by Marisa Marcantonio

Wallpaper: A History of Style and Trends by Carolle Thibault- Pomerantz goes to Lynde Easterlin, an interior designer in New York City. Books inspired her design decisions directly, and I loved the way she engaged her client with fashion to make the process fun and easy to relate to. Two strong submissions made Easterlin a great entrant.

The Inspiration: a page from To Your Taste Celerie Kemble

The creation a bedroom:
A charcoal and white scheme comes together creatively makes the most of the space.
"The bunk room adjoined the bathroom below in which we kept the bird and twig motif in the drapes for the small bunk. I saw in Celerie Kemble’s book “To Your Taste” the image of white walls and dark black contrasting trim, so I painted this bedroom the same way with dark charcoal gray baseboards and doors."

A punchy Schumacher pattern on the bed hangings and Quatrefoil Chair by Suzanne Kasler for Hickory Chair are charming details, making the bedroom cozy and fresh.

The inspiration: Bill Blass: An American Designer
Regarding inspiration, she says "I love Bill Blass’s style and design. He is known not only for his fashion sense, but also his wonderful interior design artifacts and furnishings that were up for bid at Sothebys just a few years ago. Pictured here is an image on the cover of his book of a white double faced wool gabardine coat with printed twig motif Fall of 1967. It was on the cover of Harpers Bazaar that same year I believe."

The Creation: a powder room
Lynde shared, "I found a wallpaper from Cole & Son very similar to this style in order to recreate his fashion into interior design. In order to keep my very fashionable client who used to work for Chanel and YSL excited about the process, I decided we would try to find elements from fashion designs and translate them into the décor in her home."


by Marisa Marcantonio

An artist's hand on a fabric or wallpaper often adds that extra element of humor, charm or painterly allure.


Brit Lizzie Allen was a discovery I made at ICFF in New York. It seems at every ICFF show there is a new Anglo sensation doing wallpaper that is second to none. Allen won funding from the Crafts Council in 2005, a government funding that allows small design businesses a chance to grow. Her hand screened printed papers are custom made in England, and her style is straight out of a children's book. Her work brings back memories of pouring over Madeleine, Babar and Dr.Seuss.

Red Buses and Black Cabs are a quintessential part of daily London life. Allen captures street typical scene with 1950's nostalgia.

Changing Guards at Buckingham Palace, another staple.

The life size Telephone Box, great for a playroom or boys bedroom.

London City Gents would be a conversation starter in a powder room.

A detail of London City Gents. That expression is so Seussical!

Schumacher has organized their designs by core categories, and the whimsical selection below is from Schumacher Modern, called Avante Guard.

Views of Paris captures the great landmarks from the City of Light in a naive, two dimensional realm.

New York, New York depicts how soaring the buildings and bridges of the city really are. The hustle and bustle is captured on the busy fabric's surface.

Opera has a staggered repeat of the famous Paris Opera House and its giant dome that can be seen from a distance.

A detail of Opera has light architectural references. The swags and arches seem to be made of piped icing.

Pierre Frey caused a buzz when they introduced their Hong Kong Toile several years back. They reinvented the classic pastoral French print scene with graffiti style artwork and a global locale.


by Marisa Marcantonio

If you have not seen them yet, here they are! New York interior designer Katie Ridder recently launched wallpaper seen here. It is just as fun, whimsical and color- fabulous as her interiors. You know her look by exotic accents, embroidered and architectural details with great color pairings. Her papers are available at Holland and Sherry in New York, DC and Chicago, and the newly opened Harbinger in Almont Yard in Los Angeles, that is owned by Lucas Studio's Joe Lucas and Parrish Chilcoat.
Are fabrics soon to follow? I really hope so.

Adorable boats floating along

Beetlecat in Cream

Beetlecat in Green

Beetlecat in Blue

An Ottoman influenced flower

Moon Flower in Purple

Moon Flower in Blue

Moon Flower in Red

Men in waiting brightly

Attendants in Pink

Attendants in Yellow

Attendants in Blue

Attendants in Purple

A bird in a pendant perches on a branch

Ouiseau in Red

Ouiseau in Chocolate

Ouiseau in Orange

Oiseau in Green

Ouiseau in Cream

Playful seaweed sways in the water

Seaweed in Green

Seaweed in Blue

Seaweed in Pink

Seaweed in Lavender

Seaweed in Orange

Ridder's signature peony in colorful hues not often seen in nature

Peony in Orange

Peony in Purple

Peony in Pink

Peony in Blue

A large stylized leaf with a scale pattern brings Uzbekistan fabrics to mind

Leaf in Cream

Leaf in Chocolate

Leaf in Blue

Leaf in Orange