Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Brights For Your World: Roberta Roller Rabbit

Roberta Roller Rabbit Store, NYC.

With the clear weather and warm sunshine abounding here in So Cal, we've starting doing one of the things I look forward to each spring - eating lunches and dinners in our backyard. This weekend I went to grab one of my favorite tablecloths - a pink and orange floral patterned one from Roberta Roller Rabbit and it made me smile. It was a housewarming gift from my sister who has impeccable taste (a former editor at Elle Decor and Domino) and since she introduced me to this wonderful company, I almost always use some piece of RRR when I entertain family and friends.

Amanda Round Tablecloth, $85, 

Founded in 2003 by Roberta Freyman, the name comes from a fable she found on some fabric discarded in a basement in India. She was inspired to bring the fairytale of Robert Roller Rabbit to life through her gloriously colorful patterns and prints. Every year, Roberta spends more than 3 months traveling to 20+ countries (she speaks 5 languages) where she designs and manufactures her goods with artisans all over the world.  Sometimes referred to as "Queen of the Kurta," (pronounced k-er-ta and referring to a simple traditional Indian tunic made of 100% cotton voile), RRR includes everything from clothing to linens, pillows to children's accessories.  

Living room of former Domino Editor Sara Ruffin Costello with Roberta Roller Rabbit drapes.  

Nicola Dress in Navy/Teal, $125,

All of the products are printed using the hand-block printing method prevalent in India, in which the paint is applied to the fabric using handmade woodblocks or irons. The fabric is then laid in the sun to dry. Each piece is made by hand, giving it a unique and special quality and exemplifying true craftsmanship and artistry. The vibrant colors in her fabrics and bohemian chic thread that runs through everything in her collection makes me feel like I'm on vacation, even when I'm eating PB & J with my 2 year-old in our backyard.

Clockwise From Top Left: Fantasia Pillow, 22'' square, $55; Amanda Napkin in Turquoise, $8; Jemina Scarf in Red, $45;  Babar Twin Duvet Cover, $140; Big Cata Placemat in Brown, $12, all available at

Although she has an extensive online store, you can also visit the brick and mortar Roberta Roller Rabbit locations in New York (5 outposts), Miami, Santa Monica, and the newest location opening soon in Newport Beach (close to my house!!)
Elsa Pillow in Navy, $40 for 18'' square (other sizes available), $40, 

Multi-strand Beaded Necklace, $65, 

White Cut Out Curtain, $125 per panel, 

I just ordered these hats for my daughter. I only wish they came in adult sizes too! 

Cleo kids beach hat, $35, 


Lovely Struck said...

What fun patterns! Makes me even more excited for summery colors! That dress is to die for.

tina said...

Wow at a lot of things.

She travels each year for 3 months to over 20 countries? That's dedication to your craft..

The table cloth and cushions are stunning and I'm so jealous you can eat out while it's cold, wet and damp over here.... good on you guys. Enjoy!!

Thank you for introducing me to this and how great they're going to open up not far from you.

Anonymous said...

love all the prints and pattern of it all! so great for outdoor dinners. Teri

Anonymous said...

love all the prints and pattern of it all! so great for outdoor dinners. Teri

Rod and Alex - aka: "Rolex" said...

Wow! These are certainly fabulous prints!!! It would be fun to throw a few of these items around my house...just for the "pop"!! :)

California Chic said...

@lovelystruck - isn't it! I've got my eye on it for summer!

@tina - I think she is a true traveler and the products are just so beautiful. So sorry its rainy over there - here's to hoping for some sunshine for your weekend!

@Teri - i know you love eating outdoors too :)

@SewMuchToSay - thank you for stopping by! I agree that pops of color are just what every house needs!

Theresa said...

OH, the patterns are all so beautiful. I dream of replacing all the drapes in this house with something like the ones you picture above. Eating outdoors as the weather gets warmer sounds like a great plan. Making that happen.

annie said...

Ah you're so lucky to be able to eat outside. That happens about three days a year in the UK!

I love that scarf x

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