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Reflections on DC

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Yeah, yeah, we’ve all heard the expression, “time flies.” Seriously, though. What happened to the past 8 months!?

It blows my mind to think of how much time has passed since my little family packed up our historic New Orleans home and moved to our Nation’s Capitol.

It’s been a wild ride, to say the least. In the past 8+ months, we purchased a home, started new jobs, new school, new daycare and began new home renovations (pictures to come)!

I’m thriving professionally. Fox 5 has been incredibly generous, offering me opportunities reporting on everything from Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court hearings to Paul Manafort’s criminal trial, the first stemming from Robert Mueller’s investigation. I’ve also anchored a variety of different newscasts here at the station, even hosting our political show “On The Hill” this past weekend.

Diving into an exciting new market that has such an impact on our nation has been incredibly fulfilling. It’s also been exhausting.

As I gain my footing professionally, I’m moving closer to finding a work-life balance. One of the biggest blessings has been our very social neighborhood. Not only am I surrounded by hard-working, fun-loving professionals, but the kids have plenty of buddies to run around with too!

I look forward to seeing what the New Year holds and promise to get back on this blog more often!

Anne Cutler and family in the snow

Historic Rountree house saved by New Orleans renovator

New Orleans Rountree Bland House Courtesy Cygnette

This thing was ugly.  Dangerous too. When we moved into our home, looming behind us was a behemoth of a Gothic New Orleans mansion.  In its day, the Rountree house was a treasure, but through the years it became dilapidated- propped up with 2"x4"s and covered in blue tarp. 

Think I'm exaggerating?  Just read the articles below...

Over time, many people tried purchasing the historic home, designed by famed New Orleans architect James Freret.  However, caught up in a divorce proceeding, the owners were never willing to sell.  That is, until Andrea Bland came along.

Andrea is a true gift to New Orleans.  She's spearheaded incredible Uptown renovations, bringing homes many thought were too far gone back to their original glory.  She's been honored as Preservationist of the Year by the Preservation Resource Center.  It was a hard-earned title.  

When Andrea took on the 4,200 sq ft Rountree house, it was leaning a whopping 13."  A strong wind could have knocked this thing down.  Not to mention one of our famed New Orleans hurricanes.  Andrea straightened the home and stripped it down to the studs.  She then came back, carefully re-crafting every original detail, down to the ornate tin-lattice under the eves and the plaster medallions on the ceilings.

WGNO News reporter Deepak Saini followed her work on television.  Uptown Messenger writer Owen Courreges documented the progress in print.  Their research and storytelling weave an incredible tale.  The images are breathtaking.  Now complete, it's almost impossible to believe just how far Rountree... now Rountree-Bland...  has come.

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Read more (and check out BEFORE pictures) here:

Deepak Saini: Rountree Renovation: Preserving an iconic home

Owen Coureges: The slow, painful death of Josephine's leaning tower

Owen Courreges: The good, the bad and the ugly




Garden District stunners shine bright this holiday season

PRC New Orleans Holiday Home Tour, Photo Courtesy Sarah Essex Bradley It's baaaaaack!  Each year, one of my favorite New Orleans events is the Preservation Resource Center's Holiday Home Tour.

This weekend, tourists and locals alike will grab their lattes and get their exercise, walking through the historic Garden District neighborhood, where 8 homes open their doors to the public.

If you're looking for a taste of the good life, the mansions decked out in holiday decor, will have you daydreaming in no time!

Money raised from ticket sales benefits the PRC's wide range of community programs.