Having some fun in New Orleans this week at a design conference.
I have been touring the amazing homes of art collectors, architects, artists and have met some of New Orleans' most interesting characters.
New Orleans gets into your soul. I always think of Harry Connick Jr. singing "Missing New Orleans."
Moonlight on the bayous
Creole tunes fill the air
I dream about magnolias in June
And I'm wishing I was there
This week, I am indulging in everything that the city offers...the French quarter, architecture, historic neighborhoods that are being rescued, mansions, cottages, shotgun houses, steamboat houses. A visit to the lower 9th ward. Walking on the levee with great views of the river and city. Amazing food. Jazz. New green-based architecture and design. Brad Pitt's neighborhood of almost 100 cutting-edge homes built since Katrina. Traditional mansions. An eclectic artist's residence on the Esplanade Ridge. Antiques. Jackson Square. Julia Street galleries. I met a voodoo priestess and toured her beautiful home.
New Orleans has a ghostly allure. The winding alleyways lead to the past and when you follow them, you never know what you will find.
The light is glorious and the sensory pleasures are almost overwhelming. I am still here and I already miss New Orleans.
And did I mention that the city is totally immersed in Halloween? Perfect.