Thinking Warm Thoughts of New Orleans

Have you ever been to New Orleans?  Since we are in Mardi Gras season I thought we would take a look at some beautifully restored homes in NOLA this week.

We visited New Orleans a few years ago and really had a great time.  I don’t think there is anywhere else like it in the United States.  It has great southern charm, beautiful historical architecture, and a rich history.  It is a very walk-able city with really friendly locals.

One thing I truly appreciated about the city is the beautiful architecture.  Streets are lined with lovely townhomes with second floor balconies showing off flower boxes overflowing with bright red geraniums and violet petunias.

There are charming Creole Cottages which are one of the oldest types of homes in New Orleans.

The Shotgun houses are plentiful and get their name because they are one room wide and have no hallways inside.

The Garden District and Esplande Ridge are home to stunning southern homes built in the Italianate and Greek Revival styles.

The music and food are unique to the area and there are plenty of ghost stories to peek your interest too.  If you’ve never been, you might think about planning a trip.

If you look at the pictures above and wish your home had a little more architectural interest, here are some tips from Apartment Therapy that may inspire.

Right now I am looking for some inspiration to finish decorating our Master Bedroom.  I want to find some bedside lamps that are wall hung and fine tune the bedding.  Here are some suggestions I found at Better Homes and Gardens.

Buying a home?  In his blog, Austin Realtor Tim Thornton highlights 10 things you should know about the home inspection.  I think he makes some good points; I especially appreciate tip number 5 which explains that the home inspector should look for any red flags that are not easily seen during a viewing.  A home inspection is not a punch list of items to be corrected before the sale but rather informs the buyer of the homes current condition so the buyer knows what he is getting.

I plan to watch the Academy Awards tonight.  Do you?  I hope you have a great week!

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