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Raising the Bar
Designer Kathy Slater is on a roll – literally – with her locally made Orleans bar cart. Available in aged gold leaf and aged silver leaf finishes, it’s the newest addition to her namesake table collection. With three antiqued mirrored trays, the Orleans bar cart is refined with just a hint of retro and offers storage galore for your favorite spirits. Kathy Slater Interiors & Table Collection, 3954 Magazine St., 400-9032, kathyslater.com.
Pouf, There It Is!
Luxurious faux fur updates this 1970s iconic seat for comfy, cozy sink-in comfort. Also available in a two-seater double size, the pouf is the perfect perch for nights in front of the fire. Restoration Hardware, 3301 Veterans Blvd., Suite 36, Metairie, 828-0203, restorationhardware.com.
Impressions of Interiors: Gilded Age Paintings
by Walter Gay (D. Giles Ltd., $55)
Presenting 70 works from public and private collections, Impressions of Interiors: Gilded Age Paintings by Walter Gay showcases the acclaimed American artist’s paintings of 19th- and early-20th-century interiors. These rooms, with their elegant silk wall hangings, 18th-century French furniture, tapestries and sculptures, were often taken from the legendary residences of friends or from his own well-appointed Parisian home. The newly released book also explores Gay’s career, his place in the history of American collecting and the importance of interior decoration and the decorative arts along with the influences of such contemporaries as Edith Wharton and Elsie de Wolfe.
We may be living in the iPhone era, but pretty paper remains in style year after year. Karen Adams’ 2013 12-month desk calendar features whimsical hand-drawn images on heavy card stock atop a delicate gold easel to bring fun and function to the old-school desktop. The Stationer, 3632 Magazine St., 895-4868, or go to karenadamsdesigns.com.
Packaged to Perfection
An homage to Mariano Fortuny and the artisans of Venice, L’Objet’s exquisite new candle is luxe from the inside out. Encased in a delicately textured Limoges porcelain body reminiscent of the distinguishable Fortuny pleats, the candle, in the Bittersweet scent, is presented in a stunning fabric upholstered box available in multiple patterns and colorways. Friend & Co., 7713 Maple St., 866-5433, or go to l-objet.com.
Rainy Day Surprise
Surprisingly lightweight and easy to store, this hooded RAINRAP makes the perfect accessory for holiday travel. Its reversible design pairs two classic hues, so you’ll look stylish in the storm no matter what color you’re wearing. RAINRAPS, rainraps.com.
In the Bag
Plush, fringy tassels have been a key accessory in fabric decoration for centuries. Now the über-organized folks at russell+hazel are transforming the ancient adornment into a hip leather key chain with gold-toned hardware that clips right to your bag. russell+hazel, russellandhazel.com.
Beatriz Ball’s new SOHO Carafe has been busy turning heads. Gentle curves and gracious proportions make it the quintessential vessel for flowers or cold beverages and complement both modern and traditional tablescapes. Judy at the Rink, 2727 Prytania St., 891-7018, or go to beatrizball.com.