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A renovated Vieux Carre shotgun makes the cut for Patio Planters tour

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --   Maddie and Dave Jorgensen's French Quarter home Tuesday, December 16, 2014.

It was barely a year ago that Maddie and David Jorgensen were handed the keys to their French Quarter shotgun. Since then they have painted and wired, plumbed and roofed. They have replaced all the major appliances, upgraded the efficiency of the cooling system and installed special LED accent lighting in the kitchen and living area.… Continue reading →

Bright holiday color blooms on Christmas cactus

Photo by DAN GILL  Holiday cactuses provide vivid color with gracefully drooping flat leaves.

Is it really a cactus? Yep, it may not look like it has anything in common with cousins like the prickly, giant Saguaro of the Sonoran desert, but the colorful “Christmas cacti” on sale everywhere right now do indeed hail from the same plant family, Cactaceae. Sometimes called “The Other Holiday Plant” in deference… Continue reading →

New Orleans area home and garden events, Dec. 20-Jan. 24

NORTHSHORE CAMELLIA SOCIETY SHOW & SALE: 11:00 a.m., plant sales begin, noon to 4:00 p.m.., show viewing, St. Scholastica Gym, 122 S. Massachusetts St., Covington. The “Queen of Winter Flowers” makes a star appearance at this annual event. Free. (985) 630-9899, rivercamellia@bellsouth.net… Continue reading →

New Orleans property transfers for Nov. 25 - Dec. 1, 2014

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Joseph P. Peters sold this home at 1426-28 Desire St. in New Orleans to Noah N. Himber for $91,180.

NEW ORLEANS Transfers for Nov. 25 to Dec. 1 NOTRE DAME CONDOMINIUM 425, UNIT 802: $2,400,000, 425 Notre Dame LLC to Michael A. Melancon and Annie V. Melancon. COLISEUM ST. 1301: $385,000, Virginia A. Caldarera, Ferdinand J. Caldarera, Paul B. Caldarera, Anthony L. Caldarera III and Stephen G.… Continue reading →

East Jefferson Parish transfers for Nov. 25 to Dec. 3, 2014

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Eloise B. Young sold this home at 806 Newman Ave. in Jefferson to Blaise W. Leblanc for $200,000.

EAST JEFFERSON Transfers for Nov. 25 to Dec. 3 STRATFORD DRIVE 442: $321,500, Brent M. Desselles and Joellen B. Desselles to Joel C. Lookingbill and Karin T. Lookingbill. TCHOUPITOULAS PLANTATION SUBDIVISION, LOT 12, SQUARE C: $160,000, Evelyn A. Tliibodeaux revocable living trust, Arthur J. Thibodeaux, David A. Thibodeaux, Carol… Continue reading →

West Jefferson Parish transfers for Nov. 25 to Dec. 3, 2014

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Steven A. and Kaylynn M. Poche sold this home at 129 Oak Ave. in Westwego to Frederick J. Dickerson Sr. and Laura J. Begley for $158,000.

WEST JEFFERSON Transfers for Nov. 25 to Dec. 3 MISSION COURT 205: $10 and other good and valuable considerations, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to Norhsaun Thomas. WASHINGTON PLACE SUBDIVISION, LOT 13, SQUARE 112: $19,900, Granite Community Recovery Fund LLC to Anthony Q. Bray.… Continue reading →

St. Charles Parish transfers for Dec. 1 to Dec. 5, 2014

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Rita Anne Bertolino St. Pierre sold this home at 324 Fourth Street in Norco to Marcus Kyle McKinney for $246,000.

St. Charles Transfers for Dec. 1 to Dec. 5 KENNEDY STREET 431: $155,000, Joshua M. Jones and Cindy Manning Jones to Patrick J. Fuller Jr. and Cindy Kleyle Fuller. PLEASANT VALLEY 131: $148,000, Michael P. Hotard and Christina Carroll Hotard to Douglas Gerard… Continue reading →

St. John the Baptist Parish transfers, Nov. 24-Dec. 5, 2014

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Karla Castillo Weileman and Nikolaus J. Weileman sold this home at 73 Ridgewood Dr. in LaPlace to Miyanekia Hawthorne Brown and Wendell Justin Brown for $158,500.00.

