"Croc-tail Hour" - L’Objet

Select photos by Sara Essex Bradley

Croc-tail Hour

World-renowned for fashionable yet functional décor, L’Objet launches its newest collection, Cabinet of Curiosités, this September in anticipation of the company’s 10th anniversary. Among the 63 new pieces are hand-crafted brass coasters that integrate sophisticated design, artistic integrity and material innovation with pure and unadorned elements of nature. Arabella Fine Gifts & Home Décor, 3902 Hwy. 22, Mandeville, (985) 727-9787 or go to



House Proud: Unique Home Design – Louisiana (Glitterati Inc., $50)

In her newly released book, House Proud, locally based designer (and New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles contributor) Valorie Hart interviews a variety of homeowners who share stories of restoration, revival and redesign of their dream homes in Louisiana. The book’s photographer, Sara Essex Bradley, also a contributor to Homes & Lifestyles, warmly captures the personalities of these indigenous designs, offering a private tour of some of the most fashionable homes where Southern hospitality meets contemporary chic, whether it’s in the form of a Greek Revival house, a Creole cottage or a modern urban loft.

Play On

The “Jack” cocktail table from Arteriors is more than just a furniture piece, it’s a conversation piece. Quirky yet sophisticated, its antique brass-finished base is made of sturdy aluminum and topped with heavy round glass to stand up to the tiniest of tots and rowdiest of rebel rousers. Villa Vici, 4112 Magazine St., 899-2931 or go to

Soft Sell

Mia + Finn’s Izia two-patterned reversible quilt is as soft on the skin as it is on eyes. Available in multiple sizes and color combinations, each quilt is handmade from cotton voile and adorned with a classic yet fresh hand-cover printed leaf motif created from low-impact, fiber-reactive dyes. Go to for retail information.    

Old-Fashioned Fun

Game Night goes glam with Restoration Hardware’s vintage bookshelf games. Tucked inside cloth-bound boxes made to mimic books are classics like Scrabble, Monopoly and Clue with redesigned pieces made to look like original editions. Restoration Hardware at Lakeside Mall, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., 828-0203 or go to

Sleeping Beauty

The summer sun can do a number on skin – and lips are certainly no exception. Now that the temperature has started to drop, get back to beautiful with Own’s Nighttime Lip Therapy. With shea butter and glycerin, the soothing stick balm hydrates dry lips while you sleep so you wake up with full, supple lips. Go to for retail information.

Sophisticated Scents

This fall, the master perfumers at Jo Malone London introduce their newest concoction, Peony & Blush Suede cologne. Exquisite and flirtatious, the body and home fragrance combines the flower and leather with notes of red apple, jasmine, rose and gillyflower for a scent that is both soft and sensual. Saks Fifth Avenue, The Shops at Canal Place, 301 Canal St., 524-2200 or go to

First Class

Old World meets modern design in the Passport Collection from B. Viz. Designer Rebecca Vizard, beloved for her exquisite pillows made from antique textiles, reflects on inspirational images from her European travels to create pillows and drapery panels that are hand-painted in silver or gold on linen. Bremermann Designs, 3943 Magazine St., 891-7763 or

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