Author: Melanie Warner Spencer

In Full Bloom

  At the beginning of this week, I was saddened and shocked to receive the news about the unexpected death of one of our talented and vibrant New Orleans Homes magazine contributing writers, Pamela Marquis. Her articles about organizing, profiles…

In Memoriam

  Pamela Marquis, a longtime contributor to various titles at Renaissance Publishing, died unexpectedly on May 4. A devoted gardener, Marquis’ gardening column and other contributions to New Orleans Homes kept readers in the know not only with trends and…

Picking Favorites

  Let’s face it, you ­— and your dog — adore the pet groomer you’ve been seeing for Fluffer’s weekly blowouts for years. The thought of even looking at new toss pillows without consulting your designer (who is practically a…

Homeward Unbound

  I often daydream about how cool it would be to live and work in a new city every year or maybe even every few months. In the past, I’ve cobbled together about two weeks of working remotely from about…

Spring Break

  Bon Vivant is on a break this week to celebrate Easter. Whether you are celebrating one of the various religious holidays this week or simply reveling in the coming of Spring, enjoy. If you’d like something to read, catch…

Note De L’editeur

There is likely no time in my life when I’ve uttered the words “light at the end of the tunnel” as much as over the past month. With the vaccine rollout moving quickly and — as a result of that…

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…