I am back from a great trip to Louisiana visiting my husbands’ family. I spent a day last week in New Orleans while staying in Baton Rouge. My morning started with a visit to Eclectic Home, where there is tons of neat lighting, fun accessories and great looking furniture. I was looking for a few things for a client, and they couldn’t have been nicer or more helpful!
One great thing about the blogging and design community is that you get to know people over email, and then when you meet them you feel like you already know them a bit. I have been reading The Gimlet Eye for a while, emailing with Jessie, and I got to meet her in the morning which was a treat.
Next I went toPerch and spent some time with the owner Caroline Robert, who writes a great blog and is a very talented designer. Perch always has the most hip looking art, lighting, chic accessories and it is all mixed with comfortable furniture.
Valerie Hart aka. The Vamp (who works at Perch and is the coolest woman in nola) arranged a fun lunch at Coquette on Magazine for a few bloggers and shop owners and we had a great time.
Thanks to Beki (blue dress) from ArtsyCraftyBabe who posted this photo on her blog. At lunch I sat in between Caroline and Fifi Laughlin and across from Valerie. I know, lucky me! Fifi makes fabulous lamps, which I wrote about last summer.She sells her lamps in the back rooms of Kathy Slater’s shop on Magazine, they are worth a stop!
After lunch I had a kaput car battery, and the talented decorative painter and blogger Mitch Settoon tried to help me jump start it but no dice.
So while I sorted out my car issues, I got to hang out with Julie Neill and the fun girls in her two shops. A big thanks to Julie, Christine and Jennifer for helping me out in a pinch!!
If you are in town be sure to check out her new shop with Shawn O’Brien N + O (Neill and O’Brien/New + Orleans = CLEVER!) down the street, it is amazing. I had a few more stops that I didn’t make it too, but most importantly I did pick up my husband at the airport on time. I am looking forward to my next trip!
Stay tuned for NOLA Recap #3, possibly a two-day adventure.