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The Lost Art of the Letter

1. Air plant. Dunn and Sonnier Antiques Florals and Gifts 3433 Magazine St. 504-524-3235 dunnandsonnier.com  2. Florentine letter box. Dunn and Sonnier Antiques Florals and Gifts 3433 Magazine St. 504-524-3235 dunnandsonnier.com  3. Leather-look hardback journals. Scriptura 5423 Magazine St. 504-897-1555 3301 Veterans Blvd. 504-219-1113 scriptura.com  4. Marble paperweight on brass stand. Dunn and Sonnier Antiques […]

Artist Profile: Cristina Molina

Cristina Molina’s art is a confluence of personal things – including her background, education, experience and interests. Yet Molina’s pieces – she works predominantly with still photography and large-scale video installations – explore themes that are relevant to society at large – archetypes, interpersonal relationships and narratives about women. “I’m interested in revealing feminine and […]

Trendwatch: Game of Throws

Longhair Brazilian Cowhides (hanging) and Tito Agnoli Modular Sectional at Katie Koch Home; Vintage Wool Throw Blanket at Sunday Shop; Shearling ‘Brady’ Counter Stool at Eclectic Home. Bloom & Give Cotton and Wool Jacquard Throw at Sotre; Velvet-backed Kilim Pillows at Sunday Shop; Moroccan Rug and Square Pouf at Katie Koch Home. Clockwise from top:  […]

Last Indulgence: Decadent Drizzles & Dips

We’ve used extra virgin olive oil for cooking for years and historically opted for the economical store brand. After buying a bottle of Stonehouse California Olive Oil on a trip to San Francisco last year however, I was a convert to the “fancy” stuff, but not for cooking. Rather, we keep a bottle on hand […]

Ask the Experts: The Stone (and Tile) Age

Options in hard surfaces like tile and stone are continually expanding and evolving, giving homeowners more choices to make than ever. Whether you want hard surfaces with a subtle, soft appeal or a stony, rustic intensity, you can just about achieve any look these days. Advances in technology have opened new avenues for printing, cutting, […]

Price Mix: Going with the Flokati

Now that the cooler, occasionally cold, days are with us, many New Orleans homes may feel decidedly drafty. Adding a soft rug to sink your toes into will bring a touch of warmth, and style, to your home’s design palette, according to Penny Francis, owner and principal designer at Eclectic Home.     “Flokati rugs are a […]

Inspiration Board: Orient Express

Four light black iron and metal pagoda lantern. shopatabode.com Zeal Deluxe Daybed, a midcentury design multifunctional sofa with adjustable sides, available in light blue, mixed dance aqua petrol, fleshtex dark grey or soft mustard flower as shown. modernmarketlifestyle.com Silky Kyoto fabric with eastern inspired floral pattern. perch-home.com Eastern inspired hand knotted wool rug combining heathered […]

Home Renewal: Reno-great

Maybe you’ve bought a new home and want to put your personal stamp on the kitchens and bathrooms. Maybe you’ve owned your home for many years but are selling it and want to increase its value on the open market. Whatever your reasons for wanting to renovate your kitchens or bathrooms, there are a number […]

Comfort and Joy

You’ve run the gamut of winter and summer entertaining. You have done dinners and lunches and brunches and cocktail parties at home. You’ve done picnics and croquet in the park. Did you do an art gallery gathering? Of course you did. Have you given lovely dinners in private rooms and on rooftops at your favorite […]

Kitchens and Baths

Contractor: Dragan Zegvic Architect: Daniel Zangara Cabinets: Conner Millworks Flooring: Rosa’s Hardword Flooring *most floors were original to the house but were restained and refinished. Backsplash: Pieri Tile and Marble Co. Countertops: Pieri Tile and Marble Co. Tile: Pieri Tile and Marble Co. Tub: LCR The Plumbing Warehouse Fixtures: LCR Lighting: Pottery Barn and Restoration […]

A Whiter Shade of Pale

The homeowners are well versed in decorating and designing using a palette of every hue and shade of white imaginable. The artwork next to the armoire in the living room is by Tony Mose. The mirror front armoire is from Oly Studio. All furnishings, artwork, lighting fixtures, and accessories used throughout the house are from […]

Editor's Note: Home for the Holidays

When it comes to holiday entertaining, I like to keep it simple. In fact, that’s my motto for all entertaining. Effortlessly chic is always in style, so whether its a cocktail party or a sit down dinner and no matter what season we are in, I opt for simple cocktails and easy-to-execute meals. One year […]

Masters of Their Craft: Ice, Ice Baby

Exquisite glassware and house-made bitters are just some of the things that make up the perfect craft cocktail. These trendy concoctions focus on high quality ingredients and ask only that as you imbibe you take your time to savor the flavor. Therefore, what a crafts cocktail aficionado desires is something that will keep his pricey […]

Living with Antiques: Not Goodbye

In 2007, New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles editor in chief Errol Laborde called to ask me if I would be interested in writing the antiques column for the magazine. Of course, it depended on my meeting with the editor, Eve Kidd Crawford. One Saturday morning, Eve called for the interview, announcing that she lived near […]

Home Grown: Orchids

1 DIVA DEBUNK Orchids are not the primadonna of plants. With the proper information anyone can successfully grow beautiful orchids. 2 BREATHING ROOM Never pot an orchid in potting soil; the roots will suffocate in the dense soil. Use a growing medium such as peat moss or perlite. 3 LET IT RAIN Watering should be done only when […]

For the Garden: Urban Oasis

Amidst the whoop of sirens, the growl of motorcycles and the constant throb of traffic on the Pontchartrain Expressway, one finds peace and calm in a verdant oasis on South Rampart Street. In the heart of Central City, Paradigm Gardens teems with flora and fauna as goats gambol, butterflies dine on milkweed and sparrows frolic […]

Comfort Food

English Peas with Cauliflower Cream and Country Ham INGREDIENTS 1 head cauliflower 1 quart milk 8 ounces butter 1 pound English or green peas 3 cups panko bread crumbs 1 cup olive oil 3 lemons 8 ounces country ham salt and pepper to taste CAULIFLOWER CREAM Take cauliflower head and cut florets from the stem. Place […]

Bon Vivant: Easy Does It

A few years ago, one of our neighbors suggested a progressive dinner party for our building-wide holiday gathering. One person or couple wouldn’t have too much responsibility or labor. It was a brilliant idea. We did cocktails at my place; the neighbor across from us served appetizers; one upstairs neighbor provided the entrée with sides; […]

Get Organized: Fa la la voilà

For many, the day after Christmas is the time to take advantage of all the deals on festive decorations, holiday décor and all things that make this season so special. However, as your collection grows you’ll need some Christmas storage solutions to organize all those Christmas villages, ornaments, lights strands, wreaths, snow globes and holiday tableware. […]

Design Diary

Fresh, hot bread buzz Bellegarde Bakery, which many New Orleanians have been enjoying for years through local retailers and eateries, including Whole Foods, Simone’s Market, Martin Wine Cellar, St. James Cheese, Bar Frances, Lilette, Palace Café or via the company’s baking classes, is set to open its own retail location in January 2019. The Advocate […]

Summer Bridal Show – June 14, 5-8 PM