February 5, 2010

Southern Inspiration

French Quarter, New Orleans

When we aren't working on the house (which seems like ALL the time) you can usually bet we are somewhere else entirely. We love to travel, anywhere and everywhere. If the opportunity arises we take it and immerse ourselves in another city, country, or culture for as long as we can. And, because we love all things house related our travels (and subsequently our photos) revolve around architecture.  We love to tour homes, gardens, and public buildings wherever we go, and have found inspiration for our home from far and wide: from Guatemala to Wyoming, New York City to Hilton Head Island. I thought I would share some of that inspiration from a recent trip to Louisiana. 

Jackson Square, New Orleans

French Quarter

Creole Cottages - French Quarter

French Quarter - Love the turquoise shutters

Typical Shotgun in French Quarter - so much detail

A private courtyard garden - French Quarter

The French Quarter is famous for the iron work. These lush balcony gardens are everywhere.

Many stops were made here: the famous Cafe du Monde - is there anything better than fried dough and powdered sugar?

Corbel detail - Garden District, New Orleans

Beautiful rounded porch - Garden District

Ironwork detail - Garden District

Lime green and lavender creole cottage - Garden District

Pup keeps watch over a lovely line of Cottages - Garden District

Iron entrance gate - Garden District

I think I have about nine different photos of this leaded glass french door and transom. I love everything about it!

The famous Oak Alley Plantation

Live Oak - Oak Alley Plantation

No photography was allowed inside the plantation, but here is the view from the balcony. In the distance is the Mississippi River bank. 

Old Carriage House - Oak Alley Plantation

The beautiful Houmas House Plantation and Gardens - A surprise highlight of the trip

Japanese fish fountain - Houmas House Plantation & Gardens

The foyer at Houmas House - the pictures don't do it justice (no flash allowed). The walls and ceiling are covered with the most gorgeous hand painted murals. 

Mural detail - Houmas House Foyer

Again, this picture isn't great but I couldn't resist showing the amazing curved staircase.

An old sugar kettle that is now being used as a planter - Houmas House

Our gracious tour guide at Houmas House

Garconierre - Houmas House 

Gardens at Houmas House Plantation

Louisiana really is a magical place. From New Orleans (THE foodie capital of the south) to Baton Rouge, Lafayette to Lake Charles, there is so much beauty, culture, and graciousness.  We spent a week there and wished it could have been longer. Save me some jambalaya, we'll be back soon!

p.s. all pictures were taken by: A Tree Lined Street.


Blondie's Journal said...

Gorgeous, stunning pictures. I am so happy to find this post as we are going to New Orleans for my birthday in April!! I am so excited and it's ironic that you posted this today!! Really lovely pictures and great information. Thank you so much!


Marilyn said...

Oh my, my heart went pitter pat when I saw the live oaks. What a beautiful place to visit. THANKS for sharing such gorgeous photos! Louisiana certainly would be a nice place to visit.

Maria Killam said...

Thanks for your comment on blog, welcome to blogland!

lindsay said...

thank you so much for posting!

i lived in the Garden District in New Orleans until last August, when i moved away for grad school. i actually only lived a few blocks away from the cottages with the golden retriever that you've pictured.

seeing a little bit of home makes my heart happy!

Roger Whiting said...

Awesome mural detail from the Houmas House...wish there were more pictures :)

Mikheal said...

Do you know where the house with the turquoise shutters is located? Thanks,

Cate @ A Tree Lined Street said...

Mikheal - I wish I could remember the street it was on (especially because I want to go back there and get some better pics)! All I remember is that it is somewhere in the French Quarter :) How is that for helpful?


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