Translating classic design into beautifully modern housewares is Thomas Paul’s stock-in-trade. The New York City native came to home goods through fashion, appropriating the patterns he designed for neckties for a silkscreened line of throw pillows. Today, the Thomas Paul aesthetic includes stylized flora, fauna, chinoiserie, damask and toile prints, as well as gothic and Grecian silhouettes. In his hands, they grace everything from melamine platters and porcelain dessert plates to large-scale rugs and fine art pieces.
We've gone through our coffers and picked some hidden gems in a huge range of categories — from furniture to accessories — to serve as a little design inspiration for 2012. Now's your chance to pick these items up at wallet-friendly prices.
Flora, fauna, and the occasional classic damask pattern are among the motifs decorating these colorful linen throw pillows by Paul, a former fashion designer. Each is silk-screened and hand-sewn, and comes with a feather-and-down insert. Don’t miss the tote bags either, with similarly naturalistic designs
Cheery colors, buoyant patterns, and durable materials make these decor and accessory items perfect for personalizing a dorm room. But their appealing quality and sharp looks render them equally suitable for a well-appointed living room. Karma Living’s cable-woven tribal stools and embroidered throw cushions are instant space definers, as are Rhadi’s versatile indoor-outdoor floor mats. And don’t miss Tommy Hilfiger’s sheets (in hard-to-find extra-long size).
Decorative pillows are a quick fix, kind of like lipstick: affordable and easy to apply, they perk things right up. Accentuate your sofa, highlight your curtains, or transform your bed with this selection of brightly colored, highly patterned, or craftily textured pillows and bolsters — all at deep discounts.