by Marisa Marcantonio

Once is not enough when it comes to visiting Harbinger. Joe Lucas and Parrish Chilcoat of Lucas Studio have created a hot design destination in their new location on La Cienega Boulevard in West Hollywood.

Each visit brings a new discovery. Be on the lookout for fresh finds from Europe, wallpapers and fabrics from newcomer Lindsay Alker, Living Vintage fabrics from Alt for Living, Beeline Home by Bunny Williams, and lots more.

I can't resist showing the rest of the shop, after my initial coverage here, as I get endless inspiration from it. I think you will too.

The vignette that greets you has a divine Coleen and Company faux animal painted table, small chair upholstered in a Katie Leede fabric and a nicely scaled Swedish bench.

Take it all in-- it goes on and on!

The Katie Ridder fabrics and wallpaper section, in neat little quadrants.

A tufted velvet sofa, custom coffee table and Beeline Home chairs and mirror draw you in. I think you will find love at first site.

A great painted Swedish chair and celadon leather.

A long table is ready for scheming.

A raffia wrapped chair and raku glazed garden seat make an instant moment. In fact, the store is made up of so many well done rooms, you will want to say, "wrap it up, I'll take it all."

A bed made up in custom embroidered hangings from Holland and Sherry.

I snuck a shot of Joe and Parrish's office. It looks pretty organized, I must say.

A seating area in the back faces an entire wall of Holland and Sherry fabrics.

More fabrics!

A table vignette with wonderful painted pottery and a screen in an Idarica fabric.

Love the mini-camel-back sofa in a Katie Leede fabric.

Prints etc and Italian vases.

Not one's to overlook details, the signage is proper. Looking for the W.C.? Right this way.

A bold wide green, grey white and black alternating stripe is a nice surprise, a la Paul Smith.

Pow! This (additional) powder room mixes a graphic Italian red and blue pomegranate paper with a super cool Malachite octagonal mirror.


by Marisa Marcantonio

led to this!

Nantucket Red doors painted in a custom Lucas Studio color for Portola Paints look sharp! A custom sized zinc Cosy pendant in a red powder coat finish was designed by Michael Amato for Urban Electric (it launches early January 2012) hangs above the front doors.

Joe Lucas and Parrish Chilcoat are design partners in Lucas Studio and Harbinger, their home furnishings and accessories store. They outgrew their charming Almont Yard digs and have migrated nearby to a new home, at 752 N. La Cienega Blvd. in West Hollywood. Here is peek at their shop, a true destination for interior designers, gift seekers and stylish and savvy. A well-edited mix of antique and vintage finds, small batch imports and an array of the best boutique wallpaper and fabric vendors set Harbinger apart. They carry top notch special lines from Katie Ridder fabrics and wallpapers, Italian Idarica Gazzoni's exotic prints, John Stefanidis prints charming, Pintura Studio, Prints Etc, Sister Parrish, to Holland and Sherry and more.


A Colleen and Company Blue Tortoise Coffee Table anchors a seating area with their neo-wing chair, Swedish and floral four panel folding screen.

The eclectic mix of styles makes the thrill of discovery a shopping adventure. Their Plaisir Relax Chair with a white frame sits to the left in a Prints Etc. fabric.

The custom Vreeland Settee in a small geo for big style. The small rolled arm is a classic yet contemporary touch.

A pair of Oslo painted armchairs in front of the Walnut bed made up in Hillary Thomas bedding.

The armchair is upholstered coordinated pale green fabric and green frame can be done in COM like most of their custom pieces.

A work table where samples can be mixed and matched with a plaster chandelier hanging above. A fancy silhouette is taken to a casual place with the finish treatment- chic!

Fine thin walled porcelain tabletop with color-lined teacups adds an artisanal, handmade allure.

Get to work! The work table in a dark wood doubles as a desk for display and productivity. The Large Oak Bamboo Chair in a bright pomegranate fabric adds some zing. Low bowls with a wash of color inside provide an unexpected color surprise.

The Harbinger-designed Oyster Bay Console Table in the window with plaster and ceramic watering cans from Italy and a swirled Brushstoke Lamp from Beeline Home. A Katie Ridder on the wall ties the lamp to the palette.

Their Antwerp Sofa with channel tufted back and tight seat done in a deep apricot velvet.

A super chic four poster bed dons bed custom embroidered hangings of Holland and Sherry fabrics.

Striking and graphic, these black and white bowls are handmade in Italy.

Beeline Home has a new home in Harbinger. Their wood-framed armchair is covered in a geometric fabric from Idarica Gazzoni.

A Beeline Home Chair flanks a seating arrangement.

Boldly hued fabrics from Amanda Nisbet light up the fabric area. Displayed on easy access hangers, full widths make viewing a snap.


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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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Fabric lengths in juicy colors hang together.

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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.