by Marisa Marcantonio

Best-known for her quirky yet charming handmade all white porcelain vases in unusual shapes, the Connecticut-based artist Frances Palmer has made a foray into terra cotta. Just in time for summer container gardens, I give you her elegant unglazed ceramic designs.  In the tell-tale rich orange hue she has reinvented classic vessels with the addition of deep ridges and pedestal bases. Palmer's newest designs will add a nice amount of the unexpected to your botanical bounty this season.

Succulents in their greens and reds provide a contrast against the terra cotta of No. Two Tom Pots.

No. Five Tom Pot, when a slim cylinder is needed.

Phoebe Terra Cotta Urn sits gracefully filled with bright blooms.

No. Five Terra Cotta Two Handle Urn seems to be just the spot to plant assorted herbs.

No. Six Terra Cotta Urn would look wonderful with ivy with draping tendrils.

Low Footed Bowl, Ferns, is a good option for fruit or as a centerpiece.


by Marisa Marcantonio

Photo courtesy of NYBG
To kick off the New York Botanical Garden's weekend-long Garden Sculpture and Antiques Fair, join a great group of garden swells on April 25th for the preview party.  The worlds of philanthropy and interior/garden design will come together to support the great New York institution and partake in cocktails and a silent auction. In addition to perusing antique garden furniture, urns, statuary, garden-related accessories and botanical prints from the esteemed 30 vendors below, you can pick up a beautiful rare plant from the array in the evening's silent auction.  To purchase tickets to the 1st Dibs-sponsored event, click here
 If your dance card is full that evening, visit The Garden from April 26th to April 28th, from 10-5 daily to shop for antique Belgian, English, American and Italian garden ornaments and more. Your garden deserves it.

Every dealer is the terrific, so you are sure to find beautiful things--

Antique American Wicker
Arader Galleries
Balsamo Antiques
 Joan Bogart Antiques
 Brennan and Mouilleseaux Antiques
Dawn Hill Antiques
Scott Estepp Gallery
Finnegan Gallery
French Country Living Antiques Ltd.
Jeffrey Henkel
 Barbara Israel Garden Antiques
 Anthony Kavanaugh Period Garden Ornaments
Judith and James Milne At Home Antiques
 Aileen Minor Antiques
Susan Frei Nathan Fine Works on Paper, LLC
Pagoda Red
Francis J. Purcell,Inc.
R.T. Facts Antiques The Red Horse Antiques
Rose Garden Antiques and Design
 Schorr and Dobinsky
 Shop in the Garden
Linda  Howard Stein
The Sugarplum
Telescopes of Vermont
 Village Braider Antiques 
Bob and Debbie Withington Antiques


by Marisa Marcantonio

When the summer beckons, it is natural to spend a great deal of time thinking about gardening and outdoor spaces. Getting those outdoor areas in summer-ready shape is no easy feat, as furniture, outdoor fabrics and accessory options abound. If you are in the market for some new wood or metal outdoor furniture, there is just so much to choose from. I ended up finding most of the exciting design was really happening in metal and wood, not as much in wicker and teak. So,  I decided to round up some of the most beautiful garden furniture out there, just to make your decision process that much easier. Stay tuned, as my blog panel conversation and fair at the Chicago Botanic Garden will yield new discoveries.

 Photo courtesy of McKinnon and Harris

The Gilliam Tray Table being made McKinnon and Harris is one of my favorite companies. They are very old world in their dedication to creating some of the best high quality outdoor furniture  out there. Their classic furniture, meant to be left in the elements all year long, is handcrafted out of meticulously crafted high grade aluminum in Richmond, Virginia. Their pieces are guaranteed, and their classical detailing make it a good choice for traditional architecture.

Photos courtesy of McKinnon and Harris

Du Val Double Sun Chaise

A tete a tete for lounge luxury.

Large Pavillion Sofa

Fretwork sides and a tapered leg bring 1950' details and current style together

Otey Three Seater Sofa

It doesn't get more classic than this over sized lattice back.

Scaisbrooke Ottoman

A newer design, the bobbin leg, looks very English but also very modern in metal. I look forward to seeing chairs and chaises in this design.

Beaufort Dining Side Chair

Little chairs are always needed

Graves Dining Arm and Side Chair

The nice thing about this design is it looks like it could be inside, but is reinterpreted to be out of doors.

Tangier Dining Tables

Pushed together or used for 2 tables of 4, this design has line and ball detailing that is just detailed enough.

Scaisbrooke Coffee Table with Square Adams Top 

So gorgeous. Who can say no to red?

Albermarle Dining Table

Concentric circles with a trad base merge modern and antique.

The Perrow Tray Table serves up style with slat design.

 Photos courtesy of Accents of France

Goulaine Chair and Bench with a custom paint finish

I have known Accents of France's founder Philippe Le Manache since he showed at his first gift show, back in the mid 2000's, when he started his standardized and custom tailored treillage creations, based on French 18th Century designs. Since then, his hand created lattice walls have graced many a garden large and small around the globe. He's pretty amazing at what he does. I was pleased to see his recent foray into furniture, so now the seating options can be as beautiful as the greenery. Taken from the great benches around France, his detailed wood lattice details include a pattern to suit a variety of settings.

 Malmaison Chair and Bench in White Oak has a Chinoiserie feel

Chantilly Bench and Table in a custom color with a double lattice pattern

Nozay Chair and Bench in White Oak of interlocking squares for a graphic detail

 Photo courtesy of Brown Jordan

You can't think outdoor furniture without thinking Brown Jordan.  Both my interior designer mother and sister got outdoor furniture recently, and they went with Brown Jordan. Their assortment is endless, and every style is represented. They tend to do something new to hit every style trend, so expect to see innovations first with them.  When I walked into their High Point Market showroom last market, the killer new Kantan II vied for my attention. Updating a 1956 design classic by Tadao Inoye, the new version has a cool brushed metal frame and cloth instead of vinyl straps.  It's sexy, low and inviting.

Photo courtesy of David Sutherland

You too can own one of the iconic 1960's designs of San Francisco designer John Dickinson. David Sutherland carries an assortment of the playful small reproduction pieces, created out of a glass fiber resin concrete composite.

Photo courtesy of Janus et Cie

Made of lightweight fiberglass, Janus et Cie's Totum table comes in a zippy orange or soothing white

Photo courtesy of Janus

Janus et Cie's Janice Feldman has had a passion for gardens and what goes in them for forever. Her dedication to finding, creating and designing the most gorgeous elements is unsurpassed. She appreciates outdoor spaces in all their variety- and herself lives with a pretty splendid garden. Light in feeling, the Lucy collection from Janus et Cie is durable resin wicker and aluminum and easygoing.

Photo courtesy of Soane

It is not a secret how much I adore what Soane Britain does. Lulu Lytle is kind of a genius. She's young, super-knowledgeable and has make her English furniture and decorative accessories company a place that is full of stunning design surprises. From reviving a Victorian era wicker manufacturer to finding detailed metalwork artisans, she designs true antiques of tomorrow, by looking back in history to innovate for today. Here, her Schooner Oak Daybed with scroll arm has curves in all the right places.