Author: Melanie Warner Spencer

Bon Vivant | Accessory Access

Even with the vaccine being administered into arms across New Orleans and the nation, we are still being advised to wear masks for a while longer to protect ourselves and…

Editor's Note

We can now add transforming our homes, porches and yards into floats to our decorating skill sets. If you said to me during the 2020 Carnival season that’s how we’d spend the 2021…

On Palettes and Pinterest

  Back in 2011, Pinterest was still in the beta stage and the visually driven social media platform was available to new users by invitation only. I was invited by a friend, instantaneously became addicted, lured other friends down the…

From the Editor

Planning a wedding is challenging in the best of times.  There are so many moving parts and countless opportunities for mishaps. My heart goes out to any couple who had to cancel, postpone and generally rethink the entire concept of…

Note de l'editeur

Well, 2021 sure has gotten off on an odd foot, huh? Just when we thought things couldn’t get any weirder, I’ll be dipped if things didn't do that very thing. There is one certainty in this uncertain time however and…

Carnival at Home

  Each day our walks in Uptown get a little brighter and more whimsical and a lot more festive due to the “house floats,” popping up on people’s porches and in yards throughout the neighborhood. The Krewe of House Floats…

Home for the Holidays

  Bon Vivant is on a break for the holidays and will return on Jan. 8. If you are on the hunt for something to read, catch up on missed posts or revisit favorites in the archives. Meanwhile, from my…

Mulling It Over

  As I near the finish line of my six-month alcohol-free adventure, which is Jan. 4 for those following along, the holidays — aka mulled beverage season — are upon us. Deprivation is not part of the Bon Vivant lifestyle,…

Bon Vivant | Party People

With slightly loosened restrictions and friend and family “pods” (groups of people who have agreed to follow the same safety protocols so they can socialize without social distancing), party people are eager for do’s and don’ts. We are all making…

Editor’s Note

Cozy, comfortable, warm, homey and snug continue to be my design inspiration words or theme, as we navigate the pandemic. Soft throw blankets and hot chocolate have dominated many of my days and evenings lately and I’m not alone in…

Note de l'editeur

As we approach the end of 2020, all I can say is, wow.  There is no universe in which any of us could have predicted the way the year would unfold. The pandemic alone has been enough to send anyone…