by Marisa Marcantonio

Lo and behold, the 4th of July is upon us. I wish you a fantastic holiday, filled with blue skies/sun/sand/BBQ's/cold cocktails/family/best friends/beautiful views and memories in the making. See you next week!

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A crisp blue and white striped bottle,  Chandon's Limited Edition Brut Classic 2013, is a 4th of July must. The bottle design, rope and all, will have you hook line and sinker.

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Tie one on and chill with Kate Spade Saturday's acrylic ice bucket with red rope handles. So mobile.

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Rituals are part of the family fun. Festive red, white and blue crackers come with little surprises inside. Kids love this sort of thing. They get a paper crown to wear around. Pier 1 is a great go-to for 4th of July paraphernalia.

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You will rarely ever lose your towel when it is  a vivid pattern, like Sunnylife's Jervis towel in red and navy.

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Say thanks for a great holiday with Mr. Boddington's always charming letterpress note cards.

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Rock some blue and white gingham. Sunnies from Opening Ceremony will keep you looking and feeling cool. 

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Protect your optics with Jonathan Adler's needlepoint anchor case.

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Serve up crustaceans in red white and blue patriot style on Thomas Paul's melamine friendly lobster platter

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Since your dogs will be scared stiff after the Fireworks, lure them out from under the bed with a cookie, served out of West Elm's minimalist chic Dipper Pet Jars. Hopefully, they will soon forget about the trauma to their ears.

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Crafted of supple woven leather, Lance Wovens Nation on Vacation pillow is a great reason to relax on the sofa.

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An indigo blue lumbar pillow with a red and white striped swath down the center make World Market's  pillow a nice one for the summer rental.

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Bring the blue and white inside with Oomph's Tini Ottoman, upholstered in a casual wavy blue and white print.


by Marisa Marcantonio

It's time to kick back, relax and watch the fireworks. With great looking red, white and blue showing up everywhere this summer, you can easily incorporate it into your everyday life, not just patriotic party time.  With the Olympics on the horizon, this palette will be around again soon.

Hey, every body's All American!

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Whether you place it on your wall, in a barn or on your porch, this recycled pine America Flag from Pottery Barn has a wonderful authentic Americana vibe.

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Put your feet up and relax. Cool your heels on Jonathan Adler's American Flag Needlepoint Stool. 

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Serve it up in style with a Jonathan Adler George Washington melamine tray you will want to have around for the super patriotic types. 

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And we have to have some ubiquitous ikat on the table! World Market's Red Woven Ikat Mats and Napkins will carry you through a summer of heavy entertaining.

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The hits just keep coming with World Market. They have the best stuff that is always really well designed. Take this striped Drink Dispenser-- I mean come on. So good.

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Come summertime, I am rarely without an iced tea in hand. These red and blue over sized glass goblets from Horchow hold enough tea (14 oz. worth) that I won't have to constantly refill my glass.

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These Ralph Lauren Home American Flag Mugs will be just the thing to use when you are watching the Olympics drinking your morning coffee.

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This is the beach towel everyone has been going crazy over. Maslin's Zebra Beach Towel looks like a rug but made from terry it is beach ready. It comes in the coolest leather sling so you can hop on your bike with it and go catch the waves.

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Jonathan Adler's George Beach Towel in a red white and blue geo pattern is beachy keen.

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I have this Duchess bag and it is the best! The coated canvas is rain appropriate and it takes the knocks from city living.  There is a row of pockets inside to keep everything small accessible and of course, the colors are great. From Jonathan Adler in the George pattern.


by Marisa Marcantonio

A bevy of red, white, and blue awaits you-- give your home a summery kick for Independence Day!

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Chill by the grill. Love this crazy cone shaped BBQ from CB2. It's called a Frykat!

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Keep cocktails in ship shape with Anchor Cocktail Napkins sold in a set of 4 by Thomas Paul from Velocity Art and Design.

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Set the table with nautical flair by adding Thomas Paul's Anchor Napkins from Velocity Art and Design.

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Nothing says happy like Marimekko prints. This blue and white platter with tiny circles in a circular motif has a great artistic hand to it. Crate and Barrel carries tons of Marimekko- yay!

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Have plenty of cups on hand for the BBQ like these with a navy monogram from LA Plates.

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Light up the night sky after the fireworks end with Capri Lanterns from Pottery Barn.

Nautical stripes are big this season so don your stripes for the 4th and get the Saint James uber classic French boat neck tee-shirt to wear all weekend long.
Lug your stuff in style with this Pompeii block printed canvas duffel bag by John Robshaw.

If you are going to a 4th of July parade this weekend, here is a topper sure to make you feel festive. It may even make you want to join the parade. Skimmer hat from Target.

You can always wear one red and one blue sneaker like Tom Delavan did at the last gift show. Mix it up!

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Get your game face on to play croquet and bocce this weekend. It's good to take a break from the water, and see who can keep their eye on the ball. This Franklin Sports set from Target is sure to provide fun for weekends to come.

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Shield yourself from the harmful rays of the sun and keep cool under this red and white umbrella at World Market.

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Everybody's all American! Get even more patriotic with your interiors by adding throw pillows from World Market.

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Roll on over to the Ernest Pool Bar Cart and grab a cool one. In this great shade of blue, you'd be crazy not to! Get yours at CB2.


by Marisa Marcantonio

The Nantucket sits in Newport Harbor for restoration. For years, it sat in Nantucket Harbor, and my family and I spent many a dinner at Straight Wharf restaurant, eating Bluefish pate and watching it bob in the water, wanting to go aboard.

Cocktail hour will never be the same once you get this book. With 1930's mainstays like the Gin Fizz, The Savoy Cocktail Book has been re-issued with amazing illustrations. There are 750 recipes to choose from, you will be off to the races in no time.

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Use this nice wooden Stars and Stripes Tray from Sur La Table to serve guests, or order a bunch and set each tray with a place setting to use at a buffet.

Leave a bowl of patriotic Tootsie Rolls from Oriental Trading for the neighborhood kids at your front door, and bring them to the fireworks display to give out so people will let you stand in front of them and get a better viewing spot.

Or put the candy in a pail and pass them out as party bags. Pails from Oriental Trading. The kids can them use them at the beach too.

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Game in session! Play patriotic Ping Pong this weekend with Alice Supply Co's paddle set.

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If you don't have enough chairs for your guests, get this adorable upholstered Gerber Slipper Chair from Target, online only.

Dransfield and Ross's Flagship Pillow will keep your crew happy.
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The Knotboard Pillow will keep your kids busy for hours, as they try to make a monkey's fist knot. From Dransfield & Ross.