TRULY GIFTED GIFT GUIDE: THE NEW STONE AGE

by Marisa Marcantonio

From geodes to agate,  malachite and minerals, gemstones and natural elements are leading the way in decorative objects.  Capturing the beauty of the natural world, these one of a kind earthly accessories with incredible diversity in shape and color  make you realize how precious, wonderful and varied nature can be. Give the gift of the unique this year.

Photo courtesy of Tozai

Dransfield and Ross for Tozai created Malachite Shadow Boxes with gemstones found all over the globe. Perfect for those needing a gemstone primer.

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Encourage a friend to take their flower arrangements to new heights in interior designer Richard Mishaan for HSN's purple Amethyst Vase.

 Photo courtesy of Tory Burch

Rock out in Pietra Doro Earrings from Tory Burch.  Mixing Lapis and Mother of Pearl they are made with an inlay technique from the 16th Century, Pietra Dura.

 Photo courtesy of Noble House

This Noble House Designs Santos Cuff with stones like agate, jasper and rock crystal has had me smitten for quiet some time. Totally divine. That Sarah Lowery Ng really has a great eye.

 Photo courtesy of Ralph Lauren

Need that special gift to awe and amaze? Ralph Lauren Home's Malachite Bianca Box sheathed in hand-cut malachite is gorgeous.

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When only the best will do. Amethyst set in a gold leaf surround sits atop a black lucite box created by artisan Eduardo Garza.

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Photo courtesy of Anthropologie

Melissa Joy Manning created this Raw Pyrite Hook for Anthropologie. Adding a bit of chunky stone chic to your walls, why not give them to a friend to hang  their necklaces?

 Photo courtesy of Hillary Thomas Designs

Give a lamp new life with the addition of a cheery finial. Hillary Thomas Designs circular Spiffy in orange Howlite is just the thing.

 Photo courtesy of Kelly Wearstler

For that friend that has it all, Kelly Wearstler's gem encrusted brass Bottle Opener is sure to jazz up their bar.

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A little bit new agey, Richard Mishaan for HSN's blue Agate Obelisk can spruce up any tablescape.

A limoges porcelain Malachite-patterned lidded box houses a fragrant pink champagne-scented candle by L'Objet from Williams-Sonoma

HILLARY THOMAS DESIGNS COMES TO THE NY GIFT SHOW

by Marisa Marcantonio

Photos courtesy of Chic Shop
Gutsy and glam, Hillary Thomas Designs finials, found at her LA-based Chic Shop will be making their New York debut at the Gift Show. Sunny Brentwood, California dwellers designer Hillary Thomas and partner Clara Hendon will also be showing their cane lampshades, 80's essential My Boyfriend's Back Initial Bed Pillows and signature candles. Add a pop of color to dress up lamps by adding their brightly colored finials and shades. Head to Pier 92, Booth 32010 and tell them Stylebeat sent you!

Vibrantly colored semi precious stone finials from the Rock N Rolla collection

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VISIT CHIC SHOP: HILLARY THOMAS AND CLARA HENDON'S WASP LAIR

by Marisa Marcantonio

Find The CS at The Brentwood Town Green, 11973 San Vicente Boulevard

Photos courtesy of Hillary Thomas Designs
Their green exterior welcomes you to the shop

Tucked away in a shopping area in the beautiful suburb of Brentwood,California you will come across of vest pocket of a shop, called Chic Shop. Started by interior designer Hillary Thomas, a self professed "high class horder" and partner and co-founder, Clara Moore Hendon, the new shop carries chic little goodies they have found on vintage shopping jaunts around the country. Looking for a great porcelain frog to spice up a coffee table or a shade to make that new lamp extra special? You can find it here! The space also houses her interiors business, so you will often find her scheming away. It was here that I first got a glimpse of the new Meg Braff wallpapers with Hillary, whenI caught up with them on a recent Friday evening. As small world things go, I had been emailing with Hillary a few months back, and we discovered we were from the same home town, and used to ice skate together in Locust Valley when we were little! The minute I saw her at a dinner the evening before, it all came back, and I recognized the girl that was a mini-celebrity amongst us-- she was the girl on the Tasty Cakes commercials in the early 1970's!

Best friend since college, Clara and Hillary from their college days

Peacock Chairs sit in the window, and a great high gloss black bobbin table is filled with fantastic finds. These are also available through her website, if you cannot make a trip to LA.

Stocked with colorful accent pieces and glassware, they are channeling the fun wasp chic look of the 1960s and early 70's.

A vintage woven fiberglass table with Foo Dogs and bright accessories with a vintage vibe.

Bright chinoiserie pillows in a kelly green print are an easy way to add color to a room.

In her Finial Touch collection, semi precious stone finials named after songs come in brights and act as jewelry for lighting.

Her shades come in grasscloth, as well as preppy prints.

Cane drum lamp shades with colored borders take a lamp from ho hum to happy in an instant.

Multi-Colored Jeweled Sconces have small flowers made of glass in blue and green colors.

Door knockers hang on the wall behind a set of vintage glassware, trays and fun objects.

The Chic Shop manifesto is about having fun with flair:

To us, “Vintage Chic” is synonymous with Slim Aarons, the famed mid-century photographer who made his career out of what he called “photographing attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places.” Aarons had this unique ability of
capturing everything we love about that era in an authentic way - he never used a stylist or make-up artist. Most noted for his iconic photography of the 50s and 60s jet-set, he captured
covetable lives in glamorous places. The time was pre-women’s lib, so ladies were still changing their outfits three times a day and sending hand-written invitations for dinner parties. With Europe out from under the war and the jet age in full swing, glamorous people suddenly had access to new exotic places, and this began to inform and influence a new sense of style. It was a fascinating time. People with the means and curiosity could engage new cultures like never before. They brought a deep respect for traditional manners and mores, which became infused with a layered, worldly, and sophisticated style. This
juxtaposition of old and new brought about an entirely new design aesthetic and lifestyle that we champion called Vintage Chic
- Hillary and Clara

What's not to love?