HARRISON HOWARD HAS THE ARTISTIC TOUCH

by Marisa Marcantonio

Harrison Howard has the enviable artistic touch-- he is a wizard with a paint brush. Painting screens, panels, easel paintings, and watercolors, with a focus on decorative themes, architectural subjects, chinoiseries, and scenic's, birds, animals and floral motifs figure prominently in his collection. His ability to capture the sense of fun and lightness of his subject matter makes him very special indeed. With a longstanding decorator following, now you can snap up his pieces simply by clicking through to his online gallery website. Here are some of my favorite examples of his work. Long live Chinoiserie. Simply divine.

Almost Home

The Water Server

The Poem

Crab Baiting

The Dowry

The Architect

PLAY WITH PAINT: ANTHROPOLOGIE AND J. CREW BRIDAL

by Marisa Marcantonio

You can get creative with paint and do things to make a statement in an otherwise simple surrounding. Here are some ways to go from nice to sensational with a few fresh coats and an artistic hand.

The floor of the newly opened J. Crew Bridal store for the edgy bride has a starburst in black and white painted on the floor like a giant compass.

Anthropologie at Rockefeller Center has an entryway painted in tromp L'oeil a la Christian Berard and Jean Michel-Frank at the Guerlain Institute, Paris, 1939 shown below.