November 23, 2011

Spike The Punch on Etsy

Welcome to my new obsession.

I can't remember how exactly I stumbled upon these amazing necklaces, but I am in deep with how much I love them.

I ordered the purple with neon yellow and then the neon green & pink necklaces.

Here are pictures of my precious(es) - and yes that was supposed to be read in a Gollum type voice for added creepiness:

Are you gasping in sheer wonder & amazement right now?  You should be.  Each necklace is made of bunches of crystals, plus they're hand crafted AND hand painted.  They measure at 22 inches w/ a lobster clasp.  The retail from $36 to $40 per necklace.  Not too bad for a piece that is sure to make your friends "jelis".  Yeah, I said that. 

How cute is the packaging?!

twitter: @Spikethepunch_

November 19, 2011

Tourista in NOLA

New Orleans......

As you read that, I’ll bet you're not thinking about the historic French and Spanish roots that reach back before 1776. I’ll bet you are not thinking about one of the biggest shipping ports in the country. Come on, admit it. You’re thinking P-A-R-T-Y! Food and drink accompanied by colorful beads around the neck, and big brassy, sassy music blaring.

What better place for a girlfriend’s getaway? Let’s head for the Vieux Carre (the old neighborhood — French Quarter) and see how many food and drink activities we can find.

  1. The Bienville House, 320 Decatur, provides the perfect resting place between forays out to see the town. The boutique hotel clusters rooms around a lush courtyard with a salt water pool. On the top floor, suites open on to a landscaped patio. Recently renovated, each of the 83 rooms has a different, classy, historic look. The location, in the French Quarter near the Mississippi River, puts you within walking distance of shopping, dining, and attractions in the French Quarter and along the mighty river.
  1. Start with lunch at Lily, the Bienville House restaurant. The award-winning chef serves up luscious goodies like a fava bean and lamb meatball soup or giant scallops served on Asian greens and slices of grapefruit. One amazing dish combines baby vegetables with gnocci topped with a to-die-for truffle sauce.
  2. Visit the Southern Food and Beverage Museum located on the 2nd floor of Riverwalk. This fun museum unveils the mysteries of gumbo, muffuletta, crawfish, jambalaya and more.
  3. Skip the Riverwalk Food Court and get the real Muffuletta at the Central Grocery Company, 923 Decatur, where they invented that glorious round sandwich, the muffuletta. Order a 1/4 — or a 1/2 if you dare — and feel like a real native of the Big Easy.
  4. Cross the street from Central Grocery, to get your Beignet fix at Cafe Du Monde — beware of falling powdered sugar — and sip some chicory coffee as you munch a little bit of heaven.
  5. Take a cooking class at the New Orleans School of Cooking where you choose a lecture style class or hands-on cooking.
  6. Take a walk through culinary history with a tour guide.
  7. Decide between historic restaurants like Antoine’s and Galatoire's or famous Creole like Paul Prudhomme or the trendy new ones that pop up every week. (Ask your concierge for advice, or return to one of those places from the walking tour.)
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October 26, 2011

Plantation Obsession: San Francisco Plantation

The year was 1827. Just 40 miles downriver, New Orleans was celebrating its first Mardi Gras. Elisée Rillieux, a free man of color and a smart visionary, began buying tracts of land and slaves to establish a sugar plantation in St. John the Baptist Parish. But Elisée never intended to be a planter himself. Like his brother Francois, who in 1822 created an estate that later became Godchaux Plantation, he was more of a speculator and a good one at that. Only three years later Elisée sold the plantation to Edmond Bozonier Marmillion and his partner Eugène Lartigue for the enormous sum of $100,000 dollars, collecting an estimated $50,000 dollar profit.

Edmond, in debt from day one, immediately began establishing a professional sugar production. Although he became a successful planter of large crops, Edmond remained in financial troubles throughout his twenty-six years of ownership. He continued to acquire slaves and purchase additional swamp land, but invested little in modern sugar machinery. During the prosperous 1850s, the plantation became an economical success. But tragedy had long overshadowed Edmond's family life. In 1843 Edmond’s wife Antoinette was dead from tuberculosis, a disease contracted by almost all of her eight children as well. Six of them died throughout a period of just over twenty years.

