Reborn After 40 Years: The Machado House
by Poki Hampton, photo by Sara Essex Bradley

WHEN DONNA AND DAVID MACHADO found their current home in Gulfport, Mississippi, it had been on the market for three years. Built in the 1970s, the house was in its original condition. The Machados could see past the 40-year-old layout and décor, including floral wallpaper and green bathtubs, to realize the potential of turning this into their family home. 
“After we closed on the house, the previous owners, who had lived here for 40 years, rented it back from us for six months while they built their retirement home. During this time, we were able to make plans for the renovation,” says Donna. “I interviewed five designers and decided that Jennifer Dicerbo of French Mix would work well with me. We really hit it off.” 

Laissez Le Bon Temps Rouler: Cover Artist Gretchen Armbruster

Although our cover artist Gretchen Armbruster works with a wide range of subjects and media, our attention in this issue is on her Mardi Gras paintings. Capturing the mood and light of a carnival parade is a very special gift. Growing up in New Orleans with the music of the parade band in her heart gives Gretchen insight in how to tell the Mardi Gras story on canvas... Read more.
Shop the Pages for Valentine Ideas: Jewelry, home decor and more

Stumped on gifts for your Valentine? Flip through our Inside Look and Flourishes for inspiration. From soothing bath salts to new Christian Roth sunnies, there's something for every Valentine and price point. Want to make a statement? We think the above platinum engagement ring with a 2.03 carat radiant-cut center stone from Symmetry Jewelers will do! See more here .
Save the Date: Lark in the Park 2019

Come party in the park with Friends of City Park on March 15th! Raising funds to revitalize Storyland, everyone's favorite enchanted playground, the fundraiser will be held in Storyland and on Victory Avenue. Kicking off with a VIP Party at 7 pm, the main gala from 8-11 pm will feature over 40 of New Orleans' best restaurants, live and silent auctions, festive libations, Bryan Subaru car raffle, entertainment and more!