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New Orleans Homes April 2007

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Daisy May

Though many may disdain the daisy as common, who among us doesn’t cheer up when we see a field of these sunny flowers? It is this contrast of negative and positive that makes this flower—the official bloom of April—well yes, interesting. Putting its best petal forward, a daisy symbolizes innocence, loyal love and purity. To […]

When Manhattan Met Uptown

Some people’s lives are just more colorful than others. Margaret Lippman’s more-than-respectable color palette is evident from the firststep inside of her winsome Uptown double shotgun. Immediately inside the front door is the compact dining room, complete with a multi-colored, hand-painted Asian dining table. The walls, which Lippman describes as a “near-persimmon” color, were accomplished […]

The Beauty of French Quarter Gardens

The New Orleans French Quarter, or Vieux Carré, is a unique place for theUnited States. The French words literally translate to “old square.” It is this old square that was the original city of New Orleans, drawn in Paris by the engineerde la Tour and physically laid out in its location on the east bank […]

A Contemporary Twist on Tradition

I feel like we live in our weekend retreat,” says Matt Voelkel about his home on the outskirts of Covington, near St. Joseph Abbey. The entrance to the Voelkel home is accented with a taupe awning on iron spears, a weathered bench, an olive jar and gas lanterns. Matt, principal designer at studioMVdesigns, his wife […]

Great Lighting Ideas

Lighting Inc.3547 Hwy. 190Pontchartrain SquareMandeville985.727.9368 Come and explore the new Golden Teak Crystal Chandeliers by Schonbek Worldwide Lighting at Lighting Inc. Renaissance, Rialto, and New Orleans are the three gorgeous collections offered by Schonbek. Give your house a whole new look with these historic styles of tantalizing crystals. Eclectic Home8133 Oak St. 504.866.6654 Everything in […]

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 Agora; persimmon compote at Eclectic Home; John Derian decoupage pedestal bowl at Pied Nu; […]

The Spin Cycle

Spinning Yarn Since humans discovered how to use plants and animal hair to create items such as fabric and baskets, the fiber arts—including spinning, weaving, felting, knitting, crocheting, sewing and more—have long been the pastime of women. In ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt, representations of the fiber arts as practiced by women can be found […]

A Frame Job

From being fermented in eight feet of brackish floodwater for three months to minor touch-ups, the New Orleans Conservation Guild has tackled it all in its efforts to restore antique and vintage frames to their original radiance—or as close as possible. “After you restore it, it never looks brand new,” says Blake Vonder Haar, guild […]

A Casual Lunch à Deux

Spring has sprung and it is definitely my favorite time of year. While I love going to restaurants and being waited on, sometimes it’s fun just to have a friend over and eat in the garden while we soak up a few guilty rays (wearing SPF 30, of course). Once I got into the habit […]

Retailer Spotlight: Roy Olsen

When the CEO of Landis Construction Co., James Landis, was inundated with calls in 2005 following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, he realized the company needed to expand so it could accommodate requests to repair upscale and historic residential homes that had been devastated. “With the increasing demand we started a new division, Landis Residential Builders,” […]

Retailer Spotlight: Tara Shaw

Traveling to Europe several times a year would be a dream to some—to Tara Shaw, it’s just part of her career. Shaw jets off to places such as Sweden, Italy, Belgium and France in search of unique antique furniture and art, ranging in size, function and time period. “I’m the eternal optimist,” she says warmly. […]


Weathering the Storm  While April showers bring May flowers, they also bring slippery floors. Save your hardwoods from their daily drenching by leaving umbrellas outside.Made from sturdy wrought iron, this Victorian-style umbrella stand won’t blow away in even the most treacherous storm, and unlike most things it looks great even in ugly weather. Accessories in […]

Summer Bridal Show – June 14, 5-8 PM