IT'S A JUNGLE OUT THERE: KATE SPADE'S MARTINIQUE PILLOW, A FACEBOOK EXCLUSIVE

by Marisa Marcantonio

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Utilizing social media, more and more companies are harnessing the power of exclusive launches. In an interesting turn, Kate Spade has turned Martinique, the iconic giant banana leaf wallpaper used on the walls of the Beverly Hills Hotel and New York's Indochine, into a limited edition pillow.  One side features the lush green leaves printed on canvas, the other, a skinny black and white stripe. If you like Kate Spade on Facebook you can order it, or click here.

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The pillows were created with Designer Wallcoverings, using the classic old-school tropical print. The enormous leaves on a cream ground pattern was designed by Don Loper for the hotel and first hit the scene in 1942 . Another version called Brazilliance was later designed by Dorothy Draper and used in the Greenbriar resort.

Indochine, seen by the bright light of day, usually seen in its sexy, dimly lit state.

BRIGHT NOW

by Marisa Marcantonio

Right now we are being wowed with wonderful bright hues, from punchy primaries to electric fluoro brights. The array of loud color is amazing-- a rainbow is peeking through for an early spring. Be it color blocking, stripes, or just saturated and unabashed, bright is so right now.

A wall of color at West Elm separating red, yellow, green and blue.

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Paint the town any color you want, as long as you pick a color. Say thanks for a colorful night with Paint The Town Notes from Kate Spade. Mais oui.

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Artist Sirichai's #17 Tongue is a nod to the great graphic 1960's pop art. He worked for fashion minimalist Geoffrey Beene, can you tell? Check out Stampa for their stable of fresh artists prints available with or without a frame.

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An all-over red and white confetti pattern makes this DVF Square Dot tray a party-must.

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Throws always do the trick on the back of a sofa. This mohair number from Jonathan Adler in spring green is smile worthy.

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Better off red with Currey and Company's racing red Lombard Chest.

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A world of color is at your fingertips with Pantone Universe. Their espresso cups in reds and pinks will surely brighten your day.

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The lemon yellow of the Martini Table from West Elm is a tart treat.

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For your favorite knit wit, a knitted pouf in electric pool blue from CB2.

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Stripe it rich with Dwell's chic cotton and wool Draper Stripe Rug in persimmon.

Photos courtesy of Anya Hindmarch

The Mini Grace bag in a color grid I am endlessly inspired by British handbag designer, Anya Hindmarch. Every season she finds cultural, architectural and artistic influences that act as her muse. These color - based vignettes she has created for her newest saturated collection incorporate found, everyday objects to tell the color tale beautifully, in a cabinet of curiosities way I just love.

Show your love for the big apple with a glittering green minaudiere.

With a pop of white to accent all the crazy color, the Huxley Tote tones things down.

The classic Nevis Tote in playful multi-hued rubber is beachy keen.

LINEAR THINKING

by Marisa Marcantonio

Stripes are literally everywhere for spring. Available in varying thickness and color, add fashionable stripes to your wardrobe and your home. They have a happiness factor you cannot deny. Pack a visual punch and stripe it rich when the weather turns warm. Don't you want to earn your stripes?

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The Venezia Pavillion from Z Gallerie will transform your outdoor space into a Dorothy Draper inspired getaway.

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Marilyn Ballet Flats in black and white stripes with red accents from Pretty Ballerinas.

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The Lakehouse indoor outdoor rugs from Dash and Albert have a wide classic awning stripe that works in a variety of settings.

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The Kate Dress from Minnie Mortimer is a classic sailor shirt as dress.
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Brushstroke Bow Anabel is lacquered canvas from Kate Spade with a darling bow detail.

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Candy Shop Jeanette Dress is an easy shirt dress from Kate Spade.

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Black scallop stripe one piece swimsuit from Top Shop.

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Jot a note on a customized zig zag striped notepad from LA Plates.

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Urban Outfitter's Cabana Stripe Duvet Cover is a lot of bang for the buck in a wonderful peachy sorbet color.
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6" Hand painted Metal Ticking Stripe Chandelier Shade from Shades of Light is a way to add a striped element in a small dose.

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The Wycliff Chest with painted stripes lined in turquoise from Pier 1 is a way to make a big impact with stripes.

West Elm Striped Shower Curtain in citron shows stripes horizontally.

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Sunbrella Round Umbrella with stripes from Pottery Barn has thick stripes that look great.

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Land's End Classic Oxford Stripe Duvet Cover combines stripes of varying thickness, reminiscent of French textiles.

and matching Sham

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A crisp blue and white vase from Target brings a little bit of seaside to your home.

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The stripe that started it all, from French purveyors of all things striped since 1850, Saint James. J. Crew carries their beloved Naval II Tee.

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Tribal Triangle Dessert Plates from West Elm have a painterly stripe.

CASE LOGIC: HOW TO DIAL IN STYLE

by Marisa Marcantonio

So I finally got in the game and got the iphone 4. The Verizon iphone that is. It's changed my life but you know all that. The challenge now is when it comes to acquiring a chic case. You see, the reason this is tricky is because there is a slight variation in the button placement, so the iphone 4 cases for AT&T do not fit my new, shiny tech savvy object. Companies are racing to launch them, but they are not very good looking. I have done some digging around and found a few styles worth a mention. Since my phone is quickly becoming an appendage, I need a case that does two things: it looks great and it protects my glossy, gorgeous photo taking miracle of a device. Now for the hard part: how do I choose?

For the monogram variety, these are my picks:

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Claire Bella has theirs made by Case Mate, a leader in the category. Choose from 12 patterns and 13 accent and font colors.



Lipstick Shades has a great assortment as well:
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Lipstick Shades has just launched monogrammed versions that capture the joie de vivre of Tibi and Milly clothing and verve of Quadrille fabrics. I like their motto, add some "style while you dial."







Pattern proud:

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Cute confetti against a navy ground on the iphone 4 cover from Kate Spade adds a touch of whimsy.

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Lilly has Bloomers, a cheery floral case with a soft rubber finish.

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Jonathan Adler designed a happy go lucky cover called Plume.

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Put fashion first with the Fendi Logo Rubber iPhone Case from Neiman Marcus.

Skin is in:

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Case Mate has an understated chic Reptile Barely There Case in a soft green.

A fashionable Reptile aubergine rubber case from Switch Easy has a good grip factor and will soon be made to fit the Verizon iphone 4

Solid Color:

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The Pantone Collection from Case Scenario offers a plethora of rainbow Pantone shades.

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Clean and classic the Gold Barely There Case is a good choice if you want to look glamorous.

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With a matte, rubber finish in the perfect shade of lavender, the Colors case is easy to hold and hard to put down. From Switch Easy, it will be out for the Verizon phone soon.