Here, kitty, kitty! There’s nothing feral about this Lalique cat figurine — it is the ultimate in feline chic. Notice the light-grabbing quality of the crystal and how beautifully the company’s artists rendered this prim puss. Available for $495 at Consign & Design, Palm Beach Gardens. We live near the ocean, so why not choose decorative accessories that help bring the feeling of the sea inside our homes? No, we don’t need sand. We don’t even need sunburns. But I think you’ll agree these objects evoke the natural beauty of Florida, with its blues and greens and shimmering lights. — Scott Simmons
>> Anderson’s Classic Hardware — 605 S Olive Ave, West Palm Beach. (561) 655-3109 or www.
>> Consign & Design — Promenade Plaza, 9810 Alternate A1A, Palm Beach Gardens. (561) 694-
Shell-inspired lamps We live in Florida, right? So it seems only natural to have something with a shell motif. But perhaps you wanted something that screams “Florida!” a little less loudly than Grandma’s 1950s shell nightlight. That’s where these silvery lamps in the style of Arthur Court come in. Standing 29½ inches high, they have the presence to evoke the sea without hitting you over the head. After all, who wants to be whacked? Well, never mind. The pair is priced at $3,500 at Objects20c modern art & design gallery. >> Excentricities — 225 E. Indiantown Road, Jupiter. (561) 748-5440 or www.excentricities.com.
They paint their own Let me get something off my chest: I love antiques. And I love it even more when someone can transform something that’s been mass produced into a one-of-a-kind object. This Jacobean-style 1920s bureau would have been clunky in its original form. But giving it the zing of some color strips away decades of dourness. Want to reinvent a piece of your own? The folks at The Painted Mermaid tell me they offer classes in using the Annie Sloan Chalk Paints. The dresser is offered at $1,195 at The Painted Mermaid.
Sprightly spigot Who says that a garden faucet has to be fusty? I’m partial to these hose bibs topped with figural handles in the shapes of hummingbirds, cardinals and this turtle, which seems apropos of everything for a South Florida garden. The verdigris finish on the faucet lends a distinctive touch that beautifully sets off the brass handle. Priced at $69 at Anderson’s Classic Hardware, which has some of the best customer service anywhere.
Nothing fishy about these I think you’ll agree there’s little to carp about with the deep indigo of these 6¾-inch canapé plates. The pattern, called School of Fish, is sold in sets of six. I think it has a gorgeous coastal look, and Caskata, the company that made these fish plates, also has a line with octopus, called Blue Lucy, perfect for those who want to stretch their tentacles for something different. Priced at $140 for a set of six at Excentricities in Jupiter.
>> Objects20c modern art & design gallery — 5301 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach. (561) 659-
0403 or www.objects20c.com.
>> The Painted Mermaid — 437 Northwood Road, West Palm Beach. (470) 400-1582 or www.