Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Stealing Away to New Orleans: Stealing Magnolias....A Give Away!

Now that the Holiday Season is over, I am asking myself, what is the next excuse for a huge dose of outrageous fun? It occurred to me that Marde Gras in New Orleans was what we all looked forward to all year when I was living in Louisiana studying interior design at LSU. It was the yearly celebration all of my design student friends looked forward to. Whether it was the colors, the originality, the creativity, the music, or just the great excuse to forget about studying and party all day and night, it didn't matter. New Orleans was calling....and calling loudly....with a big trombone leading the band.

You can imagine my delight when it all of the Southern pageantry, a juxtaposition of beautifully elegant propriety and campy costumes in drag came tumbling back into my mind when I received a copy of a stunning new book .....Stealing Magnolias. Author Debra Shriver, chief communications officer of Hearst Corporation, debuts her first book with passion and obvious love for this one-of-a-kind pearl of a city. It is written in a way that is approachable and extremely informative, especially about the things that matter most in this graceful and bewitching town. All that visit cannot escape without losing a part of themselves. 

Stealing Magnolias is made up of the best bits of Debra's New Orleans experiences....there are beautiful photos of the home she and her husband renovated and decorated not long after Katrina..there are delicious Southern recipes with photos that simply make one's mouth water in anticipation....there are gardens and architectural treasures, all shown through that filter of light that can only be found in this place. That light that sweeps in from the side, bouncing off courtyard walls and underneath iron balconies and finally through gauzy sheer covered windows. 

New Orleans is decidedly French, but oh-so American....home of jazz and the mint julep, world famous Cafe du Monde, and voodoo shops..the cultural diversity buzzes with energy and mystery.

Debra captures it all and gives you a brilliant glimpse of the heart and soul of New Orleans. With it's fabulous photography, snippets from taste makers who have been touched by it's gorgeous decadence (Anne Rice, Dave Matthews, Mark Twain, Alexa Pulitzer, Tennessee Williams, Patrick Dunne and Cole Porter are just a few who's impressions are quoted throughout) and all of the extras of what and how to enjoy this city, Stealing Magnolias will take you away on a fabulous adventure. 

Did I mention the Preface by Blue Dog artist, George Rodrigue, the Forward by best-selling author Mary Randolph Carter, and Introduction by the one and only Roald Dahl? Icing on the cake my dears.

This book is unforgettable and perfect for those who have been and want to rekindle fond memories.....for those who have yet to go, it will get you out of that easy chair booking tickets in time for Marde Gras...for those who love jazz...or find that all things French make them smile inside and out.....and what a gift for those you love!

So.......I am so very excited to be partnering with Glitterati Incorporated in a
of Stealing Magnolias!!!

Here are the rules:

1) Head on over to the Glitterati Website HERE and take a look around. You might just find another book you must have!
2) Become a katiedid Follower by clicking on the Google Follow button in my sidebar.
3) Leave a comment here in the comment box about your favorite memory about New Orleans....real or imagined.
4) You must include your contact information to win! And that means an email address so I can email you with the great news and thereby retrieve a mailing address. 

I will announce the winner January 26th, two weeks from today!!

(all photos from Stealing Magnolias by Debra Shriver, copyright 2010, published by Glitterati Incorporated.


Jen of Made By Girl said...

Everytime I go to Starbucks I ask for Decaf Soy Mocha with EXTRA FOAM and it just makes it taste perfect (with a little cinnamon). The cup looks delicious!

JJ said...

My favorite memory of New Orleans is from Monday (I just got back from a trip there!) We hit Cafe du Monde at 11pm on Saturday night and it was totally hopping. The beignets were yummy and I love the kitsch of drinking from those tiny little old school glasses.

Karena said...

Katie, I loved looking at all of the eye candy! Such beautiful images!! I would love this book!

Also, I have a Great New Giveaway from Blydesign! Come and enter!

Art by Karena

Stephanie said...

I really really want this book! I'm already a follower and I live here in New Orleans so all of my good memories are here! Thanks for the chance!

Hannah said...

Love antiquing when I visit!

Heidiopia said...

Ah, Katie, I'm now officially homesick! I spent 4 years in New Orleans studying Art History at Newcomb College and these little glimpses have got me longing for the Big EAsy! There's no way I could choose ONE memory to share-- I've got volumes. I so hope you pick my name for this giveaway, but if not-- I'll be purchasing this beauty to devour (and probably a few for my college friends, too!).

