RESOURCES RATE AN ‘A’ FOR THIS SEASON’S NEWEST
STYLES AND COLORS
With each season comes a set of themes, colors, and textures that
makes it seem as though all the designers have taken the same class.
Some will get ‘A’s’ as their designs make it to
retail. Others won’t do as well and will have to repeat the
class. Let’s review what they’ve learned.
In March expect to see chunky textures (sweater knits), subtle
tactile surfaces (microfiber suede everywhere, and chenille (still);
a lot of color (keep track of how many names are used for orange
and green); tropics (classic); and Asian influence (not Zen again,
but more about pattern).
Color is all over the place. Nearly everyone finds brown delicious
this market. It goes from cream to coffee to chocolate (both milk
and dark). Greens are very healthy–lime, kiwi, pistachio,
celery, and even avocado (back from the ’70s). From the same
era comes orange. This time around designers have shopped the produce
aisle for oranges as well as peaches, papayas, and pumpkins and
the spice section for paprika and curry. Plus there’s salmon
from the fishmonger.
Brushing up on their geography, designers are happy to share it
with retailers. There’s definitely a section on China, especially
Shanghai. There’s Shanghai Brocade bedding from Hollander
Home Fashions and Elrene’s Shanghai Chic table linens. Other
parts of the world have inspired a real travelogue. Raymond Waites
goes global with his bed ensembles with a visit to India for the
paisley Ashanti, a stop in Africa for Kea, and a holiday in the
Greek isles with Naxos.
Hollander is also traveling. In its Crossroads collection, Marangu’s
primitive motifs and tactile chocolate chenille are out of Africa.
Design Director Fashion Bedding Glenda Heffer has taken a special
interest in Latin America, and it comes out in bedding ensembles
called Ibiza, Siesta Fiesta, Paradise, and Pina Colada.
Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta’s bedding collections
are debuting this market with Oscar, a ‘bridge’ line
from licensee Rose Tree Linens. The ensembles are inspired by his
homes: his Park Avenue apartment, the country estate in Connecticut,
and his beach retreat in his native Dominican Republic.
The Nautica name is now found on blankets and throws by Berkshire
Blanket; solid-color, knit, and flannel sheeting from Zorlu USA;
towels and bath rugs by Welspun USA; and yarns and fabrics by Kaltex
Home. Elrene is also presenting a new collection of Nautica table
linens along with one for Jonathan Adler.
The surf’s up at Revman Industries, which is adding to its
Dean Miller collection with top-of-bed choices. And TerriSol rides
the same wave with its new OP (Ocean Pacific) license for beach
Woolrich, a name synonymous with the outdoor lifestyle, now dresses
the table and works in the kitchen with a collection by Fallani
Eileen West brings her signature floral designs to kitchen textiles,
knit and flannel sheeting, and top of bed by1888 Mills, while Liz
Claiborne is getting organized by licensing Blockwares LLP to produce
a line of home-organizing products.
Innovation is more than a trend; it’s a necessity in today’s
market. True to its name, Sleep Innovations debuts Novaform™
VISIONS, a complete line of bed pillows, mattress toppers, and specialty
pillows combining high-density Memory Foam and Memory Comfort Cushions,
along with other innovations.
The Zone Diet has been a success and United Feather and Down’s
Zone™ Baffled Box Featherbed looks like a winner, too. The
patent-pending construction provides increased lumbar comfort and
Change of Address
Ashford Court has moved to suite 1515 at 295 Fifth Avenue to accommodate
its growing business leaving its previous home in suite 310 available
for Jay Franco and Sons to expand into. Thomasville Home Furnishing
has also expanded its showroom, suite 1619 at 295. The home fashion
resource Westone has made the move from West 38th Street to the
center of the home textile district by taking 4,100-square feet,
suite 1100 at 230 Fifth Avenue. It’s ‘eastward ho!’
for John Matouk & Co. and Sferra Bros. as they move from their
West Side location to 11 East 26th Street, 10th floor.
Even though Kimlor Mills is staying put in its 261 Fifth Avenue
showroom (suite 1512), it is expanding its warehouse facilities
in Orangeburg, SC, adding 80,000-square feet.
