Magazines are Much like interiors, in that every few seasons it is probably a good idea to do a little freshening up. With that in mind, we’ve been tidying, rearranging and adding a few new, bright, shiny items to our tried-and-true favorites in New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles. As you settle in with the issue, you’ll notice a new look, which is light and modern. Also, many of the departments and features we’ve all grown to love have been revamped to include even more tips and advice, broken down in easy, bite-sized morsels. We’ve also added our “Design Diary,” which serves up a heaping helping of decorative and fine art exhibitions, as well as design news and events. Our “Price Mix” feature, which in this issue explores what to look for when considering adding a Japanese chef’s knife to your kitchen arsenal, compares three of the best versions of a select home item, taking the guesswork out of finding the one that’s right for you. “Inspiration Board” (which debuted in the Spring issue) provides seasonal ideas and color themes for refreshing your rooms and in “Bon Vivant,” I’ll share my entertaining successes and secrets, as well as confessions of a few not-so-successful endeavors and ways to overcome defeat.

Speaking of entertaining, this holiday season, why not skip the labor-intensive party at home and let your favorite restaurant do the work? In “No Reservations,” we’ve put together a chic and festive gathering at Arnaud’s in the French Quarter, complete with all of the decorative and dining trimmings. It doesn’t get more elegant than this for an intimate fête.

As always, the homes we explore for this issue are the stuff of dreams. From an Uptown oasis to French Quarter swank, these interiors will inspire ideas and envy. Not to be outdone however, we’ve rounded up a host of eye-popping kitchens and baths that will have you ready to run, not walk to the nearest design showroom.

We feel like kids on Christmas day sharing our new goodies with friends and hope you enjoy the new look and offerings. From our house to yours, have a fun and festive holiday season filled with friends and family. Cheers!




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Inspired Design

Clothing and jewelry designer, decorator and writer are just a few of the hats worn by the prolific Sara Ruffin Costello. The former creative director at Domino magazine lives and creates in New Orleans with photographer  husband Paul Costello. Her latest project, “About Decorating: The Remarkable Rooms of Richard Keith Langham,” written with the illustrious decorator, is her third book. It published in September and features homes all over the country, including New York, Maryland, Florida, Connecticut, Memphis and, of course, New Orleans. Classic, all-American glamour, color and whimsy signify Langham’s interiors. The 256-page book is sure to please any design aficionados on your holiday gift list.