by Marisa Marcantonio

Il Papiro helped make Florentine handmade papers popular stateside when they opened a New York store twenty five years ago. Before that, those that traveled to Firenze would visit their Via Cavore store and stock up, bringing back picture frames, desk accessories and journals. They helped create the craze for all things marble, and no desk was complete without a matching desk set. The marbleized pattern has made a comeback and now graces more than just paper.

Photo courtesy of Shandells
Dress up your sconces or chandelier with these handmade marbleized paper covered shades from Shandells.

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A new fabric Blush in Plum from Highland Court's Phillip Gorrivan II Collection.

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This dramatic French glazed pottery Terre Vernisee ceramic platter from Ruzzetti and Gow has just the right amount of splatter to make an impact.

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Cavallini Italian hand crafted Ceramic Marbles are beautiful -- each one is a different, crazy mix of colors, available from Paper Luxuries.

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I feel like I am back in Florence where I bought every swirled bit of paper I saw. Punch Studio's Mini Notebooks with a Monogram from Touch of Europe are so chic and just the thing to pull out of your tote to jot a note.

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Wrap that special gift in gorgeous hand made Thai Marble paper with gold ink from Kate's Paperie.
I have long coveted these dragged and speckled Marbleized Paper Mats from Dransfield and Ross.

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Cirque-Frame hand engraved stationery and blue flecked liner from Bell'Invito.

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Ruzzetti and Gow's unusual Unikite Stone Box has a peach and green palette I love.

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Add a bit of swirl to your sofa with the Florentine Marble Pillow from Dransfield and Ross.