Chic choices


[1] We’ve all daydreamed about April in Paris, but let’s be honest — we’d accept a trip to the City of Light any month of the year. Until then, you can certainly add a bit of French flair to your table with goods from Gien. We’re captivated by the De Paris À Giverny collection with its whimsical floral-meets-architectural scenes available on vases, trays, coasters, plates and and the extra large candy tray ($100). Or go a bit more stately with the Paris Monuments collection ($200 for a set of six dessert plates). No matter the pick, you are tapping into the fabled history of Gien, which got its start in 1821 and is carried at boutiques, including La Dentelliere in Scarsdale.

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[2] Pack along some stylish travel companions with Brights Leather genuine goatskin accessories from Graphic Image. The slim passport case ($60) features handy pockets and is available in six colors, with personalization available, while the luggage tags ($30) combine fashion with function. Personalized and again offered in six options, the colors of this piece help you easily identify your bags while its design allows you to conceal your identity unless needed. And where to go? Flip through the bound-by-hand Brights Leather volume of “1,000 Places to See Before You Die” ($94) by Patricia Schultz. Oh, the possibilities.

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[3] Singer Lionel Richie has spent much of his life on the road, from his days with the Commodores through his solo career as one of the world’s best-selling artists. Rather than being burned out from the “another night, another show” lifestyle, it seems Richie found a world of inspiration that he’s translated into a new venture. The Lionel Richie Home Collection is filled with designs inspired not only by his Southern heritage and love of family but also his world travels. Selections range from the sleek Firenze vase to the timeless Milano plates to the elegant Jardin Spheres in crystal, which work as candleholders or vases equally well. (Available in three sizes, from $31 to $62).

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[4] Nectar is committed to spotlighting artisans around the globe, so a visit to its boutiques, in Rhinebeck or High Falls, or its website, puts you, figuratively, right on the road to other lands. Its large collection of Fair Trade and eco-minded products include jewelry, travel accessories, home decorative goods and furniture, such as this Ornately Carved Indian Bench. The company urges you to “Feel like a reclining raja relaxing on this ornate hand-carved Indian loveseat, perfect for reading, journaling, and creative thinking.” Featuring reclaimed wood and intricate detail, the piece in whitewashed ($1,250) or natural ($1,100) finish comes with a seat cushion, ready to be personalized with your own pillows or throws.

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