by Marisa Marcantonio

In the Olympic spirit, here are some games to get you outdoors this August.  Entertain outside and play, or just be prepared for your houseguests if they have a competitive streak.

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A minimalist chic Croquet Set in a streamlined light wooden box from Anthropologie.

 Keep the lawn action going with a delux Bocce Ball and Horseshoe Set by St Pierre. Perfect for sunset cocktail time.

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A French cousin of Bocce, Petanque originated in the countryside of Provence. The uber modern chrome and teak set from Design Within Reach will impress your design snob guests.

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Ok, so maybe the fake glass bottles aren't as chic as Jones Soda's, but a good game of Ring Toss can get any party started. From Target.

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Get around the water in a 12 -seater electric Duffy Boat, that tops out at 6 miles per hour.  I first laid eyes on these cuties in Newport Beach.

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In the sand or on deck, Nauti and Co.'s easily portable roll-up Backgammon Set for those that love a game, even on the go.

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Or, take this handmade in Maine beauty out for a spin. The beautiful wooden Wee Two, from Laughing Loon, is perfect for navigating hard-to-access inaccessible ponds in remote and beautiful places.

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If big waves get you out of bed early in the morning in Montauk, the Malwitz Keel Fish Surf Board from Saturday's Surf NYC is a good way to practice your pop-ups and hang ten.


by Marisa Marcantonio

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Preppy redux: Lisa Birnbach and Chip Kidd take a tongue in cheek look at the evolution of preppy style and social mores in True Prep.

Neo prep, as I like to call it, combines vibrant color and pattern, tinged with a 7o's vibe. Today's brands are combining what they loved from the Preppy Handbook's heyday and putting their own spin on it.

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Fore! Monkey Golf Balls from Iomoi will keep you smiling when your shots end up in the rough.

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California girl Trina Turk worked with two other Cali girls over at Alice Supply Co. on a Ping Pong Set. The colors are divine.

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Change out your ho hum bed linens for summer. This boldly printed DwellStudio for Target Tulips Comforter Set is just the thing. The pattern is old Palm Beach and the price is right.

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Get in the game with a customized backgammon set from Preppy Cards.

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Is that my gin and tonic or yours? Make identifying your libation easy with these new monogram stirrers from Preppy Cards.

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Get a dose of color with a new version of old school enamel- the Zirconite Multi Colored Stretch Bracelet from Target resembles Jean Schlumberger.

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Herringbone frames from Two's Company are geometric prep.

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The zig zag pattern makes its way from the sofa to the skirt-- J. McLaughlin has this highly wearable Austin Print canvas skirt inspired by interiors.

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Carry stuff in style with Jonathan Adler's Blue Arcade Dutchess Tote in chic coated canvas. It is not just a rainy day bag, it is an every day bag.

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Tassels are a prep staple- from curtain tie backs to keychains and loafers, they are pretty much a staple. Stubbs and Wooton does an embroidered tassel that looks like the real thing. You never have to worry about them falling off.

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Love this. Whales and Nantucket go hand in hand. If you can't get to the cobblestoned streets of the Gray Lady, get nautical prep with these adorable hand - screened silk whale pillows by Lourdes Sanchez for West Elm.


by Marisa Marcantonio

John Derian created an appreciation for olde world things like illustrations, charming scenes from days of yore, botanical studies, sweet sayings and sealife through his decoupage assortment of paperweights, plates, platters, lamps, desk accessories, wall hangings. He began his decoupage work in 1989, and since then, his empire of hand made accessories has grown, with two retail shops and now, his third collection for Target. The first one blew out of stores, and like this one, is available for a limited time. Taking classic design elements that were originally done on glass, they are recreated in melamine, ceramic and paper. I want just about everything in the collection, and love that the designs, stylistically, are true to the originals. Come September 5th, the frenzy will begin! The line will be available at select Target stores and Target.com. Save some for me....!

A Wooden Box in Blue Circle Marble paper, perfect for keeping an organized desk. Marbleized papers are oh so Italiano, and have a wonderful aged look.

Dinner Plates in Assorted Leaf prints, make great gifts for gardeners.

Salad Plates in Assorted Apple and Assorted Floral would look great in a wall arrangement.

The Three-Tier Tray in Dahlia would be great for showers and tea cakes. Pretty in pink.

The Small Square Tray in Flatware and Square Tray in Maze, one of my all time fave patterns.

A Cake Stand in Dahlia, again, great for a party and birthday, you can give it with the cake!

Ceramic Mugs in the Marble pattern are fantastic. Too bad I just got new mugs to complete my Home, James chinoiserie set. Christmas gifts!

A Wood Frame in Blue Lattice is super chic.

The House-Mouse Tray is so cute! I am just waiting for the mouse to cross the wide plank floor...

Storage Box in Blue and Brown Dotted Marble paper make great stationery storage and can be stacked looking terrific en masse. The price is sweeter than Il Papiro, that's for sure!

The 3-pc Mini Journal Set for quick jots and nice gifts.