Tribute to New Orleans on Mardi Gras

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Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Louisiana
Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Louisiana (nydailynews)

New Orleans, Louisiana is a place of character, beauty, music, fun, mystery and style.  To celebrate Mardi Gras today, let’s look at some of the best of New Orleans including architecture, home styles, interiors, Mardi Gras table setting ideas and more.  Come along as we serve tribute to New Orleans on Mardi Gras.

The architecture of the French Quarter in New Orleans is noted for its elaborate metalwork on balconies that overlook the streets of the city.

New Orleans, Louisiana architecture
New Orleans, Louisiana architecture (tocci)

Storm shutters grace the exteriors of charming homes within the French Quarter.

Quaint New Orleans architectural style
Quaint New Orleans architectural style (nola-curbed)

New Orleans is noted for the shotgun house, a narrow home that takes on many architectural styles such as Victorian and Italianate.  Located throughout the outskirts of the French Quarter, shotgun homes are constructed entirely without hallways.  The term shotgun home refers to the fact that you can fire a gun at the front door and the bullet will travel through to the back door without hitting a wall.  Once looked upon in a negative light, these tidy little homes are now a cherished part of New Orleans.

New Orleans shotgun house
New Orleans shotgun house (popsugar)

The shotgun home interior provides a glimpse into this unique and character-rich home style.  These interiors illustrate that with a little restoration and design acumen, these gems make a modest and beautiful home.

Shotgun house interior
Shotgun house interior (circaoldhouses)
New Orleans shotgun house interior
New Orleans shotgun house interior (myneworleans)
New Orleans shotgun house interior
New Orleans shotgun house interior (myneworleans)
New Orleans shotgun house interior
New Orleans shotgun house interior (myneworleans)
New Orleans shotgun house interior
New Orleans shotgun house interior (curbed)
New Orleans shotgun home interior
New Orleans shotgun home interior (nola)

New Orleans’ Garden District is home to beautiful residences that celebrate the luxury and charm of this gracious city.  Tour the neighborhood and enjoy the varied and regal architecture of these homes.

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St. Charles Avenue home in New Orleans, Louisiana
St. Charles Avenue home in New Orleans, Louisiana (utahrepro.wordpress)

Inside the homes of the Garden District exists a world of beautiful character-rich rooms decorated in a Southern traditional mix of comfort and formality.  Large rooms, elaborate architectural moldings, gleaming hardwood floors and floor-to-ceiling windows grace these beautiful interiors.

New Orleans home interior
New Orleans home interior (nola)
New Orleans home interior
New Orleans home interior (cococozy)
New Orleans home interior
New Orleans home interior (thevisualvamp.blogspot)

You can’t talk about New Orleans without mentioning the music.  A city rich in musical history and talent, New Orleans interiors sometimes pay tribute to the city’s strongest cultural element.

Music-inspired New Orleans home interior
Music-inspired New Orleans home interior (oliveandlove)

Mardi Gras decorations are added to front doors for a festive touch.

Mardi Gras decorations
Mardi Gras decorations (imgkid)

To celebrate Mardi Gras in true New Orleans style or for your own party, break out the beads and masks for a wonderful tabletop display.

Beautiful Mardi Gras table setting
Beautiful Mardi Gras table setting (shoutherncharmbyfarica.blogspot)

Tablecloths, flowers, masks and beads can be combined for a fun and festive table design.

Mardi Gras table decorating ideas
Mardi Gras table decorating ideas (fairfieldresidential)

Purple napkins and a sequined mask accent this table that is sprinkled with colorful plastic doubloons.

Mardi Gras table setting décor ideas
Mardi Gras table setting décor ideas (serendipitybeyonddesign)

Set a mask at each place setting for guests to wear to get into the spirit of Mardi Gras.

Mardi Gras table decorations
Mardi Gras table decorations (www2.fiskars.com)

Use colorful dishes in green, gold and purple to create a vibrant Mardi Gras table.

Mardi Gras table décor
Mardi Gras table décor (pizzazzerie)

Love the Mardi Gras colors of purple, green and gold?  Use them in your interiors for a touch of New Orleans style.

Mardi Gras-inspired interior design
Mardi Gras-inspired interior design (Pinterest)

Let’s not forget the King Cake, a baked confection with icing and sprinkled with colorful sugar.  A plastic toy baby is hidden inside the cake.  It is said that whoever gets the slice containing the baby, that person will have to provide the King Cake for the next Mardi Gras.

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A New Orleans Mardi Gras King Cake
A New Orleans Mardi Gras King Cake (Syracuse)

A city steeped in tradition, New Orleans celebrates Fat Tuesday like no other.  Now that our journey is complete, here’s wishing you a very happy and festive Mardi Gras.

 

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