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.

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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.

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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.

WHY DON'T YOU: ENTERTAIN OUTSIDE!

by Marisa Marcantonio

Add a few new seasonal items to perk up your outdoor space this summer. Make the most of the balmy nights with chic umbrellas, stylish lanterns, and more:

WEATHERED WICKER:
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The wicker Voyage chair from Jardins en Fleur is like sitting under a tree, you get shade and a great view. The side portholes allow for an added sky view.

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Pottery Barn makes a huge wicker tray large enough to set on a round ottoman for drinks and platters.

MADE IN THE SHADE:
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The Soho Square Umbrella with fretwork detail and side tassels from Z Gallerie provide your garden with a Hollywood Regency hotel vibe.

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The batik print Hot Pagoda Umbrella Pier 1 has a jaunty two-tier design.

NIGHT LIGHTS:
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The Rize Garden Votive Holder is a garden stake post that holds a votive. Line a pathway with there for instant evening drama from Z Gallerie.



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Traditional lanterns reinterpreted with soft lines make the Bristol Lanterns from Pottery Barn look great around the pool, by the front door or lining a walkway.

GET A THRILL FROM WHAT YOU GRILL:
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Seagrass pitcher and glasses from Pier 1 will transport you and your iced tea to the French riviera.

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Acrylic tumblers from Target" online look like hobnail glass. Why sacrifice style for plastic?

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Add a little bug humor with Target's Ants and Gingham plastic platter. The uninvited guest that always shows up! Available online only.

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Fun flatware is hard to find, it is often tacky and cheap looking. Fear not, Pottery Barn comes to the rescue with this 12-piece set. It is easy to bring to the beach in it's tube carrying case.

HOME COMFORTS:

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These folding chairs are easy to store and have a clean design. Land's End has them with and without arms.

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A beanbag table adds a youthful playroom vibe to an outside living room. Outside? Well, yes, it's water-resistant and great for using in a covered area. West Elm did Ikat for a loungey piece.

LOOKING FOR CHINOISERIE FURNITURE? JARDINS EN FLEUR IS JUST THE THING

by Marisa Marcantonio

Jardins en Fleur is a fairly new company. Simon P. Scott created "Gardens in Flower" from a love of pretty Chinoiserie. Since the 17th Century, fanciful images of an imaginary China have been used. They are especially hot right now. Pagodas, Chinoiserie toiles, screens and loads of other motifs are permeating the landscape. What can I say, bring it on! Simon began his development research in Northern China, where he fell for the silk painting process. Soon he decided expand what was going to be a silk wallpaper venture into something more. Visiting with artisans, he saw he could do things with rattan that were new and fresh. From there he started a line of lighting, framed panels, ceramics and more, based on China's decorative strengths.
For their second NY Gift Show they had more accessories and lighting. I chose to focus on their furniture, because it has such a wow factor. Fretwork was not being done by many companies, and I adore the retro resort flair it has. They offer a variety of finishes and poppy brights. To find out where you can locate Jardin en Fleur check their website. Enjoy!

All photos courtesy of Jardin en Fleur
Nesting tables are always needed. Scatter them around the house or waterfall them.

A Pagoda Coromandel Etagere is great to display some books, what nots, and picture frames.


This killer breakfront does have a lot going on, but it's pretty fab. Show off some blue and white Spode china or majolica.


Perfect for a Lyford Cay house, this canopy bed needs some bright Matouk linens on it.



The Papillon Chair could go rustic Adirondack or porch, anywhere.


Substantial benches with high backs are so great in entryways. A Quadrille cushion is calling for this bench.


This piece comes as a console and a desk. Since we spend so much time at our desks, make it great. Red accessories would be killer here.


At a card table or dining table, chairs with personality are always welcome.


A tray table is the perfect perch for an orchid, more silver picture frames and a candle.


THE BRAINCHILD:


Ah yes, the framed panels that started it all. They are hand-painted on silk in soft pastels. Other motifs include the Cherry Blossom, which goes hand in hand with a pretty interior.