New Orleans Elegance and Energy for Mardi Gras

Happy Fat Tuesday everyone! In honor of Carnival, I have a lovely, historic home in New Orleans to show you all. This 19th charmer has elegance and energy in spades.

Oof, so charming. 

Love those full-length black shutters lining the covered porch.

A black and white painted geometric pattern on the wooden foyer floors is both traditional and graphic.

The living room is split into two seating areas. I am enamored with those green silk slipper chairs and that chandelier with the bow details (gasp!!).

Cream walls and pale taupe-grey drapes match the original marble mantel and serve as a backdrop for the lovely pops of color throughout the room. I love the oversized abstract painting above the sofa contrasting with the 19th century bones of the room.

You know I am allllll about this Chinoiserie styled dining room. A beautiful pale blue-grey color envelops the space and is the perfect supporting player for those flared, scalloped, pagoda-inspired pelmets (!!), complete with little tassel trim!! I die. The gold bamboo fretwork chairs add the perfect sparkle of glamour, especially when paired with the dark wood of the antique table and sideboard.

The twin of the crystal and brass chandelier from the living room resides in the dining room - I am in love with those little brass bows! One can only hope the lovely ladies in white in the portrait above the sideboard are the daughters of the home. Another original marble fireplace graces the dining room and the transom above the doorway is so simple and so beautiful.

A chartreuse library brings the drama with even more green upholstery, pops of turquoise, and a zebra hide rug.

I adore the brown velvet curtains as well in this library as well. And an articulated brass light is always a welcome fixture above a built-in bookcase. I just love this space.

The kitchen is completely updated, but the patterned tile floor, and pine island keep some personality in this space.

A cozy den is beautifully done in natural grasscloth wallpaper and black printed kilim style draperies.

A sunny breakfast room off the back of the house leads to the wonderfully landscaped garden. What is better than a trelliaged (is that a verb? It is now!) room in a pale sea foam green with black and white floors? I am obsessed with those little golden antique side chairs (the caning! The tassel detail!) with their velvet cushions featuring big greek key trim.


A serious garden surrounds the home - in the front, behind the brick garden wall, and all the way around the sidewalk.

Such tradition and verve in this historic New Orleans home! Perfect for a Fat Tuesday celebration!