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The Amazing MaryAnne: A singing sensation moves from the Big Apple to the Big Easy

From time to time, a singer comes along with an amazing ability to transform the way we look at love and life. Singer/songwriter MaryAnne Marino is such an artist. The first time I heard her perform I sat transfixed, and realized that I was witnessing an upcoming national sensation. A young singer destined for greatness, Marino has the hypnotic ability to lure listeners into the moment through lyrics that portray love and emotional vulnerability. She started singing in a band at age 15, made important industry connections and gained a following ...

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Artfully Green: An art dealer and contractor merge philosophies

A creative couple took a modest 1950s ranch house and converted it into a tasteful Contemporary European ...

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Let it Rain: Brad Pitt’s foundation introduces innovative storm water management

When Brad Pitt visited New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward after hurricane Katrina, he saw the remnants of ...

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Of Elegance, Decadence, and Music: A New Orleans Journey

When actor Nicholas Cage purchased an historic mansion in New Orleans on Esplanade Avenue, he was scheduled ...

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Plantation Pleasures: A national historic treasure is updated for family life

The intriguing Rosella Plantation, situated near the tranquil beauty of Bayou Lafourche, has attracted ...

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Sleek Bachelor’s Pad: Mandeville resident gravitates to the Warehouse District

The fashionable Warehouse District in New Orleans is becoming increasingly popular among young professionals ...

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River Life: Rustic charm on the Amite

“When you come to the party this evening we will ferry you across,” says Marci Hargroder. She resides ...

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Tree House in the Wetlands: The home as a platform for art

An artist and designer whose works are exhibited at Ann Connelly Fine Arts Gallery in Baton Rouge, Winifred Ross Reilly (or Fu as her friends call her) is not confined by one medium. She weaves effortlessly from ceramics, screen-printing, casting, encaustics, and painting to large-scale construction. Her enchanting home, which sits on a three-acre flood plain, is raised eight feet in a marsh-like setting. “It is very much like a Louisiana camp, ...

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The Amazing MaryAnne: A singing sensation moves from the Big Apple to the Big Easy

From time to time, a singer comes along with an amazing ability to transform the way we look at love and life. Singer/songwriter MaryAnne Marino is such an artist. The first time I heard her perform I sat transfixed, and realized that I was witnessing an upcoming national sensation. A young singer destined for greatness, Marino has the hypnotic ability to lure listeners into the moment through lyrics that portray love and emotional vulnerability. ...

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A Collector’s Haven: An old New Orleans home showcases a lifetime of antiques

It was a Sunday morning in the spring when Jamie Alexander-Willis and her betrothed, Tom Willis, were viewing a real estate program on television and discovered the house of their dreams. “We were watching Channel 6. The house was featured on the program,” says Jamie of the rambling, Edwardian-style home she purchased on Esplanade Avenue near City Park in New Orleans. Built in 1899 by a German family, the stately residence was bequeathed by the ...

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Enduring Style: A Baton Rouge residence is transformed

In the graceful Baton Rouge home of Stacey and Tom Moore located in a quiet subdivision on Highland Road, interior designer Cindy St. Romain of St. Romain Interiors mixed traditional with contemporary, sophistication with practicality, and incorporated the homeowners’ style into the design. “I was trying to mix old world and contemporary, while bringing out the personality of the couple,” says St. Romain, whose well-appointed shop is located ...

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Dinner at the Claybourns: A gala benefiting the Baton Rouge Symphony

It was a magnificent, memorable evening at the elegant residence of Garrett and Beth Claybourn. The couple recently entertained 22 prominent guests to raise an admirable sum for the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra. The lavish dinner, comprised of five exquisite courses and hors d’oeuvres prepared by nationally renowned Chef John Folse, was hosted as the result of Mr. and Mrs. Claybourns’ winning bid on a coveted auction lot during the Baton Rouge ...

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Frank Davis: Naturally N’Awlins a TV chef talks turkey

Best-selling cookbook author Frank Davis, who recently came out with the new Frank Davis Makes Good Groceries—A New Orleans Cookbook and The Fisherman’s Tacklebox Bible, is a humorous television personality who appears daily on WWL-TV, which airs In the Kitchen with Frank Davis during the three-hour morning show (they cut back and forth from the news to the cooking set). He also has a gourmet seasoning line. Many south Louisianans watch Frank’s ...

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New Orleans Chic: Historic home is transformed into a contemporary platform for art

When President Barack Obama arrived in New Orleans on August 29 to commemorate the fifth anniversary of hurricane Katrina, the first place he visited was the historic Bayou St. John neighborhood. He stood in line for a shrimp po-boy at the modest Parkway Bakery and Tavern, a century-old restaurant that reopened 88 days after the levees broke. “Barack, your order is ready,” resounded throughout the popular eatery, to the delight of surprised diners. The ...

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The Legacy of Beth Claybourn: A world-class interior designer from Louisiana has an upcoming book, Ma Maison

A legend in her own time, Beth Claybourn is the award-winning proprietor of the elegant Beth Claybourn Interiors in Baton Rouge. For the past 40 years, she has transformed residences throughout America ranging from grand estates to sprawling beachfront properties, luxurious mountain manses, five-bedroom yachts, historic Louisiana homes, cozy contemporary dwellings, and charming European-inspired châteaus. The sought-after designer works closely with ...

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Chef John Folse: Thanksgiving tips from Louisiana’s culinary ambassador

With a lifelong passion for Louisiana culture and cuisine and an encyclopedic knowledge of Cajun and Creole recipes, internationally renowned Chef John Folse has created an ever-expanding empire with his acclaimed restaurants, radio shows and television series, food product line, and the John Folse Culinary Institute at Nicholls State University. He has also authored seven voluminous cookbooks. In 1978, when he opened Lafitte’s Landing in Donaldsonville, ...

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Supriya Jindal: Louisiana’s First Lady: Holiday traditions in the Governor’s Mansion

As the wife of Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and the mother of three young children, Supriya Jindal is devoted to education and encouraging children to build a strong foundation in math and science as well as the arts. She visits schools throughout the state, participates in hands-on science projects, and works tirelessly to modernize Louisiana classrooms. Supriya currently serves as the youngest first lady in the nation and is the only first spouse ...

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