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X Marks the Spot

Dramatic crisscross chair legs have put Christopher Guy on the map. In fact, the U.K. designer is working on a patent for them. But there’s more to these dining chairs than just a sexy set of legs. Their tall, tapered backs are made of finely woven cane and offer a surprising level of comfort and support. Arabella Fine Gifts & Home Décor, 3902 Highway 22, Mandeville, 985/727-9787, or go to www.christopherguy.com.


Opposites Attract

Sleek pewter and rugged shed elk horn make a great pair.

This versatile pitcher by Vagabond House has a look that is antiquated yet contemporary and was inspired by the need to give “up-cycled” estate pieces a bohemian feel. Friend & Co., 7713 Maple St., 866-5433, or go to www.vagabondhouse.com.


Instant Architecture

Give a new room an old look by adding some patina. The worn, torn beauty of this French gilt wood architectural piece makes it a stunning over-door pediment or a fabulous focal point when used as a mantel. Sofas & Chairs, 4116 Canal St., 486-9622.


At Home:
A Style for Today with Things from the Past (Rizzoli, $55)

Style-maker and interior designer Suzanne Rheinstein has a keen appreciation for special luxuries. She is a master at taking an eclectic mix of furnishings from the past and arranging them in a fresh, inspiring way. In her beautifully photographed book, At Home: A Style for Today with Things from the Past, Rheinstein showcases diverse samples of her work — many of which have graced the pages of such notable shelter publications as ELLE DECOR and House Beautiful. She also offers readers a glimpse into her own private homes, including a gracious Georgian Revival in Los Angeles and a New York City prewar pied-à-terre. Each one exemplifies her talent for creating attractive homes that bring joy to the art of fine living.


The Wright Stuff

Local accessories designer Corrie Pellerin of Corrie Wright has perfected the art of making tradition trendy. Inspired by vintage fabrics, ancestors’ photographs and classic movies, Pellerin’s chic custom headbands are a must-have accessory for any fashion-forward lady who appreciates the past. Corrie Wright, 258-3482, or go to www.corriewright.com.


Four-Legged Friend

Local designer Kathy Slater is redefining the term “man’s best friend.”  Her hoof ottoman’s hand-carved wooden base is sturdy enough for everyday use while its delicate hand-painted finish and Italian ribbed silk upholstery offer the appeal of a special-occasion accent. Kathy Slater Interiors and Antiques, 3954 Magazine St., 400-9032, or go to www.kathyslater.com.


Hope Floats

Artist, activist and New Orleans native Brian Borrello has used actual BP Deepwater Horizon oil found in Louisiana’s marshes and along Gulf Coast beaches to create New Orleans Skyline, a limited edition of high-resolution digital prints on archival paper. Twenty percent of the proceeds will benefit the Center for Wellness and Mental Health, a partnership between the LSU Health Sciences Center and the St. Bernard Project that provides mental health services for families affected by the Gulf oil disaster. Jonathan Ferrara Gallery,
400A Julia St., 522-5471, or go to www.jonathanferraragallery.com.


Big Gift, Small Package

It’s so packaged to perfection that it’s hard to believe that the real gift is actually inside the dazzling little box. Voluspa’s new Maison Rouge collection includes eight unique season-inspired fragrances in the form of jar candles and triple-milled shea butter soaps. At less than $10 each, they’re poised to become this holiday’s most scent-sational stocking stuffers. Mirabella, 605 Metairie Road, 828-3888, or go to www.voluspa.com.

Select Photographs by Sara Essex

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