by Marisa Marcantonio

Is it time to hit refresh on your bedding? Have you been holding off on buying new bedding for your children? Well, Mark and Graham, the (newish) purveyors of everything monogrammed with a fresh twist has JUST launched a new bedding line.  Infusing classic, white 300 thread count bedding with everything from navy ribbon borders to pin tucked shams available with a bevy of modern monograms, their introductions will add a burst of fresh air to your bedroom. Play with the scale and color choices to settle upon the right thing, choosing from 8 rooted-in-the-classics linen styles.  As always, monogramming is included in the price and fast delivery (like 8 days fast) is part of the deal.

Italian Double Ribbon Duvet and Shams with a navy ribbon edge is neo prep at its best. If you have kids going back to school, this could be just the right gift for their dorm room.

Assorted monogram styles available on the Italian Double Ribbon Shams. The green E/R is pretty great.

Italian Hemstitched Grosgrain Duvet and Shams in Cloud Grey.

Italian Hemstitched Grosgrain Shams, a nice choice for a simply elegant bed.

Make Your Mark Cotton Canvas Shams are digitally printed. Choose from monograms or sayings in mint julep green, turquoise, yellow orange and more. Hello, gift giving.

Crisp White Pintuck Duvet Cover and Shams for those that love the tailored look of pleats. Lots of em.

Crisp White Pintuck Duvet Shams 

Geo Matelasse Quilt and Shams have a nice texture that comes from the stitching done to get a quilting effect.

Geo Matelasse Shams

Perfect for coastal environs, the Beachport Sheet Set, which comes in blue and white or red and white stripes is the oxford shirt of bedding. The crisper the better.

Like the corner of a men's dress shirt, the striped bedding looks better with a personal touch.


by Marisa Marcantonio

When the California-based internet and catalog lifestyle brand Serena and Lily considered their first retail store, Winscott, Long Island was a location they felt best embodied the sunny, print-cenric bedding/furniture/entertaining (and soon, fashion) brand.  What began as a children's bedding line has grown into a full-fledged lifestyle vision, sold through a website filled with beautiful, evocative photographs containing their upholstery, pillows, entertaining essentials, embroidered and printed bedding, art finds and more.

Their new seaside venture brings their easy breezy Sausalito, CA aesthetic to the artist haven that is Wainscott. And it isn't a pop-up, the store will remain there for S and L enthusiasts on a yearly basis. The Hampton have long been a place for artsy types-- from painters Jackson Pollock to Erik Fischl to writers and sculptors. By embracing everything their new Montauk Highway location has to offer, their Beach Shop is filled with specially sourced items, over 200 to be exact, that push their colorful creative concept forward. They have beaded jewelery from France, realist paintings from their favorite artists of the moment that will be changed out from time to time, and dinner party thank you arrangements created by the Brooklyn-based floral denizen, Emily Thompson. Serena has made her love of the surf real with custom surf boards, and specially printed sarongs featuring summer scenes. Interior designers out East will find in their on-premises design services particularly useful, where clients can sit and scheme upholstery and bedding to create rooms with comfort and their special brand of coziness. If you are an interior designer, you can join their Designer's Circle Program, and receive 20% off retail.

Their light-filled brick and mortar venture is much more than a shop, it serves as a home base for the brand to play with their favorite crisp and clean things and innovate in an incubator-like setting that channels their creative spirit. Sun and summer are a great time to relax, and enjoy the home Serena and Lily have built to share their California dreaming vibe.

The minimalist facade with black and white striped awning and garage door entrance.

 Serena, the creative force and Lily, the brains behind the biz.

 An all white interior is the perfect backdrop to show color and festive pattern against.

Realist paintings are hung salon-style behind the register.

Clean streamlined white tables hold tons of entertaining essentials like placemats, candles, trays and bowls.

 A wall of blue and white pillows, picnic baskets and Fouta towels.

French Bistro Chairs paired with blue and white accessories.

 Their blue and white geo pillows all in a row.

 The other wall with a bookcase filled with patterned pillows, ice buckets and towels.

 Cool custom surf boards call to Montauk wave catchers.

 White woven plastic storage bins under the table are great for keeping kids rooms organized.

A teak sling chair and blue and white beach towels will have you ready to hit the sand.

