I have long admired this tulipiere and have seen it at many of my favorite design shops around town in a variety of price ranges. It is called the "Frog Feet Tulipiere" and a google search yielded pages of it from various sources.
I think these are so interesting looking and lovely. One of them alone (or in a grouping) would provide us with the height that we have sought in the past from the sticks-in-vase. Aren't they so much prettier and interesting than the sticks? So....remove the sticks-in-vase from your sideboard or that table in the corner of the living room and replace with this tulipiere. It would be beautiful year round....fresh Spring flowers to holiday greens.
Oh, and I am going to be continuing to provide you with alternatives to sticks. There will be more hatin'.
P.S. We had a lovely impromptu dinner last night at A Mano. Julie alerted me to the fact that it received some James Beard nominations, including Rising Star Chef of the Year. We figured that we all needed to go before "it blows up" so babysitters were immediately retained and reservations made. The meal was divine (all of the pastas were scrumptious, especially the squid ink tonnarelli and mussels) and the wine list good and very reasonably priced. The boys were raving about the cured meat platter, too.
The decor leaves alot to be desired and the service was friendly, but just okay. That being said, you must go if you are in New Orleans. I think the chef certainly deserves the nod (as to all the other local nominations!).
Mara, our visiting foodie (and my beloved college friend), even raved, and she knows her restaurants!