Author: Kelcy Wilburn

Ask the Experts: Hard Surfaces 101

While consumers often have a general idea of what they want for their home’s hard surfaces, choosing materials such as stone and tile requires more consideration than a simple preference of color or substance. The complexities of natural stone and…

Talking Trends

From treating the root cause of varicose veins to losing and maintaining weight or achieving a younger look, a number of growing health trends are being noted by area specialists who can recommend treatments, as well as questions you might…

Ask the Experts | Renewal

It’s a common problem—that inherited antique dining set or that painting you bought fresh out of grad school, it just doesn’t seem to satisfy your aesthetic the way it used to. Our personal attachment to the art and antiques we…

Fresh Looks For Fall

The season changes, but the weather doesn’t – a familiar story for New Orleans as the summer months come to an end. As school and other fall activities begin to pick up we see the signs of change, even if it…

Self-Pampering as Self-Care

Imagine yourself leaving a busy day and walking into a calm environment where you immediately don a soft robe and plush sandals. You enter a relaxation room where a glass of champagne or cup of hot tea awaits. After a…

Ask the Experts | Backyard Living

  “Summertime, and the livin’ is easy,” sang Ella Fitzgerald — these are lyrics New Orleanians know well. Every season has its charm and while often hotter than we might prefer, summer is no different. Backyard living has become as…

Magazine Street

  Magazine Street is well known for being a shopping destination, but the thoroughfare also offers a wider variety of experiences that begin near Canal Street and extend all the way to Audubon Park. From school children learning French and…

Renewal Resources

  Time to open the windows, dust off the pillows and welcome in spring. A busy time of year situated between the holidays and summer vacation, spring is the season many choose to make updates to the home. From taking…

Ask the Experts: Seasons Change

Punxsutawney Phil predicted a quick spring arrival this year, and as early as Groundhog Day, Oriental magnolia trees were already splashing the landscape with striking pinks and whites, hinting at the coming change of the seasons in early February. Just…

St. Charles Avenue's Couture Wedding Guide

  12 local ways to show off your personal style   Once a wedding budget is set, the real fun begins. Deciding where to spend the bulk of your resources is what will inevitably define the character and ambiance of…

Renewal in the New Year

  New Year’s resolutions can be fun to think up during the festive holiday season, when we’re eating and drinking with abandon. But now that the New Year has arrived, it’s time to get down to business. While some of…

Sparking Celebrations

  The end of the year is arguably the most celebratory, glamorous and magical time of year. Holidays bring families and friends together under warm, twinkling lights, with joyous moods prevailing at events, dinners and celebrations. Planning for occasions like…

Ask the Experts: The Stone (and Tile) Age

Options in hard surfaces like tile and stone are continually expanding and evolving, giving homeowners more choices to make than ever. Whether you want hard surfaces with a subtle, soft appeal or a stony, rustic intensity, you can just about…

Celebrating the Season

Snapper Pontchartrain from Briquette   As the weather changes, so do the flavors we’ve come to know and love in South Louisiana. Braised meats and squash, apples and warm soups begin appearing on menus across the city as chefs welcome…

Whole Health

  October is a month often designated for increasing health awareness, and from the pink breast cancer awareness cleats and sweatbands we see Saints players don to the mailers and commercials advertising this year’s flu shots, we’re reminded left and…

Buy Like A Pro

Graci Interiors, LLC   The new floors are down, and the walls are finally painted. The curtains are hung, and so are the light fixtures. As the furniture makes its way into the room, new questions arise. There’s empty wall…

Consider Customizations

  From a home design standpoint, kitchens and bathrooms are two of the most fun rooms – there’s a lot at play in these two areas, where form and function are quite interconnected. As humans, we need a place to prepare food…

Fashionable & Friendly

Old Metairie is one of Greater New Orleans’ most vibrant neighborhoods, quietly thriving out of the limelight in a city that prioritizes tourism. Located just outside of Orleans Parish and the tourist-heavy areas of the city, Old Metairie is a…

Pampering Yourself

Everything about summer lends itself to an excuse to indulge in a little self-pampering. With its skin-revealing clothing and shoes, skin- and hair-damaging sun rays and a designation as the vacation and staycation time of year, the season makes a…

backyard living

From plants to pools and paint to prettying things up, the pros are offering up advice for your outdoor oasis

Taking the Kids

Whether they’re eyes-wide 4-year-olds or too-cool-for-school pre-teens, kids and adolescents pack a lot of energy in their young minds and bodies. And when summer hits, that energy needs spending! Parents across New Orleans are fortunate to live in a city…