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Allison Oglesbee, Lynn Blossman, Michelle Fortson

You could say that Lynn Blossman wears two hats on a daily basis. In one building in Covington, are Blossman’s two businesses: La Perrin, a home furnishings store, and London Hill, a clothing store. La Perrin opened first in 1998, but Blossman says she always wanted to own a clothing store. However, both her and […]

Rusty & Michael Hayden

Riverside Lumber is family oriented in both who runs it and the relationships it has developed with customers. Rusty Hayden, president and co-owner of Riverside Lumber, has been working for this family business for more than 30 years. He says, “We have a large clientele. And we have a lot of the same customers from […]

Spirits In the Night

The Place:Decatur Street in front of Molly’s at the Market. Date: Oct. 31, Halloween. Time: 7 pm.? 8 p.m.? I have no idea, but it’s dark and the crowd is dense with costumed revelers ready to celebrate this night pagans once believed was when the spirit world could make contact with the physical world. Adults […]

2006 Parade of Homes

Toni Wendel – PresidentWelcome to the Greater New Orleans Home Builders Association’s 2006 Parade of Homes. Once again we are very proud to showcase some of the finest homes that New Orleans and its neighboring parishes have to offer. This year we are offering 23 homes, 2 townhomes and 2 renovations to enjoy, built by […]

Bedtime Stories

Some of the best bedtime stories are ones of the teller’s own invention. Likewise, some of the best-dressed beds are those that bear an individual’s unique stamp. One way to achieve that is by choosing a palette, then combining patterns, brands and textures. We used a blend of pieces from high-end boutiques and mass-market retailers […]

Fringe Benefits

From Velvety Soft Chenilles to shimmering metallics, to delicious chocolate browns to fun bubble-gum pink, what’s hot in curtain accessories and trims are playful patterns, shimmering details and surprising color combinations. Chocolate: the New NeutralIn keeping with the sweets trend, chocolate continues to be a hot color for fabrics, tassels and trims for window treatments. […]

Molding a Future

Well, it’s been a year SINCE New Orleans has looked like her old self. The great event of 2005 did its best to, ahem, redecorate some of our noted houses—but New Orleanians wouldn’t suffer a wind-and-rain job lightly. We fight back, take back what’s ours, especially our architecture. One New Orleanian who spent months exiled […]

Going, Going, Gone!

For many New Orleaneans, refurnishing a home has become less of a luxury and more of a necessity since Hurricane Katrina. This furniture frenzy can make even the most die-hard shopper a little weary, but if you are looking to replace antique furniture and art, buying at auction offers an energizing alternative to what may […]

The Italian Job

As much as I hate to admit it, spaghetti Bolognese is a staple in my “feed family fast” file—and that means using canned tomato sauce or tomato sauce in a jar. There are a few very good ones, and some downright bad ones, but through trial-and-error my family likes Newman’s Own and Fra Divolio. You […]

On Top

There are as many ways to build a better tablesetting as there are tables to be built on. Chances are you already have the table, but just in case you need some help with the creative process, we asked three experts to walk us through theirs—and here’s what they had to say. MODERNArchitect and designer […]

Destination Resource

Everyone knows New Orleans is a decorator’s paradise, and we know it’s not all about antiques, either. Local shops that cater to the trade also welcome the amateur on a mission to re-imagine the details of their interiors. Find and fall in love with the perfect new fabric for curtains or upholstery at Probst Decorating. […]

Country Comforts

The Long and Winding Road To John and Cheryl Murphy’s home starts inauspiciously enough—it’s a turn off of the main drag of a very commercial part of U.S.-190 in Covington. But once you pass the gas stations, fast-food chains and strip mall, the landscape soon turns into a wooded, bucolic paradise. After a few twist […]

Allyson & Giuseppe Colosimo

While living in Italy in the mid-1980s, Giuseppe and Allyson Colosimo decided that Italian trims and tassels would be a good item to sell in the United States, and began offering the designs wholesale through their company, Tuscany Imports. The business evolved, and the duo opened Tuscany Décor Center, a retail store, three years ago […]

Manique Poche Bennett

After working in the kitchen design business for five years, Monique Poché Bennett, a certified kitchen designer, opened Cabinets by Design in Gretna in 1988. Fifteen years later, the business moved to New Orleans. A building was purchased and renovated on Tchoupitoulas Street and now serves as its showroom. Cabinets by Design offers services for […]

The Sound of Silence

In the Stressful and Busy TimesNew Orleanians live in now, it’s important to take a break—if only for an hour or so. A favorite spot to clear heads and regain a sense of balance is the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden. Opened in 2003 and free to the public, the sculpture garden has been […]


Soft SellShow off your signature style with custom-made pillows elegantly adorned with raised metallic initials, antique galon and fringe. The silk velvet pillows are 100-percent down-filled, and available in 16 colors, several sizes and with any combination of initials. Bremermann Designs, 3943 Magazine St., 891-7763, or go to www.bremermanndesigns.com.   Metropolitan DeLight Lighting guru Cindy […]

Salon Selective

A doctor, a lawyer, two accomplished pianists, a gourmet cook and several savvy antiques collectors are all in the room. But there are only two people. That’s because between themselves, Dr. Quinn Peeper and Michael Harold can lay claim to all of those titles. And more often than not, the guests at their frequent parties […]

A Modern Miracle

When graphic designer Shane Diiullo bought his condominium in the Cotton Mill, he knew it had issues. For starters, it was a measly 600 square feet with a floor plan that made it look smaller. “It was kind of like a stepchild space in that building,” he said of the unit, which had fewer windows […]

A Life’s Journey

The stately circa 1920s Uptown house is everything of which Kim Dudek dreamed. When she first went to see the three-story house, she stayed for four hours. Dreaming, no doubt. Kim is known to dream big—after all, her thriving Magazine Street business, Belladonna Day Spa, is singular in its concept, encompassing everything from spa services […]

Living With Antiques

Every fall brings risks to New Orleans. Will a hurricane hit us? Will the Saints have a winning football season this year? There is a gambling gene inherent in everyone who lives here. Couple that attribute with another that compels us to revere history and you’ll find a perfect antiquing combination—gaming pieces. Chess pieces and […]

As the Wheel Turns

At first glance, Tom Dunne’s workspace could be that of any carpenter’s—until you spy the 50-year-old wood-turning lathe covered in dust (primarily used for teaching these days) and that some of the boards leaning against the walls are zebrawood from Africa. “I’ve had a passion for wood as long as I can remember,” Dunne smiles. […]

Currying Flavor

A friend gave me a copy of the new Gourmet cookbook as a Christmas gift, and it took me back to my childhood when my mother used the first edition as her cooking “bible.” In the latest edition, Ruth Reichl, former New York Times food critic, writes about the incredible changes in food with regards […]

TRENDWATCH: An Artistic Revival

Like a shimmering, multicolored phoenix rising from the ashes, the arts scene in New Orleans is alive with spirited craftsmen and women producing one-of-a-kind creations that dazzle the eye and the spirit. From the Bywater Art Market to RHINO Contemporary Craft Company and the Center for Southern Craft and Design at the Ogden Museum of […]

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