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10 Inspiring New Orleans Spaces

by Grace Bonney

Tomorrow afternoon, Julia and I are driving down to New Jersey to catch a flight to New Orleans. After a really rough few months dealing with some in my life, we both decided we could use a few days away. I’m so excited to unplug a bit, go for long walks with my favorite person in the world, and take in endless amounts of visual inspiration in the form of incredible homes and nature. I haven’t visited New Orleans since college, so I can’t wait to walk around all of the amazing historic neighborhoods and bring back some new ideas for our home. So, to get in the spirit, I thought I’d share some of my favorite interiors from around The Crescent City. Enjoy! xo, grace

Sara Ruffin Costello lives my southern fantasy, from top to bottom - complete with the dreamiest front porch ever. Her New Orleans home is basically what I would want if I ever won the lottery and could afford to fix up a stately old home. That's pretty unlikely, so I'll just live vicariously through her .
Sara Ruffin Costello's bathroom is HEAVEN. (Photo from )
Julia and I are staying at the in the historic Garden District of New Orleans. It's been my dream to walk around this neighborhood for hours just soaking in all the amazing architecture.
I love this mix of old and new at the .
Designer Hillary Petrie of Egg Collective has the most incredible natural light in her New Orleans home. Those arched doorways and front porch make me weak in the knees.
Photographer Webb Bland lives in a historic shotgun house that has been updated for more contemporary tastes. I love seeing how people can mix old and new in a city with so much history.
This sunny New Orleans living room belongs to Alex Geriner, whose reminds me why tall windows are always a home's best feature.
Lauren Wells and Breeze Braunschweig's has the sort of laid-back southern charm that I love in historic homes. That exposed brick is so wonderful.
This stunning historic home once belonged to the original Vampire genre queen, Anne Rice. is rumored to be haunted.
I think half the wonder of New Orleans comes from its incredible garden culture. This shows why: these spaces are the stuff of magic (and great southern novels).
Graphic designer and all-around design genius Dabito has one heck of a .
is basically my Greek Revival fantasy. Oh those columns - and live oak trees!

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  • Great choice in the Henry Howard – thats where my parents always used to stay when I was in school at Tulane. Its beautiful and centrally located. Have so much fun, I’m jealous!

  • NOLA is unlike anywhere else in the US – the culture is so wonderfully idiosyncratic. I went last year for the first time and absolutely loved it, especially this great walking tour of the Garden District we went on. Hope you have an amazing, restorative trip!

  • Oh yay! We can’t wait to welcome y’all here. I’m a native New Orleanian with a renewed passion for the place after having spent a few years away. I’m sure you’re overflowing with places to see and things to do, but should you need any recommendations, I keep a running tab of ALL my favorite things on my website: remyrobert.com/NOLA. Hope you have the best time ever!

  • Good timing – Stumptown Coffee just opened last weekend at the new Ace Hotel there! Drop by for a cold brew and check out the amazing hotel lobby !

  • Hey Grace
    was intrigued by your first choice and kept scrolling down thinking yes yes how gorgeous and then got to the photo of the whole house and it literally took my breath away. That does not happen often. You and I would have to fight over that house if either of us won the lottery LOL. Stay well Grace, we all love what you do with DS.

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