Author: Kelcy Wilburn

Uptown Living

From the streetcars that roll down St. Charles Avenue and the allure of Audubon Park to the influence of nearby universities and shop-lined Magazine Street, Uptown New Orleans has its own personality and charm. The businesses of Uptown help define…

Ask the Experts | New Life

The home design and décor industries are getting a lot of attention this year as homeowners — having experienced an all new way of life — are more interested in the colors, shapes and…

Old Metairie

  In many ways, Old Metairie is its own world – with so many small businesses and tucked-away residences, many of its community members don’t have any reason to leave. Convenient to both New Orleans and other areas of Jefferson Parish,…

Spring Home Renewal

Over the last year the No. 1 place to dine with loved ones, celebrate birthdays, indulge in happy hour or see the latest film has been, well, home. And the No. 1 place…

Ask the Experts | Home Economics

Lately, when I watch home design shows filmed pre-pandemic, I find myself talking to the TV, trying to warn the homeowners and renters about how their choices won’t make as much sense when…

St. Charles Avenue's Couture Wedding Guide

According to famed American psychologist Albert Ellis, “The art of love is largely the art of persistence.” And in the era of COVID-19, couples who have planned to tie the knot have found that persistence, accompanied by creativity and flexibility,…

Ask the Experts | Colorways

Designers have been expressing a lot of excitement over the last year on the reemergence of color in home design, as all white rooms give way…

Health Trends: Sustaining care amidst the pandemic

Over the past several months health news has centered almost exclusively on one subject: COVID-19. Meanwhile other health concerns – broken bones, arthritis, anxiety, heart disease – haven’t decreased despite their lack of limelight. And as communities continue to grapple…

Storytelling

Everything about a home makes a statement. While the colors and textures of your walls and floors certainly affect the level of welcome or personality, furnishings introduce the most play and the most fun. How we fill a space tells…

Entertaining in a New Era

Note that federal, state and local guidelines are continually in flux; before solidifying your plans for entertaining or enlisting the following ideas, make sure to follow the current rules for maintaining safe distances,…

New Roles for Restaurants

  For restaurants, creativity and quick pivots have also been a necessary part of moving forward and continuing to elevate the gatherings of families and friends. Briquette, located in the former Rodd Brothers Molasses…

Metairie Road

BLEU, a Blowdry Bar 701 Metairie Road, Suite 112-2A, Metairie 309-5999 BLEUaBlowdryBar.com Spring is usually New Orleans’ busiest season, as festivals, graduations and holidays keep area businesses humming with both locals and visitors. But with the arrival of COVID-19 to…

Ask the Experts: The Great Outdoors

While a stay-at-home attitude doesn’t typically describe the New Orleans way, it’s fair to say that recent events and recommendations for social distancing have given locals a new way to experience their homes, neighborhoods and community. Thank goodness for the…

A Magazine Adventure

Fashion & More Starting on the far end of Magazine Street, near Audubon Park, PERLIS has long been selling high-end Southern fashion for men, ladies and children. Perlis is a hot spot in spring for one of the South’s most…

The Bold, the Beautiful & the Bespoke

Whether you’re an avid HGTV viewer or someone who invests little in keeping up with the latest home design trends, you probably know how you feel about your own living space and whether or not it brings you joy. When…

Doubling Down on Decadence

Valentine’s Day and Mardi Gras have much in common when it comes to food – neither holiday feels complete without the over-the-top sensory experience of decadent meals, a little wine or a fancy cocktail and sweet, sharable desserts. And whether you’re indulging…

Senior Living

With promises of a “new you” for the New Year, the early days of January are often prime time for exploring the many advertised health tips and trends. Among the many ways to pursue wellness…

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…