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
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.