by Marisa Marcantonio

Nicky Rising and her eponymous showroom have a new home a few doors down from Urth Cafe in the design mecca that is West Hollywood at 8625 Melrose Avenue. I loved visiting her space recently, where boutique fabric lines Mally Skok, Plumwich, Tulu Textiles, Katherine Rally, Chapas Textiles, and De Gournay papers are joined by Carleton V in an artful mix of vintage finds and punchy fabrics. Next time you are in LA, drop in to visit Nicky where you are likely to run into a designer you know!

Beep beep. Nicky zooms around town in a pale blue VW convertible. How she got this spot in front of her showroom I'll never know...

The fabric wings include Carleton V, in their new home with Nicky. They have migrated to the street from the PDC, who follow them?

Mally Skok, Katherine Rally, Plumwich and Tulu Textiles hang all in a row.

A hand-painted De Gourney paper with a pink ground looks great with a famille verte porcelain lamp.

Mixing styles, a bone inlaid dresser from India with a pair of figurine lamps on it and a decadent gilded mirror.

An elaborate mirror hangs against a De Gournay hand-painted paper.

A chair stacked high with vintage suzani's. Nicky loves so much she is reluctant to sell them!

Stacks of fabrics and pillows in front of the sample window are a feast for the eyes.

Here is a closer look at some Tulu prints from Istanbul:

A vibrant watercolor stripe, Doris.

Melvin in hot pink on black was an instant favorite.

Lola in apricot has a tiny black dotted line resembling an embroidery stitch.

In a blue as rich and varied as the sea.

Pascal's round medallions in fun colors is incredibly unique.

Do you recognize Stella in red from Jeffrey Bilhuber's newest tome? It is hot, hot, hot.

I want you Alvin in Pink.

Jubilant prints all in a row.

The navy ground makes Mahmut in pink extra alluring.


by Marisa Marcantonio

Mally Skok, an interior designer, felt the pull of fabric design over 10 years ago. When she went for a visit with someone she long admired for his British style sense, Robert Kime, the spark was ignited. After going to his London shop she realized textiles were an area she loved, so she began collecting ikat fabrics at antique stores and fairs. While she continued to design interiors in Lincoln, Massachusetts, she felt the pull towards doing her own line.
After an inspiring trip to India with a friend, she got the urge to begin painting designs for fabrics of her own. In 2009, the India Collection was born. She teamed up with Peter Fasano and her fabrics are hand screened in his Great Barrington, Massachusetts studio. She decided to keep the fabric production local, working with the artisans at the Fasano studio, and has forged ahead. Mally has used Peter's fabrics in her design projects over the years, and felt his studio's knowledge and expertise made it the perfect fit for her. They can do custom colors as well as outdoor fabrics. It is carried at Brunschwig and Fils, check them out!

The India Collection:

A chic blue and white print with a wide border is an instant favorite of mine

The new Ikat Collection: