KEEP A LOW PROFILE: COFFEE TABLES THAT CAUGHT MY ATTENTION AT 2013 SPRING HIGH POINT MARKET

by Marisa Marcantonio

Mission: coffee table. Finding THE perfect place to artfully create tablescapes that also fits the style of your living room requires a bit of a search. I scoured High Point, looking high and low for interesting coffee tables to suit a variety of interiors. Many of the new additions with a wide appeal stemmed off the classic Parsons table silhouette. Lucite, brass, raffia, faux finishes and metal add a bit of spark to seating areas that require a spot for a drink, your favorite books, flowers and a hurricane or two.

Based on covered vintage style, the Kemble Interiors for Henredon collection worked brass accents into many of their pieces. A bamboo textured frame supports a glass-topped square coffee table, great for large areas.

Lucite like this is swoon-worthy. Thick lucite column legs with brass end caps and trim on the neo-vintage coffee table from Kemble Interiors for Henredon was a showstopper.

A second shelf provides extra display capabilities in Arteriors elegant-legged hammered metal coffee table.

Worlds Away mixes materials on the Conrad, a lacquer and gold leaf coffee table with a modified Greek key metal base.

A clean classic shape, the waterfall table never fails in appeal, since it's chameleon-line ability allows it to suit many environments. This Raffia Cocktail Table from Pearson is covered in light raffia, which provides the addition of texture.

Another grass cloth-covered classic, this time from Century. Simple lines are enhanced with a curving decorative bracket that works its way around the piece. Aged brass ferrules ground the leg.

An L-shaped leg gives linear impact to Pearson's  ivory faux Shagreen Cocktail Table. The scale is just right.

Subtle painted gold detailing adds charm to Century's Alexa, a low, 2-tiered coffee table with removable tray top.

A stepped base influenced by a Chinese antique table, the Low Cocktail Table covered in vellum at Mr. and Mrs. Howard for Sherrill adds a neutral element.

Faux bois can tend to look heavy, but that isn't the case in Mr. Brown's new white painted metal coffee table. Intertwined branches have a lightness to them that is made modern by the white finish and a smoky mirror top.

The finish on this table is what makes it really wonderful. The Paris Cocktail Table from Mr. and Mrs. Howard for Sherrill in a swirly cream and brown dragged finish elevates it giving the surface interest.

Festoni also launched an acrylic coffee table. Mixing clear and black plastic, a splayed leg and low profile bring flair to seating areas.

Noir uses repurposed wood in this low, rustic light wood table with zig-zag base. It has heft to it that would look great in a modern barn setting.

Trimmed in white, Bernhardt's large rectangular Bexley Coffee Table has modern lines and graphic punch.

A curved leg reminiscent of classic Chinoiserie pieces on Bungalow 5's Higashi Coffee Table gives it a subtle sophistication. Brass accent cut-outs add a bit of sparkle.

Baker debuted a new traditional collection from Michael S. Smith at High Point. Richly carved details in the Peking Cocktail Table accompany a decorative Chinoiserie scenic on the top. True to the original antique it was based on, Baker has duplicated every intricate detail on the carved textural fretwork border that continues from the border to the leg.

Century's upholstered coffee table with tapered, curved leg and movable, raised center portion allows for a perch and a spot for a drink.

STYLISH TRAVEL: ON MY WAY TO LYFORD CAY

by Marisa Marcantonio

In a few days I am headed to the Bahamas and the trip is sure to be a beautiful escape.  With the palest hue of pink as it's signature shade, Lyford Cay, located in Nassau, is a pristine spot frequented by New Yorkers and Brits seeking all-things leisure: sun, sand, sailing and play.  The enclave, founded in 1963 by E.P Taylor, recently received a design overhaul by New York-based interior designer and architect, Tom Scheerer. A long-time Bahamian resident, Scheerer understands the Bahamian lifestyle, sense of tradition and tropical temperament of island life. The result is something I have been eager to see, so having the opportunity to visit is a terrific way to start the new year.  Looking forward to sharing some island style with you upon my return!

Photos Peter Estersohn for Town and Country

The pink and white new tented area houses The Little Club, surrounded by Palms.