To provide his surviving sons Valsin and Charles with a prestigious residence, Edmond began building the plantation home that exists today. In 1853 he hired expert builders and purchased twelve highly skilled slaves to convert his extravagant vision into reality. When main construction was finished two years later, Edmond appointed accomplished artists to carry out an ambitious decoration project. It featured five artistically hand painted ceilings, painted door panels, faux marbling, and faux wood graining throughout. The house became so distinctive that it inspired novelist Frances Parkinson Keyes to write "Steamboat Gothic", a story about the family she imagined lived there. Viewed from some angles, the house closely resembles the ornate and yet graceful superstructure of a Mississippi riverboat.

Edmond passed away in 1856, less than one year after the home was completed. The day after Edmond’s death, his oldest son Valsin returned from Europe and was forced to take over the plantation. Valsin Bozonier Marmillion was married to Louise von Seybold of Munich, Germany, and had three daughters. Together they lived at the home and ran the sugar plantation for the next fifteen years. The unusual name “San Francisco” is believed to be derived from Valsin’s comment about the extraordinary debt he was confronted with when taking over the estate. He declared he was sans fruscins or “without a penny in my pocket.”

The name evolved into St. Frusquin and, in 1879, was changed into “San Francisco” by the next owner, Achille D. Bougère.
Valsin never envisioned his future as a Louisiana sugar planter. He had been educated at prominent Catholic universities on the East Coast and had worked as an accountant in New Orleans and Paris for many years. But nothing made him want to leave his home more than the death of his six siblings and his own developing illness.

As early as 1859, Valsin and his younger brother Charles attempted to sell the estate but were halted by a legal conflict with their sister-in-law, Zoé Luminais. When the argument was settled in 1861, it was too late. War and reconstruction prevented any possibility of a sale for the following fifteen years. Valsin’s and Louise’s dream of moving to Southern Germany remained unfulfilled.

Valsin died of tuberculosis in 1871. Charles, who had served in the Confederate Army for four years, helped Louise sustain the estate until he also passed away in 1875. Four years later, Louise finally sold the plantation to Achille D. Bougère for only $50,000, never coming close to maintaining the crops they had before the Civil War. Bougère also had financial problems and died in 1887. His wife and sons managed to maintain the estate and even acquire the neighboring Union Plantation for $30,000.

In 1904 they sold the entire estate to Schmidt and Ziegler for $80,000 dollars and moved to New Orleans. Shortly after the Ory family purchased the property and established the “San Francisco Planting & Manufacturing Company“ in 1909. They kept living in the house for the next fifty years, adding a kitchen and bathrooms but fortunately undertaking few other alterations.

As a result of the Great Flood of 1927, the Army Corps of Engineers began building the
Mississippi River levee system and completed the project in 1932. The new levee unfortunately sacrificed the luscious front yard and gardens. The project would have also claimed the home, but local residents lobbied the Louisiana legislature to pass a measure that would save as many plantations along the River Road as possible. Fortunately, the Corps was able to curve the levee around San Francisco.

In 1954, the Ory family leased the house to Mr. and Mrs. Clark Thompson who maintained the premises and opened the mansion to the public. The Thompsons are credited for preserving the home at a time when it could have faded away as did many of the treasures along the Great River Road.
In 1974 Mrs. Thompson, then widowed, moved out of the home. It was purchased by the ECOL Company and later by Marathon Oil. The San Francisco Plantation Foundation was created and the home underwent a massive restoration. As scientific analysis of materials and structure were done, along with archival research, it was decided to that the home would be restored to the golden years just before the War Between the States. The house then became listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Today the San Francisco Plantation remains a major attraction in Louisiana being visited annually by over 100,000 people. Although the house is antebellum in a chronological sense, it is certainly not typical of the period. Its style and coloration are totally distinctive, and its memories are now locked in time just prior to the War Between the States, when the house was at the height of its splendor.
Restoration of the San Francisco Plantation began in 1973 and took over 3 years to complete at a cost of over 2 million dollars. The restoration took place after the deteriorating plantation was purchased by The Energy Corporation of Louisiana as the site of an oil refinery and the house was included in the purchase. The chairman of the corporation, Frederick B. Ingram, urged restoration and the house and seven acres were donated to the newly formed San Francisco Plantation Foundation.
The house was restored to its most elegant period, around 1860, when Antoine Valsin and his wife Louise completed redecorating. Every effort was made to faithfully restore or reproduce every aspect of the house to this period, from the structure, the ceiling, and wall painting, to the light fixtures, accessories, carpets, furniture and draperies.

