Last time I was in France, I fell in love with the designs of this local designer who customizes one-of-a-kind vintage ceramics with the most precious hand-painted illustrations. We were kindly invited to visit her studio. I personally had my eyes set on the gold-lined tea pot below but decided to pass as I was too afraid to travel back with such a delicate item in my suitcase. A month later, the tea pot arrived in the mail, bundled in twelve layers of bubble wrap. My sister and my friend had secretly bought it for me! An object I will cherish it for years to come.