by Marisa Marcantonio

It's time to kick back, relax and watch the fireworks. With great looking red, white and blue showing up everywhere this summer, you can easily incorporate it into your everyday life, not just patriotic party time.  With the Olympics on the horizon, this palette will be around again soon.

Hey, every body's All American!

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Whether you place it on your wall, in a barn or on your porch, this recycled pine America Flag from Pottery Barn has a wonderful authentic Americana vibe.

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Put your feet up and relax. Cool your heels on Jonathan Adler's American Flag Needlepoint Stool. 

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Serve it up in style with a Jonathan Adler George Washington melamine tray you will want to have around for the super patriotic types. 

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And we have to have some ubiquitous ikat on the table! World Market's Red Woven Ikat Mats and Napkins will carry you through a summer of heavy entertaining.

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The hits just keep coming with World Market. They have the best stuff that is always really well designed. Take this striped Drink Dispenser-- I mean come on. So good.

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Come summertime, I am rarely without an iced tea in hand. These red and blue over sized glass goblets from Horchow hold enough tea (14 oz. worth) that I won't have to constantly refill my glass.

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These Ralph Lauren Home American Flag Mugs will be just the thing to use when you are watching the Olympics drinking your morning coffee.

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This is the beach towel everyone has been going crazy over. Maslin's Zebra Beach Towel looks like a rug but made from terry it is beach ready. It comes in the coolest leather sling so you can hop on your bike with it and go catch the waves.

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Jonathan Adler's George Beach Towel in a red white and blue geo pattern is beachy keen.

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I have this Duchess bag and it is the best! The coated canvas is rain appropriate and it takes the knocks from city living.  There is a row of pockets inside to keep everything small accessible and of course, the colors are great. From Jonathan Adler in the George pattern.


by Marisa Marcantonio

Summer will officially kick off this weekend, so make sure your garden and poolside is ready! Every year outdoor furniture gets better and better, and this year is no exception. Spend a lot, spend a little, you get style by the mile.

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If Turkey is in your sights, bring a little bit of it to your garden with Iznik Melamine Plates from William Sonoma Home. This is fantastic looking, so glad someone finally did this pattern that is usually seen on tiles and ceramic tabletop.

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Mixing Iznik and Greek key patterns in bold red white and blue-- I have to have these Iznik Floral Napkins! From William Sonoma Home.

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If you have a hankering for Mexican, check out the Talavera Pottery influenced melamine plates from Pottery Barn. The rich colors and texture will make you feel as though you are sitting under a palapa in Cabo.

Chop Chop! Cut those lemons and limes and keep the cocktail flow. From LA Plates

Oscar de la Renta for Century invented a Pagoda slipcover that mounts on the wall for shade.

Santa Barbara Designs is always leading the way in style and swagger. Their new Double Decker with oversized rick rack is too cute.

Pier I adds a great shape to a garden landscape.

Your own nest Outdoor Swingasan Chair from Pier 1

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A little bit hippie a little bit bohemian. The Knotted Melati Hanging Chair of macrame from Anthropologie makes for some flashback fun

Ceylon Outdoor Arm Chair in Whitewash from Ballard is an Anglo Indian take.

Veneman Collections did an outdoor furniture line with Wynn hotel designer Roger Thomas. I am impressed with it, check out the whole selection.

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Metal Garden Bench from World Market

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Chic and cheerful, these Henri Floral outdoor pillows can jazz up solid outdoor upholstery. From World Market

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William Sonoma's 100% polyester Printed Outdoor Pillows in weather resistant fabrics are great looking

The Casteleated outdoor pillow from Dransfield and Ross has a graphic tape border that stands out. It's summer go for the blue and white!

Their framed diamond outdoor pillow with quilting and inset ribbon trim adds interior upholstery details outside.

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Teardrop lanterns hold pillar candles from Z Gallerie

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If you are looking for a classic lantern, here it is! Crate and Barrel never fails to have a goodie


by Marisa Marcantonio

Easter is upon us! In planning your Easter table, fresh flowers, pretty china and colorful mats and a tablecloth make the occasion festive.

The Easter bunny is on the run! You can catch him at John Derian.

Plaza Florists on Lexington Avenue in the 60's has been one of my longtime favorite sources. Connie Plaissay opened the the shop in 1995, as a city oasis. The transporting space carries hundreds of hand selected blooms that fill the air with a gorgeous green aroma. Walking by their stunningly beautiful windows, they showcase high style yet soft arrangements, blooming branches, tropical rarities and unique vignettes with natural materials. From a rustic container of long stemmed tulips to a monochromatic melange of seasonal blooms, they can do it all. Their tell tale green ribbon and Plaza tag announce the arrival of a breathtaking flora package.

Hydrangeas in a purple and green arrangement.

Creams and greens.

Pale yellows are soft and sweet.

When thinking about the Easter table for brunch, try adding some china with blooms:

French designer Alberto Pinto recently launched Jardins D'Orchidees hand painted Limoges porcelain, available at Michael C. Fina.

Meissen's Persian Rose porcelain in fabulous red and turquoise. They are the creme de la creme.

If you have not yet added bamboo flatware to your repertoire, I highly recommend it. It works from season to season, acts as a neutral and matches everything. This set has more of an aged look and comes from Horchow.

If you are inspired by the classic Easter jelly bean brights, these Dransfield & Ross Moorish shaped mats work well.

These D. Porthault cocktail napkins are great to have on hand when 5 pm comes around. They add a bright punch to the bar and canapes are tastier when using these. Get all one pattern or mix them up. They get softer with age, and I am ready to snag my mom's after coveting them for forever!

D. Porthault's Dahlia pattern is embroidered on a white linen. The bold blooms seem to blow in the wind, suspended.

D. Porthault has been bringing flowers into the home for generations. The Lilas in blue hand embroidered linen mats and napkins have a realistic look.

The Fougeres pattern of ferns has a delicate air and sweet charm.

For something more casual D and R's Holiday Tropical cotton napkin. It reminds me of a vivid 1960's Scandinavian Josef Frank print.

I will be setting the table with these classic and last-forever Kim Seybert silk organza napkins. They are cut on the bias so they have this adorable lettuce edging. With so many lush colors to choose from, you can get a set for each china pattern's color palette.

Deal Alert! World Market does it again-- these floral Sakira mats with a striped border are a steal. The way to get the look for less.

Sakira Spring Floral napkins will become your everyday faves. Also from WM.

The Tree of Life placemats also from World Market combines an age old motif, reminiscent of a classic Brunschwig and Fils chintz's.

Buy some bunches and begin arranging!

Since you want the flowers to be the star players, a white vase is a good idea as it will not overwhelm. Handmade and unique pottery pieces from Connecticut- based artist Frances Palmer add an artisan element. Her Dahlia vase with small flowers in relief applied to a fluted body has just enough detail.

Tulips are a real harbinger of spring-- the more the better!