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Hello there readers – I know many hail from far and wide of New Orleans, but I’d like to spread the word about an adorable pup that wandered up to Mitchell’s front porch last night, wearing a collar but no ID tags. Take a look at this friendly young fellow who appears to be crate trained and a bit of a heart-breaker.

found puppy

A Lost NOLA Pup

Nothing but Pup

Nothing but Pup

We’d scoop him right up, but we’re pushing the canine density level to the max with two bouncy Boxers and a rat terrier. I’ll spare you the calculus on our combined body mass of 5 mammals per 1,200 square feet (trust me it’s a tight squeeze!)

Read more about this on Mitchell’s blog Optimism and White Paint.  “If you are in the New Orleans area and the dog looks familiar or you have the urge for some puppy love and want to adopt him, please contact via email at hmitchellsettoon@hotmail.com.”

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Despite my very traditional home here in New Orleans, I have always harbored a secret passion for glass/modernist houses. Philip Johnson – my hero. AND Mies van der Rohe (of course) owns my favorite design, the Farnsworth House.

Imagine my surprise when this very well known house (Cameron’s) from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off popped up on The Daily Beast. I would be in there is a second if I could! Of course, I’d have to sell every stick of furniture I own and start over from scratch. Sounds like fun, actually.

Here’s the link to the real estate listing.

Look Familiar?

Look Familiar?

Interior Shot

Interior Shot

Interior Shot

Interior Shot

I love the wooded setting - a treehouse. Perfect.

I love the wooded setting - a treehouse. Perfect.

Goodness knows how many times my name and mailing address gets passed around from one catalog merchant to another. I’m sure I rate high on the ‘sucker list.’ So when I got a new catalog from VivaTerra.com I admit I was suckered in for this little guy:

How cute is this?

How cute is this?

The rest of the gear in the book didn’t rate as high for me – it’s rather World Market meets Crate and Barrel at the junction of Al Gore Street, but there were a few other cute things to toy with.

Happy Saturday to all. It’s a Louisiana Sales Tax holiday and I’m hitting Magazine Street (danger! danger!)

I was so upset when I realized Source Perrier was closing its (online and catalog) doors. I loved their model. They presented fully staged ‘rooms’ to showcase their collections of fine furnishings and accessories. It was a catalog I kept around like it was a shelter mag.

I regretted that I never ordered a pair of beautiful cut glass hurricanes for my mantel (well priced at $80) and hefty silver candlesticks (and hand painted candle shades) I had long admired. I just assumed they would always be there for me to order when the time was right.

And of course, I was even MORE upset when I realized I missed a few emails advertising their clearance sales – it was pretty slim picking by the time I got to their Web site.

I went through the seven stages of grieving and moved on. So I was super surprised while waiting on the elevator this morning, checking my email on my gadget, when I got an email for a ‘sneak peek’ of a new Web site called The Source Collection!

Here I am at my desk now, admiring those handsome rooms, and wonderful accessories once more.

Source Collection Highland Library

Source Collection Highland Library

I know the dashing TartanScot will be pleased to see the above room.

I always admired the paint treatment in this room

I always admired the paint treatment in this room

I can order those candlesticks! Yay – I didn’t miss the boat completely!

These are going in my shopping cart right now!

This is going in my shopping cart right now! They're super flexible. You can lift off the center candle top and add or remove the extra arms. Love it.

Not all of my favorite items have reappeared however (no hurricanes, shoot!) their stock is definitely not what it used to be… but I’m hoping more good things will happen in time.

So today for lovely Julia at Hooked on Houses – I’m hooked on a friend I thought I had lost – the Source Collection.

I mean, no matter how cute your outfit, if you've got the wrong accessories... Well, I'm just saying.

I mean, no matter how cute your outfit, if you've got the wrong accessories... Well, I'm just saying.

I’m yucked out with most of the computer speakers on the market today. Ever since Apple discontinued my favorite orbs, I’ve been stuck with black, hunks of plastic on my desk with all the charm of a blood pressure monitor.

The Apple Harmon-Kardon Speakers - these looked great on my desk (and they sounded great too!)

These were my favorite speakers of all time - unfortunately discontinued from Apple. The Harmon-Kardon Speakers - these looked great on my desk (and they sounded great too!)

Sooo. Look what I spotted today on engadget. How cute is this white porcelain pig? Oh, and it hides a serious looking sound system inside. I want it! Click to read the original post via Technobob. Of course, there’s a downside: they’re only available in Japan. Anybody that can translate this page for me (or orders me one) gets a sashimi dinner on me!

Loving this little piggy.

Loving this little piggy.

Oink!

Oink!

 


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Nate and Louis

Well, hey there. I'm Nathan and this is the Laurel Street Blog. It's a place for talking about design, decor and DIY (with small amounts of snarkery snuck in). I'm a pretty restless guy who loves house projects and lives in a 150+ year old cottage on Laurel Street in New Orleans. Since the house always has something going on with it (or falling off of it) I'm subsequently blessed with a never-ending supply of Web content to share. Oh - and you can drop me a line anytime LaurelStreetNola@gmail.com. Enjoy!

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