by Marisa Marcantonio

Reminiscent of Jackson Pollock's iconic, out sized drip paintings, a new crop of painterly inspiration is emerging.  The abstract surface pattern, trending on fabrics as well as ceramics, is appreciated as much for its randomness as it is for its hand - created feel. Adding an energetic zing, splatter can kick it up a notch when pattern is called for.

Pierre Frey's Leo, named after the large scale canvas painter captures the artist's hand with slashes and drops of paint.

There is also a striking black and white combination that prefer the strong contrast.

A ceramic dish from Mrs. Howard has spatter, brushstrokes and dashes.

Beeline Home's newest lamp, The Spatter, with splashy blue glazes covering the entire white ceramic form.

Dransfield and Ross debited their new Tozai Home collection at High Point that featured a classic Louis Chair covered in a mad splash of black and white splatter paint. The natural cotton fabric the paint is applied to looks just like a Pollock canvas.

Bunching cubes also get the paint treatment.

Vaughan Design took the classic amphora shape of the Aegina Vase and added a dynamic spatter and brushstroke glaze to the ceramic lamp.

Providing a casual rustic feel, porcelain coated enamel pieces in spatterware from Crow Canyon are popular for picnics. 


by Marisa Marcantonio

After all this running around this week, I need a tea break and personal reflexologist at my beck and call.

My schedule entailed the following:

Bungalow 5 party in full swing
Monday night I attended the opening of my friends Luca Rensi and John Roudabush's brand spanking new Bungalow 5 showroom.

Photo courtesy of Rue Mag
Then worked my way to Soho and toasted Rue Mag's launch of their 3rd issue at The New Traditionalists where a good party, fun crowd and strong cocktail are guaranteed.

Tuesday night I dined alongside the "Young 20" designers with Traditional Home. They are launching a Trad Home and Lonny hybrid online mag that showcases the work of those they deem to be the best and brightest. The intimate Freemans dinner was hosted by Beth Brenner of Traditional Home and Michelle Adams & Patrick Cline of Lonny
. The young traditionals issue of their first ever digital edition hits this April and I am really excited about seeing these new designers projects in detail.

The group was a design obsessed bunch:

Lonny's top dog Michelle Adams, the wry humored fantastic writer Sarah Firshein of Curbed, and the super nice interior designer Ron Marvin

Nina Freudenberger of Haus Interiors, interior designer and Design Therapy blogger Brad Ford with pr gal Stacy McLaughlin

Callie Jenschke and Nicki Clendening of Scout Designs. Callie worked at Met Home and both have Southern roots. These girls get it done.

Designer and art expert Tom Delavan and PR maven Elizabeth Blitzer

Interior designer Robert Passal with a colleague, and fellow design blogger Nicole of So Haute

And two gals I feel like I have been meant to meet forever: Suysel dePedro Cunningham and Anne Maxwell Foster of Tilton Fenwick. Suysel used to work for Markam Roberts and Anne worked for Brockschmidt and Coleman and Ashley Whittaker.

Williams Sonoma Wednesday:

Wednesday night I previewed the Spring launch of Williams Sonoma brands including Pottery Barn, PB Kids, West Elm, and Williams Sonoma at The Garden Room in the hipper - than - thou Standard Hotel

A punchy patterned printed dhurrie from Williams Sonoma Home

The best brownies you have ever had are from the new Baked brownie mixes being offered at Williams Sonoma

A neutral, tonal palette of wares from West Elm

Another creative bunch gathers for an online mag launch:

Photo courtesy of Matchbook
From there I jetted to Soho's Coach store where The Neo Traditionalist blogger Katie Armour feted her new online magazine/field guide/preppy manifesto Matchbook.

An iconic print mag steeped in tradition gets a sunny makeover:

Courtesy of Architectural Digest Photography by Pieter Estersohn
And Thursday I was wowed by the gorgeous luxe, worldly new Architectural Digest as new EIC Margaret Russell , hosted a luncheon of media and bloggers to preview the new issue. With a fully revamped staff of 30 new editors, a content rich resource section in the back of the book, photography and projects by design world luminaries like Michael Smith (who also decorated her office) and Daniel Romauldez, the new AD is worth buzzing about.

The crisp all white centerpiece at the AD luncheon at 4 Times Square

Thursday the fun continued with fabrics and books:

In the evening, I joined a small group of old media (!) friends/editors and interior designers at Pierre Frey's super cool Nolita apartment to see the newest lush bohemian inspired fabric collection that was launched in Paris at Maison Objet the week before.

Home and showplace, Pierre Frey's Nolita digs embody the brand and its latest global glam collection

A cozy fire added to the welcome ambiance

A book launch:

Photo courtesy of Campion Platt
From there Malcolm Kutner and I headed over to The New Traditionalists again (yes, they do throw a good party so I cannot seem to stay away) to see Campion Platt and have him sign his beautiful new book, Made to Order.

The week's festivities are finally winding down, after hitting so many great events and seeing so many new things I need to decompress. But it was all worth it. Who knew February was going to be so busy?


by Marisa Marcantonio

Photo courtesy of Firmdale Hotels
After spending some time lounging by the fire at the Crosby Street Hotel, I was taken with the deep red walls, Vaughan fabric - covered wing chairs and amazing art collection. Creating a cozy environment around the fire is easy to do, and here are some ways to create a hearth haven at home.

Photo courtesy of Chesneys
Chesney's creates limestone and marble mantels, such as the Alahambra. This British company offers historic and contemporary designs, and have new collections from Jasper Conran and Jane Churchill.

