Soft Sell Show off your signature style with custom-made pillows elegantly adorned with raised metallic initials, antique galon and fringe. The silk velvet pillows are 100-percent down-filled, and available in 16 colors, several sizes and with any combination of initials. Bremermann Designs, 3943 Magazine St., 891-7763, or go to www.bremermanndesigns.com.
Metropolitan DeLight Lighting guru Cindy Ciskowski provides a modern alternative for traditional décor, giving homes all over town a little bit of oomph. The “Delta” table lamp’s silk damask shade exudes Uptown elegance, while its metallic bronze base epitomizes Downtown chic. Cindy Ciskowski Designs, (323) 732-3200, or go to www.cindyciskwoski.com.
A Dynamic Duo “Thread and Berry” ceramics and coordinating linens by Juliska create the perfect pairing of pretty and practical. The collection of fine stoneware can go from the freezer to the fridge, and is guaranteed microwave, oven and dishwasher safe, while the linens are also machine washable. New Orleans At Home, 3642 Magazine St. 899-0604, or go to www.neworleansathome.com.
Fleur Power Flavor Paper is reviving our rooms and our city with its funky New Orleans Rebirth Collection. The wallpaper collection features new designs such as “Fleur de Saveur” (left), “Bubbly,” (top left), “Pleasure Dome,” “Fishnet” and the reissue of “Terminal.” A portion of the proceeds from each sale will be donated to the Flavor Saver Foundation, to benefit the Tipitina’s Foundation’s mission to save the music and culture of New Orleans. Flavor Paper, 4213 Chartres St. (by appointment only), 944-0447, or go to www.flavorpaper.com.
To See or Not to See It’s no optical illusion … it’s the Umbra “Conceal” shelf. Known worldwide for its innovative designs, Umbra created this unique shelf offering invisible support for up to 10 books, giving the impression that your books are floating. Umbra Design, (800) 387-5122 or go to www.umbra.com.
The House That Faux Built: How to Transform Your Home From Shabby to Showplace Using Paints, Plasters and Creativity (East Cambridge Press, $39.95)
Although their finishes were faux, their intentions were sincere when more than 100 international artists donated their time and talent to create a “faux-house” decorated entirely with trompe l’oeil, stenciling and other faux finishes. Funds raised from ticket sales to the show/faux-houses in Arlington, Va., and Chicago, Ill., will be used to build a Habitat for Humanity house in New Orleans. Private donations and proceeds from book sales will also go towards funding the house. To order or make a donation, call (877) 780-3965, or go to www.fauxhouse.com.
All in the Details Turn an ordinary door into an exquisite entryway with handcrafted hardware made from polyester resin. Coordinating escutcheons and hinges are available in 33 finishes and are easy to install. Each escutcheon is designed to fit over a standard sized doorknob without removing any hardware. For a finishing touch, simply add hinges onto the door next to the existing hinges with adhesive caulk. Beaux-Artes, (410) 867-0790, or go to www.beaux-artes.com.
An Artful Table Red beans and rice or crawfish étouffée will look even more mouth-watering when presented on art-inspired placemats. The set of 20 paper placemats replicate contemporary images from the Ogden Collection by Southern artists Ida Kohlmeyer, Elemore Morgan Jr., Alexander John Drysdale and Vincenia Blount. Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St., 539-9625, or go to www.ogdenmuseum.org.