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In case any of you were wondering what was going on in the background this summer (while I continued writing and posting for your pleasure)- there was the small challenge of a dreaded House Addition. (oooooh- scarey). Ben and I (and the kids) have been through many of these before. Why? Because I can’t keep […]

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When I first visited New Orleans, many years ago, I was struck by the the shear force this place has on one’s senses- the smells, the sights, the sounds, the flavors. I was like a kid in a candy store- “I’ll take one. No, make it two of each. Oh yea. I can handle it”.And now […]

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  • Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design - New Orleans can be overwhelming but I miss it. It is the most “alive” place I have ever been. There is an energy there that doesn’t exist anywhere else. Yes a bit crazy at times but never boring.
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    • A Pleasant House - Exactly! There is a buzz here that I’ve never felt anywhere else. The culture seems to be authentically inclusive- live and let live. You never know who’s coming for dinner, or when a party will just spontaneously pop-up! I’ve become a little spoiled- when I travel I have to remind myself that wherever I am- it’s not NOLA. Thanks for stopping by Patty!ReplyCancel

  • Walker Thornton - Makes me wish I were there!ReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - I really must get down there and see it for myself someday.ReplyCancel

  • Theresa Ledford - I got through reading an Anne Rice novel one day, called my friend Tena and said “Pack your bags, I’m tired of reading about New Orleans, I want to go. Oh, and we are going to eat everything”. So we packed up and left at night. We stayed in the French Quarter and I kissed an oyster shucker and sang Christmas carols in the middle of the road with two people I don’t know (It was February), had a totally incoherent conversation with a elderly street trumpet player, made a life long friend with a random woman on a boat, made friends with two bartenders I still keep in touch with, there is a vague memory of a red pool table on the night I wasn’t the designated taxi grabber, and we documented our entire trip in pictures of food that we ate around the clock (They will deliver food right up to your hotel room from most restaurants any time of day or night!). I want to go back. I want to live there actually. That one week was not enough. I get an ache when I read about it as though I’ve actually lost something that belongs to me, LOL. Thanks for the view from your balcony. I’m coming back, when I do I’ll look you up!ReplyCancel

  • conniemcleod - One of my favorite things to do is to sit on a New Orleans balcony, drink in hand and enjoy the view. And if I’m on a covered balcony, rain is a nice touch.ReplyCancel

When I was fresh out of college, I couldn’t wait to get my first apartment.FREEDOM. SEX. FREEDOM.I had already acquired many pieces of furniture and art and sets of dishes all lovingly wrapped and waiting for me in my parent’s garage- like Christmas on steroids, except I had gotten these things for myself because Santa […]

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  • House Crazy Sarah - yes, times have changed! Wow – on your first place and Wow on your daughter’s place!!!ReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - Oh, that’s suffering! Your poor daughter.

    My new place is a good location… though the downstairs neighbours do smoke pot.ReplyCancel

  • Winnie - Yes, but think of all the city “charm” you had. I am in the city, and remember my first place at age 21. I was the oldest of 6, and so did it on my own. Mismatched everything, but really, I was happy and I think it prepared me to be self sufficient. Come to think about it, maybe I should come back as your daughter. Loving her kitchen, oh my!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - I just shake my head —– I guess this is what a REALLY good education and high skills gets you. And fabulous parents, of course.ReplyCancel

  • Barbara Torris - Oh my goodness…isn’t that just gorgeous. I think your princess is doing JUST fine.

    My children, like yours, started out ahead of where I was when they got their first apartment. I wanted their life for a while. It is really a lot of fun to watch them start out in the world. I know you must love it…living in a responsible environment…I didn’t even know what an “environment” was until I was 40!

