Living with Pattern Homes: ANONA Studio

Posted by: Nellie Laskow

This series features the people who opened their homes to us for Rebecca's new book, Living with Pattern. All of the homes in the book belong to creatives or were designed by interior designers who know how to create a space that is truly personal to the people who live there. Their generosity and unique personal style allowed Living with Pattern to be as beautiful and special as it is.

Our 'Living with Pattern Homes' series this week features the work of Renée Shortell and Sarah Leaman who are Co-Owners and Designers of ANONA Studio in Brooklyn, NY, and Philadelphia, PA. Renée and Sarah came to the studio to shoot pattern mixing vignettes for the book, like the one shown below, and we also shot Renée's bathroom.


Rebecca Atwood Designs: Describe your style in three words

Renée Shortell: Artistic, relaxed, simple

Sarah Leaman: Minimal, understated, feminine


RAD: What's your fabric of choice?

RS: Linen

SL: Washed linen


RAD: What are your top three tips for using pattern in the home?

RS: Layering patterned rugs is a great way to bring interest to a room. Bookshelves also provide great opportunities to include pattern by tucking in printed decorative objects or displaying a book or album with amazing cover art face-out.

SL: Nothing should be too precious or precise, embrace irregularity! Decorate with a timeless sensibility that is not season specific. Highlight pieces you really love, start a collection, and build upon it.


RAD: When it comes to pattern where do you save and where do you splurge?

RS: I splurge on special vintage pieces that I love and will last forever: antique rugs, blankets, and special serving pieces. I save on heavily used everyday items such as a bed, bath, and kitchen linens.

SL: Save on vintage fabric napkins that you can collect over time. Or, save by having all mix matched fabric items. Choose a general color palette and find pieces you can add to or replace over time. Splurge on an amazing rug or piece of art that sets the mood for a room.

RAD: What is your favorite pattern technique, style, or period?

RS: I tend to prefer patterns that feel more textural and organic as opposed to very graphic- although I love a good stripe! I don’t have a favorite period and prefer a room that has varied influences.

SL: I love anything that is hand painted, or that has a hand made look. For me, it is not about one specific period or style; it is the composition of different references that keeps me interested.


RAD: What is your go-to pattern resource?

RS & SL: Any magazine or design-art book we can get our hands on.


RAD: What are your favorite shops?

RS: Flea markets and thrift stores, always.

SL: Any good bookstore. At an early age, I developed a love for treasure hunting at The Stock Exchange, a consignment store in Manchester-By-The-Sea. It is still my favorite shop.


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