by Marisa Marcantonio

Hang out with Nicky and catch up!

I finally got the chance to visit the fabric showroom of Nicky Rising recently. Located at 550 Norwich Drive, in a charming bungalow tucked away behind Elizabeth Dinkel's design firm and across the street from the PDC, Nicky offers a uniquely beautiful mix of modern block prints and classic designs from niche brands that have a devoted following. She represents the British company De Gournay, Katherine Rally batik prints, sophisticated wovens from Brooklyn's Chappas Textiles, Plumwich's hand printed fabrics, Ikat by the Yard, and Yoma solids. Seeing inspiring fabrics in such a darling setting makes the design process personal and special-- the way it ought to be. Nicky brings a real passion to the process, and services the entire LA designer community that know and love her.

Katherine Rally batiks are a perfect choice for a warm locale.

A stack of bold swirly ikats await you.

Silk shades made of DeGourney painted panels is a surefire way to instant beautify a room.

Seeing this elaborate mirror and De Gourney grisaille painted paper was just heaven.

another view...

Gilded mirrors flank a window near Nicky's desk.

Chappas can do virtually any color you need. The rich textures in combination with vibrant hues make Chappas one of my new artisinal favorites.

Beautiful hand - printed Plumwich Textiles in fresh pattens and unique colors hang from pegs all in a row. Their design is Swedish and Roman influenced.

Looking for a new resource for printed linen? Tight patterns and interesting organic graphic designs make Plumwich's prints a new star on the horizon.

Nicky has great design books stacked on tables for when design influence is needed.

A cozy wing chair covered in a Plumwich print works well against the traditional and elegant pale blue wall of hand - painted climbing branches from De Gournay. It youngs it up.

Maria Lida Italian fabrics are insanely beautiful- their variation and subtle color shifts make these prints ethereal.

Ikat pillows can instantly give a solid sofa a touch of pizzaz.


by Marisa Marcantonio

Photos courtesy of Hollyhock
With a great new location and lots of new exciting antiques, Hollyhock has a new ivy - covered home at 927 N. La Cienega Blvd. Bringing the best of international design in home and tabletop, interior designer Suzanne Rheinstein carries Robert Kime printed fabrics and William Yeoward crystal from England, France's Astier de Villatte ceramics and hand picked antiques from shopping jaunts abroad. Adding the the selection is her Hollyhock Home Collection, Bunny Williams’s furniture and accessory collection BeeLine Home, Vladimir porcelain flowers, Christopher Spitzmiller lamps and Gayle Warwick linens. Hollyhock serves as a fabulous design resource as well as a salon, where Suzanne holds book events, cocktail parties, and cultural evenings to pique the interest of the strong design community she has cultivated there.

Photo courtesy of Elle Decor
With her New York apartment recently on the cover of Elle Decor and the launch of her first book, At Home: A Style for Today with Things from the Past with Rizzoli, Suzanne has been busy as can be. The palette in her city apartment is calm and soothing-- just the thing for urban living. She manages to find the time to come to New York often, and I recently caught up with her at Alexa Hampton's book launch.

It's all about the mix at Hollyhock. A Beeline Home Coffee Table sits in a lively setting of antiques.

Suzanne is a master at creating vignettes around the shop-- every nook is a place to sit and read a book-- everything you want your home to be and more.

A bone inlay frame sits behind a chest with blue and white Chinese jars and a stylish lamp.

Suzanne and the girls in her shop adore light green-- it makes everything look beautiful in the California light. If you are throwing a party, swing by the shop to pick up everything from china to votives.

Another vignette mixes textures and colors for a varied look that combines old and new elements.

The textural beauty of a console and Italian ceramic vase converge in a tonal moment.


by Marisa Marcantonio

Photo Courtesy of Balustrade and Bitters
Parrish Chilcoat and Joe Lucas, the duo behind Lucas Studio and Harbinger, are all smiles, happy opening day has finally arrived.

Almont Yard has a new addition, the Harbinger Showroom. Located in a renovated 1920's cottage next to Lucas Studio and Harbinger shop, it houses special collections of fabrics and wallpapers culled from around the globe. Neighbors include Peter Dunham's design studio and shop Hollywood at Home, and Nathan Turner Antiques and Interior Design, rounding out this must visit design destination in West Hollywood.

Photo Courtesy of Balustrade and Bitters
Prints Etc handprinted fabrics, Idarica Gazzoni's Italian wallpapers and prints, and Pintura Studio wallpapers get top billing with hand painted signs.

Photo Courtesy of Balustrade and Bitters
Katie Ridder wallpapers, John Stefanidis fabrics from England, Coleen and Company lighting, furniture and accessories collections are also represented. I am sure more lines will be on board once they see how well done the whole thing is.

Photo Courtesy of Balustrade and Bitters
No boring fabric wings to flip through here. By making their shop look like a great room you want to hang out in, Joe and Parrish have created a beautiful space. The feature wall contains fabric samples and ledges hold mounted squares showing wallcovering . They created a fresh way to look at fabrics with natural light. These designers are onto something good.

Photo Courtesy of Balustrade and Bitters
Fabric lengths in juicy colors hang together.

Photo Courtesy of Balustrade and Bitters
Coleen and Company's Tole Tent Lanterns light up an antique chest.

Pillows in niches flank the entrance doors- so alluring and easy to buy.

Lanterns hang from the ceiling, and a seating area provides a perch for perusing wallpaper books. Their Zinc Trestle Console can be customized as a cocktail or dining table.

A John Stefanidis print covers a darling slipper chair. Each time I see a cute slipper chair like this one, I want it.

Coleen and Company makes this fantastic concrete ottoman. Why not have tufted furniture outside? It can stand the rain.