After living in Paris and Manhattan during her nearly 30-year career as a fashion and design editor, Marian McEvoy moved into a cottage on the banks of the Hudson River in upstate New York. There, she creates botanical collages and illustrations that she sells through the interiors store KRB. When she was discussing a collaboration with the home décor company Schumacher in August 2022, she invited its creative director, Dara Caponigro, to visit. “Rather than just show them things that I thought might be nice translated into fabric, I said to Dara, ‘Go around and take anything off a wall or table. There’s all kinds of things: little sketches and notes in my workshop. Bring them back and we’ll look at them together,’” says McEvoy. Luckily, what Caponigro gathered delighted her, including a surprising bow design (“You can’t always count on people to like bows,” she says, though the timing of this launch coincides with a peak in interest) as well as prints of flowers, leaves and other botanicals. Those patterns now adorn the six wallcoverings and four fabrics that make up the high-contrast collection. McEvoy’s penchant for strong colours and lines is most visible in the rich red Thistle Vine, green Polka-Dot Jungle and crisp turquoise Bow-Wow-Wow prints. The designer has already integrated the collection into her cottage, with bedroom curtains in Pretty Petals (a print of daisy stems) and Bow-Wow-Wow as a wallcovering in her powder room. “I’ve liked it enough to say, ‘I’m going to live with this every day in my own house’,” she says. Marian McEvoy’s collection for Schumacher is available now to interior designers at schumacher.com, and to the general public at decoratorsbest.com beginning Feb. 1.
Left: Marian McEvoy’s Bow-Wow-Wow wallcovering in red, installed in her home’s powder room. Right: Polka-Dot Jungle wallcovering in green. Photographs courtesy of Schumacher.