by Marisa Marcantonio

Photo by Jason Bell for British Vogue courtesy of Aerin
Aerin in the lush garden of her family's Palm Beach home.

 Photos courtesy of Aerin
This spring brings some pretty exciting design launches, including Aerin Lauder's home line. Creating home accessories inspired by pieces in her personal collection and from traveling the New York to Palm Beach axis for years,  the Aerin Collection's new spring additions include special updated - for - today pieces.  They are made for entertaining and gift giving in a traditional, refined style. Her decorative accessories, featuring brass and gold with pale tones of blue, green ivory and grey (her logo color), are mixed with shagreen, shells, and woven materials. The inclusion of a heart motif and little animal objects inject a bit of fun and endearment into the mix. 
 Capturing the eye of the savvy and design-obsessed, with her launch last fall,  her objects and accessories will be followed up by the coming addition of Lee Jofa fabrics and furniture with EJ Victor. in April.  Table and bar are sure to benefit from the cosmopolitan and beachy influence these pretty pieces bring. I'm looking forward to seeing the assortment rounded out for a full-on Aerin-enhanced vision soon.

 Art Deco inspired candlesticks of cream shagreen and brass have a pared-down simplicity that elevates the setting they are used in.

I love the thought of pairing the tall and short versions where symmetrical applications look great, like on a fireplace mantel.

Simple cream shagreen coasters with a subtle brass rim come in a boxed set of 6. Ready to go as a gift, it is a nice gesture as it protects furniture from damaging water rings.

Tweet tweet won't you put me on your bar to look sweet? A birdy bottle opener is a charmer.

Stage a bar on this large sized cream shagreen tray with tubular handles and brass trim.

Utilizing talented craftspeople around the globe, these glass and hand-applied 24 K gold-flecked crystal bowls were made in Italy. Hence the steeper price tag.

The same chunky bowl with a matte 24 K gold finish.

Her beautifully styled shots reinforce the beauty of objects, as well as the importance of presentation. Here, fall and spring decorative accessories together.

Little birds out of terra cotta  add a sweet, informal element to the table. Small statements can add personality and make giving gifts easy if someone loves birds.

A tiny terra cotta turtle can enliven a tabletop or side table. I mean, who doesn't love a little tortoise?

 A green shagreen heart box is sophisticated and sweet. Heartfelt.
A heart paperweight out of blueish apetite also comes in clear and blue quartz.

 A blue-tinged shagreen picture frame trimmed in brass adds a bit of pop to photo collections. Displaying an array of photos in the same frame adds a consistency that looks great.

The showstopper! A blue shagreen encased jewelry box with brass edge is fitted for jewels. It's streamlined simple design makes it an instant classic.

Gold dipped shells elevate the everyday to luxurious.

Strategically placed shells  lend a seaside air to a table. Below, the deep-dive into shells.

Chambered Nautilus Shell

Ram's Murex Shell

Enode Cockle Shell 


Land Snail Shell 

 Lamp Shell

Tiger Cowry Shell 

Lettered Cone Spotted Shell

Spotted Tun Shell

Atlantic Distorsio Shell


by Marisa Marcantonio

With the holidays coming, the recently-launched home accessories collection from Aerin Lauder will enhance your gift giving and add a touch of sparkle when entertaining at home. Called Aerin,  the collection is part of a larger lifestyle vision, and serves as a jumping off point for the beauty maven's home decor line that will include everything from tabletop to furniture. Her designs reflect the life she leads, as a modern Upper East Side dweller with children. "Estee was an incredible role model. She taught me the importance of passion, style, hard work, family and, of course, all things beautiful. Her dream to make women feel beautiful and special still lives on today. My vision is to create a beauty and lifestyle brand shaped for my generation and those to follow,"Aerin has said. A busy life, travel, work, entertaining, and being a mom has made her aware of the style all around her. Design elements come from favorite finds as well as exotic travels and can feel at home in the country and urban settings. Heavy on the metals, brass and gold-dipped finishes, price points on the accessories are on a sliding scale to create accessible luxury. I prefer the objects with textural elements as they tend to make more of a statement.  You can find her designs at Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus and her Aerin website where shipping and returns are gratis, so log on and pick out some sophisticated statement pieces.

Photos courtesy of Aerin LLC

When perusing the World of Aerin At Home section on her website, the passion she has for setting the table is obvious, as she mixes pretty and colorful elements through the seasons both indoors and out. Aerin's living room table serves as command central during the holiday season. Holding the contents of a bar, it makes congregating, conversation and cocktails easy. Sharing her must-have Fall Cocktail Party components Aerin shares, "Cocktail napkins are fun to collect. Some of my favorites are from D. Porthault and Lori Jayne Monogramming. I like napkins in darker hues for winter, and lighter floral prints for summer. For a well-stocked bar, I always have Macallan 12 scotch, Maestro Tequilero Tequila, Ketel One vodka, and Taylor’s 1985 vintage port."


