GO ON A STYLISH HOLIDAY SHOPPING SPREE IN NYC

by Marisa Marcantonio

As the Christmas shopping deadline nears, why not hit Lex and allay your fears? With shopping list in hand, and deadline to meet, buy all your gifts and find something neat. Here is your roadmap for a stroll of Upper East Side stores where you are sure to come up with creative and special gifts for everyone on your list.

Begin your day getting a blowout at the Varin Salon at 762 Madison Avenue.

Yann Varin will give you a glam updo for the big holiday shindig or polished coif for shopping Madison.

Your chair awaits.

For serious big deal antiques, visit Louis Bofferding and hear him tell great tales of each piece and its provenance.

Swing by to see Connie at Plaza Flowers at 944 Lexington Avenue and order a red and green arrangement to be delivered.

Choose from festive red berry branches...

Adorable miniature trees are great for apartment living.

Flats of Paperwhites on their way out the door.

How can you not think of the warm days of summer when looking at this arrangement?

Stroll down the block to Mecox Gardens
at 962 Lexington Avenue where the windows don their best swags of greenery.
The shop is filled with well-edited home accessories including candles, lamps and books that would all make nice presents.

Up the street at 1011, Lexington Gardens does it up-- from ornaments to arrangements to garden statuary-- their holiday mood is infectious.

A white winter wonderland scene.

Treillage, the Bunny Williams home emporium for tabletop, decorative accessories and entertaining elements, usually sets the table near the window to enthrall passersby. The table is always beautifully arranged, it is as if guests were about to be seated.

Golden wire wreathes hang above a marble-topped console.

Another round table is filled with goodies-- Bunny's new book, Scrapbook for Living, a Spitzmiller Gourd Centerpiece and trees with tiny glass beads that look even nicer by candlelight.

A pair of gold trees flank a classical sculpture and Bee Line Lamps.

A small, shimmering decorative accent tree sits next to a great new book, Private Gardens of Connecticut.

Sit down for a ladies lunch at Swifty's. With a peach decorating scheme, the soft palette is ever-flattering and designed by a ladies who lunch favorite, Mario Buatta. Their curried chicken salad is always good.

Archivia Books at 993 Lexington Avenue, is Cynthia Conigliaro's top notch bookshop is filled to the brim with design and fashion books. You just want it all!

The counter at Archivia in a rare lull. The walls are lined with every title you covet- from rare Billy Baldwin tomes to Monacelli Press's latest intro in the home, garden, art and fashion arena.

A long table anchors the layout. Well lit with reading lamps, the tables are filled with titles you can peruse.

Pretty architectural notecards from Bernd Dams and Andrew Zega, the authors of Chinoiseries. Love these.

The window of Cove Landing, right next to Archivia, is great for peeking inside-- a clear view of some the best edited pieces in the city.

Angus Wilkie and Len Morgan have hung a beautiful cluster of silver ornaments in the window that catch the sunlight beautifully.

Make your way downtown to Ankasa's flagship store at 135 E 65th Street. Known for their elaborate Indian embroidery, the shop is arranged in vignettes by color, and the stage is set in winter white. Filled with decorative throw pillows, their upholstery collection, cashmere throws and gifty items, the assortment is lush and cozy.

Photo courtesy of Via Quadronno
End the day with a seriously good cappuccino at Via Quadronno at 25 East 73rd, where Milano meets New York.

STYLISH GIFT IDEAS FROM UBER STYLISH TASTEMAKERS, EDITORS AND DESIGNERS

by Marisa Marcantonio

No matter how you say thank you to friends and family this holiday season, say it with style. I talked to the best talent and creative minds in the interior design industry to see what they were giving this year. The results are a mix of varied treasures, sure to make any recipient glad to have a friend that chic!

Photo courtesy of Hutton Wilkinson
Tony Duquette designer Hutton Wilkinson will be "giving everyone on my list limited edition signed and numbered special edition set of my books, Tony Duquette and More is More, double boxed in a Jim Thompson fabric slip case with gilded edges, special book plates and satin ribbons." Ooh la la, am I on that list, I hope?

Photo courtesy of Allegra Hicks
London- based Allegra Hicks does fashion and fabrics with Lee Jofa. She just came out with a new book, and will be giving friends and loved one's the Travel Bag she has designed for her collection.

Photo courtesy of Benneton Graveur
Christopher Spitzmiller helps friends remember essential dates with engraved calendars from Benneton Graveur.

