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Lalique’s Fleur collection double-leaf necklace is seductively strung on an almost invisible wire. In clear, sapphire, mauve, red, and green; $360 at Lalique.

712 Madison Avenue, near 63rd Street, 800-214-2738.

Make tub time less traumatic with Raffia’s cute kids’ towels. Choose from giraffe (shown) or duck appliqué, in washcloth ($14), hand towel, bath towel ($18 each), bath mat ($45), and shower curtain ($82), all at Gracious Home.

Gracious Home
1217 Third Avenue, at 70th Street, 212-988-8990
1992 Broadway, at 67th Street, 212-231-7800

Add Paul Smith to the already burgeoning list of designers who want to make sure we’re on time. His new line of watches is, true to form, quirky and classic. Choose among four styles, ranging from automatic to quartz movement, in leather or stainless bands. From $380 to $719.

Paul Smith

108 Fifth Avenue, at 16th Street, 212-627-9770

David Stark and Avi Adler, famous for their floral masterpieces, have produced fabulous events for boldfaced names worldwide. Their first book, Wild Flowers: Projects and Inspirations (Clarkson Potter; $25), is filled with fun floral (and other) projects that even the most fumbling person can handle.

Henri Bendel
712 Fifth Avenue, at 55th Street; 212-247-1100
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For men who resort to origami-like techniques to make their ties hang at the right length, we have one word: custom. Asprey’s new bespoke service lets men choose the length and width of their neckwear as well as fabric, pattern, and color; $195 at Asprey.

725 Fifth Avenue, at 56th Street; 212-688-1811 or 800-883-2777

Ragno means “spider” in Italian; it’s also the name of this cool men’s sneaker by Hogan with weblike leather trim. Water-resistant and available in six colors. Even Peter Parker would love it; $345 at Hogan.

134 Spring Street, 212-343-3039

Big news on spring’s runways, pastels are also everywhere in home furnishings. We love these chic ceramic vases ($59 to $62) at Living on Smith.

Living on Smith
289 Smith Street, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn; 718-222-8546

The curvaceous Calla chair, designed by William Sawaya for Heller, was a big hit at the Milan furniture fair two years ago and has just hit our shores. This stackable beauty comes in white or black plastic and is $90 at the Terence Conran Shop.

Terence Conran Shop
407 East 59th Street; 212-755-9079

Photographed by Aimee Herring.

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