New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles - November 2008

Holiday Gift Guide

Williamson Designs / La Vieille Maison  3646 Magazine St., 504-899-4945Hal Williamson’s chic Uptown shop features fabulous gifts and home furnishings for the holidays. Choose from Diptyque candles, Low Country Luxe candles, elegant imported glassware, pewter by Match, colorful ceramics &…

Counter Intelligence

“What’s lurking in your countertop?” asked the July article in the New York Times. “Are granite countertops a health threat?” asked CBS News.I pondered these questions the other day as I stood at my granite-tile countertop, cutting an apple for…

Charleston Mayor Urges Caution, Prudence Before Demolition

The Inaugural Renaissance Awards and Preservation Resource Center Heritage Club Luncheon was held on Sept. 18 at the Audubon Tea Room. More than 220 guests converged on the elegant locale to celebrate the great historic architecture of New Orleans and…

33rd Annual Holiday Home Tour

A Message from the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans… The first Holiday Home Tour was held in 1975 to raise money for the Preservation Resource Center and its budding programs. Held on the evening of Dec. 17, the inaugural…

Necessities with Niceties

Not every home has a den or a study or a media room, but even the most basic dwelling has a kitchen and a bathroom. It would be easy to take these functional rooms for granted, and many people do.…

Outside In

Heather Burglass doesn’t consider herself a gardener, but she is an avid lover of gardens all the same. Not only did she and her husband, Bruce, recently host the patron party for the Longue Vue Symposium at their home in…

Bright Ideas

The days grow shorter, the nights are cooler, and it is time to seek shelter from the long chill of November evenings. It is time  to go inside, curl up on the couch (with a copy of New Orleans Homes…

Night Lights

I come from a tiny family with precious few holiday traditions, so I am elated to have had the good fortune to marry into a huge Catholic family that has a ritual for just about everything. The Easter egg hunts…

Retailer Spotlight: Christian Russell & Matthew Ruffino

After Hurricane Katrina, Christian Russell partnered with hisbrother-in-law Matthew Ruffino in his family business, Ruffino Custom Closets. The duo specializes in custom storage solutions such as closets and garages. Russell says they reach out to “all ranges” of clientele, and…

Retailer Spotlight: Leslie Armstrong

Armstrong’s Lighting, which started 84 years ago on St. Bernard Avenue, has blossomed into a successful venture that specializes in lighting, ceiling fans, home décor and gifts. Today it’s located on Clearview Parkway in Metairie, and Leslie Armstrong, who co-owns…

Artist Profile: Carol Peebles

From as rough an element as charcoal, Carol Peebles creates portraits full of warmth, light, tenderness and the subtlety of human personality. She’s skilled in many different media and takes on a wide range of subjects and styles, but it’s…

Back to Basics

It’s hard to imagine a Thanksgiving meal without turkey, green bean casserole and sweet potato pie. But contrary to popular belief, the spread at the very first Thanksgiving feast in 1621 was not composed of the elaborate stuffed turkeys, saucy…

Style

Heavy Metal Part of Lunares’ Natura collection, these exquisite bowls are designed and handcrafted by a brother-and-sister team of artisans. Thanks to their unique alloy composition, they’re incredibly durable and will not chip, crack, break or tarnish — keeping each…

Editor's Note

The very first Thanksgiving dinner I attempted did not go according to plan. Oh, I didn’t burn down the kitchen or give my family salmonella or anything dramatic like that, but I mistook cayenne pepper for paprika, which in Missouri…