SHELL IT OUT

by Marisa Marcantonio

It's time to bid adieu to the seashore and seashells, but that doesn't mean you can't bring the seaside feeling inside. Karen Robertson's coastal chic  artistic endeavors never fail to surprise, so as you put away your flip flops and sarongs, you can still look at the art on your walls and feel as though your toes are in the sun - warmed sand.

 Karen Robertson's shell - encrusted Blue Limpet Shell Anchors framed artwork  come encased in acrylic or wood frames. There is an old - world charm to these clean and spare designs.

For a more is more effect, shell flourishes and curlicues. Like a neo - sailors valentine, The Shell Grotto collection includes detailed shell inlay in elaborate decorative patterns.  Utilizing the 18th Century art of mosaic shell patterning, the detail is incredible.

BACK IN BLACK

by Marisa Marcantonio


The console would work well in an all white summer house


Swags and curvy arms give an uber-feminine touch


The all out chandelier brings drama to a dining room, a red one

Photos Courtesy of Currey and Company
Perhaps a pair of sconces are just the thing a space needs

The market is now overrun with shell encrusted products. They may be ubiquitous but they are easy to love. Currey and Company was one of the original companies to do the look well. You see their chandelier constantly but may not be aware of who makes it. C and C are reinterpreting the shell this season in black with new pieces called Midnight. For an edgy new turn this adds silhouette-changing mystery and gravitas to the grouping.

STYLEBEAT SHOWS YOU HOW TO ESCAPE THE WINTER BLAHS

by Marisa Marcantonio

BY READING:


Photos courtesy of Rizzoli
Escape hum drum everyday life and dive into Rizzoli's latest fantasy getaway tome, Ultimate Tropical. Showing a variety of resorts and getaway homes in the tropics, author Luca Invernizzi Tettoni combed Asia and Thailand where he lives to come up with over 500 images of lush gardens, giant resorts made from wood from the locale, and ocean side retreats.


BY HANGING


Plates on your wall from New Arcadia. These bloom- filled plates will brighten any room. Fauvist fabulosity!


BY VISITING

Photo from Indigare
Harbour Island and staying at The Pink Sands.


BY GIVING GIFTS
Photo courtesy of Lifeguard Press
Wrapped in the new Lilly Pulitzer wrapping paper from Lifeguard Press.

BY WEARING

A stunning, rather large Mustique shell ring by Mesi Jilly.

Photo Courtesy of Virginia Witbeck Design LLC
A delightful voile lattice print caftan with matching headband from Virginia Witbeck Design LLC. Contact her at vmwdesign@aol.com.

BY PURCHASING BEACHY GOODIES


Photos courtesy of Shoshanna
Channel old Palm Beach with beach bag and towel from Shoshanna.

BY CARRYING
Photo Courtesy of Felix Rey
The Marissa Clutch from Felix Rey is a great bag to have for the summer. Thankfully, Ikat is being done more in fashion, not just by Oscar de la Renta. Buy now, carry later.


BY DRINKING
Photo Courtesy of lifeguard Press
And placing your glass on Lilly coasters from Lifeguard Press.