Who Made That?

A great, brief history of the butterfly chair — a classic design for more than 50 years.  From the Sunday NY Times magazine.  Written by By HILARY GREENBAUM and DANA RUBINSTEIN.  Read their piece here.  I personally love the chair because its a fun shape, lots of color choices and is so transitional – for both indoors and out.

From The Brick House

Rachel Smith, Photographer

Canadian House and Home, Stacey Brandford

from Apartment Therapy

Trundle Beds

While the words “trundle bed” may not conjure up images of sophisticated glamour, believe it or not there are some really well designed frames out there now, if you know where to look.  Generally considered to be either a practical solution for saving space or an investment in better sleep-overs for your kids, the bulky, unattractive trundle bed of yesterday is no longer the only answer.

At Marks & Frantz, the majority of our clients have children so we have been combing through all our sources to find creative ways to design children’s rooms that are great looking, have tons of storage for all the toys and clothes and are comfortable and inspiring for its young occupants.  It is very important to me that the design of a child’s room is as considered as the design of the rest of the home.

Here are some of the trundles that I love.  I am currently looking for one for my son’s room… There are so many cute ideas here that I may end up taking details from several and designing a custom one for myself!  Does anyone have other sources for these that you would like to share?  We would love to add them to our library!

The Duetto by Flou

The Duetto by Flou is great Italian design.  I love the thin upholstered headboard and footboard.  The shape makes it easy to push it up against the wall like a daybed.  The bottom bed pops up and makes a king size bed.

Presidio Day Bed with Trundle

The Presidio Trundle bed from Serena and Lily is similar in shape to the bed by Flou but slightly looser in its tailoring.  Its clean lines are accented with a contrast stripe at the bottom.  The slipcover comes in white or cream and there are a wide variety of colors to pick from for the stripe detail.

Argington Ayres Bed

This bed is modern, simple and minimal.  It is made with sustainable materials and low VOC birch plywood and finishes.  It is available in 3 finishes – I think it would be cute to do a the bed and trundle in two different colors.  Maybe the bed in the dark walnut finish and the trundle in the white?

Sparrow Bed by Oeuf

Another great design – the Sparrow bed by Oeuf is a modern take on the sleigh bed.  Oeuf is commited to being “green” so all finishes are non-toxic and water based.  There are two colors to choose from.  This is a design that will work as your child grows – you may need to repaint or change the artwork in the room – but the bed will have longevity!

Duet Bed by Nurseryworks


The Duet Bed by Nurseryworks is available in all kinds of configurations which can help when you are trying to do a lot with a small space.  There is a cabinet with a door at the end of the bed for storage.  A nice, contemporary choice for a younger child.

Alex Bed by Duc Duc


The Alex Bed by Duc Duc is entirely customizable.  You can pick either a rectangular or oval headboard and whatever finish color or fabric you like.  It is made of sustainably harvested woods.  The chunky scale of the base helps to keep the trundle drawers in nice proportion to the whole.  It looks so great without linens that you will have a hard time covering it up!



Backstage on Broadway: On a Clear Day

Kerry O’Malley, one of the leads in the Broadway revival of On a Clear Day, invited the the Marks & Frantz team to decorate her dressing room backstage at the St. James Theater.

Kerry O'Mally and Harry Connick, Jr. on opening night

We wanted to make her space comfortable yet glamorous.   In a space this small, the design must be well conceived and the color palette for the furniture, fabrics and wall color must be very tightly coordinated.  There is not a lot of room to make big statements.   Another important element of the design that we had to address was the necessity of making our decoration “temporary”.  We really wanted to introduce great color and pattern onto the largest wall of the dressing room.  Enter Tempaper Designs and Edie, their bronze toned wallpaper.


Tempaper Designs makes temporary and repositionable wallpaper.  Their printing process incorporates the traditional technique of gravure or intaglio copper plate engraving with state of the art materials to bring a classic look and feel to the finished product. Among my favorite patterns that they produce are elegant Art Nouveau patterns, cute herringbones in great color ways and a really sweet line for children. Here are a few more of their designs.  Check out their website to see more.



Jennifer Ward in Time Out Kids

Our good friend Jennifer Ward has a great business doing what she loves! She designs spaces for children and is featured is this month’s Time Out for Kids.


Adorable kids’ rooms! Take a look at Lil Sugar’s feature…lots and lots of pink

Lil Exclusive! Sleep Like SATC’s Lily and Rose Goldenblatt

– lilsugar.com, May 2010

“Space is limited in New York even for the Sex and the City kids! Charlotte’s daughters Lily and Rose Goldenblatt have to bunk up in the latest film, but close quarters encourage lots of sisterly bonding! We loved Lily’s pink lair (pictured above) in the first movie and recently chatted with Lydia Marks, the SATC set decorator, about her thoughts on the new shared space.

BabySugar: Two years have passed since the first film, how did the room evolve?

Lydia Marks: The two girls [now] share a bedroom, so they had to have a new room in this film. We had to fit two twin beds into the room and then set dressing and character dressing for both ages of girls. We had the liberty, because of the time change, to change the decoration. We also had the liberty because [Rose] moved into a baby bed in the same room as her sister.

BabySugar: What was the inspiration for Lily and Rose’s room, and what did you use to try to achieve it?

Lydia Marks: We needed the room to be very bright in color and filled with personality . . . because the bathroom was very white. We wanted to mix the really modern pieces with the really classic pieces, sort of like Charlotte did in the rest of her apartment. So we used beautiful bed linens, very traditional bed linens, and then Vitra bookshelves across from the bed that had different color Plexiglas doors on it, so it was really modern. So we tried to do a lot of that kind of mixing, that was one of our goals.

BabySugar: How did you include the girls’ diverse backgrounds in the room?

Lydia Marks: In the first movie we had a whole doll collection. We wanted this collection to be an attempt for Charlotte to educate her daughter about all different ethnicities and being inclusive. So we continued that theme in this room. On the Vitra shelves there was a huge mix of fabulous objects and stuffed animals from all different places, different ethnicity dolls, and little sculptural toys. So we did it mostly with dolls and also with the wallpaper. [It] had a little bit of an Asian theme to it — a paper lantern border.”

Link: Adorable kids’ rooms! Take a look at Lil Sugar’s feature…lots and lots of pink

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