by Marisa Marcantonio

Glorious weather this past Memorial Day Weekend has helped charge a clear path straight to summer. Here are some goodies to help you get ready to live outside and entertain like you mean it. 

Photo courtesy of Pottery Barn

I have always wanted one of these to help channel my island side. Pottery Barn knocks it out of the park with their Raffia Round Umbrella, it is a charmer.  It will make you shout, "Paradise now!"

Photo courtesy of Crate and Barrel

If you need some sunny prints in le jardin, try adding Crate and Barrel's jazzy Marimekko Appelsiini Caliente Umbrella for some heat shade.

 Photo courtesy of Ballard Designs

I love the look of lush ferns in Ballard Designs Scalloped Square Planter, it also comes in a round version.

Photo courtesy of Anthropologie

Water your flowers with Anthropologie's Mr. Snail Pail to add some character to the task.

Photo courtesy of Terrain

Instead of climbing a tree, swing in one. The Original Tree Swing from Terrain is like the old T-Bar lifts from skiing, but it's nothing a few Dark N' Stormies won't help you get over.

Photo courtesy of Wisteria

I have been eyeing these iznik patterned melamine   Wisteria plates for awhile now, I really think they are great.  Plus, if you order something from Wisteria up until May 31st,  they have an offer where they will throw in a set of 4!

Photo courtesy of West Elm

Bring a little bit of the French seaside to your outdoor entertaining with West Elm's wrapped Woven Pitchers. Be prepared for the raffia to get a little worn, the glass does not come out of the surround, so buy an extra to have just in case. They're on sale!

Photo courtesy of World Market

If you prefer a more muted color palette, then check out these beautiful soft colors in the Palampore Placemats from World Market.

Photo courtesy of World Market

If pillows are what you need, these outdoor ready Indonesian Fruit stunners at World Market are bright and cheery adding a touch of the exotic.

Photo courtesy of Pier 1

A right - sized fan chair from Pier 1 means you won't feel like Lilly Tomlin sitting in one!

Photo courtesy of CB2

Shed a little light inside or out with hammered brass teardrop Ous Hanging Tealights from CB2. They cast a party-ready glow.

Photo courtesy of Z Gallerie

For a more trad option, there is this Z Gallerie Malaga Lantern that is inspired by a classic English lantern. It would work well lining a pathway. 


by Marisa Marcantonio

A friend I used to work with at David Easton came over yesterday. We always talk design non-stop and I ask for his chic advice. We got to talking about my home and what I cannot live without. Not missing a beat, I declared it was the color red. With that mood-altering color on my mind, here are some well-designed chairs that may conjure up Diana Vreeland or the thought that you too, cannot live without it:

Photo Courtesy of Suzanne Allen
The St. Germain Chair from Suzanne Allen is well- proportioned and has a nice leg. Great for a living room seating arrangements or as a bedroom chair.

Photo Courtesy of Richard Shapiro
Studiolo by Richard Shapiro has this great new upholstered piece, the Bordoni Leather Minima Chair. The stamped leather, floor-length skirt and low back pillow are nice touches. An added swivel element makes it ideal for a media room.

Photo Courtesy of Wisteria
Wisteria is a go to resource for great global finds and easy gifts. Their Louis Red Upholstered Chair is easy to love. Pull it around a dining table or put it up against the wall below a sconce for a hit of eye- popping color.

Photo Courtesy of Elite Leather
Elle Decor recently feted Nathan Turner at Bloomingdales for his new Elite Leather furniture Collection. The Flores tufted armchair is my favorite--the dark wood pops against the red shiny leather, a really catchy combo for a study. The pitch is deep and perfect for reading the paper.