by Marisa Marcantonio

Lo and behold, the 4th of July is upon us. I wish you a fantastic holiday, filled with blue skies/sun/sand/BBQ's/cold cocktails/family/best friends/beautiful views and memories in the making. See you next week!

 Photo courtesy of Chandon

A crisp blue and white striped bottle,  Chandon's Limited Edition Brut Classic 2013, is a 4th of July must. The bottle design, rope and all, will have you hook line and sinker.

Photo courtesy of Kate Spade Saturday

Tie one on and chill with Kate Spade Saturday's acrylic ice bucket with red rope handles. So mobile.

Photo courtesy of Pier 1

Rituals are part of the family fun. Festive red, white and blue crackers come with little surprises inside. Kids love this sort of thing. They get a paper crown to wear around. Pier 1 is a great go-to for 4th of July paraphernalia.

Photo courtesy of Bloomingdales

You will rarely ever lose your towel when it is  a vivid pattern, like Sunnylife's Jervis towel in red and navy.

Photo courtesy of Mr. Boddington

Say thanks for a great holiday with Mr. Boddington's always charming letterpress note cards.

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Rock some blue and white gingham. Sunnies from Opening Ceremony will keep you looking and feeling cool. 

Photo courtesy of Jonathan Adler

Protect your optics with Jonathan Adler's needlepoint anchor case.

Photo courtesy of Thomas Paul

Serve up crustaceans in red white and blue patriot style on Thomas Paul's melamine friendly lobster platter

Photo courtesy of West Elm

Since your dogs will be scared stiff after the Fireworks, lure them out from under the bed with a cookie, served out of West Elm's minimalist chic Dipper Pet Jars. Hopefully, they will soon forget about the trauma to their ears.

Photo courtesy of Lance Wovens

Crafted of supple woven leather, Lance Wovens Nation on Vacation pillow is a great reason to relax on the sofa.

Photo courtesy of Cost Plus World Market

An indigo blue lumbar pillow with a red and white striped swath down the center make World Market's  pillow a nice one for the summer rental.

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Bring the blue and white inside with Oomph's Tini Ottoman, upholstered in a casual wavy blue and white print.


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.


by Marisa Marcantonio

There is a certain excitement that comes from finding new companies creating beautiful products, especially when they think differently. One such new entrant is Lance Wovens. Their gift show booth stopped me in my tracks for good reason. Created by Connecticut-based Annie Arnold and Italian Stefano Bruni, Lance uses the finest Italian leathers in a signature woven technique. The result in a lush artistry that brings the best of classic Italian style with a distinctly American sense of style. The Hudson is a riff on the classic camp blanket stripes, and the faded indigo is like a favorite pair of jeans. Find them at Bergdorf Goodman and through their website.

A plethora of juicy colors and patterns await. Always interesting and highly textured, these pillows can give new life to a piece that needs some punch.

More patterns to match any interior from monochromatic to bold. The Hudson on the bottom is a remix on the classic camp blanket's wide stripe.

Hand woven leather rugs with fringed ends will get better with age.

They have reinvented the boat tote with their chic woven leather version. The handles and bottom have a pop of color, making the classic run around bag a standout.

The Hudson pillow in purple hues.

The Runway pillow in a zingy color combination.

The Mod, an enlarged plaid pattern.

A pool blue aqua solid pillow would look amazing in a tropical setting.

Even the booth design was chic.

The Runway sits next to the Bling with metallic and solid leather woven together.