SLEEP ON IT: SUMMERY BEDDING

by Marisa Marcantonio

Switching out the warm, winter bed for fresh, new bedding in the summer is part of many people's changeover routine. Away goes the thick duvet and out comes the coverlet and thin blanket. If you are by the ocean, the duvet may be a necessity, so folding it into thirds at the end of the bed looks nice and neat. Perhaps your master bedroom needs reviving, and sometimes the guest linens need a refresher. Block prints, tiny patterns and solids in hot pink, blue and lavender were big spring news.

Here are some colorful new patterns, prints and solids to get you started!

 Photos courtesy of Serena and Lily

The new block-printed Ramona duvet and Euro sham from Serena and Lily is a robust take on a damask, Indian-style.

The coordinating Kerala sheet set in bright and soft pinks is an abstracted Indian floral that looks boho chic without going off the deep end.

 Photos courtesy of John Robshaw

John Robshaw introduced a bridge collection called JR by John Robshaw that is perfect for dorm rooms and the like. At a 200 thread count, it offers a lot of style for an approachable price point.

Perhaps a fresh spring green damask calls to you. Ludoli, all-over bedding pattern from John Robshaw adds visual interest without overwhelming other prints in the room.

 Photo courtesy of Allem Studio

If you can't get enough of block printing, geometrics and fish, then Allem Studio is for you. A varied Sea Green feels right at home with the fish pattern. The bedding is made by Sewa, a women's collective in India.

 Photos courtesy of Matouk

As usual, Matouk's creative collaboration with Lulu DK yields phenomenal results. This spring saw the introduction of Lyford, a white solid fireworks-of-a-floral on perfectly hued Crocus (lavender), Ocean (a French blue) and Geranium (a coral) ground.

The Lyford in Crocus

And as usual, patterns co-mingle together. Here we have from top to bottom: Star, Cove, and Lyford.

And in Geranium with coordinates.

If florals make you happy, this tight bloom called Petals also from Lulu DK for Matouk is a great choice.

The freshness of this Star and Cove combination from Matouk in pale blue and white is wonderful.

Stella, a tiny compass-shaped design comes quilted, also from Lulu for Matouk

Photo courtesy of Garnet Hill

Sometimes adding a ditzy, small pattern can re-invigorate and freshen existing white bedding. This small geo is Frette's Orchidales print through Garnet Hill.

Photo courtesy of Plover Organic

A small undulating pattern, Pink Waves, from Plover Organic is a pattern that also mixes in well with all white.

Bedding designer Katherine Ferran loves her prints and geometrics and this spring was no exception, as she introduced a charming large bloom with climbing stem and leaves.

Another angle

Summer and seersucker just go together, so thank goodness Ferran has their new spring green seersucker with coral edging.

 Photo courtesy of Haute Home

Haute Home also understands the need for relaxes resorty basics, so their seersucker with lace detailing.

 Photo courtesy of Julia B

Details! Bows abound on these darling custom monogram Nice shams from Julia B. with side ties of grosgrain ribbon. 

Photo courtesy of Sferra

If you are in a seaside setting, why not go nautical with Sferra's Orlo bedding with a chic inset wide banding?

Photo courtesy of Haute Home

There's nothing likea bold border to add life. Here, Haute Home pairs orange and turquoise, two colors that speak to summer living.

 Photo courtesy of Sferra

Linen bedding has earned converts for breathability and softness. Sferra's Classico Vintage offers a lived-in look that captures the essence of a European bed. With classic lines and casual appeal, the soft color palette is oh-so soothing.

LULU DK DOES DINING!

by Marisa Marcantonio

Lulu DK's artist streak and creative verve continues with her new collection of tabletop designs. She began her artistic endeavors by creating a hand done fabric line a decade ago. The graphic geometric fabrics and wallpapers had a fresh sensibility that conveyed her artistic hand. They were a natural extension of her paintings, which she had been doing for years. Next came her beautiful acclaimed printed and embroidered collection of baby and grown up bedding for Matouk. A colorful leather furniture line with Elite Leather followed, and gave her visibility with a widely seen ad campaign, and a capsule collection of handmade Tibetan and Dhurrie carpets with San Francisco's Elson and Company gave her a way to bring color and pattern to floors. Then her collage book followed, exploring her paintings and travels called, Lulu. The foray into tabletop is a natural progression for her brand vision, and a welcome one. Her hand-drawn flowers and geometric watercolors have now make their way onto china. Their charm lies in how the boldly colored flowers and leaves cover the entire surface in a realistic, natural way. Entertain with and enjoy her nature inspired hand - painted pieces that bring a joie de vivre to the table. Find this new collection with all the patterns shown here at Neiman Marcus and Horchow.

