by Marisa Marcantonio

Skin is in. Just ask accessories designer Robyn Brooks, who covers decorative items and jewelry in snake skins, grass cloth, cork and stingray. Robyn Brooks New York launched some great new accessories at this past gift show, many inspired by the color and feel of Africa.

An exotic umbrella sets the mood in Robyn's treasure filled booth

Robin's new Umbrella Stands and Waste Baskets are fantastic

The Elephant Walk Umbrella Stand is a standout

A stack of grass cloth wrapped Butler's Tray's, table lamps, the new Crock Stripe Mirror and bright yellow skin frame make the booth feel like a bit of home, not a trade show

The Elephant Walk Grass Cloth Butler Tray provides personality plus for a hostess gift

A Grass Cloth wrapped mirror in Mozambique blue is flanked by shelving filled with her accessories

Green Sea Snake skin wrapped boxes store in style

Yellow and Orange Sea Snake skin wrapped boxes are gifts worth stocking up on for easy birthday gifts

I wish every booth was created in this way- it makes the thrill of discovery an elegant experience. A bookshelf displays an assortment of frames boxes and trays.


by Marisa Marcantonio

In need of great holiday gifts, like, NOW? Then you must come to a fabulous trunk show this Wednesday, December 15th.
Meet the talented design mavens behind the following brands and shop their products at 26 East 63d Street from 4-8pm:

Julia B custom linens
Robyn Brooks New York Home Accents and Accessories
Tribal Societe Jewelry
Liz Victory Cosmetic Bags, Totes and Accessories
Let all your chic friends know about it and I am looking forward to seeing you there on Wednesday!


by Marisa Marcantonio

I am hearing everyone in the industry say, "we are cautiously optimistic." Interior designers say new clients are active, albeit slowly and cautiously. I hope the optimism continues. I sped around the gift show over the past few days and discovered some great new companies that took a leap and brought their designs to market. Trends included unexpected shades of colors like persimmon, plum, mustard, and muted orange. I wish them all great success.
Here are some of the things I am loving now.

Sea grass frames and trays in serene coral, yellow and purple were showstoppers.

New York - based Robyn Brooks had a beautiful booth. She painted the walls in a pale blue hue to offset her bright skin, cork and sea grass designs. She learned all about high quality skins working with jewelry and bag designer Kara Ross, and then set out to do her own stylish thing. I am so glad she was at the show with her frames, mirrors, lamps, trays and bracelets-- something new to get excited about, when there was not a ton of newness out there....
Fortuny- covered chairs sit around an Eero Saarinen inspired table from Ikea for taking orders. She even brought a potted palm!

Here is Robyn standing next to a chic oversized cork lamp.

Her skin trays and frames are really nicely made and finished.

Love this! I don't usually go crazy for skins in wild colors, but her colors are stunning.

Fun geometric patterned poufs from John Robshaw are the new beanbag.

Joel Fitzpatrick just launched this great new eco towel line with cotton trim that comes in orange or green. As a designer, he saw there was a lack in attractive eco towels.

The Kelly green is fresh and crisp, great for a tropical home.

They are seeing what the response is to the geo's, I say, it's a go. Don't you?

Caskata, always taking their lead from natural beauty, had a beautiful new blue peony pattern that came on plates, trays and bowls.

Waylande Gregory introduced his small ceramic painted bowls in new, graphic designs. The elephant is a fave, and the glazes are in cool, unexpected off colors.

My favorite glass designer Joe Cariati did it again with these cloche designs in smoke, red and turquoise glass with a pretty ball finial on top. It would be great as a cheese plate, for cakes, and anything that needs some pomp and circumstance.

I had to include this Stray Dog Designs paper mache plant in turquoise. Low maintenance plants are a good way to go!

See Design is a new joyful printed collection out of New Canaan CT that captures the fun carefree spirit of bold color and pattern on bags, pillows, caftans and scarves.

The gals in their Accent on Design booth. Donna Gorman, left, is a textile designer that spent 20 years with Marimekko, can you tell?!

I loved this cheery tote with circles and dots in a perfect shade of lavender.