Photo courtesy of Editions Design
Have a seat on a fire fender bench with a leather seat, like this one of brass and wood from Editions Design.

Photo courtesy of Restoration Hardware
Get a classic fire screen to save your rugs from flying embers that can create burns and dangerous situations. This 19th Century English design from Restoration Hardware with brass detailing looks like it has been around for ages.

Store logs in style with woven baskets from Williams Sonoma Home.
Photo courtesy of Jonathan Adler
Light a fire with Jonathan Adler Fireplace Matches, from Art Effect.

Yummy mohair blankets await you at Bergdorf Goodman.

Photo courtesy of Nantucket Looms
Hand- loomed Mohair Throws from the Nantucket Looms will be a part of your family forever.

Photo courtesy of Swans Island Blankets
Made by hand in Northport, Maine Swan's Island Blankets are woven from organic merino wool and hand finished with silk edges. The hand dyed fleece shows a subtle gradation of color.

Photo courtesy of D. Bryant Archie
A handwoven Peruvian baby alpaca throw from D. Bryant Archie is another way to stay warm.

Photo courtesy of Holland and Sherry
Sink back into down filled embroidery embellished custom pillows from Holland and Sherry.

Pierre Frey's Eidelweiss Pillow will remind you of the many piste trails you have conquered.

Photo courtesy of Restoration Hardware
Tools for the job will help keep the flames at bay. A classic choice from Restoration Hardware, these tools have round finials and a clean square design that is deco meets Victorian in brass and steel.

Photo courtesy of Lyle and Umbach
Lyle and Umbach has the most beautiful andirons, tools and screens. The items are handcrafted and forged in the US. The Katherine Fireplace tool set is available in a variety of bronze finishes.

Photo courtesy of Lyle and Umbach
Gates andirons from Lyle and Umbach add a classic design motif to the fireplace.

Photo courtesy of Plow and Hearth
Keep the flames going strong with bellows from Plow and Hearth.

Keep ash in its place with a broom that looks very old world. Williams Sonoma's Appalachian - made Fireplace Broom fits the bill nicely.

Photo courtesy of Frontgate
If matches are not your cup of tea, then check out the Fireplace Lighter from Frontgate. It lights in a snap.


by Marisa Marcantonio

If you are somewhere near the sea these days, here are some nautical interior inspirations that make great summer hostess gifts and vacation home accents. Land ho!

Photo Courtesy of Natural Curiosities
A framed Brethellier Watercolor from Natural Curiosities means you can escape to the sea any time.

Photo courtesy of Ralph Lauren Home
Ralph Lauren's Navigator Novelty Wallpaper with signal burgees and anchors captures nautical in a whimsical watercolor print.

Photo courtesy of Pierre Frey
Sail wherever the wind takes you with Pierre Frey's Les Voiles print.

Photo courtesy of Lee Jofa
Diamond and Baratta's Mayport at Lee Jofa is an adorable check woven to liven up banquets or pillows.

Photo courtesy of Two's Company
The triple thick rope in this Two's Company Mirror makes a statement, and is super chic.

Buy Arts of The Sailor if you really mean business and need to tie a Bowlin fast.

Hang stuff in style with rustic Jack and Lulu's Anchor Wall Hooks.

Photo courtesy Fred Flair
Go nautical chic in style with this little tootsie roll of a tote with anchors on it, through The Daytrip Society.

Photo courtesy of Pottery Barn Kids
Instead of Carvel's Fudgy The Whale, get the kids the Honey Whale Basket from Pottery Barn Kids to stash their toys and games.

Anchors away! Jonathan Adler's Llama wool Anchor rug will have you wanting to set sail.

Photo courtesy of Jack and Lulu
If you like paper as much as I do, then you will want to snatch up these beautiful gold foil embossed notes from Jack and Lulu.

Photo courtesy of Anthropologie
Tie the knot with Anthropologie's Coiled Rope Drawer Pulls.

Photo courtesy of Stair Ropes
Nautical ropes make for great, rustic decorative elements in a summer or seaside home. Stair ropes are a great option for tight spaces where a traditional banister might not work. Available through Stair Ropes.

Photo courtesy of Design Public
Hopefully you will not get attacked by a giant octopus while in the shower, this one is really more decorative....from Thomas Paul at Design Public.

Photo courtesy of Anthropologie
If you recall 10,000 Leagues Under The Sea with fondness, then you will love these From The Deep Salad Plates from Anthropologie.

Photo courtesy of Design Public
With an assortment of Thomas Paul sea life pillows, you can feel beachy anytime. From Design Public.

Photo courtesy of Best Buy Home Decor
We'll leave the light on for you. You don't need a lighthouse to guide you home, this Rope Lamp from Best Buy Home Decor will do it for you.

Photo courtesy Circa Lighting
Prop up nautical maps and books on this Estelle Display Lamp from Circa Lighting.

The Orange Life Jacket Wine Bottle Cover from Nautical Seasons is insanely cute-- the perfect gift.

Are you a luddite? Get low tech while being high tech with this faux- scrimshaw case that can fit your ipod or phone from Thomas Paul at Design Public.

Photo Courtesy of Two's Company
If things get cold on the island and a storm comes up, light a fire with Two's Company Nautical Fireplace Matches.

Photo courtesy of Stonk Knots design
The Manila Kringle Rope Mat from Stonk Knots looks great by the kitchen sink.