Winter in New Orleans doesn’t always translate to cold temperatures; it is nonetheless a time of seasonal change. Roasts and soups — such as the Weeknight Tortilla Soup by Chef Brian Larson of Clancy’s in “Gatherings” — replace lighter fare in our Uptown kitchen. Holiday décor, plus throws and pillows in warmer hues also make their way out of storage and freshen up our living spaces.
The “Style” and “Trendwatch” features in this issue offer inspiration and accessories that will usher your interior into the season.

Changes are also afoot in New Orleans’ design scene. Over the past few months, new design stores such as Sutton House by Kelly Sutton, Katie Koch Home and Shaun Smith Home have each opened on Magazine Street. They will soon be joined by Sunday Shop by Killen Jensen, which should be open by the time you are reading this note. Always a hotbed of home stores and the designer’s studios and showrooms, Magazine Street is now — more than ever — a veritable design district.

Events abound as well. Be sure to catch the upcoming Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans Holiday Home Tour. Take a peek into eight fabulous Garden District homes, plus a bonus house, Matihilde Bernard Villere Hall at the Louise S. McGehee School for Girls on St. Charles Avenue. The event is Dec. 10 and 11 and information is available at The NOLA Home Show ( is Jan. 27 through 29 and features an impressive lineup of vendors, as well as talks by Kevin O’Connor of PBS’s “This Old House,” and “Ask This Old House,” as well as stylist, designer, author and contributor to this publication, Valorie Hart.    

In the meantime, dig into this warm and inviting winter issue of New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles. You’ll go ga-ga over the magnificent midcentury modern house designed in 1959 by Bill Calongne and updated by Cordula Roser Gray (“Time & Again” page 42). Our Entertaining feature is a feast for the eyes and offers up everything you need to pull off a festive dessert party fit for a queen (“Let Them Eat Cake!” page 66). Cheers to a fun, festive and fabulous winter!