THE THING I LOVE most about the promise of spring is that it always delivers. As we emerge from our admittedly mild winters for long walks and picnics amid the fragrant blooms of seasonal flowers, the city’s energy shifts — and with it — our moods, foods and fancies. We have a lightness of being, […]
Moments of calm are perhaps harder to come by these days, as everyone navigates this turbulent world. Spaces for rest and relaxation at home have become important for resetting the mind and body. With spring’s arrival, nature’s calming effects beckon people outdoors, so we’ve asked local experts how to go about creating the perfect backyard […]
After designer Melinda McSpadden posted photos of an historic kitchen and powder room makeover on social media, local homeowners Andrea and Lena Rubin decided she was the perfect person to decorate their home. “Andrea and Lena gave me free reign with this design project by saying, ‘Just make it look like a place where you […]
RENOVATION OF THE YEAR Calais Waring opens the front door of her home to a first-time visitor with the smile of someone who knows their surprise. The once red brick mansion — a blending of 1920s Arts and Crafts and Mediterranean villa architectural influences, is no longer a faded remnant of the early 20th century. […]
Accessory accents Accessories can easily become an unwieldy mess on closet hangers and shelves. Ann Wise, co-owner of Louisiana Custom Closets, suggests space-saving pullout racks for belts, neckties and scarves and costume jewelry. Acrylic shelf dividers keep purses standing up or folded sweaters and blouses neatly stacked. Island vibes If your closet is big enough, […]
1 Go Pro When Jeanne Garman first expressed interest in bromeliads to an avid bromeliad grower, she was told, “Be careful, you’re going to get hooked on bromeliads.” Now, with hundreds surrounding her home, Garman cultivates them and has based her travels and her free time seeking out new bromeliad varieties and experts. Garman herself […]
Delightful Daybeds New Orleans handmade furniture company, Doorman, has introduced the new Laurel Canopy Daybed Collection (starting at $3,150). Inspired by French Provincial iron daybeds, the collection features a modern iron base handcrafted in Doorman’s local workshop. The curved-canopy pieces are welded by hand and the bed’s silhouette is perfectly symmetrical from every angle. Additionally, founder […]
$399.99 Tech Smart The Dyson brand is well-known for its clean, modern designs that pack a tech-smart punch, and the Pure Cool TP01 purifying fan is no exception. Not only does this sleek oscillating tower fan cool down a room, but also it features a filtration system with activated carbon and HEPA to capture pollen, […]
Across the street, along my neighbors’ sunny driveway is a wooden fence covered with potted bromeliads. They are primarily Neoregelias — the kind you can pick up at local hardware or grocery stores — yet the massed statement of them is spectacular. I’ve admired their plant-lined fence for years and when COVID-19 forced me to […]
While many perennials and annuals thrive in clay soils, ceramic artist Kate Godfrey Robinson creates a different sort of “garden in clay” — colorful, exuberant displays of flowers, vines, acorns, twigs, insects and other flora and fauna in the forms of vessels, tiles, totems and free-form sculptures. On the surface, her Baroque pieces capture the […]
The design-obsessed know that wallpaper can quickly transform any room. In fact, it’s one of the easiest ways to spruce up a space. Enter the Magnolia Collection — a new line of wallpaper designs and limited-edition prints from Pensacola, Florida-based Malmberg Studio. The collection celebrates the life-cycle of the short-lived magnolia flower, which also happens to be […]
Meals in the Big Easy are as entertaining as they are integral to the fabric of this spirited city. Lavish, multi-course brunches are to be expected in the city of indulgences, a sacred ritual, rather than simply feeding time. Ralph Brennan, a third-generation scion of the family whose name is synonymous with New Orleans restaurants, […]
Beige and copper metallic hide and Amberly hair on hide Rug both from Arhaus, arhaus.com Italian 19th-century gilt Candelabra by Sunday Shop, sundayshop.co French 19th-century Louis Philippe-style mirror by Sunday Shop, sundayshop.co Wallpaper by Erica Wakerly, Leaf in gold, from Spruce, sprucenola.com Jagger Table Lamp from Eclectic Home, electichome.net Newman Chair in mustard from Eclectic […]
Down the Hatch! I learned living in New Orleans that every house should have a designated bar, and it’s not complete without this book. “New Orleans Cocktails,” scriptura.com. Foyer Finery John Derian’s decoupage plates make great ‘catchalls’ atop a foyer console or countertop or hung as part of a curated wall collection. I’m drawn to […]
Once you’ve moved into your house and lived there for a few months, it’s easy to get comfortable. Everything seems fine. But just as it’s a good idea to visit your primary care physician for health checkups, it’s a good idea to have experts check out your house on a regular basis. Doing so may […]
Over the past few years, I’ve become one of those smoothie people. I make them with spinach and beets and pretty much any veggie you can stick in a blender and mask the potential weirdness with one or more fruits. For me, cravings for sweet, cold treats kick in as the temperature rises and spring […]
Brilliant paper origami chandelier, metal watering can, striped cotton lumbar pillow with colorful embroidered flowers, acrylic tumbler (available in assorted colors), gorgeous lifelike faux flowers in a garden variety, available at Perch, perch-home.com; Midcentury vintage rattan flower chair, available at Eclectic Home, eclectichome.net; Faux bois concrete side table, available at Hazelnut, hazelnutneworleans.com; Painterly floral lucite […]
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THE THING I LOVE most about the promise of spring is that it always delivers. As we emerge from our admittedly mild winters for long walks and picnics amid the fragrant blooms of seasonal flowers, the city’s energy shifts — and with it — our moods, foods and fancies. We have a lightness of being, born of short days and long, chilly nights spent inside slowing down and just trying to stay warm. Now is the time to give everything a good scrub, declutter, open the windows and then get outside and tend to spring planting in the garden. It’s time to renew our homes and ourselves.
I for one am looking forward to finally transforming our back patio from a haphazard mishmash of outdoor furniture dragged from one home to the next into a true oasis. A modern, low-slung sectional arranged around the fire pit, all-weather side tables and pavers leading to the seating area through a canopy of twinkle lights will be the perfect setting to entertain our friends on breezy spring nights. I can practically smell thickly cut strip steaks sizzling on the Weber and hear the clinking of stylish — but sturdy and unbreakable — drinkware.
If you have visions of outdoor decorating, digging your hands in the dirt and entertaining scenarios dancing in your head too, this issue is your guide to a fruitful season. Don’t skip on any of your seasonal whims, because as we all know summer will be here before we can say crawfish and we’ll all be fleeing back inside to escape the heat.
Perhaps it’s because it’s so fleeting that we are so fond of ourannual fling with spring. The same could be said about crawfish season.