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  Connecting with nature is essential to our well-being, yet the majority of people spend most of their time indoors.  One way to remedy our modern disconnect is to bring the outdoors in. In fact, biophilic design – the practice…

Jennifer + Kenny Rabalais

  During the heat of summer, keeping our houses and ourselves cool is a “hot topic.” Luckily, there are many ways to keep the sun and temperatures at bay.  As the husband and wife team that owns Jade, a home…

Grace Kaynor

As an interior designer and co-owner of Sotre, a Magazine Street store specializing in sustainable home décor, Grace Kaynor of Grace Kaynor Designs keeps her fingers on the pulse of the design world. These days, she finds the latest trends…

Jay Hardesty

No one thinks about New Orleans and says, “you know, they lack creativity.” And this past year, in between a global pandemic and natural disasters, New Orleanians did their best to keep themselves entertained and keep the creative juices flowing…

Hattie Sparks Collins

Most people want peace and comfort where they live. Yet the current pandemic and the emphasis on staying home have further emphasized the desire to put the “OM” in “HOME.”  “Instead of spending money on travel, entertainment and eating out,…

Valorie Hart

A porch is more than a mere entrance zone for your house: it provides protection for windows and facades, helps cool your interior, and can make a positive first impression. A porch that is roomy enough can be an outdoor living…

Brittani Lewis

As the beginning of last year started, none of us were prepared for the chaos that 2020 would bring. As the world shut down and citizens were asked to shelter in place, there were those who knew it was their…

Beverly Katz

February is named for the Latin word februum, which means purification. This fact seems in line with the sage gardening advice that local landscape designer Beverly Katz of Exterior Designs prescribes for the third month of the year. February usually…

Persona: John Coyle

Although 2020 wasn’t the idyllic start to the new decade that we all imagined, it arguably showed some good and sense of community in people as the year came to a close. As many took to our parks and bayous…

Persona: Chef Meg Bickford

Commander’s Palace, nestled in the heart of the Garden District, is at the top of the menu, if you will, when it comes to fine dining in New Orleans. This year, longtime Commander’s chef Tory McPhail announced he would be…

Persona: Abraham Felix

For 31 years, the New Orleans Film Festival has highlighted the Big Easy’s mark on the film industry and the local creators that are making a difference in the field. This year, southeast Louisiana native and current New Orleans resident…

David Shaw

Many know David Shaw as the front man for local rock band The Revivalists. For over a decade, Shaw and the band have been a staple at festivals and concerts around the country, but like many who have tried something…

Brad Casey

In a year when many people have more than their usual share of free time and/or time at home, an outdoor space offers a productive way to occupy leisure hours and enjoy nature. Fall’s cooler temps are conducive to DIY…

Aging Gracefully

Not long after spouses Scott Chapman and Troy Richard moved into their third residence together, Scott had a revelation. The two had been drawn to the open floor plan and high ceilings of the house built in 2014, but the…

Home: Living Elegance

Christine and Matt Lejeune had two young daughters and a third on the way when they decided to build a new house in Old Metairie where Christine grew up. The plan was to create a home that is elegant and…

Easy Living

Bridget and Bobby Bories both have a longtime connection to the town of Pass Christian, Mississippi. Bridget spent time along the coast as a teenager and Bobby’s family has owned the same waterfront property for a century. Five years ago,…

Louisiana Made: Well Armed

Rounding the corner past a path of palms, ferns and lilies in the expanse of the greenhouse, Harper runs beaming, her arms waving wide like falcon wings. The young girl refuses to take off her new jacket; she pleads with…

Seeing the Potential

When Mike Moreman and Josh Gurvitz decided to relocate from Indianapolis so Mike could take a job as VP of Human Resources at Ochsner Health Systems, downsizing to a condo or townhouse was initially part of the plan. Instead, they…

Loving Life in LA

David Rubin, a.k.a. Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr., and his band the Zydeco Twisters have been cooking up music for a local, national and international audience for decades. The master of the washboard, Dopsie loves his fans just as much as they…

Package Deal

For years, attorney Bernie Lee recalls admiring a Midcentury modern house on the corner of Canal Boulevard and Harrison Avenue.  “I always had a thing for houses like this,” she said. “But I never thought I’d actually own one.” That…

The Writing Life

Novelist Maurice Carlos Ruffin’s 2019 novel “We Cast a Shadow” became a runaway hit, garnering praise from NPR, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and many more. The novel, a unique story about a father protecting his son no…

Dream Team

When Amanda and Ryan Berger decided to return to New Orleans and renovate a house where they could raise their family, they called in a dream team of experts: architect Lee Ledbetter of Lee Ledbetter & Associates, interior designer Chad…

Under Three Roofs

When realtor Terrence Davis first got a call about selling a friend’s property, he had no designs on making it his own. But as the friend walked him through the prospective listing, which includes a Victorian shotgun, an early 20th…

Zulu King 2020

New Orleans native Brian M. Sims, a 24-year member of the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club, will serve as 2020 King Zulu. Throughout his membership, Sims has participated on multiple levels and with many roles within the organization, including…

Ella Brennan Lifetime Achievement Award: John Folse

John Folse is a difficult guy to categorize. Is he a chef? Undoubtedly. He made a name for himself with Lafitte’s Landing, an ambitious Cajun restaurant in an out-of-the way spot capable of drawing customers in from far and wide.…

Uncommon Ground

. When Fran and Marty Lessans decided to build a house in Uptown New Orleans, with their daughter Stephanie Adler of Adler Design Build as architect, the couple discussed the idea of an arts and crafts style residence. But Stephanie,…

Behind the Lens

If you’ve ever been to a Carnival parade (and why wouldn’t you?) you may have seen an intrepid photographer capturing all the fun. Or when news happens, there she is in the thick of things getting just the right shot.…

Home: New Age

“We didn’t want it to look like a brand-new house,” said Ann Williams of the new residence she and her husband retired state appeals court Judge David Williams recently built in Old Metairie. “We wanted it to look inspired by…

Kevin Belton

Kevin Belton knows how to cook up a good time in the kitchen. He often appears on WYES (and PBS stations across the country) and on WWLTV morning programs armed with the trinity, a larger than life laugh and sense…

Bohemian Luxury

  World traveler, designer, purveyor of bohemian luxury, collector, nature lover, and do-it-yourselfer are just some of the hats that Dianna Knost wears – and all are evident in the Uptown cottage where she lives. Locals got to know Knost’s…