There is just something about being in New Orleans. The culture has deep roots and I love exploring the city. On one street, you can find a home, a church, and a coffee shop! (what more do you need in life than that!?) There is nothing worse (to me) than an entire neighborhood with 3 floorplans, a reversed version, and 4 brown stucco colors on the whole street. I love character. Art. Imagination. This city has plenty of it!
Once just an old Southern tradition, the blue porch ceiling has made its way north and is being introduced to new generations. There are numerous theories as to why — from fooling spiders and wasps into thinking the ceiling is the sky, to blue being a harbinger of good luck, to the color extending daylight, to scaring away evil spirits. Notice the subtle color below. (Info courtesy of Sherwin Williams website.)
And another blue porch ceiling…
Post Katrina search & rescue teams identified homes by marking them with a spraypainted “X” and coded information. Some residents made a conscious decision to retain the codes as part of the provenance of that structure or a memorial to the event. This photograph was taken last week.
Aren’t these colorful homes wonderful!?