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My New Year got started off right. I woke up this morning to find that Lesley at the Design File featured my ‘Hey, why not?’ gallery wall on her site last night.

Then, while still pre-caffinated this morning I’m staring glassily at my Mac and see that Lindsey (of Better After Blog fame) featured Laurel Street as her first post of the new year! My  Spare Bedroom to Study post got a whole lot of love as well as the el cheapo kitchen fixes! Thanks Lindsey! If you love before & afters like I do, you’ll love reading the Better After blog every day.

And as I’m closing up at the office I get a an actual email from one of my funniest, favorite tweeps Alycia (@ajwdesignco) at the fab Casa Moxie blog. Give her a follow – one smile after another. She liked Laurel Street enough to call it one of her favorite blogs. Alycia listed me with some big time blogging heavy hitters – thanks A! She called out my open letter to Pottery Barn as a fave and I must admit it still cracks me up a little. Pancakes, heh.

Thank you Lesley, Lindsey and Alycia – you made my day.

Happy New Year to you all!

Nate

I’m having a big time this morning thinking about some of my favorite shelter blogs and why each inspires me. I’m happy to support these talented folks for a 2009 Homie Award from Apartment Therapy. Each has provided me with so much reward throughout the year. If you haven’t visited them before, please do! Each one is a treat in it’s own way:

I'd like to share this fortune with each of my homies - may it also be yours in 2010. It came to me (along with a Peking Duck) Monday night. I laughed out loud (Richard rolled his eyes).

logoI’m not shilling for any company – but one of my favorite all time, all around most satisfying online friends is Nancy Boy. My love is hard won, earned through their unique, extremely effective brand of email marketing. Here’s an excerpt from an email they sent me on Monday about remodeling their new bricks and mortar store:

Subject: New Store & Hearth is Back!

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Experts say the top 3 reasons people divorce are sexual incompatibility, money and infidelity. The sample must have been limited to people living in mud huts because 92% of couples actually split after a remodel.

A candlelit dinner is romantic. Sharing a bath is romantic. Nine months of eating, sleeping and pooping in what used to be the hall closet is not romantic.

While my attitude is very Mother Teresa no matter the circumstance Jack is a monster under stress like when we decided to turn a dilapidated building in Sonoma’s idyllic West County into a sumptuous country store.

I took on the hard parts like visioning and strategy. All Jack had was tactical stuff like architectural plans, city and county permits, contractor management and a wee bit of the actual construction.

While I lay on the couch with eyes closed but strategizing intensively Jack traipsed through the house covered in drywall dust after I’d repeatedly said to hose off in the driveway first. To turn his passive aggressive behavior into a learning opportunity I got out the electric turkey carver while he was in the shower and patiently cut his dusty clothes into shreds. He had a total spazz attack wherein he said I was working his last nerve so I moved into the laundry room with the leftover Halloween candy and my therapist says healing may be a slow process based on past experience.

The new store is open just in time for our 8th anniversary in business and we cordially invite you to visit if you’re up wine tasting but come on the days I work not him he will misrepresent certain things. You can see pictures sprinkled throughout our site:  http://www.nancyboy.com/ To see some pretty new photos of our San Francisco store and one of Jack with someone the caption says is me but isn’t, I am way cuter, click here:http://www.sanfranmag.com/story/mixed-messages

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Nancy Boy Signature Scented Lavender Buds

I get one of these hysterical emails each month – usually with a free-associative segue into whatever new product they’re announcing. All fun aside, I have to say their products are amazing. I heartily endorse the Nancy Boy Signature Shave Cream (“Tested on boyfriends, not animals.”), and almost any other of their all-natural and incredibly scented products.

Heck, I even washed the dogs on Sunday with the Nancy Boy eco dish soap. It contains entirely natural products – more so than the ‘dog shampoo’ I used to use that was made out of a petroleum-based substance. Likewise, all our clothes, towels and sheets get washed with their eco laundry soap. The fragrance is from actual lavendar and our clothes are completely petroleum free.

Speaking of botanicals, the Nancy Boys always send me a gift with each order. Last month it was a bag of lavender buds that were enhanced with their signature essential fragrance oil. I don’t usually do ‘house fragrance.’ I like candles but I never think to light them. And if I do, you will never walk into my house and think, “Is there a Cinnamon-Pomegranate Pie smoldering somewhere in this house?”

But I put these buds in a simple wide-mouthed glass bowl in the bedroom and it is just heavenly. The door stays closed during the day, so when I open it after work or settling into bed at night… well, the light fragrance will transport you. What a nice gift from a funny, original retailer.

Miz V.

Miz V.

In 48 hours, the Apartment Therapy 2009 Color Contest will be decided. And with a little help from you friends – Valorie (the Visual Vamp) could be the winner.

I looked at all the entries over coffee this morning – and Valorie’s entry is stunning. And I covet the outsized medical charts in her dining room. You have to see them. Go now. Vote for Val!

P.S. About the ya’ll in the title. I was carried away by Joni’s last post from this achingly beautiful Texas ranch. Gosh – what a place!

Take a look at what can be done in a small San Francisco apartment with a small renovation budget (and obviously wonderful taste and some wonderful antiques!). Enjoy out the clever work of the talented designer, Grant K. Gibson. A coplete slideshow is here on NYTimes.com. Photographs are by Peter DaSilva for The New York Times

A custom built banquette makes a cosy dining area. If I'm not mistaken is that a burlap tablecloth from Ballard Designs?

A custom built banquette makes a cosy dining area. If I'm not mistaken is that a burlap tablecloth from Ballard Designs?

A tidy corner for a drinks tray.

A tidy corner for a drinks tray.

It helps to have great antiques - many of the prints were pulled from old books and put in inexpensive frames. My favorite trick...

It helps to have great antiques - many of the prints were pulled from old books and put in inexpensive frames. My favorite trick...

Classical lines even in a tiny powder room. The silver loving cup hides the T.P.

Classical lines even in a tiny powder room. The silver loving cup hides the T.P.

Creative upcycling of a $500 bed from PB Teen with a custom mohair headboard.

Creative upcycling of a $500 bed from PB Teen with a custom mohair headboard.

Greek Key trim boosts the linen curtains

Greek Key trim boosts the linen curtains


Laurel Street Blog

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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