Fortunately, few structural changes had been made during the building’s 120 years of history prior to restoration. Most of the structural changes were removable additions such as modern bathrooms and kitchens. However, some alterations were most serious such as partitions with doors had been built at the head of the two interior stairs on the main floor.

Archaeologists were called in to work with architects in determining more precisely how the house looked in 1860. This work included tests of fabric and paint sequences, on-site and in laboratories. Following these investigations, work began to open up the building for further research and to begin restoration.

Wooden ceilings on the ground floor level were removed to reveal the original Creole-style exposed-joist and floorboard construction, along with hand-made lead plumbing pipes, all bearing the earliest paint sequences.
Now it was possible to begin restoration.

First the slate roof was restored. Then working down, the exterior walls were repaired. The first floor of the house is brick, supporting peg wood framework for the upper levels. On the second floor, framework is filled in with brick in the old French style, four inches thick, then stuccoed on the outside and plastered on the inside. The masonry required extensive repair. Further repairs involved leveling of the attic balcony and restoration of many pieces of millwork, several of which bore the initials EBM, for Edmond Bozonier Marmillion.
The roof drainage system was repaired, and the leaded domes of the cisterns that flank the house were reconstructed using evidence of old photos and fragments of the original ribs and struts.

The exterior was repainted in the striking colors of the Marmillion period.
The big challenge however was restoring and reproducing the lavish and intricate interior painting. Specialist painters were brought in from around the world to assist in the delicate and demanding work.

In some rooms only small areas of graining and marbling could be scraped to the Marmillion paint sequence while others all the appropriate work was revealed. But even in the most difficult areas, enough was exposed to permit faithful reproduction. Three of the frescoed ceilings had been heavily overpainted at some time, but enough of the original work was exposed to establish color.

Furnishing the house also became a challenge because none of the original contents remained. However, fairly extensive inventories of the house contents (required under Napoleonic Code) were discovered and these provided an adequate frame of the reference for recreating the styles of the Marmillion period. In most cases, it was evident where the individually listed pieces should be placed.

Insistence on authenticity raised some unusual problems, but the end result of this painstaking attention to detail, in the structural restoration and redecorating as well as in the contents of the house, is a faithful reflection of the lifestyle of the period.

Restoration of the San Francisco Plantation House was completed in 1977.
The house has been declared a National Historic Landmark and is open to the public, through the auspices of the San Francisco Plantation Foundation.

October 19, 2011

Plantation Obsession: Evergreen Plantation

Evergreen Plantation is a plantation located on Louisiana Highway 18 near Wallace, Louisiana. The main house was constructed mostly in 1832 by John Carver and the plantation's historical crop was sugar cane. They style is Greek Revival with a little Federal & other styles mixed in.  It was an operating plantation up until about 1930, when the Depression brought its end.


The complex was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1992.


The plantation includes 37 contributing buildings, all but eight of them antebellum, making it one of the most complete plantation complexes in the state and the South. Of great significance are the 22 slave quarters, arranged in a double row along an allée of oak trees.

Among the outbuildings are a garconnière, where young bachelors of the family or guests could stay; a pigeonnier for keeping pigeons (a sign of status among the planters); an overseer's cottage; and late 19th century barns.

Because of its quality and significance, the plantation is also included among the first 26 featured sites on the Louisiana African American Heritage Trail. The house is open for tours by appointment.

October 10, 2011

I have been a JewelMint member for almost a year now. JewelMint is celebrating their 1st Anniversary right now and they've got some amazing pieces in the showroom.

Founded by Kate Bosworth & her long-time friend, stylist Cher Coulter, JewelMint is the go-to place for fun, edgy jewelry.  They also run a new start-up called StyleMint, and have two more starting up soon - BeautyMint & ShoeMint.

The concept of JewelMint is similar to a book-of-the-month type club, except your selection is an array of jewelry, which is delivered to your "Showroom".  The items chosen for you each month are based on your answers from a questionnaire  taken during the sign-up process.  The customer experience is very interactive, as your items are picked just for you, instead of the same pieces being shown to everyone. 

Each piece of jewelry is $29.99 and comes with free shipping and free returns. Becoming a member is free, and there is no obligation to buy.  If you don't like the items in your showroom, you can just skip the month!

