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Planting Seeds

This time last year, I  finally achieved a long-held goal of creating a beds in our backyard to grow herbs and vegetables. My paternal side of the family has been farming for at least seven generations and I grew up on my grandparent’s cattle farm, so I felt poised for at least modest success.  It […]

Keeping It Fresh

“I lived in Japan as a kid, and my mom was a teacher,” says Shannon Mitch, founder of Blooms Botanica — a full-service, floral design company, in New Orleans.  “These Ikebana masters would come in and do presentations. I remember thinking, ‘I want to do that.’ It was my earliest interest in floral design.” Decades […]

Petal Pushers

If you are anything like me, you are a sucker for beautifully photographed recipes and they often inspire you to experiment in the kitchen. Lately, I’ve been obsessed with any food or beverage employing dried rose petals. Ice cubes with petals frozen inside are a particular favorite, as well as rose petal garnishes and rose […]

Fresh Approach

Funny Face Sud’s ceramic Sicilian urns are packed with personality. Fill them with greens or branches for a fanciful look or simply set them out on their own to evoke playful sophistication. sudneworleans.com  Wild Thing Leopard, cheetah, antelope textiles have me seeing spots. If you’re gun-shy, start small with a pillow or chair cushion but […]


Contractor: Patrick Scariano Designer: Penny Francis Eclectic Home Cabinets: Eclipse cabinets through Mattix Cabinet Works. Maple wood veneer and painted island and shelving Flooring: Large format porcelain through Eclectic Home Installed by Prestige Flooring Countertops: Quartz from Triton Stone Backsplash: Ceramic tile from Eclectic Home, installed by Prestige Flooring Fixtures: Plumbing fixtures by Brizo Lighting: […]

Written in the Stars

Every time Stacey and Robert Sexton visited New Orleans from Washington D.C., they felt pulled to the relaxing pace and the warmth of the community. Then, in 2018, Stacey, an astrologer and student pursuing a Masters in Religious Education at Loyola, found that astrocartography — or the astrology of place — supported the synergy that […]

Renovation of the Year: Perfect Patina

High school sweethearts Matt and Christina Meisner lived in Austin when they visited New Orleans for their second wedding anniversary in 2013. “[We] basically couldn’t stay away after that,” Christina says. The couple, who also lived in Melbourne previously, found a lot of similarities. “Our time in Melbourne … solidified our appreciation for historic homes, […]

Design Details

When it comes to cabinetry, the hardware can make all the difference. In fact, hardware can transform cabinetry from traditional to modern — and any style in between. Local designer Marion Cage’s collection of handcrafted fine cabinetry hardware combines her background in industrial design, jewelry and architecture, resulting in gorgeous pieces of art. From initial […]

Welcome Change

One of The Best things about springtime in Louisiana is being able to open the windows and doors on those days when the sun is out, the temps are cool and the breeze delivers the invigorating feel of the outdoors inside the house. On the other hand, one of the worst things about springtime is […]

Pretty Practice

$138 Pro Level Made in Germany, each Manduka 6-millimeter “Pro” mat is made from high density, 100 percent latex-free PVC, providing a stable surface and extra cushion. A “proprietary dot pattern” provides excellent traction to keep the mat from slipping during practice, and with a subtle textured surface to allow for confident postures. Available in […]

Nature-Based Design

With all the stress of today, it is no wonder designers and scientists are working together to produce evidence-based research showing that nature-based designs have multiple health benefits. Designs that connect with nature through their images or materials are proven to reduce stress and reenergize our brains. All in addition to looking beautiful. Vert Coffee […]

It’s Electric

The 2020s have been difficult for most people. But 2022 introduced a new challenge for everyone to overcome: skyrocketing energy costs. New Orleanians have seen bill increases in the hundreds of dollars in the past year. So what are reasonable tips local residents can employ to make the energy bills sting a little less? The […]

Garden Oasis

Whether you have acres of land to tend to, or simply window boxes and indoor plants, there is no denying that adding greenery and flora to your favorite spaces is a feast for the eyes and soothes the soul. These delightful accessories and tools from local shops will make the task effortlessly pleasant. Pink Haley […]

Food Focused

A signature program of the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, Emeril’s Culinary Garden & Teaching Kitchen is a national education program integrating culinary gardens and teaching kitchens in schools to create interactive learning environments focused on food. The program integrates four pillars: instilling in children an appreciation for the source of food; fostering life skills that set children up for a successful […]

Flowering Dogwood

Appearance This deciduous flowering tree features attractive green foliage and red fruit that attracts wildlife. With a moderate growth rate, the flowering dogwood reaches 20 to 30 feet tall and about 20 feet wide at maturity. Use Be sure to give your new tree adequate room to grow. The tree should be planted away from […]

Beignets All Day

Beignets & Gravy Recipe yields two dozen beignets; one gallon gravy Beignet Dough 1 cup milk, warmed ½ package dry yeast 3 cups all-purpose flour ¼ cup sugar 1 teaspoon salt 2 medium eggs ½ stick butter, melted 3 cups vegetable shortening for frying Flour for dusting Powdered sugar for dusting Place warmed milk and […]

Juliet Meeks

Juliet Meeks found a sweet spot at the intersection of art and product design. By working diligently at both, she creates original artworks as well as designs featured on products for such well known retailers as Anthropologie, Birchbox and Uncommon Goods. She also teaches artists how to license their work. “Seven years in and it’s […]

Design Diary

Restaurant Acquisition The growing hospitality company, Angevin & Co., led by hospitality industry veteran, Robert Thompson — who also recently purchased The Frenchmen Hotel and The Whitney Hotel — has purchased the French Quarter building that once housed the historic K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen at 416 Chartres St. Tyler Robinson, a founding Partner at SVN | Urban […]

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