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From blogging about homes to selling them!

St Philip Condo It's official!  I'm a licensed real estate agent in Louisiana!

I've been a lover of homes forever and have pondered selling them for years now.  So finally, I decided to bite the bullet.  I'm working with the amazingly talented Jon Huffman, who's not only my broker, but also my former co-anchor on Good Morning New Orleans.

So, if you're in the market to buy or sell a home in the New Orleans area, I'd be happy to help.  In the meantime, check out these pics of a stunner that caught my eye in the French Quarter.  The exposed brick is to-die-for!

 

Crushing on velvet for cool weather

Green Chair, Courtesy Roses and Rust Blogger Okay, so the weather's not exactly "cool" yet in New Orleans.  We're still inching our way there.

As I dream of those cold temperatures, however, I've been crushing on the velvet that's popping up in all my favorite catalogs and blogs.

The new velvets are warm and welcoming, not gaudy, and add an extra layer of luxury to any space.

Ditch the Vase and Get Creative

Teapot filled with fresh daisies Earlier this week, I brought home a bouquet of inexpensive daisies to brighten up our guest bedroom while my mom's in town.  Instead of using a boring vase, I pulled out our teapot and used that to arrange the blooms instead.

It was such a fun alternative, I thought I'd share some other ideas.  The next time you pick up a bouquet, don't be afraid to ditch the vase and get creative!

Kingsway House: Contemporary Design With Rich History

Kingsway House Chandelier- Studio WTA A while back my neighbor told me he found his dream home.  Since his house is MY dream house, I figured this place must be amazing.  He was working on a movie that was being filmed at the Kingsway House, on New Orleans' historic Esplanade Avenue.  It's a 12,000 sq ft private residence that's rented out for movies, weddings and parties (my friend Kenny went to a party put on by Solange Knowles there)!

The home began as two separate residences in the 1860's and was combined into one in the 1930's.  Back then, it was owned by Count Leon Arnaud Cazenave, owner of the famous Arnaud's Restaurant.  In the early 1990's, the property was transformed into Kingsway Studios, which recorded the likes of Pearl Jam, Peter Gabriel, R.E.M. and Sheryl Crow.  In 2002, it was sold to Nicholas Cage.  Studio WTA worked on renovations for Cage and again for Sean Cummings, the current owner.

The Kingsway House boasts a floor-to-ceiling crystal chandelier- apparently one of only two in the world.  The decor blends modern minimalism with traditional New Orleans warmth. I think its absolutely stunning, but take a look at the pictures from Studio WTA's website and decide for yourself!

Hanging Curtains: Professional Tips You Need to Know

Floor Length Sheers Courtesy Restoration Hardware Long, gorgeous curtains may be my single favorite element of any room.  They instantly add drama and warmth to a space.  However, hanging them always seems to be a bigger pain-in-the butt than anticipated.  I was hanging some curtain rods for our guest bedroom this weekend and figured I'd share a few helpful tips I've learned over the years.

  1. Choose the appropriate rod- Make sure the rod is chunky enough to accommodate your window and curtains.  If it's a small kitchen window, go with something dainty.  If it's a living room window with floor to ceiling curtains, you'll want a rod that is physically and visually a bit chunkier.
  2. Make sure the brackets work- If you're hanging curtain panels or a valance over some sort of blind or shade, make sure the bracket sticks out from the wall far enough to accommodate what's already there.
  3. Set aside the level- Normally, I'm a stickler for leveling everything, but not in this case.  A perfectly level curtain rod can look terribly uneven if it's close to an crooked ceiling.  Instead, take measurements from your ceiling or window, whichever is closer.  It may not actually be level, but visually, it will look so much better!
  4. Invest in a variety of drywall anchors- Use your stud finder (or just test with a nail) to see what you're drilling into.  If it's wood, just use the screw.  If it's drywall, you'll need something sturdier.  There are a ton of different drywall anchors on the market.  I find the twist and lock variety that look like a giant, plastic screw work much better than the cheap ones that come with your curtain rod.
  5. Pick the best place for your brackets- Rods are usually mounted 4" above the window and brackets are usually 3" from each side, but don't be afraid to break the rules.  Mounting your rod higher, for example, will add height to your room.

Here's a great video from Pottery Barn with some helpful tips:

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