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Larisa Designs: A Rose by Any Other Name
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Larisa Shlahet counts among her loyal clients "Sex and the City's" Cynthia Nixon and corporate biggies like HBO, JPMorgan Chase, Citibank, and the Corcoran Group. They all know a good thing when they see (and smell) it, and Shlahet manages to provide a very good thing: solid value at a good price. Because she doesn't maintain a storefront shop, she can create not only exquisite floral arrangements, but also deliver price-conscious style -- and she's got quite an artful eye and a polished flair for design. Her jobs span smallish dinner parties to large-scale events, and her $100 arrangements look more like what you'd get from a "fancy" florist for much more than that. (Her minimum job is $300.) She loves to mix fruits and vegetables in with her bouquets as well. At holiday time, she might surround an arrangement of red blossoms with candy canes, or immerse green limes in a clear-glass vase below the water line, among the stems. By appointment only. 212-877-8733; www.larisadesigns.com (This article originally appeared in the 10/05 issue of Manhattan Living.)

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About the Author: About the Author: Ruth J. Katz is a well-known shopping and service writer based in New York City. She has written about shopping for 25 years for New York magazine; covered the topic on-air at Fox-TV for several years as the Home Services expert; and had her own show on both the USA and Lifetime Cable networks. Katz wrote extensively for The New York Times as well, and contributed periodically to the New York Daily News. She is a passionate shopper, always looking for not merely a good buy, but the best buy, ferreting out a "steal" or discovering up-and-coming designers. She has written five books and is a former contributing editor to Hearst's Redbook, Classic Home, and Colonial Homes; she is currently a Contributing Editor of New York Home, Golf Connoisseur, The Modern Estate, and Promenade magazines. She is also the former Shopping Director for Davler Media's Manhattan Living.


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