WAYLANDE GREGORY'S ANIMAL MAGNETISM

by Marisa Marcantonio

The new hand-loomed wool and Alpaca pillows adorned with animal motifs will please Waylande Gregory fans.  Known for their stylized animals and graphic motifs that appear on ceramic bowls and vases, their latest foray is in soft goods. Their new animated additions feature wild and wooly creatures that will add a dash of whimsy to a cozy sofa or chair. Available through Horchow, vivid brights that won't bite.

A tiger gives it's fiercest stare down

Two orange elephants face off on grey

A single elephant taking  stance on a kelly green color field

A regal zebra dancing across a red and white zebra background

WAYLANDE GREGORY'S ANIMAL KINGDOM

by Marisa Marcantonio

With rich matte glazes and metallic accents, Waylande Gregory's iconic ceramic designs have stood the test of time and are finding a new audience with their brighter hues and modern applications on a wide array of decorative accessories.
A master ceramicist who devised a revolutionary glazing technique, Gregory's designs from the 1940's and 50's are being revived and appreciated once again for their whimsy, graphic sensibility and artistic flair. Gregory's great-grand nephew Bryan Downey and Mickey Rosarin came across a trove of his work, have revived his archives, and are producing pieces in Peru for Waylande Gregory Studios. Their most recent animal introductions are too adorable not to scoop up in multiples. They make a terrific addition with their burst of color, personality and exuberance. You can find WG designs online at Gracious Style and Vivre.

Lime Fish, an instant favorite of mine. His big personality shines through.

Yellow Giraffe Tray

Red Bird Tray

Tiger Face Tray

Fan Peacocks struttin' it across a box, and trays

Blue Pelican and Asian Elephant

Fan Peacock and Buddha's House with Tiger above

Blue Fish Coasters

Elephant Coasters

GLAMOUROUS LIFE: BRASSY IS CLASSY

by Marisa Marcantonio

Photo courtesy of Kelly Wearstler
Kelly Wearstler's home accessories collection for Bergdorf Goodman Decorative Home is brass heavy.

Brass is back. The warm metal, whether with a patina of age or bright and new, can add a mellow golden hue in the way silver, nickel and chrome can't. With a nod to Kelly Wearstler, who opened the door for more, today's brass is sexy and suave. Whether you are going for 70's Italian, Studio 54, or 80's redux, the glint of brass adds a glamorous glow.

Photo courtesy of Flair
Flair Home Collection has a Vintage French Screen with teal and gold lacquer that is the tops.

Photo courtesy of Oly
Amelia, a bombe chest from Oly is wrapped in brushed brass. Place it in a front hall as a statement piece or in a living room with a pair of great lamps on it.

A small drinks table from Jayson in brass with an x base and cut corners is just the spot for something small. Place it next to a sofa or by a cozy chair for some luxe gleam.

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Spindly brass wall flowers have a fun slinky - like movement to them that will make you smile. Available through Jayson Home and Garden.

Photo courtesy of Made Goods
Links of polished brass make this light and airy lidded box from Made Goods a gorgeous decorative element.

Hammered brass box and vase from Studio A has grooved texture that gives it the metal a softer look.

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The Travers sconce, designed by Amanda Nisbet for Urban Electric, mixes brass, etched glass and cherry wood for a subtle shadow play.

The stunning Baroque Lamp with high relief swirls from Laura Kirar for Arteriors is a little bit art deco a little bit disco.

Dwell for Global Views spiky ball is the sort of decorative object every coffee table should have. Consider it the modern day equivalent of the Moravian star Albert Hadley loved to use.

Brass and ebony iron accents make this mixed material orb with large studs an object of interest. From Dwell for Global Views.

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Make a tablescape even better with a piece that has a bit of height. Marble and brass in this dynamic piece from Dwell for Global Views has a Brancusi feel.

Tom Dixon created The Etch Pendant for DWR out of digitally cut and etched brass. It casts a radiant glow.

Photo courtesy of Made Goods
A dodecahedron in gold ceramic from Made Goods has many facets that all look great. From a bookshelf to a side table they are unusual additions.

Perch on this spun gold garden seat from Waylande Gregory or use it for a side table, whatever purpose it suits, it will be gorg.

STYLISH AND FIERCE: LEOPARD YOU WILL LOVE

by Marisa Marcantonio

Classic animal prints give an interior a bit of fierce attitude. I can't help but notice animal prints are everywhere this season. You may find they are hard to ignore and you will soon be smitten. Not bitten, smitten.

Photo courtesy of Mecox Gardens
Put the roar back into a room with this Vintage Papier Mache Leopard from Mecox Gardens.


Image courtesy of Il Gattopardo
After you've grown weary from trying and buying Manolo's, duck next door to 33 West 54th and eat at one of New York's hidden gems for the best Southern Italian food, Il Gattopardo. Named after the classic Sicilian novel by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, it will not disappoint.

Photo courtesy of Kravet
Kravet Couture's Sheer Leopard Velvet in Espresso.

Waylande Gregory Studio's bowl with a frisky leopard painted in gold and white on a matte black surface.

Photo courtesy of Lee Jofa
The Royal Oak Collection Durbar Leopard gros point from Lee Jofa for a classic animal pattern moment.


Haviland limoges l'Animal pattern is hand painted and not too showy on the table.


Photo courtesy of Jayson Home and Garden
Hide and seek with Jayson Home and Garden's Faux Leopard Hide Rug.

Photo courtesy of Belgian Shoes
A classic that cannot be overlooked: Belgian Shoes. they never lose their spots.

Photo courtesy of Barneys
Owen Barry Leopard Pillow from Barneys is made of faux pony hair. I love the tiny spots.

Photo courtesy of Anya Hindmarch
My favorite British bag designer Anya Hindmarch just launched the classic Carker bag in leopard. Carry this while wearing neutrals or you will look like the animal is wearing you, instead of the other way around.

Photo courtesy of Scalamandre
Courbet, a cotton velvet from Scalamandre has a soft touch and looks great on an ottoman or a sofa.

Photo courtesy of J. Crew
You can't own just one pair: J. Crew's Kelcey spotted ballet flats are perfect for running around town.

Photo courtesy of Christopher Norman
Christopher Norman's printed leopard is a more subtle option with a hint of blue.