by Marisa Marcantonio

Possessing both charm and sophistication, antique textile aficionado Elizabeth Hewitt's batiky hand blocked prints have a unique freshness to them.  Printed in fantastic colors with vivid patterns, Tulu Textiles have been a favorite of mine for quite some time. Who else but an American living in Turkey would have named a fabric Madame Farfalla?! Her insanely fabulous fabrics have been available by the yard through Brooklyn's Annika Studio and LA's Nicky Rising Showroom, But I am so excited she is coming to NYC to show her bedding and accessory range.  I look forward to meeting Tulu's designer at The New York Gift Show, where she will be debuting her collection of pillows, bedding and accessories. Look for her in Booth 7877 in the Javits At Home section. 

Your home will look well - traveled with the addition of Tulu's Ottoman florals, tone on tone stripes and Uzbeki inspired geometrics. Just the pop of color that comes from two pillows will shake away the winter blues.

 A mix of antique and reproduction painted and brightly colored pieces from places like Uzbekistan and Burma are totally unique. She has some real hidden treasures.

 In her Istanbul showroom, the assortment of jolly colors and patterns is like a candy store for home accessories.

Orhan bedding in blue dreamy, it would feel at home in Santorini.

Orhan sheeting close-up, so fresh and cheery

Mimi bedding in stylized Turkish flowers is great for those that can't get enough blue and white 

Madame Thar is a fabulous print, especially when mixed with stripes

Mable bedding's floral has 1950's charm

Dame bedding is a favorite of mine, it is so old-school and fresh at the same time. Summer cottages will welcome this one!

Dame being printed

Beatrice bedding with a large and small scale pattern in greys is unexpected.

Alma would look darling in a little girls room.






Madame Thar 

Madame Farfalla in purple

Madame Farfalla

Melvin, another great one


Stella, a fabric that I can't get enough of 



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.