Interior Design

wallpaper wow: wayne pate for studio four NYC

Monday, February 12th, 2018

We all know that the wallpaper trend is here with a vengeance, and it doesn’t appear to be going anywhere anytime soon. When my kiddos were little, a good friend — who noticed my penchant for personalization — joked that my philosophy was, “if it moves, monogram it!” Ummmm, she wasn’t wrong … and I still love a monogram. Be still, my Leontine Linens-loving heart. But I think the new saying should probably be, “if it doesn’t move, wallpaper it!”

Wayne Pate Trois Blooms Studio FourBecause that’s what we designers are doing these days. Walls, ceilings, bookshelves, you name it. Slap on some wallpaper! Actually, no. Please don’t slap on some wallpaper. Hire a highly experienced installer, because once you’ve invested in good wallpaper, you need that prettiness to be installed correctly. The. End.

The reason I love wallpaper, and I’m certain my designer friends would agree, is because wallpaper adds a layer to the design that you cannot get any other way. Even if you choose a solid-colored paper, there’s usually a certain texture that flat paint simply can’t replicate. It’s almost like — Wallpaper is the New Faux Finish. And thank goodness, because if you saw the layers of bad 1980s “texture” that were painstakingly removed from my recent Morrocroft renovation, you’d be longing for some wallpaper stripper. (I was a little scared to Google that, by the way.) Of course, well-done lacquer is an entirely different story; I’d contend that is more properly categorized as “wallcovering” rather than “paint.”

Wayne Pate Exotic Fruit Cobalt Studio FourAnyhoo. If you are brave enough to choose a patterned wallpaper, however, well, the world is your oyster! I’m crazy about it all, from subtle to bold — because even bold paper doesn’t necessarily mean a “busy” look. It’s all in what you pair with the paper.

That’s why my jaw dropped and my heart started pounding when I stumbled across Wayne Pate’s collaboration with Studio Four NYC. Y’all, I am more than a little in love with his charming art, which Studio Four NYC has brilliantly translated to wallpaper, fabric, pillows and limited edition prints.

Wayne Pate Zoebel Wallpaper Studio FourIt’s impossible to select favorites because they are all ah-may-zing and would work in so many different projects … but I was particularly captivated by these particular prints and colorways of wallpaper — Trois Blooms in Blush (this one needs to come home with me), Exotic Fruit in Cobalt, and Zoebel in Delft (endearingly named after his daughters). I also adore this Indian Summer fabric! Where, oh, where am I going to use these?? Must. Find. Place. Soon.

Wallpaper. What say you?

All photos via Studio Four NYC



discovering ferran fabrics (and so much more)

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

My interior design process almost always begins with fabric. Finding a beautiful fabric — the right fabric for a room — is what gets my wheels spinning and makes me excited to design. For me, that’s where the passion starts.

Ferran misaki_pillows_2048x2048What that means, of course, is that I’m perpetually interested in new fabric designs and new sources. I visit Parisian stores for European patterns not readily available in the United States, I browse vintage fabrics and trims in French street markets and on Etsy, and I love sourcing trips to the best designer showrooms in New York, Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles and beyond.

What I’m starry-eyed over now is these gorgeous Ferran fabrics, all of which are hand-crafted in America from Kathryn Ferran Kayajan’s original artwork.  The Misaki pillows above are part of her Kyoto print collection, which, as Kathryn explains, “is inspired by the Kyoto Zen Gozan temples with the intricate wood carvings of the Saiho-ji to the Muromachi period garden design found all throughout the Kyoto.” I traveled to Japan as a child, but I only remember spending time in Tokyo. Kyoto might be next on the bucket list!

Ferran Marseille_pillows_2048x2048The Marseille pillows above are part of her Indienne print collection. The Indienne collection is “inspired by the French style of textile patterns around the 18th century, which resemble painted textiles originally found in India.” The Perse pattern below is another favorite of mine from the Indienne collection.

Ferran perse-swatches2_2048x2048The Chiswick Fern pillows below are inspired by antique botanical prints and are part of a collection Kathryn describes as a “modern take on the English country garden.” That really sums up what I love so much about all of the Ferran designs. The patterns are rooted in tradition, yet feel thoroughly modern and current. Kathryn’s artistic interpretation also lends a certain lightness and spirit that connects the Ferran collection, notwithstanding the diverse inspirations. 

Ferran fern-pillows4_2048x2048What I think you will be most thrilled to discover is that Ferran offers a curated selection of these patterns as “readymade” pillows and bedding. The Sakiori and Tiger Shell prints have me feeling slightly more amenable to Twin A’s request to redecorate his room — which, to be clear, I would have gladly entertained until, in a fit of pique, he informed me he’d spray-paint any and all furniture the same shade of bright blue we used for the school spirit rock on the twins’ 10th birthday. Say it with me, friends: Not. Happening. 

What patterns are you loving now? Do share.

All photos via Ferran