As a regular feature on this site, we plan to post brief information about some of our favorites in France: talented people, beautiful shops, our picks for places to grab a bite or raise glass, and lovely boutique hotels which we discover. Allons-y!
Contemporary French & italian FAre by Chef John Harris
Physical location: 3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115 Website: http://www.liletterestaurant.com Phone: (504) 895-1636 Pick-up orders available, masks required while not seated at tables
Our take: An authentic French dining experience in the heart of New Orleans’ antique shopping mecca on Magazine Street, Lilette has earned its fined reputation. Indoors — find Parisian- style banquettes and red wine-hued walls; outdoors — a traditional New Orleans courtyard under Live Oak and Sweet Olive trees. Menus include contemporary takes on traditional French and Italian fare, craft cocktails, and an extensive wine list. Top of our list!
ANTIQUE TAPESTRIES, REPURPOSED!
What you need: any fine antique fabric, or conserved portion of fabric; silk thread, backing/framing “à votre guise,” as you wish!
Our take: Lovers of fine vintage fabrics are showcasing treasures in new ways, like the one featured below (a remnant from an 18th century window valance.) Our Folie team selected a deep green velvet, a favorite of designers this year, to complement the wool embroidery of this fabulous antique tapestry. We allowed the imperfections from the past to remain, while carefully adding our own hand stitches to this piece of art.
A YEAR AT THE CHATEAU
Book by Dick & Angel Strawbridge Basis of the hit television show, “Escape to the Chateau,” UK: Channel 4, US: PBS stations
Our take: It doesn’t take long to fall in love with this delightful tale of adventure, discovery, and the pursuit of dreams. The ideal companion to the explosively successful TV series, “Escape to the Chateau,” the narrative offers useful insights and entertaining anecdotes from the quirky couple renovating and running their French chateau-turned-event venue. A great read for a get-away from the norm!