Author: Melanie Warner Spencer

Celebrate Everything: Bon Vivant Nabs an Award

  Normally I reserve this blog space to share design and lifestyle-related events, tips, recipes and the occasional life musings, with the goal of offering what I hope is generally useful and maybe even sometimes entertaining information. If you disagree…

Seasonal Delusion Disorder: Conjuring Autumnal Vibes

  My seasonal delusion disorder has only gotten worse over the years. You see, in my home state of Kentucky, the full four seasons show up without fail, year-after-year in all of their glory and misery. I haven’t lived there…

Personal Space

Last October, we moved from a Victorian-era apartment in Uptown to a nearby, charming circa-1900s shotgun. We gave up a few turn of the 20th-century architectural details, but gained a lot more space. The increase in space enabled me to…

Sweater Weather

AUTUMN IN THE SOUTH, especially New Orleans, starts out looking and feeling a lot like summer. But that doesn’t make me look forward to it any less. Perhaps it’s the joy of knowing the temperature will drop any time now…

No Mud, No Lotus: A Cure for the Longest Case of the Blahs

  About 3,456 days ago, in April, I read a New York Times article about languishing. The piece described the emotion thusly: “Languishing is a sense of stagnation and emptiness. It feels as if you’re muddling through your days, looking…

Good Wood: Mineral Oil is the Miracle Product You Need

  For years, I’ve been meaning to get mineral oil to use on my ever-growing collection of wood and bamboo cutting boards and wooden utensils. It’s one of those items that — it turns out — isn’t all that easy…

Summer Snacking: Melanie’s Boredom Busting Cheesecake Yogurt

  With Louisiana setting records for COVID-19 hospitalizations and the reinstated mask mandate to help curb the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant, these days we’re opting for a semi-self-lockdown. That plus the oppressive heat means we aren’t even…

Arts and Crafts

  In the ‘70s and ‘80s, I took classes held at neighborhood park and pool during the summer. We’d take swim breaks to learn macrame, cross-stitching and other crafts. It was fun and kept us busy during long, hot summer…

From the Editor

Weddings didn’t go away during the pandemic and love was indeed not cancelled. But as vaccines continue to be rolled out and restrictions loosen more and more, we are amid a wedding boom of epic proportions  —  and we’re here…

Dust Busting

  Most New Orleans dwellings are old. This means drafty windows and myriad other open nooks and crannies that allow dust to come in and settle on every imaginable surface, rendering even the most meticulous housekeepers powerless against it. The…

Wediquette Wednesday: Do we have to have a rehearsal dinner?

  Each Wednesday, we tackle wedding etiquette. At times, it’s a reader question or one from a colleague, friend or family member and other times we’ll cover a popular issue. (Note: Questions may be edited for clarity and brevity.)   Question: Our…

Lemonade Days

  When New Orleans’ temperatures climb above the 90s, I start craving lemonade. Or perhaps I’m craving the idea of lemonade and the associations I have with it being a wholesome, refreshing drink to enjoy on the porch, during a…