I was born and raised in New Orleans. I wanted to share my colorful and inspiring visit this time.
First, off to the French Quarter. My sister April works as the Senior Graphic Designer for M.S. Rau Antiques on Royal St. She gave me a VIP tour.
M.S. Rau Antiques has been a French Quarter landmark for more than 100 years. Their 30,000-square-foot showroom literally overflows with remarkable collections of fine art, exquisite jewelry and exceptional 18th and 19th – century antiques. It is a must see if you are in New Orleans. Being a VIP I got to go behind the secret door to see their fine art collection and tried on a gorgeous yellow diamond ring. It looks good on me don’t you think? It was a perfect fit but I couldn’t convince my husband to take it home.
A few favorites were – the details in the Chippendale Mahogany Bookcase, the Lalique Collection, Norman Rockwell paintings, the Marilyn Monroe Lawrence Schiller photograph collection, and the white deco leather chair (which is available on 1st Dibbs picked by Ivanka Trump). My most favorite was seeing my sister. xoxo
The French Quarter
Colors throughout the quarter are Creole inspired from the Caribbean. When you go, you need to really look at the details of the houses. One detail you should look for is some of the blue porch ceilings. It has a history of why – some thought a blue porch ceiling mimics the sky and evokes the feeling of an extended day, while some people believed painting the porch ceilings, window and door frames blue can trick evil spirits into believing it’s water, which they cannot travel through the house. One of my favorite buildings is the one of oldest one’s Preservation Hall where you might catch the Preservation Jazz Band playing. If you love Jazz a definite must.
When I was a baby my Mother and I would take the street car to get around sometimes. I supposedly loved it. You know what I still do. Taking the street car uptown is a must, my favorite area is Audubon Park. Here is just a little of what you will see of the beautiful homes up and down St. Charles and Carrollton Avenue lined with oak trees.
Finally, I had to get an original New Orleans snowball to cool off!
Happy Everything Y’all! Karen