Fat Tuesday is here, which means New Orleans will be decking itself out in bright colors, glittery masks, and, of course, beads. But if all that flash is not your thing, you can still take a cue from the French-infused city with cute and vintage-inspired laptop bags and Kindle sleeves for your gadgets. Check out five options you'll want to carry around long after the last float parades through the city!
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I've been lusting after these Fleur-de-Lys festive glasses ever since I saw them at a local wine bar. No matter how adorable, the $32 (for a set of four) price tag at Anthropologie didn't fit the budget for such a novelty item — especially since I'd want no fewer than eight. Lo and behold, I found a much more affordable version elsewhere. Want to see? Just read more
If you've read any of my past candle reviews, you probably know that as much as I'm a candle fanatic, I'm also quite picky about what I light up in my home. I recently reviewed a Himalayan Trading Post candle and have one more from the candlemaker to tell you about today.
Next up is the Fleur-de-Lys Honeysuckle Tumbler Candle ($14). I own very similar Fleur-de-Lys Glasses, which I adore, and I'm a super New Orleans enthusiast, so any sight of a pretty fleur-de-lys motif and I'm in heaven. To top that off, this particular tumbler is made of mercury glass — another fave of mine — so I seriously think this is one of the most beautiful candle votives I've owned.
Happy Mardi Gras! The yearly celebration in New Orleans ends officially tonight, the day before Lent begins on the Christian calender. While the people in NOLA have surely been decorating the streets with beads, floats, crawfish, costumes, doubloons, and beverages galore, I thought I'd have a go at decorating our homes Mardi Gras style.
The official colors of Mardi Gras were chosen in 1872 by the Grand Duke Alexis Alexandrovitch Romanoff of Russia during a visit to New Orleans, and reaffirmed at the first daytime parade, Rex. Mardi Gras's symbolic colors include purple (justice), green (faith), and gold (power). The Mardi Gras flag also features a crown, another symbol of power. Beyond that the fleur-de-lys is an iconic symbol of New Orleans, and undoubtedly makes many appearances in NOLA during this holiday. So, I thought I'd roundup a few furnishings for you incorporating these historical symbols. Don't go overboard and snatch them all up: A few accessories will add just enough festivity to your home. To see my finds, read more
This Wrought Iron Gate ($650) from Italy in the 1900s has clearly seen better days, and might detract from your home's curb appeal if you set it in front of your lawn. But despite its wear and tear, its slightly bent out of shape fleur-de-lys spires, missing pieces, and rusted exterior give it a visually interesting and much-loved architectural quality.
So, for this challenge, I'd like you to tell me how you'd use it in (or outside of) your home, other than as a gate. Would you hang it up as wall décor? Would you lean it against a wall as a sculpture? Would you turn it into a dining table, using an iron base and a glass top? Would you paint it? Would you use it as a headboard? Hang lights from it as a chandelier? Tell me by commenting below!
On a recent stroll through San Francisco, I was delighted when I spotted a fleur-de-lys used as an architectural element on the exterior of a Victorian house. As you may remember, I rounded up some fleur-de-lys home furnishings during my February New Orleans coverage, seeing as it has been a symbol of the city since its birth. The lily-inspired shape is also a symbol of French royalty, and some argue it has Italian roots, so it's not quite a surprise to find it outside of the Crescent City. I always loved seeing them top wrought iron fences in NOLA, but I think the shape works well as an architectural ornamentation, too. Have you seen any in your 'hood? Are there any similar ornate details on the exterior of your home?
I am very much into brocade, Victorian-inspired prints, and anything with a fleur-de-lys on it! I'm looking for a new duvet cover, and was wondering where good online stores would be to find these types of prints? I love pretty much everything at Brocade Home, that is exactly my style, however their bedding selection is quite small and nothing really strikes me. Any stores you could recommend similar to Brocade Home would be great!
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Continuing with my New Orleans theme this month, I thought it'd be appropriate to round up some fleur-de-lys home furnishings, seeing as it has been a symbol of the city since its birth. Fleurs-de-lys abound in New Orleans. Today, they top wrought-iron fences, serve as trendy baubles, brand popular clothing lines, and emblazon football helmets in the Superdome, cheeky advertisements, and even post-Katrina fridges. The history of the symbol is long and does not escape the shelter market. The lily-inspired shape has bloomed on everything from bedding and bath linens to glassware and paper towel holders. Here's a healthy dose for you:
Have you been aching for that lampshade you spotted in a hotel on your last vacation but have no idea where to buy it? A side table in a friend-of-a-friend's living room? Let us know and we'll do our darnedest to try to find it for you. And remember, a photo of the item where you originally saw it always helps.
A big fan of any non-souvenir tribute to the wonderful city of New Orleans, I fell hard for these rose-colored fleur-de-lys glasses when I saw them at a local wine bar. Lucky me—I spotted them for sale at Anthropologie ($32 for 4). I love their floral cameo, and that not only is the glass beautifully tinted, but also textured!