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Just In: Frette Bedding In (Mostly) Colorful Patterns

When someone from luxury linen company Frette suggested I check out its offerings, I figured it was about time I did. Although there’s a Frette boutique in Boston, right across from the Apple store in fact, I have never been in, nor have I worked with Frette for local publications, since I didn’t have a contact. Hopefully that will now change.

Of course I am familiar with Frette bedding (oh, to have crisp Italian linens), especially the Frette Hotel Classic line. I was delighted to see a selection of fun prints too.


The cashmere feather weight fringed throw is done in a new, clear shade of blue that coordinates perfectly with the Carline Euro cushion cover. The pillow’s graphic 1950s inspired sunflower design, embroidered on cotton canvas, is an homage to the French Atlantic coastal town of Biarritz. I love the playful crisscross petal pattern embroidered on the Bayonne sheet set, and the boho pattern of the Labourd printed duvet cover has the same graphic design as the pillow. 


The Delft Tournai Collection takes cues from the Dutch hand painted tiles. the sheets features printed borders, while the quilt and sham use this small scale pattern all over cotton jacquard. The Bayonne sheeting from above mixes in well with it too.


I’m not really a floral print person, but have been appreciating them a lot of late, with its resurgence in fashion and home decor. Frette’s Fiorito floral is fresh and pretty without being sweet. The palette is clear and strong, incorporating 13 different colors. And what my mother-in-law would do for that new violet colored lightweight cashmere throw. So totaly her color. The Traviata Fleur de Saffran scented candle in a lilac porcelain  holder with platinum trim is the perfect touch for the bedside table.


Now we’re into my personal decor territory. I actually have a similar duvet with gray border, in fact. This Bicolore Duvet Cover is part of the Frette Essentials Collection. To add the illusion of texture without color, try  tone-on-tone pieces, like this Cap Ferrat Tressage Euro Sham, which has a jacquard cotton upper with a vintage basket weave design. The gray-on-gray Lou Lou throw is a combination of silk, cashmere and cotton jacquard, decorated with an Art Deco stylized floral pattern inspired by Jean Cocteau. 


Lastly, since Cape Cod is on my mind (just 2 1/2 weeks until school ends and we’re out of here), I couldn’t resist sourcing a little shopping list for my summer self. This Bicolore pillowcase in hemstitch cotton sateen reminds me of my wedding invitation; I love the creamy border on white. The Kishar slippers with silver embroidered logo seems so civilized, especially in butter yellow. Brings me back to Venice. I love the subtle contrast of the skinny braided straw handles on this white leather Idra tote, and the Demetrio teal leather keychain, which can go around your neck, on a hook, or slipped through your beach tote handles. 

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Marimekko Holiday Gift Guide: 20 Sensational Stocking Stuffers

Make sure those stockings are cram packed full of color and style. The final installment of the three part Marimekko Holiday Gift Guide features women’s accessories and a few choice home decor items.





1 Puketti Mini Umbrella, $49

2 Hipaus Make-Up Bag, $42

3 Jono Hat, $59

4 Saaga Wool Bracelet, $28

5 Juova Striped Gloves, $66

6 Valtti Pencil Case, $42

7 Loistava Candleholder, $89

8 Lumimarja King Sham, $25

9 Lappuliisa Cushion, $79

10 Asema Fabric Notebook $32

11 Unikko Tin Box, $14.50

12 Räsymatto Mug, $22

13 Ujo Slippers, $49

14 Unikko Hand Towel, $32

15 Tasaraita Taimi Cosmetic Case, $75

16 Kieppi Multicolor Scarf, $139

17 Siirtolapuutarha iPhone Case, $48

18 Iltavilli Bowl, $25

19 Unikko Blanket, $259

20 Maisa Silk Scarf, $229


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Marimekko Gift Guide: Women’s Style
Marimekko Gift Guide: Entertaining Essentials
Shopping Trip: Marimekko Boston 

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Carrot Currency: 10 Pairs of Havaianas with Rooms to Match

Earlier this week an ad buyer emailed looking for placement for a “beach footwear” client. That’d be Havaianas. Recalling the popularity of the  20 Spring Shoes & 15 Rooms to Match post I did back in March, I thought you’d be game for another. That, and I’m off to Delray Beach for two weeks in December, so I figured I could get a jump on outfitting my feet. Which reminds me, I bought the cutest pair of bright skinny, cropped jeans at J.Crew on Monday.


Frank de Biasi Interiors
Slim Cool in White/Orange, $26


House & Garden – Photographer Damian Russell
Slim Fashion in Navy Blue, $26 


Domino Magazine
Slim Fashion in Chilli Red, $26 


A model apartment decorated by Rita Konig via So Haute
Graffiti in Highraff, $26 


Ashe + Leandro
Slim Cool in Pop Rose, $26 


California Home & Design
Missoni Slim Rachel, $60 

Lindsey Coral Harper, LCH Interiors
 Slim Allegra in Ice Violet, $26

Fawn Galli Interiors
 Slim Allegra in Ocean Green, $26


Cullman & Kravis
Spring in Dark Brown, $24 


Kirsten KelliVeranda
Slim Lucky Eye in White, $26 

Find more fun spring & summer footwear for the beach at Havaianas.com



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Site Spotlight: 10 Pieces from OKA Direct

Last week British home furnishings company OKA Direct got in touch about reviewing its site. Established in 1999 as an interiors mail order catalogue, OKA now has 13 shops across the U.K.  The offerings are lovely—a satisfying blend of contemporary silhouettes in French Provincial finishes with a dash of Swedish sensibility in regards to the color palette. I’ve rounded up my ten favorite pieces for you.



