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 piece looking fresh out of the box party after party. Quince, 2115 Magazine St., 556-9668.
Gilt gold beading and delicately hand-painted garlands add drama and whimsy to this antique Italian table lamp, which is sold as part of a pair. The urn-shaped bases are topped with coordinating Empire wax paper shades to offer a look of elegant simplicity. Source, 2103 Magazine St., 561-7558, or go to www.sourcenola.com.
These down-filled silk-covered accent pillows speak volumes about style. Blending contemporary sensibilities with traditions of excellence, artisans for Anupama individually hand-paint these pillows using vegetable and mineral dyes for an ethereal and organic quality that can soften any setting. Oops Designer Home Consignments, 1119 Josephine St., 410-1450,
or go to www.oopsdecor.com.
Liaigre (Flammarion, $125)
Following the success of his previous publication, Maison, Christian Liaigre takes us inside six exclusive creations — a hidden Spanish residence, a luxury yacht, a massive Swiss farmstead, a thatched-roof paradise in Bora Bora, a modern Canadian manor and a villa in the South of France. The internationally celebrated designer, whose clients include Calvin Klein, Karl Lagerfeld, François Nars and Kenzo, combines local materials with the personalities of the owners while remaining true to the signature style that has made him one of the most sought-after designers of our time. Close-up photographs feature a wealth of design in this handsome, oversize volume rich in ideas for amateur and professional interior designers alike.
Raising the Bar
Entertaining reaches new heights with the revolutionary Skybar Wine Preservation & Optimization System. It’s the first wine bar for the home that perfectly chills and naturally preserves your favorite wines. Independent chambers allow you and your guests to enjoy three wines at once, each served at its ideal temperature. Sleek pouring spouts smoothly direct wines into the glass without disturbing the natural sediment in the bottle, and innovative vacuum technology preserves any remaining open bottles for up to 10 days. Frontgate, 888/263-9850, or go to www.frontgate.com.
This holiday season, spend more money on gifts and less on the pesky surcharges for overweight luggage often accrued when traveling with them. Simply attach this compact, user-friendly and ergonomically designed luggage scale to your bag or suitcase, and lift. At the sound of the beep, set it down, and read the weight in pounds to save time and money at the luggage check. Magellan’s, 800/962-4943, or go to www.magellans.com.
N.O. Place Like Home
The ever-chic candle collection Low Country Luxe has a sophisticated new fragrance thanks to local designer Hal Williamson. Along with local artist Alexa Pulitzer, who designed and developed the candles’ packaging, Williamson devised the sweet tea olive scent that will be sold nationwide. To make things even “sweeter,” a portion of the sales will benefit two New Orleans nonprofits, the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans and Music for Tomorrow. Williamson Designs, 3646 Magazine St., 899-4945, or go to www.williamsondesigns.com.
Hand-knotted in modern-day Pakistan using ancient techniques, this Peshawar reproduction looks much like its antique counterpart. All-natural dyes and multiple washings give the carpet an authenticated look of age complete with “abrash,” the highly recognizable striations associated with century-old carpets. Maximilian’s International Showrooms, 8600 Oak St., 895-1115, or go to www.maximiliansinternational.com.