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We can now add transforming our homes, porches and yards into floats to our decorating skill sets. If you said to me during the 2020 Carnival season that’s how we’d spend the 2021 season, I’d have told you to stop pulling my leg. But, we’ve seen and done so much we never would have dreamed of over the past year. Creating house floats, picking up takeout feasts from our favorite upscale and fine dining eateries and the return of the ancient practice of grocery delivery are all a few of the things born of the pandemic that I for one am in favor of keeping once we are looking at COVID-19 in the rear view mirror. At this point, even the heartiest among us have caution fatigue and we are all in need of offering a big hug to a loved one or neighbor while ushering them into the house for the warmth and life-affirming feeling of sharing a hot cup of coffee, tea, lemonade or a cocktail with inside our favorite room. I’m honestly tearing up just writing it, because until the vaccine rollout began, I didn’t allow myself to think about the light at the end of the tunnel. But it’s finally getting closer and soon, we’ll be able to invite family, friends and strangers alike into our homes again, offer neighbors a plate of hot crawfish or a beer as they pass by on a walk while we are boiling in the yard or one of the many things we’ve stopped doing to play our part in curbing this terrible virus.
Our spring issue always celebrates the promise of a fresh start, but this time around, we are planting seeds for a few months from now, when we can gather again over shared space, shared food and the sharing of brighter memories. Until then, please wear a mask and stay safe and well. Here’s to a new beginning.
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Sustainable Home Collection Debut
Locally based design/build firm GoodWood Nola — known for its custom furniture and architectural fabrication — launched a sustainable home accessories line. It includes walnut serving trays, magnetic knife strips, spice racks, geometric-shaped wine racks and chessboards. Each is handmade by artisans in the company’s studio with repurposed materials. Via local partnerships, the company also replaces wood materials by planting trees. Also, check out GoodWood’s new showroom space at its 4,200-square-foot state-of-the-art facility.
1000 S. Rendon St., 233-8127, goodwoodnola.com
Major Awards for Local Homebuilder
Voted as New Orleans’ best builder by our readers at New Orleans Homes for four years in a row, Entablature recently received three major awards in juried competitions. The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) named Entablature as a national winner of its 2020 Contractor of the Year awards in the category of Residential Exterior under $50,000. Entablature followed this achievement with both a Grand Award and a Silver Award in the Southeast Building Conference Aurora Awards for the category Best Renovated or Restored Single House–Historical.
8438 Oak St., Ste. C, 322-3822, entablature.com
Profiles in Preservation Program
The Garden District Association created a new Profiles in Preservation Program for eligible homeowners with the aim of educating the general public about the district’s significant architecture and history. The GDA assembled top-notch architectural historians to research the homes’ histories, and David Spielman is photographing exteriors, interiors and gardens. Each subscribing homeowner receives a detailed history report in a bound personal book with professional photographs, plus a custom, permanent bronze marker placed outside their home. The GDA is releasing a GPS web-based walking tour app in May that will include readable and auditory histories, plus gorgeous photographs. The GDA also will release a coffee table book late this year, including nearly 100 homes and historic structures with individual histories and photographs.
1300 Perdido St., 899-4373, gardendistrictassociation.com
— Compiled by Misty Milioto