STYLEBEAT'S TRULY GIFTED GUIDE

by Marisa Marcantonio

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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.
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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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Eduardo Garza's black Marble Sphere on a gold base would look great on a book shelf or table.
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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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

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


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Never miss your luggage with John Robshaw Elephant Luggage Tags.

STEP UP TO THE PLATE THIS THANKSGIVING

by Marisa Marcantonio

Thanksgiving provides the perfect opportunity to set the table with great style. With a plethora of choices out there from the old guard companies to the young artisans, here is a selection of the best for your holiday table.

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Mr. Turkey Lurkey will have a nice perch here on the Turkey Serving Platter from Pottery Barn!

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Gien's outdoorsy Sologny wildlife pattern captures lowland vegetation. Available through Michael C. Fina.

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When the sky's the limit, Nymphemburg hand painted porcelain is the way to go. See their entire collection of custom china at their Chicago store, Kneen and Co.

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White looks great when the food is the star. Anthropologie's ceramic Monochrome Mosaic Dinner Plate.

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After years of covering tabletop trends, German hand painted Ming Dragon porcelain from Meissen still tops my list.

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Stripes add a linear element for a kicky table. A new design from Raynaud.

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Blue and white is the go to for a traditional table. The Aves bird pattern from Royal Crown Derby has been around since the 1800's with new color introductions since then.


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For a more modern table, Sydney Albertini's hand painted ceramic Dipped Dinner Plates are each slightly different.

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Bamboo is right for you-- try Juliska's new instant classic called Classic Bamboo.

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Maybe the rest of your table is blue and white china and you need dessert plates? Well, here is just the thing! These charming flowering branch dessert plates come in a set of 6 from Christofle.

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Parrot Tulips grace the China Tulip Charger from Asprey. Floral patterns look great all year long, especially when your garden is not in bloom.

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Combining blooming branches and a geometric border, Medard de Noblat's Eden pattern adds pastel hues to the table, from Michael C. Fina.

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Your pumpkin pie will look even better against the red of a Kyoto Dessert Plate from L'Objet through Vivre. Available in a set of 4.

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One of the most beautiful patterns for it's raku glaze finish, Jaune de Chrome's Finition has an earthy hand created quality.


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Last year Kelly Wearstler came out with a few patterns with Pickard. The Mulholland pattern is a modernist composition intersecting lines, perfect for the urban aesthete. Available through Table Art.

A MANY FACETED THING

by Marisa Marcantonio

The honeycomb pattern has been nature's inspiration for ages. Like bees to honey, the intricate surface detail draws us in with it's multi - faceted angles and mesmerizing repetition. Chip away...

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Facets make every angle different, more complex. Honeycomb- patterned hammered brass in Surevolution's Champagne Bucket from Vivre provides a tactile, rich surface. Areas are rubbed away to reveal a flash of brass underneath a black finish.

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My fascination for Ted Meuhling's artistic hand at Steuben never seems to wane. His Tortoise series from 2007 became an instant classic. The Full Cut Decanter shines as light plays off every hand - cut facet.

Inspired by an upturned Tortoise shell, his glimmering crystal bowl seems to have inspired other designs. But isn't that the sincerest form of flattery?

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Get the most out of your Mac with these gorgeous, icy Harman Kardon speakers. The cooler they look, the cooler you seem.

The crystal artisans at Prague's Artel Glass created the Glacier Vase with a wavy cut top and kinetic surface.

Alexandra Von Furstenberg's Nut-n-Bowl has the clarity and faceting of the Hope Diamond. Clear acrylic is polished to perfection in an octagonal shape.

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Thomas O'Brien's Devon Table Lamp for Visual Comfort has a classic column base with clean lines.

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
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Diminutive and chic, Dynasty Espresso cups with a Greek key motif from Wedgwood are the way to go.

FOR THE DESIGN OBSESSED:
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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:

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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:
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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:
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Wheel through check in with style with a Large Editor Suitcase from Steamline Luggage through Vivre.


FOR THE GAME PLAYER:
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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:
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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:
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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:
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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:

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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:
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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:
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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.

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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:
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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.

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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:
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Drop anchor on the sniffles with this tissue box cover available through Haute Home.


FOR THE FOODIE:
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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:
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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:
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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:
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SuRevolution's four regal purple Tasseled Silk Napkin Rings will rock the party, through Vivre.

FOR THE PARTY BOY:
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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