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Julia Noran, founder of Editor at Large likes to give cakes for the holidays. "Very Vera is the best!" she exclaimed.


Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé Champagne
Interior designer Kevin Isbell's favorite gift to give go to gift for the holiday season is a chilled bottle of Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé champagne. It makes the perfect hostess gift, or a simple token of appreciation. The Billecart-Salmon has a beautiful rose color and is dry without being overly dry. For those extra special occasions opt for the Billecart-Salmon Brut Cuvee Elisabeth 2000. It's worth every penny.

Photo courtesy of Hollyhock
LA's Suzanne Rheinstein likes to give embroidered and applique cocktail napkins she has made for her LA shop, Hollyhock.

Photo courtesy of Barneys
Architects James Shearron and Richard Bories of Bories and Sharron revealed, "We love to give Cire Trudon candles. Our favorite is Roi Soleil....eucalyptus, orange, cedar, fir and green leaves. The fragrance of the "Mirror Gallery" of the Chateau de Versailles."

Photo courtesy Jonathan Adler
The best giftie according to Jonathan Adler is his whimsical needlepoint Astrology Pillow. They really are fun.

Photo courtesy of Treillage
Bunny Williams likes to give her fragranced candle and bone lidded container to put it in. Available at her shop, Treillage.

Photo courtesy of Eduardo Garza
Amanda Nisbet is a big fan of designer Eduardo Garza and his handmade decorative boxes, "they are fabulous for their color, texture and duality of materials."
Photo courtesy of Nina Campbell
After a collaboration with Brit fashion designer Ted Baker, Nina Campbell is giving her Perroquet - patterned Osborne and Little fabric shoe trees cosmetic bags and hangers to friends as stocking stuffers.

Aesthetic eye Timothy Whealon designs projects around the globe but loves the delicious all - American confections from Hughes Home Maid Chocolates in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. To order, call 920-231-7232.

Photo courtesy of Robyn Brooks NY
Home accessories designer Robyn Brooks will be helping her friends keep track of their luggage on holiday travels with luggage tags she designed.

Photo courtesy of For Your Party
Sophie Donelson, freelance writer and Editor TV host shared,
"I never tire of giving cheeky custom party supplies from For Your Party. For a friend in Red Hook, Brooklyn, I designed coasters with an anchor illustration and the phrase, Red Hook: Not Just For Hookers. For my parents, who live in my hometown of Ashburnham, Mass. (which I loving refer to as The 'Ham), I gifted, 'ham is where the heart is paper napkins."

Quest's Executive Editor Georgina Schaeffer will be giving her godchild a cute towel from Personalization Mall.

Photo courtesy of Fouta Lifestyle
Mieke Ten Have, Elle Decor's new Associate Style Editor is giving her friends Fouta Lifestyle's Tunisian towel. Is it a wrap, towel, or blanket? You decide.

Photo courtesy of Mecox Gardens
Mac Hoak of Mecox Gardens has a great selection of antique bookends. These lions are fierce.

Thomas Jayne treats friends to hand made business card holders in red leather from Peter Hermann Leather Goods at 118 Thompson Street, New York 212 966 9050.

LA based designer Ruthie Sommers is going the environmental route, giving friends a tree in the Amazon rain forest through Rainforest Forever.

Photo courtesy of Kathryn M. Ireland
LA designer Kathryn M. Ireland carries Hugo Guiness prints in her Almont Yard shop and online, which she will be giving for the holidays.

Photo courtesy of Liz O'Brien
Vintage furniture guru Liz O’Brien will be giving her friends a glowing gift. These reproduction brass, mirror and glass hurricanes originally designed by Albert Hadley in the late 1960’s for a Washington DC nightclub called Pisces.

Photo courtesy of Branca
Chicago interior designer with a newly launched website and blog, Alessandra Branca, loves the shimmer and pop of the Silvered Log Stool from Branca.

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Fabric designer and blogger Michael Devine will be gifting Venice Trinket Trays in his fabrics to friends.

Lindsey Coral Harper, a New York- based interior designer who is great with color is giving friends her holiday soy candle from Lamshop, her furniture line.
Photo courtesy of Taschen
LA Interior designer Trip Haenisch will be giving 100 Contemporary Artists from Taschen. “Art is a very important element of my design and is an important part of a well-done home. As a designer, part of my process is to educate my clients and to expose them to the best; be it art, furniture, fabric or accessories. I see what they respond to and take my inspiration from that. This book serves to educate my clients and friends to contemporary art and will also look great on a coffee table!”

