by Marisa Marcantonio

Long favored for its durability as a floor covering and to hold memos on the wall, cork is having a bit of a comeback. I love it for its versatility, texture, and natural, renewable and sustainable properties it possesses. Tree-harvested mainly in Portugal, cork has been valued for its acoustic qualities and fire resistance, often lining the walls of recording studios, not to mention retaining Champagne and wine in their bottles, since it can compress and expand making it well-suited to preserving precious contents. Add a little pop with the lightweight material, to bring the variegated surface appeal home.

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Jamie Young's cork pendant light fixture brings textural appeal to a classic design stalwart, the pendant fixture. Over a breakfast nook or in a home office, this fixture is an understated classic.

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Serve in style with C. Wonder's gold-flecked cork tray that has a hint of shimmer. Stacked books and accessories really stand out against the neutral surface.

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Jasper Morrison-designed the Cork Stool B, in the "new simplicity" style in 2004. It continues to look great today. Available at Design Within Reach, it is the perfect spot to place a drink.

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Beveled edges add a refined element to C. Wonder's picture frame in cork. Try re-framing all your photos in matching frames for design cohesion. It puts the focus on whats inside them, and doesn't distract.

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It is buoyant and not absorbent, so cork works well as a soap dish material, as seen here from Schoolhouse Electric


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You CAN take it with you. A simple envelope-closure clutch, the Hailey, ensures an elegant style statement for evening, from Robyn Brooks New York.


by Marisa Marcantonio

Striking accessories have the ability to make a bookcase more exciting, add visual interest to a coffee table, and add personality to the mantel. I have noticed moments of deep, emerald/bottle green recently, and it is looking fresh and new.  Here, some green greats that add a layer of life to bare shelves and surfaces with a touch of lush garden greenery.

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Whenever I see a gold-hinged Murano glass box like this one from Neiman Marcus, I covet it. I love the colored bubble captured inside the rectangular shape, there is such a fly-trapped-in-amber quality to it.

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I spotted this striking green glass and brass footed bowl at the gift show. It has such presence for an entry hall table. The mix of materials and sleek Deco base elevate this piece from Jamie Young.

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With deer in the Art Deco style for handles, Tozai's porcelain vase in imperial green looks beautiful on its own or filled with flowering branches.

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Let there be light, cast with a Greek key shadow. Treillage, Bunny Williams' shop known for entertaining and gardening finds,  carries these statement hurricanes in emerald glass etched with geometric linear classical patterns, great for shedding some light on mantels and dining tables.

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The heft of the substantial Kawali glass with circular cuts in a deep shade of green from Christofle at Gracious Style makes cocktail hour an event.


by Marisa Marcantonio

Substantial and shiny, the oversized round monogram pendants of Cinco Powell won't exactly go unnoticed. Statement making accessories, the attention getters that they are, allow your individuality to shine through.  Whether you are wearing it as a necklace, using it as a keychain, or as a decorative accessory on your bag, Cinco Powell's hubcap-sized (at 30 inches!) medallion tags with engraved monogram and colorful enamel border of your choosing are chic as can be.

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The classic medallion with circular monogram and teal enamel border reminds me of things I had with my monogram as a child of the 80's. So basically, what's not to like? If nostalgia is involved, count me in.

The same piece with a lime enamel border. Maybe I can get a fall and summer version for seasonal color shifts.

The same great monogram with the palest blue border.

Like a silver dollar, these things have heft. Here, the chartreuse border adds zing.