St. John Transfers from Nov. 24 to Dec. 5 OXBOW DR. 213: $265,000, Troy Wesley Disoso to Robert Taylor, Jr.. HEBERT DR. 2313: $97,500, Donald James Cox, Jr. to Eugene Davis, Sr. and Mary Cummings Davis. MAGNOLIA AVE. 426: $44,900, The Secretary of Veterans Affairs to Wells One Investments,… Continue reading →

St. Tammany Parish transfers for Nov. 24-Dec. 1, 2014

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --   First United Methodist Church of Slidell sold this home at 1415 Constitution Drive in Slidell to Brandon S. Dussouy for $134,500.

ST. TAMMANY Transfers for Nov. 24 to Dec. 01 CHEROKEE DRIVE 199: $221,000, William I. Bobo III and Cathy T. Bobo to Carl M. Marshall Jr. and Sarah S. Marshall. DUNDEE DUPLEXES SUBDIVISION, PHASE 2, LOT 60: $130,000, Edward H. Turner to John D. Diggs and Paulette A.… Continue reading →

Enduring Lutcher family tradition blooms around ‘Christmas Cottage’ on River Road

Photo provided by the Duhé family - Now dubbed

This is a story about a boy and a girl and a bonfire and a house and a promise made many years ago. Ronette and Kevin Duhé grew up together in Lutcher, in St. James Parish. They knew each other since childhood and their relationship evolved as they grew up, blossoming into a romance… Continue reading →

The pros and cons of Christmas tree choices

In this 2014 photo provided by Brian Patrick Flynn and HGTV.com Holiday House, a living room showcases designer Flynn's love of flocked artificial trees. Flynn suggests that the white flocking tones down the vivid green of the trees, making them fit more effortlessly with any color scheme. (AP Photo/Brian Patrick Flynn, HGTV.com) ORG XMIT: NYLS996

With Christmas less than two weeks away, it’s time to stop debating and make a decision about that Christmas tree. Every year, millions must choose between buying a real tree and opting for an artificial one. Some find a third option and build alternative trees out of glass bottles, cardboard, twigs and even books. But for the rest,… Continue reading →

New Orleans transfers for Nov. 18 to Nov. 24, 2014

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Allen J. Lottinger Jr. sold this home at 3710 Trafalgar St. in New Orleans to Kristopher J. Weaver and Leanne C. Weaver for $178,000.

NEW ORLEANS Transfers for Nov. 18 to Nov. 24 BANKS ST. 2543-45, 2549, S. DORGENOIS ST. 334-36: $665,000, 334-36 S. Dorgenois Street LLC and PFD-2543 LLC to Geocor Properties LLC. D’HEMECOURT ST. 4519: $40,000, Willie Mae Scott Rankins to K&T Institute LLC. GRAVIER ST. 515: donation, no… Continue reading →

East Jefferson transfers for Nov. 21 to Nov. 24, 2014

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Kim A. Friedlander sold this home at 34 Beverly Garden Drive in Metairie to Ronald S. Kornick and Cheryl M. Kornick for $759,000.

EAST JEFFERSON Transfers for Nov. 21 to Nov. 24 HICKORY AVE. 1608, UNIT B: $137,500, Ronald K. Parks to Scott A. Turke. MCARTHUR DRIVE 8113: donation, no value stated, Fabacher Homes LLC to Donald W. Fabacher Jr. and Nicole G. Fabacher. PARK AVE. 96: donation, no value… Continue reading →

West Jefferson transfers for Nov. 21 to Nov. 24, 2014

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Minh V. Nguyen and Ashley Vo sold this home at 4528 13th St. in Marrero to Mathew P. Abraham and Marykutty Matthew for $165,000.

