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Admired throughout the world for his designs that exude “Elegance with an Edge,” luxury furniture designer, Christopher Guy channels his inner-Chanel in the “Mademoiselle” collection. He recently introduced more than 100 new products to the celebrated collection like the “Musette” chair, available in metallic and lacquered finishes and a host of luxurious fabrics. Eclectic Home, 8211 Oak St., 866-6654, christopherguy.com.
Gypsy: A World of Colour & Interiors (Harper Design, $45)
Revered designer Sibella Court is known for her eclectic vision and vibrant Bohemian interiors. In Gypsy, she takes you on a whirlwind tour through the Galapagos, Indochine, Turkey and Transylvania to reveal the elements that inspire her from churches to table settings to animals and aromas. Filled with dazzling designs, Gypsy encourages readers to draw artistic inspiration from the world that surrounds them, and it emphasizes the importance of the five senses and how they can help transport you to places you’ve been – or dream of going.
California perfumer Alexandra Balahoutis knows what it means to miss New Orleans. So much so that she created “Magazine Street,” a bespoke fragrance that captures the essence of its lush gardens, wild history and black iron lace balconies. With notes of vanilla, vetiver, magnolia and botanical musk, Magazine Street is 100-percent certified organic and designed, decanted and bottled in-house at Balahoutis’ studio. Strange Invisible Perfumes, (800) 919-7472, siperfumes.com
Whether it’s hiding a coat rack in a closet-less room; lending privacy for the sofa-sleeping houseguest; or adding panache to an awkward, empty corner, a fabulous folding screen offers endless possibilities. This four-paneled piece by local artist Sherry Haydel is made of natural burlap wrapped around a wooden frame. Its delicate motif is hand-stenciled in silver leaf from one of her original copyrighted designs. Sherry Haydel, Ltd. 866-0195, sherryhaydelltd.com.
Crescent City Chic
Chesley Adler’s jewelry collection reflects the casual elegance of Big Easy living, but her “Bend” necklace honors the city in a more specific way by capturing the river’s iconic crescent in sterling or vermeil. Each pendant is handcrafted locally and now available on a white leather cord – just in time for summer. Chesley Adler Jewelry, 722 Canal St.; 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie; chesleyadler.com
Comforts of Home
There’s no place like home, so say it in style. The “Home. T” is the perfect gift for the recent grad, the first-time camper or any proud Louisianian. With designs for all 50 states, the recently launched T-shirt line has created quite a stir among celebrities including Mila Kunis, Kristin Cavallari and Jamie Chung, who have fallen for the cozy cotton T’s simple, nostalgic message. The Home T., thehomet.com
Pump up the volume with CH!C Buds new “Porta Party” Bluetooth wireless speaker. Perfect for the beach, park or travel, it’s small enough to toss in a tote, but its sound is big and strong enough to keep you jamming for up to 10 hours. The versatile little gadget also doubles as a speakerphone and comes in six trendy patterns to match any outfit. CH!C Buds, (855) 362-8346 or chicbuds.com.
Back to Basics
Since 1870, PIRAL clay cookware has been making fresh food more fabulous. Referred to as the “cookware of the Earth,” the artisanal collection of colorful bowls, bakers and crocks is handmade from terracotta and fired twice in the kilns of Albisola, Italy. Their all-natural and metal-free compositions put them in a league of their own by retaining heat to cook more evenly and produce more complex flavors. Langlois Culinary Crossroads, 1710 Pauger St., 934-1010 or pital.it.