New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles - December 2006

Joy to the World

When cold weather hits, it’s time to warm your spirit. And there’s no better way than with a creative cocktail. The concoctions featured in this article were dreamed up at two local bars: Loa in the International House Hotel and…

Home is for the Holidays

Traditions are celebrated at a local family’s fête.The holidays are such joyous occasions we all look forward to with anticipation. Family gatherings are such fun and set the tone for traditions that follow and evolve for years. In my family,…

‘Tis the Season for Style

Who doesn’t love the holiday season? For the first time all year, the New Orleans air is cold and crisp and you can finally move your coat to the front of the closet. The scents of spruce and cinnamon linger,…

Bright Lights Big City

A firehouse in the Marigny is aglow for the holiday season.Once upon a time there was an old firehouse in the Marigny. The firemen had long since gone and the building, built in 1906, had fallen in disrepair. One day…

Top Hats and Tales

You know gnomes. By now I’m sure you’ve seen the Travelocity ads on TV in which a garden gnome’s many trips around the globe either make you want to travel—or not. “Gnome-napped”—as the fad is called—the gnome has been taken…

Hang 'em High

Cabinets with a contemporary look—as well as a dark stain—are gaining popularity.There’s good news for homeowners tackling a kitchen renovation right now. Never have there been so many options for cabinetry.Unfortunately, that’s also the bad news. They’re almost too many…

Glass Action

No one is certain about the definitive origin of the word “cocktail.” Some explanations claim that it was first coined during America’s Colonial period, though at least one story asserts that it was born in New Orleans when Frenchman Antoine…

The Call of the Hunt

Wood Duck Decoys by Cal Kingsmill.A self-proclaimed “folk artist,” Cal Kingsmill is the contemporary king of a type of art that emerged more than 1,000 years ago. “It is the only true art form that was started in America by…

Return of the Native

At the Cabildo, you can see this mahogany Louis XV-style armoire made in Louisiana, circa 1810. Photo of Armoire: Skip BolenBarbee Ponder caught the collecting bug early, back in 1991, when visiting estate sales and browsing funky Magazine Street antique…

Have Yourself a Merry Recycling Christmas

‘Tis the day after Christmas, and all through the house is, well, a mess. The tree is looking a little crispy—and the holiday expiration date on that foil-wrapped grocery store poinsettia is fast approaching. There are piles of gift boxes…

A World of Difference

Holiday traditions may vary, but one thing for certain is that there will be parties and other celebrations around this time of year. For as long as I can remember, my family’s tradition was to have a Christmas night party,…

David Dillard

He doesn’t sit in an office wearing a suit and tie. He is a hands-on worker, dedicated to the restoration and preservation of New Orleans historic houses and buildings. Originally from Mississippi, he moved to New Orleans to work on…

Max Mipro

In 1968, while working as an agent for a carpet and curtain manufacturer, Mipro decided to start his own business—out of his garage. At first he sold carpets and curtains, then added Oriental rugs to the mix. The business, he…

Sandra Burshell

Sandra Burshell’s optimism shines through in her artwork. For a while, post-Katrina, she says she was obsessed with taking photographs of the destruction in areas such as the Ninth Ward and Lakeview. Her photographs—close-ups of houses, fence posts, windows and…