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A Fresh Take On Jacobean Florals

A Fresh Take On Jacobean Florals

Lulu DK for Matouk Marsalis floral (right) pairs well with our Lorelei (top left) and Butterfield (bottom left) sheets.

One of our favorite new bedding patterns that we introduced this spring is Marsalis, a pretty floral designed by Lulu DK that’s perfect for summer. It works just about anywhere—in the guest room, a girl’s room, or your own bedroom. Whereas the florals Lulu designed for last year’s collection were inspired by the Italian Riviera, Marsalis is based on a classic Jacobean floral.

Jacobean florals, done primarily in embroidery, flourished in the first quarter of the 17th century England during the reign of King James I. The term is used today to describe a floral pattern done with fanciful, scrolling vine-like plants.

Lulu’s Marsalis, with its coral, nectar, and lagoon-colored flowers falling across a crisp white background, is a fresh take on this type of design that she based on a painting she did about ten years ago. The painting was inspired by an antique textile embroidery she saw at a gallery in Manhattan. It’s a loose interpretation, since she worked from the memory in her head. She says, “It may not even be that similar!” She had come across the painting in her studio around the time Matouk asked for a new multi-color floral on a white background, so she reworked it. “I freshened the original design for Matouk, and made it spicier.”

The scrolling nature of the design lends itself well to Lulu’s process. She explains, “I draw my designs on the raw cloth, so they kind of follows the creases. I let the pattern happen organically.” Matouk’s designer, Annie Graham adds, “Although the sheets are flat-printed, the hand of the artist is still evident.”

As for how to style Marsalis, which has lovely scalloped edges (a favorite feature of Lulu's), Graham says, “If you’re a fan of mixing prints, our Clementine pattern in Lagoon works well, but lately we prefer combining Lulu DK prints with crisp white sheeting edged with a pop of color.” Our favorite sheet pairings for Marsalis are Butterfield in Coral or Jade and Lorelei in Coral or Lagoon. If you’d like to add a matalessé coverlet, Lugano in Lagoon is perfect. On the palette Graham says, “Lagoon is a color we really believe in. We saw a resurgence of popularity of corals and nectar, which is the peachy color we introduced last season.


Left: Bedroom by Robin Pelissier. Right: Bedroom by Jenn Feldman Designs.

While classic Jacobean floral patterns have a strong English country feel, with a lot of burgundy, navy, and gold coloring, they don’t have to be traditional. Graham says, “Marsalis has a completely different vibe thanks to the clear, vibrant colors and because of Lulu's unique hand in the motifs.” She adds, “Marsalis is a strong, modern print that winks elegantly at tradition.”

Above, interior designers Robin Pelissier (left) and Jenn Feldman (right) incorporate similarly fresh hued, Jacobean-inspired florals in playful, white bedrooms


Left: Bedroom design by Carrier and Company. Right: Photo by Courtney Apple Photography.

Philadelphia-based interior designer Mona Ross Berman used a Jacobean style floral on the headboard, bed skirt and valance in this master bedroom (above right). She says, “I love using traditional patterns that have a slightly fresh feeling. In this case the liveliness and beauty of the color relationships and the scale of the design made it feel classic and chic rather than dowdy, which sometimes can happen with traditional patterns.”

For more floral decor peruse our Floral Patterns & Prints board on Pinterest.