New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles - December 2008

Timeless Treasures

Every Christmas for more than 30 years, I have unpacked treasured items that are part of the holiday traditions in our family. There are the ceramic Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, lovingly painted by the receptionist at my husband’s office…

Egg Me On

So many things during the holiday season seem to inspire strong feelings on both sides. “Little Drummer Boy,” for example: My husband loves it. It’s his favorite Christmas carol of all time. I, however, would rather listen to nails on…

Hip to be Square

Is it just me, or are we suddenly seeing less carpeting and more tile floors around here? Lord knows it makes sense, particularly on the ground floor of slab-on-grade houses where a little flooding can do a lot of damage…

Give Strong

As the holiday social scene begins to heat up, guests all over town start asking themselves the same question: “Where did I put all of those fancy wine bottle bags?” There’s nothing wrong with bringing a bottle of wine for…

Festive Food

Cat Cora How has New Orleans influenced your cuisine?I grew up in Mississippi and went to the University of Southern Mississippi, so I was really just about 45 minutes away from New Orleans. I grew up coming here, and I…

Winter Wonderland

Minus the softly falling snow and horse-drawn carriages, the classic Georgian-style home of Jennifer and Fred Heebe looks much like those pictured in the Courier and Ives lithographs of yesteryear. From the outside, the glittering white lights delicately strewn across…

Christmas Past & Present

Tis the season to be festive … and festive it is at the home of Leslie and Brian Boudreaux in the Beau Chene gated community in Mandeville –– with a twist of Southern hospitality. Their raised Acadian cottage-style home is…

Making Merry

Whatever you may be celebrating this December, we raise our glass to you! Traditionally, now is a time to observe Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa. Let us embrace them all. It is also during this time that New Orleans Homes &…

Wick-ed Woman

After studying ballet for 17 years and earning degrees in political and social sciences from Loyola University, Lisa Jo Hienz decided to take her career in a new direction –– up in smoke. “I returned from a month-long Katrina evacuation…

A Time to Plant

Monique Pilié has planted a lot of trees. Let’s be more precise: Through her nonprofit organization, Hike for KaTREEna, Pilié has planted more than 2,175 trees in greater New Orleans. That would be one tree for every mile she hiked…

One-Dish Wonder

“D” is for “December” — and “decadent” and “delicious.” The list of adjectives seems never-ending when it comes to describing the most indulgent time of the year. With the leftover holiday ham, the remaining liquor from last weekend’s cocktail party…

Retailer Spotlight: The Plant Gallery

The Plant Gallery started as a small shop in the French Quarter in 1991 and has expanded greatly since its inception. Today, it’s a diverse business that occupies almost 3 acres on Airline Drive and employs nearly 60 professionals, including…

Style

Toast of the Town  Influenced by architectural mosaics and tile work created by Venetian artisans, Anthony Shafermeyer and Claire Kelly have developed a unique stemware collection. Each piece is produced by pulling colored glass into long rods that are cooled,…

Artist Profile [Srdjan Loncar]

From a comfortable distance, Srdjan Loncar’s sculptures look innocuous enough, taking the life-size shapes of a tree, a deer, a campfire, even a woman dressed as if she’s running a few errands. Come closer, though, and Loncar’s art reveals itself…

Christmas Memories

It’s one of my oldest and fondest Christmas memories: My mom and dad and I were walking along Bayou St. John in mid-December when we noticed that City Park was all lit up. We abandoned our normal path to cross…

Holiday Gift Guide

The Plant Gallery9401 Airline Drive • 504-488-8887 • www.theplantgallery.comIntroducing Monica Rich Kosann fine jewelry at the Plant Gallery. Exquisite hand made pieces that tell a story...These unique pieces showcase pictures of your most treasured loved ones. Collection available at The Plant Gallery…