WEST JEFFERSON Transfers for Nov. 21 to Nov. 24 JONATHAN DAVIS BAYOU FRONT SUBDIVISION, LOT 5: $110,000, Stephen S. Lawson and Melissa L. B. Lawson to David G. Harlow and Loretta S. Harlow. 11TH ST. 134: $109,646, Citimortgage Inc. to Federal Home… Continue reading →

St. Charles Parish property transfers, Nov. 24 to Nov. 26, 2014

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Damien M. LoCoco and Kelly Anne Badeaux LoCoco sold this home at 122 Gassen St. in Luling to Toni Tri Waters for $135,000.

St. Charles Transfers for Nov. 24 to Nov. 26 EDGEWOOD DRIVE 24: $220,000, Michael K. Craft and Heather Parkman Craft to Deborah J. Induni. ORMOND COUNTRY CLUB ESTATES LOT 71: $104,000, Murray Development LLC to St. Charles Parish. MEADOWS DRIVE 256-258: $80,000, Carel J. Dufrene Jr.… Continue reading →

St. John transfers for Nov. 24 to Dec. 5, 2014

St. John Transfers for Nov. 24 to Dec. 5 OXBOW DR. 213: $265,000, Troy Wesley Disoso to Robert Taylor, Jr. HEBERT DR. 2313: $97,500, Donald James Cox, Jr. to Eugene Davis, Sr. and Mary Cummings Davis. MAGNOLIA AVE. 426: $44,900, The Secretary of Veterans Affairs to Wells… Continue reading →

St. Tammany transfers for Nov. 14 TO Nov. 21, 2014

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- William H. Johnson sold this home at 1208 Marigny St. in Mandeville to Kevin A. Keller and Laura H. Keller for $325,500.

ST. TAMMANY Transfers for Nov. 14 TO Nov. 21 CAMPHILL COURT DRIVE 201, 961: $265,000, Money Hill Plantation LLC to William J. Murray IV and Catherine W. Murray. CAMPHILL DRIVE 912: $115,000, Money Hill Plantation LLC to Martin L. Elshout and Mary K. Britt Elshout. CAMPHILL DRIVE 954:… Continue reading →

Holiday decor flourishes in Louisiana gardens

Photo provided -- Battery-powered LED lights and glitter turn a twig wreath into holiday art.

One thing savvy locals have discovered is that it isn’t necessary to spend a lot on holiday decorations when it’s possible to walk outside and harvest a few well-selected items from their yards and gardens. The practice is “green” in every sense of the word, for not only are the harvested items homegrown, but they come… Continue reading →

PRC Garden District tour features Martins’ comfortable home

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  Dining room. Cedric and Pam Martin's Garden District home will be on the Preservation Resource Center holiday home tour.

All the hallmarks of grandeur are present in the 1859 centerhall house on Second Street where Pam and Cedric Martin have lived for a dozen years. There are Italian marble mantels in the double parlor on the left of the hall and elaborate trumeaux above consoles and fireplaces. Rich silk dressings cover mammoth floor-to-ceiling windows,… Continue reading →

Holiday decor flourishes in New Orleans gardens

Photo provided -- Battery-powered LED lights and glitter turn a twig wreath into holiday art.

One thing savvy locals have discovered is that it isn’t necessary to spend a lot to devise holiday decorations when it’s possible to walk outside and harvest a few well-selected items from their yards and gardens. The practice is “green” in every sense of the word, for not only are the harvested items homegrown, but they… Continue reading →

New Orleans property transfers, Nov. 12-17, 2014

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Jonathan W. Drennan sold this home at 3126 Cadiz St.in New Orleans to Whitney J. Theriot for $345,000.

New Orleans Property Transfers FOR Nov. 12 to 17 BAUDIN ST. 3916-18: $15,000, Michael D. Holmes to Pasadena Development Co. Inc. ERATO ST. 1525, 1533, UNIT 303, PARKING SPACE 32: $212,000, Thomas E. Dantin and Rita L. Dantin to Kevin Kidder and Kara S. Kidder. Martin Luther… Continue reading →

East Jefferson property transfers, Nov. 12 to Nov. 20, 2014

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- James Gary Meadows Trust sold this home at at 308-10 27th St. in Kenner to Chad J. and Keri S. Wisler for $110,000.

