Wednesday, July 20, 2011

New Orleans - The Paris of the Americas

Our affordable interpretation of Antiques from the French Quarter
More Frenchy antiques from our road trip!

The Beautiful Exterior of the Hotel Monteleone - where we stayed in New Orleans.

Looking down a corridor to an inside courtyard.

A beautiful home in the Garden District.

An entree from Commander's Palace- A pecan crusted fish.

A hotel lobby in the french quarter.

Looking through the window of an antique store across from our hotel.

In Jackson square - across from the Cafe'du Monde.

The Napoleon Restaurant in the French Quarter.

The ceiling in the lobby of the Hotel Monteleone.

Dessert at Restaurant August.

The elegant dining room at Restaurant August.

A gazebo in the Garden District.

I am just returning from a 2 week trip of birthday celebrations in New Orleans, and the Atlanta gift show - what a stimulating way to get ideas for the upcoming fall season for the store. First, let me share with you why they call New Orleans- "the Paris of the Americas". Just looking at these pictures, you think you are in Paris- but no - these are New Orleans. New Orleans is a culinary dream - food presentation is exquisite. They entertain with silver, monogrammed napkins and the finest of china. Old Paris Porcelain, manufactured in Paris, was exquisite to look at in the stores, but very pricey. While we checked out the antique stores on Rue Royal and found unbelievable epicurean antiques, the prices were extremely high. But they did inspire several fall trends for the store- Collections of vintage white and gold crystal dinnerware and crystal, along with serving pieces. Since we were driving, I was able to antique through Indiana, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, and Mississippi , and gather many beautiful things for the store at much lower prices than New Orleans, even some Old Paris Porcelain look a likes! As soon as they are polished, buffed and priced, they will be available for purchase at Romancing the Home.

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