Painted Floors

House Beautiful had a feature in their latest issue featuring painted floors and the designers and artisans responsible for them. As I delved deeper in the stories and started poking around the internet, I came across a whole range of craftsmen who work in the industry for some of the super–star designers. Their websites show this huge breadth of varied work that was truly mind-blowing, but more on them later once I have a chance to work with them and explore their studios.

This article did inspire Lydia and I to consider painting the floor in a client’s foyer for a project we have in progress in Manhattan. The beige limestone floor came with the apartment purchased by our clients and was the only thing we left untouched in this foyer. It was relatively new and in pristine condition, so it seemed best to work with it, but our wheels are turning and you may see a big surprise when we actually shoot the finished foyer!

This is a "foyer in progress" by Marks & Frantz in NYC, stay tuned for the after shots!

This is a “foyer in progress” by Marks & Frantz in NYC, stay tuned for the after shots!


Miles Redd designed foyer

Miles Redd designed foyer

Jeffrey Bilhuber






Hello 2014….Lisa and Lydia are back!

After a year-long break from blogging (and pinning, and face booking and tweeting), Lydia and I are back with a vengeance! After a completely insane year at Marks & Frantz (insane in the best way) we are back on the social media vortex and we are blogging, pinning and tweeting our hearts out as we have so much to share from our year of abstinence! Our goal this year is not to just post about things we love, but also to  share lots of project-in-progress, before-and-afters and tons of detail info about all the custom  work that we are doing with our beloved workrooms and artisans on behalf of our clients.

And since we are currently in the middle of a polar vortex in NYC, what better post to start the year off with than my home away from home…..Aspen! My beloved Frantz family home is sorely in need of a makeover, it’s been 20 years and it’s starting to look a little shabby! When we bought the place in 1995, the town was still rocking the antler chandeliers and rock face fireplaces, but times have changed out west.  Inspired by Vogue’s images of Aerin Lauder’s Aspen home and Schumacher’s Luxe Lodge collection of woven fabrics, I’ve decided that this is the year to revive that house….at least on paper, a girl can dream, right?



The living room needs some serious 21st century updating!

The living room needs some serious 21st century updating!


The interiors needs to catch up with the killer view

The interiors needs to catch up with the killer view


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Marks & Frantz featured in Luxe Magazine

We are very excited to have our latest project featured in this season’s New York Luxe Magazine! The article features our renovation of a 1920’s Tudor home in Greenwich Connecticut. The story was written by Cathy Whitlock and features photographs by Michael Partenio.


Trade secrets! From Set Decoration to Interior Design

Please join us tomorrow at the D&D for a talk:  “From Set and Screen to Living Room: The Set Decorator and the Interior Designer.”  I will be on a panel discussion with Cathy Whitlock,  film historian, designer Marshall Watson (his line at Lewis Mittman has graced the sets of the new Katie Couric show). and Ann Maine, editor in chief of Traditional Home, will be the moderator.  For more information and the address, click here.


City Modern: A Celebration of New York Design

We are really excited to be a part of the “CITY MODERN” STUDIO TOUR / OCTOBER 2 with Hellman Chang.  We will be at their open studio with them tomorrow from 2:30 to 4:30 to talk decorating trends and obsessions and how to make your own home look glamorous and new again.

In collaboration with Dwell and New York Magazine, Hellman-Chang is opening the doors to their Brooklyn studio and offering unprecedented access to visitors.  Take a peek at the designers in their natural habitat, learn more about the creative process and even try your hand at woodworking.

Come enjoy some nibbles and wine and check out the gorgeous Hellman Chang collection.  We look forward to seeing you!


Design*Sponge Interview

Yesterday I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge.  We talked about set decoration, interior design , and of course, wallpaper!

The radio station, Heritage Radio, where we did the interview was really great – in the back of the super popular Brooklyn restaurant Roberta’s Pizza.  Check out Heritage Radio’s great programming here.   I hope you enjoy the interview!!


Art & Science

There is a bridge between science and art and it is Ernst Haeckel.  Haeckel sketched and painted watercolors of various organisms such as sea anemones, jellyfish, and cnidaria.  If you are like me and know your favorite periods of furniture better than your marine life, here is the definition of cnidaria!  And here are some of his amazing works.

He selected the subjects for his work based on organization, from the scale patterns of boxfishes to the spirals of ammonites to the perfect symmetries of jellies and microorganisms.  I particularly like this one – the tentacles reminded him of his late wife’s long flowing hair!

And a few more.  Enjoy.

Array Magazine

Array Magazine Features Marks & Frantz

We are very excited to have been interviewed for Array Magazine’s Summer issue!  The article features our work at The Top of the Strand, several private residences, and a show house.  The interview highlights our background in print and film design and discusses how we approach our projects.  The story starts on page 16!

Array Magazine


Amy Helfand rugs

We were wowed (as usual) by our friend Amy Helfand’s beautiful hand-knotted, hand-carded, hand-spun and pot-dyed rugs at her ICFF booth and yesterday, the NY Times wrote a feature on Amy and “Her Natural World.” Check out the article here!





Toward Chi Wong




and for more information on Amy’s rugs and her beautiful artwork, take a look at her website,


Summer of 2012 and Marks & Frantz is enjoying good company

Past issues of Array Magazine have featured some pretty fabulous figures in the world of interior design: New York’s current reigning queen of color; Ghislaine Vinas;  Mad Men’s Bryan Batt;  design world luminary, the architect David Rockwell and founding editor of Domino Magazine; Deborah Needleman…just to name a few. And guess who’s going to grace the pages of Summer 2012? Stay tuned!

David Rockwell


Deborah Needleman


Ghislaine Vinas


Mad Men's Bryan Batt

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