by Marisa Marcantonio

Two things, Zebra and Malachite, have been on New York-based interior designer Lindsey Coral Harper's collecting radar for some time.  If you read Elle Decor and House Beautiful's websites, you may have noticed Lindsey got a double-dose of coverage recently, featuring her vibrant, color-filled Upper East Side apartment, and its proliferation of both black and white striped Zebra and shades-of-green Malachite accents.  Take a look, and get the collecting bug. What are you really into collecting, everywhere you go? Perhaps this will inspire you to pursue your passion for a particular theme.

Photos courtesy of House photography by Kelly Stuart

With a major affinity for decorative objects with color and flair, Lindsey's love for ornate objects with meaning and purpose have been a consuming passion over the years. 

I found this Zebra at C. Bell in West Palm Beach last year, and knew it was the perfect gift for my friend, the Zebra collector.

Working alongside Richard Keith Langham, she absorbed a love for pure color.

I have visited Casa Harper and this dresser is to die for.

Lindsey's nightstand, custom painted by her friend artist Jay Lohmann, is a wonderful interpretation of  Zebra.

A papier mache mask adds a bit of charm to a Chinese Chippendale chair.

Zebra's strategically placed on her etagere.


Switching gears, lets take a look at the malachite details she has incorporated in addition to the zebra.

An assortment of malachite boxes collected from near and far displayed on a malachite painted surface.

Lindsey's well-stocked bar with accessories with malachite accents.

Fantastic malachite plates found at a great vintage shop.

A brass-bordered box atop a stack of books.


by Marisa Marcantonio

Indigo, long a stalwart of Indian and Japanese textiles as well as island batiks has been given a new lease on life, appearing in modern reinterpretations. Seen on everything from plates to rugs, the ancient dying technique and vivid blue tonal range is making inroads, appearing in Shibori, dip dyed techniques, tie dye, and intricate patterns.  The resurgence has been bubbling up for some time, and the impact of artisanal, handmade and globally crafted accessories has helped it along. Blue and white never fails to find an audience, the time-tested palette is endlessly appealing.

Photo courtsy of Horne

Tse and Tse Boukhara Plate through Horne

 Photo courtesy of Les Indiennes

How charming are these fringed napkins? Simultaneously casual and elegant, the Penelope napkins from Les Indiennes with a small indigo pin dot.

 Photo courtesy of Terrain

Indigo window pane checked tablecloth from Terrain created by artist Britt Browne using the traditional Shibori dying method.

Photo courtesy of John Robshaw

Well versed in the appeal of indigo, John Robshaw usually has something in the color every season.

 Photo courtesy of Ankasa

Always on trend, Ankasa incorporates shibori, ombre and a lively zig zag pattern into their pillow designs. Their recently launched e-commerce site means you can shop for their soft goods, from embroidered to intricate, whenever you like.

Photo courtesy of Shilpa Rathi

Made of organic cotton and printed with vegetable dyes, Shilpa Rathi's Turtle bedding is easy breezy and fun. Just think of how it could transform an all-white bedroom.

Photo courtesy of Swan Island

Blue and white stripes make their way onto the end of this Maine-made hand-loomed Swans Island Merino wool blanket.

Photo courtesy of Hollywood at Home

Use it at the foot of the bed as a throw or on a chair, either way Peter Dunham's woven indigo and white handwoven throw from Hollywood at Home adds a bit of global gadabout.

Photo courtesy of Michael Smith/Jasper

Printed on hemp, Jasper's new Coquina print from Michael Smith has batik roots with a refined and detailed shell pattern.

Photo courtesy of Katie Leede

In textiles, Katie Leede's Japanese collection tends towards indigo printed on a weathered linen with a worn in feel. Cloud Scroll resembles clouds or waves--  whichever is the most inspiring natural reference at the moment.

Photo courtesy of Lisa Fine

Maharab, Lisa Fine's patchwork printed pattern shows indigo in its many variations. It has long been a favorite of mine.

Photo courtesy of West Elm

Many antique dhurries were made from indigo dyes, and I have a natural affinity for them in blue because of this. Taking indigo to a pattern-rich place, West Elm's Indigo Geo Cotton Dhurrie is everything it should be- interesting to look at and easy to live with.