ANIMALISTIC

by Marisa Marcantonio

Birds if a feather flock together, as the saying goes. From a herd of pigs to a parliament of owls, animals had their day at the gift show. Here is an assortment of those that narrowly avoided a banal life in the zoo.

Gien introduced a pattern with sea creatures centered on dinner plates.

Oly Studio's Petite Kedan Stool complete with cloven hooves and a curly lamb top.

A flight of swallows fly across the surface in a block printed ironing board cover from Simrin. Why not elevate an everyday activity?

5 ducks angle for the best view in an adorable standing lamp from Aid to Artisans.

A precious little mouse on a tiny needlepoint pillow from August Morgan. He has escaped his fellow horde...

Papier mache animal heads are the result of recycling, not big game hunting. From Aid to Artisans.

A curious owl perches on a log at Vellum.

A peacock painting on cream silk from Belle Chasse Home.

Curious little piggies at Roost.

A pack of dogs as hooks from Homart.

A TRIP DOWN THE AISLES: GIFT SHOW ROUNDUP FROM STYLEBEAT

by Marisa Marcantonio

I made the rounds at the Pier today, for the first day of the New York Gift Show. As I write this, my feet are not happy. But I know I am not the only one sharing this sentiment, as the show was packed for the first day. I saw a lot of noteworthy new decorative furniture, accessories and soft goods. If you plan on going to the show over the next few days, this can serve as your hit list.
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If you can't make it, then check out some of the exciting new trends and elements that continue to hold steady. For artwork, soft goods and small accessories, there are delicate floral prints are taking the place of graphic geometrics. Colored lacquer accessories are still in demand and look fresh. Light woods remain strong for furniture and accessories, and Chinoiserie isn't going anywhere. For the past few shows there has been a rise in wonderful decorative prints and framed artwork. The rustic, aged patina finishes are continuing to hold their ground and aged woods and metals continue to prevail as in the ye old apothecary and barn chic look. Themes from the natural world remain popular-- the birds and butterflies have not all flown away just yet.

Here is my roundup of companies and products to look out for:


Dransfield and Ross did this new De Gournay scenic- inspired bedding with pretty bed hangings.

HOMART:


Homart's decorative bowl with painted insects and fruits was just right.

NATURAL CURIOSITIES:

Large scale limited edition Paule Marrot prints dominated the booth at Natural Curiosities. Christopher Wilcox, the owner of NC, purchased the archive of Marrot, a well known French painter and textile designer prolific from the 1920's to the 1950's. Her work is whimsical and bold. A breath of fresh air.

Abstracted flowers float on a blue ground.

Two funny blooming plants sprout against a coral background.


CELESTINA:

Celestina continues to amaze me with their stunning inlay, mix of rare materials and sophisticated applications. Their side table with arches and mother of pearl top is exquisite.

The little lacquer tabouret is a work of art. Lacquer? Amazing. Celestina's artisans in the Philippines are moving beyond the expected.

JEREMIAH PRINTS:


The legendary interior painter Jeremiah did a series of limited edition signed and dated prints that are to die for. He came out with a book a few years ago, and seeing his legacy live on is wonderful. He is 85 years old, kudos. In addition to the prints there are notecards for a smaller dose of his work. They are displayed in the Dransfield and Ross booth, and available through Dean Rhys Morgan. Dean is based in London, and is at the show representing this collection.


Madame X's Bedroom New York 1947

Diana Vreeland, 2005


BEELINE HOME:


Bunny was at her booth, greeting visitors and buyers. Her first show with Beeline is sure to be a smashing success.


The booth was beautifully styled, down to the fresh flowers, tables filled with her books and artfully arranged seating areas.

Even after seeing the collection in her office, I enjoyed seeing how Bunny arranged her furniture and accessories in a booth of this size.


Her lighting is a strong point of her collection. This new piece is triangular lamp made of patterned wood that resembles shagreen. It his hard to tell the real from the faux!

ZENTIQUE:


Urns tend to grab my attention,especially when displayed on a pedestal. There is something more fun/less serious about the forms made in wood as opposed to marble. Zentique is doing well scaled furniture in this light finish.

JARDINS DU JOUR:


Jardins du Jour (formerly en Fleur) is doing framed artwork in Chinoiserie and colorful scenics. The Francofiles out there will be in heaven.

MADE GOODS:

Made Goods has expanded their robust line with more great mirrors (natch), and new accessories and furniture.

Shagreen alert: these tables from Made Goods are amazing.

VELLUM:


Insanely fun earrings made the jewelry addition at Vellum a welcome one.

VAGABOND:


Antique inspired torcheres mount to the wall with a hand. The piece from Vagabond Vintage has character and an aged black and gold finish.

OOMPH:

Their second year out! Oomph is back with new table designs and a small tufted chair.

The Oomph gals know how important bright color is for a happy and fun interior.

The new chair upholstered in a bright green fabric is on casters for easy mobility.


The stand looked spiffy filled with pillows and tables.

THE GIFT GUIDE

by Marisa Marcantonio

Here is something for everyone on your list. Naughty or nice, show some love by giving gifts with some spice:


FOR THE COFFEE DRINKER
Photo Courtesy of Wedgwood USA
Diminutive and chic, Dynasty Espresso cups with a Greek key motif from Wedgwood are the way to go.

FOR THE DESIGN OBSESSED:
Photo Courtesy of Chelsea Textiles
If you follow all things design then you know Alidad, the Persian interior designer doing some of the most gorgeous interiors in London. He has an existing collection with Pierre Frey and now, embroidered pillows with Chelsea Textiles. He was influenced by 16th Century Ottoman designs. A must from Chelsea Textiles.

