Monday, January 28, 2019


Greek Revival Double-Gallery Home

One of our most enjoyable afternoons in New Orleans was spent wandering around the Garden DistrictThis neighborhood was developed in the 1840's and is considered one of the best-preserved collections of historic mansions in the country, its homes reflecting the prosperity of 19th century New Orleans. In the 1850's the creole-style cottage and popularity of Beaux-Arts / Greek Revivals (the oldest home types in New Orleans) became passé and Enlightenment brought forth high demand for Italiante architecture. Many residents began adding picturesque architectural detailing to their existing homes, which created a blending of home styles that provides the Garden District with much of its character. As you stroll through the neighborhood you will encounter Double-Gallery, Raised Center-Hall Cottages, and American Townhouses amongst towering late Victorian mansions. 

I immediately fell in love with the romantic architectural elements, intricate wrought iron craftsmanship, lush landscaping and camellia-lined fences. We walked up & down the neighborhood's old wobbly sidewalks, admiring the myriad details and charming porch swings. The neighborhood is stately yet the canopy of oak trees along it's streets gives it a comfortable, sleepy vibe.  The smiles we received from neighbors as we passed by reflected the warmth of southern charm. I hope you enjoy looking through some of my favorite historic properties and detail shots (many of which are on Chestnut Street).

Greek Revival Double-Gallery Home

Walter-Grinnan Robinson House

Greek Revival Double-Gallery Home

Women's Opera Guild Home - Combination of Greek Revival and Queen Anne Victorian Architecture

Joseph Carroll House - Italiante Architecture

Front Entrance to Joseph Carroll House

Eastlake Architecture

Italiante Architecture

Italian Gothic 


Tuesday, January 22, 2019


New Orleans has always been a place high up on my travel list not only for its rich history and incredible food scene, but also for the extensive antique shops and distinctive historical architecture. My husband, puppy, and I have had the pleasure of staying in this truly charming city for almost a week now and today we head back to New York. I feel such an attachment to the people here and am quite sad to leave. However, I am excited to share with you some of the places that brought me the most joy. I hope this post will urge you to visit. (Or plan a return trip back!)

Dapper, our puppy, and me on Royal Street in the French Quarter

Sunset over the French Quarter from the Hotel Monteleone

Corner Apartment on Royal Street

The historic Hotel Monteleone

Lobby of the Hotel Monteleone

Colorful shops in the French Quarter

Jackson Square overlooking St. Louis Cathedral 

Jackson Square

William Faulkner's home in New Orleans on Pirate Avenue (opening photo is the top of the building)

The French Quarter was great fun to explore and, hands down, my favorite spots in this part of the city were the restaurants. We hit a few of the best-rated foodie spots and were not disappointed: I highly recommend all them.  We kicked off our adventure with a cafe au lait, a crawfish omelette and beignets at none other than Cafe Beignet. The Palace Cafe served the most delicious frozen Bananas Foster cocktail, Brennan's was my favorite overall experience from start to finish, the turtle soup at Galatoire's was sublime, and Arnaud's served the most delicious baked oysters, as well as a memorable handmade crab filled pastry. I also recommend grabbing a shrimp Po' boy at Johnny's Po' Boy -- and don't forget your side of gumbo!

Beignets at Cafe Beignet 

The Palace Cafe

Brennan's Dining Room  |  Photo: Brennan's

Arnaud's Dining Room  |  Photo: unknown

Arnaud's Handmade Crab Pastry filled with Crabmeat

Exterior of Johnny's Po' Boy

Shrimp Po' Boy from Johnny's Po' Boy  |  Photo: unknown

Colorful daiquiri bar in the French Quarter

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Green Gardens

Photo: Terrain 
The perfect weekend requires the right amount of relaxation and adventure with the ones you love. My husband and I live in New York City and whenever we feel a bit bogged down with work we like to escape the city for a few days. One of my favorite spots is Connecticut. There are so many quaint towns with waterfront coffee shops all just a short drive from Manhattan.

When we head to Connecticut we love to stop and have brunch at the Terrain Cafe in Westport. I enjoy browsing around their extensive shop for new home goods or garden finds. Terrain is located in the heart of Westport and is a great destination to kick off an afternoon, or a weekend, away. Check out a few brunch pics and shots of some items that will enhance your gardening game:

Brunch Spread at Terrain Cafe   |   Photo: @betweenballoons

Rose Donuts with Lemon Curd and Rhubarb Compote  |   Photo: Terrain Cafe

Bloody Mary with all the Fixins from Terrain Cafe   |   Photo: Terrain Cafe

The Bloody Mary's at the Cafe are so delicious that the drive for just one is well worth it! If you can't travel to Westport every time you crave a Bloody Mary, then I suggest you hop over to our shop and order their mix. The mason jars are a nice touch, and the bar of fixins is also a great idea for a weekend of hosting & toasting at home. 

Terrain Cafe - Westport   |   Photo: @mytraynor
In addition to the killer brunch served in their romantic garden cafe, Terrain offers many treasures for both your garden and home. 

Beautiful Table Setting with Potted Plants and Moss  |  Design by @whatfionafinds  |  Photo: @serena_fresson

When entertaining, in lieu of flowers, consider decorating with a variety of plants as seen above. Below are a few of my favorite plants to decorate with:

Myrtles are very popular this year, and rightly so! However, be warned, they are a lot of work.  


 Let the experts at Terrain help you select the perfect trio of myrtles to sit on your breakfast table, your mantle, or next to your hearth. I learned the following lessons about care for my myrtles that has served me well: 

1. Select a well-sized pot with a drain and cover the top of the soil with moss 

2. Keep this plant out of direct sunlight in the summer time. Sun in the winter months is ok. Filtered sunlight is ideal but will tolerate low levels of direct sunlight.
3. Administer mild liquid fertilizer once every two to three weeks.

4. Water thoroughly, keeping the soil moist at all times. Do not put above fireplace or near heaters. (The plant will dry out quickly.)

5. Trim to maintain shape with sharp scissors.

6. Name it; they like that : ) 

Pots with Drains from Terrain 

Lemon Ferns

Lemon ferns are another excellent choice (see the shop page for my favorite) and succulents make sophisticated table runners and are very low maintenance. 
Succulent Display at Terrain

If you do make the trip to Terrain please be sure to post some of your favorite pics with #fromtherugup


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