by Marisa Marcantonio

Finally! Time to get out the beach towels and spend as much time out of doors as possible. Every summer I find so many fantastic goodies for outdoor entertaining and a life if leisure that I want them all. Here are a few that have it made in the shade:

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How great is this Venice Umbrella from World Market? The pattern is a little bit Peter Dunham a little bit Raoul Textiles.

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With terry on one side and fabric on the other, this Roberta Roller Rabbit blanket/towel fills many functions. Take your pick: picnic or beach.

Instead of a hammock, try Pier 1's Swingasan Chair. A what? I know, but you will love it.

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Use real or battery operated votives for these mini lanterns in sensational brights from Luna Bazaar to illuminate the night sky.

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If your garden needs a dose of new Americana, then this light wood bench called The Dexter from West Elm is for you. It's a neo-Windsor Chair with clean lines and classic elements. Love it for inside or out.

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If you need new chairs for eating outside, these Gallante Chairs, aluminum painted to look like bamboo, from Ballard Designs fit the bill. You would have to look for ages to find a vintage set like it, so save your time and spend it with a summer beach read instead.

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A nautical eco friendly wine tote for the gift of spirits when you go to a friend's house. From Sea Bags for Pottery Barn.

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Melamine plates in a Moroccan pattern, check. From Z Gallerie.
It's a holiday weekend so eat drink and be merry!


by Marisa Marcantonio

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Interior designers and aficionados love Cecil! Assouline just launched Cecil Beaton: The Art of The Scrapbook, a 400 page visual diary chronicling the life and photos of the British bon vivant extraordinaire.
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Make the bubbly even better with a personalized bottle from My Moet. FIrst, choose if you want the Magnum or the regular size Moet & Chandon Champagne. Then put your own twist on the gift with up to 14 letters on the mag and 7 letters on the original. If you are in the city, stop by Saks on the 8th floor and place your order at their Moet Kiosk.

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Keep track of your days and dates with Jack and Lulu's letterpressed 2011 Calendar in candy brights with seasonal motifs.

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Case closed, decision made. Tote your laptop in style with Smythson's Damson case in a croc print.

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Glam it up with brightly colored stingray and cork bangles by Robyn Brooks.

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Get cozy by the fireside in a warm wool blanket with custom monogram from Julia B. The color choices are endless.

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A custom made Medor sculpture of a dachshund by artist Marie Christophe from Vivre for the true dog lover.

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Bling! This Flourite Cocktail Ring by Bounkit is sure to get you in the holiday spirit.

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One of my favorite home fragrance collections, Anthousa, is doing a votive candle available through J. Crew. The Vanilla, Grapefruit and Orange is amazing.

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Everyone loves a little something something from Elsa Peretti for Tiffany. This leather box in her signature bean design can stash earrings or coins on a dresser.

A gift set of fragranced soaps from Matouk in brightly colored shades.

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Cute and unique, the Acorn Speaker from Delight has an FM radio function and provides great sound on the go.

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Watch the days of the week fly by with these retro nostalgia dish towels from C.S. Post.

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Shetland wool socks from Ancient Industries will keep everyones tootsies warm.

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If you have a friend that just got new furniture, they can add pizazz to their dresser drawers with Hammocks and High Tea's scented Chevron Drawer Liners. Available in a pack of 6 sheets, choose from scents like Mandarin Jasmine and Rose Tea.

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Make a statement in the garden by giving these Iron Obelisks from Treillage.

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Available with up to 3 initials or numbers, the Suzanne Kasler designed coir mats from Ballard Designs with colored borders welcome holiday guests with style.

The adorable Emma monogram teapot from Pottery Barn may be just the thing for your in laws.

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An illuminating option for fans of cult modern designer Tom Dixon from Design Within Reach: the brass Etch Candle holder. It casts a warm glow and was created digitally. Yay for high tech design!

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Protect that hot little ipad with Graphic Image's ipad Sleeve. The bright leather case can be monogrammed and is lined in a shammy cloth so it will always be as shiny as the day it was first unwrapped.

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Runway Rabbit Lamp in rough luxe black finish from Swedish designers Front through Anthropologie.

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Game on! Paul Smith playing cards in his signature stripe.

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Place a David Stark Sphere Topiary of recycled newspaper from West Elm on each end of the fireplace mantel and you are good to go.

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A candle swathed in silver will make the season bright. Jo Malone has a new gift for holiday, the festive Pomegranate Noir Candle in a silver plate lidded box. Perfect for travel or a powder room.

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Eduardo Garza's black Marble Sphere on a gold base would look great on a book shelf or table.
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The sleek new Jambox by Jawbone wireless speaker designed by industrial design darling Yves Behar works off Blue Tooth technology for music and conference calls.

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A puffy poodle ornament by Jonathan Adler can serve as an objet d'art after the tree is down for the season.

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Amazing thin walled paper Japanese bowls are covered in a water resistant coating making them durable and beautiful. From Cuiora through Gretel Home.

Know someone that likes mid century modern design and necklaces? Then how about the Tiny Little Chair Necklace from Lisa Perry? They come in silver, bronze or gold and look like your favorite mid-century classics except shrunken versions.

