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Door DIY

  We moved into a new place in October. It is a fabulous little double shotgun and I love countless things about it. The back of our front door is not one of those things. The plain, white expanse of…

World Kindness Day the New Orleans Way

  There are certain made-up holidays I can get behind, including but not limited to National Taco Day, National Cat Day, International Yoga Day and, most recently, World Kindness Day. The latter didn’t even come on my radar until yesterday,…

Brunch Bunch: Melanie’s Mellow (or Not) Michelada

This week I hit month four of my six-month alcohol-free challenge. (It’s going well, I don’t miss booze and I feel great, thanks for asking!) I celebrated by mixing up and hoisting an ice-cold Michelada. That is, an ice cold,…

Wine Not?

  I know what you are thinking: What’s the point of a zero proof French 75? It is said to have been created not long after World War I and named after a French 75mm field gun, precisely because of…

Gone Fishin’

  Thanks for stopping by the Bon Vivant blog. I haven’t really gone fishing. But I am out for a long weekend and will be back next week with your regularly scheduled bloggery, so stop back Friday, Oct. 9. Meanwhile,…

Coffee Love: New Orleans is the Place to Bean

  Due to several past Bon Vivant posts about tea, many of you don’t realize I’m actually a fiend for coffee. It’s possible that I signed something early in my journalism career legally binding me to never turn down a…

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…

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,…

Follow Friday: 5 Questions with Chad Graci of Graci Interiors

  Originally from New Orleans, Chad Graci has a background and education in both architecture and design, which gives him a well-rounded approach to his interiors. After graduating from LSU and studying at the New York School of Interior Design,…

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…

Follow Friday: 5 Questions with Penny Francis of Eclectic Home

  Penny Francis is the innovator and principal interior designer behind Eclectic Home. Working with her daughter Casi St. Julian, Francis designs both residential and commercial interiors, keeping the clients’ ideas and desires at the forefront of their concepts. In…