SHELL IT OUT

by Marisa Marcantonio

It's time to bid adieu to the seashore and seashells, but that doesn't mean you can't bring the seaside feeling inside. Karen Robertson's coastal chic  artistic endeavors never fail to surprise, so as you put away your flip flops and sarongs, you can still look at the art on your walls and feel as though your toes are in the sun - warmed sand.

 Karen Robertson's shell - encrusted Blue Limpet Shell Anchors framed artwork  come encased in acrylic or wood frames. There is an old - world charm to these clean and spare designs.

For a more is more effect, shell flourishes and curlicues. Like a neo - sailors valentine, The Shell Grotto collection includes detailed shell inlay in elaborate decorative patterns.  Utilizing the 18th Century art of mosaic shell patterning, the detail is incredible.

NEWS AND DEBUTS: 2012 SPRING NY GIFT SHOW

by Marisa Marcantonio

Feeling the need for faux? Karen Robertson Collection is launching a new collection of decorative accessories with tortoise shell finishes, all done to resemble the real thing, a Victorian-era specialty. Choose from rich brown mottled mirrors, boxes, obelisks or egg-shaped finials, all in the faux finish.

Soaring upward, a stately pair of obelisks on a mantle could be just what you have been looking for.

On a desk or a bookshelf, this box will never go empty.