A FIRESIDE CHAT AT THE READY

by Marisa Marcantonio

Photo courtesy of Firmdale Hotels
After spending some time lounging by the fire at the Crosby Street Hotel, I was taken with the deep red walls, Vaughan fabric - covered wing chairs and amazing art collection. Creating a cozy environment around the fire is easy to do, and here are some ways to create a hearth haven at home.

Photo courtesy of Chesneys
Chesney's creates limestone and marble mantels, such as the Alahambra. This British company offers historic and contemporary designs, and have new collections from Jasper Conran and Jane Churchill.

Photo courtesy of Editions Design
Have a seat on a fire fender bench with a leather seat, like this one of brass and wood from Editions Design.

Photo courtesy of Restoration Hardware
Get a classic fire screen to save your rugs from flying embers that can create burns and dangerous situations. This 19th Century English design from Restoration Hardware with brass detailing looks like it has been around for ages.

Store logs in style with woven baskets from Williams Sonoma Home.
Photo courtesy of Jonathan Adler
Light a fire with Jonathan Adler Fireplace Matches, from Art Effect.

Yummy mohair blankets await you at Bergdorf Goodman.

Photo courtesy of Nantucket Looms
Hand- loomed Mohair Throws from the Nantucket Looms will be a part of your family forever.

Photo courtesy of Swans Island Blankets
Made by hand in Northport, Maine Swan's Island Blankets are woven from organic merino wool and hand finished with silk edges. The hand dyed fleece shows a subtle gradation of color.

Photo courtesy of D. Bryant Archie
A handwoven Peruvian baby alpaca throw from D. Bryant Archie is another way to stay warm.

Photo courtesy of Holland and Sherry
Sink back into down filled embroidery embellished custom pillows from Holland and Sherry.

Pierre Frey's Eidelweiss Pillow will remind you of the many piste trails you have conquered.

Photo courtesy of Restoration Hardware
Tools for the job will help keep the flames at bay. A classic choice from Restoration Hardware, these tools have round finials and a clean square design that is deco meets Victorian in brass and steel.

Photo courtesy of Lyle and Umbach
Lyle and Umbach has the most beautiful andirons, tools and screens. The items are handcrafted and forged in the US. The Katherine Fireplace tool set is available in a variety of bronze finishes.

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Gates andirons from Lyle and Umbach add a classic design motif to the fireplace.

Photo courtesy of Plow and Hearth
Keep the flames going strong with bellows from Plow and Hearth.

Keep ash in its place with a broom that looks very old world. Williams Sonoma's Appalachian - made Fireplace Broom fits the bill nicely.

Photo courtesy of Frontgate
If matches are not your cup of tea, then check out the Fireplace Lighter from Frontgate. It lights in a snap.

COLOR! PATTERN! PORCELAIN!

by Marisa Marcantonio

The French jewelry designer Jean Boggio's debut furniture collection at Bergdorf Goodman commands attention. His first foray into home furnishings combines vivid use of robust color, fantastical motifs, and varied shapes that have the clean lines of art deco in a new medium. By working with Taiwanese porcelain manufacturer Franz, he created high relief, textured and lustrous porcelain panels. His collection includes decorative vases, plates and sculpture that have a wit and whimsy the French artisan is known for.

Flowers adorn the facade of this pale aqua console topped with Chinoiserie vases and plates

Intertwined vines and leaves serve as a border on a sharp purple console

Palm tree festooned high back chairs sit around a table with a stately pagoda centerpiece

Look at these panels! The garden of Eden comes to life in richly textured doors in bright blue and lime green.

The power of color seen in a double door console with a raised inlay surrounding the high shine surfaces.

STYLISH SHOPPING: FEELING SUMMERY ON BERGDORF GOODMAN'S HOME FLOOR

by Marisa Marcantonio

Bergdorf's has decked out the home floor in red, white and blue-- a patriotic and fresh color combination for summer. Nicholas Manville, the creative maestro of the 7th floor, was inspired by the color palette of a new Porthaut pattern, Demoiselles. This print, in it's original -- first -- coloration of red/blue, designed in June 1970, was inspired by Jacques Demy’s 1967 musical film Les Demoiselles de Rochefort, starring Catherine Deneuve and Gene Kelly. One of the famous songs in the film, ‘You Must Believe in Spring,’ is a lyrical love letter about how people can meet and spontaneously fall in love. Catherine Deneuve was (and still is) a devoted D. Porthault fan, and in the Demoiselles print– with its cheerful French blues and reds – Porthault sought to evoke Deneuve’s coquettish spirit and the intoxication of love at first sight. It has been reprinted for the first time in 40 years. Tying it all together, the fabric upholstered walls match the tablesettings and vignettes where antique and new vases, place settings and objects are paired.

Grab a bunch of huge paper flowers for a cute hostess gift.

Entertaining and summer just go together. Warm weather and farm stand fresh food should mean no fuss, elegant and easy entertaining. By way of example, check out this long pine table with pops of color set for a lingering summer lunch.

A bold new blue and white Prince Blue china pattern from Bernardaud, Baccarat stemware and antique blue and white vase make a fresh combination.

How fantastic are these lucite tropical leaf placemats?

Adding to the selection of new things that coordinate with the color scheme, Tommy Mitchell Tole Botanicals have hit Bergdorf Goodman's home floor in all their blooming splendor. Each potted in a terra cotta vase, the floral arrangements are hand painted to resemble what is in the garden, which they really do!


A freshly painted red pinstripe and antique plates hanging on the wall contrast well with the royal blue and white sitting next to Tommy's potted Hyacinth.


Blue and white Auricula next to sparkly blue Murano glass boxes.

A round table for two, looking ready for summer lunch with a potted Hollyhock.

Pink geraniums with seriously real looking veined leaves in an arrangement of small blue vases on an etagere.

A geranium in detail, was designed especially for BG.

A regal pink Hollyhock sits next to a cluster of antique blue and white vases.

A Charming Lilly of the Valley looks sweet at a place setting. Hmm, good party idea!