by Marisa Marcantonio

No matter how you say thank you to friends and family this holiday season, say it with style. I talked to the best talent and creative minds in the interior design industry to see what they were giving this year. The results are a mix of varied treasures, sure to make any recipient glad to have a friend that chic!

Photo courtesy of Hutton Wilkinson
Tony Duquette designer Hutton Wilkinson will be "giving everyone on my list limited edition signed and numbered special edition set of my books, Tony Duquette and More is More, double boxed in a Jim Thompson fabric slip case with gilded edges, special book plates and satin ribbons." Ooh la la, am I on that list, I hope?

Photo courtesy of Allegra Hicks
London- based Allegra Hicks does fashion and fabrics with Lee Jofa. She just came out with a new book, and will be giving friends and loved one's the Travel Bag she has designed for her collection.

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Christopher Spitzmiller helps friends remember essential dates with engraved calendars from Benneton Graveur.

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Julia Noran, founder of Editor at Large likes to give cakes for the holidays. "Very Vera is the best!" she exclaimed.

Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé Champagne
Interior designer Kevin Isbell's favorite gift to give go to gift for the holiday season is a chilled bottle of Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé champagne. It makes the perfect hostess gift, or a simple token of appreciation. The Billecart-Salmon has a beautiful rose color and is dry without being overly dry. For those extra special occasions opt for the Billecart-Salmon Brut Cuvee Elisabeth 2000. It's worth every penny.

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LA's Suzanne Rheinstein likes to give embroidered and applique cocktail napkins she has made for her LA shop, Hollyhock.

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Architects James Shearron and Richard Bories of Bories and Sharron revealed, "We love to give Cire Trudon candles. Our favorite is Roi Soleil....eucalyptus, orange, cedar, fir and green leaves. The fragrance of the "Mirror Gallery" of the Chateau de Versailles."

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The best giftie according to Jonathan Adler is his whimsical needlepoint Astrology Pillow. They really are fun.

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Bunny Williams likes to give her fragranced candle and bone lidded container to put it in. Available at her shop, Treillage.

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Amanda Nisbet is a big fan of designer Eduardo Garza and his handmade decorative boxes, "they are fabulous for their color, texture and duality of materials."
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After a collaboration with Brit fashion designer Ted Baker, Nina Campbell is giving her Perroquet - patterned Osborne and Little fabric shoe trees cosmetic bags and hangers to friends as stocking stuffers.

Aesthetic eye Timothy Whealon designs projects around the globe but loves the delicious all - American confections from Hughes Home Maid Chocolates in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. To order, call 920-231-7232.

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Home accessories designer Robyn Brooks will be helping her friends keep track of their luggage on holiday travels with luggage tags she designed.

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Sophie Donelson, freelance writer and Editor TV host shared,
"I never tire of giving cheeky custom party supplies from For Your Party. For a friend in Red Hook, Brooklyn, I designed coasters with an anchor illustration and the phrase, Red Hook: Not Just For Hookers. For my parents, who live in my hometown of Ashburnham, Mass. (which I loving refer to as The 'Ham), I gifted, 'ham is where the heart is paper napkins."

Quest's Executive Editor Georgina Schaeffer will be giving her godchild a cute towel from Personalization Mall.

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Mieke Ten Have, Elle Decor's new Associate Style Editor is giving her friends Fouta Lifestyle's Tunisian towel. Is it a wrap, towel, or blanket? You decide.

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Mac Hoak of Mecox Gardens has a great selection of antique bookends. These lions are fierce.

Thomas Jayne treats friends to hand made business card holders in red leather from Peter Hermann Leather Goods at 118 Thompson Street, New York 212 966 9050.

LA based designer Ruthie Sommers is going the environmental route, giving friends a tree in the Amazon rain forest through Rainforest Forever.

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LA designer Kathryn M. Ireland carries Hugo Guiness prints in her Almont Yard shop and online, which she will be giving for the holidays.

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Vintage furniture guru Liz O’Brien will be giving her friends a glowing gift. These reproduction brass, mirror and glass hurricanes originally designed by Albert Hadley in the late 1960’s for a Washington DC nightclub called Pisces.

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Chicago interior designer with a newly launched website and blog, Alessandra Branca, loves the shimmer and pop of the Silvered Log Stool from Branca.

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Fabric designer and blogger Michael Devine will be gifting Venice Trinket Trays in his fabrics to friends.

Lindsey Coral Harper, a New York- based interior designer who is great with color is giving friends her holiday soy candle from Lamshop, her furniture line.
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LA Interior designer Trip Haenisch will be giving 100 Contemporary Artists from Taschen. “Art is a very important element of my design and is an important part of a well-done home. As a designer, part of my process is to educate my clients and to expose them to the best; be it art, furniture, fabric or accessories. I see what they respond to and take my inspiration from that. This book serves to educate my clients and friends to contemporary art and will also look great on a coffee table!”

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Celerie Kemble said, "I love the odd D. Porthault dumbell pillow (great for travel) or showercap --a granny chic useful trifle-- for girls."

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Nandita Khanna, a senior editor at Town and Country shared, "I don’t think you can ever go wrong with beautiful stationary from Bernard Maisner. This winter he’s created a selection of note pads with his signature whimsical illustrations—the question marks are my favorite. Even in the day of the iPad, iPhone and Blackberry, I still love having a chic notepad to jot down to-do lists, or take messages on. I’ll give a selection of these to friends whose holiday parties I’ll attend.”

