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Gift ideas for an opulent abode

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A Growing Feeling -- Graceful and delicate, a phaloenopsis orchid, $14.95, in a decorative ceramic pot, $14.95, makes a great gift for the plant lover on your list; both from Harold's Indoor Outdoor Plants (1135 Press St., 947-7554).
Thoughtful Reflection -- This Carver's Guild traditional mirror, $600, can make a small space seem larger and -- when given as a gift -- a happy face even happier. From Royal Crescent Interiors (4118 Magazine St., 891-5600).
Elaborate Setup -- Four ornate feet make this small silver-plated turn-of-the-century pitcher, $300, a distinctive addition to any table. From Hans Luetkemeier & Son (3246 Severn Ave., Metairie, 454-1170;
Heavy Light -- A lead lamp, $450, from the 1930s makes a substantial gift. When illuminated, the markings of the slag glass shade really show through. From La Belle Nouvelle Orleans (2112 Magazine St., 982-1700;
Service Is Golden -- Gilded by hand in gold metal leaf, these serving pieces by Tamara M. Childs add easy luster and rich texture to a party spread. Round, $114; square, $72; rectangular, $74; all from Orient Expressed (3905 Magazine St., 899-3060;
Red Scents -- Does your home have a signature fragrance? How about Perfectly Pomegranate? It's love at first whiff with effusion lamps by La-Tee-Da, $35 and $50, from Reyes of Love Jewelry (701 David Drive, Metairie, 818-2662).
Sleek Sleeper -- In a matter of seconds, this futon, $599, can turn a sitting room into a guest room, a valuable addition for any household. Choose from an array of futon styles and cover patterns at Futons Unlimited (801 Veterans Blvd., Metairie, 834-4789; 2701 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 366-2855).
Soft Landing -- When you give the gift of a good night's sleep, you can change someone's entire outlook on life. Choose from a range of quality mattresses from Simmons and other manufacturers at Just Mattresses (3001 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, 887-2034).
Bird Keepers -- Happy, well-fed feathered friends make your garden a happening place. Keep 'em coming back with a hand-blown birdfeeder made from recycled glass, $58.54 each, by Seed Trumpet, available at Green Parrot Nursery (4920 Tchoupitoulas St., 894-1100).
Three Cheers -- Add an extra splash of sparkle to the cocktail hour. Hardy hammered-metal stems give these glasses sheen and substance, $18 each, from Belladonna Day Spa (2900 Magazine St., 891-4393;


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