by Marisa Marcantonio

When it comes to floral patterns, I am drawn to particular designs that capture the spirit of my 1970's childhood. The sweet, naif and brightly colored prints of Paule Marrot, D. Porthault, Marimekko and Dek Tillet take me to a happy place. This is the very reason I was so pleased to come across Florence, this new spring design from Pomegranate, Inc. a company that makes great block printed tabletop designs. The multi-colored floral sprigs are spring personified, and grace items for tablesettings, the chef, a cozy chair and a beach tote. This way, you can keep spring alive well after the real blooms have receded into the backgound.

 Photos courtesy of Pomegranate, Inc

Francesca as napkins, come in a set of 4

Francesca as a placemat, sold in a set of 4

 Francesca as a tablecloth comes in 3 sizes

 Francesca hand towels

Francesca for the chef

Francesca for the sofa

Francesca as a boat tote for the beach


by Marisa Marcantonio

Raffia and rush are perfect for a summery interior. Add touches to lighten things up in this natural material that matches everything.

Oomph's Slipper Chair with a raffia body fits in small spaces and adds a touch of texture.

Shed a little light with a raffia wrapped lamp from Mainly Baskets.

Carry it with the new Raffia Bow Clutch from J.Crew.

Set the table with Light Blue Raffia Applique Mats from Pomegranate.

Write thank you notes at the Hampstead Raffia Desk from William Sonoma Home.

Hang invites on a Magnetic Board covered in raffia from Ballard Designs.

Casamidy's Opera side chair in rush has become an instant classic. The metal frame and rush seat in mixed materials keeps things interesting.