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Unusual Containers and Vases
Flowers and plants are gifts from nature and they deserve to be showcased in really special vessels. I’m especially keen on bold and whimsical ceramic pieces made by artisans in Italy. Sud, sudneworleans.com

 

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Design Books
There is no better way to spend a dreary winter day than to nest in place with an exquisite coffee table book. My all-time favorite is “One Man’s Folly” with drool-worthy images from local photographer Paul Costello and delightful prose from our beloved writer, [the late] Julia Reed. Garden District Book Shop at The Rink, gardendistrictbookshop.com

 

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Funky Eyeglasses
Sporting funky eyeglasses is the only good thing about having bad vision. There are so many wild options out there today, like Eyebobs and the Bob Sdrunk glasses I picked up in Italy. Art & Eyes, artandeyesneworleansla.com

 

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Hand-Stitched Suzanis
The amount of time and talent involved in producing a hand-stitched Suzani is mind-blowing and, sadly, it’s almost become a lost art. These colorful crafts bring depth, warmth, and a sense of tradition into a room when strewn across a bed, hung on the wall, upholstered onto a headboard, or simply draped across a sofa back. B. Viz Design NOLA Atelier, bviz.com

 

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Nespresso Creatista
Stainless Steel Coffee Espresso Machine by Breville
Besides making the best cup of kitchen coffee in America, it’s as easy to operate as it is good looking! Williams Sonoma, williams-sonoma.com.