Tuesday, May 24, 2016

All About the {Southern} Bird

I know. I know. The post could go in a number of directions, but I am referring to my love of Southern Coastal birds such as herons, cranes, and pelicans. On our recent jaunt to Ocean Springs, we stopped into Hillyer House, one of the loveliest shops on the coast.

I am such a fan of Southern artist Jean McKee that I rarely leave without adding one to my collection. For some reason, this one of an orange-haired heron really spoke to me. I love the colors used especially the pop of orange. The vertical shape is also different than the square-shaped ones I already own.

I added it to the top of the secretary in the parlor and rearranged the trophies I have up there. I am really digging the POP of orange.

When we visited in March, I picked up this darling bird oil also. I do not think that I ever managed to share it with you.

I placed this one on the wall along the lower landing of the staircase. A collection of curiosity-filled trophy cups sit on a demilune table.

J & I love to shop at Hillyer House when we are in Ocean Springs. It is a must-see destination if you are in the area. The staff could not be more friendlier.

More on Hillyer House HERE.

More on Jean McKee HERE.

Countdown.... FOUR!

Southern Birds, y'all!

Monday, May 23, 2016

An Uptown Stunner is For Sale

I have walked by this gorgeous home on my daily walks many times over the past 7 years that J and I have been back in New Orleans. I love the home, the location, and its landscape. You cannot beat a property with mature and stately oaks.

The home is located on Camp Street near Louisiana Avenue just one block from great shopping on Magazine Street.

This Uptown Greek Revival home is now on the market, and the price was just lowered to $2.9 million. Pocket change?

Take a closer look at the amazing photos:

You can see more HERE.

Uptown Stunner, y'all!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

The Weekend That Was {May 19-22}

The school year is coming to an end this week, and I am so excited.

On Thursday, J's mom and sister arrived from Indiana. On Friday afternoon, we headed for Biloxi, MS to soak in some salty air. We stayed at the White House, a glorious, recently renovated hotel overlooking the Gulf.

The White House Hotel is a historical boutique hotel with a beachfront location. Keesler Air Force Base is just one-half mile away and the casinos and new baseball stadium are only one mile. Enjoy a meal at our restaurant, Cora's, open for Lunch and Dinner; where 40 wines and 16 draft beers are featured on tap. Relax in our over sized lobby or rooftop terrace overlooking the landscaped front lawn, designed for large outdoor weddings and parties, also home to our luxurious pool and hot tub that overlook the beach.

You can read more about the White House HERE. I do suggest you try it out when on the coast. There is an elegance to the hotel that one does not often find on the Mississippi Coast.

Drinks in Cora's Lounge were a must! Friday Happy Hours are always a great way to unwind.

On Saturday morning, we headed to Ocean Springs to hit some of our favorite shops. Hillyer House is always a fave of mine and J's. We never leave without something and an obligatory photo with the signature mermaid. Hillyer House features many local artists in a classy setting. Jean McKee is a favorite, and we have already collected 6 of her original works of art.

We dined and had cocktails at Maison de Lu. It is always a good choice.

In the late afternoon, we headed back to New Orleans where we dined at Houston's on St. Charles Avenue. We love listening to the live jazz while sipping our libations.

When we entered Houston's, one of my readers came to introduce herself to me. Her daughter suggested that she follow my blog, and she has been a fan for a while. Lynn is from Prairieville, LA and also a teacher at a private school. I even found out she is related to mutual friends of our family from Thibodaux. She also teaches a friend's son. Small World! I adore when readers come up to me. Don't ever be shy.

Jeff's family flew back to Indiana earlier today. It was a great visit with good weather.

It is my last Sunday to anticipate school for the year. I could not be more excited.

The Weekend That Was, y'all!
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