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Halloween Fun in New Orleans

There’s no better place to be than New Orleans for Halloween. It’s such an exciting time with so much to do and see. If you’re a resident of 1st Lake Properties or thinking of becoming one, then you’re in a great position to have the best time possible for the fall holiday.

(And if you still need a pumpkin, check out this post!)

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Voodoo Music + Arts Experience is a Halloween tradition in New Orleans. (Photo via Flickr user Dan Merino)

New Orleans Area Halloween Happenings

Frenchmen Street – Each year in New Orleans, the local hotspot that is Frenchmen Street hosts a block party Halloween night and usually continues the party a day or two after (or for 2017, the weekend before). Some of the best costumes in New Orleans can be seen on Frenchmen Street during Halloween.

Haunted Houses – If you’re into the whole fear factor of Halloween, there are two pretty terrifying haunted houses in New Orleans to get in the scary Halloween spirit. The Mortuary is located in a haunted building on historic Canal Street and delivers a heavy dose of frights each year. House of Shock is considered by some to be the scariest haunted house in Greater New Orleans, located on Butterworth Street in Jefferson.

Voodoo Music + Arts Experience – To keep the party going into the weekend, the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience from October 27-29 will bring a three-day music festival with incredible headliners like Kendrick Lamar, LCD Soundsystem, the Foo Fighters, and The Killers along with local acts, plus interactive art installations, an art market, food and more all in New Orleans City Park.

Boo at the Zoo – If you’re looking for fun for the whole family, this is the place. Audubon Zoo hosts Boo at the Zoo October 27 and 28 from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m., rain or shine. Dress up in costumes and bring the kids for trick or treat houses, a Ghost Train, a scary and not-so-scary haunted house, games, entertainment and more. Tickets are $17 and are free for children 12 months and younger.

Halloween Photos + Goblin Express — The Lakeside Mall in Metairie has all the makings of a ghoulish good time. Get your shop on, then hop on the Goblin Express for $1.50 per ticket. The mall also offers photos with the Great Pumpkin. While both these events are designed for kids, kids at heart can join in the fun, too.

(Photo via Kaboompics.com)


New Orleans Area Pumpkin Patches

Pumpkins are having a moment. They’re in lattes, muffins, pancakes, hummus (seriously!), brownies, pies, smoothies, and just about any seasonal treat you can think of— but pumpkins are just as important a design element as a recipe ingredient this time of year. What front step (or living room mantel) is complete without a jack-o-lantern?

Take a look at these pumpkin patches throughout the Greater New Orleans area. Whether you go to pick up a pumpkin or just snap a fun fall selfie, they’re a great way to spend a few hours.

Bonus: check out these free carving templates from GoNOLA!

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Find pumpkins galore at these patches around the New Orleans metro area. (Photo via Pexels)

Pumpkin Patches in New Orleans Metro

New Orleans

City Park Pumpkin Patch

  • Where: Wheel Fun Rentals in City Park along the Big Lake Trail
  • When: September 30-October 22
  • More info: Ticket prices are $5-$9; enjoy pumpkin patch, hay ride, unlimited bounce house and inflatables, games, and picture stations. Other items, such as Surrey rides, pedal boats, snacks, and pumpkins are available for purchase.

St. Paul’s Episcopal School

  • Where: 6249 Canal Boulevard in New Orleans
  • When: October 7-31
  • More info: Pumpkins at this patch weigh up to 40 pounds! There’s also a designated photo area for pictures

Aurora United Methodist Pumpkin Patch

  • Where: 3300 Eaton Street in Algiers
  • When: October 16-31
  • More info: This patch hosts a family day on October 21 with food, games, and pumpkins for all

Metairie/Kenner

Plum Street Snoball Pumpkin Patch

  • Where: Lafreniere Park near the Splash Pad and carousel
  • When: October 6-31
  • More info: Pumpkins range in cost from $1 to $20; the patch can host birthday parties and field trips

St. Martin’s Episcopal Church

  • Where: 2216 Metairie Road in Metairie
  • When: September 25 through October 31
  • More info: This location is collecting nonperishable goods to donate to Second Harvest

St. Augustine’s Pumpkin Patch

  • Where: 3412 Haring Road in Metairie
  • When: October 5-31
  • More info: This patch will also sell jewelry, crafts, baked goods, and different types of gourds

Mandeville

Jim’s Pumpkins

  • Where: Corner of Highway 59 and Florida in Mandeville
  • When: October 8-31
  • More info: The Knights of Columbus also sponsors this patch

Covington

St. Peter Parish

  • Where: 125 E 19th Avenue in Covington
  • When: October 15-31
  • More info: The Knights of Columbus sponsors this patch

Lagniappe

Stella Plantation Pumpkin Patch

  • Where: Stella Plantation in Braithwaite
  • When: October 22
  • More info: Tickets available here Make a to-do out of your pumpkin hunt at this event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., which features hayrides, bounce houses, photo opps, and more.


