lines. Why launch a collection of your own and why now?

After working with Kathryn Ireland and Michael Smith for a number of years on their textile lines I started getting the itch to have my own - unfortunately I am not an artist and wasn't really interested in working on another document based line. My good friend Amelia Dalgaard had been trying to introduce me to her friend Alex Mason, Alex is an amazing painter, who happened to be looking for a partner with textile experience to break into the business. Alex and I finally met at a party and were fast friends - and when I saw her paintings and ideas for fabrics I was in love.

What inspired the designs and the particular color palette? The colors are unexpected and unusual, in a good way.

Our initial collection is based on artwork that was inspired from Alex's two years in New Zealand. The patterns have a reoccurring theme of berries and abstract flora. With the colors we were trying to keep things fresh and modern without being gimicky - we wanted updated colors that would work well in contemporary as well as traditional environments. Both Alex and I have a somewhat East coast sensibility and liked colors that would be at home on Cape Cod, in the Hamptons or Palm Beach - not be mention Southern California -fun, fresh, slightly preppy with a twist!

With a brand new collection what will mean success in your eyes?

We have both been thrilled with first getting the line out there, then having so many friends and designers that we respect get excited about the line and use it. Sales, of course, are very important and we are pleased with the momentum that has been picking up with sales and press. We started out inching our way out there with our boutique line in just one showroom with a road rep. Now we are in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Boston and soon to be NYC and Dallas. We are also introducing 3 new designs to our line as well a more moderately priced line with 7 new designs. People have been eager to see fresh new designs, that aren't just the trendy ethnic prints - and like the fact that we are hand screened in California - keeping it all local!

What is influencing you now, and what is next?

We have about 10 new designs that we are currently working on - a large scale damask that incorporates some of the motifs from the first collection and a wonderful irregular horizontal stripe, as well as beautiful dense berry co-ordinate. then 7 new designs that we are printing on cotton and bringing out at a more moderate price point, something I think the market is really calling for now. We are still doing exciting original designs for this grouping but will not be hand printed on Belgian linen in order to keep it more affordable.


Willow the full repeat

Willow in green

Willow in blue

Warfield in full repeat

Warfield in orange

Warfield in Lavender

Warfield in green

Warfield in blue

Tropicana in full repeat

Tropicana in lavender

Tropicana in green

Tropicana in brown

Tropicana in blue

Calliandra in full repeat

Calliandra in robin's egg

Calliandra in orange

Calliandra in brown and orange

Calliandra in brown

Bizzy Bloom in full repeat in pink

Bizzy Bloom in green

Bizzy Bloom in blue


by Marisa Marcantonio

designed by Anderson Campanella Architects of Rumson, NJ.

New Jersey often gets a bad rap. It is not all Soprano-land; there are beautiful areas.
Rumson is one of the areas that is worth the trip, especially to see the latest showhouse, Stately Homes by the Sea. The 1915 brick house was built to resemble an English country estate by McKim Mead and White alum Harrie T. Lindeberg. The house across the street, also owned by the same family was used for the first Stately Homes showhouse and the owners decided to share their home again. Renovation work was done with them in mind, as they move in after the showhouse closes. New construction and a pool, pool house, potting shed were added in under 8 months. Proceeds go to The Visiting Nurses Association of Central New Jersey, and the show runs from April 28- May 31st. The honorary design chair this year is Charlotte Moss.

Los Angeles- based, Jersey raised Joe Lucas and Parrish Chilcoat of Lucas Studio do a lot of work in New Jersey and decorated a living room and nursery in the home. In addition to interior design, Joe and his partner have recently opened Harbinger, an antique - filled home store in the ever charming Almont Yard, located next door to their West Hollywood office.
The photography was done by New Jersey resident, the talented John Bessler.

Lucas Studio got an area that was new construction. They worked with the homeowners on the scheme, creating elegant, comfortable areas with plenty of cozy seating. Jonas Upholstery did all the upholstery and window treatments, and a majority of the fabric is from Cowtan and Tout. Custom cabinetry and built in bookshelves make for a cozy library meets living room. Filled with soft colors and easy shapes, this is a room that is hard to leave.

Farrow and Ball Octagon Yellow brightens the walls. In keeping with the location, nautical antique brass and cargo lights from Ann Morris Antiques were chosen to illuminate the space.

Another angle gives a better view of the pendant lights.

A game table with Jonas's Brighton dining chairs and an antique writing table from Ann Morris make good use of the area and it's charming eave ceilings. Kate Duffy Barnard of Katie Did in Redbank, NJ filled metal urns with sublime flowering Cherry branches and moss, adding a stunning display set against a natural jute wall covering from Philip Jeffries.

The home is close to the water, so a shell and sea fan add to the nautical appeal.

A window seat with a garden stool makes for a nice reading area. Most of the fabrics in the nook are from Cowtan and Tout.

A sofa is upholstered in a family friendly stain - resistant cotton velvet from Pindler and Pindler and a jute bullion fringe that adds a dressy touch.

An enveloping wing chair with a fun printed pillow is another nice perch. The wool rug is Stark's (sadly) discontinued Bilhuber Basics. Specially made automatic blackout roman shades are ideal for movie watching.


The framed alphabet on the wall, crib and rocking horse give away the fact that this room is a nursery. This means the room can transition easily to a bedroom with twin beds as the little one grows. Lucas Studio created a space that feels city and country. Bed hanging fabrics from Brian Ferrick's brand new Ferrick Mason collection complement the adorable puzzle piece valance. Martyn Lawrence Bullard's new fabrics are at the windows and on the glider, lending a sunny feel to the space. Lacquer side tables are from Mecox Gardens and bright yellow Christopher Spitzmiller handmade lamps bring sophistication.

A detail of the daybed pillows show a blend of pattern and color--just what a newbie needs to be happy.

Another view. The bird print comes from Mecox Gardens.

A sleek changing table and trunk from new resource Kalon Studios are offset by Starburst Mirrors from Mecox-- an "adult" touch.

Kalon Studio's geometric patterned bamboo crib with some charming Sferra bedding and sheep pillow add some sweetness.

An Urban Electric Company Anson pendant light with metal scroll work add a touch of whimsy. The piece is available in any Benjamin Moore color, and here it is painted a sunny yellow. Framed Alphabet prints available through Harbinger set the tone.

A closet filled with drawers means a place for everything. Linda Laymon of All Dolled Up styled the nursery to the hilt with baby clothes and cutie pie things. The fun little papier mache animals around the room are from Stray Dog Designs.

The Ann Morris Antique dollhouse provides a smile and a bit of history. This baby might end up an architect with such good proportions in it's midst!