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  • Vancouver-born actor Lauren Lee Smith is in the hot seat in a Pierre Paulin mushroom chair. Smith, who stars as Emma deLauro in Global's new action drama series Mutant X, wears a Lida Baday draped halter, $225, and jersey pant, $430, at Saffron Road in London, Ont., the Bay in Vancouver and the Bay Queen Street in Toronto. Chair, $2,295 at Caban in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver (call 416-585-4101 for information). Pamela Barsky silk scarf pillows, $105 each at selected Holt Renfrew stores across Canada.

    This ethereal lilac and red vase is the work of Belguim's Henry Dean line and will add a zen-like calm to any room. $225 at Hollace Cluny, 416-968-7894.

    Young Italian designer Paola Lenti is one to watch. Her "Dema" orange and purple felted wool carpet is graphic, minimal and almost too gorgeous to step on. $1,726 at Quasi Modo Modern Furniture in Toronto, 416-703-8300.

    The sensuous curves of this Augousti mother-of-pearl side table have an art deco feel. The maple table, made in France, makes a jewel of a statement. $1,500 at Constantine Interiors in Toronto, 416-929-1177.

    Get cosy with the Hyrup striped knit travelling rug, whether you're at a football game, on a sleigh ride, or just snuggling in front of the telly. $39.95 at Ikea across Canada (1-800-661-9807).

    The wooden trough-style votive below started life as an antique sugar mold from Texas. Imagine it in front of a mantle or running along a holiday buffet table. $295 at Constantine Interiors.

    This capiz shell is about as far from the ocean floor as can be. Conceived of as a bowl, it's lacquered in a rich gold shade - and can be used to serve food. $65 at Hollace Cluny.

    Vodka, gin and vermouth never had it so good. This sleek, handsome Argentine leather Plata Lappas martini pitcher will make cocktail hour a stylish affair. $375 at Birks across Canada.

    Whether it's a fancy bridge night or a game of Go Fish by a rolling fire, this Hermès bridge set will brighten up the competition. $65 at Hèrmes boutiques across Canada.

    Staying at home for the holidays means you can go all out on the place settings. Make a toast to those you love in the hautest of style with an LSA gold champagne flute, made by one of Poland's hottest glass lines. $40 at selected Holt Renfrew stores Canada.

    Jewel tones of olive and purple will add richness to a gathering of friends, over dinner or canapes. These German-made wineglasses are $17.50 and $20 at Holt Renfrew across Canada.

    Had enough of frou frou? You'll move the rich peppery scent of L'huile de l'olivier leaf soap, not to mention its sculptural shape. $12 at Orléans in Toronto, 416-966-0005.

    These Gianna Rose Atelier French-milled soaps are bestsellers at Putti in Toronto. They gentle Indulging in cameo soaps box set, $39.95 at Putti in Toronto, 416-972-7652.

    Intaglios are stamps collected by turn-of-the-20th-century travellers as they wove their way through the Italian countryside. Now rare and collectible, they looked beautiful and cameo-like in gilted frames. This one is $295 at Putti.

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