Colors Along The Bayou

We Louisianians are a patient people.  We are aware our neighbors to the North actually get to experience seasonal foliage and fall colors before mid to late November. Fall takes it time getting down to Louisiana, but when it does it stunningly shows its true colors along the bayou in perfect fall form.  I’ve yet to find a better way to take it all in than to hit the road with camera in hand, Dave the Builder at the wheel, and the words from the song “Drive South” defining the moment.

Come on baby drive South
With the one you love
Come on baby drive South

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You can be guaranteed if it’s late November the locals are asking, “Are the leaves in color on the bayou Ginkgo?”   This famous landmark Ginkgo tree has served as the picture perfect photo backdrop for generations of  local residents.  This picture does not do justice to just how beautiful these colors along the bayou really are.

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Decades old iron bridge railing has aged gracefully through the years. Brick-lined streets, decorative ironwork and historical homes make a drive though the garden district a trip through time.

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Further South down the road we go to another small town favorite, Lea’s Lunch Room. Lea’ s is known throughout the United States as the place for pie. It’s a standing game day tradition to stop at Lea’s for one of their famous ham sandwiches and a piece of pie on the way to Tiger Stadium. Recently, Lea’s Lunchroom was listed in the USA TODAY Travel article “10 best: Delicious Pies around the South.”  All that driving and photographing works up an appetite, and it is the best excuse I know of to order up a sandwich and a slice of coconut pie with sky high meringue to-go, of course.  On the road again…

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The Mary McCoy Big House stands steeped in history on the Solomon Northup Trail. The story of Solomon Northup was the subject of the film, 12 Years a Slave. The Bayou Boeuf community and the parishes of Central Louisiana historically factor into the life of Solomon Northup.  When I was in college at LSU I used the Mary McCoy Big House as my thirty minutes to home mile marker. Lots of history and beauty associated with this local landmark.

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Like the leaves, the colors of the season are changing from browns and oranges to brighter reds and traditional greens. This much needed road trip was all the detour needed to help me collect my thoughts and take a breather before the next phase begins. December 1st signals the official Christmas season kick off.  Here we go!

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Lovely Lantern Light Fixtures

Whether brilliantly hanging  in the center of the room, strategically and stylishly placed as an accent, or on top of a lamp post, lovely lantern light fixtures remain classic and elegant home decor choices for interior and exterior spaces.

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A red pineapple lantern and lacquered Italian armchairs make an excellent argument for the ever popular pop of color.

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Stairway to flawless elegance.

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Tobi Fairley strikes interior design gold, and black , and white, and red, and red-orange . Color combination divine!

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An antique round pedestal center table becomes a stunning muse for the iron foyer lantern.  I really like the look of the lantern, and the way it is hung slightly lower than a conventional hanging height.

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Copper. How I do love thee.

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The crowning glory of this look  is without a doubt the lantern chandelier.

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Three lovely lantern light fixtures all in a row add such unique detail to this outdoor space reminiscent of classic Hollywood, cocktails at the pool, and lush gardens.

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The neutral palette and multiple piece wide crown molding make it a point to complement the dark finish of this hanging lantern with clear water-seeded glass.

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Lantern chandeliers easily conform to any decor.  A lovely and logical explanation as to why they remain a popular home decor choice.