    Be well Cheryl!
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    • A Pleasant House - Well, aren’t you spot on in every way! I guess the American Dream is still alive! Do better then your parents, and all that. We’re so happy for her.ReplyCancel

  • Ida Chiavaro - Definitely has a a lot more to do with her fabulous parents than the freedom/sex driven choices of our youth. I remember my second rental had an outdoor dunny, opposite a train track in an industrial section of the city. We could see the sky through the ceiling in the hallway, no neighbours on the weekend (that could complain about the smell of anything), bullet holes and lots of wild cats. I loved every second of it (and only when it was really cold at night did I pee in the bathtub.)ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - SO great Ida. ANd I’m glad the bathtub was only used in cold weather. Haahahaaa. We did have us some adventures didn’t we? Train tracks. Bullet holes. Gang fights. Boys. What a time! Thanks for stopping by- nice to see you.ReplyCancel

  • Rich Rumple - I remember my first apartment. I was completely unaware that there were train tracks only 25 feet behind it. Each night, at 2 a.m., a train would come through blowing its whistle in warning for the crossing ahead. Between the vibrations and the noise, I awoke thinking World War III has broke out! After a week, I never noticed it. I also remember my girlfriend coming over and finding that I had left dishes and pans soaking for over a week in the sink. I guess it was the smell that first gave her a hint. Brave girl, she was. She reached right down to the drain plug through the slimy mess and pulled it right out! She was a keeper that I lost, four times, before finally losing her forever. I still think of her. Great job!ReplyCancel

A while back, two of my BBB’s (BestBloggingBuddies) and I were talking (well, really emailing/texting/PM’ing- no one actually ‘talks’ anymore- right?) to each other about what the spaces we work in look like, so, I thought I’d show you… Where The Magic Happens (and take you on a trip down memory lane) ~ This ‘Space’ […]

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  • Sue - What about that wonderful lamp that matches the framed art; just love the lamp along with the entire office.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - I sorta did this one for you Sue. Remember when you asked me to take a pic of my office? Well here it is. The lamp is covered in a black/white toile fabric. I had a master bedroom once that I wallpapered ENTIRELY with black/white toile- walls, AND ceiling, matching lamps, drapes, etc…. it was FABULOUS!!! I’ll have to look for a picture. What’s your space look like?ReplyCancel

    • Sue - My office is a mess right now with too much stuff!! I hate my desk. It is a big desk, but not in a helpful way.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - I hate that when our work space is too large (wink)ReplyCancel

  • Petra - This is a very pleasant space! Truly: fresh and uncluttered, yet intimate. To me, it’s not about a specific object, but I much like the overall atmosphere due to every item you picked to join you there – I find it very inspiring! I love that you opened up your closet and gave us a peek into it; your description of each object is telling so much! Wish we could see the top of that paper maché head! 😉 xoReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - It is the ‘overall’ atmosphere (as you so beautifully put). Intimate yet stimulating. Surrounded by objects that have meaning. I know YOU understand. Love ya gal! xxxoooReplyCancel

  • Julie Phelps - You created a beautiful space! I won’t share any pics of mine, as my new space changes throughout the day. Now that I have moved I no longer have a dedicated office, but do use a corner of my bedroom (wee corner desk) plus the nearby bed with a zillion pillows that are constantly being re-arranged to suit the current condition of my back. Due to previous foot issues and surgeries I often use the laptop on my bed in order to keep my feet semi-propped up. Comfort is a good thing.
    But throughout the day I may use my laptop or iPad in the dining room, the gathering room, or in my art studio.
    Now, the ART studio is definitely a dedicated space and is my particular haven.
    Sometimes, the kitchen is my haven….
    Oh dear, it seems I am spread out all over the place!
    Another note: Ass-sprawl is also addressed – possibly improved upon – by using a giant exercise ball as your seat. Good for lots of body parts, actually. Just sayin…ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - So sorry to hear about your little desk and your feet but…….You have an ART STUDIO!!!!! MY DREAM!!!!!! That helps make everything better, I’m sure! And the ‘exercise ball’ is a good idea. I gal after my own heart. xxxooo ps: I don’t mind that you spread out all over the place, in fact, I liked it!ReplyCancel

  • Patty Rumaker - I love your office space!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Thanks Patty! It’s small but happy- and I LOVE having a big glorious window with which to peer down on the crazy people of New Orleans!ReplyCancel

  • Julie - I need a space like this!! I write on my bed with my laptop. I’m totally lame. LolReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - My working space is, well, a bit less cluttered!