Hydrangea Dinner

Hydrangea Mug

Hydrangea Salad

Leaf Pattern salad plate

Petals Charger
Petals Dinner Plate
Petals salad plate
Petals Mug
Petals Rimmed Soup Bowl

Hydrangea Charger

Byzantine Dinner Plate
Byzantine Salad Plate
Byzantine Rimmed Soup Bowl

WHAT IS NEW WITH YOU LULU?

by Marisa Marcantonio

She started out as a decorative painter. After studying fine art in Paris, Lulu DK got a decorative painting job in New York City, and the rest, as they say, is history. Her apartment showcased her talents, and after it ran in Elle Decor, her phone started ringing. I still have those tear sheets, because they offer an inspiring mix of global elements, with mementos of travels in far off lands. The arched Moorish doorway she created helped kick off an obsession for the exotic. Creative instincts led her to starting her own graphic printed fabric line. Companies started to take notice of her keen design eye, and soon, deals with Elite Leather furniture and bedding with Matouk followed. Her artistic side came through in her watercolors and sketches, which became the foundation for an elaborate scrapbook tome, Lulu, a creative collage of her travels. After years as a New Yorker, Lulu recently relocated to sunny California with her twins in tow. I decided to check in with her about her new life on the left coast. Since her move, she has ramped up her website, added a new blog called Trail of Inspiration, where she talks about her creative process. She seems to be loving the LA way of life. As an artist, the light in LA and lifestyle change would surely affect her creative sensibilities. I wondered what life was like for her now, and caught up with her by email the other day.


Brand new from her 2010 Matouk Collection, the charming Lulu's Garden Charlotte floral with an all over pattern of hydrangea blooms on green stems comes in blue, coral and yellow.

Also from Lulu's Garden collection is Mirabella, a mixed flowers pattern in a great yellow and coral combination. After success came her initial collection, a super cute baby bedding line followed.


Giant Scallop Shell embroidered linen pillows add a dash of seashore to a sofa


Charlotte hand towels with tonal embroidery of a single fresh hydrangea bloom add pop to a powder room.

The Charlotte Pillows will go over well with the guys since they can re-imagine the hydrangea and stem as a teed- up golf ball!

Lilly Pillows in coordinating colors

Lulu can create custom designed fabric, just ask!

The new Palm Springs Wallpaper design. Her fabrics and papers are now available through Donghia showrooms.

Her fabrics coordinate well with each other. They start out as watercolors and sketches and then get transformed into print screens.


The new Bloomsbury print

So what is Lulu loving in LA?

Being a true NY-er I wasn't so sure about LA living immediately, but now I must admit, I have taken to it like a bee to honey. I really love all the plant/ floral life here, honestly, sometimes I feel like I am in Africa- there is such a wide variety of nature here. So I really love that about LA. I also love my house and studio...They are perfect.

Favorite coffee: I don't drink coffee, but the best juice place is News Room Cafe on Robertson...all the shakes and juice concoctions one could ask for.

Hiking Park: Tree People on Mulholland drive...amazing variety of plants and tree. loved taking the babies when they were in baby-Bjorn's.

Antique store: Lee Stanton Antiques at 769 N. La Cienega Boulevard. Hollywood at Home at 724 N. La Cienega Blvd. ...and Nathan Turner in Almont Yard is always fun for a gander.

Favorite thrift/ hi end fashion store: Decades has amazing hi-end clothing and vintage-- the best.

Fresh Flower arrangements for dinner parties and to say thank you: I love Moe's flowers on 8101 Melrose Ave...it isn't cheap but so nice to walk around and see the beautiful sprouting flowers and arrangements everywhere. It has an organic feel and in season their entire building is covered in vines...really beautiful. Also Rolling Greens just opened at 7505 Beverly Blvd., it is fabulous.