Photo courtesy of Porthault
Celerie Kemble said, "I love the odd D. Porthault dumbell pillow (great for travel) or showercap --a granny chic useful trifle-- for girls."

Photo courtesy of Bernard Maisner
Nandita Khanna, a senior editor at Town and Country shared, "I don’t think you can ever go wrong with beautiful stationary from Bernard Maisner. This winter he’s created a selection of note pads with his signature whimsical illustrations—the question marks are my favorite. Even in the day of the iPad, iPhone and Blackberry, I still love having a chic notepad to jot down to-do lists, or take messages on. I’ll give a selection of these to friends whose holiday parties I’ll attend.”

Photo courtesy of Kim Seybert
Tabletop accessory ace Kim Seybert likes to give friends accessories from her Heavy Metal Collection.

Photo Courtesy of York Street Studio Gimme Power
Writer and interior industry talent Susanna Salk's tech take is interesting: "My friends at York Street Studio just designed this way cool silver hand charger for the iphone and Apple snatched it up. The perfect gift for my most fave and fab friends!" Order through York Street.

Photo courtesy of Diane James
Carolyne James McDonough will be giving friends her new Diane James Home signature scent candle, "with pretty packaging done by none other than the talented painter Patricia Von Esche of PVE Design!"

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LA designer Betsy Burnham is giving Hubs Peanuts, because, "I give these every year to clients, vendors, friends, neighbors. they are the biggest, heartiest, most delicious peanuts you’ve ever had. and the chocolate covered ones are to die for! I love them because they’re festive without being typically christmas-y (or super unhealthy), and also because the company is family owned and the product is locally grown (well, in virginia) and unbelievably fresh."

Photo courtesy of Marcia Sherrill
The Deenie Tote is what writer, antique dealer and all around creative entrepreneur Marcia Sherril is gifting, "I am giving everyone an Anabelle by Marcia Sherrill handbag, for one thing most of my friends have bags named after them....and they are the perfect accessory!"



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.

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

A STYLISH HOUSE: THE HAMPTONS DESIGNER SHOWHOUSE IS ON!

by Marisa Marcantonio

The Hampton's Designer Showhouse in Sag Harbor looks pretty, pretty, pretty good (to borrow Larry David's favorite quote). The stable of designers is solid, and the spaces are livable and chic. The 11,200-square-foot postmodern house was built on spec by Frank Bodenchak and spans five acres. This can be something of a rarity in a showhouse, since they are used to break new ground and sometimes get a little off the wall! Sponsored by Decorati, One Kings Lane and Traditional Home, this year's showhouse is on until September 5th. The layout includes a line up of good design, and rooms that are cozy and full of life, created by Lucas Studio, Arden Interiors, Bradley Stephens, Nathan Egan, Foley and Cox and others. It is on the market with Edge Real Estate for $5.25 million. Are you game?


Parrish Chilcoat and Joe Lucas make up Lucas Studio, the firm they began in 2005. They are LA based but have hit the showhouse scene, also doing New Jersey showhouses.


An artist's studio came together with a rug from F.J. Hakimian, fabrics from Hugh St. Clair, Holly Hunt, Jim Thompson, Claremont Furnishings, Fabrics Co and Ferrick Mason. Elizabeth Eckhardt did the flowers and the walls are done in an amazing paper from Italian Idarica Gazzoni, available through Harbinger, Joe and Parrish's LA shop. The Oyster Bay Coffee Table is part of their line, and the sconces and stone ottoman are Colleen and Company, all from Harbinger.

The room's design was inspired by artist and fabric designer Alex K Mason, part of Ferrick Mason. A vintage chair from Mary Ann Lembo in Bridgehampton is upholstered in a Hugh St Clair fabric through Kathryn M. Ireland. The wonderful horse print is by Bob Taylor through Mecox Gardens. An acrylic and nickel drafting table was used as an updated easel for her work.

The space, they imagined, was for "woman of the house" was an artist and this was her haven....a place to work and relax in the country.

Photo by Antony Todd
Lisa Sternfeld created The Loft.

