In January of this year, Southern Living Magazine (which graces the coffee tables of most homes in New Orleans and in the southern states) contacted me about doing an article on the rebuilding of our house post-Katrina. I was so honored that Southern Living, a magazine which I have been following for so many years with its great articles on Southern cooking, travel destinations and features on some of the most beautiful homes in the Southern U.S., would want to feature my home.
Here are some of my favorite recent features from Southern Living in case you are not familiar with this Southern magazine icon:
Front Door Style Opportunity is knocking! Add style to your front door with one of these four winning combinations inspired by some of our favorite Southern cities
Easy Growing: Rose-purple azaleas, white flowering dogwoods, and live oaks laden with Spanish moss create an iconic picture of spring in the South.
7 Classic Southern Paint Colors: We’ve rounded up the colors most closely associated with our region’s architecture.
So in the somewhat cold month of January, a 5 member editorial and photographic crew from Southern Living flew in to New Orleans to spend 3 days with us. It was a lot of work preparing the house for the shoot with 2 young kids and 3 very curious and attention seeking dogs (especially the Labrador who wanted each of the crew members to engage in a game of "toss the kong so I can go retrieve it about 100 times"). But it was also a lot of fun and meeting the staff of Southern Living was a great experience that I will always treasure.
Yesterday, in the mail, I received the April 2012 issue of the magazine and was ecstatic to see the beautiful article they wrote on my little house in New Orleans. Due to hit newstands today or tomorrow, here is a sneak peak at the issue.
April 2012 issue
A little nook in my kitchen
Our family room with Thelma, one of my twin wire-haired dachshunds. Her sister, Louise, was under the antique daybed which I use as a sofa.
My beloved secretary (to the left) which I rescued and painted in Benjamin Moore's Tudric Pewter and Summer Storm (inside the drop leaf).
Embarrassingly distressed front porch floors. People think I did it on purpose but that is the result of painters painting on a rainy day and not letting the paint fully dry before the next coat.
The family portrait (took several shots to get everyone, including Satchmo and Louise to all be
looking at the camera!)
Thank you, Southern Living, for believing that I was worthy of such a wonderful article.
Hope you have a fabulous day wherever this post finds you.