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MOST ATTRACTIVE New Orleanian, female

Karen Swensen, New Orleans Magazine readers voted you the most attractive New Orleanian, female. Any thoughts? That’s insane! I’m shocked. I’m so flattered. It’s very nice of people. Did you know you had this adoring public out there? (laughing) No!…

Nature's Way

Fair or not, it’s difficult to separate organic gardening from its hippie connotations. Think organic, and you’re likely to picture something virtuous, sure, but also a little ragged and unruly—a gardening strategy that all but sacrifices order to the obstreperous…

On the Surface

Traditional Elegance General Contractor: Bill Pierce, Colby Construction Designer: John Fernandez for Hurwitz Mintz Interiors Tub, toilet and shower supplier/installer: Bienvenu Brothers Plumbing Marble supplier and installer: Pieri Tile & Marble This custom-designed bathroom by Hurwitz Mintz has a stately,…

Bathroom Confidential

1. How much do I need to spend? How much am I prepared to spend? In order to minimize costs and structural concerns when renovating your bathroom, you’ll want to try to keep major plumbing outlets in the same position…

Turn up the Heat

Kitchen Confidential Renovating your kitchen is usually the most cost-effective upgrade you can do to your home, but it can also be the most expensive. Here are the five key questions that you might want to ask the experts. 1.…

Kitchen Redos

Balancing Act General Contractors: Jimmy Higginbotham, F.J. Brassette Designer: L. Craig Smith Homeowners: Louise Partello and Phil Gardner For a serious cook like Louise Partello, a highly functional kitchen was in demand. It was also overdue for a renovation, since…

Family Flair

Walking into decorator Melissa Rufty’s house, one would never guess that she has three girls—Olivia, Lilly and Adair—under the age of 10, until one of them comes riding up on her bike with training wheels at a pretty fast pace.…

Haunt Hopping: A guide for party ghouls

People are rarely blasé about Halloween – love it, hate it, revere it, scorn it – it is an occasion that brings out strong opinions from all walks of life. New Orleans is one of the rare cities in which…

Pistol Pete and Friends

Barry Mendelson, promoter, TV producer and entrepreneur, displays two framed memories: a needlepoint picture and a faded photograph of 35,000 people seated in the Superdome. Perhaps worthless in monetary terms, each is priceless in the eyes of the man who…

Chef's Choice: Our Annual Best in Dining

When your name is “New Orleans,” albeit the city or the magazine, dining is going to be a major topic. We take seriously our annual challenge of trying to determine the best of the local dining scene. As always, the…

Beatles in Flight

In the late evening of Sept. 15, 1964, Delta Airlines ramp agents Noel LeBlanc and Albert Jacob were preparing to complete their shifts. The clock was about to strike midnight, and all of their flights were in. Servicing the Delta…