Style Court

Nine Years of Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes


Lulu de Kwiatkowski

At the moment I'm counting the days until the release of textile designer Lulu de Kwiatkowski's new book. Previously titled Notebook: The Trail Of Inspiration, apparently now it will be titled simply The Notebook. Amazon says the lavishly illustrated book will be available June 1, but we all know how these publication dates are subject to change.

Essentially Lulu's book is expected to show where her inspiration comes from, using photos, collage, design samples, and memoir. No doubt we will see how her fresh graphic designs are informed by her travels to India, Morocco, Paris and other international destinations, as well as by her love for the sea. If anyone has seen the book in print yet, let me know! highlights Lulu's entire fabric and wallpaper collection, as well as baby bedding.


Orange Louis from Pieces

An amazing Saturday shopping find from Pieces in Atlanta. The back of this chair is upholstered in white leather. So crisp. For more on the very cool shop Pieces, see my May archives.



According to design historians, the term "tablescapes" was coined by legendary decorator David Hicks--not the Food Network's Sandra Lee. Hicks paid special attention to the arrangement of decorative objects on side tables, coffee tables, mantles etc. For design junkies, I think editing tablescapes is a great alternative to completely doing over a whole room. But more than that, I think tablescapes are usually where the character of a room--the soul to be a bit dramatic--comes across because personal objects are often used. Tablescapes in front of mirrors are double the pleasure, with all the extra shimmer and light. I enjoy experimenting with my bedside table/dressing table, and one of my inspirations is a dressing table done by the designers Samperton Hackathorn --shown in the photo above with the gorgeous wallpaper. Also the book Island Life by David Hicks' daughter, India Hicks, is filled with interesting tablescapes and artful bookshelf arrangements


John Robshaw

I'm a huge fan of John Robshaw textiles. Did anyone else catch him a few years ago on Martha Stewart's show demonstrating block printing?

His new Pondicherry collection of bed and table linens, with a geometric pattern that seems inspired by Indian or Mid-East architecture, is my favorite of the spring offerings. In addition to its pattern, I'm so drawn to the turquoise, white and rust. The pillows and men's ties represent a fresh new direction with color and delicate lines. Can you see one of those whimsical ties at a beach wedding? I love how the stylist set them against the dark intricately carved screen.

Sometimes Horchow or Neiman Marcus online has a few Robshaw table linens and a bit of the bedding, and there are some boutiques in Atlanta that carry his things, but it would be nice to find more online options.


Tory Burch

These Tory Burch cuffs are fashion--not really house and garden--but the ikat prints the cuffs are composed of sure do remind me of chic textiles used in interior design. And speaking of interiors, Tory Burch stores have such strong design. Deep rich colors combined with reflective and lacquered surfaces give them a modern glamour that is so different from the usual minimal white boutique backdrop. Architect Daniel Romualdez designed the orange-lacquered doors, and works with Burch on the boutiques as well as her own residences. At the moment the cuffs are on sale. Visit Tory's site to see more of her Moroccan inspired designs.

Kate Spade's Gracious Papers

Kate Spade never seems to hit a wrong note. So refined but always fresh. These classic yellow rose invitations are so 1960s garden party and just entice you to throw a little May get together. For me, it's the gold and white stripe envelope lining that makes them. The placecards are quite clever with a different adjective on one side of each: witty, quiet, coy, spacey, flirtatious, talkative, cunning, bachelor. The most chic item may be the green invitations that read simply: Big Card, Small Party. Perfect when you want to set the tone for an intimate party.


Fresh Sommers Vibe in Coastal Living

This crisp beach cabana was done up by designer Ruthie Sommers. Some of you may remember Ruthie from the cover of Domino Magazine's first issue. This month, her Palm Beachesque cabana is on Coastal Living's cover, and I am loving the old school use of symmetry and balance. In particular I like the pair of white lounge chairs flanking the large white Chippendale-style mirror. Reflected in that elegant mirror is a big, perfectly centered turquoise urn which is overflowing with white roses and positioned on top of a glossy white ceramic garden stool. That groovy white pineapple chandelier is also centered so nicely between the curtains. It seems the abundance of fresh white really works with the cheerfully bold stripe and print mix. Doesn't this put you in a happy, looking-forward-to-summer mood?

The actual cabana structure was designed by architect Tony Gwilliam, who now sells the pavilion in a kit. To order visit, or call 805-646-7355.