The Living Room at The Lyford Cay Club is surrounded with brown and cream painted palms on grass cloth. Seating areas include cozy sofas upholstered in Quadrille fabrics and wicker chairs. Every spot seems intimate in this large room.

The view of the other side of the room, that leads out into the entry. Touches of pale green dot the room to play off the palest pink in the print.

 The dining area in The Yacht Club has a rich royal blue painted floor, and a sailfish as a focal point. Clean and crisp, like a freshly pressed dress shirt, the room is simple and comfortable.

A covered seating area is curtained to let the breezes pass through. A plantation table in the center of the room creates a gathering spot.

An seating area of the  bar with cane-covered walls and coral colored touches.

THE DETAILS: 

Tole Agave potted in an antique urn by artist Tommy Mitchell reads dry heat. 

Photo courtesy of Serena and Lilly

Durable teak and delicate bone inlay in Serena and Lilly's Starburst Tray makes a nice addition on an ottoman or can serve as a makeshift bar in a pinch.

Photo courtesy of Made Goods

The Bruni Chandelier from Made Goods resembles spiny coral, and it's round shape is perfect for illuminating center halls.

Photo courtesy of Soane

Nothing says tropics like pineapples. Soane's stunning Pineapple Lamp in antique nickel is on my short list.

Noir's canopied Gigi Chair in woven rattan has island appeal.

In a cerused light finish, Century's curvy backed dining chair adds a light presence.

Diminutive little Jenna slipper chairs from E.J. Victor are a favorite of mine.

With a lattice back and cushion seat, Global Views light wood armchair has an elegant air. 

Photo courtesy of C. Bell

Fretwork sides and round nickel pulls on the new C. Bell Collection Sarge Desk makes it a winner for it's Chippendale interest and substantial size.

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A simple silhouette with classical lines, the white lacquered Porto Dining Table from Bungalow 5 is sleek and chic.

 X-based bunching tables from the newest Bernhardt collection are simple and functional.

 Always have a place to set a drink with Emissary's ceramic octagonal garden seat with lattice detailing.

Global Views does it again, with a laser-cut fretwork detailed marble coffee table with plenty of surface area for stacks of books and hurricanes.

Photo courtesy of Oomph

Backgammon is a frequent past time that is best paired with rum drinks. I hear the Rum Dum is the thing to swill. Oomph's table has room for each player's glass.

Photo courtesy of Circa Who

A foyer could benefit from the addition of breezy natural bamboo, like this vintage console and mirror from Circa Who.

A nightstand that actually has space to put things is key. This two-tiered version, the Rennie, from Mr. and Mrs. Howard for Sherrill does the job well.

A great pediment and column detail on Mr. Brown's vast bookcase brings a touch of English to the islands.

Cut-out doors and a light limed finish on Studio A's cabinet provides storage and surface area for  a dining room or living room.

 Photo courtesy of Haymarket Designs

Monogrammed beach towels from Haymarket Designs come in a zillion bright and cheery patterns and colors. They make great thank you gifts. I was going to get them for my mom in Florida, but she beat me to it.

Photo courtesy of Helen Kaminski

When you would rather go incognito, Helen Kaminski's wide-brimmed raffia hat does the trick.

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For the beach and lunch under an umbrella, Quadrille Shorts in their Aquarius print.  I will be taking along my Quadrille tote bag as my carry on, a job it has performed well for years.

Photo courtesy of Jack Rogers

I'm not advocating wearing these with the coordinating shorts above (!), try pairing these Quadrille for Jack Rogers with all white for a polished look.

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Light up the night in a Della Terasi silk Mandarin Tunic made of Fortuny fabric.

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Keep cool in a versatile Kate linen Kaftan by Shellkare with beautiful embroidery and beading.

Photo courtesy of Sail to Sable Sail to Sable's linen Flirty Dress is in the perfect shade of shell pink Bahamas homes are often painted in.

Photo courtesy of Chance

Updated classics, like Chance's striped sailor shirt in aqua and white stripes broadens the Breton 's match-ability.

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With a singular shining sun charm, Trina Turk's chain link bracelet is simple and elegant on the wrist. It would work well with the striped boatneck shirt above.

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A nautical Knot bracelet from J. Crew adds a glimmer of gold with classic knots.

