New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles - December 2004

Shelf Life

Many of the city’s old homes have fireplace mantels that are the architectural focus of the room. They are usually adorned with family photos, art and tchotchkes. My home has a non-working fireplace, but it didn’t have a mantel, so…

Celebrating the Season

The date was the Saturday before Christmas eve—and while most people’s calendars are full by this time, that didn’t stop Tim Reily from having a last-minute dinner party for 12 that night. What inspired him was the Christmas village he…

Rolling in Dough

How do you know it’s the holidays in your home? The cinnamon-ginger smell of fresh baked cookies float from the kitchen throughout, drawing family members near for some midday snacking before the annual feast. By rule of thumb you must…

Bob Becker

When Bob Becker looks out of his window he sees an elegant expanse of lush green fields, century-old oak trees and blue skies. Not a bad day at the office, some would say. But it’s all part of the package…

Bubbling Over

Nothing adds the extra effervescence and magic to the holiday season better than a shared bottle of bubbly. Serving something sparkling makes you, and your guests, feel extra special and ultra-indulged. It’s a celebration in a glass. Ah, but which…

Made in the Shade

Paul Grüer does not sketch. He does not conceptualize. He does not design any of his lighting fixtures with plans or goals or hopes. What he does is put together wood, metal and sculpted polymer clay in forms and shapes…

Let the Sun Shine In

In New Orleans, we’re fortunate to have winters that are mild enough to permit many plants and grasses to grow year-round. But winter does take a toll on the landscape, leaving both our yards and our spirits a little droopy.…

Louisiana Trace

Joe Caldarera is giving back to his community one house at a time. As a resident of Kenner, where he was also born and raised, Caldarera purchased a parcel of land this year to turn into a residential community development.…

Factory Tile & Stone Depot

Before you decide to remodel with carpet or hardwood flooring, remind yourself of where you live. It might be a better choice to go with tile. “Most of us live below sea level and the possibility of flood waters is…

Louviere & Vanessa

“She clicks the shutter and I scream and yell,” is how Jeff Louviere good-naturedly describes the collaboration with his partner in life and work, Vanessa S. Brown. She in turn puts it this way: “We yell and scream at each…

A Holiday Haven

Swags of Christmas greenery surround an 18th-century Venetian mirror in the living room. On the mantel, two Chinese Foo dogs sit in front of a pair of 18th-century Venetian mirrored sconces. A bronze chandelier from the French Antique Shop illuminates…