by Marisa Marcantonio

One of the most imaginative design events is the annual La Cienega Design Quarter's Legends of Design in Los Angeles. I am thrilled to be attending as an Ambassador this year,  and from May 7th through 9th the days are  filled with wonderful panel discussions, parties and launch events along the boulevard.  Showrooms and shops, sponsored by the fantastic list of publications and companies below, will have said events,  their windows decorated in the theme Novel Interiors: Storytelling by Design.  I have covered the amazing designer-created windows before, where designers takeover the window displays of the participating design stores and showrooms along La Cienega, creating a theme-specific spectacle, appropriate for their proximity to Hollywood. This year, there will be over 40 windows designed around the the theme of bringing stories to life from the pages of classic novels and books (find the complete list below). I cannot wait to join fellow Blogger Ambasadors Stacey Bewkes of Quintessence, Ronda Carman of All the Best, Jason Oliver Nixon of Madcap Cottage, Lisa Mende, Nicole Cohen of Sketch 42, Remodelista's Julie Carlson, La Dolce Vita's Paloma Contreras, and Jill Seidner of Material Girls. 

If you will be in CA, register in advance for the wide array of events here. Follow the goings-on I will be sharing on my Instagram: @stylebeatblog and @lcdqla at the hashtag #LCDQLA

There will be many La Cienega Boulevard drivers craning their necks to get a good look at the spectacular window designs created this year by:

Catherine Kwong – George Smith (north window) – Mrs. Dalloway

Christian May – Woven Accents – 1001 Arabian Nights

Christos Prevezanos – Stark Home

Cliff Fong – Dragonette (south) – The Beautiful Fall

Cloth & Kind – Sydney Harbor – Goldfinger

David Kleinberg Design Associates – Therien – The Custom of the Country

David Phoenix Interior Design – Jonas

Dee Murphy – MK Collection

Diane von Furstenberg – The Rug Company – Out of Africa

Doug & Gene Meyer – Dragonette (north) – The Fountainhead

Erin Martin – Jamal’s

Erinn Valencich – Egg & Dart (north) – Tender is the Night

Everage Design – Egg & Dart (south) – Enchanted April

Hallworth Design – Lee Stanton (north)

Harte Brownlee & Associates – Mecox – The Invisible Man

Hayes & Howells – George Smith (south)

House of Honey – Nanz/Remains – Animal Farm

Jackson Paige Interiors – JD Staron

James Rixner – Janet Yonaty

Jeff Andrews – Claremont – Fifty Shades of Grey

Jeffrey Hitchcock – Downtown– Fahrenheit 451

Jen Dyer of Jeneration Interiors – Gina Berschneider – I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

JB Campise of Jon Brent Design – Jasper

Kathleen Clements Design – Lee Stanton (south) – Grace: A Memoir

Kerry Joyce Associates – Mansour – 1984

Kylee Shintaffer Design/Codor Design – Ralfs (North)

Madeline Stuart – Compas – Harold and the Purple Crayon

Mark D. Sikes – Hollyhock (both) – Orient Express

Martyn Lawrence Bullard Design – Nathan Turner – Golden Eye

Maxime Jacquet – Jean de Merry – The Secret Garden

Molly Luetkemeyer of M Design – Harbinger – Lord of the Flies

Oliver M. Furth – Waterworks

Paul Brant Williger Architecture – Renaissance Hardware – The House of Mirth

Platner & Co. – Sherle Wagner – The Alchemist

Thomas Callaway – Harbinger – A Moveable Feast

Tim Clark Inc. (Chaz Brewer) – Downtown – The Odyssey

Timothy Corrigan – Fuller Roberts – Valley of the Dolls

Tristan Butterfield – Scalamandre – A Passage to India

See you in LA!


by Marisa Marcantonio

When 50 designers create tablesettings for a gala event, be prepared to be wowed. This year's Veranda-sponsored Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Gala, A Spring Affair was a true standout, as creatives designed tablescapes with the freshest spring blooms on some of the most beautiful tables I have ever seen.  Held at Cipriani, Design Chairs, VERANDA’s editor in chief Clinton Smith, design and decoration editor Carolyn Englefield, antiques dealer David Duncan, interior designer Lindsey Coral Harper and ceramic artist Christopher Spitzmiller assembled a fantastic group of new and established talents. Below, a look at some of this years standouts:

 Photo courtesy of Roberto Ricci

Photo courtesy of Roberto Ricci

Ashley Whittaker's Peonies in the Park table was perfection, with a gigantic pink peony arrangement and touches of green

 Total perfection with Anemones and all

Total perfection with Anemones and all

Total Perfection with smaller vases of Anemones and all

 Photo courtesy of Roberto Ricci

Photo courtesy of Roberto Ricci

Showcasing their newly launched Botanical Garden plate designs, Oscar de la Renta's table was covered with a vibrant blue and green ikat fabric  and a low arrangement of multicolored ranunculus in the center

 Photo courtesy of Marco Ricca

Photo courtesy of Marco Ricca

Allison Hennessy used an etagere in the center of her table, placing lit votives and perfectly-in-bloom white roses in Pagoda Bloom

Channelling Tony Duquette's More is More philosophy, Lindsey Coral Harper went Hollywood. Giant coral manzanita branches in a huge gold vase were breathtaking.