Where to Shop for Furniture in the Greater New Orleans Area

Is your 1st Lake residence missing something? Are you looking to update your home decor? Luckily, a large portion of 1st Lake communities are in close proximity to the area’s best furniture stores. Kenner, Metairie, and River Ridge all have a great selection of furniture and home decor stores you can shop to find your new style. Unique, one-of-a-kind pieces? Antique or modern looks? Casual and traditional styles? The Greater New Orleans Area has your vision covered. Here are a few of our favorite furniture spots in the area:

Christian Street Furniture

You can find rustic and refurbished farmhouse looks at Christian Street Furniture. Photo via Christian Street Furniture’s Facebook

Christian Street Furniture is a locally-owned, family-run furniture store with two locations, one in Baton Rouge and one in Metairie. They carry a large selection of unique, reclaimed looks for the artesian aesthetic. You can customize a multitude of pieces from Christian Street Furniture, which makes it a fun place to piece together your perfect look.

Hurwitz Mintz

Metairie’s Hurwitz Mintz houses an expansive selection of fine furniture. Photo via Hurwitz Mintz Facebook Page

You might get lost in Metairie’s furniture megastore, Hurwitz Mintz, but it’s totally worth it. They don’t call it the south’s largest furniture store for nothing! Their Airline Drive location is two stories, which means you have plenty of furniture options to choose from. Hurwitz Mintz is another locally-owned store, and it’s been serving this area for over 90 years. They carry a large portion of traditional and timeless styles, so if that’s what you’re interested in, check out Hurwitz Mintz!

Cost Plus World Market

World Market carries furniture and decor from across the globe. Photo via Cost Plus World Market’s Facebook Page

If you’re going for the Bohemian look, head to Elmwood Shopping Center! Cost Plus World Market is a bright and bold furniture store with styles curated from countries around the world. Eclectic decor? Check! Eccentric artwork? Check! Eco-conscious furniture? Check and check! If you want your 1st Lake apartment to look like a fabulous hippy hideaway, snag some furniture from World Market!

Rooms To Go

Rooms To Go takes the ease out of filling an entire room. Photo via Rooms To Go’s Facebook Page

Rooms To Go is designed to make furnishing a space easy. Rooms To Go introduced the concept of “displaying and packaging furniture in complete room settings” all the way down to the accent items, which allows the shopper to literally pick the room they want. Instead of piecemealing your room together one purchase at a time, why not knock out the whole thing? That’s where the Metairie store comes into play!

Do you have a favorite furniture store in the Greater New Orleans Area? Share your tips with us on Facebook or Instagram!


Artesia: Luxury Covington Apartment Homes

Artesia is a new luxury apartment community in Covington, Louisiana, offering a sophisticated lifestyle in a convenient location. Artesia offers upscale amenities and first-class resident services. 


Click here to view available floor plans and rent today! Prices starting under $1,200! 


Enjoy the perfect balance of convenience and serenity.  Nestled behind the Pinnacle Nord du Lac shopping center and bordering the Estates at Watercross neighborhood, Artesia is a one of a kind find. Savor a peaceful lifestyle with plenty of nearby shopping, entertainment, and dining spots while also just a short drive to St. Tammany Trace and the charming, downtown Covington historic and arts district. You’ll fall in love with your new apartment home and “Live the Good Life!”


Call us today: 1(844) 959-2759. Take a 360 virtual tour.


Finishes and Amenities

Artesia offers features and finishes you won’t find anywhere else. Our designers created residences that are both modern and sophisticated; our floor plans are open and inviting.

Here are just a few of the amenities Artesia residents enjoy (amenities and finishes may vary):

Inside Your Apartment

  • Stainless & Black Energy Saving Appliances* | USB Charging Plugs | Built-In Microwave* | High Efficiency Refrigerator with Ice-Maker | Self-Cleaning Oven | Black Pearl & Granite Countertop in Kitchen | Bianco Marble Countertops in Kitchen | Gourmet Island* | Dishwasher | Carpet & Wood Tone Floors | 9 Foot Ceilings | Acadian Crown Molding with Custom Woodwork | Central Air and Heat | Lexington Slate Cabinetry with Naples Pulls | Double Stainless Steel Sinks | Extra Large Closets with custom ClosetMaid organizers | Full Size Washer and Dryer | Laundry Room | Double sinks in bathrooms* | Soaking Tub accented with subway tile enclosure | Recessed  Lighting | Clear Ice Pendant Lighting | Plantation Style Blinds | Raised Paneled Doors with Satin Nickle Accents | Ceiling Fans | Intrusion Alert System | Balcony with pool & courtyard views* | Linen & Coat Closest* | ADA Apartments available*

Inside the Community

  • We Accept Visa & Mastercard | Package Acceptance Mail Center | On-Site Fitness Center | Flexible Lease Terms | FREE WiFi Access in Common Areas | Convenient Location | Automatic Rent Payments From Your Checking Account Available | 24/7 Emergency Maintenance | Resort Style Swimming Pool | 24 Hour Precor Fitness Center | Detached Garages for Parking and Additional Storage | On-Site Movie Rental (Complimentary) | Lifestyle Services; Onsite Car Detail, Housekeeping Services & much more | Poolside Cabana Reservations & Food Delivery | Bike Rentals (Complimentary) | Pet Friendly | Tanning Ledge | Gated Pet Park | Lifestyle Services through our Resident Portal | Smoke-Free Apartments Available Late Fall

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    Come hungry! The Artesia pool features poolside delivery.

