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En route to London's Columbia Road Flower Market one Sunday, I caught a glimpse from the speeding bus of a home design shop stocked with what appeared to be nothing but a riot of vibrant stripes. I retraced the route later that day to Colours of Arley — which, for stripes-mad me, was like a sugar fiend falling into Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory. The shop, opened by young entrepreneur Louisa Tratalos in July 2023, offers bespoke fabric in four stripe widths (skinny, midi, grand, and jumbo) in any combination conjured from a wall of 180 delectable color swatches. One could pair a foggy-morning combo such as Mouse and Seal for a serene library; an electrifying marriage of Lacquer and Satsuma for a jewel-box powder room; Periwinkle and Mist for a romantic guest retreat; or crisply nautical Classic Indigo and Cream Soda jumbo stripes for classic awnings. The fabrics include a versatile recycled linen-look texture perfect for curtains and blinds, a thicker recycled weave for upholstery, and a rich recycled velvet — all made from 100 percent recycled plastic bottles. There is also a natural cotton-linen fabric. New this year are diagonal stripes, wiggle stripes, a checkerboard option, striped wallpapers, and fabric suitable for outdoor use. In addition to straight yardage for custom projects, Colours of Arley fabricates pillows, lampshades, tablecloths, window treatments, shower curtains, and the adorable dog beds that caught this writer's eye from the window of a London bus. For details and to order visit the extremely informative website. Fabrics $97 per meter, wallpapers $226 for 10-meter rolls, at Colours of Arley, 61 Hackney Road, London, Pam Sommers You can feel the warmth of Southern Italy the moment you enter the new Natuzzi 5,550-square-foot showroom in Uptown Park — the first Natuzzi Italia store in Houston heralds a new era for one of Italy's top furniture companies. "The new concept distills the architecture, color, and material references of our heritage of Mediterranean brands into a retail experience," says PJ Natuzzi, Natuzzi Italia's chief brand officer. "It's a very important milestone in the expansion of our retail presence in the U.S." Designed by Italian architect and designer Fabio Novembre, the sprawling Natuzzi Italia Houston is a comprehensive guide to the storied brand, which was founded in 1959 by PJ Natuzzi's father, Pasquale Natuzzi. The Re-Vive performance recliner chair, introduced in 2014, has become an icon for the brand. "For Natuzzi, it was like Apple launching the iPhone," Natuzzi says. Collaborations with international designers such as Nika Zupanc and Lorenza Bozzoli, as well as the Iago, Philo, and Wellbe sofas by Natuzzi Style Center, are among the latest collections at Natuzzi Italia Houston. Natuzzi Italia Houston, 1141 Uptown Park Blvd. natuzzi. com. Caitlin Clark Home Decor of a Different Stripe Giles Deacon From top: Natuzzi Italia's Timeless sofa and lago sofa. Italian Culture Louisa Tratalos with Patch Banquette with Pickle and Alderley Edge Chair in Yolk and Salsa, grand stripe on recycled velvet 64

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