by Marisa Marcantonio

Some companies just do it right, strait out of the gate. One such company is Lacefield Designs, out of Smyrna Georgia. They create beautiful striking pillows from solid linen and preppy printed cottons and trim them in fresh tapes and interesting treatments. Sometimes you want to be able to buy something "off the rack", for the perfect fit of convenience, color match and great design. Since 1985, Beth Lacefield, who began selling Christmas ornaments has grown her business substantially. At her first NY Gift Show, I discovered how great her American-made pillow designs are, and as you will see, there is something to match any color story. Enjoy!

Color stories are arranged around collections, and their website makes searching by color, style and size easy. From shades of turquoise

To hot pink with a touch of chocolate brown...

To varied indigo's...

the very now color combination of kelly green and navy...

The coolness of sea blue and natural...

to sharp gray and green.

Some shots from the show, with pillows arranged by color palette

D615 Peacock Batik Resist 20 X 20 Pillow With White Eyelash Trim

D594 Abaco Printed Admiral Pillow with White Eyelash Fringe

D470 Seafoam Linen Pillow with Interlaced Braid Trim

D215 Aqua Linen Lumbar Pillow with Fretwork Trim

D206 Cilantro Linen Pillow with Fretwork Trim

Plum Linen Pillow with Mud Linen Pipe and Jute Fringe

Pillow No.7 in Spice Linen with Java Pipe and Jute Fringe

Ice Linen Pillow with Mud Linen Pipe and Jute Fringe

D585 Turquoise Linen Pillow with Natural Twill Tape


by Marisa Marcantonio

The creative duo behind Sister Parish Designs returned for their second gift show this past week. They brought new tote bags, aprons, dog beds, decorative accessories and an expanded line of trays, all in their signature kicky, American printed fabrics. Go bold with their casual chic accessories that add a hit of color and a smile.

Their dignified Cockatoo bird mascot watched over the booth.

The new totes and duffles were a standout, in sturdy printed canvas with webbing. They are a must for summer, since they look at home on the ferry and on the road.

Susan Bartlet Crater and Libby Cameron, who worked for Sister Parish at Parish - Hadley for 15 years, started Sister Parish Designs in 2001, to carry on the legacy of great American design legend Sister Parish and her ebullient designs. Their fabrics and wallpapers have been so well received that they decided to create an entire lifestyle accessories line to complement the patterns.

A selection of trays at a fantastic party they had to celebrate the Albert Hadley prints.

An instant favorite: cosmetic bags sold in a set of 3.
Hello, hostess gifts!

The Large Serving Tray can become a bar in a snap.


by Marisa Marcantonio

Last week, fellow bloggers were asked to select ONE thing from the design-focused gift, home and lifestyle products in Accent on Design® section at the New York International Gift Fair®. We were selected to judge since we were recognized as being bloggers from noted design and trend-watching sites.

Our task was to choose one product from 200+ companies participating in the juried Accent on Design, which, we felt was most representative of the “next big thing.” Key criteria was "odd, delightful, urgent design."

“Design bloggers are the first to herald emerging design trends,” said Dorothy Belshaw, NYIGF director and GLM senior vice president. “We’re delighted to tap into their trend-savvy and design-expertise to identify products that will resonate with consumers.”

The winter 2010 “Bloggers Choice Award” winners are:

Stylebeat's Marisa Marcantonio:

Children’s Chair by Oly
“Children love to feel grown up. This mini version of an adult size Louis XV chair is girly, sophisticated and charming. It moves away from disposable-chic kids stuff and fuses good design with function. An original concept well executed.”

Apartment Therapy’s Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan:
Umbrellas by BRELLI®

“Totally functional, environmentally responsible and delightfully beautiful. This umbrella turns heads and I was glad to find the source. I believe it will be very popular in 2010.”

Cool Hunting’s Ami Kealoha:
Miller Goodman Playshapes by neo-utility

“An inspiring marriage of art and science for a gorgeously-designed plaything that appeals to children and nostalgic adults alike.”

Design-Calendar’s Danielle DeVita:
Baskets, bags and jewelry by neó

“They took a material that was typically used in scuba diving – neoprene – and transformed it into a product that can be used every day. After talking to the designers, I learned that each piece is handmade in Italy (it’s the first time they are showing in the U.S.) and the company is led by three women – bonus points!”

The Design Vote’s Michael Cannell:
Table Manners Set by Funfam

“This children’s cutlery set made of laminated bamboo struck me as both a handsome concept piece and eminently practical on a daily basis.”

Habitually Chic’s Heather Clawson:
Style de Vie

“Style de Vie’s booth at the NYIGF made me stop in my tracks! The table was piled high with vintage blueprints and French school posters while the back wall was filled with framed vintage art. The maritime blueprints and nautical charts were my favorites. I’d love to be able to spend time trolling flea markets and tag sales for unique art for my clients but when I can’t, I’m going to turn to Style de Vie to do it for me!”

After covering every corner of this show for the past several years, selecting a single item from Accent was a lot harder than it seems! The show was bursting with strong design this year. It was great to be involved with such a terrific group of bloggers and in their company!


by Marisa Marcantonio

With the New York Gift Show around the corner, I thought it would be a good time to check in with some favorite companies to see what is new. Luca Rensi and John Roudabush of Bungalow 5 have been hard at work, creating distinct pieces for a very loyal clientelle. The hits just keep coming.

Wrapped Linen! I go nuts for wrapped linen pieces, and am loving Bungalow 5's newest additions. The console comes in red, royal blue and brown.
The eternal quest for a great coffee table continues. Well, here is another one to love!

Lacquered grasscloth-- even better! A sophisticated shade of mossy green, the rococo- inspired cut out drawers have subtle antique gold pulls and a girly feel.

Got Storage? The Frances 6-drawer chest in gray palmwood has sleek square chrome handles and mini-drawers that are great for storing necklaces and scarves.

More from other favorites soon...stay tuned!