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What's Hot for Home Furnishings

This fall, home furnishings are putting an au naturel twist on modern shapes and décor. Melding organic materials with sleek exteriors, the results from designers are truly unique, and adding even one piece to your living or dining room ensures…

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Heavy Metal Part of Lunares’ Natura collection, these exquisite bowls are designed and handcrafted by a brother-and-sister team of artisans. Thanks to their unique alloy composition, they’re incredibly durable and will not chip, crack, break or tarnish — keeping each…

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(above) A Winning Pair Dating back to 1850, this pair of wooden musical “trophées” champions all over-door decorations. Intricately carved, painted and gilded, the French adornments add an extra je ne sais quoi to create a well-appointed entryway. Soniat House…

What's Hot: Art

October is a month of art in New Orleans. Between Art for Arts Sake and the plethora of cultural events – much less the feel of fall in the air (finally!) that encourages us to put on our new fashions…

What's Hot for Accessories

Many moons ago, when I’d just arrived in New Orleans, one of the first conversations I had was about the weather and the change of seasons – or rather, the lack thereof. “Well,” a former collegiate colleague explained, “We have…

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Urban Cowboy Every now and then, even the mostsophisticated style takes a wild ride, and this mahogany occasional chair has done just that. Upholstered in brown-and-white hide, the chair boasts a spontaneous combination of materials that brings both irony and…

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In the Bag Incredibly durable and surprisingly lightweight, Built NY’s SOHO Stripe Market Tote stretches to accommodate just about anything –– except maybe the kitchen sink. Thanks to its extra-thick neoprene composition, it has the ability to insulate and protect…

What's Hot for Itty-Bitty Back to School

When prompted to think about “back-to-school,” the mind wanders through red falling foliage over cracked, grounded leaves, onto school buses and off into new-pencil-scented classrooms. Scenic images of little hands waving from the last window of the school bus don’t…

What's Hot for Resorts

Summertime is here again and you know what that means … it’s too hot to be in New Orleans. That’s why it’s important to grab the right gear so when you take that all-too-necessary Caribbean Cruise, you can be stylish,…

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New Rooms for Old Houses: Beautiful Additions for the Traditional Home (Taunton Press, $40)Published in conjunction with The National Trust for Historic Preservation, New Rooms for Old Houses takes both design and history enthusiasts on a fascinating tour through the…

What's Hot for Father's Day

Dads are, on the whole, amongst the best when it comes to receiving gifts; whether it’s socks and underpants or macaroni sparkle art, Dad is just happy to be remembered. So, in honor of the man that fumbled awkwardly around…

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Fancy Faucets The beauty of fine porcelain dinnerware has been extended into the powder room. To create this incomparable aesthetic of luxury and elegance, THG Paris offers a new line of faucetry featuring beloved Bernardaud porcelain. The line that debuted…

What's Hot for Mom

Each year, families across the country pause for one day, the second Sunday of May, to honor the most caring, giving women in all our lives: our moms. Mother’s Day shopping can be an arduous task (how can you sum…

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Show Case This unique tole vitrine is just as lovely as the pieces it displays. Its filigree mounts and etched glass are among the delicate details of note for this 19th-century English piece. Dunleith Designs & Antiques LLC, 1804 Magazine…

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The Way We Live With Color (Rizzoli, $39.95)In the newest addition to The Way We Live… series, author Stafford Cliff and photographer Gilles de Chabaneix capture the colors of everyday life by depicting how color is used around the world.…

What's Hot for Beauty

It has been said for eons that beauty is only skin-deep and, not being one to trifle with age-old wisdom, I’m inclined to agree; regardless, there’s more to achieving “skin-deep” beauty than the old adage indicates. To be honest, sometimes…

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Southern Cocktails: Dixie Drinks, Party Potions, and Classic Libations (Chronicle Books, $14.95) Southern hospitality comes naturally for acclaimed journalist Denise Gee. The Natchez native’s recipes have been found within the pages of Southern Living, Coastal Living and Better Homes and…

A Garden Party

Spring has sprung in New Orleans and thoughts are turning away from the office and towards the beautiful, sunny weather outside. For the seasoned gardener, this means time to start thinking about how to cultivate a stunning landscape. There are…

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Valentine’s Day is an occasion to show the special someone in your life how much you care. And of course, gifts are always appreciated. These stylish items are guaranteed to dazzle your darling - without any help from Cupid!A stunning…

Style: Eco-friendly products

Sunny-Side Out For the style and ecologically conscious, Noon Solar has created a fabulous tote to keep you charged and on the go. Constructed of 100-percent hand-dyed hemp and chrome-free leather, the Oakland tote features a solar panel on one…

Debutantes

Clearly the tradition of gifting the debutante with evening bags, cosmetic cases, memory books, fragrance, jewelry and assorted useful objects crowned and embellished with the regal symbols of Carnival is alive and well in New Orleans. Velvet-lined presentation box at…

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Suite Dreams Design the suite of your dreams with heirloom quality beds, benches and bedside tables built to last and to suit. Handcrafted from brass, cast iron or steel, pieces are available in traditional, contemporary or transitional styles in an…

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Feeling Blue Blue never looked so cool. Solid silks get depth and dimension when kissed with a hint of iridescence or cut in a lattice pattern. Pair the two with a ribbed mocha stripe for some warmth and whimsy, and…

What's Hot for Art

A fall tradition embraced by art lovers and partygoers is “Art for Arts’ Sake,” held annually on the first Saturday of October. Galleries around town will be showcasing the work of talented artists—many of them local—and the Contemporary Arts Center…

Fall Fashion Accessories

This fall, shiny skin is in. Not the kind that needs a powder brush, but accessories stitched from a variety of exotic skins like python and Nile crocodile, camel and ostrich. Shiny patent leather reigns, large sunglasses shield and flatter,…

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Of French FlambeauxShed a little light on your château with a stately pair of early 19th-century lanterns uniquely designed for corner mounting. Painted a muted verde gris color with gold details, these fabulous finds from Toulouse, France, are set atop…

Back to School

1. Don’t say goodbye to color when you say goodbye to summer. Warm yourself pink instead! A quilted, corduroy jacket paired with a matching polo dress is perfect for the warm days and cool autumn nights of the Crescent City.…

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One-Stop ShoppingGo in for paint and come out with a platter. Helm Paint and Supply’s expanded location on Earhart Boulevard offers more than just paint to bring color into your home. It offers decorative housewares in a rainbow of colors…

Mother’s Day

Mom can sample the life of the bon vivant with an evening at One Restaurant & Lounge, where they have just debuted their menu for spring. New items include delicacies like cochon de lait, a slow-cooked pork roast served with…

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Weathering the Storm  While April showers bring May flowers, they also bring slippery floors. Save your hardwoods from their daily drenching by leaving umbrellas outside.Made from sturdy wrought iron, this Victorian-style umbrella stand won’t blow away in even the most…