Designers’ Delight: December Shopping in the Crescent City
It was only two years ago that I wrote about my mission to find the perfect antique chandelier for a client in New Orleans. And I was fortunate to be able to source a few unique items this year again. Reposting today as December Shopping in the French Quarter is just magical. It was a little cloudy, so these photos were as good as any taken this year. December is especially beautiful as the Crescent City is decorated in many unique and whimsical ways. I wanted to share some of my memorable impressions with you.
Shopping in the French Quarter is an amazing experience. Beautiful antique shops are in abundance especially on Royal Street.
One of my favorite stores is Antiques de Provence. It appears to be quite a small shop from the street but once inside it is so large that some of the areas can be reserved for a party or an event.
More than just a lighting shop, the proprietor imports furniture, pottery and accessories from the South of France. Noticeable was how much of the furniture sported a subtle washed neutral blue-grey color that was elegant without being formal.
Walking around the French Quarter I had to photograph some of the delightful architecture and Christmas decorating to share with you.
Flowers are lush in this humid almost tropical climate. Balconies overflow with baskets of color.
Music is everywhere. Even in the middle of the street in the middle of the day.
Ellis Marsalis presented a free Christmas Concert at the St. Louis Cathedral. You might remember that he composed all the Charlie Brown presentation music.
Each street is identified by its original name by beautiful tile signage.
Bourbon Street is already rocking with business people at 4PM in the afternoons.
Personally, my favorite place for Happy Hour is just around the corner at the Carousel Bar in the elegant Hotel Monteleone. It revolves and is a great way to meet someone new. You may remember reading about it in the book “Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood”.
If you can’t find a seat at the bar, the lounge adjacent has recently been remodeled and is gorgeous with new lighting and of course I had to take a photo of this chic chandelier. And of course there is more music.
In my next post I will share some of the magnificent mansions dolled up for Christmas in the Garden District. Hope you’ve gotten a little flavor of New Orleans….and I haven’t even mentioned the delectable food! Next post!