TRULY GIFTED GIFT GUIDE: THE NEW STONE AGE

by Marisa Marcantonio

From geodes to agate,  malachite and minerals, gemstones and natural elements are leading the way in decorative objects.  Capturing the beauty of the natural world, these one of a kind earthly accessories with incredible diversity in shape and color  make you realize how precious, wonderful and varied nature can be. Give the gift of the unique this year.

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Dransfield and Ross for Tozai created Malachite Shadow Boxes with gemstones found all over the globe. Perfect for those needing a gemstone primer.

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Encourage a friend to take their flower arrangements to new heights in interior designer Richard Mishaan for HSN's purple Amethyst Vase.

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Rock out in Pietra Doro Earrings from Tory Burch.  Mixing Lapis and Mother of Pearl they are made with an inlay technique from the 16th Century, Pietra Dura.

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This Noble House Designs Santos Cuff with stones like agate, jasper and rock crystal has had me smitten for quiet some time. Totally divine. That Sarah Lowery Ng really has a great eye.

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Need that special gift to awe and amaze? Ralph Lauren Home's Malachite Bianca Box sheathed in hand-cut malachite is gorgeous.

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When only the best will do. Amethyst set in a gold leaf surround sits atop a black lucite box created by artisan Eduardo Garza.

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Melissa Joy Manning created this Raw Pyrite Hook for Anthropologie. Adding a bit of chunky stone chic to your walls, why not give them to a friend to hang  their necklaces?

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Give a lamp new life with the addition of a cheery finial. Hillary Thomas Designs circular Spiffy in orange Howlite is just the thing.

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For that friend that has it all, Kelly Wearstler's gem encrusted brass Bottle Opener is sure to jazz up their bar.

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A little bit new agey, Richard Mishaan for HSN's blue Agate Obelisk can spruce up any tablescape.

A limoges porcelain Malachite-patterned lidded box houses a fragrant pink champagne-scented candle by L'Objet from Williams-Sonoma

UP- AND- COMERS AND ESTABLISHMENT MINGLE ON THE NEW AD 100

by Marisa Marcantonio

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Calling their work "imaginative, intelligent, and inspiring" Architectural Digest recently came out with their list of AD100: The Top Talents in Architecture and Interior Design. Many on it are the usual suspects that do consistently great work, but some you may not know as well.
Margaret Russel has injected a much-needed breath of fresh air, and talent into the list. By highlighting design standouts, many of the designers listed here will experience an uptick in new client calls, and hopefully, a full, rich career ahead. All designers work incredibly hard, and it is great to see the addition of talent that opens the door for an entirely new generation that is well on their way. It's always nice to be acknowledged. So, who do you think should be on next year's list?

Here are some additions I was pleased to see:

Los Angeles-based Alexandra and Michael Misczynski, the married due of Atelier AM create understated, stylish homes

Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller, another husband and wife team, of New York's Carrier and Company. They create fresh interiors that mix rustic and fine antiques with visually appealing unique fabrics

LA's lifestyle maven and shop owner, Kelly Wearstler

Madeline Stuart, the LA-based furniture and interior designer who fuses modern style and traditional beauty

Fantastical, glamorous color-filled interiors define Miles Redd's interiors

New York-based internationally inspired Muriel Brandolini, a genius at eclectic, European-tinged, art-filled playful interiors

Classic yet constantly inventive Brit designer Nicky Haslam/NH Interiors, who injects personality into everything he does

Bold interiors give Richard Mishaan's layered spaces a well deserved spot on the list

Mix masters Robin Standefer and husband Stephen Alesch of Roman and Williams of NYC are hot hot hot and love to pair brass and wood

Stephen Gambrel of NYC has a chic take on comfort, with crisp lines and pops of unexpected colors

Atlanta's Suzanne Kasler, who can do inviting luxe cabins and grand country homes with equal warmth
and sophistication

Suzanne Rheinstein, the reigning classicist of LA and owner of iconic LA antique-filled shop, Hollyhock

GLAMOUROUS LIFE: BRASSY IS CLASSY

by Marisa Marcantonio

Photo courtesy of Kelly Wearstler
Kelly Wearstler's home accessories collection for Bergdorf Goodman Decorative Home is brass heavy.

Brass is back. The warm metal, whether with a patina of age or bright and new, can add a mellow golden hue in the way silver, nickel and chrome can't. With a nod to Kelly Wearstler, who opened the door for more, today's brass is sexy and suave. Whether you are going for 70's Italian, Studio 54, or 80's redux, the glint of brass adds a glamorous glow.

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Flair Home Collection has a Vintage French Screen with teal and gold lacquer that is the tops.

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Amelia, a bombe chest from Oly is wrapped in brushed brass. Place it in a front hall as a statement piece or in a living room with a pair of great lamps on it.

A small drinks table from Jayson in brass with an x base and cut corners is just the spot for something small. Place it next to a sofa or by a cozy chair for some luxe gleam.

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Spindly brass wall flowers have a fun slinky - like movement to them that will make you smile. Available through Jayson Home and Garden.

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Links of polished brass make this light and airy lidded box from Made Goods a gorgeous decorative element.

Hammered brass box and vase from Studio A has grooved texture that gives it the metal a softer look.

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The Travers sconce, designed by Amanda Nisbet for Urban Electric, mixes brass, etched glass and cherry wood for a subtle shadow play.

The stunning Baroque Lamp with high relief swirls from Laura Kirar for Arteriors is a little bit art deco a little bit disco.

Dwell for Global Views spiky ball is the sort of decorative object every coffee table should have. Consider it the modern day equivalent of the Moravian star Albert Hadley loved to use.

Brass and ebony iron accents make this mixed material orb with large studs an object of interest. From Dwell for Global Views.

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Make a tablescape even better with a piece that has a bit of height. Marble and brass in this dynamic piece from Dwell for Global Views has a Brancusi feel.

Tom Dixon created The Etch Pendant for DWR out of digitally cut and etched brass. It casts a radiant glow.

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A dodecahedron in gold ceramic from Made Goods has many facets that all look great. From a bookshelf to a side table they are unusual additions.

Perch on this spun gold garden seat from Waylande Gregory or use it for a side table, whatever purpose it suits, it will be gorg.