Pool Perfection

  • Artesia’s pool is a stunning destination to relax and unwind. Catch some rays while staying cool with our partially submerged tanning ledges, or sit and read a book in one of several poolside cabanas overlooking sparkling water. Artesia residents can also take part in poolside food delivery when hunger strikes. Enjoy it in our spacious outdoor patio before heading back to the water.

The Good Life Bark Park

Training and grooming and trips to the vet, we’ve got the Good Life for you and your pet!

An exclusive dog park just for Artesia pups. Your dog can leap through hoops, jump rover overs and more.

The Good Life Concierge Services

Enjoy first-class services like pet care, package & parcel delivery, onsite car detailing, housekeeping services, food delivery, and much more!

The Neighborhood

The Artesia Apartment Homes are just a short drive to Historic Downtown Covington, Pinnacle Nord Du Lac Shopping Center, St. Tammany Trace, and more! Our community offers the perfect balance of outdoor activities and city-life accessibility. To learn about all of the exciting things to do in Covington, click here.

Shopping

  • Marshall’s | Kohl’s | Kirkland’s | Target | Petco | Hobby Lobby | Michael’s | Eyewear Society | Academy | All About Baby

Dining

  • Lola Restaurant | Buster’s Place Restaurant and Oyster Bar | Del Porto Ristorante | Southern Hotel | Oxlot 9 | Gallagher’s Grill | The Salad Station | Panera Bread | Popcorn Bistro

Coffee Houses

  • St. John’s Coffeehouse | Coffee Raini | Cafe Du Monde | Starbucks

Art Galleries

  • St. Tammany Art Association | Tripolo Gallery | Saladino Gallery

So what are you waiting for? Live the Good Life today!

Apply now!


Artesia

8382 Westshore Drive
Covington, LA 70433

Office Hours:
Monday – Saturday 8:30 – 5pm; Sunday 1-5pm

 


Cozy Up to Fall Decor for the Mantel and More

Your pumpkin is carved, and your seasonal wreath is on the door. But what about your mantel? Several of our 1st Lake Properties feature wood-burning fireplaces, like Sawmill Creek and Willow Creek. The fireplace mantel is a natural focal point of a room, drawing the eye upward and providing an opportunity to flex your decorating muscle. In fact, spruced-up mantels are one of the top fall decor trends.

If you don’t have a fireplace, don’t worry! These fall mantel décor items work just as well anywhere else in the home, whether at the front door or in the living room. (Plus, keep scrolling for even more fall trends.)

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Thumbtack pumpkins are as customizable as they are easy to make. (Photo courtesy Crafthubs.com)

Fall Decor: Mantel Trends

Thumbtack Gourds

Gourds and pumpkins are an obvious choice for the mantel, but the addition of metallic thumbtacks can transform a natural design-scape into a totally glamorous one. Add gold or silver thumbtacks to plain gourds, or paint the gourds to match your existing interior design before you add the thumbtacks. Let these awesome designs lead the way for pattern inspiration.

Elegant Upcycling

An easy, cost-effective way to decorate for fall is to use items you already have on hand. Cut paper bags into petal shapes, crease them, and use a bit of hot glue to hold them together. The result is a paper flower that pulls in fall colors and makes a major impact above the mantel, whether alone or in clusters.

An Everlasting Pumpkin

Cinderella’s coach turned into a pumpkin at midnight, but these cute fall decorations won’t turn into a rotten mess after Halloween. Leave these Mason jar pumpkins on the mantel through Thanksgiving, and save them for years to come. The addition of a cinnamon stick lends a fragrant, autumnal touch.

Borrow from Other Seasons

Another way to save on fall décor is to repurpose decorations from previous holidays. Fourth of July bandanas lend a harvest vibe when draped across the mantel, especially in shades of red, rust, and orange. Mardi Gras beads can create a quick garland, and winter holiday decorations like pinecones and acorns look just as appropriate in fall.

Even More Fall Decor Trends

Country Living is one of our favorite sources for interior inspiration, so it’s no wonder we’d look to them for all the latest on other fall trends. Here’s a rundown on what they’re seeing this season:

  • Go (dark) green. For fall, think about incorporating lush tones of emerald or a softer sage green into your decor.
  • All about that brass. Whereas copper was a big trend in recent years, trade rosy metals for true gold tones with brass hardware like hooks and doorknobs.
  • Va-va-voom velvet. This lush texture is perfect for fall and can carry your interior decor into winter as well. We’re loving deep shades of navy blue and slate gray rendered in rich velvet.