Retailers have their homework cut out for them. They won’t
want to be kept back while others graduate with honors–and
A) The Home Collection, Ultrasuede Ruffle, Iridescent Silk
Chiffon Red Stripe, & Orange Bamboo, decorative pillows: Tyed
Thru Thyme, 718-789-7126. B) Curl Matelassé sham:
Columbine Cody, 800-553-5621. C) Karissa decorative pillow:
Evandale, 212-704-2033, jwesilk.com.
D) Trapunto decorative pillow: Newport, 503-283-4895. E)
Durham Stripe & Sabina decorative pillows; Ivory Coast shower
curtain hooks & finials; Versailles bath accessories: India
Ink, 323-589-5471. F) Lowell sham: Matouk, 212-683-9242,
matouk.com. G) Noblesse
bath towel: Revere Mills, 847-647-7070. H) Chef Block &
Avenida kitchen towels; Jacquard &Cocktail Napkins; Almeria
table cloth: Lintex Linens, 212-679-8046. I) Monoca shower
curtain: CHF Industries, 212-951-7800. J) Curved Shower Rod:
Taymor, 800-388-9887, taymor.com.
K) 700 & Checkers bath towels: Espalma by Cobra Trading,
212-213-1850. L) Carnaby decorative pillow: Southern Home
A) Cotton Chenille Jacquard sham: Divatex, 212-252-0802, divatex.com.
B) Lawrence Jacquard, Genoa sham: Lawrence Home Fashions Inc.,
C) Rutledge sham: Hollander Home Fashions Corp., 561-997-6900,
Oriental Wedding sham: Aussino, 212-213-8838, aussino.com.
E) Feathers decorative pillow & throw: Thro, 212-213-8915.
F) Ashanti: Raymond Waites Design, 212-629-7474. G)
Marseille Velvet decorative pillows: Messina and Zucker, 212-889-3750,
H) Sari decorative pillow: Achim, 800-542-2446, achimonline.com.
I) Sheer napkin with Bronze Scroll: Lintex Linens, 212-679-8046.
J) Filigree table runner: The Oxford House Collection, 800-693-1162,
K) Tarakan rug: Brumlow Mills , 800-487-6906. L) Treasure
Chest bath accessories & South Bay decorative pillow: India Ink,
323-589-5471. M) Prive & Midas Touch decorative pillows: Dakotah,
800-325-6834. N) Poinsettia & Berries table runner, Poinsettia
Embroidery potholder, Green Poinsettia, Holiday Greenery , & Tinsel
Town Plaid napkins: Windham Weavers, 203-438-6849.
A) Baja sham: Hedaya Home Fashions, 800-223-1454, hedayahome.com.
B) Dean Miller, Colorful Lei Flower decorative pillow: Revman,
212-278-0300. C) Micro Suede, Paisley & Plaza Suite shams:
Mélange Home, 212-689-2002, melangehome.com.
D) Skip Along baby blankets: Brahms Mount Textiles, 800-545-9347,
Eden sham, Aussino, 212-213-8838. aussino.com.
F) Sarina mini-quilt: Hollander Home Fashions, 561-997-6900,
Jasmine decorative pillow: Whisper Soft Mills, 910-285-4374. H)
Shanghai Chic collection, Cherry Blossom Embroidery placemat &
napkin: Elrene,212-889-6376, elrene.com.
I) Manor, Impressions rug: Lacey Mills, 770-607-8100, laceymills.com.
J) Nicole bath towel ; Checkered Hibiscus beach towel: Karsten
America, 212-448-4229. K) Manchester shower curtain: Town
& Country Living, 732-364-2000. L) Blue Ribbon quilt:
Ashley McBride, 212-779-2976, ashleymcbride.com.
M) South Pacific, Magador beach towel: Döhler USA, 866-787-2921,
dohlerusa.com. N) Bebira
decorative pillow: Evandale, 212-704-2033, jwesilk.com.
