Longue VueMonday, December 14, 2015
It's warm here. The boys wore shorts and tees to school last week and I've been in sandals. Still, though, it's December and the leaves have fallen, so in principle it should be cool. But I'd rather think about spring, and this week I was thinking about earlier this year at Longue Vue in New Orleans.
It was the home of Edith and Edgar Stern -- Edith's father was Julius Rosenthal, president of Sears and huge philanthropist (if you've ever heard of Rosenwald Schools...). The philanthropy continued with the Sterns. and the Times-Pic even did an article which started with calling them the 'first couple of New Orleans philanthropy.'
I'd love to show pics of the inside, but interior images are not permitted. What made an impression was that the furnishings' form and material were so traditional that they still looked tasteful and attractive all these years later. One of the back rooms of the home is made into a small gallery (I remember an Agam). And the Sterns were into technology -- it was the first home in the area with central air...and built-in scales in the bathrooms.
While the home tour is done with a host, the garden tour of eight acres is self-guided:
Even in winter, the garden will be full of blooming camellias
stone effect, laid on their edge so as to stand up:
Last month, Longue Vue House and Gardens: The Architecture, Interiors, and Gardens of New Orleans' Most Celebrated Estate was published. It includes home and garden plans, even with listings of what plants are utilized in each specific area. Got it. Beautiful.