We have a surprise collaboration coming up in the next few weeks with fashion designer Trina Turk. Here’s a sneak preview of what’s to come! Check out Trina’s new collection of outdoor fabrics for Schumacher and a snap from her latest photo shoot for this collection. We are so excited about this collaboration and we are once again “flirting with fashion!” Even the pattern names evoke her eponymous Palm Springs style….soleil LA, loop de loop and coastline. Stay tuned for more details!

A few weeks ago we posted about the really creative design team of Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby.  Yesterday The New York Times HOME section ran a Q&A with them.  Good stuff!!  Click on the photo to read it.

A few weeks ago we posted about the really creative design team of Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby.  Yesterday The New York Times HOME section ran a Q&A with them.  Good stuff!!  Click on the photo to read it.

Elle Decor features Marks & Frantz today! Check out the link below, we love it!
http://designers.elledecor.com/

Elle Decor features Marks & Frantz today! Check out the link below, we love it!

http://designers.elledecor.com/

 

Quilts have usually not been my thing but every once in a while I come across vintage quilts that feel so fresh and contemporary. My great grandfather, who was the last territorial governor of Oklahoma before it became a state, amassed a family collection of quilts that feel far from the traditional “granny-style” country quilt! They were carted around in covered wagons as the Frantz family homesteaded! Only two survive in my family and it took me a lifetime to learn to appreciate the design and craftsmanship. 

I just learned through 1st Dibs and Katherine Clarke’s article in the Wall Street Journal about this fantastic show which is sponsored by the American Folk Art Museum  at the Park Avenue Armory through March 30….best of all, it’s free!

The show is entitled: “Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts” and is the largest textile exhibition ever presented in New York City. Red and white is a classic color combination in quilt making, popular since the early 19th century as a result of the remarkable colorfastness of Turkey red dye, discovered in the Mediterranean and derived from madder root. Ms. Rose’s quilts, made in a variety of patterns and designs, span the 19th to the 21st centuries. No two are identical, and most bear the unique signatures of their makers, sewn neatly at the corners.

Here is a link to the show catalogue and I’ve also included a few other images of vintage quilts with a thoroughly modern vibe….enjoy!

http://www.1stdibs.com/introspective/on_location/quilts_an_extraordinary_collection/

It’s been 70 degrees in New York City, we are about to start digging a client’s pool and we are in the midst of designing a pool terrace, a backyard bbq patio and a rooftop terrace. We have summer, outdoor fabrics, landscaping and patio furniture on the brain….here’s a bit of inspiration! We are chomping at the bit for summer!

I have always been fascinated by functional design for small, multi-functional spaces.  Especially when those spaces can transport you from one place to another, like private jets or yachts.  Saturday’s Design Therapy post about a camper they designed is totally worth checking out - and any money it earns in its tip jar is being donated to charity.
Here is some of what the designers have to say about their creation.  “Designed to offer the ultimate in  luxury tailgating and showcase the art of high-end entertaining  outdoors, the Woody features a pull out bar along with a pony keg, a  flat screen TV, media center, outdoor games, sleeping accommodations,  and more all self-contained in a mahogany clad tear drop camper able to  be pulled by an SUV.”  Click on the picture to link to their blog and see more images of “The Woody”.

I have always been fascinated by functional design for small, multi-functional spaces.  Especially when those spaces can transport you from one place to another, like private jets or yachts.  Saturday’s Design Therapy post about a camper they designed is totally worth checking out - and any money it earns in its tip jar is being donated to charity.

Here is some of what the designers have to say about their creation.  “Designed to offer the ultimate in luxury tailgating and showcase the art of high-end entertaining outdoors, the Woody features a pull out bar along with a pony keg, a flat screen TV, media center, outdoor games, sleeping accommodations, and more all self-contained in a mahogany clad tear drop camper able to be pulled by an SUV.”  Click on the picture to link to their blog and see more images of “The Woody”.

