Saturday, November 30, 2013

Decking the Halls…Chateau Lapeyre {2013}


An annual event always takes place the day after Christmas when I trek down to Houma, LA to deck the halls facade, mantle, and tree at my sister and BIL’s home.


My sister is a traditionalist like me and loves red, green, and gold.


The outside of her home features wreaths on every window decked in stately gold & red stripe. The front doors don wreaths topped with red ribbon accented in a gold lattice pattern.



The front door is surrounded by lush mixed green garland embellished with more classic ribbon.




We transform her Fall pumpkin topiaries into wintry snowmen with a kit from the local Michael’s Crafts.

Two reindeers from Frontgate welcome all to the home.


Inside, her mantle features two drummer boys (I love these.), a wooden train & truck, along with greens, bears, and other filler.






The live Frasier fir tree holds ornaments very special to my sis and her family.



Houma-style, y’all!

Friday, November 29, 2013

It’s beginning to look a lot like…


Thanksgiving is now over, and I certainly have a lot to be thankful for. But my favorite season is upon us, and the weather feels it so.

oyster wreath

It’s that time. It’s time to decorate. I will not be in the Black Friday crowds today, instead I’ll be sipping on hot chocolate, listening to seasonal tunes, and getting my glitter on.

I cannot wait to share with you this year’s Christmas decor. Stay tuned…


Enjoy my Christmas 2012 Home tour here!

Red, Green, & Gold, y’all!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!


I am thankful for my family & friends and of course all readers and followers of Uptown Acorn.


I wish each of you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

fat pants

Give Thanks, y’all!


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Tiffany & Co.


Welcome to NOLA to Tiffany & Co. The very first Louisiana location opened at Canal Place today.


Who can resist one of the iconic blue boxes?

blue box

The timing of the move to New Orleans seems particularly appropriate as the retailer recently launched a new collection of jewelry it calls “Jazz Age Glamour.” The company’s website touts that this jewelry line “casts a romantic spell unique to an era that remains fresh in the minds of movie makers, artists and designers.”

One of the very first presents I gave J was the Tiffany & Co. Return to Tiffany key chain with two engraved charms. That was back in 2001, and he still uses the key chain today.


I cannot wait to check out the newest location in Canal Place.

blue box2

Tis the season!

Blue Box, y’all!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Thanksgiving Tablescapes


J & I head to Honey’s Hive for Thanksgiving, so I do not set my table for Thanksgiving Day. By the way, my Fall decor is already put away, and the table is decked in its December hues of gold, red, and green.

I do digress…here are photos of a past It’s Fall, y’all soiree in my Atlanta home. Enjoy the tablescape.



I thought it would be fun to check out pinterest for some interesting tablescapes.

Comment and tell me your favorite. I’d LOVE to hear from you.

Check out these lovely tablescapes.

1. Faux Bois

faux bois

2. Outdoor Natural

outdoor natural

3. Equestrian Chic

equestrian chic 2

equestrian chic

4. Rustic Fall


5. Woodland Fall


6. Pumpkins & Fig

pumpkins & fig

7. Blue, White, & Orange

blue, white, orange

8. A Gold Fall


9. Rustic Gold

rustic gold

10. Gourds & Kale

gourds & kale

11. Plentiful Pinecones


12. Log Fun


Which is your favorite?

Check out my pinterest board for sources.

Setting for Thanksgiving, y’all!

Monday, November 25, 2013

In Bloom…


Saturday was the annual neighborhood Magazine Street Blues Festival. Though it was overcast and misty, J & I braved the cool front to get a bite to eat and pick up a couple more of the flower sculptures by Carnival Sculpture, Brian Bush.


We did not stay for very long due to the inclimate weather, but I did purchase two bluish-green blooms.




They look great added to my already “in bloom” post.


I think I need to call him for a few poinsettia blooms for the holidays.


See an earlier post: Flower Power

In Bloom, y’all!

Sunday, November 24, 2013



The following is taken from Stephanie Karina entitled, “18 Signs New Orleans is Your City”.


1. You know that as soon as you tell people from out of the state where you’re from, you’ll need to prepare to field a series of questions about Hurricane Katrina.

2. At least five of your friends have surnames that end with the suffix “-eaux.” Many of them have surnames that the untrained eye can’t pronounce correctly.

3. You don’t know whether to feel frustrated or bemused about out-of-towners who think that going to New Orleans and getting smashed at Pat O’Brien’s allows them to develop a real cultural appreciation for the region. To be fair, these are probably the same kind of people who refer to Mardi Gras as “Pardi Gras.”

pat os

4. Speaking of which, you know that probably about three-fourths of the folk who flash their chests for dinky, plastic beads during Mardi Gras come from out of town.

5. When you first got to college, you couldn’t help but marvel at the students who ended their Friday nights facedown in the grass by their freshman dorms with pizza-flavored vomit seeping out of the corners of their mouths. Basic.

6. Though Lil’ Wayne put Hollygrove on the map, you know that your city’s musical offerings — past and present — far expand his body of work. What else would you expect from the place that spurred the career of legends like Louis Armstrong and the Neville Brothers?

lil wayne

7.  Your friends from elsewhere keep pronouncing it “New OrlEEns” in earnest and you don’t have the heart to correct them.

8. However, you have no qualms correcting those who call it “N’awlins.”

9. “Tchoupitoulas” sounds fairly intimidating — like the name of an exotic disease that melts your skin and causes your brains to ooze out of your ears — but you know that it’s just the name of an important street. And the name of the Creole Creamery sundae challenge no one you know has ever been able to complete.

street sign

10. You spend a disproportionate amount of time convincing friends who are about to visit New Orleans for the first time that, no,  the likelihood that someone will rob and/or murder them is no higher than it would be in any other city.

11. The best part of summers during your childhood was getting to eat snowballs. Not snow cones. Not shaved ice. Hansen’s wedding cake flavored snowballs, topped with condensed milk.


12. At your high school graduation, you wore a white gown that looked eerily similar to a wedding dress while your male classmates wore tuxedos with white coats, and this felt perfectly normal.

13. The suggestion “pinch the tail and suck the head” might have more titillating connotations elsewhere, but it means something much tamer for you — though sticking your face in a plate of well-cooked crawfish can sometimes be just as exciting as anything else.


14. You know firsthand just how vibrant Who Dat Nation is, and you also know that Odell Beckham, Jr. deserves to win the Heisman this year. Clearly.

15. For as long as you can remember, you’ve asked for your po-boys “dressed.” Consequently, that time you visited your college friend in New York City and asked for your sandwich “dressed,” you didn’t understand why your server looked at you as though you had suddenly sprouted a second head from your shoulder.

poor boy

16. Nine out of ten times when you introduce yourself to someone new, they ask if you’ve ever visited Bourbon (child please), and you feel as though you have to explain that the French Quarter entails much more than this one street.

borbon st

17. You have strong feelings about Ray Nagin, but you will get downright vicious when it comes to defending your favorite flavor of Hubig’s Pie (all about that chocolate, y’all).

18. Chris Rose once wrote that, in New Orleans, “We dance even if there’s no radio. We drink at funerals. We talk too much and laugh too loud and live too large, and, frankly, we’re suspicious of others who don’t.” Like Rose, you know that this city — your city — possesses a mystical quality that makes your chest ache and your throat burn if you’ve been away for too long. No matter how far or long you go, you won’t be able to resist coming back — if only for a while — because there is truly no other city like this. 504ever.

I love Chris Rose’s quote in #18. So true!!!

504ever, y’all!

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