Trend Watch

Belles and Whistles

The modern Southern belle is sophisticated, elegant and comfortable almost anywhere! Take a peek at some fresh new looks for spring.

Antiquarian Autumn

After the newness of spring and the busyness of summer, the cooler seasons invite you to settle in with the old.

Bugging Out

With the weather warm but not yet too warm, it’s the perfect time to entertain in the sunshine — even if you have some uninvited guests.

A Change of Season

Winter is over, and the brutal days of summer aren’t yet here: It’s time to get down and dirty in your garden.

Enchanted Evenings

Romance is a part of New Orleans. It is everywhere. As a Southern city, it shares a certain warmth, but we are set apart by an indefinable thing that makes us special. Why not share that “specialness” with someone this…

Color Me Cheerful

In many parts of the country, January is a bleak affair, a time when all that is green and colorful has well and truly disappeared and won’t be returning until May at the earliest.Luckily, we all live in Louisiana, where…

Making Merry

Whatever you may be celebrating this December, we raise our glass to you! Traditionally, now is a time to observe Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa. Let us embrace them all. It is also during this time that New Orleans Homes &…

Bright Ideas

The days grow shorter, the nights are cooler, and it is time to seek shelter from the long chill of November evenings. It is time  to go inside, curl up on the couch (with a copy of New Orleans Homes…

Curtain Call

New Orleans homes are famous for their windows. Whether it’s a double shotgun off of Magazine Street, a Creole town house in the French Quarter or a Victorian off of St. Charles Avenue, each one shares a common feature ––…

Bedside Matter

There is a wonderful Russian novel titled Oblomov in which the eponymous main character does not get out of his bed for the first 150 pages. Although published in the 19th century and intended as a satire, there are times…

Small Wonders

Let’s face it: The day when bigger was considered better is over. We saw Super Size Me. We looked at our waistlines. We signed up for portion control. We saw the gas pump and began taking a second look at…

Midsummer's Fancy

Wrap yourself in the comfort of Egyptian cotton bath towels by Abyss; rejuvenate tired feet and hands with a touch of shea butter; indulge your whimsy with a quirky, boldly textured pillow. Or just breathe the calming cucumber scent of…

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Trend watchers have forecast that 2008 will be about a back-to-basics approach to garden design. Here at New Orleans Homes and Lifestyles, we think that this translates to three things –– start simple, shop local, and choose beautiful!At some of…

Take it Outside

Green tea Invite delight Poolside pleasure Splendor in the grass April's arrival beckons, summoning us to throw open the windows and shake the dust from our social calendars.  It's time to move the party outdoors!  Tea is tastier in a…

Sparkle & Shine

Once upon a time, the formal meal consisted of up to 10 courses, with as many as five different types of forks, knives and spoons –– each with its own specific purpose. The Victorian dinner service would have included a…

Pleasure Points

Pillow talk can be both romantic and fashionable this Valentine’s Day with the abundance of sumptuous, ornamental cushions and throw pillows that are available at our local New Orleans boutiques. Go modern with a graphic Hable print from Bellanoche, indulge…

Painting the Town

Color Forecasters specify that green and golden earth tones, paired with rich accent colors such as lilac and orchid, will be wildly popular in 2008. (And paints that are eco-friendly, such as Benjamin Moore’s “Aura” line and those from Green…

Garden Fancy

You don’t need a green thumb to decorate with botanical style. Furnishings and fabrics the color of leaves and soil are available to grace every room in your home, while gifts featuring flora and fauna abound for the wistful gardener…

Curtain Call

Keeping everything unique is how Blythe Wren describes the purpose of her company, Wren’s Tontine Shade & Design. Paired with a plush tassel tieback, this “Buonarroti” fabric, in woven silk jacquard, will do just that––bring one-of-a-kind luxury to a home. Corragio…

Pedigree Paper

In September, the busy tasks of daily life swing into high gear. Paper, the most unpretentious and inexpensive of necessities, tears into the scene with its usual style and grace. The requisite books, invitations, packaging and wrapping of the season…

TRENDWATCH: Handling It

Who says picking hardware has to be hard? We have done the legwork for you! Sit back and peruse everything from the hand-carved brass lion handle—chosen for the Versace mansion—to the aluminum levers from FSB, considered so design-perfect they are…

GIFTS FROM THE SEA

Onda hand-screened wall covering by Flavor Paper in “Sea foam”; painted end table, French, circa 1900, featuring Provence seascape at Agora Galleries; Australian trumpet shell at Bon Marche Antique Mall; petit-point armchair (one of a pair), French, circa 1940, with…

Trendwatch: Clearly White

Abracadabra!Left to right: Clear “Ghost” chair by Philippe Starck at Villa Vici (Covington); white Ghost chair by Philippe Starck at Design Within Reach; Niko lamp at Villa Vici (Covington); square bowls and milk pitcher at Bed Bath & Beyond; flower…

Pretty Pieces

Welcome spring into your home with these fresh design accessories reflecting April’s garden renaissance, complete with flora and fauna in warm-weather colors.Clockwise from top: Kerry Kassil cotton tablecloth and Kate Spade straw tote at Pied Nu; hand-carved wooden duck at…

Global Home

The influence of cyberspace has effectively downsized the globe, so it’s not surprising to notice decorative textiles, lighting and other useful objects fashioned from indigenous materials by native artisans in remote locales. This array of accents combines ancient craftsmanship with…

Divine Right

These majestic tableaux evoke the historical beauty of Carnival in New Orleans, the mystery shrouding the annual traditions, and most powerfully, the magical interiors that play host to its revelry.Let it ShineClockwise from top left: St. John Evening single-button aqua…

Feathering the Nest

New home accessories are most certainly not crying fowl. From pretty and classic to mod and abstract, designs that include our fine-feathered friends are gracing the chicest interiors, from lofts in the Warehouse district to Uptown parlors to a beautifully…

Glass Action

No one is certain about the definitive origin of the word “cocktail.” Some explanations claim that it was first coined during America’s Colonial period, though at least one story asserts that it was born in New Orleans when Frenchman Antoine…