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!

Don't Forget About Dad! Father's Day Gift Guide

Aidan Gill Shave

Father's Day is right around the corner (ahem... it's THIS Sunday), so you better get on that gift giving bandwagon... and fast!  Here are some fun options any Dad is sure to love, even if you're lacking in the creativity department.

Aidan Gill Shave  Aidan Gill for Men old-fashioned shave, $35


Timex for J Crew Vintage Field Army WatchTimex for J Crew Vintage Field Army Watch, $98

Spotify SubscriptionSpotify subscription, $10 per month

Yee Haw Pickles Sample PackYee Haw Pickles Sample Pack, $65

Smathers and Branson Needlepoint FlaskSmathers and Branson Needlepoint Flask, $65

Home Depot Gift CardHome Depot gift card, any amount

NOLA Couture Gator Bowtie  NOLA Couture Gator Bowtie, $55

Harry's Father Son Shave KitJ Crew Harry's Father and Son Shave Kit, $30

Costco High Sierra Hydration PackCostco High Sierra hydration pack, $38

Driftwood iPhone Dock Uncommon Goods Driftwood Log iPhone Dock, $72

Amazon Prime Amazon Prime subscription, $99 per year

Fashion Friday: Carnival Style

Mardi Gras Goes Rouge Carnival season has come and gone, but this year was one to remember!

I just downloaded all of my pictures and realized how lucky Beau, Joe and I really are.  Here in New Orleans, people aren't afraid to let their hair down, get gussied up and have a whole lot of fun.

So without further ado, here are a few of my favorite fashion finds from all along this year's Mardi Gras parade routes (including my own bubble bath-inspired getup)!


Christmas Time in New Orleans

Me and Holiday Mascot, Mr. Bingle Okay, so it doesn't exactly FEEL like winter in New Orleans.  I mean, 70 degree weather doesn't muster up memories of sipping hot cocoa by the fire.  But take a quick look at the beautiful decorations around town and you'll see the holiday season has indeed begun!

Our city's ever-enterprising marketing gurus have tapped into New Orleans' wintery charm with all sorts of events and attractions.  At the top of everyone's list is Celebration in the Oaks.  City Park transforms into a stunning holiday exhibition- one of the best in the country.  If you're in the French Quarter, don't miss the lights adorning Jackson Square and take in a FREE concert at the Saint Louis Cathedral!  Meanwhile, Canal Street and it's charming red street cars are aglow with decorations, as are local hotels, including my personal favorite: The Roosevelt.  Walk through glimmering arches and grab a hot cocktail from the world-renowned Sazerac bar.  It's downright magical.

Not to be left out, the amazing folks at the Preservation Resource Center are hosting their annual holiday home tour.  Prepare to ogle some of the most stunning historic homes you've ever seen.  Oh yeah... and they're gussied up with some pretty fine decorations, too.  But that's besides the point.  If you want kitchen renovation ideas, do NOT miss the tour!

If you're willing to venture outside the city, the bonfires just might change your life.  My family and I were lucky enough to partake during our first Christmas down South.  We drove to Lutcher with canteens of coffee, hot cocoa, Bailey's and peppermint Kahlua.  "Uncle Larry" invited us to his block party, where they welcomed us with open arms and 3 pots of gumbo.  We strolled along the levee, marveling at hundreds of bonfires in all shapes and sizes, lighting the way for Papa Noel.

It doesn't include snow-capped mountains, but a Louisiana Christmas is one you will never forget.