Photos by Peter Margonelli
Lisa Sternfeld founded her firm, LSID, in 2006 to focus on developing high-end residential and hospitality projects. After learning the trade working for Thomas O’Brien and Adam Tihany, she set out on her own. What sets her apart is her interest in hand made and designed items she uses, and the process of how things are made. She created a space she calls The Loft space. The artistic feel was created with a distressed wall treatment done by JJ Snyder Studio. The upholstered sofa and tailored raw burlap curtains appeal to her appreciation of craftsmanship.

A screen cordons off a seating nook.

She sourced lighting, accessories and artwork from Etos, Aero and Old Town Crossing. A soft blue wash of paint makes the walls ethereal.

She used an F.J. Hakimian rug, and John Boone, Aero and OId Town Crossing for furniture, and Lee Jofa and Clarence House fabrics for upholstery done by Jonas.

Christina Murphy of Christina Murphy Interiors had a big feature story with a lot of spring green schemes in the newest issue of House Beautiful, congratulations, it looks terrific!

She created an outdoor room with a sun porch. The area included a sofa and two chairs from Walter's Wickers, a coffee table from Old Town Crossing and end tables from one of my fave shops, Mecox Gardens. The lumbar pillow is made from a Romo fabric.


Antique children's chairs add character to the space. The mirror over the sofa is from Summer Hill and a Stark Carpet sisal border was painted by Christopher Rollinson with his Rollinson Hues custom paints.

Arden Stephenson and her firm Arden Interior Architecture and Design designed the master bedroom. Arden spent years with Cullman and Kravis and has a lovely take on tradition. She created a sunny yellow sanctuary and sits near Greek Key/Mamgo Wood Pillows from Gracious Home.

Two twin beds made up in custom linens from Julia B. with custom designed headboards together have been pushed together and are upholstered in a fun modern fabric Kamofleur Kollection from her sister's fantastic new showroom Studio Four NYC. Silver-leaf Quatrefoil Tables from Two World Arts are a charming detail.

A great turquoise painted hall chair sits beside a cerused oak console table from HB Home, a retail store and design firm that also created a room in the showhouse.

An antler chandelier from Linda Horn makes the eaved ceiling appear even higher. She designed a comfortable Vintage 40's Curved Sofa covered in a Scalamandre fabric filled with bold pillows and flanked by white end tables and a beautiful Florence Broadhurst Area Rug from Studio Four NYC.

A paper mache artichoke lamp from Stray Dog Designs sits on the matching linen wrapped end tables from Bungalow 5. Fun!

Patrik Lonn Design created a room inspired by the beach.

Patrik Lonn's theme was dry beach, creating a beachy atmosphere inside, with neutral tones. An antique low side table in ceramic with leaf inlay from Bernd Goeckler Antiques and a 1940s Vintage Kilm Rug from Hakamian with a painting by Johnnie Winona Ross from Jayne H. Baume Gallery.

A sculptural drift wood centerpiece and white coral accessories from L'Olivier sit near a Walnut Console from Roman Thomas. Great linear striped curtains running horizontally create a relaxed feeling in the space.

Metal Sculptures by Joel Perlman from Jayne H. Baume Gallery and Ellen Carey's Black and White Polaroid Pieces are hung above a Patrik Lonn - designed custom natural Walnut bookcases.

Photo by Peter Murdock
Bradley Stephens created a vast gameroom and bar area.

Photos by Nick Johnson
Bradley shared, "When we first visited our room in the Hamptons Showhouse, we were intrigued by the coffered ceiling, extensive trim detail, and recessed paneled columns that divide the space. Located in the basement, the space has no windows, so lighting was key to setting the loungy mood of my space." The generous floor plan includes a billiard table, an expansive bar, a game table, a lounge area, a wine cellar, and an adjacent octagonal room he calls "the archive". A cluster of vintage glass pendants from 145 Antiques hang over the pool table as a glittering focal point. Vintage Swedish area rugs are from Hakimian, and n the far wall.


He created a three-dimensional art piece incorporating a grid of vintage Charlotte Perriand sconces and a hand-carved antique frame from Sebastian and Barquet.

He lined the walls with gray oak cabinetry, filled the shelves with gold painted books and a collection of antique and modern decanters and barware from Thomas O'Brien and High Style Deco. "I envision the space as a library and tasting room for a client that collects rare vintage spirits. The "client" could lounge on one of the exquisitely detailed Bugatti side chairs, on loan from Sebastian and Barquet."

The tessellated coral game table from Lobel Modern is surrounded by sleek cane-backed promenade armchairs from Lorin Marsh.