Buy beans from Blue Bottle Coffee Co. in San Francisco for all your artisanal coffee obsessed friends.

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Bodum's Electric Bistro Juicer comes in some kicky colors.

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Plywood Animals by Ferm Living are great for little hands with big hearts from Fawn and Forest.

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Decorate the tree with furry friends otherwise known as woodland Brush Ornaments from Anthropologie.

Keep your iphone or ipad upright with the i plunge from Z Gallerie.

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Pier 1 glasses with gold stripes or dots for a festive cocktail.

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Tidbit Plates come in a set of 4 from Kate Spade. Great for the hostess with the mostest.

Bell'Occhio chalkboard mats are just the thing for restless children at the table.

Both Alexa and Duane Hampton have come out with new books, and you should own them both.

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For the one's that are not neat and tidy, this bag trio from Liz Victory Designs will make them.

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Susy Jack's Magnetic Shopping Bag Pads for busy moms.

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For the little monkeys: a little fabric covered monkey from Roberta Roller Rabbit.

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The Rustic Log Holder from Pottery Barn does it's job and looks good doing it.

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Never miss your luggage with John Robshaw Elephant Luggage Tags.


by Marisa Marcantonio

Summer will officially kick off this weekend, so make sure your garden and poolside is ready! Every year outdoor furniture gets better and better, and this year is no exception. Spend a lot, spend a little, you get style by the mile.

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If Turkey is in your sights, bring a little bit of it to your garden with Iznik Melamine Plates from William Sonoma Home. This is fantastic looking, so glad someone finally did this pattern that is usually seen on tiles and ceramic tabletop.

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Mixing Iznik and Greek key patterns in bold red white and blue-- I have to have these Iznik Floral Napkins! From William Sonoma Home.

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If you have a hankering for Mexican, check out the Talavera Pottery influenced melamine plates from Pottery Barn. The rich colors and texture will make you feel as though you are sitting under a palapa in Cabo.

Chop Chop! Cut those lemons and limes and keep the cocktail flow. From LA Plates

Oscar de la Renta for Century invented a Pagoda slipcover that mounts on the wall for shade.

Santa Barbara Designs is always leading the way in style and swagger. Their new Double Decker with oversized rick rack is too cute.

Pier I adds a great shape to a garden landscape.

Your own nest Outdoor Swingasan Chair from Pier 1

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A little bit hippie a little bit bohemian. The Knotted Melati Hanging Chair of macrame from Anthropologie makes for some flashback fun

Ceylon Outdoor Arm Chair in Whitewash from Ballard is an Anglo Indian take.

Veneman Collections did an outdoor furniture line with Wynn hotel designer Roger Thomas. I am impressed with it, check out the whole selection.

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Metal Garden Bench from World Market

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Chic and cheerful, these Henri Floral outdoor pillows can jazz up solid outdoor upholstery. From World Market

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William Sonoma's 100% polyester Printed Outdoor Pillows in weather resistant fabrics are great looking

The Casteleated outdoor pillow from Dransfield and Ross has a graphic tape border that stands out. It's summer go for the blue and white!

Their framed diamond outdoor pillow with quilting and inset ribbon trim adds interior upholstery details outside.

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Teardrop lanterns hold pillar candles from Z Gallerie

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If you are looking for a classic lantern, here it is! Crate and Barrel never fails to have a goodie


by Marisa Marcantonio

Add a few new seasonal items to perk up your outdoor space this summer. Make the most of the balmy nights with chic umbrellas, stylish lanterns, and more:

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The wicker Voyage chair from Jardins en Fleur is like sitting under a tree, you get shade and a great view. The side portholes allow for an added sky view.

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Pottery Barn makes a huge wicker tray large enough to set on a round ottoman for drinks and platters.

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The Soho Square Umbrella with fretwork detail and side tassels from Z Gallerie provide your garden with a Hollywood Regency hotel vibe.

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The batik print Hot Pagoda Umbrella Pier 1 has a jaunty two-tier design.

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The Rize Garden Votive Holder is a garden stake post that holds a votive. Line a pathway with there for instant evening drama from Z Gallerie.

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Traditional lanterns reinterpreted with soft lines make the Bristol Lanterns from Pottery Barn look great around the pool, by the front door or lining a walkway.

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Seagrass pitcher and glasses from Pier 1 will transport you and your iced tea to the French riviera.

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Acrylic tumblers from Target" online look like hobnail glass. Why sacrifice style for plastic?

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Add a little bug humor with Target's Ants and Gingham plastic platter. The uninvited guest that always shows up! Available online only.

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Fun flatware is hard to find, it is often tacky and cheap looking. Fear not, Pottery Barn comes to the rescue with this 12-piece set. It is easy to bring to the beach in it's tube carrying case.


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These folding chairs are easy to store and have a clean design. Land's End has them with and without arms.

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A beanbag table adds a youthful playroom vibe to an outside living room. Outside? Well, yes, it's water-resistant and great for using in a covered area. West Elm did Ikat for a loungey piece.