by Marisa Marcantonio

Classic animal prints give an interior a bit of fierce attitude. I can't help but notice animal prints are everywhere this season. You may find they are hard to ignore and you will soon be smitten. Not bitten, smitten.

Photo courtesy of Mecox Gardens
Put the roar back into a room with this Vintage Papier Mache Leopard from Mecox Gardens.

Image courtesy of Il Gattopardo
After you've grown weary from trying and buying Manolo's, duck next door to 33 West 54th and eat at one of New York's hidden gems for the best Southern Italian food, Il Gattopardo. Named after the classic Sicilian novel by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, it will not disappoint.

Photo courtesy of Kravet
Kravet Couture's Sheer Leopard Velvet in Espresso.

Waylande Gregory Studio's bowl with a frisky leopard painted in gold and white on a matte black surface.

Photo courtesy of Lee Jofa
The Royal Oak Collection Durbar Leopard gros point from Lee Jofa for a classic animal pattern moment.

Haviland limoges l'Animal pattern is hand painted and not too showy on the table.

Photo courtesy of Jayson Home and Garden
Hide and seek with Jayson Home and Garden's Faux Leopard Hide Rug.

Photo courtesy of Belgian Shoes
A classic that cannot be overlooked: Belgian Shoes. they never lose their spots.

Photo courtesy of Barneys
Owen Barry Leopard Pillow from Barneys is made of faux pony hair. I love the tiny spots.

Photo courtesy of Anya Hindmarch
My favorite British bag designer Anya Hindmarch just launched the classic Carker bag in leopard. Carry this while wearing neutrals or you will look like the animal is wearing you, instead of the other way around.

Photo courtesy of Scalamandre
Courbet, a cotton velvet from Scalamandre has a soft touch and looks great on an ottoman or a sofa.

Photo courtesy of J. Crew
You can't own just one pair: J. Crew's Kelcey spotted ballet flats are perfect for running around town.

Photo courtesy of Christopher Norman
Christopher Norman's printed leopard is a more subtle option with a hint of blue.


by Marisa Marcantonio

Don't despair like Talitha Getty (shown here on a Moroccan rooftop), entertaining can be easy! There are few things as fun as theme parties, where guests dress in costume and get festive. Get into the mood to be in Morocco with a souk - themed fantasy. Here are some ideas to go along with the tagine cooking and pomegranate themed cocktails!

Photo courtesy of Raj Tents
For a summer party, a tent from Raj Tents transports the setting to faraway lands. Be in a Moroccan Pavilion on your own lawn.

Photo courtesy of Sheherazade
This beautiful embroidered ottoman will be a nice perch for your guests, from Sheherazade.

Photo courtesy of Sheherazade
For another seating option check out their Mosharabia Divan-- love the wood detailing.

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The Salome Round Ottoman from Two's Company is a fun patchwork option.

Photo courtesy of Barney's
I found these killer glasses at Barney's in orange.

Photo courtesy of Gien
The Ronde d’Orient china pattern from Gien is a charming floral for a summer table.

Ikat bowls from Sheherazade with rosewater and rose petals added to floating votives make add an evening glow.

Photo courtesy of Madeline Weinrib
Add some zing with Orange Chevron Blockprint Napkins from Madeline Weinrib.

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Light it up with paper covered votive holders from Cultural Intrigue.