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A clear aqua Chalcedony hangs from a chunky gold chain on Julie Vos's long Robi necklace that adds a bit of color to a tunic for evening. It is the same necklace pictured above with Della Terasi's silk top.

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Ombred silk on Kotur's blue stried straw bag with silk tassel has charm, with just enough space for the basics.

 Photo courtesy of Annabell Ingalls

Mixing raffia and leather, Annabell Ingall's Sunny Bag is a good carryall tote bag for lugging beach stuff.

SLEEP ON IT PART II: A PLACE TO REST YOUR HEAD

by Marisa Marcantonio

Looking for a new bed to freshen your bedroom? Look no further. To round out my post of recent bedding additions, here are some beds to make you want a new place to rest your head for 8 hours a night. Or, if you are the president, a new mom or Martha Stewart, four.

UPHOLSTERED:

Oomph recently launched a squiggle - backed headboard that is very unique, and a nice addition to the market

Century's graduated curvy Temple King headboard is very now

 Lee Industries does upholstery so well and their headboards are no exception. The camel curved Queen bed was upholstered in a bold black and white ikatesque fabric at market.

Photo courtesy of Drexel Heritage Drexel Heritage has this cool cut - out silhouette in a fun bug and butterfly print at market

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With ethnic flair, the Vanessa headboard from Horchow has Moroccan flourishes

Photo courtesy of World Market

Add global glam to your enclave with World Market's Ninda headboard. Boy, is it a great deal, too.

Photo courtesy of Serena and Lilly

The Octavia bed with nailhead trim in a Greek key motif from Serena and Lily for a fresh upholstered look with a little glimmer.

 This past market also saw the launch of Phoebe Howard's Mr. and Mrs. Howard collection at Sherrill Furniture that had this great curved tufted headboard.

 Photo courtesy of Dwell

With a stepped - up silhouette, this Deco upholstered headboard from Dwell Studio is not too femme and super comfortable.

Photo courtesy of Drexel Heritage

Clean corners, an inset border and linear tufting for the neatniks from Drexel Heritage.

Photo courtesy of Century Furniture

Charlotte Moss's new Atlanta bed from Century Furniture, a showroom exclusive, is an instant classic.

UNIQUE MATERIALS:

Photo courtesy of Made Goods

Covered with Penn Shell, the Gavin headboard from Made Goods adds an exotic touch to a classic cut corner shape. 

Photo courtesy of Ballard Designs

Clipped corners and caning on Ballard's Averill Headboard is just the thing for warm weather locales.

HIGH AND MIGHTY:

Another goodie from Mr and Mrs. Howard in grey turned wood and curved headboard.

Photo courtesy of Noir

Big on style, the Ferret Bed from Noir has turned detailing and high posts.

 Photo courtesy of The Well Appointed House

The Summerland Key Bed from The Well Appointed House is a classic bamboo canopy bed with a twist. The all-white finish keeps it fresh while the added detail above the headboard provides additional visual interest.

Photo courtesy of Lilly

The Paramount metal king bed from Lilly Pulitzer Home has presence galore with four posters and a swish canopy in a brushed gold finish

 Photo courtesy of Restoration Hardware

Keep romance alive with Restoration Hardware's iron Campaign Canopy Bed.

Photo courtesy of Pottery Barn

With stature and four posters, the Antonia Canopy Bed, a metal bed from Pottery Barn, has old world charm and comfort with an upholstered headboard

GREAT PAIRS OF TWINS:

Lexington Home Brands West Indies twin headboard with lattice and bamboo detailing would make any guest room cozier.

Lilly keeps it preppy with bamboo detailing on their Tangiers Bed.

Suzanne Kasler added a femme tented canopy to her Simone Upholstered Headboards for Hickory Chair at market. Perfect for teen aged girls.

 Photo courtesy of Schoolhouse Electric

A little bit dorm room a little bit old-school, Schoolhouse Electric gets it right with the boldly colored Hamilton  Bed

THE MATRESS:

Photo courtesy of Hastens

Handmade in Sweden, Hastens frame-based beds and mattresses are known by their distinctive check available in many colors. Filled with horsehair, cotton, flax and wool, they start at $4000 and take over 100 hours to create. Their showroom at 75 Grand Street will be easily recognizable with the crisp signature blue and white checked beds waiting for nap trials.

