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1. Who is your biggest role model?Simon Doonan, window dresser extraordinaire and the former creative director of Barneys, New York. I first discovered Simon’s work in 1998 through his book, Confessions Of A Window Dresser: Tales From A Life In Fashion.

Playing off her inaugural Folklore collection for Alexander McQueen, Sarah Burton teamed up with The Rug Company to launch a second stunning collection of designs this fall.

As an interior designer, Chris Barrett is beloved by celebs (Charlize!) and decor magazines (ours included) for her signature open and airy interiors.

Studiopatro has so many hip tea towels that it's hard to choose a favorite. The linen-and-cotton textiles are hand-printed in the Bay Area, and are offered in three collections: the City series (based on architecture and city grids), Pairs (complementary paired sets), and Stripes (just what it sounds like). The cool, modern designs can be mixed and matched, and work wonderfully not just as kitchen linens, but as placemats and napkins on the dinner table, and even gift wrap.

Linen may well be the perfect material. It's natural, durable, and simply beautiful. Its texture feels good to the fingertips. It looks great ironed and even better not. It can be used year 'round on a bed, as cushion covers, as towels, as window coverings, and, of course, on a table. Tricia Rose's linen tablecloths (shown here on Remodelista's holiday table for Rue magazine) are the ultimate example. Alone, the the natural, rustic, textured Orkney Tablecloth and the White Smooth Linen Tablecloth are lovely in an understated way, but layered, they're fabulous.

Mix a little Marimekko with some African cloth and toss in a dash of Mark Rothko—the result is Paula Smail's boldly colored textile collections. Sold at her Los Angeles-area store, as well as online, Patch Pillows are a great way to get several Henry Road fabrics in one fell swoop. The throw pillows feature prints on 100% cotton duck, and are made of three fabrics patched together.  

Oakland textile designer Maja Brugo's influences include Scandinavian design, California, graphic design, art, and music.  Oh, and Japanese design and mid-century modern design.  Whew, that's quite a mouthful.  Luckily, the result is Tikoli's cotton tea towels—colorful, modern, and made to mix and match.