S H O P P I N G 

1 Lantau Dressing Table

2 Duck Egg Celadon Glaze Serving Bowl

3 Cadenet Distressed Grey Wood Cupboard

4 Adjustable Tripod Chrome Floor Lamp

5 Melrose Weatherproof Chair

6 Orb Vintage Oak Side Table

7 Chartres Weathered Oak Mirror

8 Leopard Print Linen Napkins

9 Mondrian Low Back Linen-Covered Sofa

10 Sanskrit Striped Cotton Dhurrie

Find more classic furniture from OKA Direct on their website


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Carrot Currency: Marimekko

StyleCarrot is thrilled to welcome Marimekko as a sponsor. Over the next few months, we’ll be posting a number of special editorials celebrating this colorful Finnish brand. 

Marimekko, established in 1951 by Armi and Viljo Ratia, is a Finnish textile and clothing design company renowned for its original prints and colors. The company designs and manufactures high-quality clothing, interior decoration textiles, bags, and other accessories.

Strong and distinctive product design is the cornerstone of Marimekko’s operations and corporate culture. The starting point for design is that each  individual Marimekko product must earn its own design value and express Marimekko’s lifestyle concept. Alongside distinctive and individual design there is a stress on the functionality and practical aspects of the products.

Marimekko introduces dozens of new fabric designs each year. Designers are not given any instructions or limitations beforehand. Instead, they are free to create and inject their own experiences and views of trends into the patterns. Marimekko’s collections thus achieve a varied and rich range of different worlds of patterns and colors.

Finland is still an important manufacturing country for Marimekko and our textile printing factory in Helsinki prints most of our fabrics, around 1.6 million yards a year. Visit a store or shop all our bold, colorful prints  and designs at http://us.marimekko.com


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Carrot Currency: 20 Spring Shoes and 15 Rooms to Match

I put  together this design/fashion post to welcome Macy’s to the site. I thought it would be fun to pair colorful  spring shoes from the department store with 15 my favorite rooms. (I mean, what’s better than shoes and interior design, right, especially when someone pays you look at it!) I found some really cute looks.

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The chambray walls set a casual tone in this  room designed by Jamie Drake. But it’s not without glamor, thanks to the brass side tables and lamps and sleek loveseat with celery green tufted cushion. The trio of summery patterns adds back major, summery fun.  SHOES: INC International Concepts Belvin Slingback Wedges ($80.10) and INC International Concepts Roslin Wedges ($59.99) .

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I found this crisp, summery room on the blog Bright, Bold, Beautiful. The turquoise and green scheme are exactly that of our house on the Cape; a combo I never get tired of. I love the glass lamp and the fun painted floor paired with the more glam mirrored nightstand. SHOE: Jessica Simpson Evangela Platforms ($110).

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Another turquoise and lime palette, this one by New York City-based designer Katie Ridder, who is one of my favorites. This is her parent’s dining room, and appears in her book. I love the more formal dining furniture and chandelier in this clearly summery locale. SHOE: Ivanka Trump Halyn Wedge Espadrille ($150)

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This Moroccan-inspired kitchen by Rum Interior Design, sourced from Apartment Therapy, is beautiful, with its soaring ceilings, painted cabinetry, and gorgeous tile work. SHOE: Fergie Shoes Corsage Sandals ($129.95).

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Chambray and white cotton duck is softened with a light wood coffee table and a series of pretty, uniformly framed artworks. Photo from Coastal Living magazine. SHOE: Ivanka Trump Lark Wedge Espadrille Cork Wedges ($135).

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This clear blue and white room with glossy black accents from House to Home magazine is perfection. I adore the George Nelson pendants, bentwood chairs, leafy wallpaper, and black-framed sliding door. SHOE: Jessica Simpson Malika Platforms ($98).

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I’ve always liked this tailored bedroom designed by Lynn Morgan and featured in Connecticut Cottages & Gardens magazine. The preppy colors and monogram pillow is tempered by the Rothko-like abstract art. SHOE: GUESS Tabari2 Patent Wedges with Studs ($99).

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Another orange room I like, this one designed by Atlanta-based lovely Melanie Turner. Great horse triptych and love the whimsical floral rug. SHOES: Mia Shoes Renegade Wedges ($47.20) and Nine West Larysa Gold Metallic Croc Platform Cork Wedges ($79).

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This bedroom is incredibly wonderful. Though the individual pieces are more fussy than I usually go for, I adore the way everything is put together, resulting in a brilliant outcome. Sophisticated and glam but not the least bit fussy. I love that there’s what looks to be a quirky black & white photo over the bed, showing that the designer/inhabitant doesn’t take things too seriously. SHOE: Ivanka Trump Violette Patent Slingback Pumps with Bow ($135).

