Staying for Summer

 A lot of us scheme up ways to beat the heat – blasting the air-conditioning, spending as much time in the pool as possible, drinking mint juleps at all hours of the day or altogether fleeing the scene.

It’s not that I wouldn’t turn down a chance to summer in Europe or somewhere exotic, but I truthfully don’t envy the people who vacate the Crescent City too much, because I cherish our summers. Maybe it’s because I grew up in Washington State, which is gray and cold-ish roughly eight months of the year, but I can’t get enough. I say bring on the heat.

I especially enjoy the evenings (as long as I have Louisiana perfume, aka bug spray, handy). It’s slowed down and sultry and it goes perfectly with my favorite gypsy jazz on the stereo.

As a summer proponent, I’m proud to bring you our second annual outdoor issue. We have tons of tips on accentuating your outdoor space, whether you want a quiet oasis to sunbathe or an exciting, colorful setting for a garden party.

Valorie Hart recently attended an outdoor soirée with renowned chef Adolfo Garcia of La Boca, Ancora and the soon-to-be-opened Primitivo. His new spot will center around a fire pit and grilling meat, and he generously shares some of his recipes on pg. 56, along with cocktails that complement the cuisine.
We are also excited to give you an in-depth look at two beautiful homes: the modern, updated ‘50s ranch house belonging to Katie and Marc Levy, which features pops of color and bold furnishings throughout (pg. 40); as well as Cathy and Keith Daigle’s elegant, French-inspired new home on the Northshore (pg. 48). They are as different as can be, but are both fantastic.

If you’re thinking about undergoing a renovation but are wondering how to finance it, Peter Reichard spoke with some incredibly helpful lending experts. In Gatherings, pg. 20, Margaret Roux gives you a refreshing summer salad recipe courtesy of Addie K. Martin, and Lisa Tudor brings you the latest in outdoor accessories in Trendwatch, pg. 29.

Overall, this issue is full of entertainment and helpful tips on outdoor living, so that you can have your best summer yet!

Sarah Ravits, Editor

Staying for Summer

These porcelain lanterns with a perforated design add a soft, warm glow to any outdoor evening gathering. From West Elm, 2929 Magazine St., 895-2469,

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