BRIGHT NOW

by Marisa Marcantonio

Right now we are being wowed with wonderful bright hues, from punchy primaries to electric fluoro brights. The array of loud color is amazing-- a rainbow is peeking through for an early spring. Be it color blocking, stripes, or just saturated and unabashed, bright is so right now.

A wall of color at West Elm separating red, yellow, green and blue.

Photo courtesy of Kate Spade

Paint the town any color you want, as long as you pick a color. Say thanks for a colorful night with Paint The Town Notes from Kate Spade. Mais oui.

Photo courtesy of Stampa

Artist Sirichai's #17 Tongue is a nod to the great graphic 1960's pop art. He worked for fashion minimalist Geoffrey Beene, can you tell? Check out Stampa for their stable of fresh artists prints available with or without a frame.

Photo courtesy of DVF

An all-over red and white confetti pattern makes this DVF Square Dot tray a party-must.

Photo courtesy of Jonathan Adler

Throws always do the trick on the back of a sofa. This mohair number from Jonathan Adler in spring green is smile worthy.

Photo courtesy of Currey and Company

Better off red with Currey and Company's racing red Lombard Chest.

Photo courtesy of Pantone

A world of color is at your fingertips with Pantone Universe. Their espresso cups in reds and pinks will surely brighten your day.

Photo courtesy of West Elm

The lemon yellow of the Martini Table from West Elm is a tart treat.

Photo courtesy of CB2

For your favorite knit wit, a knitted pouf in electric pool blue from CB2.

Photo courtesy of Dwell

Stripe it rich with Dwell's chic cotton and wool Draper Stripe Rug in persimmon.

Photos courtesy of Anya Hindmarch

The Mini Grace bag in a color grid I am endlessly inspired by British handbag designer, Anya Hindmarch. Every season she finds cultural, architectural and artistic influences that act as her muse. These color - based vignettes she has created for her newest saturated collection incorporate found, everyday objects to tell the color tale beautifully, in a cabinet of curiosities way I just love.

Show your love for the big apple with a glittering green minaudiere.

With a pop of white to accent all the crazy color, the Huxley Tote tones things down.

The classic Nevis Tote in playful multi-hued rubber is beachy keen.

DVF HITS HOME

by Marisa Marcantonio

Diane introduced the versatile collection at Bloomingdales to a packed house at the start of fashion week

"Your home reflects who you are and how you want to live," says Diane Von Furstenberg about her new foray into interiors. As the largest cross category introduction at Bloomingdale's, Diane Von Furstenberg's DVF Home collection made a colorful splash when it launched recently. From fashion derived printed bedding and pillows, edgy stoneware to porcelain tabletop, colorful stemware and modern serve ware, the collection is groundbreaking, edgy and fun. Contrasting colors, zebra and floral patterns are meant to be combined to create a unique, vibrant experience. Experimentation is at the heart of this new collection, sure to attract legions of fashionable Furstenberg fans everywhere.

Here are some showstoppers available from Bloomingdale's now:

photos courtesy of Bloomingdales DVF Home
Zig Zag Jungle, an abstracted modern pattern in kelly green, royal blue and white

Giant Grass is a vivid, monochromatic abstracted bamboo pattern

Floral Batik bedding, a bold, oversized natural floral print

Sun Stripe bedding with painterly brush strokes of color

Urban Jungle bedding includes small prints and ikat inspired patterns

Set the table:
A set of Horn serving pieces adds exotic material to the bright table ware.

Slim handled modern flatware in a brushed gold finish called Night
Faceted handles on the jewel toned Powerstone flatware make colored cutlery appealing
Olive Garden Green handles are snazzy too

Opening night high ball glasses with optic stripes

Ultra light High Rise stemware has a visually interesting stem detail

The flute has a short stem and long, bell-shaped glass

The martini glass pairs a classic shape with wide base

A honeycomb pattern stamped on metal in the Powerstone tray adds bling to serve ware

Mashiko serving plate is inspired by Japanese pottery

Aura Shadows, a pattern with watercolor palette

The Powerstone Dinner Plate has a cut corner, varied octagonal shape


Pebble Stone, a Dinner Plate pattern has a zen sensibility with an organic, irregular form.


Bold and energized, the Barcelona Mosaic Dinner plate is a graphic mix of red, white and blue with an abstracted collage pattern