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This art deco style wallpaper of stylized leaves is black and taupe is wonderful. Who knew black lacquer dining chairs could work so well? Los Angeles design firm From the Desk of Lola, obviously. The rug adds an air of relaxedness, and the brass sconces draws the eye up to the arched doorway. SHOE: GUESS Nancille Peep Toe Lace Platform Pumps ($79.20).

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Gold looks almost comfy when used with off-white walls, plain furniture and a well-worn wood floor. Hanging empty frames within frames is genius. Must hunt for some on eBay. Photo from Living Etc. SHOE: Badgley Mischka Lissa Gold Metallic Evening Pump with Rosette ($245).

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Kelly Wearstler at her best, with art deco inspired wallpaper that brings to mind a candy-colored dream world. A normally groovy sort of lamp is elevated with a brass finish, the perfect accompaniment to the gold keepsake box and perfume bottles. SHOES: CL by Laundry In Stride Cork Wedge ($59) and Marc Fisher Crank Gold Metallic Cork Wedges ($69).

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Super fun and brightly colored room (a guest room perhaps?) by New York designer Robyn Karp. I wish I knew the trick to making so many different patterns work so well together. I also love those built in lacquered drawers and shelves. SHOES: Steve Madden Beasst Platform Pumps ($99) and Dr. Scholl’s Iris Thongs with Rosette ($45).

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A pair of purple pillows and deeply saturated landscape painting in shades of violet and red pick up on the colors in the gorgeous floral rug. There’s just enough color t0 seriously prettify an otherwise plain white room, featured in Elle Decor. SHOES: Steve Madden Beasst Platform Pumps ($99) and SHOES: Steve Madden Traisie Platform Pumps ($89).

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This room is an old favorite from Domino, with dark purple walls and serious suzani drapery. SHOE: Steve Madden Pammyy Ikat Platform Wedges ($99).



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Fine Print: Suzanne Kasler Inspired Interiors

Cover Photo: Simon Watson

Another beautiful book that has been sitting on my shelf since early winter is Suzanne Kasler: Inspired Interiors (Rizzoli, 2009). Suzanne is an Atlanta-based designer who made the coveted House Beautiful “Top 100 Designers” list back in 2005, and has been going strong ever since, having been published in Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Southern Accents, Veranda, Traditional Home, and Architectural Digest. (The links click through to her stories, so take a peek.)  Here are images from her book, which was published by Rizzloli  in November, along with caption info and commentary.

Photo: Gia Trovan for Southern Accents

White walls set off deliberate touches of blue in this entryway that also doubles as a dining area. Hard to tell here, but the chandelier is adorned with seashells, the rooms only truly beach-y touch. The collection of blue glass is vintage. I love the turquoise bench upholstery; wonder if it’s velvet?

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Photo: Erica George Dines Photography

This is the living room of Suzanne’s own beach house. Everything – the walls, ceiling, and floor – is painted in Benjamin Moore’s White Dove. (That’s the color in my house too!)  The French flea market chairs are upholstered in indestructible orange and aqua ultrasuede. The fireplace surround is made of poured stone embedded with seashells. The coral sconces are beach-y but still sophisticated.

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Photo: Erica George Dines Photographay

Another room in Suzanne’s beach house. The artworks are vintage batick prints she found at a flea market, framed in bamboo and hung in a tight grid. The pillow colors echo colors found in the prints. The limestone and iron coffee table and the floor lamps provide strong but simple shapes in black and white. The little round table is a kitschy seashell covered piece from a local shop.

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Photo: Gia Trovan for Southern Accents

The floors and fireplace wall in this beach house are painted a cool, slean white, while the rest of the deocr is done in various shades of soothing blue. The walls in the sitting room beyond are sky blue; the slipcover on the chair is almost a French blue; the rug is striped in other blues. The blue balls are iridescent blown glass. The painting is by Dusty Griffith. Overall, a very watery space.

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Photo: William Waldron

You might not realize it, but there is a lot of white in this living room. The round acrylic tables are by Nancy Corzine (whose new book I wrote about yesterday). The stools are Russian, found in Paris and uphostered in two different fabrics to create a striped effect. These stools inspired the Anastasia bench in Suzanne’s furniture line for Hickory Chair.

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Photo: Erica George Dines Photography

I love the mix of greens and turquoise in this room, whose colors are rich without being heavy. The swirly chairs wor well mixed with the simpler Louix XVI-style ones.

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Photo: Tria Giovan

The peony pink color of the accent wall in this dining room is Glidden Checkberry. Kasler points out that this color has depth – you can see many different shades it in – red and pink and ochre and white. The Louis XVI -style chairs are upholstered in raffia with nail heads. I love the interlocking swirls on the front face of the console, which echo the curves of the chandelier and sconces . And the peonies, so luscious.

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Photo: Erica George Dines Photography

An elegant bedroom in neutral tones with a rosy hue.

All photographs courtesy of  Suzanne Kasler: Inspired Interiors, Rizzoli, 2009

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