Shop Tours


August 6, 2007

Gabriella told me about her new store in East Hampton, NY called j.roamanI’ve seen this look in Elle Decoration and Living Etc magazines, but I can’t say it’s a huge trend here in the states yet as the average American household isn’t bold enough to go with patchwork bespoke sofas. Why be average?! Mix things up and have a little fun. j.roaman offers one-of-a-kind custom furniture, quilts from Milan, tableware, art, soft toys, even Moroccan pouffes in unexpected prints (very unexpected!).

j.roamanScheduled to appear in an upcoming issue of Oprah Magazine, Gabriella wants to give decor8 readers a sneak peek of their enticing selection. I don’t know friends, looks like Fall ’07 right into 2008 just may be the most colorful and pattern-filled that I’ve seen in a very long time!

They don’t have an online store, so I need to highlight the point of this post is more to inspire than to shop. Of course, if you find yourself in Hampton, New York you have to visit this place, but for the rest of us, look at these items as inspiration. What can you recycle in your own home with some bold patchwork? These images may motivate you to do something interesting to an old chair, mirror frame, or foot stool, you never know… Recycle whenever possible, there are so many cool things you can do with a can of brightly colored paint and fabric scraps.

j.roamanFrom a recent trip to the Brimfield flea market, I found lots of vintage suzanis, some in not-so-good condition (a hole, some fading in spots, etc). This is a great alternative for vintage textiles that you love that you can’t use as a cover – cut out the best pieces and use to cover furniture or to create bolster or throw pillows. Despite what some Interior Designer from Watch Hill, RI told me at Brimfield this past May, suzanis are hardly pass?. She was so against them, and I told her that nothing is pass? if you love it. She wasn’t a big fan of my personal feelings about interior style, but I still shared them with her. And the more I see suzanis in magazines and stores, the more I’m thinking that they aren’t pass? at all.

Thanks Gabriella for the tip and the great store images!

(images from j.roaman)


  • Reply m August 6, 2007 at 7:24 pm

    “Nothing is passe if you love it” – Yes, yes yes! I’m so glad you wrote this. It’s how I feel, too. So nice to be validated by you.

  • Reply annechovie August 6, 2007 at 8:02 pm

    This is a unique shop! I love all of the color and pattern! I’d love to visit sometime. Thanks for sharing with us….

  • Reply Victoria E August 6, 2007 at 8:34 pm

    Who knew that the patchwork style cool look so chic? Love it.

  • Reply cartolina August 6, 2007 at 10:14 pm

    Just got back from Europe and this look is EVERYWHERE!

    It’s very busy, and so am I – so I luv it!

  • Reply girl meets glamour August 7, 2007 at 12:53 am

    Oh thank you, thank you for this preview Holly! That patchwork is amazing, I only wish I could see the pieces for myself, but still…very inspiring :)


  • Reply ? August 7, 2007 at 3:14 am

    ummm…like urbanoutfitters and anthro, no?

  • Reply katiedid August 7, 2007 at 4:34 am

    Oh fun! A little Anthropologie-ish…and I love Anthropologie!

  • Reply Anonymous August 7, 2007 at 5:39 am

    I can appreciate the ballsiness of opening such a store but I don’t see it surviving in EH if that is the only style they are going to be offering.

    But kudos for not being like every other home store in The Hamptons

  • Reply sandman_gr August 7, 2007 at 12:39 pm

    Love this! Full of inspirational stuff!

  • Reply ?? Neumann Studio cz ?? August 7, 2007 at 1:13 pm

    This is a perfect shop! I loved it! I am looking forward when they are going to have an online shop. Thanks for the pic.

  • Reply stephanie August 8, 2007 at 3:30 am

    i absolutely LUV the whole look!

  • Reply Paula August 8, 2007 at 4:20 am

    Beautiful store — patch furniture is from Squint in London so its probably what you saw in Elle Decor UK :) — take a look at for some more lovely chairs.

  • Reply decor8 August 8, 2007 at 2:56 pm

    Hi Everyone!

    For those interested, this note just came in from one of the shop owners:

    Hey Holly..thank you(!!) hugely for the posting on your site! The pics look great and the feedback is so fantastic!

    Just FYI, j.roaman will ship anything in the store anywhere in the US…so if someone sees something they like on the site, we are happy to send it along.

    Again, thanks!

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