Friday, August 28, 2009

new orleans hospitality part II

continuing my last post...
more pretty pictures of paulettes home in new orleans.
remember, she plucked us off the street, and gave us a private tour!!
an apology up front...
for the life of me, i can not figure out how to keep my photos closer together?!
sorry if your pointer finger becomes soar from all the rolling of the little wheelie-thingy 0n the mousey-thingy! hey, at least i have figured out how to enlarge photos! yippie!
every fireplace had an antique mirror above...

simple light fixture and modern art in the master bath .

can you imagine applying makeup at an antique dresser??

darn, i cut off the top of this painting.

walking downstairs.

check out the runner and gorgeous artwork!

love, love the stained floors!

looking towards the front door.

paulette pointing out yet another spectacular mirror.

this 17th c. french desk stills wears its original red leather!!
like i said before...cute shoes!

love, love this painting by the front door!!

thank you
thank you
thank you
your hospitality was certainly appreciated by this housoholic birthday girl!!
i only regret i didn't take a better shot of you
or get your last name!
hospitality, alive and well in new orleans...

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

new orleans hospitality...part 1

so, my hubby and i are having a lovely stroll through the "garden district" in new orleans and i am in birthday heaven!! i absolutely love, LOVE old houses and gardens and this area was doing it for me! oh, yea baby, baby! i mean i really do love old houses and go on every house and garden tour that i can and i've been known to walk my dog at night, just in case somebody is nice enough to let me see inside. oh come on, i know you do it too! so, we find ourselves on this cutey-patooty street and the friendliest lady pulls up in the front of this house, immediately engages us in friendly banter and invites us in!! now, mind you, we are total strangers, my hubby carrying his "guess what, i'm a tourist" backpack. and me, toting my camera of course and drooling at the mouth from all of the cuteness surrounding us..........

and yes folks................she invited us in!!!!!!!!!

not just "in",

but "come on in, take as many pictures as you want, "southern accents" magazine will be shooting here next week, sure you can go upstairs " in!!

so, with my camera snapping away... our new friend, paulette (at least that is what my hubby recalls her name to be, cause i was too excited to recall) flitts around turning on all of the lights and proudly gives us a private tour of her fantastic, light-filled gem of a house!!

sit back and enjoy the tour.........

i know i did!

and oh, by the way....

you are looking at 17th century antiques here folks!!

there's paulette reaching for a vase for the red tulips she bought for the office.

i love how she combines antiques with modern artwork.

paulette apologized for the mess out on the back courtyard...after all mardi gras was just last week!

yes...that IS indeed an antique sideboard sitting outside.

cozy courtyard here with creeping Ivy....

and creeping fig.

the collection of mirrors was unbelievable..........

there's the happy birthday girl in the reflection.

lovely fireplace........

ugh! that reflection yet again!

sweet little landscape paintings in the office.....

there's paulette in the newly refurbished kitchen making sure nothing was out of place!
cute shoes!!

looks pretty darn perfect to me!

at the top of the stairs we find the housekeeper in the laundry room.

love the floor to ceiling paintings!

ooh la la. this vignette is gorgeous... love the lampshades

i believe this was an office upstairs.

love the rug!

and i really love the nice calves on that guy with the tourist backpack!
well, needless to say, this was a

happy, happy birthday treat!

i have many more pictures to show you.

stay tuned!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

early morning light...

i love when the morning light streams through the front of my house...
and casts interesting shadows...

and bounces the light around,

creating a warm glow.

this will be a good day.

i have faith.

kitten enjoys the extra stripes...and the cozy warmth of mr. sunshine.

cat's have a talent for picking the best spots.

the house slowly wakes up .

as do i.

good mornin!

just easing into the day here..............

sorry i disturbed you kitten!
have a sun-shiney day please.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

a walk in the woods...

baby, it's hot outside...

must stay in the shade...

the cool shade...

we have a lot more hot DAZE to come...

stay cool!