 Photo courtesy of Savoir Beds

Initially created for The Savoy in London, Savoir Beds have been gracing royal and luxurious bedrooms in England since 1905.  Wool, horsehair and hand-tied springs make up their natural beds that breathe well. Their pillow tops add an additional layer of coziness. Check out their showroom at 28 Wooster Street to take one for a test drive.

CURVES AHEAD! 20 STYLISH CHAIRS FROM HIGH POINT

by Marisa Marcantonio

Sweeping lines and curvilinear details  are helping to redefine the side chair. Working with positive and negative space, silhouettes are becoming more important. Often referred to as "personality pieces," these chairs provide an interesting place to perch that adds exciting detail to a room scheme. Curves lead your eye around a piece, allowing the attributes of the chair become the star. As always, comfort is key, so curvy must provide the addition of personality as well as the invitation to stay awhile. Here are the High Point Market finds that bring sexy back.

A new dining chair from Drexel Heritage has tailored tufting on it's curvacious back.  Clean lines and comfort converge.

Taking the wing chair and adapting it, this Drexel Heritage chair with a lower back still envelops the sitter.

Century had fun with a cut-out wood framed back here, calling upon classic Chinoiserie fretwork details for  a geometric element. Their Chin Hua collection was one of the high points at market.

Like an early American antique modernized in metal, Zentique fuses Klismos with classic. You may want too add a cushion to the burlap seat.

Bringing the arms of the classic Klismos chair around for a wider embrace, this Noir perch would make for  a great desk chair in a study.

I love this  Chinese chair from Century with it's low profile and crisp white finish, it looks fresh and exciting even though the inspiration is centuries old.

Phoebe and Jim Howard's foray into furniture was big this past market with their new launch, Mr. and Mrs. Howard for Sherrill Furniture. A neo wing chair they did with Sherrill has a low roll arm and curvy yet less wrapped sides.

Another Klismos! Hey, if it's been around this long, you know the silhouette works. What is nice about this chair is it has a low back so it works pulled up to a dining table or along the walls when not in use. An upholstered seat and back make it comfortable.

With a back that follows the curves of a wooden Chippendale chair, this version from Mrs. Howard for Sherrill is upholstered, again, for cozy purposes. A carved wooden leg has just enough decorative detail.

Bunny Williams' Beeline Home just came out with a curvy-backed tufted and upholstered side chair too, and the scale of it is just perfect. Not to mention the raspberry linen upholstery and white frame! Sold!

A great chair for a living room seating arrangement, Lee's upholstered armchair with tight back and lose seat is reminiscent of a classic French bergere with a comfortable pitch.

A straight back and cut corners on Lexington Home Brand's wood framed chair with tight back and lose seat is another winner. The back cuts in and the seat has a barrel shape that supports a nice, thick cushion.

Mixing highly polished wood, chrome and leather, Lexington Home Brands new side chair has deco sensibilities with Mad Men-allure.

Geometric cut-outs form octagonal and square patterns on the back of Palacek's white bamboo chair. Florida residents, you need these for your game tables!

I have a thing for upholstered legs. Michelle Nussbaumer did them so well in her Greystone Maison de Luxe Showhouse chairs, and here they are again. They provide an unbroken line that does not detract from the form. A softly sloping back give this chair from Hickory Chair just the right amount of detail and the padded arm is just wide enough. 

If you are channeling great vintage finds, and who isn't these days, then you too will find this modified woven wicker Peacock chair from Palacek amazing.   

Upholstered with cut out arms, Gabby's vintage-inspired chair can transition from a desk to a seating area in no time.  If you are working with a small space, this is the multi tasker for you.

This chair just has so much to add to the conversation with personality plus. Shrinking the wing chair down using its best attributes, Julian Chichester added tufting and nail head trim along with a tapered bobbin leg to make it fun fun fun.

Turning the settee silhouette on its head, Mr. Brown just launched a sexy, tailored high - backed piece with arms that rise out of the seat. 

Low and lean with a tight seat and back, this Mr. Brown wing chair is a little bit Jetsons, a little bit Brit bad boy. All curves, it borrows the tapered wood leg from mid century while being distinctly of this day and age.