GLAMOUROUS LIFE: BRASSY IS CLASSY

by Marisa Marcantonio

Photo courtesy of Kelly Wearstler
Kelly Wearstler's home accessories collection for Bergdorf Goodman Decorative Home is brass heavy.

Brass is back. The warm metal, whether with a patina of age or bright and new, can add a mellow golden hue in the way silver, nickel and chrome can't. With a nod to Kelly Wearstler, who opened the door for more, today's brass is sexy and suave. Whether you are going for 70's Italian, Studio 54, or 80's redux, the glint of brass adds a glamorous glow.

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Flair Home Collection has a Vintage French Screen with teal and gold lacquer that is the tops.

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Amelia, a bombe chest from Oly is wrapped in brushed brass. Place it in a front hall as a statement piece or in a living room with a pair of great lamps on it.

A small drinks table from Jayson in brass with an x base and cut corners is just the spot for something small. Place it next to a sofa or by a cozy chair for some luxe gleam.

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Spindly brass wall flowers have a fun slinky - like movement to them that will make you smile. Available through Jayson Home and Garden.

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Links of polished brass make this light and airy lidded box from Made Goods a gorgeous decorative element.

Hammered brass box and vase from Studio A has grooved texture that gives it the metal a softer look.

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The Travers sconce, designed by Amanda Nisbet for Urban Electric, mixes brass, etched glass and cherry wood for a subtle shadow play.

The stunning Baroque Lamp with high relief swirls from Laura Kirar for Arteriors is a little bit art deco a little bit disco.

Dwell for Global Views spiky ball is the sort of decorative object every coffee table should have. Consider it the modern day equivalent of the Moravian star Albert Hadley loved to use.

Brass and ebony iron accents make this mixed material orb with large studs an object of interest. From Dwell for Global Views.

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Make a tablescape even better with a piece that has a bit of height. Marble and brass in this dynamic piece from Dwell for Global Views has a Brancusi feel.

Tom Dixon created The Etch Pendant for DWR out of digitally cut and etched brass. It casts a radiant glow.

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A dodecahedron in gold ceramic from Made Goods has many facets that all look great. From a bookshelf to a side table they are unusual additions.

Perch on this spun gold garden seat from Waylande Gregory or use it for a side table, whatever purpose it suits, it will be gorg.

WHITE HOT SUMMER WHITES

by Marisa Marcantonio

With the hot weather finally here, white feels right. You may want to don your tennis whites or white jeans daily because they make you feel so put together.
From wardrobe to decorative accessories, the crisp, cool, feel of white makes everything light and airy. Mix it with pops of orange and turquoise for an instant jolt or use it alone for simple serenity.

Jardins en Fleur's Alabaster Moorish Garden Stool suggest architectural elements in far off lands.

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Tod's white leather Tote bag is classic and simple.

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Looking to wear white too? Like giant pearls, these hand crafted resin beads on a leather cord make a statement. Available through Atlanta's Pieces.

Alabaster Grapes from Jardins en Fleur are a great decorative item that are making a comeback from the 1960's. The stem is made of wood, giving it a realistic look.

Photo courtesy of Serena and Lily
I have long thought this tiered table would make the perfect spot for my printer and extra paper. Don't you agree? Get yours from Serena and Lily.

Photo courtesy of Jonathan Adler
Resembling a swirl of frozen yogurt, the Medium Spiral Vase from Jonathan Adler has an organic shape that looks good enough to eat.

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White plates work with anything and always look great. These Neo Baroque Plates from West Elm have an interesting curved edge.

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The Ivory Eel and Brass Mirror designed by Flair combines shiny brass with a textural skin for a catchy mod 70's look.

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This delicate looking bird's nest orb was designed by Dutch designer Bertjan Pot for Moooi. I have always loved its ethereal quality. From The Conran Shop.

A beautiful wavy marble bowl from Made Goods would look great on an entry table.

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The new Piedmont Tall 4 Drawer Chest from Bungalow 5 has clean lines and a Swedish meets mid century sensibility. The shelf at the bottom is a great addition to have an open storage option.

FLAIR FOR LIVING

by Marisa Marcantonio

I first met Joe Nye when I was out in Laguna Beach photographing one of his client's houses for House Beautiful. I was struck from the outset by his incredible sense of style and superb use of among many things, color and pattern. Since that time, we have developed both a friendship and a working relationship of mutual respect and admiration.

I worked with Joe some time later to help him build his brand and expand his creative vision with product development. Part of this effort was to work with him on a book with Rizzoli. It has manifested itself in an incredibly charming square format that is filled with glorious pictures of Joe's ideas for table settings and entertaining. Without question, "Flair" comes naturally to Joe -- he has it in spades. The book shows readers how to entertain with panache and discusses choosing invitations, place cards, setting the table and arranging flowers. Joe's high energy and constant creative ideas are inspiring to be around -- his love of fabrics with bold patterns, pretty china, and a vision of how it should come together are ever present. Now that summer is in full swing, entertaining is on many of our minds. How do you create a memorable experience? Well, with Joe Nye's Flair as your guide, your guests will feel especially welcome.



The cover of Flair starts it off with a bang, showing Joe's beloved hand painted Isis ceramics with Juliska's classic black bamboo flatware on a tablecloth made from a fabric that pairs unexpected colors. The book gives a true sense of Joe's ability to create young traditional settings with beautiful decorative elements and high design details. Setting the scene for ladies lunches, birthday celebrations and memorable dinners, the book shares ideas you can use, ways to work with what you already own, and how to tie a whole look together.


We visited the LA flower market, a huge warehouse space with rows and rows of bright bunches. Carnations are a favorite of Joe's so they play a starring role in the book. His pale green sweater looks great against the pale lilac of the Hydrangea.

Red, white and blue is a perennial summer favorite. With the 4th of July coming, this table looks just right. A red toile tablecloth sets the groundwork for mixing high and low. Crate and Barrel lanterns are shown next to Dahlia's in antique silver containers. Use what you have and mix high and low together. To add visual interest, use flutes and lower water glasses at different heights.


Each place setting has a guest gift of Teuscher truffles, flown in daily from Switzerland. Give your guests a sweet little something as a take home gift so the event lingers in their memory. Grab a freshly cut stem and place it at each setting-- it's all in the details.

Baby's Breath, "are much maligned flower" in Joe - speak, used here en masse to great dramatic effect. He teaches us to look singular flower arrangements, and to look at certain types of inexpensive flowers with a new eye. They can look great when done right. Luckily, Joe had great environments to work with. Many of the shoots took place in homes he designed, so he was very familiar with the surroundings!

Every book needs a signature element. In this case, each place setting is shown up close and personal. This way, you get the whole story, show how the varied elements come together. Joe mixed his Flight Barr and Barr antique china with a Home, James! Chinatown Charger. The look is unexpected and fun. For the flowers, he pulled out colors found in the china, and for napkins, a shade of aqua.


Photos by Edmund Barr
Aubergine and kelly green make a great pairing. Don't be afraid to mix and match patterns that are vastly different. The geometric border of Elsie from Charlotte Moss for Pickard works well with my favorite pattern, Chelsea Flowers by Mottahedeh. Purple William Yeoward Crystal goblets bring out the flowers in the china.