JewelMint Pin Up Necklace

One of the items I recently purchased was the Pin Up Necklace.  This adorable adornment comes in a 26 inch rolo chain in a brassy gold with a huge 5-inch safety pin that serves as the pendant which is held by a S-shaped hook.

This necklace can be worn in a variety of ways - as a long necklace, a choker, doubled around, or hooked to your top for an edgier look.  I've even seen it used as a purse strap, made into a clutch holder, to tie your scarf or paired with additional trinkets to make a pendant for your top! 

With each piece you look at on the JewelMint website, you'll notice a little back story about how the necklace came to be.  For instance, women in the 1920's used safety pins to hold up their bathing suits.  Additionally, Cher took inspiration from the 90's era grunge girls like Courtney Love, who used to decorate her ensembles with safety pins. 

You have to admit, a 5-inch gold safety pin is nothing if not a conversation starter!  If you're interested in joining JewelMint or any of their sister sites, just click any of the links below to go to the respective websites.

September 29, 2011

What I'm obsessed with today.

I've loved the vintage look for a long time.  It's been making a comeback for a while now and there are some SERIOUSLY cute outfits out there.  Here's what I'm loving right now.

This is the Cracker Jack Girl (Sailor) Costume from AnytimeCostumes.Com
Don't you just LOVE it?

This is the "Breathless Beauty" one piece from 
Broad Minded Clothing by BabyGirlBoutique.Com
I need this swimsuit like yesterday!

There's a show on ABC that I absolutely love called Happy Endings.  One of my favorite characters on the show is a guy named Max portrayed by Adam Pally.  Adam has a website of his very own called Adam Pally Balls.  You should check it out.  Oh, and if you haven't watched the show yet, you can watch all the episodes for free on ABC online.  Trust me, it's hilarious.

You know, I try to make myself like Beyonce.  I like some of her songs, yes that's true, but Beyonce as a person...I just can't do it.  However, I do admit that her song "Get Me Bodied" is one of the songs on my "workout music" playlist for the gym.  The following video is a new version of that song that she did in partnership with the FLOTUS to get kids to become more active.  I like the song, it's I really want her shoes.

September 19, 2011

"What the f*** did I just watch?"

I love the Foo Fighters.  I love that a band so talented and famous still takes time to poke fun at themselves.  They're not douchebags, taking their music sooooooo seriously like some bands out there (I'm looking at you, Kings Of Leon) - they get that they're famous but they have fun with it, with their fans, and with themselves in general.  Dave Grohl has the most animated face, you can't help but think "This guy has GOT to be hilarious".  Here are a few of my favorite videos.

(This is the promo for their new tour.  I especially love the YouTube comment "What the fuck did I just watch?!"...)

("You don't fucking fight at my show, asshole!")

(I used to listen to this ALL the time in High School.  Thumbs up for Tenacious D being in the video.  Funny, I had NO idea who they were at the time.  I think Dave Grohl as the little girl is my favorite character.)

(If everything could ever feel this real forever...)

(Footos - The Fresh Fighter)

September 11, 2011


Blogger finally got an app! I'm pretty happy about this since I was a bum & didn't want to pay for BlogPress for my phone.

September 9, 2011


"It haunts me, all this crazy stuff.  Every day of my life has been an event.  I took lethal combinations of booze and drugs for thirty fucking years.  I survived a direct hit by a plane, suicidal overdoses, STDs.  I've been accused of attempted murder.  Then I almost died while riding over a bump on a quad bike at fucking two miles per hour."
 - Ozzy Osbourne, after he had crashed his quad bike & broken his neck

 Not stopping until my hair is this long.  Owning this dress wouldn't be too awful, either.

 I want this shirt!  I love how ballsy Keith Richards must have been to wear this shirt.

I know, right?  More happiness, less crankiness.

7 Things.

1. I love cooking.  I would love to have a fully stocked kitchen with all of the best appliances/utensils/spices one would need.

2. I have a massive creative streak with an equally large case of creative block.

3. I love sleep.  When I find "the spot" (where the pillow is perfect and the sheets hug just right), it will be like pulling teeth to get me out of bed.

4. Every time I've seen Dave Matthews in person, I've felt like I was going to pass out.

5. I love to read.  Give me a good book and a bubble bath and I am blissful.

6. I love crafting.  I spend a fair amount of time in resale shops looking for fun things to repurpose.  I appreciate making something new out of something old.

