Bold Bright and Beautiful at the New York Gift Fair

Twice a year, the New York International Gift Fair presents an enormous venue of international exhibitors bringing the very best in home, lifestyle and gift brands to the city.

Last weekend I spent hours scouring the booths to see new offerings from familiar lines and hopefully discover new vendors. One trend that clearly is continuing is a love of bright and bold color. From rich deep blues to vibrant hot pink, color was everywhere. Home lifestyle brand Annie Selke brings her happy, vibrant color to every line she touches.

From her new tabletop offerings from Pine Cone Hill

to cheerful cozy throws

to pajamas

and scarves, you just "can't go wrong with designs that make you happy!"


The wide variety of home designs are all mix and match friendly. In fact, it's all about the mix at Annie Selke – combining color with comfort, luxury with livability and polish with practicality. Even her signature Dash and Albert rugs can go in the wash!


Local Connecticut company Oomph presented their upscale tailored version of color in their handsome navy lacquered booth, with a patriotic made in America vibe.

Their new Westport mirror, available with or without balls was a hit. Its satisfying heft and stylish historical referencing make it an instant classic.

Their new line of lanterns, introduced at High Point Market last spring, was now seen in several more of their 16 luscious high gloss shades.

Fabulous new additions were the sconce versions of the lanterns, the Westport below. Flush to the wall with elegant understated detailing, they could enhance any number of dark situations.

And the best part of the lighting collection? It's indoor/outdoor – even in all the scrumptious colors!! Palo Alto below left and Hobe Sound on the right.

A bright addition to their popular go anywhere occasional tables is the Tini 1 with a fun variety of back painted glass designed tops in their signature eye popping colors.

In textiles, their latest is the wonderfully bold and graphic Calypso Pillow of Manuel Canovas fabric, the perfect finishing accessory for a seaside or beach abode.


A new discovery was the beautiful Jean-Vier line of French linens. In the village of Saint Pée sur Nivelle in the Basque Country, their colorful brand renews the art of the region's traditional linen weaving. Basque linen was originally used to protect cattle from the sun using large rectangles embroidered with seven blue, green or red colored stripes, symbolizing the traditional seven Basque provinces. Jean-Vier interprets these stripes today in beautiful colorful renditions.

From fabric

to tabletop and accessories, such as these chic laminated trays

to bath and beach, Jean-Vier offers the opportunity to add a little Gallic style to your home.

While other trends were seen as well, including many more neutral luxe looks for fall, clearly color is here to stay. Whether you like it full on or merely as accessory accents, there will be many choices to choose from this coming season.