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A Creative Christmas

The holiday season is a time of joy, and that joy should spill over into all aspects of your celebration. Your decorations should be no exception. Don’t stress trying to make your holiday décor picture perfect. Instead, express your personal...

The Scents of Christmas

Holiday time used to be recognized just by its unique aroma. Remember when the garland went on the mantel or the tree came in the front door? The aromatic smell of fresh cut evergreen said Christmas was surely on the...

A Modern Holiday

Every year when the Christmas season rolls around, the McQuaid home gets a makeover. Most of the year in this south Covington residence, the décor is focused on seascapes and natural materials. When December rolls around though, extra layers of soft...

Bringing Nature’s Bounty to the Table

Pumpkins, winter squash and gourds are synonymous with the autumn season. They’re in most of our favorite recipes and adorn our homes as the holidays approach. Let the natural elements of the season’s bounty inspire a Thanksgiving table that characterizes...

Sublime Sanctuary

Everyone knows you can’t beat waterfront living. Tucked away in a small neighborhood on the edge of Lake Pontchartrain in Mandeville, a raised Acadian home sits gracefully surrounded by water on all sides. A fountain, a pool, a bayou and...

Naturally Elegant

A quiet street near bustling Southeastern Louisiana University is one of the most sought-after addresses in Tangipahoa Parish. The homes in this neighborhood are anything but uniform, making it a natural fit for this Louisiana-inspired custom home. A low, bricked...

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

AH, FALL! Children return to school, leaves begin to drop even as the heat continues to sizzle. As a gardener, fall reminds me to learn something new about the plant world and what I should plant now! This year, my eye was focused on the...

The Best Of Both Worlds

They chickened out. They planned to buy and live on a yacht. But after searching extensively along the Gulf Coast for the right vessel, they didn’t do it. Instead, new Mandeville residents Michael and Fran Riggs opted for a  river...

Surrounded By Memories

Preston Marx and Sonia York are collectors. Of souvenirs, memorabilia, furniture and experiences. From the time you drive onto their five lush acres, the evidence is spread out before you. Azalea bushes surround the driveway and bromeliads line the parking...

Corner of the World

FROM A PEACEFUL corner in the heart of Covington, a graceful home watches the world go by. The house has stood here since 1896, bearing both indoor plumbing and multiple hurricanes with equal fortitude. Now in the ownership of Gina...