EAST JEFFERSON property Transfers for Nov. 12 to Nov. 20 GENERES DRIVE 2037: $219,000, Leslie P. Ruppert to Timothy P. Crowley and Ann C. Crowley. KENMORE DRIVE 530: $183,500, Clarence C. Weiser Jr. and Wayne W. Weiser to Charles V. Wolfe and Maureen R. Scanlan. LANDRY AVE. 8111:… Continue reading →

West Jefferson property transfers, Nov. 11 to Nov. 20, 2014

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Danny T. Cobb  sold this home at 301 Amapola Circle in Gretna to Travis A. Sanders and Lashandra B. Sanders for $148,000.

WEST JEFFERSON PROPERTY Transfers for Nov. 12 to Nov. 20 AVONDALE HOMES SUBDIVISION, LOT CVS, SQUARE P: $1,306,184, Louisiana CVS Pharmacy LLC to First Bts Avondale LLC. BLAIR DRIVE 320: donation, no value stated, Anthony Williams to Anthony W. Smith. CAPITOL DRIVE 377: $28,500, Bank of New York… Continue reading →

St. John the Baptist Parish property transfers, Nov. 17-21, 2014

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Gwendolyn Perriloux Mills and Alex Mills III, sold this home at 1095 Van Arpel Drive in LaPlace to Laurie T. Adams for $121,000.

St. John PROPERTY Transfers for Nov. 17 TO Nov. 21 OXFORD DRIVE 27: $70,000, the Bank of New York Mellon to Meiqi Huang. VAN ARPEL DRIVE 1905: $121,000, Gwendolyn Perrilloux Mills, wife of/ and Alex Mills, III to Laurie T. Adams. BANKS COURT 205: $243,000, Jodi Fortner Laiche,… Continue reading →

St. Charles Parish property transfers, Nov. 17 to Nov. 21, 2014

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Alice Chauvin Davis, Georgette Chauvin Karr, Trudy Chauvin Cupstid and Mary Gale Chauvin Brescher sold this home at 516 Clayton Dr. in Norco to Lindsey Carol Moore and Clifford J. Hinkle, III, for $167,000.

St. Charles PROPERTY Transfers for Nov. 17 to Nov. 21 HANGAR #39 AT THE ST. CHARLES AIRPORT: $10,000, Joseph G. Phelan to L.J. Brady and Baron Oil, LLC. MAGNOLIA RIDGE 757: $77,000, Leonard C. Hutchinson and Debora Lee Hutchinson to Logan Michael… Continue reading →

St. Tammany property transfers for Nov. 12 to Nov. 13, 2014

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --  Gregory M. Intravia sold this home at 1121 Avenue Saint Germain in Covington to Justin K. McRee and Stacy R. McRee for $385,000.  St. Tammany Parish real estate transfers photographed Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014

ST. TAMMANY property Transfers for Nov. 12 to Nov. 13 TOWN OF ABITA SPRINGS, LOT 3-A, SQUARE 11: $10,000, Minton V. Whitehead and Lauren Easley to David C. Chatelain and Cynthia M. Chatelain. TOWN OF ABITA SPRINGS, PORTION OF GROUND: $165,000, Scott M. Clasen to… Continue reading →

After two renovations, DePass family gets to show off their home for Country Day tour

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  Living room. Designer Trudy Hurley worked with the DePasses on a color scheme that is neutral but warm to better showcase the couple's art and antiques.

When Keith and Beth DePass open the doors to their stately Colonial Revival home in Old Metairie on Thursday for the Country Day Holiday Home Tour, guests will have the opportunity to tour the elegant digs that the couple renovated not once but twice: before Katrina flooded it with more than 2 feet of water, and after.… Continue reading →

Have a berry merry holiday season

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- A Chinese Tallow tree, locally known as a chicken tree, has grown along the bank of the Vermilion River in Lafayette.

When seasonal songs are sung and greeting cards are mailed, boughs of holly loom large in holiday lore. The shiny green leaves, with their comely points and pretty red berries, combine to create a cheerful symbol of the holidays. But look around, and it’s easy to find plenty of other plants and trees decked out in wintertime… Continue reading →