Bryan Batt and partner, Tom Cianfichi, own a shop on Magazine Street in New Orleans called Hazlenut. They sell fine gifts, elegant home accessories, and unique items featuring a special New Orleans toile designed by Bryan. You can visit their website HERE.
Julia Reed has done fundraising for arts and culture with New Orleans native Bryan Batt, acclaimed former (and I hope returning) star of AMC's Mad Men. He wrote She Ain't Heavy, She's My Mother: a Memoir (or a "momoir," as he calls it in a delightful audio interview with Julia Reed). You can find it HERE.
I stopped by the shop when I was in town, and it's wonderful. SO many great items for tablescapes!
I wanted at least one of everything.
The Greek key gilded decanter and glasses really spoke to me!
The nice lady at Hazelnut gave me directions to Perch, just up the street. It's in a great old house on Magazine.
Again ... so many wonderful things to see!
Including a tablescape recently linked to Tablescape Thursday at Susan's Between Naps on the Porch ...
Loved the one-of-a-kind hand-wrought iron tree bed! Similar ones can be made to order for your space. Visit Perch HERE.
As other customers and I wandered about drinking in all the beautiful decorator, vintage, and antique items, a petite woman with blonde hair spilling over her eyes appeared. She was in a sleek animal print dress, moving with a dancer's grace. I heard a slightly husky voice offering assistance to "y'all." Yes, it was Valorie, a New Yorker who knows how to live as the Romans (or, in this case, the New Orleanians) do. When I introduced myself, she gave me a big ol' blogger hug. I invited her to be my "plus one" for brunch and picked her up the next morning at the charming double shotgun home she and her husband, Alberto, share in the Irish Channel off Magazine (a few blocks from the Garden District).
Valorie had a gift for me in a pretty blue Perch bag. Want to see what was inside?
Beautiful vintage French Limoges plates!
She knows what boys like!
Did you know Valorie Hart and Alberto Paz were the 2009 US Tango Salon Champions?
You can see them in an exhibition performance they did in The Netherlands here: