Thursday, February 26, 2009

Sustainable Furniture Out of Brooklyn

Check out this awesome sustainable furniture company I came across based in Red Hook, Brooklyn NY! It's called uhuru and they work with a lot of reclaimed materials, especially wood. They make everything by hand which gives them a really rustic feel that is timeless.

I especially liked this cast iron and glass table pictured below. They even make custom ordered items, and you can see all the details here!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Tune in to "Crib Crashers" on Good Morning New Orleans next week!

Hey everyone!

Next week tune in to ABC 26's "Good Morning New Orleans" where I will be hosting a segment called "Crib Crashers"...Watch as I interview Mad Men actor Bryan Batt -- a New Orleans native and owner of the local gift and housewares boutique, Hazelnut.

See you then! I will post the segment once it airs for those of you who aren't able to tune in...

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Sparkle-icious Your Dog for Mardi Gras!

Check out my segment from this morning’s “Good Morning New Orleans” on ABC 26 where I headed over to Canine Culture on Hampson Street to show host Anna Adair how to make fun accessories to dress up your dog for this year’s upcoming Krewe of Barkus parade Sunday, Feburary 15.

If you really want your dog to stand out from the rest, play around with these costume ideas and make a jester collar, a glittery vest, or a Mardi Gras themed dog bed made of recycled fleece. Your pooch is sure to love these, and when embellishing for the holiday always remember…the more the merrier!

Canine Culture is a great local boutique for all your dog’s needs, so visit to find out more or stop by their store at 8110 Hampson Street in Riverbend.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Home Staging Article from New Orleans Magazine

Hey everyone,

Here is an article on home staging that may be of interest to you! It is from New Orleans Magazine this past November...

Home Staging: The Key to Selling a Home in Today's Real Estate Market

New Orleans, LA – November 19, 2008 – As the current economic situation remains uncertain, the real estate market, in particular, is in an especially precarious situation. Many current homeowners can no longer afford their homes and are looking to sell quickly, but are finding it increasingly difficult to sell their properties. This crowded and competitive housing market can be a seller's nightmare, and many times the key to selling a home lies in differentiating it from the crowd. 

'Home staging' refers to the concept of making a home more attractive to potential buyers by making relatively minor cosmetic changes. 

"The ultimate goal of home staging is to minimize the amount of time your house is on the market while maximizing the amount that it sells for. Staging can allow a homeowner to emphasize or highlight the best aspects of their home while downplaying its flaws, and can lead to a very positive first impression on potential buyers, " said Chet Pourciau of Chet Pourciau Design. 

Home staging provides a competitive edge for those looking to sell quickly and at the right price, and is often what sets apart a house that sells from a house that sits on the market.

While staging might initially seem like an unnecessary expense, there is overwhelming evidence proving that it works. Studies have shown that home staging often adds a significant amount to property values, with even the most minimal of investments in staging netting huge returns. In a 2007 Home Gain Survey of over 2000 realtors, it was discovered that sellers who spent as little as $500 on staging services for their home recovered over 343 percent of the cost in the sale of their home. In fact, according to a recent report by the office of U.S. Housing and Urban Development, a staged house sells, on average, over 17 percent higher than an un-staged house.

"Using just a few simple staging techniques can make a real difference in getting your home sold," explains Pourciau. Changes such as cutting down on clutter and personal items, painting rooms neutral colors, increasing curb appeal with basic landscaping, and using the appropriate-sized furniture for each room can have a huge impact on how potential buyers see a house. Hiring professional home stagers who are aware of housing and design trends and are well versed in 'what sells' can provide a significant advantage as well. 

Chet Pourciau Design is a premier interior design firm in New Orleans, Louisiana. Chet Pourciau attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Delgado Community College where he received an Associate of Arts degree in Interior Design. He has been featured in several publications including New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles, Gambit Weekly and The Times Picayune Wish Magazine. Chet is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers. For more information, visit

Please Donate to Belle Reve!

A current project of mine that I’m very excited about and would love continued support for is the renovation of Belle Reve New Orleans. Belle Reve provides permanent and transitional housing as well as support services for individuals and families living with AIDS or HIV-related infections. Opened in 1993, Belle Reve was the first facility of its kind to exist in Louisiana and since has expanded to an additional location, Belle Esprit.

Both facilities were impacted by Hurricane Katrina and are still in the rebuilding process. While the structures are almost completed, Belle Reve is lacking furniture and other accents that make it feel like home. I have been donating my time to help with a design scheme, and in the coming weeks, donations will be needed to obtain the furniture and various other items.  Aside from donations and monetary contributions, volunteers are needed to help paint, move furniture, etc. For more information on Belle Reve and Belle Esprit visit their website.

Please consider giving your time and resources to this cause, I promise it will be a fulfilling experience!