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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.

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!

 

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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British Colonial Blues: Guest Bedroom Inspiration

20140618-054708-20828911.jpg I don't think there's a color combination I love more than classic blue and white.  Ralph Lauren adopted the scheme early and decades later, still hasn't turned back!

As Joe and I began to decorate our upstairs guest bedroom, I chose a British Colonial theme for the space.  I think the vintage, global and travel accents will coordinate perfectly with the safari-themed nursery next door, without being too "matchy matchy."

Grounded with blue walls, crisp white trim and our freshly refinished floors, I've added Ralph Lauren bedding, along with a table and bookcase from Home Decorators Collection that features warm wood tones and beautiful curved lines.

Now, it's time for the fun finishing touches!  Here are some inspiration photos I gathered online.  I'll post pics of our own finished space soon!

 

 

 

Garden District Curb Appeal: Simple Design, Big Impact

  Simple Design

There's a Garden District home I was lucky enough to visit on the PRC Home Tour with the most stunning landscaping out front!

The owners just updated all of the soft and hardscape... and the impact is amazing.  Set against their bright white home, the pure green hues pop.  They've incorporated a few rustic containers, with the urns flanking the door and my favorite, the oversized planter that's just overflowing with lush ivy.

It's a clean and simple design, and that's what makes it so effective.