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Category: Gardens
Homegrown Blueberries

If you’re in search of something fresh this summer, sink your teeth into some of Louisiana’s sweetest blueberries. Tucked away in the quaint city of Wilson, Louisiana (just north of St. Francisville) lies Blueberry Ridge Orchard, home of the most delectable blueberries in the state. Blueberry Ridge, owned and operated by Chris Jones, is a pick-your-own berry farm that rests on ten acres of verdant land. Walk through this farm, and you’ll easily ...

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Category: Gardens
A Gardening Metamorphosis

Are you in need of a positive change this spring? Transpose your garden into a naturally enchanted haven for butterflies. Creating a butterfly garden not only ensures the conservation of these magnificent insects, but it also offers the gardener an ideal spot for rest and repose amidst a vibrant landscape. With five simple steps, you can turn your backyard into a picturesque environment bursting with color as you greet both neighbors and butterflies ...

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Category: Gardens
Exotic Pet Trends: It often begins with “love at first sight”

In Acadiana, we grew up with cats, dogs, goldfish, and parakeets as pets, but our horizons were limited, given the times. I can now boast that I have some wonderful friends in Prairieville who dote over their adorable household pet rabbit as an almost-family member. During interviews, I have encountered large, exotic parrots that back talk until their owners get truly embarrassed. I have been introduced to pet monkeys, emus, ferrets, and turkeys while ...

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Category: Design
A Green Refuge in the Big Easy: Erin Romney balances sound body and mind with eco conscious flair

Erin Romney’s team of trainers at Romney Pilates Center in New Orleans knows the meaning of hard work. After all, their profession encompasses both mentally and physically challenging workouts all day, every day. From invigorating yoga and meditation sessions to core strengthening pilates mat classes and intense regimens on cleverly coined equipment—the Wunda Chair and the Cadillac, for instance—Romney’s team offers a total health and wellness ...

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Category: Design
Introducing the Greener Cleaner

John Walter of Liberto Cleaners is thinking of future generations in every aspect of his business, from biodegradable detergents to accenting his building with reclaimed slate from uptown houses. His wife’s grandfather started the business in 1932, and in the mid 1960s his father-in-law bought the business. It’s an anniversary year as 10 years ago this month he and his wife bought the business from his father-in-law. Green dry cleaning is Liberto’s ...

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Category: Design
An Oasis of Green Overhead: The world takes note of green roofing inititaves

Skilled gardeners, having mastered the trickiest entanglement of spindly, climbing bougainvillea vines among other hard to grow species, are unearthing a new challenge in the form the of rooftop gardening. All across the world, novice gardeners as well as those with finely pruned green thumbs are attacking their rooftops with a renewed sense of purpose. In densely populated residential areas, city dwellers are planting up high in an attempt to reconnect ...

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Category: Design
TEAM BeauSoleil: Lafayette’s solar powered home journeys to Washington D.C.

In the midst of yet another hurricane season along the Gulf Coast, albeit a predictably timid one, a variety of media outlets across the state have consistently posed the same question—where are we now? At the University of Louisiana in Lafayette, a team of professors, researchers, students, businesses, and informed individuals (also known as TEAM BeauSoleil) has worked tirelessly for the past two years to examine an arguably more enlightened question—where ...

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Category: Design
Joining the Wave: The future of eco-conscious product design

An overpopulated, polluted world exhausted of its natural resources is suddenly consumed by nameless disaster. The temperature is rising and supplies are running out…what will you do? This might sound like a premise for a science fiction movie or video game, but from an environmental perspective, it’s an inevitable consequence of the way we’ve been living since the dawn of the industrial revolution. It’s also the last thing you want to worry ...

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Category: Art
En Masque: Eco-friendly costuming

An important survival skill for any Louisiana native is the art of on-the-fly costuming. Sometimes, it’s an invitation to a costume-only birthday party in the middle of the holidays, or a breathless call offering last minute tickets to Mom’s Ball. Sometimes, it’s just Saturday night. I learned at an early age that a good costume can be pulled together in two hours or less. Great ones might take a little longer, but I’ve found that the more ...

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Category: Furniture
Building a Better, Greener Nursery: Tips to help parents create a healthy environment for their child

Parents go to great extremes to prepare for the arrival of a newborn baby. The laundry list of chores ranges from childproofing the home for safety, stocking the nursery with supplies, and skimming through a pile of “how-to” books and manuals. Each to-do item is prioritized with the same end result in mind—to create a nurturing environment that will support the overall development of a healthy and happy child. Starting with the nursery, many ...

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