Stylish Updates for the Spring
Whether you're searching for a piece for your wardrobe or your home, these items are worth a look.
select photos by Sara Essex Bradley
Pagodas on Pillows
Seda France may be as well-known for its distinctive pagoda packaging as it is for its fabulous fragrances. Recently, the company expanded its offerings to include home décor such as this Maison Chinoiserie pillow, stylized from an original engraving purchased in Paris. Available in six juicy hues, each down-filled pillow features a pagoda on the front with coordinating Chinese fretwork on the reverse. Seda France, sedafrance.com.
Linens: For Every Room and Occasion (Rizzoli, $55)
Offering both visual inspiration and practical information, Jane Scott Hodges’ Linens: For Every Room and Occasion is an essential guide to living and entertaining with fine textiles. As the founder and owner of Leontine Linens, which started in New Orleans, Hodges has spent decades studying, collecting and innovating in the world of fine linens. In her first book, she offers expert advice and savvy insight on linen use and care. Replete with photography of beautiful linen-filled rooms detailing countless interpretations of appliqué, embroidery, quilting, prints, monograms and borders, Linens takes a fresh look at couture linens and their importance and relevance in today’s artful lifestyle.
Niven Morgan’s Lavender Mint is back by popular demand. Combining notes of soothing lavender and invigorating mint, the fragrance’s formula and packaging have been slightly tweaked for a scent that is even more refreshing. It will make its debut this month online, at local retailers and at the Ritz-Carlton Day Spa, New Orleans. Niven Morgan, nivenmorgan.com.
Anne Pratt has mastered the art of welding Old World sensibility and contemporary design. Handmade in Mexico, her sterling silver hammered cuff is oxidized for an aged aesthetic and adorned with 18-karat gold beading on the trim and bezel that surrounds an early AD Italian wax cameo.
Anne Pratt Jewelry, anneprattjewlery.com.
Born of English design, Bevolo’s Highland Park portable pool house lantern is the essential outdoor accessory for spring. The multi-purpose piece can be used as a candleholder, terrarium or unique display for wine corks or seashells. In light of its European flair, it is hand-riveted in New Orleans and crafted out of pure American copper.
Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights, 521 Conti St. and 316/318 Royal St., 522-9485, bevolo.com.
Finally! The perfect season-less party dress for those breezy spring nights. Its simple shift style gets a dose of glam thanks to swirly-girly sequins for a festive look any time of year.
Lulu’s on Fulton, 609 Fulton St., 378-5858.
When only the best will do, dress your dachshund in Delfino or clothe your corgi in Canestrelli. Part of B. Viz Design’s ever-evolving collection of bespoke goods made from Fortuny fabrics, these handmade dog collars take the term “pampered pet” to a whole new level. Sizes range from extra-small to large.
B. Viz Design, bviz.com.
Move over, silver spoon – there’s a new kid in town. Today’s tot loves Beatriz Ball’s first baby collection, made from an FDA-safe, easy-care aluminum alloy that’s as luxe as sterling but remains tarnish-free. From picture frames to serving ware, each heirloom-quality piece comes wrapped in a colorful box with ribbon, making it a ready-to-go gift for showers, baptisms and birthdays.
Chateau Drugs and Gifts, 3544 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 889-2300.