FUR IS FLYING: 6 COZY WINTER WHITE PIECES FOR A WARM WINTER

by Marisa Marcantonio

With temperatures still plunging into the 20's in New York, walking one block becomes an Arctic Expedition. In an effort to stay sane and cozy, there are ways to combat the cold while bolstering thoughts of a happy warm place, with anticipation of spring flowers.

Photo courtesy of West Elm

Wrap yourself in a cozy ivory sheepskin throw, slung over this ash wood-framed armchair with leather seat and back from West Elm.  I love its casual spare nordic appeal.

 Photo courtesy of Lee Industries

Every time I see this chair in the Lee Industries showroom in High Point, I have to sit in it. The diminutive armchair in the style of a French club chair embraces you with its cozy shearling finish.

Photo courtesy of Atelier Demiurge

Distantly related to a shag-haired Cousin It, Atelier Demiurge's Baby Jane Slipper Chair, covered in Mongolian Lamb fur, provides a plush slightly-disco perch from which to watch the Olympics or general nesting.

 Photo courtesy of Jonathan Adler

Upholstered in a sheepskin fabric, the low-slung retro Maxime Chair from Jonathan Adler with brass details is feminine for more of an Auntie Mame-in-winter situation.

Photo courtesy of DWR

Whether you place it on the floor, or cover a chair with it, the New Zealand sheepskin throw from Design Within Reach with its deep pile and soft touch will warm even the most severe minimalists hearts.

 Photo courtesy of Monc XIII

Handwoven of Llama and Marino wool in Buenos Aires, Pehuen's chunky Cloud knit throw from Monc 13 has dramatically long fringe to emphasize the cozy factor.

 Photo courtesy of Ralph Lauren Home

Ok, so maybe its more teddy bear colored than winter white, but what's not to love about Ralph Lauren Home's Alpine Lodge Shearling Pillow, especially when used in multiples?

MARISA'S MEMO: STATEMENT - MAKING MONOGRAM MEDALLIONS FROM CINCO POWELL

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.

Photos courtesy of Cinco Powell

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.

2013 GIFT GUIDE: 5 STYLISHLY STRIKING BLACK AND WHITE GIFTS

by Marisa Marcantonio

In the right setting, the punchy combination of black and white can be just right. Mixed in with tons of other colors, or used harmoniously with a singular additional hue, there is no telling what black and white can do. Here are 5 gifts, some humorous, some serious, that capture the magic of this striking combination.

Photo courtesy of Nordstrom

This gift will go over really well if the recipient possesses a sense of humor and the ability to laugh at themselves. I love that they saying on Levtex's pillows are written in this My Three Sons font with retro overtones. Husbands, this pillow will win you major points!

Reinforcement helps. The Mr. Right version.

Photo courtesy of Vista Allegre

The graphic punch of Vista Alegre's latest collection with French fashion couturier Christian Lacroix integrates a watercolor stripe in a daring black and white linear pattern. The Sol Y Sombra dessert plates set the stage for a beautiful presentation.

Photo courtesy of Kelly Wearstler

With a dash of whimsy, Kelly Wearstler's glazed white and black ceramic bowl has a playful presence.

Photo courtesy of Alexander Wang

Having a spot near the front door to throw keys and business cards can alleviate the stress caused by a mess. Fashion darling Alexander Wang recently debuted a line of sleek home accessories, including this super chic black and white marble Junk Bowl.

Photo courtesy of Tozai

Hand-inlaid bone and ebony pieces make Tozai's delicate looking jewelry box a prized place for special baubles.

Photo courtesy of Natural Curiosities

What is more striking than the positive negative space captured in a graphic black and white piece of artwork? Playing off this natural yin yang, Natural Curiosities Geometric Study: Circle, White can hold its own or compliment a gallery wall.