7. I am perfectly happy not having children.

8. I have a monumental shoe collection.  The higher the heel or the stranger the shoe, the more likely I am to buy it.

9. I love dancing and I am still mad at myself for quitting ballet, pointe, and tap.

10. I love making people laugh and people who make me laugh.

September 8, 2011

Oak Alley Plantation - A Haunted History

An (abridged) History

Located in Vacherie, Louisiana is Oak Alley Plantation, a home rich with history, hauntings, and beauty. The oldest oak trees on the ground of Oak Alley date back to the late 17th Century.

Classic image of the walk up to Oak Alley Plantation.

The plantation was constructed over a century later beginning in 1837, modeled after a Greek-revival style mansion. The plantation was originally given the name "Bon Sejour" by its owner Jacques Telesphore Roman III, a very wealthy sugar cane farmer, but the notorious oak lined walkway would later fetch the name "Oak Alley."

The property underwent many ownership changes throughout its history, including Jacques' son Henri. After the family lost the home during the Civil War, the subsequent owners did not keep the property up as well as they should have.

In 1925, Andrew and Josephine Stewart purchased the property and immediately saw its potential and appreciated its rich history. They began a restoration project of this massive plantation, which would prove to be the first of its kind and later start a trend in the south. It would not be until 1998 that the plantations 25 acres would open as a tourist destination and bed and breakfast.

Main dining room of the mansion at Oak Alley.

History of Despair

It is often said that ghosts or spirits linger about when they have unfinished business in their lifetime. If this is true, then Oak Alley must be a proverbial meeting place for the deceased.
  • Starting with the plantations first owner, who died in 1848 from TB alone in the home while his wife and family were taking one of their regular visits to New Orleans, the house has been full of sorrow and disappointment.
  • Louise Roman, the daughter of Jacques and Josephine, cut her leg while running away from an overzealous suitor during a party at the mansion. This cut would develop gangrene and require her to have the leg amputated. This devastated Louise. Someone of the upper-class could not have a disability of this magnitude. She became very depressed over her situation and would devote her life to serving the Lord by joining a convent. Before her death, she would move back into Oak Alley, which would be her final resting place.
  • Josephine Stewart, along with her husband Andrew, devoted her life to renovating Oak Alley and bringing it to glory once again. When she became very ill in her old age, she left all of her money as well as everything on the plantations 25 acres to the foundation that her and her husband had set up. This was to ensure that it would be properly cared for, until it could create enough revenue to run on its own.
All three of these owners, we could argue, have unfinished business on the plantation. Giving them plenty enough reason to want to hang around after their departure from this world.

National Historic Landmark sign leading up 
to the property at Oak Alley.

Ghastly Reportings

Oak Alley is not known for its haunting, unlike the nearby Myrtles Plantation, but there have been many reports by guests and staff to rationalize questions. Plantation homes, due to their rough nature, seem to be a common theme for ghost sighting and reports. Reports have come in that workers late at night often see a figure of a lady throughout the mansion.

After checking old photographs this lady is said to be either Josephine or Louise Roman. Tour guides also report seeing a figure of a man wearing a grey suit and riding boots, common apparel for Jacque Roman III, roaming the home as well as in a mirror. Another peculiar sighting was that believe to be Josephine Stewart, the last homeowner who really loved Oak Alley.

It was well known that Josephine's favorite room during her time at Oak Alley was the lavender room. This is fitting as staff have often reported seeing a woman sitting on the edge of the bed in this room. After being asked to identify the woman, the description fit Mrs. Stewart perfectly. Whether these apparitions are in fact the former inhabitants of this home will probably never be certain, but it is curious that the descriptions fit their profiles.

The plantation has also been investigated by numerous popular and well respected paranormal investigation teams. Including the Sci-Fi network's Ghost Hunters, and Travel Channel's Ghost Adventures teams. TAPS revealed that they believe the property to be haunted with "neat little activity". This was certainly not their most activity ridden investigation, but it did give a fundamental history and tour of the home.

Most of the reported "activity" has come from staff members of the plantation claiming to have been touched or feel an eerie presence around them while working night shifts. Whether this is simply a marketing device by the business or a legitimate playground for the paranormal, the property is absolutely spectacular.

Side view of the porch.
Source: Oak Alley Plantation

Oak Alley now functions as a bed and breakfast with hourly tours. It also serves as an extremely popular location for weddings due to the oak lined alley in front of the home creating a perfect backdrop.

