by Marisa Marcantonio

After all this running around this week, I need a tea break and personal reflexologist at my beck and call.

My schedule entailed the following:

Bungalow 5 party in full swing
Monday night I attended the opening of my friends Luca Rensi and John Roudabush's brand spanking new Bungalow 5 showroom.

Photo courtesy of Rue Mag
Then worked my way to Soho and toasted Rue Mag's launch of their 3rd issue at The New Traditionalists where a good party, fun crowd and strong cocktail are guaranteed.

Tuesday night I dined alongside the "Young 20" designers with Traditional Home. They are launching a Trad Home and Lonny hybrid online mag that showcases the work of those they deem to be the best and brightest. The intimate Freemans dinner was hosted by Beth Brenner of Traditional Home and Michelle Adams & Patrick Cline of Lonny
. The young traditionals issue of their first ever digital edition hits this April and I am really excited about seeing these new designers projects in detail.

The group was a design obsessed bunch:

Lonny's top dog Michelle Adams, the wry humored fantastic writer Sarah Firshein of Curbed, and the super nice interior designer Ron Marvin

Nina Freudenberger of Haus Interiors, interior designer and Design Therapy blogger Brad Ford with pr gal Stacy McLaughlin

Callie Jenschke and Nicki Clendening of Scout Designs. Callie worked at Met Home and both have Southern roots. These girls get it done.

Designer and art expert Tom Delavan and PR maven Elizabeth Blitzer

Interior designer Robert Passal with a colleague, and fellow design blogger Nicole of So Haute

And two gals I feel like I have been meant to meet forever: Suysel dePedro Cunningham and Anne Maxwell Foster of Tilton Fenwick. Suysel used to work for Markam Roberts and Anne worked for Brockschmidt and Coleman and Ashley Whittaker.

Williams Sonoma Wednesday:

Wednesday night I previewed the Spring launch of Williams Sonoma brands including Pottery Barn, PB Kids, West Elm, and Williams Sonoma at The Garden Room in the hipper - than - thou Standard Hotel

A punchy patterned printed dhurrie from Williams Sonoma Home

The best brownies you have ever had are from the new Baked brownie mixes being offered at Williams Sonoma

A neutral, tonal palette of wares from West Elm

Another creative bunch gathers for an online mag launch:

Photo courtesy of Matchbook
From there I jetted to Soho's Coach store where The Neo Traditionalist blogger Katie Armour feted her new online magazine/field guide/preppy manifesto Matchbook.

An iconic print mag steeped in tradition gets a sunny makeover:

Courtesy of Architectural Digest Photography by Pieter Estersohn
And Thursday I was wowed by the gorgeous luxe, worldly new Architectural Digest as new EIC Margaret Russell , hosted a luncheon of media and bloggers to preview the new issue. With a fully revamped staff of 30 new editors, a content rich resource section in the back of the book, photography and projects by design world luminaries like Michael Smith (who also decorated her office) and Daniel Romauldez, the new AD is worth buzzing about.

The crisp all white centerpiece at the AD luncheon at 4 Times Square

Thursday the fun continued with fabrics and books:

In the evening, I joined a small group of old media (!) friends/editors and interior designers at Pierre Frey's super cool Nolita apartment to see the newest lush bohemian inspired fabric collection that was launched in Paris at Maison Objet the week before.

Home and showplace, Pierre Frey's Nolita digs embody the brand and its latest global glam collection

A cozy fire added to the welcome ambiance

A book launch:

Photo courtesy of Campion Platt
From there Malcolm Kutner and I headed over to The New Traditionalists again (yes, they do throw a good party so I cannot seem to stay away) to see Campion Platt and have him sign his beautiful new book, Made to Order.

The week's festivities are finally winding down, after hitting so many great events and seeing so many new things I need to decompress. But it was all worth it. Who knew February was going to be so busy?


by Marisa Marcantonio

Last night, I had the great pleasure of creating a bar out of one of the furniture pieces from The New Traditionalists. I was joined by the wonderfully creative Brady Wilcox and tequila purveyors Milagro, and we had a terrific time. With over 130 guests in attendance, the event was a hit, and the delicious cocktails were a terrific way to usher in the fall.

The stylish New Traditionalists showroom in Soho is divided by teak wood partitions, and showcases their range of updated furniture in fresh finishes and colors.

With gratitude Elizabeth Blitzer, Becky Birdwell with Mrs. John L Strong, Eduardo Garza and all the New Trads.

The "Bibliophile's Desk" I created working with their Number Two Eleven Desk

I created this desk for a woman who knows her interior design, having just finished a book on the subject. She loves to entertain at home and go out on the town, and appreciates the lost art of letter writing, owning a full stationery wardrobe from Mrs Strong. Her thank you notes are legendary and always done on time (!).

She likes a good scotch every now and again

She surrounds herself with her favorite books for instant inspiration

I so enjoyed catching up with Philip Erdoes, the mastermind behind Ducduc and The New Traditionalists

They had a master mixologist Jason Roman of Embury Cocktails on hand for savory drinks

Milagro Tequila made the signature potent drinks with raspberry puree


Cabinet Number Two Seventy

Armoire Number Five Sixty Four

Side Table Number Thirty Three sits next to Chair Number One Eighty done up in orange leather

Chair Number Sixty Six

Definitely stop in when you are in Soho!


by Marisa Marcantonio

Kids rooms can be even cuter with the launch of Jonathan Adler Junior and The New Traditionalists, a furniture company also doing nursery pieces. The new JA collection was launched at the Gift Show, and it is just adorable. Also in the mix is Oly with adult chairs on a tiny scale and Little Nest and their mod repro cuties.

Playing off classic 70'spillows and wall art come with stylized animals and fruits

Smoochy giraffes in needlepoint

A bookcase chock a block with pillows and animals

Pinks and blues in sophisticated accessories. Greek Key for the kids, sure!

JA Junior Chair in hot pink with a white frame.

JA Junior Sofa with bolster pillows in a soothing light blue would be a great spot to watch movies.

Oly just launched a charming assortment of miniature versions of their big people chairs. Adding a sophisticated element to a bedroom or playroom, the chairs are pretty and well designed. They will surely be passed down in years to come.The Petite Bird Armchair with carved birds perching on the frame.

The Petite Belle Lounge Chair with its old Hollywood feel.

The Petite Pierre Chair is a little club chair for a little man.

The Petite Hannah Chair with carved details adds French flair.

The Little Bert is a replica of the 1952 Child's Chair by Harry Bertoia from Little Nest.

The Yolk, a child sized version of the Egg Chair by Arne Jacobsen from 1958.

Play Ball, the mini version of The Ball Chair by Eero Aarnio from 1963.

The Cygnet Chair is a small version of The Swan by Arne Jacobsen from 1958.

Madrid, the baby Barcelona Chair by Mies van der Rohe from 1927.

Kartell's now iconic Louis Ghost gets mini with the Lou Lou from Conrans at ABC Carpet and Home.

The Savannah Changer from The New Traditionalists in rich colors with chic pulls can transition to young adulthood. Handmade with hand rubbed finishes, the line is made in New England.

The Savannah Crib with a touch of green and tapered leg looks sophisticated chic. High quality with nice finishes is their hallmark. And it looks good.

Their Regency Crib with a circle detail and curved lines brings big people furniture to the nursery.