I <3 Architectural Details, New Orleans Edition

I got to see New Orleans for the first time a few weeks ago when I was in town for KBIS 2013. My husband and I have started house hunting and two of my must haves are a front porch and a back deck (a wrap around porch would be even better). So it’s no surprise that balconies in the French Quarter that many times wrapped around the whole corner of the buildings caught my eye. Many restaurants used them as outdoor seating areas and of course on Bourbon Street the balconies are used to throw beads down to the pedestrians below.

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Here are some more photos of balcony architecture that caught my eye. I loved the ornate metal railings and the flowers that punctuated the balconies around town. Other details I noticed were dental molding and decorative ironwork grates near the top of the buildings.

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Many of the buildings besides having red brick exteriors had green shutters and white mullions windows, as shown below.

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I noticed lots of arched top windows and doorways and intricate awnings.

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I saw some beautiful exterior light fixtures like the lantern style sconces and pendant (bottom right) and metal sconces with globe shades (bottom left).

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I especially love this building below in sage green with french doors with side lights and transoms above. I love the scroll detail on the wrought iron columns and the brackets. The hanging plants and window boxes in front of every set of doors is a nice touch.

IMG_4767I saw some lovely architecture in Jackson Square as well. St. Louis Cathedral first built in 1794 was very impressive. I took a friend’s advice and stopped by Cafe Du Monde for beignets and then walked across to a bench in the garden to devour them, yum!

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Along with the lovely buildings nearby like the Cabildo and the Presbytere, I enjoyed seeing the variety of horse drawn carriages lined up outside the square and listening to local street musicians.

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Aside from all the traditional French architecture I did see a lovely modern hotel garage area with a horn chandelier and alien looking globe pendants with blue lights. Cresent City Brewhouse also had some interesting jellyfish pendants above their bar area that were very hip and Avant-garde.

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I got to check out a variety of great restaurants including Mr. B’s Bistro, Tomas Bistro and Galatoire’s 33 Bar and Steak. I tried gumbo, po boys, crawfish etouffee and fried oysters for the first time. Of course I had try local beverages too like the hurricane and pecan beer. I also got to hear live jazz my last night in town which was a real treat.

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I am obsessed with the green that 33 Bar and Steak painted their dining room. The beveled mirror panels and gold chandeliers and sconces made the room so pretty and elegant. I love the French Blue Dining Room I have now but this strongly makes me consider green for the dining room in my new house. What do you think?

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