France & Son’s spider lamp is an applause-worthy reinterpretation of the midcentury French icon by Serge Mouille. Dramatic shapes and angles create a theatrical feel within the room, making it as much a work of art as it is a source of illumination. Three curved iron arms of differing lengths are finished with aluminum ‘chapeau’ styled shades that rotate to allow light to be directed as desired. France & Son, 631-270-4560 or franceandson.com.
Christian Lacroix’s “One Year in My Garden” throw pillow exudes the kind of edgy elegance for which the revered Parisian designer is known. The digitally printed, reversible pillow’s silk front features a collage of flowers and graphic patterns while its cotton-sateen back is emblazoned with shades of color representing the four seasons. Christian Lacroix for Designers Guild, 212-967-4540 or designersguild.com.
Toast of the Town
We’ve loved her metal serveware for years and now Beatriz Ball is bringing something new to the table. Part of her new GLASS collection, Ball’s mouth blown and hand-etched “Jardin” champagne flutes are available in vibrant violet and brilliant blue and bring the indoors in with their delicate fern and dot design. The Jefferson House, 619 S. Jefferson Ave., Covington or 985-892-6841 or beatrizball.com.
Handcrafted from centuries-old Louisiana cypress and adorned with eye-catching brass accents, Doorman Design’s “Eleanor” sideboard is customizable and available in a variety of sizes and silky finishes that are just sheer enough to showcase the wood’s rich grain. The locally made masterpiece arrives with a hand-written note tracing the origins of the materials. Doorman Designs, 504-408-1616 or doormandesigns.com.
If it’s not the fairest of them all, it certainly comes close. This Northern European over-mantle mirror is nearly two centuries old but its richly colored tortoiseshell veneer and parcel gilt accents keep it shining. The scrolled cresting at the top and spiral-fluted lower border is further proof that they don’t just make them like they used to. M.S. Rau Antiques, 630 Royal St., 504-223-5258 or rauantiques.com.
Beautiful: “All-American Decorating and Timeless Style” by Mark D. Sikes (Rizzoli, $45)
In his first book, acclaimed interior designer Mark D. Sikes celebrates American style today. By showcasing chic and accessible ideas for every home, he reveals his classic yet cool aesthetic that was influenced by the fashion world where he began his career. Eight chapters of inspiring photographs give readers a glimpse into his eclectic, layered, and fun-filled rooms.
All Wrapped Up
Forget the ribbons and bows, pretty presentation is now as easy as upgrading the envelope. In partnership with world-renowned fabric house F. Schumacher & Co., Dempsey & Carroll is offering a limited-edition set of white cotton note cards with envelopes lined in five of Schumacher’s most popular patterns: Chiang Mai Dragon, Birds & Butterflies, Deco Flower, White Floral and Moonpennies. The super chic set arrives packaged to perfection in a pebbled leather envelope. Dempey & Carroll, 877-750-1878 or dempseyandcarroll.com.
When it comes to talent, Cochon Executive Chef Stephen Stryjewski is a chip off the ‘ol block. Or better yet, board. Stryjewski’s father, Bob, is this “hands” behind “Butcher Boards,” a collection of artisanal cutting boards that are exclusively available at the restaurant. Made from oak, cherry and walnut and finished with beeswax and mineral oil, each piece is one-of-kind and a must-have for every kitchen. Butcher Boards, 930 Tchoupitoulas, 504-599-7675 or cochonbutcher.com.