POP ON OVER TO BUNNY'S

by Marisa Marcantonio

One of the most gratifying aspects of creating product collections for a designer is seeing everything cross merchandised together, beautifully.  This is not always the case, as products are often dispersed hither and yon into the marketplace, without properly telling the design story that holds it together. In the case of Bunny Williams, whose  Beeline furniture, accessories and mirror lines are displayed en suite at her recently-launched   pop-up shop, her design collection DNA is pure.  The beloved New York City -based interior designer with Parish Hadley roots went about creating her own heirloom-quality personality pieces in a renegade way.  By collecting antiques, getting inspired by global buying  jaunts  and the need for specific pieces she could not find for clients, she did it on her own, which allowed for total creative freedom.  Her designs have her  specific point  of view, and also problem solve.  Some of the best sellers include drinks tables and handmade glazed porcelain lamps. Arranged like a lived-in home, located at 306 East 61st Street, from May 1 though the 11th, the shop looks move-in ready. Warm touches like throws and fresh arranged flowers make it a delight. Rounded out with accessories and tabletop from her retail and now online  shop, Treillage, it is worth popping over to see Bunny's bevy.

GO ON A STYLISH HOLIDAY SHOPPING SPREE IN NYC

by Marisa Marcantonio

As the Christmas shopping deadline nears, why not hit Lex and allay your fears? With shopping list in hand, and deadline to meet, buy all your gifts and find something neat. Here is your roadmap for a stroll of Upper East Side stores where you are sure to come up with creative and special gifts for everyone on your list.

Begin your day getting a blowout at the Varin Salon at 762 Madison Avenue.

Yann Varin will give you a glam updo for the big holiday shindig or polished coif for shopping Madison.

Your chair awaits.

For serious big deal antiques, visit Louis Bofferding and hear him tell great tales of each piece and its provenance.

Swing by to see Connie at Plaza Flowers at 944 Lexington Avenue and order a red and green arrangement to be delivered.

Choose from festive red berry branches...

Adorable miniature trees are great for apartment living.

Flats of Paperwhites on their way out the door.

How can you not think of the warm days of summer when looking at this arrangement?

Stroll down the block to Mecox Gardens
at 962 Lexington Avenue where the windows don their best swags of greenery.
The shop is filled with well-edited home accessories including candles, lamps and books that would all make nice presents.

Up the street at 1011, Lexington Gardens does it up-- from ornaments to arrangements to garden statuary-- their holiday mood is infectious.

A white winter wonderland scene.

Treillage, the Bunny Williams home emporium for tabletop, decorative accessories and entertaining elements, usually sets the table near the window to enthrall passersby. The table is always beautifully arranged, it is as if guests were about to be seated.

Golden wire wreathes hang above a marble-topped console.

Another round table is filled with goodies-- Bunny's new book, Scrapbook for Living, a Spitzmiller Gourd Centerpiece and trees with tiny glass beads that look even nicer by candlelight.

A pair of gold trees flank a classical sculpture and Bee Line Lamps.

A small, shimmering decorative accent tree sits next to a great new book, Private Gardens of Connecticut.

Sit down for a ladies lunch at Swifty's. With a peach decorating scheme, the soft palette is ever-flattering and designed by a ladies who lunch favorite, Mario Buatta. Their curried chicken salad is always good.

Archivia Books at 993 Lexington Avenue, is Cynthia Conigliaro's top notch bookshop is filled to the brim with design and fashion books. You just want it all!

The counter at Archivia in a rare lull. The walls are lined with every title you covet- from rare Billy Baldwin tomes to Monacelli Press's latest intro in the home, garden, art and fashion arena.

A long table anchors the layout. Well lit with reading lamps, the tables are filled with titles you can peruse.

Pretty architectural notecards from Bernd Dams and Andrew Zega, the authors of Chinoiseries. Love these.

The window of Cove Landing, right next to Archivia, is great for peeking inside-- a clear view of some the best edited pieces in the city.

Angus Wilkie and Len Morgan have hung a beautiful cluster of silver ornaments in the window that catch the sunlight beautifully.

Make your way downtown to Ankasa's flagship store at 135 E 65th Street. Known for their elaborate Indian embroidery, the shop is arranged in vignettes by color, and the stage is set in winter white. Filled with decorative throw pillows, their upholstery collection, cashmere throws and gifty items, the assortment is lush and cozy.

Photo courtesy of Via Quadronno
End the day with a seriously good cappuccino at Via Quadronno at 25 East 73rd, where Milano meets New York.

STYLEBEAT'S TRULY GIFTED GUIDE

by Marisa Marcantonio

Photo courtesy of Assouline
Interior designers and aficionados love Cecil! Assouline just launched Cecil Beaton: The Art of The Scrapbook, a 400 page visual diary chronicling the life and photos of the British bon vivant extraordinaire.
Photo courtesy of Moet & Chandon
Make the bubbly even better with a personalized bottle from My Moet. FIrst, choose if you want the Magnum or the regular size Moet & Chandon Champagne. Then put your own twist on the gift with up to 14 letters on the mag and 7 letters on the original. If you are in the city, stop by Saks on the 8th floor and place your order at their Moet Kiosk.

Photo courtesy of Jack and Lulu
Keep track of your days and dates with Jack and Lulu's letterpressed 2011 Calendar in candy brights with seasonal motifs.

