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New Orleans Homes December 2008

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Timeless Treasures

Every Christmas for more than 30 years, I have unpacked treasured items that are part of the holiday traditions in our family. There are the ceramic Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, lovingly painted by the receptionist at my husband’s office when our children were toddlers. These two caricatures were always our children’s favorites. I also […]

Egg Me On

So many things during the holiday season seem to inspire strong feelings on both sides. “Little Drummer Boy,” for example: My husband loves it. It’s his favorite Christmas carol of all time. I, however, would rather listen to nails on a chalkboard than that endless litany of “pa rum pum pum pums.” And so it […]

Give Strong

As the holiday social scene begins to heat up, guests all over town start asking themselves the same question: “Where did I put all of those fancy wine bottle bags?” There’s nothing wrong with bringing a bottle of wine for your host or hostess, of course, but it’s not exactly the most original gift. With […]

Festive Food

Cat Cora How has New Orleans influenced your cuisine?I grew up in Mississippi and went to the University of Southern Mississippi, so I was really just about 45 minutes away from New Orleans. I grew up coming here, and I grew up eating jambalaya, oysters, étoufée and pralines, and bold flavors like that have an […]

Winter Wonderland

Minus the softly falling snow and horse-drawn carriages, the classic Georgian-style home of Jennifer and Fred Heebe looks much like those pictured in the Courier and Ives lithographs of yesteryear. From the outside, the glittering white lights delicately strewn across the hedges and the half-dozen wreaths hanging from each first-story window bedazzle the passersby. Holiday […]

Christmas Past & Present

Tis the season to be festive … and festive it is at the home of Leslie and Brian Boudreaux in the Beau Chene gated community in Mandeville –– with a twist of Southern hospitality. Their raised Acadian cottage-style home is very welcoming for the holidays with traditional garland flanking the front porch rails and crimson […]

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 & Lifestyles revels in the rich aesthetics of the season. In honor of the festive beauty […]

Wick-ed Woman

After studying ballet for 17 years and earning degrees in political and social sciences from Loyola University, Lisa Jo Hienz decided to take her career in a new direction –– up in smoke. “I returned from a month-long Katrina evacuation to find that the accounting firm I worked for had relocated out of state,” says […]

One-Dish Wonder

“D” is for “December” — and “decadent” and “delicious.” The list of adjectives seems never-ending when it comes to describing the most indulgent time of the year. With the leftover holiday ham, the remaining liquor from last weekend’s cocktail party and the growing assortment of nuts and goodies courtesy of generous colleagues and neighbors, your […]

Retailer Spotlight: The Plant Gallery

The Plant Gallery started as a small shop in the French Quarter in 1991 and has expanded greatly since its inception. Today, it’s a diverse business that occupies almost 3 acres on Airline Drive and employs nearly 60 professionals, including General Manager Jim Massicot. The business offers a variety of services including landscaping, interior-scape design, […]


Toast of the Town  Influenced by architectural mosaics and tile work created by Venetian artisans, Anthony Shafermeyer and Claire Kelly have developed a unique stemware collection. Each piece is produced by pulling colored glass into long rods that are cooled, cut and assembled into a pattern on a ceramic stone. Once the stone is hot, […]

Christmas Memories

It’s one of my oldest and fondest Christmas memories: My mom and dad and I were walking along Bayou St. John in mid-December when we noticed that City Park was all lit up. We abandoned our normal path to cross the street and check it out. This was maybe the second or third year of […]

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