SLEEPING BEAUTIES: STYLISH BEDDING GETS COLORFUL FOR SPRING

by Marisa Marcantonio

Crisp, pressed bedding is one of those things that I just adore. I have loved printed and patterned bedding from my first "big" bed all done up in Marimekko circa 1977. Beautiful bedding is a little luxury I enjoy more and more, especially as the array of prints and patterns get more sophisticated and exciting. This spring, companies are turning the color dial up a notch, so expect textile-influenced prints in bright coral, fresh turquoise, deep indigo, the perfect shade of lavender and more fresh tones that will look great in the sunny days ahead.

 John Robshaw's new collections included a lot of blue. Nazar, the bed above, features bold large scale feather-like diamond-pattern motifs in a wonderful shade of teal against a white ground. It is so lively and fun, but it looks even better mixed with a variety of layered patterns.

 The Pipal pattern showcases the impact of indigo and white with a continuous quatrefoil flower pattern. Block printed in India, his prints go away sometimes after their season, so get them while you can.

Mixing patterns fearlessly is one of the things Robshaw does best. This bed combines blues and browns with pops of pattern and geometric impact. The circular patterned Puffer pillow in front is sure to do well, it's such fun. If you love the headboard, either upholstered or in wood that's available too, through his website.

Mixing pink and yellow, a mandala pattern in the JR Collection's Nikolo pattern works with the zig zag hot pink and white Patmos quilt at the foot of the bed.

The ever-popular Lulu DK debuted her latest design for Matouk at the gift show.  A naturalized sprig of green and blue leaves, the loose watercolor quality is really unique and rarely seen in bedding. It has a wonderful free hand to it, and is reminiscent of a plant you might see growing wildly in the South of France. Captured on a white quilted ground, the print has a charming softness.

The entire ensemble feels very Provencal.

Matouk also showcased Lulu's Lyford pattern in a new spring green. Lulu's collections are always unexpected, fun and just what you never knew you needed, but all of a sudden, you have to have that print in your life. Her work just creates that need. The white tiny flower print looks like fireworks exploding while the new duvet and shams have an all-over pin dot sprayed pattern that becomes neutral next to a bold pattern.

Solid bedding with bright contrast trim also caught my eye at Matouk. They do great quilting, and these new white pique Boudoir shams are just the thing to calm a busy patterned bed, they add a dose of calm.

Sferra, the classic Italian bedding house also introduced fresh spring colors, which they haven't done for some time. Their new graphic patterns (finally!) are really in tune with what is happening in upholstery fabric prints. Chain links and interlocking graphic geos set this collection on an exciting new path. The dressy navy and white Andover link above is ideal for a seaside retreat or a crisp city bed.

Smaller curvy lines form a wonderful geo Andover mixes beautifully with coordinating solid shams with wide color-banded borders. The coral color is divine and I see this bed really taking off in warmer climes this spring.

Photo courtesy of Peacock Alley

Even Peacock Alley turned over a new leaf, showing classic old-school preppy flanges with brightly colored teal and coral borders with embroidered round monograms in the center. By mixing it with Eloise, a small ditsy impressionistic print, the ensemble takes on a younger feeling.

I found a company at the gift show, Stamattina, that  I was totally charmed by. Their blush pink and palest blue printed bedding had a sweetness and lightness to it that it stopped me in my tracks. Stamattina means "a fresh new day" in Italian. And every day is waking up to these sweet patterns that are printed in Italy, but finished in the US. Chiara is the tiny geometric pattern and it is mixed with Lucia, a large scale watercolor-effect damask on a white ground.

The Lucia and Chiara in the palest blue from Stammatina.

Photos courtesy of Julia B.

Custom embroidery and bright wavy borders on Paris, Julia B's traditional-with-a-twist pattern can be done in 23 linen colors. I know how many of you love orange, and this pattern reinforces that for sure. If you missed her at The New York Gift Show this year, she showed at Maison Objet.

 Adding variety to a scallop edge, Julia B.'s Calais has such charm with it's triple edge flange and embroidered dot detail. Add a custom monogram in a wide array of styles, and create something totally custom to your color scheme.

Photo courtesy of Serena and Lily

On the other side of the spectrum, bold sophisticated embroidery decorates the flange of Serena and Lily's new Savoy Link bedding in a rich purple. Since inspiration can strike anywhere, it is no surprise that the border motif came from a banister design the creative director spotted on her travels.  Shams tipped in matching purple tie the solid sheets together, making it a nice choice for the minimalist that appreciates a touch of color along with a dash of visual interest.

GIFT SHOW PREVIEW! TULU TEXTILES IS COMING TO TOWN

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.

THE PILLOW SELECTION:

Alvin 

Alma 

Kezban 

Lola 

Madame Thar 

Madame Farfalla in purple

Madame Farfalla

Melvin, another great one

Pascal 

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

Tallulah

THE D. PORTHAULT SALE IS COMING!

by Marisa Marcantonio


Photos courtesy of Porthault

 A blue and white bedroom by Todd Romano

Liz Bauer's bedroom

Deborah Needleman's home from Martha Stewart Living


It's almost here! Come January 21st, pretty linens can be had at a steep discount when the twice yearly sale at Porthault begins. I have loved Porthault ever since it graced the walls of my sister's childhood bedroom.  My fondness for it has never wavered- the happiness quotient that comes from just looking at their floral prints is off the charts. It's like having fresh flowers around every day. From towels to napkins and bed sets to baby clothes, there is a bit of everything included in their annual sale.

Here is the scoop:

The sale will include items for up to 40%- 80% off and runs through February 9th at:
470 Park Avenue @58th Street

New York, NY 10022

GIVEAWAY! LAUREN RALPH LAUREN PRINTED NOTEBOOKS

by Marisa Marcantonio

Crisp, timeless and classic. Black and white is so right. And so right now. From Celerie Kemble's latest book on the subject to everything chic in the monochromatic combination, it's striking impact is making a comeback. From classic black and white photos of a bygone era to the magic of a black and white striped wallpaper, the allure of the combination is undeniable. Lauren by Ralph Lauren's charming Port Palace bedding is no exception.  A printed field of hand drawn flower blooms on alternating white and black grounds come together for a festive match. The inclusion of stripes and polka dots adds another graphic dimension to the mix, for an ensemble that carries from season to season. What a charming garden frolic. 

With summer's arrival, flowers are probably on your mind. They are certainly on mine, as floral inspiration is all around. If you want to have a bit of floral chic with you at all times, I have just the thing. I have teamed up with  Lauren Ralph Lauren and you can win custom Port Palace Notebooks from Stylebeat! All you have to do is register with Lauren Home, enter here no purchase necessary, and the rest is fate. (Sweeps details here.)

Winners will be selected at random and notified after July 15th, so register now!

Couldn't you use a little black and white floral fabulousness in your life?

 Celerie Kemble dives into the subject of pairing black and white together in her second book, Black and White and a bit in between.

THREE WAYS TO DRESS YOUR BED:

 photos courtesy of Lauren Ralph Lauren Home

With an elaborate carved French headboard and relaxed arrangement, the Port Palace linens bring to mind summers in the South of France.

 If a country idyl is more your speed, a bucolic getaway with three suro shams at the headboard and propped up standard shams is the way to make it. Available through Ralph Lauren and  Bloomingdale's

 If crisp modern calls to you, then jazz up a contemporary setting with a neatly tucked in coverlet and blanket, stacking the standard shams flat and deck pillows in front. Available through Ralph Lauren and Bloomingdales.

 These little printed darlings will add some spring blooms and snappy black and white dots to your tote bag, making sure you never forget an important thought.