by Marisa Marcantonio

Recalling Florentine palazzo floors and end papers, marble, made to look faux or real, is trending at the moment. With its organic swirled pattern, it evokes old world grandeur reinterpreted for today. I have noticed beautiful examples of blue and white combinations, that span from entertaining to wallcovering. Take a look at this au courant pattern play where the natural world provides an ever-inspiring canvas.

Photos courtesy of Simple Life

Simple Life , a company creating modern elegant entertaining pieces out of Istanbul, is making inroads stateside. The company, founded by Turkish sisters, creates stunning swirled blue and white ceramic plates and tabletop in traditional-meets-modern shapes.

Their Ebru Collection includes this marbleized footed platter, and  captures the artistic sensibility found in traditional Turkish craftsmanship.

small bowl from the Ebru collection, is a serving basic, perfect for nuts or olives.

Creel and Gow is filled with unique finds from all over the world, like this French blue and white hand-crafted ceramic urn.

Photo courtesy of Williams-Sonoma Home

Undulating drips in wavy teal and cream glaze patterns cover the surface of Williams-Sonoma Home's gourd-shaped stoneware vase.

Photo courtesy of Schumacher

Named after the great decorator Renzo Mongiardino, Martyn Lawrence Bullard captured the grandeur of a grand Roman palazzo's interior's inlaid slabs of marble in a wallpaper with Schumacher.  

Photo courtesy of Tania Vartan

Printed on linen, Tania Vartan's Marmo hand print captures free-flowing mirror image marbleized patterns.

Photo courtesy of Adidas

After showing a hugely popular marble print in her collection a few seasons back, Stella McCartney puts it on her Adidas workout tights. 


by Marisa Marcantonio

Add a bit of animal magnetism around the house and you will find the addition also provides a lighthearted element. If you are a seasoned collector of animal themed objects, or just in need of a fun gift, here are the latest species to burst onto the scene. A dash of humor can play into your animal farm, and depending how and where you place them, they are sure to amuse and delight.

Proud as a peacock, this bedazzled bird is poised. From Celerie Kemble's new accessory collection for Maitland-Smith, this brass bird is a statement maker.

Photo courtesy of Arteriors

If you have an ant problem, then you probably wont find this amusing. But if you find the crawlers to be cute, then these brass sculptural ants from Arteriors might find a home on your end table.

Photo courtesy of C. Wonder

I first laid eyes on these decorative brass Cranes at the opening of the C. Wonderstore.  They were being used as decorative props, and I am so glad they are now available for purchase.

Photo courtesy of Jonathan Adler

With sparkly abalone shell inlay on his back, Jonathan Adler's turtle box not only looks good, he can store stuff inside his shell, where there is a hidden compartment.

Photo courtesy of C. Wonder

Turtles never fail to amuse, they are just endlessly inspiring with their varied shells and funny slow crawl. C. Wonder's version has a burnished metal shell and shiny brass appendages.

Photo courtesy of AERIN

So it's not brass, but it still gleams with the lustre of metallics. AERIN's Turtle Dove object can go from tabletop to bookcase adding a bit of sparkle.

Photo courtesy of Jonathan Adler

Iridescent wings are captured through inlaid bits of shell on Jonathan Adler's Fly box. Pull back the wings to reveal a secret storage compartment-- just the thing for an irreverent tablescape.