Pierre Frey: Inspiring Interiors:
A French Tradition of Luxury (Abrams, $65)
Since 1935, Pierre Frey has designed some of the most coveted textiles and wallpapers in the world. A member of the Comité Colbert, an elite association of French luxury houses, the family-owned company uses historical techniques to reproduce period textiles and contemporary creations. The lavish new book by Serge Gleize celebrates the Pierre Frey legacy by showcasing its finest offerings set in the rooms of today’s top designers.
Just in time for spring, internationally known interior designer Sara Story launches her second collection of wallpaper. Inspired by some of her favorite destinations around the world including Vienna, Bora Bora, and Bandol as seen here, the designs translate the indigenous shapes and symbols of each locale into decorative, colorful statements for all to enjoy – no passport required. Sara Story, sarastorydesign.com
The classic French demijohn has a new frosted finish. Its gently sloping sides hint at the vessels rich design history while complementing more contemporary interiors. Mouth-blown into an original 19th-century mold, the handcrafted jug is made of recycled vintage glass to retain a little character of the artisan who created it. Cole + Company, 2013 Metairie Road, 941-7001.
Just like their organic form, Arcadia Home’s “Amoeba” nesting trays are organic by nature. Food-safe and eco-friendly, they are made from sustainable spun bamboo and accented with a chic blue lacquer band. Best yet, their versatility makes them perfect for serving anything anywhere – from popcicles poolside to petit fours in the parlor. Arcadia Home, arcadiahomeinc.com
Design doyenne Bunny Williams has teamed up with the Annie Selke Companies for an eponymous collection of indoor/ outdoor rugs for Dash & Albert. Featuring a jute weave with a reversible design made from vegetable dye, the Blanco rug’s eye-catching graphic proves it’s hip to be square. Hestia Luxury in Linens, 61 Park Place Drive, Covington, (985) 893-0490.
Triple Crown Charm
Goodbye, Carnival crown, and hello, triple crown! With Derby days upon us, it’s essential to have well-bred barware. Distinguished by its authentic snaffle-bit inspired handles, Beatriz Ball’s Equestrian ice bucket’s alloy composition makes it freezer-safe and perfect for keeping crushed ice contained and close at hand for your award-winning mint juleps. Adler’s, 722 Canal St. and 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 523-5292
Exquisitely packaged, the Secret Garden candle evokes the romance of a private European garden with its lush white floral scent. Breathe easy knowing it will burn clean – thanks to its non-toxic and all-natural soy composition – and its etched glass tumbler is reusable. Michel Design Works Secret Garden Candle, New Orleans Museum of Art Museum Shop, One Collins C. Diboll Circle, 658-4100.
If you’ve resolved to getting organized in 2015 – take note –paperwork can be pleasurable with the right desk accessories. Corral your bills and lasso your letters in colorful butterfly files. With 12 in a pack, these fluttery folders will inspire you to be clutter-free all year long. Scriptura, 5423 Magazine St., 897-1555; 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 219-1113