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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Perch Yourself in New Orleans

When I began planning my trip to New Orleans at the top of my “must see” list was perch. on Magazine Street. Joni said that I had to visit with the wonderfully effervescent Valorie Hart. Valorie works at this amazing store which I had already read about previously via Jaimee Rose, Velvet and Linen, Willow Decor and many others who have philosophically waxed of its wonders. Indeed the building that houses perch. had me at “Hello”.

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Having begun a correspondence with Valorie I was so excited to meet her. She is a rare gem, a true Renaissance woman who is a master of her craft. I cannot wait until she reveals her paint formula for Vamp Greige. To get in on the secret you must visit her blog, Visual Vamp, and check out her kitchen makeover. She was joined by Jack  Mayberry, a talented designer in his own right. Within 10 minutes of speaking with both of these individuals I wanted to ask for a job application just so I could hang out in this fabulous store with such a talented twosome.

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If one had to pigeon hole the design style of perch. I imagine that it would best be labeled as eclectic. In in my opinion eclectic design is the hardest style to master as you need to incorporate modern, with a balance of contemporary, add a splash of vintage and a few bits of blissful antiques. The lighting collection, in the front hall, is proof that perch. offers something for everyone.

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I spy with my little eye a few Louis XVI chairs, graceful glass cloches and a magnificent mirror.

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As I gazed upon the table setting I had to feel the silver. It was weighty perfection that was cool to the touch. I adore the pattern on the glasses and the quaint size of the antique salt cellars.

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This secretary made my heart pitter patter. So many wonderful things could be stored away in the cool French blue drawers.

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I saw these old doors and imagined this conversation:“Yes, I know that the doors are too tall to be considered as a carry on, but just look at their loveliness~ I can’t let them out of my sight.”

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The lamp and the buffet are perfection. But what really moved me was the painting. It is the work of Caroline S. Robert who is also the owner of Perch. I fell in love with this masterpiece instantly and still dream about it.

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What a truly beautiful mirror. I also love the ikat pillow found on the top of the stack.

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One would surely have a mid summer’s night dream while slumbering upon this beauty.

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While I loved the lucite chiavari ballroom chair, my heart swooned when I saw the drapes. They were the creation of the brilliant Jack. Yes, Jack captured my heart in more ways than one.

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The brilliant and beautiful Valorie Hart aka the Visual Vamp. I am blessed to know her.

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perch. 2844 Magazine Street New Orleans, LA 70115 504.899.2122

Happy shopping,


23 comments : said...


I could get lost in Perch. for hours. I especially like the doors (and your humorous comment about them) the secretary and the silver. Actually, what's not to like? Curious to know what you purchased. I am bookmarking her site and will be visiting often. Thank you for sharing.

Your Friend,

Brianna! said...

Those old Doors took my breath away:)
SO gorgeous

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

What a gorgeous shop! I could stay in there for days! I love New Orleans!

That is such a beautiful photo of you!

Lou Cinda :)

Visual Vamp said...

Thanks so much!
xo xo

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

What gorgeous things in there! Great picture of you too! I think I could spend some serious time browsing around!

Lisa said...

Magazine Street is one of my favorites in the whole wide world! Glad you got to cross off a "must see." Thanks for sharing it with us.

Loui♥ said...

Loved it from the front porch..
thanks for letting me/us tag along..
just wonderful!!
warm sandy hugs..

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Morning Laura Sweetie...
Thank you for taking me along to Perch this morning. A couple of corners I found myself sitting down to take it all in. Truly it would take a week or more to go through and really SEE everything.

Loved those doors too. I can just see the faces on security as you tried to scan those doors. ("But you don't understand they must go home with me.") BUSTED...

I love the pillows scattered about and the mirrors. Yes there were several chairs I would have loved. I reall sat and drooled when the secretary came up, oh Laura how beautiful it is.

You are so lucky to have met and visited in person. Thank you for dragging me along today. What fun I had.

Have a gorgeous Wednesday sweetie. Country hugs and much love, Sherry

Parisienne Farmgirl said...

Oh boy, it had me at that chandelier laden hallway!!!!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

oh i love that place! i went last year when i was back in NO for a wedding. i lived at 2512 magazine about 7 years ago, and that store wasn't there yet. i am pretty sure it is a post-katrina store, as it wasn't there when i lived in slidell either.... which gives me hope for NO. thanks for spotlighting this fabulous place!

Debby said...

Great store. Love those doors as well. You are two beautiful ladies.

Charlotte said...

Wow, this is fantastic. The photos are GORGEOUS. I've only been to New Orleans once and that was over 20 years ago. Loved it.

Shelia said...

Hi Laura! Hope you're enjoying your trip to New Orleans! I love New Orleans! How wonderful you were able to meet our Dear Valerie! She's so cute! I've known her since our Rate My Space days!
What a wonderful place too!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)


New Orleans has some of the most wonderful shops in the USA. It is delightful to pop in & out, stopping for a Ramos Gin Fizz between the shops, talking to the shopkeepers, the whole vibe. It's amazingly wonderful. Thanks for sharing. xx's

Everton Terrace said...

How did I miss this store? I visited my daughter in New Orleans several times during the year she lived there and never stopped there. It might be for the best. That bed, oh heart be still, that glorious bed!

Marydon said...

G'day Laura ~ I do not know how we have missed this lovely spot, Perch, in all our trips ... but will look for it next time.

The chandeliers would keep me enticed & entranced for a very long time. Beautiful decor ...

Thank you for sharing your visit, I so enjoyed my time with you.

Have a beautiful summer's eve ~
TTFN ~ Marydon

susan said...

Laura-What a great opportunity (and a great picture too!)! I have read all about Valorie at Joni's. I ma so envious--that secretary makes my heart flutter too :) New Orleans is one of my very very favorite places! Hope you had lots of good food!

LuLu Kellogg said...

As many times as I have been to NO, I have not been in this lovely store.

Laura, you look so beautiful in your photo.


Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Such amazing photos!! What a beautiful place to visit! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

What a gorgeous shop! I could stay in there all day. Love those doors too. You might have trouble getting through security with those! A great picture of you gals together. Love & blessings from NC!

Becca said...

that place looks awesome, very eclectic and fun.

The Urban Chic said...

I lived in New Orleans for 17 years and don't ever remember seeing this shop there. And believe me, I have been down Magazine St. and back. Happy you are going to Oak Alley. It's one of the more famous old mansions around. My son lived on Magazine and he took me to lots of shops and I loved it. See you on FruFru Friday. Hugs, Pat

Miss Sandy said...

A perfect place to well...perch! Love the vast mixture of styles and the clean simplicity of the decor. Thanks for sharing.