New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles - February 2009

Enchanted Evenings

Romance is a part of New Orleans. It is everywhere. As a Southern city, it shares a certain warmth, but we are set apart by an indefinable thing that makes us special. Why not share that “specialness” with someone this…

Ace of Cupcakes

Zoey Devall, owner of “gourmet cupcakery” Bee Sweet Cupcakes, started her business in October 2008 and had her shop up and running just over a month later. The youngest of 13 children, Devall mixes her love of family with a…

Homegrown Solution

The lemon grass was a guess, but it was a good guess.The problem we were addressing was cats. I am not one who rejects cats out-of-hand. Their grace and stealthy affection intrigue me. In our yard are headstones memorializing two…

Two to One

On an unassuming block of Joseph Street, a former double shotgun stands, squared-off in the proportions so familiar to New Orleanians. It is the home of Lee Adler, an attorney with Phelps Dunbar LLP who specializes in business, real estate…

Anne Boudreau

The three-dimensional work of Lakeview artist Anne Boudreau may appear fantastical at first glance. These fabric constructions seem to float in midair, suspended from transparent lines. But a closer look reveals familiar forms. Many are organic shapes inspired by nature,…

Hostess with the Most-est

In February 1999, upon spending their first Mardi Gras at home on the St. Charles Avenue parade route, Pamela Lyles and her family christened their home “Hotel Lyles.” From that year on, houseguests from near and far seemed to flock…

Lee Ali & Rose Ali

Shop of the Two Sisters, owned by Lee Ali and Rose Ali, was established in 1994 and sells all manner of home furnishings, including upholstery, furniture, antiques and vintage pieces, lighting, throw pillows, artwork, accessories and area rugs. “We provide…

Where Unlikely Things Happen

I was recently regaling my friend Tommy, an old college buddy from San Francisco, with stories of the first post-Katrina Mardi Gras. My mother and I, so eager to hurry out to the parades, parked hastily and ran to St.…

Rub-a-Dub-Dub

People always laugh when they find out that I take baths in the morning. It’s as though baths should be reserved only for small children or 19th-century aristocrats. People see baths as a throwback to a slower time, when people…

Pearls of Wisdom

Many years ago, my dad — a small-town North Carolina boy studying English at Tulane — had a little too much fun on his first Lundi Gras and awoke on Mardi Gras Day feeling decidedly subpar. He was wandering through…

View from the Top

Family FestivityOn a stately Southern-style Colonial balcony, several generations of a tightly knit family gather during Carnival season. Jerry W. Kelly Sr. and his wife, Marilyn, reside in the home, along with his mother. The Kellys’ children and grandchildren can…

The House that Art Built

As most prospective homeowners will tell you, looking for the perfect house — especially your first house, because it has to be the right house — can be a frustrating process. Longtime friends Libra LaGrone and Bradley Sabin had looked…

Restoring the Past

More than three years ago, a monstrous storm blew into New Orleans and tried to wash away much of our past. It was a time of quick decisions, some life and death, and a test of our city’s spirit. Now,…

The University Section of Uptown

The University neighborhood, a small sliver of Uptown named for the various colleges and universities that exist within its boundaries, stretches along St. Charles Avenue roughly from Broadway to Calhoun streets.Its distinctive architecture ranges from the Gothic buildings of Tulane…

Style

Defining Luxury: The Qualities of Life at Home (Rizzoli, $65)Jeffrey Bilhuber, the media-savvy designer for tastemakers and celebrities such as Anna Wintour, Elsa Peretti and Iman and David Bowie, presents his most recent projects from coast to coast in Defining…