Heidiopia said...

forgot to leave my email and I'm already a follower:
heidimilton @

Debra said...

I have a couple of memories from New Orleans from quite a while ago. My husband was born there. He was adopted and when he was 31 I talked him into looking into his history. This was before googling and search engines. He had a New Orleans phone book and he just started going through it from "a" on. When he got to the "B's" he found a name with the address on his birth certificate so he called the number and asked for the name(which was his father's). The woman who answered asked why and he said well I think he is my father. She paused and then said "well I'm your mother". Turns out she never married him and she had lived in that house for years and years. We went to visit her there and I can still see the image of my husband and her embracing on the front porch of her shotgun home in the uptown district. She has now passed on and we have many of her antiques and they mean so much to my husband.
My other memory is going to an all store meeting for Bombay Company when I was a manager there in the late 80's. We went out one night after a long grueling day of classes and the head visual merchandiser took us to his apartment in the quarter in this fabulous building. It was amazing and he had stripped and whitewashed some Bombay mahogany colored furniture. It was very ahead of it's time and his apartment was so beautifully decorated even though it was very small.
I would love to win this book so much and I love your blog!!!

ArchitectDesign™ said...

What a fabulous looking book, I would love a copy for my library! I have never been to New Orleans but am dying to go, seriously. The food, the parties -and the antique shopping looks out of this world!

The enchanted home said...

Looks like a beautiful book. I have a very vivid memory of New Orleans. We had gone to Baton Rouge for my grandfathers funeral (hadn't been to LA in about 15 years, my kids had never been) so I went with my son who was 16 at the time and he reluctantly came, my husband was out of the country on business. So off we went, it was a rough few days but I told him we would go to New Orleans and stay at the Ritz for 2 days before we flew back. He had never really had French/Cajun food and we spent 2 days going to the best restaurants all over town, not thinking ONCE about calories but enjoying every amazing over the top bite. Our days started with beignets and ended with well....beignets~! (but lots of gumbo, fried shrimp, po boys, catfish in between) We had an amazing time bonding as mother and son over our mutual love of awesome food. It ended up being a wonderful trip :)

Domestic Goddess..Diva sometimes said...

I'm a follower and subscriber. I would love to go to New Orleans so I can walk down the French Quarter, eat a beignet and speak French. ;)

The Consummate Hostess said...

What a gorgeous book! New Orleans holds a very special place in my heart as I met my husband in NOLA during Mardi Gras(crazy but true. We go to Mardi Gras every year to celebrate and I have to admit that it is infinitely more fun than our wedding anniversary! This book would be a lovely addition to my collection and a great reminder of the city I love so much.

The Consummate Hostess said...

Opps- I forgot to leave my email, here it is

Hope that you have a great day!

Notorious MLE said...

I love NOLA. When I went my favorite memory was eating at this little restaurant called JaqueImo's. It was outside of the touristy areas and we felt like we got a feel for everyday New Orleans.

Mary Kay Andrews said...

Love New Orleansl, everything there is so over the top. Would love this book!

D.L.Rhein said...

New Orleans is truly an inspirational place! I try to get down there every year to keep my creative mind a glow. Cannot wait for Stealing Magnolias!

GB said...

Oh this book would be perfect. But since you asked us to pick another, I'd like to read "Global Snaps" --it sounds interesting. I'm already a follower and though I've never been to New Orleans, I would very much like to some day (and eat at Emril's restaurant!).

gdbinvt[at]gmail[dot]com said...

my favorite nola experience was wandering around the garden district one sunday morning and encountering ann rice's driver out washing the stretch lincoln in front of the house --which is, i think, just across from what is now the shriver house. only a pleasant sunday morning gossip, with no mention of mme. she kept that big house until after stan rice died.

AtelierModerne said...

There is NO place in America like Nawlins ! It has splendour and intrique all wrapped up in hot smoke and mirrors ! We spent a few days at the Columns in the heart of New Orleans - we stayed in the room used in the film "Pretty Baby" We ate in all the fabulous restaurants like - Antoine's, Commander's Palace and Brennans, NOTHING will compare to this vacations exquisite pleasures ...until maybe I get to Paree ~ GREAT BOOK !

lisa Wilson said...

I have never been to New Orleans, but your blog entry shows me a have a hole in my heart. I love all things french, I love antiques, I love all things with a patina...and a soul. New Orleans, here I come!

