Summer Reads

While you’re laying out by the pool with your summer cocktail, be sure to grab some new reading material and find your next home inspiration. New Orleans-based decorator, writer and designer Sara Ruffin Costello’s new book “Gatekeeper: World of Folly by Hunt Slonem,” features Slonem’s work as an American painter, sculptor and printmaker. The highlights include his latest interior project at The Watres Armory, built 1900 to 1901. The book showcases the artist’s take on interior design with an assortment of historical and rare items found from around the world.



Design, Architecture and Film!

Mark your calendars for the 3rd annual Architecture & Design Film Festival, presented by the Louisiana Architecture Foundation. There’s something for everyone at the festival, which covers preservation, landscape design, women’s roles, modern architecture and more. There is a contest for high school and college level students as well as amateur and professional filmmakers, the deadline to enter is July 16. The festival also includes panels and book discussions. The event is Aug. 23 through 26. louisiana — BM



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Inspiration, Ideas and a Dream House

The annual Parade of Homes is the perfect event to see the latest in building techniques, industry trends, starter homes and elegant mansions. This is the place to get inspiring ideas for renovations on your existing home or even purchase a new house. The free event takes place at newly built homes in Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines and St. Bernard Parishes. Don’t forget to enter in for the St. Jude Dream Homes Giveaway, where one lucky winner will receive a beautiful new home. — bm



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Mid Mod NOLA

Enjoy an evening at the former home of renowned midcentury modern architect, Nathaniel “Buster” Curtis, Jr., with guests David Curtis and Nell Tilton. Curtis and Tilton will share stories of their experiences growing up in the home. Enjoy catering by Laura Arrowood and mingle with the current homeowners Lee Ledbetter and Doug Meffert. Tickets ($125 for nonmembers and $75 for members ) are limited and pre-registration is required. — bm