FOR THE CANDY CRAZY:

Photos Courtesy of Hammonds Candies
Old world Hammonds Candies out of Colorado make the best holiday candy--hands down. Their candy canes and lollipops come in luscious flavors.

FOR THE FORGETFUL:
Photo Courtesy of Michael Devine
Make a list and check it twice. With this sweet notepad and pencil cup, you will want to become a note taker. Michael Devine made accessories covered in his signature fabrics. Bagatelle in Chocolate is shown here.

FOR THE INTERNATIONAL SHOPPER:
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A Leather European Shopping Guide from Graphic Image is fun even for the armchair traveler.

FOR THE WORKER BEE ON THE GO:
Photo Courtesy of Vivre
Wheel through check in with style with a Large Editor Suitcase from Steamline Luggage through Vivre.


FOR THE GAME PLAYER:
Photo Courtesy of Williams Sonoma Home
Backgammon anyone? Sit by the fire and watch the snow fall outside. This is a classic every home should have, from Williams Sonoma Home.

FOR THE PERSON WHO LOVES TO PUT EVERYTHING IN ITS PLACE:
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Distant Origins has these stunning Murano glass boxes with a metal framework. I have coveted this for years. It is a beautiful gift for someone who has everything. From Vivre.

FOR THE RUSTIC COUNTRY LOOK:
Photo Courtesy of Plait
Beautiful handwoven napkins from Plait are made in the US of 100% cotton. Plait is a chic little company started by a Cranbrook Academy of Art graduate out of Madison, Wisconsin. Order a set through Etsy.

FOR THE NEW BABY:
Photo Courtesy of Jack and Lulu
How about something permanent to decorate the nursery? Blue Tulips Wall Art is matted and framed behind acrylic in a soft white wooden frame. Frame measures 18 x 14 inches with 8 x 10 inch opening. Personalize it with initials.
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What about a Tugboat print for the little gent? The graphics are adorable and can go trad or mod. Order yours at Jack and Lulu.

FOR THE WEE ONE:
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To give a toddler their first car, what a thrill! These retro wheels are sure to please from Design Within Reach.

FOR GRANDPARENTS:

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A cute picture of the grandchildren will make the elders happy. Bone frames are available from a retailer listed on Two's Company.

FOR THE NAPPER:
Photo Courtesy of Sferra
The Celine throw is pure heaven. Made of 100% brushed cotton it is the softest thing going and a great price. The subtle herringbone pattern comes in luscious colors, by Sferra.

FOR SOMEONE WHO HAS JUST MOVED:

Photo courtesy of Vellum
Bamboo bath accessories from Vellum are great for a new homeowner or to make a bathroom sparkle. Love the waste bin beside a desk.


FOR THE TRAVELLER:
Photo Courtesy of Crane
Compact and old fashioned, this leather encased clock brings it back to basics. What more do you need? Carried at Crane.

FOR THE NEWLY INTERESTED IN INTERIOR DESIGN:
Photo Courtesy of Random House
Domono: The Book of Decorating is a nice way to introduce the basics. With De Gournay wallpaper on the cover, you can't go wrong giving this book.

Photo Courtesy of Random House
This useful book takes the pages of the magazine and reorganizes them by category. You can learn decorating tricks, space saving techniques, good sources to shop from and what the fundamentals are for each room in your home.
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Learn how to pull it all together with easy to follow tips and ideas.
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The softcover makes the book look like a cute text book--it is not intimidating.
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A good gift for a newbie or a Domino dweller, through Amazon.

FOR THE LADY:
Photo Courtesy of Lunt
Use this Toast Rack from The Botanical Garden Collection for Lunt to hold monogrammed stationery on your desk or load it up with toast and use it on a breakfast tray.

Photo Courtesy of Haute Home by Jane Leider
Frilly, well-pressed linens are a heavenly gift. The girly girl often collects boudoir covers, and this will make her so happy. Or splurge and get the whole bed set from Haute Home.

FOR THE SAFARI LOVER:
You might not be in Kenya anymore, but elephants can still roam free in the sitting room. Get some big game through Mecox Garden.

FOR A SAILOR WITH ALLERGIES:
Photo Courtesy of Haute Home by Jane Leider
Drop anchor on the sniffles with this tissue box cover available through Haute Home.


FOR THE FOODIE:
Photo Courtesy of DWR
A Microplane Rock Salt Shaver is just the thing for the cook. The hottest trend since the olive oil craze, pick one up at Design Within Reach. Salt not included, hit Dean and Deluca for that.

FOR THOSE IN NEED OF DECORATIVE OBJECTS:
Photo Courtesy of Joe Cariati
Handblown glass decanters with gorgeous stoppers from Joe Cariati are a stunning gift. Bright hues make each sinewy shape a standout. Available through Joe Cariati.

FOR COLLECTORS OF OBJETS:
Photo Courtesy of Penkhurst Ceramics
Porcelain fruits look delectable in these lux glazes. Why not get one in each color from Penkhurst Ceramics.

FOR THE HOSTESS:

Everyone needs a great tray. Set up a bar, serve with it or set it down and stack books on it. Available from a retailer listed on Two's Company.

FOR THE PARTY GIRL:
Photo Courtesy of Vivre
SuRevolution's four regal purple Tasseled Silk Napkin Rings will rock the party, through Vivre.

FOR THE PARTY BOY:
Photo Courtesy of Michael C.Fina
J L Coquet makes the most stunning shiny black crystal champagne coup. Serve Cristal or Dom in these for your New Year's toast. Available through Michael C. Fina.

FOR THE NEATNICK:
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Keep dry cleaning bills at bay with this little bag of helpers from The Laundress