Author: Melanie Warner Spencer

Gimme Shelter

Not surprisingly, I have long been obsessed with not only shelter magazines, like this one, but also books about design and architecture, as well as anything about the very concept of home. I finally got down to the business of…

A Sweet, Minty Julep for Kentucky Derbying at Home

Due to the weirdness that is our year of the pandemic, the 146th Kentucky Derby did not run on the first Saturday in May. Rather, it is running tomorrow — the first Saturday in September. My husband and I are…

Hotel Style

  This week began with a long-anticipated announcement from Leblanc+Smith, the New Orleans restaurant and now hotel group, that its chic The Chloe on St. Charles Avenue is accepting bookings for October. The 14-room boutique hotel is housed in a…

Backroads and Byways

A few weeks ago, my husband Mark was losing it. He’s an extrovert, at risk due to asthma and we are 24 weeks and 195 days into this COVID-19 dumpster fire. Our medically approved activities include: Neighborhood walks and bike…

From the Editor

Over the past few years we’ve frequently seen, read and heard the phrase, “Love is not cancelled.” It was a mantra when the United States Supreme Court ruled same sex marriage legal in all 50 states in 2015. Recently, it…

Out of Office

  Thanks for stopping by the Bon Vivant blog. I’m out for a long weekend, but will be back next week with your regularly scheduled bloggery, so stop back on Wednesday. Meanwhile, since you came here for something to read,…

Note de l'editeur

Each year, I look forward to pulling together this issue. The past four years, we’ve focused it on recreation for our big feature and one of my personal hobbies is finding new, creative, fun and exciting things to do. Some…

Backroads and Byways: Bringing Back the Sunday Drive

  Four weeks ago, my husband Mark was losing it. Which is understandable, given he’s an extrovert and we are 20 weeks and 139 days into this COVID-19 dumpster fire. (I’m an introvert — content to spend every single day,…

Melanie’s Mighty Tasty Mexican Martini

  We lived in Texas for 12 years and to this day, I frequently crave a good Mexican Martini. For the uninitiated, it’s a margarita, but with the addition of olive juice and a lot more tequila. The extra tequila…