Thankful for New Orleans – Day 15

Today marks the halfway point of my “Thankful for New Orleans” series, and it has been harder than I thought it would be to write every day. Coming up with topics is easy…it’s making time to put my thoughts on “paper” that has been challenging. My plan is to finish out this month, then commit to one post a week. If you’ve been reading, I am thankful for you! 

Day 15 – Festive Houses on St. Ann

The French Quarter is home to some of the most charming and beautiful homes in the world. I can spend hours walking around the Quarter, discovering homes I’ve never noticed before and revisiting houses I’ve photographed so many times I could make several books. I definitely have my favorites, and two of them happen to be only a block apart on St. Ann Street.

The yellow double shotgun just off Rampart is one of the most famous houses in the Quarter. Yes, it’s a cute house, but its fame comes from its festiveness. Not a season goes by that this house isn’t elaborately decked out from top to bottom. I jokingly refer to it as “If Jenna lived in the Quarter” because my mom was a huge fan of over-the-top decorating, and I can just imagine her living in and decorating this beauty. I only wish she were here to enjoy it.

The gray/blue/lavender (my kid and I can’t agree on the color) shotgun a block away is equally enthusiastic about holidays…it simply takes a more understated approach. No matter what the season, you can be sure that its door and two windows will be adorned with something that will make you smile.

I never miss an opportunity to walk down St. Ann so I can get a look at these lovely homes and add a few more photos to my collection. Maybe one of these days I’ll cross paths with the owners. I’m guessing that anyone who goes to such lengths to make their house so cheerful must be a lot of fun.

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