Last August I wasn’t thinking about hanging stockings by the chimney with care. Back then, I was enjoying warm weather, sunshine and anything that involved eating outside, which is how I found myself at one of the ubiquitous street fairs around the New York City. Italian sausages, fresh lemonade and grilled corn rounded out my leisurely summer afternoon. With my stomach full, I was in the perfect mood to make a retail discovery and the Shalant booth caught my eye immediately. Shalant is a company started by David Lant and Lilach Shani who combine their love of travel and design by offering beautiful home accessories that offer rich vibrant colors and a variety of patterns. And although I didn’t know it at the time I’d found the perfect gifts for some friends during the holidays.