STYLISH GIFTS: FOR THOSE WITH A WILD STREAK

by Marisa Marcantonio

Animals have such presence. Make them presents, in their many varied forms. From feathers to horn, animal prints to zebra stripes, any time of year is a good time for the wild side. Every few years, animal prints come back into favor, and for good reason. When used right, (i.e. sparingly) their impact is memorable. For those that appreciate this lively look, here are gifts to enthrall.

Photo courtesy of Dransfield and Ross

Don't ruffle your feathers, look at them on Dransfield and Ross's chic convex mirror.

Photo courtesy of Natural Curiosities

Bring wonderous creatures into interiors with this stately elephant print from Natural Curiosities.

 Photo courtesy of Jayson Home

Having fresh flowers around makes everything look better, so why not add an interesting vase to a friend's collection? This rustic double horn version from Jayson Home has room for two small arrangements.

Photo courtesy of Branca

Urban and country dwellers can enjoy a bit of alpine style with Alessandra Branca's striking red and brown embroidered Stag's Head Cocktail Napkins, sold in a set of six.

Photo courtesy of Tozai

A Zebra hide rug real or faux adds a worldly wise exoticism to an interior.  I found this wonderful eco friendly printed canvas version designed by the talented Dransfield and Ross boys for Tozai. Trimmed in felt, it makes a chic addition to any area that needs a bit of pattern.

Photo courtesy of Jen Going

For the gal that loves blue and white, Jen Going's cobalt blue and white Zebra Pillow with contrast blue trim.

Photo courtesy of Asha

Malachite gives me wanderlust for the great African game reserve camps and chic safari style. Slide necklaces were so popular in the 70's, I am glad Asha is bringing them back, her design Isabel is a quatrefoil pendant featuring malachite in the center.

Photo courtesy of Kayce Hughes

I don't tend to wear a lot of leopard, I have 2 pairs of shoes, Belgians and Stubbs and Wooton, that have carried me through the trend resurgence over the past 10 years. Maybe its time to add a tiny bit more, with Kayce Hughes clutches trimmed in a bright hue. I like the subtle contrast and classic shape.

 Photo courtesy of Pologeorgis

Here is another way to inject a bit of leopard into your evening wardrobe without going overboard- a little Rabbit Fur Stole from Pologeorgis resembles the real thing but with a gentler price.

Photo courtesy of Iomoi

With a Cheetah spot border, the handsome leather and canvas monogram tote from Iomoi is a perfect bag for running around town. 

Photo courtesy of Sugar Paper

Mixing a gold foil printed liner  in a small leopard spot pattern and a hot pink border, letterpress cards from LA's Sugar Paper have pizazz.

Photo courtesy of Ralph Lauren

It is hard to resist a gift that helps with organization. Ralph Lauren Home's swanky leather and leopard printed letter holder assists in keeping desk clutter to a minimum.

Photo courtesy of Thomas Paul

Butterflies have been in style for some time now, and every time they get prettier. Elevating melamine, Thomas Paul's oval tray looks elegant but can go rough and tumble outdoors.

STYLISH AND FIERCE: LEOPARD YOU WILL LOVE

by Marisa Marcantonio

Classic animal prints give an interior a bit of fierce attitude. I can't help but notice animal prints are everywhere this season. You may find they are hard to ignore and you will soon be smitten. Not bitten, smitten.

Photo courtesy of Mecox Gardens
Put the roar back into a room with this Vintage Papier Mache Leopard from Mecox Gardens.


Image courtesy of Il Gattopardo
After you've grown weary from trying and buying Manolo's, duck next door to 33 West 54th and eat at one of New York's hidden gems for the best Southern Italian food, Il Gattopardo. Named after the classic Sicilian novel by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, it will not disappoint.

Photo courtesy of Kravet
Kravet Couture's Sheer Leopard Velvet in Espresso.

Waylande Gregory Studio's bowl with a frisky leopard painted in gold and white on a matte black surface.

Photo courtesy of Lee Jofa
The Royal Oak Collection Durbar Leopard gros point from Lee Jofa for a classic animal pattern moment.


Haviland limoges l'Animal pattern is hand painted and not too showy on the table.


Photo courtesy of Jayson Home and Garden
Hide and seek with Jayson Home and Garden's Faux Leopard Hide Rug.

Photo courtesy of Belgian Shoes
A classic that cannot be overlooked: Belgian Shoes. they never lose their spots.

Photo courtesy of Barneys
Owen Barry Leopard Pillow from Barneys is made of faux pony hair. I love the tiny spots.

Photo courtesy of Anya Hindmarch
My favorite British bag designer Anya Hindmarch just launched the classic Carker bag in leopard. Carry this while wearing neutrals or you will look like the animal is wearing you, instead of the other way around.

Photo courtesy of Scalamandre
Courbet, a cotton velvet from Scalamandre has a soft touch and looks great on an ottoman or a sofa.

Photo courtesy of J. Crew
You can't own just one pair: J. Crew's Kelcey spotted ballet flats are perfect for running around town.

Photo courtesy of Christopher Norman
Christopher Norman's printed leopard is a more subtle option with a hint of blue.