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 Valentine’s Day by showering your one-and-only with classic gifts, done in our unique way. From […]
Zoey Devall, owner of “gourmet cupcakery” Bee Sweet Cupcakes, started her business in October 2008 and had her shop up and running just over a month later. The youngest of 13 children, Devall mixes her love of family with a little sugar and spice, creating one of Magazine Street’s sweetest new businesses. At the shop, […]
On an unassuming block of Joseph Street, a former double shotgun stands, squared-off in the proportions so familiar to New Orleanians. It is the home of Lee Adler, an attorney with Phelps Dunbar LLP who specializes in business, real estate and finance, and his partner, Robert Marks, a health care consultant for BearingPoint. The age […]
Shop of the Two Sisters, owned by Lee Ali and Rose Ali, was established in 1994 and sells all manner of home furnishings, including upholstery, furniture, antiques and vintage pieces, lighting, throw pillows, artwork, accessories and area rugs. “We provide full interior design service,” says Lee, who is licensed as an interior designer and is […]
In February 1999, upon spending their first Mardi Gras at home on the St. Charles Avenue parade route, Pamela Lyles and her family christened their home “Hotel Lyles.” From that year on, houseguests from near and far seemed to flock like little “critters” to Hotel Lyles where family, friends, food and fun were always served […]
I was recently regaling my friend Tommy, an old college buddy from San Francisco, with stories of the first post-Katrina Mardi Gras. My mother and I, so eager to hurry out to the parades, parked hastily and ran to St. Charles Avenue without making a mental note of the cross streets. We had a fabulous […]
Many years ago, my dad — a small-town North Carolina boy studying English at Tulane — had a little too much fun on his first Lundi Gras and awoke on Mardi Gras Day feeling decidedly subpar. He was wandering through the crowds on St. Charles Avenue when a kindly older woman noticed he looked green […]
Family FestivityOn a stately Southern-style Colonial balcony, several generations of a tightly knit family gather during Carnival season. Jerry W. Kelly Sr. and his wife, Marilyn, reside in the home, along with his mother. The Kellys’ children and grandchildren can often be spotted in the spacious front yard or above on the grand balcony. And […]
More than three years ago, a monstrous storm blew into New Orleans and tried to wash away much of our past. It was a time of quick decisions, some life and death, and a test of our city’s spirit. Now, I look back on all that we lost as a city, and personally, I marvel […]
Defining Luxury: The Qualities of Life at Home (Rizzoli, $65)Jeffrey Bilhuber, the media-savvy designer for tastemakers and celebrities such as Anna Wintour, Elsa Peretti and Iman and David Bowie, presents his most recent projects from coast to coast in Defining Luxury: The Qualities of Life at Home. Bilhuber views luxury as essential to every life […]
As most prospective homeowners will tell you, looking for the perfect house — especially your first house, because it has to be the right house — can be a frustrating process. Longtime friends Libra LaGrone and Bradley Sabin had looked at about “30 to 40 houses,” Sabin says. One morning, the day that LaGrone and […]
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Shop of the Two Sisters, owned by Lee Ali and Rose Ali, was established in 1994 and sells all manner of home furnishings, including upholstery, furniture, antiques and vintage pieces, lighting, throw pillows, artwork, accessories and area rugs. “We provide full interior design service,” says Lee, who is licensed as an interior designer and is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers. “Our style and quality are really evident. Things seem enduring.”
What’s the first thing you discuss with a client? We try to get to know them a bit first to be certain that we will all be comfortable working together. We establish what it is they want from us, and then we set about to provide it.
What’s one of your goals as a retailer? Keeping our environment inviting and stimulating. We want to provide pieces that will endure in terms of look as well as quality.
What’s one of your most popular items right now? Our lighting is always remarked upon. People also love the opulence and style of our upholstery.
How has your business evolved or changed over the years? We opened on our original location on Royal Street. Our Magazine Street shop has allowed us the room to expand and carry more furniture lines as well as area rugs. It’s afforded us the space to house our design studio in-house.
What specials do you have going on this month? Our Winter Clearance Sale will run through February.