May 2005

Apple of Your Eye
No coffee table has to go unadorned when this apple-accented Italian glass plate can rescue it. Also available in a pear design. Nancy Robbins, 1291 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 727-4565.

Glass Menagerie
Keep your tabletop décor light and chic with these mouth-blown glasses made in Prague. The subtle designs add to any setting, but don’t overpower any colorful dishes or placemats. Hestia Luxury in Linens, 61 Park Place, Ste. D, Covington, (985) 893-0490.

Sweet as Sugar
Whether it’s Splenda, Equal or old-fashioned sugar, make sure to scoop in style with these decorative sugar spoons. Stones are wrapped onto the end of a silver spoon and can add small bursts of color to a neutral table. St. Romain Interiors, 228 Lee Lane, Covington, (985) 809-7700.

Scalamandre: Luxurious Home Interiors
($60, Gibbs Smith Publisher)
Since 1929, Scalamandre has been creating ornate trims and luxurious fabrics. In Scalamandre: Luxurious Home Interiors, readers can view rooms created by interior designers using Scalamandre products in a variety of residences and rooms in the designers’ own homes. In the write-up about each room, details are given about how it came to life. The book also explores how the company got started, and even peeks into a Scalamandre family member’s home decorated, of course, in Scalamandre fabrics and wallpaper.

Liquid Asset
This sleek silver pitcher from Georg Jensen’s Heritage collection is elegant enough to be used for a fancy affair, but not too stuffy as to be filled with sweet tea at a lazy Sunday afternoon brunch. Georg Jensen, (212) 343-9000; or go to

Coffee Klatch
The result of four years of work, Jasper Morrison’s collection of timeless yet purposeful kitchen appliances for Rowenta clearly shows this designer’s talent. One of those items is this coffee machine, which beneath its sleek lines hides a filter holder, measuring spoon and water tank. The pot comes in stainless steel or glass. Rowenta, (781) 396-0600.

Tool of the Trade
Alessi’s series of appliances by Stefano Giovannoni satisfy any minimalist’s quest. Giovannoni’s latest project, this handheld vacuum, is a modern design in stainless steel that can make cleaning chic. Stefano Giovannoni for Alessi, 155 Spring St., New York, N.Y., (212) 431-1310.

Getting the Swing of It
After meeting at the Chelsea Flower Show in London, Tim Clarke invited Fletcher and Myburgh to showcase its intricate swings at his gallery in Los Angeles. Designed by Stephen Myburgh, the swings are made mainly from copper and can stay outside year-round. They can be hung from a tree or placed on a stand provided by Fletcher and Myburgh. Tim Clarke, 8670 Holloway Dr., Los Angeles, Ca., (310) 659-1950, or go to; Fletcher and Myburgh,

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