by Marisa Marcantonio

Photos courtesy of Cullman and Kravis
When a design firm comes out with a fabric collection, there are many considerations that need to be made. Should it reflect their signature look, have a wide range appeal or niche, be comprised of prints, textures, stripes and plaids? Cullman and Kravis recently worked with Holland and Sherry on a fabric collection that stays true to their core design ethos while having a wide ranging appeal. The cadence is perfect, with a successful design book and recent Kips Bay Showhouse room, there is a wider familiarity with their fine antique and art - focused interiors. Full disclosure: my sister, interior designer Amanda Reynal worked for Ellie for 6 years, and she is one of the nicest, most professional designers there is. Every room they create includes well thought out custom elements, so this fabric provides the look and feel of custom textiles. Using neutral colors as their guide, the collection is textural and tonal, so it can work almost anywhere. Made of linen and wool, the small scale geo's and solids come in colors such as cinnabar, celadon and beige. If you want to add that graphic print as a go with, great. If you want a soothing palette that is restful, you can do entire rooms with this line. There is a sophistication and subtlety here that C and K knows oh so well.


by Marisa Marcantonio

Photo courtesy of Firmdale Hotels
After spending some time lounging by the fire at the Crosby Street Hotel, I was taken with the deep red walls, Vaughan fabric - covered wing chairs and amazing art collection. Creating a cozy environment around the fire is easy to do, and here are some ways to create a hearth haven at home.

Photo courtesy of Chesneys
Chesney's creates limestone and marble mantels, such as the Alahambra. This British company offers historic and contemporary designs, and have new collections from Jasper Conran and Jane Churchill.

Photo courtesy of Editions Design
Have a seat on a fire fender bench with a leather seat, like this one of brass and wood from Editions Design.

Photo courtesy of Restoration Hardware
Get a classic fire screen to save your rugs from flying embers that can create burns and dangerous situations. This 19th Century English design from Restoration Hardware with brass detailing looks like it has been around for ages.

Store logs in style with woven baskets from Williams Sonoma Home.
Photo courtesy of Jonathan Adler
Light a fire with Jonathan Adler Fireplace Matches, from Art Effect.

Yummy mohair blankets await you at Bergdorf Goodman.

Photo courtesy of Nantucket Looms
Hand- loomed Mohair Throws from the Nantucket Looms will be a part of your family forever.

Photo courtesy of Swans Island Blankets
Made by hand in Northport, Maine Swan's Island Blankets are woven from organic merino wool and hand finished with silk edges. The hand dyed fleece shows a subtle gradation of color.

Photo courtesy of D. Bryant Archie
A handwoven Peruvian baby alpaca throw from D. Bryant Archie is another way to stay warm.

Photo courtesy of Holland and Sherry
Sink back into down filled embroidery embellished custom pillows from Holland and Sherry.

Pierre Frey's Eidelweiss Pillow will remind you of the many piste trails you have conquered.

Photo courtesy of Restoration Hardware
Tools for the job will help keep the flames at bay. A classic choice from Restoration Hardware, these tools have round finials and a clean square design that is deco meets Victorian in brass and steel.

Photo courtesy of Lyle and Umbach
Lyle and Umbach has the most beautiful andirons, tools and screens. The items are handcrafted and forged in the US. The Katherine Fireplace tool set is available in a variety of bronze finishes.

Photo courtesy of Lyle and Umbach
Gates andirons from Lyle and Umbach add a classic design motif to the fireplace.

Photo courtesy of Plow and Hearth
Keep the flames going strong with bellows from Plow and Hearth.

Keep ash in its place with a broom that looks very old world. Williams Sonoma's Appalachian - made Fireplace Broom fits the bill nicely.

Photo courtesy of Frontgate
If matches are not your cup of tea, then check out the Fireplace Lighter from Frontgate. It lights in a snap.


by Marisa Marcantonio

A lot! Katie Ridder just launched a follow-up to her dynamite wallpaper collection and added fabrics! The fabrics are full of the charm and appeal. The printed patterns allude to the best things in life: summer sailing, travel in far off lands and lazy vacations. Just think, now you can upholster everything and paper the walls in these darling prints! They can be found in New York and DC at Holland and Sherry and in LA at Harbinger. Samples will be available in a month. The papers have been doing so well those samples are flying out of the showrooms. Peter Pennoyer, her architect husband, told me one of the papers will be featured in the new Sex in The City movie, yippee!

Seaweed in Lime

Peony in Poppy

Moonflower and Tangerine

Oiseau in Robin

Leaf in Plum

Beetlecat in Apricot

Attendants in Indigo


by Marisa Marcantonio

Color, shock and awe! Since 1998 New York based family- friendly decorator Amanda Nisbet has been infusing interiors with color and a joie de vivre. It is not unusual to see fuscia silk and a chartreuse woven paired together to great effect. Her color sensibility, attention to how the client really lives and exuberant details come together in rooms that are fantastical and uplifting. When you meet Amanda you realize this exuberance is who she is, and her joyful personality can't help but manifest itself in her interiors!
She recently launched a capsule lighting collection, & Lighting with Urban Electric and fabric line called & Textiles, with Holland and Sherry. The color saturated collection of print and woven fabrics include patterns with graphic geometrics, circles, watercolor brushstrokes, and stylized flowers. With showrooms in New York, Chicago and DC, her fans will have to seek out samples, but they will be glad they did, the results are shown below.


Francesca in Berrylicious

Francesca in Blueberry Crumble

Positano Silk in Kumquat

Airdrie Silk in Bluebell

Airdrie Silk in Blueberry

Chip in Tuttu Frutti

Chip in Citrus

Chip in Cornflower

Chip in Fiddlehead

Chip in Cherry

Annie in Beautyberry

Annie in Plum

Annie in Fiddlehead

Annie in Limone

Annie in Cherry

Pizetta in Raspberry

Allanah 2 in Blueberry Pepper

Allanah 2 in Raspberry Pitaya

Allanah in Pitaya

Maderia in Beatyberry

Maderia in Rutebaga

Maderia in Fiddlehead

Maderia in Limone

Maderia in Cherry


Dramatic Gothic looking pendants kick it up a notch with hot pink candlesticks.

The Allanah wall sconce of cerused oak backed with her signature chainlink motif in antique brass has staggered candles giving a mod feel.

All photos courtesy of Amanda Nisbet Design
The red painted metal Anna Leah standing lamp is reminiscent of a DNA model and seems to stay upright while looking as though it might spring up further at any moment.