Produced by Margaret Zainey Roux
1. “The Finer Things: Timeless Furniture, Textiles, and Details,” (Clarkson Potter, $60)
Much like its foundation, a home’s furnishings, art and objects should withstand the test of time. For her newly released book, renowned lifestyle expert Christiane Lemieux interviewed dozens of the world’s most sought-after wallpaper and paint specialists, textile fabricators, accessories artisans and interior designers to compile an unparalleled resource for identifying the hallmarks of timeless, heirloom-quality pieces.
2. Hot Shot
Never underestimate the power of the pen. Even in the digital age of text messages and emails, the tech-savvy will fall prey to the .50 Caliber pen. Its brass bullet-inspired shell conceals a smooth rollerball pen that can be refilled and reused long after hunting season is over. Lucy Rose, 3318 Magazine St., 504-895-0444, beaucoupdesigns.com.
3. Peace Out
Known for his unique approach using digital imaging to create three-dimensional artworks, Louisiana artist Brad Bourgoyne has created a fitting collection of acrylic dove ornaments exclusively for Baton Rouge-based Fig & Dove. Sold in sets of three or18, their spirited, sculptural quality makes them appropriate to enjoy year-round. Sotre, 3933 Magazine St., 504-304-9475, figanddove.com.
4. Golden Rules
For generations, de Gournay has been revered for its impeccably hand-painted wallcoverings. The firm recently developed and revealed its newest artisan technique, feather gilding. Offering a softer, more detailed effect through the use of delicate “feathered” brush strokes, the process allows any of de Gournay’s classic chinoiserie designs to be reinterpreted to suit today’s contemporary interiors. The paper was expertly employed in one of the bedrooms in the Traditional Home Showhouse during Southern Style Now.
de Gournay, degournay.com.
5. Grand Entrance
The Lazare lantern is a masterful mix of classic and contemporary design. Hand-forged and hand-finished by American designer Teresa Costa. Its delicate five-arm crystal core is crowned with scrolling metallic leaves and encased in an industrial-inspired mesh casing. The oversized scale makes a statement in any space whether indoor or outdoor. Arabella, 3902 Highway 22, Mandeville, 985-727-9787, lunabella.com.
6. Beautiful Bounty
There is no slowing down for Eva Gordon. At 87, the Canadian architect-turned-ceramicist continues to produce her intricately detailed hand-sculpted and hand-painted serving pieces featuring fruits, vegetables and flowers. Gordon’s platters and plates are in art galleries and museums all over the world and now locally at Brannan Geary. Brannan Geary, 3820 Magazine St., 504-510-5555.
7. Drum Roll
Kudos to a piece that marches to a different beat. The Pomona ottoman’s groovy bongo shape makes it an ideal option for space-saving seating or the perfect sofa side perch for a cocktail or book. Available in more than 100 sustainably-sourced fabrics and nearly 10 leathers and metallic nail head trims. Jade, 324 Metairie Rd., 504-875-4420.
8. Uncommon Goods
Ethnic, elegant and little edgy, Madeline Weinrib’s pillows have long been staples in the some of the country’s most posh homes and now designer Ware Porter is bringing them home as the exclusive New Orleans retailer. With a discerning eye, Porter hand-picks each heirloom-quality pillow in his collection for its ability to push the boundaries between art and design. Ware and Co., 3954 Magazine St., madelineweinrib.com.