Style inspiration from chic interior designers, artists, merchandisers, fashion designers, bloggers, and other influential tastemakers.
When innovative interior design firm Decorist made over Erica Chan’s bedroom (the influential blogger behind HonestlyWTF), they enlisted celebrity San Francisco-based designer Will Wick. Here’s what they have to share about creating the gallery wall above her dresser which includes our Cameroonian Juju Hat II: “As we were conceptualizing the gallery wall, we knew we wanted something with texture and dimension to complement Erica’s more linear framed pieces. During the design process, it became clear that Erica’s style has a global edge. And because she’s a blogger, we had a hunch that she would appreciate a good story more than most. Given that, St. Frank was an obvious go-to. St. Frank had been on both of our radars since it launched because of its compelling social mission, commitment to craftsmanship, and, of course, its stunning textiles… all with a rich story to share. We have seen many a juju hat, but nothing quite like the one we sourced on St. Frank. The feathers are the most beautiful combination of rich browns and white. When we spotted it on the St. Frank website, there was no deliberation – we knew we had found our piece!”
When Orange County-based interior design firm Owens + Davis transformed the Silicon Valley home of a California fashion designer, it was received with great fanfare. Home makeover features in numerous blogs and publications including Domaine praised the mix of ethnic, vintage, and fashion-inspired pieces. To our great delight, the living area centerpiece consisted of side-by-side St. Frank Biddew Noir – Statement pieces. We caught up with Becki Owens to learn more about her approach to designing the space and selecting our work for the walls: “For this living room, I was looking for artwork that added to the curated and global-inspired elements in the space. This amazing woven textile offered an ethnic vibe with a modern edge. It was the perfect fit for the mix of this modern eclectic design.”
This time of year, I love nothing more than putting to work all of the tart-sweet gems of summer, aka stone fruits. I put cherries, plums, apricots, peaches, and any other ripe fruit into as many dishes as I can before fall sets in. And because I also like to keep my entertaining routine as low key as possible, I can’t help but love a crisp, one of the dishes that best epitomizes relaxed summer entertaining and showcases the peak of stone fruit season.
I keep my crisps simple, leveraging our Miss Jones Organic Vanilla Cake Mix, butter, milk, fruit, and one cast iron skillet. It only takes these five items (well, 6 if you include the “optional” ice cream) and 30 minutes before you are in absolute tart-sweet bliss.
Beyond keeping my desserts fresh and seasonal in the summer, I also like to keep my table fresh and interesting. I love St. Frank’s Blue Otomi Tablecloth for its versatility in setting and style. A smart choice for a fiesta, shower, or outdoor party, it is equally at home in a more rustic setting. Paired with wildflowers, wood elements, and a little cast iron, it takes our Summertime Crisp from everyday to elevated and elegant.
Miss Jones Summertime Crisp
1 box Miss Jones Organic Vanilla Cake Mix
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup milk
4-5 cups your choice of seasonal fruits (I used peaches and raspberries here)
Optional: Vanilla ice cream
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a cast-iron skillet or 9×9″ glass baking pan. Place fruit in the pan and toss with 1/4 cup Miss Jones Organic Vanilla Cake Mix. Pour remaining cake mix over the fruit and lightly pat into an even flat layer. Mix together melted butter and milk, and slowly pour over the top of the crisp. Use a spatula or small whisk to gently mix together butter and milk mixture with the dry mix until you have a nice lumpy topping. It’s okay if you have some unincorporated mix leftover – the juice of the fruit should help incorporate it later. Bake for 25-35 minutes, checking halfway through to gently stir cake mix if any has not yet been absorbed. Cool completely before serving and topping with ice cream
St. Frank fits wonderfully into the interiors we design for our clients. We are passionate about incorporating art into our projects, and love the dimension, texture, and unique story that each St. Frank textile brings into the mix. Collaborating with St. Frank is a perfect fit for Anyon because supporting and showcasing artisans is integral to our design studio and practice.