Don't even get me started on the artwork. Abstract and realist pieces with colorful canvases take up the entire wall behind the register. I was crazy for the tiny palm tree you see on the left.

The rest of the art gallery wall-- yes, I covet it all.

 Tiny Tina Frey resin dogs all in a row. I mean, how adorable.

Need a sun hat? Yeah, they've got that.

Peek into the refinished antique display vitrine for summery jewels sourced from up and coming designers.

Serena's graphic prints made up into plastic and wood trays and napkins.

This giant red lacquer footed tray is dynamite in person.

This light-filled room is where interior design projects will take place.

A large work table in the center of the room serves as the fabric-scheming hub for creative concepts to take shape.

A lush floral arrangement by Emily Thompson.

A nautical blue and white bedding ensemble with cherry printed shams peeking out. A charming two seater bench sits at the foot of the bed.

 Whimsical wicker mirrors by a crisp cotton bed made up in fresh summer prints.

Back-to-back twin beds take on a creative look worth a closer look. 

French Bistro chairs surround a rattan two-tiered table filled with shams.

 Brightly bordered shams are the best way to take an all-white bed into summer mode.

The brand new embroidered Links pattern in Royal Purple is sharp.

 Delish shams await. I am enamored with the new purple sham they have recently added.

A green themed scheme, with a stool, sun hat, clutch and cozy herringbone throw.

 Buoys painted in Serena and Lily signature colors show their red/pink/purple family. Choose from over 40 original paint colors to transform your home through paint.

 The green and beige family.

And if you enter through the door, you will be welcomed with sarongs and beach bags...

More totes, printed pouches and sarongs.

Encased by a two walls of windows, this light-filled room stole Serena and Lily's hearts. The "living room" is a chill seating area with cozy sink-in seating and graphic artwork.

 Like a living room should be: well-lit, comfortable and conducive to entertaining.

A  tufted ottoman holds a wood tray and tomes.

Natural light woods and wovens make the far wall of the living room interesting.

Their rattan bar  cart can be ready to serve in a snap.

A rattan swing that seats two is ready for you.

In the back you get to see their entertaining prowess.

 The long teak table is ready for group dinners and fun-filled summer evenings.

Pretty white Hydrangeas complement the table runner.


by Marisa Marcantonio

Thank you for all of your entries for the chance to win Matouk's Lowell bedding. The winner of the Lowell set if Cornelia Dodge. Congratulations, Cornelia!
Be sure to check out their new e-commerce site and get a look at their colorful assortment of lovely high thread count bedding including the cheery Lulu DK collections, bordered linens, vibrant embroidered towels and lively tabletop linens. Their special Massachusetts-made linens are now just a click away.
If you didn't win this set, you still have a chance to win their duvet giveaway on Facebook.
Just Like Matouk on FB and post a photo of your bed onto their wall (or one that you wish was yours) before March 15 and it could be yours!


by Marisa Marcantonio

The winter blues may have you pining for spring, so why not dream of warm days to come in some divine bedding? Matouk, maker of beautiful bedding and bath linens, is launching an e-commerce portion of their website. So now you can shop around the clock for pretty patterned, boldly bordered linens, towels and gifts. In honor of this exciting debut, they are generously offering Stylebeat readers the chance to win a set of their classic banded Lowell Bedding! The value is around $563 depending on the size of your bed, so Happy Birthday to you if you win!  In order to enter, dear stylish ones,  please do the following by March 10th:

1. Like Matouk on Facebook at

2.Follow Matouk on Twitter, @Matouk

3. Leave a comment on STYLEBEAT below with your preferred size and color

 Complete the above by Sunday, March 10th at midnight and the winner will be announced on Monday, March 11th. Good luck!

To get even more of a good thing,  Matouk is ALSO doing a custom monogram duvet giveaway on Facebook:
Share a photo on Matouk's Facebook page of a beautifully made up bed for the chance to win a monogrammed Lowell Duvet Cover.  Imagine if you won both, boy, would you be lucky!

 In order to win, complete the following by March 15th, 2013:
Here's what you need to do:

1. Like Matouk on Facebook @
Share a photo of a beautifully made bed on their wall with your bed size, initials, and preferred color.

2. Follow Matouk on Twitter @Matouk
Again, share a photo of a beautifully made bed on their feed with your bed size, initials, and preferred color.

Be sure to follow Matouk and get the scoop!