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

If you frequent the Upper East Side in the 90's on Madison, then perhaps you know of the beautiful shop, Gerald Bland. For years it has served as a go-to source for stunning English 18th and 19th Century antiques. I was in the shop recently, and was amazed at what I found. The space was alive with color, innovative artwork and filled with unique statement pieces that bring a room alive. He represents a stable of really fascinating artists and everything looks at home against walls painted in a rich chocolate brown.  You may not know that Gerry Bland was close with Albert Hadley and handled his estate. There are a few remaining drawings of Mr. Hadley that he has in store, so if you missed the One King's Lane sale, now is your chance.

Bland has always had a knack for finding the coolest stuff, and upholstering it with just the right amount of detail, from tiny button tufting to contrasting welting.  His wife, Mita Corsini Bland, is also immensely talented, she is a painter and did the watercolors for the Sister Parish book.

 I loved the about-face here,  there is a younger, fresher vibe that I can't get enough of it. 

A chalky white console is so chic

Bright canvases and a Louis chair in Quadrille

See that bench in yellow leather? So good.

A painting of the artist Basquiat Hadley had.

A vignette with a charming fern to add a touch of greenery.

There are so many great chairs to be found I wanted one of each.

A pop of white with camel upholstery

The work of New York-based painter Julie Gross

A perfectly lived-in bookcase

Need a console? Look no further

Modern and antique forms live side by side

Like they say, scale is EVERYTHING

Hello color

These mirrors move me

A desk is the perfect perch to watch the world go by on Madison

Art of every size and shape

Want to look at inventory? It is housed in leather books

A painting on a chair? Sure, why not.

Bland's office downstairs is worth checking out too

More goodies

Where the magic happens

Matte and shiny surfaces

Need accessories?

Like I said earlier, there is no shortage of great chairs


by Marisa Marcantonio

Photos courtesy of Michael Simon
Behind a modernist facade at 33 East 68th Street on Manhattan's Upper East Side is where you will now find James Sansum Fine and Decorative Art Gallery. It's new home has more display space for his fine collection of artwork, unique American and European antiques, decorative objects, worldly finds and highly individualized pieces that add instant panache to a room.

Modern, sleek metal signage welcomes you to James Sansum's Gallery, located on the 6th floor. Connected to his partner, Markham Roberts Interior Design's office, there is creativity in spades. The space also houses art dealer Leslie Feely Fine Art's gallery. Come shop then head further up Madison to Sant Abroeus for a Milanese lunch.

A curvy backed 1940's Louis XV Style Sofa with artist Karen Connell's C-print photograph mounted behind Plexiglass, Anywhere but Here, Scene 8 hanging above.

A Regency Style Tall Étagère from England, circa 1910-1920 houses books and decorative objects, including a painted Regency Pen Work Box on the bottom shelf.

A German Rococo Bombe Commode in Walnut has a painted Beech wood French Balloon Back Side Chair, circa 1950 upholstered in pale blue fabric next to it. A vivid blue eglomise and wood Gustav III Period Two Arm Sconce, circa 1790 hangs on the wall above.

Stunning burl walnut veneers with brass mountings on a Queen Anne Period Cabinet on Chest from London, England, circa 1705-1715 with a Large Blue and White English Ceramic Punch Bowl circa 1895 on top flanked by a gorgeous pair of Dutch East Indies Baroque-Form Wooden Candlesticks from the nineteenth century. In front of it, a Chinese Cinnabar Stool from the Qing Dynasty, circa 1890-1910 with intricate carvings.

Painted Beech wood Louis XVI Bergères from France, circa 1780 sit next to a painted wood and marble Louis XV Center Table circa 1750-1760 with a French Modernist Sunflower Lamp by Maison Charles circa 1955-1965.

An inscribed Japanese Arts and Crafts Banquet Table circa 1910-1920 holds a vase of gilded wood and bronze stylized Water Lily Flowers on Stems from Japan, Meiji Period, circa 1890-1910. Painter Julia Condon's Mandala of the Echoes hangs above it.