We recently used Aboubakar Fofana’s textile in our client’s guest cottage. We love how the organic and slightly geometric indigo motif plays off the graphic painted floor. The contemporary patterns in the room are softened by the St. Frank piece, paired here with Rebecca Atwood’s Shibori print pillow.
Taking advantage of the double height ceiling in the front room, The Boerum features an expansive art wall that rises almost 20 feet high. We were excited to include a selection of St. Frank pieces, which add an elegant tactile quality alongside a selection of paintings and illustrations from the artist Wayne Pate. The success of the wall as an assemblage of work is benefitted by the St. Frank pieces which bring a level of sophistication to our store, striking the right balance of wit, eclecticism, and originality.
I chose St. Frank’s Baby Alpaca Throw in Citron for my room at the 2014 Traditional Home Napa Valley Showhouse. Housed in the historic cheese barn on property, the master bedroom and boudoir were appointed with a certain philosophy; beauty, comfort and nature are essential in life. The suite was imagined as a boutique guest house in wine country – the bedroom retreat evokes the feeling of the French countryside with exposed rock and plastered walls. Romantic linens frame the bed reminiscent of cheese cloth; an homage to the history of this room in which cheese and butter were made and stored for the area during the war. The ceiling’s metallic detail creates a reflective glow to the suite. The fern motif plaster walls of the boudoir enhance the beauty and nature steps away from the charming cheese barn. St. Frank’s Baby Alpaca throw is the ultimate luxury and jolt of interest with that fabulous citrus green that the calm and soothing bedroom needed. The hand feel is simply spectacular.
Shopping for art and accessories is one of my favorite things. It is a wonderful layer in the design process that creates true personality. I love collaborating with clients to collect pieces that are exciting, foster conversation and lend to a home that truly reflects who they are. The Silk Tree of Life Suzani is not only gorgeous, it also has a rich history behind it. I love that the piece is old, but the coloration feels fresh and can relate to any modern interior.
At Anyon Atelier we curate our collection with pieces that have personality and tell a story. Some of my favorites right now include these gorgeous trays made from vintage antique book covers by Brian Gennett, an artist in LA, luxurious throws from a family’s baby alpaca farm in upstate New York, hand-carved lamps made of natural materials by master artisans in Argentina, and this amazing hot pink and brass shagreen box.
Rumi has very sophisticated, paired back personal style. She loves elegant lines, beautiful fabrics, and a minimalist approach to color. This is why I knew she’d love St. Frank’s Biddew Noir – Sublime in a lucite Shadowbox frame. It’s a beautiful graphic design and its large scale and minimalist framing give it the same type of sophistication Rumi shows in the clothing she wears and the beautiful photography she showcases on her blog.
I wanted to keep the dining room feeling calm and relaxing, so I chose to bring in color through a succulent arrangement on the table. The rest of the room is a collection of earth tones and natural materials that give the space a sense of visual interest without taking away from the mellow vibes of the space.
Because the color is so paired back in the room, it was really important to bring in some pattern. This is why I love the St. Frank textile art piece we chose. It gives the room some wonderful movement and energy, but feels right at home in the calm mood of the room.
There is nothing Mi Golondrina admires more than a beautiful hand embroidered textile that celebrates Mexico’s rich traditions. This blue Tenango piece is the perfect complement to any bedroom and the detail pairs well with a lot of different styles. Here is a sneak peek of Mi Golondrina’s new decorative bedding collection – launching in November – that goes beautifully with St. Frank’s Blue Tenango textile.
At SWAYSTUDIO, we strive to create timeless spaces using pieces that can transition easily from one phase of life to the next. We love St. Frank pieces because they are versatile and relatable. In any space, they add color, texture, and a worldly layer.
We especially love the Infant Ikat Robe collection paired with other textiles or wall art. So many of our clients are or about to be new parents. This ageless keepsake works in every scenario: in a guest room, turned nursery, or a in a bedroom once again.