JOURNALISTIC

by Marisa Marcantonio

Sometimes you want to make a quick jot and pull an attractive notebook out of your tote, instead of a ratty old spiral bound excuse for a notebook. What's better than your favorite interior fabrics on accessories? Both Roberta Roller Rabbit and Peter Dunham's Hollywood at Home have attractive fabric-bound options to help keep you looking good while list making. Whether you keep a journal, sketches or musings, you will have the proper paper close at hand.

Peter Dunham's new fabric covered books in his signature prints and new West Hollywood map print, Star Map by artist Konstantin Kakanias are available at Hollywood at Home.

Roberta Freymann, darling of the jaunty Indian printed caftan, has new journals in some favorite patterns at Roberta Roller Rabbit. I spotted these on a recent trip to her newly expanded Palm Beach store.

Photo courtesy of Paper Source
Inspired by early botanical drawings, this Liberty fabric notebook from Paper Source has full blown peonies on it for an instant mood lift.

FUN WITH FABRIC: NEW LINE R.P. MILLER FROM RODMAN PRIMACK DEBUTS IN LA

by Marisa Marcantonio

While visiting the Hollywood at Home open house during Westweek, I discovered a brand new fabric collection, R.P. Miller. Designed by Rodman Primack, the textile collection was inspired by 18th and 19th Century Japanese woodblock prints, and comes in an earthy palette of deep reds, indigo blues, and easy to use neutrals. Rodman, an interior designer and art expert, brings his global perspective from time London as the Chairman of Phillips de Pury and Company into his warm modern interiors. As an expert in contemporary art, his career has included working for Larry Gagosian, Christie's, and most significantly for his design career, New York-based designer Peter Marino.
He explained how his grandmother inspired his design interest that influences him daily, "I have always been inspired by Japan and spent much of my childhood in my grandparents exquisite modernist Japanese home in Laguna Beach which was filled with textiles, antiques, lacquer ware, ceramics and art from their travels there. The collection is very personal and is in many ways an homage to my grandmother and all the beauty and adventure she shared with me. The Miller in RP Miller is for her, Mrs Miller. My love for all things Japanese led me to live in Japan for a time as a teenager and my appreciation for the aesthetic that imbues all aspects of life there has never abated".
Peter Dunham is the first to debut the collection at H at H, and I am so pleased he did!

I love the variety of pattern scales, from a large over scale floral to a tiny star pattern, the fabrics will work in many settings.

My favorite, the faux bois zig zag print on the sofa, resembles an old wood block print. It is made current by the large scale and fresh blue and white colorway.

The print is the center looks like rushing water with flowers, bringing the beauty of the natural world inside.

JOHN ROBSHAW TRANSFORMS HOLLYWOOD AT HOME

by Marisa Marcantonio

What fun is this! Hollywood at Home created a new designer room recently with John Robshaw. A designer creates their vision in the room, featuring their fabrics, furniture, and accessories to best display their collections. Lisa Fine and Martyn Lawrence - Bullard have also introduced their collection in this way, working their magic in the designer room area. Showcasing his newest block printed Indian textiles and accessories, the space is chock a block Robshaw. The hand printed collections have been there since June, and look incredibly chic mixed in with stylish Brit Peter Dunham's signature furniture line and vintage finds.

Little moments of fresh flowers and vintage books make Hollywood at Home so homey.

A wall of framed block prints really channel the wanderlust vibe.

A heavenly bed to instantly transport you to far off lands.

Layers of pattern and color make for a souk - like experience.

This patchwork wall of overlapping patterns is fabulous, how do I do that?!

TALKING TRADE SECRETS WITH LA'S BETSY BURNHAM

by Marisa Marcantonio

Betsy Burnham Design's work is the epitome of the interiors coming out of LA right now -- casual, new traditional and fun. Her fearless and free layering of bold color and festive prints have sunny California verve. The results are livable rooms that are not for the faint of heart. Coming from a fashion background, the transition into home design was a natural one. Fourteen years ago, she had a party in her home that caught the eye of a guest. They soon hired her, and from there she was off and running.

