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About Carole

     Carole Shiber has been putting her imagination to work in the home since 1989, when she sold her first hand-painted placemats and napkins to Macy*s New York ~ a $10,000 order which she single-handedly filled from her bedroom in Brooklyn. Orders quickly followed from other neighborhood stores: ABC Carpet & Home, Barney’s New York, Henri Bendel and Fellissimo. Next came a personal apparance at Neiman-Marcus, with a trunk show yielding record sales.

     As a painter and conceptual designer, Carole Shiber continued to follow her heart and used her head to bring original ideas to often predictable tabletop design. And with her fresh and friendly looks, and an ongoing presence at seasonal Gift and Home Textile Shows beginning in 1994, Carole Shiber Designs quickly grew from a popular one-woman act to a very successful cottage industry, utilizing the talents of local NY artists.

     Next came the $40,000 order from Williams-Sonoma, with the big truck pulling up in front of her brownstone apartment to pick up 96 boxes of her graphically-shaped, hand-painted linen leaf and flower placemats, with the coordinating coasters ~ the driver admitting that this was his first domestic pick-up ever.

     Today, you can find her premiere hand-painted placemats, inventive sculpted linen baskets and her innovative bouquet napkin rings at fine stores, arts & crafts show, select flower shows, and an original selection of all of her designs right here to shop from the comforts of your own home.

     Now known in the industry for popularizing the graphically-shaped placemat, she further designed them to interlock and layer to naturally create runners and centerpieces. Carole’s friendly images are made with her broad painterly strokes, whether hand-painted or printed. and are at once whimsical yet sophisticated, and continue to inspire creativity at the table. And quite simply, “make people happy”.

     Carole and her husband, Bill Cochran, teamed up creatively early on to bring even more invention and artistry to her original designs. Working together in every aspect of the business, they opened the Carole Shiber Store in 2012 at 290 Fair Street, in Uptown Kingston, New York, where Bill also houses his music studio. Carole often paints her canvases while Bill plays the French horn in unconventional, transcendent ways. 

     Having established a permanent seat at our nation’s table, Carole Shiber ventured into the bath with a licensing agreement with Croscill Home, introducing her first collections in August 2007. Using the shower curtain as a giant painter’s canvas, she applied her larger-than-life, nature-inspired images to shower curtains to create “getaway fantasies” almost as scenery. Then in 2009, Carole joined hands with Clay Art and Formation Brands, where she's been able to bring her creativity to ceramics and glassware, while Clay Art/Formation bring her products to some of our favorite national stores and gift shops alike! But right here on her website is where you can find Carole's own products made in Kingston, New York ~ with many of them hand-painted by Carole herself. She loves her work, and hopes it brings the same joy to your home as it brings her.


CLICK BELOW the top story to watch Carole's story, as captured by News Anchor, Elaine Houston, on her ground-breaking segment, Today's Women, WNYT, News Channel 13, an NBC affiliate. Thank you, Elaine!