CHARMED I'M SURE: SNAKES ARE TRENDING

by Marisa Marcantonio

Find them cool or creepy, snakes are having a moment. Showing up on walls and fancy china, the slithering, enigmatic creature is the subject of fascination and fear. Like them or hate them, they are in our midst. You can't escape them!

Photo courtesy of Voutsa

Photo courtesy of Voutsa

The bold mesmerizing designs of Voutsa wallpapers by artist George Venson amaze with their painterly quality, featuring in your face pouty lips, climbing flowers, and snakes. Set against a striking black background, their Black Snakes Wallpaper with a mirror image repeat is for the risk takers out there. 

Photo courtesy of Fornasetti

Photo courtesy of Fornasetti

If anyone can make a serpent alluring, the beloved Italian design company Fornasetti can. Known for their captivating imagery and artistic flair during the 1960's, the kicky brand continues to innovate. The Serpent Rug, a reedition from the Fornasetti archives made by  Roubini has an alluring, disarming charm.

Photo courtesy of Peking Handicrafts

Photo courtesy of Peking Handicrafts

If you like snakes in small doses and their patterned skins, here is a way to get the look. Double Snakes from Peking Handicrafts shows two embroidered snakes in purple and teal on a linen pillow. 

Photo courtesy of Pheromone Design

Photo courtesy of Pheromone Design

Pheromone Design takes colorful natural specimens like beetles, butterflies and bugs and frames them, creating stark, impactful art for walls. When they got into the snake game, I didn't know how I felt about it, because it was formerly alive. The red and white pattern of this little reptile is certainly graphic though.

Photo courtesy of August Morgan

Photo courtesy of August Morgan

Snake hand towels bring a bit of fun to the powder room. I love August Morgan's always playful embroidered cocktail napkins and tip towels. I mean, c'mon, this guy is friendly. Like cartoon friendly, so you can let your guard down while checking to see if your lipstick is on right.

TINY PRINTS: LIBERTY OF LONDON X NORDSTROM POP-IN SHOP

by Marisa Marcantonio

I love Liberty of London. Always have. From cosmetic bags to headbands, you could always find the pretty, tiny floral prints in my style arsenal. Masses of tiny flowers designed in bright color combinations have been a staple of classic British design since the 1930's. The distinctly British flowery prints look as fresh today as they ever did. Three signature prints can be seen in a big way in a recent collaboration with Nordstrom, where they are featured on everything from coasters to towels and teapots in the Liberty of London Pop-In Shop.  Available thought August 2nd the curated collection can be found online here and in select shops. There are a host of very British items in the assortment, like tea cozies and egg cups, with many of the cutest items in the all-over stylized prints offered in the red leaf and berry Tana print, purple floral Betsy and flowery sprig print, Theodora.  Below, some favorite items selected from the huge debut.

Lets begin with the showstopper. Few things have as much charm as this tent adorned with the classic floral. Against green grass or a mountainside, this (real) tent by Field Candy with its red-hued presence would send out happy vibes. 

Trays! Can you ever really have too many? Didn't think so. 

A durable surface and cork back give this set of 4 hard placemats wear and tear ability. Just the thing for kids.

I have a thing for fabric covered hangers.  I just love the way they look hanging on a rod, so pretty and cheery. Liberty has not let me down, as this puffy printed hanger with a bow is perfect. Same as it ever was.

A luxe terry towel with red Wiltshire print on the edge 

A hand towel makes a nice gift for a weekend guest, or in your guest bath

Travel preparedness for comfort is key, so I never travel without an eye mask. Jet lag is to be avoided at all costs. This printed eye mask is on my must-buy list.

This may not be the most pragmatic option for a suitcase, but it looks cute

Chef or not, look better while being domestically inclined

Good gardening gloves are hard to find, but when they are made by a country that invented great gardens, they are worth investing in. This version in canvas has a flowery trimmed cuff.

Ballet slipper brand London Sole has been working with Liberty prints for some time, so its good to see them in the assortment

GET IN LINE: STRIPES FOR SUMMER

by Marisa Marcantonio

Stripes and summer just go together. Perhaps it is their nautical feel that conjures up a day on the sandy beaches of Sconset, or the lure of a flag waving in a summer breeze. Every season as the warm weather comes I look forward to the new striped finds. Here are some recent discoveries of the tailored and preppy East Coast variety.

Photo courtesy of Mark and Graham

Photo courtesy of Mark and Graham

Let your flag fly, family, freak or otherwise. Order your personalized flag in time for summertime fun and 4th of July pride. Mark and Graham's new customizable nylon flags have such flair (the pole is not included.)

Photo courtesy of Serena and Lily

Photo courtesy of Serena and Lily

Sling chairs in jaunty stripes are reminiscent of the beaches in the South of France. All lined up in a row, the Serena and Lily Sling Chairs in navy and white or navy and red  stripes look great on the beach against the white sand and blue sky.

Photo courtesy of Pottery Barn

Photo courtesy of Pottery Barn

Every season, Pottery Barn has great outdoor umbrellas. A wide navy and white stripe on a terrace is so eye-catching and fun in warm weather. Their Round Market Umbrella is so well priced you can afford to buy a replacement at the end of the summer months.

Photo courtesy of Shop Bop

Photo courtesy of Shop Bop

A large, plush towel makes sitting poolside even more compelling. This version, from Son of a Beach in red and white stripes looks as vibrant as a candy cane.

Photo courtesy of West Elm

Photo courtesy of West Elm

You can never have enough stylish storage. The hand-inlaid resin Racing Stripe boxes from West Elm fit the bill, in fresh stripes that suit a nautical decor.

Photo courtesy of Tory Burch

Photo courtesy of Tory Burch

The resin Color-block necklace from Tory Burch has been on my mind since I first saw it this spring. I love the tri-color stripe on the chunky links. So summery and chic. 

Stripe-obsessed Mark D. Sikes recently launched MDS Stripes, a fashion and accessories collection filled with stripes of every kind. I thought this head scarf was fun for summer, given its Jackie O. in Capri feel. 

Photo courtesy of Clare V

Photo courtesy of Clare V

Clare V. is growing her tres Francais collection of red, white and blue bags. Her cultish following finds her bags to be simple, functional and understated, just like the classic Parisian dress code. Her Supreme Simple suede tote with crisp racing stripe down the front is a good choice if you are always on the go.