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Tabletop accessory ace Kim Seybert likes to give friends accessories from her Heavy Metal Collection.

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Writer and interior industry talent Susanna Salk's tech take is interesting: "My friends at York Street Studio just designed this way cool silver hand charger for the iphone and Apple snatched it up. The perfect gift for my most fave and fab friends!" Order through York Street.

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Carolyne James McDonough will be giving friends her new Diane James Home signature scent candle, "with pretty packaging done by none other than the talented painter Patricia Von Esche of PVE Design!"

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LA designer Betsy Burnham is giving Hubs Peanuts, because, "I give these every year to clients, vendors, friends, neighbors. they are the biggest, heartiest, most delicious peanuts you’ve ever had. and the chocolate covered ones are to die for! I love them because they’re festive without being typically christmas-y (or super unhealthy), and also because the company is family owned and the product is locally grown (well, in virginia) and unbelievably fresh."

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The Deenie Tote is what writer, antique dealer and all around creative entrepreneur Marcia Sherril is gifting, "I am giving everyone an Anabelle by Marcia Sherrill handbag, for one thing most of my friends have bags named after them....and they are the perfect accessory!"


by Marisa Marcantonio

Photos courtesy of Hollyhock
With a great new location and lots of new exciting antiques, Hollyhock has a new ivy - covered home at 927 N. La Cienega Blvd. Bringing the best of international design in home and tabletop, interior designer Suzanne Rheinstein carries Robert Kime printed fabrics and William Yeoward crystal from England, France's Astier de Villatte ceramics and hand picked antiques from shopping jaunts abroad. Adding the the selection is her Hollyhock Home Collection, Bunny Williams’s furniture and accessory collection BeeLine Home, Vladimir porcelain flowers, Christopher Spitzmiller lamps and Gayle Warwick linens. Hollyhock serves as a fabulous design resource as well as a salon, where Suzanne holds book events, cocktail parties, and cultural evenings to pique the interest of the strong design community she has cultivated there.

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With her New York apartment recently on the cover of Elle Decor and the launch of her first book, At Home: A Style for Today with Things from the Past with Rizzoli, Suzanne has been busy as can be. The palette in her city apartment is calm and soothing-- just the thing for urban living. She manages to find the time to come to New York often, and I recently caught up with her at Alexa Hampton's book launch.

It's all about the mix at Hollyhock. A Beeline Home Coffee Table sits in a lively setting of antiques.

Suzanne is a master at creating vignettes around the shop-- every nook is a place to sit and read a book-- everything you want your home to be and more.

A bone inlay frame sits behind a chest with blue and white Chinese jars and a stylish lamp.

Suzanne and the girls in her shop adore light green-- it makes everything look beautiful in the California light. If you are throwing a party, swing by the shop to pick up everything from china to votives.

Another vignette mixes textures and colors for a varied look that combines old and new elements.

The textural beauty of a console and Italian ceramic vase converge in a tonal moment.


by Marisa Marcantonio

The Hilldale location

Hollyhock features a beautifully edited mix, displayed in vignettes around the store

Great finishes and textures make the interior of the shop feel move in ready

In West Hollywood, interior designer Suzanne Reinstein created a modern- day salon for the traditional design set in California with her shop, Hollyhock. The original location, opened 20 years ago, was in Larchmont village. She moved into her Hilldale Avenue space in 2000, an old post office that was once Tony Duquette's studio. The mix of antiques, china, books, her upholstery line, and the latest finds were artfully displayed throughout the open layout. Book signings, product launches, and parties galore have been thrown in this fantastic space with a soaring ceiling. Suzanne created a modern day salon in her midst. With her design studio upstairs, she could greet the design community and throw parties on site. By bringing Robert Kime fabrics and William Yeoward Crystal from England, John Rosselli furniture and New York's Christopher Spitzmiller lamps to an LA, she set the tone with a mix of 18th and 19th century antiques and objects finding the audience craved it. She would paint feature walls the brightest red and mango yellow, showcasing her array in catchy vignettes. Out front, she always had an array of antique garden furniture, plant stands and two flowering trees in Belgian planters welcomed visitors. The setting was glorious. Well, times change, and more and more designers with shops are heading over to La Cienega, the design corridor. The street is lined with design cognoscenti, from Therien, newly relocated Hollywood at Home, Lee Stanton, Downtown LA and more. The group of dealers support each other through their organization, La Cienega Design Quarter, where they have parties and design walks to engage the community. Hollyhock will now be in on the action, amidst friends. I can't wait to see the environment she creates there. The new address is 927 North La Cienega Boulevard. The local cantina, Comme Ca, will now be even more packed!

Some great finds are for sale...

The White Tufted Chair

The Chinoiserie Lacquer Etagere with Pagoda Roof and Gold Painted Fish
with Bell Tassels

The Mandarin Coffee Table with circles and squares for a garden setting.

The Faux Coral Plaster Sconce

The Beebe Chaise is a piece I am very fond of.After numerous visits to Hollyhock, I still find myself drawn to the charming welted pleating. It's all in the details.

The Flip Top Regulation Game Table in Tobacco Lacquer with Classical Geometric Motif in Inlaid Horn with Sueded Reverse Top