 The decor assortment is made from a variety of luxe materials 

A stylish cachepot of textured solid brass with a basketweave pattern sets off flowers beautifully. Over the years, Lauder's varied interiors have inspired a lust for luxe. Her accessories, down to the diminutive table lamps were always stunning.

Bringing the natural world in, an antler horn sculptural piece provides weight to a stack of books or a decorative element to a bookshelf

More of a splurge, the hand-painted porcelain Circle Bowl has a deco-inspired circle pattern and 18 karat gold finish

Porcelain dipped in gold yields glistening nesting bowls with flowery edges made in Italy

A solid brass leaf dish can be used for nick knacks or serving tiny snacks

A hefty brass orb makes a match striker functional and gorgeous. Lighting scented candles on a coffee table will become a stylish gesture when this piece is present.

 Does the world need another scented candle? When it smells as natural and clean as Sky Flower does and is packaged in a simple thick glass vessel, then yes. Scented with my favorite trio of white flowers- gardenia, tuberose and jasmine-- it's a fail-safe gift.  Available on the Aerin website, you can also find the 6 scents at Leta Austin Foster Boutique in Palm Beach.


by Marisa Marcantonio

If you've had your eyes open lately, you have been seeing touches of brass everywhere. From accent pieces to all-out shiny metal tables, the warm touch and look of brass is a 70's throwback that is seriously back.  Around the globe, designers in the 70's embraced the warm metal--  in America Karl Springer was using it, Italian Gabriella Crespi and France's Maria Pergay designed with it, and England's Willy Rizzo gave it a transformational quality. To learn about these and others, visit Jen Renzi's article on the subject that ran in The WSJ Magazine in August. It provides the back story on the great designers of the past and highlights why their pieces are making a comeback. If you are feeling a bit of brass would give your home some sparkle, there are some terrific pieces both old and new that you will surely take a shine to.

Photo by Simon Upton/Elle Decor

The image that set the blogosphere all atwitter of Aerin Lauder's New York dressing room, with hand painted Gracie wallpaper and  brass covered Gabriella Crespi-designed Z Desk. It was shot by Simon Upton and ran in Elle Decor years ago, but it made such a strong impression for its mix of pretty and strong pieces. The desk, Aerin found at Liz O'Brien, the incredible vintage furniture gallery, run by one of the best eye's the business.

Photo courtesy of The Wall Street Journal Magazine

Clean lines and sharp angles make the smooth brass veneered desk by Crespi an iconic marvel. It seems so ahead of its time, since it looks very now, yet was designed in 1974.

A Karl Springer Ram's head lucite and brass lamp with original shade from Marc Joseph on Etsy is beyond fabulous. Someone needs to start making this lamp pronto!

 Photo courtesy of 1st Dibs

Flair French 1970's lucite etagere with brass corners through 1st Dibs  incorporates two materials I adore, lucite and brass.

 Photo courtesy of One Kings Lane

Joannes Lucas Velvet and Brass vintage armchairs in pale pink velvet on One Kings Lane 

Photo courtesy of Vintage Studio Design

A brass and glass Karl Springer Table from Vintage Studio Design  is a score and the tubular legs have a strong presence.

Photo courtesy of DwellStudio

Slanted Votive Holders of brass from DwellStudio  have a similar look.

 Photo courtesy of V and M

A brass and chrome console with tubular legs and smoky glass top from Trebor Nevits on V and M has brooding appeal.

 Photo courtesy of V and M

Willy Rizzo's Flaminia Side Table of chrome and brass from Quintessentia on V and M mixes metals for a high bling factor.

 Photo courtesy of V and M

A parchment wrapped set of nesting tables with brass corners from the Rizzo-era also from Quintessentia on V and M.

Photo courtesy of V and M

Slim curved chrome linear detailing on orange upholstered Milo Baughman armchairs from V and M.

Photo courtesy of Kelly Wearstler

As one who has long embraced the material and used in almost all of her work to some degree, Kelly Wearstler is indeed an early adapter.  Her Dip Dish with 22 karat gold glaze from Kelly Wearstler's Melrose Avenue flagship boutique looks antique a patina of age makes this new piece mellow.

Photo courtesy of Dwell Studio

Like A Brancusi sculpture or Italian dynamist piece, this brass and marble Tubular Burst sculpture from Dwell Studio  captures movement.

Photo courtesy of Dwell Studio

Dwell Studio's Oval brass sculpture on a marble base inspired by iconic mid-century designs is a nice way to incoprorate a sculptural element without breaking the bank.

Photo courtesy of Flair

Octagonal brass and cognac ostrich mirror a Flair Home exclusive, has a hint of brass.

Photo courtesy of Arteriors

The Apollo Wall Hanging from Arteriors, like large wheels, add a textural warm focal point on a wall.