Good Taste in Art -- These are not just delectable chocolates;
they're tiny works of art that intrigue the eye before mesmerizing the
taste buds. The chocolates themselves are embellished with flavors such
as hazelnut praline, caramel, raspberry, cinnamon, cardoman and truffle
cream, coconut and saffron, and each is silk-screened with an edible contemporary
design by MarieBelle, available exclusively at Ladybug & Chocolate
(6107 Magazine St., 899-8120). Prices are $11 for a four-piece box, $22
for nine pieces, $35 for 16 pieces, $48 for 25 pieces, and $65 for 36
Timely Design -- A gift that's always right on time is a decorative
clock. Everyone needs one and a beautiful timepiece can add a touch of
class to your decor, such as this Windsor cherry mantle clock with a brass
pendulum and reeded columns, $1,105, from The Clock & Watch Shop
(824 Gravier St., 525-3961).
-- Hungarian artist Borbala Kigyos painted a mosaic of color squares
and interesting designs in a palette of greens and golds in Couple II
and rust and autumn colors in Couple I for a wall sculpture that will
add beauty and interest to any interior space, $1,200. Available exclusively
at Interior Designs II (3814 Magazine St., 895-5110).
Heart to Heart
-- Their hearts will swell like the ones you're giving them when they
unwrap these big-hearted three-dimensional ceramic wall sculptures by
artist Ted Pullig: a bright yellow heart with a decorative ring and bright
flame at the top or a pink heart with teal leopard dots and green and
red embellishments, $72 each, or a small rectangle with a swirling design,
$18, all from Utopia (5408 Magazine St., 899-8488).
-- Textured lines on the covering of a '50s-style design seat make
the image change slightly as you move around this stool, which has a blue
side border, boomerang shape and wooden legs, $75, from Big Life Toys
(3117 Magazine St., 895-8695).
Bar Basics -- Great for any fashion-conscious beverage station
or bar are retro-contemporary designs in white and silver: a slim cylinder
stainless steel pitcher (or vase) with a curved ribbon handle, $69; a
comfortably shaped and compact stainless steel bottle opener, $20; and
a curved white ceramic tray with wooden ball feet, $25; all from Cameron
Jones for Your Home (2127 Magazine St., 524-3119).
-- Large, super-soft throw pillows have black backs and colorful fronts
silk-screened with crystal-studded artistic (and humorous) renderings
reminiscent of past ages, $28 each, from Christopher's Discoveries
(2842 Magazine St., 899-6226).
Treasures for the Season -- Jewels are always a good idea for
gifts, and here are a range of affordable choices covered with sparkles
in all colors: colorful flowers look like a work of art on their own,
but also serve as a memo or photo holder, $15; or a range of frames ornamented
with sparkling faux gems, $22 each; or choose iridescent blown-glass ornaments
in royal blue, $12 each; all from Interiors Market (2240 Magazine
Burning Desires -- Hand-blown glass bottles
are beautifully ornamented with gold and beads in smokeless, scented oil
lamps with lifetime wicks: clear glass lamp, $165; green art-glass lamp,
$120. Whimsical, beautiful and functional is a sculpted, hand-painted
candlestick (center back) with dangling blown-glass beads by Inez, $265.
All from Janet Molero (200 Metairie Road, Metairie, 838-8303; www.janetmolero.com).
-- Pastel shades and hand-painted porcelain knobs lend an exuberant Mary
Poppins feel to the pieces in the Picadilly Circus line of children's
furniture by Pilliod. The group includes beds, desks, nightstands, chests
and mirrors priced from $99 to $299, from Compas Furniture for Kids
(1817 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 828-KIDS.