Velvet Underground
Turn a simple sofa or classic wooden chair into the rock star of your living room. Oversized and overstuffed, this custom designed pillow is uber-edgy. The pink colorway is anything but sweet, and the ambiguous animal cut-velvet pattern will have you seeing spots. Fairfax Fabric Company, 3613 Magazine St., 309-9503 or

Haute Hybrid
The Jackson armchair takes two distinct artisan techniques and combines them in one sophisticated Louis XVI–style chair with a subtle lodge-like feel. Hand-carved to a create faux bois texture, the frame is then whitewashed to highlight its unique wood grain design. The cane backing features a slightly darker finish giving the chair added depth. Made Goods, (626) 333-1177 or

Greek to Me
Never before has an ancient symbol looked so modern and fresh. The Prytania mirror, a new release from locally owned Gilded Nola, ups the ante on the elegant simplicity of the Greek Key motif with its oversized scale and glamorous gold-leaf finish. Greige Home, 2033 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 875-7576 or

Pret-a-Party: Great Ideas for Good Times and Creative Entertaining (Rizzoli, $40.00)
Known for her whimsical style, fashion designer Lela Rose is also a passionate hostess. Her entertaining philosophy is simple: create your own occasions to create your own fun. In her inaugural book, Prêt-a-Party, Rose shares unique ideas for decoration, recipes for cocktails and dishes and tips for throwing it all together in a “fashion” that will be embraced by a new generation of hosts and hostesses seeking spirited and unconventional good times.

In Full Bloom
Handmade with careful construction from quality and recycled materials, Stray Dog Designs’ Helen sconce melds quirky charm and true artistry. The two-arm sconce featuring leaf and blossom adornments is crafted in Mexico by fair-trade artisans using iron and papier mache. Find one to fit any décor with more than 10 low-VOC paint colors available. Sotre, 3933 Magazine St., 304-9475 or

Material Girl
Like a good old, home-cooked gumbo, Sarah Ott’s “Ya-Ya” scarf celebrates all things New Orleans. Made from 100-percent beech wood fibers, the generously sized scarf is digitally printed from an original artwork depicting crowns, crawfish, king cake babies, magnolia flowers and voodoo dolls. It’s the perfect parade day accessory, krewe favor or debutante gift. Sarah Ott New Orleans, 7808 Maple St., 208-4240 or

Peacock Perfumerie’s new candle collection evokes the scents of the season with fragrance combinations like Pine Needle and Rose, Flannel Flower and Myrrh Resin. Each 16-ounce natural wax candle is encapsulated in a decorative object d’art tin inspired by Victorian mourning jewelry. A delicate silver hand-shaped finial makes the perfect catch-all for rings. Earthsavers, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 835-0225 or

Saying Goodbye to Dry Skin
Perfectly packaged in a little green pouch, La Mer has all that you need to nourish rough winter skin. Let the luxury brand’s new Winter Indulgence collection get you through the chilly season with sample sizes of their ever-popular Reparative Body Lotion, Hand Treatment and Lip Balm. Saks Fifth Avenue, 333 Canal St., 522-9200 or




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