by Marisa Marcantonio

It is hard to resist showing these great hats, beach bags, and towels, even though we are coming upon Labor Day Weekend. With these finds, you can make your last beach appearance a stylish one.

Protect that Louis Licari hair color with a wide brimmed hat in one of the prettiest Roberta Roller Rabbit patterns, Amanda
If you prefer a hat that can go from surf side to Gin and Tonics, then the Cutie Squishee Hat from Eric Javits is an elegant option

Photo courtesy of Hermes
If you want something fishy, Hermes's Bali Printed Beach Towel is for you

Photo courtesy of Home, James!
Try the East Hampton Cabana Stripe Beach Towel from Home, James! for it's classic wide stripe

Photo courtesy of Porthault
The Blue Poissons plush towel with mosaic background from Porthault makes the chicest statement pool or beach side

Photo courtesy of Roberta Roller Rabbit
If you are feeling more beach boho, go for Roberta Roller Rabbit's Bondi Beach Bag in the Elsa print

The Olive Herringbone Beach Bag is roomy enough for a towel, book, mag, sunblock and has an inside pocked for keys and a camera

The Marina Beach Tote has a knot print the sailing set. The cotton bag is lightweight and has sturdy handles.
Photos courtesy of Ame and Lulu
The Blue Herringbone Beach Bag, all from Ame and Lulu

Photo courtesy of Again and Again
For the eco aware, Again and Again makes their bags out of recycled sail cloth. I like these bags for their size, they are not too big. If they get wet going from the Launch to your boat, there is nothing to worry about.

Porthault's printed bag with leather handles can go from city to country
Photos courtesy of Porthault
The Coral multicolored pattern can go from the summer to winter beach escapes in a snap


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!


by Marisa Marcantonio

Easter is upon us! In planning your Easter table, fresh flowers, pretty china and colorful mats and a tablecloth make the occasion festive.

The Easter bunny is on the run! You can catch him at John Derian.

Plaza Florists on Lexington Avenue in the 60's has been one of my longtime favorite sources. Connie Plaissay opened the the shop in 1995, as a city oasis. The transporting space carries hundreds of hand selected blooms that fill the air with a gorgeous green aroma. Walking by their stunningly beautiful windows, they showcase high style yet soft arrangements, blooming branches, tropical rarities and unique vignettes with natural materials. From a rustic container of long stemmed tulips to a monochromatic melange of seasonal blooms, they can do it all. Their tell tale green ribbon and Plaza tag announce the arrival of a breathtaking flora package.

Hydrangeas in a purple and green arrangement.

Creams and greens.

Pale yellows are soft and sweet.

When thinking about the Easter table for brunch, try adding some china with blooms:

French designer Alberto Pinto recently launched Jardins D'Orchidees hand painted Limoges porcelain, available at Michael C. Fina.

Meissen's Persian Rose porcelain in fabulous red and turquoise. They are the creme de la creme.

If you have not yet added bamboo flatware to your repertoire, I highly recommend it. It works from season to season, acts as a neutral and matches everything. This set has more of an aged look and comes from Horchow.

If you are inspired by the classic Easter jelly bean brights, these Dransfield & Ross Moorish shaped mats work well.

These D. Porthault cocktail napkins are great to have on hand when 5 pm comes around. They add a bright punch to the bar and canapes are tastier when using these. Get all one pattern or mix them up. They get softer with age, and I am ready to snag my mom's after coveting them for forever!

D. Porthault's Dahlia pattern is embroidered on a white linen. The bold blooms seem to blow in the wind, suspended.

D. Porthault has been bringing flowers into the home for generations. The Lilas in blue hand embroidered linen mats and napkins have a realistic look.

The Fougeres pattern of ferns has a delicate air and sweet charm.

For something more casual D and R's Holiday Tropical cotton napkin. It reminds me of a vivid 1960's Scandinavian Josef Frank print.

I will be setting the table with these classic and last-forever Kim Seybert silk organza napkins. They are cut on the bias so they have this adorable lettuce edging. With so many lush colors to choose from, you can get a set for each china pattern's color palette.

Deal Alert! World Market does it again-- these floral Sakira mats with a striped border are a steal. The way to get the look for less.

Sakira Spring Floral napkins will become your everyday faves. Also from WM.

The Tree of Life placemats also from World Market combines an age old motif, reminiscent of a classic Brunschwig and Fils chintz's.

Buy some bunches and begin arranging!

Since you want the flowers to be the star players, a white vase is a good idea as it will not overwhelm. Handmade and unique pottery pieces from Connecticut- based artist Frances Palmer add an artisan element. Her Dahlia vase with small flowers in relief applied to a fluted body has just enough detail.

Tulips are a real harbinger of spring-- the more the better!