by Marisa Marcantonio

With the cold that has gripped most of the country recently, it is nice to look at summery home accessories to warm up with thoughts that summer days are not far off. I was able to do just that as I walked the isles of the New York Gift Show yesterday, where there were coastal chic nautical motifs, shell-encrusted pieces and warm weather entertaining accessories aplenty. 

I also noticed more than a fair amount of Chinoiserie. I feel like we JUST went through this trend, but it is back, and has been bubbling up for some time. It is here a major way, from painted cherry blossoms on ceramics, to ginger jars, pagodas, and more. I love the style, it is just incredible that it is back with such warp speed. Is this the way popular trends will surface, just hit the repeat button every few years? This may be the case. If people like it, evergreen themes sell well. Speaking of popular motifs,  I am also seeing a LOT of coral again. It just went away....or so I thought. So here are some of my favorite things that caught my eye and have style that (I hope) will endure.

I went a little bit crazy when I spotted these. JM Piers painted tole mini lanterns with bell detail votive candles are the perfect thing for outdoor entertaining.  They are available through Dalton Pratt in Washington DC.

 Add some Oomph to your dining room table or mantel with their brand new simple hurricanes. I love how the base resembles a puffy column base, while feeling fresh and classic.

I have been meaning to write about Holly Stuart Designs for ages. Her printed hard place mats and coasters are done in incredibly pretty prints that work well in so many interior settings. Incredibly durable and easy to gift, her printed coasters are now available in a set of 4, by color or pattern. Such an easy and elegant hostess or dinner party gift.

Plat du Jour, a line of cheery and practical paper mats came in great new patterns that included Chinoiserie, whales and schools of fish.

 Chinoiserie looks fresh and new on this Dransfield and Ross pillow with Chinese blue and white plates and vase cut-outs.

Kim Seybert knocked it out of the park this show, with a ton of slew of  Chinoiserie and coral motifs.  The Pagoda embroidered cocktail and canape napkins with dragon boat and pagodas surrounded by a fanciful colored border in a set of 6 had me at hello.

Lest we forget the darling elephant chain being shaded by an umbrella with a punchy orange scallop edge.

 Or the multi colored seersucker with bright contrast edging and tropical motifs, sold in a set of 6.

 More Chinoiserie! Kim Seybert did a punchy blue and white pagoda toile pattern in melamine, complete with a matching picnic basket. Now you will be ready for Central Park or Ascot.

 Zoe Bios Creative continues their winning streak with artwork that combines individual style and beautiful abstract watercolors  and photography.

I adore the decorative painter Harrison Howard, so happy to see his Chinoiserie designs at Dean Rhys Morgan Works on Paper booth.

Jonathan Adler killed it with mixed materials this show. Brass! Inlaid shells! Lucite! This articulated turtle has my name on it for my menagerie collection. Good thing Mr. Adler was on hand to show me the plethora of newness with, as always,  such wonderful unbridled enthusiasm.

Scalloped brass tables with shell inlay are super sexy glam from Jonathan Adler.

What! Coffee tables, side tables and more in lucite with brass corners also at Jonathan Adler. I kinda want everything. Just like vintage, but fresh and new.

There speckled colorful painted cubes from Jonathan Adler in punchy colors remind me of the work of a decorative painter without the customization and wait time.

Emporium Home launched a bevy of great new things. This stacked glass and metal Luck Be a Lady lamp was spot on with a vintage vibe.

It's here! John Robshaw has teamed up with environment friendly Cisco Brothers Furniture for a line of pieces. This little tufted number leads the collection.

Adding to their upholstery ensemble, Oomph's charming linear X- Bench with painted wood leg and small arm is a winner for small locations that need a perch.

With cut corners and classic lines, Bungalow 5's new Jardin kelly green bamboo chair is as good as it gets for all you vintage classic reboot fans.

Circular details, round lucite knobs and a cut out base add special touches to Bungalow 5's Savoy three-drawer white dresser that is calling out for a tropical home.

With green penshell overlay, Made Goods simple Parsons style table has an added elegance to it.


by Marisa Marcantonio

A visit to Pier 94, At Home and Accent of Design of the New York Gift Show yielded some exciting new finds. The artistic hand is still very much present, bold bright and striking color is as strong as ever, clean all American design is carrying over from summer to winter, and exoticism from globally sourced goods adds a touch of faraway chic. From abstract painting to high gloss lacquer finishes to embroidery, it's time to embrace eclecticism. It's all in the mix.

Zoe Bios Creative represents the work of 21 artists. The work they displayed was one of the most inspiringly fabulous finds of the day.

Bold abstracted watercolor prints from a variety of artists hung en masse around their booth opened my eyes to a trove of great art by artists whose work I never knew.

Bringing her painter background to tabletop, Gail Garcia's eathernware Dinner-Ware line includes this striking black and white abstracted brushtroke design.

An upholstered dresser covered in Indian embroidered textiles from Mangalam Arts is really outside the box in the best sense of the expression.

Lance Wovens launched a marbleized printed leather collection. Amazing.

Hillary Thomas launched a new Finial Touch collection, Moxie,  in collab with acrylic queen Alexandra Von Furstenberg made of laser - cut acrylic. It is hot.

Newell Freivogel  and Sally Gate, the sister act founders of Burrow and Hive in their booth showing for the first time.

Are you thinking holiday gifts? Here you go. It is the year of the pochette, I do declare.

A medallion print from the Longstreet Collection is a mandala of Skittles color.

New hanging lanterns from JM Piers are based on British lanterns probably of a much larger scale.

A striking new dining table with turned ball legs from Dunes and Duchess available in brights too.

Bungalow 5 launched a vivid royal blue lacquer collection which included this chic little mirror-topped x-base tray table.

Pochettes aplenty at Christen Maxwell of cotton prints, jelly neons, and metallic linen.