by Marisa Marcantonio

Photos courtesy of Creel and Gow
 Low Ivy covered walls at the entrance
Working with a global network of design talent, Jamie Creel and Christopher Gow have opened the Upper East Side's newest decorative accessories destination, Creel and Gow.  Both gentlemen, are self-declared, "curious by nature," have a love of beautiful things, and Gow is well known for bringing silvered shells, fossils, coral, rock crystal and gemstone boxes to the neighborhood when he had his shop, Ruzzettt and Gow. It was an editor favorite for all things rare and unusual.
This space is hallowed ground in design circles, because Slatkin and Company, Charlotte Moss, and most recently Mish jewelers have all occupied the beautiful brick building. Now there is a new game in town, and you sure to uncover magical, natural world finds at this ever changing emporium of all things fabulous. Be prepared to be delighted an amazed as you enter the threshold of the former stables at 131 East 70th Street. Even the logo is totally chic.

Black lacquer walls host an array of fine taxidermy specimens and objets

A display wall with niches filled with butterflies, obelisks, mounted coral and global ephemera

An incredible wood and glass display case is filled with taxidermy fowl

Royal Brighton Pavillion created out of matchsticks. Wow.

An Apatite Stone Box is among the stone boxes of every stone you can imagine

An Amethyst Bowl with brown striations

A moss Agate Bowl

 A Nautalis Shell Clock makes a great gift for seaside dwellers

A White Heron Bird Giglee Print reinforces the love of birds


by Marisa Marcantonio

Having shown at the Atlanta Gift Show for a few years, Karen finally decided it was time to bring her world of natural wonder to New York! I have written about her before, and her fantastic shell boxes, faux tortoise shells and pastel pillows. New shell items, sea life, maps and vintage books graced her booth-- a veritable cabinet of curiosities. See her handmade treasure trove at The Karen Robertson Collection. Her creative energy is boundless, and she gets her cues from the natural world. She is a stickler for quality, and all her things are handmade in the USA with tender loving care. Her work has a large green component, since she is reusing found materials, and using vintage books and maps to create something new.

Photos Courtesy of Karen Robertson
Summer is spent on Buzzards Bay in Massachusetts, where Karen escapes the Florida heat. Her genius studio in a tent is the ultimate warm weather hideaway. Talk about being inspired by your surroundings--this is heavenly. Her tent provides a civilized creative getaway where she can relax and generate new ideas.

A daybed for reverie in shell- adorned surroundings make it easy to get in the creative flow.

Winters are spent in Ponta Vedra Beach, FL. Her serene and soothing home there is decorated with her framed sea fans, shell encrusted obelisks and ultra suede icon pillows. Her love of shells runs deep, and she is constantly coming up with stunning new ways to incorporate them into her work.

Handmade shell finials make a mantel complete

The new framed maps of Rome circa 1843 are a fun addition. The prints look great hung in multiples

Shells take on a modern look when mounted on a sleek brushed stainless steel caliper stand

An embellished Ostrich Egg with bugs, butterflies and leaves on stand mixes in well on a bookshelf

The decoupage eggs come with a lobster, coral and octopus designs, seen here with her new paper covered books

Vintage books by the yard covered in marbleized paper were another hit at the show

The red and green marbled paper books have a holiday feel. Yes, I said holiday--it is not too early to start thinking about gift ideas.

The books have a cut out box which Karen calls, "a box in a book", perfect for hiding something secret...