French Flair (Flammarion, $49.95)
Author and photographer Sébastien Siraudeau has a talent for discovering the most stylish and interesting interiors in France, and French Flair presents more than 100 exceptional gems. An eclectic mix of themes, designs and inspirations, each featured interior is a delight to behold – from a bed-and-breakfast in the backcountry of the Côte d’Azur to a furniture designer’s studio on the outskirts of Paris to an Uzer château-turned-guesthouse complete with secret passageways. Divided into chapters based on seven styles – Authentic, Traditional, Romantic, Elegant, Eclectic, Contemporary and Natural – French Flair provides endless ideas for adding a little Gallic panache to your own home.
Decked for the Dock
Kenneth Cole’s One by Land leather loafer is a trendy take on the classic men’s boat shoe and part of the designer’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection. Available in seven bold hues including Coral, Green, Petrol and Mustard, these shoes are a must-have for every dandy looking to put a little “spring” in his step. Kenneth Cole, The Shops at Canal Place, 333 Canal St., 410-1888, or go to www.kennethcole.com.
Style by the Yard
A-list interior designer and author Charlotte Moss recently introduced more than 90 decorative fabrics and 75 color-coordinated trims exclusively for Calico Corners. With this collection, Moss brings to life her favorite designs inspired by antique textiles and documents brought back from her worldwide travels as well as patterns drawn from nature. Calico Corners, 480 Metairie Road, Metairie, 833-0200, or go to www.calicocorners.com.
Known for its timeless yet surprisingly fresh collection of scents and its sleek signature black-and-white packaging, British perfumer Jo Malone expands its offerings this spring with its limited edition collection, London Blooms. Available in March, the new colognes – Peony & Moss, White Lilac & Rhubarb and Iris & Lady Moore – are colorfully adorned with breathtaking botanical drawings on the bottles. Jo Malone at Saks Fifth Avenue, The Shops at Canal Place, 333 Canal St., 524-2200, or go to www.jomalone.com.
(Un) Fit for a Queen
Presumed to have been removed from Windsor Castle during a renovation prior to Queen Elizabeth II’s birth in 1926, this daintily hand-painted 19th-century side chair with a hand-woven seat still bears the number of the room it called home in the palace. Bush Antiques, 2109 Magazine St., 581-3518, or go to www.bushantiques.com.
Shedding New Light
Restoration Hardware has brought its Wine Barrel Chandelier, handcrafted from reclaimed French oak wine barrel staves and hoops, from the early 19th century into the 21st century. Its stout iron frame, underneath a wrap of jute rope, is curved, hammered and welded to support candlestick-style lights, each atop a bobeche – originally made to catch and contain dripping wax. Restoration Hardware, Lakeside Mall, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 828-0203, or go to www.restorationhardware.com.
Scents in the City
Since the company’s inception in 2005, Two Sprouts has been pairing cutesy, quirky graphics with catchy NOLA-centric phrases for its collection of T-shirts, gifts and accessories. In a recent collaboration with French Quarter Candles, Two Sprouts has launched an exclusive line of soy candles inspired by – and named for – some of the Crescent City’s most beloved treasures, including Garden District, Ursulines Kumquat, French Quarter Courtyard, Lagniappe and Neutral Ground. Two Sprouts, 102 Metairie Heights Ave. at Metairie Road, Metairie, 322-3838, or go to www.twosprouts.com.
The Dark Side of Design
Standing nearly 6 feet tall, this stained alder floor mirror by Matthew Voelkel is one of several pieces the Covington designer was commissioned to create for the set of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Parts 1 and 2. Its simple, sleek box frame holds a recessed mirror and is supported by custom steel bracket details. studioMV, 735 E. Boston St., Covington, 985/867-5601, or go to www.studiomvdesigns.com.