Holiday at home in Louisiana themed decorations, lights, treasures, treats, and reminders find their way into my holiday thoughts and decor.
From mid November through early January, 2013 the Natchitoches, Louisiana Landmark Historic District along the Cane River is illuminated in over 300,000 Christmas lights and 100 riverbank set pieces in celebration of the Christmas Festival of Lights. Shopping, dining, antiquing, horse drawn carriage rides, live entertainment, and legendary fireworks displays each Saturday night make this one of the most anticipated traditions of the holiday season.
Sleigh Ride by the Louisiana born, raised, and swingin’ Harry Connick, Jr.
These vintage snaps are blasts from Louisiana Christmas past of my mother and brother, uncles and cousins and yours truly with the Claus.
Dave the Builder and I took a Christmas light walking tour through our neighborhood a couple of evenings ago, and this Christmas nativity display captured the essence of the season for both of us.
The large glass pine cone and Santa ornaments cast a vintage feel, taking me straight back to the country Christmases spent at my maternal grandmother’s house.
New Orleans knows how to throw a party and a holiday celebration! No trip to New Orleans, the French Quarter, and the French Market would be complete without a visit to Aunt Sally’s Creole Pralines Shop. Believe me, Christmas time is the perfect time for a box or two of New Orleans’ signature candy. Ca c’est bon, y’all!
My small but cherished collection of hand-painted Louisiana cypress Santas add a dash of Louisiana seasoning to the holiday scheme each year.
Do you incorporate a touch of at home in your holiday decor and celebrations?
Christmas lights from around the world brought to you by holiday spirit, magnificent talent, skill and style extraordinaire, and historical architectural wonders of the world as seen through the lens of talented photographers.
Fifth Avenue~ New York, New York
Mann’s Grauman Chinese Theater~ Hollywood, California
Jackson Square~ New Orleans, Louisiana
Empire State Building~ New York, New York
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele~ Milan, Italy
Shops in Seiffen, Germany
U.S. Capital~ Washington, DC
Caesars Palace~ Las Vegas, Nevada
Auckland, New Zealand
Rockefeller Center~ New York, New York
Melksham, United Kingdom
calle de Alcala~ Madrid, Spain
Champs-Élysées~ Paris, France
Buckingham Palace~ London, England
La Grande Place~ Brussels, Belgium
Fifth Avenue: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images
Mann’s Grauman Chinese Theater: Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images
The nineteenth century lives on through character, color and design in the converted presbytery home of Muriel Dana. Featured in Campagne Decoration, the decor of this Normandy coast home reflects the fascination of a time gone by.
A self proclaimed decorator and bargain hunter, Muriel’s passion for furniture and objects of the nineteenth century swathe her home in a magnificent interpretation of romance, lace, and femininity. Shades of pink frame the space flattering brown accents, and the French settee done ooh la la lovely in complementing aubergine.
Repairs were made to cracking walls, doors, and windows, allowing detail to authenticity in the ground floor reception rooms. The greens of both the Louis XVI cane chair with gold accents and velvet curtains draw the eye to the finish of the golden brown mud walls beneath the wainscot. Two-tone walls, such as in this case, enrich the color palette.
The undeniable hallmarks of French decor- gray(or is it grey), blue, white- Très bien! The patina of the original mud walls allows an antique finish to be created summed up by two words, perfect imperfection.
Should I begin with the distressed beauty of the copper pot lined cupboard, the silverware cabinet door hardware and napkin holder, the embroidered sheets doing cuisine duty, or the gourmet feeling that French design and decor defines?It’s all so wonderfully French and so wonderfully good!
The upstairs master bedroom became the room Muriel had always dreamed of. Isn’t that exactly what a master bedroom should be? Baroque influenced accents from whitewashed walls, golden cherubs, and lace panels exemplify the new meaning of the three r’s ~ romantic, refined, restful.
Like mother, like daughter~ a dream room is the wish Muriel granted her daughter Sophie. Decor choices of framed vintage prints, pink as far as the eye can see, a bed crown befitting a sleeping princess, and toile de Jouy are perfect for child’s play.
Taking a meal in the intimate dining room overlooking the gardens would certainly be a dining and visual treat. The deep patina of the gray(grey) wall showcases the rosewood decorative wall clock as a focal point. The chicken wire doors of the china cupboard, the highly decorative appliques and crown, and toile lined shelves epitomize European charm.
Home design and decor should express and reflect the essence of its owners. The homeowner’s passion for the furniture and accessories, reminiscent of the nineteenth century, is uniquely displayed throughout the home. Character and charm are two elements of great design, and are the calling card of this stunning home.