Check out the fabulous creations of Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby.  They are amazingly versatile; their work includes product design, furniture design, building facades and the Olympic torch for London 2012!  They also designed a line of carpets for The Rug Company. 
We are designing some really fun kids’ rooms right now and I can not wait to use this owl rug in one of them!  Its a great color and will mix perfectly with contemporary or vintage furniture and almost any wall or furniture color; a youthful and sophisticated option for decorating a child’s bedroom or playroom.  Their Fishes carpet is pretty great too…

Check out the fabulous creations of Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby.  They are amazingly versatile; their work includes product design, furniture design, building facades and the Olympic torch for London 2012!  They also designed a line of carpets for The Rug Company. 

We are designing some really fun kids’ rooms right now and I can not wait to use this owl rug in one of them!  Its a great color and will mix perfectly with contemporary or vintage furniture and almost any wall or furniture color; a youthful and sophisticated option for decorating a child’s bedroom or playroom.  Their Fishes carpet is pretty great too…

Dreaming of our fantasy closet, even in the UK!  Grazia Magazine’s take on our Sex and the City inspired closet.

Dreaming of our fantasy closet, even in the UK!  Grazia Magazine’s take on our Sex and the City inspired closet.

I have been doing tons of research on regency-inspired, Dorothy Draper-esque doors, closets and dressing rooms and have come across some amazing reference photos. We have several clients right now who are very adventurous when it come to paneled dining rooms, antique mirrored doors and decadent dressing rooms! We are designing some very classic, traditional rooms and giving them that quirky, youthful, fun twist that we are known for! Some might say “it’s a little off,” but we take that as a compliment! Here are some of my fave inspiration photos….photos of the actual rooms we designed to follow in a few months!

I am so excited because as everyone knows we are obsessive vintage shoppers, for ourselves and for our clients….and now, 1st Dibs has a brick and mortar store at the New York Design Center! It’s 10,000 square feet of the most unbelievable things from some of our fave dealers and also some new ones from other parts of the country that we’ve only seen online. Our clients will love this because we can hit 25 or more dealers in an hour! We have already made our first purchase for a client, the day after the opening party! I bought a gorgeous pair of Dunbar end tables with capped brass feet from Jon Howell Antiques in Williamsburg and I would never have chased them down based on a photo, in person at NYDC, I fell in love!

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Our good friend Jennifer Ward has a great business doing what she loves! She designs spaces for children and is featured is this month’s Time Out for Kids.
http://newyorkkids.timeout.com/articles/shopping/91541/nyc-family-home-design/2.html

Our good friend Jennifer Ward has a great business doing what she loves! She designs spaces for children and is featured is this month’s Time Out for Kids.

http://newyorkkids.timeout.com/articles/shopping/91541/nyc-family-home-design/2.html

Since Lydia and I are surrounded by all types of designers…both family and friends, we thought we would share some of our peers’ work. It inspires us, takes us out of traditional interior design and enables us to approach a client’s home with a different perspective. Slideshow and link above is Georges Krivobok’s new fabulous website, a very talented set designer for both tv commercials and print advertisements….and full disclosure: my husband!

http://krivobok.com

Our friends at the NYDC featured Lydia and I in their quarterly magazine, Array. We were asked to talk about one of our current obsessions…..the color yellow was top of the list! Check out the full story featuring five designers on DesignDish, starting on page 34. 
http://www.arrayny.com/

Our friends at the NYDC featured Lydia and I in their quarterly magazine, Array. We were asked to talk about one of our current obsessions…..the color yellow was top of the list! Check out the full story featuring five designers on DesignDish, starting on page 34. 

http://www.arrayny.com/

Top of the Strand, the Strand Hotel’s hot rooftop bar designed two years ago by Lydia and voted NY Magazine’s Best Outdoor Bar of 2010, was in the mood for a little winter sprucing up and they turned to us for their winter wardrobe! With some warm, wooly Ralph Lauren plaids, Cole & Son’s striking tree and branch wallpaper, plus some outdoor fireplaces nestled in among the evergreens….mission accomplished! Makes for a cozy cocktail spot, just pretend it’s apres ski instead of apres work! Shot by our fab photographer and friend, Myriam Babin.