Shopping on Magazine Street: Perch

New Orleans June 2010 169 {The Entrance at Perch}

My favorite activity from our little weekend trip to New Orleans was spending Saturday afternoon exploring the beautiful Garden District and shopping on Magazine Street. We started off by going to brunch at Eat on Dumaine Street in the French Quarter. The restaurant is set in a cute, old house and the food is out of this world! I would highly recommend it for brunch if you are visiting New Orleans. After our scrumptious brunch, we drove up to the Garden District. Our first stop was the beautiful shop, Perch, which I had heard so much about and was dying to visit. It certainly did not disappoint!

New Orleans June 2010 213 {Valorie, who writes Visual Vamp works at Perch and has always been so sweet to me in the blogosphere, so it was incredibly nice to finally meet her in person! She is wonderfully warm and charming. We had so much fun visiting with her.}

New Orleans June 2010 170

{The store is set in a gorgeous 6,000 square foot one story house and is filled with the most amazing vignettes. How gorgeous is that mirror?}

New Orleans June 2010 174 {Antique and Reproduction Pieces Coexist Beautifully at Perch}

New Orleans June 2010 173

{Arguably my favorite room at Perch, though choosing a favorite is a nearly impossible task since everything is breathtaking.}

New Orleans June 2010 175

{Mr. Peacock on his Perch}

New Orleans June 2010 176 {I love this little sideboard. I didn’t touch it, but if it is galvanized steel, it would also look fantastic on one’s patio.}

New Orleans June 2010 177

{A Close-Up of the Table Setting}

New Orleans June 2010 182 {Another lovely room, this time in shades of green and peacock blue.}

New Orleans June 2010 202 {I love the juxtaposition of the Santo, antique mirror, and lucite furniture.}

New Orleans June 2010 183

{A Whimsical Tree Bed}

New Orleans June 2010 185

{I love the turquoise Venetian chandelier and pillows on the sofa in this room.}

 New Orleans June 2010 195 {Fun Dinnerware and Accessories}

New Orleans June 2010 200

{A Beautiful Secretary and an Array of Fabulous Chandeliers and Chairs in the Store’s Main Hallway}

New Orleans June 2010 207

{A Gorgeous Set of Old French Doors}

Perch was truly a delight! I could furnish my entire house with their lovely wares. After we left, we headed to the Garden District Bookstore, where I met Bryan Batt who plays Sal on Mad Men. He was there doing a discussion and signing of his new book, She Ain’t Heavy, She’s My Mother: A Memoir. We arrived shortly before his appearance was scheduled to begin, so I was able to chat with him one on one. Sadly, I didn’t take a picture with him. I didn’t think the people waiting in line for the book signing would have appreciated that too much. Bryan is super charming and sweet! It was such a treat to meet an actor from one of the most well-written shows on television. Tomorrow, we’ll continue down Magazine Street and visit Julie Neill’s amazing store.


Image Credit: Paloma Contreras for La Dolce Vita

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  1. I too could finish my house with items from this magnificent store…easily! I truly love those french doors; they would lovely as the main entrance to my Mediterranean style home.

  2. What a fabulous fabulous shop. OMG, I will definitely go when next in New Orleans (we love N.O.).
    The tree bed, the peacock & the Murano chandelier are breathtaking.

  3. Paloma what a beautiful piece you did on perch.! Thank you so much.
    I’m so glad got to do so many great things during your too short visit to New Orleans. Please come back and stay longer.
    Regards to Fabian!
    xo xo
    PS For all of you who like perch. thanks to Paloma’s beautiful post, perch. has a blog!
    Please come and visit us there!

  4. 1st – i LOVE LOVE LOVE New Orleans! – it’s SO my city! .. there’s just SO much to see and do and interesting people to meet!

    this shop is ummm speechless -i want it ALLLLLL – i LOVE unique things like this! last time i was there i got some REALLLY amazing pieces!!!!

    *kiss kiss*
    ~Tiptoe Butterfly~

  5. Ok, we’re going through New Orleans this summer and I’m getting to Perch now NO MATTER WHAT!!! I love it all!!! So glad you took those pictures!

  6. Thank you for the tour of this lovely shop. So inspirational. I’m ready for a visit to New Orleans to do a little shopping & eat some beignets!