Author: Valorie Hart

Réveillon Revival

Winter entertaining would not be complete without a réveillon dinner. Réveillon is a Creole tradition and the word is derived from the French word réveil for “waking,” which dates to the 1700s. It refers to the all-night parties often held…

New Build of the Year

  Every age experiences progress. Older buildings fall into disrepair and are replaced with something new. Visionary thinkers want to brush away the cobwebs of staid ideas. Trends are constantly changing, updating as fast as an app on a smartphone.…

A Whiter Shade of Pale

The homeowners are well versed in decorating and designing using a palette of every hue and shade of white imaginable. The artwork next to the armoire in the living room is by Tony Mose. The mirror front armoire is from…

Comfort and Joy

You’ve run the gamut of winter and summer entertaining. You have done dinners and lunches and brunches and cocktail parties at home. You’ve done picnics and croquet in the park. Did you do an art gallery gathering? Of course you…

Bohemian Chic

They expanded the kitchen from its original location. The old kitchen and dining room was completely gutted, and a wall was taken down between the two to create one big, open space. Lighting: Sconces above the shelf are from Schoolhouse…

lush life

Lounging poolside in New Orleans never looked so good

No Reservations

Consider a festive restaurant party with all of the trimmings for your next hosted gathering

Picnic Chic

A vintage-inspired outdoor spread to kick your summer off in style

Urban Oasis

Stylish New Orleans outdoor living spaces large, small and everything between

Middle Ground

Transforming a double shotgun into a high-functioning live-and-work space

In Transition

A timeworn Irish Channel cottage is polished to perfection

New Build of the Year

For years, a lot across from the historic ruins of Spanish Fort on Bayou St. John sat empty, seemingly awaiting the right buyer with the right vision. That buyer was Kevin Lagrazie, owner of a large, traditional house on Orleans…

Summer Brunch

Louisiana cuisine offers so many delightful dishes that are perfect to serve for brunch, and many can be served room-temperature. A whole theme can be created around what we love about the state, from the menu to the table setting.…

A Inspired Blend

Old World, vintage and modern influences shine in a French Quarter townhouse.

Luxe Life

Dianna Knost’s Bohemian carriage house

Backyard Living

There are at least one or two hard freezes every winter in New Orleans, followed by days and days of spring rainstorms with lots of wind and sometimes hail. As spring segues into summer, a major citywide cleanup by homeowners…

Renovation of the Year

The same Irish Channel family owned a grand-looking Creole cottage for years – the last family member to live there was 90. The house had become glorious in its decrepitude, one of those decadent wrecks so beloved in New Orleans.…

Backyard Bliss

New Orleans is blessed with many months of nice weather, and New Orleanians absolutely love their outdoor spaces. Most homes have a porch, front or back, or a patio in a yard or courtyard. Pools are perfect for the long…