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Happy Mardi Gras!

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I have to admit, I'm thrilled to see Mardi Gras on the way out...I have never been so exhausted, without going to ONE parade this season!  Mainly because we had a parade of guests; a lot of turnovers and YES! We opened our second apartment.





The response has been really wonderful from our guests; it's larger than our first apartment and where I went "cozy" with the first, this one embraces the spaciousness.

See you soon,
Lisa
View On AirbnbLe Roost: Large Private Apartment Sleeps 6

Le Roost is for Winners & Lovers!

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Ponchatoula is turning black and gold little by little each day as the Saints keep moving forward in the playoffs.  As I was pulling together some looks for our gift shop, Nest Interiors, below LeRoost, I realized January 20th is the deciding game for who advances to the Super Bowl and the last Dome game for the season.  Even better, we have availability that night of the playoffs.  With only an hour away from New Orleans don't miss out on this historic game!
We also have availability for Valentine's Day.  There are a number of fine dining experiences in and around our area and Ponchatoula is for lovers...
Who couldn't love this face!  This is Roosevelt, the neighboring Flower Shop's cat.  You'll be sure to catch a peek of him during your stay.  He's quite the ambassador for our building.

See you soon,
Lisa

Superhost!

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Exciting news!  We've made Superhost through AirBNB.  It's a huge accomplishment being open only since October 2018.  It's definitely motivated us to make some real progress on opening our second rental.
And I wanted to share with you, even though we are booked for Mardi Gras, we have some weekends open to take advantage of; you can visit many great parades leading up to Fat Tuesday.  Gas prices are lower, so take advantage and come explore!  Here's a good link to all parades: https://www.mardigrasneworleans.com/parades/

See you soon!
Lisa

Le Roost Too

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The holidays were happy and booked solid at LeRoost!  Though we started in late 2018, we were booked 55 nights and had over 15 guests from all over the US.  2019 brings our 1st international guests AND we have some very big news...
We're opening the West-side apartment next to our current rental very soon!  This unit is a little larger and will continue to help fill our niche of hosting families in the New Orleans and Baton Rouge areas.
This apartment still has a fun quirky aesthetic, but if I were to describe LeRoost West (our current rental) in the style of New Orleans' French Quarter, then the new LeRoost East will have a Garden District vibe.  We had fully anticipated this unit to be done by the holidays; however, much like the 1st rental...everything takes longer than you think!  
Stay tuned for more details and check our current booking for our LeRoost West: View On AirbnbLe Roost: Private Upstairs Apartment Sleeps 6




One of a Kind Details...

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Part of what made creating this home stay so much fun was collecting and creating furnishings to accessorize the space.  I love to chalk paint and have my own line of paint we sell downstairs at Nest Interiors.  I particularly love adding paper products as a detail.  This table I created is an old window from a house in New Orleans, cleaned and repainted with my paints "creole tomato" and "bubblegum snoball"; I added hair pin legs plus in each glass pane I decoupaged in pieces of a vintage Louisiana roadmap.
This sweet nightstand was a $15 bargain.  I mixed colors "spanish moss" and "oyster" for a custom color and then did a white wash.  Brand new "vintage style" hardware improved it too...the chevron paper inside; it's wrapping paper I saved!
This small 2H cabinet was gifted to me...and not in the best shape.  After gluing and clamping to get it structurally secure once again, I painted it in "cotton", a bright white.  …

Stay Here: Louisiana Renaissance Festival & More

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As we are mid way through October, and now booked every weekend (yahoo!), I wanted to focus on November.  As it stands, we have two weekends available, the 10th and the 24th (which is the Saturday of Thanksgiving Week...also, available).  November begins one of my favorite events and honestly, I can't believe how close we are to it, to not take advantage of it...The Louisiana Renaissance Festival.  Every weekend though December will transport you to a simpler time.  Enjoy some ale and a turkey leg while you take in a show, buy handmade goods, and watch your kids play carnival style games.  Find out more at http://larf.org.


Also, not to be missed...Small Business Saturday on November 24th.  No one does Shop Small better than Ponchatoula!  All merchants, including my shop, Nest Interiors, will participate in a rally day for independent business.  If you stay with us through Thanksgiving, I couldn't think of a better way to walk off all that gravy and start on that Christmas lis…

Trust Falls

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Did you ever practice the exercise "trust falls"; the one where you fall back blindly, hoping the person, you may or may not even know, will catch you before you fall to the ground?

I was never a fan the couple times I attempted it...but that feeling was exactly the same feeling I had once our first guests checked in.  We had panicked so hard about getting it ready, stocked, super clean...we never thought about how it would feel for our guests (strangers!) to be in our home stay!

I'm happy to say we survived, our place survived...everything was more than fine.  In fact they were too good!  You could barely tell anyone had visited; they even made the beds!
And like that, we have our first 5 star review!  And as our next guests check in today, I'm feeling a lot better.  I know it will get easier and we are booked EVERY weekend this month, so I'll have lots of opportunities to fall and trust my guests have my back...and will come back!
The other side of this is I a…