Photo Credits Lisa Romerein

Bold Florals

Browsing through the past two issues of Domino, deciding which pages to tear and file, I've been thinking "I'm so glad bold glad patterns are back!" And speaking of patterns---large scale patterns to be exact---some readers have emailed about the bench I recovered with the bold Brunschwig pattern that resembles a Suzani. Many, many thanks for your comments! Here are some more views of the piece. All the details on where I found the fabric are included in the "Brunschwig Dzhambul" post, below or under May archives. Yes, in one of the pics you can see my dreaded computer wires making me look antiquated. Still have not gone completely wireless.

In both the April and May Domino issues there were some gorgeous shots of peonies, so I couldn't resist adding photos of the lush peonies I found today at Whole Foods. The latest Whole Foods to open in Atlanta has such an amazing selection of Martha-worthy flowers and the prices are just as stunning--a fraction of typical retail florists' prices. Do all Whole Foods across the country have such great flower markets?

Saturday Shopping Suggestion: Interiors Market

Walking into Interiors Market in Atlanta feels a bit like you have stumbled onto the estate of some great fashionable collector with a lifetime of possessions being assembled for the auction house. While many of the pieces are quite grand, the atmosphere is completely relaxed. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable but they leave you alone to browse through the stalls at your own pace.

Whether you love true antiques, seek some glam mid-century modern items, or simply hope to find an unusual lamp to add punch to your contemporary living room, Interiors Market is worth a trip. The prices vary roughly from $75 to over $10,000. I think it is fair to say items under $150 are less abundant, but I've been amazed by a few wonderful original drawings and paintings I've spotted under $200. More art is available in the $300-$400 range. As you are hunting, you may find vintage decorating books, leather trunks, shells, old silver trophies and peacock feathers, in addition to the furniture, mirrors and lighting. There is a cute on-site cafe too.

The website,, does not really do the place justice. In Atlanta, Interiors Market is located at 55 Bennett St. The phone number is 404-352-0055. There are also locations in Birmingham, Alabama and Jackson, Mississippi.


Chapman Radcliff on 1stdibs

Earlier I posted about my passion for Chinoiserie and red painted finishes, so it is no surprise that this lantern jumped out at me as I browsed the new inventory of dealer Ruthie Sommers, the designer behind Chapman Radcliff over on I just love the combination of the turquoise and red. Is anyone else out there reminded of Tony Duquette? If this lantern appeals to you, you may find quite a few fab fantasy pieces for your wish list among the Chapman Radcliff inventory.

Samperton's Red Lacquer Chairs

I'm a big fan of the design team Schuyler Samperton and Anna Hackathorn and for about three years now I've saved the pictures above (Samperton's living room as seen in Elle Decor, November 2003) for inspiration. The lacquered red chairs are among my favorite pieces in the room. I adore Chinoiserie and red lacquer. So, I was excited when recently I discovered similar chairs at Mecox Gardens (see pic above of single chair). If you like this style, you most likely will enjoy visiting Mecox as there are many great pieces of antique and repro furniture, gorgeous mirrors, lighting and accessories to see.

Photos by Grey Crawford

Chic Pieces

Pieces is a very stylish store in Atlanta loaded with interesting finds. The furniture is vintage turned crisp with fresh upholstery and often a fresh coat of paint. If you admire Kelly Wearstler's designs or the work of Ruthie Sommers of Chapman Radcliff in L.A., I think you will dig Pieces. But having said that, Pieces' furnishings and accessories could fit quite a wide range of interior styles. Personally, I love the pillows and lighting. For those who opt to dress their pets, the dog accessories are a scream. Check-out the summer tunics pictured above! If you are in the area, the shop is located at 3234-A Roswell Road. Otherwise, the website is comprehensive--loads of inspiration.

Sylvie's Style

Isn't this room lovely? Look at the luscious mix of colors and delicate lines. It's the work of Sylvie of You can see an array of her pretty pictures on her blog, which is also fascinating to read, or check out more photos over at design sponge. Today Grace featured Sylvie's room makeover:

Brunschwig & Fils' Dzhambul

This colorful linen and cotton Brunschwig & Fils' print first caught my eye last year as I flipped through Domino's premiere issue. To me, the bold pattern seemed part Uzbekistan/Mid-East exotic and part Sister Parish East Coast trad. And I definitely fell in love with the punchy mix of aqua, orange and raspberry.

Domino used the print on a small pouf. Soon after, I saw the fabric used full-on to cover a sofa in a room done by chic designer Anne Coyle. I held on to my magazine tear sheets and began scouring the Web for a remnant to use on a bench. No luck on eBay, but I found Dzhambul at Fabrics and Home. The customer service is excellent.