I am excited to release my latest fabric, “Argus”, which features a large peacock motif inspired by vintage textiles and designs from the East. Coupled with "Hedera", a lively, leafy coordinate, “Argus” combines a varied color palette of fresh blues and spring greens. This fun pattern also comes in my signature umber and slate green color palette, fitting seamlessly with many fabrics from my classic collection.
It's so gratifying to see, hear and read about such a positive response to my newest Persia Collection!
Both House Beautiful and Connecticut Cottage and Gardens had fabrics from the collection in their spring issues! (See my As Seen In page.)
And now Marisa Marcantonio is blogging about Persia, in her terrific design blog, Stylebeat! Thanks, Marisa! http://www.stylebeatblog.com/home-blog/
Both Peter and I have been hard at work with the Metro New York North chapter of the Red Cross, devoting lots of our time to the Red & White Ball.
Featured prominently on one of our favorite Lifestyle Blogs, Stacey Bewkes’ Quintessence, this year’s fundraising event, Designs for Hope, brought out some of the country’s leading designers who contributed inspiring tablescapes for this Greenwich, CT charitable evening.
Working with Ondine Karady, Peter created a fabulous Lego-themed table, with a hand-silkscreened red cross on both the tablecloth and chairs, and added zing by making napkins from fabric in a custom colorway of my Campbell pattern.
Here we are at the Lego-table with Executive Committee Member Beth Dempsey of Images and Details.
Peter and I had the opportunity to sit down with blogger/design afficionado Cameron Weaver while we were in Los Angeles recently. Cameron interviewed us for her blog, Interior Canvas.
Her post, dubbed "Peter Fasano and Elizabeth Hamilton: The Fabric Designing Duo," traces both of our beginnings in this unique industry, and how we developed our hand-painted, hand-silkscreened fabric and wallcovering niche.
It was great to talk with her and I think her piece gives a great inside look at our companies. Thanks, Cameron!
Peter and I just saw Stefan Sagmeister's The Happy Show at The Museum of Contemporary Art at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles.
It was the best thing we've ever seen!
According to the exhibition brochure, The Happy Show, a thematic exhibition of film, print, infographics, sculpture, and interactive installations offers visitors the experience of walking into the designer's mind as he attempts to increase his happiness via meditation, cognitive therapy and mood-altering pharmaceuticals."
If you have the opportunity to see Stefan Sagmeister's work anywhere, don't miss it!
My neighbors planted this crocus lawn over 20 years ago and when in full bloom, locals in the know travel from far and wide to view. Even more charming are the “volunteer” crocuses that pop up by the roadside in unexpected places.
Our friends were delighted to let me drag our newly-slipcovered armchairs into their yard for a photo-op.
(Fair warning for lawn neat-freaks: the foliage of the crocuses must be left to mature, which means no mowing for a very long time.)
Spotted this magical cloud sculpture on a recent visit to Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C. Composed of chicken wire and dangling crystals, the fiery spots of color jump out of the landscape from near and far. The gardens are like a world in themselves, and many happy hours can be spent wandering and enjoying. I ran out of time, but plan to visit the museum on my next visit.
I spent a lovely day touring Hillwood House and gardens. Marjorie Merriweather Post’s last residence sets the stage for her magnificent collection of Faberge, jewels, porcelain and much, much more. (Dina Merrill, her daughter, is the client of one of Peter’s oldest friends. We actually own needlepoint carpets from “The Sea Cloud.”)
The very knowledgeable docents lead tours of the house and gardens, both well worth a visit. Three greenhouses are home to her vast collection orchids, most of which were resting. There were enough in bloom to make me mentally note that a return visit in March will be in order. I liked the juxtaposition of the comfortable lawn furniture (hers) with the formal gardens. There is a nice café, and picnicking is encouraged.
I met Peggy Levinson while in Dallas last November in the anticipation of the launch of my new collection at George Cameron Nash (wish I had photos – amazing!) and she flipped over Fiddlehead, one of the new patterns in my collection. I love it so much I had to force myself to limit the number of colorways I offer it in. At least we can do custom colors! See her article in dmagazine.
While at DCOTA, I met Leta Austin Foster, whose name is so familiar to me as a longtime and loyal client at Peter Fasano. Her February 21st post in decoratingwithsheets, makes a very kind mention of both of us. I feel especially happy to be mentioned in company with Lisa Fine and Carolina Irving, whose fabrics I love. (All three of us are represented at John Rosselli and Hollywood at Home, strangely enough.)
Stacey Bewkes paid a visit to our studio early this year and wrote a very flattering piece in her amazing style blog, Quintessence. Peter and I are so immersed in what we do, that it is easy to forget how new it is to everyone else. Take a peek for some insights into the process of creating hand-screened prints.
Finally, what a wonderful mention from Karolyn Stephenson in her wonderul design blog, The Relished Roost. An incredible designer in her own right, Karolyn knows everyone and has her finger on everything that's new and exciting in the design world.
Thank you to all the incredible folks who are talking about my new line!