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

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.