Laura Casey Interiors said...

My husband grew up in Baton Rouge, and his mother grew up in New Orleans. I have been going with him there for fifteen years and it is my favorite city in the US. I can't pick one favorite memory but I love riding on the street cars, shopping on Magazine and eating the great food!

quintessence said...

Ever since I originally read about this book, I've been fascinated. New Orleans has long been on my bucket list as a destination - it offers everything I am interested in - history, architecture, music and food! The book looks just beautiful and I would be delighted to add it to my collection.

All About Vignettes said...

I would love to win the book. My husband lived in New Orleans years ago but still is in love with the city. He has inspired me to learn more about New Orleans, and the more I learn, the more I agree with him. It would be very nostalgic to look through this book together.

Allie said...

I've never been, but it's on my bucket list! Love Glitterati!!

Splendid Sass said...

My favorite memories of New Orleans center around their wonderful cuisine, art, and of course the jazz. Eggs Benedict, beignets, Hurricanes.
Such a beautiful town. Did I mention Bourbon Street?
Great giveaway.

Anonymous said...

I dream about going - and it is definitely on my " bucket list !"

other-option said...

I am already a follower. The Carchitecture book looks great also. I'd love to visit New Orleans someday - the food and music are high on my list of reasons why.
- Danielle
other-option AT hotmail DOT com

emcSquared said...

I love New Orleans! My dad lived there when he was single and I remember going back with my parents as a child. I remember carrying around my Harry Conick Jr's "We Are In Love" tape in my purse, just in case I saw him in NOLA. Never did, sigh. Cafe du Monde, Central Grocer's muffaleta, Johnny's Poboys. A lot of my favorite New Orleans memories involve eating! Thank you for the chance, I am a current follower.

em9499 at gmail dot com

bazaarofserendipity said...

I have been wanting this book for a while now! fingers crossed

VictoriaArt said...

This is such fun! I have never been to New Orleans, but have it on my to do list!!!
Great images!
I saw another give away today with the same book!
I guess this is a sign!!!
Count me in!
I am a follower!


*Chic Provence* said...

Hi Katie, I love New Orleans too! I was born there and guess it's just in the blood. My latest favorite New Orleans experience was going down Magazine Street last year and meeting both Valorie of Visual Vamp and Karina of Disegno Karina Gentinetta (both favorite bloggers!)... it was a great experience!

I'd LOVE to win the book! fingers crossed... I'm a follower, of course!

Happy weekend!


Bobbie said...

I am in Baton Rouge! Nice to "meet" another LSU graduate. I have the pleasure of going to New orleans all the time and often do just to eat at a few favorite places!

Claudia Juestel said...

A beautiful book! Thank you for the intro Katie.

Hoping to see you at the conference in LA.



LJ said...

beignets! And the people watching. So many different types of people, and none afraid to express who they are.

lauraebier @ gmail dot com

mydesignchic said...

What a gorgeous book...and New Orleans...I'm such a fan of the food!!

Lila said...

I'm a follower! I think if I'd been to New Orleans, I'd love to try the beignets and listen to the fabulous music. That would be a dream!
Lila Ferraro

cheryl said...

New Orlean's is so quaint and charming. So full of history. Amazing antiques! And the food is wonderful!
Cheryl Holben

Chic Coles said...

This is a wonderful give away.we hope you are having a great time in new Orleans. We are followers. My best memory of New Orleans is see Melissa receive her diploma from Tulane in May!!!!!!!!! It was such a happy day.

Sarah said...

Umm, I will fall over if Debra's house was literally my obsession in House Beautiful a year or two ago and made Hal Williamson one of my favorite designers - if it is her house, I MUST have this book! If not, I still MUST have it. I have never been to NE, but I do love the style. Thank you for this great giveaway Katie! (I'm already a follower)

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

What gorgeous photos!

I'm already a (happy!) follower of your blog but wanted to share a memory of NOLA. I hate to say my favorite, but it was in a bittersweet way. I went to the Jazz Fest immediately following Katrina and stayed to help put one of my favorite places in the U.S. back together again. There was something about the raw beauty of people working together to overcome that will always stick with me. I go back every year. In fact, I just booked my flight to Jazz Fest this week. :-)

Nancy said...

Ahhhh, it was a cruise destination in 96. Lunch was the best & everyone was so friendly.