SUNNY DISPOSITION: SETTING THE TABLE WITH A TOUCH OF CORAL

by Marisa Marcantonio

A touch of bright color on a summer table can raise the style quotient as the temperature does the same. A robust orangey coral color has been on the radar for some time, and it is showing up in wonderfully patterned tabletop designs. I love the color so much that I decided to upholster my chairs in it. The color's sunny disposition will go to your head, and these plates will encourage festive all fresco dinners all year long.

Photos courtesy of Roberta Roller Rabbit

My favorite classic Roberta Roller Rabbit print has made its way onto china. Crafted from Limoges porcelain, the Amanda printed scalloped plate in an all-over orange and fuchsia floral print comes in a set of 4, in either dinner or dessert size.

Have some fun an mix in the solid orange plate with fuchsia border to add dimension to the printed plate. Available through Roberta Roller Rabbit.

Photos courtesy of Barneys 

The French know how to design beautiful china, natch, so Site Corot's geometric glazed porcelain plates from Barneys provide a playful spin on the medium.  The Florida patterned dessert or salad plate will make any sweet the star.

A zig zag hand-created border on the Florida Dinner Plate from Site Corot at Barneys  has a white center as to not compete with the main event.

A low soup or cereal bowl completes the  "touch of whimsy" look. From Barneys.

Photos courtesy of Terrain

Like a glowing sun, these South African- made, hand-crafted ceramic plates from Terrain are punchy and strong.

A circle pattern and linear rays echo the rays of the sun, the Petals Plate, also from the same collective at Terrain.

MELAMINE GETS A MAKEOVER: JOHN DERIAN MAKES FANCY FRENCH PATTERNS FOR THE PEOPLE

by Marisa Marcantonio

Call it Melamania. I have it. A love of melamine that comes on strong every summer. John Derian's newly launched collection of plastic plate designs set it in motion.  Elevating the act of eating outside, classic French Faience pottery designs have migrated onto plastic. Derian, known for creating decoupage plates and accessories out of old book drawings and artwork gets it right with these four French designs, and they even have the high and low relief that make them feel like the real thing.  Originally, the earthenware was produced in Luneville, France in the mid 1700's.  Just don't stick these in the microwave, they won't like it.  Tres chic. Bon appetite.

Photos courtesy of John Derian

Raised at the rim, the Fleurs Isolees Dinner Plate has a sweet bloom and leaf design. If you love flowers this pattern is for you with the traditional tulips and roses.

Faience Italo-Nivernais Melamine Plate with a naive scenic band and center, all in blue and white.

Birds, butterflies and blooms dance around the border of the salad plate in Faience a la Corne

With the Faience Slice Charger in a generous size, blue and white always looks right. It mixes with other colors well and the symmetrical petal sections filled with scroll work have a charm that look old world yet fresh. I recall loving this plate in decoupage, now I can spring for more than just one.

BOLD FLORALS ARE BIG FOR SPRING

by Marisa Marcantonio

When it comes to floral patterns, I am drawn to particular designs that capture the spirit of my 1970's childhood. The sweet, naif and brightly colored prints of Paule Marrot, D. Porthault, Marimekko and Dek Tillet take me to a happy place. This is the very reason I was so pleased to come across Florence, this new spring design from Pomegranate, Inc. a company that makes great block printed tabletop designs. The multi-colored floral sprigs are spring personified, and grace items for tablesettings, the chef, a cozy chair and a beach tote. This way, you can keep spring alive well after the real blooms have receded into the backgound.

 Photos courtesy of Pomegranate, Inc

Francesca as napkins, come in a set of 4

Francesca as a placemat, sold in a set of 4

 Francesca as a tablecloth comes in 3 sizes

 Francesca hand towels

Francesca for the chef

Francesca for the sofa

Francesca as a boat tote for the beach

A PREVIEW OF AERIN'S SPRING 2013 HOME COLLECTION: THE ART OF PRESENTATION

by Marisa Marcantonio

Photo by Jason Bell for British Vogue courtesy of Aerin
Aerin in the lush garden of her family's Palm Beach home.

 Photos courtesy of Aerin
This spring brings some pretty exciting design launches, including Aerin Lauder's home line. Creating home accessories inspired by pieces in her personal collection and from traveling the New York to Palm Beach axis for years,  the Aerin Collection's new spring additions include special updated - for - today pieces.  They are made for entertaining and gift giving in a traditional, refined style. Her decorative accessories, featuring brass and gold with pale tones of blue, green ivory and grey (her logo color), are mixed with shagreen, shells, and woven materials. The inclusion of a heart motif and little animal objects inject a bit of fun and endearment into the mix. 
 Capturing the eye of the savvy and design-obsessed, with her launch last fall,  her objects and accessories will be followed up by the coming addition of Lee Jofa fabrics and furniture with EJ Victor. in April.  Table and bar are sure to benefit from the cosmopolitan and beachy influence these pretty pieces bring. I'm looking forward to seeing the assortment rounded out for a full-on Aerin-enhanced vision soon.

 Art Deco inspired candlesticks of cream shagreen and brass have a pared-down simplicity that elevates the setting they are used in.

I love the thought of pairing the tall and short versions where symmetrical applications look great, like on a fireplace mantel.

 
Simple cream shagreen coasters with a subtle brass rim come in a boxed set of 6. Ready to go as a gift, it is a nice gesture as it protects furniture from damaging water rings.

Tweet tweet won't you put me on your bar to look sweet? A birdy bottle opener is a charmer.

Stage a bar on this large sized cream shagreen tray with tubular handles and brass trim.


Utilizing talented craftspeople around the globe, these glass and hand-applied 24 K gold-flecked crystal bowls were made in Italy. Hence the steeper price tag.

The same chunky bowl with a matte 24 K gold finish.

Her beautifully styled shots reinforce the beauty of objects, as well as the importance of presentation. Here, fall and spring decorative accessories together.

Little birds out of terra cotta  add a sweet, informal element to the table. Small statements can add personality and make giving gifts easy if someone loves birds.

A tiny terra cotta turtle can enliven a tabletop or side table. I mean, who doesn't love a little tortoise?

 A green shagreen heart box is sophisticated and sweet. Heartfelt.
A heart paperweight out of blueish apetite also comes in clear and blue quartz.

 A blue-tinged shagreen picture frame trimmed in brass adds a bit of pop to photo collections. Displaying an array of photos in the same frame adds a consistency that looks great.

The showstopper! A blue shagreen encased jewelry box with brass edge is fitted for jewels. It's streamlined simple design makes it an instant classic.

Gold dipped shells elevate the everyday to luxurious.

Strategically placed shells  lend a seaside air to a table. Below, the deep-dive into shells.

Chambered Nautilus Shell

Ram's Murex Shell

Enode Cockle Shell 

Stafish

Land Snail Shell 

 Lamp Shell

Tiger Cowry Shell 

Lettered Cone Spotted Shell

Spotted Tun Shell

Atlantic Distorsio Shell