HOST & HOSTESS GIFTS
Compiled by Barbara Kuntz
Bring your home into 2018 with our suggestions for furnishings and accessories in Pantone’s Color of the Year, “Ultra Violet.” A super-bright purple, “Ultra Violet” communicates originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking, says Leatrice Eiseman of the Pantone Color Institute. “From exploring new technologies and the greater galaxy, to artistic expression and spiritual reflection, intuitive ‘Ultra Violet’ lights the way to what is yet to come,” she adds.
PURPLE AGATE NAPKIN RINGS
$120 for set of four
Amp up your table with naturally stunning details, like these napkin rings to add pizzazz to any place setting. Agate is considered a stone of stability by harmonizing physical, motional and psychological balance. Due to the use of natural materials, each piece is unique and may vary from the image shown. Dimensions are about 2.5 by 2.5 inches.
Available through Mapleton Drive, www.mapletondrive.com
Roll out the royal color with this vibrant geometric-design shag area rug and you’re on-trend. Handmade and hand tufted, the rug measures 5 by 7 feet with a 1-inch pile height and comes with a perfectly sized rug pad. Bonus: It’s super soft underfoot.
The Carolos adds global inspiration to any space with its distinctive handcrafted design and stitched medallion detail. Use it for extra seating around a coffee table or as a stylish footrest in front of a chair or sofa. The pouf includes a zipper closure on the bottom for replenishing filler material. Dimensions:
13 inches tall and 20 inches in width and diameter.
Available through Wayfair, www.wayfair.com
Stay wonderfully warm and cozy with The Milan blanket throw. The heathery purples and forest greens come together in a herringbone weave. Dimensions: 56 by 40 inches.
Available through Avoca, www.avoca.com
It’s even groovier now with Pantone’s 2018 color choice: The Original Lava Lamp. Designed by Edward Craven Walker for Britain-based Mathmos in 1963, this iconic lamp continues to mesmerize owners with ever-changing movements of floating bubbles and morphing shapes. Out of sight, man!
Available through www.mathmos.com
African violets are adaptable to almost every kind of environment, making them one of the most popular flowering houseplants. Perched on an east or south windowsill, they receive enough light. Watering needs are minimal. And look at those happy, bright yellow “faces” to cheer you every day.
Available at your favorite garden center or nursery