SUMMER STARTS HERE: STAY COOL THIS MEMORIAL DAY

by Marisa Marcantonio

Finally! Time to get out the beach towels and spend as much time out of doors as possible. Every summer I find so many fantastic goodies for outdoor entertaining and a life if leisure that I want them all. Here are a few that have it made in the shade:

Photo courtesy of World Market
How great is this Venice Umbrella from World Market? The pattern is a little bit Peter Dunham a little bit Raoul Textiles.

Photo courtesy of Roberta Roller Rabbit
With terry on one side and fabric on the other, this Roberta Roller Rabbit blanket/towel fills many functions. Take your pick: picnic or beach.

Instead of a hammock, try Pier 1's Swingasan Chair. A what? I know, but you will love it.



Photo courtesy of Luna Bazaar
Use real or battery operated votives for these mini lanterns in sensational brights from Luna Bazaar to illuminate the night sky.

Photo courtesy of West Elm
If your garden needs a dose of new Americana, then this light wood bench called The Dexter from West Elm is for you. It's a neo-Windsor Chair with clean lines and classic elements. Love it for inside or out.


Photo courtesy of Ballard Designs
If you need new chairs for eating outside, these Gallante Chairs, aluminum painted to look like bamboo, from Ballard Designs fit the bill. You would have to look for ages to find a vintage set like it, so save your time and spend it with a summer beach read instead.

Photo courtesy of Pottery Barn
A nautical eco friendly wine tote for the gift of spirits when you go to a friend's house. From Sea Bags for Pottery Barn.

Photo courtesy of Z Gallerie
Melamine plates in a Moroccan pattern, check. From Z Gallerie.
It's a holiday weekend so eat drink and be merry!

MARY MCDONALD DOES VEGAS

by Marisa Marcantonio

A few weeks ago, interior designers went to Las Vegas Market. They went to be on the Ahead of the Curve panel, that for the past few years has been moderated by author and all around in the know Susanna Salk. Darryl Carter, Kishani Perrera and Mary McDonald toured the show followed by a camera crew, and then spoke about trends they saw emerging at market. I asked the uber - chic Mary to be my tour guide, and pick a few favorites. Here is what she came up with:

"We had a blast together on a two day laugh fest during our shoot. We are all so different that it fueled our jokes with each other as well as opening up our perspectives on new things. The Vegas Market is so enormous that you really have to have a plan and a focus to see things you want to see or you would never get through it. I would have to say the biggest trend in it's height right now is the weathered reclaimed wood mixed with industrial materials such as old wood tables with beat zinc tops etc.. It is all very Axel Vervoordt for the mainstream. Ikat and Suzani patterns are big and going strong still as well as a bunch of glitzy glam over the top stuff that is not really my thing, but it looks like people still want it."

My favorite showroom was a line called Noir. Absolutely everything in the showroom was chic-- especially this exaggerated upholstered chair which is actually a copy of a regency antique chair.

They had the copper hanging fixture which was so authentically vintage looking it was perfect and the use of copper instead of the expected silver made it even more stand out.

Of course, I also love my own vintage inspired 40's brass lamp with the black shade I designed for Robert Abbey . Here, I am visiting another lighting resource.

The chest with pulls had a pretty cerused finish for a very reasonable price point. It is from Global Views.

Kishani and I both liked the pattern on the Global Views coral and ivory rug and could see it in other colors being pretty. We saw a lot of coral.