    Except under the desk. That I have no idea how that happened.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Froman - Wow, that is a pleasant house/space. I’d send you mine….but it’s just my bed. That’s where I sit with my laptop…after I get home from work. In a cubicle. LOL.ReplyCancel

       My sister decided a few years ago to move.    Property taxes had increased and she needed a change of scenery.    She went- she didn’t like- and she has returned.    Home.    But with a brand new attitude and an amazing new sultry take on her digs.    It really […]

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  • Vashti Q-Vega - Wow! I love it! Can she come over and make-over my house? Haha! The colors are so earthy and alluring. Great pictures. 😀ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - She has a great eye and feel for color. And she accessorizes so beautifully. I’ll have to check to see if she’s available!ReplyCancel

  • Norma Beishir - That looks incredible! If she’s not an interior decorator, she should be!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - She is NOT a decorator, but our mother is- the apple falling…and all that! Thanks for stopping by Norma!ReplyCancel

  • Tammy - Love it. It’s so individual, comfy, cozy and classy. Good for her! I LOVE living what we feel. It takes us time to get there…but when we do .. Shazam! It’s awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie the Singingfool - Um, I want to live there – so fun!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - It is yummy isn’t it. You just want to eat it up when you’re enjoying the spaces that she’s so beautifully put together. Quite a talent my sister!ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia - iPhoneographer - Gorgeous. Love those wall colorsReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - She was JUST moving in when she snapped these pic’s and promises to take more photo’s as she gets to the bedrooms and kitchen (so cute) back deck and fine-tunes the rooms shown above. Stay tuned Cynthia and thanks for stopping by!ReplyCancel

  • onepairofshoesatatime - All stunning. I particularly love the picture in the last picture. The wall colours are amazing. I love deep reds but it is so hard to get it right … and she did.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - She’s got an amazing eye for art and artists. The one you like is a Sam Scott (who was a costume/set designer at the Cleveland Playhouse). I believe he painted that on a piece of brown paper- like a grocery bag!ReplyCancel

  • Krisztina Williams - Oh I love it!! I am drooling over that big trunk under the TV!ReplyCancel

  • A Pleasant House - I think that may be the trunk my mother had in our living room growing up. It would have the words ‘Liverpool’ hand painted on the front. Wait… how the hell did she get that?ReplyCancel

  • Cyndi Calhoun - Dang. I need her to come to my house. Stat. LOL.ReplyCancel

  • Jenny Lynn - WOW, I love the wall color. She is amazing at placing art on the wall, too. What a great room.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - I know. I can’t wait for her to see all of these comments! Thanks for stopping by Jenny! Now I’m on my way to you!!ReplyCancel

  • Sue - I keep blinking my eyes. Best in the blogoshere. Now the paint on the walls; looks pink by the lighted lamp in the first pix, but then muted purple-pink-grey up above the lamp. How does that happen? Are the walls painted with a glaze mix? Love the art, clock and gimme that black and gold mirror for my own kingdom. This can be an excerpt post on my blog with a click over to here if you want.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - What’s the Best in the Blogoshere? My Blog? You’re right! As for the walls- they are actually a MOCHA color that seems to refract all sorts of color. It is not a glaze, but she did use a high gloss. We’d (I’d) LOVE to excerpt this on your site. I’m hopping over now.ReplyCancel

  • House Crazy Sarah - it looks amazing! So New Orleans!ReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - That’s a massive chest for the television stand…ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - It’s a massive TV and she doesn’t like to hide them. She says they are part of life and it’s her home God Damn It! Eloquent- don’t you think?ReplyCancel

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