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 Antiques, 1139 Chartres St., 212-0200, or go to www.soniatantiques.com.
One of a pair, this towering Danish lamp could have popped right out of the pages of any mid-century modern or Scandinavian design book. Walnut brackets extend upward from each brass-capped base to form an upside-down tripod. Double shades make for an interesting pair and consist of a small inner parchment shade surrounded by a larger shade made of mesh. Neophobia, 2855 Magazine St., 899-2444, or go to www.neophobia-nola.com.
In 1973, systems software engineer Ralph Gates left his job with NASA and headed for the hills of North Carolina to bring back the lost art of broom-making with his son Marlow and the legendary broom-maker Lee “Pop” Ogle. To create their craft, the trio that comprises Friendswood Brooms makes maximum use of natural twists, gnarls and burls to transform found wood into stunning broomsticks using techniques that date back to the 1790s. The Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s Center for Southern Craft and Design and Museum Store, 925 Camp St., 539-9650, or go to www.ogdenmuseum.org.
Made in Lyon, the city often cited as the French capital of gastronomy, this magnificent chef’s table dates back to the early 1900s when fine foods were making their mark as nourishment not only for the body but also for the spirit and soul. This heavy metal piece in a lovely paprika hue has two shelves and is topped with white marble, making it the perfect place to both prepare and present a gourmet meal. Lucullus, 610 Chartres St., 528-9620, or go to www.lucullusantiques.com.
Combining traditional cobbling techniques with the latest footwear technology, Harrys of London continues its mission to create shoes as covetable for their looks as for their performance. For the new Autumn/ Winter 2008 Collection, Harrys’ signature Jet Moc (inspired by private jet travel) soars to new heights. Such sumptuous materials as tweed-patterned cashmere trimmed in leather further position the Jet Moc as the ultimate loafer for the modern man. Harrys of London, www.harrysoflondon.com.
Remodeling Made Easy
The words “renovation” and “efficient” aren’t often used in the same sentence. But with JACLO’s York Column, the two can be synonymous. The innovative all-in-one shower fixture provides two overhead adjustable-angle rain tiles in addition to a waterfall showerhead and convenient hand-shower. Most important, the unit works with existing shower valves and outlets to create a totally new look without the new plumbing. JACLO, 800/852-3906, or go to www.jaclo.com.
Be anyone from Brigitte Bardot to Amy Winehouse this Halloween –– or any other day of the year –– with POP Beauty’s Cat Eyes liners. Available in Black Onyx, Black Dahlia or Black Olive, these uniquely slanted eye crayons make sultry-looking peepers easy to obtain. Simply press the applicator to the lashline, and with just one flick, a line of smudge-proof formula automatically appears perfectly formed and exactly the same on each eye. POP Beauty, Sephora, 877/SEPHORA, or go to www.sephora.com.
Kelly Hoppen Home: From Concept to Reality
(Little, Brown and Co., $40)
World-renowned British designer Kelly Hoppen’s cool modernist aesthetic has been described as timeless yet hip and at the cutting edge of today’s styles. While her high-end interiors are frequently celebrated in the pages of Architectural Digest, In Style and the New York Times, her book, Kelly Hoppen Home, offers readers more than just a sneak peek into her coveted spaces. It provides a clear picture of her approach at every stage, from the conception of an idea through preparation and decision-making to implementing plans and achieving a reality.