A) Dean Miller, Hang Ten sham; Surfboard decorative pillow:
Revman, 212-278-0300. B) Shag, Tiki Bars sham: Divatex, 212-252-0802,
divatex.com. C) Colours
pillowcase & sham: Sheridan Australia, 212-679-5105. D)
Checkered Hibiscus beach towel: TerriSol by Karsten America, 212-448-4229.
E) Gypsy, Matisse kitchen towel: Barth and Dreyfuss: 212-689-7850.
F) Caribe collection, Dansk Caribe Color Block placemat,
napkin, & napkin ring: Bardwil, 212-944-1870. G) Life’s
a Beach wallpaper & border: Blonder Home Accents, 800-321-4070,
Tiki Drinks beach towel: Döhler USA, 866-787-2921, dohlerusa.com.
I) Twister Sunshine Box Button & Cartwheel Scarlet decorative
pillows: Pillow Perfect, 770-926-1122, pillowperfect.com.
A) Rhythmic decorative pillow & sham: Bay Linens, 212-725-2002,
Micro Suede, Plaza Suite & Paisley shams: Mélange, 212-689-2002,
Piqué, Aquamarine sham: Home and Harmony, 828-883-9029, homesourceintl.com.
D) Carnaby decorative pillow: Southern Home Accents, 864-369-7251,
E) Adagio pillowcase: Matouk, 212-683-9242, matouk.com.
F) Aurora decorative pillow: India Ink, 323-589-9321. G)
Origins shower curtain: Creative Bath, 212-889-2666, creativebath.com.
H) Angles bath accessories & shower curtain: Ex-Cell,
800-223-1999. I) Mediterranean, Sateen Mosaic bath towel:
Döhler USA, 866-787-2921, dohlerusa.com. J) Checkers
bath towel: Espalma by Cobra Trading, 212-213-1850. K) Vertigo
& Spot On: 100% Pure, 714-542-1600, custom-comfort.com.
L) Sophire placemats & Jacquard napkin: Lintex Linens,
212-679-8046. M) Touch Me Cube blanket: Aranda,
A) Elk Lodge sham: Kimlor, 803-531-2037. B) Laguna
hamper: Homtomi, 800-654-4069, homtomi.com.
C) Kimberly Poloson Rooster placemat: Anchor Home Products,
800-525-0852. D) Harvest Fruits tablecloth: Windham Weavers,
203-438-6849. F) Lowell, pillowcase: Matouk, 212-683-9242,
matouk.com. F) Madison
blanket: Columbine Cody, 800-553-5621. G) Texana & Vintage
Golf rugs: Brumlow Mills, 800-487-6906. H) Grand Cayman wallpaper
& border, Blonder Home Accents, 800-321-4070, blonderhome.com.
I) KitchenAid kitchen textiles: Town & Country, 212-889-7911.
J) Bon Vin Bonne tablecloth: Karsten America, 212-448-4229.
K) Four Seasons bath towel: Espalma by Cobra Trading , 212-213-1850.
L) Kismet: Raymond Waites Design, 212-629-7474. M) Allen
James Robinson Tarpon & Brown Trout decorative pillows: Burney
Products Corp., 718-821-9200. N) Joseph Abboud
Sandrift sham: Divatex, 212-252-0802, divatex.com.
A) Checkers, 700 brown, 700 olive, and Orchid bath towels;
Reversible Rug: Espalma by Cobra Trading, 212-213-1850. B)
Laguna bath console table: Homtomi, 800-654-4069, homtomi.com.
C) Joo Cee Fruit kitchen towel: Lintex Linens, 212-679-8046.
D) Paradise sham: Hollander Home Fashions, 561-997-6900,
Twill, Chocolate sham: Home and Harmony, 828-883-9029, homesourceintl.com.
F) Kokomo sham: Melrose Home Collections, 213-748-7444, melrosehome.com.
G) Mia decorative pillows & jumbo neckroll: Southern
I) Trade Winds wallpaper & border: Blonder Home Accents,
J) Tropical Stripe tablecloth & placemat: Home Wear,
K) Alicia sham & boudoir pillow: Bay Linens , 212-725-2002,
Brocade bath accessories: India Ink, 323-589-5471.