This table by Mixed Greens wowed, every detail was thought of. Pale pink plates matched the exquisite pale blooms of flowering Cherry branches

I love that CB2 plates can be just the thing

 Photo courtesy of  Marco Ricca

Photo courtesy of  Marco Ricca

Creel and Gow, the cabinet of curiousities shop on the Upper East Side went for blue and white, with a floral sprig fabric and special French handmade marbleized plates they carry at the shop. A centerpiece consisted of assorted blanc de chine animals to fit the theme White Mischief

Small vases housed low arrangements of pink and white flowers at the center of Alessandra Branca's blue and pink table. She featured her new Pagoda china pattern.

 Photo courtesy of Marco Ricca

Photo courtesy of Marco Ricca

A tree grows out of the center of Lilly Bunn's checkered tablecloth in A Picnic in the Park. It was giant, but hey, that's what making a statement is all about.

 Photo courtesy of Marc Ricco

Photo courtesy of Marc Ricco

Rebecca Gardner did a lovely April in Paris themed table in pink and white stripes compete with a fringed umbrella


By way of the French Riviera...


Scott Guthrie was influenced by the German artist Isa Gensken, who put bits of garbage and unexpected items in her towering floral arrangements that mix real and faux.  In Urban Apocalypse, An Assemblage of Spring Recalled, Guthrie included a candy bar wrapper and other off elements like little plastic army men around the base of his vase. The individual terra cotta pots holding tiny blooming flowers added such charm.

Feeling Easter with low daffodil arrangements, grasses hiding easter eggs and a giant purple flower assortment above, Sam Allen went Preppy Chic with matching Quadrille fabric everywhere

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Ferns rule the day at Decorative Traces table, themed The Importance of Being WIlde

A tree decorated with long. bright ribbons sits high above Patrick Mele's table, La Palette Printemps 

Punchy black and white played into everything on Edward Lobrano's table, from the Dalmatian spot napkins to papier mache flowers and bone-inlay hurricanes

 Photo courtesy of Marco Ricca

Photo courtesy of Marco Ricca

Tulip Time with McMillen!  Five mirrored shelves hold vases of tulips from a towering silver pole that rises out of the center of the table for their Ring in Spring theme. How high can you go? Oh the drama!

Three pastel parasols emerge out of a glass vase alongside cheery Cherry blossom branches in Cherry Blossom Jubilee by  Byron C. James

 Photo courtesy of Marco Ricca

Photo courtesy of Marco Ricca

Suzanne and Lauren McGrath used a fern fabric I adore in their Ode to Elsie de Wolfe

Another exquisite blooming tree! Created by Plaza Flowers, one of the best flower designers on the Upper East.

Nautical done right, by Libby Langdon called Set Sail This Spring. Sounds like a great idea.

 David Duncan paired brights with matching orchids and a magical Raj winged wooden horse, wearing swags of flowers on high

And the band played on. Musical notes rise out of a pink rose arrangement 


by Marisa Marcantonio

  Photos courtesy of Annie Selke Co.

Photos courtesy of Annie Selke Co.

When it comes to creating relaxed, warm and comfortable interiors, Bunny Williams  knows how its done. So its no surprise then, that when shooting her collection of new rugs for Dash and Albert , she chose her Dominican Republic home as the setting. Complete with dogs, the amazing island setting served as the perfect inspired backdrop for her easy to live with assortment of casual indoor/outdoor and jute rugs. When starting to design a room, Bunny begins with the rug. This collection is sure to inspire others to do the same.

The verdant entrance to the house

The Marco jute rug in Oak 

Clarence in Blue is indoor/outdoor

ucy in Juniper is great on a loggia and can be used indoors or out

Cleo in Blue, an other outdoor/indoor, is one of my favorite patterns. I think Lucy likes it a lot too, even though her namesake rug is above. 

Elizabeth goes outdoors or in, here in Blue, with Bunny's frolicking dogs. They have a pretty sweet life, getting a vacation too.

Cleo in Moss

Blanco, a jute woven in Moss

Cooper, also of jute, in Red

Marco in Oak

An assortment of striped rugs sit in a giant clamshell

Ever the consummate hostess, Bunny on the loggia with a few of the rugs strewn about


by Marisa Marcantonio

 Photo courtesy of Best Made

Photo courtesy of Best Made

Change is good. Not too much change, but just enough to shake things up a bit so they stay fresh. I think this holds true in all areas of my life, from my gym routine, to the place I go for my morning coffee. A new Le Pain Quotidien opened a block away from me, so that is one change I welcome with open arms.

I started Stylebeat June 1st, 2007.  I knew I needed to change my blog design, a total makeover, and it seemed to take ages to get the wheels in motion. In the back of my mind, I rationalized, if it isn't broken, don't fix it. Readers, interior designers and friends told me they enjoyed the clean design and easy to read layout, but years have passed since I started this wonderful journey, and there were many functional aspects I yearned for. The internet and design move at such a fast pace, I knew a little freshening was in order. I decided to do a total design overhaul and focus on creating the best user experience I could. Lush, larger images was the first mandate, the second was creating focused navigation topics to feature key areas I cover.  You will find those things and more, including a few surprises in the works. Stay tuned for the complete facelift, coming LIVE this Monday, April 14th. Look out for Stylebeat 2.0, now posting daily at 10am, and be sure to subscribe and direct to my new domain, Stylebeat Blog.

The "freshening" arrives just in time for spring. 

(Its now live, so come over to stylebeatblog.com!)