Photo courtesy of Smythson
Case closed, decision made. Tote your laptop in style with Smythson's Damson case in a croc print.

Photo courtesy of Robyn Brooks
Glam it up with brightly colored stingray and cork bangles by Robyn Brooks.

Photo courtesy of Julia B.
Get cozy by the fireside in a warm wool blanket with custom monogram from Julia B. The color choices are endless.

Photo courtesy of Vivre
A custom made Medor sculpture of a dachshund by artist Marie Christophe from Vivre for the true dog lover.

Photo courtesy of Bounkit
Bling! This Flourite Cocktail Ring by Bounkit is sure to get you in the holiday spirit.

Photo courtesy of J. Crew
One of my favorite home fragrance collections, Anthousa, is doing a votive candle available through J. Crew. The Vanilla, Grapefruit and Orange is amazing.

Photo courtesy of Tiffany
Everyone loves a little something something from Elsa Peretti for Tiffany. This leather box in her signature bean design can stash earrings or coins on a dresser.

A gift set of fragranced soaps from Matouk in brightly colored shades.

Photo courtesy of Delight
Cute and unique, the Acorn Speaker from Delight has an FM radio function and provides great sound on the go.

Photo courtesy of C.S. Post
Watch the days of the week fly by with these retro nostalgia dish towels from C.S. Post.

Photo courtesy Ancient Industries
Shetland wool socks from Ancient Industries will keep everyones tootsies warm.

Photo courtesy of Hammocks and High Tea
If you have a friend that just got new furniture, they can add pizazz to their dresser drawers with Hammocks and High Tea's scented Chevron Drawer Liners. Available in a pack of 6 sheets, choose from scents like Mandarin Jasmine and Rose Tea.

Photo courtesy of Treillage
Make a statement in the garden by giving these Iron Obelisks from Treillage.

Photo courtesy of Ballard Designs
Available with up to 3 initials or numbers, the Suzanne Kasler designed coir mats from Ballard Designs with colored borders welcome holiday guests with style.

The adorable Emma monogram teapot from Pottery Barn may be just the thing for your in laws.

Photo courtesy of DWR
An illuminating option for fans of cult modern designer Tom Dixon from Design Within Reach: the brass Etch Candle holder. It casts a warm glow and was created digitally. Yay for high tech design!

Photo courtesy of Graphic Image
Protect that hot little ipad with Graphic Image's ipad Sleeve. The bright leather case can be monogrammed and is lined in a shammy cloth so it will always be as shiny as the day it was first unwrapped.

Photo courtesy of Anthropologie
Runway Rabbit Lamp in rough luxe black finish from Swedish designers Front through Anthropologie.

Photo courtesy of Paul Smith
Game on! Paul Smith playing cards in his signature stripe.

Photo courtesy of West Elm
Place a David Stark Sphere Topiary of recycled newspaper from West Elm on each end of the fireplace mantel and you are good to go.

Photo courtesy of Jo Malone
A candle swathed in silver will make the season bright. Jo Malone has a new gift for holiday, the festive Pomegranate Noir Candle in a silver plate lidded box. Perfect for travel or a powder room.

Photo courtesy of Eduardo Garza
Eduardo Garza's black Marble Sphere on a gold base would look great on a book shelf or table.
Photo courtesy of Apple
The sleek new Jambox by Jawbone wireless speaker designed by industrial design darling Yves Behar works off Blue Tooth technology for music and conference calls.

Photo courtesy of Jonathan Adler
A puffy poodle ornament by Jonathan Adler can serve as an objet d'art after the tree is down for the season.

Photo courtesy of Gretel Home
Amazing thin walled paper Japanese bowls are covered in a water resistant coating making them durable and beautiful. From Cuiora through Gretel Home.

Know someone that likes mid century modern design and necklaces? Then how about the Tiny Little Chair Necklace from Lisa Perry? They come in silver, bronze or gold and look like your favorite mid-century classics except shrunken versions.

Buy beans from Blue Bottle Coffee Co. in San Francisco for all your artisanal coffee obsessed friends.

Photo courtesy of Bodum
Bodum's Electric Bistro Juicer comes in some kicky colors.

Photo courtesy of Fawn and Forest
Plywood Animals by Ferm Living are great for little hands with big hearts from Fawn and Forest.

Photo courtesy of Anthropologie
Decorate the tree with furry friends otherwise known as woodland Brush Ornaments from Anthropologie.

Keep your iphone or ipad upright with the i plunge from Z Gallerie.

Photo courtesy of Pier 1
Pier 1 glasses with gold stripes or dots for a festive cocktail.

Photo courtesy of Kate Spade
Tidbit Plates come in a set of 4 from Kate Spade. Great for the hostess with the mostest.

Bell'Occhio chalkboard mats are just the thing for restless children at the table.

Both Alexa and Duane Hampton have come out with new books, and you should own them both.

Photo courtesy of Liz Victory Designs
For the one's that are not neat and tidy, this bag trio from Liz Victory Designs will make them.

Photo courtesy of Susy Jack
Susy Jack's Magnetic Shopping Bag Pads for busy moms.

Photo courtesy of Roberta Roller Rabbit
For the little monkeys: a little fabric covered monkey from Roberta Roller Rabbit.

Photo courtesy of Pottery Barn
The Rustic Log Holder from Pottery Barn does it's job and looks good doing it.


Photo courtesy of John Robshaw
Never miss your luggage with John Robshaw Elephant Luggage Tags.