RUN RABBIT RUN!

by Marisa Marcantonio

The hare is everywhere! For some reason, adorable rabbits have emerged as a micro trend. I saw them at the Gift Show, their darling faces begging me to take them home. Is the rabbit poised to overtake the monkey, frog, or bird as the animal du jour?

Photo courtesy of Hugo Guiness
Providing character galore, the block printed Rabbit from the Hedgerow Series by Hugo Guiness at John Derian would be great in a nursery.

Photo courtesy of Dandelion
Highly detailed cast iron rabbits from Dandelion are so sweet perched on a side table or bookshelf. They have a wonderful aged quality to them but are actually reproductions.

A cache of vases in a variety of sizes and shapes from Oly capture a large hare rendered in blue against blanc de chine.

Caskata tabletop also featured rabbits. This duo is highly detailed in the spirit of Albrecht Durer drawings.

Photo courtesy of John Derian
A freely frolicking rabbit jumps across tall grasses on John Derian's decoupage plate.

GLAMOUROUS LIFE: BRASSY IS CLASSY

by Marisa Marcantonio

Photo courtesy of Kelly Wearstler
Kelly Wearstler's home accessories collection for Bergdorf Goodman Decorative Home is brass heavy.

Brass is back. The warm metal, whether with a patina of age or bright and new, can add a mellow golden hue in the way silver, nickel and chrome can't. With a nod to Kelly Wearstler, who opened the door for more, today's brass is sexy and suave. Whether you are going for 70's Italian, Studio 54, or 80's redux, the glint of brass adds a glamorous glow.

Photo courtesy of Flair
Flair Home Collection has a Vintage French Screen with teal and gold lacquer that is the tops.

Photo courtesy of Oly
Amelia, a bombe chest from Oly is wrapped in brushed brass. Place it in a front hall as a statement piece or in a living room with a pair of great lamps on it.

A small drinks table from Jayson in brass with an x base and cut corners is just the spot for something small. Place it next to a sofa or by a cozy chair for some luxe gleam.

Photo courtesy of Jayson Home and Garden
Spindly brass wall flowers have a fun slinky - like movement to them that will make you smile. Available through Jayson Home and Garden.

Photo courtesy of Made Goods
Links of polished brass make this light and airy lidded box from Made Goods a gorgeous decorative element.

Hammered brass box and vase from Studio A has grooved texture that gives it the metal a softer look.

Photo courtesy of Urban Electric Company
The Travers sconce, designed by Amanda Nisbet for Urban Electric, mixes brass, etched glass and cherry wood for a subtle shadow play.

The stunning Baroque Lamp with high relief swirls from Laura Kirar for Arteriors is a little bit art deco a little bit disco.

Dwell for Global Views spiky ball is the sort of decorative object every coffee table should have. Consider it the modern day equivalent of the Moravian star Albert Hadley loved to use.

Brass and ebony iron accents make this mixed material orb with large studs an object of interest. From Dwell for Global Views.

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Make a tablescape even better with a piece that has a bit of height. Marble and brass in this dynamic piece from Dwell for Global Views has a Brancusi feel.

Tom Dixon created The Etch Pendant for DWR out of digitally cut and etched brass. It casts a radiant glow.

Photo courtesy of Made Goods
A dodecahedron in gold ceramic from Made Goods has many facets that all look great. From a bookshelf to a side table they are unusual additions.

Perch on this spun gold garden seat from Waylande Gregory or use it for a side table, whatever purpose it suits, it will be gorg.

ANIMALISTIC

by Marisa Marcantonio

Birds if a feather flock together, as the saying goes. From a herd of pigs to a parliament of owls, animals had their day at the gift show. Here is an assortment of those that narrowly avoided a banal life in the zoo.

Gien introduced a pattern with sea creatures centered on dinner plates.

Oly Studio's Petite Kedan Stool complete with cloven hooves and a curly lamb top.

A flight of swallows fly across the surface in a block printed ironing board cover from Simrin. Why not elevate an everyday activity?

5 ducks angle for the best view in an adorable standing lamp from Aid to Artisans.

A precious little mouse on a tiny needlepoint pillow from August Morgan. He has escaped his fellow horde...

Papier mache animal heads are the result of recycling, not big game hunting. From Aid to Artisans.

A curious owl perches on a log at Vellum.

A peacock painting on cream silk from Belle Chasse Home.

Curious little piggies at Roost.

A pack of dogs as hooks from Homart.