Photo by Patrick Cline
Betsy's office mixes trad plaid, hints of black, bamboo chandeliers, and a giant Parson's table where she spreads out her samples and gets to work.

Photo by Patrick Cline
A room scheme comes together on a board in her office. It sits beside a standing lamp with a Burnham Design signature element, a Union Jack shade.

Photo by Grey Crawford
A home office Betsy did in Benedict Canyon mixes a Quadrille chocolate brown and white print on the desk chair with a ruby red De Gourney wallpaper. The unexpected zebra rug and blue and white urn take this room into the territory of beyond fabulous.

Photo by Matthew Millman for Western Interiors
Using a classic set up of a screen behind a headboard, Betsy pulled the celadon and pink colors from the Chinese screen together through the lampshade and bedding choices. Clean lines of a Parson's style nightstand keep the traditional aspects in the room fresh.

Who did you work for and where did you study to learn the trade?

I’m basically self-taught. I mean, I have a creative background: I studied fine art undergrad at Dartmouth, and after graduating, I worked in the fashion industry for about 6 years. when I moved out here, I studied for a year in the interior design program at UCLA extension, which gave me some fundamental drafting and space planning skills. but I did most of my learning (and I’m still learning) on the job, and in collaboration with contractors, architects and colleagues.

When did you know this was your calling in life?

Late-ish. As I said, I’ve always been creative and been interested in and good with color and fabric, but I honestly thought that fashion was where I’d end up. I always had fun with my own homes, and it was a guest of mine who first suggested interior design-she became my first client about 14 years ago.

Do you have a signature look and how would you define it?

Thrift and couture. A mix of patterns, layering of styles, a love of color.

Your work is full of color and fashion forward. What do you think is next regarding trends in color, material, style, influence, historical period and locale?

I definitely had a year of teal, then a summer of grassy greens. but it isn’t always bright color: on our table right now is a neutral room in the works: oatmeal, taupe, cocoa brown mixed with black wood finishes. it looks very fresh to me. also, lately I’m attracted to skirted sofas and am putting them in the same rooms as mid century painting and sculpture. I guess for me, it’s always classic with a twist.

Do you have a favorite fabric pattern or print?

I have so many, but one is “Natchez” by Kravet. It’s a cotton ikat, that comes in several really usable colors and is super reasonably priced. Regardless of trend, ethnic prints remain classic and timeless.

What other designer do you most admire?


Many designers here in LA who I consider my professional peers inspire me: Joe Nye, Peter Dunham, and Suzan Fellman to name a few.

What books do you own old and new that you constantly refer to?

Elle Décor's So Chic, Time Saving Standards for interior design and space planning, Time at Home and A Home For all Seasons.

If you could design your own product collections what would they be and in what style?

That’s easy. I’d love to do fabric and I’d love to design a few rugs. they’d be colorful, and there would have to be some offbeat plaids, some bright paisleys, some sort of variation on camouflage, and of course an animal print or two.

Who would you like most to collaborate with on a project?

The Rug Company (Chris and Suzanne, take note!)

What material do you love?

Cottons and linens. There’s nothing wrong with a soft leather or a good faux snake.

Where do you go to get inspired?

Vintage stores in other cities. My daughter and I found some great ones in Florence this past summer and spent hours poking through clothing and furniture despite some serious heat and humidity.

What stores do you shop in the most?

Weego Home, Lawson Fenning, JF Chen, Hollywood at Home, Barneys, and Ebay. Oh! And 1st dibs. What did we do before that?

What is your favorite project?

I designed a 15,000 square foot house on a private island in northern Michigan on Lake Huron. The clients (3 siblings) are probably my favorites ever: young, cool, wonderfully eccentric and lovers of all things vintage. The entire house is filled with finds from Ebay, vintage stores and auction houses and has a distinctly nautical theme. The results are below.

A nautical navy and white living room with hints of yellow.

The view is the star, so comfortable seating areas with ethnic fabrics complement the scenic aspects.

A wall of French doors in the dining room provide easy access to the outside. For relaxed dinners, comfortable upholstered royal blue high back chairs sit around a dark wood table. Nautical art is hung around the perimeter of the room.