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ourNOLAwalks

This post is sponsored by Fracture

The beauty and colors of New Orleans

The beauty and colors of New Orleans

One of our favorite things to do in New Orleans is walk around the neighborhoods to look at all the beautiful homes and lush plants and while NOLA may stand out in beauty unlike any other city, it’s no stranger to trash. We dedicate some of our walks to picking up this litter to save it from running into the gutters and the ocean. Once you start to pay attention you’ll probably notice there’s a lot of garbage around your place of residence as well… so what can you do to help? Pick it up!

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I’ve partnered with Fracture to bring awareness to this subject. To show ways that we can help make the world a better place, it doesn’t take much!! Picking up trash is what I’ve chosen to share but they want to see what you are doing to help as well. You can read more about their #FocusOnMoments campaign to see what you can to to help and how to win some of their products.

I had a few moments from our walks printed with them. Each order is made by hand in a carbon neutral factory at its Gainesville headquarters, and safely delivered in environmentally friendly packaging. Use the code LIZKAMARUL10 to save $ on your unique glass print from Fracture.

Fracture  prints on glass! To win one of these prints be sure to check out my  Instagram  for details. Winner will be announced on 10/22.

Fracture prints on glass! To win one of these prints be sure to check out my Instagram for details. Winner will be announced on 10/22.

Now, as promised, some of my favorite homes from #ourNOLAwalks and the neighborhoods they’re located in. I’m not giving exact locations because searching is part of the fun. And don’t forget to bring a garbage bag with you to help keep these streets clean!!

FRENCH QUARTER: It’s no secret the french quarter is full of unique beauties.

FRENCH QUARTER: It’s no secret the french quarter is full of unique beauties.

LOWER GARDEN AND GARDEN DISTRICT: Not to be missed. Full of enormous and ornate homes like this one.

LOWER GARDEN AND GARDEN DISTRICT: Not to be missed. Full of enormous and ornate homes like this one.

CARROLLTON: Has plenty of colorful photo ops.

CARROLLTON: Has plenty of colorful photo ops.

ALGIERS POINT: It’s only a ferry ride away and has plenty of charm on its own.

ALGIERS POINT: It’s only a ferry ride away and has plenty of charm on its own.

IRISH CHANNEL: So close to the garden district just keep walking towards the river and discover all the beauty.

IRISH CHANNEL: So close to the garden district just keep walking towards the river and discover all the beauty.

UPTOWN: Yep, more charm around every corner.

UPTOWN: Yep, more charm around every corner.

CENTRAL CITY: It may be known as a rougher area but has some classic stunners as well.

CENTRAL CITY: It may be known as a rougher area but has some classic stunners as well.

THE BYWATER: Did I save the best for last? In my opinion, yes. The Bywater exudes charm and this home pretty much sums up New Orleans in my mind.

THE BYWATER: Did I save the best for last? In my opinion, yes. The Bywater exudes charm and this home pretty much sums up New Orleans in my mind.

Minted Art and Mural

This blog post is sponsored by Minted.

Usually when I decide to make bold changes in our home it’s because I’ve been inspired by something. In this case, I decided to paint a whole wall because of a great piece of art. I spotted this piece on Minted and was immediately drawn to it because of the bold colors and abstract shapes. The artist, Christina Flowers, spoke of her art saying “each piece is as much about the journey as it is the finished work and that there is always magic in exploration.” That totally resonated with me and our home, ever evolving.

I quickly realized after hanging up the artwork that a white blank wall would never do it justice. This art was vibrant and needed a vibrant backdrop!

Plain wall

Plain wall

I decided to paint a similar abstract pattern on the wall to compliment the art but in a neutral color palette so as not to take away from it. First I uploaded a photo of the wall and art on to the computer so I could visualize what it would look like before I actually painted.

Computer mockup

Computer mockup

It’s worth spending money on a nice brush to get clean lines.

It’s worth spending money on a nice brush to get clean lines.

Once I was happy with the design all it took were a few sample pots of paint. I drew the design on the wall with a pencil and used a nice 1 1/2” angled brush to complete the mural. I love how the wall seems so busy by itself but somehow seems to step back and make the artwork pop!

Finished room

Finished room

It’s funny how a great change can come when you least expect it. If I hadn’t chosen this particular piece then this whole space never would have come to be. I spent a looooong time browsing through Minted’s art selection. There are a ton of amazing pieces and information about all the artists who created them which I always love to read about.

…Something I noticed after the space was completed is how perfectly the art matches the chairs. I was drawn to this piece because of the colors which seem to show up time and time again throughout our home. It must be instinct at this point ;)

…Something I noticed after the space was completed is how perfectly the art matches the chairs. I was drawn to this piece because of the colors which seem to show up time and time again throughout our home. It must be instinct at this point ;)

Minted  art

Minted art

I’m so happy with this piece of art and stand by the idea that you can’t force creativity. Inspiration can strike at any time and when it does great things will happen. Like magic.

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