It takes a certain kind of charm to convince a patron at a charity gala to spend thousands of dollars on something they didn’t know they wanted. That’s exactly the charm wielded by Lake Charles native Lydia Fenet, auctioneer for Christie's.
Adam Newman has a keen aesthetic sense, developed as an architecture student at Tulane the 1980s, then as a graphic designer. He might be expected to radically alter any house he owns.
When Henry Ford was looking for a place to assemble Model Ts back in the 1920s, he had efficiency on his mind. Why assemble identical parts for cars in Detroit, then pay to ship them all over the nation? When he decided to build regional assembly …
There’s nothing more satisfying than picking fruits and veggies straight out of your own garden. And there's nothing more disappointing than finding lumpy, misshapen fruit, or no fruit at all, after months of preparation.
Now that every grocery store sells orchids, the art of growing these flowering plants has been largely demystified — at least as far as the phalaenopsis orchids found in the supermarket go. Every home design magazine seems to picture robust displa…
Whether you plan to build or renovate, the 2019 Parade of Homes, sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Greater New Orleans, has bright ideas for your new dwelling or for updating your old one.
June is a time of transition in our lawns and gardens, with the heat of summer looming. Prepare for summer by following these tips:
Julia Reed has long written about food and entertaining. The New Orleans resident and Greenville, Mississippi, native wrote a food column in The New York Times magazine twice a month, essays that were collected in "Ham Biscuits, Hostess Gowns, and…
The house on Milan Street announces its presence with an elegant par terre garden, cheery plantings along the fence and immense Carnival-style flowers affixed to the facade.
Is there anything more romantic than a spring stroll through a moonlit garden filled with the heady fragrance of gardenia, the pure white blossoms shining in the landscape?
Whatever happened to The Enraged Chicken? For that matter, what was The Enraged Chicken?
The AgCenter has gotten several calls the past few weeks about strange-looking bugs eating ornamentals. The culprit turned out to be bagworms, the caterpillar stage of moths in the Psychidae family.
When Susan Gillibrand bought her French Quarter Creole cottage in 2011, she didn’t have the time or energy to turn her attention to the courtyard.
Wayne J. Troyer, an architect who brought an artistic eye to his building designs and civic endeavors, died Saturday of pancreatic cancer. He was 66.
Jake Stout and Colby Danna used to live Uptown in a charmingly renovated shotgun house. There was a perfect garden in front and a chic, contemporary floor plan inside. But then something changed.
Many gardeners in our area are working with limited urban or suburban space and looking for ways to add visual interest — and perhaps screen fences or exterior walls.
A sidehall house in Treme, a Craftsman school building in Algiers, a Henry Howard-designed church in Faubourg Marigny, and a midcentury office building on Canal Street are among the projects completed in 2018 in Orleans Parish that will receive “A…
May is a wonderful month in southern Louisiana. The weather is nice, plants are thriving, and working in the garden is usually a pleasant pastime rather than sweaty labor. Here are some of the chores you will want to attend to in your garden and l…
The home of Leonard and Becky Rohrbough on Lakeshore Drive in Mandeville stands as a testament to the personalities of three generations of the family that has owned it for more than 100 years, plus changing tastes in architectural styles.
It has been an extraordinary year for monarch butterflies in our area. Gardeners throughout the state have been sharing stories of milkweed being eaten down to stubs and loads of fat caterpillars stripping their plants bare.
Jordan Bantuelle, of the All You Need Institute, and Leif Olson, a professional mushroom grower, want you to quit throwing away your coffee grounds. Use them to grow mushrooms instead.
Kathleen Wolf may have heard from her parents as a child that money doesn't grow on trees, but their words did not convince her. Instead, she has devoted her career to showing that it does.
When the Joy Theater opened in 1947, it joined a virtual galaxy of downtown entertainment places that included the Loew’s State Palace, the Saenger, the Orpheum and the Civic theaters.
Composting is becoming increasingly popular with home gardeners, both as a way to reduce household food waste and create healthy garden soil.
The celebrated New Orleans-based designer Lee Ledbetter has his first book out, and it is a doozy: a don’t-miss, gotta-have for everyone interested in architecture and design.
When the time came for him to depart the mortal realm, Patrick Dunne thought he knew exactly how he would leave.
After the recent cold spell, perhaps spring is finally here to stay. One thing is certain: This weekend the 40th annual New Orleans Spring Garden Show will be taking place at the New Orleans Botanical Gardens in City Park.
When a group of artists consider the natural and man-made beauty of New Orleans City Park and the Botanical Garden, their collective and individual responses yield an exhibition that is nothing short of wondrous.
From outside, the double-gallery house at 1122 Jackson Avenue resembles many such town houses in New Orleans’ Garden District.
They say March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb and that April showers bring May flowers. But in southern Louisiana, it can be spring one day and summer the next, rain nonstop for a week and sunshine for two. However, as each month co…
When Hotel Peter & Paul opened in late 2018 in Faubourg Marigny, the attention to detail and respect for the architecture during an expansive restoration made it a hit with visitors, locals, city preservationists and publications, including Tr…
When it came to planning her kids’ summer break, Leah Nunn Engelhardt’s most valuable resource was a calendar.
Tim and Karen Lott made a bold decision two years ago when they hired Scott Staimpel, a pool and landscape contractor, to fulfill their dream of a backyard oasis.
A rainbow of color is about to appear in the swamps and gardens of Louisiana, just as Carnival season fades away. Louisiana irises (Iris brevicaulis, Iris fulva, Iris giganticaerulea, Iris hexagona and Iris nelsonii) grow wild in our state and in …
Maybe it takes an old-timer to know that President John F. Kennedy’s assassin lived in the 4900 block of Magazine Street in September 1963.
"Every other minute, I think of something else that was lost," said Anne Montgomery Grace, whose family home on St. Charles Avenue was destroyed by a stubborn and unruly fire last week. "But, it could have been so much worse."
March brings a flurry of activity in the gardening world. There’s a lot to do on many fronts, and we hope this checklist will help you stay organized and get the job done.