(reblogged, with a few edits, from

August 19, 2011

The Witching Hour by Anne Rice

I have always loved New Orleans. My infatuation grows with age.  When I discovered Anne Rice's "Witching Hour' series, I fell in love.  Mrs. Rice has an uncanny way with description.  It was through her writing about Lantana, Bougainvillea, & Mandevilla as well as other "Southern" trees & flowers that fostered my desire of pretty things.

A well written book makes me see the beauty of weaving a story about a place to make it come alive. Not a traditional travel book, Anne Rice's The Witching Hour (Lives of the Mayfair Witches) made me realize that words can create a unique sense of place that help readers see, feel, smell, be in a far-away place.

My love affair with The Witching Hour actually began my freshman year of college.  Cut to a few years later - I was obsessed with finding the mansion on First and Chestnut Streets in New Orleans’ Garden District.  On a trip to New Orleans for New Years Eve with some friends, we found the house - 1239 First Street.  Words cannot describe how incredible it was to stand there and look up at the house that inspired those books.  To know that Mrs. Rice sat there and wrote those fantastic words.  It is a stunning house & being able to see the property is both momentous and breathtaking. 

Anne Rice´s house in New Orleans
The above photo is of Anne's 
former Garden District home.

What power Anne Rice has to bring words to life. All of the components were there in her book – the grand oak in the yard, the screened porch overlooking a Southern garden, the vines growing on the garden walls, the columns on the front porch.  Six years after visiting my dear New Orleans for the first time, I was back on that sidewalk, outside those wrought-iron gates, gazing at the stately mansion.  There were children playing with a sprinkler on the lawn and I could not help but think "Wow, they really don't know how important this house is!".  Aside from the significance of being Anne's former residence as well as the site for The Witching Hour series it was originally the Brevard-Clapp House. (click for more 1239 First Street pictures.)

Built by James Calrow and Charles Pride in 1857, 1239 First Street is "transitional" in style, containing both Greek Revival and Italianate elements. The double galleries have Corinthian columns below and Ionic columns below, set between square pillars at the corners. Albert Hamilton Brevard, who commissioned the house, was a wealthy merchant with a taste for the finer things in life. At the time of its construction, the house contained many conveniences, such as hot and cold running water in all four of its bedrooms. However, Brevard had little time to really enjoy his mansion; he died there, only two years after he moved in. The Reverend Emory Clapp acquired the house from Brevard's daughter in 1869 and contracted with architect Charles Pride to add the hexagonal bays. They were designed to enlarge an existing room for use as the Episcopalian clergyman's library. But Rev. Clapp found more pleasure in tobacco, and his library quickly became his smoking room. As newlyweds, the Clapps wanted their residence to reflect their style and refinement, so they began their occupancy by installing massive, beveled French mirrors in the double parlors downstairs.

After Rev. Clapp passed away, his wife continued to occupy the house until 1934, taking a loving interest in maintaining it. In her later years, Mrs. Clapp enclosed part of a gallery and installed an elevator on the Chestnut St. side of the house. From 1989-2004, the house was the home of Stan and Anne Rice.

This house is also the inspiration for Mayfair Manor, the Garden District home of Anne's Mayfair Witches. Both the side porch and the swimming pool are featured in Mayfair Family history. In Anne's Mayfair Family, the swimming pool in the backyard garden was installed by Stella Mayfair in the wild years of her youth. It is the pool that Michael Curry is found floating in on Christmas morning, 1989, after suffering a heart attack while fighting Lasher.


Deirdre Mayfair sits on the side porch in silence for over thirty years, refusing to speak so as not to allow Lasher to enter her thoughts. During this time, Lasher is often seen standing beside her rocking chair, whispering into her ear. The side porch is two stories high with very ornate cast iron decorations. It fronts on two attic windows on the third story of the house. Ancient Evelyn, when she was a young girl, paid secret visits to Uncle Julien by climbing this iron balcony to the second story. Antha Mayfair climbed through one of the attic windows onto the porch roof, where she jumped to her death rather than become part of the Mayfair legacy. 

Behind those windows, Carlotta Mayfair poisoned private investigator Stewart Townsend, and then wrapped his body in a rug bound with chains, and stored him in the attic for fifty years to be discovered by the engaged Rowan and Michael. Michael also throws Lasher, in a Taltos body, from one of these windows to his death on the flagstones below.