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Inspiration for Lighting

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The burnished brass and Czech polished crystal chandelier is a work of hand-crafted art. I adore it.

The burnished brass and Czech polished crystal chandelier is a work of hand-crafted art. I adore it.

I am always on the lookout for gorgeous lighting. And while I await my dining room chandeliers to be cleaned and refinished, I like to browse for options. Most recently, I fell in deep love with Zia-Priven Design's H2O brass and crystal chandelier. J'adore this light. The over-sized Czech crystal beads create a weightless feel that would hang beautifully over my dining room table. Agree?

Wouldn't it look divine over my table? But alas, I have chosen one already. Sigh, Dream on.

Wouldn't it look divine over my dining room table? Too bad I have chosen one already. Sigh, Dream on.

David Antiques

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David Antiques, a most incredible shop on lower Sixth Avenue.

1 David Antiques, a most incredible shop on lower Sixth Avenue.

This table is full of classic Baccarat as well as English, American and French glass.

2 This table is full of classic Baccarat as well as English, American and French glass.

I spotted the next object of my affection - a Liberty of London blue ceramic vase on the third row from the top.

3 I spotted the next object of my affection - a Liberty of London blue ceramic vase on the third row from the top.

I will have this pair of massive Chinese vases somehow, someway.

4 I will have this pair of massive Chinese vases somehow, someway.

David Antiques is an absolute must for anyone who wants to find the most unusual and charming bibelots. There are about 97 things on my Christmas list and they can all be found at this truly charming shop. David Stypmann, the proprietor, is an incredibly chic gentleman, who has a wealth of knowledge and is generous enough to share it with any and all. As a decorating editor who has worked in New York City for more than 14 years, there are very few places that I will always find magic when I walk through the door. This is most certainly one of them.

My Christmas Wish List

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The perfect gift for a salt fanatic like me.

1 The perfect gift for a salt fanatic like me.

Marjorie Gubelman's candles smell and look just as good as the destinations they are inspired by - shown here is the family of

2 Marjorie Gubelman's candles smell and look just as good as the destinations they are inspired by - shown here is the family of "Capri" candles: a mix of Italian bergamot, fresh lemon blossoms, rich cypress & citrus zest. Mmmm...

Still can't get over this vase that I found at De Vera! It would be a nice addition to my dining room console - whenever it goes up.

3 Still can't get over this vase that I found at De Vera! It would be a nice addition to my dining room console - whenever it goes up.

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. This porcelain vase is from the 1940s Swedish Gustavsberg Factory.

4 Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. This porcelain vase is from the 1940s Swedish Gustavsberg Factory.

While I love Carrarra's range of colors, I'll probably just stick to bright white towels - they always look classic and clean.

5 While I love Carrarra's range of colors, I'll probably just stick to bright white towels - they always look classic and clean.

Rock Salt. I put salt on everything, so my kitchen is always well-stocked with a variety of salts both commonplace and exotic. At their Manhattan shop, Design Within Reach currently has pink Himilayan salt rock and rock salt shavers that I would love to find in my stocking this year - so much prettier than coal!

Vie Luxe Candles. Marjorie Gubelman's gorgeous candles have scents inspired by her favorite travel destinations. I love them even more for the polished votive holders they're packaged in.

Vase from De Vera. I mentioned it in my post about their SoHo shop a couple of weeks ago and I can't get it out of my mind!

Centerpiece from BAC on Crosby St.

Carrara bath towels. These towels are made from 100% Egyptian long staple cotton that has been woven into the thickest and plushest towels I've ever laid hands on. Available at the ABC home retail store in New York.

Fittingly at the top of my list!

Fittingly at the top of my list!

Rory Tahari's new book, "Lists for Life: the Essential Guide for Getting Organized and Tackling Tough To-Do's." I cannot think of a more appropriate book to help me A.) settle into my new apartment and B.) bring in the New Year gracefully and harmoniously.

Drabware. I love this dishware for its versatility and neutral color.

Image from Martha Stewart Living

Image from Martha Stewart Living